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Recently, a reception for the two-term State Treasurer and former Quincy City Councilor was held at the Alumni Cafe in Wollaston Cen- ter. The race for governor is going to be very interesting with Deval Patrick running for re- election and Republicans Charlie Baker and Christy Mihos duking it out for the GOP nod. They're all jumping on the populist bandwagon but remember Tim Cahill is running for gover- nor as the only Independent on the ballot. New Name in the Race The special state Senate primary on April 13 has a new aspiring candidate in Michael Albano of Chelsea 'to fill the open seat vacated by An- thony Galluceio. Says Albano, "People are hurt- ing and they're frustrated and we need new (Continued on Page 15) ,);',:,,jii~,? :ii:;i:~i:iiiiiiii~i i,;~i,,~i~i,!,!(i,il i ii'iiii~i,i,!iiii!~ Day February 16, 2010 is the celebration of Carnevale also known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. In Italy, Carnevale is cel- ebrated before Ash Wednesday as a way to party before the Lenten season begins. The largest celebration takes place in Venice, Italy with the most elaborate parades, balls, and music throughout the streets. The "maschere" mask is the most widely used costume as it is a traditional prop in Venice. The celebration usually begins weeks before the actual "Carnevale" day where locals take part in a lot of fun and joking where a saying has been derived "A Carnevale Ogni Scherzo Vale" -- "Anything goes during Carnevale." Mayor's Column by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston Over the last month, Boston has shown a great sense of togetherness as we helped our Haitian community after the devastating earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people. We banded together as a city to support friends, co-workers and neighbors as they tried to reach their families and loved ones and we immediately arranged for a resource and call center and orga- nized a massive fundraising effort. But the work must continue as there are now questions about the often compli- cated immigration process and unfortu- nately, some are preying upon such a tragic situation by offering services they cannot provide. To alleviate some of the confusion and concerns regarding potential scams and fraudulent activity, the City of Boston has organized a community forum on February 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Haitian Multi Service Center in Dorchester. The forum will consist of an expert panel dis- cussion including Denis Riordan, Direc- tor of the Boston Office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Emmanuelle Dupiton, Consul of the Consulate of Haiti. These immigration experts will address concerns about Temporary Pro- tected Status (TPS) for Haitians bring- ing relatives to the United States, adopt- ing children orphaned by the earth- quake, benefits for Haitians granted TPS, resources for Haitian earthquake evacuees and much more. The goal of the forum and our goal moving forward as we work through this crisis is to raise the level of awareness concerning the differences between the real resources available and the scams that often permeate when communities respond to similar tragedies. Additionally, information regarding potential scams and fraudulent activity will be available at the city's resource center located at the Mattapan Public Library or online at haiti/. You can also call the resource center at 617-593-0363. The USCIS has a dedicated website to provide guidance on its response to Haiti at haitianearthquake. The USCIS has also posted several tips to prevent from becoming a victim of immigration fraud: DO NOT sigfl any blank papers or docu- ments that you do not understand. DO NOT sign any documents that (Continued on Page 15) f T-dE PObi-GAZE! i~ SAI~LLI-[E OFFICE iS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON ] l This office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 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 I Call 617-227-8929 for more information