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The Columbus Citizens Foundation and Italian American Museum of New York City are sponsoring a celebration of the De Cenza Murder Mystery series by Italian-American author Arthur Cola. The event will be taking place on the evening of Friday, September 24th at the Columbus Citizens Foundation building located at 8 E. 69th St. in New York City across...

Another beloved tradition will soon return from the COVID-19 doldrums. Bensonhurst’s annual Feast of Santa Rosalia begins Aug. 19, with all the fanfare that people have enjoyed for 45 years. The 10-day event includes rides, music, games for the kids, drinks and, of course, a vast array of food. The feast will take place on 18th Avenue – a/k/a Crist...

A new mural by Nicole Cherry has popped up at the corner of Hertel and Delaware, directly next to the soon-to-open Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo (more on that front soon).This mural proudly waves the North Buffalo flag. There is also a nice shout out to Hertel’s role as “Little Italy” – the street was once home to the Italian Festival and is...

While there’s never a right time to lose a loved one, losing an elderly parent can oftentimes be a more traumatic experience than if a parent passes earlier in life. Just ask anyone who’s lived through the sad scenario. They’ve always been a part of your day to day life — even if separated by miles. Learning to live life without them can be difficu...

This past year has certainly been one that has revolved around St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Following the unveilings of two larger-than-life statues of Mother Cabrini in Manhattan and Brooklyn (in October 2020 and June 2021 respectively), the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine decided to commemorate two other significant moments in the saint’s life. On July...

Essay Contest 2021: Francesco Durante Award for Italian American History / Literature / Culture. To honor the legacy of the late Francesco Durante, an annual prize of $1,000 will be awarded for the best original essay in English or Italian submitted by an emergent scholar of Italian American literature, history, and/or culture. The essay must be an...

Its been 15 years since Rockford signed a Sister City agreement with Ferentino, Italy, but over 100 years of close ties have existed between the cities. This partnership celebrates the contributions of Italian Americans to Rockford and Ferentino’s importance in Rockford’s immigration history. Rockford’s Italian Sister City program began with DeCast...

The Friends of St. Liberata will honor Village of Patchogue Housing Inspector Joseph Brandi as the Italian-American of the Year at their annual Italian feast on Sept. 18. Brandi, 73, has been an active member of the Patchogue-Medford Community for decades, in particular with Patchogue-Medford Schools athletic programs, Patchogue Knights of Columbus...

The Feast of St. Rocco — a five-day celebration of Italian heritage and the patron saint of the sick — returns to Glen Cove this month. The "Best Feast In The East," as it's dubbed, is hosted by the Church of St. Rocco. It kicks off July 28 and includes carnival rides, live music and entertainment, raffle prizes, and a wide variety of food. Each ye...

For anyone who’s been away from Florence for, say, the last couple of years, beware that you may feel a little shaky when first walking into The Met’s new exhibit The Medici: Portraits and Politics, 1512-1570. Not full-blown Stendhal syndrome (dizzy spells, disorientation, etc.) but still you may realize that you’ve been missing something both gran...

2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers. On this occasion as in the last nineteen years, the families of the Italian and Italian American victims will honor their loved ones with the reading of the names in a solemn ceremony at the Consulate General of Italy in New York. For this particular occasion, I was able to purc...

The Columbus Citizens Foundation announced today that 2021 Grand Marshal Michael Pascucci, Chairman of Duck Pond Associates, will lead the 77th Annual Columbus Day Parade up Fifth Avenue. Pascucci owns and operates Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, New York, which opened in 2006. He is also a principal investor in Duck Pond Realty, an owner and op...