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After a monthslong battle, the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia will be moved to storage. The Art Commission has made its decision to move the statue, but some residents plan to fight that decision in court. “They can’t do that,” South Philly resident Maureen Fratantoni said. After dozens of hours of community testimony and the His...

Attorney George Bochetto filed a motion in the Court of Common Pleas on August 10 in Philadelphia for an injunction to stop the city from removing the statue of Columbus at Marconi Plaza. The cause is to prevent Mayor Kenney from taking down the statue before all parties have a chance to voice their opinions and make their respective cases. "The Ci...

The Amerigo Vespucci Society (AVS) in Long Branch New Jersey recently held a backyard dedication at their society's building. The space was dedicated in the name of their late member, Senator Tom Gagliano. Society member Joseph Valentino stated, "my family has always had the highest respect for the Gaglaino family, and in particular the late Tom Ga...

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Rotella as its new director. Rotella joins the Coccia Institute from Publisher’s Weekly, where he has been Senior Editor since 2006.  Rotella is an internationally recog...

Little Italy Neighborhood Association and Baltimore Jazz Alliance have announced the Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival will be postponed until September 2021. During the hiatus, a permanent mural and gallery dedicated to Madonnari will be created - the first of its kind in the United States and only the second outside of Italy. Artist Michael Ki...

When you're as fearless in the kitchen as the celebrated culinary daredevil Chef Chris Cosentino, it's no wonder you’ve been considered one of the most talented chefs in the country. The man cooks with GUTS. "Putting a face to what you eat sometimes opens your eyes a lot. There is more to just skeletal meats." But that wasn't always the case for Co...

Comic Mike Marino, a.k.a. “New Jersey’s Bad Boy,” is scheduled to perform in Surflight Theatre’s big top at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9 – provided the big top damaged by Tropical Storm Isaias is fixed. Marino has appeared at Surflight many times over the years. That makes sense considering he can skewer New Jersey and Italians without fear of the p...

Saint Paul’s Italian Festival will be happening in a different way this year, but the festival’s traditional foods will still be served. Yoselin Person had the chance to see what’s cooking and what will be different in this year’s festival. She was live from the kitchen at St. Paul’s with more. This year the festival will be a virtual and drive-thr...

Fans of Italian Food in Perth Amboy have a new spot to add to their list. Ciro’s Italian Restaurant, Pizzeria & Bar is now open and ready to serve. The family-friendly eatery seats about 60 outdoors under the shade of multiple umbrellas. Under normal circumstances, the colorful interior can seat about 300 guests at capacity as well. Chef and Owner...

When you think of Hoboken, a few things come to mind: the birthplace of baseball, the iconic On the Waterfront film, and most importantly, Frank Sinatra. Ol’ Blue Eyes was born and raised in the Mile Square, bought bread from Dom’s Bakery, and met his first wife at the Jersey Shore. The legend passed away in 1998, but Sinatra’s contribution to the...

As Christopher Columbus statues across the country are torn down and vandalized, an Italian heritage group is asking the town of Kearny to protect a Columbus monument there. UNICO, an organization that promotes Italian ancestry and culture, sent a letter dated July 2 to Kearny Mayor Al Santos and the Town Council asking the city to spray a “protect...

Joseph Camelia admits he didn’t know that the bust of Christopher Columbus stood in front of his hometown’s municipal building for nearly 20 years. But when he received a call at the end of June claiming protesters were going to topple it, he immediately thought of his father. "My father came from Italy, worked 16 hours a day, seven days a week, an...