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By Anne Cloonan Despite its name, La Festa Italia to be held Saturday and Sunday at Ascension Catholic Church in Jeannette will open with a Polka Mass. The Rev. Paul Lisik, pastor, said the hymns and responses to the Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday will be done to a polka beat, music mostly associated with Eastern European culture. Entertainment a...

"The Media & the Mob: Exploring the Mafia Mystique" is a fascinating look at the complex issue of media stereotyping and Italian-American enthnicity, tracing its history and culminating with a historic meeting with a major television network news executives.Ron Quartararo, author of "La Famiglia: The Power & Passion of Family, Lessons on Li...

by Daniel Dentico   South Philadelphia's Italian Market is the nation's oldest outdoor market and on May 18 and 19, the already-bustling heart of South Philly welcomes the city for its annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival. Enjoy a weekend filled with the flavors and sights of Italian-American culture, from tastes of Italian cuisine...

Dopo aver passato qualche anno a giocare a calcio (e un po' a pallavolo), vogliamo dimostrare che abbiamo il talento necessario di cimentarci anche col basket!   Nell'area di Washington ci sono diversi tornei ricreativi e, se c'è l'interesse necessario, vorremmo iscrivere una squadra Italians in DC ad uno di questi!   Read more  ...

The borough is hosting the second annual Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Main Street between 10th and 12th avenues, according to a news release.   The festival honors local officials of Italian-American descent who made a positive impact on the quality of life in the surro...

One of Italy's highest honors was bestowed on Georgetown attorney E. David Harrison by Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero in ceremonies at the Italian Embassy on Monday.   Harrison was decorated with the title Commendatore of the Order of the Italian Star in recognition for his long-time service providing legal advice to the Italian gover...

In the recent celebration of his 10th anniversary as a member of the Scranton chapter of UNICO, Blaise Alan Dente, of Pittston, was presented a proclamation for his years of service at the May meeting at St. Lucy 's Hall in Scranton.   Since 2005, Dente, along with his parents and Dente's Catering, has hosted a dinner meeting once a year. &...

By Timothy B. WheelerAn Italian renewable-energy company won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic waters off Maryland's coast with an $8.7 million bid Tuesday.   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management declared US Wind Inc. the provisional winner of a daylong auction for a pair of federal leases...

While two major International Film Festivals are taking place in Venice and Toronto, the American Initiative For Italian Culture (www.aific.org) based in Washington, DC, offers the first Film Festival entirely dedicated to the Italian Cinema, called Italian Film SUDestival, September 19-24, 2014, at West End Cinema.  The name SUDest...

Chazz Palminteri stars in "A Bronx Tale," his acclaimed one-man show that launched him to fame, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Friday, October 17 at 8 pm. Tickets are $49-69.   Written and performed by Chazz Palminteri, A Bronx Tale tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the worl...

Each year the Hazleton Chapter of UNICO and Maurice C Raymond "RMR" Knights of Columbus honor an outstanding Italian-American as part of their Columbus Day dinner in celebration of their Italian heritage.   The organization asked community members to nominate individuals who exemplify the true spirit of an Italian-American – one who demonstr...

When Bruce Gradkowski made his first start for the Oakland Raiders back in November 2009, the tweets and the e-mails started coming. Jewish fans came up to him constantly and assumed he was Jewish.   It turned out Bruce Gradkowski is not Jewish. Bruce has a Polish mother & an Italian father. The 31-year-old is yet another Pittsburgh...