To Larry Wright Jr., Chief Standing Bear’s legacy is worthy of celebration, especially as Nebraska marks its 150th anniversary of statehood. After being exiled from Nebraska, the Ponca Tribe chief and 29 others trekked hundreds of miles back to bury the body of Standing Bear’s teenage son, whose dying wish was to be laid to rest in his beloved home...

Lombardo’s is the kind of reliable, Italian-American neighborhood restaurant that the people living nearby — around the 132nd Street and West Maple Road area — must really appreciate. It’s not a chain. It’s affordable. And it’s serving giant portions of things like saucy pastas, classic lasagna and a few surprisingly good appetizers, including a f...

He's credited with developing the area around 25th and Marcy. Chuck Martens with Forgotten Omaha says Vincent Chiodo was a self-made man. He used his money to build better homes for Italian immigrants. Chiodo brought over Italian stone masons and used $5,000 worth of the old Douglas County Courthouse to build the Lancaster building. The white colum...

Fat Tuesday is right around the corner, and Pasta Amore and the Italian American Heritage Society are celebrating with their annual Carnevale event. Costumes are encouraged, but not required, for the festive dinner, which takes place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The event is $39 per diner for the public and $35 for society members — before tax and tip. A c...

Sam Vazzano and his buddies had to promise not to talk during meetings when they asked to join the Sons of Italy in the early 1960s, but their later work starting the club’s weekly spaghetti feed still speaks volumes. In a 2002 interview, Vazzano told a World-Herald reporter that he remembered one of the “cranky old guys” wagging a finger at him a...

WOWT 6 News has learned a community staple, the Sons of Italy Hall, may not be reopening its doors for many months. On January 13th emergency crews battled a two-alarm blaze that left extensive damage. No access to the hall has left many without their second home. The organization and the building itself have grown from generation to generation and...

As a result of the Jan. 13 two-alarm fire at the Sons of Italy hall, board members are leaning toward razing the hall and building anew. Said Dr. Tom Pruse of Omaha, president of the state lodge: “I suspect the best option is to bulldoze and rebuild.” He had no estimate on exactly when but expressed hope it could be by the end of the year. The stat...

By Cindy Gonzalez    The interior remodel of the 125-year-old Santa Lucia Hall that we reported on in March now is complete. On Wednesday, members got together in the spiffed-up digs – which now displays treasured Little Italy photographs and artifacts – to prepare traditional Italian peppers for the 91st annual Santa Lucia Festival. T...

By Carol Bicak All for the love of St. Lucy. After countless hours of filming, three years of work and endless fundraising, the documentary "Devoti" will have its world premiere Friday night in Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Concert Hall.   It started as a simple video about the cannoli-eating contest at Omaha's Santa Lucia Festival. But...

The Santa Lucia Italian Festival begins its 90th festival on June 5th with the return of the Triumphal Arch.   The Arch, which has been absent from the festival for nearly 10 years, was designed decades ago by early Italian immigrants and is still considered a proud engineering feat.   Read more   Source: http://www.wowt.c...