Despite the recent pandemic crisis, Italy is still the third largest economy in the Eurozone and the eighth largest in the world. Foreign investments are one of the key factors that fuel the growth of the country along with exporting, at a global level, ‘made in Italy’ quality goods.The Italian language is often neglected by international public re...

From medieval times or earlier, the practice of abandoning newborn babies was tragically widespread. In 1198, Pope Innocent III was distressed by the number of infants that were drowned in the Tiber River, and he declared that foundling wheels should be installed so women could anonymously leave their unwanted child in the care of a church, instead...

Simona Rodano, a world-renowned songstress and multiple award-winner, is at it again! From her tiny apartment in Queens, the artist aka The Italian Fairy® spreads her love for Italy and her appreciation for the Italian way of life through edutainment. She presents unique online educational performances for young students all around the world. The I...

With the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation's annual dinner canceled, the organizations annual scholarship winners were honored with check presentations at the Paulo Busti monument next to the Holland Land Office Museum yesterday. Honored were: Rhorri Fix, Kiaya Condidorio, Chris Gualtieri, Jake Torcello, Isabella Riner, and Megan Smith. Each student...

You may not know it, but you have almost certain spoken Venetian over the past few months. Any discussion of the current world health crisis inevitably circles around to “quarantine”, which is derived from the Venetian term quarantena, or “forty days”.  Quarantena was once used to refer to the 40-day period in which ships and their crew were requir...

The Blauvelt Sons of Italy Lodge 2176 awards scholarships at the end of each school year to students across the region who have excelled in a specific subject area and demonstrate a strong ability to continue on to a successful college career. On Saturday, June 13th the organization awarded 18 scholarships.  “We are immensely proud of our Scholarsh...

The word rinascita, or rebirth, has never sounded so beautiful. We pronounce it ree-nah-she-tah, and it has the same root and origin as Rinascimento, or Renaissance, that period in Italian and European history that gave us Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raffaello and Lorenzo de’ Medici. Rinascita is a noun that comes from a verb, rinascere (to be reborn),...

Nei giorni scorsi sono stati pubblicati rapporti sulla scarsa efficacia dei corsi online per gli studenti americani costretti a casa dal coronavirus. Ma fanno eccezione i corsi di italiano promossi e finanziati dallo IACE, Italian American Committee on Education, nelle scuole pubbliche e private degli Stati di New York, New Jersey e Connecticut. Da...

It is known for being used as either "hello" or "goodbye" between family members, friends, and those amongst the same peer group. Although Ciao is seen as an Italian greeting, it has only been to a part of the Italian vocabulary since the 20th century. The Origins of Ciao According to La Gazzetta Italiana, "The word ciao, in fact, derives from the ...

On June 4 the Cedar Grove Chapter of UNICO National awarded their annual scholarships to their recipients at their homes.  They were Taylor Schmey, Stanley Duwal IV and Christopher Schoner.  All three demonstrated outstanding achievements in the classroom, community and school activities.  We'd like to congratulate them as they embark on the next c...