By Amy Biancolli   Andrea Bocelli isn't really an opera singer — he doesn't have the pipes, for one thing, or anything like the seductive extroversion that's required in wooing a crowd — but he sings sweetly, stands erectly and brings with him all the expected trappings of classical music.   He brought them all to the Times Union Cent...

A federal judge has ruled that the state did not violate the First Amendment rights of the owners of Albany's "Wandering Dago" lunch cart when it was banned from slinging sandwiches in a government complex because of the anti-Italian slur in its name.   Northern District federal Judge Mae D'Agostino dismissed the lawsuit filed by the truck's...

By Don Rittner   On top of a box in the attic of an unused building in Albany lay a photograph of a beautiful Italian woman. Looking through the box I found newspaper accounts, and a photo album, more photos of this beautiful woman who, by her photos, appeared to be an actress or singer around the turn of the 20th century. But who was this "...

The Neighborhood That Disappeared - by Mary Paley, John Romeo & Bernie Mulleda - Film's premier on WMHT (12/12 @ 8 pm.)   Film Summary "The Italian is an intensely gregarious creature, comfortable in extended families, crowds, markets, piazzas – in song, debate, commerce. The Italian has for centuries cherished the primary agg...

A northern Italian village is holding a memorial ceremony to honor two U.S. World War II pilots who died when their bomber crashed into a mountain in 1945.   Relatives of pilot Earl Remmel of Hooker, Oklahoma, and surviving crew member Isidore Ifshin, a Bronx native living in Boca Raton, Florida, plan to attend Sunday's ceremony in Ronzo di...

Italian Christmas Concert by Umberto Palmeri, who was born in Naples, Italy. Umberto will sing old and contemporary Italian songs and Italian Christmas Carols, accompanied by guitar. He has a wonderful voice and genre bias and has been well received. This is a fundraiser.   The event will be held in our Italian Culture Center on Sunday, Dece...

By Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara   It was an honor on Tuesday morning at the state Capitol to pay tribute to the late Mario Cuomo.   Former Governor Mario Cuomo will be remembered for his integrity and dedicated public service to our state, so it was fitting that we remembered his legacy with an Assembly resolution. I was proud to b...

Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci (R,C,I-South Huntington) recently welcomed the 2016 Senator John J. Marchi Memorial Scholarship for Athletic Achievement recipient, Rose Marie Pedretti, to Albany to be honored by the Italian-American Legislators Conference. Pedretti, a resident of Huntington and a student at Walt Whitman High School, was one of four s...

Pinned to Mary Paley's denim jacket is a prized possession: a medal representing a Sicilian-American society for "the Black Madonna," Maria del Tindari. The South End had several such societies, and a three-day street festival was held in the Madonna's honor every September for more than 30 years.   Paley was given the membership medal by Do...