On November 22, 2014, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum unveiled the dual portrait "Riders on the Winds of Time," by the artist William J. Castello, to a packed house of over one hundred a fifty guest, possible more folks than the Rosebank, Staten Island cottage had ever hosted before all at once.   I have had the pleasure of knowing Bill as a fri...

Music legend Louis Prima (1910-1978) helped popularize Italian culture in this country by assimilating "Old Country" expressions and names of delicacies into some of his classic song lyrics.   So, it makes sense that Oct. 10's "Rome Through Richmond Town" — the second annual celebration of Italian-American culture and pride — will feature th...

The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is accepting applications for four $2,500 college scholarships to be awarded in June at their Annual Conference Weekend. Applications are available through the office of State Senator Diane Savino (D-North Shore), by calling (718) 727-9406.   "Given the high costs of college, ever...

For year 2013 to every $ raised in bricks we will receive an extra $ as a matching grant! Your contribution this year will be double the value, every $ brick purchased in 2013 will bring to the museum 2x$. For over 50 years the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of Giuseppe Garibaldi and Antonio Meucci, and...

On Sunday, December 15, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will host a day of holiday celebration. Beginning with Christmas Breakfast Buffet at 11:30 a.m., the day will include games and treats for the whole family. The museum will also unveil its newly enhanced presepio (nativity scene).   The tradition of the presepio began in 326 AD when Emperor...

by Juliann DosSantos   Speaking in Italian and English, Cardinal Egan welcomed the students and families of Italian-American descent who were at the New York Catholic Center in Manhattan to receive scholarships from the Tri-State Italian-American Congress. "Thank you all for coming," said Cardinal Egan to the 251 elementary and high school...

Casa Belvedere is proud to host this DVD presentation made to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Verdi's birth on October 10, 1813. He was an exceptional yet "common" man. Although tremendously gifted with the musical and theatrical skills that propelled him to celebrity status during his lifetime, he preferred to live the life of a "country gentle...

Not much changes in the Sicilian town of Noto -- just ask Great Kills resident Mario Belluomo.After emigrating from the Italian city as a child, the 61-year-old professional photographer and court officer decided it was finally time for a return to his roots. He visited Noto, located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, and several other parts of...

If you're running in Staten Island, you've got to play politics Italian-style. A Staten Island district attorney candidate's decision to run on her Italian maiden name instead of her hyphenated married name has prompted accusations of ethnic pandering.   Republican District Attorney candidate Joan Illuzzi — who for years was known as Joan I...

There's surely not a doubt that women have contributed significantly to the advancement of our society, to changes in the economic and social growth of the United States, and have made substantial progress in their struggle for equality.   So then as a way to commemorate Women's History Month, a time that highlights the contributions of wome...