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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 22, 2013 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: 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-GAZETrE - 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. 117 - No. 12 Friday, March 22, 2013 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. SWAN BOATS OPENING Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston's First Lady Angela Menino will host the first ride of the season. as the Swan Boats open at the Public Gar- den lagoon at I0 am on Saturday, April 13. "It's time to put win- ter behind us and cel- ebrate the arrival of spring in the Public Garden," said Mayor Menino. "Come on down and celebrate the nice weather with a ride on the his- toric Swan Boats." Mayor Menino will be joined on the first ride of the year with students from Boston Public Schools including the Ellis MendeU Elementary School in Roxbury and the Chittick El- ementary School in Mattapan. .. The students are drawing pictures of the swan boats in art class and their work will be randomly selected from all the drawings made. All of the artwork depicting the swan boats will then be on display at Boston City Hall for four weeks beginning April 22. This annual rite is made possible thanks to the Paget fam- ily, owners and operators of the Swan Boats first launched in 1877 by English immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget. Mr. Paget designed the Swan Boats after attending the op- era Lohengrin in New York City. At the end of the opera, the hero crosses a river in a boat drawn by a swan. 2013 marks the 137th season for the Swan Boats. The old- est and smallest boat in the fleet just celebrated its 102"a season, while the newest was launched in 1993. The swan on today's boats is made from either copper or fiberglass, depending on the age of the boat and encloses a paddle mechanism that is used to propel through the water. Fully loaded, each Swan Boat weighs three tons and car- ries up to twenty passengers. The Swan Boats are built on copper-clad pontoons that contain air tanks to keep them afloat. After being stored in a safe place for the winter, the boats are returned to the Public Garden lagoon in the spring with Mayor Menino and his young guests celebrating the first ride of the season. For more information, please visit the Swan Boats of Bos- ton online at www.swanboats.com or call (617) 522-1966. 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 Donne 2000 Awards Twelfth Scholarship at "Festa delle Donne" Event On March 3, 2013, Donne 2000 members, along with their families and friends came together as mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to celebrate "La Festa Delle Donne", i.e., Interna- tional Women's day. It is a day set aside to commemo- rate the women of the world that have endured injus- tices and fought for women's rights, which we enjoy today. The event was held at Venezia Restaurant with a delicious lunch. Music was provided by Anna Ginnetti- Ricci and son Luciano. This was also the Donne 2000 Annual Scholarship fund- raising event. International Women's Day is a very significant day in Italy and other European countries. The symbol of the day is the yellow mim- osa flower, an expression of women's solidarity. While the men show their love for their women by giving them the mimosa, society as a whole remembers the im- portance of women, their important contribution to the betterment of our soci- ety, their sacrifices and cel- ebrates their achievements. Each year Donne 2000 awards a scholarship to a woman in college studying the Italian language or cul- :i by Rosa Giammarco Left to right: Donne 2000 Vice President Maria Ferrusi, Co-treasurer Rita Susi, Scholarship winner Vania Cornelio, President Rosa Giammarco, Co-secretary Doreen Giammarco and Co-Treasurer Dora Volpe. ture. This year's recipient was Vania Cornelio, from North Reading Massachu- setts. Her Italian roots stem from Abruzzo where her par- ents and grandparents are from. She is a sophomore at The College of the Holy Cross where she is pursuing a major in History and a minor in Italian. Vania truly dem- onstrates a diligence toward her studies and an immense interest and appreciation of her Italian culture and heritage. After the scholarship award ceremony, there were many raffles prizes donated by Donne 2000 members and local businesses. We wish to thank all of out spon- sors for all their generous contributions to our Program Book and donations for our raffle. The Montefalcione Devotionto Saim Anthony (L-R): Connie (D'Amore) Napolitano, Carmine Guarino, Joe Pagliuca, Christian Guarino, Cultural Attache' to the Italian Consulate Ubaldo Panitti, Salvatore Pugliese, Paul Martignetti and Antonio Guarino. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) North Ender Christian Guar- ino of MonteBostonl3 Produc- tions produced the film Patron Saint: The Montefalcione Devo- tion to Saint Anthony, which was shown on Friday night March 15th at St. Leonard's Church hall to a large audience. Based on the story of immi- grants from Montefalcione, Italy and their continuing ties to their homeland. Since 1688, citizens of Montefal- cione honor their patron Saint Anthony of Padova on the last Sunday of August. When Montefalcionesi im- migrants came to the United States they settled in the North End and continued their devotional traditions of their homeland. On the last Sunday in August, Boston and Montefal- cione hold a grand procession in honor of Saint Anthony simultaneously. Downtown School (Continued from Page i) skating rink, tennis courts, bus routes and parking. Chil- dren from downtown neigh- borhoods would have access to the school, as well as families from East Boston and other neighborhoods identified in the BPS facili- ties long-term strategic plan if needed. Over the past ten years, the number of school-age children has increased by 23 percent in downtown Boston; by 36 percent in the Back attract so many young fami- lies. The Boston City Council must vote to approve funding from surplus property to ac- quire property. The proposal will be submitted to the Council on Monday, along with a request for an expe- dient hearing. The new school will also require ap- proval from the Boston School Committee. Over the past several years, the City, along with school. The City also ex- panded capacity at the nearby Warren Prescott and the popular Eliot School in an effort to accommodate downtown families. Mayor Menino and City of- ficials have met repeatedly with parents from the Back Bay, West End, North End, Waterfront, Beacon Hill and parts of Charlestown, as well as representatives from Hill House on Beacon Hill, the West End Parent Group, the . Bay; and by 20 percent in .-the Boston Redevelopment Beacon Hill Civic Associa- : Beacon Hill. 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