The LuLac Edition #492, June 6th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: OUR 1968 LOGO, A TRIBUTE SIGN TO PATRIOT JEFF DEPRIMO AND THE LATE SENATOR ROBERT F. KENNEDY.
On this day, forty years ago, Senator Robert Kennedy died from injuries suffered from an assassination. From You Tube: a tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN_Kw9e228I&feature=related.
The recent death of 1LT Jeffrey Deprimo of Pittston stirred many emotions in this area. Here is a letter from a good friend and loyal LuLac reader:
As I watched Wednesday's funeral services for 1LT Jeffery Deprimo, I had the privilege of seeing a fallen comrade's final tribute. I commend all the servicemen and women who participated. They conducted themselves with both pride and compassion and upheld the finest traditions of the armed services.
I commend the honor guards, particularly the Patriot motorcycle group, The pallbearers, firing detail, bugler and general officers who presented The American Flags and distinguished awards to his family members. I also commend the police, fire and emergency personnel who paid their respects in a most fitting manner as well. I extend my deepest appreciation and most sincere condolences to the family of 1LT Deprimo, for allowing the military and veterans organization to give a fallen comrade his well deserved final tribute. As Chaplain Etter so eloquently said in his thoughtful and moving eulogy, in the spirit of "never leaving a fallen comrade behind", the entire Greater Pittston community brought 1LT Deprimo home and honored him in the manner befitting the sacrifice he made for us all. I am so proud to have been a prior member of the Army National Guard in West Pittston. The young men and women of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard make me proud to be an American and I commend them on a job well done. God bless them all.
SFC (RET) Bruce Prandy
You have to love the clandestine trail Campaign 2008 took. Like two lovers (?) meeting after dark, Senators Clinton and Obama met at a secure location brokered by a friend. Hell, it was even at a friend’s house. Being familiar with all the nuances of philandering in a past life, I had to chuckle at the way Obama eluded the national press (leaving a sexy but sputtering Candy Kroley parsing words like Bill Clinton: “well it was a house, just not Senator Clinton’s house!”) and imaging Hillary waiting in the drawing room for her beau. Host Dianne Feinstein offered water (LBJ and Truman must be rolling over in their graves, whatever happen to bourbon and branch water???) as she discreetly went upstairs to let “the kids” have the parlor. When it was over, “Mom” Feinstein came down the steps after the assignation. Afterwards, like a true gentleman and lady, nary a word was said.
One of our posters has tipped us off that Chuckie Costanzo, former vendor the GOP Commissioners regime is out on bail for threatening witnesses. This case has all the potential to put a light on the matters of financial interest in Lackawanna County government from 2003 to 2007. In addition to accusations that he extorted $300,000 from a Clarks Summit company, Costanzo is accused of stealing more than $407,000 from the workers’ compensation fund by paying himself more than his contract allowed. Investigators relied in part on cooperation from 36-year-old Marc Boriosi to make their case against Mr. Costanzo. Mr. Boriosi told investigators that Mr. Costanzo paid his firm, Endless Mountains Inc., more than $313,000 between April 2004 and September 2007 for investigating workers’ compensation claims. He also said he did not have an investigator’s license and did almost nothing to earn the money. In all, Mr. Costanzo was indicted in two separate cases for charges including conspiracy, fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and filing false tax returns. In February, Mr. Boriosi pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion. He might testify at Mr. Costanzo’s trial, slated to begin June 16. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Boriosi said he was eating breakfast with his parents when Costanzo threatened him. Not too bright in front of witnesses but this is not the first time Costanzo has flew off the handle in public. Last year The Times Tribnue ran a video of Chuckie outside a Washo-O’Brien rally.
On June 6th, Senator Robert Kennedy dies f0from his injuries suffered at the hands of an assassin’s bullet….Kennedy’s funeral takes place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City followed by a funeral train that travels from New York to Washington, D.C. on Saturday the 8th of June. Two people are killed in Elizabeth, New Jersey as the train traveled through…Statewide Senators Joseph Clark and Hugh Scott issued a bi partisan statement expressing mourning.In Luzerne County and Lackawanna County, Commissioners issued statements on the passing of the Senator…in Wilkes Barre city the school district offices were moved from North Washington Street to South Main Street….in Pittston at St. John the Baptist Grade School, prospective graduates were feted with a dinner at Fox Hill Country Club on Sunday June 9th. A moment of silence was held for the late Senator. (Earlier in the week, a distraught Marie Ferrick, 7th grade class educator and first lay teacher at the grade school lamented the passing of Kennedy referring to it as a tragic repeat of JFK’s killing)….Class President David Yonki gave the keynote address while pastor Joseph Super passed out class awards….and this week in LuLac land, the number one song was Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s In Love With You”. From You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqmhXmTsCPw