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AUTO**M!XED ADC 07099 62 t4, # PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 30 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 26, 2013 $.30 A COPY. Celebrating Our Anniversary! 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/ 118 One hundred and eighteen 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-American women 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 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 and excitement. There were new ways to be learned as well as new institutions. There were speculators and exploiters to be fought, a "padrone" sys- tem needed to be destroyed. There were churches to be built and above all, immi- grants took advantage of America's free education while learning the process of citizenship. We devoted 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 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 man, a family man. He had pride. As a family their goal was to build a future in America. The GAZZETTA stressed these virtues. We began to publish an all-English section which became a real forum, dis- cussing many problems, criticizing discriminating laws while advocating Americanization and re- sponding to community 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 impos- sible, space wise, to enu- merate the many initiatives taken by our publication from its inception as "LA GAZZETTA" to its present- day format as the "POST- GAZETTE" in its 1 18 years of uninterrupted publica- tion. We never missed an issue, even when the going was very hard. The moral reward, over the years of hard work, came in many ways when Ameri- can presidents, senators, (Continued on Page 14) ,4 Saint Rocco's Annual Procession New York Daily News Front Page This past Sunday, the NY Daily News ran a full front page photo showing Beyonce, Jay Z, Trayvon's mother and A1 Sharpton with a head- line stating "All 4 Tray." One time I liked the Daily News but nowadays, it is nothing more than seemingly a liberal rag. The best newspaper in New York without a doubt is the New York Post. Rolling Stone is Dumb as a Rock i: The Boston Herald last week ran a great "Dumb as a Rock" front page story on the Rolling Stone's : 'The Bomber" cover. The magazine seemingly gave Tsarnaev the rock star treatment. Kudos :: to all those businesses that are refusing to sell this issue of Rolling Stone. What About Sgt. Sean Murphy MSP? Many people are praising him for giving those photos taken in Watertown during the capture ..... of Bomber Number 2. The Massachusetts State (Continued on Page 14) Members of the Saint Rocco Society gather outside of Saint Leonard Church before beginning their annual procession through the streets of the North End on a hot and humid Sunday, July 21"t. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) THE POST-GAZEI"I1E 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 11.'00 AM to, 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information