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The Christopher Columbus bust in front of the North Main Street municipal center will remain following party-line Town Council votes Monday night. The six council Republicans defeated motions supported by the three Democrats to take down the statue, as well as a proposal to form a committee to determine its future. Democrats asked that Republicans...

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday August 12th - Call-in queue starts at 6:45 pm. The New Britain Common Council has their next meeting on Wednesday August 12th at 7pm. The last public call-in was overwhelmed by the opposition. NOW IT'S OUR TURN! You can participate by calling: 866-613-0751 (toll free), 860-390-4418 (local), and by using PIN 09574. Your voca...

In the mid-20th century, Italian immigrants Luisa DeLauro and Linda DiPaola Saracco operated sewing machines in a dress factory at State and Chapel Streets. Thursday night, their politician daughters worked together to change Columbus Day in New Haven to “Italian Heritage Day.” DeLauro’s daughter, Rosa DeLauro, represents New Haven in the U.S. Hous...

SAVE the Christopher Columbus statue in New Britain, Connecticut! Please sign this petition and show your support to keep this historic monument at McCabe Park. The Columbus statue has served as a symbol of Italian-American heritage and pride since its original unveiling at this site in 1941. The statue was originally commissioned and paid for thro...

An Italian American advocacy group is slamming Medford's decision to change the name of Columbus Elementary School, going so far as to threaten legal action. The Italian American One Voice Coalition, which describes itself as an activist group combating discrimination and negative stereotyping, sent a letter to the mayor and City Council Thursday c...

A patron of a restaurant destroyed by fire Sunday is hoping to raise money for the family owners via a GoFundMe.com effort. Ciao Pasta, an Italian eatery in Northfield, was damaged beyond repair during a two-alarm Sunday which drew firefighters from across the Lakes Region and central New Hampshire. Hayley DeSousa, a patron of the restaurant and fr...

Mayor Justin Elicker has appointed William Iovanne and Laura Luzzi as co-chairmen of the Wooster Square Monument Committee, a body that will meet for the first time Thursday. The committee will hold public and working meetings to discuss what will replace the Christopher Columbus statue that was removed from Wooster Square Park, reportedly to preve...

The City Council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to vote to have Mayor Joe Ganim re-install the Christopher Columbus statue he had removed July 6 from Seaside Park. Fourteen council members had called on Ganim to, per the City Charter, schedule the special meeting for last week, but he had taken no action, saying the matter should be...

Camp Italia Retreat local day camp out of Worcester Massachusetts for kids ages 7 to 17 years of age. The day camp has been running for years until this summer of 2020 because of the Covid-19. The organization is not gone, but does plan on returning for 2021 along with its sister mission of promoting female role models with the tier 2 UWS National...

Before the coronavirus pandemic turned “social-distancing” into a household word, Tony Reno made a successful career out of communicating and connecting with people long-distance. For 37 years, Reno, either solo or with others, entertained countless listeners at home, work or in their cars from the Fairfield County radio stations he worked at. “I c...

Seeking the identity of any alleged “funding source” or of any persons who paid to have the Christopher Columbus statue removed from Wooster Square Park, a group of Italian-Americans have appealed their request to the state Freedom of Information Commission. Patricia Cofrancesco, who represents the Italian-America Heritage Group of New Haven, which...

The city’s parks board was not allowed to weigh in on the mayor’s removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Seaside Park, but that group is now being asked to decide the monument’s future. Board Chairman Banjed Labrador said Wednesday he and his peers may schedule a special meeting as early as next week to discuss whether the likeness of the...