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October 2, 2006
Italian ambassador visits Rhode Island
Italy’s ambassador to the United States will visit Rhode Island today for the state's first observance of Italian-American heritage month.
Giovanni Castellaneta will be on hand at noon as Governor Carcieri holds a ceremonial signing of the bill, passed by the General Assembly this year, designating October as Italian-American heritage month.
After the signing, Castellaneta will join about 90 people, described by a House spokesman as leaders in the Italian community, for a catered luncheon in the House lounge.
Nineteen percent of Rhode Islanders claim Italian roots, the highest percentage of any, according to the House news release. Italians are also the largest ethnic group in Rhode Island, according to U.S. census data.
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