Many people perform great deeds, but few change the course of world history. Christopher Columbus was among those who did, and the impact of his feat continues to be felt throughout Americas. It is therefore disconcerting that the extraordinary feats of this iconic figure are being questioned and discredited to the point of cancelling the annual na...

In the beautiful setting of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, in New York City, on June 8th, at the yearly Conference of Presidents of Italian American Organizations, Gilda Battaglia Rorro Baldassari was honored by the distribution of copies of her successful memoir “Gilda, Promise Me”, published by Idea Press. The books were offered by the Preside...

Sometimes I’m lucky to meet great Italian Americans spread all over the country, who show their passion about Italy, their commitment about celebrating and representing the Italian American community, their loyalty to both the nations they belong to, America and Italy. Today we have with us one of these fine gentlemen, Robert J. DiBiase. Bob is the...

Each year the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers and provide Jefferson Awards medals in 22 categories of volunteer service.   The 2018 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards presentation ceremony and celebration of volunteerism was held at the War Mem...

On March 10, 2018, there was a marvelous celebration of Cav, Gilda Battaglia Rorro Baldassari’s birthday at her residence in Hamilton, New Jersey. Friends, mentors, students, and “arguably the finest oenologist in USA” Vittorio Vettori, as the graceful host introduced him, had the opportunity to talk about Gilda, her achievements, her wonderful per...

Dr. Gilda Rorro Baldassari and John Scarpati, Sr. saw red last week. Both proud U.S. citizens of Italian-American descent, expressed anger and concern after someone vandalized the statue of Christopher Columbus inside the Hamilton Ave. park which bears the controversial explorer’s name. Red paint covered several areas of Columbus’ body while the ba...

Recently the Hamilton Township Public Library in Mercer County was the recipient of a donation of over one hundred books and other publications, written in Italian, donated by Cav. Mario A. Marano of Toms River, NJ. Hamilton Township and Mercer County have a large population of Italians and Italian Americans. The books are mostly text books coverin...

During my last trip to the US, thanks to my good friends Roberta and Robert DiBiase I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful Italian American woman, who is a true icon for the community in New Jersey: Gilda Rorro Baldassari. I found very interesting and important to start this new year offering our readers the story of this proud Italian personal...

by Rich Cuccagna   Dr. Jianping Wang, the new president of Mercer County Community College (MCCC), met recently with the Chair of the New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission (NJIIAHC), Robert DiBiase, and Chair of the organization's Curriculum Development Committee, Cav. Gilda Rorro Baldassari, Ed.D.   The purpose...

You're invited! 12th Annual NJIIAHC Congress - Mercer County Community College - Saturday, September 19th. The New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission (NJIIAHC) is proud to announce its 2015 Annual Congress: "Promoting Education, Preserving Our Italian Cultural Heritage."   This historic event will fea...