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Ahead of the Monday vote on whether to change a city ordinance to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Concord City Council has been hearing from members of the public, including some Italian-Americans. Monday’s public hearing will be the first meeting where Concord residents can weigh in on the name change, which Ward 10 Councilor Zandr...

I always wondered how it came to be that there were five churches within the geographic area of Wooster Square. One of them, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (now St. Paul and St. James), on the corner of Chapel and Olive streets, was actually a vestige from the time when the area was predominantly Yankee and Protestant. It is a beautiful stone church v...

A charitable organization made up of Italian-American women has sued the city, seeking to bring back the Christopher Columbus statue to Wooster Square Park. The American Italian Women for Greater New Haven claim in the suit that the city, through Mayor Justin Elicker and the Board of Parks Commissioners, among others, violated their rights to due p...

Any time we have a chance to go to Cape Cod, we do. We went last weekend to hear an artist friend speak of his work at a gallery in Wellfleet (more on that in an upcoming essay).  The light’s angles on this crisp, clear, cloudless day reminded us that Fall is near. Our casual ride in unusually light traffic allowed us to enjoy the scenery, passing...

The IAA is pleased to announce this presentation: “OUT OF MT. RUSHMORE’S SHADOW”. The Luigi Del Bianco Story. The Zoom presentation will be made available on Tuesday, November 9, at 7:00 pm. The cost of the presentation is $10/per person. To culminate “October is Italian Heritage Month”, the IAA is pleased to announce a Zoom presentation featuring...

Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but the Crescendo Period Instrument Orchestra and its founding artistic director, Christine Gevert, are already preparing a feast of musical comfort food to be served at Saint James Place in Great Barrington October 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Trinity Church in Lakeville, Connecticut, October 30 at 4 p.m.  And Gevert...

A local World War I veteran billed as an “Italian-American hero” will be honored with a new memorial after a vandalization over the summer. City Councilman David Salvatore used those words in describing Carlo Lafazia, a Providence native who served as private 1st class in the 16th Infantry Regiment. Landing on French soil in 1917, Lafazia and his b...

The Italian American Alliance opposes discrimination against all people. We proudly promote our Italian heritage which includes the Great Admiral Christopher Columbus. On October 6, without warning to anyone but the media and a contingent of indigenous people, Acting Mayor Kim Janey proclaimed that Boston would celebrate Indigenous People’s Day ins...

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....