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A catastrophic event at the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts last January shut down the facility for most of this year because of the extensive damage incurred. The center, located at 56 Margaret St. in the city's South End neighborhood, is preparing to open its doors again for holiday events. The cultural center still finds itself...

On Sunday, December 16, the The Saint Leonard Choral Society accompanied by The North End Chamber Orchestra will perform its Annual Christmas Concert. The concert will be led by Musical Director Dr. Dan Drzymalski, assisted by Mr. Jake Hudgins. Continuing with tradition, the concert will be held in the lovely setting of Historic Sacred Heart Italia...

At 'This Place in History,' we're in Barre with Executive Director of the Vermont Historical SocietySteve Perkins. "We're behind the Old Labor Hall on Granite Street in Barre and we're going to be talking history and bread and an incredible new project that the Barre Historical Society is putting on. We're going to go inside and see Carolyn Shapiro...

The members of St. Anthony Society are excited to announce the 2018 recipients of their Annual Neighborhood Donations Fund. Each holiday season, St. Anthony Society recognizes North End organizations that make significant contributions to the community and help make the neighborhood a great place to live. In addition to North End groups, members al...

The Boch Center and Live Nation announced that Eros Ramazzotti will bring his VITA CE N'È WORLD TOUR to the Boch Center Wang Theatre on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00PM. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, December 8 at 10:00AM. The most famous Italian artist in the world is ready for another incredible live project, in which he...

Angelo Calise of Weston, a former Westport resident, died Dec. 4 at Norwalk Hospital. He was 78. He was the husband of Carol Goodfellow Calise. He was born Oct. 15, 1940 in Ischia, Italy, the son of the late Vito and Rosa Castaldi, and emigrated to the United States in 1953. He was the hard working and proud owner of Sowesco Distibutors. He was a m...

Antoinette Mattioli Blazek, 98, of Milford, beloved wife of the late Thomas Blazek, passed away peacefully at her home on December 3, 2018. She was born on August 30, 1920 in Bridgeport, CT to the late Frank and Nancy Arciuolo. Antoinette or Nonni was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Material things held little value to her, but h...

John Mancini attributes his grandmother’s longevity to more than good genes and a healthy diet. Gina Ravazzola Galvani, an Italian immigrant who moved to Framingham in the 1930s and raised a family here, had a vibrant social life. Kids and grandkids were always nearby, and Galvani and her husband, John, were surrounded by friends in their home in T...

IAWA in Boston at I AM Books (189 NORTH STREET, BOSTON MA) Saturday December 8, 2018; 6pm to 8pm. Open mic signup 5:45! Featuring Lisa DeSiro and Camilla Trinchieri. Lisa DeSiro is the author of Labor (Nixes Mate, 2018) and Grief Dreams (White Knuckle Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, and have been set to mu...

When the Southern Italian immigrants first arrived in Boston at the end of the nineteenth century, one of the few professions open to them was being a barber, and the North End had scores of barber shops. My maternal grandfather had a barber shop on Haverhill Street near North Station, and my cousin’s son has a barber shop today on Salem Street. It...

Joseph Edward (Giuseppe) Mariano nacque a Montagano (CB), il 19 novembre del 1887, da Giuseppantonio (diciannovenne “calzolaio” figlio di Domenico e Filomena Gallo) e Maria Carmela Cristinziano (ventunenne “cucitrice” figlia di Giuseppe e Mariagiovanna Jannaccio). I genitori di Joseph si erano sposati il 7 agosto del 1886. Per la famiglia Mariano l...

A Rhode Island city welcomed the mayor of its Italian sister city over the weekend for a reception. Itri Mayor Antonio Fargiorgio was at St. Mary's Feast Society in Cranston for a reception Sunday. WPRI-TV reports Cranston and Itri first agreed in 2000 to form an official sister city relationship, citing the many Italian immigrants from the Itri ar...