An Essex County Italian-American group is fighting to save statues of Christopher Columbus, as controversy surrounding the historical figure grows. The Fairfield chapter of the Italian-American group UNICO says that they would like to collect all of the unwanted statues.  UNICO Fairfield Chapter President Amedeo Pineta says that Columbus is an impo...

The City of Akron may be getting a new holiday, but City Council wants a little more time to think about it. Seventh- and eighth-graders and faculty from The Lippman School in West Akron turned out Jan. 22 to present a proposal to put First People’s Day on the calendar.  They, along with representatives of the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana an...

A local Italian-American group is offering a $2,500 reward for any information that leads to the prosecution of whoever vandalized two Christopher Columbus statues earlier this month. The reward is being put up by the Columbian Foundation, an Essex County-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting Italian culture, education and heritage.

City of Trenton employees will have to attempt another solution to remove paint from a vandalized statue of Christopher Columbus. “Power washing did not work,” an Department of Public Works employee said. The water wand rested atop the base of the Columbus monument on Hamilton Ave. Paint remained on the legs of the controversial explorer. John Scar...

San Francisco joined a nationwide movement to honor Native Americans in lieu of the explorer whose arrival brought on many of their deaths. The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 on Tuesday afternoon to bump out Columbus Day on the second Monday of October and edge in Indigenous Peoples Day, the San Franciso Examiner reports. It took after the San Fra...

Dr. Gilda Rorro Baldassari and John Scarpati, Sr. saw red last week. Both proud U.S. citizens of Italian-American descent, expressed anger and concern after someone vandalized the statue of Christopher Columbus inside the Hamilton Ave. park which bears the controversial explorer’s name. Red paint covered several areas of Columbus’ body while the ba...

As a first generation Italian-American, to me and to many like me, Christopher Columbus represents the idea that you can voyage far away from home, and with a dream, and perseverance and sacrifice, and faith and hard work, you can find a better life and enjoy the freedom with which we are blessed to have in this awesome country we call the United...

Two Christopher Columbus statues  in Camden County were among several targeted in a statewide vandalism spree, officials say. Vandals daubed paint on monuments to the Italian explorer in Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, and Farnham Park in Camden, said Dan Keashen, spokesman for the Camden County Police Department.

News of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio's monuments commission's recommendations for what to do with controversial statues and monuments on New York City property is being cautiously celebrated by many Staten Island politicians. On Thursday, De Blasio's commission recommended that most controversial monuments and statues be kept where they are with...

Two Christopher Columbus statues in Garfield were vandalized at various parks Sunday, authorities said. Red paint was smeared on a Christopher Columbus statue and sign at Columbus Park on Outwater Lane, Garfield Police Sgt. Thomas LaMantia said. Red paint was also found on the Christopher Columbus statue nearby at Dahnert’s Lake County Park. The va...