1 VOL NO. 7 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 $.30 A COPY Presidents Day February 15, 2010 Carnevale Remember these men as you enjoy the holiday Abraham Lincoln President George Washington President News Briefs by Sal Giarratani Tim for Governor Since the upset victory of Scott Brown over Martha Coakley, everyone wants to be an independent. However, in the 2010 governor s race there is only one real independent running and that is current State Treasurer Tim Cahill. He gave up his safe statewide seat as treasurer to run for governor as an independent voice. Good timing it would seem now with Brown s come-from-behind defeat of the Democratic Party on January 19. Recently, a reception for the two-term State Treasurer and former Quincy City Councilor was held at the Alumni Cafe in Wollaston Center. The race for governor is going to be very interesting with Deval Patrick running for reelection and Republicans Charlie Baker and Christy Mihos duking it out for the GOP nod. They re all jumping on the populist bandwagon but remember Tim Cahill is running for governor as the only Independent on the ballot. New Name in the Race The special state Senate primary on April 13 has a new aspiring candidate in Michael Albano of Chelsea to fill the open seat vacated by Anthony Galluccio. Says Albano, People are hurting and they re frustrated and we need new (Continued on Page 15) Happy Valentine s Day February 16, 2010 is the celebration of Carnevale also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. In Italy, Carnevale is celebrated before Ash Wednesday as a way to party before the Lenten season begins. The largest celebration takes place in Venice, Italy with the most elaborate parades, balls, and music throughout the streets. The Mayor s Column maschere mask is the most widely used costume as it is a traditional prop in Venice. The celebration usually begins weeks before the actual Carnevale day where locals take part in a lot of fun and joking where a saying has been derived A Carnevale Ogni Scherzo Vale Anything goes during Carnevale. by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston Over the last month, Boston has shown a great sense of togetherness as we helped our Haitian community after the devastating earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people. We banded together as a city to support friends, co-workers and neighbors as they tried to reach their families and loved ones and we immediately arranged for a resource and call center and organized a massive fundraising effort. But the work must continue as there are now questions about the often complicated immigration process and unfortunately, some are preying upon such a tragic situation by offering services they cannot provide. To alleviate some of the confusion and concerns regarding potential scams and fraudulent activity, the City of Boston has organized a community forum on February 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Haitian Multi Service Center in Dorchester. The forum will consist of an expert panel discussion including Denis Riordan, Director of the Boston Office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Emmanuelle Dupiton, Consul of the Consulate of Haiti. These immigration experts will address concerns about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians bringing relatives to the United States, adopting children orphaned by the earthquake, benefits for Haitians granted TPS, resources for Haitian earthquake evacuees and much more. The goal of the forum and our goal moving forward as we work through this crisis is to raise the level of awareness concerning the differences between the real resources available and the scams that often permeate when communities respond to similar tragedies. Additionally, information regarding potential scams and fraudulent activity will be available at the city s resource center located at the Mattapan Public Library or online at cityofboston.gov/ haiti/. You can also call the resource center at The USCIS has a dedicated website to provide guidance on its response to Haiti at uscis.gov/ haitianearthquake. The USCIS has also posted several tips to prevent from becoming a victim of immigration fraud: DO NOT sign any blank papers or documents that you do not understand. DO NOT sign any documents that (Continued on Page 15) THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call for more information
2 Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Res Publica by David Trumbull Michelangelo Buonarroti, probably the most talented human being to walk upon the face of this earth, was known, not only for his great masterpieces, but also for his frightening terribilita. Did this quality just happen or was it preordained? As far as I m concerned, show me an Italian who doesn t get angry once in a while and I ll show you an impostor. Those who do not hold with theory have never heard two Romans discussing a fender bender at a busy intersection. It follows them, if blowing your stack is a part of our Roman character, there must be some rationale by which we can blame it on our roots violent roots eruptive roots. Geologists tell us that there was a time when the area now occupied by Rome and its suburbs was covered with the quiet blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the form of a broad and placid bay. It all started when nature combined its forces in BLAME IT ON YOUR ROOTS preparation for the Rome that was to be. Suddenly out of the bay were thrown enormous quantities of every kind of volcanic ash, pumice, lava, refuse, and debris. Nature s frightening terribilita formed a cosmic spectacle that no human eye could have seen. The seed was planted, and from this our roots were destined to grow. Land appeared above the water but there was a long dormant period which caused all of this material to be beaten into the stony tufa which formed the foundations for the seven hills of Rome, and furnished the material for those early walls, sewers, and temples. These tufa beds, about seventy-five feet thick, formed the geological phenomena (soft enough to excavate but hard enough to support the crushing weight from above without shoring) which later permitted the excavations for the underground burial places called cemetaria, shelves for the embalmed bodies called loculi, pigeonhole niches for cremated remains called columbaria, and more than three hundred miles of catacombs that would hold about six million deceased. After an interval of great duration there came another series of eruptions. Similar materials were thrown out, but were subjected to different elements and forces, which resulted n the formation of a different kind of tufa. This time on the Palatine Hill, the hot ashes and debris, falling in enormous quantities, buried a growing forest like a giant coal bin. The wood was thus converted into huge lumps of charcoal, which have been plentiful everywhere in the Palatine tufa. Nature was kind in providing the fuel for those hundreds of thousands of braziers which would furnish the heat for warmth and cooking during later eras. NEXT ISSUE: Blame It On Your Roots Part II Summer Jobs Program through the Hopeline Participants Will Serve at Over 300 Worksites Ranging from City Departments to Faith Based Organizations in Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Youth Fund announced the launch of the Hopeline registration for The majority of teens work as camp counselors, tutors and mentors placed in nonprofit organizations that serve younger children through camps, sports and enrichment programs. Participants will serve at over 300 worksites ranging from City Departments to community and faith based organizations in the Boston area. The Hopeline is the only application process for the City of Boston Summer Jobs Program and is only open for a limited time. Potential employees must be registered on the Hopeline in order to work for the Boston Youth Fund. Applicants should call (617) 635-HOPE to register. Although registering through the Hopeline is encouraged, it does not guarantee a summer job. In order to register interested individuals: Must be a full time Resident of the City of Boston; PINELLI S FUNCTION FACILITY BEREAVEMENT BUFFET $13.25 Per Person Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli s family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. Must be 15 years old, on or Before July 5, 2010; Cannot turn 18 years old, on or before August 13, From 10:00 AM on February 16 through 11:59 PM on March 15, applicants can register for 24 hours a day online at zone.com by clicking on the Youth Fund/Hopeline link. Registration can also be completed over the phone by calling HOPE (4673). The Hopeline phone registration will be open for the following dates and times: Tuesday, February 16 from 10:00 AM 2:00 PM. Wednesday, February 17 from 10:00 AM 2:00 PM. Thursday, February 18 from 10:00 AM 2:00 PM. Friday, February 19 from 10:00 AM 2:00 PM. To view this registration information in multiple languages, visit youthzone.com. Please contact the Boston Youth Fund with any questions you may have at (617) This is Washington s Birthday and I Can t Tell a Lie Monday is WASHING- TON S BIRTHDAY, a federal and state holiday to honor the hero of the Revolutionary War, the Father of this Country, and the first President of the United States. Of the 43 men to serve as chief executive of the Union, only Washington is so singled out for honor with a federal holiday. That many persons now call the third Monday in February Presidents Day is an indicator of our lack of discrimination and devaluing of true accomplishment and fame. To put it in perspective, Catholics believe that each of the 265 popes was the Vicar of Christ on Earth, infallible in matters of faith and morals, and yet fewer than 80 have been added to the calendar of Saints (and no less erudite writer than Dante placed some of the popes in Hell), but common American usage honors equally the great Washington and the least noble and least accomplished of men to hold the office by jumbling them all together on Presidents Day, the equivalent of declaring each a secular saint. Slighting of Washington by calling his birthday Presidents Day also errs by neglecting the 29 th of May, which by state law (Mass. Gen. Laws Chap. 6 Section 15VV) is our PRESIDENTS DAY, in memory of John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, former presidents from the Commonwealth. Virginia, home of eight presidents, including Washington, beats us out in total number. But here in the Bay State we have something the Old Dominion lacks. We have in our midst the Washington Library About 800 books and pamphlets from George Washington s personal library at Mount Vernon given to the Boston Athenaeum by a group of Bostonians in The books themselves are priceless and only serious scholars need apply for permission to use the collection. However, in 1997 the library published a catalog so the rest of us can see what sort of books the great man was reading. Books on history and government from Washington s library include his personal copy of Common Sense, the tract by Thomas Paine that was so influential in promoting the revolutionary spirit. The General, of course, had several books on military science. Remembering that Mount Vernon was a working farm, we are not surprised to find books on agriculture and practice arts such as carpentry and horsemanship. President Washington s mind ranged beyond those necessary topics, for we also find books on religion, linguistics, and poetry. I could lump Washington in the same group with some of the lesser men who occupied the White House but that would be a lie. David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston s Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. EAST BOSTON RESIDENT Achieves Honors SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: Flexible hours & paid training Call TODAY US Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Photo by Burlington Studios) East Boston resident Christopher Pellegrino 11, made Honor Roll at the Brimmer and May School for Semester I (Upper School). To earn Honors, a student must have at least an overall B average (the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA for a term) with no mark lower than a B-. Christopher is the son of Ben Pellegrino and Diana Wong-Pellegrino.
3 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 3 Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box , Boston, MA FAX Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box , Boston, MA USPS 1538 Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box , Boston, MA James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to to to 1990 Vol No. 7 Friday, February 12, 2010 GUEST EDITORIAL DOES THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAVE AMERICA S BEST INTERESTS IN MIND? by Gregory D. Lee After getting chills up their legs when Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. announced that he would try Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in the Southern District of New York, area politicians now want to have the trial in your hometown instead. Bring him here! Then again... The police clued in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that security would cost the city close to $1 billion dollars over the years to provide security for these terrorists during the trial. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), who was initially thrilled to allow KSM a worldwide forum, now wants it held elsewhere, even if the feds reimburse the city for the cost of security. Do you think the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts had anything to do with Schumer changing his mind? You bet it did. Brown campaigned for lower taxes, no healthcare overhaul, and not bringing Guantanamo detainees to the homeland. Several months after Attorney General Holder s announcement that he would remove Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and four others from Guantanamo and try them in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Schumer, and New York Governor David Patterson have suddenly had a change of heart. Now, finding a Democrat New York politician in favor of trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammad there is harder than getting an NFL franchise in Los Angeles. After a hue and cry from New York City residents and business owners, Mayor Bloomberg suddenly realizes that security costs and business disruptions during the lengthy trials was too much to bear. He and other politicians shot off a letter to President Obama demanding the trials be held elsewhere. These same politicians originally agreed with the ACLU that trying KSM would bring real and reliable justice to these mass murderers. Philosophically, these politicians firmly believe unlawful combatants and other Muslim terrorists are a law enforcement problem and not the role of the military. It s as if they want to turn the clock back to September 10. They are fundamentally opposed to military tribunals, yet they say tribunals are good for some terrorists, but not all. Attorney General Holder cherry picked the most notorious, dangerous, and committed terrorists among the Guantanamo Bay prison population, and decided they would be better served in New York City instead of congressionally approved military tribunals at Guantanamo. That, to me, is a scary notion. Even the most adamant President Obama supporter (Continued on Page 12) Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box , Boston, MA Frank M. Accattatis passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family at Deutsches Altenheim, West Roxbury on Wednesday, February 3, Born in Milan, Italy, Mr. Accattatis graduated from the University of Rome and the University of Rome Law School. He came to the United States as a young man. Mr. Accattatis was a Milton resident for the past 43 years, having formerly lived in Westwood and Roslindale. He was the retired owner of the Westwood Motor Lodge, a business he operated for 34 years until He was a former District Representative of Prudential Life Insurance in Boston for 2010 is the 40 th Anniversary of the Friends of the Public Garden, a non-profit citizen s advocacy group formed in 1970 to preserve and enhance the Boston Public Garden, Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall in collaboration with the Mayor and the Parks Department of the City of Boston. A model publicprivate partnership and one of the first in the region, the Friends number over 2,500 members and many volunteers. The goals for this special year are to raise awareness about the Friends and its role as a vital partner with the city; to highlight the importance of these three civic treasures; and to increase diverse audiences to advocate for the parks. The mission of the organization is to ensure that these magnificent urban parks are preserved and protected for future generations. According to Henry Lee, chairman of the Friends for these 40 years, Park care ebbs and flows. With the economy as it is today and the drastic cuts endured by the Parks Department, we have entered another ebbing time for parks and nonprofits alike. But all is not dark. The expertise in the R.J. Antonelli and Company Incorporated 331 Montvale Avenue Citizens Bank Woburn, MA Frank M. ACCATTATIS May He Rest in Peace Accountants and Auditors Boston Business Journal Top 50 Firms 2004/2005 Corporations Trusts Estates Individuals Computer Services Financial Planning Buying and Selling Businesses I.R.S. and D.O.R. Representation Federal and State Taxes A many years and a former member of Dedham Kiwanis and The Blue Chips of Boston College. The beloved husband of Josephine R. (De Cristofaro) Accattatis of Milton, he is also survived by his devoted son, Victor Accattatis and his wife, Kathleen (Kiley) of Milton. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Elizabeth Church, Milton, on Saturday, February 6, Visiting hours were held at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home in Milton. Interment in Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2042 Beacon Street, Newton, MA Kowloon Presents That s Amore A special Valentines Show on Sunday, February 14 at 6pm Pat Benti and the Tutti Pazzi Band with special guest Bobby Valli pay tribute to Frankie Valli Eastie boy meets Jersey boy performing such hits as Dawn, Sherry, Big Girls Don t Cry and many more along with Pat Benti s tribute to Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Dion, Tony Bennett and much more. A must see show for all. Call Tickets include: buffet, show, dancing and DJ. Pat Benti Friends of the Public Garden Celebrate 40 th Anniversary of Preserving and Protecting Representative Aaron Michlewitz talks to Vivien Li of The Boston Harbor Association. Parks Department has never been better, and a little celebration at this time may do us all good. The Friends will achieve its anniversary goals through a series of events for children and their parents, the corporate community, visitors, neighbors, abutters and all those who care about preserving these historic spaces. The Friends are launching three legacy projects so when the year is over the momentum to preserve these parks will not end. These projects include: renovation of the Brewer Fountain Plaza at the major gateway into the Common by Park Street Station, the Bobby Valli creation of a monument care program and the completion of a computer-based inventory of every tree in the Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Non-profit and for profit organizations are supporting this initiative. For example, Cambridge Trust will pay for banners along abutting roads this spring; the Ritz Carlton Hotel has donated the use of its space for the launch event; The Taj Hotel is providing resources for a major fundraiser at the end of the year; the Boston College Citizen Seminars is supporting a panel discussion about the importance of urban parks for a healthy and vibrant city; and the Freedom Trail Foundation is helping to support Making History Day. Several likeminded non-profits have agreed to become allies to ensure the success of the special events that will take place, including: Beacon Hill Business Association, The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay, the Back Bay Association, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, The Beacon Hill Civic Association, the Garden Clubs of the Back Bay and Beacon Hill plus many more. Rocco J. Antonelli, C.P.A Since 1948
