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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 9, 2015 Page 3 f Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: www.BostonPostGazette.eom Subscriptions in the United States 835.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETI'E - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnanmm Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 119 - No. 2 Friday, January 9, 2015 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them." To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. J J James J. D'Ambrosio of the North End of Boston passed on January 3, 2015. Beloved husband of Barbara (Coppola) D'Ambrosio and the late Madeline (Mantone) D'Ambrosio. Loving father of Karen Holt and her husband Michael of Medford, and Jimmy D'Ambrosio and his wife June of Pelham, NH. Loving brother of Theresa Graham and her husband Larry of Wilmington and the late Joseph D'Ambrosio. Also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandson. James was a U.S. Navy Veteran, elevator mechanic for over 40 years. Retired owner of 3 Phase Elevator Corp., of East Bridgewater. A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, January. 8, 2015 at St. Leonard's Church, North End, Boston. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions in James' memory may be made to the Arthritis Association, 39 Cross Street, Peabody, Massachusetts 01960 or The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701. MAY HE REST IN PEACE A Flat-footed Backflip for Wall Street Congress Gave its Bankster Buddies an Overly Generous Hofiday Gift by Jim Hightower Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. Before heading home for the holidays, it put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking. In one big, bipartisan spending bill, our legislative gymnasts pulled off a breathtaking, fiat-footed backflip for Wall Street. They then set a dizzying new height record for the amount of money deep-pocketed donors can give to the two major political parties. It was the best scratch-my-back performance you never saw. You and I didn't see it, because it happened in secret -- with no public hearings, debate, or even a vote. Tucked into the year-end spending bill known as a "cromnibus" was a provision allowing Wall Street's most reckless speculators to have their losses on risky derivative deals insured by us taxpayers. Such losses were a central cause of the 2008 financial crash and subsequent unholy bank bailout. That crash led to the passage of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law to spare taxpayers from future Wall Street bailouts. But with one, compact, 85-1ine section inserted deep inside the 1,600-page, trillion-dollar spending bill, Congress did a dazzling flip-flop, putting taxpayers back on the hook for the banksters' high-risk speculation. In this same spending bill, Congress also freed rich donors -- such as the Wall Street bankers it just did a huge favor for -- from the $100,000 limit on the dona- tions that individuals can give to national party com- mittees. In a gravity-defying stunt, lawmakers flung the limit on these donations to a record-setting 15 times higher. So now, bankers who are grateful to either party for letting them make a killing on taxpayer-backed deals can give a combined total of over $1.5 million to each. It's always an amazing sight when Wall Street and Congress get together -- especially when they do it behind closed doors. OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio com-mentator, writer, and public speaker. He's also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Donne 2000 Celebrates La Befana Big Joe anl kids. One again this year La Befana came to visit the members of Donne 2000 and their children. She was dressed in old worn garb with broom in hand sweeping. She gave out gifts to the little children and treats to the adults consisting of a tangerine, torrone and chocolates just like in the old days in Italy when they were kids. Prior to La Befana's appearance, Joe Pagliuca of Big Joe Produc- tions kept the children entertained with his creative stories. There was also face paint- ing and crafts for the children. As legend has it, La Befana thinking that she had missed the opportunity to accom- pany the Wise Men in search of the Christ Child, later decided to follow them. Unable to catch up to them, along the way every child that she saw, she gave them a small treat in hopes that one of them would be the Christ Child. Each year on the eve of the Epiphany, she sets out looking for the Baby Jesus. She Board members and La Befana. stops at each child's house to leave good treats to those who have been good. 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 also a significant day for Italians because it marks the end of the Christmas season and the day that the three Wise Men arrive at the manger of the Christ Child bringing Him presents of Gold, Frankin- cense and Myrrh. Over the years the Epiphany has become a more celebrated holiday for the children of Italy; even more so than Christmas. This story teaches our children customs and traditions from our ancestors and it is up to us to pass them along to future gen- erations so that they will not be forgotten. Receives Good Neighbor Recognition Award by The Good Neighbor Recognition Award for December 2014 was presented to longtime North End resident Anthony Gaeta. The award was presented by NEWRA Recognition Committee Chair Janet Gilardi on behalf of the North End / Waterfront Residents' Association (NEWRA). "He has been living at the comer of Fulton and Richmond Streets for 40+ years," Janet said, "and has always kept his large area around his property spotlessly cleaned and well shoveled. Thank you Anthony for being a neighborhood asset!" The monthly award is voted by NEWRA's Executive Committee and given to local bus- inesses, organizations and property owners that consistently keep the areas around their property clean of trash and debris. Long time North End resident Anthony Gaeta receiving the Good Neighbor Recognition Award from NEWRA Recogni- tion Committee Chair Janet Gilardi. (Photo courtesy of NEWRA)