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by Ben Thompson   Fifteen graduating seniors from several Brockton area high schools were presented with scholarships earlier this month by the Brockton chapter of the Sons of Italy. The scholarships, totaling around $10,000, were awarded to the group of winners from a pool of applicants comprised of family of Sons of Italy Christopher...

by Kathy Salvati   When Peter Bilello took his granddaughter to his local Subway restaurant, he found something he thought was lost forever. The 86-year-old Italian immigrant lives alone in Hartford, Connecticut, after the death of his wife Grace from cancer in November.   Seven years ago, in 2009, Mr Bilello came up with a compl...

Tucked away in the most unlikely location just outside Saugus center is a treasured spot for Italian fare. Sandwiched in between a bustling convenience store and a Dunkin Donuts, La Vita Mia's unassuming exterior has kept the restaurant a hidden gem, and that's just how the locals prefer it.   Owner and Head Chef Gaetano "Danny" De Simone's...

The Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut holds its annual Distinguished Service Award dinner on May 1 at Anthony's Oceanview at 450 Lighthouse Road, New Haven. This years honorees are Neapolitan singer Nina Pane Sanseverino (daughter of legendary Neapolitan singer, Giuseppina Pan), Tenor Aaron Caruso, and author Anthony Tamburri. &nb...

Robert A. DiMuccio, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Amica Mutual Insurance Company, is the recipient of the Verrazzano Day Observance Committee's 2016 Man of the Year Award.   The award will be presented at the organization's annual dinner on Saturday, May 14, at the Venus de Milo restaurant in Swansea, Mass. DiMuccio...

On Saturday, September 24, 2016 the men of the Friends of the North End will celebrate their 44th annual reunion at the Sons of Italy Hall at 117 Swanton Street in Winchester, MA starting at 5 pm.   Anyone interested in attending can send a $60 check made out to Sam Viscione and mailed to him at 20 Hillcrest Road, Burlington, Ma. 01803. If o...

by Shannon Golden   Lidia Bastianich is an Italian-born celebrity chef, Emmy-award winning television host, and Eataly Partner. Bastianich sat down with Boston University News Service to discuss Eataly and its long awaited opening in Boston.   For the people here in Boston who don't know what Eataly is, can you tell me what makes Eata...

by Matt Conti   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 the bocce courts are located today at Langone Park. Twenty one people were killed and another 150 injured...

It took six years of collaborative research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop the cutting edge energy storage technology of FastCapSystems. Compared to traditional batteries currently used in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), the Massachusetts-based company's ultracapacitor costs less and offers twenty times higher power densi...

by Briana Palma   During his career as a painter, Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) was fascinated by the struggle the working class endured both before his time and during his life. For three years in the 1970s, Fasanella lived in Lawrence while he transformed huge canvases into colorful scenes of the city's industrial past. Now for the fir...

On Saturday, March 29th, A Bronx Tale actor Lillo Brancato will join Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society for a Q&A at their screening of Robert De Niro's directorial debut. Part of the "Lost and Found Film Series", the evening celebrates the 20th anniversary screening of A Bronx Tale.   Lillo Brancato will discuss the twists and turns in h...

by Melanie Barnard   South Norwalk, after a couple of years of relative dormancy, seems to be coming alive again. With the advent of new condominiums and office spaces, there is much more foot traffic, and those folks get hungry. All of which is good news for this historic part of town, and Quartino Trattoria & Vineria is front and cente...