4 Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Q4 GDP rose 5.7%, best in six years the Commerce Department reported but analysts expect growth to slow as consumers slow their spending. Improvements in inventories, strong business investment paced the strong increase after a record four straight quarters of contraction. It s nice to climb out of a recession said Richard DeKaser, economist with Woodbury Park Research, but it s not a growth pace we expect to continue. He expects growth to 2.5-3% in the next six months. Consumer spending about 70% of activity, rose 2% in Q4. Business investment in equipment and software grew 13.3% the best in four years. Most are waiting for the labor market to improve, but don t expect that until the 2 nd half of the year. The Chicago Purchasing Manufacturer s Index rose to 61.5, the fourth such gain and the best reading in four years. The mood of the market is stubbornly negative, many stocks have gotten punished despite beating earnings expectations. Higher taxes would extend the middle-class cuts extended under President Bush. The tax hikes on the agenda exceed $1 trillion over five years to $156 billion, reaching 1.5% of GDP in 2015 and a three year freeze on non-defense spending to save $250 billion through The White House envisions a record deficit of $1.6 trillion in The market had one of the busiest weeks of this year. Apple computer reported earnings of $3.67/ share selling 8.7 million IPhones in a week, and $3.36 Mac computers and 21 million IPods fourth quarter. Apple closed up 3% on the news. Analysts had expected A recent story out of Rome, Italy, boasts the creation of the McItaly burger, McDonald s latest Italian creation. Italy s Minister Luca Zaia defends the McDonald s burger although many have criticized him; furious that it is a simple FinanciallySpeaking with Ben Doherty EARNINGS ARE MIXED The McItaly Burger? FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS Richard Settipane Insurance Services AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS LIFE HEALTH BUSINESS GROUP Experience makes the difference WE PROMISE TO MEET OR IMPROVE YOUR PRESENT POLICY COVERAGE AT AFFORDABLE RATES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE sell out of Italy s reputation of producing the freshest and finest food. The McDonald s new McItaly burger uses all Italian beef, Asiago cheese and artichoke spread. Sounds tasty but foes argue that Italy prides itself on 1 Longfellow - Place Suite Boston, MA a sale of 8.7 million IPod units, so this was a pleasant surprise. Texas Instruments reported its fourth quarter earnings soared 143% to.51/share. Sales grew 21% to $3.01 billion, above views. VM-Ware rose 17% in its fourth quarter. The firm rose 18% to $608 million versus estimates of $554 million. The lone economic report housing starts dropped 16.7% to 5.45 million units, versus a forecast of 5.9 million units. Exxon s move into natural gas starts a consolidation debate. When Exxon Mobil said it will pay $41 billion for natural gas producer XTO Energy, the news lifted share prices of Devon Energy, Eacana and Chesapeake Energy, thanks to speculation of a new merger wave above their levels before the merger was announced. XTO is a leader in extracting gas from shale rock formations a low pollution energy source, with gas prices still low, many smaller companies with sale assets are unworthy to sell now. There are risks as the water used in the refracture of shale can threaten water supplies. The largest rock formations are in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York state. They are at the depth of drinking water, and you have to be really careful. Infracturing can use 260 chemicals, and could poison underground water supplies. The waste water used in drilling can be a problem. Operators are recycling the water and using it for another refracturing. Meanwhile natural gas prices remain depressed due to high stockpiles and the prospect of abundant shale gas eventually flooding the market. Toyota, the world s #1 automaker is being investigated for reports of uncontrolled acceleration in its vehicles. Toyota s stock fell 6% on the news, a ten month low. They have fallen 15% since Toyota on January 26 th suspended eight models including Camry, Corolla, and Rav 4, over concerns of sticky accelerator pedals. They halted production on other models and have recalled some five million cars worldwide. They are not sure how long this was going on and did Toyota know about the problem beforehand. Toyota urged its owners to take their cars to a dealership for an immediate fix. Goldman Saks downgraded Toyota to neutral from buy. Honda and Ford shares were up in volume with Honda up 6% and Ford gained 2%. Visa shares are up as consumers use plastic rather than cash. Visa s earnings were up 35% to $1.02/share beating views by.11 cents, and revenue rose 13% above forecasts. This proves that consumers are feeling better. Share prices rose up 3% in after hours trading and recouped its loss of 2%. The number of Visa cards increased 5% to 1.8 million, and transactions increased 12% to $10.9 billion versus a year ago. They are using the cards as a debit, which accesses its bank accounts for about 70% of its transactions. For 2010, Visa stuck to its outlook for earnings for the next two years of greater than 20%. Profit margins reached 62% during the last quarter, but Visa does not look to return to their prerecession free spending ways. It s time to call your financial advisor or call me at the birth of the Slow Food movement and their love for delicious and healthy cuisine. McDonald s launched the new burger last month in Rome at a McDonald s near the Spanish Steps. Although officials say that this will boost Italy s economy, others fear it to be the beginning of the end of the artful way of cooking and eating. Vazza Funeral Homes 262 Beach St., Revere Henry St., E. Boston Louis R. Vazza - Mark A. Tauro Funeral Directors THINKING OUT LOUD by Sal Giarratani Where Did the Democrat Party Go? Back when I was a child in the 50s, there were two major political parties. Republicans and Democrats. Ideologically, one was supposedly the party of the working-class and the other, the party of the rich. However, when all was said and done, both parties were centrists. Democrats slightly to the left and Republicans slightly to the right. Watching those 1960 TV debates between Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat Jack Kennedy surprisingly with hindsight, we saw two candidates basically saying very much the same thing. By 1964, we began to see a gulf develop when Democrat Lyndon Johnson took on Republican Barry Goldwater. It was a landslide for the New Society and a beating for the Republican Right. However, by 1968 when Republican Richard Nixon returned to the presidential scene against Democrat Hubert Humphrey with Independent George Wallace running as a third party candidate, we saw the Happy Warrior narrowly get defeated by the New Nixon while Wallace took almost 15 percent of the vote. If you added the Wallace and Nixon vote together, it was liberal Humphrey, 42 percent versus Nixon-Wallace 58 percent. After 1968, the Democrats were never the same again. In 1972, US Senator George McGovern ran as a liberal and Nixon moved further to the right. In the end, it was a Nixon landslide as he won 49 states, McGovern won Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Both parties continued moving away from the center to their respective corners. My father didn t vote for a Republican presidential nominee until 1972 when no way would he vote for McGovern or what he seemed to stand for during the campaign. In 1968, he had stayed with Humphrey but he was the last Democrat my father would ever vote for as president. Even during the 50s when everyone liked Ike, my father supported Adlai Stevenson, not once but twice. Growing up I felt like a Democrat because I thought they made more sense and I identified with the party s policies. My father told me that Franklin Roosevelt was America s greatest president because he saved the country from a Republican-fermented Depression and stood up to our enemies abroad during World War II. My father voted for Jack Kennedy in 1960 but 8 years later voted for Nixon, someone he vowed he would never support. Eight years changed his mind. During college, I was pretty conservative. I voted for Nixon in 1972, my first presidential election. Later during the Reagan years, I voted for President Reagan twice. I was a bit nervous about Reagan in 1984 but no way could I vote for Walter Mondale. The Democrats of late have been so far to the left, liberal is too conservative a word to use. I m tired of a political party telling me what s good for me. I m tired of them pushing stuff down my throat. Government continues to get too big because Democrats today forgot where the party used to be. Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Johnson were not liberal crazy people. The Democrats greatness was in their ability to govern in the center of the political spectrum. Today s Democrats have moved over to the liberal fringe area where it is beginning to blend with socialistic big government knows all attitude. The health care debate was a perfect example of this warped thinking. Independent voters are now in the majority. They will be the difference between winning and losing as Democrats or Republicans. The middle is not ideological, it is pragmatic. Labels don t work any better than soundbites. The country is in a great mess because ideology clouded the political picture. Who can focus on problems to be fixed when all we do is name call each other? The election of Scott Brown to the US Senate may very well be the beginning of a new political alignment. The last such alignment happened in 1968 with Nixon s election and the independent voice of George Corley Wallace. President Barack Obama could very well be a onetermer if he continues to govern as an ideologue. Most of our current messes are the result of ideology rather than real leadership. For many baby boomers, the thinking is that the Democrats left them rather than the reverse. If they want to grow stronger as a political party, they have to set mindless ideology aside and fix what ails the country. Otherwise, they can replace the simple donkey with a jackass! 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5 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 5 Donne 2000 Celebrates Christmas Italian Style with La Befana Standing, Left to Right: Maria DiCenso, Co-Treasurer; Doreen Giammarco, Co-Secretary; Rose Giammarco, President; Maria Ferrusi, Vice-President and Onelia DiCenso, Co-Treasurer. Seated, La Befana Rita Susi. NORTH END PRINTING On December 6, 2009 Donne 2000 celebrated Christmas at Pizza in Piazza in Winchester. A scrumptious traditional Italian dinner and Tiramisu dessert was prepared under the direction of Teresa Gentile. Before dinner, Rita Susi and Doreen Giammarco began the sale of the Donne 2000 cookbooks, Sapori Nostri, A Taste of Tradition. The cookbooks contain traditional recipes handed down through past generations. It has proven to be a successful endeavor with only a few books left to be sold. Proceeds of the cookbooks go to the Donne 2000 Scholarship and other local charities. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. The applicant must be a woman attending college and must be taking Italian courses. Any questions on the cookbooks or scholarship can be directed to Doreen Giammarco at aol.com. This year Donne 2000 will be celebrating their 10 th Anniversary on April 11, 2010 at Raffaels s in Walpole. To keep the Italian tradition alive, on January 10 th, the Befana arrived to greet the children and members of Donne She entered sweeping, dressed in worn garb and asking dove sono i bambini buoni? Where are the children that have been good? All the little children marveled to see her and were anxiously waiting for their gifts. La Befana is one of Italy s oldest and most celebrated legends. Each year on January 6th, the children of Italy awaken in hopes that la Befana has made a visit to their house. This is a significant day for Italians because it marks the end of the Christmas season and it is the day that the three Wise Men arrive at the manger of the Christ Child bringing Him presents of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. As legend has it, the three Wise Men were in search of the Christ Child when they decided to stop at a small house to ask for directions. Upon knocking, an old woman holding a broom opened the door slightly to see who was there. Standing at her doorstep where three 5 PRINCE STREET NORTH END BOSTON, MA Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery Business Cards Menus Flyers Program Books Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements Business Forms and Documents COMPETITIVE PRICES colorfully dressed men in need of directions to find the Christ Child. The old woman unaware of who these men were looking for and could not point them in the right direction. Prior to leaving, the three men asked the old woman to join them on their journey but she declined saying that she had too much housework to do. After they left, she felt as though she had made a mistake and decided to catch up with the kind men. After many hours of searching she could not find them. Thinking of the opportunity she had missed, the old woman stopped every child to give them a small treat in hopes that one of them was the Christ Child. Each year on the eve of the Epiphany, she sets out looking for the Baby Jesus. She stops at each child s house leaving good treats to those who have been good and a lump of coal to those who have been bad. The purpose of recounting this story is to teach our children our customs and traditions from our old paese and pass them along to future generations. Join Saint Anthony s Club on a Trip to Foxwoods Saint Anthony s Club will be hosting a day trip to Foxwoods, Saturday, February 27, Departs from the Saint Anthony Club, 203 Endicott Street, Boston at 7:30 AM. Departs Foxwoods at 5:15 PM. Coffee & refreshments at the club in the morning. Reservations are now being accepted. Payment due no later than February 20 th. Contact Dale, Mike Bosco, Frank Contrado or Jason at for more details. JOHN MARTINO Enjoy Your Visit! MAYA DREILINGER American Expressions NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 27, 2010 Khaki Gallery Boston is pleased to present works by two of its gallery photographers: Enjoy Your Visit! by John Martino, and American Expressions, by Maya Dreilinger. John Martino was raised in Glassport, Pennsylvania. As a photographer, he is mainly self-taught. Although he has taken several courses and workshops in photography, Maya Dreilinger Donna his main focus in college Valiente. was literature and writing. He obtained a Doctoral of Arts in English from West Virginia University in Martino photographs in the tradition of street as opposed to studio photography. Roaming the streets on foot, using only available light, Martino photographs the real world. With intuitive heightened attention, he takes advantage of circumstances around him and frames the images in his camera viewfinder. As he says: Photography for me is a means to transform the world, not reproduce it. Although the subjects of my images consist largely of chance moments and found objects from the world outside, the photographs themselves are works of fiction. As such, their aim is not to document or confirm, but to suggest and entertain Martino develops and prints his own work in the darkroom. Maya Dreilinger is an Israeli-born artist. She received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2001 and then returned to Israel to continue an ongoing project documenting life in Tel Aviv. Her work earned her a job as a freelance photographer for the main daily newspaper, the MAARIV. After returning to Los Angeles, Dreilinger concentrated her efforts documenting the plight of the homeless. She set up an ad hoc studio at the offices of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), working in the Central City East community of downtown Los Angeles, commonly known as Skid Row. She created portraits of homeless and very low-income residents in an effort to change the public perception of poor and homeless downtown residents from one of the negativity to one of strength and beauty and to raise awareness. As she elaborates: I believe this art project can return a dialogue to the humanity of those affected by homelessness and poverty and, in so doing, tell stories and show faces that would otherwise be ignored. This work allows for the residents of Skid Row to actively participate, through portraiture, in undoing stereotypes placed upon them by media and others. Along w ith the portraits, the subjects are given questionnaires, with queries similar to those that the American Express advertisements posit to celebrities. Instead of glorifying celebrities, however, I have chosen to glorify and celebrate the resilient individuals of Skid Row. Dreilinger s photography was most recently included in the Women in Photography International 100 Year, Turning Silver Archive. Khaki Gallery is located at 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA. For further information log on to
