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i tl POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 20, 2012 Page3 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: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com 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. Donnantma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 16 Friday, April 20, 2012 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: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Patricia (Flaherty) Puopolo April 1, 1926 - April 13, 2012 Patricia (Flaherty)Puopolo, 86, of Boston's North End, died on Friday April 13, 2012. Daughter of the late Edward V. and Marguerite (Harney) Flaherty, beloved wife of Arthur '~rty" Puopolo, she leaves many loving nieces and nephews. Patricia was predeceased by her brother Edward and sister Jerri Flaherty. Funeral was held at the Boston Harborside Home, in Boston's North End on Tuesday, April 17. Visitation was from 9-10:30 am followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Leonard's Church. Interment was at the National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. In lieu of flowers her family requests donations in Patricia's memory be made to: St. Leonard's Parish, 14 North Bennet Street. Boston, MA 02113. May She Rest in Peace. GUEST EDITORIAL WHAT ABOUT DENTAL INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR ALL? by Sal Giarratani I recently went to my dentist over an aching tooth. I was sent to an oral surgeon to get it pulled. Questioning my dental insurance coverage, I sched- uled an appointment to find out the cost of this proce- dure. Pulling the tooth was about $200. Knocking me out for the tooth pulling, another $600. Of course, you're told you need an implant or your teeth will start shift- ing inside your mouth. Total cost of Procedure? $2,900 Remember, then you go back to your own dentist for the crown, another $1,600. This is all for one bad tooth. Right now I am awaiting what my dental insurance will pay. If it isn't enough, which most likely it won't, I will live with my aching tooth a little longer. I have no choice. This situation is happening every day to some- one in America. How many Americans have good dental insurance? How many have no dental insurance? How many like myself are underinsured? While everyone is talking about what the US Supreme Court will decide on Obamacare, no one is talking about the plight of dental insurance coverage in America. I have always wondered why dental insurance has always been separated from health insurance. Isn't den- tal insurance about one's health or not? How many health problems are connected to bad teeth and end up being costly eventually and then covered by health in-. surance? If mental health care has finally achieved the status of parity in health plans and treated like any other disease by insurers, why is dental care overlooked and separated by health providers and insurers? The crisis in health care is being driven by both hos- pitals and insurers and the same is obviously true about dental health care. I need this tooth of mine pulled but at the moment it won't happen ff I can't afford to do what needs to be done. How many Americans live as I do? Dental care has changed so much since the days of The Three Stooges pretending to be dentists and using dynamite to extract a tooth as Curly once did. The price of care keeps rising as both providers and insurers drive up costs and it is we and our teeth that pay dearly. 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. Sehd letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 NEAD na Costa p Pro North End Against Drugs Center Youth Concert on We are receiving dona- is kicking off their 2012 May 21St at the Nazzaro Cen- tions on a daily basis, but Raymond & Michelina Costa ter. For application informa- would like to give more schol- J Scholarship Program. Last tion please contact John arships if possible. The year NEAD gave out $7,250 Romano. support of the North End and 11 in scholarships. Children in NEAD is currently looking Waterfront Community has Grammar, High School/Prep for sponsors to fund thisbeen appreciated through- l School or College/Secondary School categories are eli- gible to win a scholarship to help with their education. North End Against Drugs is dedicated to helping our children stay in school and earn a great education. Scholarships are selected lottery style at the NEAD Family Dinner/Nazzaro scholarship. There is no minimum amount. To date scholarship sponsorships have been made by the following: Boston Police Ac- tivities League, Compass Planning (Bill & Jennifer Lane) and NorthEndWater front.corn, and other donors including North End Against Drugs. out the years as we know how important education is to the future of our youth. For additional information, please contact John Romano at (617) 880-9901 or by email at jromano45@gmail.com. Checks can be made pay- able to NEAD. Please mail to NEAD, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02113. Celebrate the 1 8'h Anniversary and The Taste of the North End, one of Boston's most popular festivals of food, charity, and the rich history of the neighborhood, is turn- ing 18 this year, and with this rite of pas- sage, is asking guests to vote for the best taste for the first time. Guests can sample from more than 35 popular North End eat- eries showcasing a wide array of delectable appetizers, cheeses, entrees and desserts, and sip on refreshing libations from area wine and beer distributors. There will also be a high-end silent auction with hotel and restaurant packages, Boston sporting tick- ets, memorabilia and more, along with a special ceremony honoring Dennis Seidenberg of the BostOn Bruins for his charitable work with North End organiza- tions. All proceeds from the event are split be- tween multiple non-profit organizations in the North End including elderly, education and health programs to help better the en- tire community; last year over $100,000 was raised. This is the third year that North End Waterfront Health has partnered with the Frattaroli family to host the event. This year's event co-chairs are event founder Donato Frattaroli, owner of Lucia Ristorante, and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health. The Master of Cer- emonies for the 15th year is KISS-108 and NECN's Billy Costa, who will receive a spe- cial honor for his commitment to the event. In celebration of the event turning legal, more restaurants than ever are participat- ing, including but not limited to: Accardi & Son, Al Dente, Albert A. Russo Imports, Inc., Antico Forno, Aragosta, Artu, Bricco, Cantina Italiana, Carmelina, Dante, Ducali, Espresso Plus, Filippo, Fiore, II Panino, J. Pace, La Summa, Lucca, Lucia Ristorante, Mamma Maria, Massimino, Mercato del Mare, Mike's Pastry, Modern Pastry, Nep- tune, Pagliuca, Paul W. Marks, Pellino, Elect the Best Bite in the North End Perkins, Piantedosi Baking, Sysco, Taranta, Terramia, The Living Room, Tresca and Vito's. The 18 Taste of the North End takes place at DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Com- mercial Street, Boston, MA on Friday, May 4, from 7:00 pm until II:00 pro. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-643-8105 or at tasteofthenorthend,org. About the Taste of the North End The Taste of the North End was founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli in 1993 as a benefit for Casa Monte Cassino. The Frattaroli's became aware of Casa Monte Cassino when a family from Italy came into their North End restaurant. The family was staying at the CMC while their four daugh- ters received medical attention at Boston's Children's Hospital Boston. The Frattaroli's were touched by their story and inspired by the mission of the Casa; to provide a place to stay for impoverished families from around the world while their children re- ceive serious medical attention in Boston. Over the next few weeks, the Frattaroli's developed the idea for the Taste of the North End to raise funds to help Casa Monte Cassino provide its invaluable services. The Frattaroli's, with the support of the North End restaurant community, held the First Annual Taste of the North End in the basement of St. John School. That first year, guests were able to try dishes from 15 North End eateries. The success of the event has been incredible. What started in St. John's moved to the local Coast Guard Base, the New England Aquarium, and finally to the DCR's Steriti Rink on Commercial Street. The Taste of the North End currently fea- tures over 35 restaurants, bakeries and dis- tributors. Since its inception, the Taste of the North End has raised over $450,000 for Casa Monte Cassino and other local North End charities. t-, i,I