Harrison’s soccer team has an international flair to the squad this year. Michi Gentile has joined the team in her year of living in Harrison. There is a big difference between Arkansas high school sports and those in Italy. “Schools in Italy are really different,” she said. “They think that sports are a distraction, so we do not have any kind of s...

The Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble will conclude its 2016-17 concert season on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall. The theme of the concert is “Musica Italiana” and will feature a wide variety of Italian music.  Dr. Timothy Oliver, director of bands at A-State and conductor of the A-State Wind Ensemble, said, “The...

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home is holding a dedication ceremony today for its criminal justice institute named after the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Chancellor Robin Myers will introduce John Scalia, who will represent the late justice's family, at 7 p.m. at the Coulter Performing Arts Center in the Vada Sheid Community...

Ciao from Rome! But almost on the plane for New York. Hello to all We the Italians readers. I'm about to leave for New York City, where as usual We the Italians will be at the NIAF Spring Gala. And I'll be bearing a gift! The new book is out, at the beginning of every year we will publish a yearbook about the year before, and so this is the We the...

Nicola Vaccari may have been born and raised in Italy, trained with NATO in Canada and spent time parking celebrities' cars in Beverly Hills, but for more than 50 years the man known as Northeast Arkansas' "Grandfather of Aviation" made his home in Walnut Ridge. Vaccari, who passed away Feb. 10 at the age of 88, began his aviation career as a memb...

Little Italy's history received recognition today from the Pulaski County Historical Society. An article highlighting Little Italy's role in Prohibition was awarded the 2017 F. Hampton Roy Award for best research article. It will be published in the Spring edition of the Pulaski County Historical Society's journal.

In our journey to discover Italy in the 50 states, today we dive between the Delta Italians, our compatriots who with great effort and sacrifice settled in the wide area of the delta of the Mississippi River, which gives its name to the Magnolia State. The adventures of the Delta Italians described by Paul Canonici's books are intriguing and instru...

Originally called Alta Villa (the “high place”), Little Italy was settled in 1915 by a group of northern Italian immigrants who came to Arkansas looking for an opportunity to achieve the American dream. Though smaller than other Italian colonies in the state, like Tontitown or Lake Village, Little Italy’s centralized location and skilled winemakers...

One of the keys to the 19-year success of Zaffino's by Nori is Nori. The owner greets all diners warmly, her accent making it clear she's an Italian immigrant. She seems to know many more people than not, and she works the room unobtrusively.   Lori, Nori's daughter-in-law, was our waitress on a recent Wednesday evening, and she told us many...

It may be cold outside, but that isn't stopping the Little Italy Incorporation Task Force canvassers from gathering needed signatures on the petition this Fall and Winter, a necessary step in the bid to become an official state recognized town.   Support of at least 200 voters living within the proposed boundary is needed before presenting t...