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T VOL. 118 - NO. 47 Illlqill"lv,l,,q,=t,==,qhl,l,ldh,,,illl=l,h,,,qll,dh , ............... MIXED ADC 07099 19 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUS ETTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 $.35 A COPY Thanksgiving vs. the Big Box Company by Nicole Vellucci Thanksgiving, a day synonymous with the word fam- ily in American cul- ture, has become more about the dol- lar than together- ness. As a child, our Thanksgiving preparations began weeks prior to the main event with planning the menu, inviting family and friends and endless trips to the grocery store. My father would post the dinner menu on our kitchen refrigerator and everyone was asked to add their requests. Turkey day morning began with naming our bird (or birds since one thirty-pound turkey was not enough because you never knew who would stop by) and preparation of all the deli- cious accompaniments. Besides the wonderful aroma of this feast filling our home, what I remember most is all the laughter and family around our table into the wee hours of the night (short naps often took place around 3:00 pm). Now, imagine in the midst Of all this quality family time your Mom or Dad having to leave because their company de- cided to open on Thanksgiving. This scenario is becoming the norm in 2014, as Kmart, Walmari.Target and other big box companies are compet- ing for sales against the internet, which is always open. Yes, every businesses&apos; main goal is to generate sales and profit, but at what expense?! A woman in Delaware recently (Continued on Page 4) Roseland and Massport Celebrate Opening of PORTSIDE AT EAST PIER BUILDING 7 Ribbon-Cutting Held for Luxury Residential and Retail Complex in East Boston Roseland, a subsidiary of Mack-Cali Realty Corpora- tion (NYSE: CLI), in partner- ship with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), hosted a ribbon-cutting for the opening of Portside at East Pier Building 7, its flag- ship luxury residential and retail complex located at 50 Lewis Street in East Boston. Joined by Senator Anthony Petruccelli and State Rep. Carlo Basile, Roseland and Massport celebrated the completion of the initial building in East Boston's first residential waterfront devel- opment project in decades. Portside at East Pier Build- (Continued on Page 2) Left to right: State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Roseland President Marshall Tycher, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, State Rep Carlo Basile, BRA Director Brian Golden and Massport CEO Tom Giynn. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Boston's Veterans Day is Back Better Than Ever by Sal Giarratani by Sal Giarratani What in the World is Going On? This news just in. NBC is now reporting-that the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, often referred to as the "Presidents Church" will apparently be hosting a "Muslim Prayer Service' in an attempt to reach out to the followers of Is- lam. I couldn't believe this story when I first heard it. ] wonder when will bar mitzvah ceremonies be held at your local mosque, or how about a choir singing "Ave Maria"? Democrats Now the Party of Stupid People? Apparently that seems to be the opinion caught on tape by Obama Care architect Jonath0n Gruber. He admits on tape, it was all a seam from the get-go because the people mostly are stupid and wouldn't know what hit them until it was too late. After the tape was replayed on conservative talk radio, Gruber said his remarks were made at a "university conference" and were both "off- the-record" and "inappropriate." Those were his words not mine. He apologizes for how his remarks sounded, but didn't take backhis words. Can I tell you, I believe off-the-record quotes far better than scripted remarks. Chances are he was actually (Continued on Page 13) iil;i!iiiiiii:!i!iiiiiiiiii!i i iii ::F'F .... The crowds were cheering everyone on. This past Tuesday, Novem- ber 1 1 th was Veterans Day, a holiday, set apart to honor the service and sacrifice of all our veterans who served both during peacetime and in war. The Veterans' Day Parade was cancelled a few years back and many veter- ans went to work to bring it back after the one year break from tradition. This parade is back with this year's beginning at the cor- ner of Charles and Boylston Streets. The streets were full with marching units, bands, a paddy wagon, fire trucks and a convoy of great old Army vehicles. The pa- rade route now goes down Tremont Street straight to City Hall. In t-he old days, back when I was a kid, it started in the Back Bay to Beacon Street by King's Chapel onto Tremont Street heading toward the Combat Zone to use that old military analogy from back in the day. This year OutVets. a non- partisan and non-politi- cal :LGBTQ veterans unit marched in the parade for the very first time. It was welcomed into the line of marchers by the parade organizers and from my first-hand view, this group marched to honor the ser- vice and sacrifice of veter- ans and was well received as it should have been. At the conclusion of the parade, I caught up with the group and spoke with OutVets' Chief Information Officers and thanked them all for wanting to march in the parade. They were a class act along the parade route (Photosby Sal Giarratani) and the support shown for them demonstrated that all veterans deserve to be honored for their service to our country, which is what Veterans Day is all about. This year I did something different, I participated irt two Veterans' Day Parades. After living over 20 years in the City of Quincy, I have always marched in Quincy's annual parade. I did so again the morning of the holiday. Later the saine day, I ended up in Boston's parade as well. I was going to march until I heard a voice calling me from a neat convoy of Army trucks. I ended up riding in the back of an old Army jeep and loved every minute of it. (Continued on Page 2) [ - I N I THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STP.EET, EAST., BOSTO i / This office is open on Tuesdays from IO.