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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 27, 2010

The Bilingual Corner

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

by

Orazio

Buttafuoco

LO SAPEVATE CHE …

Alcuni mesi fa, l’ex Premier italiano Romano Prodi, ex Presidente della Commissione europea (governo) ed al presente Professore alla Brown University, R.I., ha tenuto una conferenza alla prestigiosa Princeton University, alla Harold Elm auditorium gremito di professori e di studenti principalmente. Il tema era: “Il Ruolo dell’Europa in un Mondo Multilaterale”. Prodi ha illustrato, con orgoglio, i passi fondamentali che hanno portato alla costruzione dell’Unione Europea ed alla sua espansione negli ultimi anni.

Prodi ha definito i progressi dell’Unione Europea come un innovativo ‘laboratorio politico’, avendo osservato la trasformazione dei Paesi componenti l’Unione come un enorme cambiamento per tutti I Paesi aderenti. Il Prof. Prodi ha poi affermato che l’allargamento dell’Unione verso i Paesi dell’Europa orientale , criticato all’inizio, e’ stato poi accettato come necessaario per la stabilita’ dell’Europa stessa.

I Paesi che si sono uniti all’Unione, anche se meno competitivi a livello economico ed istituzionale, hanno registrato una crescita dopo il loro ingresso, dovuto soprattutto alle sfide, anche culturali e sociali. Prodi ha poi osservato che in base al processo decisionale vigente in Europa, le decisioni vengono prese all’unanimita’. In tal modo, se un Paese si astiene, o vota “no,” una decisione non si puo’ prendere, quindi puo’ bloccare tutto. Ha poi spiegato che questo modo di procedere non e’ di certo democrazia; il vincolo all’unanimita’ non permette di fare alcunche’, e quindi non si va avanti!

Prodi ha risposto ad interesanti domande, specialmente una che riguarda la evoluzione dell’Unuione verso la formazione di una grande nazione, anche se le differenze economiche, sociali, culturali e politiche variano da nazione a nazione. Per chiudere, la sfida che ha spinto le grandi nazioni europee a creare l’Unione e’ stato il bisogno di scambiarsi le risorse ed essere competitive. A differenza degli Stati Uniti, Russia e Cina che non lo sono! DID YOU KNOW THAT …

“THE TOWN” IS BUILT ON HOLLYWOOD

STEREOTYPES I recently viewed the movie trailer for Ben Affleck’s “The Town” which was filmed on location in both Boston and Charles- town where the movie re- volves around the North End next door. There’s one scene in the movie of a bank on Salem Street being robbed by guys from Charlestown dressed up as nuns. There’s another scene where law enforcement officials are talking about Charlestown as a one-square-mile that breeds bank robbers. Then, there’s a scene where a Charlestown bank robber covers his face but wears a “Charlestown” jacket to the robbery which has his name embodied on the sleeve.

This movie as seen from the trailer is trailer trash to me. Once again the piranhas in Hollywood look to make Boston a collection of dys- functional neighborhoods inhabited by brain dead hoods.

How many more movies are to be produced about the North End and gangsters and Charlestown’s bank robbers? We’ve already had more than enough, haven’t we?

SOUTH BOSTON ITALIAN PRIDE This past Wednesday evening, South Boston was the scene of South Boston Italian Pride at the M Street Park. Entertaining the folks were Ray Cavicchio Orchestra and vocalist Sharon Z who was a recent hit at the St. Joseph Feast in the North End. Folks for- get that nearly one out of five inhabitants is Italian American. SANTARPIO’S NITE ON 96.9

I love listening to the Michele McPhee show on 96.9 FM weeknights. On Friday the 13th she had the Santarpio family on the air talking about; you guessed it, Santarpio’s and their new restaurant soon to be opened up in Peabody. Michele seems so East Boston on the air probably because she is East Boston. At one point during the show, I think she dedicated Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “My Way” to Frank Santarpio for the way he handles business at the best pizza place in Eastie. Michele even made note to say that when it comes to all the political hijinks in Massachusetts, you can al- ways take the stuff between with a pizza at Santarpio’s.

BOSTON GLOBE COVERED

FISHERMAN’S FEAST QUITE WELL Kudos to the Boston Globe for its coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Fisher- man’s Feast which honors the Madonna del Soccorso. My grandparents came from Sciacca and I know the devotion of those whose roots go back to Sciacca. On Fri- day, August 13 the Boston Globe ran a super-sized color photo of the procession headed to the waterfront the night before. On Monday, August 16, the Globe ran another color photo and story about why people belong to the Fisherman’s Club. Viva La Madonna, Viva La Madonna, Viva La Madonna.

