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When Neil Thomas Proto started delving into the life of Yale University president A. Bartlett Giamatti, he expected to tell a story of tremendous personal and professional accomplishment — a tale of a life well-lived. What he found was something quite a bit more complex. Proto’s book, “Fearless: A. Bartlett Giamatti and the Battle for Fairness in A...

When every other Democrat in America was swooning over Andrew Cuomo, Gina Raimondo was sparring with him. I can’t say I’m surprised. Raimondo, the second-term governor of Rhode Island, is blunt and sometimes contrarian. That’s what I’ve always liked about her. I can’t say I like how she singled out New Yorkers, stopping cars with New York license p...

Beloved children’s book author Tomie dePaola died, his publisher announced on Monday. He was 85 years old. He was best known for writing the Strega Nona series and 26 Fairmount Avenue. “We mourn the loss of a master storyteller. Tomie dePaola has passed away. We extend our sympathy to his legions of readers, friends, and colleagues,” Winding Oak Ch...

The Feast of San Gennaro would have celebrated its third Boston iteration this year but has been canceled for this September, according to its North End organizers Frank DePasquale, Pasquale Trotta and Nick Varano who vow to bring it back in September 2021.  “It is with a heavy heart that we have to postpone our beloved Feast of San Gennaro this ye...

They have distinguished their respective crafts and community while also playing major roles in highly important nonprofits. They are Johnston residents who have each carved a unique niche in the town’s tradition-rich history who recently added another chapter to a rather unique record book. “I’m proud to have this honor,” Mayor Joseph Polisena tol...

Mayor Robert Chatfield (at left with Ms. Davitt) and Bob Accetura, who held the ceremonial title in 2019, bestowed the honor upon Barbara at the beginning of her "Coffee Break" program on Thursday morning. During the presentation, Mayor Chatfield noted Barbara's decades of civic involvement, volunteer work and commitment to promoting the arts, comm...

One of most affected countries by COVID-19 saw the most significant rise in deaths since the virus emerged about a month ago. On Saturday, Italy reported an increase of 793 deaths, the biggest rise in a 24 hour span since virus deaths were first reported, bringing the country’s total to 4,825. Italy has more deaths from COVID-19 than any other coun...

Retired Natick Chief of Police John Arena at the age of 97, lifelong resident of Natick and patriarch of the Arena family died at this home on the morning of March 20, 2020. He was born June 21, 1922 to the late Antonio and Grazia LaScala Arena who were Sicilian immigrants. John was a 1942 graduate of Natick High School and was inducted into the Na...

In their temporal dimension as popes, Saints John XXIII and John Paul II fervently and effectively served their savior and His church with humility and humor, and without hints of self-importance. These same gifts were bestowed on convivial, nonagenarian priest and Waterbury native the Rev. Vito DeCarolis, who worked in Waterbury’s Our Lady of Lour...

On March 12, 2020, our little bookstore in Boston's North End neighborhood was closed for two weeks, to make sure our staff, our community, and our customers stay safe as the coronavirus pandemic puts everyone at risk. We hope to re-open on Friday, March 27. However, this is a tentative date, and if the situation in our area will still be critical,...

The annual St. Joseph Day Communal Celebration & Ethnic Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th @ 1:00 Pm at the W. Warwick Town Hall. A brief ethnic commemoration will take place in Council Chambers followed by refreshments of coffee, juice & the pastry of the day, Zeppoles. A flag-raising observance of the Italian flag to incorporate our d...

Rhode Island House Republican Deputy Minority Leader Robert Quattrocchi was honored with the 2020 Person of the Year Community Service Award by the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy (OSDIA) - Vince Lombardi Lodge.  “I am truly honored to be recognized by the Sons and Daughters of Italy for this distinction. Thank you to President Angelo Padu...