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Come-from-behind Victory Like a “Rocky” Movie
by Sal Giarratani
“The stakes have never been higher. We
ObamaCare is now on the danger list. The
need your help and support. It’s up to us.”
people have spoken here in the Cradle of
— Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Boston Herald,
Liberty. The shot heard ‘round the world was
January 19. That’s what former US Senafired in Lexington back in 1775 by a bunch
tor Edward M. Kennedy’s widow told voters
of rebels holding pitchforks. Today, in 2010,
at a recent campaign stop in Framingham.
the shot heard ‘round the nation was fired
I agreed with that very sentiment since the
again as the people struck a blow from libDecember primaries. The stakes have
erty again.
never been higher. Both state and national
Scott Brown ran because the people,
Democrats thought they had the election
not the special interests needed a voice.
wrapped up back in December. The script
Scott Brown on the campaign trail summed
was written. Everything seemed in place.
it all up saying, “I’m alarmed that our
US Senator Paul Kirk was in Washington
nation’s spending and debt has risen along
in case of an emergency. It was assumed
with unemployment. I want to stop terrorhe would hand off to another Democrat
ists who are plotting to strike our country
after January 19. However, something hapagain. And while I believe every American
pened along the way. The people woke
deserves health insurance, I do not think
up and looked around and didn’t like
we should plunge ahead with a healthcare
what they were seeing and hearing.
bill that will raise taxes, increase spendDemocrats continued to blame radical
ing and lower the quality of care. I’d like
right-wingers who fostered hate. Coakley Newly Elected Massachusetts United States Senator, to see us start over and take our time to do
herself blamed bullying Brown backers Scott Brown on the campaign trail in Boston’s North End. it right.” That was his message since
(Photo by Sal Giarratani) day one of the campaign. In response all
for negative attacks. In the last few
days both former President Bill Clinton
Coakley could say was that, “Not only is
came to town and then President Barack Obama himself.
Scott Brown a roadblock to progress, he wants to go back to the failed poliWhen the votes were counted, liberal Democrats got a big dose of politi- cies of ... Bush-Cheney.” Voters listened to both of these candi-dates and
cal reality.
wanted an independent voice to change business as usual in Washington.
Republican Scott Brown won and will be the first Massachusetts
Massachusetts is once again the one and only state” to save America
Republican elected to the US Senate since Ed Brooke did it last in from the likes of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the Obama White House.
1972. The bluest of Blue states also sent a message to the Nation’s Capitol They saw victory snatched from their hands by an uprising of the Ameriabout ObamaCare. Democrats on Capitol Hill were about to ram the can people. We are the original tea party people and we still hate bad tea.
healthcare overhaul down our throats but now with Brown’s victory, it’s
Today, the new Paul Reveres are riding and chanting, “The backlash is
back to the future again. The script is old and it is time for a re-write. The coming, the backlash is coming.” As Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can
results were clear (Scott Brown 52%, Martha Coakley 47% and Joseph fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time
L. Kennedy 1%). This victory was like the combination of every “Rocky” but you can’t fool all the people all of the time.” This was the true meaning
movie ever produced and like the 1967 Impossible Dream season of January 19, 2010.
ending without a loss in Game 7 over Bob Gibson and like the crumbling
Now, it is time for Scott Brown to fill up the tank of his pick-up truck and
down of the Berlin Wall under President Ronald Reagan’s watch.
head for the parking lot at the US Senate to begin work.
News Briefs
Mayor’s Column
by Sal Giarratani
by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston
St. Joseph’s 2010 Party
Huge Success
The Saint Joseph Society held a 2010 party
on Saturday evening, January 9 at the Charter Street Club. The food was catered by Lucia’s
Ristorante on Hanover Street. What a feast and
great way to start a new decade. This looks like
a new Society tradition in the making and
before you know it, the Society’s annual March
banquet will be here.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
I often listen to the great music on 740am
WJIB and many times, Bob plays that old tune,
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” but it really is cold
outside. I worked overtime the other night.
The temperature fell to about 10 degrees. It
could have been 12 or, maybe, 15 but it was
cold no matter how you sliced it. I envy my
nephew who relocated southwest to Austin,
Texas where January is very mild as is all
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We paused earlier this week to honor
the life and legacy of one of America’s
greatest civil rights leaders — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s message
of justice and equality is still as relevant
today as it was during the civil rights
movement, and his commitment to service is a powerful reminder that we can
all do our part to improve the lives of
others. In a city rich with history, I’m
proud that Dr. King’s personal history is
rooted here in Boston.
On Monday, I joined hundreds of community members for the 40 th Annual
Martin Luther King Day Breakfast at the
Hynes Convention Center. The celebration of his life and work continued at
Faneuil Hall during a tribute that featured musical selections by the Boston
Youth Symphony Orchestra complemented by readings from several of
Dr. King’s works that were provided by
the Museum of African American History. The events brought community
members of all ages and backgrounds
together to reflect on the immense contributions of one of Boston’s proudest
Dr. King’s philosophy lives on as an inspiration for generations of Americans,
as his story shows us that ordinary
people have the power to change our
world. In keeping with this spirit, the
City of Boston partnered with Boston
Cares to host “A Day ON, not a Day OFF,”
a day of service and reflection that
brought over 1,000 people together at
the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center to participate in a variety of service
projects during the holiday. Volunteers
had the opportunity to choose from
projects that included writing letters to
soldiers, making fleece blankets,
scarves, dental care kits, flash cards for
Boston Public School students, bookmarks, recess booklets, and even cat
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Res Publica
by David Trumbull
Boston by the Numbers
by David Trumbull
During past issues we
examined briefly the history
of the Roman Empire as well
as the early Christian, Romanesque, and Byzantine
periods which followed. We
also discussed the great
Gothic era and the development of its beautiful stained
glass. We now focus upon
the Renaissance, the last of
the great historical periods
in Europe.
Dictionaries define renaissance as a rebirth or a
revival. The Renaissance in
Europe is defined as a revival or a period of renewed
interest in the art and literature which flourished during the earlier Roman and
Greek (classical) cultures.
We are told that this renewed interest started during the time of the crusades.
We remember the crusades
as the series of military
expeditions undertaken by
the Christians, for the purpose of liberating the Holy
Land from the Moslems.
The only practical way for
these crusading armies to
get from Europe to the Holy
Land was to travel on foot to
the sea ports of Greece or
Italy, and then cross the
Mediterranean by boat.
During the land portion of
these expeditions, the crusaders became exposed to
the remnants of the ancient
Greek and Roman civilizations, and this renewed interest is one of the major
factors that caused the birth
of the historical period
which we now refer to as the
This Renaissance period is
said to have begun in the fifteenth century when Filippo
Brunelleschi submitted the
winning design for a Renaissance dome on the Gothic
Cathedral of Florence, Italy.
Most of the other construction which followed throughout Europe continues to
reflect the Renaissance influence. These later structures are St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Doge’s
Palace in Venice, the Victor
Emanuele Monument, Saint
Peter’s Basilica in Rome,
the National Capitol in
Washington, D.C., most of
the older U.S. government
buildings, the Boston Public
Library, the Copley Plaza
Hotel in Boston, and most of
the older public libraries and
city halls in the USA, to
name a few.
Saint Peter’s Basilica is
said to be the most important building in the Italian
Renaissance period, and
this edifice will be the subject of next week’s issue.
The Basilica of St. Peter
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
by Sal Giarratani
Parishioners in vigil at Our Lady of Mount
Carmel will remember the people of Haiti
on Sunday, January 24th’s prayer service at
10:00 AM.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a Haitian
following. The survivor group at the shuttered East Boston church thought it was only
right to stand in kinship with the suffering
that took place following the devastating
The usual collection will be donated to the
East Boston relief efforts. All monies will be
donated so that more fresh water can be
sent over to the people of Haiti.
Every 10 days a tanker sails from East
Boston to Haiti. A ship will leave on January 24th out of the Marginal Street shipyard
that will carry much needed bottled water
to Haiti. The ship which arrives monthly
and carries “clunker” cars and trucks to
Haiti will this time be filled with as much
water as they can get in the vehicles. The
ship will be accepting bottled water. Contact the shipyard manager Dan Noonan at
617-567-6800 or [email protected]
Many of the East Boston restaurants have
already agreed to bring some water down to
the ship yard.
The prayer service once again will be
held on Sunday, January 24th for the struggling people of Haiti. Service starts at
10AM. Please show your support by either
donating or joining the Mount Carmel,
128 Gove Street, East Boston in prayer.
I ran around like crazy on
Election Day getting poll
watchers for as many as
possible of the 160 polls in
Boston, just in case it was
so close that there would be
legal challenges. Never before was I so happy to have
worked so hard on something that turned out to be
so unnecessary! Brown’s victory margin is such that
there can be no challenges!
Overall Scott Brown got
30% of the vote in Boston
while winning statewide.
Now with unofficial results
in from all 254 precincts we
know that Brown did very
well in some neighborhoods.
Here in Boston’s “Little
Italy,” the North End, which
accounted for 2.5% of all the
votes cast this past Tuesday,
Brown got 47.8% of the vote
and won in one of the four
North End precincts.
Across the water in
Charlestown Brown did
slightly better, 48.1% of the
vote in that neighbor which
includes Bunker Hill and
accounts for 3.9% of the total votes. Brown got the majority in two of the seven precincts where the “Townies”
Brown won in Ward 6, with
55.1% and Ward 7 with
51.4%. Combined those ward
accounted for 8.3% of all
votes cast in Boston. He
won the neighborhood of
South Boston (Ward 6 plus
4 precincts in Ward 7) by
55.1%. South Boston accounted for 4.5% of all votes
cast in Boston.
West Roxbury (15 of the
20 precincts in Ward 20) tied
at 49-and-a-half for each
candidate. West Roxbury
accounted for 8.1% of the
City vote total.
Ward 16 is sometimes considered a “bellwether district” that tends to vote as
does the Commonwealth.
