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r t T M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 9 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 2, 2012 $.30 A COPY Romney Cruises in Arizona, Santorum Surge Fails Short in Michigan by Sal Giarratani Mitt Romney barely won the Michigan Primary on Tuesday, starving off a strong challenge from former US genator Rick Santorum and averted an embarrassing loss in the state he was born and raised in and a state in which his father was elected governor three times back in the 1960s, Romney won Arizona in double digits and had the support of both US Senator John McCain and Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer. Santorum was never a fac- tor in this winner take all primary state. However, in Michigan, it was down to the wire and Romney received 41 percent of the vote to Santorum's 38 percent. At his victory party in suburban Detroit, Rom- ney stated "We didn't win by a lot but we won by enough and that's all that counts." However, Santorum's strong second place finisher could be called a virtual tie and he does pick up a good number of convention delegates with his 38 percent share of the vote. Super Tuesday comes up next week and Massachu- setts is part of this upcom- ing story. How big will Romney's margin be in his "home state" and what about the Ohio primary where Santorum seems to be doing quite well? This bruising battle for the GOP nomination seems to be headed to the floor of the con- vention who will eventually face President Obama is still not clear yet. Many Republi- cans seem to be looking for a brokered convention and door number three. Romney's narrow Michi- gan victory is not good news for Republicans. If the guy who's been running for five years and who has the most money to spend can only gar- nish 41 percent against a social conservative like Santorum, this state could likely go Democrat in No- vember if it is a Romney- Obama fight. By now many Republicans had thought the primary battle would have already ceased but it hasn't. The longer it goes, the battle the chances for Democrats and Obama. City of Boston STREET SWEEPING SCHEDULE Mayor Thomas M. Menino reminds residents that Boston's Daytime Neighbor- hood Street Cleaning Pro- gram has updated street sweeping days in many neighborhoods as the pro- gram kicks off this spring. The changes are designed to better align the sweeping schedule with trash and re- cycling days in an effort to boost the impact of the City's cleanup services and re- duce neighborhood trash and litter. The new sweep- ing schedule and enforce- ment will began in the South End on March 1 and citywide on April 1. Extended street sweeping will also begin March 1 for the North End, continuing the extension implemented in 2010. "Keeping Boston's neighborhoods clean is a top priority of mine, as well as the resi- dents of Boston, and these schedule changes will allow the city to clean streets in a way that maximizes the benefits of sweeping," Mayor Menino said. "This is just one ex- ample of how we continue to evaluate and make changes to basic city services that benefit everyone. I look forward to seeing our neighborhoods shine once again this spring." The expanded program in the South End includes an expansion of the program into March and December and onto the 5th week of each month, at the request of the neigh- borhood. By moving the sweeping day to fol- low trash collection more closely, the new schedule will alleviate litter generated from this collection in a more timely and effective manner. Residents are reminded to double check their sweeping schedule. The Boston Trans- portation Department has changed more than 4,000 []'n street signs across the city to reflect the changes, as well as distributing more than 11,000 fliers to cars parked in the affected areas. Residents and other drivers are encouraged to register for "No-Tow" email remind- ers and visit www.cityof boston'.gov/publicworks / sweeping for comprehensive street sweep- ing schedule information. Residents can also call the Mayor's Hotline at 617-635- 4500 for sweeping information. The Daytime Neighborhood Street Clean- ing Program is a cooperative effort of the Mayor's Office, the Public Works Depart- ment, the Transportation Department, and the Department of Innovation and echnol- ogy. Neighborhood streets throughout the city will be swept clean on a rotating sched- ule each week through November 30th. Vehicles are required to be moved in accor- dance with the posted Street Cleaning regu- lations. Since parked vehicles prohibit the equipment from getting to the curb, the street cleaning parking regulations are strictly enforced. Vehicles parked in viola- tion of the posted regulations are subject to a 840 ticket as well as towing. All towing for street cleaning violations is conducted by private tow operators at the sole expense of the vehicle owner. Mayor Menino Celebrates Boston Groundwater Conservation Efforts That Was Then, This Is Now More double talk from President Obama. Back in 2008 when gas prices hit $4 per gallon, Candi- date Obama said it was due to the failed previous energy policies of the Bush White House. Now with prices heading back up even higher, Obama is calling it progress being made. Prices at the pump are rising quickly suggesting the $4 mark will soon be here again and that pump prices could even reach $5 per gallon by mid-July. Top Cam- paign Advisor Robert Gibbs is out there telling the public not to worry. Said Gibbs, "Our domestic oil production is at an 8-year high, and our foreign oil is at a 16-year low. So we're making progress," Back in 2008, it wasn't "progress," it was a clear sign of "Washington's failure to lead on energy," which was "turning the middle-class squeeze into a devastating vise-grip for millions of Americans." (Continued on Page i0) Mayor Thomas M. Menino celebrated today the signifi- cant progress the City of Bos- ton has made in addressing the issue of groundwater lev- els in areas of the city where wood piling building founda- tions can be damaged by low groundwater levels. Resi- dents in several neighbor- hoods will also receive a bro- chure on the importance of groundwater levels. "The City of Boston contin- ues to work with our commu- nity, state, and federal part- ners to build awareness around the importance of groundwater levels, and the effects lowered levels can have on both our natural and manmade environ- ment," Mayor Menino said. "Our groundwater brochure provides another way to edu- cate Boston residents on this issue, and also highlight the City's ongoing efforts to ad- dress groundwater levels in Boston." The neighborhoods receiv- ing the brochure include "made land" areas of the Fenway, Back Bay, South End, Bay Village, fiat of Bea- con Hill, Chinatown, Leather District, Bulfinch Triangle, North End/Downtown water- fronts, and the Fort Point Channel area. Starting with the estab- lishment and support of the Boston Groundwater Trust to monitor groundwater levels, the Mayor led in the signing of a groundbreaking Memo- randum of Understanding that committed all of the pub- lic agencies with responsi- bility for underground infra- structure to share informa- tion and agree to repair po- tential causes of low ground- water levels. "While we have made great progress in restoring ground- water levels in our neighbor- hoods we must continue to engage public and private property owners in joining us in this important effort," said Jim Hunt, Mayor Menino's Chief of Environ- mental and Energy Services, "Mayor Menino and I under- stand that the maintenance of groundwater levels is ben- eficial not only for the envi- ronment, but also for prop- erty owners and the historic buildings that make Boston unique." Agencies including Boston Water and Sewer (BWSC), the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), (Continued on Page 14)