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Monsignor Ralph Chieffo: Blessed with ‘a servant’s heart’

By On March 3, 2019

By Pete Kennedy Twelve days afloat — that’s what separated Ralph Chieffo’s life in Italy and his life in America. When he was 7 years old, he boarded an ocean liner in… Read More

People

One quality of heroes: They persevere no matter what

By On February 3, 2019

By Charlie Sacchetti If you took a look at Joe Smith back in the ’50s and early ’60s, envisioning a hero wouldn’t have been your first thought. “Smitty” was a great pal,… Read More

Heritage

If these angels are on duty, the pearly gates must be spotless

By On January 6, 2019

By Charlie Sacchetti I think it must be part of the genetic makeup of Italian-American “housewives” over 50. If in fact it isn’t, I sure can site several cases that make this… Read More

Achievers

A meticulous man builds a name for himself in construction

By On January 5, 2019

By Pete Kennedy Marty Cappelletti used to build a lot of shelves. When he was in his mid-20s, he started a construction business, and, as it grew, his office filled with blueprints… Read More

Zesty tomato pie: One of cousin Frank’s signature creations.
People

Cousin Frank’s Tomato Pie

By On July 13, 2018

Zesty tomato pie: One of cousin Frank’s signature creations. By Charlie Sacchetti When I was a kid I thought it was pretty cool that we had a bunch of cousins who lived… Read More

Anthony Bellapigna takes his custom-built pizza truck — a green Ford F-350 with an unmistakable copper oven on the bed — to community events.
Achievers

Anthony Bellapigna’s Commitment to Pizza & Gelato Restaurant, Ariano

By On July 12, 2018

Anthony Bellapigna takes his custom-built pizza truck — a green Ford F-350 with an unmistakable copper oven on the bed — to community events. By Pete Kennedy “Everything tells a story,” Anthony… Read More

People

My Father’s Spunk From Start to Finish

By On June 21, 2018

By Charlie Sacchetti After recent surgery, my recuperation has provided me with a lot of time to think. I remember that during my hospital stay, in late March, my thoughts drifted to… Read More

Achievers

Following His Passion: Son of Shoemaker Goes on Personal Business Path

By On June 21, 2018

By Pete Kennedy Frank Varone grew up the son of a shoemaker, but his parents never intended for him to join the family business. After graduating from high school in 1959 in… Read More

Achievers

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

Local Interests

In the chair of the maestro, getting the kindest cut of all

By On April 17, 2017

By Charles Sacchetti In the 1950s, as a kid growing up in my Southwest Philly neighborhood, I like many others knew where I would spend about an hour or so every third… Read More