Jerry Padula currently serves as a Staff Attorney at the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. A native of the Town Plot section of Waterbury, Connecticut, he is proud of his Italian roots and his neighborhood.  In fact, he lives in the same three-family home purchased in 1912 by his Ponzillo great-grandparents shortly after their immigrat...

The team behind Stratford's newest dining establishment, La Fortuna Bar & Restaurant, hopes to offer customers a blend of Italian comfort food and modern culinary technique. The business opened Monday in the space once occupied by Stella's Restaurant at Oronoque Shopping Plaza, and celebrated last week with a ribbon cutting Friday. "The food is goi...

Aleks and Phyllis Gjeka say they want customers to feel like part of the family at their new restaurant. “We want to treat everybody the way we want to be treated when we go somewhere else,” said Aleks Gjeka, who manages La Fortuna Bar and Restaurant, which opened Monday at 7365 Main St. in Stratford. The family-run restaurant and wine bar brings a...

Police are following up on leads, hoping to identify the individuals who defaced the city’s Christopher Columbus statue at Harbor Park Oct. 15, less than an hour after Columbus Day. Middletown police Lt. Heather Desmond said Monday afternoon that the investigation is continuing. The department released two black-and-white photographs Oct. 31 taken...

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:30 AM. Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, Greenwich, CT, 06807. Greenwich Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork will present case studies of local Italian-American families, demonstrating Genealogy research techniques that apply to any ethnic group, as well as tips that are specific to Italians and Italian-Americans. The pr...

Down at the Saturday Greenwich Farmer’s Market in the Horseneck lot, market manager Judy Waldeyer is occasionally accompanied by father Jerry Siccardi. On a recent morning at the market, Mr. Siccardi shared his life story, including struggles to start a career during the Depression and memories of his service in the US Army during World War II, whe...

A group of Torrington middle and high school students and participants in the Connecticut Academy for the Arts’ Italian fine arts outreach program will be recognized for winning a literary contest on Nov. 20. Superintendent of Schools Sue Lubomski is expected to honor the group during the Board of Education meeting, starting at 6 p.m. The students...

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...

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...

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...