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After decades breathing life into patients and into local history, Dr. Frank J. DeMaio Jr. now is ready for his own chapter to be written into the ongoing story of Vineland. DeMaio, who practiced medicine here for more than half a century, died Wednesday night at the age of 90 after what the family said was a short illness. He was being treated at...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival has been canceled for the second straight year. Board Chairman Tyler Terango told WV News that the festival’s board voted unanimously during an emergency meeting Saturday to cancel this year’s festival, which was slated to open Friday at Jackson Square. “This is definitely the hardest decision the boar...

Last summer I was a few Hitachi before the Columbus Act at Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia. I wasn’t alone. There were a lot of good people around me, laughing, singing, and eating wawahoagi. Most of us were members with cards, so we were there to show solidarity with the Italian-American community in the city. We wanted to show our support and...

Allegheny Township’s Rosalie Casper spent a few weeks working on her stage presence before her debut pageant appearance Sunday at Little Italy Days in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood. That’s all the preparation the 5-year-old needed. Rosalie was named Miss Little Italy in the 4-to-6-year-old division at the region’s largest annual festival cel...

La Festa Italiana is back! After the event was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, La Festa is returning and will be held Labor Day weekend (Friday through Monday, September 3-6, 2021) on Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Scranton, Pa. Hours are Friday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday 11...

Little Italy Days has returned after a 2020 absence caused by the COVID pandemic, and Bloomfield’s street festival is picking up right where it left off. The festival has grown massively over the years, and 2021 continues that trend with booths stretching several blocks on Liberty Avenue. Little Italy Days has become so big that some Bloomfield res...

Gene Vittone, Washington County’s district attorney, a Pitt fan, a choir member and a lover of good Italian dinners, died Saturday after a relatively private battle with lung cancer. He was 61. “He was humble that way,” said Steve Toprani, a friend and predecessor in the district attorney’s office. “He didn’t want the attention or, worse, the sympa...

In a 1913 issue of Poetry magazine, Ezra Pound listed his rules for the Imagist school that included “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” And, like much in our march toward civilization that began millennia ago, humans have found it best to imitate nature when finding practical solutions to an everyday problem. One of the most fundam...

For nearly a century and a half, the United States has been renowned as “The Land of Opportunity.” This is where millions of people elsewhere across the globe – seeking a more prosperous and, perhaps, safer life – have settled, and attempt to settle. Tina Calabro’s grandparents were among those immigrants. Pasquale and Agostina Calabro “were among...

We're visiting the “Charm City” of Baltimore, Maryland on our continuing quest to discover what makes America’s Little Italys so special. With Rosella holed up writing her newest cookbook, hosts John and Pat decide to make a quick "guys trip" to Baltimore’s historic Little Italy for a day filled with friends, food, faith, and a lesson in the Italia...

The 43rd annual West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is coming soon! The festival will be held at Jackson Square in Clarksburg, WV from September 3-5th. Some pre-festival events are also happening. On September 1 there will be a golf tournament and an Elimination Dinner at Bridgeport County Club. On September 2 there will also be a Honorees Awar...

A judge has ruled that a controversial Christopher Columbus statue can stay in South Philadelphia. "It is baffling to this Court as to how the City of Philadelphia wants to remove the Statue without any legal basis. The City's entire argument and case is devoid of any legal foundation," said the judge in a seven-page decision on Tuesday.The ruling...