Michael Petrucelli, 88, believes it's important to give back to the community. He's given so much back that this year the Milford Columbus Committee has named him Milford's Italian American of the Year. He will be honored at a dinner dance Friday, Oct. 4, at Grassy Hill Country Club.   Petrucelli was born in Bridgeport on Nov. 23, 1924...

This June, in honor of the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, Father Paolo Floretta will bring a holy relic of St. Anthony of Padua from his Basilica in Padua, Italy. Father Paolo will visit four dioceses in the Tri-State area: the New York Archdiocese, The Brooklyn/Queens Diocese, The Paterson, New Jersey Diocese and The Bridgeport, Connecticut Dioc...

by Kathy Salvati   When Peter Bilello took his granddaughter to his local Subway restaurant, he found something he thought was lost forever. The 86-year-old Italian immigrant lives alone in Hartford, Connecticut, after the death of his wife Grace from cancer in November.   Seven years ago, in 2009, Mr Bilello came up with a compl...

On Saturday, March 29th, A Bronx Tale actor Lillo Brancato will join Ridgefield Playhouse Film Society for a Q&A at their screening of Robert De Niro's directorial debut. Part of the "Lost and Found Film Series", the evening celebrates the 20th anniversary screening of A Bronx Tale.   Lillo Brancato will discuss the twists and turns in h...

by Melanie Barnard   South Norwalk, after a couple of years of relative dormancy, seems to be coming alive again. With the advent of new condominiums and office spaces, there is much more foot traffic, and those folks get hungry. All of which is good news for this historic part of town, and Quartino Trattoria & Vineria is front and cente...

Award-winning classical pianist Alessio Bax will take the stage at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University on Friday, January, 20 to perform a concert of Scriabin and Ravel at 8 p.m.   Deemed by International Piano as "a pianist of refreshing depth," Bax shows off an extensive concerto repertoire and is a recurring pe...

By Ben Lambert   Joseph Petricone Sr. died Wednesday evening at the age of 71, leaving behind a legacy as a pillar of the Torrington community. He operated Petricone's Pharmacy, at 110 East Main St., following in the footsteps of his father, Fiore, who opened the location in 1930.   "He was a gentle giant - warm, caring," said Jo...

By Jesse Gosselin   News 8 is celebrating the contributions of Italian Americans to Connecticut throughout the week of May 4th through 8th, and everyone is welcome to come join us live for the celebration!   We're taking our newscasts on the road to New Haven, Middletown, Waterbury, Hartford, and North Haven, and you're welcome to com...

By Erik Dobratz   Branford High School social studies teacher and track coach Rich Biondi loves teaching and coaching, but boxing really fires him up, specifically Italian boxers from New Haven. "I never really thought I'd write a book, but I did it," he said.   Two books to be exact: "Pugilistic Paisani: A Concise History of the...

The Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall on 309 S. Main Street, Waterbury. Current and prospective members from Waterbury and the 18 surrounding towns are invited to attend. Contact waterburyunico@yahoo.com for questions. UNICO was founded in 1922 in Waterbury, by a...