October is Italian Heritage Month and Nutley and Belleville celebrated with the 35th annual Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade along Franklin Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 8. This year’s dignitaries reflected on their heritage, why they celebrate Christopher Columbus and showed gratitude for their honors. Nutleyite Henry Meola is the lighting designer...

Red splotches on the city’s Christopher Columbus statue — from vandalism in the week of Columbus Day — vanished Friday as two professionals blasted the bronzed explorer with dry ice. The ice turned to gas, taking the red stuff with it. The city hired the South Bend firm Polar Clean to clean the statue along Mishawaka Avenue that looks over Central...

In the US, the national debate on the country’s origins and heritage has involved also the Italian American community. At the heart of discussion, however, there is more than statues and celebratory days, there is the meaning itself of being proud of our roots.   Christopher Columbus and the Vikings  A few weeks ago, the Los Angeles City Council de...

Should they stay or should they go? Starting Wednesday, the public can help decide the fate of controversial statues that a city commission is considering tearing down. Mayor Bill de Blasio's Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers launched an online survey Wednesday morning asking New Yorkers for their thoughts on how to handle specific stat...

An effort is ongoing in the borough’s Italian-American enclaves to save a beloved statue of Christopher Columbus. Locals are participating in at least two petition efforts to implore a public art review commission established by Mayor de Blasio to keep a statue of Christopher Columbus in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. The Sons of Italy placed petitio...

An air of defiance hung over the re-dedication ceremony for a Christopher Columbus statute in Garfield on Saturday morning. Local, state and federal leaders who spoke at Columbus Park for the monument’s 50th anniversary made brief nods to the anti-Columbus sentiment that has swept the nation of late. But for the more than 40 people in attendance, t...

Cento anni in America, anzi di Italiani-aquiloniesi in America. Il Club San Vito Martire nel New Jersey ha festeggiato nei giorni scorsi, in occasione del Colombus Day, il suo primo secolo di vita. Fondato da emigranti di Aquilonia a inizio secolo scorso, in onore del santo patrono della comunità irpina, il Club raccoglie oggi italo-americani di tr...

Several dozen municipal governments across the U.S. have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. They contend that Christopher Columbus and other Europeans ushered in centuries of ethnic cleansing and genocide. Injustices of the past cannot be changed by new-age political correctness. And the propensity for historically ruthless treatment o...

President Trump on Tuesday criticized the removal of statues depicting historical figures as an attack on U.S. heritage, in a high-profile speech to conservative donors and policymakers at the Heritage Foundation.Weeks after leaders in several U.S. cities ordered the removal of various Confederate memorials and monuments, Trump on Tuesday condemned...

The 70th Annual Columbus Day Dinner Dance Cotillion kept tradition alive Saturday evening at Guy’s Party Center. The Council of Italian American Societies of Summit County sponsored the elegant evening. This year’s debutantes were Sophia Rose Scarpitti of Stow-Munroe Falls High School, daughter of Mike and Carla Scarpitti; Mia Isabella Latine ofWal...