History is imperfect, but still, it should be honored. That's the message that about 30 members of various Italian-heritage groups sent to the School Committee during its meeting Wednesday. They urged committee members to restore Columbus Day in the school calendar. But committee members pushed back, prompting a neighborly exchange about ethnicity,...

Dennis Filippone, the interim superintendent of the Brick Township School District, has been named the grand marshal of the 2018 Columbus Day Parade in Seaside Heights. "Dennis stood out among this year's nominees because of his commitment to the education of our youth in the school system," Parade Chairman Michael Blandina said, "especially for hi...

Ciao from Rome, welcome to the #103 magazine of We the Italians! I'd like to start this editorial by celebrating all the Italian American soldiers who lost their lives, in all the American wars: Monday May 28 is Memorial Day. To pay my respect, this year I've interviewed somebody who not only beautifully represents the Italians who have fought or s...

One of the borough’s most popular parades is experiencing a ‘passing of the baton’ of leadership. Tony Signorile, longtime steward of the Bronx Columbus Day Parade, who volunteered for 12 years as the parade committee chair, submitted a letter of resignation recently to the Morris Park Community Association, which sponsors the annual event. Signori...

Legislation to eliminate Columbus Day as a state holiday was sent to a state House committee on Monday and just never came back. House Bill 1231 was drafted by Rep. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County, and it had narrowly survived a vote in the House Local Government Committee earlier this session. At that lengthy hearing, the Italian American commu...

The second Monday in October, a federal holiday honoring Christopher Columbus, would be Indigenous Peoples Day in Mankato under a resolution the City Council will consider in coming weeks. Dave Brave Heart — backed by about 30 community members — brought the request to a council work session Monday night. Brave Heart first offered praise for the ci...

The Henry Downs Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded David Granger, a sophomore at Midway High School, with the winning submission on an essay about Christopher Columbus. Since 1996, the Henry Downs Chapter of the NSDAR has joined with the National Italian American Foundation to sponsor an annual natio...

Every year in October, Americans of Italian ancestry gear up to do battle. It’s part of a decades-long war to ensure the recognition of and respect for the integral role Italian Americans have played in this country. As a proud Italian American, or IA, myself, I can bear witness to the atrocious and dehumanizing stereotyping of my people. We don’t...

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 Tuesday to designate the second Monday in October as Italian American Heritage Day. The move came after a board vote in January to rename the former Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day drew protests from Italian Americans. Italian American community groups began collecting signatures to overturn th...

For the past 128 years, the Christopher Columbus Italian Society in San Antonio has been known for many things: Homespun spaghetti dinners at its Italian Hall; charitable works; a beautiful, historic downtown church. Sure, there was the Ladies Auxiliary — after all, that spaghetti didn’t make itself — but to truly become a member of the society, yo...