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From December 4 through December 19, 2017, the Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB) visited and donated $1,000 each to 12 different charities as part of their 12 Days of Christmas Giving. A local non-profit created to support local charities while working to maintain a positive community image and uphold Italian family traditions, SIAB an...

I will henceforth settle the greatest dispute from my childhood once and for all: Dad, I love you, but Uncle Bobby is a better cook. While I’m at it — when it comes to meatballs, his are better. I’m going to throw Mom under the bus here, because she agrees with me. Bobby Rallo is the king of the meatball — the messiah of the coveted Italian side di...

This we highlight Ms. Claudine Metallo as Teacher of the Week. Ms. Metallo is a very engaging and motivated Italian teacher. I asked her, “When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher?” She said when she was younger, her mother was a teacher. Her mother taught for 65 years, so she grew up around it. I asked her, “Why did you want to be a teacher...

Specialty Italian shop Sergio & Co. has opened a new Italian restaurant right around the corner from their Denville store. Called The Pasta Shop, the Italian restaurant will serve homemade pasta and other Italian favorites, like chicken parmiginia (you can check out a full menu here). They're open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Th...

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett is returning to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The 91-year-old 18-time Grammy Award winner plans to take the stage at 8 p.m. June 30. Known as one of the legends of jazz and popular music, Bennett served during World War II before developing a career that spanned more than half a century. He has announced another c...

The scene appeared pulled from “The Sopranos.” The year was 2016, during season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” Sal Valentinetti walked in slow motion along with two family members in the bright sun. His cousin, Big Tommy, ate a canoli while walking. “How you doin’?,” Valentinetti said when he sat down for a confessional video. The Italian-American...

Lazio Marines Thomas Habakkuk Baldonado has become historic after committing to study and play football on a full scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the first Italian player to join the NCAA Div. I as a freshman. The 6’5″, 230 lb defensive end from Rome, Italy who turns 19 this year, left Italy  last August to attend Clearwater Acad...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera has announced that in March the “Bring the Family to the Opera” initiative will resume. This well-received program introduces children and the extended family to live, fully-staged performances of grand opera, as the composer intended. The program offers 40% off special ticket rates on $55 and $45 tickets...

From Kean University: Professor and researcher in geological studies at the University of Siena in Italy Marco Giamello shared insights on the science of art with Kean University's Fine Arts Conservatory students. In a guest lecture, he presented observations from his studies of the masterpieces of Tuscan sculptors, including Michelangelo's David a...

Who says classical music has to be a staid, somber affair? In the same vein of Chico and Harpo Marx or the late zany virtuoso pianist Victor Borge, Portsmouth Community Concerts Inc. will present a concert where the audience will be serenaded with expert classical music while laughing ‘til they cry. The famed international twosome, Duo Baldo, will...

Italian artist Franca Marini exhibits her work titled Transnational Migration and Immigration at Kean University's Human Rights Institute from Feb. 1, 2018 to June 20, 2018.  This specific work was inspired by the refugee crisis in Italy. It challenges attendees to rethink how they judge and accept others by symbolically showing both the outer and...

“When in Rome ... A Feast of Italian Flavors” is the theme of the 23rd Annual Hunger Relief Dinner and Auction that this year adds a festive, interactive marketplace backdrop. Save the date of April 25 for the event that benefits the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean. The new location is The Mainland at the Holiday Inn, Route 72, Manahawkin. Also...