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Loud and impassioned speeches resounded along Main Street on Sunday afternoon, all addressing the question of the day: Should he stay or should he go? The statue of Christopher Columbus in the little city park that bears his name has become a flashpoint of controversy, amid larger questions about rectifying historical wrongs. The death on May 25 of...

As monuments to controversial historic figures fall nationwide — some toppled by protesters, others removed by governments — Stamford officials are seeking a cool approach to a heated debate about downtown’s Christopher Columbus statue. Should it stay or should it go? And what about the name of its home, Columbus Park? Strong feelings follow repeat...

Someone put the “cut” in Connecticut. A Christopher Columbus statue outside City Hall in Waterbury, Conn., was discovered decapitated Saturday morning, and cops were investigating, The Hartford Courant reported. After the monument to the colonizer was beheaded, the local chapter of UNICO, an Italian American service organization, offered a $5,000 r...

With the recent removal of statues of Christopher Columbus and Confederate leaders such as Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, a related request to the Enfield Town Council to change a street name in town has been made by a longstanding active member of the community. Nick Lefakis, who served for many years on the Planning & Zoning Commission and...

Two groups stood outside city hall with two very different views on what the statue means. "Why should they tear down our statue? This is in Waterbury. I was born here. This is Christopher Columbus. He was of Italian descent. We're proud of this statue," said Waterbury resident Tom Cardinale. "He was an oppressor, and if you mean you want change, t...

Hartford, Connecticut has removed a statue of Christopher Columbus that sat in the shadow of the state Capitol since 1926 amid a national outcry over statues honoring historical figures who participated in slavery and discrimination. After Mayor Luke Bronin vowed on June 15 to take the Columbus statue down, city workers quietly removed the monument...

Christopher Columbus has become a controversial figure. I’m prejudiced; I’m Italian American. My grandparents came to Newport in the early nineteen hundreds and raised a large family alongside multiple other Italian couples escaping poverty. They found a country most accepting of their boisterous language, delectable foods, endearing music and spec...

Mayor Justin Elicker announced Monday that a committee, composed of Italian-American groups and others, will decide what will replace the statue of Christopher Columbus in Wooster Square. The base of the statue, however, may reveal what the Italian immigrants of almost 128 years ago thought about the statue and their life in New Haven. On Oct. 12,...

My name is Stan Esposito. I’m 72 years old and a Stamford native. I was honored to serve as mayor of Stamford from 1991-1995. I’m proud of my Italian heritage. I am also proud to have served as a past Grand Marshal of Stamford’s Columbus Day Parade. My mother’s grandparents, the Carpinella Family, settled in Stamford in the late 1800s. Six generati...

The group of Italian Americans who tried to stop removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Wooster Square Park filed a motion Friday asking where the statue is being stored and seeking assurances that the statue and the base are preserved. The motion in Superior Court follows one filed Tuesday that sought to stop removal of the statue. The ci...

With protests looming, Mayor Harry Rilling announced Thursday the city will remove the Christopher Columbus statue from public property. Rilling said the city was in discussions to relocate the statue when the Columbus Memorial Fund, a group that dedicated the statue to the city in 1940 and continues to maintain it to this day, “expressed concerns...

The Italian American community has lived in Stamford, shoulder to shoulder, with all other groups for generations. We have worked together at places like Pitney Bowes, Machletts and Clairol and our children have gone to the same schools together for years. The statue of Christopher Columbus has been in Columbus Park since October 1960, almost 60 ye...