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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 26, 2010 (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by orazio z. Suttafuoeo THE .Ad~ITI-MAFIA CRUSADE OF A COURAGEOUS SICILI/KN BISHOP. The Catholic Bishop of Piazza Armerina, in cen- tral Sicily, Monsignor Michele Pennisi is conducting a heroic crusade against the sinister Mafia which contin- ues to force its ways onto the population. Monsignor Pennisi has addressed the entire Catholic hierarchy to step up its efforts and stop the spreading of this "social cancer" onto the very fabric of society. Monsignor Pennisi has been very vocal particularly after the recent memorials to honor the courageous Sicilian instigating Judges, Paolo Borsellino and Giovanni Falcone. The latter's deeds were well known to the FBI which honored Judge Falcone, after his killing, by placing a bust of him at the Quantico, VA. Training Cen- ter. The anti-Mafia Bishop, as he is lately referred to, is concerned that the Church is, overall, a little indifferent and not inclined to support Monsignor Pennisi in his cru- sade. But the Bishop continues in his unhesitant attacks against anyone, be a private citizen, a political leader or even a Church leader, who seems unwilling to stand up to the Mafiosi, fearing, they claim, for their lives. Recently Bishop Pennisi had no hesitation in denying a solemn fu- neral in Church for a known Mafioso as requested by the family. To those who expressed some humanity toward the dead criminal, the Bishop had a prompt answer: "the man had been a killer, and showed his lack of regard for human life, therefore he is unworthy of any spiritual rehabilita- tion." Well, who can argue with that! AN ITALIAN COOK IS A HIT IN TOKYO, JAPAN. Nino Lentini, 39, is a Sicilian, born in Trapani. He is, by passion and by trade, a chef, who moved to Japan in 1998 where he opened a restaurant, just walking distance from the futur- istic "Tokyo Midtown," one of the most famous and archi- tecturally avant-garde buildings right in the heart of the Japanese capital. The Japanese are excellent gourmet clients who love the taste of Italian cuisine, and are quite selective in choosing, understanding, and appreciating what they eat. They are also willing to spend any amount of money to please their palate. Chef Lentini has learned quickly the Japanese ways, and a little Japanese too. He says that it is extremely important to first establish a good rapport and quality confidence with the customers. People keep patronizing the Lentini's restaurant because they like the respect and warmth they are surrounded with the moment they enter me estaDllSllment. ClleI Lentlnl came to Japan, the first time, as a tourist, the second time to take part in an 'Italian Fair', and the third time to work full-time and stay permanently in Japan. Of course, the difficult of speaking the language was the fwst serious prob- lem. But only briefly. He found all kinds of support, and understanding. Never was there any sign of discrimina- tion, raci l of otherwise, but serious appreciation toward the work. Even though the chef feels often the call of his homeland, he loves the new country, where he has settled and also started a family. The secret of success says Lentini, is to work well and build a good personal reputation, After which, recognition follows easy. It is a question of time. 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 SO WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE USS KENNEDY? Back when the local effort led by area elected officials was made public concerning the bid for the mothballed USS Kennedy down at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for East Boston, the media played it up. However, since that announcement months have passed and hardly a word about East Boston's bid. However, I did see that Bath, Maine is still in the running with another unnamed bid- der. Is East Boston still in the chase for the ship or did it lose out on the Kennedy? Inquiring minds want to know. East Bostonians have a right to know, what, .ff any- thing is happening. If local politicians can do sound bites announcing the quest to capture the Kennedy, they also owe it to us to let us know if the opportunity to bring the Kennedy to Eastie failed. By the way, President Jack Kennedy for whom the ship is named once said, "Victory has many fathers, but failure is an orphan." How true that quote is, huh? IN IT TO END IT Patty Delaney of Braintree is part of a group of people who will walk 39.5 miles on May 15-16 to raise dollars to fight breast cancer. TEAM WBC, Walk for Breast Can- cer consists of eight dedi- cated folks who will partici- pate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Boston. For mflIly 0n tile tCtLm It WILL DC their fifth walk. Now and until May, the group will train together, fundraise to- gether and support each other in preparation for the May walk. Delaney says, "I am in it to end it. ru be walk- ing for my neighbor and friend, Barbara McCann who is beating this thing." We all know it has been a tough time for many with the sour economy, but every little bit will add up in the search for a cure. To donate, you can go online to the Avon Walk's secure website: / goto / patty.delaney. Patty's goal is to raise $1,800. Remember no dona- tion is too small and every penny counts. ELIOT STUDENTS DO WOODWORKING The North Bennet Street School on March 3rd now teaches two dozen Eliot stu- dents the art of woodworking down at the North Bennet Street school site. I person- ally had a difficult time in woodworking class at the Michelangelo back in the early '60s when Mr. Higgins taught the class. I was warned never to plug any machine in or touch the saw unsupervised. I think Mr. Higgins didn't trust me with any