“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...

This letter is written in response to the person or persons who wrote a petition to remove the Columbus statue in Newport. I imagine that many of those who signed the petition never knew there was a statue there. They drive by that statue and most likely don’t notice it or know who it is. But we Aquidneck Island Italian Americans know. Why? Because...

When folks across the state recall Dick Fossa’s remarkable career as a high school football coach, they easily identify it with the 15 seasons he spent as Narragansett High’s head coach, which included four Super Bowl appearances, two Division IV championships, and four Providence Gridiron Coach of the Year honors. But what some people tend to forg...

Christopher Columbus has become a controversial figure. I’m prejudiced; I’m Italian American. My grandparents came to Newport in the early nineteen hundreds and raised a large family alongside multiple other Italian couples escaping poverty. They found a country most accepting of their boisterous language, delectable foods, endearing music and spec...

In Italian, “Giusto” means “just right,” and to chef Kevin O’Donnell, the restaurant he’s set to helm at the nearly completed Hammett’s Hotel this summer couldn’t have been better named. “The opportunity came along at just the right time and in the right place,” O’Donnell said in a recent interview with Newport This Week. O’Donnell’s culinary caree...