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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 11,2014 Page 3 Irano " Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 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-GAZETFE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnarwna Caesar L. Donnaruma Phy///s F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118 - No. 28 Friday, July 11,2014 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 unceasinglyto quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. North End Historical Society's Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing Please join the North End Historical Society for an illustrated presentation and book signing with local author Barbara Berenson on Wednesday, July 16th beginning at 6:00 pm at the Old North Church Parish House, 193 Salem Street, North End, Boston. Many of you will remem- ber Barbara from her excel- lent program on the Sacco and Vanzetti case that she did for NEHS in 2012. We are excited to have her retum to discuss "Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution." "Most people know that the American Revolution began in Boston. But many people don't know that the nation's Civil War ... also began in Boston. [Boston- ians] were determined to lead a Second American Revolution to force the nation to live up to the prom- ises of liberty and equal- ity contained in the Decla- ration of Independence. When war came, Boston remained at the forefront: the first Union soldiers to die were Massachusetts men killed at the 'Lexington of 1861'." To reserve a space email northendhs@gmail.corn. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:O0 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The POST-GAZE]rE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETFE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices The opinions expressed by our columnists and contributors are not necessarily the same as those of The Post-Gazette, its publisher or editor. Photo submis- sions are accepted by the Post-Gazette provided they are clear, original photos. There is a $5 charge for each photo submitted. Photos can be submitted via e-mail: If you want your photos returned, include a self- addressed, stamped envelope. Larry Lucchino (right) presented Pino Irano with a World Series champion- ship ring. The Boston Red Sox is a team that has experienced drastic ups and downs throughout the years. They were believed to be cursed by the "Curse of the Bambino" for 86 years, since 1918 to 2004. It all started when the Sox sold star player, Babe Ruth, to the New York Yan- kees. The Red Sox which had been a successful team up until that point did not win any more titles, mean- while the Yankees became one of the best teams in North America. Not all Red Sox fans believed in the curse, some used the ex- pression for fun while others regarded it as silly supersti- tion. Regardless of what fans thought there are facts that can't be refuted. The Red Sox tried to break the curse using all kinds of methods such as placing a Red Sox cap on top of Mt. Everest and hiring pro- fessional exorcists to "purify" Fenway Park. All seemed to by Ivanha Paz be to no avail, but then in 2004 the Red Sox beat the Yankees in the Ameri- can League Championship Series, and then went on to take the World Series title, beating the St. Louis Cardi- nals. The curse was finally reversed. Pino Irano is from Benevento, Italy and has been living in Boston for the past 30 years. He owns a restaurant called Piccolo Nido in the North End. Benevento is a city famous for its legends and ties to witchcraft. The year the Curse of the Bambino was broken, Irano had performed a certain rite involving sage, salt and "magic words" at his restaurant. After becoming friends with president, Larry Lucchino, during a long din- ner at Piccolo Nido it was decided he would do it. The Red Sox are not the only ones who rely on Irano for his ability to get rid of "malocchio" or the evil eye, the Celtics and the Bruins also make regular visits. "They couldn't win for so many years and after they came here and I did a little ritual, and maybe my food, maybe some secret powers, they all won," Irano said. "It became a custom that every year before they started the play-offs they come here for the blessing of the season." Irano holds the blessing ritual each year at his res- taurant where for an admis- sion fee people can come to Piccolo Nido have some salad, pizza and wine and Series Rin (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) also be rid of their "malocchio." Irano describes his ability as a special gift which he inherited from his grand- mother. He says it is not something that can be taught. Just like his grand- mother warned him it would happen, he didn't feel any- thing until one day he just knew. The first time he ever made a prediction was that the Red Sox would win the World Series in 2004. That was the moment his gift kicked in and ever since then he can sense and remove "malocchio." Not everybody believes in this sort of thing, but the Red Sox certainly do. Irano was recently presented with the Red Sox World Series ring, in a ceremony thanking him for all the luck and accurate predictions he has brought to the team for the past ten years. "The Spirit of Youth" FUNDRAISER RAISED BOTH AWARENESS AND FUNDS by Sal This year Father John Nazzaro who is the Salesians Boys & Girls Club executive di- rector decided to turn the major fundraiser of the year from a breakfast to a dinner and while the ham and eggs and bagels were missing, needed funds were raised once again for all the programs that the Salesians offers the youth of East Boston and nearby communities. The Topsider Room down at Suffolk Downs was packed as community leaders, area elected officials, activists and the business community showed up in numbers for "The Spirit of Youth" fundraiser. For indeed, this boys & girls club is the spirit of youth. You can see the human side of this community organization in the eyes and smiles of all the children who benefit from the many pro- grams available to all. Giarratani Where else can families send their chil- dren after school to continue learning, hav- ing fun and staying safe? Even if families have financial hardships, children are not turned away. Father John needs everybody's help to con- tinue this East Boston tradition because the need is even greater today. Community Service Award presented to Revere Councillor Tony Zambuto by Nicole Palermo of Revere, who was a pre- vious club kid and now is a staff member of the Salesians Boys and Girls Club; Fr. John Nazzaro and Rep. Carlo Basile. (Photos by Rosario Scubin, Ross Photography) Youth of the Year/Rotary Scholarship presented to Jonathan Barillas by Fr. John Nazzaro and Rep. Carlo Basile. Don Bosco Award presented to Mariecarole Lojko by Fr. John Nazzaro and Rep. Carlo Basile.