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"'*"'AUTO"MIXED ADC 07J I ,SMALL TOVMq PAPERS, INC. PAULJI, 217VV COTA ST "- SHELTON WA 98C--2263 i L', T M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETT (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 15 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 12, 2013 $.30 A COPY Patriots' Day by Ivanha Paz Patriots' Day although not a Federal holiday is a very im- portant state holiday for Massachusetts and Maine, held annually on the third Monday of every April. It is a com- memoration of the battles of Lexington and Concord and their great historical importance. These two battles were the first fought in The American Revolutionary War, the beginning of the United States' fight for freedom from the British rule. Lexington and Concord are both very close to the City of Boston and numerous events take place in and around these areas marking the date. This year, Patriots' Day falls on Monday, April 15 th., although . the.,bat[les Occurred in " April 19 of 1775. Twoof the /host notorious Holiday festivi- ties are the reenactments of the battles that start as early as 6:00 am in the Lexington Green, which features the Lexington Militia and the British regulars and 8:00 am in (Continued on Page 14) by Sal tani Golden Gate Goes Electronic The Toll takers on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge are no more. They have been replaced by transponders and a camera system photograph- ing license plates. Those who fail to pay receive warnings and could end up getting their auto reg- istrations held up by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The new system is supposed to ease the flow of traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge which opened up back in 1937. The last.toll col- lected by a human being was paid by Jim Eddie in his vintage 1937 Packard sedan. Temper that Trigger Finger A prison guard  been charged with shooting off his own finger while drunk attempting to re- move his wedding ring during an argument with his wife. The cops were called on March 2 "d and were met at the door of the house by the guy who said he was "trying to get rid of his wedding ring." He shot off his finger with the wedding ring still on it. Inquiring minds want to know, if he ever needs a new wedding ring, where's he going to put it? Who Should Pick Judges? There is something called the Missouri Plan for choosing judges that many states are now aban- doning. However, in Pennsylvania, three former (Continued on Page 14) The Thirtieth Annual LAW AND JUSTICE DAY BREAKFAST by Adriana Guida HONORABLE FRANK M. GAZIANO Justice Award The Thirtieth Annual Law and Justice Day Breakfast sponsored by the Commis- sion for Social Justice of the Grand Lodge of Massachu- setts, Order Sons of Italy in America will be held on Sunday, May 51 2013 at Lombardo's, Billings Street, Randolph, Massachusetts be- ginning at 9:00 am. The Commission is pleased and honored to an- nounce the following recipi- ents of this year's awards. The recipient of the "Jus- tice Award" is The Honorable Frank M. Gaziano. Judge Gaziano is an Associate Jus- tice of the Superior Court and the Regional Adminis- trative Justice in Plymouth County. Judge Gaziano has spent his legal career in public service, serving from 1991 to 2001 as an Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County, arguing major felony cases and arguing appellate cases before the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court and rising over his tenure to the position of Deputy First Assistant Dis- trict Attorney. From 2001 to 2004, he served as the First Assistant United States At- torney for the District of Massachusetts, prosecuting cases in the Organized Crime Strike Force. Judge Gaziano was appointed as Associate Justice in 2004 by then-Governor Mitt Romney and has since been ap- pointed by the Justices to the Supreme Judicial Court to the Standing Advisory Committee on Criminal Pro- cedure and the Model Homi- cide Instruction Committee. CAPTAIN FRANK MANCINI Law Award Judge Gaziano is a respected lecturer on evidence, crimi- nal procedure, substantive criminal law and trial advo- cacyl He frequently takes part in charitable and volun- teer work. Thisyear's recipient of the "Law Award" is Captain Frank Mancini. Captain Mancini began his law en- forcement career over 20 years ago as a patrol officer in some of Boston's toughest neighborhoods. He worked his way up through the ranks, including serving as Lieutenant in his home town of East Boston. In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Captain, the first Italian born officer to achieve this rank in the Boston Police Department. In 2012, he was appointed as the Superin- tendent of the Bureau of Pro- fessional Standards, Boston Police Department, placing him in charge of the Anti- Corruption Division, Inter- nal Affairs Division, Auditing and Review Unit and the Recruit Investigation Unit. Among his accomplishments is an invitation from the Panamanian government to present on police and pub- lic official corruption. Cap- tain Mancini has been cited for outstanding work by the Boston Police Department, state and local government entities, the FBI and the United States District Attor- ney's office. In honor of his Italian roots, he has been an active member of the Italian American Police Officers Association and the Associazione Nazionale Carabinieri. HONORABLE LINDA BALZOTTI Public Service Award The "Public Service Award" will be given to The Honor- able Linda Balzotti. Mayor Balzotti was elected the first female and third Italian American Mayor for the City of Brockton in 2009. She has dedicated a majority of her career to public service in Brockton, serving on the city's Planning Board before being elected in 1998 to the City Council. Beginning during her tenure as a City Councilor and continuing through her three years as Mayor, Linda Balzotti has dedicated her time to devel- oping the city of Brockton through areas such as busi- ness development, neighbor- hood stabilization and edu- cational advancement. Her accomplishments in office include advancements in how information is dissemi- nated to residents of the city. The Commission for Social Justice acts as the anti- defamation arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America and its purpose is to ensure equal concern, respect, treatment and opportunity for all Ital- ians, Italian-Americans and those of other ethnic origins. Keeping within the focus of their purpose, the Commis- sion is extremely proud to be able to recognize these out- standing individuals who have proven themselves as leaders within the commu- nity, the state and in the preservation of their Italian Heritage. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts at 617-489-5234.