A time-honored family tradition for generations that originated in the old country, canning or jarring tomatoes is a much anticipated custom that many of Italian descent have enjoyed since childhood. Considered a labor of love, the two-day process is usually reserved for a weekend when it’s easier for family members of all ages to gather to partake...

A memorial mass honoring the Rev. Vincent R. Capodanno will be offered by the Rev. Louis Jerome, pastor of St. Peter’s R.C. Church, on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 10 a.m. at Fort Wadsworth, one of the oldest U.S. military installations in the country.  The outdoor celebration, which is weather permitting, will take place near the chapel that bears Father...

When COVID hit the city, Jody Scaravella, the owner of Staten Island’s Enoteca Maria restaurant, decided his chefs — a rotating posse of grandmothers with roots from around the world — were too vulnerable to keep working. He closed up shop. But some of the restaurant’s nonnas –– Italian for “grandmothers” –– couldn’t quite keep away over the past 1...

He serenaded her with the magic of “You Made Me Love You,” the timeless classic he played on horn when he caught the eye of a beautiful young lovely at a social dance in Red Hook, Brooklyn. It was kismet. And two hearts became one. If you believe there’s truth to the old adage that destiny is scripted in the stars and fate and true love go hand in...

Eleanor T. Conforti, a steadfast local leader whose altruistic nature, gracious persona and timeless wisdom were a testament to the exemplary life she led, died Tuesday in her Great Kills home after a short illness. She was 90. A courageous and passionate advocate for Staten Island’s charitable causes, she championed health and education issues, es...

Stapleton received double honors on Monday in a first-of-its kind review of the best outdoor dining and open streets that popped up around New York City during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Stapleton Saturdays” and Vinum on Bay Street both received honors from the “Alfresco NYC” coalition, which advocates for the city to make its Open Resta...

After a 17-month hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will reopen its doors to the public Wednesday, where visitors will be able to experience a number of never-before-viewed archived historical artifacts. A tribute to “Women in World History” has been added to the Meucci exhibit room. In anticipation of th...

While there’s never a right time to lose a loved one, losing an elderly parent can oftentimes be a more traumatic experience than if a parent passes earlier in life. Just ask anyone who’s lived through the sad scenario. They’ve always been a part of your day to day life — even if separated by miles. Learning to live life without them can be difficu...

With balloons in front of the store to celebrate, Pastosa of West Brighton reopened Wednesday morning. It had closed briefly after a fire in the early morning of July 10. Now, it’s business as usual on what is known as “Pasta Day” at the store, located at 764 Forest Avenue. On this day of the week the D’Antuono family includes several gluten-free p...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere will present Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2021 — its 11th annual Outdoor Italian Film Festival — that’s back this year on the lawn with the “beautiful view” of New York Harbor. The films will be shown most Tuesday evenings from July 13 through Sept. 28, with screenings to begin at 8 p.m. — around sunset....