By Mark Davis   There is one Connecticut Italian American who was a national ground breaker for women, and who has over shadowed every Governor for the past 34 years. Of all the statues of famous Connecticut residents from the past that adorn the outside of the Capitol building, there is only one woman, Ella Tambussi Grasso. The statue...

John Patrick Shanley is perhaps best remembered for his memorable screenplay for the film "Moonstruck" (with Cher and Nicholas Cage), as well as his 2005 play "Doubt." The latter garnered a Pulitzer Prize as well as Drama Desk and Tony awards. He subsequently directed the 2008 screen version of the play, starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffma...

di Filomena Fuduli Sorrentino   We have a challenge in front of us: That of keeping our Italian culture alive in American schools. Is it possible? Yes!- Natalia Quintavalle, Consul General of Italy. (Abbiamo una sfida di fronte a noi: Quello di mantenere la nostra cultura italiana viva nelle scuole americane. È possibile? Sì! – Natalia Quint...

Singers Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble were discovered when the three singers appeared individually on Italy's televised singing competition – "Ti lascio una canzone." The show's creator/producer Roberto Cenci had the lads perform as a trio during the program's fourth episode, thus launching the group's career. Now Il Vol...

by Erica Schmitt   Gilbert Gigliotti can recall the moment he fell for performer Frank Sinatra. As a young Italian-American boy growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the mid-1970s, he stumbled upon a greatest hits album in the back of a record store.   Over 40 years later, the devout "Sinatraphile" understands why the $1.99 record w...

by NOIAW   Mary L. Pepe. Director of Human Resources, Town of Greenwich. Mary will be honored at our Connecticut Region Epiphany on Sunday, January 17, 2016. Buy tickets here.   WHAT DOES YOUR ITALIAN HERITAGE MEAN TO YOU, AND HOW HAS IT GUIDED YOUR CAREER AND INSPIRED YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS?My Italian heritage is deeply...

by Mary E. O'Leary Longtime members of St. Michael's Church told zoning officials Tuesday that they don't want their century-plus church to face the same fate as Sacred Heart Church, which remains shuttered and unused in the Hill. St. Michael's, which is in the heart of Wooster Square, like many Catholic parishes, is facing hard times with a...

The 113th anniversary dinner of the Society of Saint Catello will be held next Sunday at Anthony's Ocean View Restaurant in Morris Cove.   According to a press release from the organization, Louis Scillia, an active member of the society, will be recognized there for his involvement in carrying on the traditions of his ancestors and the soci...

Westport's Positano Restaurant announces plans to relocate adjacent to Westport Country Playhouse in the space formerly occupied by The Dressing Room Restaurant. Currently located at 233 Hills Point Road, Positano will close at that site on Dec. 31, reopening on the Playhouse property in February 2015.   "We're delighted to welcome Positano...

On behalf of Concordia Lodge 20, we would like to say congratulations and welcome to ALL new state lodge board members and officials. We look forward to working with you all, growing our great organization together, and getting to know one another a lot more in the future.   We also want to wish our Lodges President, Joseph McGonigal, for be...