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Page 1"4 -" .... POgl"- .ZE'i'TE, DECEMBER" 28; 2'0t9 .... "CHEERS TO A NEW YEAR AND ANOTHER CHANCE FOR US TO GET IT RIGHT." -- Oprah Winfrey Lo SAPEVATE CHE ... II nuovo Governo di Mario Monti ha introdotto una regola mai esistita: la "trasparenza finanziaria" delle agenzie pubbliche, ma anche e soprattutto dei partiti politici. "Piu che in ogni altro Paese democratico, il governo italiano rimborsava in passato tutti i partiti politici riconosciuti, tutte le spese elettorali sostenute. Ogni partito riportava la spesa sostenuta, ma un governo generoso, specie quello ai tempi di Berlusconi, rimborsava una somma piu" alta di quella sostenuta. Ecco, in breve, quanto veniva corrisposto ai partiti politici: II partito "Popolo della Liberta," con a capo Berlusconi, riportava una spesa di 53.7 milioni di euro ma invece riceveva dal governo la soma di 206.5 milioni di euro. L'altro partito della vecchia maggioranza, la "Lega Nord," riportava una spesa di 2.91~illontldi1~u~o~ mai riceveva dal gov.erna)~a somma di 41.4 milioni di euro. II Partito "Unione Democratica di Centro," di Casini, riportava una spesa di 15.7 milioni di euro, ma ne riceveva "solo" 25.7 milioni (di euro). II "Partito Democratico" riportava una spesa di 18,5 milioni di euro ma ne riceveva 180,2 milioni. II partito "L'Italia dei Valori" riportava una spesa di 3.4 milioni di euro ma ne riceveva 21.6 milioni. La "Corte deo Conti" ha istaurato un supercontrollo, per poi pubblicare i risultati. Monti e andato anche oltre. Tutti i partiti che non spendono entro un anno i soldi ricevuti, sono obblicati a rimborsarli allo Stato. Solo cosi si possono evitare gli abusi {del passato) ed assicurare che non awengano (futuri) casi di corruzione. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... Mario Monti's new government has come up with a new rule: "financial transparency" for all public agencies, but above all, for the political parties. More than in any other democratic country, the Italian Government used to refund, in the past, the political parties their election expenditures. Each party relayed the expenses incurred during the political campaign and a generous Government, particularly the one headed by the Premier Berlusconi, refunded an amount that was far above the one submitted. In short, here are a few cases that indicate the amount given back to the political parties. The party "Popolo della Liberta," (People's Freedom), led by Berlusconi, submitted a 53.7 million euro expense, but received back 206.5 million euro (@ $270 million). The other party ally of the majority, the "Lega Nord" (the northern league) submitted a total expenditure of 2.9 million euro, but got 41.4 million euro from the Government. The "Unione Democratica di Centro" (Democratic Union of the Center), led by Casini, reported expenses amounting to 15.7 million euro, but received "only" 25.7 million! The "Partito Democratico" reported 18.5 million euro in expenditures, but got back 180.2 million. The "Partito dei Valori" (the Party with Values) submitted a 3.4 million euro in expenses, but received 21.6 million euro back. La "Coprte dei Conti" the third supreme Court of Account- ing has instituted a "super-scrutiny" policy of controls and later will publish the results. Monti has even moved fur- ther. All the parties that fail to spend the money, received back (within a year) are mandated to Send it back to the State. By doing so, it is possible to stop the abuse of the system (as in the past) and make sure that no future cases of corruption occur. Greater Boston's Affordable Private Cemetery Traditional Burial Plot (for 2) Starting at S 1500 T, MICI L CEMETERY 500 Canterbury St. Boston, MA 02131 617.524.1036 Serving the Italian community for over 100 years/ Fully Insured Lic #017936 :haMcal Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani EAST BOSTON KIWANIS/ EB-ARC HOLIDAY PARTY On December 18th, East Boston Kiwanis held its Christmas Party in support of East Boston ARC program at Spinelli's Function Room in Day Square. Members of the Revere Rotary Club were also present. I met Ashley Melnik, the Revere City Clerk who is a Rotarian at the party. When she was appointed three years ago in Revere she was the first female City Clerk in Revere's history. DePAULO ELECTED TO INSURANCE ASSOCIATION BOARD Tom C. DePaulo, CIC, of Meridian Insurance, LLC in East Boston, has been elected to the Board of the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents at the association's annual con- Vention recently held at the Marriot Hotel at Copley Place in Boston. DePaulo, from Sacred Heart Parish in the Eagle Hill neighborhood in East Boston, has two decades of experience in the insur- ance industry. He is a North- eastern University graduate and active in the community with the Kiwanis Club and as a past president of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. He recently re- joined the Chamber after an absence of a few years while his children were growing up. He currently also serves as a corporator of the East Boston Savings Bank. DePaulo, his wife Sheila and their two chil- dren, as I have said, make their home East Boston. THE OLD "BROWN JUG" AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE Back in my younger adult days, I lived in Charlestown and