On August 29, 1969, something burned at Italian People’s Bakery on Butler St. — and it wasn’t the bread, cakes or cookies created at the famous business. Bread turned to toast and cookies crumbled that infamous day as an early-morning fire fully engulfed the building. Several families lived above the bakery, including owners Joseph Guagliardo, his...

Michael A. Pesce Jr. died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, at the age of 98. Born and raised in Trenton, N.J., Mr. Pesce was an original Levittown resident for 38 years prior to returning to New Jersey in 1993. He was a former member of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish. Until his retirement, Mr. Pesce was employed with Roller Bearing Co. in Trenton, N.J....

City of Trenton employees will have to attempt another solution to remove paint from a vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus. “Power washing did not work,” an Department of Public Works employee said. The water wand rested atop the base of the Columbus monument on Hamilton Ave. Paint remained on the legs of the controversial explorer. John Scar...

Dr. Gilda Rorro Baldassari and John Scarpati, Sr. saw red last week. Both proud U.S. citizens of Italian-American descent, expressed anger and concern after someone vandalized the statue of Christopher Columbus inside the Hamilton Ave. park which bears the controversial explorer’s name. Red paint covered several areas of Columbus’ body while the ba...

Robbinsville is ruining it all. All right fine, that’s not fair. They’re not ruining it completely. But they’re damn close to ruining it all. Of course, I’m talking about the rankings of “Most Italians Living in One Town in New Jersey,” where Hamilton ranks fourth in the state with 20,559 Italians, according to the 2015 Census numbers. Toms River l...

There are at least 42 monuments to him in New Jersey, but Christopher Columbus remains one of the nation's most controversial figures. Was Columbus a hero who opened the Americas to European exploration and innovation, or a villain who lead to the enslavement of natives and the death of thousands due to disease? The federal holiday, celebrated on t...

Once again Michéal Castaldo will return to the Mercer County Italian American Festival on September 23rd at 6PM. Named one of NJ’s best fall festival by CBS, NY, Michéal and his La Dolce Vita Band will perform live on the main stage (Investors Bank Stage) at 6PM and delight the crowd with his spirited, passionate, enchanting voice and flawless deli...

by Mark Syp   All are invited to come and enjoy family, food and fun, all while celebrating the culture and heritage of one of New Jersey's proudest and most prominent communities, at the Mercer County Italian American Festival.   Now in its 14th year, the festival, which runs today through Sunday at Mercer County Park, was named one...

Maurice T. "Maury" Perilli, perhaps best known as the former chairman and executive vice president of Roma Bank, as well as mayor of Hamilton died today. He was 95.   Perilli was born in Trenton on Oct. 29, 1918, the son of Italian immigrants. He was 2 years old when Roma opened its first branch in the Chambersburg neighborhood of Trenton, P...

During my last trip to the US, thanks to my good friends Roberta and Robert DiBiase I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful Italian American woman, who is a true icon for the community in New Jersey: Gilda Rorro Baldassari. I found very interesting and important to start this new year offering our readers the story of this proud Italian personal...