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I,qv,,lll,.,",Mqll.vt,"ih,q,l,,,I,,,,hlil.lqll,II **'***********~MIXED ADC 010 15 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TCNVN PAPERS. INC.. 217 W CO1"A ST SHELTON WA g6584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 121 - NO. 2 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETI'S, JANUARY 13, 2017 $.35 A COPY by Jeanne Brady You may have already seen the Press Release last week, but at NEWNC's monthly community meeting this past Monday, Partners/ Spaulding representatives came to personally convey the good news -- the North End Nursing Home has been saved! Spaulding president David Sto~o returned to the scene where he staunchly faced an outraged North End community back in June and sang a tune far more pleasing to residents' ears. After a concerted effort involving many players, a buyer willing to not only operate, but also renovate the home in stages so that long-term residents won't have to be displaced, has been found in Marquis Health Services. The sale is in process, and a leaseback to Partners/ by Ba/G/arratani Free Tuition for "Everybody" You can always tell when a politician is thinking about higher office. Latest example is NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is now proposing free tuition to city or state universities for all New York high school graduates. Give everyone a chance to earn his or her degree. Sounds terrific, right? However, don't we already have a surplus of college grads running around working in all kinds of jobs except the ones they expected with their degrees? Why stop at associate degrees, what about advanced degrees, or maybe even a Ph.D.? Hey, don't worry how to finance it all, no problem. It will only cost $3.5 million, and there are plenty of us taxpayers out there who will be footing this bill. The liberal news media calls Cuomo a centrist, which is pretty much .a load of fake news. Obviously, his eyes are peeled to 2020, and a possible presidential bid, huh? Make America Real Again I heard recently that Donald Trump kicked billion- aire David Koch out of one Of his golf courses down in Florida. Seems The Donald didn't take too kindly to the way David and Charles Koch tried to stop him from winning during the primaries and the general election. You know, when it comes to the wealthy elite donor class, it doesn't matter where they perch themselves on the political spectrum. All of them are seemingly in bed together. Whether we are .talking about the Koch brothers, or George Soros. The Problem in Washington is that the swamp is filled by the largess of big money, and the attempts to sway Democrats and Republicans to do the business of those big money guys who want to control where government goes. Trump is probably one of the most outrageous candi- dates we have ever elected to the White House. I think he will rattle the cages of those moneyed elites who think they are smarter than all the rest of us. Drain the swamp, and turn it into a mighty river of change for America. Megyn Kelly Moving to the Peacock Station We all know who Megyn Kelley is, right? Big star on Fox News Network until the other day when she signed with NBC-TVfor a daytime, and weekend show. Yeah, the author of Settle for More has apparently settled for more from NBC-TV. (Continued on Page 9) L !I! :ii i i i i!ii?!iiiii!iii! ! !! !i! !iii!iii!i ii iii!i:?ii ! ! iii! iI! : :ii iiiiiiii ili!iiiiii ii Spaulding is planned while the license applications and other administrative details get resolved. The final change of hands is expected to occur in the final quarter of this year. As mentioned, a lot of different players had to work to make this happen. A common theme echoed by speakers at the meeting was the value and strength of positive collaboration. After the initial outrage and protest, the community was heard and supported, and a solution acceptable to all was found. (And thanks to NorthEndWater, the Boston Herald, negotiate a deal -- a sacrifice the Boston Globe, the North on their part as it impacted End Regional Review, and the Brighton facility schedule. Channel 5 for coverage that And apparently, Canfield came aided in getting the conlmunity's through big time. voice heard.) On the selection of the new Coming together to arrive at operator, Storto commented, where we. are today are a host ~,Marquis has an impressive track of elected officials, starting with Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, and continuing with State Representative Aaron Michlewicz, Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina, State Senator Joe Boncore, and City Liaison Maria Lanza, to name a few. Brian Golden, Executive Director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority), explained the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) that is part of the current Urban Development Plan for this area of Boston, and staunchly defended it. (In a nutshell, the LDA requires the parcel at 70 Fulton Street to be operated as a nursing home, even specifying the number of beds for long-term care.) Once the legality of the community's memory of this promise was established and supported by the BPDA, the work of finding a solution could begin and Partners stepped up to the plate. As Storto reported at the City Council hearing called by LaMattina in September, Partners put their Real Estate advisor, Jim Canfield of McCall & Almy (also in attendance) on the job, and made a strong pitch to attract new, qualified operators (as many as 11 were reported at that time). They also delayed requesting a transition of the operating license to Brighton in order to give interested parties more time to record of making investments in their facilities and scores well on publicly reported quality measures. Marquis is also committed to understanding the needs of their local communities and helping to make a positive impact." Regarding their impending takeover of operations, Marquis CEO, Norman Rokeach, made the following statement: ~Our approach to nursing home operations center on two goals: providing excellent care and providing excellent customer service. We anticipate that our approach- focused on hands- on, quality care -- will be well received by our residents and their families. We look forward to working collaboratively with the community and the City of Boston." Key features of the deal are: Both long-term care residents and staff will be able to choose to stay in the North End with Marquis, move to Brighton with Spaulding, or go elsewhere. No one will be forced to leave. Needed renovations will be staged so that uninterrupted care can be provided to the current residents. Again, no one will be forced to leave, even temporarily. The leaseback to Spauiding after the sale will allow con- tinued operation and a smooth transition while the required paperwork is processed. According to Storto, the Home will now accept new long- term care patients, including those that left following the announcement of the impending closure back in June. All good news for current and future residents, their families and friends! The community steering committee formed after the news first broke included Chair Alissa Passacantilli Tizzano, Louis Strazzullo, Jason Aluia, Francine Gannon, Pare Donnaruma, Philip Frattaroli, Marie Simboli, Maria Stella Gulla and Victor Brogna. All active in the community, several members also have (or had) loved ones residing in the Nursing Home. They attended several meetings at City Hall, and kept in close contact with elected officials who, for their part, kept in close contact with Partners. Even as things seemed to quiet down, clearly much was going on behind the scenes. Again, a lot of players worked together toward a common goal. But none of this would have happened without our community standing up in the first place. As Obama said this week in his farewell speech: "Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it." So, pat yourselves on the back, North End. And, soon, welcome to your new Home[ Visit www. to learn more about Marquis Health Services. THE POST-GAZEI"I'E SATELLITE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQUARE, EAST BOSTON This office is open on TuesdaYS from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from I1:00 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