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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 14, 2011 Page 3 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 $30.00 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-GAZET/E - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnantma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 41 Friday, October 14, 2011 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. GUEST EDITORIAL CITY MAKING MISTAKE ON WALMART SITING by Sal Giarratani City Hall has rebuffed a proposed Walmart on Washington Street in Roxbury at the long-shuttered Bartlett Bus Yard not far from the Dudley Square retail district. A spokesper- son for Mayor Menino said a Walmart neighborhood market grocery store would undercut local businesses in the area including the Tropical Foods Market at Melnea Cass Boule- yard. Apparently, City Hall is hoping for a mix of retail uses such as restaurants, a day care center and small shops. Dot Joyce from the Mayor's Office stated, "Dudley Square is a unique and special place in the heart of the city, and we don't believe Walmart is in keeping with that uniqueness. The developer Partnership of Nuestra Communidad Devel- opment and Windale Developers Inc. is no longer going after getting a Walmart at the site after the city raised concerns. Walmart officials in Arkansas said they have launched a website, to provide its custom- ers with information on plans for the company in Massachu- setts. A spokesman for the company reacting to the city's opposition to a Roxbury site said, "We still don't have any projects to announce in the city of Boston. We think our stores can be a part of the solution for folks who want more affordable groceries in their own neighborhoods." Opponents within the community said a Walmart near Dudley Square would reduce local business options and that Walmart would not be producing jobs with attractive wages and benefits. I grew up in Roxbury back in the day when this neighbor- hood had two choices of supermarkets. There was Blair's Foodiand across from Ruggles Street at Washington Street and there was Folsom's down by Northampton Station in the South End. Smaller stores which specialized in certain groceries survived. As good as the pro- duce was at Blair's, my father bought chicken from a small Jewish-owned chicken market a few doors away from the larger supermarket. Folks in Roxbury then and folks today should be able to have choices and the more choices, the more affordable prices can be found. Walmart is no more a poor fit today than Blair's Foodland was yesterday. Keep politics out of the price of baloney because otherwise all we have is baloney and few choices in these struggling economic times. 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 ! That American "Something" by Stefano Salimbeni There are lots of things I don't like about America. However, today I will not mention any of them, for the same reasons you do not talk about the many things you don't like about your wife on your wedding day. In fact, last month I became a citi- zen of the United States and last week my very first American passport came in the mail. Therefore, I hope you readers don't mind my indulging in a little 'marital bliss'. Actually it was love at first sight between America and I, from. the first time I set foot on this land, as a tourist, part of Stefano Salimbeni at the Citizenship Ceremony at TD Garden, an organized vacation group, August 31, 2011. back in the summer of... (wow, it's scary to see it in writing) University and twelve years as and peanut butter -- one of 198511 a full time journalist in Boston, the few American foods I could The trip was the classic during which I zig-zagged not grow to like in16 years and, Orlando/New York/Niagara around the country on a regu- at this point, I am sure I never Falls in ten days, with a Swiss- lar basis, I am happy to say that will. clock-like itinerary, buses, tour 'something' is still very much That "something" makes guides and all. Orlando was there. I still feel it, every day, America reward ingenuity, all right, one paper mache and, well ... I still love it! Only creativity and honest hard work. amusement park after the other, now I am so addicted to it to Of course it does not, in any really, but New York, Oh... New the point of missing it, terribly, way, guarantee success, but at York took my breath away, liter- when I am abroad, least it convinces millions of allyl I still remember, like it was Of course, just like it happens people, including myself, that it yesterday, watching the tips of with a woman you love, the more is possible-- and somehow even the midtown skyscrapers slowly you get to know her, the more indicates the road -- to pursue rising above the horizon, and as her faults and flaws become it. And, ultimately, it provides they got taller, and bigger as our evident. Inevitably, with time, this country with a basic, reas- litfle bus from JFK airport made the list of things that is wrong suring, fairness. Contrary to its way to Manhattan, feeling my with her gets longer and longer, what a lot of uninformed people breathing getting shorter and However, if