America has been celebrating Columbus Day since it was officially designated a national holiday in 1937. But the very first known observance was in New York and took place much earlier—on October 12, 1792, to mark the 300th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the Americas.   The tribute was arranged by the newly formed social organization, S...

By Rosario A. Iaconis   What's in a name? For New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, his cognomen is a point of pride. After all, he chose it. In fact, the man formerly known as Bill Wilhelm paid homage to his Italian mother by legally embracing her surname. Moreover, de Blasio's offspring are called Dante and Chiara.  ...

Delaware has a nickname that says everything: it is called the "First State". This is just one of the things we talk about with the guest of this new interview. Our friend Richard A. DiLiberto, Jr. is one of the major personalities of the Italian American community in Delaware.   Let's discover what he does to represent this wonderful community,...

Christopher Columbus' ships are sailing back into town. Replicas of the Nina and Pinta, which drew crowds when they were docked on the North Shore in 2012 and 2009, will be returning to Pittsburgh on Sept. 30. The ships, which are operated by the Columbus Foundation, will be docked at Station Square in the South Side and will be open to t...

Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi. Monday, October 12, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT). Chicago, IL. Join the Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi for a fun-filled afternoon of learning while acting and playing. Discover the story of Cristoforo Colombo and how he got from Genova to the coast of the New World while making friends with other chi...

The Cultural Italian American Organization of Auburn will hold its annual Christopher Columbus Testimonial Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Springside Inn in Fleming. The dinner will honor the Most Rev. Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester, for his leadership in the Catholic Church communities and to recognize him as the first Italian-Amer...

The Italian American One Voice Coalition as well as Coalition members UNICO Nation, the Anti-Bias Committee of UNICO and the UNICO Columbus Parade Committee (www.iaovc.org) are adding its voices to the growing chorus of organizations and public officials shocked by the recent defacing of the Christopher Columbus statue in Hamilton Township, NJ. &n...

Rain did not deter the members of the UNICO Delmarva Chapter, family and friends from enjoying animated conversation, competition and good food at the chapter's bocce tournament held Oct. 11 at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton.   The event celebrated Columbus Day weekend and Gov. Jack Markell's proclamation of October as Italian American...

by Frederick Melo   Move over, Christopher Columbus. The second Monday in October is now known as Indigenous Peoples Day in the city of St. Paul. The resolution was sponsored by all seven members of the St. Paul City Council and approved Wednesday to heavy applause from a crowded, upbeat audience.   It encourages other institutio...

By James S. Oddo   Several times since I began working at Borough Hall, my Mom has welled up with emotion, telling me how proud my grandfather would have been to see me become the Borough President. She was speaking of her Dad, Edward Galbo, who left Sicily in 1902 for the promise of a better life in a new land.   When he arrived, he...