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THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MAssACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 20 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 17, 2013 $.30 A COPY 20 of the North Brings Community Together for Largest Neighborhood Fundraiser The 20th Taste of the North End brought several hundred people to the Steriti Rink for a night of charitable giving to benefit community non-profit organizations. The annual fundraiser is cel- ebrating its 20t~ year and fea- tured over 40 of the North End's best restaurants giv- ing back to the neighborhood. There was also a high end silent auction with hotel and restaurant packages, Boston sporting tickets and memo- rabilia. Organizers said the event was the largest Taste of the North End yet and likely to raise over 8100,000. Donato Frattaroli of Lucia Ristorante and James Luisi, CEO of North End Waterfront Health Center co-chaired the event, hosted by NECN TV Diner's Billy Costa. Philip Frattaroli of Ducali Pizzeria was Executive Director with Event Coordinator Marianne Aiello and committee mem- bers Daniel Leonard, Noreen Manning & Mary Wright. This year's Community Service Awards recipients were Barbara Summa, Founding Taste of the North End supporter of La Summa Ristorante and your very own NorthEndWaterfront.com editor Matt Conti. New to the event this year were "Best Of' contests voted on by attendees. Winning for Best Food and Best Display was AI Dente Ristorante while Mike's Pastry took the crown for Best Dessert. First responders received complimentary admission this year and there were several attendees from Bos- ton Police, Fire and State Police including several that were at the Boston Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. Part of this year's Taste of the North End proceeds will also go to The One Fund for victims of the tl-agedy. Local celebrities and offi- cials attended including Mayor Thomas Menino and his wife, Angela. Taste of the North End organizers presented a special "Thank by Matt Conti The 20th Taste of the North End was held at Steriti Rink in the North End of Boston on Friday, May I0th. Several hundred people attended this annual fundraising event. (Photo by Matt Conti) You" plaque to the outgoing Boston Mayor. Also in atten- dance were State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, State Rep. Marty Walsh, City Councilors Rob Con- salvo and Sal LaMatti~. Initiated in 1993 i by Donato Frattaroli and Nancy Frattaroli, Taste of the North End brings together hun- dreds of participants to feast on samplings of world fa- mous North End cuisine -- all generously donated by our neighboring restaurants. Proceeds benefit North End Waterfront Health and other children and seniors chari- ties in the neighborhood. North End Waterfront Health is the largest beneficiary of Taste of the North End, supporting health programs and charity services. Other non-profits that received contributions include North End Head Start, St. John School, Eliot School, North End Against Drugs, Nazzaro Center, North End Athletic Association, St. Leonard Church, St. Steven's Church and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. See TasteoftheNorthEnd. org for a full list of beneficiaries and sponsors. (Additional Photos on Pages 8 & 9) II iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ill iiiiii!iiiiiii!iiiilil ;ii~ill iiiiii iiiiiii!iiiii !iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiii !!ii!i!i!ili!iiiii!il i!:i!!!iiiiii!iiii!ii! The Lone Ranger Rides Again! Soon coming to a movie theater near you, a masked man and Indian will be riding across the plains in pursuit of justice and the American way. Sounds a bit like "Superman" but just remember the William Tell Overturn and its "Hi-yo Silver AwayI" The Long Ranger rides again. The newest movie out gets a cinematic re-do with Johnny Depp playing Tonto. However, for me these two riders in the sun are an icon of an American culture disappearing quickly. It all started on radio in 1933 and moved to TV from 1949 until 1957. In 1958, I remember going to the Puritan Theater in the South End by Northampton Sta- tion to see "City of Gold." Actors Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels were both role models. Each of them took their characters seriously and viewed themselves as role models for children of the fif- ties and did the best they could to live up to the high standards of this legendary duo. Richard Neal, a retired city cop and instructor for several Ohio criminal justice training academies put it best when describing the Lone Ranger saying, "He sacrificed his very identity as a person to protect the weak and needy, of the frontier." In many ways the Lone Ranger and Tonto were lawmen of the Old West. His silver bullets acted as a symbol H H : V i~ -Z- ,y,,:?:, 7_ ..... 2":' of justice and served as a reminder that life is (Continued on Page 14) Mayor Menino's Neighborhood Coffee Hour at Christopher Columbus Park On Wednesday morning May 15th, Mayor Thomas Menino's final North End Neighbor- hood Coffee Hour Series was held at Chris- topher Columbus Park. Although Mayor Menino was unable to partake in this years Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series, many politicans and North Enders were in atten- dance. The Neighborhood Coffee Hours give resi- dents a unique opportunity to speak directly with Mayor Menino about open space and other needs in their neighborhoods. Through these one-on-one discussions and a suggestion box at each site, Mayor Menino looks forward to hearing how the City of Bos- ton can improve upon local parks, public areas, and city services. All participants enjoyed coffee and break- fast treats provided by Dunkin' Donuts and L-R: Chief Michael Galvin, Christopher Fincham, Lark Batteau and Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak. fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market. In addition, each family in attendance received a flowering plant grown in the city's green- houses as a gift from Mayor Menino. Resi- dents at the event were also be eligible to win a raffle prize package including a Dunkin' Donuts gift basket. (Photos by Rosario Seabin, Ross Photography) THE POST-GAZETrE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from U:00 AM to 2.'00 PM,- for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8?2? for more information