Providence’s Federal Hill holds its annual festival over three days. So maybe other people “discovered” America before he did. It doesn’t matter. In Rhode Island, Columbus Day is still a time for festivals, parades and celebrations. And here’s a few of them: In Providence, Federal Hill holds its Columbus Day Festival Oct. 7-9, with Atwells Avenue c...

Johnston State Rep. Stephen Ucci sat at a small table inside the packed Young Pannese Society Club last Wednesday evening with a satisfied smile on his face. The Johnston native exchanged pleasantries with Msgr. Carlo Montecalvo of St. Sebastian’s in Providence and Don Mimmo Guida, the Pastor from Panni Foggia, Italy and raised his wine glass as a...

It’s a feast and festival that’s been going on for decades at Our Lady of Grace Church in Johnston. It’s considered one of Rhode Island’s best end-of-summer events, especially when it comes to home cooked Italian foods, Don DePetrillo’s delicious doughboys, family fun and those always-popular carnival rides and games of chance. It’s a Rite of Septe...

Some three years ago, the statute of La Madonna Del Bosco – the patron saint and Protector of Panni – was recovered inside a church on Providence’s Federal Hill. The hand-painted statute, which was brought to Rhode Island from Italy in the early 1900s, was then accepted – and moved – to its permanent home inside Our Lady of Grace Church located at...

To say that last weekend’s Saint Rocco’s Church Feast and Festival was many things for many people would be an understatement of huge proportions. Above all else, as Co-Chairman Richard Montella said, “Once again, our feast was a tremendous success for the parish community. We measure success in many ways; first and foremost it is our spiritual suc...

It may be unfair to assess a restaurant on a soft opening or the first big weekend. But there’s something about those early days — like watching a toddler take his first steps — that imbue a food venture with deliberate romanticism. The physical space, the dynamic on the line, the relationship between waitstaff and guests: All of it marries method...

If you ask Richard Montella why the Saint Rocco Church’s Annual Feast and Festival has been a special success through decades of operation, he’d quickly say, “It’s because of the way our parish community comes together.” Montella, who works daily in the food industry as a sales and marketing consultant, is a perfect example of the dozens of proud p...

Retired judge Vincent A. Ragosta, a former associate justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, died Wednesday at the age of 93. Born in Federal Hill, Ragosta interrupted his education at the University of Rhode Island to join the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in military intelligence. He was appointed by Governor J. Joseph Garrahy as a...

The man whose name has become almost synonymous with Christopher Columbus in these parts has been named the Dante Society of Westerly’s 2017 Person of the Year. Westerly native Joseph Potter, the president of the Permanent Columbus Day Parade Committee, will be honored by the society at its annual banquet Sept. 8 at The Haversham. His legacy of pub...

He is the judge whose unusual approach to the mundane cases in front of him have made him an unexpected viral star. Judge Frank Caprio presides over the municipal court in Providence, Rhode Island, dealing with parking tickets, speeding fines and petty misdemeanors.  But his compassion for the afflicted and occasional use of the accuseds’ children...