VOL. 114 - NO. 35
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AUGUST 27, 2010
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by Pamela Donnaruma
Consul General of Italy, Boston Liborio Stellino and Educational Director of Con- sul General Office of Italy, Boston Carlo Cipollone have completed their professional duties in their respective roles in Boston.
Consul General Liborio Stellino arrived in Boston to begin his role in September, 2006. I had the pleasure of interviewing Liborio Stellino after ten days of being in office. He talked about his previous posts and outlined his goals for the Italian community of Boston. He dis- cussed his ideas to increase trade and communication between Italy and America. He also expressed a desire to create links between the traditional Italian commu- nity, the Italian American community and the Italian students, scientists etc. He valued Boston’s artistic, cul- tural and technological attributes and his intention was to bring light to all these groups. His goals were, in
Consul General Liborio Stellino bids farewell to Boston.
fact, fulfilled, thus moving Boston’s Italian community in the right direction. Liborio also engaged the Italian community to learn and celebrate the ties that were established with other cultures. From the Buffalo Soldier exhibit at the Boston Public Library to the Holo- caust seminars, he indeed brought light to the contri- butions Italians historically
Another person who played an integral part in Bos- ton’s Italian community, Dr. Carlo Cipollone is also bidding farewell. Dr. Cipol- lone worked as the Edu- cational Director at the Consulate Office in Boston. He worked closely with C.A.S.IT., (Centro Attivita Scolastiche Italiane), a non- profit education and profes- sional organization formed by the Italian Consul Gen- eral which sponsors the promotion of Italian lan- guage and culture in public and private schools. Along with C.A.S.IT., Dr. Cipollone offered his guidance to other Italian American groups in Boston who shared the goal of spreading the teach- ing of Italian language and culture for children and adults.
Along with his role as Educational Director, Carlo also attended many events in the Italian community
Representative Paul Donato (right) presented a Procla- mation from Massachu- setts House of Representa- tives to Educational Dir- ector at the Consultate Dr. Carlo Cipollone.
and became a staunch sup- porter of any group whose goal is to promote Italian lan- guage and culture.
Coincidently their roles ended simultaneously leav- ing room for two new Italian officials. Both of these ac- complished individuals have left their mark in Boston and
have paved the way for the future Italian leaders.
On two separate occasions at the Dante Alighieri Soci- ety in Cambridge receptions were held in honor of Liborio and Carlo. In conjunction with the Italian Republic Day Celebration, Liborio hosted a reception to say farewell to his colleagues, friends and representatives from various organizations.
On Monday, August, 23rd, Carlo hosted his farewell re- ception with many friends and colleagues who gener- ously provided refreshments and entertainment.
At these events the com- munity joined together to say thank you and wish them continued success as they return to Italy.
It has been a pleasure to have worked with both Consul General Liborio Stellino and Dr. Carlo Cipollone. I person- ally wish them and their gracious families the best of everything in the future.
by Sal Giarratani
by Thomas M. Menino,
Mayor, City of Boston
No Regrets on Mosque Remarks
Apparently, our president better known at this address as “Our Fearless Leader” has no “re- grets” about his recent remarks concerning the so-called Ground Zero Mosque in Manhattan. I am confused, which remarks does he have no regrets over? Those he made the first day or the qualifying remarks made the following day? He should have regrets for both days. There’s nothing worse than a population trying to ride the middle. All I can picture is him sitting atop a fence trying to please all sides. All that you usually get are splinters up your you know what.
What Gives Here?
The Iman behind the so-called Ground Zero mosque project is being sent by the U.S. State Department on a Middle East religious outreach mission. Our government is sponsoring Iman Feisal Abdul Rauf’s visit to Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. State Dept. spokes- man P.J. Crowley, “We have a long-term rela- tionship with him. His work on tolerance and religious diversity is well-known, and he brings a moderate perspective to foreign audiences.” This will be the Iman’s third paid trip by our government for him.
He’s not allowed to raise funds for his contro- versial mosque in New York. The Obama ad
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Boston is a city known for its history, but we are also a city focused on growth and on becoming a leader in technology and innovation in the 21st century. As technology evolves and people and busi- ness increasingly rely on connecting electronically, it is a priority to provide access to this important technology to as many residents as possible. Boston has an excellent digital infrastructure and Boston Broadband offers wireless access in many areas of the city, from the Rose Kennedy Greenway to Grove Hall, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
This week, I was excited to announce that the City of Boston will use $1.9 mil- lion of American Recovery and Rein- vestment Act (ARRA) funding to further develop the Boston Broadband program. Thanks to the hard work of our Congres- sional leaders who recognized the importance of this funding for Boston, the city will now be able to provide over 18,000 people with internet access every week, equaling over a 40 percent increase across the city.
The Mildred Avenue Community Center in Roxbury was the first location this week to receive the upgrade, as decade-old computers were replaced with 15 brand-new state-of-the-art desk- tops featuring cutting edge software.
Local families and students will now be able to use the updated technology to gain basic work skills online, apply for jobs, study for the MCAS and access multimedia. These critical skills will help them move forward and succeed in an increasingly digital world and give them an edge in a competitive job market. This is just the first example of what the rest of the sites and neigh- borhoods will soon benefit from.
With this funding, the Boston Broad- band program will provide 627 new computers and job training software for the public at 48 computing centers located in public housing developments, community centers and libraries across the city, with installation to be completed by early 2011. When com- plete, nearly 18,000 people a week will be able to access broadband internet as well as updated, state-of-the-art equipment and software designed for various subject matters and to meet the needs of residents of all ages. This innovative, multi-agency effort across city agencies demonstrates a great use of federal stimulus money to benefit neighborhoods all across the city, from Hyde Park to East Boston.
From federal grants to a proposal for
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