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Forget the Kentucky Derby and the PGA Championship, some of the most tenacious competitors can be found on the bocce courts at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md. Residents of Oak Crest meet twice weekly to compete, socialize, and relax with friends and neighbors over a friendly game of bocce. "Bocce is a lot of fun. We just g...

The surprising call came in March 2020 to a suburban home in a quiet Lakewood community. “I apologize if this is the wrong person...,” the woman’s voice on the other end started. As 71-year-old Yale Geftic listened, his eyes widened and he yelled for his wife, Nancy, to come to his side. Geftic was for the first time hearing the voice of a sister h...

Bakery Square is getting a little taste of big Burrito. The restaurant group plans to open AVP, an extension of its Alta Via brand, this fall in the East Liberty development. The company also runs Mad Mex, Casbah, Kaya, Eleven, Soba and Umi. Inspired by the cuisine and lifestyle of California’s wine country, the new spot will serve more casual Ital...

Presepi, pomodori, produce and pane on Pasqua— what ties these alliterative phrases together you ask? Well, they are some of the ways in which three very special Italian American Podcast listeners have worked to revive and celebrate beloved hallmarks of our Italian American heritage. During this unique, meandering episode, co-host Patrick O’Boyle i...

From the classic kitchen décor to the family portraits that adorn the walls, a visit to Sparo’s Deli in Upper Montclair is designed to transport customers to grandma’s kitchen table. In this case, the grandma is Andrea Chinnici — or as her grandchildren call her — “Mama Ree.” Honing her cooking skills by watching her own grandmother, Mama Josephine...

Sotto Sopra the Northern Italian Restaurant (www.sottosopra.us) located on historic Charles Street in downtown-Baltimore received the Mayor’s Certificate for Recognition for its 25th Anniversary. Riccardo Bosio opened the chic & stylish Milan-style restaurant on April 9, 1996. It has remained one of the most distinguished dining institutions in the...

Main Street Fairmont and unveiled the new Feast of the Seven Fishes Mural on Monroe Street Friday. Main Street Fairmont Executive Director Tim Liebrecht said the mural is a joint effort of Fairmont State University, the City of Fairmont, the Marion County Commission and the Allegheny Image Factory. “We just have some amazing partners in this and re...

Four people were arrested after the Christopher Columbus statue near Union Station was vandalized with spray paint by D.C. protesters Saturday evening, D.C. Police said. Police said 28-year-old Steve Chang, 51-year-old Michael Klaus, of Alexandria, Va., and 25-year-old Adam Cunningham, of Capitol Heights, Md., were arrested for possession of a dest...

Wilmington City Council did not find majority support to encourage the city to permanently remove statues of Christopher Columbus and Caesar Rodney during a vote on a resolution Thursday night. The two statues were ordered removed by Mayor Mike Purzycki on June 12, 2020, less than two weeks after a riot took place in Market Street, and in a time pe...

Three years ago, when chef Matt Moschella and his partners were looking for a spot for their new restaurant Corto, they had a simple vision in mind — to make “simple, straightforward food.” The team eventually settled on a former bodega in Jersey City’s Heights neighborhood and transformed the bedraggled interior into a fun, lively dining space tha...

Thursday, April 22, 2021 • 12pm ET. Free event, register here. Mark Rotella, director of the Coccia Institute at Montclair State University, leads a discussion with Anna Celenza, professor of music at Georgetown University, and John Gennari, professor of English at the University of Vermont, on the impact and influence Italian Americans have had on...

Philomena Rose Scalia, recalled as one of Little Italy’s most prolific home bakers, appeared healthy and resilient when she was photographed last year for a Baltimore Sun article describing how her community was coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Though she was healthy until earlier this year, she died of COVID-19 complications Tuesday at...