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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 22, 2012 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE 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 Congratulations to St. John School 2012 GRADUATES e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 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-GAZETrE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnantma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 25 Friday, June 22, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions 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. THE WALLS CAME CRUMBLING DOWN by Sal Giarratani On Sunday, June 17, 2012, I was over at the Vendome Firefighter Memorial on Com- monwealth Avenue with hun- dreds of others to remember 40 years to the day when nine Boston firefighters died at a five-alarm fire at the aban- doned Vendome Hotel at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street on the afternoon of June 17, 1972. Over 200 firefighters fought this blaze. Most of them had returned to their respective firehouses late in the afternoon leaving several fire companies behind, among them Ladders 13 and 15. The interior wall in the rear alley collapsed at 5:28 pm trap- ping 25 firefighters inside. Nine of those men died in the rubble. I still remember that day quite well. I left home for work at the City Spa Cafeteria. When I arrived I heard the news of the fire on TV. Later at work, I remember the news bulletin about the building's collapse. The following day I went over to the Bunker Hill Day parade in a not-so-good mood as did many that year. Among the nine killed in the fire were those who came from Charlestown or served on Engine 32 out of Sullivan Square. It was not a happy Bunker Hill Day in 1972. That Bunker Hill Day was also Father's Day and that fire had left 8 women widowed and 25 children fatherless. There was a lot of crying going around as almost everyone seemed to know someone connected to the tragedy that horrible June afternoon. Killed were firefighters: Thomas W. Beckwith 35; Joseph E. Boucher, 27; Charles E. Dolan, 48; John E. Jameson, 52; Richard B. Magee, Sr.; Paul J. Murphy, 36; Joseph P. Saniuk, 48 and fire lieutenants Thomas J. Carroll, 52 and John E. Hanbury, Jr. 46. I spoke with Father Dan Mahoney from St. Francis de Sales in Charlestown who had been an assistant fire de- partment chaplain 40 years ago. Recently, he spoke with a news reporter about June 17, 1972. Like many of the firefighters on that day, they had left the fire scene before (Continued on Page 13) 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 request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to eclit 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 130135, Boston, MA 02113 mlo m-e  theaost  th m-e r. phot Congratulations to the Class of 2012! The 8 th grade class celebrated with a class lun- cheon with teachers and parents. It was a wonderful event in which the class pre- sented gifts to the teachers and recognized Sister Eileen's retirement by reciting an Irish poem. Yearbooks were also presented to each student. Many thanks to Ali Marashi and Amanda Tricca for all their hard work on this. Also, thanks to Ms. Donna for the yearbook CD'sl Most importantly, awards and scholarships were presented to the following graduates: The Knights of Columbus - Father Bailey Scholarship: Amanda Tricca and Nicholas Mustacchio. The Stephen Barker and Rosaria Pace Schol- arship (donated by Joseph Pace in memory of his nephew and mother): Astrid Valiente, Hannah Crilley, Tina Cardone, Anthony Ruzzo, Nicholas Greenberg, Lorenzo Pantaleo and All Marashi. Father Michael Ciullo Memorial Scholarship (Photo by St. John School) (donated by St. Anthony's Society): Alena Coppola. The Cindy McNabb Memorial Scholarship (for excellence in math): Tina Cardone. The Robert DeChristoforo Memorial Scholar- ship: Maeve Shea. The Mary Dorathea Devereaux Character Award: Alena Coppola. The Mary Nichols Award (donated by the North End Library to the top Language Art students): Ali Marashi, Tina Cardone and Maeve Shea. High Honors: Tina Cardone and All Marashi. Honors: Alena Coppola and Maeve Shea. A beautiful graduation Mass was held at Sacred Heart Church on June 7% Thanks to Miss Betsy and the SJS Choir for a job well donel After Mass the graduating class, parents and friends celebrated with a party at the Coast Guard. A great time was had by all. Congratulations to all the graduates and every success at their future high schoolsl - FROG POND OPENS JUNE 27 The 2012 summer season of the Boston H.P. Hood LLC, Nantucket Nectars, Snapple Common Frog Pond opens on Wednesday, and the original Boston Frosty. June 27. The day will include a fun and The celebration will feature a special visit exciting celebration at 11:00 am followed by from official mascot Frog Pond Freddie, the opening of the wading pool immediately entertainment, arts and crafts activities, after the ceremony. Fuel Up to Play 60 program activities fea- "The Frog Pond provides kids with a great turing Hood milk, face painting, ReadBoston place in the heart of the city to meet other book giveaways and other activities and youngsters and cool down in the heat of a giveaways from media sponsor Mix 104.1. New England summer," said Mayor Menino. Children of all ages are eligible to enter a In addition to activities from 11:00 am to summer raffle for a chance to win great 1:00 pro, information regarding upcoming prizes. summer programs offered by the City of The Frog Pond spray pool is open for wading Boston and the Boston Health Commission's daily from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm until Labor "Boston Moves for Health" initiative will be Day. available to families and residents and tasty For further information, please call the treats will be provided by in-kind sponsors Frog Pond at (617) 635-2120. John McDonnell Named to Suffolk University Board of Trustees John McDonnell, of the North End, chief operating officer of Patr6n Spirits International A.G., was elected to the Suffolk University Board of Trustees as the Sawyer Business School's alumni representative. McDonnell is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at the University sharing his ex- pertise and insights on global branding with students and alumni. "I'm incredibly honored to have been asked to serve on the Suffolk University Board of Trustees," said McDonnell. "The University and the Sawyer School of Business have always played an important role in my life and my career, and it's truly a privilege to give back to the school that has done so much for me and for my family," he said. McDonnell has served on the Sawyer Busi- ness School Alumni Board of Directors as an alumni class officer, and a member of the Reunion Committee. He received a bachelor of science in busi- ness administration degree from Suffolk University in 1983. In 2012, the Suffolk Univer- sity Sawyer Business School's Center for Global Business Ethics and Law presented Patr6n Spirits with the Corpo- rate Sustainability Award for the company's dedication to the United Nations' standards of corporate development. At Patr6n, McDonnell over- sees manufacturing, sales, and marketing, including social media. He has led the company's international and duty-free ex- pansion into more than 130 countries and islands worldwide. Previously he spent 18 years at Joseph E. Seagram & Sons in various domestic and international sales and marketing positions. McDonnell is currently serving a two-year term as chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the national trade association representing America's leading distillers.