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"i ; POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 25, 2017 : PAGE 3 Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James 17. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 121 - No. 34 Friday, August 25, 2017 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey thenu To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDIT()RIAL Where Were All the Love-Trumps-Hate Marchers? by Sal Giarratani If you listened or watched the news on last Saturday's (August 19th) Free Speech Rally and counter-protesters, one would have thought everything went wen. However, the reality now seems to be pointing in a different direction. The Fake News Media was out in full force talking about how 40 thousand peaceful protesters marched to the Boston Common in opposition to hate and white supremacy. The actual folks who pulled the permit to hold that rally at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common ended up not being able to speak. How's that for free speech? The Boston police rank and file did a great job holding everything together as much as possible. However, here in the Cradle of Liberty, free speech was under assault from many of the counter-protesters who only want free speech for those who agree with them. Nobody else! Reportedly, cops were assaulted and had pee bombs thrown at them. An elderly lady was interviewed saying she had been sucker punched, thrown to the ground and dragged. Her sin was carrying an American flag. I knew things were not as peaceful as the mainstream media was reporting as I saw police cruisers and unmarked vehicles racing up State Street to Court Street over to the Common. Surely they were responding to a lot of peaceful activity taking place, huh? If Free Speech is that important, why shutdown countering speech? There were a lot of anti-Fascists and anti-Trump folks angrily taunting those who disagreed with them. Many of the Antifa counter-protesters were wearing all black and covering their faces. From they way they were acting, brown shirts were seemingly in order. The Fake News peddlers have no credibility. If the whole point of the free speech rally was about the Bill of Rights and free speech, what we saw was an assault on individual liberty and the ability of folks to debate one another without someone calling you a Nazi. Where will this all end when we have politicians trying to be so politically correct, they are blind to reality? Kudos once again to law enforcement for trying to do their very best in a terrible situation. Darts to politicians who ride with the crowd and think that's called leadership. LETTERS POLICY The Post,Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 135, Boston, MA 02113 the m ls thmle~ 66 99 66 99 Retired Boston Firefighter Engine Co. 24, Veteran Retired Boston Firefighter, Engine Co. 24, and Past President and Vice President of Boston Firefighters Union Local # 718. James B. "Jimmy, Fitzy" Fitzgerald, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, entered into eternal life unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 79 years old. Jimmy was born in Boston on October 2, 1937, a son of the late James Fitzgerald and Katherine (Duffy) Fitzgerald. He grew up in Charlestown where he was educated at St. Mary's Parochial School and graduated from Charlestown High School in 3.955. He furthered his education and received his Associates Degree in Fire Science from Bunker Hill Community College. Jimmy enlisted into the United States Army on October 29, 1956. After basic training at Fort Dix, N J, he volunteered for the Airborne and was sent to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. He was assigned to E Company, 1st Airborne Battle Group, 327th Infantry, for advanced infantry and then airborne school. He was discharged on August 15, 1963. He then joined A Company, 11th SFGA, a Reserve Unit in Boston. He served as a light and heavy weapons leader, intelligence and operations sergeant. He retired in 1988 with 32 years of service, all Airborne. His awards and decorations include EIB, MSM with OLC, ACM, MM, AGCM, USARAM, NDSM, AFRM, CWVM, Master Parachutist and Jungle Expert Badges, Canadian, British, German and French Parachute Badges. Jimmy was also a member of United States Army Parachute Team "Golden Knights." While serving with A Company, 11th SFGA, he was appointed to the Boston Fire Department. Jimmy was Past President, Vice President, Treasurer and Historian for Boston Firefighters Union Local # 718. He was a member of the Boston Fire Department (BFD) Scuba Team, BFD Retirement Board, and the BFD Gaelic Fire Brigade. He was Founder and President of The Halligan Club of Charlestown, member of Bunker Hill Council # 62, Knights of Columbus, and the 520 Club of Charlestown. In 1987, Jimmy was elected Mayor of Charlestown by his faithful following of Townies. Jimmy enjoyed traveling the world, especially his many trips to Ireland where he would play Santa Claus every Christmas season. Jimmy was the beloved husband of 58 years to Frances M. (Strano) Fitzgerald and the devoted father of Kathleen Lynch and her husband Daniel; Michele Yandle and her husband John; and Linda Liberatore. He was the loving Pa to Justine and her husband Brian, Evan, Seamus and his wife Sarah, Uam, Conal, Sabrina; and GG Pa to Lulette and Vivienne. He is the beloved brother of John Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzgerald, and the late Joseph "Jay" Fitzgerald. