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~ ~ ~ :~ ~ ~::;, ~,~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ .~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ },~ r'~l THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ----.----I (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 50 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, DECEMBER 16, 2011 $.30 A COPY First Night Boston 2012 NORTH END ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 41sT ANNUAL NORTH END CHRISTMAS PARADE Here Comes Santa Claus! by Sal Giarratani FedEx Family Festival. (Photo by Paul Marotta) This year, First Night Boston celebrates the 36t~ edition of the country's oldest and largest New Year's Eve arts festival by announcing a line-up of world class events that offer some- thing for everyone. On Saturday, December 31, 2011 from noon to midnight, First Night presents its annual day-long festival of art, music, dance, ice sculpture and more. First Night will showcase 1,000 artists in 200 exhibitions and per- formances in locations all over downtown Boston, from the Waterfront to the Fenway. First Night welcomes children, families and revelers of all ageg~to~eelebrate community through the arts. First Night organizers strongly suggest visiting the interactive planner at to plan attendance. The schedule is subject to change and updates can be found on the website. All First Night outdoor events are free, though supported by sales of the First Night button, which is the ticket for (Continued on Page 1 1) by Sal Giarratani There No99Percent If you listen to those occupodos down at Deweyville, the battle is between the 1 percent money-ed class and the rest of us. However, in reality, when 48 percent of the country's citizens are on EBT cards, food stamps and free health care. the 99 percent is actually only 52 percent. Many conservatives are afraid the country is moving tov:ard socialism but in reality, socialism is already here By the way, what happens when the 48 per- cent of free loaders reach 52 percent'~or 60 percent? A truly democratic republic is in trouble when more i people are riding in the wagon than pulling it. President Obama is not helping matters when he keeps pushing the unfairness of those on the : top over those on the bottom. He keeps the class warfare alive because it feeds his appeal to the : masses that think government is there solely to give them free stuff. Lately, Obama compared him- self to President Teddy Roosevelt when he seems more like President Hugo Chavez. We seem to have lost our American pride and we need to get it back. They All Should be Ashamed of Themselves Every time the City of Lawrence makes the news, it is seldom ever good news. First, it was I (Continued on Page 15) i iiii While driving up, from the south on Route 95, I heard Bruce Springsteen singing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." This Christmas clas- sic was playing on the radio as I was headed to town to see Santa for myself. Sunday, December 11 was an outstand- ing day. The sun was shining and ff you stood in the sun. it even felt a tad warm too. rival of Santa by helicopter at Puopolo Park. The Christmas parade was sponsored by the North End Athletic Association in asso- ciation with The Nazzaro Center, North End Against Drugs and the Mayor's Office of Arts. Tourism and Special Events. After the parade, we all headed up to the St. Agrip- jolly ole Santa. This year marked St. Agrippina's 171~ Annual Christmas Program for the kids. I'm sure many other chil- dren were thinking the same thing. Santa is a very busy guy this time of year. Often he must be in so many places so fast; it looks like he's in two places at the same time. This year marked the 41 pina Society on Hanover It isn't easy jumping off a he- 1 Annual North End Christ- Street to see Santa again licopter for the parade and then mas Day Parade through and have a photo taken with rushing up to St. Agrippina's the streets of the .North End. too. Somehow he does the Children and their families impossible, just like magic. anxiously awaited the ar- A final note on the Santa i parade and visit to St. Agrippina's: Santa Claus couldn't do any of these great things for the kids without the help of so many dedicated community folks and organi- zations. Their tireless ac- tions year after year con- tinue to make the North End the best community anyway. Here the children always come first. / The Shriners joined the Children and their families anxiously wait for Santa to parade. arrive. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) THE POST-GAZEI"rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 2.00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 61 7-227-8929 for moreinformation