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Mike Crisafi leaned in, took the measure of the distance down the 34-by-six foot bocce court,  and then let his red ball roll toward the smaller yellow “bullet” ball, or pallino. If he and his three teammates rolled theirs closer to the pallino than the closest ball of the opposition, they each got a point in the frame. Change sides of the court, r...

He was, by all accounts, the epitome of the passionate public servant, a tireless leader and peacemaker who piloted Norwalk safely through the Civil Rights Movement, an era of racial violence nearly everywhere but here. The youngest mayor in the city’s history at 33 and its first Italian-American one, Democrat Frank Zullo served three terms from 19...

After much encouragement from constituents, friends, and supporters, Selectwoman Caroline Colarusso of Stoneham officially announced her campaign for State Representative for the 31st Middlesex District that consists of the towns of Stoneham and Winchester."Today I announce my candidacy for State Representative," said Colarusso. "Stoneham and Winch...

Saturday June 9, 6PM to 8PM EDT. I Am Books - 189 North St, Boston 02113 Marisa Frasca is a bilingual poet, translator, book reviewer and the author of Via Incanto: Poems from the Darkroom. Her work has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Maria Terrone, poetry editor of the journal Italian Americana, is the author of the poe...

Downtown will seem like Little Italy this Saturday for the inaugural Festa Della Reppublica, Fitchburg's Italian Festival. "I'm always interested in anything that's going to make downtown buzz," said Tamar Russell Brown, gallery owner, founder and lead curator for Gallery Sitka. The festival will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. this Saturday on Main Stre...

Saturday June 2, 4pm - 6 pm EDT. I Am Books - 189 North St, Boston 02113. Double author event celebrating two Italian American communities. Anthony Riccio - From Italy to the North End. Taken together, the photographs in From Italy to the North End document the arc of the Italian American experience on both sides of the Atlantic. Stephanie Longo -...

Michael Schlow closed Park Square’s Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar on Tuesday, according to a statement from the noted chef. He’s cooked at the Heritage on the Garden space for 15 years: Before opening the Greek restaurant in 2015, he ran Italian restaurant Via Matta. “After a great run at 79 Park Plaza, located in The Heritage on the Garden, we’re sa...

Frank N. Zullo, a lifelong Norwalker, local attorney and three-term Democratic mayor who steered the city through the turbulent 1960s and later ran for governor, has died. He was 85. Zullo died peacefully at Norwalk Hospital on Saturday. He is survived by his wife Berenice (Fischler) Zullo, their daughter, Lesley Anne, and several nieces and nephew...

The Wooster Square that I grew up in was almost totally populated by immigrants from the Campania region of Italy, towns and villages below Naples and in fairly close proximity to each other. I often wondered how they happened to settle in that particular neighborhood and discovered that it was a combination of family and work availability. Of cour...

Every year,  St. Peter’s Fiesta committee members try to do something special to mark the festival which takes place annual at the end of June. The special happening this year will be the release of "Nonna, What is St. Peter’s Fiesta?" The illustrated children’s book shares the meaning of the traditions of Gloucester’s St. Peter’s Fiesta and is sch...

Few are left who remember Joe, but those that are still around who knew him will never forget him. He was a giant of a man, both physically and intellectually. He was a willing and most capable teacher of math, Latin, Greek, history, religion, opera and current events and everything else, it seemed. He had a considerable personal library. Joe was a...

If today’s dining public has become more demanding, Jerry Moccia says, television may bear some of the blame. But he’s not complaining. “People are very into food — they know flavors, they know a lot about food, and things like the Food Network have brought a lot of exposure,” he noted. “People are more into food than they were 15 years ago, and ex...