6 Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 On Thursday, February 11, the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (Notre-Dame de Lourdes) celebrating the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to a poor, fourteenyear-old girl, Bernadette Soubiroux, in the region of Hautes Pyrenées. The first apparition occurred February 11, There were eighteen in all; the last took place July 16 of the same year. During the apparitions, Bernadette often fell into an ecstasy, the vision she saw was that of a young and beautiful lady. Bernadette was the only one who saw the vision, although sometimes many stood there with her. Now and then the apparition spoke to her yet she was the only one who heard the voice. One day she was told to drink of a fountain, in the grotto itself, the existence of which was unknown, and of which there was no sign, but which immediately gushed forth. On another occasion the vision asked Bernadette to go and tell the priests she wished a chapel to be built on the spot and Our Lady of Lourdes by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari JG BAFFO, LLC Certified Public Accountant INCOME TAX PREPARATION Individuals Businesses John G. Baffo, CPA Lewis Wharf, Bay 217, Boston, MA Tel.: Fax: Serving the Italian Community processions to be made to the grotto. It was on Thursday, March 25 th, during the 16 th apparition that the vision finally revealed her name, Bernadette recounted; She lifted up her eyes to heaven, joined her hands as though in prayer, that were held out and open towards the ground and said to me: Que soy era Immaculada Concepciou (I am the Immaculate Conception). At first the clergy were incredulous yet, it was only four years later, in 1862, that the bishop of the diocese declared the faithful justified in believing the reality of the apparition. A basilica was built upon the rock of Massabielle by M. Peyramale, the parish priest. In 1873 the great national French pilgrimages were inaugurated. Three years later the basilica was consecrated and the statue solemnly crowned. In 1883 the foundation stone of another church was laid, as the first was no longer large enough. It was built at the foot of the basilica and was consecrated in 1901 and called the Church of the Rosary. Pope Leo XIII authorized a special office and a Mass, in commemoration of the apparition, and in 1907 Pius X extended the observance of this feast to the entire Church; it is now observed on February 11. By 1908, fifty years after the apparitions, more than five million pilgrims visited Lourdes, never has a sanctuary attracted such numbers. They came from many countries and from every walk of life. But more remarkable still than the crowd of pilgrims is the series of wonderful cures, both spiritual and from bodily disease that have taken place at the celebrated sanctuary. Each year more than 6 million people visit Lourdes, France, one of the world s most important pilgrimage sites. During a pilgrimage to Lourdes, visitors can tour the shrine, which includes three breathtaking basilicas, and take a walking tour that traces the life of St. Bernadette. The Shrine at Lourdes includes the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world s largest underground church, and a running spring, which has flowed uninterrupted since The solemn declaration by Bishop Laurence, the Bishop of Tarbes at the time of the apparitions, can be read on a marble slab on the right hand side after entering the Upper Basilica We judge: that Mary Immaculate, the Mother of God, really did appear to Bernadette Soubirous, on eighteen occasions from 11 th February 1858 at the Grotto of Massabielle, near the town of Lourdes; that these Apparitions bear the characteristics of truth; that the faithful can believe them as true. We humbly submit our judgment to the judgment of the Sovereign Pontiff, who is responsible for governing the Universal Church. This was a major declaration by the Bishop of Tarbes: four years after the Apparitions, on 18 th. January 1862, he recognized these apparitions as authentic in the name of the Church. Once again the 18 apparitions took place from February 11 th to July 16 th, Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston Dino C. Manca Funeral Director A Family Service Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corp. Int l 206 Winter St. Fall River, MA ALL THAT T ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo THE ART OF MANLINESS by David Trumbull (substituting for Mary DiZazzo Trumbull) [Mary s husband is giving her an early Valentine s Day present: a week off from writing All That Zazz.] Mindful that Monday we celebrate the birthday of George Washington, I must tell the truth the title of his confection is not original, rather I take it from a website liness.com/, authored by a husband and wife team. Since 2008 it has featured articles on helping men be better husbands, better fathers, and better men. While that website ranges over topics such as health and sports, money and career, and relationships and family, there is a section devoted to topics that correspond to beauty culture for women men s dress and grooming. In that regard, I ll offer some rules for men. 1. Your suit: it s dark, it covers you up (including the bulges we get with age), and they all look more-or-less alike. You put it on and go to work every day. It s not a style statement; it s a uniform. It frees you from thinking about what to wear or how it makes you look. It s clean, it s pressed; it says, Here s a man who s going to get something done today. 2. Your hat wear one! A bareheaded man looks as unfinished as those hideous modernist building of the mid-20 th century that lacked a cornice. From May 15 to September 15 it is acceptable to wear a straw hat rather than the more formal, but warmer, felt hat. The dates are inviolable. According to St. Paul a woman should crown her beauty with a hat. She therefore takes care in picking out the correct hat for the season and occasion to perfect her charms. For a man to have to think: is this a Straw Hat Day or Felt Hat Day? is unbecoming and unmanly that s why we have a calendar to dictate such things. 3. Somewhere along the way some misguided fools came up with something called creative black tie. Don t do it! For eveningwear a man has but two options: White tie and tails which unless you are a member of the diplomatic corps is almost never seen, and Black tie which means black dinner suit with black bowtie. It is the most uncreative dress possible, and that is precisely the point. At formal or semi-formal evening events the men all wear the identical uniform so that all the attention will be on the ladies present and their gowns. Remember men: It s all about the ladies. Remember your lady on February 14 th! Read prior weeks All That Zazz columns at 4nails.com. Mary is a thirdgeneration cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) or POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston MON. and TUES. 10:00 A.M P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. ACCEPTING Advertisements General Advertisements Sales and Rentals Memorials Legals ADVERTISING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
7 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 7 Freeway Says... Suffolk Downs is First Out of the Gate for YMCA $5,000 Pledged to Reach Out For Youth Campaign You can your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don t forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. It is always nice to hear from my readers who write in to give me suggestions or those who simply write their thoughts and opinions about my column. I received a letter from Jo Ladner from Yarmouth, Massachusetts, according to her letter the North End has changed since she lived here many years ago. My human companion also points out that the North End has changed. The old school that you referred to many years ago Julie Billiart Central High School is now condominiums. It was once called St. Anthony s School that my human companion had attended from grades 1-8. Most North Enders started there then you went to J.B. High and from there they either got married or went onto college. Christopher Columbus High School is also condominiums. I belive we have more restaurants than anywhere else in the City of Boston, and this makes the North End a tourist village for people all over the world to come here and eat. We have pastry and coffee shops as well. Many people simply stroll the streets of the North End and admire the history. St. Stephens is a lovely church on Hanover Street, we have St. Leonard s, also on Hanover Street, that was just done over. My favorite is Sacred Heart Church in North Square and of course St. Mary s Chapel on Endicott Street. We are lucky to have so many churches in the North End, so there is no excuse for missing mass as one priest would say. You also mentioned the feasts during the summer. There s a lot of effort and time put into these feasts. The societies work very hard to get everything ready for their big weekend. INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & CO. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA Maverick Street, East Boston, MA ESTABLISHED IN 1938 We have the Fisherman s and St. Anthony s Feast, among many others. Whatever money collected is donated towards the saint, whether it be St. Lucy or St. Jude, The money is donated to different charities and also to our community in the North End. It is not just about coming to the North End to have a great time, it s about supporting the societies that put a lot of money into these feasts so everyone can enjoy. We have the Nazzaro Center that supports our younger generation, so they can play sports and be involved in activities. We try to keep the children in the North End active, this is why each society donates so much to the Nazzaro Center for the kids. We need ALL the support and donations we can receive. You told me your parents and grandparents had lived on Charter Street, so you remember quite a bit of the North End growing up. I lived on Hanover Street most of my life before moving to Prince Street. The history of the North End is wonderful. I am glad I could bring back some wonderful memories for you and your family. So true, if you are not Italian, you will never understand life in the North End. I am glad I am only a pooch and have the human companion that I have because I would not want to live anywhere else but the North End. Feel free to write to me any time. I enjoyed your letter and when you are ever in the North End drop by the Post- Gazette right on Prince Street and say Hi and introduce yourself to all my bonding friends that work along side of me each and every day. That is all for now. Life in the North End is about Italian history it is better than reading a book. East Boston YMCA Board Members, children and executive director join Suffolk Downs COO Chip Tuttle as he presents a $5,000 check to the East Boston YMCA s Reach Out For Youth Campaign. Left to Right: Chris Falbo, Neffo Cappuccio, Derek Brodin, Chip Tuttle, Janis Woodman and Joey Cuzzi. The East Boston YMCA s Reach Out For Youth Fundraising Campaign got off to a fast start with a $5,000 pledge from Suffolk Downs. We are enormously grateful to Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle for his generous support, said YMCA Executive Director Joey Cuzzi. Suffolk Downs has been a contributor to the YMCA for the past 11 years, and ongoing financial commitments like this allow us to subsidize the costs of child care for the families who need our help the most. Every dollar donated to the reach Out Campaign (100%) goes directly toward continuing and expanding the YMCA programs that enhance the lives of children, teens and families in East Boston. This year s goal is $85,000. We re happy to help the Y, said COO Chip Tuttle. I went to YMCA programs as a kid growing up in Salem so I know firsthand that it is an organization that really cares about the children they serve. I had a great experience and I m hopeful that this donation will allow a new generation of kids to have fun and learn in a safe and caring environment. Last summer Suffolk Downs organized and funded an eight week intro to horseback riding class for the Y s Summer Program and also supported community wide events like the Y s Healthy Kids Day. Currently, East Boston families face extraordinary pressures that impact our community in far-reaching ways. While East Boston has always been one of Boston s most challenged neighborhoods, today s economic uncertainty fueled by last year s increase in housing foreclosures and an unemployment rate that is the highest the state has ever witnessed has left many of our families in crisis. The Y has become their lifeline for childcare and after-school care one in four school-age children in East Boston participate in Y programming, and more than 95% of families receive some form of subsidized assistance. The Y houses an on-site child care center for 93 children ages 15 months to 5 years old, licensed by the Department of Early Education and Child Care (EEC) and boats the highest level of accreditation awarded a child care center. More than 200 youngsters attend afterschool programs that combine homework assistance, enrichment activities and physical fitness programming. Last summer more than 200 children attended the Y s Summer Program. After-hours teen programming on weekends offers a safe place for local teens to engage in healthy lifestyle activities, and the Y is the largest employer of teens during the summer. And overall, adult and family memberships at the Y have topped 1,000. The Reach Out campaign will culminate in community breakfast on April 1, 2010 at the Logan Airport Hilton. Tables of ten are on sale as well as individual tickets. For more information contact Joey Cuzzi at or visit the Y s web page at to donate on line. Please make sure you type in East Boston YMCA Reach Out 2010 to ensure your gift is applied to the East Boston YMCA or you can mail a donation to the East Boston YMCA, Reach Out For Youth Campaign, 215 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA LUCIA R I S T O R A N T E & B A R Traditional Italian Cuisine Donato Frattaroli 415 Hanover Street, Boston, MA Open for Lunch and Dinner Daily Private dining rooms for any occasion
8 Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 BCYF INVITES BOSTON YOUTH TO SIGN UP FOR FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK ACTIVITIES February school vacation week is fast approaching and Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) is urging young people to sign up today for one of the many programs and activities being offered in February. BCYF offers dozens of programs for young people during February school vacation week so don t miss out on the fun, said Daphne Griffin, Executive Director of BCYF. Below are some of the activities. Reserve your spot today. SOFTBALL INDOOR SKILL SESSION During February school vacation week, girls ages 9-18 will get a chance to work on the fundamentals of hitting, running and throwing taught by expert clinicians and college coaches. Sponsored by the Boston Red Sox and Bridgewater State College, the sessions will be offered at the Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill on Tuesday, February 16 th through Thursday, February 18 th from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. and at the Leahy Holloran Community Center in Dorchester on Wednesday, February 17 th through Friday, February 19 th from 9:00 a.m. to12 noon. For more information or to sign-up, please call Larelle Bryson at BCYF at x2218. Please bring your own glove if you have one available. INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CLINIC Northeastern University Huskies Track Team will host a clinic on Wednesday, February 17 th from 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. for young people ages Highlighting skill techniques of high jumping, hurdling, turbo javelin tossing and more, boys and girls will spend an afternoon at the Cabot Physical Education Center located at 400 Huntington Avenue. Space is limited to 100 youth and individuals/groups need to pre-register. Please contact Barbara Hamilton at x2136. REGGIE LEWIS CENTER YOUTH TRACK MEET Youth are invited to participate in a track meet on Thursday, February 18 th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Events include 55, 200, 400 and 800 meters races, 4 x 200 relay, 800 meter race walk, shot-put and long jump. Registration is on-site, and space is limited to 100 youth. For more information please contact Barbara Hamilton at x2136. FROG POND ICE SKATING PARTY 100 youth between ages 6-17 are invited to skate for free on Tuesday, February 16 th and Thursday, February 18 th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon only. Join us for a morning of frost and frills at the skating rink on Boston Common. Seasoned skaters and newcomers alike will have a great time. Everything is free but pre-registration is required and there is a limited number of slots available. For more information, please contact Barbara Hamilton at x2136. PEACE-A-PALOOZA Young people ages 7-12 will be able to learn about peaceful conflict resolution while participating in a variety of activities, performing community service, attending workshops and learning from guest speakers. This program runs each day of vacation week, except Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury. The program is free and snacks and light refreshments are included. Contact Michal Shapiro at x2246 for more information. Volunteers are needed to help out this week. Call Michal for more information. R.O.CK. IT!!! LAUNCH INTO SUMMER Mayor Menino invites Boston youth between 9-14 to attend this event at the Strand Theater in Dorchester on Wednesday, February 17 th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information on summer programs will be given out in goody bags so