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The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York, Inc. (IHCC-NY) celebrated the accomplishments of Deputy Consul General of Italy Silvia Limoncini in a ceremony at the Mother Italy Statue on the Hunter College Campus at Pose Park, New York City, in July.  Comm. Joseph Sciame, President/Chair of the IHCC-NY, Inc., expressed congratulatory rema...

Eleanor T. Conforti, a steadfast local leader whose altruistic nature, gracious persona and timeless wisdom were a testament to the exemplary life she led, died Tuesday in her Great Kills home after a short illness. She was 90. A courageous and passionate advocate for Staten Island’s charitable causes, she championed health and education issues, es...

Best known for portraying Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri on The Sopranos and Detective Anthony Abetemarco on Blue Bloods, Steve Schirripa recently surprised pedestrians in the heart of midtown Manhattan by standing guard at a billboard promoting high-end condiment company Sir Kensington’s. A native Brooklynite, the 63-year-old was perfectly at home play...

Over the last few months in this column, we have been exploring our Italian heritage from the perspective of our ancestors’ life experiences beginning in Italy and culminating with their arrival in America. In June we imagined what our ancestors’ transatlantic journey was like. In this final segment of the series, we will examine the immigrants’ ex...

A U.S. judge has dismissed an art dealer’s lawsuit against Italy over a disputed sculpture of Alexander the Great. New York’s Safani Gallery brought the suit against the Italian government after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, acting on a lead from the Italian culture ministry, seized the ancient artifact. Safani Gallery’s owner, Alan Saf...

After a 17-month hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will reopen its doors to the public Wednesday, where visitors will be able to experience a number of never-before-viewed archived historical artifacts. A tribute to “Women in World History” has been added to the Meucci exhibit room. In anticipation of th...

The 11th Annual Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast & Carnival will take place at Tappan Masonic Park Fair Grounds, 89 Western Highway in Tappan, NY, September 16th through the 19th. Hours for the festival are Thursday 5pm – 11pm, Friday 5pm – midnight, Saturday Noon – midnight and Sunday will begin at noon and the Festival will be open until 9pm....

The Watkins Glen Italian-American Festival is partnering with the Schuyler County Health Department to offer free Johnson & Johnson vaccines during the event. The vaccine will be available during the festival on Saturday, August 14 from 1-3 p.m. at the Clute Park Pavilion. “I am thrilled the event is able to happen again this year!” shared Schuyler...

Columbus Citizens Foundation today announced Joe Gurrera, owner of Citarella, and Jodi Pulice, founder and CEO of JRT Realty Group, as honorees of the 2021 Columbus Celebration. They will join Chairman of Duck Pond Associates, Michael Pascucci, who was previously announced as the 2021 Grand Marshal.  The annual Columbus Day Parade, the largest cele...

I must admit that as much as I’ve been covering the arrival of the Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo (CCI) until a recent visit I was not fully aware of the impact that this complex would have on the city. And I say “complex” because it is a lot more complex than I imagined. This multifaceted cultural center is a testament to the vibrancy, dedic...

Si rende noto che il Consolato Generale di New York intende procedere alla nomina del Console onorario da porre a capo del Consolato onorario con competenza per Buffalo, Stato di New York. Il Console onorario, che opererà sulla base delle istruzioni fornite dal Consolato Generale di I classe di New York, sarà chiamato a svolgere funzioni di assiste...

When the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame presented Richie Merlo with a lifetime achievement award last December, it capped a career that spanned more than six decades and stretched from coast to coast. A crooner and jazz trumpeter, Mr. Merlo was featured in the Buffalo area’s leading nightclubs, past and present. At the fabled Town Casino in the early 1...