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The Maine House of Representatives initially approved a bill on Tuesday that would make the state join several others and a handful of municipalities including Bangor by recognizing the October holiday of Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day. After the 88-51 vote, a measure sponsored by Rep. Ben Collings, D-Portland, looks to be on track...

 Award-winning author Christopher Castellani will speak about his new novel, “Leading Men,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth. The novel is a story of desire, artistic ambition, and fidelity featuring Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and their social circle in 1950s Italy. Weaving fact and fiction to navigate the t...

For the second time in as many weeks, Maine's firefighting community is saying goodbye to one of their own. It was less than one week ago when firefighters from all over the state came out to the funeral services of Capt. Joel Barnes. It was during those services when Oxford Fire Chief, Gary Sacco, fell ill. The 63-year-old was rushed to a nearby h...

A dozen volumes on display at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library are shelved side-by-side with their fore edges, not their spines, facing out. It is not a case of curatorial malpractice — far from it. Those exposed fore edges form a gallery of miniature paintings from the Renaissance era — portraits of the volumes’ celebrated authors...

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON, MA 02113. Gaetano Cipolla is a retired professor of Italian and Chairman of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at St. John’s University in New York City. Cipolla has written numerous scholarly articles on Dante, Petrarch, Tasso, Pirandello, Calvino and others. Some of his e...

For Leo Marino, author of The House on Greene Street: Life and Times of a First Generation Italian American, compiling this first book was for his family. “This started 20 years ago,” says Marino, a Branford resident. “My brother and I talked about our ancestry. This was before the days of ancestry.com.” The family research took several trips to It...

Providence Municipal Court Chief Justice Frank Caprio opens the passenger side back door of a metallic blue 2018 Lincoln Navigator parked on the side of the private Aurora Club Civic Association in Providence’s Federal Hill. It’s the place where he is permanent director and has been a member for more than fifty years, and he has lunch there on an a...

Throughout the United States, the second Monday of October is observed as Columbus Day. Beginning this year, the North Andover schools will recognize it as both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day. The vote in favor of the change was 4-1 Thursday night. David Torrisi was the sole dissenter. He said the move is "diminishing" Columbus Day, which...

He was Italian. She was Irish. Their home in Yonkers was often a refuge for me during the 1980s, my early years in America, as I grappled awkwardly with immigrant life. Hospitable to a fault, Pasquale “Pat” and Bella Barbuto knew how to make guests feel at ease. Whether you were from Dublin, like me, or Tehran, like my friend Hossein, close or dist...

Everything was calm in town on the evening of Feb. 28, 1919, but behind the Ray Mill of the American Woolen Company at 301 Union St., something sinister was afoot. In the silence of night 100 years ago, four Italian-American anarchists’ plan went horribly wrong when they found themselves the victims of their own plot to blow up the wool and fabric...

Even before she had a museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner had a Botticelli — the first painting by the late 15th-century Italian artist to enter this country. It wasn’t one of the ravishing masterpieces casual art lovers are familiar with: “Primavera” or “The Birth of Venus” — those magnificent large-scale paintings that lure thousands of visitors to...

Ormai da anni senza un vice consolato attivo e duraturo, il Gruppo Italiani e Italo-Americani residenti in Connecticut ha recentemente sottoscritto un documento, dove viene richiesto ai rappresentanti italiani eletti all’estero di attivarsi affinché la numerosa comunità non venga trascurata. In particolare, la comunità si è rivolta al ministro degl...