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The bronze statue of Frank Rizzo, Philadelphia's polarizing former police commissioner and mayor, was defaced late Thursday with the words "Black Power" written in white spray paint. The vandal also wrote "The Black community should be their own police" on the steps of the Municipal Services Building on John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Center City wher...

A petition to keep the city’s Frank Rizzo statue is gaining steam. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 18,000 people had signed the petition, which was posted on change.org by South Philly resident Marc Ferguson. That’s about 15,000 more signatures than a petition calling for the statue’s removal has gathered.  Ferguson told CBS3 he created the petiti...

Advance tickets are now on sale for three wine tastings that will take place Saturday, Aug. 19 during the third annual Italiano! Italian Festival on Fourth Avenue in downtown Huntington. In the parking lot between the Keith-Albee and Old Village Roaster and the new Fro Yo House, will be a new wine-tasting tent that will feature three separate Ital...

The 17th Annual Italian Feast of the Assumption at The Roman Catholic Church of Epiphany, 615 Thiele Road, runs from Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20, from 5 to 10 p.m. There is free parking and free admission. Thursday night is bracelet night. Entertainment will be provided by Spotlight Entertainment, including carnival atmosphere wit...

As many Philadelphians watched in horror as protests over the planned removal of a statue memorializing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., turned to deadly violence, a number of them had the same thought. They turned their attention to Center City’s Thomas Paine Plaza and its statue of Frank L. Rizzo, the former law-and-order m...

The Festa Italiana has come and gone, but not without leaving plenty of good memories in the minds of Bradfordians. With more than 6,000 meatballs, 10 kettles of sauce and 700 pounds of Italian sausage, folks left each day of the Festa with full stomachs and smiling faces. For over 50 years, the event organizers have made sure that proceeds raised...

John F. Russo, a longtime former state senator and Senate president, died Saturday night. He was 84. Russo, a Democrat from Ocean County, died after a battle with esophageal cancer, his daughter, Caryl Lynn Russo told NJ Advance Media in a phone interview on Sunday. "It was a courageous fight," she said, adding that he was diagnosed in late spring...

Little Italy Days, the region’s largest ethnic heritage celebration, will take over Bloomfield again for four days beginning Thursday. The 15th annual festival will transform the neighborhood’s main street, Liberty Avenue, into a destination sport for Italian-themed entertainment and food. Here are five things you need to know about the event

The St. Ann’s Church Carnival and Italian Festival takes place evenings from August 14 to 19 at the Saint Ann Worship Site at Dorrance and Pond streets in Bristol Borough. There will be rides, homemade Italian food, baked goods including homemade cakes, cookies, pies, muffins and more, a basket auction, lots of carnival games, face painting sand ar...

The Senator John Heinz History Center's Eighth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival is from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 12., under the Veteran's Bridge overpass, adjacent to the History Center at 13th and Smallman streets in the Strip District. Bocce is a bowling sport of precision and accuracy and was popularized in Pittsburgh by Italian immigrants who sett...

The Waldwick Community Alliance presents “The Immigration Experience” The Journey from Italy to Waldwick. Grand Opening: This Sunday August 13, 2107 from 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. The Waldwick Community Alliance is proud to announce their newest exhibit to be displayed at the restored Waldwick Railroad Station, housed at the Waldwick Museum of Local...

There’s more than just pasta, meatballs and cannoli to feast on at this weekend’s St. Paul’s Italian Festival. A whole lot of culture and community fun is on the menu, too. Just travel to Erie’s Little Italy for live music, games, souvenirs, a large auction and more during the annual festival, Friday through Sunday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church...