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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 9, 2012 Page3 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: Website: 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. 10 Friday, March 9, 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. 00isco 00arty - 00/'ortlt Style to Benefit the Nazzaro Center Teen Boy & Girl Trips The '70s were back at the Disco Party - North End Style held at the Fisherman's Club on Fulton St. to help fund the Teen Boy & Girl Trips of the North End. There was dancing with music by DJ Michael Lopi, appetizers by Billy Tse, a 50/50 raffle and a door prize. The event was held on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Roseann Matarazzo Romano and Anthony LaBella organized the event, raising over $1,800 for the Nazzaro Center. They also thanked Laurie D'Elia, Carl Ameno, Joyce Papa Amoroso, DJ LOPI, Johnnie Mangia's, Peter & Patti Mancini Pagliuca, Salon 26, Lauren Venezia Coppola, Salamuria on Richmond St., Domenic & Louis Strazzullo, Peter Bruno, The Fisherman's Club, Adele Cataldo, Karen Ventola-D'Amico, Olivia Costa Scimeca, Peter Renda, Phil Orlandella and Marie Simboli. Casino Gambling the Latest Odds by Sal Giarratani People, gamble all the time. The state continues to bank on it with the Massachusetts State Lottery which has been around 40 years now. I can remember back as a kid in Roxbury watching all those late evening buses carrying all those old ladies up to New Hampshire for bingo when it was banned here. Go into any convenience store, I think there's over 50 different cards to choose from. Is gambling addictive? For some it is truly a sickness. However, people have been gambling forever. I bet cave men even gambled over something. Maybe on the fastest dinosaur, who knows? Casino gambling is coming but where? Foxboro and Bob Kraft want it. Suffolk Downs wants it. I live in Eastie, I can see a casino resort at the race track site. I also drive down Route 1 through Foxboro and I see all that land across from the stadium that Kraft owns. I can see a casino resort there too. Further down Route 1 is the Plain ridge Raceway. I think it would make a great slot parlor. Rhode Island has Twin Rivers minutes away from our state line. Connecticut has Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. New Hampshire is also talking about a casino at Rockingham Park up in Salem, NH too. Many of the Foxboro residents oppose a casino but Kraft has much clout. If he really wants it, it will be a bruis- ing battle to stop him. Suffolk Downs needs a casino too in order to survive. How much clout does Suffolk Downs have? I don't see a slot parlor at Logan Airport. There are so many lines to cross and dots to connect. Casinos won't happen overnight but they do seem likely to be part of society's future. Back in the old days when bingo was outlawed here, many Catholic parishes created a new game called tingo. Same rules but supposedly a new game? Not really! After a while, the pretense ended and bingo returned and the buses to New Hampshire stopped picking up those old ladies down here in a gambling mood. Right now I am more likely to support a casino in East Boston over Foxboro to prevent Rockingham Park from busing Bay State residents up there. I also think Plainridge down in Plainville should get the slot parlor to keep Twin Rivers at bay. Sorry Bob Kraft and Foxboro but Bob already makes a zillion dollars how much more does he need? He's got Gillette Stadium, he's got Patriot's Place, and does he really need to hit the trffecta too? It's all about casino's in the right places for the right reasons, isn't it? 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 (Photos by Matt Conti, Boston Centers Announcing the 2012 BNBL Logo Contest SPONSORED BY REEBOK , r)mk=," 'rmll ,,-. Be a part of history and get a pair of custom Reeboks featuring your artwork by designing the 2012 logo for Boston Centers for Youth & Families' Boston Neighborhood Basketball League (BNBL.) Established in 1969, BNBL is the oldest neighborhood basketball league in the United States and is presented by Reebok. Teams across the city compete twice weekly to vie for the league championship in three divisions for boys and girls: 18 and under, 15 and under, and 13 and under. Registra- tion begins in May. This summer, for the first time ever, all BNBL shirts and other materials will fea- ture a contest-winner's logo. Boston youth, ages 12-18, are encouraged to submit a design. This creation should capture the spirit of BNBL: teamwork, discipline, sports- manship, competition, diversity, and peace. The winner will see his/her logo placed on over 3,000 game jerseys worn across the city. The winner will also be invited to the 2012 Champions Reception and will receive a first edition of the jersey and a pair of cus- tom-made Reebok sneakers. The deadline is Friday. March 16. For more information, go to or contact Woodley Auguste at 617-635-5206 x103 or f t -o Appian Club of Stoneham GX Italian Classes L,/,/*', Adult Italian classes has travelled extensively throughout Italy i, ,,Y'' will be offered by the and has taken courses there. The class _. "" Appian Club of Stoneham is casual, interesting and the experience starting on Tuesday evenings, March 20% A beginner's class will start with the basics (pronunciations, phrases. etc.) and give you a firm foundation for the language. A more advanced class will also be available on Tuesday evenings for those with knowledge of Italian. Eight week classes will be held on Tuesday evenings in Stoneham. Instructor is Tiffany Bistocchi Murphy, graduate of Dickinson College (2003) with a major in Italian and a Master's in Ital- ian from Middlebury College (2006), She will be enjoyable. If you are traveling to Italy or just want to relive your heritage roots, this class is for you. Contact coordinator John Nocella at 781-438-5687 or, preferably by email, at for further details. Please pass along to other fam- ily members, friends and neighbors. The class is sponsored by the Appian Club of Stoneham, a non-profit, social charitable 501(c)(7) organization whose mission is to promote Italian culture and heritage.