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Members of the recently disbanded Sicilian-American Society gathered outside the Foley Cancer Center to present a check for $38,150 to benefit cancer patients at Rutland Regional Medical Center.   Founded in 1927, the Sicilian-American Society was a formal way for Italian immigrants to provide support to those who recently immigrated to the...

by Ed Stannard   A number of churches will be closed as the Archdiocese of Hartford solidifies plans to reorganize its 212 parishes, but church officials believe those remaining will be full of vibrant, energized Roman Catholics, focused on the church's mission of spreading the gospel.   Final plans won't be announced until spring but...

By Tom Atwell   Armando Polito sailed to the United States in 1920, when he was 10 years old, with his mother and siblings. His father, Giovanni Polito, had been in America for eight years, successfully running the Napoli restaurants in Maine. Shortly after Armando died in 2003, his daughter – Nancy Jo Polito – had trouble sleeping one...

The Longmeadow chapter of UNICO, which held its annual blood drive Saturday at the Longmeadow Shops Shopping Center, was doing what they do best - lending their time to help serve local residents in their time of need.   "This is our sixth year. The first two years, we held it at the Bay Path College, and every year after that it's been held...

By Pam McLoughlin   The five historical societies of the Ethnic Heritage Center celebrated Sunday with an informal sharing of traditions and food from African-American, Jewish, Irish, Italian and Ukrainian cultures.   Mayor Toni Harp, who attended part of the celebration, praised the center for all its "great work," and noted how the...

By Pete Fontaine The Pannese Society of Rhode Island, which was founded in 1909, prides itself in the proud Italian-American heritage of its members, brotherhood and promoting numerous important social events. The word "sharing," printed below the Society's logo, best describes what President Joseph Spremulli and the Society's many members enjoy m...

The Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester capped its annual St. Peter's Fiesta yesterday with a procession and the crowd-pleasing greased pole event.The five-day festival celebrating the patron saint of fishermen included the blessing of the city's fishing fleet by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley. The lineup of events, along with boat racing,...

When: Sunday, December 21, 2014 — 2 to 5 p.m.Where: Sons of Italy – 520 Pleasant St., Watertown MA On Dec. 21, the Ciociaro Social Club will present an afternoon of music and song with the Fratelli Rocca.The Fratelli Rocca have been coming to the United States during the Christmas season from Valle di Comino, Italy, for the past several years, ent...

A movement started by Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishioners to override the wishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese has picked up supporters in high places, and organizers say they've talked with legal experts who have given them hope that they have legal standing to challenge any future demolition orders.   Mayor Joe Petty, At-large City Counc...

When:Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PMWhere: Metacomet Country Club | 500 Veterans Memorial Park, East Providence, RI 02914Costs: Members $20, Non-members $30 - Advance ticket purchase required. Join us for a book discussion and presentation of Daughters, Dads and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America with Drs. Lorrai...

"On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family and Faith," the latest offering in The Republican Heritage book series, lives up to its title at a special event on Saturday afternoon. The book will be available for sale at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church's A Taste of Italy on Saturday, 4:30 to 8 p.m., at the school auditorium at 36 Margaret St. in...

By Brad Petrishen Seventy-five years ago today, the fallout on U.S. immigrants from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began. The FBI, on orders from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began rounding up Japanese people deemed "potentially dangerous," more than 100,000 of whom ended up in internment camps.   But while the story of Japane...