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Professor finds there’s nothing that can’t be gained from Italian studies

By On January 6, 2022

By Ken MammarellaMany different students – paesani and not – benefit from their minors in Italian at Widener University, associate professor Thomas K. Benedetti has found. Engineering students – the largest contingent… Read More

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Leader of heritage council puts heart into work, family and community

By On December 1, 2021

By Ken MammarellaAl DeGennaro appreciates, exemplifies and perpetuates the goal of his grandparents, who emigrated from Italy to America “to provide better lives for themselves and opportunities for their children.” “The family… Read More

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Learning and teaching are school president’s twin passions

By On October 31, 2021

By Ken Mammarella Scuola Marco Polo is open to all children who want to discover Italian and Italy. “Italians from Italy,” said the school’s president, Agnese Abate. “Italian descendants. Italian lovers.” The… Read More

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Lodge president to make up for lost time in 2022

By On October 1, 2021

By Pete Kennedy Bernadette Barbone Wesler grew up in an Italian family and is a lodge president with the Sons and Daughters of Italy – but she has never traveled to Italy.… Read More

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UD professor sifts through the past wherever it leads

By On September 1, 2021

By Pete Kennedy When Dr. Margaret Laird tells people she’s an archaeologist, she often hears the same response:“People will say, ‘That’s great! I love dinosaurs!’” Laird said. But Laird – who goes… Read More

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A chemist and entrepreneur who turns potential into action

By On August 1, 2021

By Pete Kennedy Andrew Cottone nearly failed high school chemistry. “Go do something else,” his teacher said. “You’re not cut out for chemistry.” He didn’t listen. Instead, he got a Ph.D. in… Read More

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Carrying on a family legacy by building up her neighborhood

By On July 6, 2021

By Pete Kennedy Barbara Capozzi listens to audiobooks when she goes for walks in her South Philadelphia neighborhood. As the president of Packer Park Civic Association, she also takes notes about how… Read More

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A career at the vanguard of engineering and utility policy

By On May 30, 2021

Nick DeBenedictis By Pete Kennedy When Three Mile Island had a partial meltdown in March of 1979, Nicholas DeBenedictis got a call from Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh’s office. They needed his help… Read More

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In business and in public service, a life devoted to building bridges

By On May 1, 2021

Amato Berardi, founder of insurance firm Berardi & Associates. By Pete KennedyDuring the five years that he served as a member of Italian Parliament, Amato Berardi had a 96 percent attendance record.… Read More

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Educator’s fascination with birds took flight in childhood

By On April 1, 2021

Leigh Altadonna By Pete KennedyLeigh Altadonna has been fascinated by birds since he was a kid. “Think about how fantastic these small creatures are, traveling many thousands of miles each fall and… Read More