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,li,lilh,,hl,,illll,,l,il,,lill,,,i,llhll,,l,IM,l,l,,i'll,i .............. MIXED ADC 07099 20 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ml (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 32 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 8, 2014 $.35 A COPY Saint Agrippina Celebrates 100 Anniversary This past weekend the North End celebrated the I00th annual Saint Agrippina di Mineo Feast. It took place on Battery and Hanover Streets, with the open- ing ceremony on Thursday. Mayor Walsh was present for the opening ceremonies along with dignitaries from Mineo. Friday and Saturday featured evening parades through the streets of the North End. On Sunday the feast came to a close with the main procession with members of the society carrying a life size statue of the beautiful Saint. Entertainment included: The Temptations, Taylor Dayne, The North End Marching Band and the Italian American Band of Lawrence. The Feast also included DJs, food, games and a raffle on Sun- day. The Feast commemorates Saint Agrippina who was wrong- fully tortured to death by the Em- peror of Rome, Valerian,: in 256 B.C. After her death the story con- tinues with three holy women takifl~g tier bod~ from Rome to'~ Mineo, amazing commoners through their journey as Saint Agrippina's body was protected by The unveiling of Saint Agrippina Angels and shielded by clouds. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Society Members Traditional Tug-of-War by Sal Giarratani Boston Needs Sean Hannity Badly After a great mild vacation in Austin, Texas, it was good to hear Sean Hannity on the radio again giving his viewpoints on current events. I wish WTKK 96.9 was still here. Right now, Boston has WRKO with the likes of Jeff Kuhner, Rush Limbaugh, Howie Carr and Mark Levin but I still miss Hannity. Someday hopefully, Boston will get another talk station again. Meanwhile, there had been lots of news to digest while on vacation. The ongoing Southern Border floodgates, the shooting down of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine and the Hamas offensive against Israel. Stop Lecturing Israel U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry needs to stop lecturing Israel on using some restraint. That key American ally has-been under attack by Hamas from inside Gaza and has launched its ground war to protect its sovereign integrity and the lives of its people. Kudos to Israel for taking decisive action. U.S. Military Draw Down Is now the time to draw down our U.S. military to its lowest levels since World War II and in the case of the U.S. Air Force since it began? The United States needs to stand for world le;'dership (Continued on t'age 12) Massport Approves Purchase of New Ship Detection System Unique to Logan. Systems Adds Safety for Boston Harbor The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) recently voted to approve a second ship radar to monitor the boating channel under the final approach to Logan's Runway 27. The airport currently has a ship detec- tion system for the Runway 4R approach. In addition to the existing radar coverage, the Federal Aviation Administration has asked that Massport provide the same positive surveillance technology to protect the final approach to Logan's Runway 27. In 2013, Runway 27 was Logan's busiest arrival run- way with 32 percent of all jet arrivals. Boston Logan is the only airport in the nation with ship detection radar, which detects the height and distance of ships passing through Boston Harbor and provides Air Traffic Controllers with more informa- tion as planes land and depart. This system can become critical in poor visibility, such as thick fog. In 2007, Massport installed the system off Runway 4R. This system covers the Boston Main Channel for large ships entering and exiting the Inner Harbor. The new system will cover the area between Runway 27 and Winthrop Harbor, which is frequented by pleasure craft. "Massport places safety and security of the people who use our facilities and, above all other priorities~" said Thomas P. G1ynn, Massport's CEO. "With new tech- nology come new solutions. These ship detection systems provide our staff and our partners at the FAA with additional infor- mation as planes approach and depart from Logan, adding another layer of safety to an already very safe system." The installation, operation, and mainte- nance of this new system to support and maintain the vertical guidance provided to aircraft landing on Runway 27 is estimated at $1,650,000. Boston Logan, serves as the gateway to the 'New England region and offers nonstop ser- vice to 74 domestic and 39 international destinations and in 2013 handled 30.2 mil- lion passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines and was the Air Line Pilot Association's Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transporta- tion access, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been trans- formed into a world-class 21st Century facil- ity. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year. You can find them on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at THE POST-GAZETTE S,.TELLITE 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 I1:00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8?29 for more information