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Italian-American health care heroes will take center stage at the fifth annual Washington Italian Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, in downtown Washington. Formal recognition of Washington’s Italian Americans is a festival tradition. This year, state Sen. Camera Bartolotta will honor Italian health care workers who live and work in Washin...

Get to know Father Giovanni! For those of you who attend St. Teresa’s’ Church or maybe through passing you might have met Father Giovanni. A gracious and delightful man Father Giovanni is the Pastor of Saint Theresa’s Church. Born in Catania in Sicily, Father Giovanni came to the US in 1993 and to Kenilworth in July 2017. Before coming to the US, F...

Jersey City’s longest-running Italian street festival, La Festa Italiana, is back after being canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. The summer staple that draws in thousands from the surrounding areas will take place from August 11th – 15th in downtown Jersey City. Read on to learn more about the Italian Festival located at 344 Sixth Street...

Following the historic vote at the Italian Parliament and in the city of Genoa, and all of the hard work conducted by the Italian American communities all around the US, the Italian Pride student organization asks Drexel University to reconsider their decision of removing Columbus Day and to work with the Italian community at Drexel to establish an...

Starting this fall, a section of Pine Street will likely be known as Aquilonia Way — in honor of the township’s continuing relationship with its sister city of Aquilonia, Italy. The Montclair Township Council unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance that would give the honorary name to a stretch of Pine Street between Claremont Avenue a...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Orange kicked off its jubilant 125th anniversary celebration July 18 with a grand event honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, involving floats, food and a visit from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, archbishop of Newark. The festivities kicked off with a procession during which hundreds of parishioners — some r...

School officials have removed Columbus Day from the Paterson school district calendar. Instead, the district will celebrate “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People’s Day” on the second Monday of October. School board members unanimously approved the change last week. “The Board recognizes that Columbus’ arrival in the Americas caused harm to the te...

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...