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The West Caldwell Public Library will present a virtual concert titled "Italian Serenade" featuring the local quintet La Bella Musica on Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 pm. The program will feature some traditional Italian and Neapolitan songs such as "O Sole Mio," "That's Amore," "Besame Mucho," "Arriverderci Roma," "The Godfather Waltz," "Chitiva Tango...

WHEREAS, THE BLOOMFIELD CHAPTER OF UNICO NATIONAL  (an Italian American Service Organization) in the 1970’s donated and erected a Christopher Columbus Statute on the historic Green. This was accomplished by the unanimous approval of the Mayor and Council. WHEREAS, since that time, each year, Bloomfield Unico and the Knights of Columbus have celebra...

The Christopher Columbus statue in Trenton, New Jersey has been covered after it was vandalized Tuesday night. Now the mayor says a discussion will begin about the future of the statue after some are calling for its removal. Thursday morning city crews put boards around the base of the statue before covering Columbus with a tarp. "The history of Ch...

Sons of Italy of Hammonton, New Jersey plans to relocate their Christopher Columbus statue Friday. The plan is to move the statue from its current public location at South Egg Harbor Road to its organization located at North Third Street. This following recent tension in South Philadelphia over the Christopher Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza Wedne...

We, the people of East Hanover, recognize the Columbus monument as a symbol of atonement for the brutal mistreatment of Italian Americans since their arrival as immigrants in our country. They have a fundamental right to celebrate their culture and heritage without undue interference from government officials or acts of aggression from private citi...

Empty pews due to COVID-19 have meant empty collection baskets for churches throughout the region. Our Lady of Mount Carmel might be the first casualty. Since the merger of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Immaculate Conception into one parish — St. Teresa of Calcutta — in 2016, the parish has worked to build one community but with two worship sites. O...

Gino Iovino is the owner of Girasole Ristorante & Lounge in Atlantic City. And his family-run business is about to reopen amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Translated from Italian, Girasole means sunflower, which serves as the main theme of its indoor/outdoor design along with its iconic Versace furnishings and Mediterranean décor. The family...

On the occasion of Pride Month - Capital Pride (4-15 June 2020), the Embassy of Italy, together with those of Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, with the participation of the State Department and the Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC) group, l...

The removal of one New Jersey Christopher Columbus statue and similar efforts gaining attention around New Jersey are causing frustration for some Italian-Americans who say the polarizing explorer has become a symbol of great importance for their shared heritage.  New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission Chairman Robert DiBiase said with "justified p...

Philadelphia officials said Monday that there are no plans to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from Marconi Plaza. The announcement was issued after a weekend of sometimes tense moments between protesters who defended Columbus as a symbol of Italian American culture, and counter-protesters who argued that the statue represents oppression. Ba...

The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has renewed protests over statues that many people say glorify racist or genocidal figures in American history. In Philadelphia, the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo was taken down in the middle of the night after protesters tried to topple it during protests. In South Philadelphia, protesters...

On the evening of Tuesday, June 9th, a statue of the Italian-born explorer Christopher Columbus was torn down from its pedestal in Richmond, Virginia’s Byrd Park by approximately 200 demonstrators. The statue was then draped in an American flag and set on fire. When the point had been proven with the burning, the statue was dragged to a nearby pond...