The Italian American Executives of Transportation have donated $6,500 from the proceeds of their 2022 fashion show to Casa Italia. The check was presented to Casa Chairman Ron Onesti by Fashion Show Committee Co-Chair Dr. Michele Monica Daly at the IAET’s July meeting. The event was also co-chaired by Theresa Cascio and Grace Galletta, with Jadon Q...

We all have those legendary performers we wish we could have met in person. For me, the list begins with Jackie Gleason, Jimmy Stewart and James Cagney. Yet another name resonates as being at the top of my "wish I woulda met" list: The King of Cool, Dean Martin. Martin passed away Christmas Day, 1995. I thought I would share my experience with the...

Dear friends, even in August, ciao from a Rome full of American tourists and empty of us Romans!   In early August a dear friend traveling to Liguria sent me a photo, taken by him. While driving he had seen a sign that had attracted his curiosity, and he knew well that it would interest me as well. The photo is the one you see here: Cogoleto, the s...

Italian American leaders are pushing to bring the Christopher Columbus statues back to Chicago's parks. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans spoke out on Saturday, after an advisory panel called for the city to permanently remove three Christopher Columbus statues and the Balbo Monument in Burnham Park, and consider altering or removing n...

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans said Wednesday it’s putting the final touches on a plan to return by Columbus Day and protect — at city expense — statues of Christopher Columbus that Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered removed from Grant and Arrigo parks two years ago. President Ron Onesti said the plan — devised by a "national security fir...

The Lemont Classic Car Club and Reel Stories Productions will present a benefit concert and classic car show on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 from 500 PM-9:00 PM at Konows Farm, 16849 S. Cedar Road, Homer Glen, IL. Rain date will be Thursday, June 23rd, 2022. All ages welcome. Headlining the event are1960’s rock and roll music legends, Ray Graffia and...

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...

Last May 14, the President of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, Ron Onesti, arrived in San Marino to express his concrete solidarity in favor of the reception of Ukrainian refugees that San Marino is offering. Dr. Maria Alessandra Albertini met with Onesti to express the deepest gratitude of San Marino's Secretary of State for Foreign...

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...

Being in the biz of entertainment for almost four decades, one can only imagine how many boxes of “stuff” I have packed away in my basement. An extra-ordinary and unorganized collection of autographed posters, set lists, vinyl albums, and backstage passes join other unique bits of Rock ‘N Roll memorabilia I have stashed away over the years. While m...