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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, PoO. 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-GAZETTE - 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. 39 Friday, September 28, 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 them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In dll ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL We've Stopped Talking to Each Other by Sal Giarratani Everywhere I go, even on my power walks over at the East Boston Greenway, I see this happening. People pass each other unspoken. Everyone appears in their own little worlds. Talking on cell phones or just listen- hag to music. At first glance you think these folks pass- ing by you are simply going psychotic but then you re- alize they are just chatting with someone on a hidden phone. If you actually say hi they are simply too busy to even see you. Once at the children's playground within the Bremen Street Park, I saw a young father pushing his little girl on a swing, but he was far away talking on his cell phone to even notice that several times his right hand completely missed his daughter's back causing her to yell at him. Even then, he continued to repeat the same mindless attitude. Not exactly quality time with your child or even fun for the kids. You go to a restaurant and the couple next to you are both on their cell phones talking to two other people not at the table. They spend their whole dinner in two different places. It is sad to see how modern technol- ogy has distanced us from each other. We talk a lot more today, but not to each other. It is as if we don't belong together. It happens while driving too. You see folks nearly crashing all the time. Because their bod- ies are inside the vehicle but their heads are far away. The art of communication is quickly disappearing when it is up close and personal. It is as if we don't mind talking to someone else as long as it is passive in nature at one time talking with one another and communicating ideas meant more than just speak- ing, it meant actually hearing the other person and looking into eyes. No wonder with all the advances in communicating, our communication skills decrease. It seems that too many of us are living in one place and obviously want to be somewhere else or with someone else. The tele- phone was a great idea when we left it at home and waited until returning there to find out who called us. Nowadays too many of us must be constantly on the phone talking with someone or anyone rather than ,,II -  it)(I/, (Continued on Page 14) 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 East Boston Adult Ed. Center Celebrates its 40 th Summer Graduation by Dominic AveUani Judge Joseph Ferrino, Ret., (far right) officiated the Saturday, September 1, 2012 graduation. It has been a long but interesting road since the Community Ed. Center (East Boston Adult Ed. Center) opened its doors in 1972. Over 50,000 immigrants, refugees, and U.S. school drop-outs have come and gone. Some of our graduates are today policemen, firemen, teachers, nurses, secretaries, electricians, plumbers, con- tractors, restaurant owners, hair dressers, barbers, grocery store owners, realtors, bank tellers, bank managers and more. On September 1, 5 and 6, 2012, more than 300 youths and adults received diplomas and awards in: English as a Second Language, GED Preparation in English and in Span- ish, U.S. Citizenship Preparation, Computer Skills, Tutoring in all 5 Subjects, College and Vocational School Placement, Job and Apartment Placement, Immigration Ser- vices and many more. Judge Joseph Ferrino (Ret,) officiated the Saturday, September 1, 2012 graduation. He reminded the students that: "My parents came from a warm place (Sicily) in 1903 and had to acclimate themselves to the cold weather during the winter, learn English, look for a job, start a family and teach their children to be good citizens in the new coun- try. Things have not changed that much today in 2012. Many of you students today come from warm places and you too will be successful in the U.S. if you follow my par- ents' example. In America, the opportuni- ties are endless." Mr. Oliver Spalding, trustee of the Mary W. B. Curtis Trust, officiated the Wednes- day night, September 5, 2012 graduation that had so many graduates that the center was filled to capacity while, outside the Center. many graduates waited to receive their diplomas and awards. Mr. Spaulding was very impressed with the graduates who hold full time jobs and still find time to attend En- glish I, English II, GED Preparation, and eventually attend a college or university in :the Boston area. Mr. Rufino Espitia, a 1981 graduate of the Center officiated the third grad- uation on Thurs- day, Septem- ber 6, 2012. He reminded the students that, in 1979, he entered the Center and learned Eng- lish, he attended Fitchburg Col- lege and became a teacher in the Boston Public Schools where he worked for 23 years and now, at the age of 67, Oliver Spalding, offici- ated the Wednesday night, September 5, 2012 graduation. he is retired. He stated, "I owe it all to the Community Ed. Center and Mr. Avellani who allowed me to leave a meat packing com- pany and become a professional teacher." He also stated: "If I could do it, I am sure you can do it too. Continue your studies, go to college, and you will be a professional also." "The Center is very fortunate to have so many students," stated Dominic Avellani, the program founder and director. "Our staff is second to none and the administration works closely with the alumni, the teach- ers and the parents. Anibal Mujo stated: "I came to America with my green card.jn 2003. At this school I learned English ana- U.S. History for 8 months. Then I went to the JFK Building to take and pass my U.S. Citizenship Test. I will soon register to vote in November because I love America." Patrizio Damato stated: "I studied 8 months at the Community Ed. Center, I passed my GED exams and with the guidance I received from Mr. Avellani, I will attend Bunker Hill Community College in 2013. This school helps everybody." Conlibali from the Ivory Coast stated: "When I came to the East Bos- ton school, I spoke no English. In my coun- try, we speak French; I was able to speak to Mr. Avellani in French so everything was easy for me in this school. I completed En- glish I and II and this week I begin GED classes. My goal is to go to college in the future." The Center does not solicit funds from the city, state, or federal government and relies almost totally on the generosity of founda- tions and corporations. Classes are held in the daytime, nighttime and all day on Saturday. Although 80% of the students come from East Boston, the other 20% come from Chelsea, Revere, the North End, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and more. Everyone is invited to visit the Center at 119 London St., East Boston or call 617-567-7873. We speak your language (English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French)l RITA SORRENTO Receives Ethel Bond Memorial Consumer Award East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Board Chair Rita Sorrento receiving an award at the National Association of Community Health Center's annual conference. Rita Sorrento, Revere resident and Board Chair for the East Boston Neighbor- hood Health Center, recently received the Ethel Bond Memorial Consumer Award at the National Association of Community Health Center's annual conference. The award was presented to Rita for her outstanding involve- ment in the development of a health center and her extraordinary dedica- tion to the Community Health Center Movement. Pictured with Rita from left to right are Jack Cradock, President and Manny Lopes, CEO of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center .......