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Former state Sen. Billy Ciotto has won many awards during his long life, but now he has one named after himself. Ciotto this week became the first recipient of the Biagio "Billy'' Ciotto Public Service Award, which will be presented every year now that its namesake has received the honor. Ciotto and his friends gathered at a meeting of the Rocky...

Friday October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON, MA 02113. For the travelers coming to Sicily on the Grand Tour, the encounter with the luxuriant vegetation of the Mediterranean was as aesthetically and emotionally moving as the sight of the classical ruins they had come to view, an encounter that was almost always enhan...

Friday October 25, 2019. Regent Theatre,7 Medford St, Arlington, MA 02474. For tickets click here. Joe Avati - 20th Anniversary Tour. There’s no mistaking the Italian culture – their proud traditions are certainly something to be celebrated and that’s precisely what Joe Avati is doing. He is celebrating a magnificent milestone – 20 years in comedy....

American Italian Women’s annual awards luncheon will be held Oct. 27 at Anthony’s Ocean View restaurant. The honorees for the Distinguished American Italian Woman Award are Kristin Mancini and Victoria Verderame. Kristin is the Districtwide World Language Coach for the Branford Public Schools. She works in classrooms alongside teachers of Spanish,...

This year’s Michael A. Nazzaro Community Service Award was presented to Fernando “Freddy” & Joseph “Peppi” Giangregorio at Friday evening’s reception by the North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee.  The Committee recognized Freddy & Peppi for their dedication to our neighborhood, our city, and the Italian American community of Massachusetts. T...

Maria Ritacco set a plate full of sharp provolone cheese and homemade crackers in the center of the table in the back room of her Oak Street store Tuesday afternoon, then sat down with a smile and a small sigh. Across the long oval table, covered with a waterproof tablecloth, sat her only daughter, Melisa, and her middle son, Robert. Her oldest son...

The mayor of Providence said Tuesday he would consider moving a Christopher Columbus statue that was vandalized. Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza told WPRO he’d entertain the idea of moving the statue from the city’s Elmwood neighborhood to the Federal Hill neighborhood, which is known for its Italian American community and Italian restaurants. His sp...

Seven Angels Theatre presents in association with Dance Molinari and Coppa Italiano. Mambo Italiano! One night only direct from Italy…Making their American debut is a fantastic group of young performers live on stage at Seven Angels Theatre on October 26 at 8pm. Welcome Italy's top talent and winners of Coppa Italia 2019 "Italy's Got Talent"! /"So...

Vandals have once again covered the Christopher Columbus statue in Providence with red paint. The statue — located at the intersection of Elmwood and Reservoir avenues — was splashed from head to toe in red paint.  There was also a sign leaned up against the pedestal that said “Stop Celebrating Genocide." The Providence police are investigating, ac...

Western Massachusetts Italian Americans greatly admire the man for whom they celebrate Columbus Day. The Italian flag flies over Springfield City Hall, and at the Columbus statue located at the gateway to the South End. That’s where thousands of Italian immigrants first settled in Springfield more than 100-years-ago. Columbus Day falls during Itali...

The Bi-Annual Columbus Day Parade took place on Sunday October 13, beginning at City Hall Plaza and winding through the North End / Waterfront neighborhood. Leading off the parade was Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Italian Consul General Federica Sereni, along with State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, Councilors Lydia Edwards, Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty. The...

Years following a heated debate about the legacy of John C. Calhoun and the renaming of a residential college at the University, members of the New Haven community are advocating for a similar demand: change the namesake of Christopher Columbus Family Academy. Columbus Day, a federal holiday that celebrates Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Amer...