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' Pb;T-G'AZ:'E,'OC'F'OBER 28-, 201"1  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-GAZETI'E - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Dotmanmm Phyllis F. Donnanuna 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 43 Friday, October 28, 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 Have You Ever Just Said, "I've Just Had it with All this C#@*"? by Sal Giarratani I have been in love with politics almost since birth. From an early age I have enjoyed retail politics, I used to collect campaign buttons and posters. I liked win- ning more than losing, but even when losing I would learn from the experience for the next go-around. At age 7, I met with and chatted politics with the legend- ary James Michael Curley, who told me that when I grow up, I should run for office like he did. In the third grade when Sister Rita Mary asked the class what they wanted to be when they grew up, only two of us said, "a politician'. The first kid named Thomas Kelley said, he wanted to be the first Catholic President of the United States, when he said that the nun smiled and said that was great. When it was my turn, I stood up and said I wanted to be the first Italian mayor of Boston. She looked at me with a puzzled face and asked why. I thought even way back then that all politics are local. I can remember as a kid growing up in the South End around Boston City Hospital organizing a group of friends to do neighborhood campaigning for Jack Kennedy back in 1960, However, it wasn't until I was a college student in 1970 that I signed up for a cam- paign helping Frank Bellotti run for governor. He lost but I started learning how things were done. Since then over 40 yeats ago, I have done all kinds of campaign work from making "drops" of literature to writing campaign press releases to writing campaign speeches. I actually ran for office myself once back in 1995 when I resided in Quincy. I ran for a seat on the Quincy School Committee. I didn't win but did receive 2,233 votes. Actually, I wasn't the first "Giarratani" to run for public office. My sister-in-law Tanya ran for the District 5 School Committee seat back in 1983. She (Continued on Page 13) I r HAPPY BI RTHDAY TO LITTLE ANDREW by Sal Giarratani Little Andrew Moses from Roslindale just celebrated his first irthday by diving in to a delicious birthday cake. He turned one year old on October 15. His parents are George Moses and my niece Danikka. Carlo G. Tramontozzi May He Rest in Peace Carlo G. Tramontozzi of Brighton, formerly of San Donato, VC and later Rome, Italy. Beloved husband of 54 years of Linda Tramontozzi formerly of the North End. Devoted father of Laura Tramontozzi and her husband James Coelho; Marina Ruggiero and her husband Joseph, and Carl Tramontozzi. Loving grandfather of Joseph, Stephen and Christina Ruggiero and Giancarlo Coelho. A successful businessman, accomplished builder, artist and award winning gardener. Mr. Tramontozzi's life journey truly embodied the American dream. After immigrating to the United States at age 17 he started his education in the construction trades. After an over- seas tour in the U.S. Army he not only perfected his trade skills, but became recognized as an expert in ornamental plas- tering and historical renovation. His work can be seen all around New England in fine hotels, homes and churches. He was the recipient of Mayor Menino's "Best Garden in Boston/Brighton-Allston neighborhood" for his multi-faceted gardens. He was most dedicated to his fruit trees (each planted to honor the birth of a grand- child) because he believed that "A Grandfather's job is to give a grandchild rootsf" He played violin and the accordion, loved Italian lyric opera and all the fine arts, and bringing sentimental subjects to life on paper through his beautiful pen- cil drawings. Mr. Tramontozzi was an American success story, yet always proud of his Italian heritage. In an effort to bring to Boston an Italian style soccer league, he founded the Italian Sport Club based in Brighton. At the club's 40 th anniversary, Mr. Tramontozzi was acknowl- edged as founder and first presi- dent and given the Honorary President-for-Life title. He sup- ported fine arts organizations and scholarship funds that hon- ored Italian heritage. A devoted family man, Mr. Tramontozzi quipped that he "had experienced heaven on earth." Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, October 30, at the Lehman-Reen Funeral Home, 63 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton Funeral Mass Monday, October 31 st at 10:30 am at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington Street, Newton. Commital ceremony immediately following at St. Michael's Cemete(y, 500 Canterbury Street, Roslindale. Since he was a life-long supporter of veterans charities, in lieu of flowers dona- tions may be made in Carlo's name to For the convenience of visitors, donations to this organization will also be accepted at the wake. PROMINENT BOSTON PARK GROUP MARKS 10 YEARS HOSTS GALA CELEBRATION Friend" of Christopher Columbus Park Celebrate a Decade of Support from Community Members, Businesses and Local Government Hundreds of people who enjoy the beauty and activity of Christopher Columbus Park will come together on Friday, November 18, 2011, at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel to support the year-round activities of the -Friends of Christopher Columbus Park {FOCCP) at the i0 th Anniversary Gala Fundraising Celebration. Anne Devlin Tagliaferro, chair of the FOCCP Fundrai.sing Committee, leads the team that is creating the 10 th Anniversary Gala Celebration. "We have planned an evening that will be filled with fun, laugh- ter, great food and wonderful music," she says. "It will be the perfect neighborhood party." The Gala will be from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm and includes a cocktail party, silent auction, buffet dinner and dancing to the Frank Zarba Orchestra. For the second year, Patron Spirits Company is pr6viding a spectacular ice bar with complimentary cocktails. Tickets can be purchased online at This year's event celebrates the many accomplishments of the all-volunteer group since its founding in 2001. Ten years ago, 12 business people and neighbors from the North End and Waterfront areas came together to start the organization in order to ensure that the park would be protected and cared for by generations to come. Because of the generous support of the local neighbors and businesses, FOCCP has invested more than $300,000 in the Park, which included planting and main- taining trees and other plants, sponsoring special events, tending the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden, cleaning the Tot Lot and bathing the trellis in blue lights each winter. "All of the funds we have raised have been supplemented by hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours of work," says President Joanne Hayes-Rines. "For example, the Rose Garden is totally maintained by the FOCCP Horticulture Committee. We have a dedicated, active membership that works diligently to supplement the City of Boston's maintenance program." On Monday, November 21, Mayor Thomas Menino will light the trellis for the holiday season. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided. The trellis lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. More information about FOCCP member- ship and events in the Park can be found at, on our Facebook page and on our bulletin board in the Park. Anthony A. Sarni Former Drummer of the First Jazz Worship Service Albums (Prodigal Son) with the Phil Wilson Quartet Anthony A. "Tucker" Sarni formally of Boston's North End {originally from Hull Street) passed away on October 6, 2011. Anthony was laid to rest on October 15 at the Pine Hill Cemetery in Sherborn, MA. Mr. Sarni was married to his lovely wife Michelle for 51 years. He also leaves behind four wonderful children. Michael, Paul, Dana and Shanna. Anthony will be greatly missed.