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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 29, 2013 Page5 Dominic Avellani Honored by La Semana Newspaper by Wilson Pefia Writer Dominic Avellani and his educational center, the East Boston Adult Ed. Center, were recently honored by La Semana newspaper for being the leading Commu- nity Educational Center in Boston for helping Massa- chusetts area immigrants, refugees and American school drop-outs without any assistance from the government. The award was given to Mr. Dominic Avellani for assisting over 50,000 of these deserving people since 1972. Mr. Avellani came from the mountains of Tione Degli Abruzzi, Italy, where there was no indoor plumbing or running water and little food. In 1958, he and his family arrived in the North End of Boston and he began to hear words like greaseball, guinea and wop from local boys and from boys from Charlestown. This did not deter Dominic from graduating from En- glish High, attend college for 10 years, obtain his B.A. and M.A. (both in the U.S. and in Mexico) and become a Mas- sachusetts certified teacher in five academic areas (En- glish, Spanish, History, Guid- ance Counseling and Ad- ministration). Although he worked for the Boston public school system as a Bilingual Guidance Counselor (Italian, and Reporter for La Semana newspaper Mr. Dominic Avellani, Director and Founder of the East Boston Adult Ed. Center. Spanish and English) in the daytime, he was chosen as a recipient of the La Semana newspaper award for the out- standing services he pro- vided to the Boston-area youths and adults through the evening educational cen- ter he founded and has di- rected for over 40 years. He and his 5 professional staff have assisted over 50,000 immigrants, refugees and U.S. school drop-outs. Mr. Avellani loves to tell people about the young men who mistreated him (when he came to America) and then they came to study for their GED in his school over the North End Post Office on Hanover Street in 1972- 1973. Upon passing their GED, Mr. Avellani would hit them on the hand with the diploma and told them that all was forgiven and that they should enroll in a col- lege or a vocational school. Many of the GED gradu- ates are today teachers, policemen, bankers, hair- dressers, real estate agents, plumbers, electricians, law- yers and engineers. Thou- sands of others have become U.S. citizens and will be vot- ing in upcoming elections. Over 50,000 Italian, His- panic, Asian, Brazilian, Mo- roccan, Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrants (people from over 40 differ- ent countries) and U.S. born school dropouts have been assisted by Dominic and his educational center. 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Mr. Avellani has received many accolades from the city, state and federal government, as well as from the Caring Institute in Washington, D.C. Immi- grants from the Boston area cherish and respect Mr. Avellani for as he says: "I have been there. I know what it means to load the cow manure in a barrel on a donkey and then spread it with your hands on a small farm field in Abruzzi, Italy at 4:00 in the morning. I know what it means not to be able to speak the language of your new country, the jeal- 00uona 00'asqua Italia Unita, Inc. 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