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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 24, 2011 C.A.S.IT. 2011 Contest for Students of Italian 150 th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy Students enrolled in elementary, middle school and high school Ital- ian classes were invited to partici- pate in a contest offered by i C.A.S.IT., Inc. in collaboration with i .... '" the "Comitato 150", a committee formed by Giuseppe Pastorelli, i:: : Boston's Consul General of Italy, to celebrate the 150 th Anniversary of Italy's. Unification. In 1995, the Ital-  ian Consul General in Boston m formed a non-profit educational and professional organization named Centro Attivit Scolastiche Teacher Rosemary Grasso of the Eliot School, North Italiane (C.A.S.IT., Inc.), for the pro- End Boston, congratulates her students for winning motion of Italian language and cul- the C.A.S.IT. Giuseppe Verdi Award for demonstrat- ture in the public and private ing exceptional artistic qualities. schools of New England whose mis- sion is to assist communities that wish to introduce, preserve, rejuvenate or broaden the study of the Italian language in their schools. Three contest levels were offered: Elementary/Middle School; High School and an Individual project open to all levels. To depict the 150 years of Italian excellence, students were asked to cre- ate a class booklet, a newspaper, a video or a multimedia exhibition. Five signifi- cant prizes were offered through the generous donations of C.A.S.IT., Inc., the Consulate General of Boston, Donna Franca Franzaroli of Donna Franca Tours and FAA/Aprutium (Federazione delle Left to right: onsul General Giuseppe Associazioni Abruzzesi/Aprutium). Pastorelli, Dottore Mauro Puppin, Italian Consul General's Office Director of Education On Sunday, May 29, 2011, the awards and Italian congratulate Burlington High stu- were presented during the "Piazza Italia" dents for winning the C.A.S.IT. Giuseppe ceremonies held in Christopher Colum- Garibaldi award for the most powerful and bus Park at Boston's Long Wharf. Fami- creative entry. Individual awards were given lies and friends gathered for this to students Jessica Villalta and Sabrina Peterson. The teacher of Italian at Burlington High school is Ivana Gentile. annual celebration of Italy's Na- tional Republic Day sponsored by COMITES and the Federazione Associazioni Italiane e Italo- Americane New England. Visitors enjoyed a delightful performance by the Eliot School students followed by the presentation of awards by Con- sul General Giuseppe Pastorelli, the Consulate's Educational Director Mauro Puppin, the Officers of C.A.S.IT., Inc. and Rosetta Dr. Kathy Lopez-Natale, C.A.S.IT. Board member, con- Romagnoli of FAA/Aprutium. The gratulates McGlynn Elementary School Medford winners were: students for receiving the C.A.S.IT. Attilio & Emilio C.A.S.IT., Inc. is extremely proud Bandiera prize for the entry that displayed strong of the winners who submitted such love for Italy, its history, culture and people. The creative, passionate and informa- Italian teacher for the Medford students is Rosetta tire projects. We applaud their hard Rommgnoli in the fmr right of the pictmre third from work. and participation in this con- the end. test. Bravissimi[ News Briefs (Continued from Page i) Black Tea in Texas? They're predicting another oil boom, and oil companies have plans to drill 3,000 wells, these shale fields could produce as many as 3 million barrels a day by 2020. As someone recently told the NY Times, "This is very big and it's coming on very fast. This is like another Venezu- ela or Kuwait by 2020, except these tight oilfields are in the United States." Aubrey McClendon, CEO for Chesa- peake Energy says this Texas oil boom is "the one thing we have seen in our adult lives that could take us away from imported oil." You can bet the green lobby will be up in arms over this potential new source of do- mestic fuel as will all those knee-jerk liberals who would rather not see a new oil sup- ply within the country. These folks want us to buy those little electric cars. Currently, the U.S. imports six barrels of oil for every i0 we use. Half those barrels coming in are from governments that aren't really our friends or allies and we have a cartel to deal with that jacks up prices at will.Big Oil isn't the real problem; it's elected of- ficials who are causing our pain at the pumps. Love That Dirty Water Remember that old tune from nearly 40 years back "Dirty Water" by The San- dells? Well, every time I read about that old rock song, I think of US Representative Maxine Waters, D-LaLa Land. Recently, House