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After last year's event was canceled due to COVID-19, the Columbus Italian Festival will be returning in October 2021. The event will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 and will conclude at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10. The Columbus Italian Festival will feature a bocce ball competition, an Italian cooking demonstration, and a marching band competition...

After several difficult years caused by the pandemic and bad weather, the Italian Fall Festa returns to Kettering this weekend. Rain caused the event to limited to a drive thru in 2018 and COVID-19 caused the same thing in 2020. Organizers told News Center 7′s Sean Cudahy that they were “looking forward to recovering, having a normal year, normal c...

Attilio (Ted) Micci was born 100 years ago in his parents’ home in Chicago Heights. Massimo and Frances Rotaloni Micci emigrated from Marche, Italy, and settled in the Hungry Hill Italian neighborhood of the city. Micci’s maternal grandparents lived across the street, and his aunts and uncles lived down the block. They all shared Sunday dinners tog...

Cari Connazionali, è con profondo e sincero entusiasmo che rivolgo a voi tutti un caloroso saluto nel giorno dell’assunzione delle funzioni di Console d’Italia in Detroit, con giurisdizione per gli Stati del Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky e Tennessee. Sono onorata di poter rappresentare il nostro bellissimo Paese, sotto la guida dell’Ambasciata...

The faithful returned to Golf Mill Park in Niles over the Labor Day holiday for the 121st annual Feast of Maria SS Lauretana Festival, a Sicilian religious tradition dating back to the 1620s in Italy and to the year 1900 in the Chicago area.  Although Friday, Sept. 3 and Saturday, Sept. 4 was a more traditional street festival with food, carnival r...

An Akron sculptor is earning new recognition for his role in creating eight iconic statues on Cleveland’s skyline. In the early 1930s, Italian immigrant Cory Fiocca helped carve the Guardians of Traffic on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, now known as Hope Memorial Bridge. The 43-foot art-deco figures, sculpted out of Berean sandstone on the bridge’s fo...

On Monday in Ohio a state board approved a $1 million payment to ex-Death Row inmate Joe D’Ambrosio, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 20 years because of prosecutorial misconduct, according to Cleveland.com. The decision by the Ohio Controlling Board was unanimous, and it ends a multi-year effort to win compensation for his decades-long...

The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council is proud to announce the honorees for 2021 Italian American Heritage Month in Cleveland, Ohio. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the City of Cleveland has enacted restrictions on the size of events which requires a limit...

For the 55th year, the streets of Clinton, Indiana are filled with colors of the Italian flag as they prepare for their Little Italy Festival. This event first started in 1966 but was cancelled last year due to COVID. Italian and American flags flood the downtown streets as organizers and community members are putting the finishing touches on this...

The Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Festival Italiano event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. This year’s celebration of Italian heritage will include a craft show, games for kids and live music. The festival is returning after it was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chamber of Commerce Director Rita Franzoi s...

If you’re facing a real crisis — say, the need to keep a 21,000-student college going through a global pandemic — it’s not a bad idea to have a guy like Brian Caputo in charge. Caputo started honing his leadership skills as a teen in the Chicago suburbs, earning his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Award, then attended the United States Military Academy...

The annual Columbus Day Parade is returning this year to downtown Chicago. It was canceled last fall and replaced with a car parade because of the COVID pandemic. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans introduced this year's queen and court Wednesday night. The parade is at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 on State Street from Wacker Drive to Van...