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j. .... ***AUTO**M!X_ED ADC 07099 62 14 # .nas TOWN oaDcr> INC, 2i 7 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ~J mJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 26 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JUNE 28, 2013 $.30 A COPY Lessons Learned or Not by David Trumbull Senator Ed Markey I write in the morning, having awakened to find, not surprisingly, that Represen- tative Ed Markey, the Demo- crat, defeated Gabriel E. Gomez, the Republican, 55% to 45%. It was a special elec- tion, held on a stifling hot day in June with 27% turnout. That means that 15% of reg- istered voters cast a ballot for Senator-elect Markey, and 73% of the registered voters didn't bother with the election. Nevertheless, a win is a win. It would be interesting to poll registered voters who did not participate in the. elec- tion and try to determine why they were not inter- ested. Were they just two uninspiring candidates? I can't speak for the rest of the Commonwealth, but in my neighborhood I wit- nessed very little interest in either man, outside of few persons who are passionate about every election. Was there insufficient difference between the candidates on issues that matter to voters that nearly three-quarters simply didn't care which one won? Or did large numbers of registered voters accept the conventional wisdom that Markey was going to win anyway, so there was not much point in bothering to vote? We'll probably never know which answer, or com- bination of answers is cor- rect. I have one bit of advice for my Republican friends: Don't believe anyone who claims to have THE answer to why Gomez lost. All you are getting today and for the next several days is people's speculation. In that spirit, let me offer my speculation, carefully worded to sound like brilliant insight, yet consisting of little more than my personal bias. 1. The more experienced man, Mr. Markey, who had run for and won a seat in the state legislature, fol- lowed by a seat in the na- tional legislature, continued (Continued on Pagg 15) CARMELITA BELLO Elected State President Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Order Sons of Italy in America Carmelita Bello of Worces- ter, Massachusetts was elected State President of the Grand Lodge of Massa- chusetts Order Sons of Italy in America at the 99th Annual Convention held at the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in Calicoon, NY. Over the last four years Carmelita has served as the state first vice president, she has worked with the grand council filial lodges and commissioners to lead the organization into the fu- ture. Carmelita's priorities include thoughtful review of events, programs and offer- ings, focus on heritage, dis- tribution of meetings and events throughout the grand lodge geographic area, mem- bership and funding. Carmelita has been a member of the Order of Sonsship Commission and was of Italy since 1982 and hasa National Delegate to the held local offices of Presi- 1999 through 2011 conven- dent, Vice President, Orator " tions. and Trustee for the Worces-Carmelita is proud of the ter Lodge #168. State offices held by Carmelita include: State Orator, State Recording Secretary, elected State Trustee for District 2. Carmelita was elected Na- tional Recording Secretary at the 2007 National Con- Taking the Oath of Office are the newly-elected officers of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, L-R: Immediate Past President James DiStefano, State 2ad Vice President Ron Hill, State 1"t Vice President Antonio Sestito, State President Carmelia Bello and State Orator Denise Furnari. (Photo by Dora Campochiaro, D&S Video) vention. She served for two award at the 2009 state con- years as the Chairperson of vention. Her sister Mary the Grand Lodge Member- Ann Bello is currently a corn- fact that the Sons of Italy is a family commitment. Her grandfather Salvatore Bello served on the first Massa- chusetts grand council as trustee. Her Aunt Gladys has been active in all as- pects of Sons of Italy and re- ceived the Golden Lion missioner on the Benefit Insurance Commission af- ter serving as state Trustee, Lodge President and many other filial offices. Carmelita has a Master degree in Business Admin- istration from Anna Maria College, certificate in Non- Profit Management from Clark University and a Bachelor Degree in Manage- ment from Worcester State College. Third Annual St. On Sunday, June 23 the streets of the North End came alive as the Third Annual St. Padre Pio Procession took place. Devotees of St. Padre Pio attended a Mass in Italian at Saint Leoonard Church fol- lowed by the procession throughout the streets of the North End ac- companied by the North End Marching Band. Pius of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) was a Capuchin Catholic priest from Italy, born as Francesco Forgione and given the name Pius (Italian: Pio) when he joined the Capu- chins, thus known popularly as Padre Pio. He became famous for bearing the stigmata. Saint Pio, was canonized by Pope John Paul II on June 16, in 2002. An estimated 300,000 people attended the canonization ceremony. On July 1, 2004, Pope John Paul II dedi- cated the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church in San Giovanni Rotondo to the memory of Saint Pio. A statue of Saint Pio in Messina, Sicily attracted attention in 2002 when it wept tears of blood. See more photos on pg.lO See additional photos on pg. 14 (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) TO OUR READERS - DUE TO THE 4TM OF JULY HOLIDAY THE POST-GAZETTE WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD THE POST-GAZETrE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON JULY 4TM AND 5TM - ENJOY THE HOLIDAY!