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T i. THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TT Lj (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 35 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 31, 2012 $.30 A COPY St. Anthony and St. Lucy Conclude the 2012 Feast Season in the North End i r THURSDAY September 6, 2012 VOTE dOeS Frakes (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) As the summer comes to a close, so does August 25  followed by a book signing. a difference! I the famous North End feasts. Saint Anthony On Sunday, August 26 th, a 10 hour Grand Di Padua Da Montefalcione held their Procession of Saint Anthony intwined the IT&apos;S YOUR RIGHT AS AN AMERICAN ... 93 rd Annual Feast August 24-26, 2012 on streets carried by Society members. , Thacher, Edicott and North Margin Streets On Monday, August 27, the St. Lucy in Boston's North End. Society and devotees honored St. Lucy with Entertainment included: La Bande Itamia, their annual procession. Marc Antonio, La Bande Ambrosiani and The last Procession of the season will be Seabreeze featuring Stephen Savio. held on Sunday, September 9 with the Special guest Mary Ann Esposito gave Procession of St. Rosalie. a culinary demonstration on Saturday, (Additional Photos on Page 8) Didn't "60 Minutes" State Law Overrules Boston Pit Bull Ordinances Miss the Real Subprime Story? by Sal Giarratani On Sunday, August 19 "60 Minutes" stated that Legislators Rather than get into a good debate on the the 2008 failure of Lehman Bros., triggered the up on Beacon dangerousness of this dog breed. Reportedly chain reaction that caused theglobal financial/ Hill passed many legislators are now hopping mad that economic crisis of the past four years. CBS's Steve and Governor they were duped by the law's proponents. Croft presented detailed interviews to support this Deval Patrick City Councilor Rob Consalvo who penned claim, but nowhere was it mentioned how the fed- signed a new the soon-to-be moot 2004 ordinance requir- eral government dating back to Jimmy Carter's state animal ing muzzles and restricting ownership of administration mandated banks to make loans rights law this dog breed within the city said, "They to folks with poor credit and that this created a that over- just passed it. There was no consultation glut of subprime mortgages that went toxic when rides all ordi- and it is going to be a threat to public safety. the housing bubble burst in 2006-2007. Doesn't n a n c e s Pit Bulls are a problem. They attack humans the public have a right to know this? Why does passed by and other dogs more than any other breed. the media continue to hide this relevant infor- municipali- They are just a dangerous dog." mation from TV viewers? ties which Mayor Tom Menino added, "It is very unfor- President Obama likes to demonize Wall Street are deemed tunate. Pit Bulls are an issue in the city of because it is such an easy target. Croft didn't ask "breed spe- Boston and we should have the authority to where all the subprime mortgages came from and cific." Public officials in Boston and other deal with the issue." No one from Beacon Hill were Lehman and Wall Street really to blame, communities such as Lowell, Canton and even gave the city a heads up on the legisla- Bear Stearns, buried in subprime mortgages, im- Winthrop consider themselves blindsided by tion. The mayor calls it all a bunch of "(Pit) ploded five months before Lehman in 2008. The the way in which the new state law came Bull...They should have showed some cour- Federal Reserve fearing a bigger crisis engi- about. Most legislators up on Beacon-Hill tesy for the ordinance we had on the books." neered a fire sale buyout by JPMorgan Chase partly didn't even realize exactly what they were However, the Patrick Administration is funded by billions in taxpayer dollars. With hind- voting on. Reportedly, even many legislators happy for the new state law. Reginald sight, we now see that the glut of subprime loans who voted to kill Boston's "Responsible Pit Zimmerman, spokesperson for the Depart- was a toxic virus that had spread through the fi- Bull Ordinance' didn't even realize what ment of Agricultural Resources' Division of nancial market, exactly what the bill contained. Pro-Pit Bull Animal Health stated "There is no evidence Where did the glut of subprime mortgages come proponents who were lobbying for a new to support that breed specific ordinances from? Wall Street wasn't responsible. It was the state's animal rights law didn't even men- work." Apparently state officials are more (Continued on Page 14) tion the term 'pit bull' anywhere in the leg- concerned with the rights of Pit Bulls and --- islation. It appears to have been written in ._ such a way to get it passed much easier. (Continued on Page 14) ,[ ( THE POST-GAZEI"rlE 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 ft.<X) AM to 2.X) PM, I / for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors I Call 6 ! 7-227-8]?29 for more information