When Neil Thomas Proto started delving into the life of Yale University president A. Bartlett Giamatti, he expected to tell a story of tremendous personal and professional accomplishment — a tale of a life well-lived. What he found was something quite a bit more complex. Proto’s book, “Fearless: A. Bartlett Giamatti and the Battle for Fairness in A...

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...

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...

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...

NOIAW Connecticut Region invites you to an interactive discussion with Italian American women authors, focusing on what compels them to write about their heritage, family, and community. The panel will examine the contemporary situation of immigration in Connecticut, and how their families’ immigrant past empowers them to be successful in the prese...

We recently had a hankering for Italian cuisine and decided to dine at Caputo Trattoria at Foxwoods Resort Casino, which opened almost two years ago now. One takeaway: we should have gone sooner.  I’ll be honest, casino dining is not always my favorite. There are very good restaurants at both our local casinos, but the effort of getting there, park...

West Haven is known for having some of the best pizza around, so when a competition pits the locals against each other, it's a rare "war" where everybody wins. The second West Haven Italian American Civic Association's "Pizza Wars" will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 21 at the Cielo Banquet Hall, 85 Chase Lane in West Haven. Publi...

John and Teresa Sullivan, owners of the Connecticut Academy for the Arts on Prospect Street, brought a bit of Italian art and culture to their space this week, marking Fat Tuesday with a performance of “commedia dell’arte” by Mace Perlman of Greenwich. The actor and educator used his collection of leather theater masks, created by Italian artist Re...

The Western Connecticut State University Opera will present a contemporary adaptation of Gaetano Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) in three performances from March 5 through 7 at the MainStage Theatre of the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.  Performances wi...