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Heavy rain in the forecast for southern New Jersey has prompted the Camden County Commissioners to cancel the 2022 Italian American Festival. The county announced the event's cancellation on Thursday afternoon. There is no rain date. Weather experts say remnants from Tropical Storm Ian will come into New Jersey by Friday, dumping 1-4 inches of rain...

Morris County Sons of Italy – Lodge 2561 held its annual Members BBQ/Picnic this past Sunday, September 25 at Knoll Park in Lake Hiawatha. The Brownstone once again grilled and prepared an abundant amount of all the usual picnic favorites and fixings for the event, chicken, burgers, dogs, salads, snacks, and much more. No one in the group of approx...

In recent years, the Columbus Day holiday – celebrating the man who discovered America — has taken a hit in some circles across the country. Some governments have changed the name of the holiday to Indigenous Peoples Day. Others, like Montgomery County, have removed Columbus Day from the list of official holidays and replaced it with Junteenth. In...

The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade is celebrating its 31st. year.  As always, the Parade will be held on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights. This year it will be held on Sunday, October 9th, beginning at 1:00 pm and as the three-day Italian Festival, it has become one of the most popular ethnic events at the Jersey Shore, attracting thousands of vi...

There’s a new piazza, bocce court, and statue at Cooper River Park to honor Italian American heritage. This is part of Camden County’s plan to include cultural education as part of the recreational activities at the park. “It’s a great place to reflect, and it’s really a spot where we’re hoping others learn about the Italian culture,” County Commis...

Former New Jersey Gov. James Florio, who championed a plan that substantially raised the state’s sales and income taxes leading to his reelection defeat in 1993, died Sunday. He was 85. His law partner Doug Steinhardt and current New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed Florio died in statements on Monday. "Governor Florio was a fighter who never back...

The public is invited to the inaugural Feast of Saint Francis Cathedral, an Italian street fair with a Metuchen twist. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Campus, 548 Main St. “It has long been the desire of many people in our community to design and execute a major event that would attract fri...

A Sharpsburg native is paying tribute to his hometown with a documentary highlighting an Italian American immigrant who brought over more than just luggage with him from Italy. Pete Ferraro, an Emmy-award winning filmmaker, producer and writer, will premiere his documentary, “il Messarggero” — “The Messenger” — Oct. 1 on WQED. Ferraro spoke Italian...

A longtime, beloved Mercer County public servant and educator, former County Commissioner Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr. passed away Tuesday. He was 77. Colavita served more than 16 years in county government, and a total of 32 years in public office. "It has been my sincere pleasure and distinct honor to have been able to represent and serve all of...

An author with deep South Philadelphia roots explores grandfather’s experience fighting with the U.S. Army during World War II and her Italian-American heritage in a new book released this month. “The Time Left Between Us” by Alicia DeFonzo, an NPR contributor and English professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, took more than a d...

Is there a Columbus Day controversy in the Toms River School District? The school superintendent says no. But some Italian American groups are not buying it and are making their voices heard. The controversy stems from the fact that Toms River students will have class on Columbus Day. This was not always the case in recent years. The district’s fac...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host NIAF Forum; a series of seminars that are relevant to various aspects of the Italy- U.S. relationship. All the NIAF Forum seminars are free and open to the public and are a way for Italian Americans and Italophiles to connect with the Bel Paese. Learn more about Italy's role in transatlantic...