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:i'? I ct.-YI'A 5T ,:; THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS OST- TT (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) b VOL. 117 - NO. 1 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 4, 2013 $.30 A COPY Boston Celebrate's First Night Time for Action on Common Sense Gun Reform by Mayor Thomas M. Menino As a parent and grand- parent, I remain overcome with sadness, grief and out- rage by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This unspeakable act of violence will forever imprint Decem- ber 14, 2012 in our hearts and minds, and my heart goes out to the families im- pacted by this senseless tragedy and the many others we have recently witnessed across the United States. As a Mayor who has seen too many lives forever al- tered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Now is the time for that action. Each day in the United States, 33 people are murdered by guns. Our na- tion has been brought to a tipping point. Now is the time for a real dialogue on national gun reform rooted in common sense. Six years ago, I joined New York Citv .ayo Michael Bloomberg to create Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Today, our bipartisan coalition is more than 800 Mayors strong, and we've joined forces with more than 900,000 Ameri- cans and 100 survivors of gun violence to urge Presi- dent Obama to put forward an agenda that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns and easier for police and pros- ecutors to crack down on them. I encourage you to join people from all walks of life who have signed our Demand a Plan petition by visiting DemandAPlan.org. That agenda would: Require every gun buyer to pass a criminal back- ground check. Background checks are the only system- atic way to stop felons, do- mestic abusers and other dangerous people from buy- ing firearms. But they still avoid these checks online and at gun shows, where unlicensed "private sellers" are not required by federal law to conduct the checks. Millions of gun sales -- esti- mated at more than 40 per- cent of the U.S. annual total -- are conducted through pri- vate sellers. Federal legisla- tion known as The Fix Gun Checks Act (H.R. 1781/S.436) would close this enormous gap in our laws by requiring a criminal background check for every gun sale. Get high capacity rifles and ammunition maga- zines off our streets. Mili- tary-style weapons and high capacity ammunition maga- zines have no appropriate civilian function. They are designed to kill large num- bers of people quickly md are disproportionately used to kill law enforcement offic- ers; approximately one in {Continued on Page 5) (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) (Additional Photos on Page 8) News 00riefs Obama Named Person of the Year Again by Time Magazine Time has once again picked President Obama for its Person of the Year honor citing his re- election as a major factor in giving him his sec- ond selection for this honor. He was picked back in 2008 when he became the nation's first black president. The liberal news media is in love with the guy. If they could they would make him Per- son of the Century but there are still 87 years to go and it might be a tad too soon for that honor, huh? Border Patrol No Longer Interpreters The U.S. Border Patrol will no longer provide services as interpreters, when local law enforce- ment request language help. The Department of Homeland Security now tells local cops to seek help from private services often used by govern- ment agencies. Up in the Washington State area it is common practice for local authorities to ask the Border Patrol for help when they pull over folks who speak only Spanish. In some cases those stopped end up getting detained as illegals. Advocates for immigrants believe that language access should have nothing to do with legal sta- tus in this country. This is another win for lib- erals in the fight against perceived injustice to illegal immigrants. (Continued on Page 5) GENERAL CONSULATE OF ITALY - BOSTON 2013 GENERAL ELECTIONS Pursuant to Presidential decree n. 226 of December 22, 2012, elections will be held on February 24 and February 25, 2013 to elect representatives to the Chamber of Deputies and to the Senate of the Republic. In Italy, voting at the polling stations will take place on Sunday, February 24 t (from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) and on Monday, February 25 t" (from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Outside of Italy, Italian citizens residing abroad who are registered voters in the Overseas District may vote by correspondence. They can do so by casting their vote for the candidates listed on the ballot for the "Circoscrizione Estero" (Overseas District). All voters residing abroad will receive a packet by mail before Februaw 6 ' from the Consulate General of Italy in Boston containing: an instruction sheet on the voting procedures, the electoral certificate, a ballot (two for voters over the age of 25, therefore eligible to vote also for the Senate), one blank white envelope for the ballots, a stamped envelope bearing the address of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, and the list of candidates for the Electoral zone of residence. The stamped envelope containing the ballots, completed as indicated by the instruction sheet, must be sent by mail as soon as possible in order to reach the Consulate General of Italy in Boston by - and no later than - 4:00 pm on February 21 "t. The vote is personal and secret. Voting more than once or votin on another's behalf is prohibited, Violators of the law will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Voters who have not received a complete packet by February 10 t" should contact the Consulate General of Italy in Boston to verify their electoral status and, if necessary, request a duplicate. For further information, please visit Consulate's website www.consboston.esteri.it, or contact anagrafe.boston@esteri.it, or call 617.722.9220. INFORMATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT www.esteri.it [ THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:(X) AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from U.'00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information J :i'? I ct.