A 95-year-old woman who lost her life savings to a con artist got it all back, and then some, when hundreds of people attended a fundraiser hosted by her state’s former governor. Barbara Hinckley of Auburn, Maine, was tricked into sending at least $16,000 to a scammer claiming to work at Publishers Clearing House in November. The scammer said she h...

Some professional scammers are trained in deception to such a degree they could fool any of us, at any age. They target seniors who live at home alone, like Barbara Hinckley. Three days after hearing she had won a Publisher’s Clearinghouse contest Hinckley received a false copy of a check for $2.5 million in a package. It was all part of a professi...

The Renovo Sons of Italy Club again played Santa just before Christmas as the club continued to make a difference throughout western Clinton County with contributions that will benefit many for years to come. The club donated $56,000 to over 30 non-profit or financially in need groups on a Sunday afternoon just before the holidays. Donations of thi...

The Central Orange County Italian-American Association has been quietly doing good works for decades. And last Christmas was no exception. On Dec. 18, members of the association, comprised of individuals of Italian-American heritage, met at the Dikeman Engine & Hose Co. in Goshen to turn over dozens of toys they had purchased to veterans Pete and L...

The 90-year-old Dino Impagliazzo, also known as “the chef of the poor”, who has been feeding more than 250 homeless people a day in Rome for more than 10 years, will be awarded by President of Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella with the Merit honors of the Italian Republic. The recognition for distinguished itself for acts of heroism, for the engag...

T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month, but for Venice, November wins hands down.The city’s worst floods have taken place in November, as they did last month when high-water levels (74.4”) nearly broke the the acqua alte records set in 1966 (76.4”), wreaking an estimated $1.1 billion in damages and causing fatal injuries. With roughly 80...

Sons of Italy Akron Lodge 685 members held their annual Christmas party Dec. 7 at St. George Fellowship Center. As part of their mission to give back to the community, donations were given to five local charities, said organization officials. Shown are Debi and Ed Rauckhorst, who were awarded the Pete Silletti Award for outstanding service to the A...

Melanie Mitchell grew up like most Italian Americans, eating dishes that challenged your stomach. When her mother re-married Ray, a Texan, they all learned very quickly about each other’s cultures through food. Christmases were spent eating everything from pasta to barbeque, which is now what you get at their Franklin County restaurant, Napoli Cowb...

Want something fabulous to play during Christmas dinner? Here’s a wonderful “Yule Log” video from Tony Bennett featuring many amazing holiday classics accompanied by delightful animation. Bennett’s original artwork is the imagery for the yule log animation from a painting titled,“Home Is Where The Heart Is,” which he initially created for the Ameri...

Great result last night at Villa Firenze, official residence of the Italian Ambassador to the USA, during a Gala evening organized for the #AmericaLovesVenice campaign, launched by the Italian Embassy in Washington in partnership with Save Venice, the main American non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the artistic heritage of Ve...