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AUTO tXED ADC 62 14 # TOWN PAP'ERSi 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584'-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 28 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 12, 2013 $.30 A COPY BOSTON CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY Where better to celebrate Independence Day than in historic Boston, the birth- place of the American Revo- lution. This year marks the 32nd annual Boston Harborfest, a multi-day cel- ebration of the birth of our Nation. Boston Harborfest attracts over 2.5 million visitors to Boston each year. Boston Harborfest began on Sunday, July 2nd and ended on Friday, July 7th with over 200 activities planned throughout the city from Revolutionary era re-enact- ments, the Boston Pops con- cert and fireworks on the Esplanade, a children's day, the annual turn-around of Old Ironsides in Boston Harbor, Boston Chowderfest on City Hall Plaza. Boston Harborfest is one of Boston's biggest celebrations. On Thursday, July 4th, a Flag Raising Ceremony was held at City Hall Plaza, after- wards, a colorful parade of colonial dressed women and Army men made its way to the Granary Burial Ground were wreaths were laid on the Patriots' graves and con- cluded at the Old State House. Watchers and passersby joined the procession and in patriotic fun, dressed in America's colors; red, white and blue. iiiiiiiiiiiii i!iiiii!i!i ........... i (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) :ii: Quote to Note :: "Freedom has its life in the hearts, the action, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and iiI i refreshed -- else like a flower cut from its life-giving ::i: :: roots, it will wither and die." :: : -- President Dwight D. Eisenhower Don't Spy On Us More than 100 quite irate people participated in a daylong protest against the National Secu- rity Agency's recently leaked domestic surveil- lance program outside the Old State House on the Fourth of July. Protesters were also upset that private companies handed over our private infor- mation to the government with little protest on their part. The July 4th protest saw placards pro- testing such action. The crowd assembled chanted "Restore the Fourth Amendment," which :::: guards against unreasonable searches and sei- zures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. i: While many at this gathering called NSA leaker i::: Edward Snowden a "true hero,' I am not certain he is. I am glad that he brought to light the NSA's i: domestic surveillance program but in fleeing to ::: China and Russia, it confuses me. In the old days of the Cold War, political dissidents fled from :i:: places like China and Russia for this country. As for companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint (Continued on Page 5) Elections Department Announces Start of City's The Board Of Election Com- missioners announces the start of the door-to-door com- ponent of the 2013 Annual Listing Project. Beginning in February, the Election De- partment mailed out over 300,000 listing forms to in- dividual households in every neighborhood of the City of Boston. Residents were given the opportunity to re- spond by prepaid mail, tele- phone or on-line. Massachu- setts General Laws require that every city and town in the Commonwealth conduct an Annual Listing each year. The door-to-door effort targets those residents who have not yet responded. The listing officers will be beginning in Ward 12, in Roxbury and work their way through Dorchester to Ward 17. When this large portion of the City is completed, the teams will then move on to other neighborhoods. Annual Door-to-Door Census Information compiled from Social Security, bank the Listing is used to main- account or credit card tain the integrity of the vot- numbers. ing list. Failure to respond to Residents can still com- the listing can result in aplete their Annual Listing voter's status being desig-by phone Monday through nated as "inactive', which can result in delays the next time the voter goes to the polls. It also will provide an accurate listing to the Office of the Jury Commissioner. Door-to-Door listing offic- ers will be Wearing Photo Identification Badges issued by the City of Boston as well as orange mesh vests indi- cating that they are working for the Election Department. The listing officers work in teams and Boston Police as well as other agencies and officials will be notified when the team will be work- ing in their area. Listing Officers are NOT collecting any money, sign- ing residents up for any services or collecting Friday, from 8:15 am to 4:45 p.m. by calling 617-635- 3767. Those who wish to use the on-line Listing Form should go to www.cityofoboston.gov / elec- tions; and click on the link. Please note if you use the on-line method, you must complete a form for each member of the household who is 17 years of age or older. Residents with questions or concerns regarding the listing may call 617-635- 4634 or visit the Election Department website. Up- dates will also be posted on our Facebook Page at facebook / BostonElections as well as on Twitter @BostonElections. THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.'00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 61 7-227-8?2? for more information