The Italian-American Heritage Club of Sussex County recently hosted guest speaker Paul Cullen, a former member of the classic rock band Bad Company, as well as a chef, sommelier and guitarist. Along with Jim Rivette, Cullen founded Paul Kares, a nonprofit supporting the culinary and musical arts, and assisting people in need.  Club President Lynn L...

As proud Italian Americans, it is important to buy products from Italian American-owned businesses. Equally as important, it is enjoyable to pay visits to neighborhoods that are historically Italian, specifically communities that still have a significant amount of Italian American residents. The Empire State has Little Italy in Manhattan, Bensonhur...

Earlier this year, a new, mysterious Italian restaurant popped on my Instagram feed— dish after dish of sleek, authentic fare each with a distinct character. I was relieved to see an Italian restaurant that wasn’t serving the same, tired chicken parm and Fettuccine Alfredo. Instead, the dishes looked lively and inventive. Noticing the Italian dicho...

The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO) unveiled its bold agenda for the coming year at its annual membership meeting in NYC in late July. President Basil M. Russo presented the delegates of the 58 member organizations with a detailed breakdown of three major initiatives. Developing a comprehensive campaign t...

Sunday August 14 2:00–6:00pm. St. Robert Bellarmine Church - 61 Georgia Road, Freehold, NJ. Every year, Italians celebrate the peak of summer and the start of vacation on August 15. A happy combination of ferie (holidays) and agosto (August), the national holiday presents the opportunity to escape the heat, but not before one last hurrah. Italians...

Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City plans to cool down the August heat with a five-day splash of summer fun known as La Festa Italiana 2022. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 10, and running through Sunday, Aug. 14, from 5 pm-to-1l pm each night, the neighborhood surrounding Holy Rosary Church on 6th & Brunswick Streets will be a fun-filled block party of ven...

Yankees fans who want to enjoy a Double-A game Friday night on Aug. 5 need to head to TD Bank Ballpark. The Somerset Patriots are holding Yogi Berra Day. The first thousand fans receive a Yogi Berra Bobblehead. Gates at 6:00. Around 6:40, a pre-game ceremony will have Berra family members including his sons Dale and Larry and his granddaughter Lind...

 The Theater Project presents A Jersey Cantata, a comedy about four longtime ‘Jersey guys’.  This is the second live, in-person show in The Theater Project’s  Three Plays in Three Months summer season at the Maplewood Burgdorff Cultural Center, 10 Durand Road. The play by Bill Mesce, Jr. will be presented from August 18-28. It looks at the life of...

A City of Trenton legend has passed. Bobby “Bobby V” Vitella, 88, an Italian beau brummell who deserved a reality television show based in Hollywood or Miami Beach as Maitre d for the stars, died on July 24. His passing ended connections to an era of Chambersburg flamboyance when the Italian section of Trenton delivered glitz, glamour and famous re...

La Festa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church, the century old tradition that celebrates Italian heritage, food and faith will take place from Aug. 10 to 14. The event will run from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. each night. The festival – with the exception of 2020 – is held every year near Holy Rosary Church in downtown Jersey City on Sixth Street between...