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,.,,tl...ll.Jqql,,,,.hvlv.,I,l.l,q,l.h,vi,,vli,I *.*****'**'*'****MIXED ADC 010 15 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS. INC. 217W COTA ST SHELTON WA ~584-2263 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS m --I (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 120 - NO. 41 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, OCTOBER 7, 2016 $.35 A COPY HAPPY ( OLUMBUS OCTOBER 12, 2016 (Observed Monday, October 10, 2016) 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.-UilCk'iIy'h~~ ~a~S able to persllade 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 dream 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 -- Christopher 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! Great Public Service TIT Announcement There is a great public service announcement on TV lately showing a car driving down a road in the woods when all of a sudden the car hits its brakes. Then, just ahead in the dark, there are five individuals blindly running across the street with their iPads. Then we get back to the car and see two deer looking straight ahead with their heads just shaking in amazement at the stupid people crossing the road. I recently saw this commercial come to life on my street as I was exiting my driveway. A kid looking down on his iPhone, iPad, whatever, almost crashed into my (Continued on Page 14) i THE POST-GAZE'I'IrE SATELLITE OFFICE 343 CHELSEA ST., DAY SQ., E. BOSTON Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Thursdays from II:00 AM to 2:00 PM Call 617-227-8929 for more information Superintendant Frank Mancini, Boston Police Department presents the Color Guard. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross..Photouraphy~ (Continued on Pages 8-9) An Open Letter to Partners Dear Mr. David Sorto, President pairs than the North End Nurs- Yes, I remember you saying of Partners HealthCare. ing Home. You know, Mr. Storto, we will give them transporta- I am writing this letter openly there are buyers out there that tion, but for how long? One for every North End Resident to are willing to take that Nursing week or one month until, guess understand why I am so opposed Home over, but YOU are looking what, Partners HealthCare real- to the CLOSING of the North to make money on this prop- izes it's costing them money to End Nursing Home and WHY erty that you ONLY PAIl) ONEtransport these families back I cannot fully understand the DOLLAR for. You are without and forth? Open your heart and excuses you gave at the NEWNC a doubt a piece of work. Yougive this property to whoever meeting, and especially at the remind me of the rich who care can take it over and do what is meeting September 13, 2016, only that they have theirs. You best for the North End residents at City Hall Council Chambers. have the money; you can afford and, yes, for one dollar. And You are a non-profit organiza- to put your parents in assisting with what they save on taxes, tion and you on/I/paid ONE living or a better nursing home, maybe they can make all the BO~ for that prope~'~ at whereas, for these North Endrepairs that are needed (the the North End Nursing Home residents, the North End Nurs- ones YOU neglected to make). and I/ou're looking for some- ing Home is all they can afford. It's about kindness, compas- one to buy it for how nmehP This North End Nursing Home sion, loyalty, love, strength and What taxes have you paid as was built for the residents of courage -- none of which you long as you owned that North the North End and other low-have unless you surprise me. End Nursing Home? With all income residents of Boston. The BRA says they will not the excuses you used in order to The patients that are in there change the use of that property. close that nursing home, what now make nothing compared toGood for them, once a nursing happened to the money you what people make today; you're home, always a nursing home. saved on taxes? Why didn't you talking about patients in their I would also like to thank Sal use that money to update the 80s and 90s. What kind of So- LaMattina, Aaron Michlewicz, nursing home and do the repairs cial Security do you think they Joe Boncore, and the local me- that were necessary to keep that got years ago? The patients you dia for getting the stories out. nursing home up and running have in there now, some can't And, of course, the Post-Gazette to the capacity that it should walk, some can't see, some for their continuing series of ar- have been? You use the excuse can't remember their name. My ticles about the N~rsing Home. you have so many beds and not God, where is your compassion? I so appreciate every single one enough long-care patients so it HealthCare-- we pay into it and of you for all your help and con- isn't worth your while to keep we get sick and guess what?"No tinued support to SAVE OUR the doors open. Why then did room at the inn" now. NDRTHEND NURSING HOME. you refuse long-care patients? This isn't about Partners Sometimes you need to write We can name dozens of people and how much money you can what you actually feel, and that tried to get into that nurs- make, it's about the care and David Storto, I am hoping deep ing home and were REFUSED. the concern of every family that inside your heart there is some The proper reply from you is we is involved now asking, "What is human soul in you, that you will are rmt making any money. You going to happen now? How will find someone that cares enough are a non-profit organization, a I visit my mother or father or to keep this nursing home open, HealthCare organization that sister or brother? I don't drive, and you can walk away knowing takes care of patients. Where do I~ have to take a train, and if you did the right thing. you want these patients to go? it snows and the buses aren't Sincerely, Oh! That's right, to Brighton, to running, how do I get to see my Marie C. Simboli that dump that needs more re- loved one?~ North End Resident