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Pag'e 2 POST-GAZETTE,'AOGUST 16 2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. GROVER CLEVELAND DATE OF BIRTH: March 18, 1837 PLACE OF BIRTH: Caldwell, NJ DATE OF DEATH: June 24, 1908 PLACE OF DEATH: Princeton, NJ SPOUSE: Frances Folsom PRESIDENT: 22nd - March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1889 24th -March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1897 Res Publica by David Trumbull The Mayoral Candidate from the North End? So many candidates for mayor -- I don't know whom to vote for. I don't even know all the namesl A few weeks ago I took a phone call from someone polling regarding the mayoral race. The voice on the end of the wire had some sort of accent and it certainly was not Bostonian! The woman read out the name of each candidate and asked if I had heard of the candidate and if I have an opinion. Well, as I said, there are several women and men running and some names I had barely heard before. But when she got to the name "John Cannoli" I said, "Now you're just making up names!" So she spelled it out for me. "C-O-N-N-O-L-L-Y." The joke in our home now is that John Connolly must be the candidate from the North End and we're sing- ing "When Irish Eyes Are Italian." No offense to Mr. Connolly intended. He appears to be qualified for the office and has some good ideas-for the city. But this out-of-state pollster's mispronunciation got me thinking about one of the problems with electoral politics as now practiced in Boston. Aside from the ques- tion of how anyone could get a simple name like Connolly wrong, it shows what hap- pens when politics is prac- ticed "wholesale" rather than "retail." By retail we mean the candidate meeting voters face to face. "Wholesale" poli- tics is the use of TV, radio, internet, telephone and other means of manipulating pub- lic opinion, rather than per- suading individual voters. Surely there are local poll- ing companies, employing local people who would know how to pronounce an Irish name. I don't know who com- missioned this poll -- pre- sumably not Mr. Connolly, as one would hope that the people working for you can at least pronounce your name! But, whoever it was, some candidate went with a company from out-of-state, or which "farms out" its call center to some other, lower- cost region. All candidates make grand pronouncements about good jobs at good wages for Bostonians, but at least one chose to economize by using lower-paid out-of-state workers to make polling calls. Between now and the elec- tion the voters of Boston will be deluged with phone calls on behalf of the candidates. I know, from having, in the 19906, run for office my- self, that in Cambridge, you have to have a "phone bank" to be a competitive candi- date. Still, it's so impersonal. Paid out-of-state callers or even worse, recorded an- nouncements, have, to too much a degree, taken the place of individual Boston- ians calling to recommend a candidate or remind a friend to vote. Grover Cleveland supported his sisters and mother, When the Civil War called he hired another; He got into politics as an active hard worker, Then succeeded in proving he was not a war shirker. It was said of this man that a new breed was born, With his campaign pledge for practical reform; Backed by the Mugwumps he won the big race, Became C.E.O. twenty-two and then took his place. Efficiency and honesty to him was a must, He claimed that his office was a great public trust; Although he lost his bid for re-election, He tried again in four years and made the connection. The girl that he married was named Frances Folsom, She was young, tall and they say very wholesome; He was forty-eight years of age and a handsome bride groom, Instead of a church they used the Blue Room. Was the first C.E.O., to be wed in "The House," All bells in D.C., rang for him and his spouse; She was a most charming First Lady without exceptions, Large crowds were drawn to her public receptions. She was blessed with five kids, being a pretty young spouse, Her second, named Esther, was born in the White House; When Grover died, of course there were tears, They say she survived him by thirty-nine years. Being so young and so pretty she chose not to tarry, Became the first Presidential widow with the guts to remarry; Her second spouse was an archaeological professor, Lived to eighty-three, the Lord really did bless her. My Main Street, My Boston Coalition to Host Mayoral Forum on Small Business Development MONDAY, AUGUST 19 TM AT STRAND THEATRE The My Main Street, My Boston Coalition, a collection of local Main Street organ- izations, will host a Mayoral Forum on Monday, August 19 th at 6:30 pm at the Strand Theatre in Upham's Corner at 543 Colum- bia Road in Dorchester. All 12 mayoral candidates have been invited and will be in attendance. The forum will be free and open to the public and local residents and businesses are encouraged to attend. The purpose of this forum is to give the candidates an opportunity to discuss the importance of small businesses in the neigh- borhoods of Boston. Issues include challenges in opening a small business, job creation, financial assistance and the large impact small businesses have on the economic vitality of the neighborhoods in which they operate. The moderator, WGBH journalist Callie Crossley, will ask each of the candidates the same opening question which will be devel- oped in advance by small business owners. The forum will also serve as a kickoff to a larger campaign around the importance of neighborhood small business develop- ment. For more details or questions on the August 19 th forum, please call Max Gruner, Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets, at 617-561-1044 or visit www. mymains treetmybos NEAA SOCCER REGISTRATION BEGINS The North End Athletic Association has begun registration for its Fall Soccer Pro- gram for Boys and Girls ages 4 to 12. Ages are as of September I st, 2013. Registration can be done on line by going to and clicking on soc- NC)R END00 cer registration on the top of the page. Age groups will be as follows 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. We have expanded the older group to include 12 year ZZ Y ear. PRIIqTING Remember 5 PRINCE STREET. NORTH END. BOSTON, MA 02113 Your Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma. Publisher, Post-Gazette Loved Ones Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery * Business Cards * Menus * Flyers Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements * Business Forms and Documents COMPETITIVE PRICES 6100..000027-8929 The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year Please call 617-227-8929 All games will be played at the North End Park on Commercial Street. For regis- tration fees and further information, please contact John Romano by email at Games will start around the 3 rd Saturday of September. The schedule is still being worked out but most likely an eight week program to be held every Saturday morning. NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU mnobile @ BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 J