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T ulli&apos;tiltu,,tlil,i,,ml,vtqt,il,hll,l,hh,t,,,ili,il,,i,jl ............... MIXED ADC 07099 18 SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. PAUL JEFKO 217W COTA ST  / SHELTON WA 98584-2263 1/ 1 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSEttS 'J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 23 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JUNE 5, 2015 $.35 A COPY Italian National Day 2015 Recipients of the "Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia" Professor Maurizio Fava, Professor Massimo Loda and Pier Paolo Pandolfl and Consul General Nicola DeSantis A reception celebrating Italian National Day took place at the Federal Reserve Building in Boston hosted by the Consul General of Italy in Boston Nicola De Santis -and his wife Elisa. "La Festa della Repubblica" is celebrated in Italy on June 2 nd and it commemo- rates the date in 1946 when the Italian population chose its own form of government, [ by universal suffrage after World War II. Entertainment was pro- vided by the Arlington High School Orchestra which is conducted by Sabato (Tino) D'Agostino. D'Agostino was born in Italy and obtained a Bachelor's degree in classi- cal trumpet, Summa Cum Laude, from the Salerno Conservatory. Consul General DeSantis Three Good Books to Read over the Summer I just finished reading Bill O'Reilly's book Cul- ture Warrior and it packed a great punch. If you are off to the beach and want to read, this might do quite well. There's a great quote in it by Deng Ming-Dao and its insight is so 2015,."A scholar warrior is capable of perceiving right and wrong in an all too gray world and is just as capable of defending on the basis of that unstinting belief." In other words, it answers that age old ques- tion posed by Marvin Gaye, What's Goin' On? Another book by conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, Power to the People, reminds me of that old Beatles hit and 1960s protest slogan and as she opens her book, "It is nighttime in America or at least it feels that way." The last little book is a real oldie from the 164 century and the lessons in it carry into the 21 st century. It's called The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. I read it in high school, then col- lege and again a few weeks ago. Every time I read it I gain new insight into his mind and his rules of governing. The Fight over Hiking Minimum Wage Forgets the Obvious Minimum wage jobs are careers. They are wage jobs as entry level jobs for people entering the labor market as young people in school, leam- (Continued on Page 15) i [ Arlington High School Orchestra (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) presented the "Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia" to three outstanding Gentlemen, Professor Fava, Professor Massimo Loda and Pier Paol) Pandolfi. Professtr Maurizio Fava represents Italian excel- lence in the field of psychia- try and psychopharmacology. He is the first researcher in the world to conduct a pla- cebo controlled study on the symptoms for sudden inter- ruption of antidepressant drugs and the first to show the antidepressant effects of two drugs (buspirone and me!atonin] which, when used together have a stimu- lating action on the neurogenesis. Professor Fava also developed, along with Prof. David Schoenfeld, a new methodology for phar- maceutical experimenta- tion which generated more than five patents and dem- onstrated the capacity to re- duce the excessive response to the placebo and at the same time the number of necessary subjects for con- trolled clinical studies, Prof. Fava published more than 600 articles in many internationals science jour- (Continued on Page 7) Rome Welcomes Back Stolen Art Works by Emma Philipponi Italy's long campaign to retrieve some looted art works has succeeded. Last week American Ambassador John Phillips joined cara- binieri art police in Rome to show off 25 returned items, which included Etruscan vases from the Toledo Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, 17 th century botany books from Johns Hopkins Museum in Baltimore, a 16 th century manuscript stolen from Turin in 1990 which had ended up in the special collections of the University of South Florida, and some first century frescoes. Some items were sponta- neously turned over to U.S. authorities when their prov- enance became question- able. Others were seized by police after finding them in auction house catalogs. Still more have come to light as a result of customs searches, court cases, or tips from the public. Boston border patrol agents seized a 17 th century Venetian can- non as it was being smuggled from Egypt concealed inside construction equipment. "Italy is blessed with a rich cultural legacy, and there- fore cursed to suffer the pil- laging of important cultural artifacts," said Phillips, add- ing that !nterpol estimates the stolen cultural heritage trade produces more than $9 billion in profits annually. Italian dealers Giacomo Medici and Gianfranco Be-cchina, who have been convicted of trafficking in plundered Roman artifacts, were identified by police as having allegedly sold several of the items. Police at the restoration of the works emphasized that most collectors and muse- ums are prepared to give up art works once the thefts are known. Authorities at the museum in Minneapolis directly contacted the Italian cultural minister after read- ing about one suspected piece. Ambassador Phillips noted close collaboration between U.S. Homeland Security and border patrols with Italian police. The United States has returned more than 7,600 objects to more than 30 countries and foreign citizens since 2007, said Phillips. 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