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POST-GAZETT.E, OCTOBER 25,.2013 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: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com 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-GAZE'ITE - 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. 43 Friday, October 25, 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 EDIT( )RIAL Sal LaMattina Deserves Your Vote by Sal Giarratani Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina has been a voice and vote for folks calling District I home since day one in office at Boston City Hall. Sal may have an office at City Hall but his real office is on the streets of East Boston, North End and Charlestown where he con- stantly moves around deal- ing with the issues affect- ing his constituents from one end of District 1 to the other. I was surprised that both during the prelimi- nary and carrying over into the November 5 a general election campaign, the Boston Firefighters Local 718 snubbed Sal LaMattina's re-elec- tion bid. I can think of no city councilor who hasn't stood up for police officers and firefighters. He has never forgotten the sacrifices always being made by those who serve and protect us all. He remem- bers the nine firefighters who died at the Vendome Hotel in the Back Bay fire on June 17, 1972. He also recog- nized the courage of all those first responders at the Marathon Bombings this past April. Back in 2012, City Councilor Sal LaMattina working with others within the East Boston community made it a point to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by six Boston firefighters who perished fighting a horrific fire in Maverick Square on September 15, 1942. For decades these heroes were seemingly forgotten due to the even more horrific Coconut Grove Fire which took place two weeks later that year. City Councilor Sal LaMattina will get the votes of many firefighters, police officers and first responders because they know he understands their sacrifices and the vital role they play in society. We haven't snubbed Sal LaMattina and neither should you. East Boston Fireflghters Memorial in Maverick : Square. 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 The op/n/m / our o/umn/sts and contrt/mtors m-e not neceuar//y mait: Loom Uou want your  re include a seW- address  envelope. Robin Gangi Robin Gangi passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 17 th, at Winchester Hospital. The beloved daughter of Louis S. Gangi of FL and the late Theresa G. (Sciarrio) Gangi, she was 54 years of age. Born in Winchester, she was raised and educated in Woburn, graduating Woburn High School with the Class of 1977. Following High School she continued on with her education and was the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bridgewater State College in 1981. Robin began working for New England Telephone in the Graphic Arts Department. From there she worked for Gangi Printing and was presently employed at New York Life Insurance Company doing what she loved in graphic arts. Robin was also one of the family owners of the Woburn Bowladrome. She was actively involved during the weekends and evenings always helping out where she was needed. She volunteered for the fundraising of the JLK Sanfilippo Research Foundation and held events at the Bowladrome to raise awareness and assistance. Although for the last several years she has not resided in Woburn, her heart and family were. She was always a constant in the lives of her nieces and nephews who affectionately called her "Mun." Always following all of their achievements and accomplishments and truly being a part of their everyday life. Each and every summer for years they would all venture off to Jellystone Campground where family fun was always at its peak. All of Robin's family and friends knew her to be "bold and beautifulI" A person of great integrity and honesty earned her the respect of all she came into contact with. Robin was predeceased by her mother, Theresa G. (Sciarrio) Gangi and sister, Luann Gangi. She is lovingly survived by her siblings, Stephen L. Gangi and his wife Susan, Sharon Valerio and her husband John, all of Woburn, and Karen Zagami and her husband Salvatore of Florida, her nieces and nephews, Carianne Sica, John, Gino, and Michael DeRienzo, Stephen Gangi, Anthony DeRienzo, Lori Gangi, and Sarah and Jeff Valerio, and her great-niece, Grace DeRienzo. Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, October 19th at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Robin's memory to the JLK Sanfilippo Research Foundation, PO Box 564, Belmont, MA 02478. Sheriff Tompkins, Department Introduce Women's Self Defense Program to Suffolk County Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department are introducing a new self-defense program for women throughout the communities of Suffolk County as a part of its exter- nal public outreach efforts. The program, D.A.S.H. or Defensive Aids in Situations of Help, aims to provide women with a greater sense of confidence and security in the form of an informational seminar and basic physical training. The first session of D.A.S.H., coinciding with crime-prevention month, took place on October 23 ra at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury and was presented in col- laboration with Chelsea Po- lice Officer Jose Ramos and the Chelsea Police Depart- ment. The program, offered to participants free of charge, will be conducted on three more occasions within the fiscal year in the Suffolk County communities of Bos- ton, Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere. Each session will be led by officers from the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department and will cover a Small Ads Results For more information call 617-227-8929 range of issues and topics including-but-not-limited-to de-escalation techniques, avoidance strategies and ba- sic physical scenario-based techniques that can be used to deter and escape potential aggressors. Women ages 18 and older are encouraged to participate. "The D.A.S.H. program is an extension of the Depart- ment's mission to help promote public safety within the communities of Suffolk County," said Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins. "It's designed to offer women some of the tools that can help them to gain greater control over their personal safety. The D.A.S.H. program can help to decrease one's feeling of powerlessness and provides participants with a greater sense of self-confidence and security. Everyone has the right to feel safe." The second session is schedule for November 20 th in Winthrop. For more information about the program or future dates, contact Zakiyyah Sutton at 617-704-6656 or visit: www.scsdma.org. f In f_0000ing Memory of Pasquale "Pat" J. BARRASSO 1st Anniversary October 28, 2012 - October 28, 2013 F_.9inKly RernemberinK by qgauKhter laine, Grandchildren Tara and John, @reat-grandchiMren 8ophia and Colin and qrother.g4nthony J