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PAUL ~-~, ;:~~'~'/;FTO~hU:XF.D ap~ ~1.7 hl COTA ~T !:~I~ELTOI~ I, IA 9B5~4.2~'~3 "-i:2 tl' lt!J hill Pll!l,., ., h, i L4-ih ,h qll i! ' ! qu,Pil, THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VUIU~ ur ~ASSACHUSETTS kJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 14 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 5, 2013 $.30 A COPY N EAD R PARTY & PUPPET SHOW Menino Announces 20 Year M, (Photo by Debra DeCristoforo) On Saturday, March 30, North End Against Drugs (NEAD} held their annual Easter Party at the Nazzaro Center. There were more than 100 children and adults in attendance all enjoying pi~res with the Easter Bunny, Easter egg color- ing and a go0die bag containing a stuffed animal, candy and toys. City Councilor Sal LaMattina hosted the Puppet Show featuring a story called "Moccasin Stew" by Magpie Puppets of Stoneham. The party was sponsored by Mike Giannasoli in memory of Florence Giannasoli. Everyone had a wonderful time. NEAD would like to thank everyone for coming and sharing their Saturday morning with us. i:: If Postal Service Wants to Cut Out .... ::i : Saturday Mail Deliveries Let Them ii::: When I was a kid, the mailman came twice :: a day with the mail. Then, the afternoon deliv- eries were ended to save money. Nobody com- plained and understood why. Recently, in order to cut losses, the U.S. Postal Service wanted to end delivery of first-class mail on Saturdays. A measure it said would make a big dent in the $16 billion the agency lost last year. It would save $2 billion annually. Then Capitol Hill steps in and Congress threw a provision into legisla- tion preventing ~ U.S. Postal Services from - doing it. There no law mandating six day a week deliveries. The Postal Service is supposed to operate as a business, then politics steps in and stops them from acting like a business. In this matter, both Republicans and Democrats acted irresponsibly. :: Didn't Realize How Violent "The Bible" was Until the History Channel Came Along Like many of you out there, I have started to watch The Bible mini-series on the History Channel. Since I don't have this cable channel at home I have been watching this ongoing (Continued on Page 14) Thomas Menino, beloved Boston Mayor, announced that he will not be running for a sixth unprecedented term. He gave notice of this last Thursday, in a speech given at Faneuil Hall, "I am here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love," he said. Most Bostonians are saddened by this fact, but the general consensus is that Mayor Menino, although of great service to Boston for the past 20 years, has greater health concerns that would be compromised during a sixth campaign. As Michael Dello Russo, a North End resident, said "He's done all he could do, a great job, but it's time for him to go." Menino is the first Italian- American to serve as Mayor in Boston. His term began in 1993, when current Mayor Ray Flynn was appointed Ambassador to the Vatican. Menino served as acting mayor for four months and was then elected. Ever since then, he has held an immense political do- minion, maintaining office for five consecutive terms with little opposition, due to his popularity among all citizens. He is called "Mayor of the people," with a reputation for attending little and big events alike throughout the city. His personal approach and dedication to public of- fice solidified the people's appreciation and made him likable and relatable; as shown in a recent poll pub- lished in the Boston Globe, the Mayor has personally met more than half of Boston's residents. Frank Mendoza, another resident of Boston, said that although he didn't always agree with Menino's politics, "it's sad he's not running again, even more so for him, he enjoyed what he did and he did a great job for the city." In his State of the City speech back in January of 2012 he underlined several successes of 2011, such as reducing crime, bettering education and creating job opportunities. He also ad- dressed the problems that 2012 was facing, the most notable being the school dis- by Ivanha Paz tribution system which he vowed to have fixed one year from then. In this year's speech he celebrated the progress made, but insists there's always room to be better. For Tom Menino, it's not only about school distri- bution, "Let us stay focused on moving forward with that process and on improving quality in all of our schools," he said. Another thing that made Menino different was the special focus he gave to neighborhoods. His politics worked with the baseline that successful neighbor- hoods make for a successful city. In his own words," the point is this: if we help our neighbors learn more, pro- duce more and succeed more, we will do more to help Boston than anyone can do for us." Healthcare was also a con- cern for Boston's Mayor. He tackled it from a different angle than most politicians. Instead of focusing on the economic aspect and talking about public or private healthcare he came up with solutions that could be done individually right away, such as his 2012 plan with a com- mon goal for Bostonians to become healthier and shed one thousand pounds by the end of the year. Mayor Menino also in- volved himself in controver- sial issues and stood by his beliefs. An avid supporter of gay rights and gender equal- ity, he has launched pro- grams that contribute to women getting the same pay as their male counterparts, such as "Women on Main," and as some may recall, greatly opposed the chain restaurant Chick-Fil-A set- ting up in Boston, because of the chain's president's public opposition to gay mar- riage. He also made clear his stance on gun regulations and worked hard to make them happen, as he said in his State of the City this year, "Mayor Bloomberg and I will keep working with al- most one thousand mayors and over one million Ameri- cans. Life-saving solutions, which have long been within our reach, are now within our grasp. Stand with us on guns and say enough is enough." It's fair to say that the way Tom Menino guided Boston focused on everyone. Time and time again he empha- sized the importance of sup- porting each other and com- bined his politics with core human values. He has with- out a doubt left a very posi- tive mark and he will be greatly missed. As Karen, a Brookline resident who worked in the North End's Health Center for sixteen years, explained, "A path has been made by Menino, it will be great to see if somebody can follow that." The next mayor has some big shoes to fill. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) THE POST-GAZETi'E 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 11:00 AM to 2.00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 6 ! 7-227-8?29 for more information