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Decades after coming home from Vietnam, a West Virginia native and WVU graduate used his experiences from childhood and service overseas to write a novel. “I never expected this to be published,”said author John Brown. “It was a bucket list item. I was doing it for myself and family.” “Augie’s War” follows Augie Cumpton from the fictional Jewel Tow...

Michael A. Pesce Jr. died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, at the age of 98. Born and raised in Trenton, N.J., Mr. Pesce was an original Levittown resident for 38 years prior to returning to New Jersey in 1993. He was a former member of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish. Until his retirement, Mr. Pesce was employed with Roller Bearing Co. in Trenton, N.J....

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Philadelphia, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges. 1. Gran Caffe L'aquila. Topping the list is Gran Caffe L'Aquila. Located at 1716 Chestnut St. in Rittenhou...

While working on this teacher diversity series, we visited one of the schools in the city with an all-white faculty, A.S. Jenks in South Philadelphia. What we found was a school that in many ways is a model of diversity. Its principal is black, and the student body comes from all over the world. Its teachers, nearly all of them native white South P...

Gelotti has been invited and will be participating in Gelato Festival World Ranking in Italy next month, store officials announced. On a rainy day in August, Chef Mike Guerriero, and his Gelotti team prepared for Gelato Festival America 2018 at Liberty State Park,  https://www.gelatofestivalamerica.com the first stage on the American Gelato Festiva...

Bridgeton, a Cumberland County city steeped in history, was originally inhabited by the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation. Some 300 years ago, European settler, Richard Hancock, built a sawmill in the area now known as Bridgeton. Throughout its history, Bridgeton had transformed itself from a city whose economy was based on fishing, hunting, and...

Josephine Ferre came to Castle Garden with the hope of many Italian immigrants. She wanted a better life in America. Tucked with her were four children and a nativity set that now belongs to her great-granddaughter Annette Isgan of Somerset. Isgan thinks about what her relative went through when it’s put on in decoration. “We cherish it very much....

The Italian Market in South Philadelphia was packed with shoppers who were all packing their shopping bags with lots of fixins' for Christmas. "I have Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, fresh figs,” said one Italian Market shopper. She joined hundred heading to Isgro Pastries shop at 10th and Christian Street, like Maria from Las Vegas. "You can't visit...

Officers and members of Corona D’italia #807 held their Christmas Dinner on Wednesday, December 5, at the Wolverine Restaurant. Chairman, Acting President, Valerie Valentino and Co-chairman, Lois DiFrischia, greeted the arrivals. Valentino checked reservations and gave door prize tickets, DiFrischia directed seating and presented each person with a...

Eager readers filled Watchung Booksellers in Montclair to hear first-time novelist, Jeffrey J. Antonucci of Wayne, speak about his newly published book, Deep Within a Blueberry Sky, on December 5. His inspiring presentation about the experience of evolving from a background as a bricklayer to a published author truly wowed the audience, especially...

Organised by the US-Italy Fulbright Commission, the US Department of State and the Embassy of Italy, the conference was attended by Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, US assistant secretary of state for Education and Cultural Affairs, Marie Therese Royce and executive director of the US-Italy Fulbright Commission Paola Sartorio. Both Varricchio...

On Christmas Eve this year, like every other year, my family will start with the clam dip fresh out of the oven. As the clam dip cools down there's the "pizza" (really just bread with stuff on it) and some salami to snack on, as well as two plates of zeppole (one stuffed with chocolate, one with anchovies — pick carefully). Around 3 p.m. we'll get...