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Love him or hate him, Phil Palmieri is the traditional “bring home the bacon” politician. The 14 years he spent on the City Council representing District 2 has to be considered the mother of all conflict-of-interest tenures, given that much of his energy was directed toward getting city money invested on and around Shrewsbury Street, where he owns...

Big Dave, the clown, woke up early on Sunday to put on his makeup. He colored his long, bushy beard with spray paint in stripes of neon green, pink and purple. His Mickey Mouse T-shirt had been ready since the previous night. He finished the look with a giant yellow bowtie, decorated with red dots, and picked up a colorful flower patterned hat on t...

Fourth and fifth graders at the North End’s Eliot School serenaded Italian songwriter and lyricist Giulio Rapetti Mogol with one of his own songs during his recent visit to the Eliot K-8 Innovation School. Students had the chance to meet with Maestro Mogol and presented him with pictures inspired by his songs. Principal Traci Walker Griffith said,...

He took the annual Columbus Day Parade away from Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. So does Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, a Republican, want Democrat Ganim’s job as well? It sounds unlikely, but Lauretti, a seasoned politician, was happy to keep people speculating Thursday. “I have a good base in Bridgeport,” Lauretti said, responding to a sudden spurt of...

Every year, the city honors its Italian heritage on Columbus Day with a ceremony and the naming of its Italian Mayor of the Day, a coveted award granted to men and women who are known for their dedication their community. The ceremony is organized by the local UNICO chapter, a group dedicated to preserving Italian heritage through charitable effort...

At the Valley Regional Lodge of the Sons of Italy, their Columbus Day celebration included nods to both Italian and American heritage. At the annual celebration of Columbus Day, they raised the flags of both the United States and Italy and enjoyed some of the best culinary offerings of their Italian homeland. Here, this holiday is as much a celebra...

There’s plenty of national disagreement about the reputation of Christopher Columbus, but Mayor Erin Stewart said Monday that nobody should doubt his influence on the world. The contributions of generations of Italian-Americans is also indisputable, she said at the city’s Columbus Day ceremony Monday morning. “There is little debate as to how much...

For Chef Phil Dwyer, there is no place like the kitchen. “Very early on, I came to realize that I had never met anyone who didn’t have some beautiful memory around food. Conversations always came back to the kitchen. I developed a real appreciation and respect for that.” You will find this chef cooking Italian classics with a side of soul at Grasso...

The annual Federal Hill Columbus Day Parade was held in Providence Sunday. Nearly two-thousand people lined Atwells Avenue to watch. The parade featured politicians, first responders, high school bands and various Italian-American clubs. Eyewitness News anchor Mike Montecalvo and Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca walked with the Italo-American Club...

Donizetti’s comic opera “L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)” is one of tenor Joshua Collier’s top-five operas. “Every aria, every duet, every ensemble is tuneful,” he said recently by phone. “Donizetti could spin a melody better than anyone. It’s all very accessible. It’s genuinely funny — unlike a lot of operas. It is romantic. It is charming....

Columbus Day comes Friday, Oct. 12 and is officially observed Monday, Oct. 8, and Wilton has no planned festivities. But that doesn’t mean there is no local Italian community. On the contrary, Italians are one of the largest nationality groups in Wilton, according to the U.S. Census American Communities Survey of 2016. In the survey, residents who...

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley joined the parish of St. Leonard of Port Maurice in the North End for a Mass on Sept. 30 to mark the beginning of Italian Heritage Month in Massachusetts. The event was sponsored by the St. Joseph Society, which was founded by Sicilian immigrants in 1925 to promote devotion to St. Joseph, the patron saint of their hometown...