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...

By Pamela Silvestri   Joe Fauci established La Fontana Restaurant in Oakwood 32 years ago with his father and brother, both named Anthony. Since that time, the Fauci family never changed the footprint of their free-standing structure. But due to "business" with the buildings and fire department, Fauci recently decided to renovate. &nbs...

A social studies lesson about the food and culture of Italy turned into a hands-on culinary lesson for a class of third-graders from Staten Island, New York. Students from PS 30 in Westerleigh took a field trip last Wednesday to Pastosa Ravioli, the Italian specialty store in West Brighton.   Source: http://iajournal.com  

Special Invitation! Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7 p.m.Who: The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum What: Hosting a Carnevale Celebration to remember! Where: Italianissimo Restaurant107 McClean Ave, Staten Island (718) 442-4442http://italianissimony.com/ When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7 p.m.   We invite you to a dinner with delicious gourmet a...

By Carol Ann Benanti   Bravo, Italia! After last year's sold out foray into French culture with "Fantastique," members of the Staten Island Museum will play host to "Bravissimo!" — a celebration of Italian wine, food, and music to be staged at a private hillside home with a panoramic view on Thursday, July 9 from 7 to 10 p.m.   W...