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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 l$ . 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 $30.00 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-GAZE'ITE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 37 Friday, September 14, 2012 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 t!he." "" To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic du. In all ways to aid in making this coutztry greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL Mayor Rightly Vetoes Council's Redistricting Plan by Sal Giarratani Boston city councilors seem still divided over its redistricting plans for the nine city council district seats. Mayor Menino on September 6 vetoed the plan saying the plan didn't make the nine districts racially diverse enough. City Councilor Michael Ross stated, "Mayor Menino made the right decision, I look for- ward to working toward a successful plan." Ross voted against the plan that passed earlier this summer on a split 7-6 vote. In a letter to the City Council following his veto, the mayor said the plan "concentrates our many citizens of color into two few districts and in doing so may limit their equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice." District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan who chaired the Council:s redistricting committee thought the plan voted down was both a "good and fair plan." The redistricting plan will now return to the drawing board and the Boston City Council must approve a new district map plan by November. Looking at the plan just vetoed, it would appear that the minority districts vetoed appear bundled. It would appear that a closer look must be taken of Districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Can district lines be adjusted so that District 4 and 7 do not appear as the bundled minority districts? When the district system came into being following the 1983 City Council election, we lived in a different city demographically. Today, Boston is 53% non-white and the district lines need a closer look to ensure that the new district map is indeed good and fair to all Boston residents. This is not the time to divide up but to unite. City Council President Stephen Murphy has identified what must be done saying, "It has always been the intention of the council to create a map that repre- sents all interests of the city. We are encouraged by the spirit of cooperation that the mayor and his team offered and look forward to moving this issue toward a resolution that works for all." 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 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 envelope, .... . ......... Rosemary Carr congratu- lates Gigi Reppucci on cel- ebratingois 80 th birthday down at the pool party. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) Summer goes by so fast, especially for sunbathers who love using the Mirabella Pool. This place has been around for nearly 60 years now. I was only 5 years old and living on Salutation Street when this summer haven opened. It is the best kept secret in Boston. What better to do on a nice sunny summer day then go on down there, stretch out in the sun, get a good tan and take a few laps in the pool. The whole gang of regulars are always there, There's even a Charlestown contin- gent that sits by the wall hid- ing the Andrew Puopolo Play- ground behind it. Tony V and family like their Towle! bie too. It is like going to the beach but never leaving home. A The North End's Mirabella Pool ' Closes Out Another Summer Season by Sal Giarratani short walk for most back and forth. A good mix of good people too. Old timers and newbies too. Catch up on all the neighborhood gossip. Get a slice of pizza. Carl Ameno has been running the pool and Nazzaro Center for a while now and does a great job at both. This year's End of Summer Party was held on Sunday, September 2 under sunny skies and a gentle late sum- mer temperature. The food was plentiful and the music provided as usual by none other than Sal Bartolo, aka Mr. DJ. Leo as usual did his Frank Sinatra karaoke routine and provided a sum- You never know who mer wind of an afternoon, you will bump into at the I cannot wait for next pool. Here's Christine year to return and neither Santeusanio from Stone- can Gigi Reppucci known ham, who now calls the North End "home." Ironi- cally, she lives in the same apartment on Prince Street where my Uncle Nick and Aunt Kathie lived with their children from about 1933 until they moved to the suburbs (East Somer- ville) in 1951. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) down at the pool as "The Tan Man." This year his 804 birthday was a national holiday celebrated on Sep- TWO SALS HAMMING IT UP tember 3 which this year Every year these two was Labor Day. Thinking guys get together and act about Gigi it seems appropri- as if they are Tany.Bennett ate since I think of his labor ,aild; lra,tk'[e : ihtr oftove for both the MirabeUa Shown in photo are, L to R: Pool and Nazzaro Center Sal Giarratani and 8al where Gigi is also known as Bartolo. "The Gardener" too. Italian Harpsichordist and Organist, Francesco Cera at Old West Church The Old West Organ Society is pleased to announce Italian Harpsichordist and Organ- ist, Francesco Cera, who will be performing at Boston's Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm. Francesco Cera was born in Bologna, Italy. He studied organ and harpsichord in his town, specializing in the early repertoire under Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and later with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Regarded as one of Italy's lead- ing early music specialists, he has performed as a soloist and leader of Ensemble Arte Musica in important international festivals such as Festival Resonanzen in Vienna, Festival of Flanders, Musica e Poesia in San Maurizio in Milan, Festival de Saint- Michel-en-Thirache, Les Gouts Reunis Lausanne, Musica Transalpina in London, Arte Organica en Castilla y Leon and on historical organs in all Europe. Since 2006, he has been regularly invited to the United States to give master classes and recitals on early Italian organ repertoire (Eastman School of Music in Rochester, Oberlin Conservatory, Wellesley College, Cornell University, Illinois University, Arizona State University, Omaha St. Cecilia Cathedral and Chicago Holy Name Cathe- dral). An interview with him was broadcasted by Michael Barone on the famous radio pro- gram Pipe Dreams. Francesco Cera applies his distinctive interpretative approach not only to organ and early keyboard instruments, but also to Baroque vocal and instrumental music. From 1991 to 1994 he was a member of the ensemble II Giardino Armonico and since 1996 has directed the Ensemble Arte Musica, with whom he performs a vocal Italian rep- ertoire spanning the period from Gesualdo's madrigals to the 184 century cantatas. Francesco Cera has recorded for the Tactus label harpsichord and organ works from 174 century Italian composers (Rossi, Merula, Storace and Valente), on historical Italian organs and has been praised by in- ternational press. The French label Temperaments issued the anthology "Rome Baroque", with organ music by Frescobaldi and Pasquini on the Guglielmi 1612 organ in Santa Maria in Vallicella's church in Rome. He has recorded on both harpsichord and fortepiano (copy of Cristofori) three COs of Domenico Scarlatti's Sonatas and taken part in the performance of all the sonatas at the Festival in Ghent. The label ARTS has recently issued his re- cordings of Bach's French Suites and four Harpsichord Concertos (with I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis conductor). He has held master classes and workshops at the Royal Academy of Music London, Acaddmie d'Orgue de Fribourg, Organ Acad- emy in Smarano, Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo, Piccola Accademia in Montisi. Since 2001, he has been living in Rome where he is appointed Honorary Inspector of Early Organs for Rome and the Lazio region. To find out more on Francesco Cero visit Forinformation or to purchase tickets, call the Old West Church at 617-227-5088.