An Akron sculptor is earning new recognition for his role in creating eight iconic statues on Cleveland’s skyline. In the early 1930s, Italian immigrant Cory Fiocca helped carve the Guardians of Traffic on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, now known as Hope Memorial Bridge. The 43-foot art-deco figures, sculpted out of Berean sandstone on the bridge’s fo...

On Monday in Ohio a state board approved a $1 million payment to ex-Death Row inmate Joe D’Ambrosio, who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 20 years because of prosecutorial misconduct, according to Cleveland.com. The decision by the Ohio Controlling Board was unanimous, and it ends a multi-year effort to win compensation for his decades-long...

The Cleveland Italian American Heritage Committee in partnership with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office and Cleveland City Council is proud to announce the honorees for 2021 Italian American Heritage Month in Cleveland, Ohio. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the City of Cleveland has enacted restrictions on the size of events which requires a limit...

Local singer-songwriter Jim Scaparotti, who’s written songs for the past 30 years but has only recently begun recording, has assembled a group of veteran session players, artists and industry professionals to perform as part of his Jim Scaparotti and TINMAN Project. He says the pain of losing his grandson to a rare genetic disorder inspired him to...

Smiling broadly, Francesco Scavello fixed fresh cups of cappuccino for a few of his teammates Friday afternoon then sat down at his dining room table, next to his wife, Debbie, to talk bocce. On Thursday, Scavello and his teammates — from both the Bocce Club and the Hilltop Social Club — will embark on a journey west to play in the 37th Annual Clev...

The Cleveland Cinematheque will celebrate Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini with its upcoming movie series “Fellini 101.” The series, set for much of September and October, is a part of the “Federico Fellini 100 Tour” in the U.S. and Canada, according to a press release. The tour marks what would have been Fellini’s 101st birthday (the filmmaker,...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...

The 122nd Feast of the Assumption brought out the crowds back to Little Italy. The hustle and bustle returned to the neighborhood after the iconic parade was cancelled last year because of COVID-19 concerns. Gracco Dan told 19 News the feast holds a special place in his heart. “Actually use to come out here with my mom and dad when we were growing...

Ninety-one years have passed since ISDA was founded, 45 National Biennial Conventions have been held, and in 2021 we’re proud to say that Italian Sons and Daughters of America is stronger and more influential than ever. The latest ISDA National Convention was held this past week in Cleveland, Ohio at the Downtown Hilton, and a rich slate of events...

You cannot mention “Rocky Colavito” without using the word “beloved” in the same sentence. It just isn’t done. Tuesday, when a statue of the – yes, beloved - Indians slugger was unveiled in Tony Brush Park in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood, the respect fans have long held for Colavito rang out. And it was mutual.  “As I’ve said, and I’ll say...