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|.,ah,l,.Ip.llhhl,,,l,lhl.ll,,dllIii,lillll"IhMd ADC 010 15 ~TOWN PAPERS. INC_ PAUL JEFFKD 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 121 - NO. 8 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 $.35 A COPY March 1, 2017 A Community's lO0-year-old Promise to its Children is Still Making Massachusetts a Better Place Today by Sal Giarratani Another Great Song Goes Commercial Back in my younger days, I loved all kinds of great music. One hit I still remember was called "Everyday People." by Sly & The Family Stone. I've been hearing it a lot lately on a TV commercial for a drug company. I guess they must think people around my age need their new meds, and give me my old music to sell it to baby boomers like me. Why Doesn't McCain Just Become a DemocratP At the moment, the .biggest pain m the (deleted} to President Trump has to be constant critic U.S. Sen. John McCain. Recently, he went after the president over a "failed" mission in Yemen. Said McCain, "When you lose a $75 million airplane and, more importantly, an American life is lost ... I don't believe you can call it a success." Does that also mean that Trump was right during the GOP primary in saying someone is not a hero because they got shot down over Vietnam and ended up a P.O.W. in the Hanoi Hilton for many years? Seems like McCain still might be upset that he lost to Obama in 2008, and that Trump actually took down Clinton this past year. Maybe? Huh? Warren Selling T Shirts Now Being an illiberal iconoclast like U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren means never having to be sorry for being such a (deleted). After getting shutdown mid- sentence on the Senate floor, she has once again turned a negative into a positive. She so loves playing the role of victim. Her people are now seUing t-shirts quoting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying, "Nevertheless, she persisted." that quote has now become a rally cry, (Continued on Page I I) The girls of Home for Italian Children are gathered in front of the newly-constructed brick residence around 1928. A PARTICULARLY DEADLY TIME IN HISTORY As World War I was entering its final year and entire armies were being transported around the world, Boston was expe- riencing devastation at home. In mid-1918, an unusually virulent strain of influenza was spreading around the globe. With an estimated 50 million deaths worldwide, 3 percent of the world's population at the time, Boston was not spared. During the late summer and fall of 1918, nearly 3,500 deaths from influenza were reported in Boston, and unlike outbreaks in the past, this strain of the virus had the largest impact on young adults-between the ages of 20-40 years old; leaving scores of orphaned children. THE POWER OF INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY HAS LASTING IMPACT ON THE GREATER COMMUNITY Hit particularly hard in the late summer and fall of 1918, was Boston's North Erld Italian community. Struggling, with the grief of loss and the challenges of so many children being left" behind, church and community leaders stepped to the forefront and pledged their help. Lead by Father Antonio Sousa, pastor of St. Leonard's Church and a group of 42 Italian-Ameri- cans, the first Home for Italian Children was incorporated in 1919. After a successful fund- raising campaign, 10 acres of land were purchased in Jamaica Plain, at the direction of Cardinal O'ConneU, Sister Mary Valentina of the Francisc~in Sisters of the Immaculate Con- ception, along with six members of her order began operating the Home for Italian Children. At the beginning, the found- ers had the foresight to also concern themselves with "other children of Italian parentage, whose parents were unable, for any cause, to support them properly." Italian Home for Children, as it would come to be known, therefore was founded on by-laws that gave it a con- tinuing function for children long after the aftermath of the influenza epidemic. Over the years, the needs of children referred to Italian Home for Children did indeed change. Coupled with the declining availabili of the Sisters, the agency began to change the nature of its services: from cus- todial care to treatment, and from only Italian children to children of all races, nationali- ties, and religions. HOW ONE CHILD'S JOURNEY EXEMPLIFIES OUR CONTINUED COMMITMENT When Matt first came to Ital- ian Home for Children, he sel- dom left his room, hiding under his bed whenever he became frightened or anxious. For three weeks he avoided any meaning- ful interactions with caregivers, including his clinician. Matt's upbringing was trau- matic, which created feelings of insecurity, low self-esteem, hopelessness, and a signifi- cant lack of trust. Matt was very skeptical of any adult that entered his world. He often refused to attend school, did not want to go outside, and found pleasure in very few activities. Isolation from the world was his primary coping strategy. With kindness, predictability, acceptance, care, and consis- tency, Matt slowly began to trust. He spent more time out of his room and began to partici- (Continued on Page 7) THE POST-GAZEI'rE SATELLITE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQUARE, EAST BOSTON This office is open on 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 Call 61 7-227-8929 for more information