di Alessandra Moro È il 12 ottobre di cinquecentoventicinque anni fa: tre caravelle guidate dal ligure Cristoforo Colombo approdano a San Salvador (oggi isola di Watling, Bahamas), nell'erronea convinzione di esser giunti nell'Asia di Marco Polo. Invece hanno toccato un nuovo continente, quello che verrà poi chiamato "America" dal nome di Amerigo...

In 2013, the Mercer County Italian American Festival Committee donated and erected a statute of Christopher Columbus on the site of their building in Hamilton Township, a municipality comprised OF 70% Italian Americans. Shortly thereafter, irresponsible vandals defaced the statute by blackening the face. Cavaliere John Scarpati called it a despicab...

Atty. Mark Bufalino, left, stands with Herman Castellani, president of the Italian American Association of Luzerne County, in front of the statue of Christopher Columbus, located on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Main Street, Pittston. Bufalino's father, the late Atty.   Charles Bufalino, was president of the Columbus League of Luzerne...

Hudson County held a Columbus Day Commemoration, which included the raising of the Italian flag, on Oct. 8 in front of the William J. Brennan Court House in Jersey City.   Among those featured in the commemoration was Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, who was joined by a host of municipal honorees from Jersey City and Hoboken, all of whom...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere has joined with other leading organizations in an initiative called Save Columbus Day. This initiative was formed after the City of Seattle recently voted to have an "Indigenous Peoples Day" on the same day as Columbus Day.   Please go to WWW.SAVECOLUMBUSDAY.COM and sign the petition to...

by Scott Wise   The statue of Christopher Columbus erected where Boulevard hits Byrd Park in Richmond was vandalized on Columbus Day. A message left with the Richmond Department of Public Works about the Columbus statue vandalism has not yet been returned. Monday was Columbus Day and the words "lies" and "genocide" painted on the Columb...

The Sons of Italy Cellini Lodge #2206 of New Hyde Park honored New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio along with other Italian American Baseball Legends at its annual Columbus Day observance last Thursday night. "They were trailblazers," said Joseph Sciame, past Sons of Italy national president and Cellini Lodge president. "It highlights their achiev...

Philip Vetro will be honored as Italian American of the year, Friday, Oct. 17, at the 23rd Annual Milford Columbus Committee Dinner Dance.   Vetro has been a Milford resident and business owner for more than 44 years. During his time in Milford, he has dedicated his free time to many boards in Milford, including the Planning and Zoning board...

What's the status of "Rome Through Richmond Town," the outdoor event taking the place of New Dorp's annual Columbus Day parade? The free festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, celebrates Italian-American culture at Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave. Borough President James S. Oddo's office announced Tuesday the upcoming performances...

By Kenneth C. Crowe II   The city's Christopher Columbus monument has been defaced with gang-related graffiti for months, and the memorial is becoming overgrown. Located in Columbus Square at the intersection of Jacob Street, King Street and Fifth Avenue, it is just a couple of blocks from City Hall.   That spray-painted tag "540...