By Carol Ann Benanti Wagner College's DaVinci Society kicked off its annual observance of Italian Heritage Month by hosting its 12th annual scholarship dinner Thursday in Nicotra's Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield.   Dr. Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College, former Borough President Ralph J. Lamberti, and Eleanor Confo...

The Republican and Democratic candidates for the special election on May 5 each garnered additional endorsements recently in their bid for the empty seat formerly held by Michael Grimm. Councilman Vincent Gentile received the endorsement of the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council.   "Vinnie Gentile epitomizes all the values...

By Virginia N. Sherry   World War II veteran Edward Colucci purchased his house on Newberry Avenue in 1945, after returning to Staten Island from service in the U.S. Army's 45th Infantry Division, where he saw action in Italy, France and Germany, and was awarded a Bronze Star.   Inheriting a green thumb from his mother, he has been ga...

Le rivoluzioni e le guerre del 1848 provocano il movimento di migliaia di esuli e profughi: per l'Italia e l'Europa, è la prima volta nella Storia. Per qualcuno, però, occorre addirittura mettere un Oceano tra sé e, magari, una condanna già passata in giudicato. Spesso, in questi casi, la meta sono gli Stati dell'America Meridionale, nati da poco –...

By Pamela Silvestri   Seafood, store-made pasta, international cheeses, prime meat, sausages, fresh mozzarella and a full line of Italian specialty items will be the product line-up available at D'Vento in West Brighton. Chris Vento, the store's proprietor, says the store's shelves will be stocked in the next few days. The entrepreneur...

Join Us For a Night of Poetry & Music at Casa Belvedere, Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue - Staten Island, NY 10301. T. 718-273-7660. E. info@casa-belvedere.org www.casa-belvedere.org   A New Life with Bianca. by Frank...

Joan F. Mangones, a highly respected attorney and passionate advocate for legal rights, a former St. George resident who served as a staff attorney for and then head of the Staten Island office of the Legal Aid Society's Civil Division, died Nov. 18 in Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, N.H.   Born Joan File in Grumo Appula, Italy, she immigrat...

Today, July 21, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will host a celebration of music, art and wine. This special day begins at 4:30 p.m. when Cavaliere Ufficiale Aldo Mancusi will present "The Life and Times of Luciano Pavarotti."   Pavarotti is one of the most loved voices of our time. Cavaliere Mancusi will explore Pavarotti's life, from his birth...

by Pamela Silvestri   Of all Mary Coppola's dishes, none is loved by the Scaffidi family as much as her Italian wedding soup. She has been making this soup for 50 years. "For Easter, New Years – oh they devour it," Mrs. Coppola says. "It's easy to make but too many things to do. My bones wont let me do this anymore, but I still do it."...

Saturday, October 18th, at 7 pm the College of Staten Island, Center for the Arts will present Franc D"Ambrosio's Broadway, " The Phantom Unmasked", a special benefit concert of cabaret style Broadway standards to support the Italian Studies program and study abroad opportunities for students to expand their horizons and experience of the cult...