The Italian American Alliance opposes discrimination against all people. We proudly promote our Italian heritage which includes the Great Admiral Christopher Columbus. On October 6, without warning to anyone but the media and a contingent of indigenous people, Acting Mayor Kim Janey proclaimed that Boston would celebrate Indigenous People’s Day ins...

For many people, just to hear the voice of a loved one again is worth more than gold itself. When historian and author Anthony V. Riccio set out to record Italian immigrant stories in Boston’s North End nearly 40 years ago, he did not know that these voices would one day prove to be that gold not just for the immigrants’ families, but for all those...

Inching closer to our reopening: let's get this party started! After a long summer of patiently waiting to get all the required permits, we're happy to report that construction work is finally under way at 124 Salem Street and the reopening of I AM Books is on the horizon! We may have a better idea of when we’ll actually open in a couple of weeks....

The Western Massachusetts Italian Cultural Center in Springfield Sunday revived the concept of the neighborhood block party. A throwback to the days when each neighborhood celebrated its own identity. Although Sunday’s event was smaller than block parties of the past, 22News learned it could be just the start of a new era in neighborliness here in...

The Christopher Columbus statue outside of Worcester’s Union Station was covered in red paint for the second time since June 2020. According to the Worcester Police Department, someone threw red paint onto the statue, which faces the Washington Square rotary, sometime early Wednesday morning before walking away. An investigation is underway, offici...

The spiky-haired, sunglass-wearing chef was in town getting his Guy Fieri’s Boston Kitchen + Bar ready for opening recently, and he brought the excitement. He is putting the finishing touches on the menu, but you can be sure that the food will be delicious. His wife is from Rhode Island, and he has been through the area a lot recently and is really...

Monday is the first Indigenous Peoples day in Boston, but some members of the city's Italian-American community complain a day usually dedicated to their own heritage has been done away with. 14 states and more than 130 local governments have chosen not to observe Columbus Day, many instead dedicating the second Monday in October to Native groups....

Italian-American citizens gathering in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park to celebrate their heritage and the late explorer were greeted by signs and monuments scrawled with “Land Back” in red paint by vandals. The park has been the epicenter of the cultural battle over the continued observance of Columbus and his legacy. The six-foot white marbl...

“I’m not a portrait painter,” says Donna Pomponio. “What I am trying to do is get under the forehead and into the psychology of the person — to peel back, so that what you are painting is a life.” Pomponio is most inspired by faces that tell the story of a life being lived fully. That sort of life, she feels, is more possible in Provincetown than a...

The Westborough Select Board recently opted not to entertain a motion to schedule and hold a public listening session about a proposal to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Gathered for a meeting on Sept. 28, the board decided to add the item to their next agenda due to concern over how the proposal, which was unanimously recommended by...