The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin will honor Nancy Gianni as Humanitarian of the Year and Joseph Cattando Jr. as Columbus Patriot at its 95th annual Columbus Banquet on Oct. 12 at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook. (708-403-7822) Gianni is the “Chief Belief Officer” and founder of GiGi’s Playhouse...

The Superior City Council has decided the city will now officially celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day”, instead of “Columbus Day”. That decision was made with a unanimous vote Tuesday night. Duluth has already made the switch, and the Superior leaders felt it was time they made a change as well. Mayor Jim Paine says Native American tribes are a lar...

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin held its 48th Biennium State Convention on June 15 at the Edward Hotel Chicago in Rosemont. Grand lodge officers elected at the convention for the biennium 2019-2021 are Paul Loparco, president; Frank Schiro, first vice president; James LasCola, orator; Anna De...

The Carmen Porco Story: Journey Toward Justice biography provides a compelling and beautifully written account of Rev. Carmen Porco's life journey. It shows how he has used his housing ministry to help lift people out of poverty. Although Rev. Porco went through one of the country's finest seminary schools, he is not a traditional pastor by any mea...

If Dominick Paielli hadn’t gone into the family bakery business, he might have become an engineer. It was a career path he had considered until circumstances called him to help run the bakery established in 1923 by his father, Sante Paielli. There he often employed a natural talent for things mechanical, said his family. “When it came to machinery...

It’s official: Milwaukee County now has an Indigenous People’s Park. The county board recently passed a resolution that renames Columbus Park as Indigenous People’s Park. The resolution came from freshman Sup. Felesia Martin. It was her first piece of legislation, and she previously told Urban Milwaukee that it encapsulates her goals for public ser...

The Racine Concert Band continues its 97-year tradition of free concerts Sunday night (July 28) at the Racine Zoo. The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Music Director Mark Eichner will conduct the band, soprano Melissa Cardamone is the guest artist and Adam Maegaard is the French horn soloist. Don Rosen, recently honored with a Wisconsin Broadcasters Ass...

Stone-fired pizza has come to Rootstown as Cosentino’s Stone Oven Pizzeria welcomes its first customers. The new take-out pizza restaurant opened July 1, and David Cosentino, co-owner and chef, said business has been booming since then. “It’s been extremely busy,” he said. “Amazing. I’m thankful for that and thankful our staff has put in a lot of h...

In 1871 a massive fire near Peshtigo, Wisconsin, claimed nearly 2,500 lives and was on its way toward a chapel that was the sight of a Marian apparition. Writer Larry Peterson narrated the story for Aleteia and highlights the first miracle that occurred.  More than one million acres were destroyed in the Peshtigo Firestorm. As far as the eye could...

Headlining this year’s entertainment lineup is the legendary KC and the Sunshine Band and country superstar Phil Vassar—who are sure to put on unforgettable performances! New this year is an entire lineup of regional entertainers from Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as many Italian favorites returning including Tony Spavone, Joe Scalissi, Jenna Esp...