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The list of early-adopter Massachusetts communities that have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day is about what you’d expect: Amherst, Northampton, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. School committees in Mashpee and Pittsfield have also jumped on board. But now the school committee in Framingham is considering making the switch, a...

The American Society of Friends of Teatro alla Scala presented a piano recital in Greenwich earlier this month featuring pianist Stefano Miceli in a program of works by Liszt, Beethoven, Gomes and Rachmaninoff.  The fundraising event was chaired by Deborah Hamilton of Greenwich, who is a trustee of the Friends, a nonprofit that supports the Teatro...

In early December our store and most of the others in the neighborhood began to take on a holiday look. My father always decorated the large windows with laurel roping and a wreath on the door. Inside, there were baskets of figs imported from Italy and sacks of hard-shelled nuts, the most popular being walnuts and hazelnuts, or nocciole. Later in t...

It’s Joseph Spremulli’s most favorite day of the year. It’s equally the same for his wife Eleanor, who like her husband enjoys helping people in need, no matter what the season or reason. So Sunday, the Spremulli’s met their long-time friend William “Bill” Costantino of Columbus Doors as well as Our Lady of Grace’s Pastor Rev. Peter J. Gower for an...

Forcella quietly opened in the North End on Thursday, bringing old-world Italian food to the former Carmen space just days before Christmas. Nino Trotta — who owns Forcella alongside his girlfriend, general manager Shannon MacGowan, and his brother, wine director Christian Trotta — said that the cozy, candlelit vibe of the restaurant sets Forcella...

The Clerici String Quartet gave a performance to audience members at the Italian American club in Walpole on Saturday afternoon. A part of the Carol Hunt-Clerici Chamber Music Series, the performance took on a holiday theme, seamlessly blending theatre, ballet, and chamber music into one unique performance of “The Nutcracker.” Opening with the prep...

Stephen D. “T-bone” Carboni, 70, of Danbury, formerly of Ridgefield, husband of Alice (McAleer) Carboni, died on Sunday, December 16, 2018 with his wife who was his best friend and family by his side. Mr. Carboni was born in Danbury, November 26, 1948, a son of the late Octavius “Tabby” and Katherine (Creagh) Carboni. He attended Ridgefield schools...

Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette made a much-celebrated stop at the James Pharmacy building in Old Saybrook in 1824. Picture his surprise if he were to wander in today and see the chic Italian coffee house now situated in it. The building’s latest incarnation as Caffe Marche (and its sister business, the James Pharmacy Bed & Breakfast) a...

Gianluca De Novi, Ph.D., a serial entrepreneur and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, has brought the Italian company XSurgical, a firm specializing in surgical robotics, to the United States, with the objective of developing new cutting-edge products in this domain. DeNovi, a native of the small Italian town Bernalda in Basilicata, Italy,...

During the bustle of the holidays, with mounting pressure to create the perfect Christmas experience, Irene Salvatore shared her Christmas poem with the members of Cortland Place assisted living and rehabilitation center as a reminder of the season’s meaning. The 83-year old mother of three wrote “The Nativity” last Christmas season when she saw ho...

On Dec. 5, the Order of Sons of Italy in America Peter B. Gay Lodge #540 hosted its 13th annual holiday party for consumers and staff at CO-OP, a local nonprofit agency supporting individuals with developmental and other disabilities. The party kicked off with holiday music provided by Taunton High School Seven O’Clock Jazz Band followed by lunch f...

A catastrophic event at the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts last January shut down the facility for most of this year because of the extensive damage incurred. The center, located at 56 Margaret St. in the city's South End neighborhood, is preparing to open its doors again for holiday events. The cultural center still finds itself...