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ihitlltthl,,,i,lq,v,q,,Ihl,t,llhwv,lllll.h,hiqt,vhl ....... MIXED ADC 07099 19 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. 217 W COTA ST SHELTON WA 98584-2263 / ~) TH] VOICE OF MP I .C]BUS] rS / m! (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 46 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 $.35 A COPY CHARLESTOWN ANNUAL VETERANS' DINNER by Sal Giarratani Once again, all Charlestown veterans and those presently on active duty, family and friends packed the Knights of Columbus on Medford Street last Friday, November 7 at the 2nd Annual Veterans" Dinner sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Post 11, GAR. This year's gathering more than doubled in size over previous gatherings at Post 11 GAR on Green Street. Post Commander Joe Zuffante, hoped next year's gathering and those to follow will keep growing in participation. As a member of Post 11, I very much appreciated the tribute this year to all those Townies who served during the Vietnam War, especially honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This annual pre-Veterans Day appreciation dinner is held to honor all who served in the Armed Forces. It was 96 years ago on the I ith hour of the 11~ day of the 11th month, that World War I came to an end and hun- dreds of thousands of American soldiers began the long voyage home. This year, in the months to come many of our troops will be coming home and sadly many others will be going off to harm's way leaving their loving fami- lies behind to defend American principles. As a Vietnam era U.S. Air Force veteran, I remain especially cognitive of the lack of appreciation and honor due to them when they returned from the war which had grown quite unpopular at home in the U.S. This feeling of being unrecognized was aptly portrayed in the poem "Coming Home" by Bill Ehrhart who served as a Marine sergeant in Vietnam back in 1967-68. In this poem he wrote a very sad and descript scene of his invis- ible arrival in San Francisco at the end of his tour of duty in 1968: "COMING HOME" "No more corpsmen stuff, Ruptured chests with cotton balls and not enough heat tabs to eat a decent meal. I asked some girl to sit and have a Coke with me. She thought I was crazy; I thought she was going to call a cop. I bought a ticket to Philadelphia, at the loading gate they told me, "Thank you for flying TWA. We hope you will enjoy your flight. No brass bands: no flags, no girls, no cameramen. Only a small boy who asked me what the ribbons on my jacket meant." L-R: City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Boston Veterans Commissioner Francisco Urena, Post 11 Commander Joe Zuffante and State Rep. Danny Ryan. ?~, in America, coming home means something again. What happened back then should never be repeated again. That is why Charlestown honors service to country and gathers them for a meal together. We are, after all, all Americans together once again. bY Quote to Note Right now, the world is celebrating the de- struction of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet col- lapse 25 years ago and I believe a quote from President Ronald Reagan says it all, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." Sergeant Tahmooressi Finally Released Finally, after seven months in a Mexican jail, Sgt. Andrew Tamooressi was finally released a few weeks back and most of us didn't even know it because the story was buried by the U.S. press. It was a disgrace that it took so long. We could have been much more forceful. I can't help but think the timing was planned, released just a few weeks before Veterans Day. Disgraceful, this whole thing was disgraceful. President Sounded Angry Looking at Election Results President Obama's policies were on the ballot on Tuesday, November 4 and the Democrats took a beating at the polls. Republicans were the big winners of the day across the country. Even here in Massachusetts, Charlie Baker was one of several new governors defeating Democrat opponents. (Continued on Page 13) iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iii!iiiiiii!iiiiiii!ii iiii i! iii iF%i i!iiii!!iii! ii iii!iiiiiii! !!i! !! i!! !i ii !iii !iii!ii!!i!iiiiiiiiii!iiiii!iiiil, POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and.Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM BOSTON EVENT COUNCIL ESTABLISHED AMIDST CONTEST FOR OLYMPICS Members of the recently established Boston Event Council at first meeting held at Granite Links, Quincy. The International Special Events Society (ISES) recently hosted a presidential meet- ing of the minds to establish an event coun- cil for Boston. This call to action was neces- sary with the city vying for a bid at the 2024 Olympics. This meeting of event organiza- tion leaders included representation from the six major associations in Boston: ISES, Boston Wedding Group (BWG), Meeting Plan- ners International (MPI), National Associa- tion of Catering Executives (NACE), Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GBCVB) and Hospitality Sales and Market- ing Association International, (HSMAI). As a group, it was decided that in order to positively effect change in Boston, they will meet frequently to discuss the economical standings in the city, representing the 2,000 + collective members of hospitality providers. General topics that were dis- cussed included the Olympic 2024 Bid for Boston, Boston Venue and Hotel Expansion, Cal 133 and Boston Fire Codes. Lisa Santoro, ISES New England President, explained, "with the planned expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the next few years, we must add more hotels and large venues to accommodate the larger conventions and tradeshows coming into our city. If the Olympics come to Boston, the city must create and build temporary and per- manent building structures. With our need for more hotels and large event venues, the Boston Event Council will have the opportu- nity to have a voice in what structures stay and become places for events to take place permanently." A tentative meeting has been set for December, adding in representatives from the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA.)