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After many blessings and speeches about a new piazza opening in the Hill neighborhood on Sunday, the large iron gate finally opened and Sophia Gordon, 8, had her chance. Out of a few hundred people in attendance for the unveiling, she was one of the first to toss a coin into the 23-foot diameter pool of a marble fountain imported from Italy. She wo...

The iconic Hill neighborhood in south St Louis is getting a brand-new attraction. The Piazza Imo is opening with grand style on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The piazza is an open area gathering spot across from St. Ambrose Church at Wilson and Marconi. The vacant lot was turned into a lush garden with a massive Italian fountain as the centerpiece. Piazzas a...

È stato pubblicato a giugno di quest’anno il libro di Thierry Rinaldetti “Efrem Bartoletti. Umbro cantore della rabbia operaia nel Minnesota dei primi del novecento”. Il volume narra le peripezie migratorie di Efrem Bartoletti che dal piccolo paese umbro Costacciaro emigrò a Hibbing, nel Minnesota, dove divenne attivista del movimento operaio in es...

The 115th celebration of the MSS Feast, held on Sunday August 18 at Holy Savior Church will show yet again the very close connection of Norristown to the city of Sciacca in Sicily. The MSS Feast, which is highlighted by the traditional street procession through the east end of Norristown, with 25 people carrying a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary,...

A German-Italian artist is in Kansas City photographing Holocaust survivors. Luigi Toscano started on a mission to fight anti-Semitism and racism about four years ago. So far, he’s photographed about 400 people, documenting their stories and showing them in public displays all around the world. He says he continues to be inspired by them. Toscano s...

The 10th annual Italian Heritage Festival is taking place in Western Gateway Park this weekend. Hundreds have already filter through the festival, enjoying Italian classics like pizza, pasta and sangria. There are more than 20 vendors at this year’s festival, along with music and family-friendly activities. Additionally, there is a wine and beer ga...

About a week after Grand Forks City Council members agreed to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, UND has followed suit. With little fanfare, the school’s academic calendars were updated last week to name Monday, Oct. 14, Indigenous Peoples Day. The holiday named after the Italian sailor and forefather of widely violent North American...

As I find my seat, somehow, I’ve been transported through space and time to an ancient amphitheater in the heart of Rome. The ceiling, gaping wide open and blue, ushers the breath of the earth into the structure and sends the music up to the sky. Crumbling brick walls loom over the courtyard on all sides. But this amphitheater is neither ancient no...

Des Monies City Councilman Joe Gatto will run again for his Ward 4 seat this fall, he announced at a kickoff event last week. Gatto first joined the council in 2014, winning a special election for the seat. He won his first full four-year term in 2015, running unopposed. He'll face at least one challenger — ToyA Johnson, a former libertarian candid...

In center field of a rundown and unkempt baseball field near Gravesend Bay, New York, in 1956, a 12-year-old Joe Polacco was bored during batting practice. A hit ball rarely traveled his way, and he began pacing to pass the time. He noticed rocks jutting out from the field, and when he kicked one over, it revealed a black widow spider underneath. P...

Grand Forks is one step closer to ditching Columbus Day. City Council members, acting as the city’s Committee of the Whole, on Monday unanimously approved a resolution that would replace the holiday named after the notorious sailor with “Indigenous Peoples Day.” The resolution will head to the council proper at its meeting on Monday, July 15. “For...

Imagine staring at The Creation of Adam for as long as you want, without craning your neck upwards — and maybe even sitting on a bench in front of it. As one of the most well-known frescoes, it’s been reproduced and mimicked countless times, but due to its location on a ceiling, few onlookers have truly studied it. The same goes for the many other...