For almost as long as Italians have lived in Hoboken, they have been coming to the feast of St. Ann at St. Ann's Catholic Church. The annual celebration began 104 years ago, when a statue of St. Ann arrived from a tiny Italian village in the Apennine mountains near Salerno.   As late as 1960, nearly a quarter of Hoboken's residents were Ital...

The annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival honorees banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Bridgeport Conference Center. Honorees include Italian-American Man of the Year, Anthony "Boo" Bellotte; Italian-American Woman of the Year, Angela Bellotte; Honorary Italian Man of the Year, Dr. Joe Momen; Honorary Italian Woman of the Year,...

The smells and sounds of Italy filled the South End Middle School auditorium Saturday night in Springfield. It was called "A Taste of Italy".   In its 20th year, and organized by parishioners of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, the popular dinner fundraiser was attended by hundreds or parishioners and residents of the South End.   R...

Folks who are Irish or Italian, or who just like to have a good time, gathered in the Hub City this weekend to celebrate the culture of Italy and the Emerald Isle. The annual Irish-Italian Festival Parade made its way down W. 4th Street Saturday morning.    It was led by a royal court, featuring Southern Miss president Dr. Rodney Bennet...

Tickets are on sale for the American Italian Cultural Center and Piazza d'Italia's first Taste of Italy. The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans. A patron party starts at 6 p.m. In celebration of Italian Heritage Month, guests will dine on Italian delicacies from more than 20 restaurant...

The Columbus Citizens Foundation is thrilled with the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Committee's recent vote of 7 to 2 rejecting a bill that would have ended the celebration of Columbus Day as a state holiday.   Colorado was the first state to recognize Columbus Day in 1907, when Italian-American Denver resident Angelo Noce lobb...

By popular reader demand, I sampled Scimeca's Italian sausage at a yellow-tarp-roofed booth on Kennedy Plaza. A reader/fan of the booth told me it was called Cappuccino Connections, though one worker at the booth assured me it was called World's Best Lemonade. Other booth workers really had no idea what it was called.   I suppose there...

Street painting has been part of the artistic canon since the middle ages. In 16th-century Europe, artists would create temporary works of art with chalk in public spaces, such as in front of a church or fountain. It was a way for underemployed artists to hawk their skill and attract commissions — or simply earn some tips to pay for a meal. &...

The Hoboken Italian Festival, otherwise known as the Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri (Our Lady of the Martyrs), returns to Sinatra Park Thursday, Sept. 8 through Sunday Sept 11. The religious tradition began over 600 years ago in Molfetta, Italy, according to Danny Altilio, who does public relations for the festival.   A number of Ital...

On Sunday, May 5, 2013 St. Ambrose Parish will hold its annual "La Festa" on the grounds of St. Ambrose church in the historic Hill Neighborhood. St. Ambrose parish has been the foundation for this historic neighborhood for over 100 years and looks to continue this tradition with its largest fund raiser of the year. Festivities will begin at 12:00...