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T THE ITA (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 9 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 28, 2014 $.30 A COPY Hey, Can You Spare a ... Everyone appreciates the finer things in life, including this duck, who perched herself outside Modern Pastry on Hanover Street in Boston's North End on Tuesday morning hoping to get some samples of those scruptious delights from passerbys. Self Defense Classes at BCYF Nazzaro Community Center Sgt. Gary Eblan from the Boston Police Department will be on hand to teach his self- defense class "Street Smarts: Reducing Your Odds" in response to the recent sexual assault that occurred in the North End. The class will take place on Thursday, March 6 th from 6:00-7:30 pm at the BCYF Nazzaro Commu- nity Center, 30 North Bennet Street. This event is sponsored by Councilor LaMattina and all of our local elected officials and will be free and open to the public. All are encour- aged to attend. Revere Says "Yes" to Suffolk Downs/Mohegan Sun Casino by Sal Giarratani "Today, Revere said Yes to jobs. Revere says Yes to its future. The best is yet to come for Revere. This is our time.  -- Mayor Dan Rizzo In the days leading up to the February 25 th casino vote in Revere, it was con- sidered a close election by all sides. However, following the 2-to-1 landslide victory, supporters of the casino were overjoyed at the mar- gin of victory supporting the Suffolk Downs/Mohegan Sun casino proposal The heated campaign drew out almost 45 percent of eli- gible voters as both sides spent lots of money to woo voters to the polls. In the end, supporters won the day in hopes a casino in the City of Revere will benefit Revere taxpayers and save the ail- ing racetrack. John Ribeiro who chairs "Repeal the Casino Deal" was quite disappointed with the election's result but Celebrating at a post-election celebration were: Richard Settipane of Richard Settipane Insurance; Richard Fields, Suffolk Downs owner and Dan Luberto owner of Luberto's Pastry Shop in Revere. stated, "The fight is far from over as the public learns more about predatory lend- ing and home foreclosures from these casinos. The focus of casino oppo- nents is now on efforts to get a statewide binding question (Continued on Page 13) Madonna Del Soccorso Society of Boston Makes Historic Trip to Sciacca by  Giarratani Michelle Calls Out "Knuckleheads" on Jimmy Fallon Show I usually don't stay up often to watch late night TV shows but a recent appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama on the new Jimmy Fallon Show apparently has gone viral on conservative talk radio last week. I heard the audio on the Jeff Kuhner's WRKO morning show and thought the so-called funny comments were so unfunny and demeaning toward young Americans trying to struggle through this jobless economy. Michelle joked about young people living at home with their parents and on their health insurance until age 26. She further joked that everything changes at age 27 when they are on their own. Then, she called them "knuckleheads" who don't know what's good for them like health insurance. Apparently, the Democrats know that folks under 35 are not buying into Obamacare and the whole health care reform depends on them financing health care for the older working Americans who are signing on the dotted line. Calling young Americans basically idiots you see on all those silly sitcoms is so arrogant. Maybe, the First Lady needs to stop watching those old Friends reruns. Funny, back in 2008 and again in 2012, young (Continued on Page 14) Earlier this month the Madonna Del Soccorso Society of Boston brought the Boston Madonna home to Sciacca, Sicily. The "Feast" is celebrated in February and again in August in Sciacca. This is the second time the Madonna Del Soccorso Society has made the trip, following a visit in the 1990's. The Madonna statue from Boston was carried from the Basilica Chiesa Madre in Sciacca to be honored in the streets. The Madonna statue of Sciacca is carried by over 100 men and this year the Madonna de! Soccorso Society of Boston members, including North Ender Justin Amoroso was honored to participate in this tradition. Thank you Justin for the photos. (Additional Photos on Page 3)