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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...

On March 12, 2020, our little bookstore in Boston's North End neighborhood was closed for two weeks, to make sure our staff, our community, and our customers stay safe as the coronavirus pandemic puts everyone at risk. We hope to re-open on Friday, March 27. However, this is a tentative date, and if the situation in our area will still be critical,...

What better way to celebrate an anniversary than with a love story? That’s exactly what The Edge Ensemble Theater Company will do this month to honor three decades of professional local theater. The ensemble will be offering seven performances of John Patrick Shanley’s “Italian American Reconciliation” at Heberton Hall. The Keene-based Edge Ensembl...

The annual St. Joseph Day Communal Celebration & Ethnic Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th @ 1:00 Pm at the W. Warwick Town Hall. A brief ethnic commemoration will take place in Council Chambers followed by refreshments of coffee, juice & the pastry of the day, Zeppoles. A flag-raising observance of the Italian flag to incorporate our d...

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Mazza was watching a special 20 years ago on New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio when his older brother let him in on a little secret. “I was 9 years old and we were watching ESPN Classic and they were talking about the 56-game hitting streak and all of the sudden my brother goes, ‘You know that’s our cousin, right?’"...

Rhode Island House Republican Deputy Minority Leader Robert Quattrocchi was honored with the 2020 Person of the Year Community Service Award by the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy (OSDIA) - Vince Lombardi Lodge.  “I am truly honored to be recognized by the Sons and Daughters of Italy for this distinction. Thank you to President Angelo Padu...