Amid all the angry confrontations and bitter feelings over the city of New Haven’s removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Wooster Square Park, there is something that has the power to bring us back together: Frank Pepe’s pizza. When my wife, Jennifer Kaylin, and I recently were brainstorming at our kitchen table about a suitable replacemen...

Whether trying to preserve the Christopher Columbus statue in Seaside Park or pressure City Hall to remove it, people on both sides of the debate were blindsided Monday when Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration abruptly put the monument in storage. Shoshana Mahon, who just graduated from Fairchild Wheeler High School, helped organize a July 4 protest c...

City officials removed the Christopher Columbus statue at Seaside Park and placed it in storage out of an abundance of caution for the preservation of the historic artifact, the need to respond to modern-day sensitivities, as well as public safety at large. Community leaders of all cultures and ethnicities are discussing ways to continue to honor...

Italians have been a foundational part of the city since at least the 1880s. Now, a group of members of the Board of Alders is proposing an official recognition of that history with an Italian Heritage Day to be held on the second Monday of October. Six alders submitted a resolution calling for that date, currently recognized as Columbus Day, to be...

Weeks after the Christopher Columbus statue in New Haven’s Wooster Square came down amidst some violent protests, there’s now a billboard along Interstate 95 highlighting what posters call “the first Italian American.” Louis D’Amato put up the billboard on the northbound side of the highway in Milford last week. The Italian-American commercial buil...

Loud and impassioned speeches resounded along Main Street on Sunday afternoon, all addressing the question of the day: Should he stay or should he go? The statue of Christopher Columbus in the little city park that bears his name has become a flashpoint of controversy, amid larger questions about rectifying historical wrongs. The death on May 25 of...

As monuments to controversial historic figures fall nationwide — some toppled by protesters, others removed by governments — Stamford officials are seeking a cool approach to a heated debate about downtown’s Christopher Columbus statue. Should it stay or should it go? And what about the name of its home, Columbus Park? Strong feelings follow repeat...

Someone put the “cut” in Connecticut. A Christopher Columbus statue outside City Hall in Waterbury, Conn., was discovered decapitated Saturday morning, and cops were investigating, The Hartford Courant reported. After the monument to the colonizer was beheaded, the local chapter of UNICO, an Italian American service organization, offered a $5,000 r...

On October 12, 1984, hundreds gathered in unity on the "piazza" of Waterbury City Hall for the unveiling and dedication of the Christopher Columbus Statue. A gift to the City of Waterbury from the Italian-American Community, the statue represents a successful fundraising effort led to recognize the man who inspired millions of immigrants to lead li...

With the recent removal of statues of Christopher Columbus and Confederate leaders such as Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, a related request to the Enfield Town Council to change a street name in town has been made by a longstanding active member of the community. Nick Lefakis, who served for many years on the Planning & Zoning Commission and...