Newsletter: June 2016

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American Soldier in Roberto Benigni’s La vita e’ bella

NJIHC Collodi Award Presentation – On Friday April 29th, the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission presented Frank Campione with the Commission’s Collodi award. The award recognizes a New Jersey educator who has done an exceptional job at integrating Italian and Italian American material into the classrom by drawing upon lessons from the NJIHC Universality of Italian Heritage Curriculum. The award is named after Carlo Collodi, Italian creator of the famous fairy tale Pinocchio. View article and pictures

Italian Heritage Curriculum presented at Ocean County College (OCC) – We want to thank all the great presenters and attendees who participated in our “Universality of Italian Heritage” Curriculum Presentation on May 17th. The event featured testimonials from administrators, teachers, and even students from Oakcrest high school, to the effectiveness of the Curriculum. Attendees learned how to integrate this significant educational tool for preserving and promoting Heritage for all students from kindergarten to the undergraduate level. View pictures!


Joseph Costal (supervisor of Language Arts, Oakcrest High School Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District)

June 2016 Events

Traditional Italian Music by La Bella Musica

June 1, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Cranford Community Center (Cranford)

The Friends of the Cranford Public Library invite you to enjoy an evening of traditional Italian music featuring La Bella Musica, headed up by mandolinist Franco Digangi, a native of Italy, and rounded out by Mark Sample on second mandolin, Gail Sample on flute, and Ben Larkey on guitar.

Saint Michael School Italian Festival

Recurring Event Beginning June 2, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Concert Field (Stanhope)

The fair features something for the whole family including 30+ Ride & Games, 2 nights of our Signature Fireworks Show Spectacular, Expansive International Food Items and Vendor sales, Beer and Wine Garden, Music stage.

Dante Alighieri Society Man of the Year Gala

June 4, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
St. Peter’s University (Jersey City)

Join the Dante Alighieri Society in honoring Joseph Cupo, Michael Ricciardone and Corrado Dino Vasquez at this year’s Gala, featuring an open bar, superb dining, and entertainment.

Rediscover your Italian Heritage

June 5, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Brick Township Civic Center (Brick)

Come and join your neighbors and friends of Italian Heritage for an afternoon of enjoyment with Italian Food Tastings, Demonstrations, an Italian Lesson, Cultural Info and other features as well as the opportunity to join UNICO!

16th Annual Feast of Saint Anthony

Recurring Event Beginning June 9, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Church of the Assumption (Roselle Park)
The 16th Annual Feast of St. Anthony will feature delicious food, rides, games, and non-stop live entertainment.

Trip to Operatic Italy

June 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
The Center for Italian & Italian American Culture (CIIAC) (Cedar Grove)

Join us for a presentation by Lou Barrella, Music Educator & recipient of the Dr. Leonard Covello Lifetime Achievement Award from The Italian Teachers’ Association for his outstanding contributions to Italian culture.

Italian Folk Dancing With UNICO Montclair!

June 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Saint Cassian Church (Upper Montclair)

Folk dance the night away with us under the direction of Barbara Grieco.

25th Annual Dinner Dance

June 16, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Crystal Point Yacht Club (Point Pleasant)

The Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee cordially invites you to our Annual Dinner Dance as we present Michael A. Blandina, this years parade Grand Marshal.

New York Chamber Ensemble Presents an Evening of Italian Favorites

June 16, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Episcopal Church of the Advent (Cape May)

Experience the richness of the Italian repertoire featuring selected arias for baritone and mezzo-soprano from La Boheme coupled with treasures from the chamber repertoire for flute, violin and cello by Vivaldi, Albinoni and Respighi.

Coccia Foundation 15th Annual Italian Studies Golf Classic

June 20, 2016 @ 7:30 am
White Beeches Golf and Country Club (Haworth)

The Golf Awards Dinner follows a day of golf, and includes a sumptuous buffet dinner with a premium open bar served at the elegant Florentine Gardens in River Vale, N.J.


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