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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 27, 2014 L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz Dear L'Anno Bello Readers, I am working on a special Fourth of July version of the column for next week's issue, so stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful summer days! Love, Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz Volunteer Commits to a Clean Maverick Square, Every Friday For the past month, Frank Spolsino has spent his lunch hour volunteering for East Boston Main Streets, sweep- ing the sidewalks around Maverick Square. When asked about his motivation, Frank observes, "I live here, and it's nicer when it's cleanI" Litter in East Boston's business district has been an issue for many years and, over the years, numerous programs and initiatives have tried to address the challenges of keeping our streets and sidewalks clean, with mixed results. Boston Shines, an annual commu- nity clean-up event coordi- nated by EBMS and the City of Boston attracts over 100 volunteers, and other, com- munity based clean-ups are also regularly attended by residents of East Boston. "I do not believe that there is a silver bullet to address the litter issue in East Boston," says Max Gruner, executive Director of EBMS, "our streets and sidewalks will be clean once a critical mass of residents and busi- ness owners take direct and consistent ownership of their space and show the indepen- dent initiative to clean up, every day, clean up." Frank Spolsino embodies this community spirit. A life- long resident of East Boston, Frank is a regular volunteer at community events and clean-ups. Realizing that more is needed to be done, Frank takes it upon himself, every week, to do his part to help East Boston shine. Janet Knott, Chief of Staff for Councilor Sal LaMattina has known Frank for a long time, "Frank Spolsino is a dedicated community volun- teer and kind neighbor. He can often be found cleaning litter from the street or working along the Green- way, always with a smile on his face." For more details or ques- tions about how to join Frank or how to create your own community volunteer group, contact Max Gruner at mgruner@ebmainstreets, com or at 617-561-1044. EBMS is a non-profit cor- poration. Its mission is to cre- ate a more vibrant business district by initiating private and public improvements, pro- moting commerce, and sup- porting efforts to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and do business in East Boston. * News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) Does he really believe the guy we just captured for the Benghazi attack was just found in the nick of time for Obama politically? Especially after CNN and the NY Times found him in plain sight over a year ago. If we cannot believe our President's words, his actions become so frustrat- ing to see. His numbers will keep falling and slowly the media will wake up. The other day on NBC's Today Show, co-host Chuck Todd seemed to be upchuck- ing over the President's pop- ularity nosedive. Why is he shocked? Look around at what he has been doing and see the consequences of his actions on America. The media still doesn't want to get it because the media doesn't like what is happen- ing to their president. Why are There Still Birthers Out There? Someone asked me this question the other day and I can only respond by saying the president's own narcis- sistic behavior feeds birthers' suspicions. He made such a big deal over his right not to show his birth certificate and when he finally did, it still didn't completely end the controversy. Personally, the whole thing erupted because like no other American president, we have one that spent many years growing up in other countries. He also comes across like a world citizen rather than Ameri- can. He doesn't comprehend or think American. I believe he is a U.S. citizen but that alone doesn't make you understand what the deep meaning of an American is. If he did, we wouldn't be having this rising tide of distrust, the corrosive spread of cynicism and viewing the fragmenting of our social fabric. Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO * HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building Recently, I started laugh- ing aloud at my radio while Jeff Kuhner was on. I started hearing caller after caller talking about Obama's planned upcoming coup where he would refuse to leave office in 2016. The fact anyone is saying this is just crazy but it shows how far removed our president has become from the consent of the governed. He doesn't help himself much when he arrives in Honolulu and says he is glad to be back in Asia. Is Her Name Maddow or Madcow? For fun sometimes, I watch MSNBC to see how delu- sional that network gets. I caught the Rachel Maddow Show the night the news about the capture of that alleged mastermind behind Benghazi was all over the place. Maddow didn't under- stand why Fox News was critical of the timing of the arrest. Just as she wasn't when we traded with the Taliban for an alleged deserter by setting free five top Taliban leaders. Maddow scoffed at conser- vatives who didn't appre- ciate how great Obama was. She made fun of U.S. Senator John McCain and dumped on the Fox News Network. I wonder how Maddow really felt about their hero Hillary Clinton going on Fox News rather than MSNBC. It was such a no brainer for Hillary. Show courage by going on the number one cable station in America or go on MSNBC where few watch Maddow or any of its other hosts. by Sal Giarratani Even 40 Years Later Liberals Still Don't GetBoston's Anti-busing Era I totally disagree with a Boston Globe's recent edito- rial, "Not honoring 'Brown' de- cision? Councilors should be ashamed." The Boston Globe was off-bounds criticizing City Councilors Bill Linehan, Steve Murphy and Sal LaMattina for voting "present" on a resolution put forth by City Councilor Charles Yancey. While I have always sup- ported Brown versus Board of Education which declared that separate but equal pub- lic schools violated the 14th Amendment's equal protec- tion clause, this support never stopped me from being an outspoken opponent of Judge W. Arthur Garrity's desegregation court order that was issued in June 1974. When those yellow school buses started rolling across the City of Boston at the start of that school year in Sep- tember 1974, the city was ripped apart. Across the na- tion, the liberal press turned outraged parents into racists for wanting their children not used as pawns in some social engineering scheme. Boston Public Schools had over 90,000 students in the early 1970s but in quick time, the student population nearly fell in half. At first all we saw were little white kids from South Boston being bused to schools in Roxbury and kids from Roxbury bused to South Bos- ton. It all seemed like bean counting with education, not a very high priority by those using buses instead of mak- ing all the city's public schools better. This June marked the 40~ anniversary of the Garrity Court Order, will City Coun- (Photo by Sal Giarratani) cilor Charles Yancey sign on for another resolution com- memorating the near de- struction of the entire pub- lic school system and also turn the clock back on the level of race relations across the city for decades to follow?. Today, the Boston Public Schools' demographics shows that our public schools are today more seg- regated than ever before with over 83 percent of its students Latino, Asian and African-American. Middle class families of all races and ethnic backgrounds have for the most part fled the city's public schools in search of the best schools possible for their kids. Those that can't afford to leave, send their kids to private or parochial schools. Add to that the many African American parents who avail them- selves of the Metro program and one can see that the 1974 court order from Judge W. Arthur Garrity all but de- stroyed the city's public schools. I commend the three city councilors who voted "present" because like them I was present when the un- (Continued on Page 10) 2014 North End Athletic Association/Hill House Youth Majors All Star Game Honoring Coach "Dom'Joseph Campochiaro Friday, June 27, 2014 Ceremony 6:30 pm Game 7:00 pm Campochiaro Little League Field at Lanyone Park