The fall has always been my favorite time of the year. I find the crisp air, the array of colors and bright skies of autumn to be both invigorating and lovely. However, since 2013, I have a new reason for looking forward to this time of year. That is because October of 2013 was the first year that my friend Bill Winarski and I attended the annual “...

When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was at a loss for words Wednesday to capture the soul of the European Union and its future, Bebe Vio was there to help the EU’s top official at the end of her State of the Union address. Sitting anonymously among the European legislators for most of the hour-long speech, which is a highlight o...

Being heavyweight champion of the world was a big deal when professional boxing was a mainstream sport – a very big deal. And in the early 1950s, an Italian-American called Rocky Marciano was the guy. Born Rocco Marchegiano on Sept. 1, 1923, he was one of six children in a working-class Italian immigrant family – his father came from Abruzzo and hi...

If there’s a red flag with a “B” waving in front of Maria Redo’s house off Old County Road on Sunday, it means there will be a bocce game that day. For 31 years, the Redos have been hosting bocce at their summer home here for family, friends, and neighbors. At first, the games were on Wednesdays and Sundays, but as the years went on and life got in...

Three young girls who fled Afghanistan after the recent Taliban takeover are among the thousands of evacuees taking shelter in Red Cross tents at a refugee camp in Italy. They used to play in a football team in Herat but when the regime swept to power, the girls decided to escape, fearing for their lives. Leaving their families behind, the football...

The Italian American Baseball Foundation and National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame have formed a partnership based on their collective interests in promoting and building Italian American heritage through sports. Both organizations have agreed to a partnership founded in education and community. The immediate goal will be to host youth base...

Mennea Day 2021 will be held on 12 September in Barletta and will be an important event in a fantastic year for Italian sport. The memory of Pietro Mennea relives in the streets of Puglia in the memory of the legendary 19.72 in Mexico City on the 200 meters at the 1979 Universiade. On 12 September in Barletta, the birthplace of Pietro Mennea, on th...

Edo Vanni was as feisty as they come.  Some called him a firebrand; others, a hothead. His wife once said he could start a fight in an empty room. How much of that headstrong nature was just for show is hard to know. But no one disputes the fact that Edo Vanni was a talented athlete. Called the heart and soul of Seattle baseball, he is well-remembe...

Surely, lovers of bicycles, now that life has started gradually to return to normal, will not want to miss the opportunity to spend their holidays riding their bikes, to discover Italy’s countless beauties from another perspective.  Bike holidays, indeed, are a very compelling alternative, provided that you are trained and ready to face uncomfortab...

It can on occasion feel like scarcely a week goes by without a U.S. investor securing for themselves an Italian football club. From giants of calcio such as Fiorentina and Roma to comparative minnows Catania and Pisa, the influx of cash from across the Atlantic seems relentless. The logic is clear. For the most part these are assets that are availa...