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Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19th Dist), in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus Council 6571, has honored two local residents for their service to the community. At the 18th-annual Italian American Heritage flag raising, held recently at Woodbridge Town Hall, Nicole Fancera was honored as “Ms. Italian America,” while Joseph Ragucci took the honor of “It...

Thursday October 27, 2022 — 6:30 p.m. EST. I AM Books, 124 Salem St., Boston MA 02113 (Register Here). This event will feature several speakers who worked with and knew Anthony, including Prof. James Pasto (Boston University), James Peltz (SUNY Press), and Tommy Damigella (North End Historical Society). Anthony V. Riccio (1952-2022) was the author...

Just as abruptly as Mayor Joe Ganim had a 60-year-old statue of Christopher Columbus removed from Seaside Park over two years ago and placed in an old horse barn there, his administration last week relocated the bronze monument to the Circulo Sportivo Italian American Club. Where the statue, donated in 1965 by representatives of the local Italian c...

A tiny, darkened hallway tucked away at Kidcity children’s museum leads to a new and cozy, wondrous room that evokes a piazza in Melilli, Sicily, just before dusk. A faux marble fountain of dolphins leaping high into the air seem frozen in time as the smell of coffee wafts from a cafe in the corner, and royal green handkerchiefs, scattered on the s...

Acclaimed storyteller Monica Peterson shares fascinating family lore that she learned at the knee of her grandparents, as well as her own touching personal accounts. In an event at the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library in Madison, CT on Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m., Peterson shares, 'An Evening With My Grandparents: Stories Of My Italian-American Family.' Sto...

Town residents, led by local Italian heritage organizations, gathered at the Christopher Columbus statue at the Municipal Center Monday in celebration of Columbus Day. More than two-dozen residents gathered around the statue to celebrate Columbus’ voyage of discovery in 1492. Mums were placed at the base of the statue and later in planters on Colum...

The City of New Rochelle celebrated Columbus Day on Monday with a brief ceremony at Hudson Park. The annual ceremony is presented by the Calabria Society of New Rochelle. The event was held at the site of a statue of Christopher Columbus. Officials say it's a reminder to remember the contributions of Italian-Americans and the major role they played...

In East Boston, people came out to celebrate Italian-American culture today. The Italian American Alliance hosted the event, which offered pizza and Italian music, as well as activities for kids to enjoy. Mayor Wu officially proclaimed today Italian Heritage Day on Twitter. Wu said in her tweet, “Boston celebrates our vibrant Italian American commu...

They collect. Joe Bella and Rich Padova collect with purpose and zeal. Bella’s movie star photos and posters number in the hundreds. Padova’s presidential election swag, memorabilia and torch parade lanterns could fill a room. But their items on display in the St. Alfio Society exhibit at the Lawrence Heritage State Park’s visitor center go deeper...

Police are investigating after a Christopher Columbus monument was vandalized in Waltham over the weekend. Words spray painted in red were scrawled across the front of the stone monument located on Waltham Common. One woman took it upon herself to start cleaning it up. She said the Italian community there has to deal with issues like this every yea...

It's been two long years, but the annual Bridgeport Columbus Day Parade returned to the city on Sunday. "We're coming back and we're coming back strong. And it's going to be a great day," said Chris Caruso, spokesperson for the parade and a former state representative, ahead of Sunday's festivities. The annual celebration is organized by the Counci...

What better way to celebrate Italian Heritage Month than with a little bocce and a lot of food, and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno got some of both when he accepted an invitation to one of the few private bocce courts in Western Mass. on Saturday.   Tomasso and Anthony Mancuso, a father-and-son team who built a regulation-sized bocce court in the...