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Sabato, 16 settembre, nel primo anniversario della commemorazione della scomparsa di oltre 100 immigranti italiani nella sciagura ferroviaria “Wreck on the Wabash” del 1901, ha avuto luogo una cerimonia religiosa in ricordo delle vittime che erano da poco erano arrivate negli Stati Uniti ed erano dirette prevalentemente nel Colorado e nella Califor...

Democrat Ameya Pawar says that if elected Illinois governor, he would work to have Illinois rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. While the idea may sound somewhat new, the concept of Indigenous Peoples Day has been around for a while. Vermont already has replaced the October federal holiday named for Christopher Columbus with Indigenous P...

The serious opera lover would have to go back over half a century, when Maria Callas made her American debut, to find a more prestigious Chicago event than the Monteverdi 450, scheduled for October 12, 13 and 15 at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. On each of these three dates, one of Claudio Monteverdi’s extant operas will be performed – “L’O...

According to Silvio Luigi Barile, most people don't understand the art that he's built at his pizzeria for the past 50 years -- but they like it. Silvio is an Italian World War II refugee. He moved to Michigan with his family, then opened a pizzeria and pastry shop. But the longer that Silvio lived in America, the more he felt that he had to create...

Italian Fest, a celebration of Italian culture and heritage, will be from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Collinsville. This year’s theme is “Get Your Toga On.” The event features live music, a fun run, parade, grape stomp, Little Miss and Mister Pageant, bocce ball tournament, Italian films and exhibits. The Coll...

It’s amazing what someone can accomplish with a little passion and diplomacy. State Rep. Anthony DeLuca’s recent defense of Columbus Day is a shining example. As we all know, annual celebrations of Columbus have been under assault for decades, with cities and states across the country either flat-out eliminating them or supplanting them with celebr...

Akron City Council split along racial lines as a resolution meant to heal divided. Councilman Russ Neal introduced language Monday that would have recognized the second Monday in October not as Columbus Day but Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The swap is meant to honor the contributions of Native Americans and recognize that “the first voyage of Columbus...

Descendants of the late Fred and Mary Lordo Mazzant gathered July 30 at Robert E. Rodgers Memorial Park for their 50th family reunion. The day opened with a family prayer led by Anna Mae Mazzant, followed by  buffet lunch and desert table. Special cupcakes were designed and decorated by Chris, 11, and Jordan, 8, Quintanilla, great-grandsons of the...

I remember it well. I was a young manager in Chicago for Alitalia, the national airline of Italy. The date was April 5, 1962. An Alitalia DC-7 flew from Rome to Chicago for the company’s inaugural flight. Mayor Richard J. Daley, city and state officials, the press and a proudly excited Italian-American community waited for touchdown and the unfoldi...

The Italian Catholic Federation’s Our Lady Mother of the Church Branch #439 will host its sixth annual dinner dance on Oct. 8 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. The event will raise funds to benefit Maria Vouga and her family, and honor Rocco and Rosanna DeFrenza. (847-341-1847)  Maria was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder a...

Fasten your seatbelt for a special trip to Rome!  This year’s Italian Fest exhibition  GET YOUR TOGA ON! (A Visit to Rome) is rare indeed as we take you inside this fascinating 2,500-year-old city – a destination for thousands around the world.  In Collinsville Library’s east and west wings, we’ll show you the highlights of Ancient Rome – the Colos...

Hard working Italian-Americans have long been an integral part of the building of this great nation. Many of those who immigrated from Italy brought a skill or craft with them...and some fostered an entrepreneurial spirit that has served them for generations. Aldo and Robert Campellone started ABC Piping Company in 1970, just a few short years afte...