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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 Page3 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: W~bsite: Subscriptions in the United States 830.00 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. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 8 Friday, February 25, 2011 GUEST EDIT( )RIAL FEDS LOOKING TO BAIL OUT OF FREDDIE AND FANNIE by Sal Giarratani Fannie Mac's and Freddie Mac's days appear num- bered. Reportedly both the White House and GOP are one on this plan. But what will replace them is caus- ing a major controversy. The administration plans to phase out these government-sponsored enterprises but is reportedly still looking for a government role. Congress may get three options: Get the government out of the loaning business, offer limited guarantees or full guarantees. Even liberals seem to want to limit the fed's role in it all. Everyone across the political spectrum seems to agree that the current levels of 90 percent government-backed mortgage finance need to be reduced. We the people are on the hook for $142 billlon to 8259 billion in bad loans but the housing market is more reliant than ever on Fannie and Freddie and they both back or own 95 percent of new home loans as private outfits have fled that scene. Unless there is a phase out, Fannie and Freddie will just keep get- ting bigger and send private firms running away from it. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Scott Garrett, (R-NJ) argues the focus should be on protecting taxpayers, ending the bailouts and getting private firms back in the housing market again. How- ever. US Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA insists that any reform needs to ensure "access to sustainable homeownership, at affordable rates, for the Ameri- can middle class." She wants those 30-year, fixed rate mortgages maintained. Lots of liberals warn of so-called "Radical Privatization," if government's role in the process were reduced. Sarah Wartell from the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund thinks that would shut out more middle class families from homeownership. According to a report in the Investors' Business Daily newspaper, "If Congress and the White House fail to agree on reform. The status quo, which nearly everyone says can't go on, could well continue." HEGLIO UN UOVO OGGI CHE UNA GALLINA DOHANI. HA1 LASCIARE IL CERTO PER L'INCERTO. E MEGLIO UN FRINGUELLO IN TASCA CHE UN TORDO IN FRASCA. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. 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 MARIA GIOCONDA MOTTA Educational Leader Retires by Anne Houlihan, Special Needs Teacher at the Eliot School Mrs. Maria Gioconda Motta, educational and community leader, has retired after 28 years of outstanding service in the Boston Public Schools. Mrs. Motta's life of service began in her homeland of Italy. Her early pedagogical training in Italy was rigorous. Later, she attained her Master's Degree in Education in Cambridge, MA. Mrs. Motta taught special needs students for 16 years. She embodied the mantra, "If a child does not learn the way you teach, teach the way a child learns." Her classroom ~personified a diagnostic, prescriptive model. From it, novice teachers found a masterful lead teacher, always willing to share her knowledge. Parents found a hands-on pro- fessional holding workshops for them and advocating for their children. Mrs. Motta's quest to provide equal oppor- tunities for all children culminated in 12 years of exhaustive work as an Educational Team Leader in Boston. Her duties included leading team meetings with parents and teachers, overseeing the proper implemen- tation of Individualized Educational Plans and working closely with principals, advo- cates and outside agencies. Mrs. Motta's boundless energy was not limited to her professional life in the Bos- ton Public Schools. During these years she undertook the task of bringing the Italian language and culture to New England through the establishment of C.A.S.IT. Mrs. Motta will continue as chairman of the board of C.A.S.IT post retirement. As she often says, with pride, "This is my first profes- sional passion." From left to right: Traci Griffith, Principal of the Eliot School; Mrs. Gioconda Motta, retiree; Elisabeth Dardeno, Mrs. Motta's granddaughter and Domenic Amara, Principal at Warren-Prescott School, at Lucia's Ristorante. Colleagues from the Warren Prescott and the Eliot Schools celebrated their affection and gratitude with a retirement dinner at Lucia's restaurant in Winchester. "Thank you Mrs. Motta for being a part of our personal and professional life. Thank you for the impact and positive influence you had on us as both a person and educator. You leave behind a legacy for all of us to emulate. We know you will continue to bring the same passion, honesty and morality to all your future endeavors. We wish you well. Until we meet again'. Michelena "Mickey" D'Iorio Michelena "Mickey" D'Iorio, 86, of Haverhill, a former longtime resident of Boston's North End, died on February 17, 2011 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. She was the daughter of the late VRosa (Solimine) Lo Russo and the late Saverio Lo Russo. She was the beloved wife of the late Gennaro J. D'Iorio and mother of the late Gennaro G. D'Iorio, sister of Madclinc Pisari of Mcdford, the late Teresa CoIneau of Boston and the late Anthony Lo Russo of Oregon. Aunt to many nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews. A graduate of Girls High, Mickey worked at Polaroid, the ABCD Employment Agency and was elected to the North End Neighborhood Council. She was a member of the North End Waterfront Board for 17 years and was very active as a volunteer in the community working as an interpreter for the elderly and a clerk in the election department. Upon her retirement, she re- ceived commendations from Boston's Mayor Menino and the Boston City Council for her many years of dedicated service to the com- munity. Funeral from Boston Harborside Home with a funeral mass celebrated on Friday. February 25. in St. Leonard's Church in the North End followed by a burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Maiden. f fgrraine ippolito di regorio Lorraine Ippolito di Gregorio of Boston died peacefully on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, after a sudden stroke. Lorraine was born in Boston into a musical family. Her grandfather, Salvatore Ippolito, was brought over from Italy by Oscar Hammerstein I to conduct at the Manhattan Opera Company in New York. He later established a wind instrument school in the North End of Boston. Her mother, Emilia Ippolito Giardini, was a well known voice teacher who established the Bel Canto School of Voice and Opera in Boston. She was Professor of Voice Emeritus at Boston University. As a child, Lorraine studied piano at the New England Conservatory and also violin privately. She graduated in voice from the Conservatory of Naples in Italy (San Pietro a Maiella) where she won a six-year scholarship. She made her American debut as Gilda in "Rigoletto" with the San Carlo Opera Company and gave many concerts and oratorio performances including appearing with the St. Cecelia Schola Cantorum of Boston and the Providence Philharmonic Orchestra. She also appeared as a soloist on numerous occasions with the Boston Pops under the direction of Arthur Fiedler, Harry Ellis Dixon and John Williams. Lorraine was also presented with the "I Migliori Award" by the Pirandello Lyceum for her contributions to Italian musical heritage. For many years she was a voice teacher and opera coach. She was the wife of the late Dr. Savino di Gregorio and is survived by her brother Dante Giardini, Jr., of Dearborn, MI, and sister Adrienne Witterborn of St. Charles, MO, and her son Vito di Gregorio of Boston, MA, her daughters Giuliana di Gregorio of Milan, Italy, and Silvana di Gregorio Gardiner of London, UK, and her grandchildren Alessandro Gigli0 of Milan, Italy, and Laura Gardiner of London, UK. The funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, February 15th at St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill. She was buried at St. Michael's Cemetery in Roslindale. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lorraine's memory may be made to either the Dante Alighieri Society or Pirandello Lyceum.