BABY BOOMER MUSIC AT KOWLOON Both Terry Sylvester and Deny Lanie will be appear- ing at Kowloon’s up on Route 1 come October 1st. Terry will be performing hits from The Hollies like “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother.” Meanwhile, Denny is the former guitar man and lead singer for The Moody Blues and co-founder with Paul McCartney of “Wings.” For more details call 781-233- 0077.

A few months ago Romano Prodi, former Italian Premier, former President of the European Commission (the ruling Body), and presently a professor at Brown University, RI, delivered a lecture at the prestigious Princeton University, at the Harold Elm Auditorium, packed solidly with profes- sors, but mainly students. The theme was: “The Role of Europe in a Multilateral World.”

Prodi described proudly the basic steps that led to the establishment of the European Union and to its subsequent expansion over the last year. Prodi illustrated the Euro- pean Union’s progress as an innovative “political labora- tory” after observing the transformation of the European countries as a huge change within all member countries. Professor Prodi then added that the Union’s expansion toward East Europe, the object of an earlier criticism, was later endorsed as a necessary move for the stability of all of Europe. The Nations that have joined the Union recently, although less competitive, both economically and institu- tionally, have recorded a growth after their move, due mainly to cultural and social challenges. Prodi then observed that the decision-making process within the Union requires that any decision be unanimous. Because of that, if a Nation abstains from voting or votes “no,” everything stops. Prodi added that this kind of decision-making is “undemocratic!” The “unanimous” clause doesn’t allow to go any further, thus everything comes to a stop.

At the end Prodi answered many intriguing questions from the large audience, particularly one that concerned the Union’s evolution toward the creation of a great European Nation, even though economic, social, cultural and political differences vary from one Nation to another.

In closing, the challenge that brought together the large European Nations to form the Union was the need to exchange their resources and be competitive. Unlike the U.S., Russia and China!

Res Publica (Continued from Page 2)

nor and Democratic super- majorities in both chambers of the legislature, the Demo- crats still can’t get legisla- tion through that will help create new jobs. They even manage to kill off the jobs we do have here in

David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston’s Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End.

Boston, Revere, and other communities.

The Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent fraud and deception. Call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or log on to www.ftc.gov.

News Briefs (Continued from Page 1)

ministration has no posi- tion on the mosque and calls it a local issue. I guess we know why the Ground Zero mosque is getting the fast track, huh?

Democrats in Trouble Over Jobs Issue According to a front page August 12 Wall Street Journal report, the Democrats find themselves in deep political trouble as they head toward the mid-term elections over the issue of jobs. The news report speaks of a Michelle Rena Jones from south- central Michigan who voted for Obama in 2008 and now she is rethinking her life-

tance to survive.

Now she says she willing to either take “a chance on something different” or not vote at all. According to the Wall Street Journal, this woman “is part of an unmea- sured, agitated mass: unem- ployed Americans who don’t believe the Obama adminis- tration and Congress have done enough to produce jobs.”

America used to be the land of hope and opportunity but right now there is a growing part of the Ameri- can people who are losing hope at finding job oppor-

tunities.

This

national

long support of the Demo- cratic Party. She’s been jobless for nearly two years, her house was foreclosed and she lost her car. Today, she receives state assis-

LEGAL NOTICE

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI10P3844EA

In the Estate of CHRISSOULA MARINA GRIFFITH Late of AYER, MA 01432 Date of Death September 5, 2009

NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that RICHARD E HEIFETZ of Boston, MA or some other suit- able person be appointed administrator of said estate to serve With Personal Surety.

IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON October 18, 2010.

LEGAL NOTICE

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI10P2854EA

In the Estate of JANE KATHERINE BEAVER Late of STONEHAM, MA 02180 Date of Death October 17, 2009

NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been pre- sented requesting that a document purport- ing to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that KATHERINE ANN BEAVER of Stoneham, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety.

IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2010.

In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within thirty (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16.

WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court.

WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court.

Date: August 18, 2010

Date: August 17, 2010

Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 8/27/10

Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 8/27/10

unease does not bode well for Democrats trying to hold their majorities in both the Houses and Senate.

On the very same day as that story in the Wall Street Journal, Michele Yulo from Tucker, Georgia has a letter to the editor printed in the NY Times in which the writer states, “I was laid off in September 2008 and will reach 99 weeks without work very soon and can at- test to the sense of hopeless- ness and underlying feelings of rejection that comes along with long-term effects of unemployment.”

LEGAL NOTICE

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI10P3711EA

In the Estate of LUCY R. SERINO Late of WATERTOWN, MA 02472 Date of Death July 22, 2010

NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been pre- sented requesting that a document purport- ing to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that JOHN G. SERINO of Belmont, MA and ROBERT B. SERINO of Silver Spring, MD be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety.

IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2010.

In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within thirty (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16.

WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court.

Date: August 23, 2010

Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 8/27/10

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