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The celebration of Columbus Day next month could be Hartford’s last, as a community task force is taking shape to address growing concerns about memorializing the Italian explorer. Two city councilors had sought to rename Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples' Day, as Bridgeport, West Hartford and other U.S. cities have done in recent years in recognitio...

One step forward, two steps back. That's how many advocating for the replacement of Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day viewed the Melrose School Committee's recent decision to observe both this October. Instead of following the growing number of communities that have eradicated Columbus Day, the committee took the unusual step of co-branding...

The statue of Christopher Columbus stood in Wooster Square Park for more than 100 years as a symbol of the Italian-American presence in New Haven. After its removal on June 24, a decision was made to replace it with an appropriate memorial to the Italian-American experience. Mayor Justin Flicker appointed a Wooster Square Monument Committee to deci...

The man restoring Waterbury’s beheaded Christopher Columbus statue gave News 8 an exclusive behind the scenes look at his workshop and the process Thursday. Randall Nelson has restored many statues and monuments across the country over the last 30 years. He tells News 8 he has never been involved in a project that carried so much controversy and po...

Curators reported that the statue of Christopher Columbus from the namesake park can be repaired, but cannot be fully restored to its original state. The news was released at a meeting of the Boston Arts Commission (BAC) on September 8th. The statue’s head was severed from the neck and would leave visible marks upon repair, according to the restora...

The rededication of the Italian heritage monument near Chelsea Parade and Norwich Free Academy originally planned for Saturday will be delayed, because a key new piece, sculpted in Italy, is stuck in transit due to coronavirus restrictions. The Norwich Italian Heritage & Cultural Committee in June removed or covered all references to Christopher Co...

Artist Silvia López Chavez recently completely a mural on the brick exterior of Ducali’s on the corner of Prince and Commercial Streets in Boston’s North End. The painting is a map of the North End, the winding, narrow streets emerging from a steaming cup of coffee. A heart and arrow in the colors of the Italian flag point visitors down Prince Stre...

Support the efforts of the Italian-American Community Organizations to repair the Christopher Columbus Statue located in front of City Hall in Waterbury. Damaged from a criminal act of vandalism on July 4th, an architectural restoration artist has been commissioned to facilitate the restoration. Estimated costs are just under $10,000 with the proje...

Former Pittsfield Mayor Remo Del Gallo, who chaired the city's Democratic Party Committee for almost half a century and who ran a restaurant that served as a popular watering hole and political hangout for even longer, died Tuesday, according to family members. He was 94. Del Gallo, who had been living at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox,...

The town council and Westerly Public Library, which owns the land where the Christopher Columbus statue stands, put off taking action until researchers could determine who the monument belongs to. The library now says it owns the statue and wants to keep it, according to Councilor Suzanne Giorno, who said the library’s board of trustees voted on th...

Angered that the city is considering returning the Christopher Columbus statue to its Seaside Park pedestal, a diverse group of area residents demanded that the city look for another location. “It doesn’t mean what it’s been represented to,” said Wayne Winston, a Black community activist who served as the master of ceremonies for a conference of 18...

Libby DelGiudice hasn’t lost her Italian accent even though she was born in this country 104 years ago. Libby, who lived in Cranston for 65 years before moving to be with her daughter Victoria Gibb in Coventry, celebrated the occasion with lunch Friday at Avvio Ristorante in Garden City. It was a low-key affair with Victoria, her niece Diane DelBon...