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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 1,2011 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-GAZETTE - 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. 115 - No. 13 Friday, April 1, 2011 Letter to the Editor .... WHERE'S THE OPPOSITION? Dear Editor, The following letter is in response to Phil Orlandella's edi- torial in the Regional Review, dated March 29, 2011 "NEWNC SUPPORTS OF 2 AM CLOSURE-WRONG" Being on the NEWNC is not an easy job. As a council member our aim is to make the best decisions for the well being of the North End. In this case of the Living Room, many people were upset over the NEWNC vote for a 2AM license. At that particular meeting the Nazzaro center was full with supporters for the Living Room 2AM closing. I was very impressed by t.he way John Hauck the owner of 101 (Living Room) presented himself he came well prepared. All that said I ask myself "Where were the abutters that constantly complain about late closing hours? The other half of the Nazzaro Center should have been packed with North End residents from 145 Commer- cial Street; Mercantile Building; Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street. Where were the residents stating their case in op- position of the 2 AM closing?. This meeting was just as im- portant if not more important as Street Cleaning; park and safety committees. Our job is to listen to both sides and come up with a fair decision based on the facts presented at the meeting. One fact remains is that the Living Room presented a solid case and the opposition's presence was not strong. One abutter came to that meeting only ONE. I can't speak on behalf of other council members that voted, but I have to believe if the North End residents in that area attended the meeting it may have altered my vote. I for one do not represent the entire North End nor would I speak on the entire North End. As a council member my job is to listen to all sides and vote based on the facts presented at the meetings. This job on the council is entirely volun- teer. It's not an easy job but it's a job that I take great pride in. In closing, I hope that readers will try harder to attend meetings that directly affect your quality of life. It's your job to make us aware of what your needs are. I disagree with Phil's editorial, "just because you give it to one, you have to give it to all." That isn't true. Each decision is based on the facts presented for each case. I recommend that residents who feel they deserve the best quality of life should speak up and be heard. Your voice does count and only you can make a difference. Marie Simboli, NEWNC Vice President BOBBY DECRISTOFORO Memorial Mass A one year anniversary Mass in memory of Bob DeCristoforo will b.e held on Saturday, April 16 t at 4 pm at St. Stephen's Church on Hanover Street, North End, BOStOn. Honorable Michael A. Nazzaro, Jr. a North End Icon Michael A. Nazzaro, Jr., a well-respected and promi- nent member of the North End of Boston, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was 85. Born on June 2, 1925 on North Street in Boston's North End, he was the son of the late Michael and Marga- ret (Camelio) Nazzaro. He later lived with his family on Endicott Street. He served in the US Army, serving in World War II and was honor- ably discharged in 1946 as a Sergeant Major. He then attended col- lege at Mount St. Mary's Col- lege (now University) in Emmitsburg, Maryland un- der the GI Bill, and earned his degree in Economics in 1950. After college, Nazzaro took a job in the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in Wash- ington, DC, as a business economist, and also for the Office of Price Stabilization in order to assist in the Ko- rean War effort. Michael Nazzaro had a promising and successful career in Washington; how- ever, he gave it all up to res- cue his neighborhood from the New Boston Committee and the Boston Redevelop- ment Authority and their plans to demolish the North End -- as they had the West End of Boston. He resigned from his job is Washington DC, returned home to run for State Representative, and campaigned in order to save his neighborhood, the North End, from Eminent Domain. He lost his first and second bids for a House seat, but persevered in order to passionately achieve his goal. He served in the House of Representative from 1958 through 1964, opened the Nazzaro Insurance Agency. He fought diligently, and without the power of Emi- nent Domain, the New Boston Committee and the BRA could not touch the North End. Mike Nazzaro had accomplished what he'd set out to do, and saved his beloved North End. Nazzaro accumulated a productive legislative record and served in the legislature until his retirement. Amongst his many accom- plishments, he succeeded in ending the insurance com- panies' redlining of the North End, and forced these companies to sell policies at reasonable rates to North End homeowners and busi- nesses. He got funding for the North End's first ice skating rink (on Stillman Street), and had legislation passed to transform Massa- chusetts Community col- leges into colleges that were finally accredited. He was so proud of his Italian heritage that he signed a Bill establishing Columbus Day as a bank holiday. Michael lived on Hanover Street with his beautiful wife, Jean, raised three won- derful daughters, Laureen, Adele and Carla, and was so proud of his five beloved grandchildren. Along with being a loving family man, he was gener- ous and selfless when it came to the people, and always without compensa- tion. Much of what we take for granted today in the North End exists because Michael A. Nazzaro, Jr., gave up everything he had to rescue the North End from destruction. He was the beloved hus- band of the late Jean Marie (Uva) Nazzaro; loving father of Laureen Anglin and her husband Michael of Medford, Adele Leonardi-LaFleur and her late husband Frederick of Newton, and Carla DiOrio and her husband Berton of Revere; dear brother of the late Lena Nazzaro and the late Louise Hlasny; loving grandfather of Laurie and Michelle Anglin, Frederick LaFleur, and Michael and Arianna DiOrio; brother-in law of George "Joe" Hlasny; and uncle of Pamela Conrado and Dr. Robert Hlasny. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at Boston Harborside Home, Boston, followed by a funeral mass at Saint Stephen Church. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, expres- sions of sympathy may be made to the Nazzaro Center 30 North Bennett St. Bos.ton, Massachusetts 02113. Teppisti dei sogni Appearing at Arlington Hig h School Teppisti dei sogni, a mu- sical group from Sicily, Italy will be performing on April 6, 2011 at Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA, For tickets call Ross Zagami at 781-354-3730 or Tony Diecedue at 781-321-6187. Sofne of their hits include Piccolo Fiore, Senza te, Tu Amore Mio and much more! Wags of the Cross for PROCESSION IN EAST BOSTON On Good Friday, April 22, 2011 "Way of the Cross for Life" will begin at The Most Holy Redeemer Church (72 Maverick Street) at 9:00 AM. It will then proceed to the Oui- Lady of Assumption Church (404 Sumner Street) at 9:45 AM. Next stop will be Sacred Heart Church (303 Paris Street), then to St. Joseph/St. Lazarus Church (59 Ashley Street) at 12:00 Noon. It will end at the Madonna Queen National Shrine at 110 Orient Avenue at 12:45 PM. Come join the peaceful procession for the Stations of the Cross. Contact Sebastian Martelli at 617-567-4077 or 617-846-9077 for more details. VOLERE POTERE. Where there is a will there is a way.