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.*... &apos;, , .:  ' ",: : ." : ;: . ;  '  A[YI'O  *I_[XED A!<: 07! 99 13 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 25 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JUNE 22, 2012 $.30 A COPY Italian Ambassador Praises Community Efforts in Boston Eastie Casino ? C/audio Bisogniero met with community leaders during his 2-day visit by Nicola Orichuia During a recent two-day visit in Boston, Italian Am- bassador to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero, met with representatives of the Italian and Italian American communities at the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge on June 18. "It is a great pleasure to be here," said Bisogniero, after an introduction by Dante Alighieri Society President Spencer Di Scala and Co- mites President Maurizio Pasquale. Bisogniero was called four months ago to replace Giulio Terzi, who was called upon last fall to be Minister of Foreign Affairs for Mario Monti's government. Bis- ogniero knows the Ameri- can political and cultural landscape well, having lived and worked in the United States for eight years and having recently served as Vice-Secretary of NATO. During his visit in Boston, Bisogniero held meetings with community leaders, as well as with Boston Mayor Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero and Consul General of Italy in Boston Giuseppe Pastorelli (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Thomas M. Menino, State House Speaker Robert DeLed and Governor Deval Patrick. During the meet- ings, there was great appre- ciation for the increased visibility of Italian culture and heritage in Massachu- setts, according to Consul (Continued on Page 14) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Stop Caring About Us So Much Mayor Bloomberg The Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg is very concerned about the health and well-be- ing of his constituents and has decided it is time to ban all super-sized soda drinks in the Big Apple. Remember when Lt. Theo Kojak used to say, "Who luvs ya baby!" Well, obviously Bloomberg does but what about that lollipop Kojak was al- ways sucking on, wasn't that unhealthy for his teeth? What's next for New Yorkers? Will McDonald's have to replace their Big Macs with Little Macs? How many French fries will folks be allowed to eat a day? Maybe, ten or fifteen, that's it, no more? Will the government require fast food joints to hand stamp us so that if we try to go somewhere else for more, we can't? Sadly about 47/48 percent of us will go along with the program since they are already in the government tank collecting checks the rest of us work to finance. Backlash to Wisconsin Arrives Listening to the Ed Show on MSNBC on Elec- tion night results in Wisconsin's recall battle with Sgt. Schultz ranting and raving like someone off his meds. He couldn't understand why 26 per- cent of union members voted to keep Governor (Continued on Page 14) No Eastie Casino showed up en masse in Day Square on the afternoon of Saturday,  June 15. You can join other concerned neighbors on Monday, June 25 from 6:00 to ) 8:00 pm at the East Boston Social Center to learn more about the impacts the pro-  posed casino at Suffolk Downs may have on our neighborhood. This is the place to learn where we are in the process, find out what we can do as a community to have our voices heard, and plug in to one of the many volunteer opportunities that are available. If you are concerned about the effects of bringing casino gambling to our community, please come and invite others. For further details and updates visit (Photo by Sal Giarratani) Mayor Menino's Early Childhood Initiative Receives City Livability Award from U.S. Conference of Mayors National Award Goes to Neighborhood-based Early Childhood Initiative Mayor Thomas M. Menino today accepted the Outstanding Achievement City Livabil- ity Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, Inc. for Thrive in 5, part of the city's Boston Children Thrive initiative. Mayor Menino accepted the award at the USCM annual conference in Orlando, Florida alongside Thrive in 5 Executive Director Jane Tewksbury. Thrive in 5 is led by a public-private part- nership between the City of Boston and United Way. "Boston is a city of neighborhoods and Thrive in 5 is transforming our neighbor- hoods into opportunity-rich communities for our city's youngest children and their fami- lies," Mayor Menino said, "I'm honored to accept this award on behalf of Thrive in 5 and all of the Boston Children Thrive partners." Launched in 2010, Boston Children Thrive is Thrive in 5's on-the-ground effort to en- gage parents as their children's first teach- ers and as neighborhood-wide change agents for school readiness. In Allston/ Brighton, East Boston, South End/Lower Roxbury, Dudley, and Fields Corner, Thrive in 5 and its partners have created networks of parents, community organizations, and neighborhood businesses that plan and carry out activities and provide opportunities that support young children's healthy growth, development and school readiness. "Through Boston Children Thrive, we have created leadership pathways for parents that put parents at the forefront of school readiness efforts in their neighborhood," said Jane Tewksbury, Thrive in 5's Execu- tive Director. "Research shows that invest- ing in the early years of life offers enormous returns for the child and for society. The City Livability Award is in recognition of the critical role that parents play in the Boston Children Thrive communities." "We're proud that the City of Boston and Thrive in 5 are being nationally recognized for creating enriching experiences for young children and their families that lay the groundwork for their future learning and success," said Michael K. Durkin, President of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. "Our future economic prosperity depends on building a strong foun- dation for this next generation." Strategies in each Boston Children Thrive neighborhood reflect the community's (Continued on Page 15) 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 I1:00 AM to 2.<)0 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information ]