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"The Italian American Civic Club of Maryland and an 80-year-old resident of Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood have retained the firm Piatt Law PLLC, based in Central Pennsylvania, to conduct an investigation to seek answers and determine possible next steps with regard to several violent attacks and possible hate crimes in Little Italy during 2...

Sal Marchese, a longtime fixture Belmar’s business community, died on July 5 after courageously battling cancer for the past nine months. He was 66. An internationally recognized hair stylist, Marchese owned and operated Salon Marsal on 10th Avenue for some 17 years after spending two decades in New York City, where he trained under Vidal Sassoon a...

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BOGGIO - ALCARAZ FAMILY! Their Little Italy home was christened Sunday as a CENTENNIAL HOME (1920-2021) by Baltimore Heritage, Inc., meaning it has been occupied by the same family for 100 years. Mary Ann Boggio Alcaraz, a Saint Leo's parishioner, was born in this Stiles Street house and still resides there with her husband R...

There were many problems that arose because of the pandemic we’ve gone through for over a year. One of the casualties was the cancellation of the 95th annual St. Rocco celebration and all connected activities.   St. Rocco and its spiritual and traditional heritage were still honored last year with a receiving of the saint’s banner, a virtual Mass a...

Let us take you on a musical journey through 17th-century Rome, the rowdy and glorious city where Caravaggio and Stradella lived. From the marvelous setting of the theatre at the National Roman Museum - Palazzo Altemps (Rome), the baroque “power” trio I Bassifondi will amuse us with pieces by Kapsberger, Pasquini and Frescobaldi, together with ligh...

After a one-year hiatus from the Waterfront, the Hoboken Italian Festival is slated to return this fall. Società Madonna Dei Martiri teased the information on their social media Thursday morning, indicating that the festival had been scheduled for the weekend of September 10. Last year saw the procession of the Madonna through the streets of Hoboke...

After being drastically pared down in 2020 in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel will be held in its full glory from July 15 through July 20. Louis Pantalone, the president of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, noted that, though there was no accompanying carnival last year, the religious aspect of th...

Our organization, the Italian Educational and Cultural Center for the Arts, is located in a historic building named “Casa Colombo.” Should we feel discomfort for running our cultural and social programs in Casa Colombo just because it bears the name of Columbus? If we reflect on the present controversies pro the removal of Christopher Columbus’ nam...

We all remember exactly where we were when we went into labor with our kids. WNBC News co-anchor Natalie Pasquarella’s labor story, almost fittingly, played out on the air. She was anchoring the 11 pm news when her water broke toward the end of the newscast. Co-anchor David Ushery finished reading a story and they ended the show as usual before the...

Rose Del Pizzo lived most of her life in Paterson but was equally at ease speaking Italian with strangers in Sicily, said daughter Nancy Del Pizzo. "She had a big personality and was very friendly," Nancy said. "I could not have made that trip without her." Born in New York City, Del Pizzo moved to Elizabeth when she was 5. Her father, Federico LaM...

This month’s installment in our series on readers traveling to Italy in search of their roots and relatives features the story of Mary Louise Tucker, who has been drawn to her family history since she was young, hearing stories from her nonno about life in Abruzzo before he emigrated to Philadelphia as a 14-year-old boy. Mary Louise herself is an e...

After a year of cancellations and postponements, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival has taken a major step toward holding the 43rd annual festival this year. Marissa Maria Bailey was named Regina Maria XLIII during the festival’s gala on Saturday, setting the stage for the annual Labor Day celebration in Clarksburg. Bailey is the perfect c...