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Saturday December 2, 2019 @ 5:30 pm. San Marino Ristorante - 111 Thomaston Ave, Waterbury, CT 06702.The Italian-American Democratic Club of Waterbury will host its annual holiday dinner party. A cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to all persons who are active in the political arena, regardless of party affiliation, and is a way...

The Italian Center of Stamford (IC) has hired John Gervasi as the Director of Catering for their catering and banquet department, Serafina at the IC. “I am excited to join the talented team at this beautiful facility,” said Gervasi. “My goal is to take Serafina at the IC to the next level by expanding our menu selection and enhancing our offerings...

A Christopher Columbus statue in Rhode Island has been vandalized for a second time in recent weeks. The statue’s pedestal was splashed overnight with what appeared to be red paint. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office said Monday city workers have already cleaned it and police are investigating. The statue was splashed with red paint Oct. 14, wh...

The Italian Thanksgiving in New England was and still is a piece de resistance – a masterpiece of Italian and American cooking. It’s also a result of Italian cooks who successfully resisted do-gooders trying to Americanize their food habits. An Italian Thanksgiving in the Italian cities like Waterbury, Conn., or Providence, R.I., or Revere, Mass.,...

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...