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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 2, 2016 PAGE 3 Ann ian American 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.Boston]PostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 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-GAZETTE - 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. 120 - No. 49 Friday, December 2, 2016 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 thenu 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. PP NOVEMBER 19, 2016 Sara "Suddi" J. Sclafani died peacefully at her Woburn home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday evening. She was 92. Born and raised in Boston's North End, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Giuseppina (Turco) Zarba. The beloved wife of the late Joseph V. "Red" Sclafani, she was a devoted mother to Sandra Pascucci and her husband John of Stoneham, JoAnn Cerasoli and her husband Bob of O.uincy, Paula Ferrara and her husband Steve of Braintree, Jodi Pietroforte and her husband Carl of Florida, and Donna Sclafani of Woburn. She was a loving grandmother to Maria Pascucci-Burns, Thomas Arcadipane, Gia Anderson, Robert Cerasoli, Carla Pierson, Kacy Maitland, and CA Pietroforte, and was a loving great-grandmother to nine great- grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Rose Sanseverino and Diego, Phil, and Michael Zarba. A Woburn resident for many years, she worked for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue until her retirement. She also enjoyed helping out at her daughter's hair salon Snips in Stoneham. Family and friends honored Suddi's life with a funeral mass at St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn on Saturday, November 26th. Services concluded with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Suddi's name to the National Shrine of Saint Jude, 3200 East 91 tStreet, Chicago, IL 60617, or at www.shrineofstjude.org. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette in tes its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to.space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes tO have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 135, Boston, MA 02113 Superintendent-in-Chief William Gross, alk/a Supt. Barry White. Once again, the National Ital- ian American Police Officers Association held its Annual Awards Banquet in support of the Massachusetts chapter in North Reading at the Hillview Country Club. The hall was packed in blue, as in full of police officers. It is an annual gathering that remembers the actions of our law enforcement personnel who serve and pro- tect all of us. A few years ago, I was pre- sented a retirement plaque honoring my 28 years of service as a police officer for the Mas- sachusetts Depart of Mental Health. Recently, we have seen tragedy after tragedy where po- lice officers across the country have been killed in the line of duty. To all in the hall, Blue Lives Matter every day and on every shift. Too often, others cry out in vengeance and demean " Banquet by Sal Giarratani the police across the nation. Here at this awards banquet, the color of blue denotes the sacrifices made in every waking moment to protect the innocent and keep the peace. Police of- ricers representing the state, municipalities, and the fed- eral government sit and break bread. To be a police officer is a noble calling and deserves grati- tude for all that he or she does for the community they serve. This year, Michael Giacoppo, president emeritus, received the Association's Lifetime Achieve- ment Award, while Larry Luc- chino, president & CEO of the Boston Red Sox and chairman of the Jimmy Fund, was award- ed the St. Michael the Archangel Award. This year's Law Enforcement Medal of Valor Award, a medal presented for acts of outstand- ing bravery in the performance of duty, went to four Boston Police Officers: Ellys Lee, Eric MacPherson, Michael Taylor, and Det. James Coyne. Retired sergeants John Sacco, BPD-D-4 and Sal Giarratani, DMHPD-Boston. Frank Addivinola was the re- cipient of the Guglielmo Marconi Distinguished Service Award. Finally, The Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Award was pre- sented posthumously to Glen A. Doherty, United States Navy Seal. Accepting the award were family members present at the banquet, who were very proud that their son and brother was so honored. L-R: Larry Lucchino, Michael Giacoppo, and Fr. John Nazzaro. NEAD Family Dinner~Family Talk with Mayor Walsh Draws a Sellout For those of you old enough to remember, you will know what this means: There were 13,909 in attendance at the Nazzaro Center last Monday night. The NEAD Family Dinner/Family Talk with Mayor Marty Walsh packed the house. Entering the 8th year of a fantastic event that was the brainchild of deceased NEAD President Bobby DeCristoforo, this was certainly the best and the biggest -- Bobby would have been very proud. His idea was -- growing up in the North End we all got together every night at dinner time with our families and talked about our day, our lives, our family. Today, family is made up differently for everyone, but nonetheless, we are all still family. So we get together as a big neighborhood family and have a great Italian meal and a talk! Avellino's in Medford supplied the food at a discount for us, Bova's donated the bread and cookies, and Johnny from Mangia Mangia donated the cannolisI Our corporate sponsor, EVERSOURCE, helped pay for the event through their annual grant. Mayor Walsh provided the talk, an important one, to young and old in the room. We had children and parents from age 3 to 86, and by John Romano a everyone listened to the Mayor's ..... : important message about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol, and how they can destroy your dreams. The Mayor told people he was a fortunate one who was able to turn his life around, not something he can say about others he knew. In attendance and supporting this event were several community groups that collaborate with NEAD on a regular basis: Traci and Lydia from the Eliot School; Sherri and Diane from NEMPAC; Michelle Deveau from the Nazzaro Teen Center along with a dozen or so teenagers; James Luisi, Zack and Mary Wright of North End Waterfront Health; Becca and her family from Boston Community Collaborative; Dan Toscano and his family from North End Youth Hockey; members of the NEAA and Nazzaro Center Staff; as well as, State Senator Joe Boncore, Representative Aaron Michlewitz, City Councilor Sal LaMattina; Maria Lanza and Stephen Passacantilli from Mayor Walsh's staff; and NEAD Board Members. It was also great to have Phil Orlandella of the Regional Review and Matt and Isabella from Emerson College in attendance. A huge thank you goes to NEAD Board members Karen D'Amico, George Hadaya, Officer Ted Boyle, Ann Fitzgerald, John Pregrnon, Olivia Scimeca, Rosina Fabbo, Kathy Carangelo, and volunteer Patricia Romano for all of their help with preparing the event ahead of time and setting up, serving food, and breaking down at the end of the event! Also thanks to Nazzaro Center Director and NEAD Board Member Carl Ameno for letting us use their space and take over the space early to set up -- it was greatly appreciated. NEAD also collected new adult winter hats and gloves for the St. Francis Homeless Shelter, and Sharon Lee from St. Francis was in attendance as well. This was a great event; the whole community showed up to show the children and their families that they are all very important and that we care for them. We showed the Mayor how much we support his efforts working with children and families, as well as, tryingto help solve the drug and alcohol issues in the neighborhood, city, and state. "It was a great event and a great turnout," stated NEAD President John Romano, "We are grateful to all our local elected officials, Aaron, Sal, and Joe, who support us day in and day out, and we are thankful to the Mayor for speaking to our young children and families." It was an awesome start to Thanksgiving week!