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A small Connecticut town just took a big step to observe and honor Christopher Columbus. After a decade of holding class on the second Monday in October, Columbus Day will once again be celebrated during the 2024-25 school year in New Canaan. The New Canaan Board of Education passed a motion 5-4 on Monday to reestablish the holiday. The board vo...

This semester, Sophia Caldas ’23 and her classmates worked together to design a café as part of a class assignment. Their classroom? A café in Italy. As they sipped coffee at a bottega in Tuscany, the students discussed everything from the plants that would decorate their hypothetical café to COVID protocols. They were just a short walk from the Un...

NIAF is proud to congratulate our friend and longtime supporter Dr. Richard Mollica of Harvard Medical School, who has received a lifetime achievement award for Equity, Social Justice and Advocacy from the Harvard Medical School.NIAF has been working with Dr. Mollica and Harvard Medical School in providing trauma support since the L'Aquila earthqua...

Columbus Day and Veterans Day — traditionally celebrated by Stamford schools with a day off — may be class days if a proposed calendar is accepted. On the other hand, Stamford schools are looking at adding an additional no-class day to celebrate and recognize the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. The proposed changes were presented during a recent meetin...

Donato Santeramo has been named the next director of the Middlebury Italian School. He began his new position on September 1, succeeding Antonio Vitti, who had served as director of the program since 2006. Santeramo is currently a professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He earned a degree in literature and philosophy from the...

The American Italian Women of Greater New Haven have been very busy planning the Scholarship Fashion Show Fundraising Luncheon and other actions. The Fundraiser was an outstanding success. We were able to give 3 Scholarships this year (2022). It was a wonderful afternoon at The Woodwinds in Branford CT. A delicious lunch was prepared by their culin...

Of all the European languages you can study, Italian is among the least practical. You can use your knowledge of it, of course, in Rome and Venice and throughout “the boot,” or should your voice possess a three-octave range, accompany Andrea Bocelli on Spotify. And for practical usage without having to cross the Atlantic, our own Italian-rich commu...

The Natick Sons & Daughters of Italy last week announced the recipients of the community group’s two annual scholarships—the Natick Sons & Daughters of Italy, Scholarship Award and the Cristofori Scholarship Award. The awards, for which any area student is eligible, were established in 1926 to recognize academic and community accomplishments. A tot...

The Norwich Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee awarded four students $1,000 scholarships recently. The recipients are Sophia Boras of Saint Bernard High School, Danielle Toppa of Norwich Free Academy, Julia Beaupre of Montville High School and Olivia Busher of Saint Bernard High School. The scholarship fund was established by The Italian Herit...

The Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National announced that 14 students from the greater Waterbury are are scheduled to receive $1,000 awards at Unico’s annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Since 1922, high-school graduates of Italian descent have been recognized for their excellence in scholastic and community activities. The 2022 recipients are Ava And...

The environmental impact of the fashion industry, due to the ever-growing world population and the consequent demand for products, is a much-discussed issue in the textile industry. A solution for what is considered one of the most polluting sectors in the world could come from the introduction and use of vegetable leathers, in particular a new eco...

Students and staff at Assumption University lived and studied at Villino Dufault, the university’s Rome campus, for an entire semester during which they were immersed in cuisine, art and culture Italian. The small group of students and staff, which returned to the United States last week, were the first group to spend a semester abroad in more than...