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qldjql,.q,llhlh,lld.l"llid.l.v."d"i"l,hd,"l ............ MIXED ADC 070~ 19 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 985842283 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS __1 (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 28 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 11, 2014 $.35 A COPY Goes Underway on July 4th for Last Turnaround Before Dry Dock by Matt Conti (Photo by Matt Conti) At 216 years old, the USS Constitution was still as majestic as ever during her July 4th turnaround in Boston Harbor. This is the last time Old Ironsides will be underway until 2018 as she goes into dry-dock later this year for restora- tions. The drizzly weather from the approaching Tropical Storm Arthur did not interfere with the annual cruise as the historic ship made its way to Castle Island for a 21-gun salute at Fort Independence. On its way back to Charlestown Navy Yard, another 17-gun salute was fired off the U.S. Coast Guard Base in the North End. The USS Constitution is most well-known for its role in the War of 1812 and its stand- ing as the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the U.S. Navy. by Sal Giarratani How Low in the Polls Can He Go? According to most pollsters, President Obama is sinking quickly. One poll has his disapproval rate at 54 percent. Another poll shows that 50 percent of Americans think he is no longer capable of leading. Worse than that, one poll shows him to be the worse president since 1945. Meaning that if you are Republican, he is worse than Jimmy Carter and if you are a Democrat, worse than George W. Bush himself. Michigan Speech Says it All According to President Obama, the national economy is stronger today than it has been since 2008 when President Bush was still in office. Obama added that most Americans don't even know this fact. I guess we are all too stupid for our own good, huh? (Continued on Page 8) THE POST-GAZEI'I SATELLITE OFFICE AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON WILL BE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING TUESDAY, JUNE 24TH E. Finn Appointed Boston Fire Commissioner~Chief of Department Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that he will appoint Chief Joseph E. Finn as the next Commissioner/ Chief of the Boston Fire Department. Chief Finn will assume the duties from cur- rent Interim Commissioner/ Chief John Hasson. "Deputy Chief Finn pos- sesses a broad and impres- sive understanding of the Boston Fire Department, in- cluding personnel, public safety, and administration," said Mayor Walsh. Chief Finn's experience and lead- ership style, along with his commitment to diversity and fairness, will help move our Fire Department into an even more successful era of service to the people of Boston." Joseph E. Finn has been a member of the Boston Fire Department since October of 1984 and has risen through the ranks of the department. In 2001, he was promoted Deputy Chief of Personnel, responsible for recruitment, selection and hiring, as well as contract enforcement, employee assistance, and discipline. He was named to this post based on the find- ings of the O'Toole Commis- sion, and was charged with implementing the Commis- sion's recommendations re- lated to disparity of treat- ment towards members. He initiated and trained the first team of investigators to examine harassment and ~liscrimination allegations, and trained firefighters to become mediators to achieve conflict resolution among staff. Since 2005, Deputy Chief Finn has served as a Divi- sion Commander, in charge of all administrative func- tions, fire ground operations, hazardous materials, and technical rescue responses in Division One. In his 30 years with the Boston Fire Department, Deputy Chief Finn made significant contributions to the department, including establishing an EMT train- ing program that increased the number of EMTs on the Boston Fire Department by 50 percent, and assisting in the development of state regulations for the use of semi-automatic external defibrillators, and of legisla- tion that made the Fire ser- vice a major participant in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services. Deputy Chief Finn has served as a committee member on the" Mayor's task force for the integration of Boston Emergency Medical Services into the Boston Fire Department, and a commit- tee member for the Massa- chusetts Human Resource Division in the development and implementation for a new entry-level firefighters (Continued on Page 4) Boston Harborf e/st 2014 (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Harborfest is a favorite yearly destination for 4th of July festivities. The 33rd Anniver- sary celebrations ran from July 2-6, 2014 and showcased the colonial and mari- time heritage of the cradle -of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. The award-winning festiy'al honored and remembered the past; celebrated the present, and educated the future with re- enactments, concerts & historical tours. Over the years, Harborfest has grown from a local event to a national celebration. In 1982 there were 35 activities over the course of three days. Now in its 33rd year, Harborfest is considered to be the largest patriotic celebration in the nation where the visitors were able to enjoy more than 200 activities suiting different ages and tastes (from chocolate making to Tea Party Debate through historical reconstructions); in order to ensure entertainment for the whole family.