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by Samantha Melamed About 70 slippery pounds of lard are secured in five-gallon buckets in an undisclosed South Philadelphia location. It's physical proof that, after nearly two decades lost to history, the grease pole - Albero della Cuccagna to Italian speakers - is finally back.   The spectacle once was the centerpiece of the South Ninth...

Service to his country in the military and countless hours of volunteering for veterans' and other organizations have culminated in John Nicaretta being named Bayonne's Veteran of the Year.   Nicaretta served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1951 to '53 and rose to the rank of sergeant. He was honored during a special luncheo...

Unlucky number 13 was lucky at the pasta-eating contest at Saturday's Bell' Italia Festival at Hazle Township Community Park. It was good to be 13 years old — the age of the three winners of the pasta-eating contest in the youth division at the annual event.   About a dozen combatants between the ages of 3 and 14 participated in the con...

From age 14, Peter Rappoccio has been involved with golf course maintenance, but he is now ready to retire as the property manager of Silver Spring Country Club. After 39 years at Silver Spring, Rappoccio will no longer be in charge of the golf course, the clubhouse, the swimming pool, and the tennis and paddle ball courts. He will no longer be wo...

Corona D'Italia Lodge #807 held their monthly business meeting on Wednesday, January 11 at 5p.m. at Pizza Joe's. President, Clemmy Sirimarco presided over the session that began with a pizza luncheon served by Sentinel Lois DiFrichia and Mary Jane Folino. Treasurer Louise Vitullo presented the financial reports and she noted that she is collec...

Beloved Italian market Toscano & Sons will reopen this Fall in the heart of Virginia Highland. The market and sandwich shop closed in June due to the lack of retail traffic and residential density around its West Midtown location; it hopes to open doors by the end of November at 1050 N. Highland Avenue, in the space recently vacated by Stanton...

"I owe my soul to the company store", recita una vecchia canzone popolare americana. Gli italiani che vivevano nella zona di Fairmont e Monongah, West Virginia – oggi il 60% della popolazione locale ha origini italiane – conoscevano bene questa verità.   Arrivati a fine Ottocento da tutto il Sud e in particolare dalla Calabria – tantissimi d...

Si comunica che in data odierna è stato affisso all'Albo di questo Consolato Generale l'avviso di assunzione di un (1) impiegato a contratto da adibire ai servizi di assistente amministrativo nel settore consolare. Il testo completo dell'avviso è disponibile sul nostro sito web all'indirizzo http://www.consfiladelfia.esteri.it/, nell'apposito menu...

Carmelo Cicala, presidente del Comites di Washington DC, è il nuovo coordinatore dell'InterComites USA. Il presidente Cicala, che precedentemente ha coordinato l'Intercomites per due mandati, coprirà questa carica fino al rinnovo dei Comites con le annunziate elezioni per il prossimo aprile.   Rivolgendo ai colleghi presidenti l'augurio di...

They grew up near each other on Webster Street in Riverside. After they began dating, they walked together from home to Riverside High School. And when he went off to combat in France in World War II, their letters filled the silence. When he returned, they were together again. For decade after decade.   On Monday, March 9, Michael Chi...

By Barbara Vancheri   "The Mafia Kills Only in Summer" is like an Italian delicacy with intense sweet and bitter flavors. It will open the Pittsburgh edition of an 11-city Italian film festival.   The event, a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh's Italian Program and the St. Louis nonprofit Italian Film Festival US...

Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria e Bar opened last week in the Westfield Montgomery mall on Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda.   The 164-seat, 6,300-square-foot restaurant features Neapolitan pizza and cuisine, using American spring water matching the mineral composition and pH of the water in Naples, according to a news release.   Read mor...