NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing one of professional boxing’s most respected stars outside of the ring. From Chicago, the only Italian-American professional boxing judge in the state of Illinois, always in the neutral corner, is Mauro DiFiore. DiFiore never steps into the ring and he must always maintain strict neutrality. His skills and 50 years...

Filomena Magrone will celebrate her 100th birthday this month surrounded by family and friends. She was born on May 14, 1917, in Carbonara, Bari, Puglia, to Nicola and Cecilia Muschio. In 1934, Gaetano Magrone began rounding up friends who could play musical instruments and showing up in front of her house to serenade her. They were married the nex...

John Idler, president and general manager of ABC7 Chicago, and Alison Pure-Slovin, Midwest director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will be honored at the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans’ annual media luncheon on May 18. Idler will be given the Dante Award, which is bestowed on a member of the media who lives up to Dante Alighieri’s call...

April 25th at 4:30pm - University of Chicago - Harper Memorial 130. SCREENING OF THE ROAD TO RECONCILIATION (LA VIA DELLA CONCILIAZIONE) - BY RAFFAELE BRUNETTI AND PIERGIORGIO CURZI - ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL USAThe Via della Conciliazione with St. Peter's Basilica in the background is one of Rome's most famous images. But few realize that this street...

May has always meant Mother’s Day as well as the May Crowning of Mary, the Blessed Mother. Of course, those feelings are based in memories of how attending St. Anthony’s School shaped me into the man I am today. I am sure the same sentiment can be expressed by many of today’s men and women who had their early childhood’s formed by the Sisters of St...

A tale of courage and survival takes to the big screen Friday as part of the Italian Film Festival USA’s stop in Dearborn. Italian filmmaker Pierette Domenica Simpson, a survivor of the 1956 sinking of the Italian luxury liner the Andrea Doria, will share her story during a screening of her documentary, “Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?” at...

Sportivo Management Group founder Anthony H. Isabelli has parlayed a deep appreciation for his Italian heritage into a new role that he hopes will allow more Italian Americans to examine their own roots. In December, he was appointed to the position of United States Foreign Committee president for the Association of Sport, Culture and Leisure (ASCI...

Buongiorno! Welcome to Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township – one of several venues in the Detroit area hosting the annual Italian Film Festival USA. Premiering tonight on the Big Reds’ big screen at 7 p.m. is “An Almost Perfect Town,” directed by Massimo Gaudioso. The Italian Film Festival USA is a nonprofit organization that brings fre...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans and Istituto Italiano di Cultura put Italy’s best foot forward on March 5 during Navy’s Pier’s Neighborhoods of the World celebration. What an appropriate name to promote all the diversity of Chicago. Our array of ethnic communities is presented for thousands of spectators who pass thru Navy Pier on an...

Six-hundred gallons of sauce, 23,000 meatballs, 200,000 ravioli, a little love, some laughter, and over one hundred years of tradition were the recipe for one of the areas Palm Sunday dinning experiences. About 2,000 served up their plates at the Sacred Heart Church Original Italian Dinner. The meal has been a spring ritual since 1911. For Mike Car...

Little Italy, alas, no longer has a resident movie house (the New Mayfield repertory was the nearest thing), but the Strosacker Auditorium of Case Western-Reserve University has graciously filled in as the local villa for the touring Italian Film Festival USA. It’s a selection of the best of contemporary Italian movies, sometimes even accompanied b...

New JCCIA President Enza Raineri will be among a dozen community leaders honored at the 16th annual Leonardo da Vinci Award of Excellence Gala on May 7 at White Eagle Banquets in Niles. The event is hosted by the Order Sons of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin. Raineri will receive a Community Leadership Award along with Berw...