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...

"What is wrong with you people?" That will be among the questions comedian Sebastian Maniscalco asks when he comes to The Borgata Events Center for 14 shows starting July 23 with rescheduled shows as well as two new ones added July 25. Maniscalco, who began his career in 1998 performing at open mic nights, has since performed five hysterical comedy...

The Orange/West Orange UNICO (O/WO UNICO) Chapter was not able to hold an in-person scholarship dinner for the second year in a row. However, that did not prevent the Chapter from awarding nearly $20,000 in scholarships to local high school students from West Orange High School (WOHS) and Seton Hall Prep (SHP) for the second year in a row. Local sc...

For one glorious Sunday afternoon, Newark's North Ward was all Italian-American again as more than 1,000 people blocked Bloomfield Avenue to watch Italy narrowly defeat England in the 2020 European Championship football final. The avenue between North 11th Street and North 13th Street was shut down for the globally-watched match. A force of ecstati...