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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 31,2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage...our roots. JAMES KNOX POLK DATE OF BIRTH: November 2, 1795 PLACE OF BIRTH: Pineville, North Carolina DATE OF DEATH: June 15, 1849 PLACE OF DEATH: Nashville, Tennessee SPOUSE: Sarah PRESIDENT: March 4, 1845 - March 4, 1849 James Knox Polk as our President to some was a mystery, Was the first dark horse candidate in presidential history; An excellent orator, always in demand, Whenever he spoke, he received a great hand. His campaign slogan "54-40 or fight," Built up his image as our "Mister Right;" Living in the White House, he said was like heaven, In the C.E.O. order he was number eleven. Met twenty-one year old Sarah from the Volunteer State, After a short courtship he made her his mate; She was shrewd and ambitious but there were no offspring, Neither one of them cared for that kind of thing. She was determined to advance her husband's career, Held formal receptions to draw vote getters near; For the White House she ordered a complete renovation, Her critics all said she would bankrupt the nation. She frowned upon dancing and opposed Sunday shows, But she permitted the bottle and loOed showy clothes; She survived her husband by forty-two years, On her final day, there's no mention of tears. Publica by David Trumbull Have a Swimmingly Sensational and Safe Summer Just in time for summer pool season a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") reveals that chil- dren younger than age 5 represent more than 75 per- cent of all pool and spa submersion deaths and 78 percent of pool and spa submersion injuries in the United States involving chil- dren younger than 15 years of age. Government data also show that African- American and Hispanic chil- dren between the ages of 5 and 14 are at a higher risk. of drowning. "Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 and minority children drown in pools at an alarming rate," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. "The lives of countless chil- dren can be saved this sum- mer. Take simple safety steps today, teach all chil- dren to swim, put a fence around all pools and always watch children in and around the water." Children between the ages of 1 and 3 represented 67 percent of reported fatalities and 64 percent of injuries. African American chil- dren between the ages of 5 and 19 are 6 times more e likely to drown in pools than white and Hispanic children that age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data from USA Swimming indicate that 70 percent of African American children and 62 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, making them more likely to drown. The new CPSC Pool or Spa Submersions: Estimated Injuries and Reported Fatali- ties, 2013 Report shows annual averages of: 390 pool or spa-related drownings for children younger than 15 with 76 percent (296} of the victims being younger than 5 and 5,100 pool or spa- related emergency depart- ment treated submersion injuries for children younger than 15 with 78 percent (4,000) of the injured being younger than 5. "Learning how to swim saves lives," said Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Af- fairs Officer for the Ameri- can Red Cross. "The Ameri- can Red Cross encourages all families to enroll in Learn-to-Swim programs by contacting your local pool." Families can learn about Red Cross programs and find water safety tips by going to www.redcross.org. East Boston and Revere Republican Committees ENDORSE GABRIEL GOMEZ FOR U.S. SENATOR Learn to Speak Italian this Summer at the Dante Adult Italian Language School In Cambridge, MA Registrations Are Now Being Accepted Classes wiil be held on Tuesday Evenings from 7 pm to 9:30 pm Starting June 11 and Ending July 30 Tuition $200 For Detailed Course Information Visit www.dantemass.org UNCTION FACILITY Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceahera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA Please Call 617-567-4499 spinellis.com The East Boston Republi- can Ward Committee (EBRWC) endorsed Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senator at their last meeting. On May 15th the Revere Republican City Committee hosted a meeting at the Beachmont VFW Post and was joined by Chairman Charlie Veiga and other members of the East Boston Republican Committee. At the meeting the Revere Republican City Committee (RRCC) also en- dorsed Gabriel Gomez for U.S. Senator. Scott Conway, Deputy Po- litical Director for Gomez for U.S. Senate, spoke about why this upcoming election is so important. Conway said Gomez is in a new genera- tion of Republican leaders with a great American story. He was born in Los Angeles and is the son of Colombian immigrants, who instilled in him a duty to give back to his country. He went on explain- ing how now more than ever, we need a leader in Wash- ington with Gomez's experi- ence working with others to deliver results. Gomez will fight to earn the people's vote and be elected as the next United States Senator from Massachusetts. The Committee's Guest Speaker was State Repre- sentative Brad Hill, the Mi- nority Whip of the Massachu- setts House of Representa- tives. Since being elected to the House of Representa- tives, Hill has fought to en- sure quality care for those with developmental disabili- ties, and to provide property tax relief and prescription drug,coverage for our se- niors, and to impose fiscal discipline on Beacon Hill. Hill was a dynamic speaker and provided the Commit- tees with ways the voters can make a difference in electing responsible citizens to federal, state, and local po- sitions. After his talk, Rep- resentative Hill opened up the floor for questions, which brought a wide-ranging dis- cussion on the many issues the membership was con- cerned about. He empha- sized the fact that state rev- enues are up and there is really no need for additional taxes on Massachusetts residents. The EBRWC will hold their next meeting on Sunday, June 2nd, 10:00 am at the East Boston Y.M.C.A. For further information visit: ebrwc@yahoo.com