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The Fiat 600 is usually a modest little car, tiny and rounded off, and powered by a miniscule 633cc engine in the rear that blasts out a mighty 28.5 horsepower. But the 1959 Fiat 600 that will be auctioned next week during Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast sale in Connecticut is something else altogether. Call it a resto-mod or a stoplight sleeper, this...

Two local brothers got to see their film on the big screen right in their hometown. Frank and Joe Ciota may have been raised in Lynn, but their film, “Ciao America,” focuses on their Italian roots. Based loosely on the life of Joe and his time as the first American football head coach in Italy, the movie focuses on an Italian American who travels t...

Sitting at the kitchen table in the late-1960s, I recall listening to my parents lament “the new highway,” or what we commonly refer to today as “290.” Beginning at the shoreline of Lake Quinsigamond and stretching across the city to the border of Auburn, homes, backyards, schools, businesses, ponds, and playgrounds vanished. The new landscape upro...

There isn’t much NFLPA certified agent and Salem native Sean Stellato didn’t accomplish during his athletic career. Stellato quarterbacked the Salem High football team to a Super Bowl appearance in 1994, helped lead the Witches boys basketball team to a state championship in 1995, earned a Division I scholarship to Marist and played professionally...

Friday, June 22nd - 6PM to 7.30PM EDT. I Am Books - 189 North St, Boston 02113. Alex recently moved to Italy for an opportunity at a PR firm in Rome. His first client is the beautiful Danish chef Pernille Bjørn, a popular model, TV personality, and cookbook author just entering the booming televised cooking show market in Italy. Alex’s single minde...

A debate that has flared up across the country for years took center stage in the Berkshires last night when the Pittsfield School Committee’s decision to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the school calendar overtook the city council meeting. A petition by Ward 7 councilor Anthony Simonelli that would state the city council’s op...

Saturday, June 16, 6pm - 7.30PM EDT. I Am Books - 189 North St, Boston 02113. This mother-daughter research team explores how Italian American working-class women from Syracuse, New York, use food as a symbol and vehicle which carries multiple meanings. In these narratives, food represents home, loss, and longing. Food also stands in for race, clas...

Film-making brothers Frank and Joe Ciota loved watching movies when they were growing up in Lynn. “I’d go to the Surf Cinema in Swampscott all the time,” said Frank, the director. The drive-in theaters on the Lynnway and on Squire Road in Revere were also favorite spots. “And the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge; I saw so many double features th...

A new documentary about New Haven’s Little Italy is part fond recollections, part Ken Burns, and fully committed to the stories of everyday neighborhood residents. That’s the pitch that local filmmaker and reporter Steve Hamm made on a recent episode of WNHH’s “Deep Focus” for his new movie, The Village: Life in New Haven’s Little Italy. The movie...

For local artist Anna Badini, life is about constantly seeking, though not for anything in particular. Instead, Badini said it’s the journey, searching and seeing where life takes her, that she finds most fulfilling. “I search as if searching is living, is life,” she said. “And, I am attracted to anything that is meaningful, that has an emotional o...

Members of local police and fire departments honored the memory of late fire Chief Victor Lomascolo on Friday with a funeral procession through downtown. The body of Lomascolo rode on a fire truck past landmarks that represented different stages of his 65-year career as a firefighter. The procession rode past the Middletown Fire Department’s Centra...

He was, by all accounts, the epitome of the passionate public servant, a tireless leader and peacemaker who piloted Norwalk safely through the Civil Rights Movement, an era of racial violence nearly everywhere but here. The youngest mayor in the city’s history at 33 and its first Italian-American one, Democrat Frank Zullo served three terms from 19...