parents and guardians can begin enrolling their children in some of the city s vast summer programs. There will also be guest speakers, youth performances and other surprises. But wait, there s more! BCYF s community centers located throughout Boston offer a variety of vacation week activities and programs. Highlights include a Roller Hockey Tournament at the Kent Community Center in Charlestown; Tobin Community Center week long vacation program; and City Year for Kids full day vacation week program at the Condon Community Center in South Boston, and the Ohrenberger Community Center in West Roxbury. Call or stop by your local community center for more information or go to cityofboston.gov/bcyf for further information. LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW DIVORCE WILLS ESTATE PLANNING TRUSTS CRIMINAL PERSONAL INJURY WORKERS COMP Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR. O BRIEN HIGHWAY CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PROVINCE by Father Bede Ferrara, O.F.M. ( ) Soft Cover 50 Pages Once again comes Father Bede to the forefront still equipped with his spiritual brightness and fervent religious faith. At 85 he writes with delight. A little background, Father Bede was born in East Boston and so was I. We both graduated East Boston High School, and so did our mutual dear friend, now gone, Joseph Sciortino. He dedicates this book to John and Marion Nappi who have recently passed away and also were graduates of East Boston High School. I remember Father Bede being a happy-go-lucky sort. I doubt that any of his schoolmates would have predicted that one day Father Bede would hear the calling and become an outstanding priest. He has been an untiring, benevolent priest with many friends and followers. During , as a young teenager, Father Bede attended the famous prep school, St. Francis Seminary in Andover, Mass. To this day many people comment on the expansive Christmas lighting that was displayed there. He was a pastor at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Mount Vernon, New York and of St. Leonard s Church in Boston s North End, where he was known as The Media Priest. He proved to be an enthusiastic advocate for his religious beliefs. The major purpose for this book Father Bede tells us is to honor and celebrate the noted Hundredth Anniversary of the Immaculate Conception. His writings, though religiously bent, reveal a strong historical knowledge of daily events (1923). Stamps cost two cents, a loaf-of-bread nine cents, and a quart of milk cost fourteen cents. You could buy a home for about $7,000. Author Father Bede Ferrara, O.F.M. A little background, Father Bede was born in East Boston and so was I. We both graduated East Boston High School, and so did our mutual dear friend, now gone, Joseph Sciortino. Please join the Pirandello Lyceum for the viewing of the 2005 Italian film La Tigre e la Neve (The Tiger and the Snow) starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. Movie will be shown with subtitles on February 27, 2010 at the Boston Public Library, North End Branch, 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA Coffee and Biscotti at 11:00 a.m. Movie to start promptly at 11:15 (running time 118 minutes). This romantic comedy takes place in Rome and Baghdad at the onset of the Iraq War. When news that Attilio, an endearing literature professor s unrequited love Vittoria has been critically injured in Iraq, Attilio travels to the war torn country in an attempt to save her life. Along the way, he finds himself in comical situations, relying Father Bede continues with his remarkable pointed revelations of historical events. When embassy members became hostages in Iran on November 4, 1979 he began working endlessly at supporting families of the hostages. To help celebrate and honor the Hundredth Anniversary Father Bede mentions a number of successful and prominent priests. Father Pamphilus who founded St. Bonaventure in the Allegheny region of New York in the 1850s. Another was Father Sixtus Bucci da Cagliano who taught theology and Sacred Eloquence. Father Bede eloquently expresses his gratefulness toward the Franciscan educators, teachers and directors. Once again he includes facts of daily life in his religious writings. He reminds us of two outstanding singers, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. He mentions Joe DiMaggio and his illustrious baseball career. In the same breath The Pirandello Lyceum Pressents he notes the disastrous battle at Monte Cassino, Italy and the victorious naval battle at Midway at the opposite end of the world. I shall never forget what happened on June 1944 the landing at Normandy, France by the largest armada of Allied forces. It was here that Joseph Sciortino, our dear friend landed and fortunately survived. Honorarium continues. In the centerfold of this book there are ten photographs of Franciscan Friars who were eminent in Father Bede s life. Father Bede elaborates on how proud he and his fellow students were learning about their Italian heritage and having first generation Italian- American Friars as their educators. Unbelievably Father Bede notes that there were ten East Bostonians who became priests or brothers. Reminiscing, Father Bede relates a terrible tragedy that happened in The famous nightclub The Coconut Grove caught fire and 492 people died. Buck Jones the famous movie cowboy died from burns in the fire. I remember this stirring event quite well. I had attended with friends a junior prom two weeks earlier. Father Bede is a very good writer, who capably writes, mixing his theological story with current events. He is never dull, he is always interesting and formulated. Read this: The average annual ( ) income was $2,529. A car cost $2,209. A stamp cost three cents. Bikinis and a new invention called television were becoming popular. The reader will enjoy this ecclesiastical book which is interspersed with events of the day that will hold the interest of the reader throughout. LA TIGRE E LA NEVE (The Tiger and the Snow) on his positive spirit, charm and perseverance to save her. In war and devastation, will the spirit of love conquer all?
9 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 9 The Socially Set by Hilda M. Morrill Max Warburg Courage Curriculum Founder and President Stephanie Warburg, center, with the event s entertainers, Tufts students Nathaniel Silva (bagpiper) and Katie McNally (fiddle). (Photo by Roger Farrington) The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum s annual benefit evening, Step Up to the Plate for Courage, was held at the State Street Pavilion Club, Fenway Park, on January 21. Event co-chairs were Michael & Sukey Forbes Bigham and Eric & Mary Johnson. Approximately 200 guests stepped up to the plate at Fenway Park to support the organization s work in the Boston public schools. Guests enjoyed beverages donated by the Boston Brewing Company and special Batter Up cocktails as they bid on exclusive silent auction items during the festive evening at America s most beloved ballpark. The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum is a yearlong language arts program dedicated to strengthening the literacy skills of students. The Courage Curriculum honors the life of Max Warburg, a courageous Step Up to the Plate for Courage event co-chairs Mary Johnson, left, and Sukey Forbes Bigham. (Photo by Roger Farrington) eleven-year-old who lost his battle with leukemia in Max s ability to continue to enjoy life and his steadfast determination and heartfelt hope in the face of a deadly disease were an inspiration to all who knew him. Feeling that their son s example would be an enduring message of courage, Stephanie and Jonathan Warburg worked with the Boston Public Schools and educators from across the country to develop and create the Courage Curriculum. For information about the organization and their upcoming events, visit Following upon the extraordinary success of last year s Italian-themed gala, the New England Conservatory will transform its annual Feast of Music into a celebration of all things French in a glamorous evening called Le Festin de la Musique. The event, which The Boston Herald has called one of Boston s Top 10 parties, takes place February 27 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. This fabulous evening brings together 450 of Boston s most prominent business leaders and cultural philanthropists to benefit NEC s General Scholarship Fund. One of the season s most anticipated evenings, A Feast of Music pairs sumptuous food and wine with superb performances by NEC students of jazz, opera, and classical music. This year s benefit seeks to surpass last year s goal of $500,000. The event chairs are Lane Young and Debbie Smith. The sponsors are: Liberty Mutual, Swiss Re, Mt Auburn Hospital, and Thorbahn. Le Festin will feature everything French from works by French composers, to food, wine, and Silent Auction treasures. NEC has been working closely with the Consul General of France, Christophe Guilhou, to create an evening with authentic Gallic panache. As a unique tribute to NEC, world-renowned celebrity Chef Guy Martin of Le Grand Véfour in Paris, Sensing Boston and Sensing Paris, and Le Pont du Ciel in Osaka, Japan, has agreed to create a special menu specifically for this year s gala. Martin, the chef of Grand Véfour, was 43 when he was awarded his third star in 2000; his was the only restaurant to win three stars in the Red Michelin Guide that year. In addition to the musical and gastronomic delights of the dinner, NEC alumnus Step Up to the Plate for Courage event committee members Larry DiCara and Teresa Spillane with Betsy Hall, right, Executive Director of the Associates of the Boston Public Library. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Bo Winiker and his orchestra will perform for the first time this year at the afterparty. So diners who can t bear to bring the evening to a close can dance until the wee hours to big-band classics and soulful French jazz tunes. For further information, visit the New England Conservatory Web site at ofmusic. Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty. The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in clas- o Real Estate sical, jazz, contemporary improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz. NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world-renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler (Continued on Page 13) DIAMONDS ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) Mattéo Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA (617) Fax (617)
10 Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Bob D s B eat FRANK VILAR In my father s house, there are many dwelling places... If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again, and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be... Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you... Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. John: 14 God gives us many gifts and sometimes we don t even know it. Frank Vilar was one of those gifts. RED SOX REMEMBER JACKIE ROBINSON Tommy Harper and Bob D. February 1 st was a good afternoon. On this the first day of Black History Month, the 8 th Annual Boston Red Sox Celebration of the Life of Jackie Robinson took place at Fenway Park. The event, initiated in 2003 after the ownership group led by John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino purchased the Club in 2002, is designed to teach children about the life, career and character of Number 42 with the hope that the youth will learn-not only for the purpose of learning, but for the purpose of teaching their future grandchildren why Robinson s life is so important, keeping Jackie s spirit and legacy alive. The youth were represented by many children from the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, among them our own North End Nazzaro Center. Larry Lucchino, President & CEO of the Boston Red Sox introduced the program. George Mitrovitch, Chairman of the Great Fenway Park Writer s Series was the Master of Ceremonies. Special guests and speakers were Tommy Harper, Boston Red Sox Player Development Consultant; Jackie Robinson; Historian Stephen Schlein, Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the Orlando Magic basketball team, and author of How to be Like Jackie Robinson: Life Lessons from Baseball s Greatest Hero. There was a great exhibition of Jackie Robinson memobilia. Each young person and many of us older young people received a Red Sox gift bag that included Mr. Williams book. Refreshments were also provided by the Red Sox. I learned a lot and the book was a great supplement to the autobiography of Jackie Robinson that I read a few years back. I finished the book quickly and it certainly reminded me that Jackie Robinson was more than just the first Black player in the Major Leagues. His achievement went much further and is still felt. Jackie Robinson is a true American hero. It was a good day to be at Fenway. ASH WEDNESDAY AT ST. LEONARD S PARISH On Wednesday, February 17 th, Ash Wednesday the Mass schedule will be 7:30am at St. Mary s Chapel, 12:05pm at St. Leonard s Church, 4:00pm at 145 Commercial Street, 7:00pm at Sacred Heart Church. ELIOT SCHOOL FUNDRAISER Tickets are now on sale for the Eliot School fundraiser to be held at Joe Tommy Harper and Nazzaro kids celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at Fenway. by Bob DeCristoforo Tecce s Restaurant on March 6 th. See Lynn Bova for further information or The Eliot School has become an important part of the North End education community. HIGH SCHOOL PREP NOTEBOOK John Parziale has been appointed Varsity Football Coach at East Boston High School. He was an assistant to retiring Eastie Coach John Sousa. WEEKLY ROUNDUP On the ice St. Clement got a goal and three assists from Chris Finn, his 100 th career point to lead St. Clement s past Lowell Catholic 5-1, and then the Anchormen dropped East Boston 5-3. Xaverian stung BC High 3-2. MC ripped Bishop Guertin 9-2, and Arlington Catholic whipped St. Peter Marian 8-1. Thayer Academy topped Catholic Memorial 7-2, but the Knights upended rival BC High 5-1. Somerville was shutout by Winthrop and defeated by Matignon 7-1. Boston Latin was shutout by Acton/Boxboro 1-0. Malden Catholic and St. John battled to a 2-2 tie. In girls hockey Matignon topped Latin Academy 6-4, and Acton Boxboro stopped Boston Latin 5-1. Boston Latin and Methuen battled to a 1-1 tie. MC shutout Andover 3-0. Austin Prep shutout St. Bernard 6-0. Williams and Arlington Catholic tied 3-3. St. Mary (L) shutdown Matignon 6-0. Winthrop and Danvers tied 2-2. In girls hockey Williams upset AC 5-1, and St. Mary (L) shutout Notre Dame 5-0. Courtside: Eastie is back on track. The Jets sank Snowden Charlestown qualified for the tournament beating Latin Academy and Southie New Mission (16-1) busted Brighton and dissed on Hyde Park O Bryant topped West Roxbury and Burke Brighton dropped Dorchester Madison Park upped Fenway and Snowden Catholic Memorial surprised St. John s Prep and BC High St. John s regrouped to beat Xaverian Boston English stopped New Bedford and Burke St. Clement dropped Marian St. Mary (L) topped North Cambridge Catholic Arlington Catholic defeated Fenwick Cathedral whipped Williams 58-36, but fell to Spellmen Williams defeated North Cambridge Catholic Austin Prep tipped Matignon Newton South defeated Boston Latin in overtime. C Town lost a nonleaguer to Masconomet COLLEGE BOARD Beanpot finalists BC dropped UMASS/ AMHERST 7-1. Eagle Brian Gibbons led the way with four assists, and BU got two first period shorthanded goals by Zach Cohen and Dave Warsofsky to hold off Lowell in a 3-2 win. Merrimack split their weekend play falling to Northeastern 5-1, but defeating Lowell 3-1. Maine took a big pair from UNH. Maine topped the Wildcats 3-2, and 6-3. Robby Dee had the game winner in the 3-2 win. Vermont picked off three points when they played Providence winning 5-1, then battling to a 1-1 OT tie. In the ECAC Harvard dropped Brown 5-2. Doug Rogers had two goals and an assist for the Crimson. Union clocked Clarkson Yale beat Dartmouth 4-2. On Saturday Yale stopped Harvard 6-3. PROLINE - Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints 2010 Super Bowl Champs! - Jamie Silva, who played for the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday s Super Bowl, played his college ball at BC. TIDBITS - Birthday best to Celtics PA Announcer Eddie Palladino and to President Abraham Lincoln years old on February 12 th. - USA! USA! The Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver this week. - Victor P., I got your note. - It s HOPE LINE TIME HOPE. - Celeb Sightings: Representative Aaron Michlewitz at the Beanpot, Johnny Shoes clipping at the shop, Johnny Fiumara and his K of C boys celebrating Super Bowl Sunday, John N. Romano, and the amazing Phil Orlandella. - Don t forget, Valentine s Day is Sunday, February 14 th! - Remember Haiti. SMILE! CMT INVITATION ONLY: REBA (DVD) CMT-Valory Music Country music superstar Reba McEntire in a one-hour special, performing some of the greatest hits of her 30- plus years in country music, including Why Haven t I Heard From You and The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia. Plus songs from her current #1 album Keep On Loving You, featuring the single Consider Me Gone which stayed at #1 for four weeks, and the Top 10 hit, Strange. Taped in front of a live studio audience in the Grand Ole Opry s historic Studio A in Nashville. Additional cuts have, Why Not Tonight, And Still, Nothing To Lose, 8 Crazy Hours, the anthem I m a Survivor, and I Want a Cowboy. I want more Reba! MANEATER (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Maneater is the top-rated TV Lifetime miniseries based on Gigi Levangie Grazer s New York Times bestselling book. Beautiful, fashionable and fun, Clarissa Alpert (Sarah Chalke) is a shallow socialite whose Rolodex is full of Hollywood power players. With her 32 nd birthday looming (even though she will admit to being only 28), the spoiled daddy s girl is in a panic because she s still single. Clarissa always gets what she wants and when that s the hottest new producer in town, she sets into motion an elaborate plan to lasso the dashing filmmaker who will, she hopes, be the man to put a ring on her finger. A delicious romantic comedy! (2 hrs. 56 mins.) PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI (DVD) Docurama Films In 1970, the town of Charleston, Mississippi, allowed black students into their white high school, but refused to integrate the senior prom. Twenty-seven years later, Charleston resident and Academy Awardwinning actor Morgan Freeman offered to finance the prom under the condition it be integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman made the offer again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. Prom Night in Mississippi traces the tumultuous events leading up to Charleston s first integrated prom through intimate conversations with students, families, faculty members and Freeman himself. As the film unfolds, we delve deeply into the heated race issues that tear apart this tiny community, and realize that this troubling segregation has less to do with the students than their parents. (1 hr. 28 mins.) BAD GIRLS FILM NOIR VOLUME 1 & VOLUME 2 (2-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Volume 1: In the 1940s and 50s the juiciest roles for actresses in Hollywood were often in B-pictures that explored the dark side of life. Starring roles as cool, calculating gals who could stick a knife in a man s back and make him like it. Showcasing some of the best femme fatales of the period, Gloria Grahame, Evelyn Keyes and Lizabeth Scott. Classic films in the double-disc set include, The Killer That Stalked New York, Two of a Kind, Bad For Each Other and The Glass Wall. (Approximately 5 hrs. 13 mins.). Volume 2: Janis Carter, Ida Lupino, Cleo Moore, Jan Sterling and Audrey Totter. Forgery, adultery, theft, blackmail and murder The Bad Girls are back, and these gorgeous gals with malice in their hearts are sure to thrill hard-boiled fans of Noir. The Volume 2 pair of discs have, Night Editor, One Girl s Confession, Women s Prison and Over Exposed. Both volumes include the original theatrical trailers. (Approximately 5 hrs.) NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (Blu-ray/DVD) Vivendi Ent. In a city that never sleeps, love abounds 24/7. At the café, in the park, on the subway, on the corner, you never know where love will find you. Some of the most outstanding directors present a celebration of love that features an all-star cast, including Shia LaBeouf, Bradley Cooper, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Ethan Hawke, Blake Lively, Robin Wright Penn, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Drea de Matteo, James Caan, Anton Yelchin, Justin Bartha, Andy Garcia, Julie Christie, Maggie Q, and many more! Ten vignettes with a magical spell! (1 hr. 43 mins.) THE STEPFATHER (Blu-ray/DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. When Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school, he finds his mom is madly in love with her charming live-in boyfriend David (Dylan Walsh). At first, David appears to be the ultimate nice guy and an ideal future husband and stepfather. 