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A scientist who spent years of his life pioneering the secrets hidden deep within a child’s DNA revealed his own DNA is of Irish origin. “Like Joe Birch, I’m of Irish descent,” said Dr. James R. Downing, MD after this reporter, emcee of the Italian Winterfest, made the same confession of his heritage moments earlier.  

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, continues its 44th season with an exhilarating new play, Lombardi, focusing on the life of legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi. Presenting sponsor for Lombardi is The O'Haire Group-Merrill Lynch Wealth Management with additional s...

CIAO Board members met Jan. 2 at Laurie Detenbeck’s home to discuss past and upcoming CIAO events. The board was saddened to learn of the death of Margaret Valone, who was one of the driving forces of CIAO. She was very active in the club until her confinement to the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehab Center. She will be greatly missed by all who knew an...

When the people who program Spoleto Festival USA sit down to figure out what to present each year, they don’t typically aim to fit the festival into a thematic mold. They solicit artists they admire and take what they can get. Still, it’s impossible to resist the temptation of looking for themes or trends once the program is announced. This time ar...

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Cape Coral City Councilmember John Carioscia to the Lee County Tourist Development Council. Carioscia, who was appointed Dec. 19, is serving his second term on the Cape Coral City Council. He replaces former Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki.

Si chiama Emanuele Lo Schiavo l’Ufficiale della Marina Militare che ha conseguito la seconda migliore prestazione nella storia della U.S. Navy. A darne notizia è il Ministero della Difesa, spiegando che il Guardiamarina – Ufficiale Palombaro del Gruppo Operativo Subacquei (G.O.S.)- ha conseguito la seconda migliore prestazione nella storia della Ma...

It was the 1940s and the allied air campaign was in full swing over Italy. German forces were entrenched around a small church and five allied bombers went in for the bombing run. All five planes malfunctioned after seeing what appeared to be a man in a black outfit hovering in the clouds waving the planes away. The pilots turned around and flew in...

When Dante Caldera turned 100, he said he liked the idea. At 100, he was still volunteering at Citrus Memorial Hospital, in the same-day surgery department, greeting patients. “I don’t think of myself as old,” he told the Chronicle on his 100th birthday, March 23, 2016. “Age is just a number. From the hips down I feel 150. From the hips to my shou...

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF) and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), both classic in their own right, come together this winter for a special collaboration, La Dolce Vita: Music of Italian Cinema. The performance, which raises funds for NCIFF, takes place at 6 p.m, Thurs. Feb. 22 at the Charleston Music Hall. The night begin...

Officials with the Italian Feast showed their support for Dorchester District Two by handing over a $10,000 check to the Dorchester District Two Educational Foundation. Jay Lombardo, event director and president of the board of trustees for the Italian Feast, said this is the third year the Italian Feast has donated money to the foundation: it cont...

“C’è un nuovo presidente al Comites di Miami”. Come riferisce oggi Gente d’Italia, il quotidiano diretto a Montevideo da Mimmo Porpiglia, “in seguito alle dimissioni di Gino Caputo, una rinuncia dovuta a problemi personali, il Comites ha eletto alla presidenza Barbara Cornacchia, docente, già consigliere e che faceva parte della Commissione Lingua...

Picking his way through Antelope Canyon, the Italian artist Fabio Dal Boni searches for the perfect shot. A visitor on this Navajo land by the Arizona/Utah border, he relies on the native guides for help—and if they like Dal Boni, they’ll show him the secret, if not sacred, spots that few outsiders have the privilege to see. The Navajo call the upp...