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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 19, 2010 LO SAPEVATE CHE ... Le cabine telefoniche pubbliche sono a rischio estinzione. I grandi frequentatori di cabine telefoniche stanno avendo difficolta' a trovare telefoni pubblici da dove telefonare a casa o agli amici. Cosa sta succedendo e' molto semplice. Con l'avvento dei telefonini molta gente non trova affatto necessario usare il telefono pubblico. Stando a dati raccolti da varie agenzie interessate alle comunicazioni speciali, il numero delle persone che ha abbandonato i telefoni pubblici e' dimezzato nei primi dieci anni del telefonino. In Italia le piu' recenti cifre, disponibili a Telecom, conta solo 160,000 cabine, una ogni 350 abitanti, contro le 294,000 cabine dell'anno 2000. In breve, le cabine costano troppo, dato l'incasso basso. Per esempio, nel 2008 poco pin' di 5,000 cabine telefoniche in tutta Italia hanno registrato meno di cinque chiamate al mese. Persino le cabine pubbliche collocate negli ospedali, carceri, caserme, centri commerciali, anche in relazione alla popolazione, stanno diminuendo di anno in anno, non solo in Italia ma in tutto il mondo. Anche negli Stati Uniti il numero delle cabine telefoniche, o telefoni pubblici, e' sceso drasticamente nelrintero territorio, passando da oltre 2 milioni nel 1997 a circa 872,000 circa. Eppure c'e' qualcuno che installa un telefono pubblico. Una comunita', Amish, nel Maryland, di solito contraria a mezzi moderni, ha ricevuto il permesso di installare una diecina di cabine telefoniche nel suo territorio. II motivo principale era stato di porre rimedio al deserto telefonico imposto dalla compagnia telefonica, che come in tutto il mondo, ha eliminato i telefoni anche nella zona occupata dagli Amish. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... The public phone booths are disappearing. The steady cli- ents of the past are having difficulty finding public phones to make calls to friends and home. What is happening is very simple. With the arrival of cell phones many people are finding no need to use public phones. According to data collected by communication connected agencies, the num- ber of people who have deserted toll phones surpasses 50% over the last ten years since the cell phone entered gen- eral use. The number of public phone booths in Italy, Telecom has only 160,000 of them, one for 350 inhabit- ants, as opposed to 294,000 in the year 2000. In short, the phone booths cost too much and collect too little. As a mat- ter of fact, a little more than 5,000 phone booths, in all of Italy, have recorded less than five calls in a month. Even the public phones found in hospitals, jails, police stations, malls, even in relation to the population, have been shrink- ing year after year, not only in Italy but all over the world. Even in the United States the number of phone booths, or public phones, has sharply shrunk on the entire territory, from a 1997 maximum of over two million down to about 872,000 today. And yet there is someone who has been authorized to install a public phone. An Amish community in Maryland, traditionally uncomfortable using modern de- vices, has received permission to install about ten phone booths on their property. The main reason: to find a rem- edy to a kind of deserted telephone area left by the tele- phone company, which as in the rest of the world, had dis- posed of all the public telephones from the Amish territory. The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZERE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices The Agency for all your Insurance Coverages Richard Settipane AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference SPECIALIST in RESTAURANT and BUSINESS POLICIES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 - Fax 617-723-9212 1 Longfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Bo.ton, MA 02114 Conveniently located with Free Parking The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani FLEA MARKET FOR ST. FRANCIS The North End Friends of St. Francis House has in- formed us that a flea mar- ket and bake sale to benefit the downtown shelter will be held on March 19, 8:00am until 6:00pm and again on March 20 from 10:00am until 2:00pm at the Nazzaro Community Center on North Bennet Street. NEAA MINOR LEAGUE BALL The North End Athletic Association is starting up minor league baseball teams for children age 6-8. For more info, call 1-800-861- 2010 or 1-860-562-5721. ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL The Ward 3 Democratic Committee recently elected new executive board mem- bers in early March. The Ward 3 Chairman Jason Aluia announced that Attor- ney Danny Toscano was re- elected as vice chairman, Nicole Leo was elected sec- retary replacing Mary Ann D'Amato who was elected as treasurer and Dino DiFronzo was elected the new out- reach coordinator. I LOVE THE 80s Dance Party and Silent Auction, Friday, March 26 at Florian Hall, 55 HaUet Street in Dorchester. Featuring The Thomas Park Band, The St. Peter's Academy Dance Troupe and lots of fun and dancing. All to benefit St. Peter's Acad- emy in Southie. For more info, call 617-268-0750. SUPERMARKET NICK? Nick Varano's Strega mari- nara sauce named after Strega's on Hanover Street has been picked up by the Market Basket Supermar- ket chain. This new sauce uses Nick mother's recipe. By the way, Nick has one of the best chefs in Sal Firicano cooking up a storm at Nico's. ST. JOSEPH SOCIETY GROWS BY TWO At its March 6 monthly meeting, the St. Joseph Society inducted two new members in Jimmy Carroll of Charlestown and Brian Toomey formerly of Charles- town now