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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 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-GAZETI - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 114 - No. 8 Friday, February 19, 2010 GUEST EDITORIAL THIS VISION TEST BILL FOR SENIOR DRIVERS A JOKE by Sal Giarratani Lawmakers up on Beacon Hill have appeared to cave into the elderly voting block and lobbyists from AARP, but proposing a requirement that drivers over 75 can no longer renew their licenses on line and must take a vision test in order to get renewed for the road again. This proposal is almost meaningless since most elderly drivers hardly renew online to be- gin with. It does not require mental fitness or road testing for senior drivers and is another attempt by legislators to pretend they are doing something when they're not. Kudos to Senator Brian Joyce, D-Milton, who hopes that when this House legislation reaches the Senate, requirements for elderly drivers will be toughened. He said the House bill does not address the decline in cognitive skills older drivers experience with aging. This is not an issue of ageism. I know young drivers are bad drivers too. However, the older they get, the better they get. The reverse is often true for our ag- ing elderly driver population. This is not about bias but public safety. 00Ltawza00 2 nd Anniversary -- March 25, 2008 2008-2010 "If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, I'd walk right up to Heaven And bring you home again." In our hearts today and always. Love and miss you. ALL YOUR FAMILY 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 R.J. Antonelli and Company Incorporated T  / our co and contrutora n not nasar//u the same as tlu /stte, /ts  or eor. Photo su/l s/ons are  bU t  prod th are clear, orna/phot Cecilia (0000llessandro) May 8he 00est in 00Peace Cecilia (D'Alessandro) Cortese, passed away at the age of 89. She was a lifelong resident of Boston's North End and part-time resident of Bourne since 1972. Beloved wife of the late Nicholas A. Cortese of the North End and devoted mother of Anthony Cortese and his wife Donna DiGioia of Cambridge, Palma Cortese of Norwell, Lucille Prawdzik and her husband David of Andover, and Nicho- las A. Cortese, Jr. and his wife Christine of Milton. Beloved sister of Mary Earnest of Cocoa, FL, Lucy Rutzke of Watertown and of the late Laura Ingeme of Arlington and Helen D'Alessandro of the North End. Beloved sister of Phillip D'Alessandro of the North End, Joseph D'Alessandro of Arlington, VA, Anthony D'Alessandro of the North End, Vincent D'Alessandro of Cambridge and Rev. Fr. Francis X. D'Alessandro of New York. Loving grandmother of John Milner of Madison, Wl, Erik Milner of South Elgin, IL, Gabriella and Cortese John Prawdzik of Andover, Nicholas A. Cortese, III of Milton and great- grandmother of Adeli ne M il ner of Madison, WI. She was a lifelong parishio- ner of St. Leonard's Church, a member of the choir in her youth and a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Third Order of St. Francis. Fu- neral from the Boston Harborside Home of JS Waterman & Sons-Langone in Boston on Friday, February 19, 2010 at 8:45AM followed by a funeral mass to be celebrated at 9:45AM in St. Leonard's Church, Hanover St., Boston. The family will be receiving relatives and friends on Thursday from 4-9PM. Services will conclude with interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Leonard's Church, 14 North Bennet St., Boston, MA 02113 or the AIzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Reagle Players- A Little Bit of Ireland Reagle's popular Irish spectacle now in second decadel A Little Bit of Ireland - 12 th edition highlights a Broadway guest star, a world champion Irish dancer, many step dancers, Irish tenors, Irish comics, grand chorales, Irish pub and country music, the Massachusetts Harp Ensemble and authen- tic Irish band sounds. Featuring leading lady, Sarah Pflsterer, star of Broadway's Show Boat and Phan- tom of the Opera plus two-time World Irish Dance Champion, Liam Harney, star of the London version of Riverdance. The Massachusetts Harp Ensemble -- a collection of harpists to rival any imagined. Ten full-sized harps weave bewitching spells. Cast of 80 includes dozens of singers, plus 30 fabulous dancers from the Hm'ney Acad- emy of Irish Step Dancing in Walpole. Crowd favorites -- Rusty Russell and Eric Sachs sing famous Irish airs while longtime Reagle funnyman, Jerry Walker, a master of Irish jokes, gets roars of approval from audiences for his spot-on comic delivery. Larry Reynolds and Comhaltas, a noted Boston area Irish band, adds a delightfully authentic sound to the musical atmosphere. High on the show's song lists are the delights of classics like "Danny Boy," "If You're Irish, Come into the Parlor," "The Connemara Cradle Song" and a choral version of the "Old Irish Blessing." Performances will be at Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street in Waltham on March 12, 13 and 14. Call the Box Office at 781-891-5600 or buy tickets online at www. reagleplayers, com. Submitted by Sal Giarratani My good friend Gerri Costa who lost her mother not that long ago sent along to me a piece put together by some of the grandchil- dren. Gerri hoped I could share the remem- brance written by one nephew and two nieces of hers: A warm hearted remarkable woman, Josephine Costa graced the world with her presence. She was a woman who proved that independence is ageless and that kind words never go unnoticed. Josephine "Bay" would open her heart faster than she could open her door. We thought you would live forever, Nonny, at least we hoped you would. Josephine was the best daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grand- mother that anyone could ever ask for. The memories she shared with us are endless. A lover of life, our grandmother made ordi- nary days seem special and the bright ones even brighter. We marveled at her stories of the past, of her days working in the candy factory, and of course the story of the day she met her soul mate Al, he was the love of her life. Day after day, she showed us the importance of laughing, loving and living. Our grandmother loved to be surrounded by her family and friends. She had a smile that could brighten the sky and a spirit that could lift you up even when you were feel- ing down. If you needed someone to listen, she would lend you her ears. If you needed advice she offered her words of wisdom. And if you were hungry you were certainly in the right place. Eat! Eatl Eat! She would tell us. Offering her famous Italian dishes such as homemade ravioli, chicken cutlets, seven fish dinner served with zeppolis, and a fam- ily favorite, stuffed artichokes. She loved to sit and talk over a hot cup of coffee, and would never turn down a fresh jelly donut. Our Nonny, words cannot begin to express how much we love you. Even now, you con- tinue to give us the strength and courage to go on and to live each day as ff it were our last. A captivating woman, they sure do not make 'em like you anymore. We thought you would live forever, Nonny, and you will. Forever in our hearts. 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