While Brown got 43.7% overall in that Dorchester ward,
he did very well in the eastern and southern precincts,
those bordering or near to
Quincy, winning three large
precincts by good-sized margins. Ward 16 accounted for
4.7% of the total votes in the
They are calling it the
“Scott Heard ‘Round the
World” and for the last few
days all eyes have been on
Massachusetts. Thank you!
to all of you — and there
were many — who worked
here in Boston on the Brown
campaign. And thank you to
all the Republican voters 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.
by Judean Langone
The Most Powerful and Precious Energy is Spiritual.
Letter to the Editor ...
Dear Editor,
Last summer we attended
a family wedding in Nova
Scotia and had the pleasure
of sitting with Fr. Tom
Hagan, who officiated the
marriage ceremony. Fr. Tom
was at Lafayette University
for awhile, but about twenty
years ago took a trip to
Haiti. He was so overcome
by what he witnessed. He
decided to live there to see
what he could do to help out.
He started a school there
as well as an organization called Hands Together.
Their website address is
www.Handstogether.org. He
actually has become very
well known in Haiti because
of his work mediating between organized gangs and
the poor people. He has since
started a school, clinic and
food pantry. Much of it was
destroyed two days ago and
some of his helpers and
staffers perished. The people
of Haiti need help now.
Certified Public Accountant
We do not usually ask for
money ... until now. One dollar, five dollars or whatever
you decide will go a long
way. Before you send anything, we suggest that you
go on the Hands Together
website first. You can send
any amount to Hands
Together, P.O. Box 80985,
Springfield, Massachusetts
There are tax deduction
forms right on the website.
We hope that you can help.
By the way, Fr. Tom is safe.
Tom and Ellen Zappala
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Friday, January 22, 2010
by Edward P. Shallow
GOP House leader John Boehner blasted AG Eric
Holder’s decision to move Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
from Guantanamo to New York City as one “that placed
the interests of liberals before the safety and security
of the American people.” I take it a step further. I am
convinced the real objective of Holder and Obama is to
put the American government and former President
George Bush on trial.
Liberals are determined to reveal all the coercive
methods the Bush administration used to extract the
information necessary to curtail further attacks on the
homeland. Obama will once again feel obligated to apologize to his friends in Europe.
Mohammed conceived, planned, and launched the attacks that killed thousands of American citizens in a
war that he and other terrorists declared. He is an
avowed enemy of the United States. The criminal justice system is not the proper place to determine his
fate. Our criminal courts provide protection to our citizens that should not be provided to a terrorist, and may
actually damage national security.
What could be more harmful to our national security
will be the effect a civilian trial of Mohammed will have
on the future conduct of intelligence officers and military personnel. Will they have to secure the “crime
scene” under battlefield conditions? Will they have to
gather evidence and secure its chain of custody for
transport all the way back to New York? All of this while
intelligence officers and soldiers operate in a war zone,
trying to stay alive, and working to complete their mission and get out without casualties.
The Obama administration has rejected the tool
designed to solve this tension between civilian trials
and the demands of intelligence and military operations. In 2001, President George Bush established military commissions, which have a long history that
includes World War II, the Civil War and the Revolutionary War … The lawyers in the Bush administration understood that military commissions could
guarantee a fair trial while protecting national security secrets from excessive exposure.
The Supreme Court has upheld the use of commissions for war crimes. Congress approved these procedures in 2005 and 2009.
Consider that Mohammed was captured in a lightening raid in Pakistan. The intelligence that led to that
capture has been the subject of a number of reports.
However, Al-Qaeda would love to know for sure where
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March 22, 1965 – January 18, 2010
Steven P. Tauro of East
Boston, Massachusetts
passed away on January
18, 2010. He is the loving
son of Benito and Debora
Tauro of East Boston.
Loving father of Steven
and Matthew Tauro. Dear
brother of Mark and wife
Mina Tauro of Westwood,
Paul and wife Diana Tauro
of Melrose, Daniel and
wife Lena Tauro of
Stoneham, and Linda and
husband Michael Scarpa
of Melrose. Loving
grandson of Giovanna
Colarossi of East Boston. Steven is also survived
by many dear nieces and nephews.
He was a life long resident of East Boston and
a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School
in Boston.
Steven will always be fondly remembered by
his family and friends and to everyone whose
lives he touched. He could make anyone laugh
with his sense of humor and
charming ways. He was always
the first to lend a hand, whether
it be at a family gathering or
community event. Steven was
always there for everyone he
met, his infectious smile would
brighten up the room. He
respected and valued his family
and enjoyed spending time with
them, especially with his two
sons, Steven and Matthew.
Funeral arrangements
handled by Mark A. Tauro.
Visiting hours will be
held at Our Lady of Mount
Carmel Church on Friday,
January 22, 2010 from 3:00-8:00 PM.
Funeral will be on Saturday, January 23,
2010 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church,
128 Gove Street, East Boston at 10:00 AM.
Donations can be made to the Steven and
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MA 02180. For more information please visit
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Internationally-acclaimed Duo
Vittorio Ghielmi & Luca Pianca Perform
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The Boston Early Music Festival will
present internationally-acclaimed duo
Vittorio Ghielmi, viola da gamba, and Luca
Pianca, lute, on Friday, February 26, 2010
at 8pm at First Church of Cambridge, Congregational (11 Garden Street in Harvard
Square, Cambridge, MA) in a performance
entitled The Golden Age of the Viola da
Gamba and the Lute: Works by Marais,
Gallot, Forqueray, S. L. Weiss, and Lidl.
A free pre-concert talk with the artists will
be offered at 7pm. Tickets and information
are available at WWW.BEMF.ORG or by calling 617-661-1812.
Each an accomplished soloist in his own
right, award-winning viola da gambist
Vittorio Ghielmi, and Il Giardino Armonico
founder Luca Pianca, lute, have toured the
world performing the extensive, but littleknown repertoire for lute and viola da
gamba. Their most recent CD, “Bagpipes
from Hell,” explores the rustic side of the
repertoire alongside more refined works by
Marais, Gallot, Forqueray, S. L. Weiss, Abel,
and Lidl, and provides the basis for their
BEMF debut performance. Early Music
America hails the duo’s “beautiful tone and
expressivity,” commenting that “when the
two play together they create a very rich
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Financially Speaking
with Ben Doherty
by Sal Giarratani
Everyone Deserves a Lifetime
U.S. stocks had their worst
decline of the year as the
first week of earnings season failed to live up to its
investors lofty expectations.
JP Morgan Chase showed
the company is still struggling adding to evidence that
the U.S. consumer is too far
from a recovery. The Dow
Jones fell dropping 100.90
points or .9%, its biggest
decline of the New Year.
After a 62% stock market
rally since March, investors
came into the 4 th quarter
earnings season with high
expectations. Revenue forecast had been rising since
the summer and analysts
were forecasting the first
gain in earnings for companies in the S&P500 stock
index since the 2 nd quarter
of 2007. To have two marquee names like JP Morgan
and Intel release their losses
as did Bank of America is
a very bad sign suggesting
that a broader correction
may be in store. The S&P500
fell 1.1% with all of its section falling, led by a 2% pull
back in financials. The U.S.
dollar gained against the
euro and U.S. Treasury debt
edged higher. The 10 year
note rose 16/32 to yield
3.682% and crude oil prices
dropped for five straight
days amidst worries that
the weak U.S. economy may
keep a lid on demand. Oil
prices dropped below $78/bll.
This week brings a wave of
reports, IBM, Citigroup, CSX
and Starbucks follow on
Hershey plans to bid $179
billion next week for Cadbury
after concluding that it has
the financial clout to top
Kraft Foods $172 billion offer
said people familiar with the
matter. Last week Hershey
was putting a bid together
that could kick off a bidding
war not seen since 2008. It
now has a loan of $10 billion
from banks and $5 billion in
new Hershey shares and
$3 billion from private investors and the Hershey Trust,
to equal 800 pence compared
to 700 pence by Kraft. Cadbury shares currently trade
@ 794 pence. The offering is
now 75-80% likely, said a
person familiar with the
matter. The company and
the trust declined to comment. A spokesman for Kraft
said, “We continue to believe
that our offer presents the
best value and upside potential for Cadbury shareholders. Hershey’s bid has
gained momentum in recent
days, but would not bid if
Kraft raised their price to
800 pence or more. Kraft has
until the end of January to
make its final offer. Hershey
would then have a deadline
to make its approach to be
set by the takeover panel.
GM appointed a new team
to lead Opel, a stakeout
aimed at turning around the
European car maker and it
lent the unit $1 billion. GM
is aimed to present a plan
taken this month. GM lent
Opel $900 million in November. Angela Merkel’s government won’t commit state aid
to Opel’s restructuring unless they are convinced GM
has a sound plan. Mr. Reilly
will step down from Opel’s
advisory board and is replaced by Mr. Girsky, who will
continue to get $200,000
yearly as a GM director besides getting reimbursed for
living expenses and traveling costs. He will also get
$75,000 per month in stock
for his additional role as advisor to the GM’s CEO.
Most economists expected
Q4 growth of 85,000 jobs and
job growth to resume in Q1,
the optimism index shot up
5.1%, the first upbeat reading since September. Still
the sub 50 reading indicates
pessimism, and unemployment should stay subnormally high. Most economists
expect jobs to come in mid
2010. Confidence is weakest
in the midwest, hard hit by
the auto industry and manufacturing overall. An index of
small business job growth,
usually the main driver of
job growth continues to shed
jobs, but at a slower pace a
recent survey showed. The
job growth will not be fast
enough to dramatically reduce the unemployment
rate, and credit remains
tight. In an IBD/TIPP telephone poll of 923 adults from
January 4-9th, the index was
more upbeat to 41.3%. President Obama’s rating was
50.8% down from 71% when
he took office in February.
It’s time to call your
financial advisor or call
me 617-261-7777.
by Sal Giarratani
Republican Sean Duffy is
a young 38-year-old district
attorney from northern
Wisconsin. He’s talking
fiscal responsibility, creating jobs and dealing with
growing entitlements. He
attacks the idea of higher
taxes and opposes ObamaCare. Says the Wall Street
Journal, “He’s Facebooking
and Twittering. He comes
across as a serious yet
positive reformer, a combo
that has caught the public’s
He’s taking on a liberal
Democratic icon in David
Obey who chairs the House
Appropriations Committee.
