NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

by Ed Stannard   A number of churches will be closed as the Archdiocese of Hartford solidifies plans to reorganize its 212 parishes, but church officials believe those remaining will be full of vibrant, energized Roman Catholics, focused on the church's mission of spreading the gospel.   Final plans won't be announced until spring but...

By Tom Atwell   Armando Polito sailed to the United States in 1920, when he was 10 years old, with his mother and siblings. His father, Giovanni Polito, had been in America for eight years, successfully running the Napoli restaurants in Maine. Shortly after Armando died in 2003, his daughter – Nancy Jo Polito – had trouble sleeping one...

The Longmeadow chapter of UNICO, which held its annual blood drive Saturday at the Longmeadow Shops Shopping Center, was doing what they do best - lending their time to help serve local residents in their time of need.   "This is our sixth year. The first two years, we held it at the Bay Path College, and every year after that it's been held...

by Lisa Reisman   Branford high school track coach Richard Biondi never set out to write "Pugilistic Paisani," a history of Italian and Italian American boxing champions.   Then, on a visit to Cleveland's Little Italy Heritage Museum in 2000, he met a volunteer in her mid-80s. They got to talking. At some point Biondi asked her about...

By Pam McLoughlin   The five historical societies of the Ethnic Heritage Center celebrated Sunday with an informal sharing of traditions and food from African-American, Jewish, Irish, Italian and Ukrainian cultures.   Mayor Toni Harp, who attended part of the celebration, praised the center for all its "great work," and noted how the...

By Pete Fontaine The Pannese Society of Rhode Island, which was founded in 1909, prides itself in the proud Italian-American heritage of its members, brotherhood and promoting numerous important social events. The word "sharing," printed below the Society's logo, best describes what President Joseph Spremulli and the Society's many members enjoy m...

The Italian-American fishing community of Gloucester capped its annual St. Peter's Fiesta yesterday with a procession and the crowd-pleasing greased pole event.The five-day festival celebrating the patron saint of fishermen included the blessing of the city's fishing fleet by Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley. The lineup of events, along with boat racing,...

When: Sunday, December 21, 2014 — 2 to 5 p.m.Where: Sons of Italy – 520 Pleasant St., Watertown MA On Dec. 21, the Ciociaro Social Club will present an afternoon of music and song with the Fratelli Rocca.The Fratelli Rocca have been coming to the United States during the Christmas season from Valle di Comino, Italy, for the past several years, ent...

Provost Alan M. Garber announced today that Harvard art and architecture history professor Alina Payne will become director of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy. She will take up her new role this summer.   Payne succeeds Lino Pertile, the Carl A. Pescosolido Professor of Romanc...

PIB and the Italian Consulate in Boston would like to invite you to our 2015 Sailing Event. This is the third year in a row that we have been realizing the dream of three young sailors of the "Scuola Vela Mascalzone Latino" (Sailing Center in Naples Italy) who will race during the week of July 12-19 in three of the well known sailing centers in B...

A movement started by Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishioners to override the wishes of the Roman Catholic Diocese has picked up supporters in high places, and organizers say they've talked with legal experts who have given them hope that they have legal standing to challenge any future demolition orders.   Mayor Joe Petty, At-large City Counc...

When:Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PMWhere: Metacomet Country Club | 500 Veterans Memorial Park, East Providence, RI 02914Costs: Members $20, Non-members $30 - Advance ticket purchase required. Join us for a book discussion and presentation of Daughters, Dads and the Path Through Grief: Tales from Italian America with Drs. Lorrai...