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M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 40 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, OCTOBER 7, 2011 $.30 A COPY f HAPPY LUMBUS DAY OCTOBER .12, 2011 (Observed October 10, 2011) America -- Land of Dreamers The year was 1492. A young man from Genoa, Italy, Cristoforo Colombo, was convinced a route to the Far East could be found by sailing West and he wanted a chance to prove it. Many thought he was a dreamer. Luckily tie was able to per- suade others and turned his dream into a reality. In the years that followed, America became a melting pot for people who, like Columbus, had a drearla and were willing to take a chance on what they believed in. The English, the French, the Jews, the Irish, the Italians, and countless others, all came seeking the freedom to make their own decisions and to have the opportunity to make their dreams a reality. They wanted the best of both worlds and got it. These people were proud to call themselves Americans and equally proud to hold on to the traditions of their homeland. Where else but in America would this be possible? Five hundred and nineteen years later, we salute the man who took a chance -- Chmt0pher Columbus...A. man who was a model for future explorers to emulate. We are the product of all the Christopher Columbuses that came before US. We are Americans -- the envy of other nations -- where opportunities are boundless for every person. Some call America, the "Land of Dreamers." We're not offended by this. Instead, we're proud to be able to dream and, like Columbus, make our dreams come true! liiil Gimme a Break -- Voter ID Bill Not Jim Crowesque Proposed legislation to require a voter ID to vote at the polls has been likened to the time of Jim Crow laws which were used to prevent Blacks from voting, so said the NAACP. However, sup- porters of the bill like myself don't see anything wrong with asking people to do at the polls what they are already doing when traveling, banking or driving. Governor Patrick said he would veto the bill if it reached his desk and said the bill (Continued on Page 5) ~iii!!~iiiii~iil iiiii;iiii;ili~!il ~:?ii!;!:ii~,~i! ii!iiiiii!iii .... ~! !ili Kicking Off 13th Annual Italian Heritage Month in Massachusetts by Nieola Orichula Forefront, L to R: Maria Lombardo Italian Heritage Month Awarde and iAvia Graf Italian Heritage Month scholarship recipient. Second row, L to R: Judge Peter W. Agnes, Jr.; Salvatore Bramante; Stephen Maio; ~mna Quadri; Judge Rudolph A. Saeco, Ret., Italian Heritage Month Awardee; Judge Joseph V. Ferrino, Ret., and Tom Materazzo. Third row, L to R: James DiStefano, OSIA State President; Giuseppe Past0relli, Consul General 0I Italy in Boston, Lln0 Rullo and Kevin Cairn, Italian Heritage Month President. For the 13t~ year in a row, Massachusetts is celebrating Italian Heritage Month with a number of events going on throughout the state. The official kick-0ff event was held at the State House in Boston on Monday, October 3, 2011, with numerous prestigious guests honoring the special recurrence. "It's an occasion very close to my heart," said House Speaker Robert DeLeo at the foot of the State House Grand Staircase. "Con- gratulations to the Italian Heritage Month Committee for the 13m annual celebration of this great month. It's great to see that Massachusetts, as it has been the leader in so many things that happened in this country, is once again a leader in making sure Italian Americans receive their just tribute. ~ Following a welcome message from Ital- ian Heritage Month President Kevin Caira, a blessing was given by Father Dominic Rodrigher0 of St. Anthony Church in Everett. Capt. Frank Mancini, Commanding Officer 7t~ district, led the Boston Police Department in the Color Guard call to order before a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance by Vet- eran Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Tom Materazzo. Special awards for their contribution to Italian American culture were given to Judge Rudolph A. Sacco, retired, Maria Lombardo (recently appointed by President Barack Obama as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation) and high school senior Livia Graf of Newton South High School for her outstanding scholastic achievements and her hard work last sum- mer as an intern at the Italian Consulate in Boston. Consul General of Italy Giuseppe Pastorelli personally presented a 81,O00 (Continued on Page 7) 2011 COLUMBU DAY PARADE THE 2011 COLUMBUS DAY PARADE IN THE NORTH END KICKS OFF AT 1:00 PM ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9TH BEGINNING AT CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS PARK, COMMERCIAL STREET, ONTO HANOVER STREET, RIGHT ON CROSS STREET THEN DOWN ENDICOTT STREET. 1 THE POST-GAZE'I'rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2.00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8?2? for more information %