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Cristoforo Colombo was always aloft on his pedestal, looking out toward the harbor and sea, to catch the next ship and to sail off to his next conquest. His replacement – the Italian, or perhaps universal, immigrant family – will have come from the sea, from far away, and to stay, to put down roots and to begin their American success stories. That’...

The National Organization of Italian American Women announced the appointment of Robin Tagliaferri as the new Rhode Island Region President to its membership on the 6th of January, 2022. Tagliaferri brings to NOIAW a deep, well-rounded portfolio in nonprofit administration. Her career spans some 25 years with experience in museums, arts organizatio...

Tuesday March 1, 2022 — 6 p.m. EST. Zoom Webinar (Register Here). Join us for a conversation with author Cristina De Stefano, celebrating the release of her book The Child is the Teacher – The Life of Maria Montessori. Moderated by Chiara Durazzini of I AM Books.  The series “Libriamo! From Italy with Books” is presented by I AM Books in collaborat...

The Italo American Club, 477 Broadway, Providence (RI), will be offering free tours beginning Monday, Feb. 7, and every Monday thereafter from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The club owns the former John E. Troup II house, built in 1881. The Italo American Club invites the public to schedule a tour by calling 401-621-5600. “We are proud of our Italian heritage...

Alfred Crudale knew Rhode Island had strong Italian roots and produced several Italian newspapers throughout the state. However, he did not realize that number exceeded his expectations until he started conducting extensive research at the Rhode Island Historical Library in Providence for his book “The Voices of Italy: Italian Newspapers and Radio...

Gone are the benches, planters, flood lights, and gravel walking paths. The sculpture itself — of an aspiring immigrant family — remains in the picture, as a controversial plan to replace the former Wooster Square Christopher Columbus monument moved to a new stage. That was the update offered Wednesday night at a meeting of the Wooster Square Monum...

Thursday February 3, 2022 — 7 p.m. EST. Zoom Webinar (Register Here). I AM Books in partnership with NIAF presents “Our Voyage: Italian American Stories” — a 10-event series focusing on Italian American authors and literary themes. These one-hour conversations are free and open to the public, but registration for the Zoom event is required. After r...

The Italian American community deeply mourns the loss of one of its great pillars on Sunday, Jan. 16. Anthony Vincent Riccio’s great passion was chronicling the lives of the Italian immigrants who settled in Boston’s North End, as well as those who settled in New Haven. I met Anthony for the first time in 2018 at a joint signing at I Am Books in Bo...

Every so often you come across a moment that captures the heart of Rhode Island. And so it was last week on an industrial stretch of Providence’s Valley Street, home to a humble business that for three-quarters of a century has played a hidden part in creating our landscape. I went there last week to see its last surviving patriarch, Raymond Ardent...

Anthony V. Riccio, the author of the Italian-American experience in New Haven and beyond, has died at the age of 69. Click here and here to read two previous Independent articles by Allan Appel about Riccio’s work about New Haven’s community.  Following is a tribute written by New Haven’s Phil Langdon: I was shocked Sunday to learn that my longtime...

Father Amelio James Bertelli died at Regina Cleri Residence, Boston, on Jan. 5. Known by priests and parishioners as Jim, his adopted first name was in no way a slight to his Italian ancestry of which he was quite proud. He was born in Somerville on Aug. 14, 1928, the son of the late Amelio and Stella (Guazzaloca) Bertelli. After his education in l...

The Southington Sons of Italy has elected its new officers Saturday and presented Robert Triano with its “Brotherhood Award.” Tony Cusano, president of the Southington Sons of Italy, said that the Brotherhood Award is the highest honor a member can receive. The award is given to someone who has been a member in good standing for at least 10 years w...