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Unveiling a tribute to Burlington's Italian community

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It is a special day for families of Italian heritage in Burlington more than forty years after their families were forced out of their neighborhood.

If you moved to Burlington after 1968, you probably don't realize that the area along Cherry Street by the waterfront was once a vibrant Italian neighborhood.

Back in the 1960s, family members say, the City of Burlington wiped out the homes and shops in the area for urban renewal.

We talked with some of the families impacted by that.

"My grandmother lived up by the courthouse, and I used to visit her on numberous occsions, especially after mass on Sundays with my father," says John Varricchione.

"My grandfather had a grocery store, an Italian grocery store, on the corner of Cherry and South Champlain Street and every day we interacted with him. We had a large extended family and all my great childhood memories are right in this area," says Janie Merola-McKenzie.

The Vermont Italian Club is unveiling three panels in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon and they gave us a sneak peak.

The panels highlight the history of the Italian neighborhood that existed here dating back to the late 1800s.

The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church in Burlington.


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