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T THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 52 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, DECEMBER 30, 2011 $.30 A COPY Annual North End Christmas Fund Luncheon --A Huge Success- Christmas Fund Luncheon Committee. The Vast "Get Ron Paul Conspiracy" Wingnuts at it Again Latest news out of the Ron Paul campaign is a recent media interview over the views expressed in Ron Paul's newsletters from 20-30 years ago. Some of the stuff published in those newsletters is so lame and seemingly racist that it really can't be justified. When a reporter interviewing him brought up the subject, he didn't deny any- thing. However, he said he did not write nor did he believe in views that were expressed in those publications which raked in millions for him. When the reporter pressed forward that the news- letters were written in the first person, it did imply that everything in the newsletter was written and supported by him. He responded by saying he disavows any of those opinions, he didn't apparently write them, see them or believe in them. Now his supporters are saying the media is out to get him and that there is a conspiracy to pre- vent him from winning the GOP nomination. Back almost 16 years ago, he once commented that 95 percent of Blacks living in Washington, DC were either criminal or semi-criminal. In another newsletter, he commented that young Black thugs were 'fleet afoot." Ouch!!! There is much stuff Paul says I support but even more stuff that just makes him look cuckoo/bananas too. (Continued on Page 10) I~ft to Right: Jim Luisi, Kathy Carangelo, Mayor Thomas Menino, Donato Frattaroli recipient of the Uncle Fred Carangelo Humanitarian Award and Robert "Ted" Tomasone. The Annual North End Christmas Fund~ Luncheon was held on Thursday, December 15~h at Fillipo's Restaurant. Over 200 people attended the event to raise money for ,~orth End seniors, families and children, Over $7,000 was donated with approximately 232 checks sent out this year. This year the Christmas Fund Commit- tee honored two individuals for their con- tribution to the Christmas Fund and the North End community over the years. The Annual Uncle Fred Carangelo Humanitarian Award was given to Donato Frattaroli. This year the Committee gave out a new award in memory/honor of Ernest Natale who died serving our country in the War when he was 27 years old. This award, given out for the first time, was presented to Left to Right: Jim Luisi, A1 Natale, Mayor Thomas Menino, Robert Travaglini recipient of the Ernest Natale Ward and Robert "Ted" Tomasone. (Photos by M. Morgan) Robert E. Travaglini, former Senate Presi- dent and State Senator representing the North End and East Boston. Both men have contributed in many ways to the success of the luncheon and to many endeavors in the North End involving children families and senior citizens. The Christmas Fund Committee is made up of members of local non-profit agencies including: the North End Athletic Associa- tion, North End Against Drugs, Nazzaro Com- muniW Center, North End Waterfront Health, North End Seniors. ABCD Head Start Pro- gram, North End/West End ABCD Service Center and several others. The cotnmittee is led by Robert "Ted" Tomasone:,and co- chaired by James Luisi of North End Waterfront Health. New Year's Eve Live: Boston Family Fireworks For the second consecu- tive year, NECN will bring the Boston Family Fireworks celebration to nearly 4 mil- lion New England homes with its one-hour New Year's Eve Live special featuring a 12-minute fireworks display at a family friendly time. NECN's special coverage, hosted by The Only News at 9 morning anchor Erick We- ber, begins live from the Bos- ton Common at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve. The Boston Family Fire- works are an annual tradi- tion established in 1999 by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and The Mugar Foundation. Boston 4 Productions. inter- nationally recognized for Fireworks Spectacular which is televised annually to millions, produces the Bos- ton Family Fireworks each year. New Year's Eve Live will fea- ture a main stage on Boston Common near the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets, plus live reports by NECN's anchor Latoyia Edwards and organizing the Boston Pops (Continued on Page 12) : I