Our nation’s first Italian American First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, spoke at ISDA’s annual banquet in downtown Pittsburgh on July 13, 2024, to share her ancestors’ story. The event was part of ISDA’s ongoing mission to celebrate women in leadership while offering a platform to major figures on both sides of the aisle who seek to promote and honor the I...

Abby Kaelin, raised on a fruit and vegetable farm in Butler, always has been passionate about specialty crops. As an agribusiness management major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Kaelin eagerly enrolled in a course on the science and business of winemaking, which included a two-week excursion to Italy. “My family doesn’t grow grap...

Facenda Spirits, a new handcrafted limoncello distillery, is set to bring the Amalfi Coast to downtown Doylestown, writes Michele Haddon for the Bucks County Courier Times. Owned by Chalfont couple Richard and Stacy Facenda, the distillery will offer a locally made version of the traditional Italian liqueur.  Richard Facenda has spent the last two...

Walter D’Alessio was a civic leader and legendary figure in Philadelphia’s urban development. Though not a native Philadelphian, his half-century of service to the city earned him the status of an honorary citizen and an influential leader. D’Alessio died at his Society Hill home on July 1. He was 90 years old. D’Alessio’s years of service were ded...

It is Italian American Corey Comperatore, whose family originated in Reggio Calabria, Italy, a former fire chief, who was killed in the mob attack on former U.S. President Donald Trump. Comperatore, 50, had led the Buffalo Township Fire Department in Butler County, Pennsylvania. He died while protecting his family, fatally struck by a bullet. Penns...

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) is thrilled to announce that Luigi Chinetti Jr. will be the distinguished guest speaker at the Cortile Italian Car Show luncheon on Saturday, August 3. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear Chinetti Jr. share his captivating experiences from the 1949 Le Mans, a race that marked a significant mom...

Two helicopters made at Leonardo’s Northeast Philadelphia assembly plant to check nuclear accidents and potential terror attacks are going through testing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, as the company adds staff at the plant in anticipation of more sales to the U.S. government. Leonardo, based in Italy, delivered the two AW139 helicopters l...

Get ready to sip, savor, shop and stroll this summer during a new Italian-inspired tradition in one of Philadelphia's most famous neighborhoods. East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District will present Passyunk Passeggiata every Thursday, from July 11th to August 31st, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, at 40+ locations. The weekly happy hour and sidewa...

Just a few days after turning 100, Tony Battaglia shared his recollections as a U.S. Army medic serving in the embattled Aleutian Islands during World War II. "It was a long time ago," the Honesdale resident said, freely recalling that time over 80 years past.  Pfc. Battaglia was born June 12, 1924, in Mount Vernon, New York, to Italian immigrants,...

He's a world away from home, but Samuel Aldegheri feels right at home on the mound this season. And he knows exactly where he wants to go from here. One of the standout performers in the Philadelphia Phillies organization this year, pitching for the High-A Jersey Shore BlueClaws, Aldegheri has come a long way since first taking up the sport as a fi...