Obey has also been the congressman for Wisconsin’s 7th
district since before Duffy
was born.
Duffy is getting campaign
traction as many voters
are getting angry with
the Democratic spending
agenda. He says, “I’m running because this is the
fight of my generation ... our
fight is becoming one for
the principles of free markets and against creeping
socialism.” Duffy wants to
rebrand the Republican effort by warning against
continued spending, im-
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Duffy could very well be the
prototype for a new Republican which is FOR something
rather than just opposed to
something else. It is about
what you are for rather than
what you’re against that
should really matter. Am I
right or what?
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be
adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now
and forever. Sacred Heart of
Jesus pray for us. St. Jude,
worker of miracles, pray for us.
St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
pray for us.
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May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be
adored, glorified, loved and preserved
throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for
us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray
for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless,
pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving
protector and wonder worker, pray
for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day
and by the 8th day your prayer will be
answered. It has never been known to
fail. Publication must be promised.
My prayers have been answered.
Favor received.
I’ve been hearing a new
radio commercial about
breast cancer awareness.
The ad’s got a slogan that
goes, “Everyone deserves a
lifetime.” What’s a lifetime?
Living to reaching 90 years
old? Living to being the oldest person in your family’s
generation? All we have is
time. Our time can be long
or short. My father retired
and had only five healthy
retirement years. My cousin
died at age 14 years old from
cancer. An uncle died from
the same disease at 38 years
old. Deserving a lifetime? Of
We all think about our
mortality every New Year’s
Eve. At least I do, as I think
of birth every Christmas.
However, the real unknown
is what happens between
Christmas and New Year’s
Eve and I’m not talking about
one week’s time but the lifetime itself.
A friend of mine and coworker is about 13 months
older than me. Several years
ago, he wrote a commentary
for the Patriot Ledger down in
Quincy entitled, “Soldier recalls Christmas spent under
fire in Vietnam.” As my
friend Bob Brack wrote in
that newspaper piece, “Twas
the night before Christmas
1967, no chance of snow, the
temperature was a balmy 86
degrees, with occasional
warmer breezes. We were
under a “blackout” procedure, which mean no open
lights. We really didn’t need
any, since the night horizon
was often ablaze with parachute flares, illuminating
the “no-mans land” between
our peremeter and the treeline.” That’s how a young Bob
Brack remembered that long
ago Christmas fighting to
stay alive in the jungles of
Nam. He remembered listening to Christmas music
and sweating in 100 degrees
in the shade. He thought
about home and his family
and the life he took so often
for granted. Then, Vietnam
happened again. Someone
yelled “incoming” and everyone went down in their bunkers. A mortar landed nearby. Before he could move, he
heard a terrible boom and a
blast of gasoline. Dirt and
shrapnel snuck through the
6-inch gunport openings. He
was drenched in gasoline
but never caught fire. This
time there were no deaths
only bleeding to stop.
To Brack, it seemed all
like a John Wayne movie,
only it wasn’t a movie. It
was part of his lifetime. Life
in Vietnam wasn’t exactly a
silent night. When he prayed,
all he asked was, “I’m 19
years old, help me get to 20.”
He did and much more.
Bob Brack’s lifetime survived that jungle war and
carried a better understanding of what his life really
For me, it was Christmas
1966. I was in the US Air
Force and 18 years old. I saw
Vietnam in my future too.
Then, I became sick after
Thanksgiving that year. After several trips to the base
hospital, I was told I had a
serious medical issue and
that I would be discharged.
As I flew out of Lackland
AFB in San Antonio, Texas,
I wondered if I would see my
19th birthday. I arrived home
three days before Christmas
thinking I had a serious
liver or kidney disease. It
turned out eventually that
I had neither, but on that
Christmas Day it seemed
like my lifetime was shutting down on me. It didn’t.
My medical issue was
quite treatable and with time
I moved on with my life knowing it wasn’t my time yet.
Today, in 2010, I am 61
years old and healthy in
body and mind. Bob Brack is
62 years old and equally
healthy like me. We both
learned a valuable lesson
about what a lifetime meant
to each of us.
This year, I appreciated
New Year’s Eve and the
beginning of the next year
of my lifetime as I am sure
Brack did likewise. He
dodged a visible enemy in
front of him. I dodged an invisible enemy within me.
Everyone deserves a lifetime but a lifetime is often
what we make of it and what
we do with it. I learned to
appreciate it and use it well.
Bob Brack did too. It is only
right that the two of us would
end up working together in
this part of our lifetime. Invest in your lifetime. You
only get one.
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As Its 2009 Man of the Year
Left to Right: Treasurer Giuseppe Lanzerotta, Past President Salvatore Pustizzi, Vice
President Andrea Costa, Martha (Peluso) Morello, President Joseph Morello and
Financial Secretary Victor Gabriello.
At their annual Christmas
Dinner Dance, the Augusta
Boston Club members honored their newly elected
president, Joseph E. Morello
with their distinguished
“Man of the Year Award”.
This award is presented
annually to a member who
has willingly devoted his
time and energy with dedication and pride for the betterment and success of the
Augusta Boston Club. In presenting the award, Vice
President Andrea Costa
stated “Since I approached
him way back in 2004 when
I was the president, and
asked him if he would join
the club, he hasn’t stopped
working. His dedication
to the club, his ability to
get things done, his approach to coordinate with
others, and his respect for
the rules of fairness has
been and is outstanding”.
Joseph has served on many
Augusta Club committees
such as cultural, festivities,
scholarship, Festa di San
Memorial Mass, nominat-
ing, Bocce, and many others.
The production of a yearly
Augusta Boston Club calendar became his pet project,
and with the assistance of
Recording Secretary Francesco Silvestro, it became a
reality in 2007. As president, he hopes to introduce
new programs that will help
the Augusta Club to become
more effective in its work of
preserving the customs and
traditions of their beloved
Augusta, Sicily.
Joseph Morello was born
and brought up in Boston’s
West End. The West End was
home to many immigrants
from Europe and especially
from Italy. Of the Italians
who settled there, a large
percentage came from the
wonderful city of Augusta,
Sicily. Forced from the West
End by the redevelopment
fiasco, the Morello family
moved to West Medford. Joseph met and married
Martha Peluso in 1962 and
settled in West Medford
where they raised three
children. A need for more
room and a desire to be
closer to Joseph’s work,
prompted the Morello family
to move to Tewksbury. As
the children grew and went
on their own, Joseph retired
and together with Martha
situated themselves in North
Chelmsford. Joseph now
found the time to become
involved with an organization close to his heart, a club
with roots to Augusta, Sicily,
the Augusta Boston Club.
Originally organized in
1936 as the Augusta Fraternal Associates, the club was
reorganized in 2002 as the
Augusta Boston Club. They
recently rewrote their Constitution to accept nonAugustanese as Associate
Members. Their social and
cultural goals remain the
same, the preservation of
customs and traditions, and
the recognition of individuals who are instrumental in
promoting these ideals. The
opportunity now presents
itself for those individuals
who so desire, to become involved with an exciting organization and become part of
something meaningful.
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Burlington Sons of Italy’s
Continuing Culture Series Presents
Ferdinando Argenti
The Burlington Lodge of
the Sons of Italy will proudly
present the masterly keyboarding and vocals of the
very talented Ferdinando
Argenti at the Burlington
Public Library on Wednesday evening, January 27 at
6:45 PM. This will be the
twenty-third meeting of the
Burlington Culture Series
celebrating all aspects of
the Italian and Italian-American culture. Monthly guest
speakers of particular expertise will continue through May
and into the fall. The search for discriminating and knowledgeable guest speakers continues unabated.
Mr. Argenti, accomplished jazz pianist, keyboardist,
vocalist and composer, a product of the University of Pisa,
the Berklee School of Music and the Boston Bel Canto
Opera, will offer a variety of his renditions of well known
Italian artists such as Sinatra, Bocelli, Pavarotti as well as
his own compositions. Mr. Argenti’s evening in Burlington
will shortly be followed with an evening of music on
February 20 where he will play and entertain at the
Crestview in Woburn in celebration of a Carnevale
Veneziano dinner/dance/entertainment. He is an exceptional young Italian musician who gives celebration of his
Italian heritage with his music.
This is a performance not to be missed! The January 27
performance is open to the public, free of charge. Refreshments to follow.
For Carnevale Veneziano tickets contact P. Moreno at
[email protected]
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Saint Sebastian
The Future is a Challenge
by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari
by Orazio Buttafuoco
As widely reported by the Italian Press, Mario Draghi, the
top officer of the Bank of Italy recently expressed some views
after thoroughly analyzing the national economic conditions.
The present conditions, albeit serious but not severe, do not
portent a positive outlook for the future. We all know how
Italy’s economy goes. It is largely based in the industrialized
Northern Regions, but not much elsewhere, especially in
the South. We must state that there are actually two-Italy’s
with a sharp distinction between the North and the South.
In the North, of course, the economy is always going quite
well, while in the South there is a lack of an industrial activity
on a large scale, as it is in the North while the South can
hardly stand on its own … feet! It is a situation that will
never change, unless the North’s political-economic solons
learn a fundamental economic lesson: let the “other Italy”,
the South, move forward using their own initiatives and at
their own pace. If they were allowed by the North’s “bosses”,
who act in flagrant violation of the very Italian Constitution,
to utilize their own resources, especially Sicily which never
got nothing of the many billions of euro from the petroleum
extraction, and refining, things would be a lot better in the
depressed south. No wonder Sicily is the political anomaly
in Italy: a land, rich in natural resources, especially petroleum and potassium salts, which has one of the highest
unemployment level not only in Italy but also in Europe. It is
nearly impossible to find opportunities, save many menial
jobs, where government’s support to start a business is
almost totally lacking, therefore a largely poor population.
