Hurricane Irma was the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It has forced the evacuation of 6.3 million Floridians, has left nearly 6 million homes and businesses without power, and has caused billions of dollars in damages—many of those affected are our own OSDIA brothers and sisters. “...

Many wonderful things take place at Italian Fest – sometimes behind the scenes.  This year, the Matt Melucci Italian Studies Fund Committee at SIUE, working with the Italian American Club of Southwestern Illinois, invites you to contribute to their special cause – helping to finance Italian language student study in Italy.  Your contribution to the...

The Italian Catholic Federation’s Our Lady Mother of the Church Branch #439 will host its sixth annual dinner dance on Oct. 8 at Alta Villa Banquets in Addison. The event will raise funds to benefit Maria Vouga and her family, and honor Rocco and Rosanna DeFrenza. (847-341-1847)  Maria was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder a...

The 2017 Festa Italiana in Syracuse has a new event: a meatball-eating contest. The organizers have invited several local media members to participate, according to Ginnie Lostumbo. Morning radio hosts for 93Q Ted Long and Amy Robbins will emcee and judge, Lostumbo said. The contest will be at 12:30 p.m. on the first day of the festival, which runs...

Dear Members and Friends, we hope everyone has been able to continue recovering and remain safe and sound in the aftermath of Harvey. We'd like to thank everyone who reached out to let us know how you were doing and checked in on us to make sure all staff members and the Milford House was safe. Now it's our turn to do what we can for all those who...

Youngstown's favorite Italian American boxer and lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini is organizing a match between amateur boxers in Youngstown and Pittsburgh against the motherland Italy. The event "Youngstown Versus Italy" will be at the Covelli Centre October 5 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Organizers said that proceeds will benefit...

For six years, Phil Pata watched as Alzheimer’s disease slowly took his wife away from him. Looking forward to a day when families won’t have to deal with that pain anymore, Pata and his fellow Bellaire Sons of Italy members donated $1,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association during a check presentation held Wednesday at the lodge. Pata and Larry Seibie...

The Italian American Club of Sebastian will be hosting their 21st Annual Golf Tournament on October 14, 2017, at the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course. The purpose is to raise funds for their Madeline Smith Scholarship Fund. The club is dedicated to community involvement and has awarded over $166,000 in scholarships for the past sixteen years to dese...

An iconic staple in Little Italy anticipates a huge turnout will jumpstart its rebuilding efforts. Sons of Italy is hoping a dinner fundraiser on Saturday will help them open its doors once again. A two-alarm fire heavily damaged the hall in January which only left the brick frame standing and damage expenses more than $670,000. To help cover some...

Ferrari has announced it will build one more LaFerrari convertible – bringing the total production run for the hypercar to 210 units. The 210th LaFerrari Aperta will feature a unique livery that will be revealed during the company’s 70th Anniversary celebrations in Maranello, Italy. Only 209 LaFerrari Apertas were originally slated for production,...