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These sessions will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 am- 12 noon on the following dates at the listed locations: January 23, E9 & L2, 239 Sumner St., East Boston February 6, E24 & L23, 36 Washington St., Dorchester February 13, E28 & TL10, 746 Centre St., Jamaica Plain February 20, E14 & IA, 174 Dudley St., Roxbury February 27, E48 & L28, 60 Fairmont Ave., Hyde Park March 5, E52 & L29,975 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester The Boston Fire Department will also host a test preparation session at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet St., Dorchester, on March 29, 2016 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. All sessions are free and open to the public. Cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted on the Boston Fire Depart- ment's Facebook page: by Sal G/arratani N.H. Senior Fights Back A pistol-packing New Hampshire senior fought back like Clint Eastwood against a culprit who followed her and attempted to rob her inside her apartment building's parking lot. The 65-year-old Manchester woman said as she exited her car and walked toward the apartment building's door she heard a car door slam and footsteps coming up toward her. She reached into her purse and drew her handgun and got him before he could take her down to the ground. He outweighed her by more than 100 pounds but she won the day protecting herself from harm. The guy got caught getting treatment at a nearby emergency room. Score this one for the good guys. Thank God for the second amendment, huh? What say you, Mr. President? Donald Trump Takes on Sanders Country Donald Trump got another great standing-room-only crowd, this time in Burlington, VT. This venue was Moonbat Central and he had people hollering support for his campaign. While MSNBC at least was showing some of his speech, both CNN and Fox pretended he wasn't even alive. Chris Hayes started interviewing Sanders in a Burlington, VT, barroom and was sounding more like Bernie's best friend than a legitimate newsman. Jour- nalists shouldn't be gushing at their interviewee; it is not becoming and made that network look silly. Another Terrorist Attack in Philly Last week, a Philadelphia police officer was shot at, reportedly 13 times at point blank range, and was very lucky. I guess it wasn't his time. The culprit stated he was doing it in the name of Allah and the Islamic State. Things are getting pretty scary and perhaps that is why (Continued on Page 14) iiiiill i!iiiill ! iii !iiii!i i!i:i ! ii!iiii!i iiiiiii! iiii!i!! !i!!i! :i: i i iiiiiiiiiiLiiiiiiii i iiiiiii!i!! i iiiiiiiill ii ii i, i!iii i i!i!ii!!!! iiiiiii!iiii!ili Suffolk University and the North End Historical Society To Premier Documentary Film: Boston's North End: An Italian American Story Suffolk University, in partner- ship with the North End Histori- cal Society, will host the premier screening of the documentary film Boston's North End: An Ital- ian American Story at 7:00 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington Street, in Boston's Theatre District. "As the title indicates, it is not so much a documentary history as it is the story of the things that made the North End special," said James Pasto, co-founder of the North End Historical Society. "Those things include Sunday dinners, nick- names, street comers, doo wop, world boxing champion Tony De- Marco and longtime youth base- ball coach Dom Campochiaro." The film features a segment on George Scigliano, one of the first Italian-Americans elected to public office at the city and state level. It. focuses on his life's work and the battle to re- name North Square after him, led by the Post-Gazette founder James Donnaruma. Also high- lighted in the film are sociologist William Foote Whyte and his book Street Comer Society, the 1943 study of Italian-American gangs in the North End, which is still regarded as one of the most famous works on urban sociology. "We also capture the history of gentrification and how the North End has changed over the years," said Pasto. "Through a series of stories, we create what the North End was like in its early history to what it's become today. The bottom line is that our community is still the North End and we proudly celebrate our Italian heritage each and every day. I feel that people who live here and visit our neighborhood cherish that." Robert Allison, chair of Suf- folk University's History Depart- ment and a Boston historian, feels that the film perfectly portrays the North End as a unique neighborhood and one of the places that makes Boston special. "The film is a loving portrait of the people of flxe North End," aaid Allison. "We are invited into their homes, sharing the l/yes of men, women and children rooted in these narrow streets. This documentary captures the binding forces of family, faith and food that shaped the North End and what makes Boston such a great city." "While growing up in the then Italian neighborhood of East Boston, the North End was always like a second home to me," said Suffolk University Senior Vice President for Ex- tel-nal Affairs John A. Nucci. "A film like this helps us all to remember well-known North End values and traditions, as well as provide a glimpse of the contributions made by Italian- Americans to the history of this great city." A Q-and-A session will imme- diately follow the film. For more information, please contact the North End Historical Society at Boston's North End: An Italian American Story was produced and directed as a joint venture by Kendall Productions of Cam- bridge, MA, and John Balcom Productions of Los Angeles. The mission of the North End Historical Society is to collect and preserve the historical record and material culture of Boston's North End, and to preserve, catalog and present these resources in service to the wider community through publications, lectures, educa- tional programs and exhibits. It also includes ongoing efforts to bring together scholars and individuals knowledgeable and interested in all aspects of the North End's history. Suffolk University, located in historic downtown Boston, with an international campus in Madrid, is a student-centered institution distinguished by excellence in education and scholarship. Suffolk University offers a wide range of under- graduate and graduate pro- grams in more than 90 areas of study. Its mission is to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally and globally. Public Meetings Scheduled on MBTA Fare Proposals and Late-Night Service The MBTA will hold a series of public meetings on proposed fare changes and Late-Night service so that comments and suggestions can be shared with T officials. The January and February gatherings will be an opportunity to offer re- corded comments, which will be considered by the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board and MassDOT. A series of 10 public meetings on fare changes will be followed by a vote of the Board, which is anticipated to occur in _March. The Board will consider public input ontwo possible scenarios. Fare adjustments are just one part of a broader effort by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to close the T's $242 million structural deficit with a series of cost cutting measures and improvements in operational efficiency. The T has created an online Fare Op- tions Comparison tool to give customers the opportunity to calculate fares under the pro- posed changes. Go to: English version: http:/ / IBezHv, Spanish version: AUYidg. Comments may also be submitted using the tool. The T's Late-Night Pilot Program was launched in March 2014, extending ser- vice 90 minutes longer on all subway and key bus routes on service. Some meetings will also be accepting comments about Commuter Rail schedule changes. Written comments about late night service will also be ac- cepted through Friday, Febru- ary 12% and can be mailed to: MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Late- Night Service Committee. Com- ments may also be submitted online at; by emall at latenightservice@mbta'cm; or by phone at 617-222-5146. Written comments about the MBTA fare proposals will be Friday,:a,p d. Saturday nights, accepted through Friday, Feb- The 15url 0S6 0fiSdbtic meet: ruary 12% 2016, and can be ings is to discuss current us- mailed to: MBTA, 10 Park Plaza, age, the budget and closureBoston, MA 02116, Attention: dates, and to invite public input on designing future late-night (Continued on Page 6)