residing in Quincy. WEST END COMMUNITY CENTER NEWS I bumped into Bruno Roberto over at the West End Museum recently. Bruno serves on the museum's board of directors. One of his younger brothers is Johnny "Two-Dogs" and everybody in Eastie knows Johnny. Get- ting back to Bruno, he said everyone needs to check out the Museum on line at www. wes tendbostonma, com. They got some great new stuff. MANNING REPLACES RUSH After 15 years on WRKO 680AM, Rush Limbaugh is moving to a new, soon to be conservative talk station, WXKS 1200AM. Limbaugh's new show is still between noon and 3pm; Sean Hannity will do his show from 3 to 6pm: The Glen Beck Show will air weekday mornings, 9:00am until 12 noon. Meanwhile on WRKO, Re- publican spin master Char- ley Manning will air noon to 3pm weekdays. Manning said he would not be work- ing on campaigns while hosting his new show. Man- ning also said, "Now, that we'll be local all afternoon, on WRKO, our listeners will be able to find out what is re- ally going on. They won't have to listen to Clem from California who doesn't have a clue. This is going to be the most exciting year in politics in our lifetimes. News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) opponent and he can only do that by aiming all his fire at Baker. Cahfll is going to need to cook Baker or watch Baker cook him. According to a Boston Her- ald report, Cahill has tapped into the same GOP muscle to make himself a real Inde- pendent voice. A team of vet- eran national strategists from the McCain campaign including longtime McCain guy John Weaver are now with Cahill. The new strat- egy is to craft Cahill as a working-class fiscal conser- vative. Said Weaver, "(Cahill) has the right message and record to appeal to disaffected Republicans and disaffected Democrats." Cahill, a lifelong Democrat until 2009 needs to run as an outsider like Scott Brown. I agree with Weaver that Baker comes across like an elitist liberal Republican and that is not what voters are looking for at the moment. The latest polls show Cahill still in third with Patrick holding on to his plurality from his political base. It is now or never time for Tim Cahill. He needs to become the voice of the people who is able to lead the state. His primary target must be Baker. The stronger is Baker, the more likely Patrick sneaks back in with maybe only 35-36 percent of the vote. Tim Cahill has a real chance of getting elected but it will take lots of hard work and determination, on both his part and of his supporters. Irish Diocese Seeks Cash Looking in the Wrong Place File this in the You Gotta Be Kidding Me department. The Catholic diocese at the center of Ireland's child abuse scandals appealed to. its parishioners to bail them out to cover some of its more than $14 million in bills to victims and lawyers. Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns, the southeast Irish diocese first to face state investigators into decades of cover-ups in- volving predatory priests, spelling out the costs related to abusing priests. The dio- cese has already paid $10.8 million to settle 48 lawsuits. And there are still 13 pend- ing cases. The church offi- cials stated they had no op- tion but ask the faithful to foot the bill. I feel it is ob- scene to be seeking funds from the faithful. As many in Ireland have said, let it be accountable for its gross in- stitutional neglect. I still remember my own reaction right here in the Archdiocese of Boston when we learned about the same kind of abuse and cover-ups right here. I remember get- ting that request in the mail from the Cardinal's Appeal. I remember my own angry reaction to that appeal re- quest. I noted inside the en- veloie that "the Cardinal did not appeal to me at this atime." Rangel Finally So the Handwriting On the Wall Twenty-term US Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY was forced to surrender his chair- manship of the most power- ful committee on Capitol Hill, the House Ways and Means Committee. He was forced to give up the chair due to ethi- cal questions that seemed not to go away. The embattled congressman has been un- der fire for some time by Re- publicans in Congress. When Speaker Nancy Pelosi apparently saw no hope for him holding on to his chair- manship, reportedly, he gave up that post to avoid a House vote to remove him from it. State Senate Supports Safer Roads The State Senate bill goes much further than the House version in dealing with elderly drivers whose loss of driving skills makes them a clear and present danger on the roads. The AARP and other senior advo- cacy groups still continue to think any age based testing is discriminatory and op- poses this senate bill. The Salem Gazette editorialized recently that "We don't let children drive until they reach 16, which is as arbi- trary as 75, because we recognize that some skills come with age. We ought to recognize that some skills deteriorate with age as well, and test drivers regularly to ensure they are safe." As the Salem Gazette con- cluded, "The state should help us see that disability coming and respond before a long life of driving behind the wheel ends in tragedy. This bill is a reasonable step toward safer roads for everyone." Bay State Democrats and Maddow Disease We've all heard of Mad Cow Disease but it appears Bay State Democrats are suffer- ing from Maddow Disease as in Rachel Maddow, liberal blabber on MSNBC week- nights. She lives here in Massachusetts and many Democrats are trying to get her to run against Republi- can Scott Brown in 2012. I think it is a great idea be- cause if she ran as the lefty looney as she is, it would be a landslide victory for the "Brownster."