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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 19, 2011 Big Co IX) SAPEVATE CHE ... Le vacanze estive del 2011 hanno visto gli italiani preferire di rimanere, in gran parte, entro i propri confini. Naturalmente ci sono quelli che scelgono localita' estive straniere senza badare a spese. E' interessante vedere, da dati disponibili, la scelta dei luoghi naturali italiani che sono davvero stupendi. A volte alcuni si sono avventurati in posti poco conosciuti , scoprendo nel processo, vere bellezze naturali ed ambientali. Quest'estate (2011) molti italiani hanno scoperto, in certi casi riscoperto, localita' e spiagge, dove si sono riversate valanghe di turisti e visitatori. Isole come Ponza, lungo la costa napoletana, e Pantelleria tra la Sicilia e la Tunisia, hanno visto un 'tutto esaurito'. Naturalmente l'isola di Lampedusa, dove arrivano spesso immigranti nord-africani, ha sofferto molto. Infatti, il turismo annuo e' croIIato quasi deli'85%. Regioni come la Puglia, la Calabria, Is Sicilia, la Toscana e l'Emilia-Romagna hanno registrato grandi affari. La Sardegna, purtroppo, ha sofferto un calo turistico soprattutto dovuto all'eccessivo aumento delle tariffe maritime. Tra le localita' straniere che hanno visto una larga presenza italiana ci sono alcune isole greche, soprattutto Rodi e Candia. La compagnia "Costa Crociere" ha registrato un incremento di passeggeri attratti dai nuovi itinerary della "Costa", lungo il Mediterraneo con fermate a Malta, a Cagliari e Palma di Maiorca. A chi parte, anche se in ritardo, per una vacanza, auguriamo un 'Buon Viaggio'. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... With regard to the 2011 summer vacations, Italians have largely preferred to stay within the "borders." Of course, there are those who choose foreign summer places, no matter the cost. From the latest available data, it looks interesting to see that they choose Italian natural spots, which really are quite stunning. At times some have ven- tured into little known locations, and in the process they have discovered places environmentally beautiful. This summer (2011) many Italians have discovered, or redis- covered in some cases, places and beaches where they have found large numbers of tourists and visitors. Islands such as Ponza, on the gulf of Naples, or the island of Pantelleria, between Sicily and Tunisia, have displayed "no vacancy" signs. Of course, the island of Lampedusa, the major landing spot of Nord-African immigrants, has suffered a lot, and the annual assault of tourists has not occurred with a loss of their presence at about 85%. Regions such as Calabria, Puglia, Sicily, Toscana and Emilia-Romagna have enjoyed great gains. Unfortunately Sardinia has not seen the usual annual wave of tourists mainly due to the exces- sive high cost of the water transportation service. Among the places that have registered a large Italian presence are some of the Greek islands, especially Rhodes and Candia (Crete). The "Costa Cruising" fleet has recorded a larger number of passengers mostly attracted by the stops, namely Malta, Cagliari and Palma de Majorca. To anyone who is leaving, albeit late in the season, for a vacation we wish a "Have a Nice Trip" {Buon Viaggio)7 Old Ironsides (Continued the American public ex- pressed great iiifllgnation at the recommendation that she be scrapped, especially after publication of Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem "Old Ironsides." Congress passed an appropriation for recon- struction and in 1835 she was placed back in commis- sion. She served as flagship in the Mediterranean and the South Pacific and made a 30-month voyage around the world beginning in March 1844. In the 1850s she patrolled the African coast in search of slavers and during the Civil War served as a train- ing ship for midshipmen. After another period of rebuilding in 1871, she transported goods for the Paris Exposition of 1877 and served once more as a train- ing ship. Decommissioned in 1882, she was used as a receiving ship at Ports- mouth, N.H. She returned to from Page 1) Boston to celebrate her cen- tennial in 1897. In 1905, public sentiment saved her once more from scrapping; in 1925 she was restored, through the dona- tions of school children and patriotic groups. Recommis- sioned in 1931, she set out under tow for a tour of 90 port cities along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts of the United States. More than 4,600,000 people visited her during the three- year joumey. Having secured her position as an American icon, she returned to her home port of Boston. In 1941, she was placed in permanent commission, and an act of Congress in 1954 made the .Secretary of the Navy re- sponsible for her upkeep. Now the oldest U.S. war- ship still in commission, Constitution remains a powerful reminder of the nation's earliest steps into dominance of the sea. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani A GRANDFATHER REMEMBERS The other evening, I was talking with a friend of mine, John Denaro, and while chatting discovered that his grandson, Ron Yonuss, died around the same time my brother passed away. We all carry memories of loved ones no longer with us. John carries the prayer card from Ron's wake at Ruggiero's Funeral Home with him all the time as a reminder that bonds of love continue long after death. On the prayer card was a poem aptly named "After Glow." It starts, "I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done." My friend, John Denaro, has what seems to be a good outlook on life. He smiles much. However, when think- ing of his grandson, his face turns serious as he talks of his grandson who never made it to 28 years old. His life was over far too soon. The measure of a person is found in the love left behind. Ron Yonuss was truly loved and will never be forgotten by those who loved him, like my good friend John. DISRESPECT SHOWN TO THE ELDERLY Recently, while waiting for the light to change at the corner of Bennington and Porter Streets, I noticed an elderly couple, looking about 80ish, getting ready to cross toward's Santarpio's when