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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

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

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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

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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
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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
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‘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