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This week began with the city’s abrupt decision to remove the Christopher Columbus statue from Seaside Park and ended with an uncertain outlook for the future of the likeness of the controversial explorer. “It needs to come back out. It doesn’t belong to the city. It belongs to all residents of Bridgeport,” City Council President Aidee Nieves ackno...

Police in Waterbury are looking for a New York man who tried to sell the broken-off nose that was once attached to the Christopher Columbus statue in front of city hall. In a news release, the department named 22-year-old Brandon Ambrose, of Port Chester, as a suspect. The Columbus statue was discovered decapitated shortly after 5:30 a.m. on July...

In 1933, a poor Italian-American teenager led the dramatic New Haven garment workers strike that lifted thousands of women into the middle class. Jennie Aiello wasn’t the only leader of the New Haven garment workers strike of 1933. But she was certainly a key to its success. On a cold day in April, Jennie slid down the clothing chute from the secon...

Months of anticipation over the opening of the city's newest waterfront restaurant is expected to end Monday when Tuscan Sea Grill opens its doors. Part of the Tuscan Brands family, Tuscan Sea Grill is owned by Lawrence native Joe Faro and is located at 54 Merrimac St., former home of the Black Cow Tap & Grill. “We can’t wait to bring Tuscan Brands...

After a rally Wednesday evening in downtown New Britain, a few dozen people took turns phoning into a common council meeting to demand the city remove its Christopher Columbus statue. “I’m a second-generation Italian and I still think it should be removed,” resident Joan Leone told the council. “Italians have enough to be proud of. There are a lo...

Amid regular announcements of permanent restaurant closures forced by COVID-19, a historic favorite will return to the city’s downtown this fall. Announced over the weekend, the Rosa Restaurant will see its third incarnation at its original 70 State St. location. Armando’s, the restaurant which took over the space in late 2018, is now marked as “pe...

An unlikely friendship between Nick Varano and Alain Allegretti is ushering in changes for Strega North End. The local restaurateur and the New York chef, whose resume ranges from his early Manhattan days at Le Cirque to his own NYC ventures like La Promenade Des Anglais, are making their relationship menu-official, bringing new food to the Hanover...

I am a daughter of the late Bruno Giordano, the first Italian-American mayor of Stamford. I do not want Columbus Park to be renamed. The statue and the park name must remain. Dad was a member of UNICO and participated with many Stamford citizens to present this gift to the city. My grandparents and his parents showed courage in leaving the old worl...

Amid all the angry confrontations and bitter feelings over the city of New Haven’s removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Wooster Square Park, there is something that has the power to bring us back together: Frank Pepe’s pizza. When my wife, Jennifer Kaylin, and I recently were brainstorming at our kitchen table about a suitable replacemen...

A trio of Italian restaurants with a connection to a rapidly-growing chain of modern American dining spots will be expanding to a fourth location in the western suburbs of Boston.  According to a Food for Thought segment with Billy Costa that was recently on WBZ 1030, a new outlet of Evviva Trattoria is being planned for Maynard, with the restauran...

This letter is written in response to the person or persons who wrote a petition to remove the Columbus statue in Newport. I imagine that many of those who signed the petition never knew there was a statue there. They drive by that statue and most likely don’t notice it or know who it is. But we Aquidneck Island Italian Americans know. Why? Because...

Whether trying to preserve the Christopher Columbus statue in Seaside Park or pressure City Hall to remove it, people on both sides of the debate were blindsided Monday when Mayor Joe Ganim’s administration abruptly put the monument in storage. Shoshana Mahon, who just graduated from Fairchild Wheeler High School, helped organize a July 4 protest c...