Crossing over Hempstead Turnpike headed south on Franklin Avenue into Franklin Square, you’re greeted for the most part by blue collar storefronts featuring a certain and undeniable air of industrial manufacturing. But that slate of gray and brown got an injection of brightly hued color with the opening of Dolce Cafe & Gelateria this past July. Ser...

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens) received the prestigious Guglielmo Marconi Award, the Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America’s (OSDIA) highest honor. The award is named for Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel prize-winning Italian physicist who invented wireless telegraphy. It is presented biennially to an...

Thomas S. Gulotta, the former Republican Nassau County executive on Long Island whose political career ended with his government verging on bankruptcy and his party’s once impregnable machine poised to lose its grip on one of the nation’s wealthiest strongholds, died on Sunday in Oceanside, N.Y. He was 75. His death was announced by County Executiv...

Every year since she was a kid, Cristina Cappiello, 24, has sat outside the Glen Cove home her great-grandfather built and waited for a statue of St. Rocco to be carried through her neighborhood. The Feast of St. Rocco, a celebration of the patron saint of healing, was an event that her grandmother insisted the entire family attend together. But, t...

A popular Italian restaurant is changing locations in Suffolk County. For the past 13 years, Butera’s Restaurant served customers at 65 E. Main St. in Smithtown. The eatery served its final meals there Saturday, Aug. 3, says a note on its website. The restaurant has two other locations -- in Woodbury and Sayville -- that will remain open and servin...

Her bags are packed and she’s ready to go. Long Island City-based artist and fine arts educator, Clare Stokolosa, is returning to her favorite Tuscan hilltop town in Italy, which overlooks a picture-worthy valley with breath-taking vistas of rolling hills and mountains.  She says the color and light are inspirational for painting. “I was introduced...

Our 1st IABF Sponsored College Showcase is scheduled for August 15 on the Campus of NYIT. The IABFshowcase allows young, talented players to learn from top college coaches while showcasing your abilities to elite college programs and pro scouts.  Among the colleges that have committed are NYIT, UConn, Sacred Heart, U of Maine, Fordham, Post U and s...

Stand-up comedian Maija DiGiorgio headlined Governor's Comedy Club at The Brokerage in Bellmore on Long Island for a good turnout.DiGiorgio shared the stage with emcee Michele Fox, Mario Bosco, and Olga Namer. "Keep it going for your comedians," DiGiorgio exclaimed, as she took the Brokerage stage, acknowledging her opening acts. She shared that sh...

The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Saint Liberata committee selected Grace Rizzi-Gallipoli as this year’s Italian-American of the Year. According to chamber executive director David Kennedy, she was selected for her ties to the community dating back to the early years of the festival. Currently owner of G&M Dege Inc., pump and tank contrac...

The advice, “Save room for dessert,” holds very true at one venerable Italian restaurant. At Pasta e Pani, the antipasti is awesome. The linguine is luxurious. The pizza is perfect. But the desserts are divine. Known for an outstanding savory bill of fare, the sweet menu often gets overlooked. That’s a shame. Recently I stopped by just for dessert,...