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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 4, 2014 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-6929 617-227-6928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETrE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnantma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118 -No. 27 Friday, July 4, 2014 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL GOOD COUNTRY AMERICA ff You Don't Come from Here by Sal Giarratani Lately in the news, we are hearing all about these unaccompanied young people attempting to cross the southern border into Arizona and Texas. The U.S. Border Patrol agents are so overwhelmed dealing with this crisis that much of our southern border has opened wide to even more illegals entering the nation. At the moment, the crisis appears contrived by a number of Central American nations encouraging thousands to flee across our border. Many of these youngsters are little children and all must cross 1,800 miles of Mexican territory to get to the U.S. border. Mexico apparently is no longer guarding its southern border because seemingly it knows all these so-called refugees are only passing through on their way to us. While Democrats up on Capitol Hill keep talking about comprehensive immigration reform, few if any agree with many Republicans who say we need to secure our borders before reforming immigration policy. President Reagan supported immigration reform back in 1986, amnesty was given but the border was never secured. We need not repeat that mistake again. Meanwhile, kudos to our state legislators for nixing the idea of the "Safe Driving' bill which would have legalized the undocumented driving legally on our roads. Don't you love these great names like "safe driving" as if handing out licenses to illegals will some- how make the rest of us safer. However, now Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is seeking to thwart by signing the "Trust Act" legislation which would overrule the federal government's "Secure Communities" program. Like Mayor Joe Curtatone of Somerville, Walsh feels for these poor helpless illegals among us and he now parrots Curtatone's concerns about rounding up illegals for the feds to pick up. Walsh says, the Boston Police shouldn't be detaining illegals for simply being illegal but only if they commit a serious crime. Law enforcement does not stop illegals on the road because they are illegal but because they did something wrong while driving. Once we know someone is here ille- gally, should we just pretend we don't see that? Give them a citation and say "Have a nice illegal day in America?" On one level I do agree, it is up to the federal gov- ernment to deal with our porous borders and stop these daily invasions down at the US border in the south- west but now thanks to liberals who apparently see nothing wrong with illegals pouring into our country, America is less secure by the day. Why should local government compound the mistakes of our national leaders? Finally, in case you didn't know, Boston just held an official celebration honoring immigrants to Boston. I guess whether they are legal or illegal. Welcome to Boston and if you are illegal, you get celebrated too. As stated at the top of this commentary, Good coun- try America, especially if you don't come from here! The opinions expressed  our columnists and contributors are not necessarily the same as those of The PostGazetts, its publisher or editor. Photo submissions are Jeanette Cataldo Opens New Interior Design Store in the North End by Ivanha Paz Those who know the North End will have noticed there is a new addition to Prince Street. A little shop full of vibrant colors, lime greens and deep yellows, and exotic furniture -- funky chairs, glass tables and a myriad of different decorative pieces -- has just been opened at number 42. This is Cataldo Interiors, Inc. A little frustrated with society's current obsession with the virtual world, the woman behind the shop, Jeanette Cataldo, an inte- rior designer with a Con- struction Supervisor li- cense, wanted a space where she could talk, see and touch people. She can not only decorate your home or business, but also be your general contractor. Cataldo was born in Cam- bridge, but her roots have always been connected to the North End, a place she considers to be her second home. Her mother's first job was as a fifteen year old girl in Pizzeria Regina, a staple in Boston's Italian neighbor- hood since 1926. As a young girl Cataldo spent her sum- mers at her aunt's house in the North End, and recently after her mother passed she knew she had to come back. "I think I came back for my mother, she would have liked that," she said. "I feel like this is where I'm sup- posed to be now." She always knew she had a penchant for design, or as she would say, art. When she was a child she was playing with erector sets -- before Legos became the construc- tion toy of choice -- with the boys instead of with dolls like all the other little girls. She liked to build, to create, to make spaces beautiful. She decided to take a sum- mer course in "interior deco- rating," and she was hooked. She went on to study what was then called "Environ- mental Design" at the New England School of Art and Design. The school was founded in 1923 and in 1988 it joined forces with Suf- folk University. It was ranked among the "Top 10" list of "America's Best Archi- tecture and Design Schools" in 2012 and 2013 by Designlntelligence Magazine. Today her mission in Boston's North End, is to share some "pretty" with one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of the city. At Cataldo Interiors, Jeanette runs the show, with two of her nieces, Nicole Jeanette Cataldo and (Photo by Rosario and Casey Cataldo, working for her. She is always the de- signer on every project. The way she explains it is once you hire Cataldo she be- comes your spokesperson, an advocate for your vision while she manages all con- tractors and subcontractors making sure everything runs smoothly and on time. It is her job to use her ex- pertise to bring someone else's idea to life. She will spend hours locked in her office in the back of her shop -- which looks more like a little high-end boutique, with all the modern d6cor -- letting creativity flow as she works on different projects. As an interior designer she turns a space into exactly what it's meant for, this means arranging lots of dif- ferent elements in harmony, such as lighting, and layout all according to the desired vision or idea. She has been an interior designer for the past twenty- five years and later obtained a Construction Supervisor license which lets her blend two different skill sets that complement each other. "I thought construction and interior design ... you know the nightmare stories of the contractors that didn't show up and so on, I thought we can correct that," she said. She can now organize the whole construction aspect of a project and make sure it matches the design from start to finish. "I became a construction supervisor and then I married it together with interior design, we don't just do interior design, we'll go into an empty building -- commercial or residential -- and just take it from soup to nuts," she explained. As she "people-watches," one of her favorite things to do in the North End, Cataldo encourages any passers-by to come in and chat, to em- niece Nicole Cataldo. Scabin, Ross Photography) brace the pretty and ask any design questions they might have. "/t lot of people look at designers like "too expen- sive or you can't touch this," she said. "I wanted to bring it to the North End and show people different things, for them to come in and touch and feel and just enjoy." There is no job too big or too small, Cataldo has worked on projects as large as country clubs or function halls, but is also more than happy to help you decide on a color for your living room. As a designer there are several affiliations that you should have, "There are lots of hats that go with an inte- rior design degree," she explained. Cataldo has quite a few: she is SOMWBA cer- tified (State Office of Minor- ity & Women in Business), Affiliate Member of ASID (American Society of Inte- rior Designers), Professional Member of IDS (New England Chapter of the Interior Design Society), CQRID certified (Council for Quali- flcat{ons of Residential Inte- rior Designers, Licensed Con- struction Supervisor #103620, and Certified Color Consult- ant CfYH. When she's not working, Cataldo likes to spend time with her family. She has seven grandchildren, "my life, my babies," she said, which she enjoys cooking for. She is happily married and has two daughters, who she said with a laugh, "want no part in the designing business; they say it gives them a headache." She invites everyone to come in and take a look around, there is an open- house in the works; so keep your eye out for the dates. For more information on Cataldo Interiors, Inc. visit her website: at http: / / FREE Consumer Action Handbook At one time or another, even the sawiest consumer will have a problem with a product or a service. Luckily the brand new edi- tion of the Consumer Action Handbook is a free survival guide for your money. It can help you make smart purchases on big s tuff like cars or a home. It explains what credit is, how it works, and how you can protect it. It has great tips so you can be a savvy consumer and protect your hard-earned money. 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