For years I have heard members of my family talk with excitement about the annual Columbus Cup event that takes place at Bellewood CC, near Pottstown. Of course the day is filled with golf, bocce, Italian music and wine. But the highlight – judging by the rave reviews – always seems to be the food.   And atop the long list of "Old World" Ita...

More than five hundred years ago, a strong man with an unmistakably Italian name took a world divided in half and made it whole. When Cristoforo Colombo crossed a huge, dark ocean, he joined the Old World of Europe to the New World of what was to become America. His voyage changed the world forever. Little did he know that one day 29 U.S. citi...

TLC star Buddy 'Cake Boss' Valastro, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, and members of the Jersey City Police and Fire departments are among the hundreds who will march during the fifth annual Jersey City Columbus Day Parade tomorrow.   The parade, which starts at 1 p.m., gathers residents, community organizations, civic groups and bands to cele...

Declaring Indigenous Peoples' Day on the same date as Columbus Day is an attempt to delete a part of U.S. history ["'Basta!' Italian Americans to fight Seattle's Columbus Day slight," Local News, Oct. 9].   European exploration of the Americas led to subjugation of New World natives and African slaves. It wasn't pretty. But it's also the rea...

Hey, show a little respect for Christopher Columbus! Italian-American activists are outraged over a new plan to place an art installation around the statue of the explorer that stands in Manhattan's Columbus Circle. The planned installation, by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, is supposed to give New Yorkers a new perspective on Chris by enclosing hi...

It's almost Columbus Day but you would never know it in certain parts of the country. In many cities, and even whole states, Columbus Day has been replaced with "Native American Day", or "Discoverer Day" as has happened in Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and South Dakota.   Other states are forced to authorize the holiday although they don't celebrat...

In advance of the the 13th Annual Columbus Day Commemoration, members of Trenton Council Knights of Columbus, The New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission, and community volunteers braved the weather and rain on Sat., Oct. 4 to clean Columbus Park around the statue.   This group included the following: Matt Tydryszewski, Don Povio, v...

Standing at the end Boulevard, next to the tennis courts at Byrd Park, is the first statue of Christopher Columbus erected in the South. In the early 1920s, Richmond's Italian-American community – about 1,000 strong – wanted to gift a statue of their kinsman to their adopted home.   The residents hoped city officials would add a Columbus sta...

Members of the Italian American One Voice Coalition (www.iaovc.org) were pleased this past weekend to join the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association, New Jersey State Senator President Stephen Sweeney, and other dignitaries, in rededicating the Christopher Columbus statue at the Italian American Heritage Center in Hamilton Township....

It's been debated for years, but now the city of Minneapolis has decided to change from celebrating Columbus Day to observing Indigenous People's Day instead. Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937, though not all states observe it, including Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and South Dakota.   The day has long been a hot button issu...