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Joseph Robert Panetta, 89, of Pebble Beach, died Dec. 19, 2022, and will be remembered as “a buon uomo, a good man,” according to his brother Leon Panetta. Joseph Panetta was born Aug. 2, 1933, in Sheridan, Wyoming to Carmelo and Carmelina Panetta. The family would move to Monterey, then Carmel Valley. Joseph Panetta attended San Carlos Elementary...

“San Francisco, Italy”: that’s what former San Francisco Italian Consul General Mauro Battocchi would call the City in his colorful blog which is still online and continues to highlight his years here. But before “San Francisco, Italy,” we had “Little Italy”—a community sweeping down the slopes from Telegraph Hill into what is still called North Be...

An Italian resident has reached out to Plumas News to help him find information about his relatives — former Sierra Valley residents. Francesco Mainetti is researching information about his grandfather, Cirillo Aili, (which could also be written as Arillo or Arello), and his grandfather’s brother, Joseph Aili. The men immigrated to Plumas County in...

The Leonardo da Vincy Society celebrated the 4th edition of its Awards on December 2nd in San Francisco. Twelve awards and two Emeritus Awards later, the organization is stronger than ever, thanks to the work of its Board members who showed a lot of resilience and strength, especially during the pandemic. The founding of the Leonardo Awards, on the...

During a recent and special social night highlighted by an exquisite five-course meal and open bar, members of the Italo-American Lodge in Merced honored some of its leaders, as well as announced a whole new, expanded lineup of Social Nights for the 2023 new year. Lodge President Michael Bandoni received an award for his leadership of the organizat...

Now, two of these, a small painting on copper and a preparatory drawing for it, have come to Getty. Together, the artworks provide insight into the artist’s creative process. A small painting on copper, Fontana’s The Wedding Feast at Cana was acquired earlier this year and marked the first work by the artist to enter Getty’s collection. The prepara...

One of Italy’s oldest and most renowned legends “The Legend Of La Befana" is honored with special events throughout Italy on this holiday. In Sacramento and other Italian communities in the United States it has been a tradition to celebrate the day with a children’s festival. On January 8, 2023, La Befana will visit the children of Sacramento with...

A large part of our mission is to bring people together to embrace the transformative power of community.  While most of our efforts revolve around the logistics of transportation, planning events, and collaborating with other organizations and businesses in North Beach, San Francisco, and the greater Bay Area, we have also helped many seniors in o...

To combat Senior Isolation post-pandemic, ICS has re-launched its care package drive for the holidays. Last month for Thanksgiving, ICS delivered 85 care packages to community members all throughout the Bay Area. This Christmas, ICS will be assembling and delivering care packages on December 19th and 20th, but we need your help!  With Workday as ou...

Joe Buscaino was a beat cop for the Los Angeles Police Department when he decided to run for LA City Council’s 15th District. He won that race, succeeding former Councilmember Janice Hahn — who had been elected to Congress (and now serves on the Board of Supervisors) — as the representative of San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway and...

Thursday December 15 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. Organized by Il Cenacolo Italian Cultural Club - SF Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton Street - San Francisco, CA. Hon. Sergio Strozzi, Consul General of the Republic of Italy in San Francisco, will discuss the special relationship between Italy and San Francisco—through art, music, food, wine, and famili...

In August 1964, an Italian flagged fishing vessel from Fano, Italy, was out dragging nets in the Adriatic Sea. At one point in this journey the fisherman hauled up something much more significant than fish.  When the nets were pulled up there was what appeared to be a shell-encrusted man and the fishermen were startled at the sight of it. The capta...