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/ POST'GAZETTE;I DECEMBER 28:20'! 2 "Page J 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 by Sal Giarratani e-mail: Website: 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. 52 Friday, December 28, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: T~jrevere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: T~r~v~e un~qeasingly tg. quicken the public's sens, e of civic duty: n all ways,to a4d~iaanaking this~ountry greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL PROTECTING KIDS vs. PRIVACY RIGHTS FOR PERVERTS by Sal Giarratani The allegations made recently against a registered Level 1 sex offender in Wakefield show how the Massa- chusetts Sex Offender Registry is little more than false security for parents worried about child molesters living unknowingly among us. Everyone is quite concerned about registered Level 3 sex offenders and information on them is usually available for the looking. It is a little harder for Level 2s and now we all know that Level ls are completely under the radar. The case against this latest sex offender who was re- portedly hired by his wife to work inside an unlicensed day care facility is as horrible as anyone could imagine. He has been charged with multiple counts of sex crimes against children at his wife's business. We don't need loopholes for registered molesters to hide from the pub- lic as this case has pro/ted. We need Strong" legal protec- tions from these characters who endanger children. The sex offender laws obviously needs to be tweaked in order to ensure something like this hopefully never happens again. In this case, the offender's wife was also charged with both reckless endangerment of children and also operating an unlicensed day care facility. Hopefully this is also a wake-up call for parents who place their children's care in the hands of folks running so-called affordable, unlicensed day care businesses. Parents need to do better due diligence. However, when parents put their kids in unlicensed businesses, how do they know anything about the folks working there with their children? Due diligence isn't hoping everyone working there is not a sex offender. Putting children in unlicensed facilities may save a few bucks but the price paid by the children is far too costly when they end up abused: Government is not the Baby Sitter in Chief. We can make stronger laws about who gets registered as well as what and where the rel- evant information can be accessed by parents. However, parents need to be aware of who's watching the kids more than how much the place charges parents to watch their children. The laws we have should be protecting cl~ildren first and not the legal rights of registered sex offenders. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites 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 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The annual Santa Claus visit to the Nazzaro Community Center took place on Wednesday, December 19th for the young people of the North End in the Center's afterschool program. Santa arrived a little before 3:00 pm and handed out gifts and took photos with over 65 kids. Some of the kids noticed Santa was a bit thinner this year but he credited his weight loss to a new diet he started recently. The party was partially funded through recent donations from St. Lucy Society, St. Anthony Society, North End Athletic As- sociation, North End Against Drugs and the Regional Review. (Photos by Carl Ameno, Nazzaro Center Director) A Life Vest He was 14 years old and his mother would worry about him possibly drowning while he was motoring around in his souped-up mo- Andrew Toti-- A Life by James DiPrima 1936 the United States War Department paid Andrew Toti $1600 for the exclusive rights to the vest. At first experimenting with a floating device, he used duck feathers which proved to be too bulky and so he tried air and this did the trick. The vest could be in- flated by blowing air into a tube or pulling a cord on each side of the vest that released from a cylinder car- bon dioxide. George H.W. Bush, who was shot down in the Pacific while he was piloting a tor- pedo bomber, sent Mr. Toti a message in 2004 upon the opening of the Toti museum in Modesta, California, say- ing "from a grateful Navy man." To this day, Mae West vests are used extensively for commercial and military use. Andrew Toti held over 500 patents. One was for de- feathering chickens. This he invented when his father Saver Soda can with Pull Tab included a grape harvester for Ernest and Julio Gallo in 1972; a light weight con- struction beam; a pull tab for soda cans and he was a co- designer of the EndoFlex en- dotracheal tube, a device used in aiding breathing during surgery. Mr. Andrew Toti was born in Visalia, California in 1920 and his family moved to Modesto, California in 1929. Unfortunately Mr. Toti did not apply for a patent to ~;~ ........;;~:~:~z~;~;~;~;~;~z~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~~:~z~;~ ~;~ ~:~ tot boat because he was notand mother purchased a his vest. As a result, a able to swim. So to put her delicatessen and chicken patent was issued to inven- ~l~r,~ri~in~t~, mind at ease, he invented farm. This invention tor Peter Markus on July 15, an inflatable vest that be- changed and, one could say,1927 also called a Mae West. came known as Mae West. revolutionized the poultry His patented was granted on ~re~e~~~!~i When he was 16 years old inindustry. Other inventions December 11, 1928.