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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...

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, or Festa dei sette pesci, is an Italian-American custom where seven different kinds of seafood are served during a meal, usually on Christmas Eve. Why seven? No one has ever really answered this question for me, though conventional wisdom is that the number relates to the seven sacraments or to the seven days of the w...

The Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center may feel like a world away from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” stage, but the two will soon share the distinction of featuring a performance by Julia Scotti. The New Jersey-based comedian stole audiences’ hearts with her direct, personal humor on the show’s 11th season in 2016, reigniting a career that had laid...

The daughter of Italian immigrants, Adriana Giambanco, 36, grew up learning firsthand how hard work pays off. “My dad was an artist in Palermo (Sicily). When he came here at 18 years old he realized he had to work," she said, noting that he launched his own business, an import/export custom brokerage. “So I worked there until I became a full-time m...

La parola “cibo” evoca l’Italia nella mente di tre persone su quattro in giro per il pianeta. Un bel vantaggio reputazionale per le nostre imprese della filiera agrifood, quando si decideranno a sfruttare appieno le loro potenzialità sui mercati internazionali (oggi esporta appena il 15% delle aziende e le vendite oltreconfine sono di 40 miliardi d...

It seems the month of December is the time of gift giving regardless of your religious affiliation or nationality. This is especially true in the United States, where the image of Santa Claus is emblazoned everywhere since late November. Other countries have their own version of a benevolent older gentleman who gives out gifts in December, usually...

Every Las Vegas neighborhood is different, but there’s at least one thing that ties us all together, north, east, west or south. You’ve got your favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant, the place that feels like it’s been there forever even if it hasn’t, and this is the time of year when you can’t stop yourself from going back with friends and fam...

The National Academy of Construction has elected Satch Pecori as a member of its class of 2018. Established in 1999, the NAC inducts leaders from a variety of backgrounds who have made outstanding, life-long contributions to the design, construction and engineering industries. The president and CEO of Springfield, Illinois-based Hanson Professional...

Entering the holiday season (which we Americans kicked off on November 22 with our Thanksgiving), perhaps you’re looking forward to some time with family and friends, some good food, and maybe even a long-awaited vacation. For many of my fellow citizens, this vacation will be a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Florence or Tuscany. It’s also a time to...

The word cappuccino means, literally, small hood, but of course we think of coffee when we hear it. Or friars, and the link is not haphazard at all. You all know how the story goes: every morning, on the way to work, Italy stops at her favorite bar for a quick cappuccio e brioche, the ultimate Italian breakfast. If you like it light, with only a hi...

Flushing civic leader Don Capalbi died in hospice care on Sunday. He was 73 years old. His passing was announced by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), for whom the activist worked as a community liaison during both her years in Congress and the state Assembly. “It is a deeply sad day,” the congresswoman said in a prepared statement. “A member of our fam...

The Seaside Heights Italian American club was recognized for 50 years of serving the community and bringing its residents together. Mayor Anthony Vaz and the borough council honored the club with a resolution at the Dec. 5 council meeting. “There are very few nonprofits in the nation now that still do service to their communities,” said Vaz. “But h...