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Cristiano Musillo is quick to point out that while Italy is best known for food, furniture, fashion and fast cars, the country’s most impactful products are its factory equipment, the machines that make other countries productive. The birthplace of the Renaissance has long been known as a place that blends the aesthetic with the efficient and beaut...

The Italian navy’s first female strike fighter pilot received her Wings of Gold after completing undergraduate flight training with the “Tigers” of Training Squadron (VT) 9 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi, March 11. Italian navy Ensign Erika Raballo was designated a naval aviator during a small winging ceremony at the base chapel w...

Artist and sculptor Gregory Perillo, the last of the great American Western and Native American artists of the 20th century who made lasting contributions to the art world, died March 10 in his Clearwater, Fla., home. Perillo was surrounded by family when he died, just two days shy of his 94th birthday.  Although his health had been declining over...

The mourners at Tuesday’s funeral at Idlewild Baptist Church had many names for the deceased. They called him Mike, Mags, The Little Prince. They referred to him as son and brother and, though the 5-year-old and the 9-month-old were too young to speak at such a thing, everyone knew that to them, he was daddy. His boss, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtier...

Patrick Tropea sings karaoke, creates beaded poodles to sell for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, plays cards and bocce. What is unique is he does all this as he prepares to turn 100 Feb. 26. Certainly the pandemic has kept him home, other than going to routine doctor appointments and venturing out to get the coronavirus vaccine. But girlfriend Paul...

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a generous $5,000 donation from Bob and Ginger Grappone, who represented the Order of the Sons of Italy in America/Richard A. Capozzola Lodge No. 2865 in Crestview. “We are so appreciative of the Grappones and the Crestview Sons of Italy Lodge for their generous donation,” said Julie Por...

Italy’s new honorary consul for the state of Georgia was sworn in this week in Miami, officially taking up duties he has been preparing to assume for more than a year. Filiberto Calascibetta leads the Italian practice for the Atlanta office of Rödl & Partner, a tax and advisory firm that helps European companies break into the Southeast U.S. A self...

“The Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett look forward to advancing our relationship with Italian businesses here and in Italy,” Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett President & CEO Nick Masino said. “Honorary Consul General Calascibetta is already an effective partner in our recruitment efforts, and even joined us on our 2017 recruitment...

The Consulate General of Italy in Miami is delighted to bring Italian contemporary art to Miami – as part of the global initiative “Giornata del Contemporaneo – Italian Contemporary Art 2020”. From December 2020 to February 2021 an exclusive art exhibition on emerging Italian artist Riccardo Raul Papavero will be presented at the Istituto Marangoni...

I had the pleasure of meeting Alex Alexander about 10 years ago when she jogged the streets of Isles of Capri without breathing hard, while I felt fatigued just watching her run past my house. While doing her standard running miles, she noticed some developers checking out The Blue Heron property. In all probability, she thought the property and bu...

Two decades ago, a Miami jury convicted Italian filmmaker Enrico Forti of murdering an Australian man whose bullet-ridden body was discovered in the sands of Virginia Key. Forti’s claim of innocence has become a cause célèbre in Italy, even as he serves a life prison sentence in Florida and state courts have consistently rejected his appeals on the...

A science fiction writer who for decades wrote a column in the Naples Daily News has died. Ben Bova, 88, died Sunday, his niece Kathryn Brusco announced on Twitter. "My Uncle Ben...by marriage...science fiction icon, author, adventure lover, story teller, futurist, and my son's namesake, Ben Bova, has passed away this morning from COVID-19 related...