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The Pueblo Sister City Commission is working with Mayor Nick Gradisar and Pueblo Rotary 43 to raise funds for one of Europe’s most affected cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Masks, ventilators, drugs — those are the primary things needed to treat people who have it and are still being cured," said Michael Salardino, president of the Pueblo Sist...

Long time Grand Forks restaurant the Italian Moon is going to reopen. Owner Scott Purpur said the mainstay restaurant on South Washington Street will have its first day back on Friday, April 17, after having been closed for about a month. The restaurant will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The Italian Moon will have a smaller...

The coronavirus took the game away from Lisa Birocci Banse in early March. The Des Moines native had flown to Guatemala from her home in State College, Pennsylvania, to play in leagues there. The Iowa softball legend is a member of the Italian Olympic national team. “I wanted to pitch some games and get some live at-bats,” Banse said. The virus had...

If you stuck at home looking for something new and different to explore, this weekend would be the perfect time to take the plunge into the opera world. It's possible you may have heard a famous aria, which is part of an opera, and haven’t even realized it. Arias can pop up when you least expect them to, in unusual places like commercials or movies...

The Hill neighborhood in south St. Louis has long been one of the region’s favorite dining destinations — beloved for its Italian American offerings and family traditions. And two local restaurateurs say the district is managing to hang on, even though the pandemic has put a sudden halt to dining out.  Chris Saracino, president of the neighborhood...

A spot on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives translates into an almost guaranteed increase in foot traffic for restaurants fortunate enough to receive a visit from the spiky-haired one himself, Guy Fieri. But Bill Miner, owner of Il Porcellino Salumi, at 4324 West 41st Avenue in the Berkeley neighborhood, realizes that maybe the timing isn'...

Wyoming Area senior baseball player Ryan Petrucci has committed to continue his academic and athletic careers at Lebanon Valley College. Petrucci batted a team-high .423 with two doubles, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored as a junior for the Warriors. He played first base and catcher, the position he expects to play in college. Along with Lebanon Valley, P...

Team Italy switch-pitcher Pat Venditte was named as a member of the 2020 Creighton University Athletics Hall of Fame class on March 25, 2020. The Omaha, Nebraska native enjoyed a successful collegiate pitching career while attending nearby Creighton University from 2005 to 2008 and posting the school's single-season record for ERA (1.88) and appear...

Michael A. Occhiato is being recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Top Professional in the field of Politics and Consulting as a Municipal Official Independent Consultant and the Owner of Occhiato Land and Cattle, LLC.        Mr. Occhiato has had a wide range of experiences, showcasing his remarkable aptitude to excel in leadership positions. In...

In continuing the series on the lives of my great-grandparents, I bring you the story of how in 1893 my Italian great-grandfather, Michele Lombardi, arrived in the United States at the age of 9 with his mother. The following is in his own words, from the “Rambling Episode” he wrote in 1969 about his life. “We went by train from Isernia to Naples an...

Dear friends of the ICC, developments of the COVID-19 outbreak are happening rapidly and the Italian Cultural Center is committed to do its part to contain the spread of the virus. In light of the most recent CDC and MHD guidelines, we have decided to cancel all classes and events scheduled through March 29. Refunds are being processed. Furthermore...

Elvis, or at least a very reasonable facsimile, was in the house, as were 21 high-achieving students of Italian heritage who received a leg up on their higher education journey. In its 21st year, the Sons of Italy Lodge 2738 Scholarship and Citizen of the Year Gala once again a drew a capacity gallery of 450 to the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Confere...