Draghi himself recognizes a large lack of public confidence,
not surprisingly in the southern regions. He fervently hopes
that the government move ahead and do whatever necessary to change the general mood of the people by investing
in areas where the need is dire and the expectations very
high. The future of Italy, whether economic or educational,
could be more encouraging, if the “Godfathers” of Italian
politics would recognize that all Italians deserve to be treated
“equally”, especially those that produce the natural resources
that Italy needs. Social inequality ought to be a thing of
the past. Regretfully it is still the thing of the present. A
brief historical note is now necessary. In 1860 a group of
enthusiastic youngsters jubilantly proclaimed that Italy was
at last united, an astute “northern Italian”, Massimo
D’Azeglio, responded ominously: “Yes, Italy is now united.
Now comes the hard part: to unite the Italians”. It was a
great dream. As we daily see it is still a dream. The unification of the “peoples” in the peninsula, and in the islands, it
is still a dream. The “power grabbers” of the north have
always been, over the last 150 years, the stumbling block
to the road to equality. Inequality has made an area of
Italy, the north, very rich, but has contributed to perpetuate
the miserable conditions of the southern regions. How long
will this situation persist? Isn’t time to say “basta” and recreate the sense of social progress? The present “status quo”
is anti-social, anti-economic, and virtually criminal! Whenever people ask for help, the professional political bosses
look the other way. And then they start to “muse upon” the
Sicilian Mafia, the Neapolitan Camorra, the Calabrese
‘Ndrancheta, or Puglia’s Sacra Corona. What about the violent
“Red Brigades”, a pure northern product? Meanwhile, organized crime has now taken a new, “legalized’ ‘persona”:
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Saint Sebastian is a
charismatic saint of the
early Catholic Church.
According to his legend,
Sebastian was born at
Narbonne, Gaul. He entered the Roman army under Emperor Carinus in
283 in order to defend the
confessors and martyrs of
his day without drawing
St. Sebastian was named
a captain of the Praetorian
guards by the Roman Emperor Diocletian who was
unaware that Sebastian
was a Christian. We do
not know how or when
St. Sebastian became a
Christian, Tradition holds
that he converted other
soldiers and a governor,
during the period that he
served as a soldier in
Rome. His efforts kept the
Faith firm of Marcus and Marcellian, two
Christian captives, right up to the time of
their martyrdom. Eventually, the Emperor
came to hear of Saint Sebastian’s Christian faith, tradition relates that he was
handed over to the Mauretanian archers and
ordered to be tied to a post and slain by
arrows. Saint Sebastian was left for dead,
his body pierced and bleeding, but because
of his physical stamina and God’s will, he
did not die. A widow, Saint Irene, found
Sebastian’s body and cared for him until he
was well.
Saint Sebastian used his recovery to
publicly rebuke the Emperor for his cruel
treatment of Christians. The Emperor,
in response, commanded
St. Sebastian to death on
January 20, 287 A.D., which
is now his feast day.
St. Sebastian’s body was
buried on the Apian way, and
in 367 A.D. a basilica was
constructed over his grave
the basilica was one of the
seven chief churches of
Rome. The present church
was completed in 1611 by
Scipio Cardinal Borghese
The building was refurbished in 1610.
Saint Sebastian was venerated at Milan as early as
the time of St. Ambrose. He
is patron of the Swiss
Guards, archers, athletes,
and soldiers, and is appealed
to for protection against
He is patron saint of
athletes because of his
physical endurance and his energetic way
of spreading and defending the Faith.
Sebastian is also patron to all soldiers. He
was declared patron of plague sufferers
because of his reported cures of those
afflicted with many diseases. Sebastian
was the Middle Ages’ saint of choice when
praying for deliverance from the dreaded
Black Plague. Saint Sebastian’s popularity
continued through the Renaissance, where
his arrow-pierced body was a frequently
chosen the subject of paintings. Botticelli,
Andrea Mantegna, Perugino, Bernini and El
Greco have each painted him, Claude
Debussy wrote a musical piece entitled,
“The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian.
CARLO MARATTA Master Baroque Painter
by James Di Prima
(b. 1635 – d. 1713)
In Italy, if you showed any
inclination or aptitude towards craftsmanship, sculpting or painting, it was not uncommon for a talented youngster to have a patron that
would further their interest
and send them to study with
the then known masters. And
so it was with Carlo Maratta
(also known as Maratti) who
possessed wonderful and unusual skills in design and architecture. Carlo was born in
Camerano, Marche, Italy. At
the age of 12 he was sent to
Rome by his patrons to study
under Andrea Sacchi, the
leader in classical Roman
painting in the mid 17th century, who admired and emulated Raphael and his work.
Along with Sacchi Maratta
was also inspired by other
artists of the time such
as Carracci, Guercino and
Lanfranco. His classic tone
led him to work alongside
Domenico Maria Canuti in
painting the Palazzo Altieri.
In Rome, the Altieri were one
of the prominent families
who claimed descendancy
from Roman nobility, includ-
ing Pope Clement X. The palace is opposite the Church of
the Gesu. Today the palace is
occupied by a bank but the
major works of art can still be
seen. On your next visit to
Rome stop by to see these
marvelous works of art.
Maratta’s first piece, in
1650, is an adoration of the
Shepherds for San Giuseppe
Die Falegnami. He went on
to establish one of the prominent art studios in Rome.
His other major pieces are
“The mystery of the Trinity
Revealed to St. Augustine”
(c. 1655), which was painted
for the church of Santa Maria
Dei Sette Dolori. In the Pitti
Palace, Florence, Italy hangs
his painting “The Appearance
of the Virgin to St. Philip Neri
(c. 1675. Due to his number
of paintings of the Virgin he
was given the nickname
“Carluccio Delle Madonne”
(Little Carlo of the Madonnas).
His portraits captured the
lighting and the majesty of
the classical baroque style
that he managed to instill in
his paintings.
Maratta had a mistress
Francesca Gommi (or Gomma), who bore him a daughter, Faustina in 1679 or 1680.
His wife died in 1700. He then
went on to marry Francesca
Palazzo Altieri, Rome, Italy
Madonna with Christ Child
by Carlo Maratta.
and then legally recognized
Faustina as his daughter. His
daughter’s features were
used in many of Maratta’s
later paintings.
His numerous paintings
are displayed in Berlin,
Munich, Vienna, Brussels,
Rome, Florence, St. Petersburg in the National Gallery,
Hampton Court, and Devonshire House in England and
several reside in the Louvre.
Carlos’ skill as an architect
was put to use, for he also designed several buildings.
In 1650 Pope Alexander VII
gave him many commissions
including one of his greatest
pieces, a painting of Constantine destroying the idols for
the Baptistry of the Lateran.
This painting bestowed on
Carlo increased fame and in
1704 he was knighted by Pope
Clement XI.
Carlo Maratta at the age of
88 died in Rome. His masterpieces will live on forever.
During this Christmas
season in many Catholic
churches the portrait of the
Virgin Mary and the Christ
child by Carlo Maratta can
be seen on the cover of the
Miselettte from November
until February.
Mrs. Murphy . . . As I See It
As usual, “A
Taste of Eastie”,
held at the Boston Logan Airport Hotel was a
huge success. The food extravaganza was a sold out
affair. Eastie boasts many
fine restaurants with a great
selection of ethnic establishments. Many of them
participated in a “Taste of
Eastie”. Chefs served up
scrumptious samples of entrees to delight every palate,
not to mention the array of
exquisite desserts offered.
Participants were more
than satisfied with the presentations ... Revere residents are rocking and rolling over their high tax bills.
The unpopular Mayor Tom
Ambrosino allegedly is not
running for mayor again.
Ambrosino built several new
schools in Revere with taxpayer money but fell short of
improving the education in
Revere’s public school system. As a Harvard graduate
Ambrosino has proven to be
a dud. Too bad the residents
learned the hard way about
the man they voted into office. Well, better luck with
the next mayor. Hope the
people of Revere do their
homework before voting
next time! ... The same old
boys club came out in full
force to endorse Martha
Coakley. Obama promised
change, but falls short on
that promise. The drama
king came to Boston to cop a
plea for Martha. Kennedy is
gone but is still trying to rule
from the grave through his
relatives. I’m referring to
Vicky Reggie Kennedy wife
of the late Teddy, and his billionaire nephew Joe “free
oil” Kennedy who went on
national T.V. begging for
votes for Martha! However,
voters have gotten smart in
Massachusetts, and want to
put Teddy, and his gang to
rest. Scott Brown enjoyed
his much deserved victory
and hopefully will put Massachusetts back on track.
People are sick of the same
old, same old rhetoric that
drools from the mouths of
democrats! We have a long
way to go getting rid of the
rest, but it will happen! ...
The incumbent Mayor Thomas M. Menino took the oath
of office for the fifth time as
Mayor of Boston making him
the longest serving mayor in
the history of Boston. He’s
done a good job for the most
part, but I believe it was
time for him to leave and
leave gracefully. Instead his
love of power predominated
his judgment and he ran
again. As a result his administration will have to face
the embarrassment of an incident at City Hall that
rocked the socks off everyone. Mayor Menino’s otherwise unblemished political
career could have gone
down in history books! That
is why we need term limits.
No politician should hold
power for a long period of
time because it gets too
comfortable for them and
their administration. Democrats’ Billy Bulger, ‘and we
all know what he was capable
of’; and the ultra liberal Ted
Kennedy who ‘controlled
Massachusetts with an iron
fist’; over extended their
time in office, and we can
now add Tom Menino to the
list! No need to wonder why
Massachusetts is not only
the laughing stock of other
states, but also one of the
most corrupt! Democrats
oath: Keep creating new
social programs and keep
all the lazies dependent on
the government, and we’re
destined to be in control!!! …
This year doesn’t seem to
be starting off too well!
Obama may be heading the
country into an even bigger
war in Afghanistan. Americans appear too complacent
to care. America’s ship is
sinking, we’ve fallen behind
China, and losing face all
over the world. … Al Gore has
made billions on his bogus
“Global Warming Scheme”
yet both these men are
Nobel Prize honorees and
the people remain silent.
