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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...

What do Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro, Jake LaMotta, Rocky Marciano, Engelbert Humperdinck, Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney all have in common? They adorn the walls of Bobby Hitz’s new restaurant Giglio’s Chicago at 825 S. State Street in Chicago Illinois. Hitz 56, a born and bred Chicago guy whose half Italian and German, has brought his magic touch...

Un campione di automobilismo dei primi anni del 900 del secolo scorso, le cui gesta sportive in terra americana, sono state rispolverate dal suggestivo racconto di Antonio Silvestre. Stiamo parlando di Ralph De Palma, registrato con il nome di Raffaele all’anagrafe di Biccari, il piccolo comune della provincia di Foggia nel quale nacque nel 1882. L...

Our Lady of Peace Parish will host its 122nd annual festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The three-day event will feature rides and games, ethnic food, music, prizes and a fireworks display at night at Mount Carmel Church on Columbus Avenue. Festival hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with fireworks concluding the...

«Nessuno potrà mai dire abbastanza bene di Rocco Petrone. Non saremmo mai arrivati sulla Luna in tempo o, forse, non ci saremmo mai arrivati senza Rocco». Con queste poche parole Isom “Ike” Rigell, ingegnere capo del Kennedy Space Center e addetto alle operazioni di lancio, restituisce tutto il peso di una figura rimasta a lungo in ombra, ma che ha...

The small town of Ascoli Piceno, nestled in the mountains 3 hours North-East of Rome, was devasted following the earthquakes of 2016. The Italian people, spread across the globe, sprang into action to help rebuild and restore their small towns. The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas enthusiastically contributed to such efforts and was able...

Newlywed Andrea Benedetto was drowning off a Sardinian beach on Sunday when Italian swimmer Filippo Magnini dived in to rescue him. Magnini, a former world champion, plunged in after friends of Mr Benedetto shouted to sunbathers on Cala Sinzias beach, just east of Cagliari. Magnini kept Mr Benedetto's head above water until lifeguards arrived. "I j...

Friday, July 12, 7:30 PM. Shalin Liu Performance Center. 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966. Purchase tickets here. Recognized as one of the premier baroque ensembles in the world, Italy’s Venice Baroque Orchestra brings an all-Italian program, celebrating the rich musical history of their homeland. The Orchestra joins with Grammy nominated mandoli...

This Thursday, the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee will host their 28th Annual Reception at the beautiful White Sands Resort in Point Pleasant Beach. The organization will honor this year's Parade Grand Marshals Dr. Maureen J. Persi and Melindo A. Persi. Also, this year Sue and I are humbled by the committee to be honored by receiving th...

“Italoamericani: Ambasciatori di Italianità” – I volti e le storie degli italiani che hanno fatto grande l’America, è il titolo e tema di una mostra di Franco Maricchiolo inaugurata oggi presso il Chiostro della Cisterna di Palazzo San Macuto – Camera dei Deputati a Roma. La mostra del fotografo messinese (che sarà aperta martedì dalle 15 alle 18 e...

How to order gelato in Italy, really? Do we actually need a blog on how to order ice cream, how hard can it be? First, let’s not call gelato ice cream. I don’t care what the guidebook or translator says! And yes, we do need a post, and here’s why. Having real gelato in Italy should be on everyone’s must-do list when traveling there. To go to Italy...

Anna Maria Mannarino of Mannarino Designs, Inc., an acclaimed interior, event and product designer and past president of the New Jersey Chapter of ASID, has won three Design Excellence Awards. This annual competition is sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Fifteen chapter interior designers won a...