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) nI.q, i1,,i,l,ll,lh1,11.1f, h,i'i,l,ll,,U,ilqfl+li".l"- "'*** ......... MIXED ADC 07099 16 SMALL TOWN PAPERS, IN'k, PAUL JEFFKO 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 119 - NO. 37 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 $.35 A COPY Battle of the Barges Returns to Boston by Jeanne Brady Dueling fireworks. (Photo Summer came to a glorious end (at least according to our holiday calendar!) with the spectacular Battle of the Barges fireworks display last Saturday night on Boston Harbor. Two anchored barges, one in the Seaport District and one on the North End waterfront, put on a dazzling, synchronized fireworks show that drew crowds from all over the city, as weli as visiting tourists. The event was organized by the Boston Harbor Association as the grand finale of by Matt Conti, unmv.northendwaterfront.com) their Summer on the Waterfront series and was funded by several private sponsors. Boston last hosted this event in 1998, but judging by the response -- huge crowds ringing the inner harbor from Piers Park in East Boston all the way to Fan Pier in the Seaport --it may become an annual event. The fireworks were accompanied by: a.music program on MAGIC 106.7 and televised live on NECN. But you had to be there to enjoy the beautiful summer night! by Sal Giarratani Now Our President Even Renames Mountains President Obama recently traveled to Alaska during its summer and talked about global warm- ing of course. The tallest mountain peak in North America was named after President William McKinley about 100 years ago, but it is to be no more. Obama has renamed it Denali. American Indian for "Big One." I didn't even know there was a controversy about this mountain's name. Some- one needs to tell Obama that Denali is not a river in Egypt, nor should it be a mountain in Alaska. Everybody is rewriting history today to be politi- cally correct. Mountains, flags, statues, songs or am I just whistling Dixie here? Is Mount Wash- ington in New Hampshire safe anymore? As far as melting ice, did anyone tell our presi- dent, it's summertime in Alaska right now? Rivera Not Always Right, is He? Fox News Network's Geraldo Rivera believes that Donald Trump will win the GOP nomination and then lose the general election to Hillary Clinton. However, Rivera's batting average isn't that great. Remember years ago when Rivera found Al Capone's safe? But when the vault was opened on live TV, it held nothing but dead space. Rivera had egg on his face and I think more egg on his face next year, too. (Continued on Page 10) Smokeless Tobacco Ordinance Signed Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed an ordinance to pro- hibit the use of smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products at baseball parks, including Fenway Park. The ordinance also bans smoke- less tobacco or any other to- bacco product at event sites for professional, collegiate, high school or organized ama- teur sporting events, includ- ing baseball, softball, football, basketball, hockey, track and field, field hockey, lacrosse and soccer; and any other event involving a game or athletic competition orga- nized by a league or association. "I commend the Boston City Council on passing the ordi- nance banning smokeless tobacco at sports venues in Boston," said Mayor Walsh. "I'm proud to sign this ordi- nance today. If we continue to take action steps such as these, Boston will be on its way to becoming a healthier city, full of positive examples for our young people to follow. The consequences of smoke- less tobacco are real and can be devastating. We're doing the right thing and I look for- ward to continuing on the path making Boston a leader in healthy and active living." September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The National Cancer Insti- tute states that chewing to- bacco and snuff contain 28 cancer-causing agents and the U.S. National Toxicology Program has established smokeless tobacco as a "known human carcinogen." While cigarette smoking in the U.S. has been on the de- cline, smokeless tobacco among youth has remained steady since 1999. The Cen- ter for Disease Control (CDC) finds that nationally 14.7 percent of high-school boys and 8.8 percent of all high- school students reported us- ing smokeless products in 2013 and each year about 535,000 kids' ages 12-17 use smokeless tobacco for the first time. "Smokeless tobacco" refers to any product that contains cut, ground, powdered, or leaf tobacco and is intended to be placed in the oral or nasal cavity, including, but not lim- ited to, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, dissolvable tobacco products and snus. "With this decisive action, Boston hits a homerun for baseball, cancer prevention and public health," said Dr. Howard Koh of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "We thank Mayor Walsh and the Boston City Council for their leadership in setting a historic example for the country." Those managing the event sites will be primarily respon- sible for maintaining compli- ance with the ordinance. Signs should, be clearly posted at entrances to sites as well as dugouts, bullpens, training and locker rooms and press boxes. Any person found in violation may be fined $250 per offense. The prohibitions and requirements will be- come effective on April 1, 2016. "With Boston playing a lead- ing role, from coast to coast, city by city, we are getting to- bacco out of baseball once and for all," said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Cam- paign for Tobacco-Free Kids. *Mayor Walsh's signature on this law means Boston is a national leader in reducing the number of young people using smokeless tobacco. Our national pastime should be about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, not a deadly and addictive product." More information on this ordinance can be found at http: / / ow.ly/RWpTg. THE POST-GAZEI"rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.