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Harrison County native Rosalyn Queen has lived a life filled with love of heritage, service, family and pride in her community. Queen, a Bridgeport resident, is one of the founding members of the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, though she credits her colleague Merle Moore for having the idea to pursue it. “I’ve been involved from the very...

Join us as we welcome entertaining storyteller and master musician, John T. La Barbera, weaving stories and songs as he presets his autobiographical article “That’s Not Italian Music!” My Musical Journey from New York to Italy and Back Again. It was first presented at the 2005 Annual Conference of the American Italian Historical Association at UCLA...

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a longer association with the indigenous inhabitants of what is now the United States than almost any other state. This year, a group calling itself Indigenous People’s Day Massachusetts is supporting a bill in the state legislature that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day statewide. Support...

Friday June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. I AM BOOKS, 189 North Street, Boston, MA 02113. Milena Origgi, also known as Mylena Vocal Coach or the Voice Guru, is a renowned Italian Vocal Coach. Today she lives and works in the United States, dividing her time between Boston, New York and Los Angeles. She continues to work in Europe and Italy, too, thanks t...

A magical production of Agostino Steffani’s Orlando generoso opened the 20thincarnation of the Boston Early Music Festival’s biannual exhibition and concert extravaganza on Sunday. Half barricaded by construction fencing on Tremont Street, the beautifully restored Cutler Emerson Majestic Theater offered an exquisite haven of disbelief for a tale of...

A Board of Alders proposal to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday of October was met with a demand from dozens of Italians — don’t take away Columbus Day. In the language of a proposal authored by Alder Kenneth Reveiz, D-14, which was discussed by the City Services and Environmental Policy Committee, it is said that because the Q...

The Fort Trumbull neighborhood in New London secured its place in history through its destruction. It will endure as a symbol of eminent domain and its excesses. But the vanished community had another story, one so tightly held that, for years, few seemed aware of it. Those who were had little to say. A Connecticut author’s deep dive into Fort Trum...

Rocco (Rocky) Cingari, the longtime president and chief executive officer of Grade A Market Inc., which owns 11 ShopRite stores in Connecticut, died June 3, with his family at his side. He was 89 and a lifelong resident of Stamford, CT. Mr. Cingari served as president and CEO of Grade A Market for nearly 40 years until January, when his nephew, Tom...

Arrivederci, Columbus? Not so fast. There is currently a resolution before New Haven’s Board of Alder to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous People’s Day. As leaders of the Italian-American community, we believe that everyone is entitled to celebrate their heritage and welcome the opportunity to add an Indigenous People’s Day to our...

The New Haven Board of Alders is scheduled to hold hearings this week on whether the city should turn Columbus Day into “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.” Although the proposed resolution does not mention Columbus by name, it calls upon the city to “permanently recognize ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day” on the second Monday in October each year — the day currentl...

The 73rd Anniversary of the Italian Republic was celebrated at the annual Festa Nazionale della Repubblica Italiana on June 2, 2019, held outdoors with a “Piazza Italia” at Christopher Columbus Park. Kicking off the event was Boston’s Italian Consul General Federica Sereni with local dignitaries. The day long festa featured various exhibits, childr...

The first Sunday of June always brings the first Italian religious procession of the season to Boston’s North End, honoring Santa Maria di Anzano.  The 114 year old society held a Mass in Italian at St. Leonard Church followed by a lunch at St. Joseph’s Hall, the newly renovated function space under the church blessed just last week by the Cardinal...