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hPIql.,hh,dq.,,,vIMlhqi..llNdqnlvlh'..' .............. MIXED ADC 07099 19 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS TT L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 41 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, OCTOBER 10, 2014 $.35 A COPY HAPPY LUMBUS DAY OCTOBER 12, 2014 (Observed October 13, 2014) 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 he 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 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 twenty 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! by Sal Giarratani Forty Two Percent of the Time How often does President Obama read his InteI reports? Reports in the news last week put it at about 42 percent of the time. Many of his Obamacrat apologists say perhaps the Intel reports are far too complicated. Perhaps, when James Clap- per crawls out from under the bus, he could start printing pop-up Intel reports, huh? Are We Better Off Today Than Six Years Ago? Our president looked into the CBS-TV camera and said a definite "Yes!" (Continued on Page 19) = / i ) 2014 Annual Kickoff of October as Italian American Heritage Month by Christian Anthony Guarino (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) On Wednesday evening, October I st, the October Italian-American Heritage Month Committee welcomed the community of the Commonwealth to the House Chamber of the State House in Boston to celebrate the beginning of October as Italian-American Heritage Month. : ,: 2014 marks the 15 th anniversary of Gov- ernor Argeo Paul Cellucci's signing legisla- tion to officially designate October in honor of the many contributions that the Italian- American community made and continues to make in the state of Massachusetts and throughout the country. The Coro Dante, a chorus group from the Dante Alighieri Society in Cambridge, high- lighted the evening's events with their stun- ning rendition of the National Anthems of Italy and the United States in the House Chamber Room where Robert DeLeo, the Massachusetts House Speaker and Cav. James Di Stefano, President of the Heritage Month committee welcomed the capacity crowd. Many other dignitaries in the community were on hand, including Consul General Nicola De Santis. De Santis stressed the importance of the Italian-American community by quoting President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "All of us, in a large sense, are beneficiaries of the Italian experience. It is an extraordinary fact in history that so much of what we are and so much of what we believe had its origin in this rather small spear of land stretching into the Mediterranean. All in a great sense that we fight to preserve today had its origins in Italy." The program culminated ,with the presen- tation of various award recipients. The Ital- ian Community Advocate Award was pre- sented to Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor of the Post-Gazette newspaper. Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci was posthu- mously honored with the Humanitarian Award, accepted on his behalf by his wife Janet. Legislator of the Year was awarded to State Representative Angelo Scaccia, Ron Delia Chiesa, the Voice of Boston Radio re- ceived an award in appreciation for 50+ years in broadcasting, Honorable Judge Jo- seph V. Ferrino received the Lifetime Award and Alessandro LoPriore of the Association of Carabinieri received the Appreciation Award. The Frattaroii Family Scholarship, given by Donato Frattaroli, was presented to Ms. Amy Morrisett and Mr. Joseph J. Sbordone. Over a month of events is planned throughout the State by various Italian- American organizations and with the sup- port of the October as Italian-American Heritage Month Committee. (Continued on Page 8) Farewell to Suffolk Downs ... With steady rains damp- cuit held it's final race last is now another Boston area ening the track, symbolic of Saturday, October 4 th. institution that has been put the dampened hearts of Suf- Opened in 1935 by Joseph out to pasture. folk Downs faithful, the cir- A. Tomasello, Suffolk Downs 3 RD RACE WINNER #8: Jockey James Vail riding Queen of Heat owned by Craig Stable and family & friends. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) L-R: Richard Fields, Principal Owner of Suffolk Downs; Chip Tuttle. Chief Operating Officer and Mayor of Revere Dan Rizzo.