NEWS FROM : NEW ENGLAND  

by Fran Bellamy   Mel's is one of those restaurants that patrons of a certain age particularly enjoy. The experience isn't about cutting edge cuisine or high-concept decor; instead Mel's is a place where fond memories can be found on the menu.   A Holyoke tradition since the late 1920s, Mel's occupies a converted residence in that cit...

By Lisa Zwirn   David and Michelle Valicenti's business started with a bumper crop of tomatoes that David turned into sauce. His family, originally from Italy's Basilicata region ("the arch of the foot," he says), calls it red gravy. "We went to a local fair and sold out in two weekends," he says.   Today, the seven-year-old Valicenti...

As part of its' celebration of Italian American month, the North HavenLibrary will look back at the musical career of Frank Sinatra with evening of songs and stories presented by local vocalist Rich Moran, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., in the Library's community room. He will be backed by the trio of Judy Webber on piano, Jeff Webber on woodwinds, and...

An ocean exploration company will use a manned submarine to explore the wreckage of the Andrea Doria off of Nantucket. Seven divers have died in the area since 2005 while exploring the wreckage.   Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate, said his company's use of a manned submarine to explore the area does not eliminate danger, but does mak...

The Southington Italian-American Festival has scheduled its ninth annual homemade wine contest. The wine contest is free to enter, participants may submit more than one bottle of red and/or white as long as each entry is a different make and year. Bottled entries may be dropped off at Northeast Produce Regional Market in Hartford or Plainvill...

When: Friday, April 5, 2013 — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 — 8 p.m. Where: Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre — 270 Tremont St, Boston, MA [map]  Photo by Marco Bravi, courtesy of Portland Ovations Founded in Italy in 1994, Spellbound Dance Company will be making their long-awaited arrival to the United States with a debut U.S....

by Dan Pires To me, The Nephew's Italian/American Kitchen, better known as simply Nephew's, is one of the Seven Wonders of SouthCoast. And, apparently, based on the number of automobiles parked outside of Nephew's on a recent Tuesday evening, there are a whole host of other folks that concur.   When we – my wife, Becky, son, Taylor, da...

Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli says he might one day get to use the tools that researchers around the world are developing with support from the foundation that bears his name. Scientists and engineers working on high-tech hardware and software to help people with low or no vision make their way through the world gathered at Massachusetts...

The Italian American Heritage Association of Greater Portsmouth is presenting a Local Italian-American Authors Night on May 14.   The event is free and open to the public in the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library. A meet-the-authors reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the authors' presentations beginning at 7 p.m.  ...

By Owen McNally   What the taste of a small rich cake called a madeleine was for triggering a famous flood of memories in French novelist Marcel Proust's classic "Remembrance of Things Past," the sound of the accordion is for the celebrated, Waterbury-born, avant-garde jazz composer/bassist and bandleader Mario Pavone in his latest, groundbr...

By Erik Dobratz   The Italian-Americans in Connecticut used their hands to build much of the state, but that's not all they used them for. Some of them "put them up' as prizefighters and made a lot of history.    Branford High School social studies teacher and track coach Rich Biondi loves teaching and coaching, but boxing really...

Boston's Italian American community came together on May 31 to celebrate the 69th anniversary of Italy as a Republic. Rainy conditions shifted the annual celebrations from Christopher Columbus Park to Filippo Ristorante. Organized by the local COMITES chapter and the Federazione Associazioni Italiane e Italo-Americane New England, the Festa kicked...