The Rocky Marciano Lodge 3000 of Sons and Daughters of Italy presented two local organizations with a total of $6,500 from their inaugural casino night fundraiser.  On Tuesday night at Fairfield’s VFW Post 7925, the lodge presented Dave Black, captain of the West Essex First Aid Squad, with a ceremonial check for $5,000 and presented Brian Gallaghe...

Sons & Daughters Of Italy is holding a drive-up and drop off food collection to benefit the St. Thomas More food pantry. The food collection will be held Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm at St. Thomas Church, 12 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield. President of Sons & Daughters of Italy, Dan Scirica, said that giving back to communities is one of the reasons...

A statue of Christopher Columbus was unveiled at the Hollywood Avenue Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 9. The statue was donated to the township by the Fairfield Chapter of UNICO National in honor of Fairfield’s Italian heritage. In Feb. 2018, Amedeo Pineta, president of Fairfield UNICO, addressed the Fairfield Township mayor and council asking...

John Joseph Corsano, loving son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away April 8, 2020, of COVID-19-related complications. Corsano was born Nov. 5, 1926, in Bridgeport. A lifelong resident of Fairfield, he is the son of Carmella and Nicholas Corsano, both Italian immigrants. He is the brother to Mary Corsano...

Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill is a family-friendly dining spot found within the Hampton Inn with a casual, Tuscan-inspired setting. In fact, they offer Northern Italian dishes with a Mediterranean flair. Additionally, the Med Grill features an open kitchen, a dining room that takes inspiration from Tuscany and a lobby bar; Meanwhile, they have out...

Founded in 1929, following the US stock market crash that led to the great depression, two brothers began crafting eyeglass frames in their Newark, New Jersey basement. As Italian immigrants pursuing the American dream, they built the company that would become known as Liberty Optical. In the 1950’s, Liberty achieved mass market success with iconic...

The Gloria Foundation announces its fifth annual “Taste of Italy” to be held on Sept. 26 at Design Consign. This wonderful evening will feature delicious Italian food catered by local Italian restaurants and wine poured by some of Italy's finest distributors. There will be an excellent band, a fun photo booth, a wine pull, silent auction and a raff...

Fairfield Farms is one of the last working farms in Essex County. Located on 177 Big Piece Road and owned by Sal and Joyce Francavilla, it is one of the oldest farms in Fairfield, dating back to when the town was still part of Caldwell Township. The Francavilla family story began in Avellino, Italy, where Sal’s grandparents, Salvatore and Maria, ow...

An Essex County Italian-American group is fighting to save statues of Christopher Columbus, as controversy surrounding the historical figure grows. The Fairfield chapter of the Italian-American group UNICO says that they would like to collect all of the unwanted statues.  UNICO Fairfield Chapter President Amedeo Pineta says that Columbus is an impo...