Back in 1913, my Grandma Maggie was 17 when our hometown of Scranton, Pa., exploded with the energy of the women’s suffrage movement. Women “street orators” preached women’s suffrage from the sideboards of model T Fords.“Votes for Women” flags waved, horns honked, crowds cheered. Suffragists climbed up onto stages at local movie houses to rally for...

Friday would have kicked off the annual La Festa Italiana in Scranton, one of northeastern Pennsylvania’s most cherished traditions. The event was canceled due to COVID-19. Normally Courthouse Square would be bustling with vendors setting up their tents, but Thursday night the square was quiet. With La Festa cancelled this year, some vendors are fi...

“I hope and trust that this monument will be the means to bring in touch the people of Italy and that of America.” It was with these words that Frank Carlucci, master sculptor and president of the Christopher Columbus Monument Association, presented the Columbus monument that stands on Scranton’s Courthouse Square to the city on October 21, 1892 du...

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National will recognize an outstanding Italian-American male and female student-athlete at the Chapter’s inaugural Brian Piccolo Awards Dinner to be held at Arcaro & Genell’s Restaurant in Old Forge on Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. Applicants will be graduating seniors from one of the 14 high schools in Lackawanna County....

The Scranton Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in the United States, announce that member Diane Alberigi has been named UNICAN of the Year for 2019, according to Jim Brogna, president of the chapter. The annual black tie optional UNICO charity ball will be held Feb. 29 at Fiorelli’s Manor, Peckville with c...

My mother was pregnant with me on November 23, 1980. By this time, my Nonno Joe had been dead for seven, going on eight, years. She remembers hearing the news that an earthquake hit Italy, but did not put two and two together that the quake had hit her father’s home region. The 1980 Irpinia Earthquake happened at 7:34 PM local time in Italy. The qu...

Imagine you’re a boy growing up in the Bronx during the 1960s. Your father, Lorenzo, is a hard-working bus driver, a solid citizen. Wouldn’t you like to be like him? But you have a second father figure in your neighborhood, a mob boss who has taken a shine to you. Maybe you’d rather be like the more glamorous and powerful Sonny? “The themes of the...

Italian Americans may not set off Guinness-fueled celebrations every St. Paddy's Day like Irish Americans, or serve as an excuse for margarita madness on Cinco de Mayo like Mexican Americans. But with their heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs, mobster flicks, and the unfortunate reality TV show "Jersey Shore," Italian Americans are a critical...

Un lungo viaggio nell'America profonda alla ricerca dei discendenti di minatori, contadini e pescatori, emigrati più di un secolo fa per dare vita a comunità italiane in ogni angolo dell'enorme nazione che si aprì davanti ai loro occhi dopo lo sbarco a Ellis Island. Si intitola “Italian American Country” il progetto ideato e curato da Paolo Battagl...

The annual Mass in Italian will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, at Saint Peter’s Cathedral, in Scranton. All are welcome to attend. The liturgy is celebrated in conjunction with La Festa Italiana, which occurs over the Labor Day weekend, Friday through Monday, August 30 through September 2, on Courthouse Square, one block away. Thi...