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When I was a kid I thought it was pretty cool that we had a bunch of cousins who lived in Rhode Island.  They were all from my paternal grandmother’s side of the family and when we would drive north to see them or they would come to Philly to visit, there was always fun to be had.   My earliest recollections, of our visits to the Warwick area, come...

Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella reached a milestone at Monday night’s inauguration ceremony. Once Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito swore him (plus city councilors and School Committee members) into office, Mazzarella wrapped up his 25th year leading the city. “Twenty-five years of an open door policy,” he said in his State of the City address. “Twenty-five y...

Antonio “Anthony” Phililp Tedesconacque a Musellaro (comune autonomo fino al 1927 in provincia di Chieti), frazione di Bolognano, in via Centrale, il 7 gennaio del 1899 da Domenico (trentatreenne “contadino” nato a Musellaro) e Reginalda Santilli (ventinovenne nata Vittorito). L’atto di nascita fu registrato dinanzi all’allora Sindaco di Musellaro...

On a brisk winter day, Stephen Puleo, author of Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, gestured towards the spot where a tank in Boston's North End burst, releasing a tsunami of hot molasses into the streets 100 years ago, on January 15, 1919. "So, that green sign right there is exactly the site of the outside wall of the tank. Ships t...

Democratic representatives Tim Horrigan of Dover and Amanda Bouldin of Manchester tried last year to get a bill passed that would change the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in New Hampshire. They were soundly defeated, as the bill was referred to interim study, where lawmakers voted 12-1 on Oct. 29 that the bill...

The National Organization of Italian American Women is honoring three women who have been leaders in their communities, paying special tribute to U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3. The Connecticut Region of the NOIAW will hold its 10th annual Epiphany brunch to honor “Three Wise Women” from Connecticut from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 13 at the New Haven L...

As you know, the Pirandello Lyceum has become an active member of the Italian American Alliance.  As the President of the Pirandello Lyceum I am a member of the  Board of Directors. The Italian American Alliance was formed over a year ago to address the growing effort of many in American society to revise the history of many cultures in such a way...

January 15 - 6 p.m. IAM Books - 189 North St, Boston 02113. Leonardo Luccone – Remembering Boston’s Great Molasses Flood. Sugary-sweet molasses turned deadly on January 15, 1919, when a holding tank burst and sent 2.3 million gallons of the sticky liquid sweeping through the streets of Boston. The source of what became known as the “Great Molasses...

If you needed homemade Italian pork sausage in the mid-1950s and happened to be living near Wooster Square, Cavaliere’s Market on Wooster Street was the place to go. It had a balance of spices and herbs so unique that it drew customers from as far away as Massachusetts, and a flavor so tantalizing that, when the market closed in 1999, people would...

It was once called Pine Street and East Meadow Street, home for many Swedes, French Canadians and Irish immigrants trying to make a better life in the New World in the 1700s and 1800s. But the mile-long strip between Belmont Street and Mulberry Street, renamed Shrewsbury Street around 1860, is most known for being “Little Italy,” where Italian immi...

Somerville’s Peter Fantasia, now living in Reading, Massachusetts at the Artis Senior Living, vividly described to me how he got captured near Rodalbe, France. While serving with Lima Company, of the 3rd Battalion, of the 104th Regiment, of the 26th Infantry Division, the “Yankee Division” as an Army Medic, he was tending to two wounded American so...

Saturday January 19 2019, from 14:00 to 16:00 EST. Studios at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St, Beverly, MA 01915. "Rarely have a I read a collection as thoroughly haunted and haunting as Jennifer Martelli's My Tarantella, its hanging globe lamps dimming in the jewel-toned aftermaths of neighborhoods where the speaker's Italian upbringing melds into harr...