NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

It goes without saying that 100 years of service is an impressive feat for any business or organization, no matter how big or small. 100 years of service implies a century full of honesty, communal respect, and dignified professionalism; and in the funeral home profession, these qualities are the pillars on which it stands. Coxe and Graziano Funera...

The historic Homer Fitts department store building on Main Street in Barre is the new home of Vermont Salumi, a locally owned charcuterie company whose products are sold at various Vermont co-ops and specialty stores. Owner Peter Colman started in 2011 with a line of fresh sausages made at Cate Farm in Plainfield; he's been producing Vermont Salumi...

Workers continued to remove the steeple of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Tuesday, using cutting tools to take apart the structure as a first step in the demolition of the 91-year-old church. The dome on the steeple, and the cross that sat on top of it, were removed Monday. Workers are expected to take down the steeple and higher levels of the chu...

“It was very obvious right from the beginning that these thousands of records were seeing a lot of use and being handled every single day. We were seeing broken bindings, fading ink, pages that were dried and flaking apart,” said Lester, a layperson with degrees in both history and archive management. “So I realized something had to be done soon.”...

After more than six months of renovations and hard work, Fazzini’s, a new Italian restaurant in the former Brick House space on Diamond Hill Road, is now officially open to customers. Owners Bethany and Eric Marsland, who also own Champ’s Diner on Front Street, welcomed friends and family during a ribbon cutting celebration on Tuesday night that al...

Saturday September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113. This was supposed to be the last time Buddy would have to move for a while. At least, that’s what his dad had promised when they first arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, a town still deeply rooting in its bewitching history. Buddy doesn’t ask for much: become t...

The cross on the steeple of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church was removed Monday morning, a symbolic first step in the demolition the of the large house of worship on Mulberry Street. The Roman Catholic Church, which was built in 1928 by Italian immigrants, is being torn down, and the Worcester Diocese is expected to sell the site. The church was clo...

Fifty years ago, the city of Brockton was dealt a sucker punch. Hank Tartaglia remembers that horrible night in the summer of '69 like it was yesterday, as he was closing down his little Italian restaurant called Enrico's on Legion Parkway, and the phone rang with a call from a buddy working the graveyard shift at the Brockton Police Department. Th...

A once in a generation celebration came to fruition for the 100th Anniversary of the Saint Anthony’s Feast as the gold-adorned statue emerged for its centennial to the faithful under the glory of confetti and streamers. The largest Italian festival in New England attracted hundreds of thousands over the weekend to honor San Antonio and participate...

One Budweiser draught and a bag of peanuts. That’s all Col. Mike Matondi would have at the Franklin Elks Lodge #2136, where he visited every day in the late afternoon. He never paid a dime for those beers. That’s because whenever he entered the bar room, members would elbow each other out of the way to pay for his drink, said Joanie Casey, the Elks...

John Fusco says you know it when you’ve made it. He ought to know. Fusco spent about an hour last week on his 200-acre farmstead off Stagecoach Road in Stowe unspooling the story of his life, from a rebellious teenager with a fierce love for his father’s forbidden Hammond T-200 organ to his current eagle-eyed focus on the X-Road Riders, the band he...

There was something for everyone at the annual Saint Rocco’s Church Feast and Festival, a timeless tradition that completed its seven-day stay Sunday in Johnston. For Anna DeRobbio, 88, of Cranston, it was an opportunity to break bread with her friend Etta Branca, 90, and enjoy a sandwich featuring a freshly made roll from The Original Italian Bake...