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, August 25, 2017, from 4 to 8 pm at the Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. Jimmy's Funeral will be on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 9 am from the funeral home, followed at 10 am by his Funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church, 55 Warren St., Charlestown. His burial will be at Woodlawn Everett. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donati0n in Jimmy's name to the,.~0s.tgq. Firefighters Kids Foundation c/o Boston Firefighters Credit Union, 60 Hallet St., Dorchester, MA 02124. May He Rest in Peace Dreaming of dancing out under the stars? Danc- ers of all ages and abilities are invited to grab their dancing shoes and head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway September 13-17, 2017, for the return of Let's Dance Boston! Let's Dance Boston is one of the most vibrant free outdoor dance and music parties ever to take place in the city. In 2017, Let's Dance Boston moves down to Dewey Square Park on The Gre- enway and features four consecutive nights of dynamic live music and dance, along with a special Sunday afternoon event in association with the Jewish Arts Collaborative. Ever wanted to learn how to salsa? Always looked on in envy as your friends take over the dance floor with their swing moves? In September, everyone is invited to learn and participate in this free, fun dance party. Fun for all, the five-day dance extravaganza will include five different live bands preceded by expert dance instructors. Each event begins with a 45-minute free dance lesson taught by professional teachers in the dance style of the day. After the lesson, a live band performs a 90 minute set to accompany the dancing and continue the party. Join us for five events and five dance styles. SWING - Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, featuring Laura Windley. Wednes- day, September 13th. Group Dance Lesson: 6:00-6:45pm. Live Music & Open Dancing: 7:00- 8:30pm From the Lindy Hop to the Charleston, there is a vibrancy and excitement to Swing that will be evident as Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, featuring Laura Windley, take the stage. This hard-swinging and stylistically faithful ensemble, created in the mold of the late 1930s and early 1940s dance bands, performs arrange- ments popularized by bands led by Fletcher Hen- derson, the Coleman Hawkins All Stars, various Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton side groups, the Dickie Wells and Willie Bryant orchestras, and more. MAMBO - Tito Puente, Jr. and His Orches- tra. Thursday, September 14c~. Group Dance Les- son: 6:00-6:45pm. Live Music & Open Dancing: 7:00-8:30pm. Dance Instructors: Ana Masacote & Gastrell Rossiguol teach Mambo. Havana comes to The Greenway with the fast- paced, Latin-dance moves of the Mambo! Tito Puente Jr. and His Orchestra will take the stage with their high-voltage celebration of Latin mu- sic. Puente, Jr. is determined to nurture the musi- cal legacy left by his father, Tito Puente, revered by many as "Mambo King." '70s DISCO - The Loser's Lounge. Friday, September, 15th. Group Dance Lesson: 6:00- 6:45pm. Live Music & Open Dancing: 7:00- 8:30pm. Dance Instructor: Rob Glover teaches the Hustle Hustle down to Dewey Square Park for a "70s Disco Party, a collective of New York City's finest performers founded in 1993 by former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Joe McGinty. SALSA - Orquesta SCC Excelencia" - Saturday, September 16% Group Dance Lesson: 6:00-6:45pm. Live Music & Open Dancing: 7:00- 8:30pm. Dance Instructors: Jenna Robey & Luis Talavera Diaz teach Salsa. It's Salsa time! Enjoy the sounds of Orquesta SCC "La Excelencia," a salsa dura orchestra based in New York City. The 11 -piece big band is world- renowned for breaking from many unnecessary traditions in order to recreate the genuine Latin style and sound in a manner that befits the mod- em era of music. KLEZMER - Alicia Svigals' Klezmer Fiddle Express - Sunday, September 17th. Group Dance Lesson: 3:00-3:45pm. Live Music & Open Dancing: 4:00-5:30pm. Dance Instructor: Steve Weintraub teaches and leads Yiddish Folk Dance. Let's Dance Boston concludes with an afternoon of Klezmer. Steve Weintraub, who will teach and lead the audience in Yiddish Folk Dance, is an internationally known teacher who has trained with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins.