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o , T THE ITAI,/AN-AMmI.- ...... ' MASSACHUSETTS TT (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 31 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 5, 2011 $.30 A COPY 86thlnnual Saint Joseph 9t;east CelebratesJtistoric Unittj Celebration pc, 00tar Pe Massachusetts' TAX-FREE Weekend On Saturday, August 13 th and Sunday, August 14 th, 2011 all purchases made in Massachusetts totaling less than $2,500 will not be sub- ject to the 6.25 percent sales tax, including the sale of al- coholic beverages. According to the Department of Rev- enue, this will save taxpay- ers about $20.5 million over the two days. This offers some relief to both retailers and Massachusetts consum- ers. There is no state tax on clothing unless the price exceeds $175, but on the tax-free weekend, if clothes purchasd exceeds the $2,500 ceiling, the con- sumer will only be taxed on the cost of the item, minus $175. In the case of internet sales, as long as the purchase is made dur- ing that Weekend they will not be subject to any addi- tional tax. Items not included on the holiday are motor vehicles, boats, meals, gas and to- bacco products. Also, if an item is a rental, it is not considered "tangible prop- erty" and does not fall under the exemption. The holiday began as a one day event in 2004 and has been held annually since then. 2009 was the ex- ception, which was at the same time as the sales tax increase from 5 percent to 6.25 percent. The commissioner of rev- e, nue must certify the amount of forgone sales tax as well as the amount of new revenue raised as a result of the tax-free holiday by the end of the year. Union Oyster House Celebrates _. !85th Anniversary The St. Joseph Society celebrated the 86 th Annual St. Joseph Feast and their Historic Unity Celebration on July 29 th, 30 th and 31 . The North End has been home to many different nationalities throughout the years, and the historic festivities were to honor those immigrants. Photos of the event will be featured next week. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) News Briefs by Sal Giarratani Governor Still Pushing In-state Tuition for lllegals Governor Deval Patrick doesn't know when to give up. He once again showed up at a legislative hearing in support of a bill giving illegals the in-state tuition break at our public colleges and universities. However, Representative Richard Bastien, R-Gardner, noted that Oklahoma re- cently repealed this very same kind of legisla- tion and questioned the fairness of giving illegals the in-state tuition break while legal residents from out of state are required to pay full, out of state tuition. Of course, there's an end-run that the gover- nor could propose which would charge all current and prospective students the same in-state tuition, doing away with the higher out of state prices. I don't see the liberals pushing this idea since lots of income is generated from out of state students paying higher tuition fees. Once again the governor is one of those liberals who think America is a good country if you don't come from here. (Continued on Page 15) (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) The Union Oyster House (America's oldest restaurant) celebrated their 185 th Anniversary on Wednesday, August 3 . Celebrating their 185  year they rolled back their luncheon price to $1.85. L-R: Mary Ann Milano, Joe Milano and Mayor Tom Menino cutting the scenic cake provided by Montillo's Bakery. * THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFIC[ IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EASel " BOSTON i This office is open on Tuesdays from Iffg)0 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from I1:00 AM to 2.'00 PPL I for the convenience of our ,East Bston and North Shore clients and contributors I Call 617 227 8929 for more information J