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La Festa Italiana, Jersey City’s oldest Italian festival, has been canceled for the first time in its more than 117-year history. “Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the current pandemic and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our volunteers, visitors, vendors, entertainers, etc… we have, with deep regret, made the diffi...

In what the president of UNICO called “lowlife cowardly acts,” vandals in Garfield defaced a Christopher Columbus statue and damaged a local elementary school named for the Italian explorer. Police were actively pursuing leads in finding those responsible for what Mayor Richard Rigoglioso called “hateful and disrespectful” acts, and said they’d be...

Sign to KEEP same sanctity to the town we love. Shared from my former teacher at Seton Hall Prep for the incredibly ignorant trash on this page. For the first time EVER I am EMBARRASSED for West Orange. Reposting from Anthony Lupica: Che disgrazia! What a disgrace to have destroyed and defaced the statuary of Cristopher Columbus! Those responsible...

Since it arrived at the same time as a pandemic, you may have missed the opening of a quaint little pizza shop in Dover. A Slice of Magic Pizzeria launched March 2, within the Liberty gas station on 5782 Forrest Ave. Owned by Dan Cain and Lloyd Wilson, it brings a combination of a love of magic and creating pizza and other Italian dishes. Offering...

The annual St. Ann Festa has officially been canceled for 2020. Originally, the event had been moved from June 10 through June 13, to Aug. 26 through Aug. 29. The Italian festival usually features rides, carnival games, homemade food including the famous Pizzelle and much more. “We thought we would have a better picture of the pandemic,” said Jim W...

There are many very good Italian restaurants on the Jersey Shore – so it takes a little extra effort to compete and really stand out. Piccola Italia Restaurant in Ocean Township (Monmouth County), has exceeded on all levels for several years. The restaurant is less than 5 minutes from my home, so I certainly can’t beat the convenience when we’re in...

Leaders of the Confederacy. Slave traders. Forces of imperialism. All have fallen in the United States and beyond, their statues toppled during protests against racism. Christopher Columbus is not safe. Protesters in various cities have torn down, destroyed and defaced statues of the explorer. In West Orange, signs that say “Murderer” and “This is...

A group of people gathered around a statue of Christopher Columbus in south Philadelphia over the weekend, saying they intended to protect it from vandals amid the recent protests — despite criticism from the mayor. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that about 100 people clustered around the statue of the explorer at Marconi Plaza on Saturday, at l...

Joe Laino, 71, stood near the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia’s Marconi Plaza on Saturday while leaning on a baseball bat. A woman nearby held up a sign saying “Stand Up, South Philly Won’t Stand Down." And another man, who declined to give his name, stood close to the statue while holding a rifle — one of at least two men in th...

Pino Cicala would have been 93 years old today, June 12, 2020. His passing three years ago left a void in our Italian American community. To keep his legacy alive, we announce today that Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center, Inc. (CISC), will name its archives and virtual collection in memory of Pino Cicala. The Pino Cicala Archives and Virtual Colle...

Wilmington officials are removing two of the city’s most iconic statues – of Declaration of Independence signer Caesar Rodney and explorer Christopher Columbus – to prevent them from potential damage, and to foster what Mayor Mike Purzycki called “an overdue discussion about the public display of historical figures and events.” Columbus came down o...

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Schenley Park has been vandalized. The statue was sprayed with red paint and multiple phrases including “Murder.” It comes as other local statues like the Doughboy in Lawrenceville and the Mario Lemieux statue at PPG Paints Arena have been desecrated. Columbus statues have now attracted attention nationwide, as s...