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7., POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 Page3 Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETFE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116- No. 48 Friday, November 30, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them." To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL Clean It Up, Mr. President Stronger EPA Soot Standard Needed Now to Protect Americans' Health from the American Lung Association in Massachusetts The Obama Administration has a big decision to make on December 14, 2012: how much do they want to protect the citizens of Massachusetts from the life-threaten- ing effects of particle pollution? Under a June court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must make a decision on December 14, 2012 about the level of particle pollution the EPA deems safe to breathe. That level, called the National Ambient Air Quality Standard, drives most of the cleanup of pollution that occurs across the nation, including here in Massachusetts. In effect, the Standard tells the nation whether the air in each community is healthy -- not just for healthy adults, but for children, seniors and people with lung and heart disease. How- ever, overwhelming scientific evidence has confirmed that particle pollution (at levels once deemed safe) now threatens the lives of millions of families throughout our country and here in the Commonwealth. Commonly referred to as soot, when inhaled these tiny particles lodge deep inside the lungs where they can cause serious health consequences. These particles trigger asthma attacks, especially for the nearly 10% of adults and 10.3% of children who suffer from asthma here in our state; increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes; damage lung tissue and airways; increase hospital visits for those with respiratory and cardiovas- cular problems and even kill. Because the year round National Ambient Air Quality Standard for this pollutant has not been updated to reflect the most current public health science in almost 15 years, we are often living under a false sense of security that the air is safe to breathe when it is not. In June, the EPA proposed to update the annual and daily soot standards to somewhat more protective levels. However, the Lung Association and other notable health and medical groups have called on the Administration to adopt even more protective standards that would not only clean up the dirty air we breathe every day, but prevent approximately 35,700 premature deaths every year. More than 10,000 peer-reviewed studies have been published since 1997 demonstrating that current levels of soot in the air can shorten life, cause illness and increase the level of hospital and emergency room admissions. Studies also show that effects of fine particles occur at levels well below the current stan- dards, proving they are too weak to protect public health. Despite the overwhelming evidence, big polluters are pushing back on any change to the Standard. This December Will the Administration decide to side with science and the law as written under the Clean Air Act or with big polluters and their lobbyists? We urge you to call on the Administration to listen to the science and adopt stronger particle pollution standards that will better protect Massachusetts' families. While the Lung Association was pleased that the EPA finally proposed updating the standards, a pro- posal is-not enough. The Fmal standards must adequately protect public health with the margin of safety, as the Clean Air Act requires. The public agrees with nation-wide support for the need to protect public health through stronger air qual- ity standards. In Massachusetts alone, over 1,100 health care professionals and other concerned (Continued on Page 6) Carol .J1ntico 1933.2012 On November 19, 2012, Carol Antico (formerly Carol I Blanc) passed away unexpectedly. A lifelong resident of Waltham, Carol was well-known for her love of her family and friends and her remarkable sense of humor. She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years Anthony J. "Junie" Antico, her eight devoted children, Diane Devane and her husband Dave, Jill Antico, Jane Mula and her husband Vinny, Stacie Cusano and her husband Stephen, Jennifer Vitone and her husband Dave, all of Waltham, J01 p Antico and Kathy Cook of Concord, Anthony Antico Ill and wife Sandra, and Jacqueline Pizzi and her husband Vinny of Wayland, her cherished grandchildren David Devane and his wife Lauren, John Devane, Matthew and Olivia Russo, Alison and Anthony Mula, Anthony IV, Arielle, Austin and Addison Antico, Stephen and Michael Cusano, Alexandra and Victoria Antico, Lauren, Leanne and DJ Vitone, Vinny II and Andrew Pizzi, and great- granddaughter Caroline Devane as well as her siblings Gloria DeFlice of Lexington, Beverly and her husband John Kenny of Leominster, Linda and her husband Ken Freda of Waltham, Louis and his wife Yolanda Antico of Boca Raton, Florida and sister-in-law Anne Parisi of Jupiter, Florida. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and devoted friends. Carol was predeceased by her sister Patricia LaFrance-Gavel and her brothers-in-law Dominic DeFlice, Charles Parisi and John Antico. Carol was also very active in her community with a position on the Board of Trustees for the Reagle Players in Waltham along with being a Board Member at both the Walter E. Fernald State School and the Perkins Institute for the Blind. She was a contributing member of the March of Dimes Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Greater Waltham Association for Retarded Citizens and the Cardinal Cushing Centers as well as being a benefactor to numerous local athletic and charitable organizations. Carol is not only mourned by her family but by her many friends who will miss the weekly Saturday night card games and her thoughtful and unique Christmas cards and gifts. This year, before her passing, she sent one final gift to loved ones in the form of a beautiful, crystal, mini-snowman that many received after she had been laid to rest. There was a mass of Christian burial in celebration of her life at Saint Mary's Church and she was interred at Mt. Feake Cemetery in Waltham. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Carol's memory to the Reagle Players, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02452. 1943-2012 North End native Frank Toscano died on Friday, November 23, 2012. Frank leaves his adoring wife Josephine (Zarba) Toscano and two sons Frank and his wife Aimee and Daniel and his wife Lori as well as his grandchildren, Marisa, Daniel, Nora, Juliana, Francesca and Frank Toscano. Frank was the beloved son of Rose (Luzzo) and the late Frank Toscano and was the cherished brother of Diane Papara Toscano, Valerie Kean and her husband Gerry and the late Annette Toscano. He also leaves many loving extended family members and friends. A funeral service was held at the Boston Harborside Home on Wednesday, Novem- ber 28th followed by a mass at St. Stephen's Church and Frank was interred at St. Michael's Cemetery in Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank's memory may be made to the Lahey Clinic Transplantation Department, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805. .... May He Rest in Pe ce Become a Citizen Now! FREE CITIZENSHIP ASSISTANCE Join us for one of our free naturalization information and application assistance to be held on Saturday, December 15 from 11:00 am to 2:00 and Wednesday, Decem- ber 19 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm! Volunteers, immigration lawyers, law stu- dents and interpreters will be on hand to screen applicants for eligibility and assist eligible legal permanent residents in com- pleting their citizenship applications. Low- income applicants will also be assisted in fee-waiver applications. What you need to bring: Green Card, Passport, list of your addresses for the past five (5) years, list of your employment for the past five (5) years, ALL dates you have traveled outside of the U.S. since becoming a permanent resident, If married and/or di- vorced, all marriage and divorce certificates, names, birthdates, addresses and A#s for all children, your most recent tax return, Social Security Card (optional) and two pass- port photos (optional for clinic. Certain low income LPRs may qualify for fee waivers. Inquire when you call to register. Are you Eligible to Apply for Citizenship? You may be eligible if: You are at least 18 years old, you have had a "green card" for at least 5 years OR you have had a "green card" and been married to a U.S. Citizen for 3 years, you have not left the U.S. for more than 6 months, you have been living in Massachusetts for at least 3 months, you have registered for Selective Services (ap- plicable to males born hfter 1959 who were residents between ages 18 to 26), You are able to read, write and speak basic English or qualify for an English waiver due to age, residency or disability, you have no prob- lems with the law. For event registration or general questions about the Statewide Citizenship Initiative, please call 617-500-5998 or e-mail us at citizenship@miracoalition, org.