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 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO began their homemade winemaking process during Italian-American Heritage month.  Chapter members and guests gathered for an afternoon of winemaking at Grape Expectations winemaking facilities in Bridgewater, NJ.  The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO is an Italian-American service organization whose m...

With none of the controversy that surrounded the Columbus Day celebration in 2020, the local Italian American community in Scotch Plains celebrated its roots in Montazzoli and other cities in Italy. Speakers included former New Jersey Gov. Donald DiFrancesco, a Scotch Plains native who is the descendant of Italian immigrants, Daniela Nizzardo Selli...

The Columbus Day ceremony, sponsored by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO and the Scotch Plains Italian American Club, will begin at 9 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 9, with music and have an official program start at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be located at the Alan M. Augustine Village Green in Scotch Plains. The featured guest of the Columbus Day Ce...

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...

In a 5-0 vote, the Scotch Plains Township Council agreed to keep the Christopher Columbus monument in its place outside the Municipal Building on Park Avenue. Prior to the meeting, a large group of Italian American community leaders marched from the Italian American Club to the Municipal Building to show their support for the Columbus statue. Speak...

Members of Scotch Plains’ Italian American community are planning a march on Tuesday, July 21, at 6:00 p.m. from the Italian American Club (1976 Valley Ave., Scotch Plains) to the Municipal Building on Park Ave. in support of the Columbus monument. Three groups are helping to organize the event: the Italian American Club; UNICO (the Italian America...