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POST-GAZE'l-rE, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 PAGE 3 Pamela Donnaruma, Pub"sher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com 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. Box130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 121 - No. 36 Friday, September 8, 2017 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the idea/s and sacred tradit/ons 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. Josephine P. Pantano of Dedham, formerly of 152 Salem Street, North End, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Paul J. Pantano, also formerly of Prince Street, North End Loving mother of Ninette Cummings and her late husband Carl of Norwood; Dr. Paul J. Pantano II and his wife Joyce of Saugus; Dr. Peter J. Pantano and his wife Dr. Lorraine Foley-Pantano of Winchester; and Gina M. Donaher and her husband James of Walpole. Sister of Angela Orsini of Maryland, Philip Puccia II of Andover, and the late Phyllis Bocchino of the North End. She was also survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She lived a very successful and happy life, passing away peacefully at the age of 95. Her humor and humility will always be remembered. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the wdter'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 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The opinions expre ed by our colu and contributore I the asthoseofThePost-Gazette, its Ss e-mai : stgaxette@ L eom. phetos reCm, include a self~ddrsssed, stamped envelope. Sal Valentinetti is an Italian- American crooner known best for his flawless vocals, larger than life personality, and his heart of gold. Born August 26, 1995, to Steve and Maria Valentinetti, Sal was raised in the small town of Bethpage, New York. From a very young age, Sal was influenced by his grandmother, Tina Valentinetti, to love the musical genius of the classic crooner sounds of Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. At the young age of 15, Sal realized the hidden talent he possessed and began performing his flawless tribute to the great Frank Sinatra. Before long, the world would come to know him as "Sal the Voice," In 2016, Americas Got Talent was taken by storm ,by Valen- tinetti. The 20-year-old conege student that delivered pizza for his cousin's Italian restaurant was now in the spotlight. Belt- ing out the classic Frank Sina- tra hit "My Way," Sal not only received a standing ovation but got the coveted "Golden Buzzer" from judge Heide K1um, who he later performed a duo with, singing "Santa Baby." Although Sal did not win the overall com- petition, he rose to stardom and his professional music career was launched. Valent'metti's live show, fea- turing his new band "The Black Tie Brass," is now in great demand. Sal "The Voice" Val- entinetti sold out three shows at the now famous Paramount Theatre in Huntington, New York. After his successful sell-out shows at home, he teamed up with some of the country's top promoters and is now touring the country as one of the hottest new performers on the scene. In between shows on the road, Sal released his first EP, The Voice, in the spring of 2017 and a Christmas album is due out in September 2017. Sal has also become a dominant force on Social Networking, reaching up to a quarter million people per video with over 300,000 followers. It all started with that first appearance on America's Got Talent, where the judges unanimously agreed he was a star. We are currently finding out that it was not only a game- changer for Valentinetti, but it has created a revival in music. The standards of yesteryear are now being listened to by four generations of Americans and music lovers abroad as well. "Old Blue Eyes" would be proud. Valentinetti is not only influencing people with his music, he has also become a role model for Millennials. Mr. Valentinetti was named "Restaurants Against Drunk Driving" (RADD) Man of the Year 2016. New Exhibit Honors Beloved Artist, FPAC Founder & Arts Advocate RINO Gallery at 249 A Street is set to premier Bejeweled, a new exhibit of works by Paola Sava- rino, to honor her memory and legacy not only as a creative force, but also as an accom- plished advocate for affordable live/work space for artists in the City of Boston. Sponsored by the 249 A Street Artists Cooperative, Gallery East, and the South Boston Community Development Foundation, the exhibit runs through Satur- day, September 30th. Gallery hours are by appointment at 617-416-0718. The show recep- tion takes place on Friday, September 8th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit and recep- tion are FREE. Bejeweled is co-curated by Duane Lucia and Tony Savadno, Paola's son, and features 25 paintings never before shown. They are works in acrylic, oil and mixed media, including glass beads and coins. The pieces portray highly textured, colorful and poetic images that dance on the canvas and ener- gize the viewers' senses. "As a visual artist, much of Paola Savarino's experience trans- lates into visual expressions," said Lucia. "Color, energy, sym- bols and surfaces are her means of exploring and understanding the world." Early in Savarino's career, she illustrated Charles Bukowski's poem, "The Genius of the Crowd." In the 1980s, she became known for her large abstract canvases and, more recently, her encaustic mixed media Buddhas. She received numerous awards over the course of her career, including a Museum of Fine Arts Fifth Year Grant and an endowment from the WBZ-TV Fund for the Arts to create one of the first large arts projects -- a bill- board painting -- in Fort Point. Her paintings are part of the , permanent collection at The Paola Savarino c. 1981 Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Born in Cleveland, Sava- rino moved to Boston in 1970 to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where she would later go on to teach painting. As Boston's Fort Point area -- with its abandoned warehouses -- became a des- tination for artists in the late 1970s, Savarino and others began working and living in the huge loft spaces despite the buildings being commer- cially zoned. They feared being caught, every knock on the door inducing panic and a scramble to hide signs of residence. That was no way to live. In 1980, Savarino helped found Fort Point Arts Com- munity (FPAC), which set on a course to find, re-zone, pur- chase and renovate buildings in which artists could afford to work and reside legally. The organization's first success was the 249 A Street Artists Coop- erative, where Savarino and her son took up residence along with 44 other artists. FPAC has since gone on to develop The Artist Building at 300 Summer Street and play an important role in establishing Midway Studios. Today, more than 300 artists live and work in Fort Point, and FPAC has become a model for artists' organizations nationwide. Paola Savarino passed away on March 8, 2017. Her son, Tony, said, "Paola treated every- thing and everyone she came in contact with like a rare and pre- cious jewel." It's clear that her spirit, talent and kindness live on with her family, friends and the Boston artist community. Bejeweld #28, Paola Savarino, 1989, Mixed media. ~ -