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On Saturday, the 16th, the Friends of the North End celebrated its 45th annual reunion. 166 boyhood friends from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maryland and California assembled at the Sons of Italy Hall in Winchester to relive growing up in their cherished neighborhood. As has been their custom since the...

Friday September 29, 6 PM EDT. I Am Books - 189 North St, Boston 02113. "In the Name of the Mother" examines the investment of black male writers and intellectuals in Italian immigrants and Italian Americans and the response of Italian American writers and artists to American blackness in the 20th century. Samuele Pardini links the African American...

One of the five entrepreneurs who failed to win a vacant year-round liquor license the city put up for grabs in May has gained a seasonal license to launch a new West End downtown restaurant. Simon Prudenzi and his Roman I LLC of Gloucester won the approval of the city's Licensing Board this week to sell alcoholic beverages at a proposed restaurant...

After much debate, the town will be the first in New Hampshire to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig said the decision followed hours of discussion and debate between the Council and the public, with the council designating the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Durham. Selig said seven membe...

A divisive national debate about public statues of historical figures has reached New London. A group led by local conservative talk show host Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh is seeking protection of the Christopher Columbus statue off Bank Street despite the fact city officials said there have been no serious calls for its removal. Hopkins-Cavanagh organize...

After nearly an hour of public comment, Brunswick Town Council voted 8 – 1 to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which would occur the same day as Columbus Day. The decision, coming soon after the City of Portland’s Monday decision, makes it the fifth municipality in Maine to recognize indigenous people on that day,...

The state’s largest city will now mark the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day — joining a growing list of cities and towns to recognize native cultures on Columbus Day. The City Council voted unanimously Monday to use the date of the federal holiday as a day to honor the native peoples, including those who lived in North America lo...

Johnston State Rep. Stephen Ucci sat at a small table inside the packed Young Pannese Society Club last Wednesday evening with a satisfied smile on his face. The Johnston native exchanged pleasantries with Msgr. Carlo Montecalvo of St. Sebastian’s in Providence and Don Mimmo Guida, the Pastor from Panni Foggia, Italy and raised his wine glass as a...

Patti Fortuna-Stannard was just a little bit nervous. She kept checking her phone as the hours ticked past 10 a.m. on Tuesday, wondering when public television Italian cooking icon Mary Ann Esposito would be arriving at her family's business, Fortuna's Sausage & Italian Market, to film an episode of PBS' "Ciao Italia," the longest-running cooking s...

Sept. 21, 2017 will mark 200 years since the birth of Father Joseph Maria Finotti, who served in the Archdiocese of Boston from 1852 to 1876. Father Finotti was born in Ferrara, Italy, on Sept. 21, 1817. He entered the Society of Jesus at age 16, and in 1845 arrived in the United States to continue his studies at Georgetown College in Maryland. Whi...

A monument to Christopher Columbus erected in front of the John Weichsel Municipal Center this week has drawn criticism from some residents. Town councilors unanimously approved the plinth and bust honoring the Italian explorer two years ago and said it would be unfair to the groups that paid for the monument to remove it now. Erica Roggeveen Byrne...

There’s new equipment and a new look inside, but the same classic food Billerica residents have come to love will remain when Mangia Mangia Italian Kitchen reopens later this month. Mangia Mangia Italian Kitchen, located at 430 Boston Rd. in Billerica, has been closed since May 2, when an electrical fire in the kitchen burned overnight. The reopeni...