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A half-dozen members of a group called the Italian-American Defense League gathered in Wooster Square Park to celebrate Columbus Day — and to renew their call for a return of the long-gone statue depicting that federal holiday’s namesake. The group charged with coming up with a new Italian heritage-celebrating sculpture for that same spot of Wooste...

Italian Americans in Springfield, Massachusetts, gathered on Columbus Day Monday to honor its namesake. Some of those present said they oppose an effort to get rid of the holiday. The ceremony was held at a statue of Christopher Columbus in Springfield's South End and was hosted by the local chapter of the Sons and Daughters of Italy. Salvatore Cir...

Shrewsbury Street was transformed into little Italy Sunday afternoon as community members enjoyed the second annual Italian Heritage Parade. The Worcester neighborhood was covered in red, white and green as dozens of floats, cars and marchers worked their way from the top of Shrewsbury Street all the way down towards Washington Square.  This year's...

After a three-year hiatus, the Westerly-Pawcatuck Columbus Day parade is back. Hundreds of people gathered to participate and watch the return of a community tradition that goes back more than 70 years on Sunday afternoon. “Community tradition is the most important thing," Jeff Frenette, the parade committee's vice president said. "We thought you k...

Italian Consul General Arnaldo Minuti joined Haverhill officials and the public Friday in observing Columbus Day, in honor of explorer Christopher Columbus voyage of America 531 years ago, as well as October’s Italian Heritage Month. Massachusetts is one of 16 states that observes today exclusively as Columbus Day. Minuti, however, focused on honor...

Rome arrives in Boston with the internationally acclaimed and visually stunning Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition. The museum-style exhibition showcases the awe and wonder of one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements featuring Michelangelo’s 34 renowned frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced in a format that allo...

They built, by hand, stately downtown office structures, roads, bridges, the Merritt Parkway, railroad tracks, and their houses. They opened grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, tailor shops, barber shops, butcher shops, pharmacies, and dentist’s offices. They were skilled carpenters, electricians, masons, plumbers and mechanics. They worked in t...

The 31st annual Columbus Day Festival filled the streets on Federal Hill on Saturday. Federal Hill Commerce Association President Rick Simone said the four-day festival goes from Dean Street to Sutton Street and includes food, art, and retail vendors alongside games, three stages for live entertainment, and a parade on Sunday. He added that his fav...

Evviva Trattoria®, a Massachusetts-based restaurant brand featuring locally-sourced modern Italian cuisine, opened its latest location in Hanover, Massachusetts at 1775 Washington Street. Led by award-winning Chef Anthony DePalma, director of operations for Evviva Trattoria, guests enjoy Italian-inspired, locally made cuisine served in a comfortabl...

Love football? Love/hate the Patriots? Upset with college football’s realignments? Die-hard fan of your high school football team? Take a break and let 70-year-old Torrington resident Paul Denza, still a giant of a man, carry you back to the ‘70s when the Patriots gave this former lineman a chance to confront NFL Hall of Famers Gene Upshaw and Art...

Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and the West Haven Italian Heritage Committee will honor Republican state Rep. Charles J. Ferraro as the city’s “primo italiano” at the 24th annual Italian Heritage Celebration. Ferraro, a world-class martial artist and an ambassador of his proud Italian heritage, will receive the Italian American of the Year award at noon Frid...

Officials will be joining the Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass Inc. to raise the Italian Flag to honor Italian Heritage Month. During this month, we celebrate the Italian-American culture and spread the word about the traditions that come with it, according to the National Day Calander. Italian-American Heritage Month was first celebrated in...