-YI'A 5T ,:; THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS OST- TT (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) b VOL. 117 - NO. 1 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 4, 2013 $.30 A COPY Boston Celebrate's First Night Time for Action on Common Sense Gun Reform by Mayor Thomas M. Menino As a parent and grand- parent, I remain overcome with sadness, grief and out- rage by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. This unspeakable act of violence will forever imprint Decem- ber 14, 2012 in our hearts and minds, and my heart goes out to the families im- pacted by this senseless tragedy and the many others we have recently witnessed across the United States. As a Mayor who has seen too many lives forever al- tered by gun violence, it is my responsibility to fight for action. Now is the time for that action. Each day in the United States, 33 people are murdered by guns. Our na- tion has been brought to a tipping point. Now is the time for a real dialogue on national gun reform rooted in common sense. Six years ago, I joined New York Citv .ayo Michael Bloomberg to create Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Today, our bipartisan coalition is more than 800 Mayors strong, and we've joined forces with more than 900,000 Ameri- cans and 100 survivors of gun violence to urge Presi- dent Obama to put forward an agenda that will make it harder for dangerous people to possess guns and easier for police and pros- ecutors to crack down on them. I encourage you to join people from all walks of life who have signed our Demand a Plan petition by visiting DemandAPlan.org. That agenda would: Require every gun buyer to pass a criminal back- ground check. Background checks are the only system- atic way to stop felons, do- mestic abusers and other dangerous people from buy- ing firearms. But they still avoid these checks online and at gun shows, where unlicensed "private sellers" are not required by federal law to conduct the checks. Millions of gun sales -- esti- mated at more than 40 per- cent of the U.S. annual total -- are conducted through pri- vate sellers. Federal legisla- tion known as The Fix Gun Checks Act (H.R. 1781/S.436) would close this enormous gap in our laws by requiring a criminal background check for every gun sale. Get high capacity rifles and ammunition maga- zines off our streets. Mili- tary-style weapons and high capacity ammunition maga- zines have no appropriate civilian function. They are designed to kill large num- bers of people quickly md are disproportionately used to kill law enforcement offic- ers; approximately one in {Continued on Page 5) (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) (Additional Photos on Page 8) News 00riefs Obama Named Person of the Year Again by Time Magazine Time has once again picked President Obama for its Person of the Year honor citing his re- election as a major factor in giving him his sec- ond selection for this honor. He was picked back in 2008 when he became the nation's first black president. The liberal news media is in love with the guy. If they could they would make him Per- son of the Century but there are still 87 years to go and it might be a tad too soon for that honor, huh? Border Patrol No Longer Interpreters The U.S. Border Patrol will no longer provide services as interpreters, when local law enforce- ment request language help. The Department of Homeland Security now tells local cops to seek help from private services often used by govern- ment agencies. Up in the Washington State area it is common practice for local authorities to ask the Border Patrol for help when they pull over folks who speak only Spanish. In some cases those stopped end up getting detained as illegals. Advocates for immigrants believe that language access should have nothing to do with legal sta- tus in this country. This is another win for lib- erals in the fight against perceived injustice to illegal immigrants. (Continued on Page 5) GENERAL CONSULATE OF ITALY - BOSTON 2013 GENERAL ELECTIONS Pursuant to Presidential decree n. 226 of December 22, 2012, elections will be held on February 24 and February 25, 2013 to elect representatives to the Chamber of Deputies and to the Senate of the Republic. In Italy, voting at the polling stations will take place on Sunday, February 24 t (from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) and on Monday, February 25 t" (from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). Outside of Italy, Italian citizens residing abroad who are registered voters in the Overseas District may vote by correspondence. They can do so by casting their vote for the candidates listed on the ballot for the "Circoscrizione Estero" (Overseas District). All voters residing abroad will receive a packet by mail before Februaw 6 ' from the Consulate General of Italy in Boston containing: an instruction sheet on the voting procedures, the electoral certificate, a ballot (two for voters over the age of 25, therefore eligible to vote also for the Senate), one blank white envelope for the ballots, a stamped envelope bearing the address of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, and the list of candidates for the Electoral zone of residence. The stamped envelope containing the ballots, completed as indicated by the instruction sheet, must be sent by mail as soon as possible in order to reach the Consulate General of Italy in Boston by - and no later than - 4:00 pm on February 21 "t. The vote is personal and secret. Voting more than once or votin on another's behalf is prohibited, Violators of the law will be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Voters who have not received a complete packet by February 10 t" should contact the Consulate General of Italy in Boston to verify their electoral status and, if necessary, request a duplicate. For further information, please visit Consulate's website www.consboston.esteri.it, or contact anagrafe.boston@esteri.it, or call 617.722.9220. INFORMATION IS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE AT www.esteri.it [ THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:(X) AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from U.'00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information J