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My name is Stan Esposito. I’m 72 years old and a Stamford native. I was honored to serve as mayor of Stamford from 1991-1995. I’m proud of my Italian heritage. I am also proud to have served as a past Grand Marshal of Stamford’s Columbus Day Parade. My mother’s grandparents, the Carpinella Family, settled in Stamford in the late 1800s. Six generati...

The group of Italian Americans who tried to stop removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Wooster Square Park filed a motion Friday asking where the statue is being stored and seeking assurances that the statue and the base are preserved. The motion in Superior Court follows one filed Tuesday that sought to stop removal of the statue. The ci...

In Italian, “Giusto” means “just right,” and to chef Kevin O’Donnell, the restaurant he’s set to helm at the nearly completed Hammett’s Hotel this summer couldn’t have been better named. “The opportunity came along at just the right time and in the right place,” O’Donnell said in a recent interview with Newport This Week. O’Donnell’s culinary caree...

With protests looming, Mayor Harry Rilling announced Thursday the city will remove the Christopher Columbus statue from public property. Rilling said the city was in discussions to relocate the statue when the Columbus Memorial Fund, a group that dedicated the statue to the city in 1940 and continues to maintain it to this day, “expressed concerns...

The Italian American community has lived in Stamford, shoulder to shoulder, with all other groups for generations. We have worked together at places like Pitney Bowes, Machletts and Clairol and our children have gone to the same schools together for years. The statue of Christopher Columbus has been in Columbus Park since October 1960, almost 60 ye...

About 100 police officers and state troopers responded Tuesday night to the Christopher Columbus statue at Elmwood and Reservoir avenues after a flyer circulated online threatening to tear it down, according to authorities. Cmdr. Thomas Verdi said some people who’d come out to Columbus Square eventually left without causing damage, and others were...

A famed and prized statue of Christopher Columbus that has stood in an area park since 1892, has been removed following protests. The statue, located in Wooster Square Park in New Haven, was removed on Wednesday, June 24, just one week after the city's Parks Commission voted for its removal. The statue, which has been the subject of protests and ev...

An Italian restaurant that has sat at near corner of Main and Prospect streets for nearly four decades has closed permanently because of the coronavirus, in what has become a familiar refrain. Owner and executive chef Richie Barron of Il Capriccio Ristorante e Bar announced the move on the restaurant's website. "We have been operating as tenants at...

Allen Nielsen, who created a petition to remove the Christopher Columbus portion of a monument to Italian Americans in Norwich that received 532 signatures, is glad the city is making changes. "This is a move in the right direction, and so far it seems New London County is leading the charge," he said. A meeting between Norwich officials and the It...

A crew was cleaning up Tuesday morning after a statue of Christopher Columbus in front of Worcester’s historic Union Station was vandalized. Workers were washing what appeared to be red paint off the statue. The area was blocked off by yellow tape. Worcester police said that two men vandalized the statue with red paint and spray paint around 3:30 a...

The Board of Education voted to change the name of Christopher Columbus Family Academy and to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The school’s name will go before a committee, which will be tasked with collecting input and providing a recommendation on a new name. The change to the holiday name will only impact what is recog...

The Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade has been canceled this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to First Selectman Michael Freda. Freda said the decision was made on a recent short Zoom call to cancel the parade because of the novel coronavirus. He said committee organizers and town officials agreed easily it was in the be...