The small band of protesters was dwarfed by the soaring twin bell towers of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. They didn't take up much space on the grand and expansive entrance way, graced by Pope John Paul II in 1995.   And they didn't have much of an audience, either. Sunday Masses at one of North America's most ornate and i...

The Coccia-Inserra Award honors a teacher of Italian at the K-12 level, and is generously donated by Coccia Foundation in the name and memory of its founder, Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr., and by Mr. Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. Founded in 1994 by Joseph and Elda Coccia, and now under the leadership of President Elisa Coccia, Coccia Foundation aggressively p...

A horse race known as Il Palio is held twice every year in Siena, Italy. It is an Italian tradition that dates back to 1656.   An American version of the race has been proposed for Atlantic City Friday and Saturday October 11 and 12. But we believe the idea has four legs. I'll tell you why.   Read more   Source: http:...

di Dom Serafini   Per il voto del rinnovo del Comitato degli Italiani all'Estero (Comites), delle 3.607 schede inviate ai cittadini italiani che ne hanno fatto richiesta nella circoscrizione consolare di New York-Connecticut-New Jersey (NY-CT-NJ), i votanti sono stati 2.304 e 300 le schede nulle. Dei 15 candidati, 12 sono stati eletti e i s...

On May 1st, Nicholas J. Grillo of North Arlington became one of the youngest funeral home owners/directors in New Jersey when he took over the new Levandoski-Grillo Funeral Home in Bloomfield, New Jersey.   Grillo brings to Levandoski-Grillo more than 10 years of experience as Funeral Director for Introcaso Angelo in Jersey City, and a youth...

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the house opera company of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), opens the 2016-2017 season and invites singers to audition for the Verismo Opera Chorus.   Artistic Director Lucine Amara announces professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers may auditionfor the Verismo Opera...

The late actor James Gandolfini, star of television's "The Sopranos," will be honored at the Ninth Annual Morris County Columbus Day Parade sponsored by the East Hanover Italian American Club at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. The parade's route will travel along Ridgedale Avenue from the fire house to Lurker Park. The club called Gandolfini, "not on...

Vince Lombardi, the Super Bowl trophy's namesake, gravesite is located in Middletown, N.J., less than an hour from MetLife Stadium where the Super Bowl will be played. Would it be too much for the NFL to have someone make that trek and bring the trophy to the gravesite of the man it's named for?   Such is the request of Ed Cardoza, the...

by Michelle Caffrey   South Jersey staple Liscio's Italian Bakery has been approved for an up to $13.5 million award to expand its facilities and keep 176 jobs in the state. The Glassboro-based bakery was recently approved for the Grow New Jersey incentives of corporate business and insurance premium tax credits, to be spread out over 1...

A new management team took over the longtime Secaucus Italian institution Bareli's in November, and has been rolling out changes to the formerly old-school restaurant. First came a complete renovation of the dining room (left).   Also, the menu has been modernized; it's now Italian-American, with entrees generally in the $18 to $31 range. Fa...