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Neumann president Dr. Rosalie Mirenda’s work ethic comes from South Philly roots

By On May 8, 2017

By Pete Kennedy “I’m not an early, early riser,” Dr. Rosalie Mirenda says. “I like to be in my bed until 6 o’clock or so, and then I get up to exercise.”… Read More

Joseph Rollo

Immigrant Joseph Rollo devotes his career to helping others on their journey

By On April 17, 2017

By Pete Kennedy Love brought Joseph Rollo to America. He was a teenager from Sicily when he first visited the United States and met Anna Maria, the woman he would later marry.… Read More

Justin Perillo

‘Feisty’ Italian spirit fuels Newark native’s career in NFL

By On February 20, 2017

By Gabe Spadaccini When we think of Italians, certain things come to mind: food, wine, romance, coffee, conversation, etc. Seldom do we think of professional athletes as part of everyday Italian culture,… Read More


Maria Teresa Morrison of Rehoboth is a passionate advocate for immersive instruction

By On February 20, 2017

By Pete Kennedy “Italian is the modern Latin.” So says Maria Teresa Morrison, who speaks with some authority on matters of language, having spent 32 years teaching Italian, French and Spanish at… Read More


Words of St. Francis guide Anthony Albence in his devotion to public service

By On January 27, 2017

By Pete Kennedy Anthony Albence didn’t realize he was preparing for a job safeguarding democracy when he’d listen to college kids try to wriggle out of being punished for sneaking alcohol into… Read More

Rev. Nick Martorano

Rev. Nick Martorano celebrates the past and future at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church

By On November 30, 2016

By Pete Kennedy “When I was growing up, we thought the whole world was Italian Catholic, because that’s all we saw,” said Rev. Nick Martorano, O.S.A. An Augustinian priest, Martorano has spent… Read More


Gabriella Finizio follows her Italian passion wherever it leads

By On November 16, 2016

By Pete Kennedy Gabriella Finizio knows the value of speaking a foreign language — and the impediments of not speaking one. “I arrived in the United States without really knowing a word… Read More


Community service from the ground up

By On October 6, 2016

Journey to the top echelons of city government started in his neighborhood By Pete Kennedy When Michael DiBerardinis first moved to Philadelphia in the ’70s, his adoptive Kensington neighborhood was beset by… Read More


Dr. Sam Cimino, a dentist and a sailor, envisions his archive in a museum

By On September 21, 2016

By Pete Kennedy Sam Cimino’s wife says that when he takes an interest in something, he’s like a dog with a bone that won’t let go. For example, he has been involved… Read More

Ron Oronzio

Meet your Vendemmia master of ceremonies

By On August 16, 2016

Super organizer Ron Oronzio has chaired annual festival for more than a decade By Pete Kennedy Before Ron Oronzio deployed to Vietnam as a teenager in 1966, he spent 18 months at… Read More