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This weekend marks the 10th annual Columbus Day Artisans festival at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The festival, which is an extension of the biweekly markets that take place in the summer, will run from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.   Guests can watch demonstrations and shop for weaving, furniture, pottery, leather goods, pa...

The countdown for the Holy Cross Church Christmas Bake Sale has begun. "We've just completed our first phase of making struffoli," Ellie Vallante Panichas, a spokesperson for the Holy Cross Church Women's Guild, announced. "We're working to have our largest selection ever of holiday cookies and confections."   Although the bake sale is...

Though Mayor Ken Cockayne's grandfather left his native Turi, Italy to make his way to America long ago, the family's ties to the southern Italian town remain.   On Thursday, Cockayne received an elaborately framed key to Turi engraved with a coat of arms depicting a bull under an oak tree. The first citizen of Turi, Domenico Coppi, sai...

Lady Gaga (Stefani Angelina Germanotta) and Tony Bennett recently kicked off a world tour promoting their album together, "Cheek to Cheek". The duo will share the stage at the Tanglewood Music Festival on June 30, during which they will perform many of the songs that made Bennett the legend he is today ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco, "They All...

by Matt Conti   Music in Boston's North End hit a high note on Saturday night as the St. Joseph's Society brought a star-packed selection of performers to their "Italy American Style" concert at St. Stephen's Church.   The North End's own trumpeter, band leader and philanthropist, Albert Natale, 92 years young, was honored with the so...

By Sue Scheible   This interesting invitation from the National Archives at Boston, located on Trapelo Road in Waltham: In 1944, at the peak of World War II, thousands of Italian POWs were transported to Greater Boston to help relieve the national labor shortage in the home front port. Unsurprisingly, the Italian POWs garnered much attenti...

The University of Rhode Island is expanding an international engineering program to Italy. The university announced Friday that it has signed an agreement with the University of Calabria allowing URI engineering students to spend a semester at the university before pursuing a six-month internship.   URI's international engineering program i...

The Rhode Island Region, The National Organization of Italian American Women Celebrate the holiday season with the Rhode Island Region and "i Dolci Tradizionali di Natale". Bring your favorite holiday desserts, recipes or both! Enjoy a wine or coffee while sharing your Italian Christmas traditions at the newest Italian caffè in Providence!  ...

by Matt Caron   It's been 88 years since two Italian immigrants were executed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Many people believe that Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were wrongly executed based on flimsy evidence and their political beliefs. To commemorate the date and to build opposition to the death penalty ever being...

Nina Iaconetti has been making fried dough for 52 years, bringing the tradition with her from the Calabria region of Italy. And she was at it again Saturday in 90-degree heat, stretching out rolls of dough and placing them in a fryer. "I make it every couple of weeks because my grandchildren enjoy it," said Iaconetti, standing in a small...

When: Thursday, April 18, 2013 — 7 to 8:30 p.m.Where: Room 145, Tang Center or Building E51-145, (Tang Center) — 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA [map]The Circolo Italiano presents a book presentation by American journalist and author Alexander Stille.The son of Ugo Stille, a well-known Italian journalist and a former editor of Italy's Milan-based...

On a hot July afternoon in 1968, two families gathered for a picnic at 55 Linden St. in Wethersfield. PFC Richard Paul Caputo, 20, was leaving for Vietnam. Drafted the previous December, he had married his childhood sweetheart, Ann Gesauldi, four months earlier. On this particular day, the mood was somber, not boisterous.   "He was leaving,...