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T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS E (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 47 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, NOVEMBER 23, 2012 $.30 A COPY The Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Edgar Albert Guest, 1881-1959 It may be I am getting old and like too much to dwell Upon the days of bygone years, the days I loved so well; But thinking of them now I wish somehow that I could know A simple old Thanksgiving Day, like those of long ago, When all the family gathered round a table richly spread, With little Jamie at the foot and grandpa at the head, The youngest of us all to greet the oldest with a smile, With mother running in and out and laughing all the while. It may be I'm old-fashioned, but it seems to me today We're too much bent on having fun to take the time to pray; Each little family grows up with fashions of its own; It lives within a world itself and wants to be alone. It has its special pl=asures, its circle, too, of friends; There are no get-together days; each one his journey wends, Pursuing what he likes the best in his particular way, Letting the others do the same upon Thanksgiving Day. I like the olden way the best, when relatives were glad To meet the way they used to do when I was but a lad; The old home was a rendezvous for all our kith and kin, And whether living far or near they all came trooping in With shouts of "Hello, daddy!" as they fairly stormed the place And made a rush for mother, who would stop to wipe her face Ulpolhel,.gingilam apron before she kissed them all, Hugging them proudly to her breast, the grownups and the small. Then laughter rang throughout the home, and, Oh, the jokes they told; From Boston, Frank brought new ones, but father sprang the old; All afternoon we chatted, telling what we hoped to do, The struggles we were making and the hardships we'd gone through; We gathered round the fireside. How fast the hours would fly It seemed before we'd settled down 'twas time to say good-bye. Those were the glad Thanksgivings, the old-time families knew When relatives could still be friends and every heart was true. | 0 th Annual Trellis Lighting at Christopher Columbus Park i On Monday night, Novem- ber 19 th, the North End cel- ebrated the 10 th annual lighting of the trellis at Christopher Columbus Park. Joanne Hayes-Rines, Pres- ident of the Friends of Chris- topher Columbus Park, wel- comed State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Parks Commissioner Toni Pollack, Boston's Chief of Public Property Michael Galvin, along with the NEMPAC Children's Choir (Photo by Matt Conti) and the largest crowd ever for the trellis lighting. Santa Claus even took some time off from his busy schedule to stop by and say "hello"l If you missed the lighting this year, you missed a wonder- ful evening of holiday spiritl INFORMATIONAL NOTICE No Such Thing as an Independent Republican? Several weeks before Election Day, a letter writer to the Boston Globe from Middleton wrote there was "no such animal as an independent Republican." According to this lady, Republicans, not even U.S. Senator Scott Brown, could ever be independent if they take their cues from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Look what the Democratic left did up on the North Shore, re- electing U.S. Rep. John Tierney, it would appear, solely on the "D" after his name. He was up against a very liberal Republican who was both pro-choice and gay. Yet many liberals said he was a "Tea Party" candidate, which he surely wasn't. Here's a question for those liberal Democrats like that Middleton gal who say Republicans can't be independent. Can she, or anyone else for that matter, name a Capitol Hill Democrat, other than U.S. Rep. Steve Lynch, who even knows how to spell "independent"? As I listen to top Democrats (Continued on Page 14) ABOUT LEAD IN DRINKING WATER This notice is so the Bos- ton Water and Sewer Com- mission (BWSC) can provide you with information about what steps you can take in your home to reduce your risk of exposure to lead. Lead is a health concern and is commonly found in the en- vironment; most commonly in lead-based paint. Lead can also be found in water, though at much lower levels. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Please read this information closely to see what you can do to re- duce lead in your drinking water. Health Effects of Lead Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drink- ing water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child may receive lead from the mother's bones, which may affect brain development. Sources of Lead Lead is a common metal found in the environment. Common sources of lead ex- posure are lead-based paint, household dust, soil and some plumbing materials in- cluding many faucets. Lead can also be found in other household items such as pot- tery, make-up, toys and even food. Lead paint was out- lawed in 1978, but dust from homes that still have lead paint is the most common source of exposure to lead. Therefore, make sure to wash your children's hands and toys often as they can come into contact with dirt and dust containing lead. The Water provided by the BWSC and the Massa- chusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) is lead- free when it leaves the res- ervoirs. MWRA and local dis- tribution pipes of the BWSC that carry the water to your community are made mostly of iron and steel, and there- fore do not add lead to water. However, lead can get into tap water through home ser- vice piping, lead solder used in plumbing and some brass fixtures. Even though the use of lead solder was banned in the U.S. in 1986, (Continued on Page 15) THE POSTIGAZEI"rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.'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 ]