Italian Americans may not set off Guinness-fueled celebrations every St. Paddy's Day like Irish Americans, or serve as an excuse for margarita madness on Cinco de Mayo like Mexican Americans. But with their heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs, mobster flicks, and the unfortunate reality TV show "Jersey Shore," Italian Americans are a critical...

The Columbus Day Parade will return to the city’s streets for its 111th year after the City Council agreed to resume paying the police overtime costs.Columbus Parade organizers moved 2018’s celebration to Shelton over a dispute about the public safety bill. “Losing that last year was not one of our best moments,” Council President Aidee Nieves said...

Harrison County native Rosalyn Queen has lived a life filled with love of heritage, service, family and pride in her community. Queen, a Bridgeport resident, is one of the founding members of the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, though she credits her colleague Merle Moore for having the idea to pursue it. “I’ve been involved from the very...

Jan McNemar, a phlebotomist at United Hospital Center, was among the 11 women of Italian heritage honored during a Women of Distinction Luncheon in Clarksburg’s Uptown Event Center on Oct. 12. Nicky Epstein was the keynote speaker for the Progressive Women’s Association event. McNemar has worked at UHC since 1985. “We are honored to have one of our...

He took the annual Columbus Day Parade away from Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. So does Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, a Republican, want Democrat Ganim’s job as well? It sounds unlikely, but Lauretti, a seasoned politician, was happy to keep people speculating Thursday. “I have a good base in Bridgeport,” Lauretti said, responding to a sudden spurt of...

Salvatore D. Rotondo, 78, of Bridgeport, a much-loved teacher and principal who made a difference in the lives of thousands of area schoolchildren, died Sunday, Sept. 16, of cardiac arrest at his home. A Bridgeport native, Mr. Rotondo graduated from Bridgeport High School. He graduated with honors from West Chester State College in 1962 with a bach...

One summer afternoon when she was young, Anna Capuano strolled along the Seaside Park boardwalk in Bridgeport with two friends. One friend had a pack of cigarettes, so the two others lit up and puffed away. They invited Capuano to do the same, but she refused. “All I had to do was smell that smoke, and I said, No thanks,” said Capuano. A lifelong d...

The Rev. Matthew Bernelli was like a kid with a train set as he showed off his famous Nativity scene, now set up at St. Andrew Church in the North End after numerous Christmases on the East Side. “It came out good,” said the Catholic priest. “I love the little details.” There is no engine chugging along on tracks, desecrating the holy scene depicti...

It’ll take place in the Park City but the 109th Columbus Day parade on Oct. 8 will be led by longtime Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti. This is not the first time Lauretti, destined for a 14th term as Shelton’s mayor come November since no one is running against him, has head events here. In 2008 he served as the Barnum Festival Ringmaster and marches i...

By Linda Conner Lambeck First it was Columbus Day, then it was Indigenous People's Day, now the city school board has renamed the holiday that falls on the second Monday in October Italian Heritage Day.    Kate Rivera, the board member who proposed taking "Columbus" out of Columbus Day, said she is satisfied with the name change becaus...