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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 31,2014 j- LO SAPEVATE CHE ... L'Impatto economico sul territorio italiano generato, in gran parte, dal turismo estero, e dagli italiani stessi anche, e' stato nel 2012 di circa 72.2 miliardi di euro, per spese di soggiorno, e varie altre, nell'intero Paese. Un dato importante pero e' rimasto stabile: spese per i consume vari, rimasto simile al 2011. I dati per l'anno in corso (2013) saranno noti nel 2014. Possiamo dire chela crisi economica ha avuto un peso severo sul reddito proveniente dal turismo, rimasto sul rosso ma con poche eccezioni, come la Liguria rivierasca e la Sicilia per il suo mite clima, per gran parte dell'anno. C'e' stato un incremento nella ricettivita', come in case private (+9.3%) nel 2012, da identificare con l'aumento dell'interesse degli stranieri verso l'enogastro- nomia, facendo scelte locali specialmente nelle zone del Sud dove domina la cucina Mediterranea, a differenza delle Regioni del Nord-ltalia. I turisti stranieri hanno speso meno nell'acquisto di prodotti 'Made in Italy,' particolar-mente borsette, vestiti e scarpe. Un calo del 17.6% e' avvenuto nel campo del trattenimento ed in attivita' intellettuali per gran parte del 2012. Un altro impatto positive da parte del turismo estero, ed italiano, e' stato l'aumento delle spese da parte di ogni tipo di visitatori: in supermercati (+49%) e nell'acquisto di souvenirs (+23%). Un modesto increment si e' registrato pure in alloggi nelle citta' d'arte (+23%) e nelle citta' balneari (+25.2%). DID YOU KNOW THAT ... The economic impact on all of Italy, mainly due to foreign tourists, as well as by Italians, was about 72.2 billion euro: for lodging, and various expenses in the entire Italian territory. One important factor that remained stable was the expenses on consumption, while other expenses were less than those in 2011. Of course, the data for 2013 will be known later, in 2014. We can anticipate that the persist- ing economic crisis has affected the revenues derived from tourism which have been mostly on the red, but with a few exceptions, such as the Liguria Region's Riviera and Sicily, the latter for the well-known mild climate, for most of the year. There has also been an increase in lodging in pri- vate homes (+9.3%) in 2012, identifiable on an increased foreign interest toward enogastronomy which can be eas- ily enjoyed locally, especially in the Southern areas where the Mediterranean cuisine dominates, unlike in the North- ern Regions. The foreign visitors have lately spent less for the 'Made in Italy' products, notably: pocketbooks, clothing and shoes. Entertainment and cultural activities have seen a drop of 17.6% for most of 2012. Another positive impact, by foreign as well as by Italian tourists, has been an increase in expenses in supermarkets and in souvenir stores (+49% and +25.2% respectively). A modest increase has also been registered in lodging in art cities (+23%) and in beach areas (+25.2%). NEAA Baseball Registration Underway Registration for NEAA's 2014 baseball season is un- derway. NEAA is proud to sponsor baseball for boys and girls ages 4-211 Please go to neaabaseball.org to sign up. T-Ball (recommended ages 4-5 but will be flexible based on ability shown at the base- ball field). This is a wonder- ful program headed by Jim Carey with assistance from Chris Wells and others. Last year's T-Ball was a smash- ing success as children and parents alike all had a great time and learned some basic skills. T-Ball takes place Sundays at 10:00 am at Langone Park. The T-Ball program typically starts in Mid-April (weather permit- ting) and runs through the end of June. Minor Leagues (recom- mended ages 6-8 but will be flexible based on ability shown at the baseball field). The minor league program has four teams of a dozen players who face live pitch- ing either by a pitching machine or by the coaches. The Mudcats will return Coaches Pat McDonough and Bill Woods and the Muckdogs will have Coaches Chris Wells and Jim Carey. The Raptors will have Mike Kelly and Jon Soto and the Grasshoppers will be coached by John Pregmon. Minor League typically plays Mon-Thurs at 5:30 pm start- ing the beginning of April and completing at the end of June. There are a couple of Saturday games in there as well. Major Leagues ages 9-12: The Majors Program has four teams of a dozen players who play four games each against the other three teams in the league and also face off against the Hill House Major's Program and the South End Program in All-Star games. In addition they field two post-season All-Star teams to compete in city tournaments. The 9-10 year olds play in the Mayor's Cup that typically takes place two weekends in July under Dan Shea's lead- ership. For 11- and 12-year- olds we play in the inner- city league that runs in July and August under Al Vilar's leadership. The Major's Pro- gram starts with a skills clinic run by Chuck Bilikas that runs March and April at 5:30 pm and then our regu- lar season starts with games Monday-Saturday. The Tigers will be coached by Darren Costa and Luigi Natale. The Cubs will be coached by Dan Shea and Dom Campo- chiaro. The Indians will be coached by Al Vilar and Mike Szulc. The Cardinals head coach will be Dennis LaColla and he will be as- sisted by Vin Sablone and John D'Amico. Junior Dodgers ages 13- 15: The Junior Dodgers program will play in the 13-15 RBI League and the 13-14 Lou Tompkins All-Star baseball league (go to Itabaseball.com for details). This team also plays a home and home series with their sister city in North Adams. This involves a weekend away (July 25-26 t) to play ball and then a weekend where the North Adams team comes to our park (August 9th-10t). It is a fan- tastic experience every year. The Dodgers will be led by Head Coach Dom DiCenso. Assisting Dom will be Darren Costa, John Pezzuto and Stephen Passacantilli. This is an All-Star team consist- ing of NEAA's top 13-15 year old players that play other teams from the Boston area and areas north. This team will be selected after tryouts. It will be a highly-competi- tive team, so please only sign up ff you are 100% com- mitted to playing baseball. Being discussed is the pos- sibility of combining with a South End team to field a 15-16 year old Tompkins Team. Stay tuned for further details. Senior Dodgers ages 16- 21: The Senior Dodgers will play in the 16-18 year old RBI league (some 15s will be on this team) and the Under 21 Tompkins League. This team is coached by Ralph Martignetti, Chuck Bilikas and Frank ludiciani, Sr. This is an All-Star team con- sisting of our toP 16-21 year old players that play other teams from the Boston area and areas north. This team will be selected after tryouts. It will be a highly-competi- tive team so please only sign up in you are 100% commit- ted to playing baseball. NEAA has also partnered with the Brighton Girls RBI Softball Teams. Stay tuned for more details. They are planning to offer softball to interested girls only, so they can play both baseball and softball during the spring and summer months. Daniel Toscano has agreed to take on the role of Assis- tant Commissioner. In that role Daniel will focus on pro- grams for ages 12 and under while Commissioner Ralph Martignetti will focus more on 13 and over but also stay intricately involved in the 12 and under as well. NEAA offers these fabulous programs at the most afford- able fees imaginable, visit www.neaabaseball.org for more details. No child will ever be left out due to the in ability to pay the registration fee. Contact John Romano at jromano45 @gmail.com for more details. If you would like to make a donation to the NEAA base- ball program to support our opening day extravaganza, checks of any amount can be made out to the NEAA and sent to: NEAA, c/o John Romano, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston, Mass. 02113 We look forward to a great season and can't wait to see you all down at the park! Leave the DELIVERY to Us[ With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. Their subscription will begin with the current issue and continue for one year. Fill out coupon below and mail with payment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $30 per subscription. Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City City State Zip State Zip Phone Phone News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) being too liberal. Over the years, McCain has become apparently a legend in his own mind. He was never that conservative except seem- ingly in election years when he was back on the ballot. He had his time in the sunlight but after his awful 2008 cam- paign against Barack Obama, the sun light disap- peared. Others more critical of him, thought the sun light faded years ago. Word has it, McCain's fifth term is up in the 2016 elec- tion and he has been hint- ing he might run again. This is the D.C. problem. These folks run forever. Many long after their rel- evancy vanished. Arizona Republicans should not waste effort on censur- ing. They should be looking for a new voice for Arizona whether or not McCain stays or goes. Foes of Urban .Blight Get Sued There was a great story in the Wall Street Journal a while back about a Baltimore woman's campaign to pres- sure landlords to repair blighted buildings. She has made many fans but also drawn the ire of landlords. She was sued. In early 2009, she has run a website called Baltimore Slumlord Watch. She posts photos of boarded up buildings and runs the names and addresses of the owners from public records. In December she was sued for a recent project of hers in which artists painted murals on 17 vacant build- ings in the city. The two law- suits allege the work was an act of vandalism and are seeking $5,000 to restore the buildings to their prior conditions. The Wall Street Journal ran a great photo with the news story on January 4-5, 2014. As I looked at the building with the painted mural on the side, I only saw an im- provement. Do the folks who filed the suit really think the prior condition is to be held up as something of posi- tive value? I want to congratulate Bal- timore Blogger Carol Ott for taking on those she called slumlords and trying to get them to help make the City of Baltimore a good place to live. Ott thinks she is in the right and will fight it out in court if she must. My money is on Ott. Lights Out in America As of January i st, there are no more incandescent light bulbs manufactured in America. The light bulb in- vented by Thomas Edison in the 19 th century has become outdated by the liberal moon- bats. We can, by the way, actually blame Bush for this since he signed a law in 2007 ending the domestic manufacturing of these light bulbs. You will still see them in stores. They can be sold on retail shelves until the stock dries up. After that, buy those new more expensive bulbs because we are told they are better for us. I found the old bulbs still in great supply at Ocean Job Lot. Get 'em while they last. I wonder. Do you think that China might start importing these old light bulbs into this country. The law talks about manufactur- ing them not selling them. I wouldn't be surprised to see the light bulbs in many dis- count stores. The irony of it all ff it cqmes to pass.