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+. THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS --J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 10 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 8, 2013 $.30 A COPY JI Be sure to move your clocks AHEAD one hour AT 2:00 AM - SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Proposed North End Hotel Bad Idea & Bad Bet by Marie Matarese It was revealed last week that Normandy Real Estate Partners - the same folks who are proposing to plunk another hotel on Blackstone Street in the middle of what is supposed to be the North End's Haymarket/ Market District - once again are facing the failure of one of their other hotel ventures. The company had planned to construct an 11-story hotel at 275 Albany Street, but in a letter to the Boston Redevelopment Author- ity (BRA), the company indicated that "shift- ing economic conditions" led it to scrap the hotel plans previously approved by the BRA and that "given current market condi- tions, the applicant was unable to secure a hotel operator despite diligent efforts to do so." Blackstone Street where Boston's historic This comes on top of revelations last sum- "pushcart" vendors set up every weekend. mer of continued significant financial diffi- Along with the rest of us, the Haymarket culties the company has been having mak- Pushcart Association, which prevents those ing a go of the Ames Hotel on Court Street vendors, has been strenuously opposed to in downtown Boston. And those revelations the hotel idea. came after the company changed the Albany Aside from magnifying the types of con- Street project from two hotels and retail to flicts which have created difficulties be- one hotel, residential and retail, abandon- tween the Haymarket operations and the ing the second hotel in favor of a residen- hotel which already exists at the end of tial tower. Blackstone Street, a hotel would be a mis- Community leaders and officials who have use of property that should be used to tie examined the issue have been opposed to the idea of putting a hotel on Parcel 9 on (Continued on Page 14) ! Hollywood East Meets Hollywood West Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama presented an Oscar to Cambridge-born Ben Affleck for his i movie Argo. This was the first time for a First Lady ever to do such a thing. Why not? After all, ..... ', if Hollywood is all smoke, mirrors and fakery, why not let Michelle be a presenter since the White House is all fakery too? Let the phonies applaud each other. The Latest Hypocrite on Capitol Hill Is there something in the water of the Potomac River that over and over again we see just how many morally righteous politicians end up look- ing more tawdry with their confessions. I remember U.S. Senator John Tower, R-Texas, who once was considered presidential timber ended up ethically challenged at the end of his I long career. Turns out also that good old segre- :l gationist supporting U.S. Senator Strom Thur- i: mond, R-SC, had fathered an African American love child. Latest news? Come on down former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico. He l:l admits to an old affair and love child too. For years I in the U.S. Senate both he and fellow U.S. Sen. ] Paul Laxalt, R-Nevada, worked together up on ] Capitol Hill but now we find out that Domenici and Michelle Laxalt, 24 years old at the time, ] worked much closer together. To the point of ] fathering Paul Laxalt's grandson. I never real- | ] ized how many hillbillies are up on Capitol Hill. Former U.S. Senator Peter Domenici acknowl- ] edged his affair, which took place in the '70s, (Continued on Page 14) The Boston Public Works Department is implementing a posted street sweep- ing program on several streets in your immediate neighborhood. These addi- tions will complete the posted sweeping program for the North End. Currently, many cars on these streets do not move on the scheduled street sweeping day and the sweeper cannot access the curb area. This program will allow for more effective mechanical street sweeping resulting in a cleaner environment in your community. The new streets to be posted for sweep- ing are: Battery Street, from Hanover to End Thursdays 8:00AM--12:00PM Clark Street, from Hanover to Com- mercial Thursdays 8:00AM--12:00PM Cross Street, from N. Washington to Atlantic Tuesdays 12:00PM--4:00PM Garden Court, from North Sq to Fleet Tuesdays 12: 00PM--4:00PM Moon Street, from North Sq to Fleet Tuesdays 12: 00PM--4:00PM Stillman Street, from Salem to End Tuesdays 12:00PM--4:00PM Typically, the North End posted sweeping program begins on March 1st. However, due to_~the many snow events, the placement of the signs on these streets has been delayed. Therefore, the program and enforcement for these streets ONLY will begin on April 1, 2013. The Boston Transportation Department will post the signs on your street prior to that date. The signs will indicate the days and hours when the parking restrictions will be in effect. Please note the information on the signs prior to April 1"t. The odd numbered side of the street will be swept on the 1+t and 3rd designated weekday of the month. The even side will be swept on the 2nd and 4th desig- nated day of the month. The program will typically run from March 1+t through December 31st each year. This program will be enforced through parking fines as well as the tow- ing of vehicles. Please comply with the posted regulations. Comprehensive street sweeping information can be found by logging on to www.cityotboston.gov. Weather and road conditions will occasionally require cancellation of street sweep- ing and enforcement. You can register for posted street sweeping electronic reminders and cancellation info by accessing the No-Tow link at that web- site. Inquiries can also be directed to the Mayor's 24-Hour Service at 617-635- 4500 at any time. Your cooperation is greatly appre- ciated as The Boston Public Works Dept., works to provide a cleaner City. THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.