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T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETT (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) :! ? J VOL. 118 - NO. 13 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 28, 2014 $.35 A COPY Remember to Vote Tuesday, April 1st- by Sal Giarratani Back in March, I reported on two special primary elec- tions to fill vacancies in both the Second and Thirteenth Suffolk House Districts. In the 2 nd District, Rep. Eugene O&apos;Flaherty, D-Chelsea re- signed to become corporate counsel for the Walsh Ad- ministration and Rep. Marry Walsh, D-Dorchester did likewise to become Mayor of Boston. Dan Ryan of Charlestown won the House Seat in the Second Suffolk by two to one on March 4 th and over in Dorchester, Dan Hunt did likewise in the 13 th District. Both candidates will be on the ballot unopposed on Tuesday, April 1 st and will almost immediately begin campaigning for re-election on the September Demo- cratic ballot. I believe this coming Tuesday's election may very well be the first time voters in Massachusetts have ever gone to the polls on. April 1 St. Let us hope that folks actu- ally show up at the polls be- cause this election is by no means anything but impor- tant. If you live in either House District. please vote on Tuesday, April 1. 2014. News by I11 Miltini Don't Tread On My Obamacare? The Obamacrats are trying to reach out to your fender. The pro-Obamacare Organizing for America, born during the president's 2012 re:election campaign has now adopted a Tea Party inspiration in the push to sign up healthy young people to pay for all those old unhealthy folk w. ho have signed up. The bumper sticker reads; "Don't-Tread On My Obamacare," and features a stethoscope replicat- ing the coiled rattlesnake on that famous revolu- tionary flag. Remember if you like your old bumper sticker, you can keep that too! Do as She Says, Not as She Does The First Lady Miclelle Obama lectured stu- dents at Peking University in Beijing that free- dom of speech should be a universal right. She told students that the free flow of information is crucial "because that's how we discover truth, that's how we learn what's really happening in our communities and our country and our world." Meanwhile, the American press was kept away from the First Lady, her two kids and their grandma. By the way, why are American tax- payers funding this trip to China? Sounds like a family vacation for the kids, doesn't it? I guess according to Howie Carr, the hotel staff can't wait for this crowd to go back to Washington, DC. One hotel staffer stated, "We can't wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth." Howie spoke for many of us out here in the hinterlands of workville, "Brother, the American people feel your pain. We can't wait for it to be over either, to tell you the truth." Obama Goes Orwell on America What is freedom? Some think it isn't that easy to define it, but most of us know what it is not, (Continued on Page 14) Order Sons of ltaly in Massachusetts Education and Law Awards Honorable Peter C. DiGangi Chief Leo A. Sacco, Jr. Michael A. Caira Justice Award Law Award Public Service Award SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS: Sergeant Jeffrey J. Pugliese, Watertown Police Department Firefighters James Caruso and pat Menton, Watertown Fire Department This year, the Commission for Social Jus- tice and the Scholarship Commission, both under the auspice s of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, are combining their signa- ture events into one day, honoring the most prestigious Italian American leaders and students throughout the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge. This combined event, known as the Massachusetts Education and Law Awards, will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The Commission for Social Justice is pleased and honored to announce the fol- lowing recilJients of this year's awards. The "Justice Award" recipient is The Honorable Peter C. DiGangi, Justice of the Probate Court of Lawrence. Judge DiGangi began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York before his initial appointment to the bench in 2001 as an Associate Justice in the Probate and Family Court Department for the Common- wealth of Massachusetts. He went on to serve as First Justice of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court for six years. Judge DiGangi is a member of the Massa- chusetts, Boston, Essex County, and Salem Bar Associations, former president of the Justinian Law Society, the National Italian- American Bar Association, and the Massa- chuselts Family and Probate Inn of Court, and a former Fellow of the Massachusetts (Continued on Page 2) MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES Amendment to Boston Rental Housing .Inspection Ordinance Mayor Martin J. Walsh an- nounced the filing of an amendment to the City of Boston's Rental Housing In- spection Ordinance that will help ensure that Boston residents who rent live in safe and healthy units. He has also given a directive to the Inspectional Services Department to begin in- specting rental units in Bos- ton, focusing most of this year's inspections on land- lords with a history of code violations and compliance issues. "Boston has some of the oldest housing stock in the country, and too often we only find out about serious health and safety issues through tenant complaints or after a tragedy has struck. This is an important step in ensuring access to safe and healthy housing for all Bostonians," said Mayor Walsh. "Proactive inspec- tions that will begin this spring will allow the city to correct housing problems sooner and connect landlords with services and programs that will help them repair their units quickly and at lower cost. We heard con- cern from our constituents that the registration fees may have been a barrier to some landlords, but this amendment strikes a bal- ance with those concerns and addressing the real safety issues we see in ne- glected rental properties." Mayor Walsh made. the announcement at 50 Evelyn Street in Mattapan, owned by an out-of-state loan com- pany. The tenants of the residence were displaced fol- lowing a complaint received by the Boston Fire Depart- ment involving frozen and leaking pipes, absent utili- ties and a building flood. As of today, all violations re- main outstanding and the tenants remain without per- manent housing. Mayor Walsh will submit an amendment to the City Council proposing to waive tile registration fees for "rental units in 1-3 family owner-occupied buildings, and to provide for a hardship THE POST-GAZEI"ilE 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.<)0 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 (Continued on Page 4) m . _= -