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Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France in World War II. June 6 is also the birthday of a Rhode Island veteran who was among those landing on the beaches of Normandy. Rocco Marcoccio turned 100 years old on Sunday and celebrated in style with a parade in North Kingstown. Marcoccio also shared the secrets to...

I believe in stories. More precisely, I believe in stories of people who overcome great obstacles to reach a goal, defend an ideal, uplift the spirit. I believe in well-written fiction, because it holds all the truths and emotions of reality and life. I AM Books, our little bookstore, has its own story. Not a long one compared to other businesses,...

"E Chiamamulu Paisanu! Primu Diu E Sammastianu!" This Italian phrase will be heard loud and clear once again on the streets of Middlefield, Middletown and beyond for the centennial anniversary of the Saint Sebastian's Church in Middletown. It is tentatively scheduled for September 17-19 a delay of a few months due to COVID-19. Church organizers are...

A superior court judge has ordered Brandon Ambrose, of New York, to pay a hefty fine for beheading a Columbus statue in Waterbury, Conn. during last summer’s protests and riots. Security camera footage showed Ambrose hitting and breaking the statue with a large hammer in the early morning hours of July 4, 2020, according to WNPR. Police said Ambros...

New England’s largest Italian festival, hosted in Boston’s North End is back on as coronavirus restrictions ease statewide. The event will take place from August 26th to the 29th and will feature parades, live entertainment, food vendors and religious services, according to a post on the organizer’s social media. The tradition which spans more than...

Raising concerns about both the process and potential controversy, Mayor Rick Becksted ruled Monday that a City Council vote on permanently recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day would have to wait three weeks. Passionate high school advocates turned out to support the item, which they first brought to the council’s attention l...

The Feast of San Gennaro is a celebration of food and the Italian-American culture. It began in Little Italy in the 1920's and was started by Italian immigrants from Naples, Italy. The festival in Little Italy is world famous, an explosion of sound, color and food. It's become so popular, mini San Gennaro celebrations are observed in September in c...

Dr. Frank Mazzaglia. April 15, 1936 – April 21, 2021. MAZZAGLIA, Francis R. "Frank" Age 85, of Grafton, MA, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in the comfort of his home. Born and raised in Lawrence, he was the son of the late Salvatore "Sam" and Marian (Aloisi) Mazzaglia. After graduating from Central Catholic in Lawrence, he attended Boston...

The fate of the statue of Christopher Columbus that stood in Wooster Square Park is not yet settled. The state Freedom of Information Commission recently held an evidentiary hearing to review a complaint from Italian-American Heritage Group of New Haven LLC, which alleges the Board of Park Commissioners did not include an agenda item notifying the...

I had a wonderful childhood. I was born in 1956 and raised with my two sisters in the industrial seaport town of New London Connecticut. I grew up within earshot of the harbor, and I can still recall how the distant moan of the foghorns and the gentle clanging of the buoy bells would lull me to sleep on those balmy summer nights when the windows we...

Summer is around the corner and for many of us that means adventures and vacation. For me, it usually means travel to Italy, but this year with things still a bit in the air — pun intended — a trip to Italy may not be in the cards. If traveling outside the U.S. is in question, but you still need an Italy fix, I’d like to recommend a visit to the ma...

Sunday, May 16 | 6:00PM | Online Lecture. Dante in Boston Museums. Lecture presented by Danielle Carrabino Ph.D - Smith College Museum of Art. Online: www.events.dantemass.org RSVP Here. Boston is a city full of artistic treasures. In honor of the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death, we will explore key works of art in Boston Museums relat...