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[ !i !i , "'.h@U,v.hqlIIlt.lll..ll.vl..qhhlJtllmlUlllllt,l ............... M00xED ADC 07000 SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. PAUL JEFFKO 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98E-0263 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETTE L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 27 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 4, 2014 $.35 A COPY Late Night Drinking Hours Got Shut Down This Time by Sal Giarratani Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is a supporter of late night drinking at Boston bars and restaurants but his wish was halted up on Beacon Hill where the very idea went down to defeat. Boston now has late-night MBTA service and late- night food trucks but Boston's restaurants and pubs will have to wait a bit longer. If the idea had passed muster with legis- lators, drinking could have continued at bars as late as 4:00 am. Boston City Hall seemed rooting to get a 3:00 am closing time. Kudos to state Reps. Michael Moran, D-Brighton and Aaron Michlewitz, D-North End for opposing extending late night drinking hours beyond the current 2:00 am closing time. Both representatives thought a future discussion on the issue was needed. Walsh stated that he wasn't disappointed (but) I certainly would have loved to have seen it ... There's other avenues we can move. The mayor has created a late night task force to examine ways to grow the city's nightlife. A few months ago, Walsh was talking about a pilot program that would allow bars within the Seaport District to stay open later. Is City Hall still considering this pilot program? Kudos goes out to Representatives Moran and Michlewitz for standing up for their constituents whom would have been seriously impacted by later closing hours for bars. Crowded night spots are already a major problem in places like Allston and the North End. XVhy add to the problem? As far as pilot programs go, how does the City advocate for the Seaport District and not the Quincy Market area or Allston Village? Later night drinking won't make Boston a world class city or grow Boston's night life. However. it definitely would nega- tively affect many Boston neighborhoods such as right here in the North End. by Sal tan Our Southern Border has Collapsed Since January, our southern border down in Arizona and Texas has been invaded by untold thousands of young people from Central America. They have traveled some 1,800 miles from their home countries across Mexico to reach the U.S. border. Our U.S. Border Patrol calls these folks "unaccompanied children." There is a prepon- derance of those who are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and it is happening according to Lou Dobbs, of the Fox Business Channel, in concert between those three coun- tries. Many also see Mexico closing its eyes to it all and apparently the United States has known this was coming over five months ago and was preparing to transport and house these illegals. At the moment, our U.S. Border is really unguarded as the border patrol deals with all the children flooding across the border. Months ago when Arizona tried policing the border, the Feds told them to get lost. Now, Arizona and Texas are asking the Feds to protect the border and once again state governors are told to get lost. What country can sustain itself if borders are meaningless? Democrats up on Capitol Hill would rather talk about getting the NFL to outlaw the Washington franchise from calling (Continued on Page I0) THE POST-GAZETrE SATELLITE OFFICE AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON WILL BE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING TUESDAY, JUNE 24TH Fourth of July on the Esplanade As of the printing of this paper the dates mentioned in the article were subject to change due to inclement weather. Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will be joined by special guests The Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, Julia Udine and Ben Jacoby from the new production of Phan- tom of the Opera, and the Boston Children's Chorus in celebrating one of the nation's proudest holiday traditions, the Boston Pops' Fourth-of-July concert at the Hatch Shell on Boston's Charles River Esplanade, Friday, July 4 th, 8:00 pm, cel- ebrating its 41 St year. For the first time, there will be a live webcast of the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular available at www.BostonPops and boston.corn, sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. This event will also be the first free webcast of a full Boston Pops concert. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will be televised exclusively on CBS Boston's WBZ-TV from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm (10:30 pm fireworks). The country's leading Indepen- dence Day celebrationI" BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR PROGRAM The Beach Boys' vocal harmonies are unmistak- able and enduring, and their torrent of hits changed the musical landscape pro- foundly. The Beach Boys con- tinue to create and perform with the same bold imagina- tion and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys The legendary Beach Boys will take the stage on the Hatchshell in celebrating America's 238 th birthday. broadcast recently won an Emmy Award for Outstand- ing Special Event Coverage presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Boston/New England. "We're thrilled that WBZ-TV is continuing its commitment to broadcast the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular for its huge fan base in Boston, Massachu- setts, and New England," said Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart. "We're grate- ful for the continued support of Liberty Mutual Insurance, and thanks to the generos- ity of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, we couldn't be happier to announce the first-ever webcast of the event, giving us the potential of reaching millions of additional music- loving patriots throughout the Country and beyond. That's great news for this play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, aver- aging 150 shows a year. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnson, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys' concert presence, spirit, and performance. Star of television and the Broadway stage, singer and actress Megan Hilty will perform at this year's con- cert along with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. After stints on Broadway in Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Megan Hilty became one of TV's newest stars with her leading role in the popular NBC series Smash. Hilty recently starred alongside Sean Hayes in NBC's com- edy Sean Saves the World. In March 2013, she released her debut solo album, It Happens All the Time, and made her debut with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in May 2013. Julia Udine, who plays Christine Daa, is honored to be making her touring debut with this new produc- tion of The Phantom of the Opera. Her theater credits include: Jack's Back, West .Side Story. TV: Law and Order SVU, and All My Children. Ben Jacoby, who plays Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny, comes to Phantom directly from the Chicago-area Mar- riott Theatre. Regionally, Ben has appeared at the Milwaukee Repertory The- atre, Maine State Music Theatre and in several productions at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. The Boston Children's Chorus is a creative social integration organization that unites area children ages 7-18 across differences of race, religion and socio- economic status. Their focus is not on one specific com- munity, but the energy of the intersection of all our communities. Through in- tensive choral training and once-in-a-lifetime perfoi'm- ing experiences locally, nationally and around the world, BCC enhances the education and social devel- opment of youth as future leaders and global citizens in the 21 st century. This year's program will be hosted by WBZ-TV News an- chors Lisa Hughes and Jonathan Elias and will fea- ture members of WBZ-TV News: WBZ-TV morning news anchors Kate Merrill and David Wade, evening anchors Paula Ebben and Jack Williams, Chief Meteo- rologist Eric Fisher, and Sports Director Steve Bur- ton. It will also air locally on (Continued on Page 14)