Felice Leonardo "Leo" Buscaglia was born on March 31, 1924, to Italian immigrants. The family moved back to Aosta, Italy, for the first five years of Leo's life before returning to California. After graduating high school, Leo joined the U.S. Navy. He never saw direct combat and was assigned to a military hospital.   Thanks to the G.I. Bill,...

By Claudio Bisogniero In great news for the Italian community of Seattle, there is a new Italian Cultural Center opening up soon in the city called Il Punto!. The founders are in the process of receiving non-profit status from the State of Washington and is currently securing a location to make the office.   The cultural center will offer I...

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R, C, I – South Huntington) recently joined the Sons of Italy in America in honoring two dedicated members of New York State's thriving Italian-American community and celebrating Arturo Toscanini Lodge's 55th anniversary. Peter and Edith Zuzolo, two founding members of Long Island's Arturo Toscanini Lodge, were cele...

Join us for a Bocce Extravaganza: Meet & Watch the #1 Ranked Bocce Player in the World, Gianluca Formicone - * 7 World Bocce Championships, *9 Italian Championships, * 6 European Championships, *17 Gold Medals. Friday November 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm Prime Rib Special $24.99 (includes salad, rice, vegetable and d...

To celebrate October as Italian Heritage Month, the Wakefield Sons of Italy hosted a screening of a portion of the PBS documentary series The Italian Americans at the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library in Wakefield. Members and guests enjoyed coffee generously donated by Honey Dew Donuts, and a lovely selection of homemade Italian cookies.   The...

Recently, the Blauvelt Sons of Italy hosted a dinner to welcome several new members into the organization. The group also honored two Rockland County students with scholarships for their commitment and dedication to learning the language of Italian.   Catlin Hartnett and Greg DeCola, both of Tappan Zee High School, received scholarships for...

By Susan Clark Porter As generations age and memories fade, the experiences of our forefathers can also recede. The Sons of Italy, however, is doing its part to promote the legacy of this area's Italian ancestors. In a collaborative effort earlier this year, the Vincent Lombardi Lodge 2270 of Rochester, the Geneva Lodge 2397 (men) and th...

Gianna Cipponeri, a 2014 Modesto High School International Baccalaureate graduate, was crowned Miss America in June during the Queen's Pageant of the 78th Grand Convention of the Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America, in Millbrae.   The nonprofit, fraternal organization was founded in 1922 and represents Americans of Ital...

Sons of Italy Lodge #2561 Annual Golf Outing was held at Knoll Country Club West, on Thursday, July 10. The event was attended by 120 golfers and raised money to support the many charities the SOI donates to.   The Sons of Italy Lodge 2561 recently donated to the Parsippany Food Pantry, The Valerie Fund, Arthritis Foundation and many others....

Geneva Lodge 2397 and Geneva American Italian Lodge 2397A of the Order Sons of Italy in America recently voted to merge their two lodges. That merger will take place in March. In anticipation of that, a joint Nominating Committee has been appointed to seek out candidates for all officer positions of the new merged lodge. All members of both lodges...