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On Sept. 13, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts unveiled a single-work exhibition showcasing the rare Renaissance painting Senigallia Madonna, by Italian master Piero della Francesca.On loan from Italy, the work will be on view in the United States for the first time. Stolen in 1975, the tempera and oil on panel painting was recovered the following year...

Michael Petrucelli, 88, believes it's important to give back to the community. He's given so much back that this year the Milford Columbus Committee has named him Milford's Italian American of the Year. He will be honored at a dinner dance Friday, Oct. 4, at Grassy Hill Country Club.   Petrucelli was born in Bridgeport on Nov. 23, 1924...

By Joseph Francis Michael Moscaritolo joemosc@gmail.com   I grew up in Roslindale, Massachusetts not far from St. Michael Cemetery. It seemed like everyone Italian was buried at St. Michael Cemetery. This cemetery has very large and fancy tomb stones along with ornate mausoleums.. I lived with my parents and sister on the 2nd floor...

by Kathy Salvati   When Peter Bilello took his granddaughter to his local Subway restaurant, he found something he thought was lost forever. The 86-year-old Italian immigrant lives alone in Hartford, Connecticut, after the death of his wife Grace from cancer in November.   Seven years ago, in 2009, Mr Bilello came up with a compl...

Tucked away in the most unlikely location just outside Saugus center is a treasured spot for Italian fare. Sandwiched in between a bustling convenience store and a Dunkin Donuts, La Vita Mia's unassuming exterior has kept the restaurant a hidden gem, and that's just how the locals prefer it.   Owner and Head Chef Gaetano "Danny" De Simone's...

The Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut holds its annual Distinguished Service Award dinner on May 1 at Anthony's Oceanview at 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven. This years honorees are Neapolitan singer Nina Pane Sanseverino (daughter of legendary Neapolitan singer, Giuseppina Pan), Tenor Aaron Caruso, and author Anthony Tamburri. &nb...

Robert A. DiMuccio, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Amica Mutual Insurance Company, is the recipient of the Verrazzano Day Observance Committee's 2016 Man of the Year Award.   The award will be presented at the organization's annual dinner on Saturday, May 14, at the Venus de Milo restaurant in Swansea, Mass. DiMuccio...

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 the men of the Friends of the North End will celebrate their 44th annual reunion at the Sons of Italy Hall at 117 Swanton Street in Winchester, MA starting at 5 pm.   Anyone interested in attending can send a $60 check made out to Sam Viscione and mailed to him at 20 Hillcrest Road, Burlington, Ma. 01803. If o...

by Matt Conti   January 15th is the anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston's North End. The United States Industrial Alcohol Company constructed a faulty 50 foot high steel tank in 1918 on Commercial Street near where the bocce courts are located today at Langone Park. Twenty one people were killed and another 150 injured...

by Briana Palma   During his career as a painter, Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) was fascinated by the struggle the working class endured both before his time and during his life. For three years in the 1970s, Fasanella lived in Lawrence while he transformed huge canvases into colorful scenes of the city's industrial past. Now for the fir...

The Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an Italian-American club in the city's South End, have added $500 to the reward fund for information leading to the conviction of whoever stole a bust of the late State Rep. Anthony M. Scibelli.   The donation brings the fund up to $1,100 with $500 already from City Councilor Tim Rooke and $100 from s...

Award-winning classical pianist Alessio Bax will take the stage at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University on Friday, January, 20 to perform a concert of Scriabin and Ravel at 8 p.m.   Deemed by International Piano as "a pianist of refreshing depth," Bax shows off an extensive concerto repertoire and is a recurring pe...