Saturday March 10, 6 PM EST. 310 3rd Ave, Jessup, PA 18434-1045. The release will be upstairs with a reception downstairs at the tavern to follow! Join us to celebrate the book release of Images of America: Italians of Lackawanna County by Dunmore resident Stephanie Longo. Stephanie has chosen the Saint Ubaldo Society Cultural Center to be the firs...

Joe Jordano, who is entering his 21st season at Pitt's baseball coach, is scheduled to reach a milestone when he coaches his 1,500th game, including time spent as coach at Merychurst, April 29 at Cost Field against LIU Brooklyn. Barring postponements, of course. Senior outfielder Frank Maldonado, who was the team's second-leading hitter last season...

Joe "Pepe" Daniele said he was 8 or 9 years old when he started making Italian sausage with his late grandmother Catherine. He combined that family tradition with mentorship by the late butcher John Manderino to open Pepino's Italian Restaurant a year after graduating from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond with a management degree. "We still hav...

The Cammaratas were coming over, and we were nervous. We wanted them to feel at home. After all, our new home in South Philadelphia had been theirs for nearly 70 years. I’d mentioned their mother, Antonette, in a column I wrote about the house, back when my wife and dog and I moved in last May. The old-time neighbors still talked about Antonette’s...

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett is returning to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. The 91-year-old 18-time Grammy Award winner plans to take the stage at 8 p.m. June 30. Known as one of the legends of jazz and popular music, Bennett served during World War II before developing a career that spanned more than half a century. He has announced another c...

Lazio Marines Thomas Habakkuk Baldonado has become historic after committing to study and play football on a full scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the first Italian player to join the NCAA Div. I as a freshman. The 6’5″, 230 lb defensive end from Rome, Italy who turns 19 this year, left Italy  last August to attend Clearwater Acad...

Marco Belinelli has committed to signing with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources told ESPN. The Sixers were one of several playoff teams and contenders to offer Belinelli, a savvy veteran shooting guard, a roster spot for the balance of the season. As they push to make the playoffs for the first time in five years, the Sixers recruited Belinell...

Author Josephine B. Pasquarello is pleased to honor her role model, Romania Pasquarello, in her book Love & Loyalty: An Immigrant Italian Mom Raising Her family Of Twelve In The Shadow Of A Mafia Crime. According to Pasquarello, “During my childhood, there was a show called Queen for a Day, which enshrined everyday women--mothers and wives--in thei...

Professor Pietro DiStravolo remembers the first time he stepped onto Alvernia’s campus. “The atmosphere was beautiful and peaceful, and the approach — the friendship and love that the sisters gave their students — was so special,” he recalls. “I decided (if the sisters would keep me) it would be my place for life.” They decided to keep him, and DiS...

There are still many Little Italys in the United States. Some of them are just a few blocks now, other are what's left of the urbanization that brought large roads in the middle of many American cities after the war, several times crashing an Italian community. Every one of them is a place where a big Italian heart has been, is and hopefully always...