HerrinFesta Italiana reaches it peak this weekend. The week-long festival features big name bands, great food, and plenty of other things to do. One thing has always been a favorite at the Italian festival: bocce. It's the oldest game known to mankind. HerrinFesta Italiana has made bocce a staple for a quarter century. Travis Caliper has played for...

It was a celebration tinged with tears, fear and love. Francesco Totti bid an emotional farewell to Roma after a remarkable 25-season career with his hometown club, contributing to a 3-2 win over Genoa in Serie A that secured the Giallorossi a spot in the Champions League. Almost 60,000 fans inside the Stadio Olimpico stood up and cheered when 40-y...

The third annual "Giro del Lago di Como"  5K Fun Run and Walk will be held on Sunday, August 20 at 9:00 AM. The Start Line is on the east side of Lake Como in Saint Paul. This is a fun event for individuals and families. All participants will be given shirts. There will be prizes awarded to the first two finishers in both the Run and the Walk. Come...

For the first time in five years, the rain held off, and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) was able to hold its Fifth Annual Congressional Bocce Ball Tournament outdoors. The tournament, held in memory of former NIAF Board Member and Chair of the Foundation’s Government Relations and Public Policy Committee Mark Valente, featured 10 t...

  This summer the Metro East will play host to a camp conducted by a professional European soccer team with a long and storied tradition. Juventus FC camp will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 5-9 at Wood River Soccer and Skate Park, 2551 Rock Hill Road in Wood River. The camps are for male and female soccer players ages 5 to 17.  A storied...

The Italian American (IA) Charity Golf Association is pleased to have completed the second installment of their three-year, $150,000 pledge to UPMC Chautauqua WCA with a $50,000 check, proceeds from their 2016 golf tournament and other fundraising activities. This was the second installment of the IA’s three-year, $150,000 pledge to enhance local...

When Saturday rolls around on the campus of FIU it usually means it’s time for football. American football, that is. But during the spring and summer, Miami FC soccer is taking over. That’s thanks to the team’s owner and international businessman, Riccardo Silva. “You can’t not like Miami,” he said. “For me, it’s the best city in the world.” Silva...

Harrison’s soccer team has an international flair to the squad this year. Michi Gentile has joined the team in her year of living in Harrison. There is a big difference between Arkansas high school sports and those in Italy. “Schools in Italy are really different,” she said. “They think that sports are a distraction, so we do not have any kind of s...

Dr. Tom Ferraro, the marvelous commentator for Blank Slate Media, last week highlighted that there are 319,602 Italian-Americans in Nassau County. In the 2000 Census, there were 408,572 in Suffolk. Our two suburban counties ranked among the highest population percentage of Italian-Americans in the U.S.  (Suffolk was 2nd with 28.8), and Nassau was 7...

Yes, that was Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza at the Miami FC game last week. It turns out the 12-time All-Star, a longtime Miami resident, is a huge soccer fan. So much so that he is the majority owner of Italian third-division team AC Reggiana, a club 100 miles south of Milan. He bought the team last year. Piazza chatted about team ownership wit...