NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

Donald J. Croatti, 84, of Southborough, died Jan. 11, 2019 at Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick after a battle with cancer. He was the devoted husband of Mary Ann (Alberti) Croatti for the past 64 years. Don was a graduate of Framingham High School, class of ’52, and earned a bachelor’s degree at his beloved Boston College in 1960. He was also a fou...

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...

He was my first real coach. It was December 1957, the early years of rock ‘n’ roll on the radio, the New England Patriots off in the distance somewhere, and Frank Murgo was the coach of the Peck Junior High School basketball team, a team I was trying out for. He was a gym teacher at Peck then, but his real claim to fame, for us anyways, was that we...

Chef Tiffani Faison has already created a food empire in the Fenway with three wildly different concepts: barbecue-driven Sweet Cheeks, Southeast Asian-inspired Tiger Mama, and snack bar Fool’s Errand. This summer, she’ll tap into Italian cuisine with Orfano, scheduled to open in the Pierce Boston building at the corner of Boylston Street and Brook...

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 Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge 2223 will offer registration for its 12-week 2019 spring semester of Italian classes from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at St. Margaret’s School, 111 Winn St., Burlington. Classes will begin Feb. 6 at the same location and cover six levels of beginner, intermediate to advanced, depending on one’s prior knowledge in speaking...

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...

A new shop in town looks to offer customers a friendly atmosphere to enjoy coffee. On Dec. 17, Caffe Nero opened its doors to Darien residents. The new shop is located in the heart of downtown Darien on Post Road. Store manager Scott Sergiano said Caffe Nero is a place residents can come to relax and enjoy great coffee. The store is the first in Co...

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...