John M. Alati, a popular former Essex County freeholder who was one of the most influential people in county politics in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, died on January 15.  He was 73. He was elected freeholder in 1984, representing the East Orange/Irvington District 3 seat.   He defeated incumbent Corrina Kay, who had lost party support for re-electio...

Plainfields' UNICO President Bob Bengivenga (Right) and New Jersey District X Governor Anthony Bengivenga (Left) send their virtual greeting to the regional volunteer firefighters in Bergamo province in Italy known as the "Vigili Del Fuoco Isole Bergamasca", whose commander is Luigi Mandelli.   Twelve years ago in December 2008, UNICO officers  Bob...

A virtual event for the whole family is schedule for January 9, 2021 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Waterbury UNICO, in conjunction with the Silas Bronson Library, is sponsoring the event that is appropriate for ages 3 and up. Join Angela Buzzelli as she enchants us with The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola. Come learn about the legend of La Befana, an I...

Sparta UNICO is proud to announce partial scholarship awards to three well-deserved Sussex County students who graduated in June, 2020. Timothy Spatola from Franklin graduated from Pope John in the spring and is currently attending DeSales University where he is pursuing a degree in history and political science. Newton resident Kiara Marie Shadwel...

Five months after the Columbus statute in front of City Hall was decapitated by a vandal with a hammer, a sculptor set the repaired head back in place Wednesday morning. “I think the sun is out, so God’s in our favor, I think,” Francine Nido, head of the Waterbury chapter of Italian-American service organization UNICO told sculptor Randall Nelson....

Angelo Vivolo, president of the Christopher Heritage Coalition, hailed the voters of Waterbury, Conn., who voted overwhelmingly on Election Day to keep the statue of Christopher Columbus on the front lawn of Waterbury's City Hall. The referendum results showed that nearly 60% of 27,957 votes favored keeping the statue in place. "We know that Columb...

From its humble beginnings as a group of men concerned with preserving Italian American heritage and expanding their political footprint in the community, Nutley UNICO has become an organization synonymous with ethnic pride and commitment to civic duty. In 1953, a group of caring Italian American men in town founded the Columbus Civic Club of Nutle...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

At a borough council meeting last week, South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh recognized October as Italian Heritage Month and, on Monday, the Plainfields' Chapter of UNICO held an intimate outdoor Columbus Day ceremony.  According to the proclamation made on Oct. 5, Italian Heritage Month is a time to 'recognize the enormous contributions that the Ita...

Local officials, members of Italian heritage groups and residents of Nutley and Belleville gathered in view of their towns' Christopher Columbus statues Sunday to celebrate the explorer's legacy. The activities, which included a morning flag-raising in front of Belleville Town Hall and a wreath-laying ceremony and car parade in Nutley, replaced the...