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by Terry Flores   Michael Pitts Sr. said he has been "lucky" to have the life he has been blessed with whether by accident or even by reeling it in. On Sunday, Pitts was honored as the Italian American Society's "Man of the Year" at its annual Columbus Day banquet held Sunday night before more than 300 people in attendance.   Pit...

by Alexis McAdams   Among the Italian food, wine, and music at Indy's Serata Italiana was talk of a great cause, raising money for the Nathan Trapuzzano Foundation. "It is really heartwarming because they are total strangers, but they know my story and my family's story. Hopefully they will also know the foundations story," says Nathan'...

By Paul Sassone My mother being Irish, St. Patrick's day always was a big deal at our house. Mom made sure we all were wearing something green when we toddled off to school on St. Patrick's Day. Every year, she would attend a St. Pat's parade somewhere. And everyone in the family received a St. Patrick's Day card each and every year.  ...

By Heather Ronaldson   The ornate marble work they produced distinguished Milwaukee's first Italian immigrants from other ethnic groups in the city. So did their unification under Festa Italiana in 1978 — the city's first ethnic festival on the Summerfest grounds. This citywide Italian family reunion at the lakefront keeps getting bigger and...

La cartapesta è una tecnica povera di lavoro plastico, ma che può ugualmente offrire dei piccoli e grandi capolavori. Perché c'è l'arte anche nella cartapesta e in Italia si usava fin dal Cinquecento dal momento che già ai quei tempi si hanno testimonianze di statue a carattere sacro create con quel sistema, a somiglianza di quelle in legno.  ...

The Mentesana Weber Room at Casa Italia was filled to capacity for the induction of Amy Mazzolin into the Casa's Commerce and Industry Hall of Fame. Current and former associates joined family members and friends to honor a special woman on a special day. Among them were Amy's children, Gil, Ron and Amy; daughter-in-law Kim; and grandchildren Gil D...

Of all the "ethnic" foods that have found their way into the American diet, Italian food has been perhaps the most pervasive. Love of Italian-American food will be one of the reasons several thousand people will converge on West Court Avenue in Jeffersonville, Ind., this weekend for the Southern Indiana town's fifth annual Italian Festival.  ...

Author of Historical Novels on Italian Immigrants to Host Workshop and Book Discussion in Cleveland.  The events are presented by the Consulate of Italy in Detroit and Hon. Consulate of Italy in Cleveland in partnership with Western Reserve Historical Society, the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation, The Laura and Alvin Siegal Center fo...

We are Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, Chapter 22. We are also known as and the Italian Family History Club at the Italian Community Center and Milwaukee County Genealogical Society's Italian Area Interest Group.   An opportunity for you to learn and to search for your relatives will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015 starting at 1:00 p...

The Italian American Association has been busy delivering gifts to children in the community. The association donated gifts to the 70 children, ages three months to five years, who live at the House on the Hill in Goshen. Santa handed out the goodies to each child on Dec. 11. House on the Hill Migrant Child Center is accredited by the Nationa...

by Leonard F. Amari   This month, we highlight the distinguished career of Frank A. Pasquale, mayor of Bellwood. The three-term mayor was elected in 2001, after serving as a Memorial Park District Commissioner for 20 years and as a village trustee for six. When Frank ran for re-election in April, he let it be known it was because many o...

A filmmaker archive at the University of Michigan Library is gaining an important female voice. Nancy Savoca, the director of independent movie standouts like 1989's "True Love," will be giving her personal papers to the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collection, U-M announced Thursday afternoon.    She is the first woman to be...