by Warren Boroson    New Jersey has had its share of famous singers. Frank Sinatra, Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Sarah Vaughn.   Opera singers, too. Frederica von Stade, Barbara Bonney, Richard Crooks, Dorothy Kirstin, Paul Robeson (he did occasionally sing opera). And now...James Valenti, born in...

For almost as long as Italians have lived in Hoboken, they have been coming to the feast of St. Ann at St. Ann's Catholic Church. The annual celebration began 104 years ago, when a statue of St. Ann arrived from a tiny Italian village in the Apennine mountains near Salerno.   As late as 1960, nearly a quarter of Hoboken's residents were Ital...

The first coffin I ever carried was more than 40 years ago. Inside was my best friend's little old Italian grandmother, Mrs. Izzo.   We took her from the Paul Ippolito funeral home in Summit, up the steep steps of St. Teresa Church and down again to the cemetery. We were just teenagers, surprised and struggling with the weight of the box. Th...

  WTI Magazine #57    2015 April, 3Author : Mary Ann Re      Translation by:   A full house of almost 400 students of Italian from New Jersey middle and high schools competed during Italian Language and Culture Day, the annual signature collaboration between the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America (the 'academic arm' of Coccia...

The Hoboken Italian Festival, otherwise known as the Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri (Our Lady of the Martyrs), returns to Sinatra Park Thursday, Sept. 8 through Sunday Sept 11. The religious tradition began over 600 years ago in Molfetta, Italy, according to Danny Altilio, who does public relations for the festival.   A number of Ital...

Each year, to raise money for their charitable efforts, the members of the Sea Isle City Italian-American Club Women's Auxiliary host a variety of fund raisers – including a Holiday Poinsettia and Wreath Sale during December.   This year, however, the proceeds from their Poinsettia and Wreath Sale will instead help repair the organization's...

The Cresskill School District seeks an outstanding candidate for a full-time Italian language instruction position who demonstrates interpersonal skills that promote collaboration, professionalism, and a commitment to ensuring all students are able to use language authentically and for real communicative purposes. The candidate must be certified in...

Sons of Italy Lodge 2561, Parsippany, donated $2,000.00 worth of gift cards from Shop Rite and Walmart to four local pantries. Receiving the gift cards from Joe Jannarone were Gerry Cioce representing St. Peters Food Pantry, Barbara Ievoli Parsippany Food Pantry, Peggy Rausher from Parsippany Day Care Center and Adam Gragani representing St. Anns....

Thirteen Westfield High School students were recently informed of recognition they received on the March 2016 Italian National Exam competing against students from 140 schools across 21 states.   Westfield High School Italian teachers Maria Santilli and Lauren Conroy explained that the exam, which was administered to more than 5,200 students...

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) announced a Senate resolution supporting the preservation of Columbus Day as a federal and state holiday. The resolution will be formally introduced at the next Senate session. "New Jersey has the second highest population of people of Italian ancestry in the country," Senator Pennacchio said. "For the 1.4 million Ita...