Coraggio Italia Province Coordinator Nicola Fragomeni Among Six Arrested For Kickbacks and Corruption in Rest Home Development and Mask Purchasing Schemes in Santa Maria di Sala. Brugnaro: “I’m shocked”

Fragomeni, a former mayor of Santa Maria di Sala and currently the president of the City Council is under house arrest, along with another former mayor, Ugo Zamengo, who is currently the mayor’s managing director for general affairs. Also involved were local businesses and architect Marcello Carroro, whose studio in Santa Maria di Sala specializes … More Coraggio Italia Province Coordinator Nicola Fragomeni Among Six Arrested For Kickbacks and Corruption in Rest Home Development and Mask Purchasing Schemes in Santa Maria di Sala. Brugnaro: “I’m shocked”

Progetto Rialto’s Popular – and Resilient – Lecture Series Le Lezione della Storia is Set to Resume at the Gallerie dell’Accademia

The series opens on 24 January 2023 at 17:00, with a talk by publisher and art dealer Luca Zentilini on Venetian Printing from the 15th to the 20th century The arrival of the Covid-19 crisis in early 2020 seemed at first to grind everything to a halt. However, it soon emerged that many people and … More Progetto Rialto’s Popular – and Resilient – Lecture Series Le Lezione della Storia is Set to Resume at the Gallerie dell’Accademia

Maintenance and Testing of MoSE Begins: Cleaning the Dams and Inspecting the Hinges

Experts are concerned about the serious delay in addressing the problems of the underwater structures. Tomorrow leaders of the Control Room appear at the Prefettura. The cries of alarm from experts about the condition of the mechanism and its impact on the lagoon have been ignored for years. [Ed. Note: I was in Venice in … More Maintenance and Testing of MoSE Begins: Cleaning the Dams and Inspecting the Hinges

Air Quality in Mestre is Worse Than Shanghai

Particulates in the air are at record highs, worse than Paris, London, Brussels, Luxembourg, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai, but so far there are no restrictions on vehicle traffic 4 January 2023 By Maria Ducoli Mestre’s air is more polluted than Shanghai. The only city worse is Treviso. The air people breathe in Mestre is … More Air Quality in Mestre is Worse Than Shanghai

A Holiday Gift

                  I was very touched and grateful to receive these poems from Gary Lawless last week. Gary is a bookstore owner, poet and publisher in Maine who before the pandemic spent a one month residency in Venice with the Emily Harvey Foundation. He has published a book … More A Holiday Gift

Moto Ondoso Worsening in Venice, with Few Patrols and Scarce Control

Policing the Tessera canal: only three agents and one boat. Agostini: “With the forces we have available we cannot do more” By Eugenio Pendolini 20 December 2022 There is only one boat and three agents for the lagoon police in the Tessera canal, run by the ex-Magistrato alle Acque. Yes, precisely the route that connects … More Moto Ondoso Worsening in Venice, with Few Patrols and Scarce Control

Andrea Segre Wins Film Festival in Berlin and Dedicates Award to Venetians in Front of Ca’ Farsetti

The director of “Welcome Venice” was awarded at the “Cinema! Italia!” Festival in Germany on Sunday evening. Monday he will bring the award under the windows of the City of Venice along with the group Alta Tensione Abitativa. “I dedicate this prize to Venetians who are trying to stay” 12 December 2022 By Mitia Chiarin … More Andrea Segre Wins Film Festival in Berlin and Dedicates Award to Venetians in Front of Ca’ Farsetti

“The Only Thing Lacking for Security is Political Will”

Architect Giovanni Leone: “Brugnaro has demonstrated his inability to govern or plan. The issue cannot only be addressed with tools of law enforcement and repression” 4 December 2022 By Mitia Chiarin Mestre is facing a big security emergency. For architect Giovanni Leone of the Venetian association DO.VE., the issue is not only confined to the … More “The Only Thing Lacking for Security is Political Will”

Increasing Numbers of Public Housing Units Sit Empty in Venice

“Resources Must Be Found to Assign Them”. A group of opposition city councilors calls on Ca’ Farsetti to invest in public housing By Vera Mantengoli 3 December 2022 Opposition city councilors are calling for a large part of the 2023 Budget funding to be dedicated to the recovery of public housing. Currently in the Municipal … More Increasing Numbers of Public Housing Units Sit Empty in Venice

M5S Calls on European Commission to Evaluate the Use of PNRR Funds for the Bosco dello Sport and Railway at Tessera

An inquiry has been presented by EU Parliamentarian Sabrina Pignedoli, with deputy Enrico Cappelletti and former Senator Orietta Vanin. “The PNRR is not meant to cover any need. They can move forward, but we will find ourselves without the necessary funding” 27 November 2022 The 5 Star Movement has brought the “Cittadella dello Sport” and … More M5S Calls on European Commission to Evaluate the Use of PNRR Funds for the Bosco dello Sport and Railway at Tessera