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As demonstrations across the United States draw attention to police brutality and racial injustice, many protesters have reignited the debate over the historical figures the country chooses to memorialize. Some protests in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and others have included people toppling or defacing mo...

It’s been two years since the bronze statue of Pittsburgh-born composer Stephen Foster and a barefoot black man playing a banjo was removed from Schenley Plaza. The statue was denounced for decades, but the criticism gained steam in the aftermath of a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va. over the removal of Confederate monuments. The city held pu...

The Baltimore City Council is considered renaming 1 of 3 monuments dedicated to Christopher Columbus across the city. It comes as several state's grapple with how to handle removing monuments and statues of controversial historical figures. The proposal was introduced by City Councilman Ryan Dorsey Monday and would rededicate an obelisk monument at...

We've seen so many traditional summer events here at home canceled because of the pandemic. Now, one of the area's more popular ethnic heritage festivals is announcing some big changes for this year. The Saint Paul's Italian Festival typically brings huge crowds to Erie's Little Italy neighborhood. This year's edition is set for August 7 through 9....

“I hope and trust that this monument will be the means to bring in touch the people of Italy and that of America.” It was with these words that Frank Carlucci, master sculptor and president of the Christopher Columbus Monument Association, presented the Columbus monument that stands on Scranton’s Courthouse Square to the city on October 21, 1892 du...

The West Caldwell Public Library will present a virtual concert titled "Italian Serenade" featuring the local quintet La Bella Musica on Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 pm. The program will feature some traditional Italian and Neapolitan songs such as "O Sole Mio," "That's Amore," "Besame Mucho," "Arriverderci Roma," "The Godfather Waltz," "Chitiva Tango...

WHEREAS, THE BLOOMFIELD CHAPTER OF UNICO NATIONAL  (an Italian American Service Organization) in the 1970’s donated and erected a Christopher Columbus Statute on the historic Green. This was accomplished by the unanimous approval of the Mayor and Council. WHEREAS, since that time, each year, Bloomfield Unico and the Knights of Columbus have celebra...

The Christopher Columbus statue in Trenton, New Jersey has been covered after it was vandalized Tuesday night. Now the mayor says a discussion will begin about the future of the statue after some are calling for its removal. Thursday morning city crews put boards around the base of the statue before covering Columbus with a tarp. "The history of Ch...

Sons of Italy of Hammonton, New Jersey plans to relocate their Christopher Columbus statue Friday. The plan is to move the statue from its current public location at South Egg Harbor Road to its organization located at North Third Street. This following recent tension in South Philadelphia over the Christopher Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza Wedne...

We, the people of East Hanover, recognize the Columbus monument as a symbol of atonement for the brutal mistreatment of Italian Americans since their arrival as immigrants in our country. They have a fundamental right to celebrate their culture and heritage without undue interference from government officials or acts of aggression from private citi...

Empty pews due to COVID-19 have meant empty collection baskets for churches throughout the region. Our Lady of Mount Carmel might be the first casualty. Since the merger of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Immaculate Conception into one parish — St. Teresa of Calcutta — in 2016, the parish has worked to build one community but with two worship sites. O...

Gino Iovino is the owner of Girasole Ristorante & Lounge in Atlantic City. And his family-run business is about to reopen amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Translated from Italian, Girasole means sunflower, which serves as the main theme of its indoor/outdoor design along with its iconic Versace furnishings and Mediterranean décor. The family...