<X) AM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2.00 PM, | | for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors . - .... [ Call 617-227-8929 for more information T VOL. 118 - NO. 47 Illlqill"lv,l,,q,=t,==,qhl,l,ldh,,,illl=l,h,,,qll,dh , ............... MIXED ADC 07099 19 PAUL JEFFKO SMALL TOWN PAPERS, INC. THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUS ETTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 $.35 A COPY Thanksgiving vs. the Big Box Company by Nicole Vellucci Thanksgiving, a day synonymous with the word fam- ily in American cul- ture, has become more about the dol- lar than together- ness. As a child, our Thanksgiving preparations began weeks prior to the main event with planning the menu, inviting family and friends and endless trips to the grocery store. My father would post the dinner menu on our kitchen refrigerator and everyone was asked to add their requests. Turkey day morning began with naming our bird (or birds since one thirty-pound turkey was not enough because you never knew who would stop by) and preparation of all the deli- cious accompaniments. Besides the wonderful aroma of this feast filling our home, what I remember most is all the laughter and family around our table into the wee hours of the night (short naps often took place around 3:00 pm). Now, imagine in the midst Of all this quality family time your Mom or Dad having to leave because their company de- cided to open on Thanksgiving. This scenario is becoming the norm in 2014, as Kmart, Walmari.Target and other big box companies are compet- ing for sales against the internet, which is always open. Yes, every businesses' main goal is to generate sales and profit, but at what expense?! A woman in Delaware recently (Continued on Page 4) Roseland and Massport Celebrate Opening of PORTSIDE AT EAST PIER BUILDING 7 Ribbon-Cutting Held for Luxury Residential and Retail Complex in East Boston Roseland, a subsidiary of Mack-Cali Realty Corpora- tion (NYSE: CLI), in partner- ship with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), hosted a ribbon-cutting for the opening of Portside at East Pier Building 7, its flag- ship luxury residential and retail complex located at 50 Lewis Street in East Boston. Joined by Senator Anthony Petruccelli and State Rep. Carlo Basile, Roseland and Massport celebrated the completion of the initial building in East Boston's first residential waterfront devel- opment project in decades. Portside at East Pier Build- (Continued on Page 2) Left to right: State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Roseland President Marshall Tycher, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, State Rep Carlo Basile, BRA Director Brian Golden and Massport CEO Tom Giynn. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Boston's Veterans Day is Back Better Than Ever by Sal Giarratani by Sal Giarratani What in the World is Going On? This news just in. NBC is now reporting-that the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, often referred to as the "Presidents Church" will apparently be hosting a "Muslim Prayer Service' in an attempt to reach out to the followers of Is- lam. I couldn't believe this story when I first heard it. ] wonder when will bar mitzvah ceremonies be held at your local mosque, or how about a choir singing "Ave Maria"? Democrats Now the Party of Stupid People? Apparently that seems to be the opinion caught on tape by Obama Care architect Jonath0n Gruber. He admits on tape, it was all a seam from the get-go because the people mostly are stupid and wouldn't know what hit them until it was too late. After the tape was replayed on conservative talk radio, Gruber said his remarks were made at a "university conference" and were both "off- the-record" and "inappropriate." Those were his words not mine. He apologizes for how his remarks sounded, but didn't take backhis words. Can I tell you, I believe off-the-record quotes far better than scripted remarks. Chances are he was actually (Continued on Page 13) iil;i!iiiiiii:!i!iiiiiiiiii!i i iii ::F'F .... The crowds were cheering everyone on. This past Tuesday, Novem- ber 1 1 th was Veterans Day, a holiday, set apart to honor the service and sacrifice of all our veterans who served both during peacetime and in war. The Veterans' Day Parade was cancelled a few years back and many veter- ans went to work to bring it back after the one year break from tradition. This parade is back with this year's beginning at the cor- ner of Charles and Boylston Streets. The streets were full with marching units, bands, a paddy wagon, fire trucks and a convoy of great old Army vehicles. The pa- rade route now goes down Tremont Street straight to City Hall. In t-he old days, back when I was a kid, it started in the Back Bay to Beacon Street by King's Chapel onto Tremont Street heading toward the Combat Zone to use that old military analogy from back in the day. This year OutVets. a non- partisan and non-politi- cal :LGBTQ veterans unit marched in the parade for the very first time. It was welcomed into the line of marchers by the parade organizers and from my first-hand view, this group marched to honor the ser- vice and sacrifice of veter- ans and was well received as it should have been. At the conclusion of the parade, I caught up with the group and spoke with OutVets' Chief Information Officers and thanked them all for wanting to march in the parade. They were a class act along the parade route (Photosby Sal Giarratani) and the support shown for them demonstrated that all veterans deserve to be honored for their service to our country, which is what Veterans Day is all about. This year I did something different, I participated irt two Veterans' Day Parades. After living over 20 years in the City of Quincy, I have always marched in Quincy's annual parade. I did so again the morning of the holiday. Later the saine day, I ended up in Boston's parade as well. I was going to march until I heard a voice calling me from a neat convoy of Army trucks. I ended up riding in the back of an old Army jeep and loved every minute of it. (Continued on Page 2) [ - I N I THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STP.EET, EAST., BOSTO i / This office is open on Tuesdays from IO.<X) AM to 3:00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2.00 PM, | | for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors . - .... [ Call 617-227-8929 for more information