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~i*, ,: THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 12 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 23, 2012 $.30 A COPY !I Romney Carries Both Achievement Awards at Italian Consulate ! Puerto Rico & Illinois Primaries by Sal Giarratani Consul Pastorelli Recognizes Seven Italians and Italian Americans for Their Outstanding Contributions to the Community Former Gov. Mitt Romney picked two recent primary victories. On Saturday, March 17, the luck of the Irish and Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuna were with Romney. He carried Puerto Rico with over 80 percent of the vote and won all 20 del- egates at stake that day. This past Tuesday, Romney won again. This time he re- ceived 47 percent of the vote to Rick Santorum's 35 per- cent. Romney keeps adding to his delegate count but Santorum shows no signs of dropping out. Romney re- mains with his front runner status but has of yet not been able to close the deal. The primary fight continues on to Louisiana this coming Saturday where Santorurn should beat Romney. Looking at the race to date, in direct match-ups in industrial union state like Michigan, Ohio and now Illinois, Santorum keeps running second to Romney. These are states the Repub- licans will need in Novem- ber. However, Romney con- tinues to have great diffi- culty winning over voters in Southern states and gets bested by Santorum and Newt Gingrich. These states are also states Republicans need to carry against Presi- dent Obama on Election Day. Mitt Romney's problem seems to be attracting the passion of primary voters with his CEO-manager-like approach to the presidency. Republican voters are look- ing for passionate leadership and it still appears lacking from the Romney Campaign. In 8ant0rum's concession speech in Illinois, he spoke to this issue quite clearly. As Santorurn said in so many words, Romney just isn't connecting with the American people. Adding to this, I heard Jeff on his morning radio show-~ay that Romney needs to connect to the voters by going positive. Romney should stop all his negative campaigning and {Continued on Page 13) :::i(>:; ? i ii:i:ii:iiiiiii i Romney Still Pandering Away :::i::): In the last few days of campaigning down in Mississippi and Alabama there went Romney pan- dering again. I still remember Michigan when he was telling anyone in shouting distance how much he loved Minnesota's small lakes, large lakes, : : lakes in between both, the trees and cars. It was so pathetic and he seemed unaware of how badly he was sounding. He did it again down South by ....... .... telling "Y'all" how much he loved grits and catfish why isn't his campaign staff telling him to stop ....... sounding so phony-baloney? ........... Reading the "American Free Press" The other day I came upon an issue of American :: Free Press and I had never seen this newspaper before. This newspaper calls itself "populist and independent -- not Republican or Democrat." I as- :::: : sumed its editorial bias was right of center, it was. The headline stated "SMEAR JOB" aside it a smil- ing photo of Ron Paul. The news story talked about "plutocrats" ramping up efforts against Paul and attacked the NY Times for its December 26 "muddled smear ... hit piece." According'to this newspaper's self-description, this newspaper is | "populist and nationalist ,FOR Life Liberty and | iiii~i!!!!!ill [iiiii!i!i!ilililili!i AGAINST the New World Order." There were some interesting items to read. I ] [ ........... didn't know that Afghanistan had signed a deal this by Nicola Orichuia From left right: Antonio Pastorelli, Maria Spacagna, }Dn Tuesday, March 20, the Italian Consulate General in Boston held a ceremony to award seven members of New England's Italian and Italian American commu- nity who have distinguished themselves in various fields of interest. Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli handed out the achievement awards, which had been introduced for the first time in 2011, during the opening ceremony at the Massachusetts State House for the 150 Anniversary of Italy's Unification. ....... Nunziante, Giovanni Abbadessa, Consul General Giuseppe Guido Vittiglio, Emilio Bizzi, Paul Picknelly. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) The award for "Art, Culture and Entertainment" went to internationally known soprano Maria Scapagna. "I am very proud of my heri- tage," she said. "I remember crying when I put my foot on Italian soil for the first time." Scapagna has per- formed in the most presti- gious opera theaters and concert halls in the world and i~ currently, a voice lec- turer at Boston University. The "Business" achieve- ment award was given to Paul Pieknelly, a third gen- eration Italian American who continues in his grandfather's entrepreneur- ial footsteps. In fact, Peter Carmine Pickneny founded the Peter Pan Bus Company in 1933. Paul Picknelly is current president of Mon- arch Enterprises, while his brother Peter runs the bus company, which is still fam- ily-owned. During his accep- tance speech, Picknelly pledged to improve the rela- tionship between his home- town Springfield, Massachu- setts, with Italian sister city (Continued on Page 10) SONS OF ITALY TO HONOR U.S. Secretary U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the first woman to receive the Sons of Italy Founda- tion's (SIF) Lifetime Achieve- ment Award for Public Service, to be presented at- the SIF's 24th annual National Education & Lead- ership Awards (NELA) Gala on May 23, 2012, in Wash- ington, D.C. The award was established three years ago to offer recognition of extraordinary public and hu- manitarian service to indi- viduals who are not of Italian heritage. Clinton f01- lows previous honorees Vice President Joe Biden (2009), President Bill Clinton (2010), I Hillary Rodham Clinton this award," said SIF CEO Philip R. Piccigallo. "which seeks to recognize her life- time of outstanding service to her fellow Americans and human beings." The SIF and its parent organization the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) created this special award category to underscore its efforts to improve human conditions globally, building upon its long record of relief efforts in Italy, Europe, South America, Mexico, the Carib- and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (2o ]). "We are deeply honored and pleased that Secretary Clinton has agreed to accept f !, i bean and Asia: , t "With Hillary Clinton s re- markable record of advocacy (Continued on Page 15) THE POST-GAZEI"rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.