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The Feast of the Seven Fishes — an annual celebration of Italian Christmas tradition — will return to Fairmont for its 11th year, featuring Italian cuisine, music and fun for the whole family.   "I think it speaks to the heritage of Fairmont," volunteer Emily Swain said. "It really is a cultural festival. It's a place for community members a...

We celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492. Many Italian-Americans observe Columbus Day as a celebration of their heritage.   As tradition, the Roma Lodge will be presenting a memorial wreath at the celebration. The program of the days celebration is below. NCCA Program...

The late actor James Gandolfini, star of television's "The Sopranos," will be honored at the Ninth Annual Morris County Columbus Day Parade sponsored by the East Hanover Italian American Club at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. The parade's route will travel along Ridgedale Avenue from the fire house to Lurker Park. The club called Gandolfini, "not on...

Vince Lombardi, the Super Bowl trophy's namesake, gravesite is located in Middletown, N.J., less than an hour from MetLife Stadium where the Super Bowl will be played. Would it be too much for the NFL to have someone make that trek and bring the trophy to the gravesite of the man it's named for?   Such is the request of Ed Cardoza, the...

by Michelle Caffrey   South Jersey staple Liscio's Italian Bakery has been approved for an up to $13.5 million award to expand its facilities and keep 176 jobs in the state. The Glassboro-based bakery was recently approved for the Grow New Jersey incentives of corporate business and insurance premium tax credits, to be spread out over 1...

A new management team took over the longtime Secaucus Italian institution Bareli's in November, and has been rolling out changes to the formerly old-school restaurant. First came a complete renovation of the dining room (left).   Also, the menu has been modernized; it's now Italian-American, with entrees generally in the $18 to $31 range. Fa...

On April 26 at 4 PM, Black Student Fund and Casa Italiana will host Viva Italia: An Introduction to the Culture and Language of Italy at 595 ½ Third Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. It will provide an opportunity for students interested in learning about the Italian language and culture.   "Viva Italia will provide an opportunity for student...

Born in Naples in 1971, Aniello Desiderio at the age of eight, he performed in public for the first time, displaying such outstanding gifts that music critics started to speak of him as an "enfant prodige"... Wunderkind...a genius,....the Orpheus of the Guitar....a guitarist of the Century...il Fenomeno.... etc.   He won 18 first Internation...

The Italian American Police Society of New Jersey was proud to present a check to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics for $20,000 to once again be a Platinum Sponsor .   Pictured below is Financial VP Joseph Simonetti, President William Schievella, Executive Director Vincent Nardone, Torch Run Director Robert Belfiore and Trus...

Saturday and Sunday, November 15th-16th, 9:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at Casa Italiana, 595 1/2 3rd street NW Annual Holiday Market selling handmade art, fashion, jewelry, homemade sweets and more...Exclusively made by Italian women (Le D.I.V.E, Donne Italiane che Vivono all'Estero). Read more information at http://www.italianculturalsociety.org/ital...

Bello Pranzo Pizza & Pasta will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m.. The restaurant is located at 1600 Village Market Blvd. SE, Suite 132.Mayor Kristen Umstattd will officiate the event. Mainly a pizzeria, Bello Pranzo's menu features hand-tossed New York-style pizza, salads, appetizers, subs...

By Terrence T. McDonald   Anthony Cucci, the former mayor, Downtown councilman and decorated war hero, died today at Jersey City Medical Center. He was 92. Cucci, known to everyone as "Tony," was big-hearted and modest, "the people's mayor," according to Lou Manzo, a former state assemblyman who worked in the Cucci administration. &nbs...