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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 17, 2012 CAPOBIANCO RUNNING FOR DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE POST by Sal Giarratani A good friend of mine Valentino "Tino" Capobianco is a candidate for Demo- cratic State Committeeman representing the first Suf- folk-Middlesex district and will be on the March 6 ballot in the Democratic Presiden- tial primary. Tino is a life- long Democrat who believes in the values of hard-work- ing folks across the Bay State. Says Capobianco, "Now more than ever, the interests of ordinary, every- day people must be felt in the highest levels of govern- ment. I firmly believe, as most of us do, that our lead- ers should continue to rep- resent the interests of real people who struggle on a daily basis. I plan on taking those interests with me wherever I go as your Demo- cratic State Committee- man." Capobianco is only 23 years old but shows the ma- turity needed to be a voice for the people living in our Senate district. In many ways he reminds me of former City Councilor Larry DiCara who won a seat on the Boston City Council back in 1971 at age 22. He also reminds me of me back when I was his age. I began my career as a political ac- tivist as a young teen and at Boston State College, I served as the president of the Young Democrats Club at age 23. Capobianco comes across much older looking with his knowledge of politics and government. He currently serves as a legislative aide to Speaker Bob DeLeo up at the" State- house. Politically speaking, Capo- bianco comes across as a mainstream moderate Demo- crat which truly represents the people of East Boston, Winthrop and Revere. He ought to be since he was born in East Boston and cur- rently lives next door in Winthrop. He is truly a work- ing-class guy. His family originally came from the Maverick Square projects before going to Falcon Street and Eagle Hill, He is a graduate of Winthrop High School and received his bachelor degree in political science from Suf- folk University in 2011. He is also a member of the Winthrop Democratic Town Committee since 2008. Capobianco is also proud of his time as a college student representative on the Demo- cratic State Committee where he worked to make the concerns of college stu- dents heard by leaders of the state Democratic Party. He hopes to use that experience and turn it into real results for the people throughout our Senate district. Though we are 40 years apart, I believe that Capo- bianco is a future leader not only for the Democratic Party but the Commonwealth too. The Democratic Presiden- tial Primary on March 6 isn't just about the presidency but about politics at the grass- roots level. Capobianco rep- resents that new genera- tion of leaders. Here's one baby boomer who welcomes another generation into the halls of government. I'm not ceding ground but I do say "Come in, this is your gov- ernment too." Saint Bernadette Soubirous by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Marie Bernadette was born at Lourdes, France in 1844. Her family was very poor, Bernadette herself was a frail child, suffering from digestive difficulties, and asthma, so frail was her health that later in life it almost prevented her from entering religious life and the Sisters of Charity. When she was fourteen she witnessed a series of visions, in which the mes- sage of the Immaculate Con- ception was told to her, speaking in her native Basque tongue of Southern France and Northern Spain. Mary instructed Bernadette to make known the healing powers which the Blessed Virgin by her presence would give to the waters at Lourdes, Bernadette received the last Sacrament three times in her life. She contracted tuberculosis of the lung and a tubercular tumor on her right knee. On Wednesday April 16, 1879 Bernadette's pain increased in intensity, near death, she was carried on a chair where she was set with her feet on a foot- stool in front of a blazing fire, there she passed away at 3:15 in the afternoon, she was 35 years old. There were eighteen apparitions at Lourdes be- ginning on February 11, 1858; the last took place on July 16, of the same year. Bernadette often fell into an ecstasy. The vision she saw in the Grotto of Massabielle (old rock) was that of a young and beautiful lady. "Lovelier than I have ever seen" said to be made to the grotto. De- Bernadette, when asked to spite initial skepticism from L _ - -: 7 =.F_ . _ _ - ..... 5--= ...... describe her. Bernadette was the only one who saw the vision, although she was of- ten accompanied by many people, and when on several occasions the apparition spoke to her, she was the only one who heard the voice. It was made known to Bernadette In the visions, which were the first and most widely recognized Marian apparition of modern times, that she would not find happiness in this world, but only in the next. It was in one of the vi- sions that Mary instructed Bernadette to drink of a fountain, in the grotto the existence of which was un- known, and of which there was no sign, but which im- mediately gushed forth upon Bernadette scratching in the earth, as she was in- structed. On another occa- sion the apparition re- quested that Bernadette go and tell the priests she wished a chapel to be built on the spot and pro,cessions the Church, it was only four years later, in 1862, that the bishop of the diocese de- clared the faithful "justified in believing the reality of the apparition". A basilica was built upon the rock of Massabielle. In 1873 the "national" French pilgrimages were inaugurated. Three years later the basilica was conse- crated and the statue sol- emnly crowned. The original church soon was found to be not large enough for the throngs coming to the site, therefore, in 1883 a larger church, called the Church of the Rosary, was built at the foot of the basilica and was consecrated in 1901 Pope Leo XIII authorized a special office. Bernadette's body re- mains incorrupt and is laid in a glass reliquary in the Convent of St Gildarde in Nevers, France, where it can be seen today. Bernadette was canonized by Pope Plus XI on Decem- ber 8, 1933. Her Feast Day is celebrated on February 18. Suffolk University Law School Students Show their Support for U.S. Troops Suffolk University Law School students Jeff Gangi (second from left) and Matt Blum (second from right), both of Boston's North End, join fellow students in putting the finishing touches on a highly successful care package drive to support the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The project involved overwhelming participation from Suffolk University students, faculty, staff and alumni. 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