woodworking weapons. It took me three months to make a tea tray and it took me even longer to do that old shoeshine box. You should really never have to explain that it is a tea tray or shoe box, but those were the ques- tions I was asked all the time. I learned early in life, the trades were not for me. And don't get me started on electrical class. I was even scarier in there. Good luck to those Eliot students and don't take af- ter me. ~k]RIES P.AI~TY /IT UI IIYI II The Carver Den at 80 Tal- bot Avenue in Dorchester will be holding an Aries Party between 9:00pm and 2:00am on April 10, 2010. You are being invited to "parXAti." Food, fun, dancing and fun. Come and support the Aries. It is FREE. Don't get your goat up, just show up. That's what their talking about. NEIGHBORHOOD OPEN FORUM GREAT IDEA A North End legislative open house hosted by Senator Anthony Petruccelli and Representative Aaron Michlewitz was held two weeks ago at the Nazzaro Community Center. Both of these legislators spoke about bills they have sup- ported and also explained to the audience why they either supported or opposed a number of bills that made it to a vote up on Beacon Hill. Kudos to both of these elected officials for both voting and lobbying for the retention of the discount program for North End resi- dents who use the Sumner Tunnel. North Enders have two good voices up on Bea- con Hill representing the people of the North End. MICHELE McPHEE GETS HER I MIGLIORI The 2010 recipients of the Pirandello Lyceum's prestigious I Migliori in Mens et Gesta Award have been announced. Among this year's winners is Michele McPhee of East Boston. She's got an Irish name but she's all Italian to me. She has been a po- lice beat reporter both in New York City and right here at the Boston Herald. She is a noted book author and currently hosts the Michele McPhee Show on 96.9 VcrTKK weekday nights [[OI1] 0;0Opm UIlUl ll:00plll, She is most deserving of this honor. This year's award dinner will once again have Joe Sciacca from the Boston Herald as MC. Don't mis~ it. April I0th at the Hilton Hotel Logan Airport starting at 6:00pm. For more information call Dorothy Maid at 781-245- 6536 or Maria Capogreco at 617-567-19.3 . Bob D's Beat (Continued from Page I0) NCAA DI WOMEN BASKETBALL Minnesota-Duluth de- feated Cornell 3-2 in the longest Women Hockey Championship game in his- tory. Jessi(:a Wong scored the game winner in triple over- time at Minnesota. Vichi at 7:30 followed by a Mass at 9pm. Confession will also be ~x~til~ble. l~or information contact Lauren Hardegen at TIDBITS Holy Week begins this Sunday, March 28 - North End Against Drugs will hold their Annual Easter Bendus {Merceyhurst) was Party on Saturday, April 3 at named recipient of the 2010 Patty Ka,~maier Memorial Award. YOUNG ADULT GATHERING The Archdiocese of Bos- ton will host a Young Adult Night leriday, March 26th at St. Leonard's Church in the North End. Adoration begins the Nazzaro Center. - April 10 is the St. John School Dinner Dance. Celeb Sightings: Ambassa- dor Ray Flynn and his wife Kathy, Post-Gazette Col- umnist Richard Preiss, Michele Morgan, Rosemary McCauliff, at the St. Patrick's Day Mass at the Cathedral. $T, dUDE AND 8'1", ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. A.I.. NOVENA PRAYERS Pray 9 Hail Mary's during 9 days. Ask 3 wishes, 1 con- cerning business and 2 im- possible. On the 9t' day, publish this article and your wishes will be answered, even though you may not believe it. L.L. Burlington Sons of Italy is his third book and "Gari- baldi's Gift," a World War II novel is soon to be released. He is a most personable speaker with a rich and var- ied background upon which to build his world and liter- ary views as part of a writer's resources. Mr. Ciullo contin- ues to write in Pittsfield, his home in the shadow of the Berkshires. A provocative hour into the writer's frame of mind and the challenges (Continued from Page 3) of an author are anticipated. The Burlington Lodge of the Sons of Italy present people of expertise in the Italian language and the Italian or Italian-American culture every month. Many of the past programs can be requested from your local cable provider. Simply go to, click on "Current List of Shows," find "Sons of Italy" and choose from the listed past speak- ers and request that your local cable provider air these same programs. Current monthly shows are added regularly. Contact morenosp with questions. Also, for current and up- coming programs and lodge events see the website: www. Please plan to attend and hear this gifted speaker. Refreshments follow and the event is free! Mayor's Column {Continued from Page 1) cent of all grants applied for since ARRh was enacted one year ago. ARRA funding has provided Boston with $309 million for current and fu- ture projects, which will gen- erate nearly 460 million to the regional economy and create 1,200 full-time equiv- alent jobs and more than 1,500 additional "spinoff" jobs over the next four years. We also recently an- nounced an additional $12.5 million in federal grant to launch a public health ini- tiative aimed at reducing smoking and obesity. Boston was the only community in Massachusetts awarded the grants, which will not only power aggressive, high-im- pact public health interven- tions, but fund 50 jobs in Bos- ton and provide summer employment for at least 50 city youths over its two-year period. Boston is well positioned to weather the economic storm and turbulent job mar- ket. The diversity of our city's industries has allowed us to suffer fewer job losscs in the last year than the national and state average and we continue to make job creation a priority, put Bostonians back to work, and seek out new opportunities for economic growth. WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM