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S (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 116 - NO. 49 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, DECEMBER 7, 2012 $.30 A COPY 00uon 00Fatale NORTH END ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THE 42 nd Annual 2012 NORTH END CHRISTMAS PARADE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2012- I:00 P.M. ! r , w :L k!i iii " Merry Christmas SEE SANTA CLAUS ARRIVE AT NORTH END PARK BY HELICOPTER AT 1:00 P.M. In case of bad weather, Parade will be held the next Sunday December 23th IN ASSOIk'I'TO#I 't'l Nalwo C4mtlw * NGr End Anst Ort; ot s Offt eA Ar r our}sm lkJ Sl'tJ Evel Dedicated in Memory of JAMES "Jimmy" PALLOTTA by Sal Giarratan| Narrow The Class Divide I almost went into shock as I began reading Susan Estrich in the Boston Herald on Tuesday, November 27 th. Her piece entitled, Narrow the Class Divide was really good and not just the words of someone mouthing the latest Democrat talk- ing points. I haven't seen her for a long while on cable political shows nor in newspaper commen- taries. It is like she fell off the face of the Earth after Governor Michael Dukakis lost the 1988 presidential election, which she chaired. I am glad she's back because her opinions were always well-written even if I thought they were full of something I can't mention right here. Her latest piece about narrowing the ongoing class divide is must-reading for both sides of the aisle. Liberals need to hear it and so too do conserva- tives. As she opined, "Within days of winning the election, President Obama announced that his victory gave him a mandate to raise taxes on the 'rich.' Come again? This was a two-and- a-half point election. It reflected a painfully divided electorate. The only mandate I saw was to unite a divided nation. I did not vote for Obama because I think I am paying too little in taxes. I am for closing loopholes. I am for ending (Continued on Page 14) /LTiiTii7!L/,Ai y/iQ;7ililiiiiiiii!i;iii!ii!ij!iiiiiiiiii; byBennett Molinari and Richard Molinari (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) On Tuesday, December 4 th, the Italian Consulate of Boston, in conjunction with the Boston Conservatory, sponsored their First Annual Christmas Concert to a packed house at Sacred Heart Italian Church, Saint Leonard Parish, North End. The concert opened with a greeting from Consul Gen- eral Giuseppe Pastorelli, followed by a bless- ing by Father Antonio Nardoianni, Pastor of Saint Leonard Parish. Consul General Pastorelli then opened the concert with a spirited greeting to the audience and words of admiration for the talented singers who were about to perform. Consul General Pastorelli went on to express his admira- tion for the Italian community of Boston and his hope of one day establishing an Italian Cultural Center in the North End. The twenty singers who performed are all currently studying at the Boston Conserva- tory. Singing in the order of their perfor- mance were: Amelia Burshe, Sarah Hen- nessey, Angela Ruiz, Erika Taylor, Camille Sherman, Zachary Mallory, Rachael Barg, Lee Rang Hwang, Marnie Baylouny, Evange- line Athanasiou, Emily Ferrin, Mariella Keunghakit, Kathleen Norchi, Ashlee Lamar, Frank Campofelice, Andrew Miller, Will Hurwitz, Victoria Jones, JaVonn Bright and Gabriella Reyes. They performed arias rang- ing from the 16 th through the 20 TM centu- ries. The singers performed beautifully all with an understanding of the technique needed to properly interpret the music. They were accompanied on the piano by Patty Thom. The singers performed in the sanc- tuary before a beautiful island of green ferns and topiaries that added both to the mood and festive nature of the occasion. Wreaths with tiny white Christmas lights hung mid- way down each of the nine stained glass win- dows which were also symbolically candle {Continued on Page 6) DOT Turning Deaf Ear on Public Choice/Groups/Officials PAR C ELI9 DECtSION :.. , - . . by Marie Matarese i:i i: The Massachusetts Depart- ment of Transportation (DOT) is on the verge of making a decision that will have critical ramifications on the future of both the North End neighborhood and of the weekly Haymarket on Black- stone Street. At a meeting of the Advisory Committee set up by DOT, DOT staff indicated that it considered both of the proposals still in the running for the designa- tion on Parcel 9 -- one for a hotel, the other for a mixed- use development to be on equal footing on the non- financial criteria. DOT made this statement despite the fact that every member of the Advisory Committee every public official, the Haymarket Pushcart Asso- ciation and every commu- nity group that submitted comments expressed strong preferences against the hotel proposal# DOT ap- pears to be determined to turn a deaf ear to the view of all of these groups, indi- viduals and public officials that the two proposals are NOT EQUAL, that one of a much better project/pro- posal, and that the better proposal is the one that is NOT THE HOTELI After the meeting, mem- bers of the Advisory Com- mittee expressed outrage at the lack of respect for the public process and the view of everyone else Lnvolved in the process. What is the point of having a public pro- cess and asking for input? In this instance DOT is not just ignoring the opin- ions and evaluations ex- pressed by everybody else involved, it is intentionally misrepresenting those views! If the Haymarket Push- cart Association writes that the mixed-use proposal will be better for the preserva- tion of the Haymarket's future and that under no circumstances could a hotel complex be an acceptable use of the site and if that view is also supported by the members of the Advisory Committee, etc., how can DOT declare that both pro- posals will have equal impact on the future opera- tions of the market? If the Northeastern Uni- versity School of Architec- (Continued on Page 14)