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Fairfield University, whose patron is the Jesuit cardinal and theologian St. Robert Bellarmine, is celebrating this year the 75th anniversary of its founding. Linda Wolk-Simon, the imaginative and energetic director of the University Art Museum, had an audacious dream—indeed, she readily admits, it was “quixotic”—to bring to Fairfield the magnifice...

When Gary MacQueston, a director of the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts, stopped by Jan. 9 to check on the club's building at 56 Margaret St., it was raining. Inside. MacQueston rushed upstairs in the former firehouse in the South End to find that a plumbing fitting under a sink had given way on the coldest day of the year. He foun...

When you’re a kid, your neighborhood is the center of your universe. Everything that you know, you learned there — at home, in school and with your friends right there on the street where you lived. Growing up in New Haven’s Wooster Square gave me an opportunity to have an experience that I still treasure and appreciate. How can you not appreciate...

Thursday, February 15 | 7:30-9:30pm | 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge. Il Circolo italiano di Boston presenta: Maschere in Movimento: il Mondo della Commedia dell'Arte. By Chiara Durazzini, Co-Fondatrice e Direttore Artistico della compagnia di Commedia dell'Arte Pazzi Lazzi. La sala di riunione si trova davanti al edificio principale dei "Friends." M...

Between family tension, health issues, a destroyed reputation and exile from the community of Roman Catholic nuns she helped found, Clelia Merloni could have easily given up. But instead, Merloni bore those trials quietly and without complaint and chose to love those who persecuted her. It’s one of the reasons the nuns of the Hamden-based religious...

Titcomb’s Bookshop will welcome author David N. Schwartz to talk about his biography, “The Last Man Who Knew Everything; The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age,” on Saturday, February 10, from 2 to 3 PM. The book is a definitive biography of the brilliant, charismatic, and very human physicist and innovator Enrico Fermi. In 1...

Except on one occasion, when it traveled briefly to an adjacent building, Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s bust of the 16th century Italian Jesuit priest Roberto Bellarmino has for nearly 400 years sat aloft and out of sight in a niche, well above the high altar in the Church of the Gesu, in Rome. But for the coming three months, the bust will be brought dow...

The Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, returns to the acoustically friendly environs of the Dartmouth High School Auditorium on Sunday, Feb. 11, with a program of Italian music titled “All Italia!” From operatic overture to a sonic retelling of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to the iconic “Pines of Rome,” this concert...

A local contractor has purchased the ITAM Lodge on Waubeek Road, and intends to link the property to a multipurpose venue that he already owns and operates in Lanesborough. New owner Eric Taylor of Peru, who owns Restorations Inc. of Hinsdale, plans to connect the 4 1/2-acre site to the Lake House Guest Cottages of the Berkshires, which he opened i...

The first Italians arrived in the North End in the 1860s when the political and economic situation in Italy had become untenable. Their numbers grew here in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Most were unskilled laborers and lacked the ability to speak English. They faced severe discrimination and took what jobs were available with their limited resou...

Mark F. “Campi” Campaniello, 54, lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, passed away Friday, Jan. 26 2018, following a recent surgery. Mark was born in Worcester, the eldest of three sons of Jean A. (Caparso) Campaniello and the late Michael Campaniello. Raised in Shrewsbury, he graduated from St. John’s High School. He attended Plymouth State University...

This past Saturday, Roberto Angotti was at Milford High along with Lou and Chris Colabello, premiering his documentary “Italian American Baseball.” To know the journey Chris Colabello took from Milford to the major leagues, it helps to know the story of his father, Lou. And to know the professional and international baseball career of Lou, it helps...