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Bradford’s Festa Italiana will never be the same again. Though the festival is slated for Aug. 9 through 11, emotions are still heavy after the passing of Tom Brown, who was actively involved in the Italian-American Progressive Club and the Festa Italiana Committee. But Mary Ann Colestro, Festa Italiana Committee secretary, says that the show must...

A Toms River teen just finished his first run in a professional production of a beloved Disney film turned theater-musical. Matteo Marretta, 16, a student at Ocean County’s Performing Arts Academy, made his debut professional appearance as Romeo in Disney’s “Newsies” at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal. “Matteo Marretta embodies the dashi...

Veterans Appreciation Ceremony To Be Held Saturday at Italian Fest. Before the first bocce ball is rolled or sausage sandwich is consumed Saturday at the Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, a veterans appreciation ceremony will be held at noon on the main stage at Heritage Port. A committee led by John Looney, director of the Wheeli...

I stood at the door of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Hammonton as the men of the Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel processed into Saint Joseph Church for Mass. As each man passed me I was greeted with “Buona Festa,” Happy Feast. I could not help but think that for 143 years on this very day, July 16th the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, t...

It's been more than 100 years and St. Ann's Church here is still giving the community zeppoles, live nightly entertainment and crafts. St. Ann's Church is hosting its 108th annual Italian festival at Seventh and Jefferson streets. The festival, which started Saturday at 1 p.m., is open to all until Thursday, July 26 – the Catholic church's feast da...

Mario Lanza's birthplace has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Despite opposition from the local neighbors association and some South Philly residents of Italian heritage, a developer has moved forward and demolished the home at 636 Christian St., where the famous opera singer was born. The plan is to construct two buildings with seven apartments a...

Carmella Mary Rizzo, 101, of Chestnut Hill, the tiny but powerful force behind the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo, died Sunday, July 15, of respiratory failure at her home.Mrs. Rizzo was born in 1916 during World War I. The daughter of first-generation Italian Americans, she was one of seven children, and she understood the meaning of earni...

While Bella Vista will always have strong ties to the history of Philadelphia’s Italian community, the neighborhood has historically served as a starting-out point for new Philadelphians since it began to be settled in the 1840s. The first inhabitants of Moyamensing Township were Irish immigrants and freed African-American slaves who had migrated u...

Sipping limoncello and sangria in a country-like setting, listening to live performances on an open mic, nibbling on cheese and olives — I was whiling away a summer evening at Sunday’s Italian Night at the Rose Hip Barn in Thornton. Hosted by “Ciao Bella Living Italian Style,” the event was a perfect way to cap a weekend! When I received an invitat...

The Michéal Castaldo concert held at St. Barnabas Church in Bayville last month raised $4500 for the church, and the parishioners were thrilled to meet and take photos with him after the show. Castaldo’s Sacred Sounds and Italian Spiritual Songs—A Traditional Italian Spiritual Concert featured classic Italian songs of faith from his chart-topping b...

She Said: I was battling hunger pangs and losing, so I felt like a carb-fest was in order. We’d heard there was a new restaurant in the building across from the movie-theater complex and had it on our radar. Once I gave up on my deli-turkey-meat and veggies dinner plans at my desk, I told He Said what our dinner plans were to be! Never mind my post...

In occasione della presenza, a Molfetta, dei vertici della Società Madonna dei Martiri di Hoboken, cui fa riferimento la comunità molfettese nel New Jersey, mercoledì 18 luglio, alle 19, nella sala conferenze del Museo Diocesano di Molfetta, si terrà l’incontro “L’importanza delle radici per i molfettesi d’America”. Interverranno il presidente dell...