This Italian American singer and stage actor's voice and presence has captivated audiences by singing a repertoire that ranges from Broadway, American standards, and jazz to the soaring notes of high opera. He has been called "The People's Tenor," and has been billed as "the "Prince of High C's" and "the Next Mario Lanza" by singing legend, Tony Be...

by Pamela Silvestri   Construction is almost complete on Defonte's Sandwich Shop in Stapleton. The family operation, known for its original store in Red Hook established 93 years ago, plans to open Saturday, Dec. 13.   "The first couple of weeks will be a little hectic," predicts co-owner Phil Defonte. But with a staff of seasoned wor...

By Paul Martinka and Chris Perez An NYPD deputy inspector will be one proud papa this week when he watches all three of his sons graduate from the same Police Academy class. "It feels amazing. I couldn't have planned it any better," said the father, Anthony Favale, 52, a 30-year veteran of the NYPD.   "I let the kids make their own dec...

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum invites you to the Magnanini Vineyards Sunday, June 28. Stroll their lush vineyards and enjoy the beautiful contryside of the Hudson Valley region.   Taste their luscious wines and enjoy dining in their Winery Restaurant overlooking the picturesque vineyards. The six course dinner of Northern Italian cuisine...

But Tina is a survivor. She is able to forgive those who took so much away from her, and her spirit triumphs over adversity. As she grows older, she struggles to keep the harsh realities of World War II and abandonment at a distance through her sense of humor, imagination and determination.   At age 15 fate intervenes again, and to gain pass...

by Kiawana Rich   Staten Island Arts hosted its annual gala Thursday at the Grand Plaza in Great Kills and honored three Islanders for their contributions to the arts. Among the honorees were Gina Biancardi, founder and president of Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation, Grymes Hill. She received the Service to Staten Island Arts a...

The Wagner College DaVinci Society will host its 10th annual scholarship and awards dinner on Wednesday, September 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. Seven people will be honored, and the event is chaired by Eleanor Conforti. Tickets are $150 ($75 tax-deductible). To purchase tickets, or for more information, call Betty Comiskey at 718-420-4...

By Rob Abruzzese   The Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn took over Staten Island for one night during this month's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) meeting at Nino's Restaurant on Hylan Boulevard last Tuesday, Jan. 12. While the lawyers and judges got to try some delicious Italian food, they listened to Justice Barbara I.  ...

Few stories sound like less fun than that of the luckless inventor Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), the Rosebank resident who was unrecognized for inventing a pre-Alexander Graham Bell telephone and spent much of his life in grinding poverty.   And yet, "Meucci's Message," a new play by James Armstrong, injects warmth and humor into the material....

Very few innovators had the kind of bad luck that dogged Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), the longtime Rosebank resident who invented a telephone — but never received credit or royalties.   Still, sad times won't be the whole story of "Meucci's Messages," a new play premiering this month in a Sundog Theatre presentation at Casa Belvedere: The Ita...