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The Italian American War Veterans Post 40 in Milford needed some money to repair the building's heating system — so a local nonprofit that supports veterans and their families stepped in to help. The Milford-based nonprofit Thanks To Yanks presented the post with a $500 check that will be put toward the heating system upgrade, founder Michael Shain...

A Providence City Council member is proposing a resolution to keep the Christopher Columbus statue that sits in the Elmwood section of Providence where it is. Councilor James Taylor said the statue "has long been an important placemaking element to the [Elmwood] neighborhood." The resolution put forward says the Columbus statue was "a gift to the C...

Food, drinks and a good cause drew a crowd of about 350 to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Longmeadow UNICO’s 19th annual Food, Wine, Beer and Spirit Tasting fundraiser featured more than a dozen varieties of wine, beer from four Bay State breweries and food from more than 20 local restaurants and bakeries. The even...

From The Ridgefield Playhouse: Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime event – an intimate conversation LIVE on stage with legend Sophia Loren at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, November 16 at 8pm. This is an exclusive engagement – one of only 5 shows nationwide! Synonymous with grace, beauty and artistry, the Oscar-winning actress captivates with...

Reading the phone book in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, is like reading Portsmouth’s phone book, with the names Ferrini, Semprini, Bizzocchi, Caminati, Ciotti, Zamarchi, Pesaresi and Riciputi in both, said Portsmouth’s Donna Garganta. She shared that observation with the City Council last week, while urging councilors to approve a “Friendship Ci...

Ciao a tutti, It's that time of the year that all of you were waiting for...Pasta Night Competition is coming! The four Italian Student Associations existing in the Boston Area (i.e. from BU, Harvard, MIT and Northeastern) are delighted to invite you to the Pasta Challenge - Dieta Mediterranea Edition. This is a great contest where the four Italian...

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno coasted to a fifth term Tuesday, becoming the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. First elected in 2007, Sarno bested challenger Yolanda Cancel by a wide margin — 11,848 votes to 3,587 — but said victories feel short-lived as the mayor of an urban center. “You can’t dwell on your victories for too long in this job. T...

Everybody loves a woman behind the wheel of a Ferrari, as I discovered while zipping around town in the stunning Ferrari Portofino. Of course, I could’ve mistaken what I imagined as personal flirtation for looks of adoration directed to the car. For certain, this baby is a head-turner and a traffic-stopper, particularly when the hard top is down. W...

The Federal Restaurant Group quietly opened its much anticipated new restaurant, Posto, at the Longmeadow Shops on Oct. 1. Ralph Santaniello, director of operations, and brother-in-law and executive chef Michael Presnal, leased the space formerly occupied by Bertucci’s last winter and have completely transformed it into a chic, urban industrial spa...

Law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s help in identifying two individuals they suspect vandalized the Cristoforo Colombo statue at Harbor Park the day after Columbus Day. Late Thursday, Middletown police released two black-and-white photographs taken from an Oct. 15 surveillance video at about 12:15 a.m. of a duo they believe spray-pai...

Boston has plenty of celebratory Italian-American restaurants designed for something more special than a pleasant, casual dinner of meatballs, spaghetti, and a nice Chianti. They feature cosseting service, big wine lists, and amenities like reservations, cocktails, and dessert: no line on the sidewalk or check dropped with the entrees. But the atmo...

John Harrison was born in South Medford, but he can also remember the West End. Some of his mother’s family, the Tringalis, were still there. He can close his eyes and smell the wood stove in his grandfather’s house on Leverett Street, remember the thrill of having a few cents to buy the penny candy at Kramer’s, and see his grandfather and his uncl...