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Less than two months after adopting a 2021-22 academic calendar, the school board has revised it to take into account two Jewish holidays and buck the trend as far as “Columbus Day” goes. Some school districts — Branford included — had moved away from recognizing the name of the federal holiday on the second Monday of October that honors the Italia...

I am raising money to honor Italian American Veterans, by engraving the Columbus Statue in New Britain, Connecticut to honor those veterans and their heroic deeds. The following is the text we plan to engrave, in English and Italian."Erected in 1941, this statue stands as an enduring witness to the courage, dedication, and faith of our New Britain'...

Rhode Island has the highest percentage of Italian Americans in any state, at 19 percent. So when Kevin O’Donnell was ready to return to his native state after cooking at award-winning Italian restaurants like Del Posto in New York City and SRV in Boston, he knew his first solo venture would feature the cuisine of his mother’s Italian family. Giust...

Adrew Biggio’s basement has been converted into a museum-of-sorts with display cases of war memorabilia, artifacts and other keepsakes that he has collected since serving his tours of duty as a US Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan. Biggio, who founded the Boston Wounded Vet Ride that would roar through East Boston and Revere every year to raise money...

Southington's Italian Festival will be returning to Center Street this July. The festival, which was canceled last year due to covid-19, will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on July 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 25, opening that Sunday with a traditional Italian Mass and procession. Center Street will be closed to traffic for the duration of the festi...

After taking a year off due to the pandemic, the Concorso Ferrari & Friends event returns to the Farmington Polo Grounds on Sunday, June 20. The event which is a fundraiser for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation has been around since 2001. Considered one of the premiere automotive events in Southern New England, will feature the w...

Holyoke has become the latest local community to ditch Christopher Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. In a 10 to 3 vote Tuesday night, the City Council voted in favor of the change, which communities across the country are making in recognition of Columbus’ role in the genocide and enslavement of Indigenous people in the Americas. In...

Nardelli’s, Connecticut’s 100-year-old Italian Grinder Shoppe announced expansion of its newest franchised restaurant in Norwalk, marking the company’s 16th location in the state.  Located at 345 Main Avenue, the Shoppe will open in fall 2021. Partnering with franchise owner, Matthew Youngs, four additional locations will open in Lower Fairfield Co...

John Zampieri didn’t care how long it took. In the weeks after his January birthday, the former buildings commissioner and legislator was in his Ryegate home writing letters by hand. They were thank-yous for nearly 200 notes he had received — solicited by his daughters in a local paper — wishing him well and reflecting on how he’d inspired them. “H...

On May 21, 1921, the infamous trial of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti commenced at the Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham. The two were accused of murdering a payroll clerk and his guard the previous year; on July 14, 1921, both men were convicted and in August of 1927 were executed. They were Italian immigrants and avowed anarchists. The trial...

Ward 4 Councilor Libby Hernandez proposed the City of Holyoke replaces Columbus Day in October with Indigenous People Day. Hernandez presented the order at Wednesday’s Public Service Committee chaired by Councilor At-Large James Leahy. The order stated that “The City of Holyoke consists of more than 50% of its population being Latinos, predominantl...

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...