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"-"-w- .UTO MiXED 070g9 62 14 ## S.='~L TO.WN, PP-C~ERS, !NC. PAUL JEFFKO 217 WCOTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 /~0 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ~------I (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 32 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 9, 2013 $.30A COPY Last Call for Anthony's Pier 4 by Matt Conti 99th Annual Saint Agrippina di Mineo Feast A victim of the Seaport District's new development, Anthony's Pier 4 held a "last call" closing gathering for staff and friends this week. Having once attracted up to 3,000 nightly dinner patrons, the landmark restaurant has seen its business decline significantly in recent years. In addition to tax problems, the waterfront institution lost out to competition from newer dining options such as the Liberty Wharf restaurant com- plex (Globe article). Anthony's Pier 4 peaked in the 1980's and was once the place to be. Famous guest photos adorn the wails including those of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Bur- ton, Steve McQueen, Joe DiMaggio, Willte Mays Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Richard Nixon, Judy Garland, Alfred Hitchcock, Ginger Rogers, Julie Child and Jack Nicholson. The Northern Avenue lot will soon feature a 21-story tower, with apartments and ground floor retail stores. Anthony's Pier 4 closing follows that of nearby Jimmy's Harborside, another old school Seaport institution. Anthony's Pier 4 owner, Michael Athanas, son of founder Anthony Athanas, has been quoted saying his family will consider opening a smaller restaurant in the Seaport. Saint Agrippina di Mineo society members. (Photo by Rosario This past weekend the North -End. ce:tebrated its 99a annual Saint Agrippina di Mineo Feast. It took place on Battery and Hanover Streets, with the procession on Friday, Saturday and Sunday carrying a life size statue of the beautiful Saint.. The feast included enter- tainment from several bands such as: The Midnight Crew, Htpshot Band, All-4-One, Lisa Love Experience and First Class Band. The Feast also had DJs, food, games and a raffle on Sunday. The most traditional and popular part of the festival was the Tug of War of S0int Agrippina on Sunday. The Feast com- memorates Saint Agrippina Scabin, Ross Photography) who was wrongfully tortured to death by the Emperor of Rome, Valerian, in 256 B.C. After her death the story continues with three holy women taking her body from Rome to Mineo, amazing commoners through their journey as Saint Agrippina's body was protected by Angels and shielded by clouds. (Additional Photos on Page 8) Boston's West Nile Virus Threat Level Raised : !i!:.!i':' i Baby Boomer TV Actor Dies :j i If you are a baby boomer like myself, you should i:::::" ::.:::i remember TV actor Michael Ansara. While many :: remember him as being married to TV actress ::'Barbara Eden from "I Dream of Jeannie," he was :::: also the first Klingon on TV's "Star Trek" and for. :: many years in my youth played Cochise on "Broken Arrow," a great TV western with a posi- tive image of American Indians. He was 91 years :: : old. Kerry Backpedals Out of His Own Way :: Last week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry first suggested in public that the Egyptian army's action of July 3rd in overthrowing the first duly elected president of that country was only 'restor- ing democracy' to its citizens. However, within .... 24 hours he was trying to backpedal back into :/:i: neutrality. Up until his first statement, the United States was doing its best to support neither side in the current turmoil following the coup, Tile ::ii: Muslim Brotherhood was quick to jump on Kerry by saying that the ousted president was elected by the people. They asked if the U.S. Army ousted (Continued on Page 14) Health Officials Remind Public to Taking Simple Precautions The Massachusetts De- partment of Public Health has raised the threat level for West Nile Virus to moderate in Boston. The announcement comes after two consecutive weeks where mosquito pools in the city tested positive for West Nile Virus and after the number of trapped mosqui- toes has doubled. The posi- tive mosquito pools were located in Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park. State officials also raised the threat level in neighboring Brookline. The elevated alert level is another reminder to the pub- lic to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mos- quitoes. There have yet to be any recorded human cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in Boston this year. The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) encour- ages people to use insect repellant when outdoors, es- pecially from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to be biting and when possible, to wear clothing that includes long sleeves and pants. People should also mosquito-proof their home by making sure that their window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquitoes from getting into the house. To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, the BPHC advises people to turn over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, and garbage cans; remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water; dis- pose of or cover old tires; and cover swimming pools when not in use. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito in- fected with the virus, but it poses very low risk to most people. The risk can be fur- ther reduced by following simple safety measures. The Suffolk County Mos- quito Control Project has placed larvicide in catch ba- sins and wetlands through- out Boston, a process de- signed to reduce the mos- quito population. The agency also conducts targeted, truck- mounted aerosol spraying in certain areas of the city for the same purpose. Spraying was recently conducted in Hyde Park and East Boston. BPHC offers fact sheets in a variety of languages to help educate people on the risks associated with WNV: For further information on mosquito-borne illness, call the Boston Public Health Commission at 617-534- 5611 or visit mbi. THE POST-GAZETi'E SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:(X) AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.'00 AM to 2. X) PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information