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F #age 14 .... P )sT GAZ'E-T=rE S EI T-E-M BEh-23.2011 .... i:, WROM ALmN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER P LICATIONS) Compiled by~r~io Z. Buttafuoco UNEMPLOYMENT RECORD IN SOUTHERN ITALY. Unem- ployment continues to climb in Italy. At the end of 2010, those looking for a job nationally surpassed 8.7%. Of course, with women and young adults under the age of 25, one out of every three was without a job. The above are data cover- ing the entire nation. The percentage of the unemployed under 25 was well above 30% in the South. In some areas it even surpassed 48%. Many, who were looking for a job, even gave up looking! Statistically, unemployment for those under 35 would reach, or surpass, 50%. In short, when we read that the unemployment level in Italy is generally 8% it doesn't tell us much, but we know how things are in the "two Italics": very low in the North -- about 4% -- but very high in the South. It suffices here to say that the major partners of the EU 27 countries continue to urge the Italian Government to make the necessary economic "adjustments" and corrections by lifting the disgraceful and persistent conditions the South has fallen into. Enough said! ITALIAN REAL POLITICK, AND ITS NORTH-AFRICAN "REAL FRIENDS"! Thanks to the Wikileaks disclosures, we have been made aware of Berlusconi's true "arrange- ments" with the now former rulers of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, especially with the still recalcitrant Gheddafi. A treaty agreed only a few years ago may cause the Italian Premier a lot more than the usual 30-exedrine headache! As by the treaty, Italy is obligated, up until unexpected events tell otherwise, to build a super-highway from the Tunisian border to the Egyptian border, along the entire northern coast. Furthermore, with the Italy-Libya treaty, Italy must build 200 residences, to provide scholarships to Libyan students, also provide pensions to Libyan victims of mines, efforts to cooperate in the prevention of clandes- tine immigration, cooperation in the fields of science, culture and energy. Also Italy is obligated to pay 5 billion euro (approximately $7.3 bil.) to Libya, spread over the next 25 years as a compensation for the Italian colonial rule, from 1911 to 1943. What is going to happen now, vis-&-vis the current events, is a mystery. A CAT CHOSEN TO SERVE IN A JURY! Following the 20 I0 census, a cat named "Sal" belonging to a young lady, Anna Esposito, turned out as a resident of Boston. Then he was selected to serve in a juryl The expected protestations of the young lady were dismissed, despite the obvious, neces- sary clarifications that the "domestic feline" was unable "to speak" or "understand" the English language! Esposito explained that she registered the feline as a member of the family and as a domestic animal! The "latter" commented that when they will call_"Sal" the verdict should be that ... he can only say ... miao7 Greater Boston's Affordabte Private Cemetery .......... Traditiona[ Buria[ Ptot for 2,3tartln at $1500 I, ...... ( I I I I .......... ...... y CEMETERY I nt# L "St. "- 617.524.1036 I I ' sto , [ '131 I "~ i;~ g the Italian community for over 100 years! f Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-24,54 / The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani ON-GOING RAFFLE IN SOUTHIE There is an on-going raffle going on in South Boston to benefit the Edwina Martin Recovery House. Tickets can be purchased all over Southie. If you're down walk- ing the beach, stop by the "Grammy White's" food cart by M Street. Tommy White will be selling those raffle tickets right there until September 30. CAPTAIN CAT AT YOUR SERVICE On the several times I have gone to Eastie's Piers Park recently for either Eastie Pride Day or the 9/11 ceremony and harvest fest, I kept bumping into Mass- port Police Captain Joe Gatto, another Gaelic-Garlic guy like myself. Captain "Gatto," which as we know is Italian for cat, is one cool cat as they used to say back in my younger days. At the 9/11 Remembrance event, he gave a nice little speech from the heart about what 9/11 should mean for all of US~ SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY FOR MT. CARMEL It is hard to believe that the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel vigilers are about to hit the 7th anniversary of that vigil Pat on September I l follow- ing the Sunday communion service. ST. ROSALIE BIDS GOODBYE TO SUMMER On September 11, the St. Rosalie Society carried her statue around the streets of the North End in the summer's final North End procession. Once again, the Italian American Band of Lawrence, MA provided all the marching music neces- sary. This is my favorite feast band. Did you know that the St. Rosalie statue is the only statue that also has an armed hunter attached? There's a whole interesting story behind her statue. Check it out. WROL'S "IRISH HIT PARADE" My mother loved listening every Saturday to the "Irish Hit Parade" since forever it seemed. My father, who was quite Sicilian, got forced fed Irish jigs every Satur- day. After a while, he started wearing green ties on St. Patrick's Day, too. I ad- mit to listening to this radio station too on Saturdays. Check out WROL 950 AM. A NEW TAWKING TRIO Conservative listeners now have a trio of talk Shows to listen to every afternoon at church. The vigil began on October 12, 2004 and contin- ues with the same determi- rlation that started it all eight Octobers ago. An anni- versary party is being planned. Stay tuned right here. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ... Happy birthday greetings go out to Mary Ryan from Eagle Hill who turned a year older on August 28 and to Pat Capogreco who celebrated his on September 16. Mary's family took her out to cel- ebrate at Jevilli's on Sep- tember 4 due to Hurricane Irene's arrival in East Bos- ton. Meanwhile, folks at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel threw a surprise birthday party for the shuttered parish now that Radio 1200 Boston has signed up day Severin to go along with Howie Carr on WRKO 680 AM and Michael Graham who has been moved to a drive time show on WTKK 96.9 FM. My preference is to flip back and forth because it is hard lis- tening to any one of them for too long. Three distinct per- sonalities with one conser- vative agenda. CONNOLLY OPENS CAMPAIGN OFFICE I stopped by City Councilor at Large John Connolly's Citywide Campaign office in Roslindale at 162 Belgrade Avenue recently and chatted with Adam Roof. He and Chris Houlihan are usually there running things and directing the duties of the volunteers helping with the campaign. SONS OF ITALY TO CELEBRATE ITALY'S 150 ANNIVERSARY The Grand Lodge of Mas- sachusetts in celebration of Italy's anniversary and Ital- ian Heritage Month will be presenting "That's Amore," a tribute to the greatest Ital- ian American artists and songs featuring Pat Benti and Tutti Pazzi on Saturday, October 1 at the Sons of Italy in Watertown. For more in- formation, call 617-489- 5234. TWO PARADES UPCOMING On Sunday, October 2, the annual Roslindale Parade kicks off from Roslindale Vil- lage on Washington Street. On Sunday, October 9, the annual Columbus Day Pa- rade kicks off at City Hall. Both parades start at ap- proximately 1:00 pm. This year once again, the Colum- bus Day Parade will be led off by a parade of cars sponsored by the Boston Renaissance Lodge Sons of Italy. Dean Saluti told me that once again the Post-Gazette's John Christoforo will be or- ganizing all the cars for the parade route. CONNOLLY COMING TO EASTIE City Councilor at Large John Connolly will be attend- ing a brunch sponsored by Senator Anthony Petruc- celli, Representative Carlo. Basile and Councilor Sal LaMattina on September 25 from 10:30 am until noon at Kelley Square Pub on Ben- nington Street. BEAUWOLFE PLANNING HALLOWEEN PARTY I was talking with Dom Petrosino at the Elite Res- taurant recently, and he told me plans are in the works for a Halloween Party at the Winthrop Elks Club. More details to follow. What could be better than classic rock with Halloween costumes, eh? News Briefs {Continued from Page i) Senator Scott Brown in 2012. They even got her to be the keynote speaker at the big Labor Day breakfast as a pre- candidate. I'm sure the Dem- ocrat candidate with the most to lose with Betty Boop- Boop getting into the race is the other Warren, Mayor Setti Warren of Newton. He had been the darling of Demo- crats until an even better Warren came along. He still says he's the strongest can- didate as both an Iraq War veteran and "a mayor who has helped to create jobs in his community." However, there now appears to be one too many Warrens running for the U.S. Senate seat and Setti appears to be the one too many. Kerry and Y'Obama Support Infrastructure Bank to Spur Economy The idea pushed by U.S. Senator John F. "LiveShot" Kerry and now part of Presi- dent Obama's Jobs Bill is more of the same old and a return to yesterday's an5 swers to today's issues. It is supposed to put the unem- ployed to work but at best is just a series of nationwide public works projects, a/k/a W.P.A. I still laugh while driv- ing along Dorchester Avenue and pass that large green sign announcing that street work along that road was pro- vided by President Obama's $786 billion stimulus bill. I laugh even more by the time I get up to so-called "Five Corners" intersection by the Sunoco station. Work- ers have been there for a while now re-doing the traf- fic lighting and curb cuts. Supposedly this is to improve the flow of traffic and provide more safety for both motor- ists and folks trying to navi- gate crossings. All thus far we have are mass confusion, frustration and massive gridlock. Yeah, workers are working, but~this infrastruc- ture isn't doing anything good for Dorchester folks, is it? Meanwhile, the unfortunate owners of the Sunoco station are seeing a 40 percent drop in customers as motorists just want to get out of this intersection as quickly as possible. If Obama's stimulus money-funded project doesn't end soon, the number of unemployed may jump if the gas station keeps losing business. Half Say "Gimme Somebody New in '12!" While the president keeps trying to raise taxes for his new Jobs Bill, half of Americans polled in a recent survey say a better solution is a new president. By a 50-44 percent margin, folks say "somebody new deserves a chance" instead of saying "Obama deserves to be re- elected." Among the all im- portant independent voters, it is even worse numbers at 53-38 percent.