Only in America ... On a
final note … Our hearts and
prayers are with the Tauro
family who lost their beloved
son Steven recently ... Till
next time!
Finalmente la Befana!
by Prof. Rosemary Grasso
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2010 East Boston
Telephone Directory
From left to right: Proprietors/Publishers Michela
Cappuccio and Neffo Cappuccio.
Cappuccio Enterprises is proud to announce the publication of the 2010 East Boston Telephone Directory. The
directory was officially presented at the annual Taste of
Eastie on January 12 th . Copies of the directory will be
delivered to homes within the following weeks and extra
copies can be obtained at First Priority located at 100 Swift
Street and the East Boston Chamber of Commerce office at
296 Bennington Street, 2 nd floor. This is the 4 th edition of
the directory published by Cappuccio Enterprises and it
serves as the most widely used resource for East Boston
residents and businesses.
Sal G’s New Cat
On January 6th 2010, Befana finally came
to visit the students of the Eliot School!
In the heart of the Italian neighborhood,
the Eliot is one of the few schools that has
been offering Italian classes. In the recent
years, the Eliot grew and enrolled students
from pre- K to 8th grade. After 13 years of efforts to strength and reinforce the Italian
language, classes are finally taught to students from 3 to 14 years old. An accomplishment that was possible thanks to the hard
work of the Principal Traci Griffith and the
Italian Consulate of Boston in collaboration
with C.A.S.IT, the non-profit organization for
the promotion of “La bella lingua” in the
schools of New England That is why Befana
decided to reward this great achievement by
coming all the way to America.
Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts
to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve.
She is usually portrayed riding a broomstick
through the air wearing a black shawl. She
is often smiling and carries a bag filled with
candies and chocolate for the good kids, and
another bad filled with onions, garlic and coal
for the bad ones. As a matter of fact, during
the week of Epiphany children try to be more
patient and obedient than usual. On
Epiphany Eve Italian kids are very excited,
and when they wake up the following morning they hurry to discover what Befana left
in their stockings.
This January the same kind of excitement
was experienced at the Eliot. During Italian
class, students had learned about Befana.
And on January 5th the youngest grades hang
their stockings. The next morning the
students rushed to school to see if Befana
had really came to America. Not only Befana
had visited the school, but she had left only
candies and chocolate.
The surprises were not over! While the 1st
grade was sharing opinions about Befana,
the old lady actually walked into the room
throwing sweets and greeting the students.
The 1st graders were astonished! But a few
minutes later the young students decided to
sing in Italian for Befana, and to walk her
through the school. Befana, who remarkably
looked like the Board Chairman of C.A.S.IT.
M. Gioconda Motta, kept throwing goodies till
she magically disappeared.
Old dear Befana finally managed to fly to
Boston. We hope to see her again next year.
Nica seems to have the munchies for her salmon
(Photo by Sal Giarratani)
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National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
New England Chapter Scholarship and Induction Dinner 2009
NIASHF New England Chapter 2009 Board of Directors, Inductees and Scholarship recipients.
Gerry Rafaele, Jr. and Jack Sullivan were presented with trophy
for 1 st place at our Annual Bocce Tournament. L-R Donato
Frattaroli, Jerry Rafaele, Jr., Chris Zizza and Jack Sullivan.
L-R: NIASHF President Al DeNapoli and
2009 Inductee, David Bavarro.
American Sports Hall of
Fame New England Chapter
held the 2009 Induction
and Scholarship Awards
Dinner at the Danversport
Yacht Club in Danvers,
The 2009 honorees were
NIASHF New England Chapter Class of 2009 Inductee,
David Bavarro and 2009
Man of the Year, Sal Lupoli.
David, is a Former NFL football player whose career included 2 years with the New
England Patriots. He is currently a teacher at Malden
Catholic High School. Sal
Lupoli is the Owner, President and CEO of The Lupoli
The evening was a true
celebration of all that occurred in 2009 for NIASHF,
New England Chapter. Bruno
Bonicontro was presented
with the MVP Player trophy
and a scholarship award from
our 1st Annual High School
All-Star Soccer Tournament
which was held at Andover
High School in May 2009.
Gerry Rafaele, Jr. and
Jack Sullivan were presented with a trophy for 1st
place at our Annual Bocce
Tournament held at the
Langone Bocce Courts in the
North End each year at the
end of summer.
And as always, NIASHF
proudly presented nine outstanding student athletes
with scholarship awards to
assist with their education
Congratulations to the
2009 Scholarship recipients: Erin Muschette, Elena
Pepe, Mark Zorella, Joseph
Wesloski, Derek Simpson,
JonFranco Baretto, Nicole
Gaeta-Ford and Michael
A video presentation was
provided by Malden Cable
Television and dancing to
the music of Imagine
rounded out a pleasant, entertaining and exciting
evening for all.
A special thank you to our Young
volunteers: left to right: Kaylie
Corda, Kyle Corda (standing),
Ava Zizza, Emma Zizza and Jenna
Marie Deramo, Donato Frattaroli, Mike Pusiteri, Barbara Summa
and Annette Luongo.
L-R: NIASHF President Al DeNapoli and 2009
Man of the Year, Sal Lupoli.
Alexandra Gaeta-Ford Scholarship recipient reads her
essay on her Italian Heritage.
(Photos by Dom Campochiaro,
D&S Video)
Bruno Bonicontro was presented with the MVP Player trophy
and a scholarship award from our 1st Annual High School AllStar Soccer Tournament. L-R: Al DeNapoli, Bruno Bonicontro,
Dario Cornelio and Chris Zizza.
Page 9
The Socially Set
by Hilda M. Morrill
Left to right: Madeleine, Susan, Nicholas and Steve
Potter smile for the camera at the BPL’s “Literary Lights
for Children.” Susan was the Event Chair.
(Photo by Roger Farrington)
The Associates of the
Boston Public Library (BPL)
recently celebrated the eleventh annual “Literary Lights
for Children” awards ceremony at a festive tea party.
The award winners —
Sook Nyul Choi, Katherine
Paterson, Brian Selznick,
David Small and Sarah
Stewart — were honored for
their extraordinary contributions to children’s literature.
The authors chosen as the
2009 “Literary Lights” have
collectively won dozens of
major awards for their inspiring books, written for
children and young adults.
“Literary Lights for Children” seeks to raise awareness of children’s literature, promote literacy, honor
children’s authors, and raise
money for the library’s
children’s services and
The event began with the
awards presentation in the
Room. Four students selected from Greater Bostonarea schools presented the
awards to each of the honored authors.
The honorees discussed
their writing careers and
shared their love of books
with the audience of more
than 450 children and
adults. Tea refreshments
were served and enjoyed.
The 2009 “Literary Lights
for Children” volunteer committee was chaired by Susan
Potter, with Rebecca Forrester and Mary Pfeifer Lentz as
the Honorary Chairs.
Sponsors for the program included Scholastic
Children’s Book Publishing
and Tiffany & Co., along with
other corporate sponsors and
private donors.
For information about “Literary Lights for Children,”
Office at the Boston Public
Library at 617-536-3886,
email [email protected],
Liesl Gilman and her daughter Isabelle at the BPL.
(Photo by Roger Farrington)
or visit www.LiteraryLights
……. The Boston Wine
Expo takes place this Saturday and Sunday, January 2324 at the Seaport World
Trade Center, Boston.
The largest trade and consumer wine event in New
England, the Expo offers
wine enthusiasts an unparalleled educational and
entertaining wine-and-food
The Grand Tasting showcases more than 350 international
wineries from 13 countries
pouring over 1,800 different
Special features include
an exclusive Grand Cru
Wine Lounge. Reserve level
wines will be featured in this
separate and sophisticated
setting for the most serious
wine enthusiast.
Industry experts host
the 2010 seminar program,
offering seminars for all
levels of wine-lovers. This
year’s all-star lineup includes Marilisa Allegrini,
founder, Poggio al Tesoro;
Gloria Maroti Frazee, Wine
Spectator; Paul Hobbs,
owner/winemaker at Paul
Hobbs Winery and Vina
Cobos; Leonardo LoCascio,
President, CEO and Founder
of Winebow, Inc; Leslie
Sbrocco, award-winning author, Adventures of a Thirsty
Girl; Tim Mondavi, Continuum Estate; Christian
Tietje of Four Vines Winery;
and Gary Vaynerchuk of
speaker Kevin Zraly, noted
author and lecturer, leads
his highly acclaimed onehour, fast-paced, actionpacked wine seminar. Zraly,
often called the “one man
Cirque du Soleil,” takes his
audience on a tasting tour
Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot
Noir, Merlot and Cabernet
Sauvignon wines.
For times, tickets or
more information, please
call 1-877-946-3976 or visit
……. “Dress for Success:
Celebrating Self-Sufficiency”
takes place on Friday, January 29 at the Fairmont
Copley Plaza, Boston, beginning with a reception at
11:30 a.m. followed by a
luncheon, program and live
Laura and Dave Lamere of
Weston are the event cochairs. The Honorary cochairs are Governor Deval L.
Patrick and Mrs. Diane B.
Patrick, and Mayor Thomas
M. Menino and Mrs. Angela
The luncheon will mark
the fourth year that a group
of Boston’s leaders will come
together to celebrate and
support the work done by
Dress for Success Boston.
Rebecca and Robert Forrester with their daughters Iona
and Claudia (standing), pose with “Literary Light”
children’s author Brian Selznick and his award presenter
Zeke Mercer-McDowell (student at Epiphany School in
Dorchester) during the book-signing session at the
“Literary Lights for Children” benefit at the Boston
Public Library. Rebecca was Honorary Chair of the event.
(Photo by Roger Farrington)
The event will be entertaining and informative and will
help raise funds to support
the beneficial programs provided to each client.
The mission of Dress for
Success is to promote the
economic independence of
disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a
network of support and the
career development tools to
help women thrive in work
and in life.
