On Monday October 12, 1998, the Scotch Plains Community gathered around the Village Green and specifically for the dedication of a three-ton marble sculpture honoring Christoforo Colombo during its annual Columbus Day Festivities. Former State Senate President and Scotch Plains native Donald DiFrancesco called it, "a fabulous tribute to the work et...

Each morning they awake with fingers curled inward, stiffened like claws. Their schedules are dictated by doctors’ appointments, physical therapy sessions and bouts of exhaustion. After weeks on ventilators, two siblings remain too weak to work even as their medical bills mount. But at a table filled with several members of a tight-knit New Jersey...

Anthony Spadone came from South Carolina – arriving he said just prior to the quarantine – to save the statue. That would be a statue of “Cristoforo Colombo,” whose chiseled likeness gazes over Ridgedale Avenue, this town’s main drag. Sure, Spadone conceded, there theoretically could be better representations of Italian culture than Columbus, but h...

It’s been a tough year for the restaurant business. Owners across South Jersey have had to grapple with the statewide orders to cease dine-in service, pivot to curbside takeout and delivery, then reconfigure outdoor dining footprints and find ways to comply with COVID-19-related restrictions as they resume on-site service. So, it is great news for...

We, the people of Parsippany, reject the calls to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus. Built in 1992 under the Priore administration, the Columbus statue has stood on the corner of 46 and 202 for nearly 30 years. It cost taxpayers no money as it was paid for by UNICO and funds raised by our Italian community. For the past 3 decades, Parsippan...

A protest that pressed for the removal of Christopher Columbus’ statue from a park named after the infamous explorer attracted a small crowd Thursday evening. Removal appears imminent although Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora plans a meeting and community discussion before rendering his decision. For the record, emotions and thoughts concerning Columbus...

Christopher Columbus statues  have joined the ranks of Confederate and other memorials being taken down in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police in Minnesota. In East Hanover, the target is the statue of Columbus in Village Square Park on Ridgedale Avenue placed by the East Hanover Italian American Club in the 1990s. The club is now...

The Christopher Columbus monument, in the resort since 1958, will be taken down from its location on Arctic Avenue at the base of the Atlantic City Expressway. The statue, which is on city property but funded by the Casino Redevelopment Investment Authority for upkeep and relocations, will be moved to avert potential vandalism. But the statue’s...

A second statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed in Newark amid a wave of such removals across the country. The monument of the Italian explorer was removed from Columbus Plaza on Bloomfield Avenue, outside the St. Francis Xavier Church, by private citizens around 6:30 p.m. Friday, according to several sources. A city spokesman confirmed th...

Recently, there have been a lot of discussions about the movement to attack the reputation and historical importance of Christopher Columbus. Turbulent events in our nation have led to many emotions that have impacted cities and towns throughout New Jersey. While we work to understand and examine the historical conditions that have shaped our natio...