Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will return to the United States for a select run of concerts in 2013 as he drums up support for his recently released "Passione." "Passione" is a collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with global pop stars Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado and the late Edith Piaf. The legendary singer is the biggest sell...

A trio of U.S. Army veterans has teamed up to establish a memorial in Italy to the 25 American soldiers who drowned in an Alpine lake when their amphibious vehicle sank during World War II.   The marble monument is being dedicated in the northern Italian village of Torbole on Saturday, the 71st anniversary of the sinking of the vehicle known...

The Albany Symphony Orchestra will present its season finale on April 12 in the Darton State College Theatre at 7:30 p.m. and on April 13 at 3 p.m. at the Rylander Theatre in Americus. These performances cap off a year of celebration of 50 years that the Symphony has been entertaining audiences in Southwest Georgia. A combined chorus of area colle...

By Paul Grondahl   It has taken more than 50 years, but the silently displaced South End residents pushed out of their homes, businesses and tight-knit Italian-American enclave by Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller's South Mall government complex are finally having the last word.   "I wanted to give voice to the voiceless," said Mary Paley, t...

by Joseph Spector   Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore will become the state's next chief judge if she's confirmed by the state Senate next year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday nominated DiFiore, 60, to head the state Court of Appeals, the state's top court.   Cuomo had until Tuesday to name a successor for Chief Ju...

by Karen Hinton   At the recent unveiling of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo's portrait in the Governors Hall at the State Capitol, I recalled the first time I heard him speak. The elder Cuomo, after two decades of resisting, finally gave into his family's urging to follow tradition and allow the hanging of his portrait, painted last ye...

The pizza/Italian-American spot in the former Miss Albany Diner space on Broadway closed at the end of the year.   Posted Matt Baumgartner today on FB: "Although Sciortino's was a very personal restaurant for me, I feel like something new and exciting in that space would be more beneficial to the booming Warehouse District."   Read mo...

Thursday, Aug 21 7:00p - American Italian Heritage Museum - Albany, NYA Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony celebrating the opening of our new Italian Cultural Center will be held at 7:00 pm on Thurs, August 21, at American Italian Heritage Association, 1227 Central Ave, Albany, NY.   The Center is located on the second floor of our museum &am...

by Debra Santangelo   Professor Philip J. DiNovo is the Founder and President of the esteemed American Italian Heritage Association and the American Italian Heritage Museum in Albany, New York. He has also been knighted by the Italian Government and is a respected figure in America's Italian community. Mr. DiNovo has kindly agreed to provid...

Word that former Gov. Mario Cuomo is ill with a heart condition should give every New Yorker pause for reflection. Mr. Cuomo is 82 years old, two decades removed from the end of a remarkable 12-year tenure in Albany.   For most of that time, Mario Cuomo was considered a presidential candidate in waiting, an eloquent spokesman for Democrats i...