Live auction packages
include five nights at a private home on Martha’s
Vineyard, Opening Day Red
Sox vs. Yankees tickets,
a trip to Bermuda with a
round of golf, an elegant
“Fashion Package,” and
much more. There is also
For further information
about the “Celebrating SelfSufficiency”
please call 617-204-4292
or send an email to
[email protected]
For more information
about Dress for Success
Boston, please call 617-7792177 or visit www.dressfor
The large committee includes Jody Acford and
Steve Burgay, Jacqui and
Wayne Budd, Sara Campbell,
Kristen Daly, Peggy Dray,
Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney, Carol and
Bernie Fulp, Karen Marinella Hall, Denise Hajjar,
Joanne Jaxtimer, Julie
Kahn, Mary J. Kakas, Karen
Kaplan, Pat Kreger, Mimi La
Camera, Irma Fisher Mann,
Doctor Mallika Marshall,
Margaret McKenna, Thomas
F. Reilly, Dusty S. Rhodes,
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B ob D ’s B eat
by Bob DeCristoforo
“Our Lady of Perpetual Help”
Watching the TV accounts is tough
enough. Hearing the screams of the people,
especially the children, makes it even
worse. Continue to contribute to the Haiti
Relief Fund. Much has been done. Much
more has to be done. This crisis is our
crisis. Don’t let the screams go unheard.
North End Against Drugs has donated
$500 to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund,
and challenges all community groups and
organizations to do the same.
A Prayer service will be held this Saturday, January 23 rd at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Church, Mission Church in Roxbury
for the people of Haiti beginning at 10:30 am.
All are welcome. I learned this week that
“Our Lady of Perpetual Help” is the Patron of
Early Registration for NEAA Baseball takes
place January 17 to January 31 online at
neaabaseball.com and in person at the
Nazzaro Center starting January 19th. North
End Against Drugs will once again sponsor
a baseball team in the 2010 NEAA
Baseball Program. NEAD has always known
how important baseball is to many of
our young people. Sponsoring a team is
sponsoring our young people in a very positive activity. Something they want to do.
Something they enjoy doing. Baseball is important to the North End, and NEAD is proud
to be part of it.
Two goals in 38 seconds by Cam Atkinson
was the big difference as BC smashed visiting Maine 7-1, snapping the Black Bears
eight game unbeaten streak. Jimmy Hayes
scored the Eagles final tally. 6,324 watched.
Joe Whitney had a goal and two assists to
lead BC to a 4-1 win over Providence.
The wins moved BC within 1 point of first
place UNH in Hockey East. After a disappointing 3-1 lost to Providence, which
saw the Terriers go 0-8 on their powerplay, BC celebrated the 5 th Anniversary of
the opening of the Agannis Center with a
6-4 win over Merrimack in a very chipy
game. Colby Cohen had two goals, Chris
Connolly had the game winner, but the difference was the 39 save performance of
netminder Grant Holheiser. UMass won
three, defeating Northeastern 4-1 and
sweeping Lowell 3-2 and 2-1. NU split their
weekend series beating Vermont 3-1, but
then being beat up big time by the Catamounts 9-2. Providence handed Maine
their second straight loss downing the visitors 3-2. UNH defeated Dartmouth 5-2
for New Hamphire bragging rights and the
Riverstone Cup. In NCAA D1 the stunner of
the week might be Robert Morris nipping
Miami (Ohio) 2-1. Harvard knocked out 5th
ranked Yale 3-2, after their tough weekend
in Minnesota. A lot closer to home Tufts
defeated Johnson & Wales 4-2. Tommy
DeRosa had a goal and an assist. In
Womens Hockey play 2 goals by Terrier
Melissa Anderson led BU to a comeback 5-5
tie with Brown. A four goal third period outburst, led by Annie Hogan, help Northeastern defeat BC 7-4, and into the top spot in
Hockey East.
On the Basketball court after a win in
Providence, Charlestown was defeated by
South Boston 67-66, when Santana Anderson sank the winning Free Throw, and by
Madison Park 75-45. St. John’s Prep rolled
on with an impressive win over Catholic
Memorial 78-73. DeRay Willis had 39 points
as St. Clement defeated Minuteman 81-62,
and Lowell Catholic 67-58. Matignon loss
two, falling to Archbishop Williams 75-42, and
Trinity Catholic 71-4I. In girls hoop it was
Pope John nipping Mount St. Joseph 43-42.
Fontbonne stopping Notre Dame 64-42. AC
ripping Needham 51-37, and Matignon hel
back Marian 56-48. Fenway topped East Boston 65-28. On the ice East Boston was defeated by Latin Academy 5-3 and Dennis
Yarmouth 8-1. Snowdon iced West Roxbury
8-4. Matignon shutout Fenwick 4-0, Arlington Catholic shutout St. Peter. Marian 7-0,
and defeated St. Bernard 9-2. Malden Catholic topped BC High 6-3. #1 ranked Catholic
Memorial defeated #2 ranked Xaverian
2-1, but the Hawks came back to shutout
BC High 3-0. Belmont Hill edged Thayer
2-1. St. John’s Prep topped MC 3-1. In Northeastern play Winthrop pounded Swampscott
9-1. In Girls Hockey Austin Prep shutout
Archbishop Williams 4-0 and Fontbonne
stayed undefeated shutting out Notre Dame
4-0 and stopping Mount St. Joseph 10-1.
St. Mary’s of Lynn extended its win streak
to 59 defeating Arlington Catholic 5-2.
Elizabeth Seton Academy, a Catholic
College Prep High School for Girls, will host
an open house on Sunday, January 24,
2010 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. For information call the school at 617-296-1089 or check
www.ESABoston.com on the web. East
Boston Central Catholic School will hold
an open house and registration from
9:00 am-11:00 am. Call 617-567-7456 or log
on to www.EBCCS.Org on the web.
- Debbie D., welcome home from the
- Celeb Sightings: Danny Toscano doing
his thing at the NEWNC meeting, Mr. and
Mrs. Bevilacqua taking in the BC-Maine
hockey game, former District City Councilor
Paul Scapicchio on Prince Street.
- City Feast: Dining Out to Conquer Diabetes fundraiser takes place on Sunday,
January 31 st at 6:00 pm. Carla Agrippino
Gomes at Antico Forno has more details.
- Less than 30 days to Spring Training!
• Editorial (Continued from Page 3)
that information came from
and how it was obtained.
Consider the constitutional strictures regarding coerced confessions. Think
a liberal judge in a criminal
court might want to explore
whether water boarding is
too coercive.
Defense lawyers will have
a field day with the issue of
water boarding. They will
demand access to all of the
intelligence gathering efforts used over the last several years. It will be a windfall for Al-Qaeda like no
other. Not to mention liberal
groups that want to start
recruiting for CIA interrogators, Special Forces personnel, and former Bush Department of Justice lawyers.
If a liberal judge finds water
intelligence efforts have
tainted the case, the case
may falter.
By moving the case to federal court, if the case fails for
some reason, the administration could once again
beat the dead horse excuse
that “it’s Bush’s fault” for tor-
turing them and ruining the
evidence against them. In
addition, with terrorists in
the United States now, a liberal judge might want to
maintain jurisdiction over
them. Any subsequent orders
by the court would not be the
president’s “fault,” even the
ordered release of the terrorists to foreign countries
Be forewarned, we try terrorists in Criminal Courts at
our peril.
Information (in part) wall
street journal & redstate.com
Capitol Nashville
Lady Antebellum releases
their second album, Need You
Now, on January 26, and it is
eleven potential “winners” —
headed up by their first single
and number one hit “Need You
Now.” The Grammy nominated trio certainly made
their mark on country music
with the success of their debut album having spawned
several hits. Hillary, Dave
and Charles had a hand in
penning most of the songs,
but still make all of them
their own. Take your pick of
favorites from, “Our Kind of
Love,” the sweet sound of
“American Honey,” the awakening of “Hello World,” the
feel-good “Perfect Day,” and
the sadistic “Love This Pain.”
The second half happens with
the ballad “When You Got a
Good Thing,” the heavenly
“Stars Tonight,” lowering the
decibels for the hindsight of
“If I Knew Then,” addressing
the beauty of a woman via
“Something ‘Bout a Woman,”
and put the final touches
on their masterpiece album
with “Ready to Love Again.”
La-La Land
It’s déjà vu when you hear
the soundtrack from the motion picture Caddyshack.
Out-of-print for many years,
and never before available on
CD, this enjoyable soundtrack
features music by legendary
composer Johnny Mandel,
with a handful of pop classics
from Kenny Loggins. Reminisce with Loggins’ performances on the hit theme
from the film, “I’m Alright,”
followed by “Lead the Way,”
“Make the Move,” “Mr. Night,”
and Journey with a dynamic
performance of Kenny’s “Any
Way You Want It.” The 1980
film’s track has been digitally
remastered, and is a “Limited
Edition,” with only 3500 CDs
produced. The Beat contributed “There She Goes,” along
with Hilly Michaels’ raucous
“Something on Your Mind,”
plus three Mandel compositions: “Divine Intervention,”
the silky smooth “Marina,”
and ends with the explosive
“The Big Bang.” Awesome!
Stir Stick
Vocalist Whitney James
offers up a stunning ninecut debut album with vocals
that gently caresses your
ears. With a polished blend of
American popular music and
the originals of jazz composers, she makes a nice package. Blessed with a rhythm
section of pianist Joshua
Wolff, bassist Matt Clohesy,
and drummer Jon Wikan,
she hits the jackpot with special guest trumpeter Ingrid
Jensen. Opening with the
romantic strains of “Tenderly,” she quickly ups the
ante with the energetic
“Whisper Not,” back with the
rangy “A Timeless Place,”
plus the Kern/Gershwin
tune “Long Ago and Far Away,”
marking the midpoint with
“My Love Is You” featuring a
moving solo by bassist
Clohesy. James delivers a
poignant performance of the
“The Very Thought of You,”
plus a Latin-flavored cover of
Irving Berlin’s classic “How
Deep Is the Ocean,” while the
tender “Be Anything” has pianist Wolff wrapping haunting
melodies and harmonies
around James’ vocals, finishing up her debut with the
timely “In April.” A very mature performance by James
for her debut album!
