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/,,, THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS T (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 29 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 20, 2012 $.30 A COPY Celebrating Our Anniversary James V. Donnaruma - Founder Publisher- 1896 to 1953 Caesar L. Donnaruma Publisher-1953 to 1971 Phyllis E Donnaruma Pamela C. Donnaruma Publisher- 1971 to 1990 Publisher- 1990 to Present As we celebrate our anniversary, we would like to thank our advertisers and subscribers for their loyalty throughout the years. We couldn't have come this far without you/ 117 Years of Continuous Publication One hundred and seventeen years ago, an Italian immi- grant who arrived in Boston when he was only 16 years old saw the realization of his fondest dreams., to establish an Italian language newspa- per that would be the genu- ine voice of the increasing flow of Italians to the United States. The boy was James V. Donnaruma, the newspa- per was LA GAZZETTA DEL MASSACHUSETTS which is now published in English as the POST-GAZETTE. He remained at the helm of this well-known publica- tion until his demise in 1953 at which time his son, Caesar, took over the reins of running the now famous national weekly newspaper located in the North End of Boston. Caesar was loyally assisted by an ingenious wife, Phyllis, who assumed the role of publisher in 1971, as one the nations first Italo-America: :vmen publishers. Upon Phyllis' death in October 1990, their daughter, Pamela, contin- ued the tradition as the third generation publisher of the POST-GAZETTE. The GAZZETTA, as it was properly called, was very short in financial means but had a large vision, to give its readers a better and wider understanding between two countries. The so-called Italian Colony, or "La Colonia," had to face a complexity of problems and the GAZZE3TA had to under- stand the slow and hard transition of men who, in most cases, had been en- gaged in agriculture in the home country. Here, they were to work in construc- tion, factories and restau- rants, eventually emerging as small storekeepers and finally the professionals, heads of business enter- prises and eventually to become industrial leaders, heads of state, people to be respected by others. If America was to some a-. bitter disappointment, to more it remained a great ad- venture and excitement. There were new ways to be learned as well as new institutions. There were speculators and ex- ploiters to be fought, a "padrone" system needed to be destroyed. There were churches to be built and above all, immigrants took advantage of America's free education while learning the process of citizenship. We devoted pages and pages to that very missionl The GAZZETTA became, in a way, a sort of guide, so to speak, the go-between that brought American po- litical life to the Italian im- migrant. Many times our people were sent unknow- ingly to .work in places sub- ject to a strike and were therefore exposed to physi- cal violence on the part of strikers ... in time, the situ- ation changed as they learned more about the new land of opportunity. The Italian Immigrant- was a hard worker, a thrifty (Continued on Page 14) Saint Rocco's Annual Procession bU What Happened to Just Reporting the News? Recently while listening to Jay Severin on my car radio, I heard him mention an Andrea Mitchell report on MSNBC in which Mitt Romney's speech was edited into the Twilight Zone. He was talking about one thing and Mitchell turned it into a George H.W. Bush moment at the supermarket scanner (Remember that one when the lamestream media was pushing a guy named Bill Clinton back in '92?). Selective editing to seemingly deceive an audience is very unbecoming of NBC-TV, isn't it? Is Obama Pathological? According to President Obama's 1995 memoir, "Dreams of My Father," the president claimed his paternal grandpa was imprisoned and tortured by British colonists in Kenya. Turns out this asser- tion was a piece of proven fiction. Obama has also (Continued on Page 14) On a hot and humid Sunday, July 15, 2012 as temperatures reached the 90s devotees of Saint Rocco held their annual procession through the streets of Boston's North End. Accompanying the statue of Saint Rocco and his devotees were Portuguese dancers, Rancho Folelorico de Peabody accompanied by the Roma Band and Northeast Italian Band. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) 7"