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It was the seventh stage of his 4-year "Swimming in the Seas of the Globe" initiative, during which he is reaching out to the world's top scien- Tony DeMarco .... ' Statue Unveiling Set for October 20 ,h by Ellen Zappala The pride of the North End, Tony DeMarco "The Flame and Fury of Fleet Street," the former undisputed Welter- weight Champion of the World, will be on hand to witness the unveiling of his statue on Saturday, , October 20th at 1:00 p.m. in Boston's North End. The ceremony will take place at the site of the statue at the corner of Hanover Street and Cross Street, the Gateway to the North End. Commissioned by the Massa- chusetts Chapter of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Privitera Family Charitable Foundation, and with the cooperation of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Tony DeMarco statue is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest and most beloved athletes ever to come out of the city of Boston. tists and researchers- as Created by renowned sculptor Harry Weber, whose body of work Includes-the well as politiCians antI corn- iconic BobbOr{ &nd DbUg Flutie statues, munities supporting his the new Tony DeMarco statue pays homage cause -- that can make a difference for physically dis- to the man who grew up on Fleet Street in Boston's North End and won the undisputed (Continued on Page 8) Welterweight Championship of the World I It is All About the 6 Percent Now Never mind the 1 percent or the 99 percent, Campaign '12 is all about getting that 51 percent share of the 6 percent of the voting population in I0-12 swing states that bring an Electoral College victory now. By watching local television, you know that New Hampshire is one of those swing states. Every five minutes there's another Obama or Romney commercial on. Sadly, 94 percent of the population that votes is out of play. Massa- chusetts voters haven't beepl !,s a little kid. ., i " : Same Old, same ol ": ' from President Obama President Obama apparently has nothing new to say and he's returning to his old lines because he hasn't accomplished much of anything in the last four years except to create more unemploy- ment, more debt, more division, more dependence on foreign oil and more dependence on govern- ment. Now he's trying to get re-elected on the same promises he made in 2008 and never reached. Wouldn't a president who hasn't accomplished much of anything have new promises to make and a new record to tout? Shouldn't a successful president be able to write a new campaign speech four years later? (Continued on Page 14) with his defeat of Johnny Saxton -at the Boston Garden on April 1, 1955. His epic battles with Carmen Basilio are considered two of the ten greatest matches in boxing history. Over the course of his very successful career, Tony DeMarco fought eight World Champions. At 80 years young, Tony DeMarco is both thrilled and humbled by the statue in his honor. He commented, "Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that all of this would happen to me. I am very grateful and have been very blessed." He is particularly pleased that his statue will be placed at the Gateway to the North End as, "This is the neighborhood that I grew up in. I have al- ways been greatly supported by friends and family in this / neighborhood." The public is invited to attend tile ceremo- nies for the unveiling of the/DeMarco statu;..:where remarks will be made by dignitaries and members of the boxing world. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, Tony DeMarco will take the pdlum to speak to his family, friends and:'fans in attendance. Mayor's Column by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston In January I made a promise to our city's parents and children. Our fami- lies would like a school choice system that passes the common sense test. Today's system does not. In the Bowdoin/Geneva area of Dorchester, where families speak 15 different languages and one in four falls below the poverty line, 2,000 students attend I00 different schools. Something similar could be said in East Boston, in Jamaica Plain, in Allston and in Dorchester. We cannot build a stronger community when we split ourselves apart every morning. This spring we asked you to tell us how we can improve the school choice sys- tem. More than 2,300 people responded -- three times more than joined a simi- lar conversation eight years ago. Two clear themes emerged: First, you asked us to continue our focus on build- ing school quality. Working with Superintendent Carol R. Johnson and the Boston School Com- mittee, we are proud to be the first dis- trict in the state to fully use innovative new tools to turn around the lowest-per- forming schools and transform what wasn't working. We have doubled the number of K-8 schools and have put arts, athletics, advanced mathematics and science back into education. We are set- ting higher expectations for children in every school and are finally funding our schools equitably depending on what the students need. The second thing people asked us to do is provide a less confusing and more predicable way to attend a good school close to home. And with your help, we can do it. Last spring Superintendent Johnson and I created a 27-member panel, called the External Advisory Committee on School Choice, to help us create a new system that lets families put a priority on attending school closer to home. This group is helping us generate an assignment system that protects the di- versity, choice and access to quality that has served us so well for so long, while allowing our schools to connect more closely to the communities we seek to build up. We are also "showing our work" as we go and are posting everything we do on the web at BPS has just offered its best thinking on how a new system might look in the future and is asking for your feedback. We hope you will join a community meeting or visit the website to share (Continued on Page 15)