The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, a borough cultural gem and historic landmark in Rosebank, is suggesting 10 reasons to sign up for its 12-week Italian-language classes that start Sept. 15: 1. You're planning a trip to Sicily next summer.2. The Italian language is close to Latin, the source of 60 percent of the English vocabulary.3. You want to be one...

Join Us For Casa Belvedere's Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge - Friday, November 21, 2014 - 7 pm to 11 pm Welcoming performance by Wagner College "Seahawk" Marching Band - Premium Cocktail Hour - Seasonal Gourmet Sit Down Dinner by Bocelli Restaurant Castello Verrazza...

The Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), Councilman Steven Matteo and the New Dorp Merchants Group (NDMG) will host their Annual Columbus Day Festival on Monday, October 12th from 1pm-4pm on New Dorp Lane. The free community event will feature live musical performances, rides for the children, a DJ, bocce tournament, rock wall an...

by Michael J. Fressola   Having squeezed Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd" into tiny, 80-seat Sea View Playwright's Theater a few seasons ago, director Tina Barone has assigned herself an equal-or-greater logistical challenge, "Nine," the Arthur Kopit/ Maury Weston musical.   It fits too, she's happy to report. Her production, opening...

Potentially life-saving screenings were offered to women on the Island Thursday free of charge. The American-Italian Cancer Foundation's mobile clinic made a stop in Mariners Harbor to give women mammograms and breast exams. The free breast cancer screenings were organized in part by Councilwoman Debi Rose's office.   Source: http://sta...

Unlike Mayor deBlasio, perhaps there's no Italian sojourn on your calendar this summer. In which case: Drop by the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Rosebank, which is saturated in Italian-ness thanks to its namesakes: inventor Antonio Meucci (1808-1889) and unification activist Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882).   This summer, "The Italian Paintings...

The 2nd Annual Christmas Benefit Concert for Casa Belvedere on November 30 will feature award-winning Italian tenor Micheal Castaldo. Castaldo will sing classic Italian carols from his best-selling album, "Extravergine: Christmas in the Mediterranean," accompanied by the Richmond County Orchestra Strings. Special Guest will be the award winning UK...

The 9-11 Solidarity Creche is now on display this holiday season at Casa Belvedere through January 7th. Il Presepio Della Solidarietà is a gift of friendship and solidarity from the Naples, Italy Chamber of Commerce to The New York City Fire Department in honor of the victims of 9/11 and the brave Firefighters, Police and EMS workers that made...

By Maurita Cardone   Colpo di scena nelle primarie democratiche per decidere il candidato a sindaco di New York. Bill Thompson, il secondo classificato secondo i risultati non ufficiali del voto del 10 settembre, ha dichiarato di aver deciso di ritirarsi dalla corsa e di appoggiare Bill de Blasio.   L'annuncio arriva prima della pubbl...

By Gina Biancardi   Are you one of the 175,000 Italian-Americans living on Staten Island? Whether you consider yourself "Italian-American" or "American-Italian" or simply American with some traces of Italian ancestors, I wonder what significance being "Italian" has to you and to your family.   For me, as a first-generation Italia...