NEWS FROM : Art & Heritage  

    Dear friends, I am writing to let you know that Jim and I have made the very difficult decision of closing our physical location at 189 North St. in Boston’s North End. The past several months have taken a huge toll on our small business, and the uncertainty of the next several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic has made it impossible for us t...

A month and a half after the city of Hartford removed a statue of Christopher Columbus near the Capitol, city councilors are looking to rename Columbus Boulevard downtown and take stock of other local monuments dedicated to the disgraced explorer. Residents had a chance to speak at public hearing Monday night on a resolution to rename Columbu...

It will be a different celebration this year for Boston’s largest and most famous Italian street festival as they continue to honor Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy during COVID-19. This year, you can celebrate over a century of faith, family, community and tradition during our online celebration of Saint Anthony’s Feast on August 27 – 30, 2020. The Sa...

The Italian American Club Little League team showed off its dominance in the Pittsfield American Division on Thursday, finishing off an unusual season with a solid 5-0 win over East Side Cafe in the American Division Winner's Bracket Final. The win by IAC kept the proverbial 'if' game off the table, and allowed the group of local youngsters to cele...

Over a month after Joe Ganim abruptly had the statue of Christopher Columbus removed from Seaside Park and stored away, the city’s parks board in a similarly sudden move voted he put it back on its pedestal. “They have 45 days to do that,” Banjed Labrador, the board’s president, said in an interview following Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled tel...

NOIAW mourns the passing of Lois Scialo Ellis, who along with her sister Carol, was honored as a NOIAW Wise Woman at the very first Epiphany celebration in NOIAW's Rhode Island Region, in 2012. Lois was a beloved educator who touched the lives of thousands of students over her 34-year career teaching History and American Government at Rhode Island'...

The Boston Public Art Commission is moving ahead with more hearings about what to do with the Christopher Columbus statue after a meeting Tuesday that featured heated public testimony on both sides. This means that there will be a special meeting at some yet-to-be-determined later date for more debate over what to do with the recently vandalized st...

The Fisherman’s Feast would have taken place this weekend, August 13-16, 2020, in the streets of the North End. As with all of the feasts, the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled the 110th annual street festival. La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca Society has arranged for commemoration in Boston’s North End, including several virtual events. Follow this...

The Christopher Columbus bust in front of the North Main Street municipal center will remain following party-line Town Council votes Monday night. The six council Republicans defeated motions supported by the three Democrats to take down the statue, as well as a proposal to form a committee to determine its future. Democrats asked that Republicans...

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday August 12th - Call-in queue starts at 6:45 pm. The New Britain Common Council has their next meeting on Wednesday August 12th at 7pm. The last public call-in was overwhelmed by the opposition. NOW IT'S OUR TURN! You can participate by calling: 866-613-0751 (toll free), 860-390-4418 (local), and by using PIN 09574. Your voca...

In the mid-20th century, Italian immigrants Luisa DeLauro and Linda DiPaola Saracco operated sewing machines in a dress factory at State and Chapel Streets. Thursday night, their politician daughters worked together to change Columbus Day in New Haven to “Italian Heritage Day.” DeLauro’s daughter, Rosa DeLauro, represents New Haven in the U.S. Hous...

SAVE the Christopher Columbus statue in New Britain, Connecticut! Please sign this petition and show your support to keep this historic monument at McCabe Park. The Columbus statue has served as a symbol of Italian-American heritage and pride since its original unveiling at this site in 1941. The statue was originally commissioned and paid for thro...