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It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph J. Jacaruso announces his peaceful passing Oct. 1, 2020, at the age of 94. Joseph was born in Norwich to Joseph and Jennie (DeVito) Jacaruso; he was one of nine children. He attended Greenville Elementary School and Norwich Free Academy before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He was as...

Newton residents will discuss changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day at a public hearing on Oct. 8, after the City Council concluded on Sept. 21 that the community should have a chance to weigh in. Ward 6 Councilor-at-Large Victoria Danberg and Ward 2 Councilor Emily Norton first brought this issue to the table in 2019. Motivated by the a...

As Hartford, New Haven, and other major cities in Connecticut have permitted and even overseen the removal of statues of Christopher Columbus, Waterbury has steadfastly stood by honoring the Italian explorer credited with discovering America. Recently, the 5th largest city in the Nutmeg State has decided to hold a citywide referendum on whether to...

The Italian flag now flies over Springfield City Hall in recognition of Italian Heritage Month. Mayor Domenic Sarno along with leaders of the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts raised the flag over city hall Friday afternoon. Mayor Sarno read a proclamation saluting the accomplishments of Italian-Americans who made Springfield their h...

Louis J. Grimaldi Jr., 89, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. The wonderful life of Louie started on June 11, 1931, in Portland when he was born to the late Louis and Marianna “Maria” (Santora) Grimaldi. Louie grew up in Portland’s Little Italy and attended Portland High School. A few days bef...

Area writers of Italian heritage have a chance to show off as Newport Festa Italiana is sponsoring a new activity this year.  An essay contest centering on the theme, “A Favorite Memory of Growing Up Italian,” will jog some memories and spark much discussion. The essays are limited to 500 words. Three prizes will be awarded ($100, $75, and $ 50). O...

Town Meeting will consider whether to support renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous People's Day, a trend gathering momentum and prompting debate nationwide. The Select Board considered the proposal at its Sept. 30 meeting, held virtually due to coronavirus restrictions on municipal gatherings. The board reviewed articles on the draft warrant for spe...

October is Italian-American Heritage Month! It’s time for all Italians and Italian-Americans to celebrate with renewed pride our common roots, culture and values. Congratulations to all the Italians and Italian-Americans mentioned in this year’s Proclamation by Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker and especially to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of...

Even with concerns about coronavirus keeping attendance lower than in previous years, a few dozen parishioners still came to Attleboro’s LaSalette Shrine on Saturday during the third annual Italian Cultural Festival, which also paid homage to Saint Padre Pio. The well-known Italian friar and priest who showed signs of stigmata lived from 1887 to 19...

Joe Amerigo Della Zoppa, 80, of Fairfield, died September 5, 2020 at NorthBay Medical Center after a long illness. Born December 22, 1939 in Bakersfield he was raised in Richmond. After graduating Richmond High he earned a BS degree in Pharmacy from Idaho State University. From 1967 -1978 he ran Mira Vista Drug Pharmacy until he found his lifelong...

After nearly three months of continuous community debate sparked by the removal of the Christopher Columbus monument in Wooster Square on June 24, New Haven is now looking to its Italian American citizens for ideas for an “appropriate” replacement, according to a Sept. 16 memo sent out from New Haven Major Justin Elicker’s office. The Wooster Squar...

News 8 has exclusively learned the head of the decapitated Christopher Columbus statue in Waterbury will be placed back onto the statue after the November election. There’s a referendum on the ballot asking Waterbury residents if the statue should stay in front of the city hall or be moved somewhere else once the head is reattached. The statue has...