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11 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois brings his latest New York smash hit Becky Shaw to Boston in this wickedly funny comedy about a blind date gone bad written by Gina Gionfriddo (After Ashley, writer/producer of Law & Order ). When a newly married couple fixes up two romantically challenged friends, crisis and comedy ensue in this hilarious new play that asks what we owe the people we love the most and the strangers who land on our doorstep. A 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Becky Shaw makes me laugh out loud in the skillful way it examines human behavior and personal relationships. Check out Theater section for more details. THEATER NORTH SHORE MUSICAL CHILDREN S THEATRE 466 Central St., Saugus, MA GOLDILOCKS & THE THREE BEARS - March 21, JACK & THE BEANSTALK - April 25, RAPUNZEL - May 16, MOTHER GOOSE - June 13. All shows start at 2:00PM. From Boston s Haymarket Station, there is a direct bus to Cliftondale Square. These shows are a perfect way to spend an enjoyable family afternoon! For more information visit Tickets may be available at the door. Please call WGBH members receive a special discount! ZERO ARROW THEATRE 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA THE DONKEY SHOW Now through summer The intoxicating international sensation that takes you behind the velvet ropes into a glittered wonderland of decadence, divas, and disco, inspired by Shakespeare s A Midsummer s Night Dream. For tickets or more info, you may call or log on to the website at: BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN - April 20 through May 2, Don t miss the sensational cast delivering all your favorite moments from the classic film, plus brand-new show-stopping numbers for the stage, including Transylvania Mania, He Vas My Boyfriend and Puttin on the Ritz. For tickets call or THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY THEATRE MAIN STAGE 264 Huntington Ave., Boston,MA STICK FLY - February 19 March 21, 2010 the Huntington Theatre Company continues it s season of American stories with Lydia R. Diamond s Stick Fly, a smart, moving and funny portrait of a complex African-American family. Days and time vary. BECKY SHAW - March 5 through April 4, This is exactly what great comedy should do. Gina has written a sharp, cunning play that shifts our perspective about the tensions between love, money, and happiness. Peter DuBois. Ferociously funny! An engrossing, deftly plotted, and sharp-witted new play. The New York Times. Tickets available online at huntingtontheatre.org, by phone at and at the Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave., or at the Cedar Pavilion Theater, BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont Street in Boston s South End. MUSIC REAGLE PLAYERS - ROBINSON THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA HERB REED AND THE PLATTERS Valentine s Day Concerts - February 13 at 7 p.m. and February 14 at 2 p.m. Fans of nostalgic sounds of early rock can relive the romantic memories with Herb Reed and The Platters on Valentine s. The group will perform the unforgettable sounds of Only You, My Prayer and The Great Pretender - along with other famous chart topping hits. Call the box office at or buy tickets online through CITI PERFORMING ARTS WANG THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA CELTIC WOMEN - March 12, 13 and 14, A smash hit around the globe, returns with an all new live show. The awe inspiring vocalists Lisa, Chloë, Lynn and Alex along with the mesmerizing Celtic violinist Máiréad continue to capture the hearts of fans across the country on a whirlwind tour of America. Come see Celtic Women with their 6 piece band and the Aontas Choir perform unique renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits. NORAH JONES - March 25, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Multiple Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Norah Jones has announced U.S. tour dates in support of her critically acclaimed new album The Fall, which was recently released by EMI s Blue Note Records. CHELSEA HANDLER - Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8PM and 10:30PM. Night talk show host, author and stand up comedian Chelsea Handler will celebrate the release of her third book, CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, by headlining a 21 city tour presented by Belvedere Vodka with special guest Heather McDonald. For a lot of laughs check out this show. ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER - April 15-18, With the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beauty, spirit, hope and passion know no bounds. The genius of Alvin Ailey changed forever the perception of American dance. Judith Jamison s remarkable vision has preserved and extended Ailey s legacy. Join this extraordinary dance company as they celebrate Judith Jamison on the occasion of her 20th anniversary as Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Performances will include the classic Revelations, premiere works and Ailey standards. IDOMENEO, RE DI CRETA - April 23 through May 4, Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. New Boston Lyric Opera production based on scenery and costumes owned by Glimmerglass Opera. Sung in Italian with projected English translation. Idomeneo, King of Crete, makes a promise to Neptune, God of the Sea. When the king realizes the terrible price it will exact, vows and hearts are broken. Longing pours into arias and ensembles as only Mozart writes them. Tickets at or call the box office at TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston, MA THE BLACK EYED PEAS - THE E.N.D. WORLD TOUR - Friday, February 26, 8:00PM. Guarantee yourself a piece of the action! This is going to be an amazing show that will completely change the way you experience music! Described as the ultimate Black Eyed Peas party experience, it also marks the first time that the group will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie are united for a North American headline tour since their 2006 Monkey Business world tour. For tickets log onto or call AGGANIS ARENA 925 Commonwealth Ave.,Boston, MA DAUGHTRY - Saturday, March 20, American Idol singing sensation Chris Daughtry embarked on his singing career in the 6th season of Idol. Although he didn t make it, he is still a star by creating his own band. Don t miss this rocking time! ALICIA KEYS - March 22, 2010 at 7:30PM. Since her 2001 debut of Songs In A Minor, the New York native has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments including three multi-platinum albums and several Grammy Awards. Among others, some of the hits include Fallin, If I Ain t Got You, You Don t Know My Name, and No One. Key s fourth release, Element of Freedom, features the single Doesn t Mean Anything. For tickets, visit or call WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA AN EVENING WITH THE MAN- HATTAN TRANSFER - Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 PM HT Productions and the Manhattan Transfer celebrate 40 years together and present their new CD, The Chick Corea Songbook. The Manhattan Transfer is a major staple both within the jazz community and the mainstream music community, as they continue to enlighten listeners by bringing different genres of music to the forefront. For more information call or visit THE SHUBERT THEATRE 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA ARIADNE AUF NAXOS March 12, 2010 to March 23, An unseen producer makes changes to an opera just before the curtain rises. That s how the clowns get onstage. The composer is backstage tearing his hair out. This opera will be sung in German with projected English translation. For more information please call: or visit: FIRST CHURCH IN CAMBRIDGE, CONGREGATIONAL 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA LES FOLIES FRANCOISES Friday, March 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM. This French chamber ensemble breathes new life into the wide instrumental and vocal repertoire of the 17 th and 18 th centuries. For more information call: or visit: FIRST CHURCH CONGREGATIONAL Lindsay Chapel Mason & Garden Streets Cambridge, MA CANTATAS, SONATAS & MORAL TALES Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 8:00 PM Music by Telemann, Handel, Weiss, Beyer, Baron & Bach. GRAND BALLET DUCOUR Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 8:00 PM. Works by Moulinie, Boesset, Mesangeau, Guedron & du Caurroy. For more information, please call MISSION CHURCH 1545 Tremont St., Boston, MA MUSIC IN THE NEW WORLD FROM THE BAROQUE TO THE PRESENT Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3:00. M. Works of Zumaya, Villa-Lobos and Ginastera will be performed. Don t miss this form of music that has invoked the senses over the years. For further information you may call: or visit their website by logging on to ST. PAUL CHURCH Corner of Bow and Arrow Streets Cambridge, MA THE TALLIS SCHOLARS Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM. The Tallis Scholars will present a program of works by Loyset Compere, Jean Mouton, Nicholas Gombert and the incomparable Josquin des Pres. For more information, call: or visit: Special Events WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA COMEDY - Featured performer PAULY SHORE - February 12, For more information, please log onto NEWTV 23 Needham St., Newton, MA. SINGING WITH COLORS: THE ART OF MARIA TERMINI - Now through March 19, The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12 noon to 6:00 pm. Admission is free. For more info or The exhibit is handicapped accessible. COOLIDGE CORNER THEATER 290 Harvard St., Brookline, MA DECORDOVER AT THE COOLIDGE - Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7 PM. Come to the Coolidge Corner Theater for an off-site event with two of the artists from the 2010 DeCordova Biennial. Join Laurel Sparks, Xander Marro, and Assistant Curator Dina Deitisch for an evening of art, art films, and Q&A. For ticket information DICK S LAST RESORT Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall Marketplace MARDI GRAS MADNESS Tuesday, February 16 from 5 PM til whenever celebrate Mardi Gras with a day of confetti, multi-colored beads, feathers, masks and Dick s full menu of eats. Live entertainment by Sidewalk Driver from 8-11 PM. For more information call ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM 280 The Fenway, Boston, MA AFTER HOURS Every third Thursday of each month from 5-9:00 PM. After Hours is art, music, cocktails, contemporary performances, gallery explorations and so much more. For more information and to purchase tickets call: or visit: WEST END COMMUNITY CENTER 150 Staniford St., Boston, MA WEST END POETRY CLUB - have open readings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month starting at 7:00 PM in the Center by area poets. For more information call Duane at: SALEM HISTORICAL TOURS 8 Central Street, Salem, MA HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE TOUR Wednesdays and Mondays at 4:00 PM. Stroll through four centuries of Salem s illustrious history. Call or log on to ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS ITALIAN RADIO The Sicilian Corner 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and The Italian Show w/nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Italia Oggi (Italy Today) Sundays 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM Dolce Vita Radio DJ Rocco Mesiti 11 AM-1 PM Sundays 90.7 FM or online The Nick Franciosa Show Every Sunday at 12 Noon to 3:00 PM on radio stations WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. Guido Oliva Italian Hour 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM every Sunday on WSRO 650AM Framingham and online at PARADISE ROCK CLUB 967 Comm Ave., Boston, MA JOVANOTTI - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 8:00 PM. Italy s number one recording artist Jovanotti announces Oyeah, the debut US album release by the chart topping Tuscan singer, songwriter and rapper for the legendary Verve Forecast label. Oyeah was recorded in New York City during the Summer of 2009 during BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA LOWELL LECTURE SERIES Now through April Travel the world without leaving Boston. Lecturers include Paul Theroux Frances Mayes and Alexander McCall Smith. All lectures to be held in the Rabb Lecture Hall. All lectures are free and open to the public. For a detailed description of each lecture please visit: ARTS WORCESTER ART MUSEUM 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA INTAGLIO: ITALIAN ETCHINGS AND ENGRAVINGS - Now through March 7, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. View a selection of Italian prints that reflect the history of intaglio printmaking, the step-by-step process to reproduce pictorial images providing the finest detail. EXHIBITION: A MINIATURE MILESTONE - Now through April 8, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the 20 th anniversary of WAM s portrait miniature collection with a special exhibition that features miniatures from the 18 th to the 20 th centuries in the newly renovated Marianne E. Gibson gallery. In 1989 the museum created a gallery devoted to portrait miniatures created by various artists in a wide range of styles. Visit or call (508) INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA KRZYSZTOK WODICZKO Now through March 7, In a new projection-based work, Krzysztok focuses on the experience of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. His politically-charged works explore the relationship between art, democracy, trauma and healing. MOMENTUM 15: R.H. Quaytman Now through March 28, This is a new series of paintings by this Boston-born artist in her first solo museum exhibition. Her dazzling works incorporate silk screened photographs and abstract patterns, diamond dust layers, and hand-painted elements. RONI HORN AKA RONI HORN February 19, 2010 through June 13, Using a variety of materials including pure pigment, 24 carat gold, color photographs, and cast glass, Horn creates immensely beautiful and sensuous works that evoke the mystery inherent to even the most familiar subjects, the weather, the depths of water even our sense of place and identity. For further information, please call: or visit the website at: MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA HARRY CALLAHAN, AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER Now through July 3, This exhibition features intimate portraits, scenes of Urban Life and the Natural Landscape. There are a collection of approximately 40 photographs that survey the major visual themes of this artist s career. For further information, please call: or visit: Jovanotti s series of residencies at leading Manhattan and Brooklyn clubs with the Soleluna NY LAB, a New York-based collective of musicians from Italy, the United States and Brazil. A critically acclaimed pioneer in the international hip hop scene renown for working in his native Italian language, Jovanotti again breaks new ground on his first Stateside set. A double album collection, Oyeah s 20 tracks feature all new live versions of original repertoire drawn from Jovanotti s generation-long career plus 3 unreleased studio takes on classic Italian songs re-interpreted for today s international music market. For tickets and more information please call or BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY - NORTH END BRANCH 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA FILM LA TIGRE E LA NEVE (THE TIGER AND THE SNOW) - February 27, Please join the Pirandello Lyceum for the viewing of the 2005 Italian film starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. Movie will be shown with subtitles Coffee and Biscotti at 11:00am. Movie starts at 11:15. Free and open to the public.
