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Anna Maria Mannarino of Mannarino Designs, Inc., an acclaimed interior, event and product designer and past president of the New Jersey Chapter of ASID, has won three Design Excellence Awards. This annual competition is sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Fifteen chapter interior designers won a...

The state-wide winners of the Garibaldi Awards have been announced. The award is given to graduating seniors who have excelled in Italian Studies and who also have contributed to the Italian American legacy in America, in community service or through extra-curriculars. The honor is conferred by the Silvio Laccetti Foundation. Prof. Laccetti is a re...

When you reach a certain age, just getting down to the driveway can feel like a full day's work. But for 97-year-old Benny Ficeto of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, overcoming those stairs is just the beginning of his workday. Two days a week, he clocks for a four hour shift as a bag boy at the local Stop & Shop. Benny used to be warehouse supervisor for...

The horns played as the drummers kept the beat.  Fireworks exploded. The 2019 San Marziale Procession was about to set out from the front of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church. The Sunday afternoon procession, led by a police vehicle and fire truck, included the 30-piece Our Boys' Band, townspeople, some carrying the statue of the patron saint, and...

Retrobottega co-owner Rolando Frias advises you not to skip the rabbit cacciatora served with tomatoes, green olives, mushrooms, and roasted potatoes on your first visit to the Adams Morgan newcomer that quietly opened over the weekend. The Italian restaurant replaces what was once Libertine and then Rosario at 2435 18th St. NW. He and co-owner Mat...

It’s not normal for us to review a restaurant within three months of its opening. We like to give a new restaurant time to breathe and figure itself out. But when a star of the New Jersey food scene opens a new restaurant, it’s hard to sit around and wait. Felina is Anthony Bucco’s first starring role as restaurant co-owner as well as executive che...

On April 23, Marco Bucci, the mayor of Genoa, Italy, appointed guitarist Beppe Gambetta an ambassador of the city. Gambetta was honored for representing Genoa all over the world, specifically in the U.S. Gambetta, who has performed in all 50 states, will perform for the first time at Pastorius Park on Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m. He will be accomp...

In the early 1960s, parochial education was at its peak in the U.S. with more than 5 million students enrolled in nearly 13,000 Catholic schools nationwide. Since then, enrollment has fallen steadily as church attendance has dropped and more families bypass Catholic schools in favor of public schools. Last year, only about 1.8 million students enro...

Following in the footsteps of the recent MLB signings of fellow Italian-born and developed pitchers Daniele Di Monte (Detroit Tigers) and Matteo Bocchi (Chicago Cubs), 17-year-old Azzurri lefty Samuel Aldegheri has signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Expected to report to the Phillies Spring Training Facility in Clearwate...

Long before Sonny Conto made his professional heavyweight boxing debut at 2300 Arena by pounding Jimmie Levins until the ref stopped the fight in the first round, “Sonny from S. 9th Street” was just a well-known guy from the neighborhood. Like a hyped rap act with posters announcing its first mixtape or a young punk band hustling DIY stickers, the...

Let’s face it: Relaxed menswear causes more problems than solutions. Without steadfast fashion rules — especially the tried-and-true blazer/tie combo — men started to both squeeze or swim in ill-fitting, dated looks that always seemed sloppy. Enter Francesco Reale, the 35-year-old owner and founder of Moda Matters. For summer, the aerospace executi...

Augustine “Augie” Miceli Sr., the longest-tenured faculty member at Calvert Hall College High School, who taught thousands of students in a 60-year career as math teacher and football coach, died Saturday of acute myeloid leukemia at the Gilchrist Center hospice in Towson. He was 86 years old. Mr. Miceli, the gregarious son of Italian immigrants, c...