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T THE IT-C VOICE OF IC (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 17 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 27, 2012 $.30 A COPY Mayor-: 0 .helpi "Boston '$h-" at City Hall Plaza. . i., Mayor Thomas M. Menino is encouraging Boston resi- dents to "step up and sweep up" for the City's I0  Annual Boston Shines: Citywide Neighborhood Clean Up and Community Service Volun- Sweep Up to Help Make Boston Shine Join Mayor Menino and More Than 5,000 Residents for Boston Shines Citywide Neighborhood Cleanup April 27-28 teer Program, to be held this weekend April 27-28. Mayor Menino got into the cleanup spirit by sweeping outside City Hall Plaza and releasing a video encouraging resi- dents to join him to help ready Boston for spring. http: / / bit. ly / ImiKQT. "Boston Shines is a true community event as thou- sands of volunteers and resi- dents gather each year to help clean up our city and show pride in their neighbor- hoods," said Mayor Menino. "This is the i0 t anniversary of the program, which has become a mark of spring in all of our neighborhoods. I encourage everyone to sign up and join us as we make Boston=.shine brighter than ever this year." The annual event fosters neighborhood pride, provid- ing volunteers with tools and materials to clean parks, recreational spaces and business districts to beautify Boston for the spring and (Continued on Page 15) Press Secretary Jay Carney's Pants Must Be on Fire Jay Carney is the president's press secretary and recently when asked about Democratic operative Hilary Rosen said he actually knew three ladies named Hilary Rosen and didn't know which one he was being questioned on. Jay, how about the Hilary Rosen who has been to the White House 36 times in the last 12 months. Do you know her? How about the one who's met with the president in the Oval Office at least a half dozen times according to public records? This White House is so bad, sometimes I wonder if Obama is sharing the Oval Office with Larry, Moe and Curly. He already has Shemp as his vice president• I certainly hope poor memory-challenged Jay Carney has a fire extinguisher in his office to keep those pants of his from burning. Scott Brown Says Right Thing Recently, U.S. Senator Scott Brown voted down the Buffett Rule when it came up for a Senate vote. Here's a great Brownism, "The Buffett rule ... will raise in one year only enough revenue to (Continued on Page 10) Cruise Season Kicks Off at Cruiseport Boston with a Boatload of New Itineraries 2012 Brings Four New Cruise Lines to Boston; Carnival Cruise Lines Enters in a Big Way Cruiseport Boston's 2012 season began April 21, when Norwegian Dawn set sail on a special 6-day cruise to Bermuda, the first of 22 weekly cruises to the island. This is the second year for the 2,224 passenger ship to sail the ever-popular 7-day itinerary. The season also brings with it a boatload of new itineraries giving vaca- tioners many more cruising options from Boston. The main newcomer at Cruise- port Boston is Carnival Cruise Lines' 2,974-passen- ger Carnival Glory, which will sail a s.eries of 4, 5 and 7-day itineraries to New En- gland and Atlantic Canada during the months of June and July. The first Carnival cruise leaves Btston June 3 head- ing out for 7 days to Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick, Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia. There- after Carnival Glory will sail a series of 4-day "long week- end" cruises to Saint John, New Brunswick, and 5-day cruises to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick. Norwegian Dawn "We're going to have a very busy season at Cruiseport Boston this year," said David S. Mackey, Massport's Interim CEO & Executi,e Director. "In 2010 we corn- pleted an $11 million reno- vation of the facility to bol- ster our appeal to the cruise lines and that investment is paying off with all the new itineraries being offered from Boston." the number of passengers starting and ending their cruise vacation in Boston is now 60 percent, compared to the Port - o f-C a;rassenge˘#'- -  ....... who (dSit the city for the day. That increase is helped by the entry of Carnival Glory. Carnival is known as "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®," with 23 "Fun Ships" giving their guests the Another indication of the sense that they're crossing popularity of the renovated Cruiseport Boston facility is (Continued on Page 14) (Continued on Page 14) said Mayor Menino. "We have added healthier beverages to vending machines and cafeterias in our schools and city build- ings, launched the innovative Bounty Bucks program to improve purchasing power at farmers markets, built hundreds of back- yard and community gardens. Changed the way we use our city streets through the Hubway bike share program. Now residents can bring even more healthy changes home to their communities by joining Boston Moves for Health•" While Boston was ranked the third healthiest city in the country in the Ameri- can College of Sports Medicine's 2011 American Fitness Index, obesity rates remain a challenge. Although rates" in Boston are lower than the national average, 56% of Boston's adults are overweight or obese, with higher percentages in commu- nities of color. Meanwhile, only 26% of Boston's adults and only 19% of Boston high Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Barbara Ferrer, executive director of the Boston Pub- lic Health Commission, launched Boston Moves for Health, an ambitious campaign to improve the health and fitness of the City of Boston. Mayor Menino challenged Bostonians to collectively lose one million pounds and walk I 0 million miles as part of the initiative. Joined by the campaign's lead sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Partners HealthCare, the Mayor unveiled www.BostonMovesForHealth.org. This free online resource allows partici- pants to set health goals, record their indi- vidual progress, find community resources to help keep them on track, connect with friends and neighbors to share tips and workout routines, and view the city's progress toward meeting the challenge goals. "Together, we have come a long way toward making Boston a healthier city, and Boston Moves for Health is the next step forward," Initiative Offers Free Access to Fitness Resources Online and in the Community Mayor Menino Launches Boston Moves for Health, Million Pound Challenge