In 1933, a poor Italian-American teenager led the dramatic New Haven garment workers strike that lifted thousands of women into the middle class. Jennie Aiello wasn’t the only leader of the New Haven garment workers strike of 1933. But she was certainly a key to its success. On a cold day in April, Jennie slid down the clothing chute from the secon...

Amid all the angry confrontations and bitter feelings over the city of New Haven’s removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Wooster Square Park, there is something that has the power to bring us back together: Frank Pepe’s pizza. When my wife, Jennifer Kaylin, and I recently were brainstorming at our kitchen table about a suitable replacemen...

Italians have been a foundational part of the city since at least the 1880s. Now, a group of members of the Board of Alders is proposing an official recognition of that history with an Italian Heritage Day to be held on the second Monday of October. Six alders submitted a resolution calling for that date, currently recognized as Columbus Day, to be...

Mayor Justin Elicker announced Monday that a committee, composed of Italian-American groups and others, will decide what will replace the statue of Christopher Columbus in Wooster Square. The base of the statue, however, may reveal what the Italian immigrants of almost 128 years ago thought about the statue and their life in New Haven. On Oct. 12,...

The group of Italian Americans who tried to stop removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Wooster Square Park filed a motion Friday asking where the statue is being stored and seeking assurances that the statue and the base are preserved. The motion in Superior Court follows one filed Tuesday that sought to stop removal of the statue. The ci...

A famed and prized statue of Christopher Columbus that has stood in an area park since 1892, has been removed following protests. The statue, located in Wooster Square Park in New Haven, was removed on Wednesday, June 24, just one week after the city's Parks Commission voted for its removal. The statue, which has been the subject of protests and ev...

The Board of Education voted to change the name of Christopher Columbus Family Academy and to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The school’s name will go before a committee, which will be tasked with collecting input and providing a recommendation on a new name. The change to the holiday name will only impact what is recog...

The Greater New Haven Columbus Day Parade has been canceled this year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to First Selectman Michael Freda. Freda said the decision was made on a recent short Zoom call to cancel the parade because of the novel coronavirus. He said committee organizers and town officials agreed easily it was in the be...

The Board of Education voted overwhelmingly in support of removing Christopher Columbus’s name from a Fair Haven K-8 school—as well as from an October holiday on the district’s calendar—in the city’s latest reckoning with the 15th-century explorer’s violent legacy. School board members took that vote Monday night during their most recent regular bi...

The Christopher Columbus statue in Wooster Square in New Haven was vandalized Saturday, and it wasn’t the first time. According to New Haven Police, Saturday evening around 6:30 p.m. officers responded to a protest that began to form around Wooster Square Park. Police report approximately 20-30 people had gathered around the Columbus statue in the...