A symbolic collision of my birthplace, my Italian heritage, and my advanced-stage breast cancer diagnosis in 2004 occurred more than 60 years after my birth. I was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the second of four children to Antoinette and Stephen Marcucci. My maternal grandmother and paternal great grandparents said ‘arrivederci’ to their famili...

The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council has announced its most recent UNICO Scholarship Awardees. For 2017-18, the recipients are Sophia Sabella of Litchfield and Julian Weisman of Lakeville. The Northwest Connecticut Arts Council administers this grant program on behalf of the Torrington UNICO Scholarship Fund. This fund has enabled the Arts Counci...

Southington UNICO announced local builder Ron Ingriselli as the organization’s president during a recent swearing-in ceremony. Ingriselli succeeds Rev. Victoria Triano at the top spot, and Triano swore in her successor at the ceremony. “Vicki did a great job,” Ingriselli said. “She was our first female president, so it’s an honor to follow in her f...

The Hazleton Unico Club will renew the area’s Italian heritage with the 10th annual Bell’ Italia Festivale Sept. 16 and 17 at Hazle Twp. Community Park. The event will feature entertainment, the best meatball in the area contest, a spaghetti eating contest, the traditional Italian games of fingers and bocce ball, carnival kiddie rides and tricky tr...

Nancy M. Cappello, PhD is being honored by the largest Italian American service organization in the United States, UNICO, with its Americanism – Civis Illustris Award for her outstanding work in communities in the US and around the world. This year, the national meeting and awards ceremony is being held at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and S...

The Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National is partnering with Meals on Wheels of Western Connecticut to hold a Pig Roast to raise funds to provide Columbus Day Meals to MOW recipients in the Greater Waterbury Area. The Pig Roast will be held on Sunday, August 13, at the Prospect VFW located on 218 Cheshire Rd in Prospect.  The event runs from 12 to 6...

Nothing warms the Italian heart like great food and music, especially when it includes dancing outdoors on a warm summer night. And that’s exactly what Casa Italia has to offer at Ballo Sotto le Stelle. Slated for Aug. 18 at the Casa’s Festival Center, the event will begin with a sumptuous feast, served family-style by Alta Villa Banquets on tables...

The Granby Chapter of UNICO will be holding its Annual Golf Outing Fund Raiser on Friday August 11, 2017. We are asking for your support again this year. We have listed the many ways you may participate in supporting our organization and community. The golf outing will be held at Blue Fox Run located in Avon, CT on Friday August 11, 2017. Registrat...

The local chapter of UNICO, a national Italian-American organization, is hosting an Independence Day chicken barbecue on the Town Common from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. Tickets are $11 and may be purchased by calling 413-896-0506. Entertainment begins at 10 a.m. with a performance by Louise Noel's Dance School, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the...

How many meatballs and cannolis can you eat? Just imagine sitting down in front of a platter of a couple dozen meatballs. How about a dessert tray filled with cannolis? That’s right my friends, we’re talking about a meatball and cannoli eating contest right here in Kansas City. One of Kansas City’s favorite festivals, Festa Italiana, the celebratio...