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Growing up in Italy, Luciano Parente and his siblings were immersed in the art their sculptor father created. When Luciano was a young man, his father came to the United States to visit one of his older children who had moved here. “He fell in love with this country,” says Luciano, “and he wanted the rest of us to move here, too.” After returning t...

Singer Jon Bon Jovi is claiming in a new interview that he is moving his family to the Torrington, Connecticut area. “I just want a place to escape to sometimes and the Torrington area seems like a good choice for my family. I know it’s going to be a lot different than what I’ve been used to but I’m actually really looking forward to that and I’m j...

Local groups are preparing to install a bust of Christopher Columbus in front of the John Weichsel Municipal Center, an important historical figure particularly for Italian-Americans but controversial for others.The Town Council unanimously approved the monument’s placement last year. It’ll be installed on Columbus Day. Dick Fortunato, coordinator...

Margaret Krzeminski has pretty much spent her entire life living in West Haven’s Allingtown section and going to church at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on First Avenue. Now, after all these years, Krzeminski — like parishioners at churches across the area as the Archdiocese of Hartford consolidates parishes from 212 to 127 — is facing big chang...

Faced with aging membership, a shortage of younger replacements, and a decrease in both events and revenue, the realty trust that owns the ITAM Lodge on Waubeek Road on Pontoosuc Lake has reluctantly put its home for the last 40 years on the market.The 16,000-square-foot, two-story structure, home to Sons of Italy ITAM Lodge 564, whose roots date b...

In a little town beside the Apennine mountains in west-central Italy, more than 4,000 miles away, you will find a whole bunch of Stamford people next month. The occasion is an age-old festival in Settefrati, a town that in the last century sent more people to Stamford than it kept for itself. The population of Settefrati now is less than 800, and t...

Saint Anthony’s Society is excited to announce the schedule of events for the 2017 Feast Weekend. The celebration will mark its 98th year on August 24 – August 27 on Endicott, Thacher and North Margin Streets in the North End. This year festivities begin Thursday evening with the Feast of Santa Lucia and will continue all weekend with the Feast of...

A Boston contingent, many from the North End, gathered on Tuesday at the Italian Consulate to celebrate the 150 year old Italian story of olive oil maker Filippo Berio. Salov North America CEO Marco De Ceglie told the group about the legacy of Filippo Berio from Lucca, Italy. Its namesake founder, and subsequently the Fontana family, grew the compa...

There are just two weeks left until the 13th annual Italian-American festival hits the downtown on July 28-30, and the planning committee is putting together the final arrangements. Attendees should bring their appetite because the lower portion of Center Street will be lined with traditional Italian favorites such as sausage and peppers, pizza, pa...

As the race for mayor of Agawam heats up, so do the summertime fundraisers and meet-and-greets. Agawam City Council President Jimmy Cichetti, an independent candidate for mayor, will be feted at a women's brunch from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Luigi Takefive, an Italian restaurant at 944 Springfield St. There's a suggested $20 donation for...

The Wakefield Sons of Italy Lodge 1734 recently held their ninth annual charity auction fundraiser. Unlike most auctions, the items were wrapped and bidders didn’t know what they were bidding on. And for added comedy, participants caught chatting during the auctioning of an item were considered automatic bidders. Gift cards were donated by the foll...

On August 11, 12 and 13, Saint Rocco's Feast Association will celebrate 88 years of tradition during their annual “Grande Festa”. This annual festival celebrates Italian culture, family, and community. St. Rocco has been celebrated for 88 years in Malden where locals, past residents and visitors come together to rejoice in their community and to re...