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On Easter Monday, even the Pope takes a day off

By On April 13, 2017

La Pasquetta is a day of leisure, renewal and picnics By Joe Cannavo As one would imagine in a predominantly Roman Catholic country like Italy, Easter Sunday is perhaps the most revered… Read More

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Holidays may be in the past, but our heritage is right now

By On January 26, 2017

Resolve to keep traditions of our ancestors alive all through the year By Joe Cannavo In my last editorial I urged my readers to put aside the urge to hit the malls… Read More

Three Kings parade
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New year in Italy means more than confetti

By On January 26, 2017

By Joe Cannavo Growing up in an immigrant home in the ’50s and ’60s, I recall that Santa Claus never appeared in public until the Thanksgiving Day Parade. And the day after… Read More

History

Casket flags of Fizzano family fly over Delaware County Veterans Memorial

By On December 1, 2016

By Barbara Ann Zippi Focusing on a community of Italian-American military veterans, the Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square paid respects over Columbus Day Weekend by presenting the Inaugural Flying of… Read More

History

World War II statue rededicated in Mercer County

By On December 1, 2016

The Mercer County (N.J.) Italian American Festival Association marked a milestone recently with the unveiling of a statue depicting a World War II soldier coming to the aid of a fallen brother-in-arms.… Read More

History

After the pasta, another Sunday tradition

By On December 1, 2016

By Charles Sacchetti In my neighborhood, Italian families had many traditions. To mention a few, Christmas Eve always included a seafood meal called the feast of the seven fishes, plastic slipcovers adorned… Read More

German king Otto I
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Sept. 23 — a date that won’t quite live in infamy

By On September 15, 2016

Two things of historical significance took place that day By Joe Cannavo Almost every month Italy has a public or national holiday that celebrates a religious or political event. For workers it… Read More

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History on land and under the sea

By On August 16, 2016

Stamattina (this morning) Mamma e nonna mi hanno detto che oggi (mamma and grandmom told me that today) we are taking another trip. We are are going to visit un’abbazia (abbey). Spesso… Read More

Chapel of Four Chaplains in the Philadelphia Navy Yard
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Chapel of Four Chaplains honors all lost at sea

By On August 15, 2016

Italian Navy veteran’s dream comes true in Philly Paolo Recchia volunteered at the age of 28 to enlist in the Italian Navy to see “tutto il mondo” (the world).  This was 1935… Read More

Heritage

Surnames and their origins

By On June 2, 2016

By Joseph Cannavo BUCCELLA — This surname derives from nicknames connected to the Latin root “bucca” meaning mouth. It is not among the most popular of Italian surnames, but is nonetheless recorded… Read More