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Fiona Lenzo, a graduate of Hillsborough High School now attending the College of New Jersey has been selected as Miss UNICO Hillsborough for 2020-21. She is pursuing a degree in Education at TCNJ and has studied the Italian language for seven years, receiving the Seal of Bi-literacy. She is an active member of the Hillsborough community, having bee...

Although it’s been a tough year, Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City is thrilled to announce the return of La Festa Italiana for its 117th year. A community tradition like no other, La Festa will rock Jersey City’s Historic Downtown with five nights of live bands, yummy eats, and rides and games for the whole family.  Starting Wednesday, Aug. 11, and...

The UNICO National President, Executive Officers and convention attendees attended a wreath laying ceremony to honor Christopher Columbus in Parsippany. That same day, UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the USA, held its 98th Annual national convention at the Sheraton Parsippany.  The wreath laying ceremony was hel...

Invitations have been mailed for the annual Italian-American Heritage Celebration. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 21, at Red Gate Park. Bocce ball, Italian sandwiches and pastries will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An outdoor mass is planned at 4 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery across from Red Gate. The first Italian-born priest, the Rev. John...

Ideato dall’Associazione Oll Muvi, conosciuta nel mondo come I Love Molfetta, in collaborazione con la Società della Madonna dei Martiri di Hoboken, con il supporto dell’ufficio Pugliesi nel Mondo della Regione Puglia, ha visto la promozione della stessa Regione Puglia nelle scuole americane, nei ristoranti italiani in America e un album fotografic...

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...