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Organized in conjunction with the dedicated artist room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art  this series of online conversations will focus on the work of pioneering Italian artist Marisa Merz (1926-2019). Join us as international scholars and curators pay homage to Merz’s life and legacy and meditate on aspects of the artist’s practice that are ofte...

Greetings from the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame! The decision to cancel the 34th annual NIASHF banquet was a difficult one, but the safety of our friends and awardees was our top priority. One of our primary goals of the event is to raise funds to award scholarships to deserving Pittsburgh area youth of all backgrounds, who demonst...

Friday would have kicked off the annual La Festa Italiana in Scranton, one of northeastern Pennsylvania’s most cherished traditions. The event was canceled due to COVID-19. Normally Courthouse Square would be bustling with vendors setting up their tents, but Thursday night the square was quiet. With La Festa cancelled this year, some vendors are fi...

Pittsburgh’s Art Commission will hold a special hearing this month on the controversial Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park before deciding its fate in the coming weeks. Members of the public will be able to join a virtual hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 during which they can provide comment, as well as view a presentation on the history...

It's been nearly two months since the Christopher Columbus statue outside the entrance to Little Italy was torn down and thrown into the harbor. Police say their investigation is ongoing, but they have not announced any suspects or arrests. Mayor Jack Young and Commissioner Michael Harrison promised justice. "For those who want to destroy property...

The Ellwood City Italian American Heritage Foundation met Friday for its monthly meeting. President Barbara Mastropietro called the meeting to order and recognized founder Gene Morabito. Morabito offered the prayer and Ray Venezie led the Pledge of Allegiance. The group recognized John Biondi, Bob Morabito and Cosmo Morabito, its original members....

Baltimore City's Board of Estimates on Wednesday is expected to return what's left of a Christopher Columbus statue, to its original owners. The 17 ton marble statue once stood at 14 foot 2 inches in Little Italy. It was gifted to Baltimore City by the Italian American Organizations United, Inc. On July 6 it was destroyed and dumped in the Inner Ha...

“Apprendiamo da fonti giornalistiche che i funzionari della Contea di Union, in New Jersey (USA), hanno annunciato che ad Elizabeth sarà eretta una statua a Marsha P. Johnson, storica espressione del mondo transgender. Nulla da dire su questo ma quello che è inaccettabile e’ che tale statua sorgerà al posto di quella di Cristoforo Colombo. Ancora u...

The Montville Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American civil organization in the country, recently awarded four scholarships to local high school seniors totaling $5,000. The Chapter’s Educational Grant was awarded to Vanessa Van Bodegon of Morris Hills High School who will be attending Seton Hall University to study physical therapy...

Fiona Lenzo, a graduate of Hillsborough High School now attending the College of New Jersey has been selected as Miss UNICO Hillsborough for 2020-21. She is pursuing a degree in Education at TCNJ and has studied the Italian language for seven years, receiving the Seal of Bi-literacy. She is an active member of the Hillsborough community, having bee...

Robert J. DeMark served his country as a United States Navy Seabee who fought in the Pacific Theater during World War II and also served in the Korean War.  He achieved the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class (BUL3).  PO DeMark’s parents came to America from L’Aquila in Abruzzo, Italy, at the turn of the 20th century. They came to the New Castle, Pa.,...

As a child, Mary Menniti spent a lot of time with her Italian grandfather, who visited their rural home to tend his figs. “He came from a lifestyle of surviving on what he could grow and brought that knowledge to New Castle,” she says. Even then, she could tell there was a special connection between her grandfather and those figs. They grew easily...