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December 10, 2008

A Tribute To My Aunt Jennie

Stephanie Longo
Family Photo
My Aunt Jennie and me when I received my Master's Degree in 2006.

Jennie Longo Moeller came from Guardia dei Lombardi, Italy to Scranton, Pa. when she was 6 years old and built a life that most people can only dream of.

August 31, 2008

The Church May Close, But the Festa Will Go On

Stephanie Longo
Statues of Sts. Mary, Joseph, Rocco, and Anthony leave St. Rocco's Church in Dunmore, Pa. as part of the annual procession in honor of St. Rocco on August 10.

Despite a possible closure, the parish community of St. Rocco in Dunmore, Pa. celebrates the shared heritage of the Bunker Hill neighborhood.

August 17, 2008

From Roseto to the “Big Time”: An Interview with Adriana Trigiani

Stephanie Longo
Adriana Trigiani

Trigiani is best known as the author of the "Big Stone Gap" trilogy, "Lucia, Lucia", and "The Queen of the Big Time".

August 2, 2008

Miracle on the Hill

Stephanie Longo
Stephanie Longo
Fr. Dominic Papa recites the Prayer to St. Ann to Obtain a Special Favor in Italian on July 26, 2008.

Scranton’s Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann is the site of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s largest annual religious celebration.

July 6, 2008

Remembering Rocco Caporale

Stephanie Longo
Rocco Caporale

Noted sociologist was also the premier scholar of the 1980 Irpinia-Basilicata Earthquake

July 6, 2008

No Wonder His Happy Heart Sings

Stephanie Longo
Jack DeLeo dances with his partner, Debbie Koshinski, for the Scranton Cultural Center's "Dancing with the Stars".

Take love of community, ethnic pride, and add a dash of Dean Martin and you have Scranton’s own Jack DeLeo.

June 22, 2008

Guys Named Rocco

Stephanie Longo
The Mascot
Anti-Italian cartoon from The Mascot newspaper, 1888

Why do we accept the unacceptable?

June 15, 2008

Becoming Italian-American

Stephanie Longo
Personal photo
My mother, Ann Marie, and me in Guardia dei Lombardi (AV), Italy in 2005 in front of the house where my grandfather, Joseph Longo, was born.

Sometimes ethnicity is a choice rather than a fact.

June 3, 2008

The "Spirit of Italy" in North Pocono

Stephanie Longo
Stephanie Longo
Francesco Stoppini stands in his Elmhurst office flanked by the Italian and Pennsylvanian flags as well as various memorabilia from his government service.

Following a lifetime of government service, Francesco Stoppini, of Elmhurst, Pa. now serves as regional Consular Correspondent to Italy.

May 28, 2008

Connecting Through the Corsa

Stephanie Longo
Stephanie Longo
St. Ubaldo's ceraioli race down Church Street in Jessup, Pa. as a part of the town's annual St. Ubaldo Day festivities.

Jessup, Pennsylvania’s St. Ubaldo Day celebrates family, friends, and the bond between Italy and the United States.