Two Christopher Columbus statues  in Camden County were among several targeted in a statewide vandalism spree, officials say. Vandals daubed paint on monuments to the Italian explorer in Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, and Farnham Park in Camden, said Dan Keashen, spokesman for the Camden County Police Department.

Those lazy days of hanging out in the beer garden of the Cooper House, gazing at the sailboats on the river with a craft beer in your hand may seem a long way off. After all, the park was so cold this weekend, even the Winterfest ice skaters looked leery, but the former Cooper House, which closed in November, is not hibernating.

Two Christopher Columbus statues in Garfield were vandalized at various parks Sunday, authorities said. Red paint was smeared on a Christopher Columbus statue and sign at Columbus Park on Outwater Lane, Garfield Police Sgt. Thomas LaMantia said. Red paint was also found on the Christopher Columbus statue nearby at Dahnert’s Lake County Park. The va...

The Italian American Police Society of N.J. and the family of Hannah Cerullo is asking for help for Hannah, the 11 year old daughter of Michael Cerullo of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office who is battling cancer. Hannah “the princess warrior” is fighting very hard and is in need of blood transfusions to aid her in this fight. Hannah is a sixth gra...

The Italian American Heritage Club of Hunterdon County will hold their monthly meerting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 6:45 at Mountain View Chalet on Route 173 in Pattenburg. Guest speaker will be member Luisa Locascio Matarazzo, who will speak about her recent book, "Between 2 Worlds Sicily/America, a Journey Through Mytth and Reality," and about her tr...

Rudy’s Ristorante has been a Closter institution for more than 50 years. And now patrons can see the pizzeria on the big screen. Antony Osso has chronicled his family’s immigrant experience and their decades of owning the beloved restaurant in “Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream.” “When I first started making the film, my intention was to celebr...

At the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage on February 9 at 8:00pm, comedian Mary Dimino will chronicle her colorful Queens childhood as a bright child in a funny, factory-working family with a simple dad as her best friend-- until, that is, she outgrows him by age eleven. Follow comedian Mary Dimino in the powerful one-woman show ...

It is safe to say that Nico Ferrari will not be visiting any Olive Gardens during his stay in America. But other than missing the pasta from his native Italy, the senior exchange student is loving his time in the United States – and his new school is embracing him right back. In addition to forming an immediate bond with his teammates on the Glouce...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera holds open auditions for singers during January to perform with the Verismo Opera Chorus.  Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may audition. Auditions take place on Wednesdays, January 17, 24, and 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The auditions...

For 30 years, brothers Cesar, Jimmy, and Tony Rivas have operated Villa Rosa, their Haddonfield pizzeria, at 1 Kings Highway. This month, the family prepares to move those operations up the block, to 51 Kings Highway, the former site of Italian eatery Casa Bella Trattoria. Although the address will change, the building is well-known to the Rivases,...