Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins us with more on the newest exhibit at the State Archives in 337 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903. It’s called Andiamo! Italians Make Their Mark in Rhode Island. “Rhode Island has the highest population of Italian Americans per capita in the entire country! We just beat out Connecticut and New Jersey, accor...

Nicholas Cardi Jr., a Rhode Island businessman whose family furniture store is a fixture in parts of New England, has died. He was 71. Cardi’s Furniture on Friday posted on Twitter that Nicholas Cardi Jr. died following a four-year battle with cancer. Cardi co-owned the business with his two younger brothers, Ron and Pete Cardi. They’ve become loca...

Whether you call it Federal Hill or Providence’s “Little Italy,” there’s no doubt that the neighborhood is changing, but there’s still a lot to love that’s exactly the same. Let’s appreciate what we have while we still have it, and also embrace some of the newer multicultural businesses that are making their home along the city’s famous red, white...

Forse in pochi conoscono la città americana di Providence, la capitale dello Stato del Rhode Island. Fuori dagli standard delle metropoli americane, Providence è una città a misura d’uomo. Fondata nel 1636 da Roger Williams, in esilio dal Massachusetts (da dove lo avevano espulso i Puritani), fu chiamata così in onore della “Provvidenza misericordi...

Providence Municipal Court Chief Justice Frank Caprio opens the passenger side back door of a metallic blue 2018 Lincoln Navigator parked on the side of the private Aurora Club Civic Association in Providence’s Federal Hill. It’s the place where he is permanent director and has been a member for more than fifty years, and he has lunch there on an a...

When I read that Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the HBO drama “The Sopranos,” I immediately thought back to the time in 2007 when I interviewed Len Riggio, the executive chairman of Barnes & Noble Inc.  Riggio is a prickly man, quick to find offense, and surprisingly defensive about his lower-middle-class Brooklyn upbringin...

He was my first real coach. It was December 1957, the early years of rock ‘n’ roll on the radio, the New England Patriots off in the distance somewhere, and Frank Murgo was the coach of the Peck Junior High School basketball team, a team I was trying out for. He was a gym teacher at Peck then, but his real claim to fame, for us anyways, was that we...

Joseph Edward (Giuseppe) Mariano nacque a Montagano (CB), il 19 novembre del 1887, da Giuseppantonio (diciannovenne “calzolaio” figlio di Domenico e Filomena Gallo) e Maria Carmela Cristinziano (ventunenne “cucitrice” figlia di Giuseppe e Mariagiovanna Jannaccio). I genitori di Joseph si erano sposati il 7 agosto del 1886. Per la famiglia Mariano l...

Most of the time, gondoliers row slowly and sing softly. It’s all very peaceful. But for one weekend, they row like mad, scream at each other (sometimes in Italian), and it’s complete chaos. That’s how Greg Mohr describes the U.S. Gondola Nationals, a convention for the small community of U.S. gondoliers. The nationals were held Friday-Sunday on th...