NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

January 15th is the anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston’s North End. The United States Industrial Alcohol Company constructed a faulty 50 foot high steel tank in 1918 on Commercial Street near where Langone Park is located today. Twenty one people were killed and another 150 injured when the tank ruptured and exploded on Janua...

Once up on a time, you could get all of your prescriptions filled and all of your drug store necessities right on Main Street in South Medford. There was Yale Drug Store and Harvard Drug Store. Yale Drug, in its original location, had a Bunsen burner in the window. “People would tend to use one drug store or the other, not both,” says Nancy Chito....

It’s no secret that Joseph Spremulli, the ageless president of the Pannese Society of Rhode Island, has made a habit of helping people in need, especially during the holiday season. “I don’t like seeing people struggle, especially when it comes to food,” Spremulli, who will soon turn 88, said recently while loading up a record number of food basket...

The Italian radio program Melodie E Ricordi WNTY 990 am celebrated its 50th anniversary with over 400 guests at Aria Banquet Facility in Prospect. The night was a great celebration which included the town of Southington surprising WNTY with an official proclamation and citation, recognition plaques were presented to past and present radio personali...

Several months ago I was given a ride from an Italian woman who lives part time with her husband in a small town in Istria, but who works in a hospital in Trieste. As we made our way to the train station, one of us mentioned that the Chinese were investing in this or that feature of the city, probably the harbor; it is funny that it was one of thos...

A Maine shipyard announced it celebrated the keel laying of a future Navy guided-missile destroyer on Friday. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works reached the milestone in the construction of the future John Basilone. A keel laying ceremony is one of the major events in the life of a ship. The ship's sponsors and a BIW welder authenticated the keel by...

It’s the beginning of a new year, and the “best of” lists are still coming. On Tuesday, Yelp released its annual list of the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.,” a quirky roundup recognizing both fine-dining and ultra-casual eateries from across the country. Three Massachusetts restaurants were featured, including No. 49 Carmelina’s, a North End re...

There's a new restaurant set to open January 17 in Brookline's St. Mary's neighborhood this month. Bar 'Cino, pronounced "chee-no," is an Italian eatery that opened in Rhode Island last year. It comes after Grassona's Italian in Washington Square announced it was set to close its doors for good. Bar 'Cino's Italian menu joins the likes of La Morra,...

Alfonso Sarno, father of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, has died. He was 84. The mayor’s City Hall office announced the death Thursday morning. “Alfonso ‘Al the Barber’ Sarno passed away peacefully earlier this morning after waging a courageous battle against prostate cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family,” the statement read. Funeral arrangement...

We, sadly last month, lost yet another “Daughter of the North End.” With heavy heart, I share the news of the loss of Anna Moreschi of Malden via Hanover Street via Salem Street of Boston’s Little Italy, the North End. Anna passed away on Dec. 9 at 86 surrounded by the love of family. Her daughter Maria’s Facebook post spoke volumes: “The worst of...

Special pride was on display a number of times inside the Kelley-Gazzerro VFW Post 2812/Spirito’s Restaurant during an extraordinary celebration that marked the 110th anniversary of the famed Pannese Society of Rhode Island. Upwards of 250 people celebrated their Italian heritage that dates back to 1909, when Giuseppe Anzevino came from the village...

Pizza is often described by those most passionate about the Italian classic as a work of art. This could be due to the beloved combo of bread, sauce, cheese and toppings, or it could be because they’ve been to D. Palmieri’s Bakery in Rhode Island. At this pizza shop, Eric Palmieri has become a hit thanks to his pizzas turned into art. Eric Palmieri...