what made you In-st worldwide tend to believe, heavier, my heartbeat faster and fall in love is still there, her flaws America does not give out many louder... After spending the first don't matter that much: some gifts to her children. In fact, to sixteen years of my life sur- flaws you justify, some others be honest, she is quite an rounded by American myths and you try to correct, and certain unforgiving mother. But at least, iconography -- omnipresent in ones can even become ... kind she never steals form them Italy after World War II -- I was of cutel either... Almost never, let's say. finally going to New York, It was And that's exactly what hap- And yes, it still is the land of normal to be excited. (Later in life pened between America and opportunities, the place millions l have seen the exact same reac- "yours truly." The more I ob- ofpeople from all over the world tion, by various friends of mine, served her -- for both personal look at, and come to, to make no matter how old they were, and professional interest--the their dreams come true, being when I first introduced them to more that "something" that them, living safe from religious New York City)However, in my locked my throat and made or politicalpersecution, or--say case it was love ... I might not my heart pound, those first few -- becoming a journalist. That have known it, then. But it didn't days in New York, kept showing does not mean they necessarily take long to fend out. up, everywhere I went. will, but at least they feel they America charmed me from day I am talking about that inher- are given a chance. And in the one. At least for me, there was ently and purely American "if process they bring here their 'something' irresistibly cool you-can-dream-it-you-can-do- food and traditions, their clothes about her, something in the air, it" spirit which brings out the and their music, constantly add- which permeated everything, best in people- regardless of ing new colors, sounds and from buildings to food, from the economic or political climate tastes to this wonderful kalei- movies to music, from sports to of the moment. I have lived here doscope of a land that I now, as actual people. It was something since 1996, and witnessed two I have for manyyears, call home. very hard to describe in words Democratic and two Republican Don't get me wrong, there are at the time. And spending 16 of administrations, one of the most still lots of things that I don't like the last 25 years as a resident exhilarating booms as well as, about America, but -- hey of this country did not make it recently, one of the deepest after loving her 26 years and any easier. However, after a year crises, in American economic livingwith her for 16, she fmally in West Virginia as a high school history. Well, that "something" accepted to marry me. So, as any exchange student (so much for has always been, still is, and freshly married groom would say, culture shock) another year as probably always will be, there, today I just feel like the luckiest graduate student at Boston just like baseball, apple pie and happiest man alive. Larz Anderson AutoMuseum to Host TUTTO ITALIANO AUTUNNO On Sunday, October 16 th, between I0:00 a.m. North End. His epic battles with Carmen Basilio and 2:00 p.m., the Larz Anderson Auto Museum are considered two of the greatest matches in in Brookline, Massachusetts will be hosting Tutto boxing history. Italiano Autunno. Tutto Italiano Autunno is sponsored by the Sons This popular lawn event is a celebration of all of Italy, Fiat, and the Larz Ander- things Italian, showcasing Italian cars and [no- son Auto Museum. Located at 15 Newton Street, torcycles along with family activities including a Brookline, Massachusetts, the Larz Anderson Bocce tournament. This year's event also features Auto Museum is home to "America's oldest car a special guest, Boston boxing legend, Tony collection." Since 1927, the museum's Carriage DeMarco who will be on hand to personally sign House has hosted many lawn events. This grew his newly released autobiography, Nardo: Mem- out of a Sunday afternoon tradition begun by the oirs of a Boxing Champion. Anderson family who would open the doors to The former undisputed Welterweight Champion their Carriage House on Sunday afternoons so of the World, Tony DeMarco, also known as "The that the general public could admire their collec- Flame and Fury of Fleet Street, is one of Boston's tion of American and European cars. most beloved sports figures. DeMarco's autobi- For over 75 years, the Larz Anderson Auto Mu- ography touches upon the triumphs and trag- seum has been supporting the collector car com- edies that shaped him as an individual, his munitythroughavarietyofeducationalprograms, humble beginning on Fleet Street, and his rise to exhibits, and lectures. Today, the museum's pri- the top of the boxing world during the Golden mary goal is to continue supporting the collector Era of boxing when he defeated Johnny Saxton car community through educational outreach and to become the Champion at the famed Boston the preservation of the museum's permanent col- Garden, just a few blocks from his home in the lection of early automobiles.