On a perfect, sunny, summery October day, a few dozen people — many wearing the green, white and red colors the flag of Italy — sat out along the Main Street side of City Hall, listened to Italian music and honored Natalie Guiliano DeRosa as "Italian-American of the Year." Then they all moved on to the basement of City Hall to eat ziti, eggplant a...

The Italian American Community petitions for an official U.S. Capitol luncheon and White House evening reception in annual recognition and endorsement of Columbus Day and the contributions of the 25 million Americans of Italian decent. With our holiday consistently under attack, we ask the White House to rededicate the Presidency to both the holida...

Jersey City's Downtown was awash in green, red and white for the fifth annual Columbus Day Parade today. Leading the celebration of Italian heritage Saturday was TLC star Buddy 'Cake Boss' Valastro, who was the parade's grand marshal.   "I'm honored to be here," Valastro said, who was accompanied at the head of the parade by his son, Marco,...

by Riccardo Chioni Nella residenza ufficiale del sindaco Bill de Blasio a Gracie Mansion giovedì si è svolta una cerimonia per l'inizio del fine settimana dei festeggiamenti colombiani alla presenza della first lady Chirlane McCray, del console generale Natalia Quintavalle del commissioner del Fdny Daniel Nigro e il presidente della Columbus Citiz...

When Italian immigrants began shifting their focus of practical identity from the old country to the new, they created a change in consciousness that resulted in a loss of cultural memory that would be vital for the continuation of Italian identities in the United States. This condition is similar to what Benedict Anderson addresses in his study Im...

At the annual Columbus Day celebration, Alfred Fusco is a fixture as familiar as the zeppole he's become popular for serving at the downtown celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture.   But he won't be working the booth this Sunday, a first since the city's celebration started a half decade ago: Fusco has earned a place at the fro...

George Anastasia, who launched his career at this newspaper in 1969 when it was the Woodbury Daily Times and became an award-winning journalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer and author of eight books about organized crime, has been selected as 2014 Italian-American Citizen of the Year by the Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission.   Th...

The Columbus Day Parade Committee named Vincent Vetrini as the grand marshal of this year's event, while Joseph Luciano received the Monsignor Anthony Maltese Humanitarian Award and Scott Mikos was named recipient of the DiRubba Community Service Award. Vetrini, a longtime supporter of the Columbus Day Parade Committee, is the co-founder of the Ea...

By John Mancini, Executive Director Italic Institute of America, Floral Park, L.I.   Borough President James Oddo's announcement that the Columbus Day Parade will be replaced by an Italian festival because a festival is "deeper and richer," beggars the imagination.   Granted, the traditional parade failed to excite the masses, but it...

Rhode Island's Irish may have a lock on March, but October belongs to the state's Italians. And they know how to celebrate, with Columbus Day parades and festivals taking place from Westerly to Woonsocket. Providence's Federal Hill, the city's Italian stronghold, closes off much of Atwells Avenue beginning Saturday for three days of food, entertai...