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The Italian-themed amusement park, DelGrosso’s, has a lot of family fun going on for Labor Day Weekend. It is the last weekend the Laguna Splash Water Park will be open, but the rides and food are going to stick around through September. This weekend the park has a lot of events and deals! Sunday, September 5th, FrontLine YouthFest will have a free...

New York City definitely has the largest Italian American population in the nation, yet Philadelphia is in second place. Italian Americans in the city primarily live in South Philadelphia. Many Italian immigrants began arriving in South Philadelphia from the northern Italian regions of Liguria and Veneto in the 1860s. According to the 1870 census,...

If you’ve never heard of Jerry Longo, it’s time to learn a about him. Jerry Longo created a unique menu of authentic Italian cuisine and started his Longo‘s brand by opening an acclaimed restaurant renowned for its martinis and meatballs. Discerning patrons clambered to his first legendary restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, then Dover Downs al...

The Rehoboth Area chapter of UNICO will hold its annual Bocce Tournament on Sept. 11 at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown, Delaware. Teams or two, three or four players may compete. The entry fee is $50 for per team. The first-place winner will claim 60 percent of the prize money, and the runner-up will claim 40 percent. The tournament is open to UNI...

The annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival is back in Scotch Plains. The event was unable to run last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The St. Bart's Festival has been an annual tradition honoring San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy, since 1974. It features nightly live music, rides, games, and great food,...

When I was growing up, my family rarely went out to eat. Why spend the money on such extravagance when you can cook a perfectly acceptable meal at home? So it was with some hesitation that I invited my mother to join my husband and me for lunch at Amedeo’s Ristorante while she was visiting us from Ohio. Before the meal was over, my mother declared...

The Christopher Columbus statue, which stood in the market place on Avenue of the States in Chester for 66 years, was removed on Sunday. The statue had become a source of tension in the city after George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis, reiterating protests against statues many say glorify racist or genocidal figures in American history...

The Society of St. Sebastian’s feast and carnival returned to Montclair last week, continuing a tradition that’s been going on for nearly a century. The society celebrated its “95th Anniversary Feast,” after last year’s carnival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic (but the procession continued). Visitors came to the festival, near Kaveny F...

The Scalabrinian Provincial Superior, Fr. Angelo Plodari, has presented Fr. Sergio Dall’Agnese to his Eminence the Archbishop of Washington, as the new Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish as of September 1, 2021. Fr. Sergio Dall’Agnese is not new to the Washington DC Metropolitan area having served in Riverdale Park, MD from 2005 to 2014. He was born in G...

There are certain places you can't have enough of at the Shore. Wawas, Dunkins, and Italian Markets. You know all about Plaza 35 in Eatontown getting a redo with new stores set to open and a fresh coat of paint going on. There's also a nearby offshoot called Plaza 35 Village. We've learned that a nail salon is opening up in this space. C'mon, what...

After decades breathing life into patients and into local history, Dr. Frank J. DeMaio Jr. now is ready for his own chapter to be written into the ongoing story of Vineland. DeMaio, who practiced medicine here for more than half a century, died Wednesday night at the age of 90 after what the family said was a short illness. He was being treated at...

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival has been canceled for the second straight year. Board Chairman Tyler Terango told WV News that the festival’s board voted unanimously during an emergency meeting Saturday to cancel this year’s festival, which was slated to open Friday at Jackson Square. “This is definitely the hardest decision the boar...