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Beloved children’s book author Tomie dePaola died, his publisher announced on Monday. He was 85 years old. He was best known for writing the Strega Nona series and 26 Fairmount Avenue. “We mourn the loss of a master storyteller. Tomie dePaola has passed away. We extend our sympathy to his legions of readers, friends, and colleagues,” Winding Oak Ch...

Maggiano’s Little Italy, a national restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine, is aiming to open its second Massachusetts eatery at the former spot of the American Girl store in the Natick Mall. Memphis, Tennessee-based Brookfield Properties Inc., which owns the mall, is listed as the owner on an application filed last month with th...

The Feast of San Gennaro would have celebrated its third Boston iteration this year but has been canceled for this September, according to its North End organizers Frank DePasquale, Pasquale Trotta and Nick Varano who vow to bring it back in September 2021.  “It is with a heavy heart that we have to postpone our beloved Feast of San Gennaro this ye...

They have distinguished their respective crafts and community while also playing major roles in highly important nonprofits. They are Johnston residents who have each carved a unique niche in the town’s tradition-rich history who recently added another chapter to a rather unique record book. “I’m proud to have this honor,” Mayor Joseph Polisena tol...

Mayor Robert Chatfield (at left with Ms. Davitt) and Bob Accetura, who held the ceremonial title in 2019, bestowed the honor upon Barbara at the beginning of her "Coffee Break" program on Thursday morning. During the presentation, Mayor Chatfield noted Barbara's decades of civic involvement, volunteer work and commitment to promoting the arts, comm...

One of most affected countries by COVID-19 saw the most significant rise in deaths since the virus emerged about a month ago. On Saturday, Italy reported an increase of 793 deaths, the biggest rise in a 24 hour span since virus deaths were first reported, bringing the country’s total to 4,825. Italy has more deaths from COVID-19 than any other coun...

Retired Natick Chief of Police John Arena at the age of 97, lifelong resident of Natick and patriarch of the Arena family died at this home on the morning of March 20, 2020. He was born June 21, 1922 to the late Antonio and Grazia LaScala Arena who were Sicilian immigrants. John was a 1942 graduate of Natick High School and was inducted into the Na...

«Non sprecate mai le opportunità offerte da una crisi. Questa è l’occasione per reinventarsi». Carlo Ratti, 49 anni, architetto e ingegnere torinese, è rimasto a terra. Bloccato a Boston. In attesa, suo malgrado, di uno tsunami che negli Usa «avrà conseguenze drammatiche». L’ultimo aereo disponibile per l’Europa, dopo lo stop ai collegamenti impost...

In their temporal dimension as popes, Saints John XXIII and John Paul II fervently and effectively served their savior and His church with humility and humor, and without hints of self-importance. These same gifts were bestowed on convivial, nonagenarian priest and Waterbury native the Rev. Vito DeCarolis, who worked in Waterbury’s Our Lady of Lour...

The popular "Pizza Wars" event in West Haven has been postponed, due to the state of emergency declaration as Connecticut looks to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The second "Pizza Wars" event, sponsored by the West Haven Italian American Civic Association, was set to take place March 21 at Cielo Banquet Hall on Chase Lane.  "Our fi...

An Italian restaurant in Lynn is dishing out free pizzas to families struggling to feed their children as schools shutter in response to the coronavirus. Alfredo’s Italian Kitchen has been serving pizza in Lynn for years and owners Thaer and Sara Demaidi said they were honored to give back to the community. “With the schools closing a lot of people...

For the last three-and-a-half years, James Beard Award-winning chef Ron Suhanosky has been cooking for small crowds at a pint-sized spot in the suburbs. Now, he’s broadening his ambitions—and getting a much larger restaurant to match. “When people think of Boston, I want them to think of Il Maestro,” says Suhanosky. That’s the name of the 125-seat...