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-...

The town of Branford goes all out for Columbus Day weekend which takes place this years from October 12-14, with Monday, Oct. 14 as the designated holiday. Columbus Day Committee secretary and publicity chair Magdalen Sparaco said they have a wonderful parade planned filled with bands, floats, vehicles, and more. The governor, lieutenant governor...

Little Italy isn't just one neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, it's a group of neighborhoods all across America. These neighborhoods have been incorporated into the fabric of the towns they reside in and have become an essential part of each city. With a desire to maintain Italian culture, these neighborhoods prosper today through a strong work ethic...

by Zach Melvin   A city famous for its pizza is making a name for itself with another Italian delicacy. At Gelato Giuliana, 15 employees produce between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of gelato a day. The company sells to supermarkets, country clubs, restaurants and colleges from Maine to Delaware.   "This was quite accidental actually,...

By Chris Hunn   Of all the Little Leaguers at the Darcey School field in Cheshire on Wednesday, no one had a bigger cheering section than North Haven's Dante Chiappetta. A handful of Yale football players and a couple of Bulldogs coaches dropped by to root for Chiappetta, who turned 7 on Thursday.   This is part of an ever-growin...

by Mary E. O'Leary Longtime members of St. Michael's Church told zoning officials Tuesday that they don't want their century-plus church to face the same fate as Sacred Heart Church, which remains shuttered and unused in the Hill. St. Michael's, which is in the heart of Wooster Square, like many Catholic parishes, is facing hard times with a...

The 113th anniversary dinner of the Society of Saint Catello will be held next Sunday at Anthony's Ocean View Restaurant in Morris Cove.   According to a press release from the organization, Louis Scillia, an active member of the society, will be recognized there for his involvement in carrying on the traditions of his ancestors and the soci...

by Frank Cohen   Are well-established pizzerias from outside New Haven coming to the Elm City to prove themselves or to enjoy even greater "street cred" among kindred souls? We can't be certain.   Some of it might even be push back against the expansion of the Frank Pepe brand. But with the opening of Colony Grill in Milford, Tarry Lo...

by Kent Pierce   North Haven has plenty of Italian people and businesses, but it doesn't have a Little Italy like Wooster Square in New Haven. Immigrants settled there fresh off the boat. Their children and grandchildren now live in suburbs like this. The one big exception? Some very recent immigrants who are burning up the bocce courts. &n...

È in mostra dal primo dicembre a New Haven presso il Museo Nights of Columbus di New Haven il Presepe Napoletano proveniente dalla Bottega d'Arte Cantone e Costabile di Napoli, che l'anno scorso ha realizzato per Papa Francesco il Presepe in Piazza San Pietro a Roma. La mostra, chiamata "Buon Natale: Creches of Italy Christmas exhibition", è stata...