by Lisa Reisman   Branford high school track coach Richard Biondi never set out to write "Pugilistic Paisani," a history of Italian and Italian American boxing champions.   Then, on a visit to Cleveland's Little Italy Heritage Museum in 2000, he met a volunteer in her mid-80s. They got to talking. At some point Biondi asked her about...

By Pam McLoughlin   The five historical societies of the Ethnic Heritage Center celebrated Sunday with an informal sharing of traditions and food from African-American, Jewish, Irish, Italian and Ukrainian cultures.   Mayor Toni Harp, who attended part of the celebration, praised the center for all its "great work," and noted how the...

The Connecticut Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) will honor three of Connecticut's most prominent and pioneering women at its eighth annual Epiphany Celebration brunch and silent auction event, on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at the New Haven Lawn Club in New Haven, CT.   Master of Ceremonies, U.S. Congressw...

For 100 years, the Santa Maria Maddalena Society of New Haven has been celebrating its Atrani heritage and tradition with its annual Old World procession through Wooster Square.   This year, the procession takes place Sunday after the 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Michael's Church in Wooster Square, followed by a reception at the society clubhouse,...

By Jesse Gosselin   News 8 is celebrating the contributions of Italian Americans to Connecticut throughout the week of May 4th through 8th, and everyone is welcome to come join us live for the celebration!   We're taking our newscasts on the road to New Haven, Middletown, Waterbury, Hartford, and North Haven, and you're welcome to com...

By Erik Dobratz   Branford High School social studies teacher and track coach Rich Biondi loves teaching and coaching, but boxing really fires him up, specifically Italian boxers from New Haven. "I never really thought I'd write a book, but I did it," he said.   Two books to be exact: "Pugilistic Paisani: A Concise History of the...

On that day, the Tuscany Campus moved 27 students into its new residence hall located in a historic former Franciscan convent known locally as San Francesco. While the structure itself has been around for ages, the interior was recently renovated and now features all of the latest conveniences to provide for student development and safety. "My sta...

by Jason Newton   Italian immigration may have ended decades ago, but their influence in Connecticut is everywhere. There are many Italian specialty food shops, like P&M in East Rock. "The Italian culture, the main thing is the food," said Joseph Ciccone, owner P&M Fine Foods.   "I grew up on good food. I've never known f...

The Greater New Haven Sons of Italy Lodge #37 will hold the 4th annual ladies luncheon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Italian American Social Club, 40 Hamre Lane, Branford, according to a release.   The male members of the lodge will prepare and serve the food, the release said. The cost is $35 per person. Seating is limited to the first...

by Brian Mccready   East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. and Paul Criscuolo, President of the Columbus Day Committee of Greater New Haven have announced that the Grand Marshals for this year's Columbus Day Parade are East Haven resident Pio Sgrignari and David McDermott of McDermott Auto Group.   Mayor Maturo is the Honorary Chairman o...