An online program created to better understand a sensitive, complicated issue will be available to everyone with access to a computer and the Zoom application this week. "Columbus: From Quarry to the Park," a collaboration between the Babcock-Smith House Museum and Westerly Library and Wilcox Park, will be presented virtually on Wednesday at 5:30 p...

"Stop & Shop makes me walk on water," John Dimarco joked. The Italian baker, who owned Luigi's Bakery in Bridgeport for 52 years and now runs Luigi's Cannoli Cafe, is talking about how happy he is about a new deal he struck with the super market chain to sell his special cannoli pies in 400 regional stores. The pies, made in Bridgeport, have been a...

The historic Columbus Day festival on Federal Hill in Providence is the latest event to fall victim from COVID-19. The large parade and festival is not happening this year, but that's not stopping some businesses from celebrating Italian heritage. "Next year, we expect the Columbus Day festival to be back in full force as it traditionally would, bu...

Area writers of Italian heritage have a chance to show off as Newport Festa Italiana is sponsoring a new activity this year.  An essay contest centering on the theme, “A Favorite Memory of Growing Up Italian,” will jog some memories and spark much discussion. The essays are limited to 500 words. Three prizes will be awarded ($100, $75, and $ 50). O...

“As you are aware, due to COVID-19, these have been challenging times for everyone,” Johnston resident George Lazzareschi Jr. reiterated when he stepped to the podium Monday night. “People have lost their jobs, become ill and businesses have closed, but the Italo-American Club remained strong.” So strong, in fact, the proud social club – which is l...

The town council and Westerly Public Library, which owns the land where the Christopher Columbus statue stands, put off taking action until researchers could determine who the monument belongs to. The library now says it owns the statue and wants to keep it, according to Councilor Suzanne Giorno, who said the library’s board of trustees voted on th...

Libby DelGiudice hasn’t lost her Italian accent even though she was born in this country 104 years ago. Libby, who lived in Cranston for 65 years before moving to be with her daughter Victoria Gibb in Coventry, celebrated the occasion with lunch Friday at Avvio Ristorante in Garden City. It was a low-key affair with Victoria, her niece Diane DelBon...

NOIAW mourns the passing of Lois Scialo Ellis, who along with her sister Carol, was honored as a NOIAW Wise Woman at the very first Epiphany celebration in NOIAW's Rhode Island Region, in 2012. Lois was a beloved educator who touched the lives of thousands of students over her 34-year career teaching History and American Government at Rhode Island'...

St. Mary’s Feast in Cranston will be significantly scaled back this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 115th celebration this weekend will include masses at St. Mary’s Church, a small procession of the blessed mother and Italian food to-go. “Our plans for 2020 had to be massively scaled back due to the COVID-19 crisis,” St. Mary’s Feast Soci...

On Tuesday, the Providence Board of Parks Commissioners heard from the public on what they want to see done with the city’s Christopher Columbus statue. Last month, the statue was boarded up after vandals threatened to tear it down. It was later removed from the Elmwood neighborhood and is currently stored in a “secure location,” according to Depar...