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An Italian American advocacy group is slamming Medford's decision to change the name of Columbus Elementary School, going so far as to threaten legal action. The Italian American One Voice Coalition, which describes itself as an activist group combating discrimination and negative stereotyping, sent a letter to the mayor and City Council Thursday c...

A patron of a restaurant destroyed by fire Sunday is hoping to raise money for the family owners via a GoFundMe.com effort. Ciao Pasta, an Italian eatery in Northfield, was damaged beyond repair during a two-alarm Sunday which drew firefighters from across the Lakes Region and central New Hampshire. Hayley DeSousa, a patron of the restaurant and fr...

Mayor Justin Elicker has appointed William Iovanne and Laura Luzzi as co-chairmen of the Wooster Square Monument Committee, a body that will meet for the first time Thursday. The committee will hold public and working meetings to discuss what will replace the Christopher Columbus statue that was removed from Wooster Square Park, reportedly to preve...

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to vote to have Mayor Joe Ganim re-install the Christopher Columbus statue he had removed July 6 from Seaside Park. Fourteen council members had called on Ganim to, per the City Charter, schedule the special meeting for last week, but he had taken no action, saying the matter should be...

Camp Italia Retreat local day camp out of Worcester Massachusetts for kids ages 7 to 17 years of age. The day camp has been running for years until this summer of 2020 because of the Covid-19. The organization is not gone, but does plan on returning for 2021 along with its sister mission of promoting female role models with the tier 2 UWS National...

Before the coronavirus pandemic turned “social-distancing” into a household word, Tony Reno made a successful career out of communicating and connecting with people long-distance. For 37 years, Reno, either solo or with others, entertained countless listeners at home, work or in their cars from the Fairfield County radio stations he worked at. “I c...

Seeking the identity of any alleged “funding source” or of any persons who paid to have the Christopher Columbus statue removed from Wooster Square Park, a group of Italian-Americans have appealed their request to the state Freedom of Information Commission. Patricia Cofrancesco, who represents the Italian-America Heritage Group of New Haven, which...

The city’s parks board was not allowed to weigh in on the mayor’s removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Seaside Park, but that group is now being asked to decide the monument’s future. Board Chairman Banjed Labrador said Wednesday he and his peers may schedule a special meeting as early as next week to discuss whether the likeness of the...

The Christopher Columbus statue, which has become a lightning rod during the past month, will remain in front of Union Station, at least for the foreseeable future. The City Council voted 8-2 Tuesday night to "file" an order filed by District 4 Councilor Sarai Rivera that called on City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. to work with the local Italian...

Sr. Rosetta could understand why the other nun was so confused. It was only 1954, after all, and she and Mother Celestine stood out for almost disappearing among the long veils propped up on starched forms of many the other religious women in the room. They were all nuns serving in the diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, but in simple, contemporar...

The head of the Mount Carmel Preservation Society wants the local Italian community to have a say in the fate of the Christopher Columbus statue in front of Union Station and whether Columbus Day should continue to be observed as a holiday in the city. In an email sent to city councilors Monday, Mauro DePasquale, president of the group, said the It...

Members of Bridgeport's Italian-American community called on the city Sunday to return the Christopher Columbus statue that was recently removed from Seaside Park. A majority of city council members have signed a resolution making that request. "We've put forth a resolution demanding that the mayor put the statue back up," said Mike DeFilippo. The...