Italian culture is stronger in four adjoining Eastern states than anywhere else in America.Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are home to the 22 U.S. markets that have the largest percentages of Italian-American residents, according to the latest federal data.The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey asked respondents...

Always around the 50 States searching for traces of Italy, today our trip stops in Connecticut. Among the things important to remember about Italians in Connecticut, we cannot fail to mention Ella T. Grasso: the daughter of Italian immigrant parents, in 1975 she was the first female to be elected governor of a US state (all three previous female go...

The Columbus Day Parade sponsored by the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven returns to North Haven on Sunday.   The parade annually rotates through East Haven, New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Branford and North Haven. Thousands across the state are expected to converge on North Haven to watch and take part in the festivities.  ...

John DeStefano Jr. took over as mayor of New Haven in January 1994, assuming the helm of a city overwhelmed by economic woes and soaring crime rates. Blighted proper­ties dotted the city like pox on skin. Escalating violence had spilled over from the dilapidated buildings on the edge of town into the downtown district.   The Yale campus was...

More than a century ago, Francesco Vollono left Italy and the poverty in his hometown outside Naples for a new life in America. Joined by his wife, Annunziata, and their three children in 1905, they were part of the early wave of immigrants who took up residence in Wooster Square   Five generations of their descendants, led by their grandda...

In 1926, Deane Keller of New Haven won the Prix de Rome, a prestigious award that allowed him to study art in Italy for three years. Little did he know that those three years were setting the stage for his greatest accomplishment.   During World War II, President Roosevelt recruited art experts to go to Europe to protect their art treasures...

  WTI Magazine #79    2016 May 13Author : Umberto Mucci      Translation by:   Ciao from Rome! Welcome to the 79th issue of our online magazine. The second tour of presentations of We the Italians – the book has been a big success! Once again I've been lucky to meet a lot of committed successful Italian Americans and Italians recently moved to t...

By Mary O'Leary   Sal Milardo broke down several times as he described the last four years following his mother's deportation to Italy after she had lived in the United States for almost 50 years.    "My mother has served as a caretaker and guardian angel for all of us," Milardo said. "She has always been there when we neede...

The leveling of the tomb of Jonah (think: whale) in Mosul, Iraq, last July, was a striking reminder of the fragility of our collective cultural inheritance. Have we nearly come full circle? In 1943, as Nazi Germany laid waste to much of Western Europe, Monuments Men—a handful of soldiers whose job it was to protect cultural heritage during wartime—...

This 1999 photo of Mary Ginnetti by Anthony Riccio is featured in Riccio's book "The Italian American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories." Riccio will show his photos and discuss his book at an event at the New Haven Museum on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The 5:30 p.m. event (snow date: Thursday, Dec. 5) coincides with the current exhibition...