Dina (Torcellini) Casavecchia, 101, of Ridgefield, wife of the late John Casavecchia and mother of Joyce Casavecchia Ligi, died on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Casavecchia was born in North Salem, NY, March 14, 1916, a daughter of the late Antonio and Emelia (Casavecchia) Torcellini. She attended North Salem schools. A resident of...

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...

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...

It’s not by accident that Luisa DeLauro made it well past her 100th birthday. She was both a pioneer in emergence of women as a force in local politics and a reminder of the Democratic Party’s survival-minded working-class past. DeLauro, who died Saturday evening at the age of 103, succeeded her husband Ted as Wooster Square’s representative on the...

For many, the annual Taste of Italy not only preserves Italian heritage, it promotes acceptance and diversity within the community. The 26th annual food festival returned to downtown Norwich Saturday featuring dozens of repeat vendors, restaurants, musicians and dancers, and cultural diversity at Howard T. Brown Memorial Park. “We talk a lot about...

Chef Antonio Greco is thrilled to announce the opening of his new restaurant, Bar Zepoli, in Stamford. On the menu, you’ll find family favorites such as Nonna’s Meatballs and Gnocchi Puttanesca, alongside modern dishes such as Arctic Trout Crudo and Mint Crusted Rack of Lamb. Classic salads, such as the Caesar get a modern update with polenta crout...

The city’s only Civil War monument was destroyed long before remembrances from that part of U.S. history became a national debate. A cannon from the USS Kearsarge — a warship best known for its defeat of a Confederate commerce raider during the Civil War — adorned what was known then as West Park on Main Street from 1901 until 1942, when it was rem...

The end of an era for many Italian-Americans in Hartford's south end will come on Saturday when parishioners of Saint Luke Church hold an annual Mass that celebrates their connection to the old country but also a belief in miracles that is an important part of their religious faith. That event is the Mass for the Madonna delle Lacrime, or Madonna o...

Italian food, amusement rides, games of chance and entertainment are the headliners at the 27th annual St. Jude Italian Festival Wednesday, Aug. 23, through Saturday, Aug. 26, on the church grounds in Monroe. Over the years the festival has grown from a two-day carnival to the current four-day festival, attracting more than 10,000 visitors, said vo...

It’s back for its 50th year with homemade Italian dishes, live Italian music and a bustling midway full of rides, games of chance and prizes. That’s because Holy Rosary Church is celebrating the 50th year of Festa! their annual Italian Festival and biggest fundraiser. Admission is free and runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10, 11 and 12. There will be ho...