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| *******AUTO**MIXED ADC 07099 62 14 # PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETTE J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 31 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 2, 2013 $.30 A COPY 88 th Saint Joseph Feast Friday evening July 264 kicked off the 88 th Saint Joseph's Feast in Boston's North End. The down pours did not discourage society members and devotees of Saint Joseph in any way as they took to the rain soaked streets like ducks to water. Fr. Jack blessed the statue of Saint Joseph in front of St. Joseph's Chapel on Hanover Street proceeded by a short procession of the Saint Joseph statue accompa- nied by The Italian Serenaders and the North End Marching Band. Entertainers for the 88 th Saint Joseph Feast included: "The Italian Crooner of this Century" Gian Faraone, a special performance by Marc Antonielli, music by the North End Music and Performing Arts Center, Street Magic, Ray Cavicchio and his Orchestra with special guests vocalist Frank Zarba and Sharon "Z," DJ Craig Sutton, Street Magic, The Roving Jester, and Louie Bello. Sunday's celebrations began with a Mass by Father John "Jack" Izzo. The Grand Procession took place through the streets of the North End lasting a total of seven and a half hours. Some Republicans Dump as Mules There are many good reasons for opposing the latest amnesty-immigration bill now in the House after the U.S. Senate passed it and sent it over to the other branch of Congress. However, none to my knowledge includes a slew of drug mules ready to start hauling drugs across the border. However, that is just what U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has suggested. I personally oppose the current immigration bill as nothing more than amnesty and believe it will be as effective as the amnesty bill passed in 1986 and signed into law by President Reagan when the so-called illegal count stood at 3 million. To- day, the number has risen anywhere between the 11.5 million touted by the Gang of Eight which sadly includes U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, whose presidential stock in 2016 took a deep nosedive.. What most Republicans are forgetting are the lessons that should have been learned 27 years ago when amnesty without real border security only increased the problem and illegal population. Under the bill being considered, forget the 11.5 million number, think 25 million because inside this bill it will most probably lead to the so-called Dreamers being granted legal status as well as their siblings, parents and grandparents. We could (Continued on Page 14) (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) (Continued on Page 5) Still No Answer on Parcel 9 Terry Francona was fired as manager of the Boston Red Sox in October of 2011. Over three (3) Years before Francona got fired, the MassDOT came to the com- munity about its desire to develop Parcel 9 on Blackstone Street in the North End and convened a Committee of interested par- ties to advise it on how best to do so. It has now been five {5) years since the summer of 2008 when the Parcel 9 pro- cess began. The number of draft RFPs, RFPs, Addenda to RFPs, Responses to RFPs, Comment Letters on RFPs, Committee meetings to re- view draft RFPs, RFPs, Ad- by Marie Matarese denda to RFPs, Responses to RFPs, Comment Letters on RFPs, receive and review public comments on draft RFPs, RFPs, Addenda to RFPs, Responses to RFPs, etc, etc has become the stuff of urban legend. Yet from the first round of Proposals - straight through the last round of Developer Responses to the ump- teenth Addendum - there has been an overwhelming consensus in favor of one project. There is no debate as to which project is fa- vored by all but one mem- ber of the Advisory Commit- tee, by all three of the area's elected public offi- cials, by the Haymarket Pushcart Association (whose operations will be directly impacted by the develop- ment of Parcel 9), by the 3500 Haymarket shoppers who signed petitions, or by commentators in both the local and citywide press. Not only have those parties ex- pressed their strong support for the Blackstone Market LLC's Proposal, but many have also expressed their strong opposition to the rival proposal to develop a hotel on the parcel. Why is it taking MassDOT so long to announce what seems to be a no-brainer of a decision on this matter?. I don't know, I asked the very same question last December! 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 ll.X) AM to Z)0 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 611-227-8929 for more information