Stamford, Connecticut, has a large tight-knit Italian American population which honors Christopher Columbus for his courage and fortitude. The Italian people of Stamford put differences aside and rally around an issue when it comes to a question about their heritage. In addition to this oneness of spirit, Stamford is home to an active chapter of UN...

I am a daughter of the late Bruno Giordano, the first Italian-American mayor of Stamford. I do not want Columbus Park to be renamed. The statue and the park name must remain. Dad was a member of UNICO and participated with many Stamford citizens to present this gift to the city. My grandparents and his parents showed courage in leaving the old worl...

Loud and impassioned speeches resounded along Main Street on Sunday afternoon, all addressing the question of the day: Should he stay or should he go? The statue of Christopher Columbus in the little city park that bears his name has become a flashpoint of controversy, amid larger questions about rectifying historical wrongs. The death on May 25 of...

As monuments to controversial historic figures fall nationwide — some toppled by protesters, others removed by governments — Stamford officials are seeking a cool approach to a heated debate about downtown’s Christopher Columbus statue. Should it stay or should it go? And what about the name of its home, Columbus Park? Strong feelings follow repeat...

My name is Stan Esposito. I’m 72 years old and a Stamford native. I was honored to serve as mayor of Stamford from 1991-1995. I’m proud of my Italian heritage. I am also proud to have served as a past Grand Marshal of Stamford’s Columbus Day Parade. My mother’s grandparents, the Carpinella Family, settled in Stamford in the late 1800s. Six generati...

The Italian American community has lived in Stamford, shoulder to shoulder, with all other groups for generations. We have worked together at places like Pitney Bowes, Machletts and Clairol and our children have gone to the same schools together for years. The statue of Christopher Columbus has been in Columbus Park since October 1960, almost 60 ye...

Amid nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd have come renewed calls to remove certain monuments from public spaces, including those venerating Confederate leaders in towns and cities across the south, and others honoring Christopher Columbus — which can be found in public squares in all corners of the country. Including Stamford. Mayo...

The Italian Center of Stamford (IC) has hired John Gervasi as the Director of Catering for their catering and banquet department, Serafina at the IC. “I am excited to join the talented team at this beautiful facility,” said Gervasi. “My goal is to take Serafina at the IC to the next level by expanding our menu selection and enhancing our offerings...

Two events, a concert and a festival, will be held in Stamford this weekend in honor of Italian heritage month. First up is the concert: “That’s Amore Live” takes place at The Palace Theatre, Saturday, Oct. 12. Sunday, Oct. 13, is when the “That’s Amore Italian Street Festival” will be held. This family event, which is free, takes place at Columbus...

The downtown site of the former Factory Bar & Grill appears to be preparing to roll out another restaurant. A sign in the front window of 261 Main St. advertises the “coming soon” of Clark + Main. The posting does not give more details about the planned establishment, but the recent painting-over of Factory’s signage on the brick building’s front e...