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Life in Lockdown

May 2020 |
We have all followed the horror and terror that has engulfed Italy during the past several weeks. The heartbreaking news updates are hard to read and harder to watch as many people suffer in Italian hospitals. As of March 10, all of Italy was...

Al Martino, Italian Crooner

May 2020 |
Jasper Cini è nato a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 7 ottobre 1927. I suoi genitori erano immigrati italiani. Lui lavorava con il padre come muratore durante la sua gioventù. Ma, la passione più grande era cantare. Mario Lanza, un cantante famoso e...

I Am Who I Am: Nacy Panzica

April 2020 |
Recently, the Italian American community lost a truly special person. I was blessed to know Nacy as a friend and mentor and he will truly be missed. Please enjoy this article the late Paul Sciria published about Nacy in December 2016. Nel 1955...

Luigi Palma Di Cesnola

April 2020 |
What do you think of when you hear the phrase Italian American? I believe most people think of the Northeast; Boston, Pittsburg, New York. Images of Ellis Island come to mind. We think of the end of the 19th century, the time of the Italian...

The Story of Corado Ciarlo

April 2020 |
Corado Ciarlo was only 20-years-old when he was killed in battle. In his pockets, they found two rosaries, $1.61, 16 photographs of family members, and one letter. While the other items were important, the letter held the greatest...

Leo Nomellini Achieved Great Sports Notoriety in America

April 2020 |
Leo “The Lion” Nomellini, a star tackle for the San Francisco 49ers from 1950 to 1963 and a member of both the Pro Football and NWA Wrestling Hall of Fames, is forever remembered as that tough and gritty Italian kid. The all-around athlete was born...

Don Aldo Brunacci, Righteous Gentile of Assisi

April 2020 |
I could not remember the exact location in Assisi’s cemetery of the burial vault of Clara Weiss, an Austrian Jewish refugee who had died of natural causes in 1944 while hidden in Assisi. I was looking for it on February 2 before the ceremony...

Evolving Gardening into Outdoor Living: A Petitti Perspective

March 2020 |
With spring right around the corner, I wanted to share this article from 2011 with you. Submitted by A.J. Petitti, this piece brings you ideas on how to turn your regular gardening into an outdoor living experience. My father, Angelo Petitti, has...

The Wild Sicilian Legend From New Orleans

March 2020 |
Il musicista e cantante italo americano Louis Prima è stato autore ed interprete di brani come Sing, Sing, Sing, Just a Gigolo, e Buona sera, il cui successo di pubblico e critica lo ha portato ad essere inserito nella Hall of Fame del jazz nel...
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