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II,h,h,l,,,,ll,,li,,Ih,,,,Ih,l,lit,,,h,h,,hhll,,,h,II ............................ .AOC 040  :dr_W-,CJI JibE. sMr SEATn.E WA gmJl T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TTE LJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 114 - NO. 18 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 30, 2010 $.30 A COPY BOSTON HOSTS Dante's International Conference by Lucia Clark and Stefano Salimbeni Citizens Bank Unveils Life-size Freedom Trail Map in Partnership with the City of Boston and the Freedom Trail Foundation Map Details 16 Nationally Significant Historic Sites Throughout Boston President Spencer di Scala (left) and Secretary General Alessandro Masi honor the memory of Carlo Alberto Pescosolido, the main benefactor of the Dante Alighieri Society of Cambridge. The importance of the Ital- ian language as a worldwide vehicle of culture, and not necessarily only among the descendants of Italian fami- lies, was the main focus of the the. first international Dante North American Con- ference held Friday, April 23 at the Society's headquar- ters in Cambridge. For the first time ever, Dante's top brass from Italy, and representatives from nine different chapters in the United States and Can- ada spent an entire day, all together under the same roof, discussing the main issues and challenges faced (Continued on Page 10) Tea Party Front Page News Today On Tax Day, April 15, I was in the City of Lowell on business and read The Sun's front page story on the Tea Party Protest on the Boston Common the previous Day. I just wanted to com- mend The Sun's coverage of this important political protest rally. The liberal news media still likes to paint the Tea Partiers as a bunch of fringe extremists but they aren't. Kudos to Sarah Palin for her rousing speech that inspired the crowd. Massachusetts still may be the blu- est state in America but obviously there are many Bay Staters who are seeing red over the growth of big government. As Palin told the crowd, "We cling to our constitution." ! Liberals in the print and broadcast media try and paint a picture that those involved in the Tea Party movement are either "right-wing whacko racists" or attendees at a "Klan rally without the pillow cases." Seemingly, this ridi- cule means the Tea Partiers are a political threat to them. Kudos to the Greater Lowell Tea Party mem- ber Maureen Stamas quoted in the story say- ing, "Sometimes, I think liberals don't know about me ... I am a free thinker and I'm glad we can gather here and express ideas and let people (Continued on Page 14) Joining 18 Century Tour Guides at the unveiling of the Freedom Trail Map in Boston's historic North End neighborhood are from left to right: Robert Matthews, Vice Chairman, Commercial Banking at Citizens Financial Group; Mimi LaCamera, President of the Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; and State Representative Aaron Michlewitz. To commemorate Patriots' Freedom Trail walk that The Freedom Trail is the Day, which was celebrated weaves through the North largest attraction in New this week and recognizes End, Charlestown, Beacon England with three-million the first battles of the Revo- Hill and downtown Boston. visitors walking the painted lutionary War, Citizens "This map will serve as a red trail annually. In 1946, Bank in partnership with reminder to residents and the Freedom Trail Founda- the City of Boston and the tourists alike of the promi- tion was established as the Freedom Trail Foundation nent role Boston played in umbrella organization to pro- today unveiled a six and one- the establishment of our in- mote and preserve the Free- half foot high, nine-foot-wide dependence," said Robert dom Trail and raise public map of the Freedom Trail in Matthews, Vice Chairman, awareness of the 16 na- Boston's historic North End Commercial Banking at tional historic sites on its neighborhood. Citizens Financial Group, route, including Paul The map, which is located Inc. "We are proud to display Revere's House, the Old on the exterior wall of the it as part of our commitment State House and the USS Citizens Bank ATM vesti- to supporting the communi- Constitution. bule at the corner of Hanover ties where we do business. "The map is located along and Cross Streets, details The map will provide a his- both the Freedom Trail, at the 16 nationally significant tory lesson to those who pass historic sites of the 2.5-mile by it each dayF (Continued on Page 15) Mayor's C3lumn by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston As the City of Boston enters the 2011 budget process and works through the recovery from one of the nation's dark- est economic periods in history, we are again confronted with serious chal- lenges and difficult decisions. While the budget has increased this year by 2.5%, we are looking at fixed costs that con- tinue to rise much faster than revenues. Boston is facing an expected decline of over $29 million this year alone in state aid and grants, the city's second largest source of revenue. My administration has worked hard to create a responsible plan that reduces spending in several areas while allowing us to uphold obli- gations and continue to deliver the best services to our residents for the next several years. My priorities for this budget reflect those I have outlined as priorities for my fifth term -- building a comprehen- sive youth development strategy, improv- ing our schools, enhancing government's personal connection to the neighbor- hoods and fostering job creation for all job types and income levels. The FY 2011 budget also targets greater efficiencies and service improvements from all cor- ners of city operations -- from our neigh- (Continued on Page 15)