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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...

Down at the Saturday Greenwich Farmer’s Market in the Horseneck lot, market manager Judy Waldeyer is occasionally accompanied by father Jerry Siccardi. On a recent morning at the market, Mr. Siccardi shared his life story, including struggles to start a career during the Depression and memories of his service in the US Army during World War II, whe...

Vietnam War veteran Frank Andreotti Jr. has been named  grand marshal for Milford’s Veterans Day parade on Monday. “Tickled pink, to be honest with you,” Andreotti said, in reaction to being chosen. “I really am. It’s truly an honor.” Andreotti, a St. Mary’s High School graduate, performed the Bells of Peace tolling at last year’s Veterans Day para...

The Italian American War Veterans Post 40 in Milford needed some money to repair the building's heating system — so a local nonprofit that supports veterans and their families stepped in to help. The Milford-based nonprofit Thanks To Yanks presented the post with a $500 check that will be put toward the heating system upgrade, founder Michael Shain...

A Providence City Council member is proposing a resolution to keep the Christopher Columbus statue that sits in the Elmwood section of Providence where it is. Councilor James Taylor said the statue "has long been an important placemaking element to the [Elmwood] neighborhood." The resolution put forward says the Columbus statue was "a gift to the C...

Food, drinks and a good cause drew a crowd of about 350 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Longmeadow UNICO’s 19th annual Food, Wine, Beer and Spirit Tasting fundraiser featured more than a dozen varieties of wine, beer from four Bay State breweries and food from more than 20 local restaurants and bakeries. The even...

From The Ridgefield Playhouse: Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event – an intimate conversation LIVE on stage with legend Sophia Loren at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, November 16 at 8pm. This is an exclusive engagement – one of only 5 shows nationwide! Synonymous with grace, beauty and artistry, the Oscar-winning actress captivates with...

Reading the phone book in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, is like reading Portsmouth’s phone book, with the names Ferrini, Semprini, Bizzocchi, Caminati, Ciotti, Zamarchi, Pesaresi and Riciputi in both, said Portsmouth’s Donna Garganta. She shared that observation with the City Council last week, while urging councilors to approve a “Friendship Ci...