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Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter said Friday. Christina Santore said her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He was 84. He spent over three decades reimagining classic children's t...

My father, Henry, paid a price for working at the Westinghouse Plant in Lester, PA, for over 40 years. The constant pounding of his drop forge hammer had cost him most of his hearing. He was “old school” and happy to have this job that kept my mother and him fed and warm during their 65-year marriage. Suing the company was out of the question for a...

Stop & Shop will celebrate the 98th birthday of one of its long-time baggers and WWII veteran, Bartholomeo 'Benny' Ficeto, with a surprise party at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 20th at the Stop & Shop located at 1049 US Highway 1 South, Edison, NJ. Stop & Shop will surprise Benny with a cake and performances by the USO Show Troupe. His niece who work...

One of the largest Italian festivals on the east coast is ready to take over the Steel City! Little Italy Days kicks off in the "little Italy" neighborhood of Bloomfield, Thursday, Aug. 15, and runs through Aug. 1. The four-day festival started in 2002 as a celebration of Italian heritage in Bloomfield and continues to grow each year. The 10 footba...

Italian music played through the speakers, Italian flags waved in the winds and the smell of meatballs and pizza wafted through the air Sunday in Vandergrift for the 16th annual Festa Italiana di Vandergrift. The event was in Kennedy Park, where nearly 20 vendors served food, drinks and other treats. The festival is put on each year by the Putignan...

Everybody knows what happened in 1492. Columbus sailed the ocean blue and landed in South America, right? The rest is history, or should it be? Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker and Councilor Mo Seifeldein have formally asked City Manager Mark Jinks to direct staff to create a formal resolution for council to vote on changing the name of Columbus...

For two decades Nicholas Grillo has been the impresario of La Festa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church in Downtown Jersey City, where neighborhood newcomers are joining what’s left of the old school Italians at the annual five-day festival. Grillo was in eighth grade at Holy Rosary grammar school when he began volunteering at the now 116-year-old feast...

The 115th annual feast in honor of La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, sponsored by the M.S.S. Society in Norristown, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18. The highlight of the feast is the solemn Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Holy Saviour Church, 409 East Main Street in Norristown, followed by a street procession with a statue of Ou...

Frances Victoria Carpegna died July 23 at the age of 95. The majority of babies born at Washington County Hospital between 1953 and 1986 were cared for by Frances “Fran” Carpegna in the nursery. Back in those days, new mothers stayed in the hospital for about a week and rested, while the nurses, including Fran, lovingly cared for the babies.  “Lit...

The Omni Shoreham Hotel will be swathed in festive colors of red, white and green November 1-3, when the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) celebrates its 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend. The Gala Weekend begins on Friday, November 1, 6 – 9 p.m., with our NIAF Aperitivo! event for young Italian American and Italophile professionals! Refreshi...

Vince Putignano watched his father Andrew’s face during the performance of the Italian national anthem at a festival in Pittsburgh’s Strip District many years ago. “The pride my dad saw that day when he looked at my grandfather during that song inspired my father to start an Italian festival in Vandergrift,” said Vince Putignano’s son, Brian, who i...

Anthony J. Parenti, a longtime former police chief of Fanwood, N.J., and former president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, died Aug. 1, 2019, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J., surrounded by family. He was 87. A career police official for 60 years, Parenti became involved in harness racing as a horse owner...