Daniel J. Travanti, best known for his TV portrayal as Capt. Frank Furillo on “Hill Street Blues,” was honored for his accomplishments as an entertainer and for giving back to his community at the annual Columbus Day Banquet. A multiple award-winning actor, Travanti, 79, a Kenosha native, shared personal anecdotes as a young budding performer both...

On Nov. 19, award-winning chef, author and television personality Lidia Matticchio Bastianich will return to Milwaukee to celebrate the release of her new cookbook, "Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant." Ever since it opened its doors on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1981, Felidia has been revered as one of the best Italian restaurants in...

Award-winning actor Daniel J. Travanti, a Kenosha native, will be honored by the Italian American Society at its annual Columbus Day Banquet. The event will be Oct. 13 at the Italian American Club, 2217 52nd St. Each year the Italian American Society honors an outstanding community member of Italian descent at the annual banquet. Travanti won two...

A Racine-based organization is advocating changing the name of Christopher Columbus Causeway to the Root River Causeway, though both the city and county would have to approve the change. The proposal was brought to the city by Coming Together Racine, a grassroots organization with a mission to, “actively challenge and eliminate racism in the greate...

Go to a Catholic Mass anywhere in the world, and it’ll be nearly identical. Steadfast rituals and beliefs for hundreds of years: that deep-rooted sense of tradition is what has sustained parishioners like Milwaukeean Margaret Balistreri through the demolition of her Italian-American community’s spiritual home — twice. “Our church is gone, but we’ve...

Members of Tradizione Vivente, the Italian Dance Group of Milwaukee, look forward to welcoming people from across the country to attend the annual Italian Folk Art Federation of America (IFAFA) Conference in Milwaukee. The IFAFA conference is educational and enriching, as it brings together those who love the Italian culture.  Offered are workshops...

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin will honor Nancy Gianni as Humanitarian of the Year and Joseph Cattando Jr. as Columbus Patriot at its 95th annual Columbus Banquet on Oct. 12 at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook. (708-403-7822) Gianni is the “Chief Belief Officer” and founder of GiGi’s Playhouse...

The Superior City Council has decided the city will now officially celebrate “Indigenous People’s Day”, instead of “Columbus Day”. That decision was made with a unanimous vote Tuesday night. Duluth has already made the switch, and the Superior leaders felt it was time they made a change as well. Mayor Jim Paine says Native American tribes are a lar...

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America’s Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin held its 48th Biennium State Convention on June 15 at the Edward Hotel Chicago in Rosemont. Grand lodge officers elected at the convention for the biennium 2019-2021 are Paul Loparco, president; Frank Schiro, first vice president; James LasCola, orator; Anna De...

The Carmen Porco Story: Journey Toward Justice biography provides a compelling and beautifully written account of Rev. Carmen Porco's life journey. It shows how he has used his housing ministry to help lift people out of poverty. Although Rev. Porco went through one of the country's finest seminary schools, he is not a traditional pastor by any mea...