The Housatonic Museum of Art presents Vincent Baldassano: To Be Continued. Curated by Joel Leneker, the installation is comprised of new works on cloth and iconic works from the 1970s through 2022. This exhibit will be on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries on the Housatonic Community College campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT...

The Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport was the site of the 2022 Bridgeport Regional arm of the NCAA women’s basketball Sweet 16 and Elite Eight tournaments this past March. But at the end of the year, the arena will be filled, not with basketball fans, but opera fans. Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli is scheduled to perform. The tenor will be stop...

The Council of Italian American Societies of Greater Bridgeport laid a wreath in Seaside Park today at the site where the Christopher Columbus statue once stood. The group says despite the statue being removed, they are continuing a tradition they have had for 55 years to recognize the explorer and celebrate the Italians who paid for the statue and...

After the last blog post, I was reminded of another amazing place that I have visited about five years ago during Lent that was also a message of peace. After Easter dinner, I dug up some old photos from my visit to Saint Margaret’s shrine in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There was a significant Italian enclave surrounding Saint Raphael church in downto...

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport has been named the next chaplain of Legatus International, a Catholic business leaders’ association with over 100 chapters in the U.S. and Canada. “Legatus is blessed to have Bishop Caggiano as International Chaplain, empowering our chapters and members with Christian ethics and values as they navigate the missio...

"Stop & Shop makes me walk on water," John Dimarco joked. The Italian baker, who owned Luigi's Bakery in Bridgeport for 52 years and now runs Luigi's Cannoli Cafe, is talking about how happy he is about a new deal he struck with the super market chain to sell his special cannoli pies in 400 regional stores. The pies, made in Bridgeport, have been a...

The Columbus Day Parade was held in Bridgeport with a scaled back event to protect the public from COVID-19. The procession went through the city's North End with only one float. Organizers say that the scope of the event was reduced due to the pandemic, but they never thought of canceling it in spite of all the controversy surrounding Christopher...

The city is sponsoring a Columbus Day parade on Sunday but participation is by invitation only. Because of the pandemic, the Council of Italian American Societies of Greater Bridgeport Inc. is holding its 112th Bridgeport Columbus Day Parade in a modified form. The celebration of Columbus will take place in five events, including invitation only ca...

Having had the Christopher Columbus statue taken down in Seaside Park, Mayor Joe Ganim indicated this week he wants no role in its future. Friday marked the end of the 45-day window the Parks Commission gave Ganim to restore the likeness of the Italian explorer to its pedestal. But in a statement Wednesday to The Connecticut Post, the mayor claimed...

Angered that the city is considering returning the Christopher Columbus statue to its Seaside Park pedestal, a diverse group of area residents demanded that the city look for another location. “It doesn’t mean what it’s been represented to,” said Wayne Winston, a Black community activist who served as the master of ceremonies for a conference of 18...