The 2020 Scholarship Program of the UNICO National Foundation has granted more than $80,000 to college students on many levels and in many disciplines. The Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund awarded $2,500 to Giulia Randazzo of Milton, a nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong resident of Milton and...

Support the efforts of the Italian-American Community Organizations to repair the Christopher Columbus Statue located in front of City Hall in Waterbury. Damaged from a criminal act of vandalism on July 4th, an architectural restoration artist has been commissioned to facilitate the restoration. Estimated costs are just under $10,000 with the proje...

The Montville Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American civil organization in the country, recently awarded four scholarships to local high school seniors totaling $5,000. The Chapter’s Educational Grant was awarded to Vanessa Van Bodegon of Morris Hills High School who will be attending Seton Hall University to study physical therapy...

Fiona Lenzo, a graduate of Hillsborough High School now attending the College of New Jersey has been selected as Miss UNICO Hillsborough for 2020-21. She is pursuing a degree in Education at TCNJ and has studied the Italian language for seven years, receiving the Seal of Bi-literacy. She is an active member of the Hillsborough community, having bee...

Another in a line-up of what seems like unending cancellations has been confirmed.   What would have been the Fourteenth Annual UNICO Italian-American Feast has been canceled this year according to organizers. “It is kind of upsetting that we can’t have it, it’s disappointing,” said Joseph Arancio, President of the Clark Chapter of UNICO.  “This is...

Like many service organizations, continuing a mission during a pandemic can prove challenging. However, the Verona Chapter of UNICO National, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this October, continues to live out the motto “service above self.” UNICO National is the largest Italian-American organization with chapters all across the United States...

As Christopher Columbus statues across the country are torn down and vandalized, an Italian heritage group is asking the town of Kearny to protect a Columbus monument there. UNICO, an organization that promotes Italian ancestry and culture, sent a letter dated July 2 to Kearny Mayor Al Santos and the Town Council asking the city to spray a “protect...

The Hackensack Chapter of UNICO National, its officers, members, and Board of Directors, along with Italian-American concerned citizens of Hackensack, oppose any or all attempts to rename Columbus Park in Hackensack, NJ and/or remove the Statue of Christopher Columbus in said park. In 1940, while sons and daughters of Italian immigrants were joinin...

Members of Scotch Plains’ Italian American community are planning a march on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:00 p.m. from the Italian American Club (1976 Valley Ave., Scotch Plains) to the Municipal Building on Park Ave. in support of the Columbus monument. Three groups are helping to organize the event: the Italian American Club; UNICO (the Italian America...

The Livingston chapter of UNICO National announced the election of Maria Bucco Brush as its first female president in the service organization’s 65-year history. As only one chapter of the nation’s largest Italian-American service organization, Livingston UNICO exemplifies the nationwide UNICO motto of “Service Above Self” by providing charitable f...