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.bd,h,t I,,,llh.I,l,hi THE ITAlIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 12 i BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 25, 2011 $.30 A COP r SONS OF ITALY ---- RELIEF Celebrated at State House by Nicola Orichuia The Order Sons of Italy in-America (OSIA), the largest and oldest organization representing Italian American men and women, is .deeply saddened by the tragic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. and the dire conditions and toss of life left in its wake. Understanding the pressing urgency of the situation, we cannot wait to act. We stand ready to offer our support to the reputable organizations tasked with and prepared to provide immediate assistance to the Japanese people and others left devastated by this tragedy. We ask all Sons of Italy members and all Italian Ameri- cans to give what they can to aid this monumental humanitarian relief effort. We suggest direct cash dona- tions to the following organizations: Save the Children 800-728-3843 Doctors Without Borders 888-392-0392 American Red Cross UNICEF www. Lastly, we ask that you keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and prayers now and as the country rebuilds. Established in 1905, OSIA has more than 600.000 family members and supporters and a network of more than 650 chapters coast to Coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit The Sons of Italy Foundation {SIF} is the philanthropic arm of OSIA, Established in 1959, the SIF has contributed nearly $115 million to scholarships, medical research. cultural preservation, disaster relief and other projects. To learn more. visit ages Sinking [ Deeper into the Water 1 The Americans who owe more on their inortgages than their homes are worth :] continue to rise. The housing market remains weak and these folks can't sell their homes. About 23.1 percent of all mortgaged homes were i underwater during the October-December 2010 ! I 1 I I ! l - I quarter, which is up from 22.5 percent during the July-September quarter. Earlier last year underwater mortgages were dropped, but unfor- tunately due to foreclosures. In Nevada, two- thirds of mortgaged homes are underwater. Arizona. California, Michigan and Florida. the number underwater hovers around 50 percent. Underwater homeowners can't get refinanc- ing and have no recourse but to continue mak- ing payments in hope that property values will eventually rise again. These folks are stuck with their homes and refuse to sell at a loss. Funding Public TV-radio, Yes or No? Republicans in the US House are seriously talking about defunding public broadcasting. Why are NPR and PBS getting subsidized by the American viewing public? Boston's WGBH-TV. Channel 2 has some great quality television on (Continued on Page 15) i: i: 150th Anniversary celebration honors Achievement Award recipients. Back row, L to R: Filippo Frattaroli, Donato Frattaroli, Riccardo Signorelli and Joey Crugnale. Front row, L to R: Paolo Coppi accepting the award for his father Bruno Coppi, Mary Ann Esposito, Lilla Pastorelli holding son Andrea, Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli, Maria Gioconda Motta, A. Joseph DeNucci and Boston Herald Editor and Master of Ceremonies Joe Sciacea. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) The State House on Beacon Hill was all about Italy on Friday, March 18, as hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Italy's unification and honor several accomplished Italians and Italian Americans in New England. Rows of children from the North End's Eliot School waved the tricolore as they greeted visitors and guests at the building's entrance, then quickly scurried to the top of the State House's Grand Staircase, forming a cheerful green, white and red background to the ceremony below. Retired members of the Italian Carabinieri and the Associazione Nazionale Marinai d'Italia stood beside the podium, as members of the Massachusetts National Guard, Cer- emonial Uni.t Honor Guard presented the colors, followed by the Arlington High School Jazz Band playing the American and Italian national anthems. At the podium, where Boston Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca kicked off the celebration as master of cer- emonies, was Italy Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli, alongside some of the state's most important politicians: From Congressman Michael Capuano and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. to Speaker of the House of Repre- sentatives Robert DeLeo and State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, not to mention State Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Paul Donato. "I am honored and proud to be here to cel- ebrate together a moment in history for which we should all feel united," said Pastorelli. right after a blessing given by Reverend Antonio Nardoianni. "Millions of ItaIians left their country in hard times, and-many of them came to Massachusetts with their talents, courage and spirit of sacrifice. For them, Massachusetts became a land of opportunity, as well as their new home." The United States, Pastorelli said, was among the first nations to recognize Italy as a country on April 13, 1861, less than a month after the March 17 proclamation of Victor Emmanuel II as King of Italy. All the politicians attending the 90-minute ceremony had Italian backgrounds and were proud to highlight it. "My Italian heritage makes me enjoy the company of others," said U.S. Congressman Capuano, whose family originally came from Atripalda, in the prov- ince of Avellino. Recalling a meeting a few days earlier with the Italian Ambassador in Washington, Giulio Terzi di Sant'Agata, Capuano underlined the friendship and shared values between the two countries. '~rhere is no better friend to the United States than Italy," he said. Boston,s first Italian American Mayor, Thomas Menino, also had warm words for Italy. "I'm very proud of my Italian heritage," he said. "I never forgot the lessons my parents and grandparents taught me." Menino is a regular visitor to Italy, and master of Ceremonies Joe Sciacca joked about going on a road trip together, "to explore our roots," he said. (Continued on Page 8) THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2. 0 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information