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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 14, 2013 -' ",- - . . . . . . .-. Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. MILLARD FILLMORE Millard Abigail Caroline DATE OF BIRTH: January 7, 1800 PLACE OF BIRTH: Summerhill, NY DATE OF DEATH: March 8, 1874 PLACE OF DEATH: Buffalo, NY SPOUSE(s): Abigail ( 1826-1853) Caroline (1858- 1874) PRESIDENT: July 9, 1850 - March 4, 1853 "Number thirteen stepped in when Zach Taylor died, MiUard Fillmore was his name and he really tried; His philosophy was "Be cautious and keep a cool head," And he promoted that image for the country that he led. His administration was hailed as one that was able, Stressed the value of unity that he laid on the table; In the following election, suffered great loss of face, When he finished on the bottom in a three candidate race. Mrs. Millard Fillmore was born Abigail Powers, The daughter of a minister she could nag on for hours; She helped young Millard when they both were in school, That's when he discovered a new learning tool. After checking their birth dates she was two years older, Being his senior made her just a bit a bolder; When her time came to live in the palatial White House, She became very ill, was no help to her spouse. All official duties were assigned to her daughter, Who wore those new gowns that her daddy just bought her; But the fates and the destinies find a way to take hold, Abigail died of pneumonia that began with a cold. Five years later MiUard met a forty-four year old nifty, And was back on the altar at the ripe age of sixty; This time there was no applause or loud cheers, His bride survived him by at least seven years. In foxing Memory of Uncle Tony Sarno on d ather's ay jllways emembered by your J ece Madeleine _gngone Rental Registration & Inspection Program The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration of all private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conducted every five years.This year the registration period begins on May 1, 2013 and ends on August 1,2013. The initial registration fee is $25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on State and local housing codes. Provides owners with a written record of the conditions of the property. Ensures units meet minimum Housing Code Requirements R Publica by David Trumbull Revisiting the 1992 mo- tion picture Wayne's World on television the other night it struck me that there are adults, 21-year-olds, alive today who were not even born when Mike Myers' and Dana Carvey's homage to adoles- cent concupiscence first played on the big screens of movie houses. After a hard day at work it was pleasant to relax with a silly movie about people who party on, doing outrageous and stupid things, with no conse- quences -- you know, people like the employees of the Internal Revenue Service. The U.S. Treasury Inspec- tor General for Tax Admin- istration last week released a report that the IRS spent $4.1 million on a conference in Anaheim, California in 2010 that included question- able expenses for planning trips, outside speakers, video productions and pro- motional items and gifts for IRS employees. Examples of the manage- ment control weaknesses PARTY ON! and questionable spending identified at the Anaheim Conference include: IRS management did not use available internal personnel to assist in searching for the most cost-effective location as required by IRS policy. Instead, they relied on out- side event planners who had no incentive to negotiate a favorable room rate for the IRS. Instead, the three hotels paid the event planners an estimated $133,000 commis- sion based on the cost of rooms paid for by the IRS. The IRS reported that it expended $50,187 on videos for the conference, but was unable to provide any details supporting this cost. IRS management con- tracted with 15 outside speakers for presentations at a total cost of $135,350. Costs for outside speakers included a $17,000 fee for a keynote speaker whose presentation included creat- ing six paintings of famous people to reinforce his mes- sage of finding creative solutions to challenges. Two of the paintings were given away at the confer- ence, three were donated to charity and one was lost, ac- cording to IRS management. Another keynote speaker was paid $27,500, which included a $2,500 fee authorized for first-class airfare. IRS employees made three planning trips at a cost of approximately $35,800 prior to the conference. The IRS also paid over $30,000 for 45 IRS employ- ees who reside in the local area to stay at the hotels and incur per diem expenses while at the conference. Numerous gifts/promo- tional items were provided to attendees at an estimated cost of more than $64,000. According to information on the IRS website, the mis- sion of the IRS is to "Provide America's taxpayers top qual- ity service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fair- ness to all" -- NOT! " Economic Cooperation by House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo When Flavio Zanonato, Understanding to work to- many similarities to Massa- Italy's Minister of Economic gether on championing chusetts. This document Development, visited Boston biotech industry interests should be a real and substan- last week, our region received here, in Lombardy (home to tive agreement of economic a leader of a nation with Italy's biotech cluster), and cooperation and coordina- whom Massachusetts enjoys across Italy. I also presented tion, not a token document. $1 billion in trade. Minister a copy of a letter signed by2.} Massachusetts busi- Zanonato's trip should serve Governor Patrick, Senate nesses and elected officials as a call-to-action for local President Murray, and me should join me in calling on public officials and busi- urging President Obama to Alitalia, Italy's flag carrier nesses and a reminder of send representatives from and national airline, to cre- our strong ties, both cultur- the United States to the 2015 ate a non-stop route between ally and economically, to Universal Expo in Milan. Fi-Boston and Milan. These two Italy. nally, we discussed the draft- destinations are poised on With little fanfare, Italy has hag of an omnibus Memoran- the edge of being interna- become an important trading dum of Understanding be- tional trailblazers of the new partner of our Common- tween Massachusetts and economy. We have an oppor- wealth. Helped along by Lombardy that would allow tunity to benefit mutually 17,000 Italian citizens living our regions to work togetherfrom this shared interest in in Massachusetts and to our mutual economic biotech and high-tech manu- 700,000 residents with Ital- benefit, facturing. A non-stop flight ian heritage, as well as a hi- After visiting a high-tech would be a significant cata- lateral trade agreement manufacturing plant in lyst to this development. forged in 2012, we have at- Turin, we met in Rome with 3.) Massachusetts higher- tracted a significant Italian Confindustria, one of Italy's education institutions and business presence here premier business organiza- our community colleges in across many different sec- tions with 113,000 member particular, should work with tors. Companies such as Enel businesses. Group members the Massachusetts Office of Green Power, Trevi and Con- expressed great interest in International Trade and tinuum Innovation, among our efforts to foster strongInvestment and other state others, all have operations in relationships between Mas- agencies to develop ties Massachusetts and are con- sachusetts community col- to sister institutions in tributing to our economic leges and regional business.Italy. We have the opportu- growth. The relationship From these conversations, I nity to development highly holds even greater promise learned that our work in this trained graduates on both for Massachusetts and Italy area makes us an attractive sides of the Atlantic who are for years to come. That's why option for international corn- uniquely qualified to meet in November of 2012, I tray- panies looking to invest, site the requirements of employ- eled on a mission to foster and grow in Massachusetts. ers forced to leave jobs economic partnerships be- Finally, I had the opportunity unfilled for lack of qualified tween the Commonwealth of to meet with several univer-candidates. Massachusetts and the Ital- sity leaders in Rome and Massachusetts is in far ian Republic. visit a truly remarkable better shape than many Aided by Massachusetts Of- Shire Pharmaceuticals re- other states because we con- rice of International Trade search facility in Naples astinue to find new ways to both and Investment and Italy's we ended our visit, broaden and deepen our Consul General in Boston, Unfortunately, the full economy. That means in- Giuseppe Pastorelli, I era- potential of the Massachu- vesting in what we are good barked on a journey to sev- setts-Italy relationship will at; namely education and the eral Italian regions with jobs be lost unless we take a knowledge-based economy it and job creation foremost on number of important actions,feeds, and leveraging our my agenda. In Milan, Lom- These include: public resources to lure in- bardy officials joined repre- 1.) Massachusetts should ternational interests. Italy sentatives of MassBio and execute a Memorandum of can be a strong partner and the pan-ltalian biotech orga- Understanding with the Lom- an important part of our own nization, Assiobiotec, in bardy Region. Lombardy is a efforts to move Massachu- signing a Memorandum of unique area in Italy with setts' economy forward. For more information or to register go to, email: or call 617-635-1010