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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 17, 2016 Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 120 - No. 25 Friday, June 17, 2016 OUR POLICY: To he/p preserve the idea/s and sacred trad/t/ons of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. A Prayer for the World by Rabbi Harold Kushner Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect. Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken. Let it bum away the fog so that we can see each other clearly. So that we can see beyond labels, beyond accents, gender or skin color. Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our selfishness. Watertown Sons of Italy Distributes Nearly $10,000 to Scholarships & Charities 4'h Annual Boston Strong - Watertown Strong Bike Ride a Success . Lou (Uncle Gino) Contini Celebrates 99 Birthday Lou (uncle Gino) Contini, columnist John Christoforo's last remaining uncle, turned 99 last week. He is the youngest son of Mike and Jenny Contini, the famed grandparents featured for the past 25 years in the column Nanna & Babbononno. Lou with his wife, Ninna. This fall, they will be celebrating their 70th Wedding Anniversary. From John and the Post-Gazette staff / LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-writteh pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 135, Boston, MA 02113 i iiiiiii L-R: Watertown Sons of Italy President Tony Mastantuono along with scholarship winners Grace Katherine Duguay and Morgan Pepe with their families, Watertown Police Chief Michael Lawn and Bike Ride Chairman Mike DiStefano. This month, the Watertown Sons of Italy Lodge Piave Fiume #1036, an affiliate Lodge ~bf the National Order Sons of Italy in America, distributed nearly $10,000 dollars to deserving high school graduates and local charities. These donations were made possible by the on-going ftmdraising efforts of the Sons of Italy throughout the year, including funds generated by the yearly motorcycle ride, the Bos- ton Strong- Watertown Strong Bike Ride, which honors the victims and first responders from the Boston Marathon bombings. Started four years ago, after the Boston Marathon attacks, the Boston Strong - Water- town Strong Bike Ride aims to raise awareness of the first responders who sacrifice their lives on a daffy basis. The 1st Responders Charity Fund was created to provide financial aid to those entering the field as a first responder or branch of the military, as well as any family of a first responder that may need assistance. This year, Water- town Police Chief Michael Lawn, as well as other members of the Police force and first respond- ers, were on hand to present four scholarships to high school graduates: Grace Katherine Duguay, Debra Mannix, Molly Munger and Morgan Pepe, all of whom who are children of a first responder and some even are entering into the field. "This is our fourth bike ride," says ride chairman, Michael DiStefano, "and every year the event gets more support from sponsors and riders. We are very grateful for everyone who supports this great cause, and this year we are excited to give out considerable scholarships to four deserving individuals." Plans are already in progress for next year's ride, scheduled always on the first Sunday in L-R: Past Grand Lodge of Massachusetts President James DiStefano along with scholarship winners Karina Fereira Franca, Michaela Antonellis, Sasha Helfner, and C~brielia Fiorentino Holden with Watertown Sons of Italy President Tony Mastantuono. June, which happens to fall on Watertown Youth Sports, Wa- June 4, 2017. tertown Food Pantry, Watertown Moreover, the Watertown Boys and Girls Club, Cousins Sons of Italy gave out an addi- Against Cancer, Italian Home for tional six scholarships to high Children and many more. "This school graduates for academic is what the Order Sons of Italy accomplishments. These funds, is all about," Mastantuono con- raised through on-going events tinues, "charity is a large part of and from the Watertown Say- the Order and it is in the oath ings Bank's Customer Choice we all take as members. In some Awards, were presented to: form every member contributes Michaela Antonellis, Joseph to making these events, scholar- Thomas Brennan, Karina Fe- ships and donations a reality. reira Franca, Sasha Helfner, Our members have a passion for Gabriella Fiorentino Holden and helping others." Melissa Rose. =Every year, we The Watertown Sons of Italy receive applicants with stun- Lodge Piave Flume is a non-prof- ning academic achievements," it, 50I(c) 8 fraternal organization says Watertown Sons of Italy established nearly 100 years President, Antonio Mastan- ago, in 1920. The organization tuono, "and this year was no raises funds for scholarships different. It can be a difficult de- and charitable causes such as cision to make, but the reward the Cooley's Anemia Founda- of seeing the students receive tion and supports many local the scholarships is pdcelessF organizations. It holds several Throughout the year, local social events during the year and national charities also re- for members and non-members ceive monies from the Sons of alike. Membership is open to Italy, including:. Cooley'sAnemia everyone. More complete infor- Foundation, Doug Flutie Autism mation about the organization Foundation, Alzheimer's Asso- is available at unow. Watertown- ciations, Casa Monte Cassino,