Monday is the first Indigenous Peoples day in Boston, but some members of the city's Italian-American community complain a day usually dedicated to their own heritage has been done away with. 14 states and more than 130 local governments have chosen not to observe Columbus Day, many instead dedicating the second Monday in October to Native groups....

Italian-American citizens gathering in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park to celebrate their heritage and the late explorer were greeted by signs and monuments scrawled with “Land Back” in red paint by vandals. The park has been the epicenter of the cultural battle over the continued observance of Columbus and his legacy. The six-foot white marbl...

This year marks Papa Gino’s 60th year as New England’s neighborhood pizzeria. That’s 60 years of Friday pizza and movie nights, 60 years of little league celebrations, 60 years of living room game day parties, and of course, 60 years of birthdays for excited kids of all ages— This time, it’s Papa Gino’s celebrating a birthday. To honor this milesto...

Boston’s Acting Mayor Kim Janey sparked howls of anger when she unilaterally whacked Columbus Day, replacing it with the politically correct “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Janey made the sweeping change via an executive order signed in front of members of the indigenous community, rather than taking it through the city council’s democratic process, Bos...

Monday, October 11 Columbus Day. Wreath Laying Commemorative Ceremony. At Christopher Columbus Park at 2:00 P.M. 110 Atlantic Avenue, North End, Boston, MA. The Italian American Alliance (IAA) announces a Wreath Laying and Commemorative Ceremony at Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave, Boston Ma, on Columbus Day, Monday October 11. The cerem...

Massachusetts politicians and Boston’s mayoral candidates who used to scramble for a front row spot in Columbus Day parades are now slinking away from the holiday faster than you can say “Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.” The October holiday, revered among Italian Americans, is now a pariah thanks to an effort by liberal groups and Native American grou...

All road trips come to an end at some point. On Saturday, The best of car calls has been broadcasted for the last time on WBUR. Car call Started in 1977 as a local show on WBUR, with brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi from Cambridge behind the microphones. A decade later, the show went national and became a huge and enduring hit for NPR. Meanwhile, the...

Most chefs will tell you that trying to open a restaurant in the middle of an unpredictable pandemic—one that constantly upends construction schedules, hiring processes, supply chains, and countless other details—is like trying to cross a highway while dodging 18-wheelers. For chef Will Gilson, this metaphor is perhaps a bit on the nose. “I was wal...

From watching a game at Fenway Park to sailing on the Charles River, summers in Boston are defined by a variety of activities and customs. In Boston's North End neighborhood, summers revolve around one thing: feasts. Join us as we examine the religious feasts of Boston's North End neighborhood as an emblem of the Italian-American identity and exper...

Poor Lawrence Brignolia is rolling over in his grave. The Italian-American won the Boston Marathon in 1899 with a time of 2:54:38. In 2000, he was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. That's quite an honor for a horse shoeing son of Italian immigrants, but there is no honor for Italian Americans at this year's Boston Marath...