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A Connecticut school board has reversed the district’s decision to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day on the 2021-22 school calendar after hearing criticism about the move made back in June. The Stonington Board of Education voted 3-2 last week to restore the name Columbus Day, at least for the time being, with some members arguing that...

Stories flowed, eggs flew, a 1945 family portrait topped a sheet cake and four of the original 11 siblings were on hand, beaming. "Can you imagine if my mother and father were to see all this here?" Judy DiTocco Tempesta, 84, of Weymouth, asked in delight. "Aren't we gorgeous!" 88-year-old Joan DiTocco Flaherty, of Randolph, attested, looking at a...

Local shoppers are in disbelief after learning that Watertown's beloved market, Russo’s, will be closing permanently this fall. Russo's began as a family farm more than 100 years ago. Tony Russo has worked at the market for more than 70 years and is retiring, according to a company statement. The family farm evolved into a well-known market drawing...

The third annual Italian American Police Society Car Show was held in Norwalk Sunday. This year's show is dedicated to a former Westport police officer who died of a heart attack in December. There were hundreds of cars behind St. Ann's Club in Norwalk, from antique to newer versions, that are bringing the community together and supporting a Westpo...

The City of Boston extended its heat emergency through Saturday. But while cooling centers stayed open until 6 p.m., plenty of people flooded the North End for the Fisherman’s Feast, which is the city’s oldest Italian festival. “It’s good, I’m enjoying the food,” said one woman at the event. Saturday’s temperatures reached the high 80s, with what f...

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the St. Peter’s Italian Bazaar in 2020, but the 2021 version is set for later this week and volunteers are needed to bake, decorate and package thousands of cookies for the annual fundraiser. The cookie bake is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 10-11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish hall at 72 Federal S...

If you ever find yourself craving old-fashioned Italian cooking, head to Manchester, where you’ll find one of the best Italian restaurants in Connecticut. At Trattoria Toscana, family recipes are recreated and everything is made from scratch each day. Homestyle cuisine is all in the family here at Trattoria Toscana. The restauranteurs grew up with...

On June 1, the Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of Norwich awarded four scholarships of $1,000 to local graduating high school students during a ceremony at Illiano's Restaurant in Norwich, according to a press release.  "The award is given to a graduating senior of Italian descent whose work ethic, in school and outside of school, and commu...

The south section of Atwood Avenue is lined with American and Italian flags. However, it’s the iconic banner — hung over the heavily traveled road around this time every year —that is living proof the ageless Saint Rocco’s Feast and Festival will be back in 2021 after last year’s hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the ageless fun, fam...

You likely have heard of Concorso Italiano, perhaps even attended the big annual celebration of all things Italian — especially cars and food — held on the Monterey Peninsula in mid-August. But did you know about the other Concorso Italiano, the one on the East Coast? In Salem, New Hampshire, Tuscan Village Salem hosts its own Concorso Italiano, an...

When it opens September 1, Grana at The Langham, Boston will instantly become one of the East Coast’s most exciting new restaurants, thanks to executive chef Stephen Bukoff’s Italian menu and to the ornate setting inside the newly renovated building that houses it. Located in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Grana takes its name from the...

A new family-owned Italian restaurant has landed on Grassy Plain Street and is looking to stick around for the long haul. Jason Arcos and his wife Nancy Mejia opened D’Arcos Bar and Restaurant in early April when restaurants were still on a rocky path in Connecticut. The restaurateurs had previously worked at and owned Augies # 1 Italian Restaurant...