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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 5, 2014 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE 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: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 021 ] 3 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. 118 - No. 49 Friday, December 5, 2014 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 EDIT()RIAL Shouldn't City Expect School Police to Do the Right Thing? Time to Respect Members of the Boston School Police by Sal Giarratani As someone who recently retired after 27 years as a special state police officer for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, I wish to respond to the decision by both the Boston School Committee and the Boston City Council to nix the idea that Boston School Police should be armed with pepper spray. As a special police officer between 1985 and 2013, my duty belt con- sisted of cuffs, baton and, yes, pepper spray. If you want unarmed police inside schools, just say so out-loud in- stead of questioning whether or not members of your police force are trained responsible. All the comments I saw in newspapers by city council- .ors were pretty insulting and showed a huge lack of respect for those officers whose duty is to keep school buildings safe for students and staff. Those who hold public safety positions shouldn't be treated as though they are a bunch of cowboys trigger happy to spray people. This is insulting to me and police officers everywhere. Comments by city councilors such as Charles Yancey calling the idea of pepper spray by school cops "repugnant" is, in itself, a repugnant comment. Also, pepper spray is not a tool for discipline. Sounds like city councilors need to know something about something before they shoot from the hip. Councilor Matt O'Malley calls the idea "absurd." City Councilor Ayanna Pressley was a little better saying she didn't want to put a wedge between the police and the students and seemed concerned about the per- spective of a police state. In 27 years, I only felt compelled to use pepper spray once when all else failed. Once in 27 years! Arming your police officers with the tools necessary for their job doesn't mean that they will act recklessly. Have you so little faith in those hired for this, at times, potentially dangerous job? Listen; ff you have so little faith in police officers doing the right thing, why not just replace them with gals and guys in blue blazers acting like hotel bellhops. Or per- haps hire a SWAT team of social workers armed with pens and notebooks. The Boston School Department needs to treat their school police officers with respect and not with ridicu- lous and absurd disrespect for starters. POUCY The Post-Gazette |nv Its readers to su|t Lelrs to the Editor. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Tuesday Luncheon Group Meets for Christmas Standing, L-R: Connie Killen, Jackie Perez, Gesi Kowalski, John McGee, Mary Finoeehiaro, Chiekie Finnoechiaro, Adeline Ameno, Joanne Coppola. Seated, L-R: Joanne Brogna, Marie Trovato, Anna Caso and Connie Angiulo On the first Tuesday of every month a group of origi- nal North End ladies get to- gether at a different North End restaurant for lunch. Each month a different member chooses the re- union venue. For the month of December, member Anna Caso chose Mamma Maria's in North Square. The ladies were hosted by owner John McGee who prepared an elaborate lunch. Through these monthly gatherlngs, the ladies, neighborhood friends, reminisce theNorth End's past. Pirandello Lyceum Celebrates the Founding in 1800 of the First Conservatory of Music of Boston and in the United States The Pirandello Lyceum Society and Presi- dent Rosario Cascio sponsored the unveil- ing of the plaque marking the location of the first music conservatory in Boston and in the United States located at the Bedford Street facade of the Church Green Building. On Sunday, October 26, the Pirandello program cited the three immigrant musicians, Philip Trajetta of Italy, Francis Mallet of France, sad Gottlieb Graupner of Germany who founded the Conservatorio. The Privitera Family Charitable Foundation represented by Philip Privitera, president, and Frank Privitera, chairman, generously donated the funding for the beautiful bronze plaque at the site of the first Conservatorio. The Privitera Fam- ily Charitable Foundation also provided the major funding for the Pirandello celebration at the West End Museum which immediately followed the unveiling. The program included the life and times of Philip Trajetta, an Italian from Venice and one of the Conservatorio founders. Sal Bramante was Master of Clockwise, Philip Privitera, president, Privitera Family Charitable Foundation; Teresa F. Mazzulli, historian; Frank Privitera, chairman, Privitera Family Charitable Foundation Ceremonies for the program. The discovery of the first Boston music conservatory in 1800 unfolded because of the research of Teresa F. Mazzulli, a Pirandello "I Migliori" award recipient. Toys for Tots Party at ITAMS December 12 th by Sal Giarratani Members of ITAM Post 6 will once again be hosting a Toys for Tots Party on Friday, De- cember 12 th starting at 7:30 pm at the ITAM Post located next to the East Boston Post Office. Price of admission is one brand new toy for needy children this Christmas. Every year across America, the U.S. Marine Corps organizes this toy drive and once again the Marines will land in Eastie at the ITAM Post seeking your generosity. Recently, on Thanksgiving Day, the Post was open for Thanksgiving Dinner for area veter- ans looking for a place to celebrate this fam- ily holiday with members of their military fam- ily. Many showed up and all were thankful for Virginia Nano, Bob Corbett and Michele the all-day ITAM Thanksgiving dinner. This DeFronzo take time from cooking duties has become one of East Boston's newest tra- in the ITAM Post kitchen to pose for this ditions where all veterans are remembered photo. (Photo by Sal GiarratanO and thanked for their service to our country. 8aint 00rancis 00a:aar Please join St. Francis of Assisi Parish for its Annual Holiday Bazaar/Brunch on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm at 325 Cambridge Street, East Cambridge, Hall around the corner at 42 Sciarappa Street. St. Francis of Assisi Parish invites you to their Holiday Bazaar/Brunch. Mass will be at 9:30 am, followed by our Holi- day festivities in the Church Hall on Sciarappa Street. Enter games of chance and raffles. Kitchen will be open from II:00 am until I:00 pm. In addition to the brunch, there will be a bake sale with traditional Italian baked goods. Cash raffle with four prizes: $500, 8500, $300, and $200. Try your hand at our raffle tables and take home a TV, a bike, GPS, gift baskets, home decorations, books, etc. Please join us: break bread; sing a song, and take home a prize!!