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T *******AUTOXF_. AOC.OTOgQ PAUL JEFFKOSMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST ) SHELTON WA 98584-2263 6 !4# THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 39 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 $.30 A COPY Columbus Day Gala Cocktail Reception & Parade Honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino The North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee is hosting an evening of cel- ebration and commemora- tion on Friday, October 11 th at the Fairmont Battery Wharf. The reception will feature music, prizes, refreshments and cocktails. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the committee at 617-803- 1247. This year's honored guest will be Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Mayor Menino is the 2013 recipient of the Committee's 2013 Michael A. Nazzaro, Jr. Community Service Award. Mike Nazzaro was born and raised in the North End, was a small business owner and served as our State Rep- resentative. During his ten- ure Mike successfully fought to protect the neighborhood from special interests seek- ing to raze the neighborhood in the name of redevelop- ment. The Committee is recognizing Mayor Menino for that same commitment and dedication to our com- munity and our great city. "It is a fitting tribute to Mayor Menino," said Com- mittee Chairman Louis Strazzullo, "As did our friend Mike Nazzaro, the Mayor loves our city and has been a true friend of the North End. We are happy to honor him with Mike's Award and (Continued on Page 15) by Sal Giarratani . Our Father Who Art in Washington? Last week on the Jeff Kuhner Show one morn- ing, the Boston Bulldozer played an old radio commentary by Paul Harvey from 1969 which pretty much foretold what is happening today as America sinks into the social quicksand. I loved listening to Paul Harvey back in my col- lege days because his commentaries were so clear as to what was happening in the country back during that time and now I find out his insight into the future seems to have sadly panned out. Good Morning America, Not Today. At one point listening last week to a 44-year- old Paul Harvey radio piece, he noted, "If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and give it to those who want it." How true that has become, huh? Arming the Islamist Rebels in Syria Two weekends ago, the liberal Washington Post reported that the United States is arming the rebels in Syria fighting President Bashar al-Assad for control of this very strategically important Middle East nation. Then, I learn that on the same day as the Washington Navy Yard mass shootings that the Obama Administration has reportedly waived the ban on aiding the rebels in Syria. We are we seemingly taking (Continued on Page 14) ELECTION UPDATE Walsh, Connolly 1, 2 Punch Pressley Tops Council Race, Flaherty Comeback and LaMattina in Landslide by Sal Giarratani Marty Walsh The Preliminary Election is now history and in the mayor's race it will be Marty .Walsh of Dorchester versus John ConnolIy of West Roxbury. The only real sur- prise here was that Walsh who wasn't expected to top the ticket did just that when all the votes were counted. It will now be two Irish guys running for mayor on Elec- tion Day November 5% How- ever, the results also clearly showed had there not been so many African-American mayoral candidates on the ballot, Charlotte Golar Riche who finished with an im- pressive third place finish could very well had made it to the Novembner ballot. The strong showing of John Barros all but finished her off. Many political folks out there are of the opinion that this November's final elec- tion looks less like the 1983 mayoral race when Ray FIynn took on Mel King and was elected mayor and more like the heated 1967 race when Louise Day Hicks ran first in September but lost that November to a young Kevin H. White. What is obvious is that the face of Boston is changing. This is not 1967 or 1983 any- more. Preliminaries are no longer conservative voter based. Liberal voters are turning out in September elections now. As I look at the Marty Walsh-John Connolly race for Boston mayor, it is appar- ent both candidates must reach out to the other un- successful mayoral candi- dates and their political bases in order to win on Tuesday, November 5% As I viewed the results of the City Council at Large race, I was not surprised in Ayanna Pressley topped the ticket in that race nor with the strong second place fin- ish of former City Councilor Michael Flaherty. who by the way finished first in Ward 1 East Boston. Michelle Wu finished in fourth place which was excellent for her first time bid and clearly showed that more liberal vot- ers turned out this past Tuesday at the polls than were usually expected to do SO. I was impressed with two guys that I had come to know previous to this year's cam- paign trail, Marty Keogh fin- ished in fifth place and this was his first time on the bal- lot. His strongholds are West Roxbury, South Boston and Dorchester. He is a fireplug on the campaign trail and has some great energy in his campaigning style. Another new guy on the block is Jack Kelly from the Kellys of Charlestown. He finished in the top eight and is moving on to the November race. On Tuesday, I was working the polls over at East Boston High School helping my friend District Councilor Sal LaMattina who won over 70 percent of the preliminary vote I also saw another City Council at large candidate Phil Frattaroli who finished John Connolly 12 th overall did impressively well in both the Nbrth End and East Boston. He is some- one with a good political future. As for the impending casino vote coming up in November, the NO Eastie Casino folks did not have a great day with both Dan Conley and Bill Walczak not doing as well as expected in the mayor's race and both John Ribeiro and Brain Gannon gathered a com- bined 26 percent of the votes. Many opponents of an East Boston casino at Suffolk Downs had hoped for better showings by these candi- dates but apparently for most Boston voters especially those in East Boston were not viewing the preliminary election neither as a refer- endum nor as a litmus test on candidates. We now move on to Tuesday, November 5 th to elect our new mayor, city councilors at large and district councilor and to also decide whether or not we in East Boston wish to have a casino in our neighborhood. The campaign trail is now less than six weeks long and soon our mailboxes will be full again with cam- paign mailings and those TV ads will return. Get use to it this is Boston politics at its best. However, what is evident is that Boston is putting on a new face with the likes of newcomers like Michelle Wu, Marty Keogh, Jack Kelly and Phil Frattaroli.