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Telling anyone's life story in 1,800 words or fewer is a difficult feat. But when I met David and Rosetta Johnson of Cloquet, I truly struggled to narrow down our wide ranging conversation.   Does the story start with Rosa's Italian heritage and adjustment to living in America, or does it start with David's Cloquet roots? Or perhaps the best...

A music class recently turned into a fishing exploration for Stephanie Jones' 4-year-old son Peter and his classmates at Prince of Peace Preschool.   They decided their musical rhythm sticks resembled fishing poles, and so began their investigation into the world of fish and fish ponds. Their curiosity was piqued, and "the unit unfolded on i...

Local northwest Ohio pizza places must remain competitive because of the seemingly unlimited supply of pizza chains. Each place must promise fresh ingredients, signature recipes, and appealing menus, and deliver on those promises. They must continue to attract a customer base at the right price.   Arturo's Pizza Kitchen opened in Northwood i...

Elia Andrea Corazza, Kluge Fellow. Scholar Elia Andrea Corazza arrived at the Library of Congress in fall 2014 to conduct research on legendary Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. In particular, Corazza wished to know more about Respighi's collaboration with Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballets Russes, after World War I,...

The Frank Finocchiaro Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest judging took place on April 9, 2016. The judges reviewed 109 essays submitted by students from Bethesda Academy, Benedictine Military School and St. Vincent's Academy, which represented a 100% increase in the number of essays submitted versus last year.   Essays were written about a wi...

Jordan Dobbin, a senior at Canon-McMillan High School of Canonsburg, Pa. was awarded a $500 Corona D'Italia Memorial Scholarship in honor of her academic achievement and community involvement.   Her eligibility was based on her grandfather, Herman D'Amico being a member of the Sons of Italy #608. She plans to attend California University of...

When you're standing on a cliff on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, you don't look down. You look up, mumble a prayer and you jump. I had always imagined that Southern Italy would be hotter. But in April, it was a mild 60 degrees. Thrashing against the current and the icy water that stung the lobes of my ears, it felt much more like a Decem...

The small band of protesters was dwarfed by the soaring twin bell towers of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. They didn't take up much space on the grand and expansive entrance way, graced by Pope John Paul II in 1995.   And they didn't have much of an audience, either. Sunday Masses at one of North America's most ornate and i...

By John Gottberg Anderson The only thing that really disappoints me about the new Pasta House Bar & Grill, in the Bend Factory Stores on S. U.S. Highway 97, is its lack of fresh pastas. The restaurant doesn't make its own pastas, and there are too few varieties of what it offers.   Beyond that — and partners Chip Simmons and Karen Davis...

One of Los Angeles' strengths is its diversity. The city, indeed the entire county, is a melting pot of backgrounds and cultures (even if they don't always melt together as much as would be ideal). Many see Los Angeles as a singular 21st century city precisely because of its mix of people including (but not limited to) Latinos, African Americans, A...

By Sara Liss   The who: Chef Wendy Cacciatori, from Bologna, Italy, helms Via Emilia 9 — a pint-sized South Beach spot that specializes in hearty home cooking and pastas made daily. The space: The two year-old restaurant recently underwent a complete revamp with a redesign that includes an open kitchen, an expanded market with Italian goods...

When: Tuesday October 18, 2016 from 6:00 pmWhere: Italian Cultural Institute, 500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL On the Occasion of the 16th Annual Italian Language Week in the World, Editor Marinella Mascia Galateria (University of Rome - La Sapienza) will present "Paola Masino: Dressing the Past Outfits, Dreams and Memor...