The Cedar Grove Chapter of Unico National is accepting applications for its annual scholarship awards. This year the chapter will be awarding several Cedar Grove resident high school seniors $1,000 awards. In addition to the local chapter scholarships there are eight district and national awards for undergraduates and two awards for post graduate s...

Stefanie DeSimone has gained recognition for an act of heroism she did last summer in which she helped save a man’s life on a plane. DeSimone was traveling home from Italy with her cousin when a man suddenly collapsed in the aisle without a pulse to be detected. Using basic instincts, quick thinking and skills learned in the Seton Hall nursing prog...

The Greater Ramsey Chapter of UNICO National invites area residents to attend its "Re-Discover Your Italian Heritage" event from 2-5 p.m. March 22 on the second floor of the Ramsey Ambulance Building, 41 N. Island Ave. Admission is free, but reservations are required, and space is limited. The deadline for making reservations is March 18.  ...

Members of the local UNICO Delmarva Chapter gathered at Nicola Pizza Feb.10 to plan events for the spring 2015 season. UNICO National, with chapters in over 35 states, aims to provide each community with service projects. Programs are also offered to promote the study of Italian language and culture.   With this goal in mind, the D...

By Emily Everson   The Orange/West Orange chapter of UNICO, the largest Italian American service organization in the country, will host its 41st Annual Sports Awards Breakfast on Sunday. Feb 22. The event honors 'unsung heroes' from local high schools and within the community.   Each year the breakfast honors an outstanding male and f...

Historic sculptures and war memorials meant to honor the people and events that helped shape our city sit languishing, stashed away behind a fence at one of the city's busiest parks. A 1909 sculpture of Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, the discoverer of New York Harbor, now looks like it's seen better days. The Coast Guard Memorial, h...

Four UNICO members prepared their favorite pasta dish and provided a taste for everyone to judge. Pictured behind the table are (l-r) Ed Mason, challenge coordinator, and competitors Nick Ruggieri, Frank Cappelli, Arthur Chomas and Suzanne Failla. Being served in front are Anthony Mazzareli and Monica Viana. Sixty area UNICO members and guests enj...

by Mark Di Ionno   First, filmmaker John Maggio had to dispose of the M-word, because it's the first thing that came up when he was trying to raise money to produce "The Italian-Americans," a two-part, four-hour documentary PBS will unveil this month.   "It took longer to raise the money than to actually make the film," Maggio said be...

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, UNICO will present Seton Hall nursing student Stefanie DeSimone with a $2,500 scholarship at Seton Hall's basketball game at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Scholarship program.   DeSimone, currently in the...

The Rutherford chapter of UNICO National is now accepting applications for a variety of scholarships. The Rutherford chapter will award its local scholarship to a high school senior who is a resident of Rutherford.   The chapter is also accepting applications for the following UNICO National scholarships to high school seniors who will be at...