CAP Productions
With more than 50 years of
performing as a jazz pianist,
Mike Longo proves that he
has gained valuable lessons
during that time, as he delivers a dozen outstanding
jazz gems recorded “live” in
studio. Along with jazz giants
Bob Cranshaw on bass and
Lewis Nash on drums, Longo
showcases his experience
and talent. It’s easy to select
several favorites from a
menu of songs by Longo, Cole
Porter, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy
Gillespie and Herbie Hancock
to name a few. Shorter’s
works include the fast-paced
“Speak No Evil” and the
haunting “Dance Cadaverous” Porter’s easy-to-sell
“Love for Sale” Hancock’s
complex tale of “Tell Me a
Bedtime Story,” and salutes
Oscar Peterson with a medley of melodies from “West
Side Story.” Longo’s originals
have the pretty “Someone to
Love,” the high energy, tasty
“Bird Seed,” and the bluesy
“Checked Bags,” a tribute to
the late vibraphonist Milt
Jackson. Gillespie’s influence on Longo led to a solo
piano version of Dizzy’s
“Kush” which is the finale of
this wonderful jazz album!
The movie soundtrack to
the romantic comedy film
Youth in Revolt is comprised
of a dozen unique tracks
that will definitely grab
your attention. You’re sure to
find a genre, and maybe even
an artist you can identify
with, on a potpourri of songs
going back as far as 1982 to
present. Listen to cuts as,
“When You Love Somebody”
(Fruit Bars), “I Willn’t Be a
Prisoner” (Little Wings), the
French language “Les Cactus” (Jacques Dutronc), the
rap question “What’s Up
Fatlip” (Fatlip), and Beulah
outlines “Popular Mechanics
for Lovers.” The songs possess lyrics that truly demand
your attention, and concern.
Fleshpot continues the mood
with “Light of Love” and “Happiness Trigger,” trailed by the
brief interlude “Keys” and
“Nick and Sheeni Make Love”
from John Swihart, and the
combined efforts of Fun Boy
Three & Bananarama result
in “‘Taint What You Do,”
followed by the Lorenz Hart/
Richard Rodgers tune “My
Romance” done nicely by Jo
Stafford. A most interesting
collection of songs for this
through March 19, 2010. The exhibit
is open Monday through Thursday
from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and
Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
and Sunday from 12 noon to 6:00 pm.
Admission is free and the public is
invited to attend a reception with the
artist on Thursday, January 28 from
7:00 to 9:00 pm. For more info 617928-1544 or [email protected]
The exhibit is handicapped accessible.
100 Northern Avenue
FESTIVAL - Screenings take place
Friday, January 29th at 7PM and Saturday, January 30 th at 6:30 PM.
Founded in 1976, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, is North
America’s largest celebration of animation in all forms. This program includes highlights from the 2009 festival by animators from around the
world. Please call 617-478-3100 or visit
The Frog Prince — In December 2008, Kaleidoscope
Children’s Theatre began a monthly, Sunday series of
Fairy Tale Classics in Saugus at the North Shore Musical
Children’s Theatre, 466 Central St., Saugus, MA. For
almost 30 years, Kaleidoscope has been performing at
both the South Shore Music Circus and the Cape Cod
Melody Tent. Now this location has become Boston’s only
musical children’s theatre! You can enjoy popular shows,
affordable prices, free parking, free ice cream and a free
cast meet and greet! For more information check out
Theater section below.
466 Central St., Saugus, MA
THE FROG PRINCE - February 7,
BEARS - March 21, 2010, JACK &
GOOSE - June 13. All shows start at
2:00PM. From Boston’s Haymarket
Station, there is a direct bus to
Cliftondale Square. These shows are
a perfect way to spend an enjoyable
family afternoon! For info visit
Tickets may be available at the door.
Please call 1-781-230-3976. WGBH
members receive a special discount!
2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA
through summer 2010. The intoxicating international sensation
that takes you behind the velvet
ropes into a glittered wonderland
of decadence, divas, and disco,
inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” For tickets
or more info, you may call 617-5478300 or log on to the website at:
Brookline, Massachusetts
SLEEP NO MORE - Now through
February 7, 2010. The Old Lincoln
School in Brookline, Massachusetts,
has been exquisitely transformed
into an installation of cinematic
scenes that evoke the world of
Macbeth. You, the audience, have
the freedom to roam the environment and experience a sensory journey as you choose what to watch and
where to go. Rediscover the childlike
excitement of exploring the unknown
in this unique theatrical adventure.
An abandoned school. Shakespeare’s
fallen hero. Hitchcock’s shadow of
suspense. Award-winning British
theater company Punchdrunk makes
its U.S. debut with Sleep No More,
an immersive production inspired
by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, told
through the lens of a Hitchcock
thriller. For tickets and information
264 Huntington Ave., Boston,MA
SONS” - Now through February 7,
2010. All My Sons is the story of family
man and small business owner, Joe
Keller in the years following World War
II. Keller continues to strive for the
American dream, despite being
shaken by both the public shame of
his company’s sale of faulty airplane
parts to the government and the personal tragedy of his son who went missing-in-action. His wife Kate is trapped
by her grief, while their elder son Chris
yearns to move forward. When Chris
announces his plan to marry his absent brother’s fiancée, Kate must confront her denial of the war’s fatalities,
Chris his father’s fallibility and moral
compromises, and Joe his true responsibilities to his family and to his
country. Tickets available online at
huntingtontheatre.org by phone at
617-266-0800 and at the B.U. Theatre
Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave., or
the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Box Office, 527 Tremont Street in
Boston’s South End.
Special Events
Columbia Point, Boston, MA
OUR LOVE OF HISTORY - Thursday, January 28, 2010, 6:00-7:00PM.
Historian David McCullough talks
about Senator Kennedy’s life and
their long unique friendship. All
forums are free and open to the public. For reservations please call
DATE AUCTION - February 5, 2010
from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. More than
twenty-five of Boston’s finest bachelors and bachelorettes are putting
themselves up for bid at the first annual Project Cupid Date Auction. The
event was created by Amy Blue after
her nine-year-old cousin, Isaias
Valentin, lost his battle with leukemia. All proceeds will benefit cancer
care and research at the Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute. Visit www.projectcupid.org for more information.
246 Tremont St., Boston, MA
COMEDY - Featured performers
include: ROBERT SCHIMMEL January 22, 2010. EDDIE GRIFFIN January 30, 2010. JENNIFER
COOLIDGE - February 6, 2010.
PAULY SHORE - February 12, 2010.
15 Channel Center Street
Boston Conservatory Opera Program
present Puccini’s La Rondine. February 4 through February 6, 2010 at 8
PM and February 7, 2010 at 2 PM. One
of Puccini’s most elegant operas
known for its aria, “Chi il bel sogno di
Doretta.” In this bittersweet love
story, told with a comic touch, the kept
woman of a wealthy Parisian banker
harbors fantasies of romantic love
when she falls for an earnest young
man from a respectable family. Please
visit www.bostonconversatory.edu.
290 Harvard St., Brookline, MA
COOLIDGE - Monday, March 29, 2010
at 7 PM. Come to the Coolidge Corner
Theater for an off-site event with two
of the artists from the 2010 DeCordova
Biennial. Join Laurel Sparks, Xander
Marro, and Assistant Curator Dina
Deitisch for an evening of art, art films,
617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA
Valentine’s Day Concerts - February
13 at 7 p.m. and February 14 at 2 p.m.
Fans of nostalgic sounds of early rock
can relive the romantic memories
when Herb Reed and The Platters on
Valentine’s. The group will perform
the unforgettable sounds of Only You,
My Prayer and The Great Pretender along with other famous chart topping hits. Call the box office at
781-891-5600 or buy tickets online
through www.reagleplayers.com. Easy
directions on web site. Plenty of free
parking. Stay after each show for a
meet & greet with Herb Reed and The
Platters, which includes refreshments. Additional fee for meet and
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8PM. He
will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor at the Boston
Landmarks Orchestra’s Free Annual
Winter Concert, Heroic Beethoven.
Free and open to the public. For more
information please visit their website
or call 617-520-2200.
270 Tremont Street
MARIAH CAREY - January 30, 2010
at 7:30 pm. For Mariah Carey’s legions
of North American fans, the wait is
over, as the international superstar
announces her first major tour in
more than three years. Carey’s voice
has entertained us for more than a
decade. Her songs have made her one
of the world’s leading woman singer
CELTIC WOMEN - March 12, 13
and 14, 2010. A smash hit around the
globe, returns with an all new live
show. The awe inspiring vocalists
Lisa, Chloë, Lynn and Alex along with
the mesmerizing Celtic violinist
Máiréad continue to capture the
hearts of fans across the country on a
whirlwind tour of America. Come see
Celtic Women with their 6 piece band
and the Aontas Choir perform unique
renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits.
NORAH JONES - March 25, 2010
at 8:00 p.m. Multiple Grammy Award
winning singer and songwriter Norah
Jones has announced U.S. tour
dates in support of her critically acclaimed new album “The Fall,” which
was recently released by EMI’s Blue
Note Records. For tickets visit
www.telecharge.com or call the box
office at 1-866-348-9738.
Causeway Street, Boston, MA
E.N.D. WORLD TOUR - Friday, February 26, 8:00PM. Guarantee yourself
a piece of the action! This is going to
be an amazing show that will completely change the way you experience music! Described as the ultimate
Black Eyed Peas party experience, it
also marks the first time that the group
– will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and
Fergie – are united for a North American headline tour since their 2006
Monkey Business world tour. Tickets
are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com
or call 1-800-745-3000.
539 Washington Street
FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2010 Saturday, February 5, 2010 at 8 PM
World Music/CRASHarts presents
From Spain Flamenco Festival 2010
featuring Noche Famenca & Soledad
Barrio and Friday, February 6, 2010 at
8 PM Gala Flamenca: Todo Cambia.
Noche Flamenca celebrates the essence, purity and integrity of traditional flamenco. Gala Famenca is a
true flamenco celebration capturing
many emotions and styles.
