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THE ITALIAN-AMER/CAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS T (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 3 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 20, 2012 $.30 A COPY Mayor Menino Delive,rs Annual State of the City Address In front of an audience of local residents, political lead- ers, and dignitaries, Mayor Thomas M. Menino delivered his annual State of the City address at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall. The City of Bos- ton has thrived, despite the political and economic divi- sions surrounding us, and Mayor Menino emphasized that personal connections, relationships, and collabora- tion, will continue to propel the city forward in 2012. "We have increased our fo- cus on people and strength- ened the relationship be- tween government and the residents we serve," Mayor Menino said in his address. "We've refused to allow strained budgets to result in strained relationships." Mayor Menino talked about advancing education, eco- nomic development and job growth, public safety, com- munity engagement and the health of our residents in fighting obesity. The mayor also announced new propos- als to tackle these challeng- ing issues. The State of the City was the Mayor's 19 th annual ad- Mayor Thomas M. Menino delivered his annual State of the City address at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 surrounded by his family. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) dress and 14 th State of the City address. He has given five inaugural addresses. Advancing Education Transforming Madison Park Technical Vocational High School Pointing to, its potential to be a leader in technical vo- cational education, Mayor Menino announced two ma- jor initiatives to improve Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and make it a shining example for current and future students. 1. Mayor Menino will work to designate Madison Park an "Innovation School," giving it flexibility in curriculum, bud- get, school schedule,, and staffing. 2. Mayor Menino called for the creation of the "Madison Park Business Partnership," encouraging industry and lo- cal business partners to pro- vide advice, jobs, and other resources to help transform the school. Mayor Menino proudly an- nounced that two of Boston's renowned chefs, Barbara Lynch, who herself attended Madison Park, and Gordon Hamersley, owner of Hamers- ley's Bistro on Tremont Street, have offered to provide internship and apprentice- ship opportunities for Madi- son Park's culinary students. "With these kinds of col- laborations, we'll succeed in creating a first-class voca- tional education in Boston and a fn-st-class ticket to suc- cess for our residents," Mayor Menino said. Finishing the Job on School Assignment Mayor Menino also dis- cussed the building of school communities, pledging that one year from now, Boston will have a radically different school assignment process -- one that puts priority on as- signing children to schools that are closer to their homes. Mayor Menino has directed Superintendent Carol R. Johnson to appoint a citywide group of dedicated people to design the plan while engag- ing the entire community in the transition. "Pick any street in our city. A dozen children probably attend a dozen different schools. Parents might not know each other; children might not play together. They can't carpool, or study for the same tests," Mayor Menino said. "We won't have the (Continued on Page 13) Historic Tower Clock Breaks its Silence Illinois Catholic Charities Closes Over State Rule Catholic Charities of Illinois has served for over 40 years as a major link in the state's social service network for poor and neglected children. However now this social service agency is clos- ing its doors rather than getting forced to com- ply with a new state law allowing same sex couples to both adopt or foster children or lose State funding. The Catholic Bishops had no choice but to go out of business rather than being forced to do something that they can't morally do. As Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield has said, "In the name of tolerance, we're not being tolerated." While no church institution has a right to a government contract, should any churches be denied based on their religious beliefs? In the end, the state won but a social service agency that provided needed services to the state is no longer in business: Are we more or less diverse now and what about all those children out there in need of the services once provided by Catho- lic Charities? Religious intolerance by the state now appears to have been enshrined into law. The liberals have won another battle and chil- dren are its collateral damage or so it seems. (Continued on Page 10) On Thursday, January 12, 2012 the tower clock at Boston's Old South Meeting House rang for the first time in 136 years. The 1766 clock is the oldest American-made tower clock in New England still in operation at its original location however; the clock had no bell to strike since 1876. The Paul Revere bell weighing 876 pounds was installed in the belfry of the Old South Meeting House in October 2011. This his- toric bell is one of only 46 remaining bells made by Paul Revere in his lifetime. The 1801 bronze bell from a now closed church in Westborough, Massachusetts has a new home at the famed National Historical Landmark where the Boston Tea Party began and was made possible through a generous donation made by the Storrow Family, which funded both the purchase and installation of the Paul Revere Bell and the restoration of the 18 th century tower clock. Since the bell was installed, a team of highly skilled specialists have been working to connect it to the tower clock. Built in 1766 by clock-maker Gawen Brown, the pre-Revolutionary War clock was completely restored, including its two exte- rior clock faces, interior gears and wheel- works. The original interior mechanism was disassembled, cleaned and restored offsite by clock preservation and restoration expert David Hochstrasser. "No one alive has seen this clock actually strike a bell," he said al- most wearily. "I've had a lot of doubts and a lot of worries along the way." Later this (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) spring the two clock faces on Washington Street will be restored and gilded. This 1801 bell is the oldest of three Paul Revere Bells along the Freedom Trail. The other bells include a 900-pound 1804 bell at the Paul Revere House and a 2,437-pound 1816 bell in the tower of King's Chapel.