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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 18, 2013 Page 3 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 Saints Cosmas and Damian 87th Anniversary Gala Honors 2013 Woman of the Year, Son's of Italy State President Carmelita Bello and 2013 Man of the Year, Son's of Italy ls' National Vice President Joseph Russo 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-GAZETFE 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. 117 - No. 42 Friday, October 18, 2013 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 What Happened to the Land of the Free? by Sal Giarratani This past Columbus Day Holiday weekend, two events took place worth mentioning. The liberaI media with their obvious bias kept one story on the back burner concerning the discovery of dry ice bombs found at the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX. Three bombs were dis- covered on one day not far from planes on the ground in a restricted area. A day earlier another was found in- side an employee's bathroom. One reportedly went off. No injuries and no big deal if you listened or watched the media on this story. As a side bar and just thinking out loud, isn't this why the N.S.A. is spying on all of us? Well, I guess on you and me but those planting bombs perhaps on a dry run, they're apparently off the N.S.A. radar? The other major story was once again at the World War II Memorial where once again veterans showed up in protests. Many of them tore down the metal barri- cades and marched off to Pennsylvania Avenue, 1600 to be exact where they were thrown at the White House fence before the police moved in to stop the protest. Among those there was Sarah Palin and immediately the left-wing media called it a fringe protest by Tea Party radicals. However, what many Americans saw and supported were veterans standing up for America and our Bill of Rights. Liberals want to call protesters nothing but kooks but they are representing most of us who have become fearful of our own government. Our government continues to grow at the expense of our individual rights and too many of us see no problem with that. We fought a Revolution against King George and Great Britain to prevent our rights from being denied from a government too far away from us. Over 238 years ago, America fought a distant government over in Europe. Today, we are fighting a distant govern- ment right here in the Nation's Capital. Our founding fathers warned us about big government and that it could always raise its ugly head again. They warned us about protecting our individual liberties from getting eroded over time. Our freedom is in our hands today. Government is our business. Either we run it or it will run us. The only issue too big to fail is our liberty. Those veterans who marched on Washington over the week- end should be saluted by all who value the land of the free. We are still the home of the brave. Thank God for our veterans. Saints Cosmas and Damian 8~h Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the 440 Post, 295 California Street, Newton. Cocktail hour begins at 7:00 pm and dinner will be at 8:00 prru There will be a full Italian dinner by Maria's Catering with wine on each table and music by The Cosmos. The famous "La Tiella" a regional delicacy from Gaeta, Italy will also be served during the cocktail hour. This year's honorees will be 2013 Woman of the Year, Son's of Italy State President Carmelita Bello, and 2013 Man of the Year, Son's of Italy Ist National Vice President Joseph Russo. These two individuals have given so much to our Italian- American community and they are deserving of this honor. Please join us as we recognize them for their many years of service and for their work to preserve our Italian culture for ftiture generations. Don't miss this special evening! For more information or to reserve tickets please call Sal DiDomenico, Sr. at (617) 661-1164. Carmelita Bello is the President of the Grand Lodge of Massa- chusetts, Order Sons of Italy. She was elected at the dune 2013 convention. Over the last four years as the state first vice president, she has worked with the grand council, filial lodges and commissioners to lead the organization into the future. Her priorities include thoughtful review of events, programs and offerings, fo- cus on heritage, distribution of meetings and events throughout the grand lodge geo- graphic area, membership and funding. She has been a member of the Order of Sons of Italy since 1982 and has held local offices of President, Vice President, Orator and Trustee for the Worcester Lodge #168. State officers held include State Orator for 2 years, State Recording Secretary for 4 years, elected State Trustee for District 2 for a second 2-year term until elected Re- cording Secretary. Carmelita was elected National Recording Secretary at the 2007 National Convention. She served for two years as the Chair- person of the Grand Lodge Membership Com- mission and was a National Delegate to the 1999 through 2011 conventions. Carmelita is proud of the fact that the Sons Joseph A. Russo, President of the Jo- seph Russo Funeral Home of Roslindale which this year is celebrating its 87th Anniversary in busi- ness. Mr. Russo is a graduate of Boston University with a De- gree in History and Government and holds a degree in Embalming, Sanitary Sci- ence and Funeral Directing, from the New England Institute, Boston. