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Josephine Posterivo vowed to make learning Italian easy, during an introductory course she's teaching at St. Athanasius Education & Community Center in West View. Posterivo, of Ross, herself struggled with learning English after moving to Avalon decades ago as a teenager from Italy's southern Cosenza province.   "I really tried to e...

E il torroncino mormorò, non passa lo straniero! Saranno i deliziosi prodotti della Sperlari, probabilmente, a vendicare l'onta del saccheggio delle imprese italiane "doc" da parte di colossi in ascesa di paesi esteri. Dopo l'acquisizione dei gianduiotti Pernigotti dai turchi della Toksoz e della griffe del cachemire Loro Piana da parte della holdi...

By Lauren Valenti "When I first met Gianni Versace a few decades ago, I met a man who was just as passionate about art, opera, food, and furniture design as he was fashion," Anna Wintour told WWD. "Every single Italian designer I have come to know since then has been exactly the same. Italy tends to know all about the best things in life for the s...

By Mauro Battocchi   Why should we learn Italian?Besides the fact that learning Italian is fun, there are other good reasons to grow a proficiency in the language. Elisa Dossena at Princeton University's Italian Department recently published a compelling list of ten reasons to learn Italian. Take a look and let me know your motives! Accordi...

It was ready, set, go Saturday morning at the 15th Annual Italian Heritage Festival 5K. Even the rain couldn't hold back the determined runners. Registration was at 7 in the morning, with the race kicking off at 8:30 a.m.   The starting line was at Byard-Mercer Pharmacy on Main Street. The course went throughout Glen Elk. All in all, the cou...

In her 1987 bestseller "Beloved," Toni Morrison described one of the benefits of having a sister as "sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings, more thrilling than understanding could ever be."   That's pretty much the plot of "Cooking with the Calamari Sisters," a comic extravaganza playing through S...

NEH Seminar – June 22 to July 10, 2015 – Charlottesville, VA This NEH seminar offers high school teachers the opportunity to study Dante's poem closely and to consider its cultural legacy. The seminar will do so through a close reading of the poem, followed by a consideration of literary and artistic works that draw inspiration from it, adapt it,...

Let’s face it: this chef’s name, Michael Angelo, has a lot to live up to, but Foodies: he does it with flying colors. Instead of painting or sculpting in marble, like the famous artist Michaelangelo , this Jersey born Michael Angelo is creating works of edible art, and let me tell you: book a reservation for his spot in Fairfield now.   Mich...

Al via il crowdfunding per la realizzazione del progetto "Illuminiamo la tradizione". Un ponte immaginario che unirà, per sempre, Molfetta ad Hoboken, nel New Jersey. Con milioni di lampadine colorate che andranno a comporre le luminarie che, partendo da Molfetta, raggiungeranno l'altra parte del mondo, dopo aver attraversato l'Oceano. E la realizz...

Amanda Castellano was selected as Miss 2015 Hillsborough UNICO by the Italian-American service and heritage group. She was selected based on criteria of academics, community service, arts and music, sports and an Italian heritage.   Ms. Castellano, 19, is a sophomore at West Chester (Pa.) University, majoring in communications with an intern...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces Lucy Arner has been named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Verismo Opera Orchestra. Verismo Opera, a nonprofit opera company based in Fort Lee, New Jersey, selected Ms. Arner after a search was undertaken earlier this fall.   She succeeds Maestro Anthony Morss, who is retirin...

At 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, March 20, the Union Township Historical Society will host a presentation given by Joe and Tina Renna, co-authors of "The Peterstown Book: Cent'Anni (The 100-Year History of an Italian-American Neighborhood)."   The event will take place at the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave., Union. People...