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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 10, 2014 Page3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 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-GAZETrE - 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. 118 - No. 41 Friday, October 10, 2014 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 all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Braintree Library Celebrates Italian American Heritage Month In honor of Italian Ameri- can Heritage Month, mem- bers of IACO decorated a dis- play window at the Braintree Public Library. The theme for the display is Italian im- migration. Many of the items featured include per- sonal and family immigra- tion documents. The items will remain on display in the front lobby of the Braintree Library for the month of October. GEM GRAVURE COMPANY, INC. 112 School Street, P.O. Box t 158, West Hanover, MA 02339 Tel: 781-878-0456, Emil: 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 s/ons are accepted by the Post-Gottep they are c/ear, or/g/ha/photos. There is a $5 charge for each to submitted. Photos can be submitted via e-mail: poslaazette@aoLcom. If you want your photos returned, include a se- addressed, stamped envelope. J z.- I Dominic Avellani ... how to sum up his life: Someone who spoke 4 languages? Someone who has been all over the world, from Egypt to China and from Cuba to Panama? Someone who was congratulated in person by Lenny Zakim, Bob Dole, and Ted Kennedy? Some- one who was married to my mom for 36 years? Why did I name my first son after him? As a father, he has taught me so much. Let's start with his early years. He al- ways loved Tione degli Abruzzi. He re- membered the farming, the gathering of scrap metal to buy a loaf of bread and a piece of chocolate, and la trebbia, a fantastic machine that would separate grain from their stalks and husks. He remembered the long journey from Italy (by ship, not by airplane). He remem- bered arriving in the North End, living in a small apartment, and being sur- prised that everyone spoke Italian there like in Tione. These experiences taught him humility and to appreciate the little things in life. When he was a senior in high school, his guidance counselor asked him at the end of the school year where he was going to college. No one asked him be- fore and it was too late to apply to local schools. It angered him that his coun- selor didn't consult him earlier, but he was still able to apply to a school in Iowa, Parson's College, where he studied Spanish and History. After college in Iowa, he went to Mexico to continue his studies. There, he met my morn and they went together to Boston where he be- gan to teach in the Boston Public Schools. He never forgot that bad experience in high school with his guidance counse- lor. It made him want to become a guid- ance counselor to help others finish high school and to apply for collages and vocational schools on time, so he soon became a bilingual guidance counselor. When students would visit him, they would often come with parents who did not speak English well, were not U.S. Citizens, or did not have a high school diploma. In 1972, these experiences gave him the idea of opening his own Center for Adults in the North End above the post office so he could help these DOMINIC AVELLANI Hail and Farewell by Renato Avellani adult immigrants. After retiring from the Boston Public Schools after 30 years, he continued the education center, later in East Boston. The wake was in East Boston and the fu- neral was in the North End because he wanted the members of these two com- munities that he helped, over 50,000 people, to be able to see him one last time. I thank those who came; family, friends, and students. He dedicated his life to the service of the immigrant and the high school teen- ager. Many times he did not get a thank you but he felt that helping these people was his calling. Honorable Judge Joseph Ferrino, a friend of my father's, recently said that my dad did what the Public Schools of Boston would not do, he ful- filled that need. Was work my father's lffe?'No, he made time for my family. My sister, Cathy, remembers him always coming home after his day job to eat dinner with us and take us to the Healey School nearby to play some ball or ride our bikes. He took us to church every Sunday and then out to a restaurant, as a family. We would winter ski together, hike to- gether, and go to movies together. He made time for me to play Little League, for my sister to play soccer, and he al- ways did his best to come to important events in our lives. He was a real American, teaching us to honor our country, remember our past, to be proud of our family, to be proud Roman Catholics, and to be positive. I believe this self-esteem boost really helped me in school. He taught us responsibility, to be self-reliant, and to not be afraid to get our hands dirty. He would explain history in a way that made it real and he would always speak of the good the Roman Empire, Christo- pher Columbus, and the United States have done for the world. He was a true optimist, and he never limited your potential. We definitely need more people like him in the world, people that can bring others together and to improve themselves. I truly believe he is now in a better place. In closing, I would like to say to my father in Roman Latin, "ave atque vale," which means "hail and farewell." EAST BOSTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 72 Marginal Street East Boston, MA 02128 Phone: 617.569.5590 Fax: 617.569.4846 Our 00amil 9 to yours J-Iappy Columbus to all our halo-00merican 00riends 3?olanda and 00)an Cellucci