There’s a reason why advertising is so effective. So often, what we see, we want. For instance... While we wait for Game of Thrones to return sometime this decade, Barbara and I decided to go back in time and re-watch The Sopranos. It’s been great, but there has been one unintended side effect. No, I haven’t booked a therapy appointment or whacked...

Providence Journal food editor Gail Ciampa has been selected to receive the annual Media Achievement Award from Southeastern New England Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The award is presented each year to a member of the local media who displays a dedication to journalism and a desire to continually cultivate relationships with...

One year ago a leading Federal Hill restauranteur launched the idea of branding Federal Hill as “Little Italy” and now he is fed-up with the lack of progress.  When Gianfranco Marrocco presented the idea to the fellow business owners, the idea received strong support from the Federal Hill Commerce Association, city officials, and State Representati...

Providence Journal Food Editor Gail Ciampa will be honored on Thursday by the Rhode Island Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women, which proclaims its mission is “to unite and connect women through Italian culture and heritage” while also celebrating the achievements of women of Italian ancestry. Also being honored at the 6 p...

Il sindaco di Foggia Franco Landella ha accolto, questa mattina, a Palazzo di Città, Monsignor Carlo Montecalvo, già Pastore presso la chiesa di Our Lady of Grace a Johnston (Rhode Island, U.S.A.) e attualmente Pastore alla chiesa di St. Sebastian di Providence (Rhode Island, U.S.A.), uno dei promotori dei rapporti di gemellaggio che si sono strett...

Imagine 600,000 Italians in America, good honest hardworking people. Imagine them all of a sudden branded as enemy aliens, discriminated, questioned, moved to internment camps. Imagine that they are prohibited to work, to live in their own homes, to travel more than 5 miles. Imagine them forced to prove their innocence, for a charge they don't even...

A Providence comedian, actor, and writer is headed to New York City for a 10-day run of his one-man-play, "The Last Sicilian." Nick Albanese grew up the son of Sicilian immigrants on Charles Street in Providence, with the whole family living on the second floor above his father's bakery, and rolls those funny but true-life experiences into his show...

Judge Frank Caprio is Rhode Island. He’s Italian. He’s got the accent. He’s blunt, but kindhearted. He makes us look good. And now, he’s getting his own national TV show. That’s right: Your favorite courtroom superstar — sorry, Judge Judy — will debut on Fox stations around the nation this fall, according to an announcement on the “Caught in Provid...

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...