Former NFL defensive tackle Tony Siragusa died on Wednesday, according to the Baltimore Ravens. He was 55. "Goose," as his fans would call him, played for the Indianapolis Colts for seven seasons from 1990 to 1996, and then signed with the Ravens in 1997. He was a member of Baltimore's Super Bowl XXXV team, and retired following the 2001 season. "I...

Bravo, Saint Leo's Church did it! After a two-year hiatus, the parish hosted a very successful Italian festival the first weekend of June - the traditional Feast of Saint Anthony, established 1904. A million thanks are extended to each of you who volunteered or attended, ultimately proving your commitment to the parish, the neighborhood, and our It...

The Fire Museum of Maryland reports, "It finally happened! The fireboat Tommy, named after Little Italy resident and Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., has arrived at its new home." The Fire Museum, in Lutherville, Maryland, accepted the boat in pieces on a May morning at 3:15 a.m. Restoration has begun, yet will likely take several years before visito...

The Society of Italian American Businessmen broke its fundraising record at its eighth-annual Spring Gala, held recently at the Richlin Ballroom. SIAB presented the Char Hope Foundation with a $25,000 donation. Char Hope is dedicated to helping adults facing the challenge of substance abuse move towards long-term recovery by providing a supportive...

I’ve always considered myself Sicilian more than American. Growing up in Baltimore in the mid-20th century, that old world setting blended slowly into modern society. Timeworn traditions crashed into the space age of plastic, planned obsolescence. Nothing lasted. Throw it out. Buy now, pay later, the layaway plans of consumer heaven. A place where...

On May 5, the Embassy of Italy Washington hosted the final event of the Italy-USA Cooperation Project, which, during the 2021/2022 school year, involved on one hand the Parentucelli-Arzela' Institute of Higher Education in Sarzana (La Spezia) and, on the other, the Annapolis High School in Maryland. Three scholarships were awarded to deserving Ital...

The lawsuit between Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) and the city of Pittsburgh regarding the fate of the Schenley Park Columbus statue is in the discovery process, and a rally was recently held at the historical site where protestors demanded that the tarps be removed from the monument. Judge John McVay, who is presiding over the suit,...

After a group of protesters threw Little Italy's longtime Columbus statue into the Harbor two years ago, the statue has been recreated by a local sculptor. Meanwhile, Baltimore's Italian-American community wants to put a new statue of an anonymous Italian immigrant in the plaza where the Columbus statue once stood. John Pica, president of the Itali...

The 10th annual (twice covid canceled) St. Joseph’s Day Italian Festival on March 19 sponsored by the Ocean City Lodge of the Sons and Daughters of Italy and St. Luke’s/St. Andrew’s Catholic Church was another big success and our best attended to date. We had close to 1,500 attendees enjoy our home-cooked Italian meals and baked goods. As the many...

Launching a business venture, whether one has experience or not, can be a difficult undertaking and the road to the ribbon-cutting ceremony is filled with many twists, turns, and potholes. Throw into the mix opening a new business in an almost post-pandemic period and it’s understandable why it’s important to have dotted the I’s and crossed all the...