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City Member Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) yesterday officially announced his candidacy for Brooklyn District Attorney, noting that as the only candidate thus far not connected to former DA Charles Hynes, he is best suited to carry on the late DA Ken Thompson‘s legacy to meet out fair and equal justice. Hynes’...

Is it schtick, or politic? Joe Piscopo, a lifetime entertainer, kept them guessing, and laughing, Thursday as special guest speaker at the Unico National dinner honoring Bill Curcio as the group's Community Leader of the Year. For some time, political pundits were kept guessing whether Piscopo, a New Jersey native and resident, would toss his hat i...

Members of the Corona D'Italia Lodge No. 807 have been celebrating their Italian heritage for decades, but this year in particular is cause for jubilation as the lodge marks its 100th anniversary. The lodge was founded in 1917 by brothers John and Eugene Statti along with Demeterio Parascenzo, all member of the Sons of Italy Lodge who believed ther...

The Italian Cultural Society presents the Annual Awards Gala Dinner. This year’s theme is “Italian Creativity, Fashion & Design”, which is well-known and appreciated all over the world. A fashion show by Franca Bartoli, a local Italian designer, will open the evening. Some of the most influential Italian brands will be represented at the Gala as we...

After 35 years in the Milford Plaza Shopping Center, the owners of Mama Maria’s, Salvatore, Franco and Giuseppe Laragione, decided it was time for a change. In 2013, the company built a new shopping center near Burger King with plans to lease the storefronts to other businesses with no plans to move their popular restaurant to the new building. “It...

Audiences leaving a Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons concert are quick to describe the performance using one of the legendary group’s most well-known lyrics: “Oh, what a night.” Fans can check out the real-life Jersey Boys live when they play the Warner Theatre on April 7 and April 8; two nights Valli promises will be shows people will never forget...

Con una nota pubblicata sul suo sito web, il Consolato generale a Philadelphia comunica che sono disponibili circa 30 appuntamenti giornalieri per l’emissione dei passaporti. Nella nota, il Consolato ricorda anche che il periodo di massima concentrazione di richieste di passaporti è durante l’estate; quindi, si consiglia di approfittare della possi...

At its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 28, UNICO, the Italian American service organization, made a special donation to the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad #scotchplainsrescuesquad at Giovanna's in Plainfield. The flag artwork was created by Ernie Hernandez in honor of the squad's 80th anniversary this year. Hernandez, a recently retired Scotch Plains...

Tickets are now available for the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Spring Gala announcing Regina Maria XXXIX and her court. The event will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Village Square Conference Center on Route 19, Milford Street in Clarksburg. Tickets are $40.00 for adults and $20 for children under 10. The event is reservation only. Pl...

They had a rare love, refusing to part in their last days together. He suffered from asbestosis, and she lost her ability to speak as Alzheimer’s progressed. Still, they remained in their Winslow Township home, with his hospice bed next to hers. When Michael Simonetti asked for his wife, relatives put Josephine in a wheelchair, her hand in his. Hou...

When: April 26 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Where: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960 - Costs: $20 - $40 Ladies’ Night Out is back and you won’t want to miss it! In celebration of special exhibition, Lino Tagliapietra: Master of a Glass Renaissance (opening March 12), we’re thrilled to welcome you to enjoy Italian-themed finger...

I was in search of real Italian pie, authentic pasta and a cannoli that I couldn’t put down. Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant in Suffolk answered my call. I visited Bella Napoli on a Friday evening during that in-between hour after lunch and before supper, so it was relatively quiet. Watching the husband and wife owners interact with one another, I...