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Page 2 'I 0ST-GI .ZETTE, NOVEMBER29, 2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage...our roots. JAMES E. CARTER, JR. DATE OF BIRTH: October i, 1924 PLACE OF BIRTH: Plains, GA SPOUSE: Eleanor Rosalynn Smith PRESIDENT: January 20, 1977 - January 20, 1981 He was a rambling wreck from Georgia Tech., A Nuclear physicist and no dummy by beck; As our C.ErO.r 39, the nation was floored, When the votes were counted and he beat Gerald Ford. He was a peanut farmer and a cotton ginner, But in the Presidential arena he was just a beginner; They key to his success was in his projection, For equal rights and environmental protection. In one of Carter's first acts as our President, He paroled draft evaders and any war dissident; He reorganized government agencies, And brought department heads down on their knees. Tried to reduce our dependency on foreign oil, Needless to say this made OPEC boil; Then came his effort to make our motor cars smaller, Again needless to say, this caused Detroit to holler. He gave away the Panama Canal, Then went to China to visit his pal; He championed the cause of all human rights, Causing a reaction in Moscow that reached to new heights. Served notice to the Pentagon that he was in charge, Scrapped the B-1 Bomber, but left them one barge; The neutron bomb production was quickly deferred, And the SALT II Treaty was eventually interred. Inflation was then running in double-digit, Causing the public to worry and fidget; Along came Ron Reagan so handsome and charming, Guess what? Jimmy Carter went back to his farming. Did you know that Rosalynn was his wife's middle name? It was the one most used during her burst of fame; Eleanor Rosalynn Smith was born in 1927, On grandma's farm, but to them it was heaven. She studied in Georgia at Southwestern College, Where she received most of her decorating knowledge; After meeting Jimmy Carter there just was no other, He was a midshipman and her best friend's younger brother. They walked down the aisle when she was eighteen, And he was all Navy, so polished so clean; She followed her Jimmy from base to base, When Jim's daddy died they moved back to his place. RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 P, iv le Funcho. Dooms [or any Occasion CIiPis|anincj Bri l l St, owar Bol u St, ow ,, Etc. Donato Frattaroli donato @ luciaboston.com www'luciaristrante'cm Publica by David TrumbuU Thankful for a Job If your household is anything like mine, you are still eating turkey leftovers as you read this week's Post-Gazette. As we finish off the culinary remains of Thanksgiving Day, I suggest we keep alive the sentiment of the holiday by maintaining a spirit of thankfulness. For 300 employees of Ster- lingwear of Boston thanksgiving for a good paying, unionized job may be on their lists. Sterlingwear is a Massachusetts manu- facturing success story. So successful that, about a decade ago, the volume of business making coats and jackets exceeded the capacity of the East Boston fac- tory. President and Chief Executive Officer Frank G. Fredella could easily have relo- cated to any number of cheap, practically abandoned, factories in distressed Fall River. That city would have been so happy to see him bring jobs that he could have negoti- ated substantial tax breaks. "I am an East Boston person," Mr. Fredella told me in a recent interview, "I went to grammar school in East Boston and my first part-time job at age 16 was in East Boston." When I met with Fredella and his Direc- tor of Sales and Marketing, Jack Foster, recently, I learned that the Fredella family, which started the business in 1965, passed on the opportunity to relocate and save money. They refused to consider laying off their talented and dedicated workers in Bos- ton. Management can thank the workers as well. Their industriousness and skill has earned Sterlingwear one of the highest honors -- supplier to the United States Department of Defense. Since 1968 Ster- ling has been the supplier, to the U.S. Navy, of navy peacoats. They have several other military contracts as well, and, as anyone who knows anything about military or mili- tary-style apparel can tell you, certification as a Department of Defense contractor is the "gold standard" for that sector of the ap- parel market. The peacoats made for the U.S. Navy are made in Boston, of fabric woven in Massa- chusetts, of yarn spun in Massachusetts, of wool grown in the U.S. They have to be, be- cause of a law, known as the Ben7 Amend- ment (U,S.C. Title i0, Section 2533a), which goes back to 1941 and was first enacted as part of America's preparation for World War II which requires the Department of Defense to give preference to American made products. In the case of clothing or textiles of wool, every stage of production from growing the wool to sewing the coat must take place in America. The quality of a Made in U.S.A. Sterlingwear peacock is appreciated around the world. Sterlingwear exports to our free trade partners Australia and Canada. In Japan, where consumers like anything America, Sterlingwear is very popular. And in a trade pattern Jack calls, "Getting some of our dollars back," Sterlingwear is export- ing to China where the growing class of con- sumers with money to buy the best avail- able are turning to high quality, American- made apparel. Sterlingwear has two retail shops, 175 William McClellan Highway in East Boston and Pheasant Lane Mall, 310 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, NH. You can also shop online at http://www.sterlingwear.com. When you buy a Sterlingwear product you are helping maintain jobs in Massachusetts! Three Upcoming Concerts by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinar~ ........ Music is a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season, whether popular, classical or sacred, music helps set the stage and in- still in us the anticipation, for what is to many, the most joyous season of the year. In recent years, Sacred Heart Church located at North Square, America's oldest public square, in Boston's historic North End, has become a marvelous venue for several concert series that have proved popu- lar with both parishioners and friends of good music. Thursday, December 5th, the Italian Consulate will sponsor the Second Annual Christmas Concert which will take place in the beau- tiful setting of Sacred Heart's historic upper church. Be- ginning at 6:30 pm, students from the Boston Conserva- tory of Music will perform arias from some of the most beloved operas as well as sel- ections of Christmas music. Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli extends a personal invitation to all lovers of good music to attend this free concert. Tuesday, December I0th, at 8:00 pm, the Boston Uni- versity Brass Orchestra will present a Chamber Music Concert. This will be their first performance at Sacred Heart Church. All are invited to hear performed an eclec- tic program that will include classical and popular music. The concert is free of charge. Saturday, December 14th, beginning at 6:00 pm, the Saint Leonard Choral Soci- ety together with The North End Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Dan Drzymalski, will present at Sacred Heart Church "O Holy Night" an Italian American Christmas Concert. Adding to the evening and as special guests of the Choral Society will be a performance by The Children's C~oir of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Light refreshments will be served at Saint John School, next door, follow- ing the concert. Tickets may be purchased at the door or you may call 617-219- 3082. On line reservations can be made at http://saint leonard, weebly, com. The Season / He,. / / / St. Agrippina DiMineo Benefit Society 19th Annual Christmas Program for North End Children Only SANTA CLAUS IS COMING WITH GIFTS FOR ALL THE NICE BOYS & GIRLS. on Sunday, December 8th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at St. Agrippina's Chapel at 459 Hanover Street "k All who wish to attend please call 617-363-2678 between November 18 and December 1st. To confirm you must supply your child's name, age, gender, address and phone number so that we can report to Santa's elves. $r Please, you must confirm no later than December 1st. All children 10 and under will receive a picture with Santa and a gift. Children mast be present & accompanied by an adult.Also: Face Painting, Balloons, Characters, Gift Bags. Please Bring a Camera! * Saint Agrippina's Christmas Program is for North End Residents Only. Don't miss seeing "'San Claus" "VIVA S% AGRIPPINA" J~ST A MERRY GOOD TIME God B/ess Amer a