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Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT DATE OF BIRTH: September 15, 1857 PLACE OF BIRTH: Cincinnati, OH DATE OF DEATH: March 8, 1930 PLACE OF DEATH: Washington, DC SPOUSE: Helen Herron PRESIDENT: March 4, 1909- March 4, 1913 Amendment sixteen removed all the axes, And opened the door to spend and raise taxes; Today you will say he must have been daft, If you really must know, credit President Taft. In the C.E.O. order, he was twenty-seven, Maybe you'll meet him if you end up in heaven; His seventeenth amendment says, "Each state shall have two, Senators elected to do things for you." He created a court to arbitrate commerce, And another for children of a broken promise; Of all his creations, the one they loved most, Was the one he established for the parcel post. He was the first to establish a Federal Budget, But warned all department heads, You'd better not fudge it." Conferred with other nations, they called him their honey, The bottom line was he gave them our money. Helen Herron learned quite early it's best not to budge, When you're the daughter of a famous judge; Visited the White House during her younger days, As the personal guest of Rutherford B. Hayes. After checking the layout, it was easy to see, First Lady in the White House was the best one could be; She made up her mind, then plied her craft, Not long after that she married Bill Taft. When in the White House for less than two months, She suffered a stroke, no more social stunts; In a year she recovered, Bill was delighted, Held a night garden party that was brilliantly lighted. Did you know that Helen was a horticultural buff, Throughout the District she planted all that stuff; The best thing she did that has not failed to please, Was to cause them to plant those Japanese cherry trees. The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration daft private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conducted every five years.This year the registration period begins on May 1, 2013 and ends on August 1,2013. The initial registration fee is $25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on State and local housing codes. Provides owners with a written record of the conditions of the property. ,Ensures rental units meet minimum Housing Code Requirements Res Publica by David TrumbuU Presenting The City of Boston pre- liminary : ......... e 1 e c t i o n i S Tuesday, September 24 th. There are 12 candidates for Mayor. The top two coming out of the pre- liminary will face off in the final election, Tuesday, No- vember 5 th. Boston has a "Strong Mayor" form of gov- ernment, and, for the past two decades we've had a par- ticularly strong and effective Mayor. Our choice of Mayor in this election is critical to the future of our City. We also have a Legislative Branch in Municipal Gov- ernment our City Council, The Council can act as a check on Mayors power and the Republican Candidates City-wide has the very important job of approving the City Budget. There are 19 candidates for Councilor at Large. The top Eight from the prelimi- nary will go on to the final election. In the preliminary you may vote for up to four candidates for Councilor at Large. Although the election is non-partisan, I am pleased to see that there are a couple of Republicans running city- wide. Republican Mayoral Candi- date David James Wyatt has announced himself as the sole pro-life candidate. David Wyatt has 13 years of expe- rience teaching in the City of Boston and the education necessary to run a school system. Wyatt is a serious candidate for Mayor of Boston who has advocated in the past, for the return to an elected school commit- tee. He promises to work for more job opportunities; bet- ter schools, safer, streets and an end to the machine politics of politically con- nected families. Republican candidate for Councilor at Large, Frank John Addivinola, Jr., is a familiar name, having run for office in the past. In addition to seeking a posi- tion in city government, Addivinola is also a candi- date for congress in the 2014 election. Remember to vote, Tues- day, September 24m! Mayor Menino Announces $15.5 Million Federal Grant to Connect Historic Boston Boston One of 52 Selected from 585 Applicants TIGER Grant Will be Used to Design Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections Between Public Transit and City's Historic Sites (Photo by Rosario Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the City of Boston has been selected as a recipi- ent of a $15.5 million Trans- portation Investment Gener- ating Economic Recovery, or TIGER discretionary grant, to fund alternative transporta- tion projects under the "Con- nect Historic Boston" initia- tive. The Mayor was joined at the announcement by U.S. Department of Transpor- tation Under Secretary Polly Trottenberg, Congressman Michael Capuano, Cassius Cash of National Park Ser- vice, Historic Boston's Kathy Kottaridis and community leaders from the North End, West End and Charlestown. "Connect Historic Boston" will create safe, attractive, and easy-to-navigate pedes- trian and bicycle connections between two of Boston's most prominent assets: the public transit system and the City's historic treasures. TIGER grant funding has the poten- tial to generate a sea change in the use of alternative transportation modes by resi- dents and visitors to experi- ence Boston's rich history. The projects will reinvigorate local businesses and gener- ate a new slate of tourism- related jobs. "Boston is a beautiful, his- toric city and we need to do Scabin, Ross Photography) everything we can to design our streets and sidewalks in a way that increases transit, walking and bicycle access to our historic treasures," Mayor Menino said. "I want to thank the U.S. Depart- ment of Transportation for this grant that will dramati- cally improve Boston's his- toric areas and serve as a tre- mendous model for other cit- ies across the country." "These transformational TIGER projects are the best argument for investment in our transportation infrastruc- ture," said U.S. Transporta- tion Secretary Anthony Foxx. "Together, they support Presi- dent Obama's call to ensure a stronger transportation sys- tem for future generations by repairing existing infrastruc- ture, connecting people to new jobs and opportunities, and contributing to our nation's economic growth." Funding from the TIGER grant will be used for the re- construction of a decades-old and inadequate system of paths and sidewalks that bring people to and from Boston's historic sites. De- signs are ready for four ma- jor projects: Connect Historic Boston Bike trail: Bicycles are wel- come in Boston and the City is committed to providing safe and accessible streets for cyclists. A total of 90 Bicycle Way finding signs were in- stalled last year at busy in- tersections in Boston to en- sure that cyclists can easily find the safest and most di- rect routes to popular sites in the City. In 2012, the Hubway Bike Share program recorded more than 530,000 rides. Im- provements to Causeway and Commercial Streets will be implemented with sepa- rated bicycle lanes, space for group travel, bi-directional routes, and way finding to park sites. When complete, the trail will create a high- quality and family-friendly bicycle facility with connec- tions to regional and local paths. The Blackstone Block: The Blackstone Block, Amer- ica's most intact colonial street network, will be rein- vigorated to feature a curb- less, accessible, and shared street environment. By in- vesting in the infrastructure at these blocks, the new pedestrian network will bet- ter link Haymarket Station to Faneuil Hall and the Na- tional Park Service Visitor Center, and improve viability around new development opportunities. Constitution Road: The primary entrance into the Charlestown Navy Yard, a National Park Service site, and home to new residential, commercial, and medical facilities, Constitution Road will be transformed into a welcoming, multimodal street, with sufficient space for pedestrians and bicycles at the front door of the Navy Yard. A wider sidewalk and two-way, sidewalk level, cycle track will create a new route for local residents, visitors walking to the park, and com- muters originating from North Station and downtown Boston. For more information or to regste go to www.cityofboston.gov/isd/housing, email: rentalprgramcityfbstn'gv of call 617-635-1010 (Continued on Page 14)