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The 111th St. Ann’s Italian Street Festival in Hoboken drew in hundreds on its fourth day, a welcome surprise to organizers and vendors after last year’s cancellation. The COVID-19 pandemic had brought one of Hoboken’s most notable events to an abrupt halt last year. But now as the country begins to turn a new leaf, the organizers of the festival d...

Sunday was the final day for The Italian Fest, a staple in Wheeling. "Everything has gone great, we've had a great weekend, we have had crowds bigger than we have seen in recent times," said Frankie DiCarlantonio, a board member for the festival. "It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces," said Joe Rimedio of Rimedio's Bakery. Familiar faces were...

Antonio “Tony” Di Luigi had rules he lived by in his 98 years:  Do everything 100 percent. Listen to people who know more than you do. Balance your checkbook. And with 77 years as a barber, the Gloucester County resident could tell a lot about a man by the hair on his head. “He judged people by their haircuts,” said Di Luigi’s son Kevin. “He would...

The Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is celebrating 38 years. The pandemic put the fest on hiatus in 2020, but kicked off, unofficially, Wednesday evening with its traditional scholarship and awards dinner. Nearly 100 people from the Italian American Club came together to drink and feast before the long-standing festival begins ag...

The shadow of Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano looms large in South Jersey. During his seven years as the third Bishop of Camden, the prolific prelate expanded ministry to Hispanics and established three high schools, the House of Charity appeal, the Brazilian mission, and social ministries and initiatives to aid the those in need. Now, his legacy h...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, since its inception, built by Italian immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily, has been the bedrock of Montclair’s Fourth Ward, a predominantly Italian American and African American neighborhood. It’s been a community of Black and white families who shared the same struggles, dreams and goals. The feasts of St. Se...

A man from Kennet Square, who helped restore the unlucky Andrea Doria’s original foghorn, is a survivor and historian of a shipwreck commemorating the 65th anniversary of a ship’s collision at the New Jersey Maritime Museum on July 25. One of the home and divers. At the event, Andrea Doria’s foghorn will ring again for the first time in 65 years. L...

Focus sulle imprese italiane e sostegno alla ripartenza di scambi e investimenti Italia-Usa al centro dell’incontro virtuale che l’ambasciatrice italiana a Washington, Mariangela Zappia, ha avuto a pochi giorni dal suo insediamento con i manager delle principali aziende italiane negli Usa. “La ripresa economica in Italia e Stati Uniti; le responsab...

Marie L. Villani, a six-term Newark City Councilwoman and the first woman to win a citywide election in the state’s largest city, died on July 13.  She turned 100 on July 4. Villani was appointed to fill an at-large city council seat in 1973 after her husband, Ralph A. Villani, a former Newark mayor, resigned for health reasons. She was elected to...

Columbus seems to be making a comeback. A year after the Christopher Columbus statue in Chester was covered by a blue tarp with plans for removal, the golden statue is still there, peeking out from a deteriorating tarp. The statue is located on Route 291 next to the Old Swedes burial ground at Market Square, not far from City Hall. It was covered f...

About three weeks after announcing he would not be running for Congress in 2022, Anthony Brindisi, announced today that he will run for State Supreme Court Judge in the 5th Judicial District in November. Brindisi made the announcement with his family by his side outside the Oneida County Courthouse. Brindisi says he’s given it a lot of thought over...

The longest-running Italian festival in the U.S. will go on for another year. The 146th edition of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel festival will take place from Thursday through Tuesday. The festival’s highlight, the religious Feast Day, will be Friday. The day includes a procession of the Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel through the streets. The statue rep...