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On Wednesday, July 22, Philadelphia held hearings on whether the statue of Christopher Columbus should be removed from its place of prominence and honor in the heart of the city’s Italian-American community to a “storage facility.” Many voices were heard, many stories were told, and the statue still stands.  Regardless of what the city decides, eit...

Known for its food truck specializing in Italian sausages, Philly cheesesteaks and half-pound burgers, Fat Vinny’s celebrated the opening of its Dewey Beach restaurant June 10. Owner Vinny Manuele said his food truck has been so successful, he was able to branch out with a storefront. Manuele says the family-run operation, which includes wife Louis...

Sharp cultural divides over racism, history and police violence took center stage at the first public hearing on Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from a South Philadelphia park. For more than five hours, a diverse cast of Philadelphians debated over Zoom the city’s case for removing the statue — a conversation...

For 27 years, Pucillo’s Pizza has been serving Lebanon County with its authentic Italian gourmet pizzas and homemade meals.  The restaurant, originally called Palumbo’s Pizza, was founded by Sabatino Pucillo in the 70s following his relocation to the United States from Italy. Palumbo’s Pizza’s first location was on E. Walnut St. in Lebanon, where t...

The recent publicity surrounding the call for removal of the Christopher Columbus bust in Lancaster city prompts me to provide a local and historical background for having this bust created and installed here. In the 1970s, an Italian immigrant, Antonio Palumbo, had an idea to leave a legacy of the contributions of Italian Americans to his adopted...

Today, the American Italian Food Coalition (AIFC) donated hundreds of Italian chocolates, coffee, pasta, and other goods to two Philadelphia nursing homes – Little Sisters of the Poor and Ann’s Choice. The donation represents a token of gratitude to everyone who has stepped up to provide care for seniors during COVID-19. “We are grateful for the in...

The Hackensack Chapter of UNICO National, its officers, members, and Board of Directors, along with Italian-American concerned citizens of Hackensack, oppose any or all attempts to rename Columbus Park in Hackensack, NJ and/or remove the Statue of Christopher Columbus in said park. In 1940, while sons and daughters of Italian immigrants were joinin...

City leaders made their case Wednesday for the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia. The city cited public safety concerns and feedback from the community when it asked the Art Commission for approval to take down the statue at Marconi Plaza during a virtual hearing. They are looking to remove the statue from its current...

In a 5-0 vote, the Scotch Plains Township Council agreed to keep the Christopher Columbus monument in its place outside the Municipal Building on Park Avenue. Prior to the meeting, a large group of Italian American community leaders marched from the Italian American Club to the Municipal Building to show their support for the Columbus statue. Speak...

Weeks after protesters toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus and threw it into Baltimore's Inner Harbor, members of the city's Italian American community are developing a plan to reproduce the marble monument so it can be displayed in a more secure location. Grand Knight Santo Grasso, of the Knights of Columbus St. Vincent Pallotti Council No. 1...

Members of Scotch Plains’ Italian American community are planning a march on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:00 p.m. from the Italian American Club (1976 Valley Ave., Scotch Plains) to the Municipal Building on Park Ave. in support of the Columbus monument. Three groups are helping to organize the event: the Italian American Club; UNICO (the Italian America...

A city steeped in Italian culture and history may become the latest town to find alternative ways to honor that legacy than by celebrating Columbus Day. On Wednesday, City Council will consider a resolution declaring the second Monday in October as Italian Heritage Day. The second Monday in October this year is the 12th, which is annually observed...