When Michael Cascio published his debut children’s book, “When I Was A Child I Was Always Afraid,” in January, there was one person he wanted to thank, but couldn’t — Joan Pilla, his fourth-grade teacher. It was Pilla who took a 9-year-old Cascio under her wing and essentially taught him to read, he said. But they lost touch after that year at St....

The highlight of the Italian American Cultural Club’s June 5 meeting was a Hawaiian luau with the meal featuring a roasted pig with all the trimmings and entertainment provided by Tuika’s Polynesian Island Magic. The entertainers celebrated members’ birthdays and taught several members the hula dance. The club’s hula hoop winners were Theresa Copp...

For many organizations the ability to help out a recent high school graduate with some scholarship money is a mission. The Enrico Caruso Lodge #1463 Order of Sons of Italy in America will attempt to do just that with the proceeds from their annual dinner. The dinner will be held on Saturday, July 8, beginning at 6 p.m. The cost of the event is $40...

The Charitable Italian American Organization of Lima awarded 14, $1,000 scholarships at a banquet last month. This year’s recipients were Caleb Austin, Rachel Ballinger, Paul Blasiman, Eli Bourassa, Lauren Bull, Jaclyn Diglio, Gabrelle Dulebohn, Abigail Durst, Gage Goecke, Adrian Johnson, Karenna Langhals, Taylor Miller, Thomas Williams and Addison...

When Rome Free Academy graduating seniors received their diplomas during ceremonies Saturday, they soon noticed there was a tiny error. The text on the diplomas said they were handed out in Roma, NY, not Rome, NY. Rome (not Roma) City School Superintendent Peter Blake said the mistake was discovered after the ceremony when parents and students bega...

U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas and the leadership at the National Italian American Foundation announced that John Bellotti, of Acton, a student at Adelphi University, received a travel award through NIAF. Bellotti is one of 20 college students from across the nation who will participate in the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program, an all...

On May 12, the Maria Montessori chapter of the Societ Onoraria Italica, the National Italian Honor Society inducted 17 juniors, two seniors and one honorary member at the annual induction ceremony. Juniors who were inducted included Isabella Beil, Mia Bruno, Benjamin Burkey, Tyler Catanzarite, Luciano Cardillo, McKenna Connolly, Grace Coppola, Anna...

Kansas State University in Italy celebrated its grand opening May 29 in Orvieto, Italy, as the inaugural session of Kansas State University in Italy summer program commenced. The Orvieto mayor's office hosted a joint news conference with the university to celebrate the partnership, confirming the relationship between Kansas State University, Kansas...

Not many elementary school kids get a chance to study and learn to speak and write the language of their descendants. A Medford fifth grade class studying Italian has been honored as the winner in an annual regional contest for a descriptive, artistic poster with an Italian theme. Debra Notaro’s fifth grade class from the McGlynn Elementary School...

Congratulations to the 2017 Lido Civic Club Scholarship winners! Francesco Isgro, Chair of the Lido Civic Club Scholarship Committee, announced the winners of a total on $60,000 in scholarships at the Sixth Annual Scholarship Awards Presentations held at the Italian Embassy. The scholarship winners are: Domenic Allegra, Bridget Bagileo, Ethan Casse...