The 111th St. Ann’s Italian Street Festival in Hoboken drew in hundreds on its fourth day, a welcome surprise to organizers and vendors after last year’s cancellation. The COVID-19 pandemic had brought one of Hoboken’s most notable events to an abrupt halt last year. But now as the country begins to turn a new leaf, the organizers of the festival d...

Antonio “Tony” Di Luigi had rules he lived by in his 98 years:  Do everything 100 percent. Listen to people who know more than you do. Balance your checkbook. And with 77 years as a barber, the Gloucester County resident could tell a lot about a man by the hair on his head. “He judged people by their haircuts,” said Di Luigi’s son Kevin. “He would...

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents comedian Anthony Rodia on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2021 with shows both nights at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Rodia is the “King of Off the Boat Comedy,” a first-generation Italian-American comedian born and raised in Westchester, New York. In addition to selling out comedy clubs across the co...

The shadow of Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano looms large in South Jersey. During his seven years as the third Bishop of Camden, the prolific prelate expanded ministry to Hispanics and established three high schools, the House of Charity appeal, the Brazilian mission, and social ministries and initiatives to aid the those in need. Now, his legacy h...

Great news. Brio Italian Grille will be re-opening in Quaker Bridge Mall soon, according to the restaurant's official website. I have to be honest, I heard the rumor that it was opening again, but I didn't believe it. How many restaurants close and then open back up again as the same thing? Not many. But, in this case, that's exactly what's happeni...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, since its inception, built by Italian immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily, has been the bedrock of Montclair’s Fourth Ward, a predominantly Italian American and African American neighborhood. It’s been a community of Black and white families who shared the same struggles, dreams and goals. The feasts of St. Se...

An Italy-based company is moving into more than 600,000 square feet of warehouse space that is part of the Bridge Point 78 complex on the former Ingersoll Rand site in Phillipsburg and Lopatcong Township, the site’s leasing agent announced Wednesday. OMLog, billed as “a leading logistics service provider for luxury fashion products offering tailor-...

A man from Kennet Square, who helped restore the unlucky Andrea Doria’s original foghorn, is a survivor and historian of a shipwreck commemorating the 65th anniversary of a ship’s collision at the New Jersey Maritime Museum on July 25. One of the home and divers. At the event, Andrea Doria’s foghorn will ring again for the first time in 65 years. L...

Marie L. Villani, a six-term Newark City Councilwoman and the first woman to win a citywide election in the state’s largest city, died on July 13.  She turned 100 on July 4. Villani was appointed to fill an at-large city council seat in 1973 after her husband, Ralph A. Villani, a former Newark mayor, resigned for health reasons. She was elected to...

The longest-running Italian festival in the U.S. will go on for another year. The 146th edition of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel festival will take place from Thursday through Tuesday. The festival’s highlight, the religious Feast Day, will be Friday. The day includes a procession of the Blessed Virgin of Mt. Carmel through the streets. The statue rep...