Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter said Friday. Christina Santore said her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He was 84. He spent over three decades reimagining classic children's t...

My father, Henry, paid a price for working at the Westinghouse Plant in Lester, PA, for over 40 years. The constant pounding of his drop forge hammer had cost him most of his hearing. He was “old school” and happy to have this job that kept my mother and him fed and warm during their 65-year marriage. Suing the company was out of the question for a...

One of the largest Italian festivals on the east coast is ready to take over the Steel City! Little Italy Days kicks off in the "little Italy" neighborhood of Bloomfield, Thursday, Aug. 15, and runs through Aug. 1. The four-day festival started in 2002 as a celebration of Italian heritage in Bloomfield and continues to grow each year. The 10 footba...

Italian music played through the speakers, Italian flags waved in the winds and the smell of meatballs and pizza wafted through the air Sunday in Vandergrift for the 16th annual Festa Italiana di Vandergrift. The event was in Kennedy Park, where nearly 20 vendors served food, drinks and other treats. The festival is put on each year by the Putignan...

The 115th annual feast in honor of La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, sponsored by the M.S.S. Society in Norristown, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18. The highlight of the feast is the solemn Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Holy Saviour Church, 409 East Main Street in Norristown, followed by a street procession with a statue of Ou...

Paese che vai, romano (e soprattutto romanista) che trovi e a Philadelphia (Stati Uniti) c'è Massimo Musumeci: fiero esportatore di romanismo e presidente del Roma Club cittadino. Nella centro abitato più grande della Pennsylvania ha trovato la sua America diventando il capo del Dipartimento di Lingue del Communty College e incontrando la moglie Li...

Vince Putignano watched his father Andrew’s face during the performance of the Italian national anthem at a festival in Pittsburgh’s Strip District many years ago. “The pride my dad saw that day when he looked at my grandfather during that song inspired my father to start an Italian festival in Vandergrift,” said Vince Putignano’s son, Brian, who i...

Italian culture and cuisine will be celebrated Aug. 9 to 11 at the San Rocco Festa in Center Township Municipal Park. The 94th annual festival, named for the patron saint of Patrica, Italy, serves as a homecoming for many former Beaver Valley residents. The Festa opens each day at 5:30 p.m., serving up homemade Italian food along with more traditio...

The aroma of fresh basil, rosemary and sage perfumes the Marble Hall of Mount Saint Peter Parish in New Kensington. It’s a familiar smell to parishioners and patrons of the annual Festa Italiana at 100 Freeport Road. Volunteers made more than 3,200 meatballs, 265 gallons of sauce, 60 pans of lasagna and 240 pizzas for the three-day festival on the...

It all started with a wrong turn. Unlike Springsteen, who just kept going, the Ferranti family decided to settle down. "We were trying to go to Little Italy in Baltimore," Sal Ferranti said, to "associate with people who might give us a lead seeking the American dream."  That wrong turn might have diverted the family's course from Baltimore, but it...