Gloria Tate's Cape Coral roots run deep. One of the city's pioneer families, her parents settled in the city during Hurricane Donna in 1960, when Tate was 9 years old. That was just two years after Leonard and Jack Rosen began turning 103 square miles into a city of canals. Her mother, Grace Raso, started the Italian American Club, which Tate's sis...

A highly social, fun, outdoor recreational institution in the Cape for 30-plus years is more popular than ever. The most dedicated and expert bocce players at Veterans Park belong to men’s and women’s associations, Italian-American and Goodfellas leagues that compete on six courts nearly every day and evening during busy season. Players are also we...

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners has appointed Cape Coral City Councilmember John Carioscia to the Lee County Tourist Development Council. Carioscia, who was appointed Dec. 19, is serving his second term on the Cape Coral City Council. He replaces former Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki. A resident of Cape Coral for 11 years, he is involv...

Thanks to the efforts and dedication of Linda Biondi, the annual Veterans Day parade in Cape Coral is in very good hands. Not even a hurricane could disrupt the planning of this popular and much-anticipated event.  When Hurricane Irma hit the region in early September, it threw a pretty big curveball to residents and businesses. And to parade plann...

You can bring your trombone, your guitar, or just a tremendous singing voice, get on stage, and just perform.   The Italian-American Club on Vincennes Boulevard in downtown hopes the idea will work to get the word out about its new musical offerings this summer as a way to bring people in once the snowbirds return.   Read more  ...

Founded in 1966, the Cape Coral Italian American Club is breathing new life into its membership with more weekly activities and an executive chef. President Cathy Sangiovanni explained that the club was on the verge of closing last year due to financial challenges. Elected in November, she hopes to turn things around for the group, saving what her...

By Tiffany Repecki   The Cape Coral Italian American Club will host its first ever Antique Appraisal Fair and Show. The event, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, will feature at least a dozen vendors and offer visitors a chance to have things appraised by a panel of industry experts at a cost of $5 per item.   "We have fou...

The Cape Coral Italian American Club has a new name and a new owner. But as far as Lucille Christiano is concerned, that place doesn't exist anymore. She's done with it.   "We'd all love to come back to the club," said Christiano, 78, of Cape Coral. "We miss our club. It's like home ... But I don't even feel like we're welcome anymore."...

A European traveling water circus, Cirque Italia, will stop in Cape Coral for two weekends this month, featuring a vivid and dramatic experience for attendees of all ages.   Cirque Italia owner Manuel Rebecchi was born and raised in Milan, Italy. To preserve his family's traditional European style circus, Moira Orfei Circus, he crafted a new...

by Laura Tichy-Smith   In a nation where corporate joints sling pizza, grocery store freezers offer boxed lasagna and a caricature of an Italian chef stares out from the label of canned ravioli, it can be hard to find authentic Italian food.   Fortunately, Southwest Florida is graced by the presence of several local Italian markets...