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The Carmen Porco Story: Journey Toward Justice biography provides a compelling and beautifully written account of Rev. Carmen Porco's life journey. It shows how he has used his housing ministry to help lift people out of poverty. Although Rev. Porco went through one of the country's finest seminary schools, he is not a traditional pastor by any mea...

Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Carlo Fierens will perform “A Guitar at the Opera” at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1029 Kundek Street, Jasper, at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019.  Free admission, but donations will be accepted.  His concert will feature expressive settings of famous opera themes by Mozart, Rossini and Verdi. Fieren...

If Dominick Paielli hadn’t gone into the family bakery business, he might have become an engineer. It was a career path he had considered until circumstances called him to help run the bakery established in 1923 by his father, Sante Paielli. There he often employed a natural talent for things mechanical, said his family. “When it came to machinery...

The first Chicago contest for the best gelato will be featured at Chicago’s Little Italy Festa-Taylor Street, the annual food, music, and fun fair, from Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15 through 18. “It is an international competition, and every four years they select the World Gelato Chef,” said Ron Onesti, a Near West Side native whose company, On...

IF it’s August, it must mean once again that nearly everyone in the Mahoning Valley is Italian – at least for a weekend or two or three. This weekend, the sights, the sounds and the smells – ooh, those savory smells – of the Italian Republic are enveloping Central Square in downtown Youngstown for the 34th Annual Greater Youngstown Italian-American...

Native youth are taking a stand and calling for the replacement of the nationally-recognized Columbus Day celebration. Afro-Indigenous organizer Anthony Tamez-Pochel, alongside local elected officials, is heading up the effort for legislation establishing Indigenous People’s Day as a holiday in Chicago. Tamez-Pochel (who is Cree and Lakota) has bee...

After a “successful” first year, the Italian Fest is returning to downtown Middletown. Italian Fest will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. today in conjunction with First Friday when downtown businesses have expanded hours and typically run specials, said Ami Vitori, managing partner of Gracie’s Restaurant, sponsor of this month’s First Friday. Vitori sai...

The 34th annual Greater Youngstown Italian Fest will take over Central Square this weekend, where it will again create the unique atmosphere of an authentic city street festival. There will be dozens of food vendors, boccie and morra, a beer and wine bar and nonstop Italian entertainment on two stages. And in the middle of it all will be Steve Fazz...

It’s official: Milwaukee County now has an Indigenous People’s Park. The county board recently passed a resolution that renames Columbus Park as Indigenous People’s Park. The resolution came from freshman Sup. Felesia Martin. It was her first piece of legislation, and she previously told Urban Milwaukee that it encapsulates her goals for public ser...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) sends its thoughts and condolences to the family of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) Chairman and Founder George Randazzo who suddenly passed away on July 28. Mr. Randazzo, 77, was a pivotal figure in the Italian American Community and was a recipient of the NIAF Community Le...

It is heartbreaking to announce the passing of George Randazzo, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame President and Founder, who passed away yesterday, Sunday, July 28 at the age of 77. George was larger than life and had a heart of gold, devoting his life to his family, friends and to the Italian American community through the National Ita...

Come August 16-18, a tiny slice of Schererville will transform itself into the streets of Rome, Venice and Palermo with the weekend Festa Italiana at Villa Cesare. Festivalgoers can expect no shortage of Italian heritage, including food and drink offerings served up by family-owned eateries. “As always, we will be working with many local restaurant...