a van getting ready to turn right gassed it, blowing his horn at them. They stopped and he raced on. I couldn't believe my eyes. I had a feel- ing the driver was going to do that and my instincts proved correct. I wondered if that was how he treated his own parents or grandparents and figured he probably disrespected them too. I wish a cruiser had been nearby because this racing character needed a little refresher course on what not to do on the road at a light with a crosswalk. A ticket would have been nice, too. "ZEKE" MARSDEN PLAYLOT OPENS The old Cook Street Play- ground was recently updated and renamed after a long- time Mystic Street resident for many years who died way before his time shocking all in his immediate neighbor- hood. I knew William Mars- den and he was known to all by his nickname "Zeke." He was a fourth generation lo- comotive engineer and was always pleased with his life. He was a little guy with a 7-foot-tall laugh. Now, his name will live on in a play- ground for little kids. I'm sure he's looking down and smiling over it all. CAUSE 4 PAWS RUN & WALK The Quincy Animal Shel- ter will host its 3 rd annual Cause 4 Paws 5K Run and one mile Dog Walk on Sunday, October 23, at the SCR Squantum Point_Park located at Marina Bay. For more information on spon- soring the event or partici- pating in the walk or run, call 617-376-1349. FRIENDS OF BELLE ISLE FUNDRAISER AUGUST 26 The Friends of Belle Isle will be holding a Boston Har- bor Cruise fundraiser on Fri- day, August 26 at 7:00 pm. The cruise will be held on The Revolution owned by Tim Gover and will leave The Landing on Shirley Street in Winthrop. Free parking avail- able. For ticket information, call Gaff at 617-567-5072. ANDREW STATION BECOMES A DRUG DEN That was basically the front page story in the Bos- ton Metro newspaper on August 2. Not exactly a spe- cial bulletin, is it? Transit Police say the station is "a meeting place for drug activ- ity." Since July 27, there have been six drug arrests at this Red Line stop. One character tried to leap over a turnstile to avoid the fare right in front of T police officers. When they caught him, they found he was car- rying a gun. "With drugs come firearms and our offic- ers know that," said T Police Chief Joseph O'Connor. This latest arrest happened dur- ing a routine fare evasion patrol, and officers through experience know they are likely to come upon folks wanted for other crimes. Many of those getting stopped for fare evasion or even smoking on the T end up getting caught on outstand- ing warrants. Good work to the T's men and women in blue. NOREEN'S FINALLY HAIR I started using hair salons around 1979. The first place was Gino's in the North End on Hanover Street. Eventu- ally, I found Jackie Thurston over in Weymouth, and she's been cutting my hair since 1986. She recently moved into a new shop called Noreen's Finally Hair. Her name sounds very non- ethnic but she's Italian. If you're reading this and living down on the South Shore near Weymouth, you should check the place out. It is located on Middle Street and not far from the Weymouth Town Hall. THE NORTH END'S GOT HEART & SOLE Down on Hanover Street a few doors from the Prado, a new shop has opened at the site of a former artsy store with paintings of North End scenes in the window and Bucky sitting out front on his bench. This new boutique is named Heart & Sole. The owner is North Ender Elaine DiGangi and she sells (sea shells by the sea shore). Sorry, I got carried away. She sells shoes, jewelry, accessories and plenty more. Whenever I walk by the place, there are folks inside looking at the wares for sale. Elaine hails from the North End and tells me she has "put her "h'eart soul into this business." I wish her well and lots of customers too. NEW B-2 STATION STINKS AND... The brand new Dudley Street B-2 police station just opened and already folks are fuming, especially the cops inside. Seems the building reeks of sewerage, and the sally-port doors for prisoner transports aren't wide enough. This new "eco- friendly" police station cost $15 million and City Coun- cilor Charles Yancey is out- raged and wants to know what's going on. Yancey, who chairs the Council Post- Audit and Oversight Com- mittee said, he "will launch an investigation into things and find out who is to blame for any lapses." Reportedly, Tom Menino's office is unsure how much it will cost taxpayers to fix things. As far as the sally- port door goes, the mayor's spokesperson Dot doyce said, "The mayor isn't pleased, but it is very difficult to lay the blame on one person. It was a team and the team made a mistake that thank- fully can be adjusted easily enough. Yancey wants to know why taxpayers are being left on the hook for the mistakes for fixing things." As far as the foul odor goes, that sounds even worse to fix, doesn't it? At least you can see a bad door, eh? MARKEY WAY OFF THE MARK While waiting for my coffee at The Elite Restaurant in Day Square, there up on the TV was U.S. Representative Ed Markey talking about his NO vote on the House version of the Debt Ceiling Bill. He said the House bill gave Republicans most everything they wanted. It was their responsibility to pass it and not his responsi- bility to do so. I guess in plain English this means Republicans said YES on the bill and he said DEFAULT on the bill. What we really need in Washington are a lot less Markeys and a lot more statesmen. By the way, is it true that when Markey returns home to Malden, he needs a GPS to get around? Just asking. EASTIE PRIDE DAY The 23 rd anniversary of Eastie Pride Day is hap- pening this Saturday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Piers Park on Marginal Street. Don't miss the East Boston musical reunion of Pat Benti, The Originals, Joe Cheffro and much, much more. SMOOTH SAILING BY BEAWOLFE The recent "3 Hour Cruise" on Boston Harbor back on August 6 was a huge suc- cess. The weather was per- fect and the night was great. On August 13, the band was down in Sandwich on the Cape playing at Tavernna's, and this weekend on August 20, Beawolfe is doing a pri- vate function at The Elks .El.uD _tn .Wihthrop..