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The Italian Connection

Dear Readers, April – Aprile comes from the Latin word aperire which means to open. 1. April Fool’s Day is a day people usually play silly pranks, so...

The Italian connection

Victor Emanuel II, first king of Italy
The Mausoleum, Ardeatine Caves, Fosse Ardeatine, Rome, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Mausoleum of the Ardeatine Caves in Rome

Dear Readers, President Sergio Mattarella, who assumed office in February as the 12th President of Italy , was born in Palermo (Sicily) some 73 years...
Saint Patrick, Tomie de Paola, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Patrick’s parents were Romans. Saint Patrick book for children by Tomie de Paola

Dear Readers, March brings shamrocks and my annual “St. Patrick was Italian” column: A “St. Patrick was Italian” remark, tossed into your March...
Mario Cuomo, Italian-American immigrants, "American Dream", New York, Italian Culture, Italian heritage

Mario Cuomo, the Italian-American immigrants "American Dream"

Dear Readers, More February finds with an Italian connection: Mario Cuomo, the former three-term Governor of New York, who left us last month on the...
President Thomas Jefferson, Italian passion, Monticello, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

President Thomas Jefferson's passion for all things Italian

Dear Readers, In February we traditionally pause to celebrate lovers ( Valentine’s Day ) and Presidents. Once Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and George...
Gioacchino Rossini, Italian operatic composer, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Gioacchino Rossini, the Italian operatic composer

Dear Readers, February dates with an Italian connection: Amerigo Vespucci (1452-1512) was born in February. He is the Florentine sailor, merchant and...
Edward W. Brooke, John Volpe, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The unforgettable friendship of Senator Edward W. Brooke and Governor John Volpe

Dear Readers, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed on January 19th this year, reminds me of some bits of Black History with an Italian connection:...
Louis Zamperini, Frank Capra, Mario Cuomo,Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Inspiring Stories of Italian-Americans: Louis Zamperini, Frank Capra, Mario Cuomo

Dear Readers, The 126th Tournament of Roses Parade, held on the first day of each New Year in Pasadena, California, had its theme this year “...
Gennaio, New Year, Italian Connection, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Gennaio Begins A New Year Of Italian Connection

Dear Readers, January is named after Janus, the Roman god of doorways, beginnings and endings. According to Roman mythology, Janus, an ancient king...