The Columbus Italian Festival Board announced Tuesday the Taste of Italy and the Columbus Italian Festival have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Taste of Italy was set to take place on October 5 and the 41st annual Columbus Italian Festival was scheduled for October 9-11. "The safety of our neighbors, guests, volunteers, staff, participants,...

Heartfelt THANK YOU! to all the donors!! The Italian Cultural Garden's newly completed restoration ($63,000) of black granite medallions in large 9 ft. circles honoring, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Donatello, Bernini, Palladio & Ovidio! 3 years of planning, raising money, delays,frustration and tears -finally finished!!

The COVID-19 health crisis has impacted Ohio Valley festivals and its vendors. Despite the cancellation of the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, the Sons of Italy are still here making sausage that will be for sale this weekend. The sausage sale takes place Friday through Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. daily. Members of the Sons of Italy Lo...

The cost to remove and store the Christopher Columbus statue formerly outside City Hall on July 1 has cost taxpayers $90,000 to date, according to an ordinance approved by the City Council Monday evening. But the statue’s whereabouts remains secret, with the city continuing to say only that the 65-year-old gift from the city of Genoa, Italy, was ta...

Downtown's new The Lytle Park Hotel opened to the public this June, along with their in-house, upscale Italian eatery Subito and sophisticated rooftop lounge, Vista at Lytle Park. Subito's menu focuses on homemade pastas, stone-oven pizzas, fresh seafood, steaks and antipasti, with executive chef Michael McIntosh at the helm. Guests can choose from...

Twentieth-century American businessman, author and philanthropist W. Clement Stone coined the phrase “You are a product of your environment, therefore choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective.” He also encouraged the masses to “Analyze your life in terms of its environment by evaluating the things around you and deter...

Of all the actions proposed by the agitators, none is more just plain stupid than the attack on Christopher Columbus -- calling for his statue in Little Italy to be removed. Let’s remember, by the laws, thinking and morality of his day, Columbus did nothing wrong -- morally or legally. Specifically, to call for the removal of his statue in Little I...

Akron City Council has wrapped up a three-year long process to do away with Columbus Day. Beginning in 2021 because of the pandemic, the city will celebrate Italian-American Heritage and Culture Day each October. September will be known as “Welcoming Month.”  Eliminating Columbus Day in Akron was first introduced in 2017. Councilman Russel Neal Jr....

Add the Feast of the Assumption, a summertime favorite on the Cleveland festival circuit that draws thousands to Little Italy, to the list of events that won't happen this year because of the pandemic. In a joint statement with Fr. Joseph Previte of the Holy Rosary Parish, Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson said: “For 121 years, Holy Rosary Parish has c...

Some high school students are marking the mark and being honored for their good grades. The Italian American Cultural Club gave eight $1,000 scholarships to local students. The scholarships are in honor of past members of the club who passed away. "I felt really grateful when I got the scholarship," said Angelina Balzano. "The Italian American Cult...