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Associa- tion. He also was an instructor for a num- ber of years in Funeral Directing at Mt Ida College. Mr. Russo was born in the West End of Boston. Son of the Honorable Joseph Russo and Anita DiMare Russo. He is the young- est of four children: the late Josephine Riley who passed away in 2006, the honorable Domenic J.F. Russo and Vincent J. Russo. He has been a resident of Roslindale Mas- sachusetts for 53 years He has been a li- censed Funeral director for over 50 years. He is married, for 45 years, to Pauline M. (O'Connell) Russo, and the father of four Children, Christine Russo Surette, Jay Russo (Joseph Jeanne Russo Haggerty and Susan Russo, all Sons of Italy members. Joe and Pauline are the proud grandparents of seven granddaughters: Allyson and Emily Surette, Sophia and Isabelle Russo, Shaye and Aysa Haggerty and Misha Russo Yanowitz and one grandson: Jayden Haggerty. A member of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Sergeant Guido Petrilli Mixed Lodge #1606 of Roslindale for over 40 years, He has held various offices within his filial of Italy is a family commitment. Her grand- father Salvatore Bello served on the first Massachusetts grand council as trustee. Her Aunt Gladys has been active in all aspects of Sons of Italy and received the Golden Lion award at the 2009 state con- vention. Her sister Mary Ann Bello is cur- rently serving as State Trustee, held the office of commissioner on the Benefit In- surance Commission after serving as state Trustee, Lodge President and many other filial offices. In 2001 Carmelita was awarded the Achievement Award from the Worcester Sons of Italy for her dedication to the order and her community contributions. Her pro- fessional career includes many years as a non-profit executive most recently serving 13 years as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Colleges of Worcester Consortium. Carmelita has a Master degree in Busi- ness Administration from Anna Maria Col- lege, certificate in Non-Profit Management from Clark University and a Bachelor De- gree in Management from Worcester State College. Other affiliations include past president and current board member of the East Side Community Development Corpora,tion, former member of the Denholms Trust, Bea- con of Hope, Inc., TLC Trust and finance committee member of the Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. lodge. During his terms as Venerable and President, the Roslindale Lodge purchased their current home at 30 Birch Street and grew from 68 to over 485 members. As a Sons ean ! of Italy Grand Lodge member, he has held the position of Massachusetts St.ate DeputY. Chairman, OSIA National Foundation Trustee, State Trustee for District 4, State Financial Secretary, State Orator and was twice elected State President of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. On the National Level he has been a Trustee on the National Foundation for 6 years and is currently serv- ing as ist National Vice President of the Or- der Sons of Italy in America. Mr. Russo has been active in local church activities, as a President of the Italian Society of the Sacred Heart and a member of the Holy Name, Parish Council, Finance Board, usher and Eucharistic Minister of Sacred Heart Church. He is a 3ra degree member of the Rose Croix Council Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree member of the Father Michael J. McGivney Council K of C of West Roxbury. He is a member of the Augusta Club of Boston. He enlisted as a member of B Company 241st Engineer Battalion and the 101st Yan- kee Division Massachusetts National Guard in 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1974. He has served on the board of trustees of Boston Community Services Inc., and as a District Coordinator for the United Way. He has been a Corporate of the Faulkner Hos- pital in Jamaica Plain, Vice President of the Mt. Hope Canterbury Civic Association and coach, manager and Past President of the Parkway Area Babe Ruth Baseball League and was a long time coach and manager for Parkway Little League baseball of Roslin- dale, West Roxbury. He is a member of the Board of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, New England Chapter. He has served as a member of the West End Historical Society and the West End Museum Committee, and a Life Member of the Pirandello Lyceum Society. When asked what his greatest accom- plishment is, Joe said, "it was having the good sense to have asked Pauline to be his wife and being blessed with good children and beautiful grand-children." He is proud to be a first generation American of Italian Heritage. q