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The celebration of Columbus Day next month could be Hartford’s last, as a community task force is taking shape to address growing concerns about memorializing the Italian explorer. Two city councilors had sought to rename Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples' Day, as Bridgeport, West Hartford and other U.S. cities have done in recent years in recognitio...

One step forward, two steps back. That's how many advocating for the replacement of Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day viewed the Melrose School Committee's recent decision to observe both this October. Instead of following the growing number of communities that have eradicated Columbus Day, the committee took the unusual step of co-branding...

The statue of Christopher Columbus stood in Wooster Square Park for more than 100 years as a symbol of the Italian-American presence in New Haven. After its removal on June 24, a decision was made to replace it with an appropriate memorial to the Italian-American experience. Mayor Justin Flicker appointed a Wooster Square Monument Committee to deci...

The man restoring Waterbury’s beheaded Christopher Columbus statue gave News 8 an exclusive behind the scenes look at his workshop and the process Thursday. Randall Nelson has restored many statues and monuments across the country over the last 30 years. He tells News 8 he has never been involved in a project that carried so much controversy and po...

Curators reported that the statue of Christopher Columbus from the namesake park can be repaired, but cannot be fully restored to its original state. The news was released at a meeting of the Boston Arts Commission (BAC) on September 8th. The statue’s head was severed from the neck and would leave visible marks upon repair, according to the restora...

The rededication of the Italian heritage monument near Chelsea Parade and Norwich Free Academy originally planned for Saturday will be delayed, because a key new piece, sculpted in Italy, is stuck in transit due to coronavirus restrictions. The Norwich Italian Heritage & Cultural Committee in June removed or covered all references to Christopher Co...

Artist Silvia López Chavez recently completely a mural on the brick exterior of Ducali’s on the corner of Prince and Commercial Streets in Boston’s North End. The painting is a map of the North End, the winding, narrow streets emerging from a steaming cup of coffee. A heart and arrow in the colors of the Italian flag point visitors down Prince Stre...

Fabrizia Limoncello, an Italian-American spirits company, from Salem, NH started in 2007 after founders and brothers Nick and Phil took a trip to visit family inCalabria, Italy. They experienced the magic of Italy and were inspired to create something special when they came home. Many nights and weekends of hard work led to the creation of Fabrizia...

Support the efforts of the Italian-American Community Organizations to repair the Christopher Columbus Statue located in front of City Hall in Waterbury. Damaged from a criminal act of vandalism on July 4th, an architectural restoration artist has been commissioned to facilitate the restoration. Estimated costs are just under $10,000 with the proje...

La Lucciola is Salem's newest pizza place inside Fork Forty Food Hall. The restaurant's name means firefly in Italian, fitting for a spot anchored by a flickering brick oven. Phil Golomski is both chef and pizzaiolo at La Lucciola, which he owns in partnership with Mark Iselin. The pair met more then a decade ago while both were working at Wild Pea...

Everyone knows Frank Sinatra, but no one knows about his agitation for leftist causes in the 1930s and ‘40s. Fiorello La Guardia got an airport, but Sacco and Vanzetti got a march and a folk song. Italian-Americans are known for their cultural contributions to American society and, of course, New Haven in particular — look no further than Wooster S...

When South End stalwart Stella Restaurant ended its 15-year-run in May, regulars expressed their thanks and reminisced about their favorite dishes in an outpouring of support on social media. But for those who lamented the loss of chef Evan Deluty’s coveted bolognese, there’s good news: He’s bringing it back. Deluty told Boston.com on Monday that S...