12 Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli Blogging for God: Priests and nuns should learn to blog and use the internet in order to spread the word of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI said last week. Priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, the 82-year-old pope declared, through means such as images, videos, animated features, blogs, and websites. The Pope is already leading the way: He has launched the site Pope2you.net, which includes an iphone application. He also has a Facebook page, though he doesn t use Twitter. Should Pius XVI be a saint? Pope Benedict XVI thinks so. Critics say Pius doesn t warrant sainthood, arguing that he ignored the great moral imperative of his time: saving European Jewry during World War II. Not so! But his opposition to Hitler s Final Solution wasn t exactly staunch. Enough said! How well we remember our visit to Dachau a few days after the concentration camp was liberated. In brief, really brief, we drove Captain Borom to Dachau to see what was being done to help the victims. It was a gruesome sight! The walking dead! Enough aid. Wow! Two New York plumbers were arrested and jailed for days after police caught them with a bag of candy. Jose Pena and Cesar Rodriguz went into a store to buy their favorite coconut candy; when they came out, two officers asked to search the van. Go search, Rodriguz said. I even opened the door. When one of the cops found a sandwich bag with a crumbled, shiny substance inside, he shouted, Bingo! For days, the men languished in jail until a test revealed that the substance was coconut candy, not crack cocaine. A new analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center shows that women are now the main breadwinners in 22 percent of U.S. households; up from 7 percent in 1970, and that in nearly a third of marriages, the wife is better educated than the husband. The more economic independence and education a woman gains, the Pew study found, the more likely she is to stay married. Ah, women! We have repeatedly said women are better managers than men. Just think, our mothers managed to feed us, clean us, educate us, protect us, etc. None of us would be around if our mothers were not good managers! Forget robbing a bank! Bank robberies declined about 20 percent last year to their lowest point in a decade. Recessions typically lead to a boom in bank robberies, but new law-enforcement tools, including cash implanted with GPS tracking devices, have discouraged would-be robbers. The astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, If it s easy to borrow money from a bank as it advertising claims, why should anyone want to rob it? The noted Mona Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, reminds us, a bank is a place where you deposit money so that it will be there when other people want it. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, claims, some people s only interest in life comes from their bank account. Weird! Dennis Hopper, the 73-year-old Easy Rider who is suffering from prostate cancer has filed for divorce from his wife Victoria Duffy. As for the shocking divorce, a friend says: This is about getting his wife Victoria, his fourth wife, out of the will nothing more, nothing less. Yes, Dennis Hopper has been married four times. Go nuts! Eat plenty of pistachios to reduce heart disease risk. Researchers discovered people with moderately high cholesterol improved their blood cholesterol levels and reduced their risk of heart disease after eating two to three ounces of pistachios over four weeks. Experts say pistachios are rich in nutrients like arginine, which helps make nitric oxide in the blood. Nitric oxide can prevent build-up in the arterial walls and reduce hardening of the arteries. A cardiologist suggested you down one to two handfuls of pistachios a day to gain the benefits of the miracle nut. Fuller lips make gals look younger! So says research scientist David Gunn. As proof, The National Examiner ran a photo of the ageless Sophia Loren. Ah, she certainly has kissable lips! Kissing can also create problems! Princess Caroline of Monaco, may dump her husband Prince Ernst August of Hanover over photos of him kissing another woman. The German magazine Bunte published pictures of Ernst with a gal in Phuket, Thailand, and gorgeous Caroline is said to be deeply humiliated. Well, a divorce settlemen would ease her pain the prince is reportedly worth about $8 BILLION! Giuseppina, la coscia storta, suggests Caroline dump the Scornato and go for the billions of dollars. Spanked kids are more likely to grow up to be successful, well-adjusted adults than those who don t reveals a new study by Marjorie Gunnoe, a psychology professor. Gunnoe s results reveal that children ages 2 to 6 who were given corporal punishment perform better on almost every measure that was considered than those who were given time-outs or had privileges taken away. How true! People are happier on weekends. A new study revealed people felt emotionally happier, physically better, and more competent from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. The study covered both men and women, regardless of age, salary, education, or length of workweek. Don t toss-in the towel! When staying at a hotel reuse towels for benefit of the environment. InterContinental Hotels calculates that its towel reuse program saves 199 million liters of water a year in the U.S. alone. And with fewer towels to wash, hotels use less energy to run their washers and dryers, and release fewer pollutants into local waters. Although 2009 gave people plenty of reasons to drown their sorrows, beer sales plunged 2.2 percent, the first annual drop since Small batch craft brewers saw their sales increase, with the largest, Boston Beer Co., growing 1.7 percent. Heading for Los Angeles? You may want to take a guided bus tour of Los Angeles violence-filled gang turf. Tour operators require customers to sign a waiver, acknowledging the risk of gunfire, before riding an unmarked bus in hopes of glimpsing real Crips, Bloods, and other gang members. Heavy duty! A Weight Watchers meeting in Sweden was disrupted by the floor collapsing under the weight of the dieters. We suddenly heard a huge thud, said one anonymous slimmer, and everything flew up in the air. Luckily, the collapse was slow enough for dieters to reach intact portions of the floor before it gave way. They also pulled the scale to safety, calmly completing their weekly weigh-in in the corridor. Which coin first used the phrase In God We Trust? A two-cent coin minted in Where in the United States do you not have to pay taxes? On an Indian reservation. What is the hardest natural substance in the world? The diamond. What percentage of the human body is made up of water? Seventy percent. Our noted musicologist Albert Natale reports a series of strange incidents has raised fears about Scottish singer Susan Boyle s mental health, including her singing into a mop at a Heathrow Airport departure lounge. The frumpy star, who came to worldwide fame when she won a British TV talent contest, was asked by several fellow waiting passengers to sing, and she responded by grabbing a mop, pretending it was a microphone, and singing and dancing across the floor, while shouting obscenities. The once reticent Boyle has also been seen cursing and berating people at a cafe and a pub. Happy birthday to Rosemarie Sansone and Paul Vignoli! AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ELBOWS WITH ZUCCHINI in Tomato Sauce 2 medium-size zucchini, washed and chopped (not peeled) 2 large ripe tomatoes or a four-ounce portion crushed tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil 1 chopped medium onion 1 tablespoon capers (optional) Basil and salt 1/2 pound elbow macaroni In a saucepan, sauté onion and capers in oil until onion is opaque. Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If a heavier sauce is preferred, use a fourounce-can prepared tomato sauce instead. Cover and simmer about seven minutes. Add chopped zucchini and dried or fresh basil. Add water if more liquid is desired. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer slowly until zucchini is tender. Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Pour zucchini with sauce over cooked elbows and serve. Serves two. NOTE: Spaghetti may be cooked and served with the zucchini in place of elbows. Vita can be reached at Editorial (Continued from Page 3) is wondering how AG Holder could come up with this decision? Why take on the unnecessary expense, risk the ACLU providing the New York Times national security secrets it obtains during discovery motions, and offer these hardened terrorists a worldwide public forum to spew anti-america propaganda? Is the administration secretly rooting for the bad guys? Let s look at the facts. Would any administration, with America s best interest in mind, allow civilian trials in the U.S. when congressionally approved military tribunals are more suitable? Wouldn t a president, with America s best interest in mind, immediately fire his attorney general if he even floated the idea of transferring the worst of the worse high valued Guantanamo Bay detainees to New York City, especially after they wanted to plead guilty in a military tribunal at Gitmo? Wouldn t a competent AG, with America s best interest in mind, immediately order the Nigerian National who attempted to explode a Detroit bound airliner on Christmas day, transferred to Gitmo so military interrogators can learn where Yemeni training camps are located and the identities of other terrorists? Would any president, with America s best interest in mind, call for the closing of GITMO within one year of his inauguration? Would any competent Secretary of Homeland Security, with America s best interest in mind, refuse to utter the word terrorism, and think that flag waving, Christian, veteran gun owners are the biggest threat to national security? All elections have consequences, and the November 2008 election is no exception. Arguably, 90 percent of Manhattan voted for Barack Obama, and they should live with their decision. I hope the terrorism trials remain in New York City, and these people come to the realization that they made a huge mistake when they voted for someone who did not have their, and America s, best interest in mind. Reach Gregory D. Lee through his website: dlee.com. Check out his blog 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston s Little Italy and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores ask for Hard cover # ISBN Soft Cover # ISBN
13 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 13 The Socially Set (Continued from Page 9) February school vacation was a couple of weeks away and I had made plans to go on vacation. I was teaching drafting and industrial design at Hyde Park High School and was playing with several bands, performing each night of the week except Monday. That was unofficially the night off for most musicians, back in the day. I had learned my lesson a month earlier, between Christmas and New Year s Eve. I had accepted an invitation at a ski lodge near Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. Let me start by saying, I hate the cold. As I ve gotten older, I hate it even more, but even back then, I hated the cold. This time around, I wanted to vacation in the tropics. More about the plans in a minute, but first let me tell you about that trip to Cannon Mountain: A pretty young teacher on our faculty was an avid skier and invited me and another young male teacher from the Hyde Park faculty to the ski lodge she belonged to. We would pay our own way, but as her guests, it was a lot cheaper than if we made reservations at a hotel. I had never been on skis before and didn t have the right clothing nor the equipment necessary. When I mentioned my plans to the guys in the bands I was working with, a couple of them offered to lend me the necessary clothing and boots. Sal Meli, an old friend from East Boston could take time off from his job at Polaroid and decided to join in with us, and on December 26, Sal, the girl that invited us and the other male teacher, a Tom Aylward, and I jumped into my Thunderbird four-seater and headed north. It was Wednesday morning, the day after Christmas. I picked everyone up, but told my friends that we would have to come home on Sunday, as I was playing on New Year s Eve, but didn t want to take any chances and would be ready to head home on that Sunday. All agreed and off we went. The resort had all of the amenities, and by late afternoon, we were checked in and raring to go. After dinner, Sal, Tom and I were introduced to the club members and we partied until it was time to call it quits. Early the next morning, I was fitted for skis and FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST THE Johnny Christy Orchestra MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS headed to the novice slope of Cannon Mountain to take a skiing lesson. The instructor took about a half hour, showing us the ins and outs of the sport. To me, the most important aspect of everything was how to stop. Once I thought I was ready, I headed to the top of the novice slope, but didn t think I could maneuver around all of the beginners who were falling down. As a result, I decided to head farther up the mountain. When I got to the intermediate level, it was too crowded, so I continued until I found myself at the top of the mountain with the expert skiers. I snapped on my skis, pointed them down the mountain, said a quick Hail Mary, and pushed off. Dragging my ski poles, I slowly descended the mountain, swerving to avoid the pros that were flying down the