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ST I.LL TCN PAPEI, .IIIC. PAHL Jia:FFHO I .LV W C(YI'A ZT h THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS LJ (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 45 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 $.30 A COPY Remembering What Veterans Day Means to America by Sal Giarratani Walsh Wins Close One Over Connolly by Sal Giarratani In one of Boston's closest mayoral elections since 1967 when Kevin White defeated Louise Day Hickis that November after finishing second in that year's pre- liminary election, State Rep. Marty Walsh defeated City Councilor John Connolly by about 3,000 in a 52-48 per- cent win. At his victory party at the Boston Park Plaza, Walsh gave a very gracious speech thanking his worthy oppo- nent John Connolly, prais- ing the 20 year leadership of Mayor Tom Menino and re- membered former Mayor Ray Flynn for his role in making Boston a forward-moving city. In the City Councilor at- Large race, there was a surprising finish between City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and newcomer Michelle Wu finishing a close one-two. Former City Councilor Michael Flaherty is returning to the City Council with a strong third place finish. Rounding out the top four is returning City Councilor Steve Murphy. Michelle Wu said, "I am thrilled ... It's really been a long day, a long eight months. But I couldn't be happier to be in the top four." Flaherty was also thrilled to be returning to the City Council and stated, "People know me, they know my work ethic, they know my experience." In the District 1 City Council race, incumbent Sal LaMattina defeated his opponent Brian Gannon by a 70-28 percent margin and over in closely watched District 2, incumbent Bill Linehan defeated Suzanne Lee by nearly a 53-47 per- cent margin. "A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers." President John F. KennedY The above quote is found chiseled on the base of the Viet- nam Memorial Clock Tower in Marina Bay Quincy and in reflection it is saying how much we should both remember and honor all who serve, have served and will Serve their country in our armed forces. Another Veterans Day will soon be upon us. Again veter- ans will march across this country on this holiday honor- ing the sacrifices of all who answered the call and served their country in both peace-time and times of conflict. A few years ago I viewed the Moving Wall exhibit when it showed up near me and looked at all those names of those who perished in the Vietnam War. Dead many years but never forgotten. As I looked around I saw many veterans staring hard at the mini-wall and seemingly remembering with lingering pain friends they lost long ago in battle. Over in Dorchester there stands a small square dedicated to Michael Scalia, who must have lived in the Clam Point neighborhood of Dorchester. Does anyone remember him, where he lived, who his parents were or how and when he died? All we know is he sacrificed his life for his country and his name will be part of the future of the Clam Point community. (Continued on Page 14) News Briefs by Sal Giarratani Trick Not Treat from President Obama President Obama showed up at Faneuil Hall for some face time in the media since his Obamacare website rollout was a big bust. He actually arrived at the historic site from Ameri- can Revolutionary days dressed in his Hallow- een costume as a competent president which is certainly a great disguise. All over the main- stream media, we are hearing horror stories from folks who actually believed the "Great and Pow- erful Oz" when he guaranteed if you liked your present health insurance and doctor, you could (Continued on Page 14) Rolling Rally Remembers Boston Marathoners at Finish Line by Sal Giarratani Last Saturday over one million members of Red Sox Nation saluted our home- town team from going from worst to In-st in just one sea- son. Down two games to one on the verge of losing Game 3, the Red Sox soared back to win the next three games and win the World Series. During the Duck Boat Pa- rade, the Red Sox players stopped at the site of the Boston Marathon finish line to honor all who were vic- tims of the two marathon bombers. The World Series trophy'was placed atop the finish line in a "Boston Strong" gesture. Boston Red Sox players and fans stopped in silence that an act of terror cannot stop Boston in its tracks. World Series champions Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia present Boston Strong jerseys to the owners of the Forum restaurant and Marathons Sports during the Red Sox rolling rally. This came as a tribute to the Marathon bombing victims that took place on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography)