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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 17, 2014 Page 3 L'' 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. 42 Friday, October 17, 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. GUEST EDITq )RIAL Fanning Flames and Throwing Ice on Fears by Sal Giarratani The Ebola virus has hit America after President Obama thought it wouldn't. Over this past weekend, there were two local scares. First, in Braintree, a Liberian just back from West Africa presents himself at a Braintree health clinic with flu-like symptoms. He is immediately quarantined and shipped off to a Boston hospital. Two days later, a flight coming into Logan from Dubai has five passengers all suffering flu- like symptoms, the plane gets quarantined, workers covered in hazmat protective gear board the plane and remove those sick passengers Governor Patrick in speaking of the Braintree inci- dent said there was nothing to see folks, just keep moving on. Obviously, he was trying to keep everyone calm and perhaps himself too. The second incident at Logan Airport was disturbing since the flight never got near West Africa, yet it appeared there was a real concern that those who were sick might have the Ebola virus. While Patrick, CDC officials and President Obama are downplaying the threat of Ebola spreading across the nation, a nurse caring for the first victim in Dallas now has Ebola. This past Tuesday, it was reported that there could be two more victims, one in Oregon and the other in Kansas. Why aren't we shutting down air traffic to and from West Africa? Obama seems reluctant to close our po- rous border with Mexico and now seemingly our air- ports have become porous borders too. Fears are also getting whipped up over the possibil- ity the virus could mutant and go airborne. Person- ally, the case of the Dallas nurse should send a clear signal out there to not have regional hospital care for suspected Ebola patients. Instead of hospitals in Dal- las, Boston, Oregon and Kansas caring for patients sus- pected of possibly having Ebola, all patients should be directed to the few hospitals in the country whose staffs have the best training to deal with this deadly virus. Keep Ebola contained and not spread it nationwide. As for me, I wish I could trust in what my government is saying about Ebola, but unfortunately many of us have lost faith in our leadership to tell the truth. We love and believe in our country, but faith in those who lead us is at an all time low. It is a sad day for America when "We the People" lose faith in those who work for us in government. Our lives are in their hands! 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 Donnarume, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The East Boston Social Centers Board Of Directors invite you to attend their Annual Fall Fundraiser - a Halloween "Monster Mash" Dinner Dance with the chance to win a total of $5,000 in cash prizes:! This fun night will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Topsider Room at Suffolk Downs. The $100 event ticket gives you a chance to win a total of $5,000 in cash prizes (and 1 dinner if attending). Event tickets can be split by any number of people. Din- ner Dance tickets can be purchased for only $35 each. Costumes are not required BUT there will be a Best Male and Female Costume with a $100 cash prize each! The East Boston Social Center is a non profit 501(c) (3) in operation since 1918, with a variety of programs that serve a culturally di- verse, low-income popula- tion" of more than 3,000 members from the commu- nity. Programs include li- censed and accredited childcare for children ages 2 months to 14 years all year long; an after-school pro- gram for at-risk youth 13-18; Summer Program which gives more than 300 chil- dren and families a safe, educational and fun place to spend the summer; and a nutritional, social-recre- ational and support program for more than 150 senior citizens. In addition to the dinner, dancing, best costume con- test, and a chance to win total of $5,000 in cash prizes, guests will have the oppor- tunity to purchase raffle tickets to win a tree full of Lottery scratch tickets, and a multitude of other gifts do- nated by local area busi- nesses and supporters. Those raffle tickets can be purchased at any time, even prior to the event -- you don't need to be present to win. The fundraiser will help to raise much-needed funds that will allow the Social Center to continue its work. Many thanks to the Silver Sponsor - East Boston Sav- ings Bank and Bronze Spon: sot ]~lliot Whittier Insur- ance:, L:" To reserve your tickets, please call Marisa at 617- 569-3221 ext 19 or email mdipietro@ebsoc, org, The Madonna della Cava Society will be hosting their 63rd Annual Outdoor Hallow- een Party on Satruday, Oc- tober 25th from I:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Hanover and Bat- tery Streets in Boston's North End. There will be a parade through the streets, along with games, activities, inflatable bounce house, face painting, free balloons and DJ Amo. Tickets for prizes will be given to every child. In case of rain, the party will be held on Sunday, Oc- tober 26TM. Sponsored event is spon- sored by: The Madonna della Cava Society, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events. For further information call the Madonna della Cava So- ciety at 617-523-8842. THE FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END BOCCE TOURNAMENT UPDATE ... by Victor Passacantilli The FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END BOCCE TOURNAMENT resumed on Sunday morn- ing at the outdoor courts. Kudos to Supervi- sor of Field Services Charlie Marino , who was at the courts at 6:30 am to assess their conditions. He determined that the courts were in need of maintenance and put in an early call to Commissioner Sam Viscione, who rushed to the courts where he and Charlie worked diligently to make courts #2 and #3 playable. Roger Mustone gave oa blessing before the matches commenced. Bob Grassia was on hand to film the con- tests giving video credence to Gaspar Ostuni's continued poor play and last week's star John Lombardi, reverting to his crooked aim. After an exhaustive investigation, Tony Gaeta was found innocent of tampering with the scoreboard during the last matches. Paul Troisi finally made an appearance! Anthony Albano May Have Passed from the Scene but Not from Memory by Sal Giarratani I, like most of East Boston, was shocked to hear of the recent passing of Anthony Albano. Most of us heard he was very sick, but the suddenness of it all left the commu- nity at a loss. I heard of Albano long before ever Anthony Albano meeting up with 1948-2014 him thanks to a Bos- ton Globe commentary by the great Alan Lupo. I was impressed with Albano's politi- cal skills. As someone steeped in politics thanks to my mother's family roots in Charlestown, I thought Albano was one of those old-fashioned neighborhood guys who did politics quite well. He knew his stuff and his winning track record proved his profi- ciency as a political operative whose ser- vices were always sought by up-and-com- ing political wannabes. Former Mayor Ray Flynn recently wrote of his 1983 encounter with Albano. Flynn was seeking his support in the 1983 race and apparently Albano thought Flynn lacked enough cash to win. He was wrong, but come that November he too was in with Flynn. I first met Albano a few years back after moving to Eastie. Usually over the past five or so years, he and I rarely seemed to be helping the same candidate with the exclu- sion of Sal LaMattina, whom we both sup- ported. I last saw him down at the Dunkin' Do- nuts one night when he and Sammy were holding the fort. I always thought Anthony was a bit rough around the edges which was his persona. However, he really was any- thing but rough when it came to helping people and most of the students up at East Boston High School who always saw him as on their side. Politics won't be the same without An- thony Albano. We did become friends over time and I always watched whomever he was backing. However, both of us were able to put the past behind us and move forward. He and I were the same age, growing up with the same politicians. He was always East Boston; I was much more Charlestown when it came to my politics, probably be- cause my mother always thought I was Irish like her. We need folks like Anthony in our community life because he showed everyone that we can't just reside some- where, we must live there too.