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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 14, 2011 Page 3 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 $30.00 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-GAZETrE P.O. Box 130135. Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 2 Friday, January 14, 2011 GUEST EDITORIAL WHY WAS THIS GUY PAROLED? by Sal Giarratani As a special state police officer since 1985, I ask the same question many other police officers have asked since Sunday evening December 26 when a Woburn police officer was gunned down in the aftermath of a jewelry heist gone very bad. One of the robbers Dominic Cinelli, 57, was killed in the shootout with Officer Maguire. Cinelli, a career criminal, went before the Parole Board back in November 2008 and insisted he was a new man. Four months later he was a free man. The Parole Board voted unanimously to send him back into society. Now that decision is under investigation. Cinelli was serving concurrent life sentences. Said Laura Meyers from Community Voices. a nonprofit advocating for vic- tims. "He should not have been out. and now there's another dead person." Governor Patrick has directed the Parole Board to review the decision and the administra- tion has promised, "The findings will be made public." Mark K. Leahy, president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and Northborough police chief said, "When you hear that somebody who had been se14ing three life sentences is released on parole and commits another violent crime that causes the death of a police officer, that causes us great concern." Cinelli had a long rap sheet. His criminal record showed armed robberies and assaults. He had been in prison On life sentences sinc.e 1976. He twice escaped to commit new crimes. The first time was in 1985 when he was given a one day furlough. The second was in 1986 when he escaped from confinement. Reportedly as a kid, he lived in East Boston. Hopefully, we'll fend out why Parole Board members did what they did, which sent Cinelli into motion, which finally ended with the death of a police officer. We can't undo the past but we can learn from it and not repe~it it. DEFILIPPO PLAYGROUND Community Meeting The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services invite the.public to a community meeting on Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m., to be held at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street, North End, Boston to finalize the design scheme for wall improvements along Snow Hill .Street, DeFilippo Playground, located at 135 Prince Street, North End. This is the third and final community meeting in a continuing public process with the community and the project design team. For further details, call (617) 961-3025. Show your love on by posting a sentiment in the Post.Gazette For details call 617.227.8929 f In Loving Remembrance of Steven Tauro March 22,1965-January18, 2010 AN ANNIVERSARY MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED IN MEMORY OF STEVEN TAURO ON JANUARY 18,2011 AT 7:00 pm at SACRED HEART PARISH 45 BROOKS STREET EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS What is Death? Death is nothing at all. I have only sNpped away into the next room. I am I and you are you. whatever we were to each other, That we still are. Call me by my old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way Which you always used. Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, thint of me, pray for me. Let my name be e er the household word that it a lways was. Let it be spoke without affect, without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolutely unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. - Henry Scott Holland Rome, Italy November Trip by David Saliba On November 11, 2010 my The train ride was smooth bu~, 95% of the people get on wife and I flew non-stop to and fast. The seating was and off the buses without Rome on Alitalia. We stayed comfortable. It took about tickets. In Rome, we visited at the Rome Hilton Hotel in one hour to go from the Rometh~ Vatican. Saint Peters the airport. There is a tram- station to the Naples termi-waS crowded. We also visited way directly from the termi- nal. The weather in Naples the Spanish Steps. We nal to the hotel. No taxi or was about 50 degrees. Gilda bought some "castagne" buses were needed. We ate a pizza in Naples and said (roasted chestnuts) there. At walked to the hotel. The ho- it was the best she had the Spanish Steps there is tel is about 30 minutes by eaten. We bought some fruit a McDonald's Restaurant. bus from the center of Rome. in the fruit stand in Naples. We went in and it was very The hotel provides a free Back to Rome. Every day, busy. It was crowded with shuttle service every hour other than November 15, we people eating hamburgers every day to the city and went to the center of Rome and fries. We also visited the back. In the airport is the via the shuttle service pro-Trevi Fountain in Rome. train station. The train sta- vided by the hotel. In the Frank Sinatra sang the song tion provides transportation center of Rome there are "Three Coins in the Foun- by rail to every part of Italy. hundreds of public buses, tain." The Trevi Fountain It is easy to purchase tick- traveling all over the city. At waS so crowded with people ets at the train station, each intersection there are that we could hardly get On November 15, Gilda signs indicating the desti- do (n to the fountain. We did and I walked from our hotel nation of each bus. Each busmanage to get down and to the train station and has a number. Reading the threw three coins into the bought two tickets to Naples. sign a person knows where fountain. The legend is that The train went from the air- the bus with that number is if you throw three coins into port to the Rome station ter- going. Although it is re- the fountain you will return. minal and we transferred to quired to purchase a ticket We also visited the Coli- the non-stop train to Naples. a "biglietto" to ride on the(Continued on Page 13) ii 7 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NATIONAL More than I00 scholar- ships will be available to stu- dents through the National Italian American Founda- t.ion (NIAF) for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Founda- tion has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships and cultural grants since its in- ception in 1976, including more thalx $1,000,000 in 2010. NIAF is celebrating their 36th anniversary this year. Since NIAF's inception, the scholarship program has grown from four scholar- ships of $250 each to more than I00 annual scholar- ships ranging from $2,000 to $15,000 each in the hu- manities, medicine, engi- neering, business, music, Italian language and cul- ture, and other specialized fields. Last year, the aver- ITALIAN age sckolarship to students in the United States. was worth more than 83,000. "NIAF has awarded $10 million in scholarships and grants across the country since its inception, includ- ing more than one million dollars in 2010," said Mat- thew J. DiDomenico, Sr., chair of the NIAF scholar- ship and grants committee and NIAF senior executive vice president. Applicants either must be of Italian descent, with at least one ancestor who has emigrated from Italy, or a student of any ethnic back- ground majoring or minoring in the Italian language, Ital- ian studies, Italian-Ameri- can studies or a related field. NIAF scholarship recipients are selected based on aca- demic merit. AMERICAN FOUNDATION tu ent must ave a t minimum GPA of 3.5 to ap- ply; Contributors to the NIAF scholarship program include individuals, corporations, and organizations across the U.S. NIAF will also consider m aching scholarships with otller organizations. Apply online for a 2011- 2012 NIAF scholarship at www. niaf . org / scholarships. Application deadline is March 4, 2011. To establish a NIAF scholarship, contact / Alexandra Dall, NIAF grants and scholarships manager, at or 202-939- 31t8. The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Amer- icans. Visit