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*****'AUTO**MIXED ADC 07099 62 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217" WCO'FST" -. / SHELTON WA 98584-2263 " 14 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 25 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JUNE 21, 2013 $.30 A COPY It's YOUR RIGHT as an American ... The VOTE Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Congressman Ed Markey 2013 United States Gabriel E. Gomez Senate special election in Massachusetts will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in order to fill the Massachusetts Class II United States Senate seat for the remainder of the term ending January 3, 2015. The vacancy that prompte41 the special election was created by  the resignation of Senator John Kerry, in order to become U.S. Secretary of State. A party primary election was held on April 30 th to determinate the nominees of each party for the general election. The Massachusetts Democrats nominated Congressman Ed Markey, while the Massachusetts Republiqans nominated Gabriel E. Gomez, a businessman and former Navy SEAL. The race has drawn remarks from the media, because of its potential similarity to the 2010 special election, when Republican State Senator Scott Brown upset the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. From Wikipedia Your vote does count ... Mayor Menino Jump Starts Summer 7ity Pools to Open 7 Days a Week Mayor Thomas M. Menino jump started the summer pool season in Boston and announced that, for the second summer in a row, the City of Boston's Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) will open I0 City swimming pools and one beach 7 days a week beginning June 29 th. These pools include the City's two outdoor pools, the BCYF Clougherty Pool in Charlestown and the BCYF Mirabella Pool in the North End, whj'ch opens for the season on Saturday, June 22 ha. "With the warm weather on its way, we want our residents to be able to beat the heat seven days a week," Mayor Menino said. "We have amazing facilities in the City, and I encourage all our families to take advantage of them." The BCYF pools that will open seven days a week are: BCYF Blackstone (South End) BCYF Clougherty (Charlestown) BCYF Curley Beach (South Boston) BEACH BCYF Curtis Hall (Jamaica Plain) BCYF Draper (West Roxbury) BCYF Flaherty (Roslindale) BCYF Holland, (Dorchester) BC" Mason (R0xbury) BCYF Mildred Avenue (Mattapan) BCYF Mirabella (North End) BCYF Paris Street (East Boston) "From the newly-renovated BCYF Flaherty Pool to the BCYF Mirabella Pool overlook- ing the USS Constitution, we have a wide variety of pools and pool programming to keep our residents healthy, engaged and happy," said Daphne Griffin, Boston's Chief of Human Services/Executive Director of BCYF. On Sundays, all pools are open from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm. During the week the hours vary. For specific information about hours and programming, please visit / bcyf /facilities. i Even the U.S. Mail is Getting Politically Correct Last time I looked, this was the United States of America and we speak English here. Just like i that SEIU piece of literature I mentioned in my other column, the US Postal Service recently mailed out a piece of informational literature ......... about having postage stamps delivered to your mailbox. It came in two languages. English and ........... '.Spanish. "Stamps Delivered" and "Timbres Postales." Hey, at least English is still printed first. .............. ', I await the day, I call some business and they tell me, "Press 2 for English." Don't laugh, I see it coming. Freedom, Liberty, Equality and Justice and I still speak English. = TSA Orders Wheelchair Bound Double Amputee Marine to "Walk" When I read this I was incensed. The TSA in (Continued on Page 15) : ii iii: :: :: : ii;i i: !iiiiiiiiii! ill: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and City of Boston Team Up to Help Consumers with Ouestions and Complaints The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the City of Boston an- nounced a partnership to connect consumers with the CFPB to ask questions and submit complaints about financial products and ser- vices. Boston consumers can now dial the Mayor's 24-Hour Constituent Service hotline at (617) 635-4500 to be con- nected with the Bureau. "We are proud to be team- ing up with Mayor Menino to give Bostonians new ways to .... access help with financial products and services," said Director Richard Cordray. "Consumers deserve to have someone on their side and we look forward to working with the City of Boston to do just that." "Constituent service has always been at the forefront of our administration," Bos- ton Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. "This partner- ship gives us one more way to assist residents and gives us the tools to address im- portant and often complex financial questions they may have." In Boston, the phone num- ber (617) 635-4500 is a non- emergency line connecting residents to city services. City representatives are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to re- spond to service requests and issues. With the an- nouncement, Boston resi- dents who call the Mayor's hotline with a question or complaint about consumer financial products or ser- vices will be transferred di- rectly to the Bureau, which can answer questions and accept complaints. The CFPB works with con- sumers on the challenges they face with financial products and services, and now handles consumer com- plaints on credit cards, mortgages, bank accounts or services, private student loans, consumer loans, credit reporting, and money transfers. The CFPB screens (Continued on Page 12) THE POST-GAZEI"rE 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 II.'00 AM to ZOO PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information )