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THE IT-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS T k (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 29 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 22, 2011 $.30 A COPY Celebrating Our Anniversary r James V. Donnaruma - Founder Publisher- 1896 to 1953 Caesar L. Donnaruma Publisher- 1953 to 1971 Phyllis F. 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/ Perry Coming to Bay State Texas Governor Rick Perry, a potential 2012 presidential GOP candidate has an upcoming date to speak in Boston. He will be delivering the keynote address at the Pioneer Institute's Better Government Competition Awards on Sep- tember 13. With the current field of GOP candi- dates so weak, Perry could very well be the GOP nominee next year with a better-than-good chance of beating the incumbent. Keating vs. Ciccone Recently, in the Boston Herald U.S. Represenative Bill Keating reportedly alluded to a state Senate race years ago when Keating tried to topple then Senate President Bill Bulger and I sign-holders from outside the district arrived in Ii support of his Senate opponent. He reportedly seemed to think Whitey was financing the sign- ' (Continued on Page 15) ! 116 Years of Continuous. Publication One hundred and sixteen 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 news- paper was LA GAZZETFA 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 talo-American women publishers. Upon Phyllis' death in October 1990, their daughter, Pamela, continued 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 GAZZETTA 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 full of 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 James Donnaruma (right) with colleagues in the offices of La Gazzetta del Massachusetts, 231 Hanover Street, in 1913. advantage of America's free education while learning the process of citizenship. We de- voted pages and pages to that very mission! The GAZZETTA became, in a way, a sort of guide, so to speak, the go-between that brought American political life to the Italian immigrant. Many times our people were sent unknowingly to work in places subject to a strike and were therefore exposed to physical violence on the part of strikers ... in time, the situation changed as they learned more about the new land of opportunity. The Italian immigrant was a hard worker, a thrifty man, a family man He had pride. As a family their goal was to build a future in America. Tile GAZZETTA stressed on these virtues. We began to publish an all- English section which be- came a real forum, discuss- ing many problems, criticiz- ing discriminating laws while advocating Americanization and responding to commu- nity needs such as the Red Cross appeals. A typical Horatio Alger story could be repeated by thousands of immigrants and their American-born children who became an integral :part of this great country, fighting in its wars and facing every national crisis. It would be impossible, space wise, to enumerate the many initiatives taken by ouppublication from its in- ception as "LA GAZZE'ITA" to its present-day format as the "POST-GAZETTE" in its 1 16 years of uninterrupted pub- licatiWe never missed an issue, even when the going was very hard. The moral reward, over the years of hard work, came (Postazette file photo) in many ways when Ameri- can presidents, senators, congressmen, governors and other officials praised the work of the newspaper in times of war and peace. The newspaper had to fight vig- orously against all forms of discrimination in employ- ment and immigration laws, yet on the issue of loyalty and patriotism, there was never any question. The Italian immigrants after a long period of confu- sion, which was often be- wildering, accepted in full the American concept of school, church, and state and has become part of this demo- cratic society, bringing to it all the qualities the Italians always possessed as builders, dreamers, organizers, fight- ers, artists, inspired teach- ers and defenders of Italo- American ideals. Throughout the United States and in Boston, espe- cially where freedom be- gan over 200 years ago, the GAZZETTA or the POST- GAZETTE has played a vital part in history. Today, the University of Minnesota and the Univer- sity of Florence in Italy have compiled all of our issues from the first to its current publication on microfilm for future generations, thereby recognizing the POST- GAZETTE's historical contri- bution to this country and the development of our unique culture to the people on these shores. We continue to bring to our readers the incredible stories of Americans from coast-to-coast who are the "Builders of America." We salute these great men and women who have made a unique contribution to our country and heritage. It ..... ''" ' '' iihii00i't%ii00hli00,000000l0000l hl li th