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The Western Massachusetts Italian Cultural Center in Springfield Sunday revived the concept of the neighborhood block party. A throwback to the days when each neighborhood celebrated its own identity. Although Sunday’s event was smaller than block parties of the past, 22News learned it could be just the start of a new era in neighborliness here in...

Westies Care founder and President Phil Liscio has been chosen as the city’s Italian American of the Year, and will be honored at a celebration this week, according officials. Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and the West Haven Italian Heritage Committee will present the annual award at noon Oct. 15 at City Hall, the city said in a release. The award is given...

The Christopher Columbus statue outside of Worcester’s Union Station was covered in red paint for the second time since June 2020. According to the Worcester Police Department, someone threw red paint onto the statue, which faces the Washington Square rotary, sometime early Wednesday morning before walking away. An investigation is underway, offici...

Monday is the first Indigenous Peoples day in Boston, but some members of the city's Italian-American community complain a day usually dedicated to their own heritage has been done away with. 14 states and more than 130 local governments have chosen not to observe Columbus Day, many instead dedicating the second Monday in October to Native groups....

The Council of Italian American Societies of Greater Bridgeport laid a wreath in Seaside Park today at the site where the Christopher Columbus statue once stood. The group says despite the statue being removed, they are continuing a tradition they have had for 55 years to recognize the explorer and celebrate the Italians who paid for the statue and...

“By Her Hand: Artemisia Gentileschi and Women Artists in Italy 1500-1800,” at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford (CT) brings together dozens of artists from a specific time and place, hundreds of years ago and thousands of miles away. But the exhibit, which is up through Jan. 9, asks timely, ever-current questions not just about art’s...

Italian-American citizens gathering in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park to celebrate their heritage and the late explorer were greeted by signs and monuments scrawled with “Land Back” in red paint by vandals. The park has been the epicenter of the cultural battle over the continued observance of Columbus and his legacy. The six-foot white marbl...

“I’m not a portrait painter,” says Donna Pomponio. “What I am trying to do is get under the forehead and into the psychology of the person — to peel back, so that what you are painting is a life.” Pomponio is most inspired by faces that tell the story of a life being lived fully. That sort of life, she feels, is more possible in Provincetown than a...

The Westborough Select Board recently opted not to entertain a motion to schedule and hold a public listening session about a proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Gathered for a meeting on Sept. 28, the board decided to add the item to their next agenda due to concern over how the proposal, which was unanimously recommended by...

The St. Lawrence Society will celebrate Monday as they continue a town tradition by hosting its annual flag-raising and breakfast for Columbus Day. But this year, there will be a twist at the event, which has been held in town for more than 30 years. In the past, the St. Lawrence Society has usually honored an Italian-American resident of Greenwich...

Columbus Day weekend is Monday, but there have been many changes to the annual holiday. There’s a fight to re-name the holiday in Rhode Island, as Boston and other cities changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, with Acting Mayor Kim Janey singing an executive order Thursday.  Andre’ DiMino, who is the spokesman for the Italian American Nat...

More than a year ago, a group of Italian-Americans in Stamford fought to preserve a statue of Christopher Columbus in the downtown. On Sunday, they’ll celebrate that the statue is still standing. The Stamford chapter of the Italian-American service organization Unico is putting on the Columbus Day celebration, which will take place around 11:15 a.m...