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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 22, 2011 Page 3 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. 16 Friday, April 22, 2011 GUEST EDITORIAL Bad Policies Lead to Elderly Getting Locked Down by Sal Giarratani Reading the Patriot Ledger series "Fear at the Door: Senior Housing," sadly points out what happens when those responsible for creating safe public housing adopt a "It's out of our hands" attitude toward public housing tenants posing substantial risk of harm to other tenants, especially the elderly. The laws cre- ated mixing elderly and non-elderly "disabled" together at one site often does a grave disserve to older folks and creates an atmosphere of fear for them. Housing authorities who say there is nothing they can do are in my opinion a.w.o.l, when it comes to creating safe housing. Residents of a public housing complex who commit assaults within that complex, should never be allowed back inside again. If the law isn't clear on this, then it behooves members of pub- lic housing authorities to demand changes in the law rather than waving the white flag and saying their hands are tied. It is time for them to untie them- selves, go to state authorities, go public to the media (Continued on Page 10) Mario F. April 18, 2011 Mario F. Alfano, of the North End Boston and Canton, Massachusetts passed away peacefully at home in his s!eep at age 52 on April 18, 2011 after a valiant five year battle with pancreatic cancer, metastized to brain cancer. The loving son of Domenic and June DiTroia Alfano of Canton, he was born in Winthrop. Beloved brother of Paul and Kathy Alfano of Canton, and Carla and Jack C. of Oregon. Treasured uncle of Will Alfano of Canton and Joanna and Jackie of Oregon. He will be deeply missed by many dear aunts, uncles, and cousins and a large circle of faithful friends from all comers of the world who were loving and supportive. Graduate of St. Johns Canton, Xaverian Bros. High School, Cornell University BA 1980 (Phi Beta Kappa), Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies MA 1982 (Bologna, Italy and Wash- ington DC), and Cornell Graduate School of Management MBA 1984. Senior Vice Presi- dent of impreMedia of LA and Toronto, CanWest MediaWorks, Intel, and Divisional Vice President of Polaroid (Cambridge, Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Milan offices). He was also Marketing Manager for Colgate-Palmolive and Campbell Soup. Mario was a North End/Waterfront Neigh- borhood Council Member who fought pas- sionately against hazardous cargo trucks driving thru the North End neighborhood. Mario was an active member of the Pirandello Lyceum and the Dante Alighieri Italian Cultural societies. Mario was fluent in five languages and travelled globally but his heart lay in Italy. As Lorenzo T Geraci recalled Mario, "There are a few people that we encounter during the course of our life that define the word exquisite. Mario Alfano is one of those rare individuals. Me and so many of his friends are lucky to have shared with him much laughter, lunches at the North End, espresso, and stories about Italy, food, Polaroid, and crazy Ferrari rides. Mario was an exquisite, kind, generous, opinionated great guy that epitomized the fact that being Italian is not only a national origin, but more importantly a state of mind; demonstrated mostly with a humble smile and a sincere hug." Throughout his career Mario was also interested in politics. He began as an intern in 1975 with Andrew "Andy" Card then, in Massachusetts Legislature. He followed Andy's political career and the two became close friends as a result. Former George W. Bush's Chief of Staff Andy Card remembers Mario, "Mario was a competent, creative and responsible person. He stuck by my side throughout my unbelievable political ride. He was always therefor me, he was a soul-mate, a loyal friend. Words cannot describe Mario's character. As he was enduring his health issues he never lost his faith. He was always encouraging others even during his own trying times. My wife Kathleene and I will never forget Mario and his gentle ways." Funeral was held at Dockray & Thomas Funeral in Canton, Massachusetts with a funeral Mass at St. Leonard's Church, in the North End of Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Mario's memory to "MGH Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund for Dr. David Ryan," Attn: Eugene Mahr, MGH Office of Development, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600 Boston, MA 02114. May He Rest in Eternal Peace. Auguri di Buona Pasqua from The irandello .yceum Rosario Cascio, President Frank Ciano, Esq., First Vice-President Maria Capogreco, Second Vice-President and Treasurer Dorothy Maio, Corresponding Secretary Allyn Christopher, Recording Secretary Ling Rutlo, Scholarship Fund Executive Vincent Fazzolari, Scholarship Chairman Dr. Stephen F. Maio, Chairman of the Board N j 0@@ Industrial Credit Union We wish all the Post-Gazette Readers Happy Easter "Banking Done Better" 1 Liberty Square, Boston 02109 617-742-1616 e sq a llO12tl tt Italia Unita, Inc. 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