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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...

About 100 police officers and state troopers responded Tuesday night to the Christopher Columbus statue at Elmwood and Reservoir avenues after a flyer circulated online threatening to tear it down, according to authorities. Cmdr. Thomas Verdi said some people who’d come out to Columbus Square eventually left without causing damage, and others were...

A famed and prized statue of Christopher Columbus that has stood in an area park since 1892, has been removed following protests. The statue, located in Wooster Square Park in New Haven, was removed on Wednesday, June 24, just one week after the city's Parks Commission voted for its removal. The statue, which has been the subject of protests and ev...

Allen Nielsen, who created a petition to remove the Christopher Columbus portion of a monument to Italian Americans in Norwich that received 532 signatures, is glad the city is making changes. "This is a move in the right direction, and so far it seems New London County is leading the charge," he said. A meeting between Norwich officials and the It...

A crew was cleaning up Tuesday morning after a statue of Christopher Columbus in front of Worcester’s historic Union Station was vandalized. Workers were washing what appeared to be red paint off the statue. The area was blocked off by yellow tape. Worcester police said that two men vandalized the statue with red paint and spray paint around 3:30 a...

The Board of Education voted to change the name of Christopher Columbus Family Academy and to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The school’s name will go before a committee, which will be tasked with collecting input and providing a recommendation on a new name. The change to the holiday name will only impact what is recog...

The Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade has been canceled this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to First Selectman Michael Freda. Freda said the decision was made on a recent short Zoom call to cancel the parade because of the novel coronavirus. He said committee organizers and town officials agreed easily it was in the be...

Town leaders want to hear residents’ opinions on the Christopher Columbus statue in front of the John Weichsel Municipal Center at a public hearing next month. Chris Palmieri, a Democrat and Town Council minority leader, suggested the public hearing. His idea was unanimously approved Monday night by the council, which has a Republican majority. “We...

The Board of Education voted overwhelmingly in support of removing Christopher Columbus’s name from a Fair Haven K-8 school—as well as from an October holiday on the district’s calendar—in the city’s latest reckoning with the 15th-century explorer’s violent legacy. School board members took that vote Monday night during their most recent regular bi...

While some Connecticut municipalities are removing Christopher Columbus statues in the face of renewed outcry over his history of slavery and genocide against Native Americans, the future of the city’s own monument to the Italian explorer remains unclear. Mayor Harry Rilling said the city has not received any requests to remove the Columbus statue,...

The Christopher Columbus statue in Wooster Square in New Haven was vandalized Saturday, and it wasn’t the first time. According to New Haven Police, Saturday evening around 6:30 p.m. officers responded to a protest that began to form around Wooster Square Park. Police report approximately 20-30 people had gathered around the Columbus statue in the...

Amid nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd have come renewed calls to remove certain monuments from public spaces, including those venerating Confederate leaders in towns and cities across the south, and others honoring Christopher Columbus — which can be found in public squares in all corners of the country. Including Stamford. Mayo...