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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 29, 2013 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE 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: ": Website: 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. 13 Friday, March 29, 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: I all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL GET FEDERAL BENEFIT CHECK? by Sal Giarratani Recently, I was inside a government buildin and noticed a poster on the wall from the U.S. Department of the Treasury wanting to know if you are getting a federal benefit check. It seems the U.S. Treasury has gone all electronic as of March I st. If you have a bank or credit union account, you are advised to go direct de- posit or if you prefer, how about a pre-paid debit card? Better sign up for your debit "MasterCard" card today, huh? Remember what Karl Malden always said, "Don't leave home without it." Between all the benefits one can receive, how do you keep track of all your EBT cards? The liberal media and Democrats all ragged on Mitt Romney talking about the "47 percent." However, he was more right than not. When people have free money from the government, who are they going to vote for, the guy who promises more or the guy who says enough is enough. We have created a na- tion of serfs. One set of serfs must work from dawn to dusk in order to fork over our tax dollars so that the other set of serfs can sponge off the rest of us. We have slowly and incrementally turned into a Euro- pean-style socialist country, one that eventually must sink into a sea of red ink. You can't keep taking from the productive and handing it off to those waiting for their benefit checks or use EBT cards. Eventually, the well dries up for all. Getting paid to do nothing creates a welfare state of entitlement. It isn't coming, it is already here. The War on Poverty is over. We have stripped dignity from mil- lions of Americans. Transfer of wealth leaves everyone the poorer. Remember Tennessee Ernie Ford singing "16 Tons," well, we now have millions who owe their souls to the government company store. Our country was once built on hard work and opportu- nity but now all we seem to have is an entitlement men- tality. Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you. Meanwhile don't forget to order your brand new pre- paid debit card courtesy of the rest of us suckersl 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 :: iii = = publisher or ed/tor. Photo submissions are accepted by the Post-Gazette provided they are elear, original photos. There a $5 charge for each photo submittedL Photos can  submitted Street Cleaning (Continued from Page I) said. "These schedule changes will allow us to clean streets in a way that improves our operations and maximizes the benefits of sweeping. I look forward to seeing our neighborhoods shine once again this spring" Effective April 1 t, the Pub- lic Works Department will implement a new schedule of street sweeping days to align with trash collection for some portions of Jamaica Plain and most of the Dorchester and Mission Hill neighborhoods. This effort will provide cleaner streets and a reduction in rodent food sources. The Boston Transportation Department has replaced or added ap- proximately 6,500 signs in the three neighborhoods. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the City of Boston's No-Tow automated alert system that emails users a reminder to move their cars the night before their street is swept so they are not towed. No-Tow regis- tration and comprehensive street sweeping schedule information is available at: / publicworks / sweeping. Resi- dents can also call the Mayor's Hotline at 617-635- 4500 for more street sweep- ing information. The extended program in Beacon Hill includes an expansion into March and December and into the fifth week of each month, at the request of the neighborhood. By moving the sweeping day ,to follow trash collection more closely, the new sched- ule will alleviate litter gen- erated from this collection in a more timely and effec- tive manner. The Daytime Neighbor- "hood Street Cleaning Pro- gram is a cooperative effort of the Mayor's Office, the Public Works Department, the Transportation Depart- ment, and the Department of Innovation and Technol- ogy. Neighborhood streets throughout the city will be swept clean on a rotating schedule each week through November 30% Vehicles are required to be moved in ac- cordance with the posted Street Cleaning regulations. Since parked vehicles pro- hibit the equipment from getting to the curb, the street cleaning parking regulations are strictly en- forced. Vehicles parked in violation of the posted regu- lations are subject to a $40 ticket as well as towing. All towing for street cleaning violations is conducted by private tow operators at the sole expense of the vehicle owner. ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR RESIDENTS: Signs for both day and night sweeping are posted in your neighborhood, a minimum of one per block, and indicate the days and hours that parking is not al- lowed. Residential streets are typically swept during the day program. Main arte- rials and the downtown areas are swept in the night program. PWD has changed the 2013 posted days/hours for many residential streets to provide more effective street sweeping. It is impor- tant to note the posted signs in your immediate neighborhood since they may have changed since last season. The night posted restric- tions in all neighborhoods are in effect year round with the exceptions of weather- related cancellations. The Daytime Neighbor- hood Street Cleaning Pro- gram runs from April i st through November 30 th, except in Beacon Hill, North End and South End which have been extended into December and March by neighborhood request. Both the night and day sweeping programs will be enforced, which includes fines for illegal parking as well as towing. Comprehensive street sweeping information can obtained by logging on to / publicworks/sweeping. You can also register for posted street sweeping electronic reminders and cancellations by accessing the NO-TOW link at that web site. Inquir- ies can also be directed to the Mayor's 24-Hour Service at 61-635-4500. 00tiOn/;/ 00asqua from Al Natale & The Classic Swing Orchestra @ EAST BOSTON SOCIAL CENTERS JOHN F. KELLY, Executive Director 68 Central Square East Boston, MA 02128 617-569-3221 Auguri di Buona Pasqua from k. 00irandello f4jceum Rosario Cascio, President Frank Ciano, Esq., First Vice-President Maria Capogreco, Second Vice-President and Treasurer Dorothy Maid, Corresponding Secretary Maria Luisa Saraceni, Recording Secretary Lind Rullo, Scholarship Fund Executive Vincent Fazzolari, Scholarship Chairman Dr. Stephen F. Maid, Chairman of the Board gaster 00Blessings from J2olanda an I Cellucci