Joseph Petracca made his name as a residential and commercial developer, helping to transform Akron's Merriman Valley into a commercial center and building dozens of other properties.  Family members, however, say his earlier focus of coaching remained his great passion. "As much as he loved building," his son Mark said Thursday, "I thin...

The La Macchina Moto Bell Car Show II is scheduled for Sept. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at RiverWoods golf course Akron. There is no admission fee to view the cars. This is an invitation only car show for registered vehicles. The show will include more than 300 antique cars, classic cars, muscle cars, exotic cars and custom vehicles.  ...

The Italian American Professional and Businessmen's Club of Akron and Summit County (IAPBC) announced its recent scholarship award winners, who were honored at a luncheon at Todaro's Party Center. Shown below, from left, are students who received $5,000 scholarships: Vincent Di Giacomo, of Green High School; Joe Rizzo, of Walsh Jesuit High School;...

A gala celebration of the 75th anniversary of Viva La Panza drew 650 men to Todaro's Party Center in Akron Wednesday evening. Presented by the Italian-American Professional and Businessmen's Club and the House of LaRose, the event is the premier fundraising and networking event of the Italian community. Ralph Trecaso, who chaired the event along w...

By Ed MeyerRino Ricchiuti, who was born in Italy in 1970 and emigrated with his parents to the United States when he was 15 months old, came to the Italian-American Festival of Summit County with his own family Sunday to savor the friendships he has made here — and the food.   Ricchiuti, his wife, Nicole, and their children — Giustina, 9, Lu...

by Joyce Mariani   Like a giant that awakens from a deep slumber, Cleveland's Italian community is in the midst of a vibrant cultural rebirth, a "risorgimento culturale," born from a desire to fully embrace the great mosaic of Italy's rich cultural heritage. Ohio has one of the largest populations of Italian Americans, numbering approximate...

By John Harper The oldest remaining private Italian club in Akron is celebrating its 90th anniversary on Saturday, no small feat after 11 of its peers shut their doors. On Cuyahoga Falls Avenue in North Hill, near the border of suburban Cuyahoga Falls, the unfussy brick building clings tenderly to Akron's past. Steel letters spelling Carovill...

by Jennifer Winot   AKRON — The 66th annual Italian-American Festival is known for tons of food and plenty of fun. This year's event takes place July 12 through 14 at Lock 3 in downtown Akron. There will be food, live music, fireworks and activities for people of all ages, as well as a raffle.   Read more   Source: h...