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When Dominic D. DiFrancesco was campaigning for American Legion national commander, one of his stops was in Massachusetts. It was there that Past National Commander John P. “Jake” Comer, knowing DiFrancesco’s Italian heritage, took his guest to the North End, known as Boston’s Little Italy. “He was a great lover of Italian pastries, and when he cam...

On the surface, Mary Cona was just another Italian girl from the North End. She was a devout Catholic, a supportive wife, a loving mother. However, diving into the details of her remarkable life through her eyes in her autobiography, “Destino: From Italy to Kansas City,” Mary was shaped through many hardships into an artist, entrepreneur, philanthr...

Many of the more than 4 million Italians who emigrated to the US during the Industrial Revolution to escape poverty came through Ellis Island in New York. The other port of entry, for some, was Providence. “Ellis Island was saturated,” said Walter Potenza, 68, of Providence, who owns the largest collection of Italian photographs in the state. “They...

New Haven residents have a new place to sink their teeth into some tasty food. Villa Lulu recently opened its doors to the public at 230 College St. The restaurant specializes in Italian old-school classics in a contemporary yet homey setting. Located in historic downtown New Haven at The Shops at Yale, next door to the restaurant group's popular L...

The Annual Italian Heritage Festival Park is slated to take place in Touro Park in Newport on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 11am to 4pm.  Included this year is a pop up COVID Vaccination Clinic sponsored by the RI Department of Health from 12pm to 3pm.  This free event is open to the public and will feature live Italian music by “Calabria Bella”,...

The 96th annual Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian will be a celebration of tradition, cultural pride and fun for the whole family Sept. 11-12 on Warren and Porter streets in East Cambridge. The entertainment lineup includes national recording artists that have become legends in the music industry. This year’s Feast headliners are music icon...

It’s a feast and festival unlike any other, an event that’s been going on for decades at Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston. And it will be back beginning next Thursday, Sept. 9, and continuing through Sunday, Sept. 12. Countless people will tell you it’s considered one of Rhode Island’s best end-of-summer events, especially when it comes top hom...

Westborough residents spoke in favor of the town retaining Columbus Day as a holiday at a Select Board meeting on Aug. 24. In turn, they opposed the position of the town’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, whose chair Cara Presley encouraged the Select Board to replace “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous People’s Day” at a July 20 meeting of the Selec...

In Italy, there is a certain combination of magnificence that any ordinary tourist can capture in a casual photo. It is the magnificent, frescoed interior inside a 15th-century palace set in a cobblestoned city surrounded by pine-laced countryside. But rarely do photos capture all those multiple levels of ravishing beauty and arresting grandeur at...

Closeness can feel unusual these days, but a year-and-a-half into the global pandemic, the St. Alfio Society is encouraging folks to come out for the Feast of Three Saints — a tradition of togetherness. A two-day feast will be hosted this weekend, Sept. 4 and 5. With COVID-19 concerns in mind, organizers say the latest city rules will be followed,...

The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Jennifer Rizzotti, president of the Connecticut Sun, will be keynote speaker at a virtual member breakfast next month. The virtual session will be held via Zoom, Sept. 15 from 8 to 9 a.m. “We are very proud of Jennifer’s success as a former UConn Women’s Basketball star and assistant coach...

In a five-minute video posted to Instagram Tuesday, Damien DiPaola announced that his North End restaurant Domenic’s will permanently close. DiPaola, who also owns Carmelina’s in the North End, cited both the pandemic and a new perspective on life as the reasons for its closure. “I opened Domenic’s about seven or eight months before the pandemic, a...