mountain. The swerving also allowed me to miss the trees and boulders that dotted the slopes of Cannon Mountain. I was nervous and wished I were back home having a glass of winter wine with Babbononno. Well, I somehow made it down the mountain without falling or hitting anything. When I arrived at the novice slope, I zigzagged my way around all of the falling beginners and saw the side wall of public ski lodge coming closer I pointed my skis at each other (called snow plowing) and jumped sideways. I stopped within a couple of feet of the outside wall of the lodge, snapped off my rented skis, looked back at the slopes of the mountain, saluted and headed inside with no broken bones, no scrapes or bruises, only a body full of cold New Hampshire mountain air. I had beginner s luck and didn t want to tempt fate. That was the first and last time I ever put on a pair of skis in my life. Once inside, I ordered a hot chocolate and waited for Sal and the rest of my friends to come back and join me. I don t know if I was dressed well enough for the northern New England climate, but it took me a day or two to warm up. I made a promise to myself, if the good Lord would allow me to thaw out; I would never go skiing or try outdoor winter sports ever again. I warmed up and have actually kept my promise. It was a couple of months later, and as I said, the February school vacation was approaching. Both Sal and my faculty friend, Tom, left vacation plans to me and I decided on Puerto Rico. I knew two things about this island that was an American commonwealth, and it would be warm during February vacation. I called a friend of Uncle Nick and Aunt Dorothy. He was the vice president of Colpitts Travel Agency and he knew just what I wanted. As a result, he put a package together that we could afford and we were to leave on the Friday afternoon before the vacation week. Back in the day, you dressed at night in San Juan, so I filled two suit cases with suits, ties, shirts, and whatever I would need for the beach and the pool. Dad, mom and Babbononno drove Sal and me to the Eastern Airlines Terminal and we waited for Tom to show up. When he did, we were raring to go, but there was a problem, it was snowing and our flight was delayed. There was a lounge at the Eastern Terminal that was owned by former Senator LoPresti. I had campaigned for him when he ran for office and he knew me by name. He happened to be at the lounge when we went in and he spotted me. We shook hands and I introduced him to my friends, and then lamented that our flight was delayed. He told the bartender to take care of us, gratis. He whispered to me that the drinks were on the house but that we should take care of his bartender and off he went. Well, I m not much of a drinker and neither was Sal. Tom had a couple but the friend that drove him to the airport put a good dent in a bottle of Jack Daniels and was feeling no pain. After a couple of hours, they rescheduled our flight in spite of the snow and by late that evening we were ready to fly out. Just before boarding the plane, I called home to let everyone know what was going on. Babbononno answered and told me that I should have taken him with me to translate. I asked my grandfather if he could speak Spanish and he said, Noh, ma Italiano, sheeza peedy close to Spanisha. I thanked him anyway and told him to tell Mom and Dad we were ready to leave. I M OUT OF SPACE AND WILL CONTINUE NEXT WEEK. IN THE MEANTIME, GOD BLESS AMERICA Small Ads Get Big Results For more information call Fred Warburg, the brother of Max Warburg, and Katie Cox at Step Up to the Plate for Courage event. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Majestic Theatre in Boston. NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.. There s still time to order daffodils in support of the American Cancer Society. Friday, March 5 is the deadline. As one of the Society s oldest and most beloved fundraising programs, Daffodil Days empowers everyone from CEOs to school children to make it their business to help save lives by fighting back against cancer and helping to create a world with more birthdays. Although Daffodil Days involves offering daffodils to Ken Shallow Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Fully Insured Lic # If you want to know about EAST BOSTON your first stop should be News Commentary Economic Data people in appreciation for their contributions, it is about more than just beautiful flowers; it is an opportunity to share hope for a world free from cancer. For more information about the Society s Daffodil Days, contact the American Cancer Society at ACS-2345 or visit Enjoy! (Be sure to visit Hilda Morrill s gardening Web site, and sign the Guest Book for a chance to win tickets to the 2010 Boston Flower and Garden Show, being held March 24 28, at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. 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14 Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 NEWS BRIEFS (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco ITALY AND CHINA: A NEW JOINT VENTURE. The Pirelli Corporation, the giant Italian tire maker which is credited for creating the belted tire, has further consolidated its presence in China by investing 50 million euro in the environment field in which Italy has gained a significant position over the past ten years. Pirelli President Marco Tronchetti Provera, while in China a few weeks ago (2009), explained that the factory to be built will be managed by a joint venture with the Chinese group Hixih, a partner with Pirelli since 2005, in the production of tires; it will be built at Yanzhou, in the province of Shandong (Northern China) where the Italian company already owns two factories for the production of tires. The Pirelli president also explained that over the next three years the investment will reach 50 million euro, and with growth of the market, and also demand, the new production line may well produce 100,000 pieces. We have also learned that the new initiative has been supported by both the Italian and Chinese Ministries of Environment. One particular protocol, signed in Beijing by an official of the Italian Ministry of Environment by the City of Beijing and by the Pirelli Company, calls for the installation of special filters in all cars to prevent pollution. TAX DODGING IN ITALY: THE CONTINUING SAGA. The Italian Revenue Agency has recently announced ten billion euro never reported was discovered by the Fiscal Agents (Guardia di Finanza). Also, 2.8 billion euro was returned to the State coffers, while 6,000 people were investigated and much closer attention placed on wealthy taxpayers. However, one problem still persists: the hiding of capital in fiscal paradises abroad. With regard to the latter, specialized fiscal officials and agents will focus their attention in investigating the disappearance of capital which amount, for the first eight months of 2009, to over ten billion euro ($14 billion). The frequent discovery of tax dodgers in Italy is due to an increase of tax evaders, particularly by the rich crowd. ITALY RESPONDS TO ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO SEEK A REFUGE. Recently a new law has been added to the books. Now anyone who tries to sneak into Italy commits a crime. This law became effective in August (2009) when the two branches of the Italian Parliament approved the final version of the bill. It contains a variety of causes. One concerns cases of arranged marriages, another deals specifically with child abuse of all kinds, another with the confiscation of property of illegal origin, and to the extension of clandestine residence to a period of 180 days as ascertained in the centers of identification, and expulsion from the Italian land. The only clandestine who will not be expelled will be those who come to work in homes as domestics. These people can remain but only if their employer pays a una tantum sum of 500 euro. This law also deals with those who offend a public official. In short, the new immigrants, especially the illegal aliens, are warned to never use insulting phrases at any of the highest officials of the State, e.g., never call Berlusconi a salame! The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings QUOTE OF THE WEEK Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism. Howard Zinn, noted 60s professor at B.U. who passed away recently at age 87 SAY GOOD-BYE TO VIVA VIAGRA Reacting to scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer like other drug companies are toning down those E.D. commercials. Gone are those middle-aged bikers singing Viva Viagra which will be replaced by an old guy talking with his doctor. Doesn t sound very exciting to me and I liked that Viva Viagra tune. QUINN SCHOLARSHIP DINNER, APRIL 10 Back on April 4, 1970, the first annual scholarship in honor of Michael Quinn was held at Memorial Hall on Green Street in Charlestown. This year the 41 st scholarship dinner will be held at the Malden Irish American Club on the Medford-Malden border on West Street in Malden. This year s dinner will be saluting Sean G. Smith, a 2009 graduate of Boston Latin School and a member of Boston University s Class of He is the son of Mary Anne Regan. This year s featured speaker will be Brigadier General Lew Craparotta, ADC, Marine Division. Ronan Fitzpatrick is getting, as he says, for an evening of saluting Sean and his family, and perpetuating Michael s noble cour- by Sal Giarratani age and character, will continue the tradition of Quinn Scholars. For more information and tickets, you can call Ronan Fitzpatrick at HAPPY 30 th ANNIVERSARY TO PATTY SUPREY Happy 30 th anniversary to Charlestown s Patty Suprey for being the City of Boston s first female basketball player to score 1,000 points. Recently, she was inducted into the Boston State/UMass Boston s Women s Basketball Hall of Fame. HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS FUNDRAISER Homes For Our Troops hosted a community fundraiser at Florian Hall recently. Homes For Our Troops is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c) (3) outfit founded in It assists severely injured servicemen and servicewomen and their immediately families by raising funds to coordinate the process of building a home that allows for the ability to live life more independently. The Florian Hall event was well attended and featured the music of Dukes of Disco DJ Dru Errico. For more information on Homes for Our Troops, you can contact Christine McGuiggan at , Jeanine McInnis at or Dan McInnis at GREEN HILL AVENUE??? Former Reebok head honcho Paul Fireman and other Hub executives are helping to launch a 10- year effort to turn Blue Hill Avenue green. Local business leaders, Mayor Tom Menino and the cast of WGBH-TV s This Old House joined together to launch the creation of the Partnership for Greening Blue Hill Avenue. The $250,000 initiative aims to train 200 young people to work as certified technicians who will weatherize 1,000 homes in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury. The aim of the program is creating jobs, greening homes and increasing neighborhood health and wellness. DON T FORGET CHARLESTOWN LIVE Charlestown Live, the TV show all about Charlestown airs every Thursday at 6:30pm on Comcast, Channel 9. Reruns air Saturday at 8pm and Monday at 10:30am. It is MUST programming for Charlestown residents. PROF. HOWARD ZINN, RIP Yeah, that s right. This aging conservative baby boomer remembers radical history professor Howard Zinn from Boston University in a positive way. Back in my college days, in the middle of the Vietnam War, I wasn t afraid to listen to all sides before making up my own mind. I didn t agree with everything Zinn said but much of his words made complete sense. I still have his A People s History of the United States in my bookshelf. It still makes sense today as it did back when I was 20 something. DEADLINE STOPPER: on Eagle Wings, BC Wins Beanpot 4-3! It really was an exciting Beanpot final, but what do you expect when the finalists are BC and BU. There was even a vision of Washington DC when BU Coach Jack Parker, down 4-3, pulled netminder Kieran Millan for an extra skater with a little under two minutes to go. Yes, the BU Terrier still has bite, but this year the Beanpot, deservingly so, goes to BC. Kevin Shattenkirk put BU ahead at 13:36 of the first period much to the delight of the Red and White fanatics. Boson College struck back big time, early and often in period two. At 1:01 Freshman Steve Whitney tied it up. Senior Carl Sneep put the Eagles ahead at 12:33 and freshman Chris Kreider s spectacular goal, assisted by Jimmy Hayes made it 3-1 sending the new Garden to new heights! At 4:22 of the third period BC by Bob DeCristoforo struck again on a goal by Barry Almeida. Let s see, Score BC-4, BU-1. Over, no way! With 9:00 on the clock Dave Warsofsky (BU) made it 4-2, and at 17:14 Colby Cohen (BU) made it 4-3! Momentum has certainly shifted, but BC goaltender John Muse didn t. The final BC-4, BU-3. Goaltender Muse was named Beanpot MVP. Eagles take home the 58 th Beanpot Championship. In the Consolation game Tyler McNeely and Greg Costa gave Northeastern a 2-0 lead, and the Huskies never looked back. Harvard s Coner Morrison did cut the lead to 2-1 halfway through the game, but period three was all Northeastern and all Wade Macleod, who scored two goals. Northeastern wins 4-1. Last week I thought the Beanpot was losing some of its magic, this week the magic is back the Beanpot now resides at BC. Go Eagles! Fill out coupon below and mail with payment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box , Boston, MA I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $30 per subscription.
