Mass was held at at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Montclair last weekend. The priest offered Communion and the congregation recited the Lord’s Prayer, as they have for generations at the towering brick church. But a regular Mass was not always guaranteed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Six years ago, the Archdiocese of Newark combined the histori...

It can take years for people to find their own career path, or maybe even lifetimes, but Chef Joe Tartamella found his passion as a child. “All the kids were playing baseball with their dads, and we were connecting through food,” Tartamella says of his father. “That’s where my passion comes from.” Tartamella’s father was born in Sicily, and his par...

Wednesday, April 27 1 to 3 pm ET. Italian Hand Gestures: The Art of Nonverbal Communication with Luca Vullo. Sponsored by The Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America. Feliciano School of Business Room 140. 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Please join the Coccia Institute as Luca Vullo, notable film & theater performer, and director ch...

Wednesday April 20, 7:00pm. School of Communication & Media Presentation Hall, Montclair State University. 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ. This event is FREE and open to all students and the community. RSVP here. Please join the Coccia Institute for the premiere on-campus screening of Potentially Dangerous: When it Was a Crime to be Italian, direct...

If you’re a fellow New Jerseyan, you might have a story about local legend Yogi Berra. While we’ve been without him these past few years, his legacy continues to live on at the dynamic and intimate Yogi Berra Museum, located on the grounds of Montclair State University. Read on to learn more about this special spot, and plan your next visit. Lawren...

On Nov. 27, for the first time in two years, the pews at Montclair's Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church were packed, and voices joined in prayer and song. "It was such an important occasion, and so beautiful," said Marielena Marzullo, a longtime parishioner who grew up on Pine Street two doors down from the church, and attended its grammar school, now...

Saturday, December 11, 2021, 11am-12pm (in-person event at the Yogi Berra Museum on the Montclair State University campus – see location). Participants are welcome to continue to visit the Museum after the one-hour program  Introduced by: Dr. Teresa Fiore (Inserra Chair, Montclair State University) Tour led by: Jenny Pollack (Education Director, Yo...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will reopen its doors Nov. 27 — a milestone some congregants feared would never come, and that parish officials say was only possible after extensive and costly repairs to an unsafe building.  With repairs complete, “it’s on to God’s work of repairing hearts,” the Rev. Amilcar Benito Prado — popularly known as “Fathe...

Next time you stroll from Clairemont Avenue to Grant Street, things won’t look very different. You’ll pass Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, slated to reopen in late November. You’ll see signs for the Club Aquilonese San Vito Martire, a treasured institution for a century. American and Italian flags will wave above you. But look up, and you’ll see t...

October 3 (Sunday) 5:00pm. The Coccia Institute will hold a joint event in partnership with the Montclair Literary Festival featuring an exclusive talk with Stevie Van Zandt, former actor on The Sopranos and Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band guitarist. Regular admission includes a signed copy of Unrequited Infatuations. VIP tickets include VIP seat...