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THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSTI'$ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 19 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 11, 2012 $.30 A COPY image courtesy of htt:/ / vintageholidaycrafts.com/ U.S. Senator Scott Brown Right Fit for Bay State? While Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren is touting her working class roots and blasting Gen- eral. Electric for not paying taxes, she conve- niently forgets to tell viewers on her latest TV political buy that she's taken campaign funds from a GE lobbyist. Warren is hoping to do what Martha Coakley couldn't do two years ago when Brown ran against her. The Democrats running the Warren for U.S. Senate campaign are trying to paint a picture of Scott Brown as part of the na- tional right wing campaign to get Obama. U.S. Senator Brown is a Massachusetts Republican in the tradition of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and Edward W. Brooke. Brown votes his conscience and several times has veered off party line course. He is a moderate conservative and far more open minded than most of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Senate. At least Warren has softened her negative ap- proach since it wasn't working in her favor. Brown took a recent morning tour around the Bunker Hill Mall in Charlestown guided by some pretty astute Townie political activists. He re- ceived a really good reception from many die-hard Democrats who like what he's been saying and doing since getting elected in 2010. He has the charm of a Yankee like Lodge blended with the political charisma of a Jack Kennedy. He's in the Senate to stay for a while. Elizabeth Warren meet your future and her name is Martha Coakley. (Continued on Page 14) Massachusetts Group Making a 1,000 Mile Ride by Horse for Veterans The Fly the Flag Project is organizing a salute to veterans with a 1,000 mile ride by three horsemen, from Concord, New Hampshire to Georgia, the origi- nal thirteen colonies. Lead by Ron Villareale of Easton, Massachusetts who has ridden from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C. by horse, then return to ride to meet with officials at the United Nation in New York. He next rode across America carrying a proclamation from the governor of the state, to the governors across the USA. Ron appeared on radio and TV talk shows across the country. He was asked to speak at civic and veterans groups, conventions, schools and many other ven- ues. After his travels by horse, of over 4,000 miles he was inducted into the Long Rid- ers, an international equestrian organi- zation's, hall of fame. Four years ago Ron was struck with spi- nal cancer and spent three months at the West Roxbury Veterans Hospital's Spinal Cord Injury Unit. There he met many in- jured servicemen recovering from their war wounds. He decided then to find a way to help them. When he left the hospital he was in a wheelchair and could barely walk. Af- ter four years of learning to walk again, Ron is able to walk short distances. It was time to keep his promise and help those wounded warriors he came to know. Teddy Roosevelt would have called him, "a Citizen of the Republic, the man in the arena." The Fly the Flag Project has con- tacted the Veterans Affairs Commis- sioners of each of the states. The project now has state coordinators in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Geor- gia. Calls are pouring into the office from many parts of the country, said Rhonde Kunz of Norton, a project spokesperson. "We had a very strong veterans' community out there", says Peter Hammond of Cape Cod, "willing to step forward and get the job done." The project has also heard from veterans' motorcycle groups, such as Rolling Thun- der, Patriot Guard Riders, Blue Knights and others. They want to participate and escort the riders with scores of motorcycles into the major cities of the east coast, when the horsemen meet with the mayors. The horse- men will ask the mayors to fly a specially designed Veterans Pride pennant at city halls. For additional information, please visit www.Jlythejlagproject.com or telephone us at 508-377-FLAG. FRIENDS OF THE PUBLIC GARDEN PRESENT on Mother's Day, May 13 th, in the Boston Common Harvard University Band leads Parents and Children through the Streets of Beacon Hill as they Retrace the Steps of the Beloved Characters from the Classic Children's Story "Make Way for Ducklings" The Friends of the Public Garden will celebrate Mother's Day with Boston-area families during its annual Duckling Day parade on Sunday May 13 th. Registration will begin at 10:30 am and the parade will begin at noon. Based on the children's classic Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, Duckling Day is an annual event where children and their families retrace the steps of the beloved characters, Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their family of eight ducklings. Led by the Harvard University Band, the parade will begin at the Boston Common on the corner of Beacon and Park Street. Children will parade through Beacon Hill dressed like characters from the story and end in the Public Garden near the famous duckling sculptures. Prior to the parade there will be plenty of family entertainment including a face painter, balloon artist and a magician. Mayor Menino will greet families at the end of the parade and actors from the Wheelock Family Theater will do a dramatic reading from the book. For further information, please log on to www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org or call (617) 267-7366