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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 Salvatore Cimmino (Continued from Page 1) abled individuals like him- self. Salvatore, 48, had his right leg amputated above the knee at the age of 14 after doctors discovered he had osteosarcoma. The Torre Annunziata native then spent most of his life on what he describes as an obsolete prosthetic limb and started swimming for thera- peutic purposes in 2005. The Boston swim took a little over seven hours. Salvatore dove into the wa- ter around 6:15 a.m., at UMass Boston, and then swam his way around sev- eral islands to finally get to Charlestown. Fatigued but radiant with happiness, Salvatore sat for a few minutes on the dock, sipping warm tea. "In cer- tain spots, the water was ex- tremely cold," he told his longtime partner Stefania, who traveled all the way from Rome with other family members to support Salvatore. "From UMass Boston we went under the Long Island Bridge," said Ed Peduto, who followed Salvatore on the boat operated by captain Chris Sweeney. The boat ac- companied Salvatore all the way. "Then we passed Rainsford Island, around Georges Island and down through what they call the Narrows." The swim then proceeded on the airport side of the North Channel, fin- ishing off with the North End and finally the Charlestown dock. The route was designed by Greg O'Connor, presi- dent of the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association. "We deviated a little," said O'Connor, showing a map with dotted and straight lines he drew to keep track of Salvatore's swim. "He swam 25 kilometers." The Boston swim was pos- sible thanks to a collective have supported Salvatore since day i of his extended Boston visit. Additional sup- port was given by various Italian American organiza- tions, like the Sons of Italy, who cheered Salvatore on from the boat as he swam across the Boston Bay. A group of MIT students belonging to the Italian-fo- cused MITaly group also showed up, along with mem- effort and support from the local Italian and Italian American communities, as well as from prestigious aca- demic centers such as MIT. Among Salvatore's support- ers is Professor Hugh Herr of the Biomechatronics Lab at MIT, one of the leading figures in the world in research and development of prosthetic limbs. Among the crowd waiting for Salvatore's arrival, were North End business owners Filippo Frattaroli and Dom- enico Susi, along with friends Alberto Mustone and Rocco DiRenzo, all of whom bers of COMITES, Italia Unita, and the Pirandello Lyceum. All supporters joined Salvatore for an after- swim celebration at Filippo's Ristorante in the North End. Now Salvatore will head back to Rome, where he works and lives, and will start practicing once again to prepare for the next swim, which will take place in Aus- tralia. But local supporters will have a much closer chance to see Salvatore again, when he comes to New York in June 2014. Un- til then, grazie Salvatore! Salvatore Cimmino (center) being presented with a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Boston from City Councilor LaMattina (left) and Mayor Menino (2 "d from right) and Filippo Frattaroli. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Quincy District Court Renamed for Francis X. gellotti by Sal Giarratani With bright skies above, over 350 folks showed up outside the Quincy Court House on Sunday, Septem- ber 23 at High Noon to honor Former Lieutenant Gover- nor and Attorney General Francis X. Bellotti at a cer- emony renaming the Quincy District Court in his honor. Bellotti started his legal career at the Quincy District Court 60 years ago. While many think of the City of Quincy when they mention Bellotti, he was actually born in Boston, Roxbury to be exact and spent his child- hood on Eustis Street not far from where I was also raised. His mother eventu- ally took the family to Dorchester during his teens and he lived near Ashmont Station and in St. Mark's Parish until he landed in Quincy in 1952. The front of the court- house was shut off to traffic as the large crowd of friends and supporters attended the dedication. Guest speaker at the event was retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter who told the crowd he was a young attor- ney general from New Hamp- shire when he first met Bellotti. Just before, he and Bellotti unveiled the new court house sign, Souter stated, "Under the name Francis X. Bellotti, I'd pick the sentence,-'We looked, up to him, and he'never let us down." Bellotti became a Quincy political legend over the decades. His first foray into politics was in 1958 when he was encouraged by a num- ber of younger Democrats to run for Norfolk County dis- trict attorney. Four years later, in 1962, he ran at age 39 for lieutenant governor and won. In 1964 he lost for governor, in the only all Ital- ian race for governor, against Former Attorney General Frank Bellotti shaking hands with well wishers following the dedication ceremony. John A. Volpe. In 1966, he lost a nasty fight for attorney general when a last minute smear killed his chances. In 1970, he ran for governor again and I was a young 22-year-old college student working on that campaign. In 1978 he returned again, winning the first of three terms as attorney general. In 1990 he came out of retirement one more time, running again for governor and lost that year in the primary against John Silber. Overall, he had a 4-5 win- loss record but it is only his victories that we remember. I was there for the dedica- tion ceremony because Frank Bellotti was my politi- cal mentor but more impor- tantly my friend. Frank Bellotti himself said it best of the renaming of the court- house in his honor, "Both practically and symbolically, this for me is a very great and personal honor." I might add, it is always especially nice to get something named in your honor while you're still alive to attend the ceremony too. Hazardous Waste, Tires & Propane Tanks Drop-off for Boston Residents New: No Latex Paint (oil-based paint only) Saturday, Sept. 29 9:00 to 2:00 UMass Parking Lot, Morrissey Blvd Dor. Saturday, Nov. 17 9:00 to 2:00 Public Works Yard, 315 Gardner St, West Roxbury Residents may bring up to S0 pounds of products labeled toxic, flammable, reactive, corrosive, or poisonous; such as: motor oil, pesticides, solvents, glues, cleaners, weed killers, photo chemicals, pool chemicals, car batteries. COMPUTERS, TVs, and ELECTRONICS will be accepted on September 29th only NO COMMERCIAL WASTE ACCEPTED PROOF OF RESIDENCY REQUIRED Boston Public Works Department Thomas M. Menino, Mayor; Joanne P. Massaro, Commissioner For more information, please call 617-635-4500 or visit www.cityofboston.govlrecycling