15 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 15 News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) leaders to take the reins of government and move us in the right direction. He is a first time candidate but his father Sal was a State Senator from Somerville from 1984 to Community Meeting on Cook Street Play Area There will be a community meeting to discuss improvements to the Cook Street Play Area in Charlestown. Boston Parks and Recreation and the Mayor s Office of Neighborhood Services invite the public to attend the meeting. It will be held at the Charlestown Community Center on Medford Street on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30pm. Fort Pointers Ask What About Them Recently, the city s power brokers met to discuss expansion ideas for the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center but nobody apparently invited a representative from the Fort Point Channel neighborhood next door. Fort Point resident Steven Hollinger said, There hasn t been a single public meeting in the neighborhood to discuss the plan and that s troubling. Convention Partnership is a group of 27 individuals and while the group includes some South Boston residents, no one from Fort Point was named to the committee. Don Eyles, a member of the Fort Point arts community says, It s shocking because as we understand it, the expansion will impinge on our neighborhood quite a bit. James Rooney, MCCA executive director states, We can t have everyone on a group like this but we respect and understand the fact that we need to communicate with those neighborhoods. Now Fort Point residents wait to see if actions match those words. Emily Forgot to Check More Sources WEEI sports radio s Dennis & Callahan are hitting back at PBS queen Emily Rooney after she dissed the duo on TV saying the duo didn t invite Martha Coakley onto their morning-drive radio show until a couple of days before the election. However, Gerry Callahan and John Dennis and their show s producer Ian Meropol say not so. According to them Coakley was invited to come on the air with them about a halfdozen times between the primary and January 19. According to Dennis, Emily Rooney has bad sourcing and Emily Rooney doesn t check her facts. Gerry Callahan also a Herald columnist said it would have been better radio to have her on than Brown. Says Callahan, He was speaking to the choir for the most part. This whole radio feud started after her January 22 Beat the Press show which discussed the topic of talk radio and the Senate race. Said Rooney, For talk radio listeners in the Boston area anyway, it was pretty much all Scott Brown all the time. It was a regular bash Martha boost Scott fest. On her show, Rooney said she was told by an aide that Dennis and Callahan didn t invite Coakley until the last two days of the race. Rooney says a highly placed person in the Coakley campaign told her it was until the final two days before Callahan and Dennis invited Coakley on their show and Rooney stated, I went with that. Rooney wanted Dennis and Callahan to appear on her WGBH-FM (89.7) radio show on January 28. Callahan said I didn t even know she had a radio show and Dennis declined saying that it was his day to floss. OUCH! Next time she better check with more than one source before going on the record and looking foolish. Cutting Film Tax Credits Dumb Idea The Bay State film industry is giving a cut and thumbs down to Governor Deval Patrick s plan to slash the tax credits that helped create more than $1 billion in economic activity. Patrick filed his $28.2 billion budget on January 27 that included cuts to human services, raises taxes on candy, tonic and smokeless tobacco but spares local aid. Remember, 2010 he is up for re-election. While saying, the film tax credit has been wildly successful but has been very expensive, the governor has reduced the credit by $75 million. At a time of rising unemployment, this film tax credit cut could have a very serious negative impact on jobs created by the film industry. Judging Bills By Sponsers? The Boston Herald s Howie Carr had another great column on a recent Sunday, talking about in-state tuition for illegals and former Senator Anthony Galluccio who Carr now refers to as the exsenator formerly of Cambridge, now of Billerica, as in Billerica House of Corrections. Galluccio sponsored, before quickly leaving Beacon Hill, a bill entitled An Act Relative to Equal Access to Higher Education. Howie wondered if the former senator had used too much toothpaste before trying to give foreign freeloaders yet another handout. Howie called this piece of legislation a bad penny that keeps returning. Seems the Democrats have learned little from the January 19 election results. The people speak out loud and clear to tone-deaf legislators. Guv Still Doesn t Get It Governor Deval Patrick in his January 21 State of the State Address apparently still doesn t get it from his remarks directed at Bay State voters when he lectured, Be angry, but channel it in a positive direction. It is easy to be against things. It takes tough-mindedness and courage to be for something. The people did something positive. They went out and voted to send a new voice from Massachusetts to the US Senate. He may think Brown is a negative but I positively disagree with his opinion as I am sure the 52 percent of Bay Staters who sent Scott Brown to Washington, DC also disagrees. Petrocelli to Apara Back during the sixties, my favorite shortstops included Ernie Banks from the Cubs, Tony Kubek from the Yankees and Luis Aparacio from either the White Sox or Orioles. In 1967, I had a new favorite in Rico Petrocelli and the Impossible Dream Team Red Sox. In 1971, the Red Sox picked up Luis Aparacio at age 37 and moved Rico over to third where he became an outstanding third baseman too. What amazes me to this day is that Rico at age 28 was moved to third to make room for Aparacio at shortstop at age 37. This tells you what an All-Staff and Hall of Famer Aparacio was during his baseball career. Petrocelli made a seamless switch to third finishing with fewer errors than Golden Glove winner Brooks Robinson, the best third baseman of the sixties. contain false or inaccurate information. DO NOT let anyone keep your original documents. DO NOT pay more than a nominal fee to someone who is not an attorney or make payments on the internet. DO make photocopies of all documents prepared or submitted for you. DO get a receipt any time you pay someone to assist you in completing or submitting forms. EXTRA Innings Mayor s Column (Continued from Page 1) ATTENTION ATT TTORNEYS The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. 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In my era, Seaver, Gibson, Drysdale, Carlton, these guys would have probably knocked him on his butt. Besides Jenkins, both Hall of Famers Goose Gossage and Carlton Fisk have both knocked McGwire for the harm done to professional baseball. Cabrera Signs with Reds Shortstop Orlando Cabrera who hit.284 last season splitting time with the Athletics and Twins and a twotime Golden Glover just signed with the Cincinnati Reds for a 1-year $3.02 million contract as the Reds 2010 starting shortstop. Last season after landing with the Twins, he took them into the playoffs. Back in 2008 he did the same thing for the Detroit Tigers. Since leaving the Sox after helping them win the pennant and World Series in 2004, he has played for almost as many teams as the Red Sox have had shortstops. Still wondering why he never stays long with any one team? Rumors are rampart about why, but who can believe rumors. He is a solid hitting, good defensive, everyday kind of player. 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16 Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. Attitude and Confidence in Boxing! Standing, left to right: Line up of great 1973 Golden Glove Champions, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Bobby Brown and Jackie Smith. Seated, left to right: Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr., Mr. Amato and Jim Jacobs. You need attitude and confidence, in boxing. You ve got to have it. Confidence is a must to be successful in boxing, as is attitude. These are key ingredients to success, in everything you do. Standing up to adversity. Standing up to factors, catapulted in your path. Perseverance to obstacles and confidence in resolution. The need to believe in yourself and who you are. It s only you in the ring. As referees, Dick Flaherty, Eddie Fitzgerald, Tinker Picot and Bob Benoit say, Protect yourself at all times. Confidence in yourself, to do it and get back up when knocked down. It s a priority, to believe in yourself! Boxing is a sport that tests you. It tests you in many ways and prepares you. When dazed by a punch, will you quit? When you get knocked down, will you get back up? When the crowd boos you, do you get discouraged and sulk? When convincingly losing will you believe in yourself and fight back to win! World Champions: John L. Sullivan, Rocky Marciano, Paul Pender, Sal Bartolo, Tony DeMarco, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Vinny Paz, Jaime Clampitt, Missy Fiorentino, John Ruiz demonstrated these abilities. Just as top fighters StateAuditor Joe DeNucci, Tony Petronelli, Tommy Collins, Dr. Skeeter McClure, Mark DeLuca, Irish Micky Ward, Irish Joey McCreedy, Jackie Smith, Jerry Forte, Tinker Picot and Tommy Attardo have. All demonstrated tenacity, while remaining the class individuals they are. They have a knack. The knack of being themselves. The knack of risking defeat, in order to win. When told You can t! tell yourself I can. When told You won t, tell yourself I will! As when told. You ll lose, tell yourself I ll win!, and Let the games begin! The only finish line being victory or carried out on your shield! All equate to victory. That of doing the best you can. Remembering Jackie Smith of Brockton, a tough rated fighter. He fought a tough array of fighters such as #1 title contender, Mike Colbert; May 1949 Ring Magazine has Paul Roach of Boston, as its Featherweight Prospect of the Month; May 1951 Ring Magazine, has Middleweight Jimmy Beau of Connecticut, rated #6 in the world, behind World Champion Sugar Ray Robinson; 1983 K.O. Magazine, Vinnie Curto of East Boston defeats Hector Negrete in ten, Sean Mannion of South Boston defeats Billy Bradley in ten, Freddie Roach of Dedham, defeats Danny Cruz in ten; Ring Magazine, March 1974; Undefeated Light-heavyweight Vinnie Curto Left to Right: Referee Dick Flaherty, Dan Couco of IBRO, Joe Marques, Don Green, Bobby Bolster and Jimmy Connors dinning out at the Florian Hall. The punchers: Jerry Forte, Billy Pender, Dan O Malley and Herb Weissblum. defeats future World Heavyweight title challenger Terry Daniels (Daniels fought Joe Frazier for the World Heavyweight Title on January 15, 1972). Boxing Illustrated April 1969, Come-back Kid Gerald (Honey Boy) Pate delivered impressively at Las Vegas. He s New England s up and coming lightheavy... Top ten matchmaker is Sam Silverman, top ten fight trainer is Johnny Dunn, honorable mention active fight figure is Paul Mitrano. Top local favorites: Lightweight Billy McCluskey launched his pro career on March 20 th 1967 when he duked Bennie Lamumba at the Four Seasons Arena in Walpole, managed by Al Clemente of Boston. Irish Billy of East Boston developed into a main bout fighter after his fifth fight. A real crowd pleaser at the Roseland Ballroom in Taunton, where Dan LaFratta has been promoting fights... Dick Hall of Boston, turns in a stunning upset when he halted Jimmy Rosette of California at 2:15 of the second round in Las Vegas. In Maine, Jerry Graci stopped Brad Silas in 8. In Taunton, Juan Botta kayos Ernesto Ortiz in 5, Billy McCluskey kayos Ernie Dew in 4. Boxing Illustrated December 1972; World ratings: Heavyweight #24 Jack O Halloran, Lightheavyweights #12 Eddie Owens and #46 Joe DeNucci. Lightweight #50 Donny Sennett. #24 Heavyweight Giant Irish Jack O Halloran of Boston wins the California title when he defeats Henry Clark by decision. He also defeats Rahaman Ali, the younger brother of Muhammad Ali, by way of a KO at 1:23 of the eighth round. Jack O Halloran defeated British Commonwealth Champion Dan McAlinden. A quote from Boxing Illustrated Sort of makes him the All-Irish Heavyweight Champion.... In New Bedford, Paul Cardoza outpoints Lloyd Duncan in eight. Fresno, California Billy Ryan kayoed Loyd Price. Let s Rock! at A tribute to Allie Colombo, trainer of World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano. This time will be held at Joe Angelo s in Brockton on Saturday, February 20 th. A great line up of guest are expected. A quote from the Mass Retirees Date Log: Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man s character give him power. President Abraham Lincoln Happy Birthdays: December: 10 th Richard Hand, 13 th Dan Couco and Louie DeCicco, 16 th Paul Doyle and World Champion Vinny Paz, 22 nd Ed Fitzgerald, 24 th Jimmy Connors, 26 th Chris Sarno, 28 th Roland Milton, 29 th Greg Varatanian. January: 2 nd Doug Pendarvis, 7 th Danny Long and Frank Calabro, 11 th Jerry Huston, Ryan Long and John O Brien, 14 th World Champion Tony DeMarco, 15 th RIP Honey Mellody and Michael George, 16 th Juan Botta, 19 th Missy Fiorentino, 23 rd RIP Peter Santoro, 27 th Bob Hanna and Bob Franklin. February: 9 th World Champion Vito Antuofermo and Jake Kilrain, 10 th Bob Treiger, 11 th Jerry Colton, 12 th Mark DeLuca (son) and RIP Sam Langford, 13 th Ray DeLicio, 14 th Ed Imondi, 18 th RIP World Champion Battling Battalino, 19 th Mike Mugsy Mullen, 20 th Charlie Tartaglia, 21 st Tom McNeeley and Bobby Gould, 22 nd Ronnie Gerstel, 23 rd Michael Halstead, 24 th Tommy Conlon and RIP World Champion Lou Bogash, 25 th Ralph Wright, 26 th Dennis Marrese, 28 th Rick Marinick. Next week an update on Vinny Marino, who s doing some great things. HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB He calls it Trophy Season, he does that time of year when the pace, the atmosphere and indeed the very meaning of the season begins to change. All season long the players have been putting forth their best efforts, winning many more games than losing, propelling the Boston College Eagles to a number 10 ranking in the college hockey world. The victories and ranking were nice all right but up until the Beanpot something was missing. That s right a thing, an item. Something you could reach out and touch. Something you could feel. Something you could possess. That s why Boston College head coach Jerry York refers to the Beanpot as the beginning of Trophy Season. Up to that point, there s just been games. Some have been spectacular. One at Fenway Park on January 8 was indeed unique. But all there was to take back to campus were memories and not necessarily good ones at that, since the Eagles lost that game to arch rival Boston University. A trophy is a catalyst for our team, noted York in the post-game press conference after his team had claimed the Pot via a 4-3 triumph over BU. He explained that the freshmen and sophomores on the team had never won a trophy until this year s Pot, the last tourney win for the Eagles coming in the 2008 National Championship game. So as January gave way to early February there was new meaning to the college season. You get awards for significant victories not simply two points in the standings. And the Beanpot will merely be the first opportunity. March will bring the Hockey East Tournament followed by the NCAA Regionals. April will bring the survivors of March Madness to the grand stage to Ford Field in Detroit for the NCAA Frozen Four and the chance to compete for the national championship trophy. For our local Division I hockey teams the Beanpot is the opening of Trophy Season. And it was fitting that the team led by the veteran coach who named the tournaments that take place in February, March and April as the premier events of Trophy Season went on to capture the first rung on that ladder at the TD Garden. When the Eagles descended on goaltender John Muse of East Falmouth following their 4-3 victory over BU, it marked at fitting opening to the most meaningful portion of the college hockey season. BU has the memories for winning the Frozen Fenway game, but BC has the trophy for winning the Beanpot. The teams split two other regular season encounters. So who made out better? You decide. by Richard Preiss Gloves and sticks went sailing into the air as the players celebrated their hard-earned victory over the arch-rival Terriers the 250 th meeting between the two schools that share a street, a sport and success. No additional games in the regular season remain between the two but they may meet In either the Hockey East Tournament or in the NCAAs. Veteran Boston University coach Jack Parker labeled the game a classic and stated there could not have been a more fitting setting the Beanpot title game being played in the Garden for the 250 th matchup between the teams. It was the 15 th Beanpot title for the Eagles the Terriers have 29. Between them the two teams have won 44 of the 58 Beanpot Tournaments played to date. The win was the 370 th victory for York in his 16 years as BC s head coach. He left Causeway Street with 837 overall victories in his 38-year career as a college head coach. The Eagles won the Pot for the second time in three years and Muse was the recipient of a double load of hardware being named the tournament s Most Valuable Player as well as the Outstanding Goaltender. He shut out Harvard on opening night and put the brakes on BU for most of the title game, enabling the Eagles to jump out to a 4-1 lead before things got close near the end. And, in fact, it was a thrilling finish with the game going down to the final seconds. When BU scored with 2:24 remaining in regulation to bring the Terriers to within one, more than a few people thought back to last April when BU found the range for two goals in the final minute of the national championship game to pull into a tie with Miami of Ohio and then won the title in overtime. But a last minute goal was not to be scored this time and the Eagles skated off with the most noted hockey hardware in the Hub. Statistically, BU still has a big lead when the two meet head to head in the Beanpot with the Terriers owning a record over the Eagles. In the consolation game, Northeastern defeated Harvard, 4-1. Very few people attended but it was an important game for the Huskies, enabling them to cross over the.500 threshold at A few more victories the rest of the way and the Huskies may find themselves in the NCAA Tournament. In the afterglow of the Beanpot the regular season resumes. But the next installment of that most exciting season Trophy Season resumes in mid March with the Hockey East Tournament. The winning team not only gets a trophy but a big prize as well an automatic berth in the NCAA Regionals. Stay tuned.
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