I was introduced to the Brown Jug on Adams Street in Chelsea by a good Townie friend of mine by the name of Bobby Wallace. He was a longshoreman in his younger days. He told me that the Brown Jug was the closest thing to an old Charlestown barroom. It wasn't the Morning Glory, Donovan's (my Irish grand- father's favorite watering hole) or even Doherty's under the bridge but it was just fine for him and lots of other Townies back in the '70s and '80s. I haven't been there in years. I knew it moved across Route 16 some years ago but not exactly where it went. Recently, while at- tending a Multi-Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party at the new Roundtree in Chelsea, I met up with Mike and Cheryl Matrinko, the owners of the 'new" Brown Jug for the last 24 years. The new place is now on the Revere Beach Parkway, still in Chelsea but now in the Home Depot Mall. Cheryl's family roots come from the North End and her parents were Alfred and Irene Visconti. Her fa- ther once lived on Hanover Street above Mike's Pastry when there were three floors above Mike's. The new Brown Jug (6i7: 884-9579) can still be a Charlestown bar if you want it to be but it is also now a great restaurant where they make great North End-style pizzas and lots of other stuff. Check it out and tell Mike and Cheryl I sent you over. NOAH HOLDS 25TM ANNUAL DINNER' NOAH, the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, held its 25th annual dinner at Spinelli's in Day Square on December 13th. Phil Giffee, the NOAH executive director welcomed everyone attend- ing the dinner and thanked all for helping in the effort to provide affordable housing in East Boston and surround- ing environs. As Giffee told those in attendance, "Thank you for joining us as we cel- ebrate NOAH's 25th year of success in creating and pre- serving affordable housing opportunities and building strong, sustainable neigh- borhoods. Together we will continue to stitch together the fabric of community so that individuals and families can reach their potential, enjoy life and prosper. Thank you for your continued support." FREEDOMS FOUNDATION PARTY AT SPINNELI'S TOO I have been at Spinelli's so often lately that the staff there thought I should be wearing their company uni- form. The luncheon party on Sunday, December 16th had some great music too as Frank Zarba and his band provided all the musical en- tertainment for the large crowd that day. LOOKS LIKE WTKK IS GOING TALKLESS Boston radio listeners al- ready lost Talk 1200 Boston a few months back and now it appears that WTKK 96.9 is also readying itself for a new music format. Conservative talk radio isn't what it used to be in the all important ratings. What will happen to Michael Graham and the Jim and Margery Show? With the demise of Talk 1200, Boston lost Scan Hannity. The closest station carrying him is AM 920 down in Provi- dence RI but the signal is only strong on the other side of Patriot Place, Thank God that WRKO is still going strong. I would hate to see Howie Carr go off the air. I can catch his show going south on AM 830 out of Rhode Island. I usually switch stations over in Wrentham or Plainville. SANTA VISITS NAZZARO CENTER On December 19th, Santa Claus showed up to visit the kids at the Nazzaro Com- munity Center's afterschool programs. The little kids up to the teens all enjoyed their presents from Santa. The teens kept asking Santa who he was and he kept telling them he was Santa but they kept on ask- ing to no avail. Kudos to Carl Ameno and the entire staff down at the Nazzaro year round who provide the best afterschool programs in the city. UPCOMING ITALIA UNITA EVENTS TO ENJOY Italia Unita is alive and well and hopes everyone had a great Christmas and New Year's too. There are many upcoming events on the horizon. Don't forget the annual Meet the Members/ LaBefana/Italian Karaoke Night at Jeveli's in Day Square. This group's recent Toy and Clothing Drive for the Italian Home for Children was a great suc- cess. "Italia Unita," said Lisa Capogreco-Cappuccio, president of the group, "has supported this worthy orga- nization for many years and the Home is so apprecia- tive of our efforts. I person- ally want to thank all of our members who take part every year to help make a child's Christmas memorable." WYNN TAKES STEP TOWARD EVERETT CASINO POSSIBILITY After failing to win the support of Foxboro, Las Vegas casino player Wynn Resorts signed an option on December 204 to buy land on the Mystic River in Everett, known as the former Monsanto Chemical Company site, where devel- oper Steve Wynn seems interested in building an urban gaming resort on the shores of Everett. He is now placing himself in direct competition with Suffolk Downs less than five miles away at the horse track with Caesars Entertainment. TOWNIE SANTA ONCE AGAIN ~Townie Santa" once again visited many of The Town's elderly and shut-ins on Sunday, December 23rd. Santa may have been any one of several dozen neigh- bors who devoted that morn- ing to sharing the spirit of Christmas. The deliveries began at noon time at the James W. Conway Bunker Hill Post 26. 2013 CHARLESTOWN CALENDARS This year's Charlestown Library Calendars feature the "Parks of Charlestown." Copies can be purchased at the public library on Green Street or down the ~treet at Joy of Old on Warren Street.