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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 111 2011 Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: 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-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnarumd Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 6 Friday, February 11, 2011 GUEST EDITI )RIAL MORGAN VS. HENNIGAN Exhibit at Brooke Court House by Sal Giarratani Recently, I was over at Boston Municipal Court inside the Brooke Court House and passed by a small exhibit dedicated to the Morgan vs. Hennigan lawsuit that led to Judge W. Arthur Garrity's forced busing edict in June ITALIA UNITA SPONSORS Join Italia Unita on Thursday, March 10~, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Spinelli's Function Facility, 282 Bennington Street East Boston, Masschusetts. Carnevale which means "goodbye to meat has been celebrated in Italy throughout its 150 years as a unified sovereign nation. Please join us to celebrate the tradition of ST BO Carnevale in Italy and the 150th Anniversary of Italy's Unification! The evening will consist of Music by DJ Mike Lavecchia, presentations of "Carnevale" held in various regions of Italy, including Sciacca, Sicily where Italia Unita member Pas- cal Gangi hails from. Pascal and his group will present a replica of traditional floats from his home towtl along with other towns, made of paper mache. The Beverly Richard dancers will perform to a few traditional Carnevale songs. So bring your masks or dress up in Carnevale mode or sim- ply join us in your business casual attire for an evening of fun and Italian culture. Admission also includes a buffet dinner. For ticket information please call 617-561-3201 or log onto Page3 1974. If you didn't know better and weren't around in 1974, this exhibit paints a picture of Judge Garrity being a Christ-like figure saving children from the segrega- tionists running the Boston School Committee. I remember that era, I was 26 years old in 1974 and glad to have graduated eight years before the federal court took control of Boston's public school system. Massive busing between Boston neighborhoods which forced parents to put their kids on yellow school buses for schools on the other side of the city tore the city apart neighborhood by neighborhood. Racial tensions exploded. Many parents fled the city with their children to be out of the reach of the federal tyrannical ruling. Children were being used as chess pieces. They might as well have been jelly beans. All that mattered seemed to be skin color. Eventually, the court order died in the entire school system for decades. In the end, the Boston Public Schools are more se,ffregated today than they ever were back 36 years ago. Today too many children are still getting bused around the city but nearly 85percent of the student population is now non-white. If Garrity's vision was to have an integrated school system, his vision lost big time. In the meantime, a whole generation of kids became guinea pigs for the social planners who thought they knew how things could work if they had their way. Between 1~70 and 1980, Boston lost about one-sixth of its population to the suburbs. Today, Boston public schools continue to look like a losing proposition. Parents try and get their kids into good public schools closer to home or into the exam schools like Boston Latin but if these aren't options for them, they just call a moving van to a nearby city or town where public schools are in better shape. Forced busing didn't work because it couldn't work. You can't force people to be pitted against each other with their children's futures at stake. Judge Garrity may have won his battle when the busing began roll- ing in September 1974 but overall he and his allies lost the whole war and made children their collateral damage. I looked at that exhibit and the anger buried deep inside me started to erupt again to t l~ surface. There are truly none so blind as those that rill not see. DIMMI CON CHI VAI CHI TI DIRO CHI SEI. A man is known by the company he keeps. 5how me your company and I'll show you who you are. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, dOuble-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Utrecht String with Kevin Gali Sunday February 13, 2011 at the Dante Alighieri Society 8 p,m. Free and Open to the Public The Utrecht String Quartet, one of the most renowned chamber-music ensembles, made its debut in London in 2000. It is known internationally for its versatility and dynamism. Resident in the Netherlands, the musical world of the Utrecht String Quartet is both borderless and boundless. Its musi- cians adopt a vibrant, versatile approach to their chosen genre. Even in the most tradi- tional of works, they succeed in discover- ing elements that can be interpreted anew. However, it is their continual search for lost or forgotten repertoire, and their collabora- , tion with contemporary composers that has earned them their excellent reputation in the music world. PROGRAM; Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) Chromatic Fantasy (arr. by Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer} Giuseppe Sammartini (1695-1750) Con- certo in A Major for organ and string quartet, op 9, no. 1 Chiel Meij ering/J.P.Sweelinck Mein junges Leben hat kein End I (Photo by Ronald Knapp) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) String Quartet no.2 op. 22 Eeva Koskinen - Violin Katherine Routley - Violin Sebastian Koloski - Cello ~ Jo~l Waterman - Viola ~ Kevin Gali~ - Positiv Organ JERRY ZULLO Beloved Member of East Boston Community, by Sal Giarratani Jerry Zullo formerly from Ori- ent Heights who moved to nearby Revere passed away on Friday, February-4, 2011. At the time of his death, Jerry and his wife Loretta had shared 59 years of marriage. Over the years he owned a number of businesses. Many remember him over in Chelsea at Seals Cleaners and many others think of Donna's Restaurant on Saratoga Street, East Boston. I would often see him there at the restaurant hanging out at his old place now run by his daughter Donna and his son in law Ric Marquardo. Donna's Restaurant is one of those anchor places that keep neighborhood retail areas alive and as well as Jerry himself was an anchor for the vitality of this East Boston neighborhood. Down at the Elite Restaurant in Day Square, they were remembering Jerry as a great guy and good friend to all. Joe Young from Elite said that he would miss Jerry, he remembers Jerry's Cleaners in Chelsea and when asked how long he knew Jerry he answered "Forever"! k !, ~r i' J i' Frank Nitti from "The Untouc Passes A way by Sal Giarratani It was a couple of bad weeks f0r cast members of the TV show "The Untouchables." First, Paul Picerni, who played FBI Agent Lee Hobson dies at 88 and now, Bruce Gordon who played Frank Nitti dies at 94, I loved that show which starred Robert Stack as Eliot Ness. Picerni as an Italian American who play~ed.,a no~It~Han Fi~II, agent and Gordon who wan Jew- ish played an Italian mobster. Gordon played his role so well, he actually started looking Italian. Before taking on the role of Frank Nitti, Gordon often played good guys. After being Frank Nitti, he became a Hollywood bad guy in movies and TV shows. I have "to admit, he was my favorite char- .agt . :The..Urgol ahLe . ".. I !