The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO and the Italian American Club hosted its socially distanced Columbus Day celebration on Saturday morning at the Alan M. Augustine Village Green in Park Ave. in downtown Scotch Plains.  This year's focus centered on the Italian Heritage of Scotch Plains, where hundreds of people from the small town of Monta...

Marie P. Soliani says it’s an honor to be able to show respect for her Italian heritage. Soliani will get to do that in a big way this month as she has been Italian “Mayor Of The Day.” Soliani said she was initially “shocked” to learn she was receiving the award. “Then I felt gratitude,” she said, noting she is “very honored to be chosen.” The Torr...

As Hartford, New Haven, and other major cities in Connecticut have permitted and even overseen the removal of statues of Christopher Columbus, Waterbury has steadfastly stood by honoring the Italian explorer credited with discovering America. Recently, the 5th largest city in the Nutmeg State has decided to hold a citywide referendum on whether to...

Please join us at the 12th annual Union County-UNICO Columbus Day Flag Raising Ceremony at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth on Friday, October 9th at 1 p,m. This event was originally created through a partnership between the Plainfields UNICO Chapter and UNICO District X and the County of Union. This year's guest speaker is Buddy Fortunato...

The Italian American Police Society of NJ will be co-hosting an Italian American Flag Raising Ceremony n Sunday, October 4th at 11:o am with the Roma Club, UNIICO and other Italian organizations. At this event we will be recognizing the Italian American police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. The Roma Sports Club will provid...

The cancellation of the Clark UNICO Italian Feast this October leaves not only a disappointment for the community but a shortfall in funding for the organization.  The proceeds from the annual event are used to fund many charitable activities throughout the year and to give scholarships to graduating seniors.  The ongoing pandemic challenged the or...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“IAOVC”), a nationwide coalition of anti-bias activists, secured funding for its litigation efforts defending Italian American civil rights and restoration of Columbus statues and monuments, and seeks additional financial support for other potential legal actions across the country.Recently, IAOVC filed a l...

The 2020 Scholarship Program of the UNICO National Foundation has granted more than $80,000 to college students on many levels and in many disciplines. The Bernard and Carolyn Torraco Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund awarded $2,500 to Giulia Randazzo of Milton, a nursing student at the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong resident of Milton and...

Support the efforts of the Italian-American Community Organizations to repair the Christopher Columbus Statue located in front of City Hall in Waterbury. Damaged from a criminal act of vandalism on July 4th, an architectural restoration artist has been commissioned to facilitate the restoration. Estimated costs are just under $10,000 with the proje...

The Montville Chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American civil organization in the country, recently awarded four scholarships to local high school seniors totaling $5,000. The Chapter’s Educational Grant was awarded to Vanessa Van Bodegon of Morris Hills High School who will be attending Seton Hall University to study physical therapy...