At its best, a portrait is a window through which you peer into the landscape of a person’s life. That intimacy makes subjects almost family, and in Joe Vitone’s case, they are. Family Records, his exhibit on display at the Akron Art Museum until Oct. 27, captures his Rust Belt relations over the last 20 years. Here, his Italian-American aunt, Grac...

Akron’s Middlebury neighborhood is now home to a new-car showroom featuring two Italian luxury brands where price tags can easily approach — and exceed — $100,000. Ganley Automotive has added Maserati and Alfa Romeo franchises to its East Market Street campus, which also features a newly expanded and renovated Mercedes-Benz dealership next to its T...

Master stained-glass craftsmen from Studio Arts & Glass in North Canton took advantage of the sunshine Wednesday to install restored glass panels at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on North Hill in Akron. Fourteen of the church’s 87-year-old stained-glass windows are being restored in three phases. The first two phases include the six side win...

Viva la Panza, “hooray for the stomach” or “joy to the belly” according to an article published March 29, 1943 in the Akron Beacon Journal, described the event as a tradition to eat until your knife and fork scream for help! Started a few years earlier before the outbreak of WWII by local Italian immigrants, now U.S. citizens, to provide political...

Mangia! The Italian-American fest in and around Lock 3 in downtown Akron will run Thursday-Saturday. Food vendors will set up and music will include Straight On, a Heart tribute band, at 8 p.m. Thursday; Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and a Frankie Valli tribute band at 8:30 p.m. Saturday followed by fireworks. Ac...

The Sons of Italy, Akron Lodge 685 held its initiation/scholarship dinner on May 2 at The Venue in Tallmadge. Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee that reviews GPA, recommendations, accomplishments and activities, and essays on their career choice and their Italian heritage. Zachary Conti, son of John and Andrea Conti, was awarded a s...

Usually what makes a particular spot hot is what it has: A pool table, really cheap booze, good cheap food, hip and energetic atmosphere, or perhaps a wide variety of “hotties.” But for some folks — particularly those of a certain age — what raises a spot’s temperature is what it doesn’t have: Constantly blaring music, too many intrusive TV screens...

The City of Akron may be getting a new holiday, but City Council wants a little more time to think about it. Seventh- and eighth-graders and faculty from The Lippman School in West Akron turned out Jan. 22 to present a proposal to put First People’s Day on the calendar.  They, along with representatives of the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana an...

Akron City Council split along racial lines as a resolution meant to heal divided. Councilman Russ Neal introduced language Monday that would have recognized the second Monday in October not as Columbus Day but Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The swap is meant to honor the contributions of Native Americans and recognize that “the first voyage of Columbus...

Akron could soon abolish Columbus Day — what some in a deeply divided America equate to yet another celebration of slavery and white oppression. City Councilman Russ Neal is proposing that the Oct. 12 holiday honoring Christopher Columbus’ fateful and first American landing in 1492 be changed to Indigenous People’s Day to celebrate Native American...