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The room was full Sept. 20 at the Italian American Victory Club when local historian and veteran’s agent Michael Perna was the guest of honor at a dinner to recognize him as this year’s Spirit of Shrewsbury Grand Marshal. In addition to Perna and his family, notables in attendance included State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and members...

Twelve flags for Latin American countries came down at Riley Plaza Tuesday morning while one went up to replace them, honoring Italian Americans and, for some, Christopher Columbus. The City Council passed an order in mid-September to raise an Italian flag at Riley Plaza, which includes a 13-flagpole monument bordering Margin, Norman and Washington...

For the 15 million Americans of Italian descent, October is special. It’s Italian Heritage Month and all over the commonwealth of Massachusetts there are over 100 scheduled events to celebrate Italian ancestry. You don’t even have to be Italian to be welcomed into any one of the many events. If you have even tasted a single slice of pizza, you can...

October is Italian-American Heritage Month! To mark the occasion, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno led a ceremony at the newly re-opened Italian Cultural Center in the city’s South End. The center was shut down by flooding a year and a half ago. The center’s President, Stephanie Spolzino, told 22News, the center will now play an important role in th...

Bostonians who want to tour the Colosseum can fly there with Delta beginning in May. The Atlanta-based airline announced Monday that it will add seasonal service from Logan Airport to Rome in 2020. Delta announced the new route at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Logan, where the airline officially assumed operations at all 21 gates in Terminal A. The...

When Thomas Lester began his job as the Boston Archdiocese's archivist in 2014, he quickly noticed that many of the archdiocese's bound archives containing centuries of records of sacraments performed by its clergy were beginning to fall apart. "It was very obvious right from the beginning that these thousands of records were seeing a lot of use an...

The Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St., will host singers Rich DeLibro and Paula Pettinella on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m., as part of Italian Heritage Month. The duo sings favorite songs by Italian-Americans including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Al Martino, and others. As part of the month’s celebration, the library also hosts the program Italy, A...

Actor Scott Aiello knew he had big shoes to fill when he took on the role of Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci in “The Prince of Providence.” Trinity Repertory Company’s production, based on the book by journalist Mike Stanton, has been a hit with audiences and critics since opening last month. The play depicts Cianci’s long reign as the Mayor of Rhode...

Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro found himself embroiled in a bitter confrontation with area residents over his proclamation recognizing Columbus Day, but was not without his defenders. The Waterville Morning Sentinel reports that the Republican mayor read his one-page proclamation when Tuesday night’s City Council meeting started, drawing a mixture of...

The Chocolate Church Arts Center will present Newpoli, an Italian/Mediterranean world music ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the center located at 804 Washington St., in Bath. Newpoli crosses through time, culture, and musical styles as it performs modernized, old-world taranta music from southern Italy and surrounding countries. The high-...

A new West End food hall set to open this winter near TD Garden will feature 18 vendors, including Boston classics Mike’s Pastry, Monica’s Mercato and Sullivan’s Castle Island, according to a press release by Patina Restaurant Group, which is managing the project. The new food hall, called Hub Hall, will be located in The Hub on Causeway, a new dev...

The Friends of the North End celebrated its 47th annual reunion on Saturday, September 21st at the Sons of Italy Hall in Winchester, MA. 130 boyhood friends gathered to renew friendships and reminisce about a cherished neighborhood. One attendee summed up the reunion by saying, “This is magical!” There’s nothing more to be said. A 50/50 drawing was...