For more than 20 years creating the famed presepio, or Italian Nativity scene, at St. Ann Church has been a labor of love for Vincenzo Santarmarco. At 77, Santamarco, is long retired from his days working in the construction trades as a mason. But he brings these and other mechanical skills to life in assembling a fully motorized Nativity scene, wi...

Emma Salzillo has enjoyed success in such sports as soccer and basketball. The daughter of Gary and Toni Ann Salzillo, Emma, who recently turned 14, has also enjoyed other sparkling successes and is now a budding beauty queen. Back on October 1, the popular Johnston High School freshman received a prestigious honor and stunning crown after winning...

The leadership shuffle on the Providence City Council won’t be complete until the group meets Thursday night to elect a new president, but one change is already official: John Igliozzi, the second-longest-serving member of the council, is the new majority leader. Igliozzi, a Democrat who has represented Ward 7 in Silver Lake since 1997, was elected...

Venerdì 1 dicembre ci sarà l’atteso debutto del pugile italiano Fabio Turchi negli Stati Uniti. Lo sfidante sarà l’americano Mitch Williams, mentre il teatro del match sarà lo Strand Ballroom & Theatre di Providence, nello stato di Rhode Island. Il combattimento rientra all’interno del Real Deal Championship Boxing V, evento organizzato dall’ex cam...

Lidia will be in R.I. at Dave’s Marketplace on Saturday. Anybody who loves food and watches TV has no doubt watched and listened to Lidia Bastianich. For years she’s been cooking with her mother or daughter, or alone, creating Italian dishes that can be re-created in the home kitchen. For those who don’t believe that, Bastianich and her daughter Ta...

Leon Panetta — a former White House chief of staff, CIA director and secretary of defense — will receive a lifetime achievement award, and eight military veterans from Rhode Island will receive distinguished service awards on Sunday, at the Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame 30th anniversary event at The Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The Ha...

R.I.-born Luca Ciummo brings the trade home from Italy and works it hard in Cranston, specializing in custom pieces in a market that includes mega-yachts and commercial jobs. He’s built enough business to require a larger shop and possibly more people to work in what Ciummo calls “a great trade.” Luca Ciummo picked up the art of upholstery in Isern...

The Rhode Island Italian-American Hall of Fame’s “Greatest Salute to America’s Bravest” induction event will occur Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, at 1 p.m. This is the group’s 30th anniversary event honoring eight local military veterans, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Pa...

A piece of Rhode Island’s nostalgic past is making its way to New York City. Nick Albanese of Lincoln is taking his one-man play, “The Last Sicilian,” about his childhood, Italian roots and growing up working alongside his family at their bakery to the “big city.” Albanese, who lives in town with his wife and three children, said the 80-minute perf...

After a statue of Christopher Columbus was targeted by vandals in Providence, the head of the local chapter of the Sons of Italy is calling for the effigy to be moved to the community it primarily represents. Presumably in protest of Columbus Day, vandals doused the statue bearing the Italian explorer’s likeness with red paint Monday morning. The s...