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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 2, 2012 Page ,q 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: postgazette@aol.com Website" www.BostonPostGazette.com 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-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. 116 - No. 9 Friday, March 2, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL DON'T BE SURPRISED IF OBAMA THROWS ISRAEL UNDER THE BUS TO SECURE RE-ELECTION by Edward P. Shallow It is no secret that President Obama has strained relations with Israel to a point unseen since the Carter administration. Consider that Prime Minister Netanyahu was humili- ated by Obama's snub on his last visit to the White House in March of 2010. Fox News reported on that instance thusly: For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographs is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how President Obama treated Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation. After failing to extract a written promise of conces- sions on settlements, Obama walked out of his meeting with Netanyahu but invited him to stay in the White House, consult with advisers and "let me know if there is anything new" a U.S. congressional representative, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said. "It was awful," the congressional representative said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting "a hazing in stages", poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli del- egation eventually left rather than risk being eaves- dropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received "the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea." Left to talk among themselves, Netanyahu and his aides retreated to the Roosevelt Room. He spent a fur- ther half-hour with Obama and extended his-stay for a day of emergency talks to try to restart peace negotia- tions. However, he left with no official statement from either side. He returned to Israel isolated after what Israeli media have called a White House ambush for which he is largely to blame. Sources said that Netanyahu failed to impress Obama with a flow chart purporting to show that he was not responsible for the timing of announcements of new settlement projects in east Jerusalem. Obama was said (Continued on Page 10) 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 f May Pasquale G. Nappi, age 29, of Medford unexpectedly on February 26th. Beloved son of Giuseppe and Anna (DiPalma) Nappi of Medford. Loving father of Kayleigh Sophia Nappi. Cherished boyfriend of Krystal Sergi of Medford. Devoted brother of Marianna Nappi of Medford. Grandson of Norma Tammaro of Italy and the late Pasquale Nappi, Armando and Orsola DiPalma. Also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. Pasquale G. N appi yo. 3,od Comfo., ,. ,C A.m, o/o. AogJ many loving conclude Cemetery, Funeral from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main Street, Medford, Friday, March 2nd, at 9 a.m. Followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway West, Medford, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Thursday March ls' from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will with burial at Oak Grove Medford, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Middlesex County Bar Association President Philip Privitera: Thankful for West End Roots and Representation of West End Museum On January 28, 2012, The Middlesex County Bar Association (MCBA) elected Philip J. Privitera as its President. Privitera gradu- ated Boston College Law School in 1995, where he served as the National Di- rector for the Volunteer In- come Tax Assistance {VITA) Program for the American Bar Associa- tion/Law Student Division (ABA/LSD) 1994-95. He also served as the ABA/ LSD First Circuit Lieuten- ant Governor in 1993-94 and the ABA/ LSD President for Boston College Law School in 1992-93. In 2009, Privitera was appointed to the Boston College Law School Board of Over- seers by then Dean John Garvey, and where he still serves to the present day under current Dean Vincent Rougeau. Privitera graduated Summa Cum Laude from Belmont Hill preparatory high school in 1986, and then received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in 1990 and 1993 respectively. In his experience as an attorney, Privitera looks back with gratitude to his family roots in the West End of Bos- ton. His father Francis D. Privitera was born of Italian immigrants Giuseppina {Josephine} and Gaetano {Guy} Privitera who lived at 12 Hale Street in the West End. Hale Street is no longer on the map. In the 1950's, Hale Street, along with the houses that once stood there, and most of the original houses and streets of Boston's Old West End were taken by eminent domain. Everything was seized and destroyed in an "attempted" Urban Renewal Experiment. President Phil Privitera recounts: "Ever since I can remember, I was told story-after-story by family members and friends about the West End being 'taken away.' I heard the stories so of- ten, it was as if I lived the experience, myself." Privitera recalls watching video tapes: "In one moment there were frames of a vibrant, close knit, neighborhood ... a neighborhood one could only imagine ... one that could only be created in the back-lot of a Hollywood studio." In the next moment, however, "The film showed frames of bull dozers, wrecking balls and rubble." In one film, Privitera recalls an old woman leaning with one arm out of a top floor window, remi- niscent of his own grand- mother: "She was waving her arm and looking dis- tastefully, down at the wrecking ball and rubble all around her. She was in one of the last buildings still standing. It was pain- ful to watch." Privitera is joined on the 2012 Middlesex County Bar Association Board by Officers: President-Elect Terrence Parker; Vice President Maureen Lom- bardo; Secretary Frank Russell; and Treasurer Damien Gillietti. 2012 Elected Council Members include: Kathyrn Fallon, David Lucas, Thomas Belmonte, Alfred Farese, Lisa Geog- hegan, Deborah S. Butler, Mary Ellen Donovan, Stephanie Romano and Rob- ert Saltsman. Privitera has had the plea- sure of serving as an officer in the Bar Association under Past Presidents Lloyd Godson, Joseph Amoroso, Honorable Domenic Paratore, Frank Ciano, Brian Cullen and Martin Kane, and commends them for their continued leadership toward the goals and endeavors of the Middlesex County Bar Association. Privitera looks forward to the MCBA's Law Day/Scholarship Celebration to be held on May 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm. The event will take place in the new Middle- sex County Superior Courthouse at 200 Trade Center Place on Route 128 in Woburn, Massachusetts. Over 20 local students will be awarded scholarships. Special guests: Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone, Middle- sex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and Massachusetts State Senator Sal DiDomenico of Everett will address the students, present certificates of achieve- ment and take photographs with the scholarship recipients. MCBA President Privitera is proud of the commitment of these local leaders to celebrate Law Day with the children and acknowledge their community service and schol- astic achievement. The Middlesex County Bar will also present a Probate and Family Court Bench Bar on March 21 St at 4:30 pm at the Juvenile Court House in Cambridge. For more information on the Middlesex County Bar Association, its events or membership, please contact Executive Director Diane Verner at (781} 939-2797 or link to: www.middlesexbar.org.