One of New England's most beloved annual musical events is back! On Saturday, August 23, join hostess Eva Franchi, wife of the late great romantic tenor Sergio Franchi, as featured guests and world-class singers pay tribute to Sergio's life with song.   The concert annually takes place at the 240-acre Franchi Estate in Stonington, Conn., and...

The Italian American Celebration Honoring Christopher Columbus Committee (I.A.C.) has announced the recipients of their scholarships for 2014. The recipients were selected by a Scholarship Committee headed by Professor Dario Del Puppo of Trinity College, Hartford.   Five recipients each received a $1,000 award and two recipients received a $...

by Phyllis A.S. Boros Every August, for the past 23 years, thousands of area folk flock to St. Jude Church in Monroe for its "authentic" Italian festival.   "It's the real deal," said Peter Lucia, who has volunteered at each of the church's 24 festivals. "We expect more than 10,000" at the event, which runs from Wednesday, Aug. 20, through...

With the recent opening of Gaetano's Deli at 1713 Post Road East, loyal Westport customers will no longer have to trek to the store's Stratford and Monroe locations.   "We have a lot of customers who travel from here," said Milanno Ukehaxhaj, co-owner of the Italian deli, known for featuring traditional fare.   Read more   Sour...

The Italian American Celebration and Parade Committee is honoring Christopher Columbus with a multiple days of celebration in October, including the annual parade. This year marks the 60th anniversary of Columbus Day celebrations in Hartford.   In addition to the parade, there is a four-day family festival, an banquet, a wreath dedicati...

Clad in a red jacket, white shirt and green pants, Louisa Cappuccia proudly displayed her heritage Sunday by wearing the vibrant colors of the Italian flag.The 73-year-old Norwalk resident, who was born in Calabria, Italy, paid tribute to her native land at the United Italian American Day at the Heritage Wall on West Avenue, where dozens of others...

By Erica SchmittAny gently worn winter gear stuffed into the back of the closet is an ideal candidate for a new home this year. The Newington branch of UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the U.S., is hosting its third annual Winter Willies Clothing Drive this Saturday.   New or used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts,...

Italian culture is stronger in four adjoining Eastern states than anywhere else in America.Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are home to the 22 U.S. markets that have the largest percentages of Italian-American residents, according to the latest federal data.The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey asked respondents...

by Daniela Altimari   Frank J. Caggiano became the fifth bishop of Bridgeport Thursday in a ceremony rich with tradition and imbued with hope. The Brooklyn-born son of Italian immigrants who once studied at Yale University delivered a message of inclusion to the more than 460,000 Catholics who live in Fairfield County, especially those...

The first American singer to perform at New York's famed Metropolitan Opera House without European training was Rosa Ponselle. Born Rosa Ponzillo in Connecticut, "the Cinderella of Opera," made her debut at the Met in 1918 when she was 21 in Verdi's La Forza del Destino, opposite Enrico Caruso after being discovered in vaudeville.   She play...