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St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church's Festa Italiana may have religious roots, but it is also one big celebration of food and music Friday through Sunday at Holy Cross Park in Williams Township. The annual event commemorates the Easton parish's patron, St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast falls on June 13.   A favorite feature is the nightly e...

Dr. Ernest E. Rossi, 86, passed away peacefully August 7, 2015. Ernie was born January 28, 1929 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Ambridge High School in 1946. After graduation he entered the U.S. Air Force and served 3 years in Greenland as a Radio Operator, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.   Ernie was the first in his I...

October 28, 2015Wednesday 5:30 PMAmerican Trucking Associations Conference Center430 First Street SEWashington, District of Columbia Join us for a swingin' and minglin' reception to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Frank Sinatra, America's most extraordinary singer, actor, director, producer and all around spectacular entertainer who was born, yes,...

Think of an Italian market, and what's the first image that comes to mind? A bustling, aromatic shop with huge wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on the counter and small wedges of pecorino Romano in baskets. Shelves stocked with jars of imported capers, olive oils and plump white beans. And above it all, ropes of sausage and prosciutto hams, dan...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), opens the 2016-2017 season and invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.   Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may auditionfor the Verismo Opera...

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...