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dqhhP.,,ilq,hl,ldl,dq,,u,hll,l,l,q,h,,Id,,h,all PAUL JF..~ SI~ TOWN pAPERS. INC. Zt7W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 121 - NO. 30 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 28, 2017 $.35 A COPY Celebrating Our Anniversary! James V, Donnaruma - Founder Caesar L. Donnaruma Publisher - 1896 to 1953 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/ Years One hundred and twenty-two "La Colonia," had to face a vari- olence on the part of strikers ... years ago, an Italian immigrant ety of complex problems and LA in time, the situation changed who arrived in Boston when GAZZETTA had to understand as they learned more about the he was only 16 years old saw the slow and difficult transition new land of opportunity. the realization of his fondest of men who, in mostcases, had The Italian immigrant was dreams, the establishment of an been engaged in agriculture in a hard worker, a thrifty man, Italian language newspaper that their home country. Here, they a family man. He had pride. would be the genuine voice of had to work in construction,As a family, their goal was to the increasing flow of Italians to factories and restaurants, even- build a future in America. LA the United States. The boy was tually becoming small business GAZZE?TA stressed these vir- James V. Donnaruma, and the owners, and finally profession- tues. We began to publish an newspaper was LA GAZZEYTA als, heads of business enter- all-English section which be- DEL MASSACHUSETTS which prises, industrial leaders, even came a real forum for discuss- is now published in English as heads of state -- people to be ing many problems, and criticiz- the POST-GAZETTE. respected by others, ing discriminating laws while He remained at the helm of If America was to some a bit- advocating Americanization and this well-known publication un- ter disappointment, to more responding to community needs til his demise in 1953, at which it remained a great adventure such as the Red Cross appeals. time his son, Caesar, took over filled with excitement. There A typical Horatio Alger story the reins of running the now were new ways to be learned as could be repeated by thousands famous national weekly news- well as new institutions. There of immigrants and their Ameri- paper located in the North End were speculators and exploiters can-born children who became of Boston. Caesar was loyally to be fought, and a "padrone" an integral part of this great .assisted by his ingenious wife, system that needed to be de-country, fightingin its wars and Phyllis, who assumed the role stroyed. There were churches to facing every national crisis. It of publisher in 1971, becoming be built and, above all, educa- would be impossible to enumer- one the nation's first Italian- tion to be had. Immigrants took ate here the many initiatives American women publishers, great advantage of America'staken by our publication, from Upon Phyllis' death in October free education while learning its inception as %A GAZZETTA ~ 1990, their daughter, Pamela, the process of citizenship. We to its present-day format as the continued the tradition as the devoted pages and pages to that "POST-GAZETTE,~ in its 122 third generation publisher of very important mission! years of uninterrupted publica- the POST-GAZETTE. LA GAZZETTA became a guide, tion. We have never missed an LA GAZZETTA, as it was prop- so to speak, the go-between that issue, even when the going was erly called, was very short on brought American political life very hard. financial means but had a large to the Italian immigrant. Many The moral reward, over the vision, to give its readers a bet- times, our people were sent years of hard work, came in ter and wider understanding unknowingly to work in places many ways when American between two countries. The subject to a strike and were so-called Italian Colony, or therefore exposed to physicalvi- (Continued on Page 10) 2017 Procession of San in Boston's North End by 8aI ni i If I Were Sessions, I Would ... , I liked President Trump's selection of U.S. Sen. Jeff ! Sessions for U.S. Attorney General and was glad to i see how he handled those resistant Democrats at his = 4 Senate Confirmation hearing, who seemed to be trying ' to fit him for a KKK robe and hood. =:~ However, what President Trump did last week at that sit-down with the NY Times was pretty bad. He slammed Sessions badly for recusing himself from " ~.~ anything to do with the Russia investigation Trump ~) thinks he was done wrong by him. Personally, I don't }?i? think he had a choice. Sessions is a man of high i ethics. President Trump shouldn't have taken anything - i ..... Sessions did as a body punch to the Oval Office. i If I were Sessions, I would feel the president no . : longer has my back. I would have resigned and moved ,- on with my life. Trump, as usual, shoots from the hip , (Continued on Page 13) . , ~ ~ ',~ ~ ,~';: s~ .~, THE POST-GAZEI'rE SATELLITE OFFICE 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQ,, EAST BOSTON Tues. 10:00 AM-3:00 PM Thurs. I1:00 AM-2:00 PM Call 617-227-8929 for more information ii The Society of San Rocco held their annual procession through the streets of Boston's North End on Sunday July 16, 2017. Traditional music was played by the Roma Band and Northeast Italian Band. Saint Rocco was born into an aristocratic French family. He turned away from his worldly inheritance and status, giving all of his possessions to the poor and the sick. He traveled plague- stricken Europe caring for the sick and, ultimately, through the grace of God, miraculously curing those he encountered. Saint Rocco escaped death from starvation and plague by eating food brought to him bY a dog. San Nicola Baronia, a small town in Italy, adopted this Holy Man as their patron saint. Immigrants from this town es- tablished a Society dedicated to his works in Boston, MA. in 1921. The Society of San Rocco of San Nicola Baronia annually celebrates a festival in his honor and strives throughout the year to perform charitable works. 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