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February, the shortest month with greatest personalities

February, the shortest month with greatest personalities

Dear Readers, February is named after Februs , Roman god of purification. February was his sacred month and the Latin Februa means “feast of...
Christmas carols, christmas poems, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Christmas carols and Christmas poems

Dear Readers, Merry Christmas or Buon Natale is fine but Season’s Greetings sounds too one size fits all seasons. It seems that with merchants...
Carlo Di Ruocco, pioneer of espresso and specialty coffees in America

Carlo Di Ruocco: Pioneer of Espresso in America

December, the month we celebrate Christmas, exchange presents with our friends and wish all “Buon Natale,” I got to thinking that some people, by...
Carlo Collodi, Author of Pinocchio

A July assortment of Italian connections

Dear Readers, A July assortment of Italian connections for you: Mauro Battocchi, Consul General of Italy for North Western U.S.A., and recent guest...
Sofia Loren-Yesterday-today-tomorrow- My Life-book cover

June jottings with an Italian connection

Dear Readers, June jottings with an Italian connection: Italy’s “Festa Della Repubblica” (Italian Republic Day) celebrates the date, June 2, 1946 ,...
Angela Cannistraci, newly minted MBA graduate of Boston College, a Jesuit institution and her dad, Anthony Cannistraci, an alumni of the University of San Francisco, were delighted to learn that it was on the Italian island of Sicily, province of Messina, where both have their “roots”, that the first Jesuit school in the world, was opened in 1548

Jesuits: creating educational institutions for over 450 years

Dear Readers, In June, the month we celebrate Grads and Dads, I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to newly minted, MBA...
Most Italo-Americans who claim Genovese “roots” are descendants of people born in the villages near Genoa or anywhere in the Regione of Liguria

Italian-American roots: the coastal region of Liguria

Genoa, Italy, as we little Italo-American kids learned in school, was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the “man who discovered America”. Most...
The Ghetto Vecchio in Venice is the oldest ghetto in the world

April assortment of Italian connections

Dear Readers, An April assortment of Italian connections for you: A “ghetto” in the U.S.A. is usually a section of a city that is thickly populated...

An April assortment of Italian connections

Dear Readers, An April assortment of Italian connections for you: Pietro Di Donato was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey on April 3, 1911, to...
The Italian Connection

The Italian Connection

Dear Readers, April marks the 141st anniversary of the birth of the great Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi. April also marks the month when...

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