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Sister Francis Marie Vallone, a Franciscan nun for 75 years, taught religion and assisted applicants and new members in her early years in the order. In her later years, Sister Vallone developed ministries to the elderly, including those living in nursing homes. "She loved her ministries," said Sister Peggy Wetzel, of the Western New York regional...

Chicago aldermen agreed Wednesday to designate October as “Italian American Heritage and Culture Month,” thanks to a resolution one civic leader said is sorely needed to begin a “healing” process. Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian-Americans, made no mention of the specific wounds he believes need to be healed. But member...

Jader Bignamini was onstage with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in May, conducting a brand-new piece as its composer watched from her seat. She promptly spotted something unusual: Bignamini had no music stand. He didn't have her score. He was conducting the world premiere of her work … from memory. For DSO vice president and general manager Erik Ro...

A number of popular Joliet outdoor festivals aren't taking place this summer because of uncertainties amid the coronavirus and social distancing. The Joliet Park District canceled June's Taste of Joliet for the second straight year. St. Joseph's Catholic Parish canceled all of its weekend festivals at St. Joe's Park for this entire summer. And l...

St. Rocco – St. Anthony Society has decided to cancel this year’s Italian Festival dinner and picnic originally scheduled the weekend of July 23. They say they considered the many safeguards that are necessary to ensure the full safety and well-being of the public and members and felt taht a full resumption of the celebration this year would be pre...

Madonna celebrated her dad's 90th birthday alongside her six children and has praised him for raising her to respect the "importance of hard work". The 62-year-old pop star has taken to Instagram to reveal she was joined by her kids - Lourdes, 24, Rocco, 20, David, 15, Mercy, 15, Estere, eight, and Stelle, eight - at the Ciccone Vineyard & Winery i...

Nominations for Honorees to be recognized during Cleveland Italian American Heritage Month in October 2021 are being requested by the Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee. The categories for nomination include:  Arts & Culture, Business, City or County Employee, Individual, Public Servant, or Youth.  Anyone is welcome to nominate an Italia...

Of the dozens of people who showed up in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood to mark the groundbreaking for a statue of former Indians slugger Rocky Colavito, few beamed as much as Sheldon Green. Like many people of a certain age, Green was fond of the New York-born Colavito, an endearment the ballplayer shared with his adopted city. In 1960, Gre...

Launched in 2020 to remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war through the #IAWW2Heroes initiative. This entry is a special submission from Richard Stangarone, in honor of his mother Mary Jane Leggero Stangarone. Mary...

A Roman Catholic group dedicated to a popular Italian saint sued a southeastern Michigan township Wednesday after the local government rejected plans for a chapel and prayer trail in a wooded area. The project was approved by the planning commission in Livingston County's Genoa Township, but the township board rejected it, 5-2, on May 3. Catholic...

The Feast of the Assumption — a beloved Cleveland tradition more than a century old — will return this August. The Feast will return to Little Italy with COVID-19 protocols in place, a media release from the city of Cleveland said. City and parish leaders shared their enthusiasm in the release: “I am extremely excited to join Father Joe, Holy Rosar...

Dozens of veterans and their families gathered on Sunday in Chicago's Little Village for a ceremony coordinated by the Italian American community. "We celebrate and remember under one flag, and remember our African American, Jewish American, Latin American, Asian American, European American and all other heroes, and their bravery, dedication and co...