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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE 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-GAZETFE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnantma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118 - No. 37 Friday, September 12, 2014 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 therru 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. The Friends of the North End Bocce Tournament by Victor Passacantilli GUEST EDITORIAL There are None So Blind as Those Who Will Not See by Sal Giarratani Recently and rightly so, the world's focus has been on ISIS and its barbaric actions beheading two U.S. jour- nalists. Some are saying ISIS is trying to goat us into some kind of war-like action. I am beginning to think ISIS is trying to show the world that America is a useless World Leader. I believe these sociopathic terrorists are all about humiliating President Obama and America. We watched helplessly as two journalists were decapitated. It seems metaphorically, that America has a decapitated Oval Office in play. I fear for our Republic. Liberals at the moment seem content with talking about anything but ISIS because to talk about ISIS is to acknowledge a president playing the role of a presi- dent rather than being president. For heaven's sake, talk about climate control, Ferguson, Hamburg flippers making $15 an hour, talk about the Tea Party and blame Bush forever. America was created as a constitutional democratic republic and as Ben Franklin warned, it is a republic if we can keep it. Lately, I am not too sure how safe the Republic is when we have a president and Democrats in Congress approving presidential end-runs around the Constitution. Back about 65 years ago when I was a toddler, a book was published entitled "Government is our business," a little paperback written in 1950 about the role of citizens in a democratic republic. "Government is our business," it stated. "Either we run it or it runs us. It will be as good as we want it and as bad as we allow it to be." Truer words were never printed. Today the country remains overwhelmingly conservative but the govern- ment remains quite liberal. Part of the problem is that "We the People" forgot the business of government. We rely on others because we say we are too busy. If we want government to represent us. we must participate in America and elect folks who represent our values. (Continued on Page 12) 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 req uest 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-Gazstte, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The Friends of the North End Bocce Tournament got off to a sunny and pleasant start on Sunday the 7 th. All players are born and bred North Enders who enjoy returning to their old neighborhood to compete at bocce. The start of the matches was delayed when many tourists and bystanders gath- ered around the courts to savor the banter and kidding amongst the players. Some showed interest in a game that was new to them and others were impressed when they learned that our friendships have endured for 60 to 70 years. Then our Commissioner, Sam Viscione, formerly of Sheafe Street, threw out the first pallino signaling the start of the Friends of the North End's I0 th Annual Fall Bocce Tournament. The spir- ited competition to unseat last season's champions: Sam Viscione, Vito Aluia, Nick Savino and alternate, Victor Passacantilli finally got underway. The Star of Week # 1 was Richie "Duffle Bags" Delliago who made clutch shots all day long as he led his team to victory. ITALIAN-AMERICAN SUPERSTARS Bobby RydeU and Frankie Avalon Headline 24 Annual Gala to Benefit The Price Center Legendary performers Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon will headline the 24 th annual gala to benefit The Price Center, a regional leader in providing care to adults with developmental disabilities. Teen idols and Hollywood heartthrobs of the 1950s and 1960s, Bobby Rydell and Frankie Avalon have been touring to sold-out shows and garnering rave reviews. Their show at the Price Center Gala promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the fall social season. Building on the smashing success of the bigger, better 2013 Gala, which raised more than 8500,000, this year's The Price Center Gala, will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel. Also returning for this year's Gala is Tracy Clark, who will perform as part of the dessert and cocktail portion of the evening. WBZ-AM 1030 News Radio host Jordan Rich will emcee the Gala. Rich is well known for his support of Boston area charities. It was 24 years ago when Jerry Fineberg, founder and chairman of the Wellesley- based Fineberg Companies, and his col- league Dan Frank launched what has become a tradition: The Annual Price Center Gala. They were later joined by Fineberg's daughter, Michelle, and have grown the Gala to an annual event that brings some 900 guests to- gether to enjoy an evening of entertainment with extraor- dinary talent while raising funds and generating aware- ness of The Price Center's work. Since its inception, the Gala has raised millions in support of the agency's pro- grams and services. Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-244-0065 or at The Gala is The Price Center's major fundraiser of the year, and is one of several events the organiza- tion hosts annually. The Price Center is committed to pro- viding services and accessible care to developmentally disabled adults and teens throughout the Boston area. The mis- sion of The Price Center is to encourage disabled individuals' personal growth and full participation in their communities through social, living and work experiences that respect their preferences and accommodate diversity. In June, the Price Center purchased a two- story office building at 25-27 Christina Street, along the shore of the Charles River in Newton Highlands for $5.6 million. The Price Center, which operates three day-cen- ters -- two in Newton and another in Dedham plans to move all of its programs and op- erations to the newly acquired building. FRANK TRANFAGLIA Frank Tranfaglia of Boston's North End passed away on September 3, 2014. Beloved son of the late Pasquale and Francesca (Guarino) Tranfaglia. Loving brother of Josephine Tammaro and her hus- band Giuseppe of Billerica. Cherished uncle of Marie Coleman of Groton, Leo Tammaro of Bfllerica, Patrick Tammaro of Boxford and Carl Tammaro of Billerica. Great-uncle of Justin Coleman, Julie Van Schalkwyk, Joe Tammaro, Alisha Tammaro, Jonathan Tammaro and Rachel Tammaro. Funeral services were from the Boston Harborside Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Leonard Church, Boston. Services will conclude with entombment in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Leonard Church, 320 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 or St. Irene's Church, 181 East Street, Carlisle, MA 01741. For online condolences, please visit: www. bostonharborside home. com.