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The first one is special — as if we needed any reminding

By On October 16, 2019

By Charlie Sacchetti As I was going through some old papers today, I saw a document that immediately took me back to a very special time in my life. It was a… Read More


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


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


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


Memories of an altar boy — warm bread and burning vestments

By On October 1, 2019

By Charlie Sacchetti At least you’d have to say that I’m consistent. As I get older, I often realize that there are a lot of things I like more as they once… Read More


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


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


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


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.

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