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u.M,,Iiil,.,dlhII,hIII,l,II,l"d.IIIhqI'IIIMi1 15 ..... *** ........ MIXED ADC 010 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 [6 THE ITALIA$-.hMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS kl --I (Formerly LA GAZZETTA de! MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 120 - NO. 27 BOSTON, MASSACHUSE'I-FS, JULY 1, 2016 $.35 A COPY by Sai Giarratani Democrats Occupy Congress There is nothing sillier than Democrats going theatri- cal inside the House chambers. The whole act lasted 25 hours. Sounds like Occupy Wall Street wasn't enough, so the 1 percent in the House occupied themselves. As Daffy Duck might say, =That's despicable!" If I was Speaker Ryan, I would have turned off the lights and shut off the air conditioners, too. There's nothing like seeing grown-ups acting like college stu- dents holding sit-ins. The only difference is, these were supposed to be responsible political leaders. Looking at U.S. Rep. John Lewis sitting on the ground, he probably needed help getting up. He didn't cross any bridges this time around. In Reaction to Public Praying Recently, riders on the MBTA's Orange Line went into a little panic when they saw two Muslims pull out their prayer rugs on the platform at Wellington Station in Medford. I read the comments made by a Muslim Iman published in the Boston Herald, saying folks shouldn't be nervous if they see praying Muslims in public. Noth- ing to fear. I also heard a comment by our U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, who thought folks were in needless panic because of Trump's rhetoric. Note to the Imam and Markey: How often has it been reported that radical Islamist terrorists start praying (Continued on Page 14) Mayor Walsh Visits North End Waterfront Amid Controversy by Jeanne Brady Dozens of protesters for vari- ous causes awaited Mayor Marty Walsh's arrival in Chris- topher Columbus Park Wednes- day morning for his rescheduled coffee klatch with the North End/Waterfront neighborhood. But they had to wait their turn, as reporters and cameramen followed him into the park to question him about that morn- ing's news of Timothy Sullivan's indictment. Sullivan, the City's acting director of intergovern- mental relations, is the second member of Walsh's young ad- ministration to be indicted for allegedly strong-arming the Boston Calling music festival organizers to hire unneeded union laborers by withholding permits~ Mayor Walsh gray, ely answered reporter's questions as the protesters formed a ring around the news group with their signs. As soon as the re- porters got their story, unhappy residents pounced. North End residents were pri- marily protesting the planned closing of what they still refer to as the North End Nurs- ing Home, currently Partners' Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center, North End, which has only recently come to light (where ~light" means actually letting'residents and families know what has apparently been (Photos by Jeanne Brady & Sal Giarratani) going on for months). Mean- while, Waterfront residents continued their longstanding objections to potential develop- ments on Lewis Wharf and the Harbor Garage site. Signs were carried by all three groups and everyone was respectful of each others' causes and the dozen or so elected officials introduced by Mayor Walsh when he even- tually addressed the crowd. Although rumors Lad persisted throughout the last week that Walsh would not be answering questions, he did take.the time to acknowledge the protest- ers and make statements as to what he knows and what is going on with each of the issues represented. Basically, "we're looking into it" on the nursing home, and "no plans have been filed yet" on the wa- terfront development projects. But residents of both areas sent their messages loud and clear. TheU will be watching. ABCD North End/West End NSC Director Responds to North End Nursing Greetings The word respect in Latin means to ~look at" and it is with much sadness that I write this letter in response to the news of the closure of the 140-bed North End Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center that Partners Healthcare owns and is planning to close in about a year's time. Seniors and other members of the community feel ignored, invisible, and angry. The center's mission was to provide lifecycle care for residents with an interdisciplinary team Maria Stella Gulla, Director North End/West End NSC Home Closing approach to enhance a person's quality of life and maintain one's well-being. The purpose of the location in the North End neighborhood was so longtime residents could stay in the North End while their families could frequently visit. Here, families are an integral part of their care program. Families are encouraged to participate actively in all aspects of care, and to be an important component of the interdisciplinary care model. (Continued on Page 14) THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE HAS MOVED TO 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQUARE, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information II