Michael O'Shea's death in 2013 affected many people in Bergen County: family, friends, fellow law enforcement officers, and numerous others. O'Shea's longest friend, Andrew Cotto, recently published a novel based on their lifelong friendship in Glen Rock, and about the grief that wracked him after O'Shea's death. O'Shea died of leukemia in 2013....

The Trenton school board will host a community meeting Monday as it works to rename two elementary schools currently named after Woodrow Wilson and Christopher Columbus. School officials said earlier this week that a committee has been formed to rename Columbus Elementary School and Wilson Elementary School while following district policy, which op...

Lawrenceville residents are buzzing about a new sign that went up this week. The sign is hung on the front of the old Maidenhead Bagel location on Main Street. It reads, "Coming Soon Eatalia Market and Kitchen." Hmmmm, I've never heard of it before, but, by looking at the sign, I think a new Italian market is coming to town. There are pictures of d...

In 1946, the family gathered on Sunday afternoon at the home of one of my father’s uncles in New Jersey. The men sat around a large kitchen table drinking wine and snacking before dinner. The women were in the living room chatting.My father, Santo, and grandfather, Giuseppe Caltagirone, along with his brother-in-law, John Vena, were having a conver...

The Nutley Belleville Columbus Day Parade Committee announced the 2022 Honorees of the 40th Annual Columbus Day Parade at a Meet & Greet held at Mamma Vittoria on Monday, February 28, 2022. The 2022 Honorees are: Tina Cervasio – Grand MarshalLifetime Achievement – Delores Del Deo KirkItalian Heritage Award – Michael V. Calabro, Esq.Italian Business...

When South Jersey resident Joe Paglione was inducted into the Italian American National Hall of Fame in 2009, three accom-plishments were cited. They were the Amici Della Lingua Italiana Club, which he formed in 1996 and which is going strong today with 200 members; his work in local Italian-American communities; and his creation of the Monumento A...

A note from COPOMIAO President Basil M. Russo: Starting with International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’ll honor women of Italian descent to spotlight their contributions, from culture and industry to philanthropy and activism. The inaugural Donna Distinta (Distinguished Woman) Award goes to an outstanding leader and social innovator, Dr. Gilda Ror...

Restaurant veteran Michael Gondevas is known for his popular spots in Jersey City. In the Hamilton Park area, he has been operating two restaurants for years. In December, he opened Chickie’s, which serves Italian favorites such as pasta, pizza, meatballs and sandwiches, along with a lengthy cocktail, wine and beer list. “I’ve always loved Jersey I...

Kelliann DeCarlo is coming home in style. The local kid who grew seeing shows at State Theatre New Jersey and even graced its stage through a Plays in the Park program, is returning as a cast member in the production of “Cats” that currently on tour across North America. It has been an incredible journey that has taken DeCarlo from community theate...

To be celebrated while living is a good thing, especially when an impressive life story is praised at age 100. Civic leader Ed Toriello recently experienced that. Stafford Township honored him with a proclamation for service in World War II and community service at home, and the Kiwanis Club of LBI thanked the former club president for key work on...