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hul'h'lllil'ili'Iv"h'lhlhhdluuhq1'lUuli'q"i'lu ***** ...... ****MIXED ADC 07099 18 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS LJ __J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 4 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 23, 2015 $.35 A COPY State of Not that Good Yet by Sal Giarratani As ! listened and watched the first 15 minutes of Presi- dent Obama's State of the Union address, I was re- minded that years ago as a high school student, I would look forward to this annual presidential speech. It was a big to-do. Why is this no longer the case? Today it comes across like an over- rated rah-rah speech from the White House to the party base. Nothing more and nothing less. About 15 minutes into the speech, I swear, I saw Obama's ears growing, a sign that I was reaching my limit of bull&^%#. All of a sudden I found myself drift- ing off into the controversy over inflated balls and the Patriots. It is mental torture to take much more of Obama as he endlessly creates an image i~ ~ ! !ill! i Boston Police Station Number One/ Traffic Tunnel Administration Building and Boston Printing Department Building Approved for Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places Secretary of the Common- wealth William F. Galvin is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Histori- cal Commission approved the Boston Police Station Number One/Traffic Tunnel Administration Building and the Boston Printing Depart- ment Building in Boston (North End) for nomination to the National Register of His- toric Places. The nomina- tion will be submitted to the National Register of Historic Places at the National Park Service in Washington, DC, for final Consideration and designation. *The Massachusetts His- torical Commission is dedi- of America that lives on cated to prese rv I g the somewhere inside his de- Commonwealth's rich his- flated head. Sounds like the Syfy Channel to me. According to the Gospel of by Sal Giarratani (Continued on Page 6) Demographic Pathway to Terror? We are apparently repeating the same mis- takes that France, Germany, Italy and other European nations by expanding our Muslim immigration. Dearbon, Michigan is now 40 per- cent Muslim according to fan Tuttle of the dNational Review magazine. His report on the growth of the U.S. Muslim community is quite chilling. We now also know that Dearbon is now second to New York in known or suspected ter- rorists. There are currently 2.75 million Mus- lims living in America {2011) and according to the Pew Research Center, 1.7 million of whom were legal. Author Tuttle quotes numbers given by the Council on American-lslamic Relations that soared to 7 million U.S. Muslims in 2014. That seems a big difference of opinion on actual numbers and Tuttle adds, "As the Muslim population in this country has expanded so too has the incidence of radicalism." Non-assimilated immigrants can be quite dan- gerous for a nation's health and welfare. We have given up it would seem the *melting pot" and replaced it with a "pressure cooker." Ironically, the weapon of choice for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers. (Continued on Page 15) toric, architectural, ar- chaeological, and cultural resources," Secretary Galvin said. *Inclusion of these buildings will help to protect well-preserved examples of early 20th-century civic architecture." Located on the edge of Boston's North End neighbor- hood, the buildings in this nomination occupy a full block between Cross Street to the south and Richmond Street to the north. As its name suggests, the Police Station/Traffic Tunnel Ad- ministration Building was designed to accommodate two municipal functions. The Boston Printing Depart- ment Building was attached to the Police Station/Traffic Tunnel Building via a two- bay masonry garage. Mayor James Michael Curley ini- tiated construction of the prominently positioned buildings, which took place between 1931 and 1933. The local architectural firm John M. Gray Co. designed both buildings in the Clas- sical Revival style. Police Station Number One remained in this build- ing until July of 1968, when it was relocated to 40 New Sudbury Street, while MassDOT owns and oper- ates the Traffic Tunnel Ad- ministration portion of the building for administrative offices. Established in 1897, iii ~ i: ...... i if! ~ iiiiili!~i i the Boston Printing Depart- ment was the first munici- pally opera.ted printing de- partment in the United States. The department moved into the new Printing Department Building in 1932, and occupied the space until June of 2010. This National Register nomination was prepared in connection with a rehabili- tation project of the Police Station and Printing Depart- ment Building by the North Bennet Street School. The project, completed in 2013, utilized state and federal his- toric ,rehabilitation tax cred- its and provided additional space for the school, allow- ing its eight full-time edu- cational programs to be un- der one roof for the first time in decades. The buildings' red-brick exteriors were re- stored, and deteriorated steel windows were replaced with historically appropriate replicas. The project also preserved key interior architectural features, including the dis- tinctive, glazed-tiled and brick interiors of the Police Station, the exposed brick walls of the Printing Build- ing, and the marble-clad en- trance lobbies of both build- ings. The two-bay connect- ing garage was repurposed to serve as the new primary entrance while preserving the structure's distinctive waffle ceiling and exposed masonry walls. A new glass connector, set back from the garage's parapet, links the upper floors of the two build- ings while maintaining the original walls. The Bost0i~Pollce Station Number One/Traffic Tunnel Administration Building and the Boston Printing Depart- ment Building together com- prise one of 6 historic re- sources around the Com- monwealth approved for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places by the Massachusetts Histori- cal Commission at this meeting. Secretary Galvin serves as Chairman of the 17-member board, which meets regu- larly and considers historic resources eligible for the National Register four times a year. The National Register is the nation's official listing of significant historic re- sources. In Massachusetts, there are over 70,000 prop- erties listed in the National Register. The Massachu- setts Historical Commission has been administering the National Register of Historic Places program in Massa- chusetts since 1966. The Massachusetts His- torical Commission is the office of the State Historic Preservation Officer and the State Archaeologist. It was established in 1963 to iden- tify, evaluate, and protect important historical and ar- chaeological assets of the Commonwealth. Visit our website to learn more about the Commission's programs (www.sec.state. ma. us/mhc). THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:(X) 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