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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 31,2012 MariaCurtatoneHeatsUptheEndofSummer ! Towards September Election for / Southern Middlesex County Registor.of Deeds Seat Top rated Somerville attor- Shorten waiting time by by Sal Giarratani __d- ney Maria Curtatone (D- creating express lines for Somerville) heats up the end of summer with her candi- dacy for Southern Middlesex Register of Deeds in prepa- ration for the election on Thursday, September 6, 2012. "The role of Middlesex (South) Register of Deeds is absolutely critical to ensur- ing the accessibility and security of the records and administration of the forty-four (44) municipalities within the county," Curta- tone said. "I believe that my long experience as a profes- sional attorney, small busi- ness owner, administrator, and community leader serv- ing Middlesex County makes me an ideal candidate to deliver and enhance the vital services and adminis- tration of the Registry." Within these last days un- til the election on Thursday, September 6 th, Curtatone continues to heat up the momentum of her campaign with various appearances, social gatherings, stand outs and other essential events throughout Middlesex County. As Register, Curtatone in- tends to: End the current 8 year backlog in Land Records Implement an online help system with simple in- structions and enhanced multilingual capabilities Train specialists for improved customer service single transactions Conduct regional public meetings to provide accessi- bility and allow for feedback to better serve the people and their communities Curtatone is a practicing attorney, small business owner and administrator, having managed many bud- gets and personnel. As such, she has gained a wealth of knowledge regarding the workings at the Registry of Deeds. She is tri-lingual (En- glish, Italian, Spanish with a working knowledge of Por- tuguese) and is also the very proud parent of two wonder- ful children. Curtatone is committed to effectively serving the public and serving you as your Register of Deeds. She is seeking your endorse- ment and humbly asks for your vote on Thursday, September 6. To learn more about her please visit Burlington Sons of Italy Offers Italian Language Classes will meet on Thursday evenings in Stoneham at the home of the instructor. The registration fee is non-refundable. Registration takes place on September 19 th, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Margaret's School. For more details, please visit www. and click on the link Italian Classes, or contact Phil DAlleva, Director of the pro- gram, at 781-272-4305 or at dalleva@comcast, net. If you are unable to regis- ter in person onL September 19% complete the Registra- tion Form located on the Sons of Italy's web site (www. burlingtonsonsofitaly, org) and mail it with your check to the Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge #2223, Phil D'Alleva, 15 Edgemere Avenue., Burl- ington MA 01803. No registrations will be accepted after September 26% 2012. Be sure to regis- ter early as space is at a premium. Our teachers, Thomas and Antoinette Stuto of Stoneham, have been The Burlington Sons of Italy, Lodge #2223 is offering Italian language classes to anyone who is interested in acquiring levels of profi- ciency with the language or to learn about the coun- try of Italy. The classes, in addition to the language, will explore the culture, the terrain, the people, the culinary arts of Italy and are especially useful to those who are planning a trip to Italy or who may want to converse with older relatives in their native tongue. Two ten-week courses will be offered in levels of Beginner 1 & 2; Intermedi- ate 1 & 2 and Advanced. The first ten week session will begin in September, 2012 and the second ten week session will begin in January, 2013, dates to be selected later. Beginner 1 & 2 classes and Intermediate I & 2 classes will meet on Wednesday evenings at St. Margaret's School on Winn Street in Burlington while the Advanced Class NEW LOCAT ON Ape,,00 Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO * HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02114 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building teaching Adult Education Italian to the local commu- nities for many years. Antoinette also teaches Italian to our students in the Burlington Public School System and has been part of a team of teachers that travel with their students to Italy every year. The Order of the Sons of Italy Burlington Lodge #2223 has been offering the Italian language classes for over ten years and the program is one of the lodge's proud achievements. The ongoing goal of the Lodge is to teach Italian to interested mem- bers of the community. This goal is a 'work-in-progress' in which many people over the years have been intro- duced and educated in the Italian language. Many students have com- pleted the entire course and have returned year after year to keep up with their conversational skills. What- ever the reason, learning a new language and culture is a rich, rewarding and enjoy- able experience. For specific information about class content and text- book requirements, please visit the Italian Classes sec- tion on the www.burlington website, or call our teacher, Tom Stuto at 781-438-6720. VOLUNTEERS WANTED[ Help serve nutritious meals to needy seniors at the East Boston Social Center 617-533-9215 I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 We Are Now Inhabiting the Island Where the Lords are Flying This society of ours, it's cultural and value system are disappearing in front of our eyes and most of us have become so sedated that we are oblivious to what has been happening. The recent rant of Mayor Tom Menino over a fast food chicken place opening up in Boston around the corner from Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Marketplace looked like a piece of fiction. There-was the mayor of Boston, where the American Revolution was born, talking about how the owner of this chicken joint is messing up the Free- dom Trail by using his 1 st amendment rights. "The whole purpose of freedom is to invite dispute", was spo- ken many years ago by a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice named William O. Douglas, who was one of the most liberal judges ever to sit on the High Court. Perhaps, it was the period in which I was born into back in the first few years after World War II had ended. There was an American value system. We believed in certain ideals and prin- ciples. Most were never spoken, but we knew and understood what they were. It didn't matter ff we lived in the spacious countryside or in a crowded urban ethnic neighborhood, we shared commonality with one an- other. Little by little things started changing, but most of the change went unno- ticed. Little things like people leaving the American flag out to soak in the rain. This was something un- heard of back in my younger days. Everyone knew how and when to fly Old Glory. Today, in the name of political correctness, we live on separate islands having slight contact with one another. Growing up, life seemed so intrusive at times, but at least it showed someone was caring about life swirling around them. I can remember in school being handed mandatory reading lists of books that we must read. The other day I passed by a little magazine stand in a hospital waiting room and saw a little paper- back on top of the table. I recognized it almost imme- diately. It was "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. The price on the book said $1.25, which was how much I paid for it over 40 years ago. Back then, I thought it was interesting, but just a piece of fiction. Human beings stranded on an island would never turn so brutally on one another. We wouldn't do what those kids did. However, looking at life around me today, we have already seen the "Lord of the Flies" seem- ingly all the time. Brutality abounds. Who would have thought someone would walk into a crowded movie the- ater and start shooting up the place. Life seemed so simple back in the '50s and early '60s and to some extent even into the late '70s, but over 40 years now we have developed into a country I hardly recognize anymore. In the City of Chicago, dozens die every weekend due to needless violence and people ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time. There was a recent police shooting out in Oakland, CA and the reaction to it was several nights of violence and looting as if it were a normal reaction to some- thing that happened. Here in Boston, the mayor got himself injected into a story about a fast food chicken joint. He doesn't like the political views of the com- pany's owner, so he wants to get out of Dodge by sun- down. In the old days cus- tomers would just avoid those places that acted stu- pid about anything. I can still remember Presi- dent Obama back at the 2004 convention that nomi- nated John F. Kerry. Part of the future president's key- note address spoke of Amer- ica. He said it wasn't Blue America or Red America, but the United States of America. Today, thanks to our great leaders, I am reminded of two other books I have read. One was "1984" and the other was "Brave New World." As I listen to those words all over again, I imag- ine everything that George Orwell was thinking about from a society of so much control over us. The "1984" novel and the memories of World War II were still in the memories of most Ameri- cans. Dictators tried taking over the world and lost. The author, George Orwell, showed danger where others saw it not. 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