Internationally renowned organist Leonardo Ciampa will perform a concert of Italian organ music on Sunday, January 26 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Leonard’s Church, showcasing the church’s new pipe organ. Installed last spring by the Peragallo Pipe Organ Company of New Jersey, the organ contains over 1,000 pipes. Ciampa has played organ recitals in...

January 15th is the anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 in Boston’s North End. The United States Industrial Alcohol Company constructed a faulty 50 foot high steel tank in 1918 on Commercial Street near where Langone Park is located today. Twenty one people were killed and another 150 injured when the tank ruptured and exploded on Janua...

Once up on a time, you could get all of your prescriptions filled and all of your drug store necessities right on Main Street in South Medford. There was Yale Drug Store and Harvard Drug Store. Yale Drug, in its original location, had a Bunsen burner in the window. “People would tend to use one drug store or the other, not both,” says Nancy Chito....

Aer Lingus arricchisce la sua programmazione estiva 2020. Oltre alle nuove rotte che collegheranno Dublino alle città italiane di Brindisi e di Alghero e l’aeroporto di Shannon a Parigi e Barcellona, la compagnia collegherà Brindisi, via Dublino, alle città americane di Boston e New York e Dublino all’Isola di Rodi, a partire da maggio 2020.  Le tr...

Aer Lingus will begin flying from the Apulian city of Brindisi to the two US destinations of Boston, Massachusetts, and New York, New York, twice weekly. This will enrich the summer schedule by connecting Brindisi to Boston and New York from May 2020. In addition to the new routes that will connect Dublin to the Italian cities of Brindisi and Alghe...

Several months ago I was given a ride from an Italian woman who lives part time with her husband in a small town in Istria, but who works in a hospital in Trieste. As we made our way to the train station, one of us mentioned that the Chinese were investing in this or that feature of the city, probably the harbor; it is funny that it was one of thos...

It’s the beginning of a new year, and the “best of” lists are still coming. On Tuesday, Yelp released its annual list of the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.,” a quirky roundup recognizing both fine-dining and ultra-casual eateries from across the country. Three Massachusetts restaurants were featured, including No. 49 Carmelina’s, a North End re...

Alfonso Sarno, father of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, has died. He was 84. The mayor’s City Hall office announced the death Thursday morning. “Alfonso ‘Al the Barber’ Sarno passed away peacefully earlier this morning after waging a courageous battle against prostate cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family,” the statement read. Funeral arrangement...

We, sadly last month, lost yet another “Daughter of the North End.” With heavy heart, I share the news of the loss of Anna Moreschi of Malden via Hanover Street via Salem Street of Boston’s Little Italy, the North End. Anna passed away on Dec. 9 at 86 surrounded by the love of family. Her daughter Maria’s Facebook post spoke volumes: “The worst of...

Methuen resident Jay Bonanno, Methuen, was recognized last month for his countless hours of service to the community. Bonanno was honored during a Modern Woodmen of America member event at the Sons of Italy in Methuen. Jay Bonanno was honored through Modern Woodmen’s Hometown Hero Program for his 40 years of outstanding service to the residents of...