Mi- nority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an ethics investi- gation of US Rep. Anthony "Wanna See My" Weiner, D- NY but nobody is moving quickly on Waters for pos- sible abuse of power allega- tions. Her ethics trial con- cerning federal bailout cash and her hus-band's sick bank gets delayed over and over again. Reportedly, pressure from Water's office resulted in a $412 million federal loan for Boston-based OneUnited Bank with a unique exemp- tion from usual FDIC rules. According to newspaper re- ports, one FDIC examiner called it a "travesty of justice." According to Investors Busi- ness Daily, "W.aters claims her top aide-didn't know her spouse was involved with the bank, even though the aide is also her grandson." At that time, her hubby owned nearly $350 thousand in OneUnited Bank stock, which would have been worthless without the bailout money. Of the 700 banks re- ceiving TARP monies, One- United was the weakest with its loan still outstanding. Reportedly, while under investigation, Waters got to attach a provision to the Dodd-Frank Act exempting minority-owned banks from the new oversights being implemented. Comparing all this to Weiner's sexting, Water's is big time stuff. By the way, she still remains the ranking member of a banking sub- committee and chief Deputy Minority Whip in the House. If Capitol Hill wants to hold Weiner accountable for his actions, what about holding Water's accountable too? "Love that dirty water, love that dirty water. Down on the banks of the river Charles." New NBA Champions Congrats to the Dallas Mav- ericks upon winning the 2011 NBA championship se- ries over the dreaded Miami Heat an you-know-who. Looking Forward to January 20, 2013 Kudos are extended out to recent Boston Metro reader Joe DuPont for his great June 13 letter. According to him, "Chairman Obama has, in less than four years, mortally wounded this once great nation ... The election comes down to this: Most of the 47 percent of the house- holds that pay no federal income tax want the other 53 percent, who do, to pay more." McGlynn Elementary School Wins Award A class of fourth grade students from the McGlynn Elementary School in Medford took a special field trip to the North End last Thurs- day, June 16. The students, who are in Mrs. Loreen Romano's class, were by Loreen celebrating winning first prize in a contest sponsored by Centro Attivit Scholastiche Italiane (C.A.S.IT.). To celebrate the 150 th anniversary of the unification of Italy, C.A.S.IT. of- fered a contest to local schools. The Pamela Donnaruma, Editor/Publisher of the Post-Gazette welcomed MeGlynn Elementary School students at the Post-Gazette offices-in- the  Noth  Bnd.  .... Romano students, under the direction of Mrs. Romano and their Italian teacher, Mrs. Rosetta Romagnoli received the "Attilio and Emilio Bandiera Award" which was given to the class project that displayed a "strong love for Italy, its history, its culture or its people." The check for one thousand dollars was awarded at a celebration that took place at Christopher Columbus Park on May 29. The class created a project called Buon Compleanno Italia" (Happy Birthday Italy) where they wrote about important key figures who are credited for the unification of Italy, such as Giuseppe Garibaldi, Giuseppe Mazzini, Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, and Victor Emmanuel If, as well as important Italians in the areas of the arts and sciences, such as Giacomo Puccini and Enrico Fermi. Earlier in the year, this same class was a category winner in another C.A.S.IT. contest, for which the class created a book- let on the region of Venice. While in ,the NOrth Ex/ti ThUrs ..... Hill Burial Ground, Old North Church, and Paul Revere's House. They also stopped in to say hi at the Post-Gazette and the Green Cross Pharmacy, and watched sausages being made at Sulmona Meat Mar- ket. The class was very interested in seeing the site of the Great Mo- lasses Flood, having studied it in class. Some even insisted they could smell the molasses in the air! The highlight of the trip was a pizza feast at Calf6 Pompei. C.A.S.IT. is a nonprofit educa- tional and professional organization established by the Italian Consul General of Boston in 1995 to pro- mote the teaching of the Italian lan- guage and culture in public and pri- vate schools in the New England area. One of the ways that they do this is by sponsoring educational contests that highlight the Italian influence on topics related to sci- ence, history, art, and other areas. Medford has been benefitting for many years from an annual C.A.S.IT. grant, which supports Ital- ian ,instrtreton in our elementary