The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO recently announced the winners of its two annual scholarship competitions. Seniors Ashley DeFrancesco (Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School) and Michael Minniti (Union Catholic High School) received the SP-F UNICO Brian Piccolo Scholarship - named after former NFL player Brian Piccolo, who in 1970 died of can...

The Chicago West Suburban Chapter of UNICO National will honor Ron Onesti as Humanitarian of the Year on June 10 at Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove Village. As you can well imagine, wherever Onesti goes, an amazing show is sure to follow. Among the cavalcade of stars slated to perform that evening are Tony Ocean, Nick Pontarelli, Chicago’s Pianoman...

It was a historic week in Rome and within Vatican City as a delegation of Italian American leaders met with government officials and Pope Francis to advance cultural and religious initiatives — and to set the stage for new economic opportunities — between the U.S. and Italy. The delegation, assembled by Judge Basil M. Russo — who leads The Conferen...

The Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National announced that 14 students from the greater Waterbury are are scheduled to receive $1,000 awards at Unico’s annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Since 1922, high-school graduates of Italian descent have been recognized for their excellence in scholastic and community activities. The 2022 recipients are Ava And...

Jo-Ann Vega, born in the South Bronx of immigrant Italian grandparents and now living in southern Delaware, recently spoke to members of the Rehoboth Area Chapter of UNICO on the life of Fiorello LaGuardia and of her recent publication “Moments in Flight: A Memoir.” In her presentation, part of a series of lectures on celebrating Italian Americans,...

Though postponed twice by the pandemic, the 20th Longmeadow UNICO Food and Wine Tasting will finally take place this coming Saturday, April 23, and club members promise the event will be the best yet. The organization’s largest annual fundraiser is set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Center Court at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It will feature...

Mike DeFeo, Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast general manager, has been announced as Southington UNICO’s 2021 Gold Medal of Honor recipient. The recognition is UNICO’s highest honor. Since 1945, the Gold Medal of Honor has been awarded to distinguished citizens in the Southington community. A dinner ceremony in recognition of DeFeo is planned for Wedne...

The UNICO Rehoboth Chapter plans the following March events. All will be held in the St. Edmond Parish Hall on King Charles Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. La Festa di San Giuseppe. Blessing and distribution of St. Joseph’s Bread to participants and food shelters. 9 a.m. March 19. Zeppole and Italian Baked Goods Sale. Benefits the St. Vincent d...

The Basking Ridge Chapter of UNICO was established in February 2020.  UNICO stands for - Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, Opportunity.  As a chapter of UNICO National (Unico.org) our mission is to promote Italian heritage, culture and image, be of service to our local communities and charities, scientific, cultural, and educational litera...

Local chapters of UNICO National met recently at Arcaro & Genell’s in Old Forge to mark the 30th anniversary of the “Gathering,” or Radunata, annual meeting of all the chapters. Radunata was originated by the late Joseph Preate, a past president of the Scranton Chapter. Chapters attending included Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Roseto and Carbon...