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Jerry Padula currently serves as a Staff Attorney at the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. A native of the Town Plot section of Waterbury, Connecticut, he is proud of his Italian roots and his neighborhood.  In fact, he lives in the same three-family home purchased in 1912 by his Ponzillo great-grandparents shortly after their immigrat...

Italian Singer Carmen Consoli recently visited fourth graders at the Eliot School in Boston’s North End. The students have been learning about her musical legacy in Mr. M’s music classes as well as in Italian classes with Maestra Grasso and Maestra Pisani. Consoli answered questions from the students about her career, during which she has released...

Police are following up on leads, hoping to identify the individuals who defaced the city’s Christopher Columbus statue at Harbor Park Oct. 15, less than an hour after Columbus Day. Middletown police Lt. Heather Desmond said Monday afternoon that the investigation is continuing. The department released two black-and-white photographs Oct. 31 taken...

Join the Rhode Island Region as we celebrate the holidays with an evening that includes dinner and an entertaining Trivia Night Italian Style at the Aurora Civic Association on Wednesday, December 4th, beginning at 6:00PM. Guest speaker Carla Gambescia, travel writer and author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture...

In response to the Mayoral Proclamation put forth by Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, the Student Government Association (SGA) voted unanimously to pass a statement in support of Indigenous People’s Day. The mayor’s statement declared Oct. 14 as Columbus Day, directly opposing legislation signed by Governor Janet Mills, which officially changed Columbu...

After speaking to Jim Pasto’s class on the history of the North End at Boston University in October 2009, Jim and I sat down and discussed the amazing absence of a historical society for Boston’s most storied neighborhood. We wanted to promote scholarship on the North End, especially the Italian and Sicilian community. We also wanted to engage resi...

Domenico "Dom" Civiello celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends Saturday night at Ferncroft Country Club. The lifelong Lynner was born Nov. 9, 1919 to Canio and Teresa Civiello. Attendees came from as far away as France, Italy, Florida, Colorado and Maryland.  Dom met his high school sweetheart Marie Iacono in 1938, and they married f...

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:30 AM. Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, Greenwich, CT, 06807. Greenwich Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork will present case studies of local Italian-American families, demonstrating Genealogy research techniques that apply to any ethnic group, as well as tips that are specific to Italians and Italian-Americans. The pr...

Down at the Saturday Greenwich Farmer’s Market in the Horseneck lot, market manager Judy Waldeyer is occasionally accompanied by father Jerry Siccardi. On a recent morning at the market, Mr. Siccardi shared his life story, including struggles to start a career during the Depression and memories of his service in the US Army during World War II, whe...

Vietnam War veteran Frank Andreotti Jr. has been named  grand marshal for Milford’s Veterans Day parade on Monday. “Tickled pink, to be honest with you,” Andreotti said, in reaction to being chosen. “I really am. It’s truly an honor.” Andreotti, a St. Mary’s High School graduate, performed the Bells of Peace tolling at last year’s Veterans Day para...

The Italian American War Veterans Post 40 in Milford needed some money to repair the building's heating system — so a local nonprofit that supports veterans and their families stepped in to help. The Milford-based nonprofit Thanks To Yanks presented the post with a $500 check that will be put toward the heating system upgrade, founder Michael Shain...

A Providence City Council member is proposing a resolution to keep the Christopher Columbus statue that sits in the Elmwood section of Providence where it is. Councilor James Taylor said the statue "has long been an important placemaking element to the [Elmwood] neighborhood." The resolution put forward says the Columbus statue was "a gift to the C...