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Mayoral candidate Billy Ciancaglini envisions a different Philadelphia

By On November 22, 2019

By Pete Kennedy Billy Ciancaglini says he barely has time to sleep. The 48-year-old defense lawyer is keeping a busy campaign schedule as the Republican nominee for mayor of Philadelphia. Ciancaglini frames… Read More

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‘Never stop dreaming and moving forward’

By On November 13, 2019

Going against the grain is nothing new for singer and performance artist Rocco DeFinis By Pete Kennedy Rocco DeFinis was 5 years old, waiting in a crowd at Disney World for a… Read More

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Consul General in Philadelphia is no stranger to life in great cities

By On November 12, 2019

By Pete Kennedy When Pier Forlano says he enjoys the vibrant atmosphere of Philadelphia, he’s speaking as someone who has extensive experience living in great cities. A career diplomat, Forlano, 56, has… Read More

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She puts her philosophy into action, and helps students succeed

By On October 29, 2019

By Pete Kennedy It’s important to ask for help when you need it. That’s what Francesca Bruno tells high school students in Philadelphia as she guides them on the path to college… Read More

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ARIANNA co-founder planning Festival of Festivals for July 4, 2020

By On October 29, 2019

By Pete Kennedy Jean Scalessa is making plans for July 4, 2020. The nonprofit group she leads, ARIANNA Alliance, has partnered with the city of Wilmington to stage an event on the… Read More

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Jury still out on next career step for esteemed Pennsylvania judge

By On October 16, 2019

By Pete Kennedy In the early 1980s, Maria McLaughlin joined the cheerleading team at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. She couldn’t have known at the time that she was taking a… Read More

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Women inducted as full members as lodge turns a historic corner

By On October 10, 2019

By Pete Kennedy Denise Alessandrini has spent more than 20 years in the Prince of Piedmont Lodge of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. As president of the women’s… Read More

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After career teaching English, all the world’s her classroom

By On October 1, 2019

By Pete Kennedy Sunday, April 28, will be a busy day for Nancy DiMenco. She’ll be helping to run two events benefiting Italian heritage organizations. First, a meet-the-author event hosted by Friends… Read More

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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

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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