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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 21,2014 Page3 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 $35.00 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-GAZETFE - 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. 118 - No. 12 Friday, March 21,2014 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. R.I.P. by Sal Giarratani A dear friend of mine from Charlestown Florence Johnson, aka FloJo recently passed away at the age of 90, leaving behind both a grieving family and Charlestown. She was a warm and caring person who always made you feel good. I knew her since I was 20-something and our friendship goes back to parts of five decades. For a while there, I was getting her into newspapers on a regular basis. She loved all the photos I would get Charlestown's "FloJo," Florence Johnson published of her. Whenever, she spotted me while sitting on a parade review stand, she would yell my name and I would go running up to her. She would always ask me how my daughter was doing and was glad to see that she Was doing so well. I will miss seeing her again at parades and seemingly everywhere else she traveled. To some outside Charlestown, she was a fiold Star Mother but to Charlestown she was so much more. She was indeed the personification of what it means to be a Townie, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and for all her years she was a gift to those who knew her. North End Friends of St. Francis House FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE FOR ST. Francis Homeless Shelter Fri. April 4t-h, 9am to 6pm & Sat. April 5th, 9am to lpm Nazzaro Community Center We will have Mamma Romano's Famous Eggplant Sandwiches, as Well as Meatball and Sausage Sandwiches. Homemade baked goods; pastries and goodies from North End Bakeries. Also tons of treasurers in our Flea Market. We will also be collecting HELP US HELP THE HOMELESS!! Vita Orlando Sinopoli December 11, 1924 - March 1"8, 2014 Vita Orlando Sinopoli, age 89, of Wilmington and Dennis, MA, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 18, 2014. Born in Fitchburg, MA, on December 11, 1924; she was the cherished daughter of the late Peter and Lucy Orlando. Vita was raised and educated in the North End of Boston, following her graduation from High School; she continuedher education at Boston Clerical School earning a secretarial degree. Vita married the "love of her life" William J. Sinopoli on October 2, 1949; Vita and Will shared more than 56 years of marriage, enjoyed a wondhrful family, and made countless memories to share with generations to come. Will's passing in 2005 left a void in her heart; he was truly her best friend. Vita and Will moved to Wilmington in 1958 where they raised their three children; Vita, Donna, and Bill. Vita was a very devoted mother who loved her family unconditionally and was always so proud of their accomplishments. When Vita became a "mother-in-law" and then a "Nonnie" and finally a "Great- Nonniee she couldn't have been prouder. She loved expanding her family and she welcomed everyone with open arms. Vita was an amazing cook and baker; she'enjoyed sharing her favorite dishes and recipes with her family and friends, and always had a house full for a Sunday dinner. Vita cherished every moment spent with her family, she enjoyed family holidays, vacations, or just getting together for a summer weekend on Cape Cod; she just loved being with her family. - Prior to retiring, Vita worked for the Wilmington School Department and was the secretary at the North Intermediate School for more than 18 years. Vita was much more than the secretary; she was a "second mother" to a student in need, a taxi driver if they missed the bus, a banker if they didn't have lunch money, and the "go to person" for every teacher, custodian, and Principal. Vita had a great work ethic and she was very well loved and respected by the faculty as well as the students. Vita and Will retired to their home on Cape Cod in 1983 where they enjoyed a slower pace at life. She spent time writing and painting and became a well-known author, especially throughout the North End of Boston when she published her book "From My Bakery Perch," which captured her life growing up in the North End and sharing some of her family's favorite recipes. Her recipes have appeared weekly, for many. years in the Post-Gazette. Vita and Will returned "home" to Wilmington in 2001 to be closer to their family and especially their grandchildren, whom they adored. Vita will be fondly remembered for her kindness and consideration of others. Her love and devotion for her family and friends was always evident and she was" always there to lend a hand. Vita was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, sister, nonnie, friend, and neighbor who will be dearly missed by all. Vita was the beloved wife of the late William J. Sinopoli, devoted mother of Vita Marie Graham and her husband Ric, Donna Meuse and her husband Ken, and William Sinopoli and his wife Darlene all of Wilmington. Loving "Nonnie" of Michael and Patrick Graham, Kristina Meuse and her husband AI Alpuerto, Matthew Meuse, Bridget Haranas and her husband Mark, Bill and Bob Sinopoli, Great-Nonnie of Brett Skipper and Makaela Meuse, Rose-Vita and Amelia-Hope Alpuerto, and Summer Haranas. Cherished daughter of the. late Pietro "Peter" and Lucia ,'Lucy" (LaGrassa) Orlando, dear sister of the late Peter Orlando. Vita is also survived by many dear nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Friday, March 21st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy's Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at I0:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours at the Funeral Home on Thursday; March 20th from 4-8 p.m. Memorial donations in Vita's name may be made the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. Pamela Donnaruma and the Post-Gazette staff- wish to extend their deepest condolences to Vita's family. She will be missed by all. May she rest in.peace. City of Boston Animal Care and Control Launches Online Licensing for Dogs Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced an easy and secure way for Boston pet owners to apply for dog licenses online. The online application process, avail- able now, will make registra- tion mtich easier, and the review process .more man- ageable for Animal Care and Control personnel. Owners can apply for a dog license and access more informa- tion on-line at www.cityof bos / animals. "Not only does this protect the health of our local pets, owners, and neighbors, it's The City of Boston is work- also a great step toward ing with a third-party vendor, streamlining the way we do Invoice Cloud, to provide on- business here in Boston," line pay services for pet Mayor Walsh said. ' licenses: " Th fe- will," be an online credit/debit card service charge of 2.95 percent associated with each transaction ($1.00 minimum). Over the summer, the City of Boston will embark on a new public education campaign to raise aware- ness of the importance of dog licensing. Dog owners may be subjected to fines if their pet remains unli- censed. The City of Boston has a series of dog licensing and low-cost rabies vaccine clinics that will be held throughout the city. For a complete listing visit www. /