925 Commonwealth Ave.,
Boston, MA
ALICIA KEYS - March 22, 2010 at
7:30PM. Since her 2001 debut of Songs
In A Minor, the New York native has
built an unparalleled repertoire of hits
and accomplishments including three
multi-platinum albums and several
Grammy Awards. Among others, some
of the hits include “Fallin’”, “If I Ain’t
Got You”, “You Don’t Know My
Name”, and “No One”. Key’s fourth
release, Element of Freedom, features the single “Doesn’t Mean Anything.”
www.ticketmaster.com or call 1800.745.3000.
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IMPRESSIONIST PARIS - February 14 through April 25: The exhibition “Giovanni Boldini in Impressionist Paris” illuminates Boldini’s early
career while developing his unique
style. Seventy works present an
innovative look at Boldini’s Paris —
its places of leisure, its inhabitants,
and its environs — at a time when
the Impressionists were investigating
the same subjects. www.clarkart.edu,
55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA
AND ENGRAVINGS - Now through
March 7, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00
p.m. View a selection of Italian prints
that reflect the history of intaglio
printmaking, the step-by-step process
to reproduce pictorial images providing the finest detail. These original
works of art present a rich range of
subjects and styles, from the Renaissance through the Rococo period.
MILESTONE - Now through April 8,
2010 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of WAM’s
portrait miniature collection with a
special exhibition that features miniatures from the 18th to the 20th centuries in the newly renovated
Marianne E. Gibson gallery. In 1989
the museum created a gallery devoted
to portrait miniatures created by various artists in a wide range of styles.
- Now through August 22, 2010 from
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This exhibition
features contemporary works between 1988 and 2009 by a roster of
leading artists including Claire
Barclay, Willie Cole, Jim Lambie,
Jodie Manasevit, Doris Salcedo,
Yinka Shonibare, and Andrew Witkin.
For info www.worcesterart.com
or call (508) 799-4406.
PECHA KUCHA VOLUME 3 - Sunday, January 24th, 2010 at 7:00 PM.
Enjoy photo exhbit by local photographer Nicole Connolly inspired by her
travels around the world and music
by DJ Karl. Photos to inspire you and
music to make you dance. For details
about the event visit http://
“The Sicilian Corner” 11:00 AM
to 1:00 PM every Friday with host Tom
Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and “The
Italian Show” w/Nunzio DiMarca
every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM
“Italia Oggi” (Italy Today) Sundays 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea
Urdi 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.com
“Dolce Vita Radio” DJ Rocco
Mesiti 11 AM-1 PM Sundays. 90.7 FM
or online www.djrocco.com
“The Nick Franciosa Show” Every Sunday at 12 Noon to 3:00 PM
on radio stations WLYN 1360 AM and
WAZN 1470 AM.
“Guido Oliva Italian Hour”
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM every Sunday
on WSRO 650AM Framingham
and online at www.wsro.com.
161 Elliot Street, Danvers, MA
VALENTINE’S DINNER DANCE Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 7:00
PM. Featuring Daniela and Peter
Marino and a great Latin American
Band. Show your love a great time!
For tickets call 781-932-1699 or 1877-932-1699.
967 Commonwealth Avenue,
Boston, MA
JOVANOTTI - Wednesday, April
28, 2010 at 8:00 PM. Italy’s number
one recording artist Jovanotti announces Oyeah, the debut US album
release by the chart topping Tuscan
singer, songwriter and rapper for the
legendary Verve Forecast label. Oyeah
was recorded in New York City during
the Summer of 2009 during
Jovanotti’s series of residencies at
leading Manhattan and Brooklyn
clubs with the Soleluna NY LAB, a
New York-based collective of musicians from Italy, the United States and
Brazil. A critically acclaimed pioneer
in the international hip hop scene
renown for working in his native Italian language, Jovanotti again breaks
new ground on his first Stateside set.
Resisting the temptation of re-purposing existing recordings in English for
the American market, Jovanotti instead conceived and created a project
entirely within its borders, incorporating multiple languages and achieving a musical result ready for worldwide consumption. A double album
collection, Oyeah’s 20 tracks feature
all new live versions of original repertoire drawn from Jovanotti’s generation-long career plus 3 unreleased
studio takes on classic Italian songs
re-interpreted for today’s international music market. For tickets and
more information please call 617-5628800 or www.livenation.com.
Winn St., Burlington, MA
Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge
#2223 will be offering Italian language
classes for Beginner, Intermediate and
Advanced students beginning in
January, 2010. Beginner 1 & 2 and
intermediate 1 & 2 will be offered
on Wednesday evenings starting
on January 27 th . The intermediate
advanced class will be offered on
Thursday evenings starting on January 28th. The beginner and intermediate classes meet at St. Margaret’s
School. The advanced class meets at
the teacher’s home in Stoneham.
The teachers will be present to answer any questions you may have. If
you can’t make it on January 20, or if
you have any questions please contact our Director, Carol Nappa, at
617-650-6302 or email [email protected]
yahoo.com. For information about
class content or which class you
should enroll in, please call our
teacher, Tom Stuto at 781-438-6720.
Visit www.burlingtonsonsofitaly.org
for information about the program,
the lodge and other interesting information about Italian Culture.
41 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA
BALLO DI CARNEVALE - Saturday, January 30, 2009 at 7:00pm.
Cocktails at 7:00 and dinner at
8:00 PM. Dinner with Maria’s Catering and muusic by ITAMIA Band.
Costume Parade - Prizes- Raffle. Dancing and plenty of fun all night long.
Parking Validated at Kendall Theater
Garage. For tickets and information
call please call 617-876-5160 or log
onto www.dantealighieri.net.
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Recipes from the
by Vita Orlando Sinopoli
The scoop on Frank Sinatra Jr. Yes, Frank
Sinatra’s son! Well, as for his physical appearance, Frank Jr. is portly, sports a double
chin, and is almost totally bald! He is active
in show business performing “Sinatra Sings
Sinatra.” Yes, he’s out there singing in clubs
and accompanied by his own band. He never
refers to Frank Sr. as his father just “the
man,” or “Sinatra.” Of course, he does sing
his dad’s hits from “Fly Me to the Moon,” to
“Lonesome Road” and “New York, New York,”
he does it “his way.” Yes, he puts his own
special touch on his father’s songs. He
breathes new life into each song and the
audience eats it up. Thanks to Bob Popyk
and the noted maestro and musicologist
Albert Natale for the interesting info about
Frank Sinatra, Jr.
A new study about the most honest professions, Americans think nurses are tops
and car salesmen are the worst, with politicians following right behind. Pharmacists
ranked as runner-up barely nosing out
medical doctors.
Speaking of honesty, no man knows if
honesty is the best policy unless he has
tried both.
We read recently about hidden sugars in
our favorite foods. Ketchup is America’s favorite condiment, but slathering it on a
burger and fries could net you 10 grams in
sugar. And even reduced-calorie salad
dressings pack up to 100 grams of sugar per
cup. And those tasty fortune cookies that
typically top off Chinese dinner contain 3.6
grams of sugar each. If you like popcorn,
forgo the caramel flavored versions because
they’re loaded with 18 grams of sugar per
ounce. Healthy foods aren’t immune to hidden sugars. Just one-third of a cup of dried
cranberries has 25 grams of sugar while a
granola bar weighs in with 11 grams. Cream
substitutes are also high in sugar with the
liquid variety containing 22 grams per cup
and the powered adding a diet-busting 69
grams. And powered lemonade has an incredible 200 grams of sugar per cup, which
works out to about 17 grams per glass. Meantime, experts recommend that women get
no more than 25 grams of sugar a day and
men max out at 35 grams — about the same
as a typical 12-ounce can of soda!
Vitamins! You can become healthier,
more energetic — even better looking — by
supplementing your diet with vitamins and
minerals that doctors have deemed best.
Before taking any of them, check with your
physician. The super-vitamin coenzyme
Q10 can reduce your risk of heart disease
while reducing fine skin wrinkles. “Vitamin
D reduces the overall risk of many cancers,
including breast cancer,” says Jacob
Teitelbaum, M.D. For example, men with
high vitamin D levels were 45 percent less
likely to develop prostate cancer. Daily dose:
1,000 mgs. Vitamin C prevents cancer, osteoarthritis, heart disease and high blood
pressure, say medical researchers from the
University of Maryland. Daily dose: 1,000
mgs. The powerful anti-aging vitamin E prevents clogged arteries while combating cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, says medical
researchers at the University of Maryland
and other colleges. Daily dosage: 22.5 ius.
And capsules of aged garlic extract can help
clear out clogged arteries, says UCLA cardiologist Matthew Budoff, M.D., adding that
garlic is also a natural antibiotic. Daily dosage: 600 mgs.
Le cosce storte! A couple of supermarket
shoppers in Germany wound up in the hospital after basing each other with salami
and a wedge of Parmesan cheese. Seems
that a 74-year-old retiree and a 35-year-old
woman both tried to grab the last available
shopping cart at a store. The old man got it
but the woman’s 24-year-old brother floored
him with a punch. The woman took the cart,
only to have the retiree track her down in
the deli department and club her brother
over the head with a roll of salami. The
woman then attacked him with a 4-pound
wedge of cheese. Police eventually broke up
the brawl — but not before two of the combatants needed some minor injuries treated
at the local hospital.
Tom Analetto of Medford, reminds
us when you
get even with
people it always leaves them with the impression that
they owe you something.
Wow! Despite the hard times, American
have not lost their optimistic streak. 88%
say that, on balance, they are “satisfied”
with their lives, and 54% believe their personal situation will improve over the next
five years. And 95% of us say we are “proud
to be an American.” What keeps us going?
42% of Americans attend a house of worship nearly every week, and 65% say religion is important in their daily lives. While
we love our families, our pets are up there.
100-58% of pet owners would be willing to
perform “mouth to snout” resuscitation on
their dog or cat in a medical emergency.
And we love to eat, despite the increasing
prevalence of obesity, the proportion of
Americans who describe themselves as
overweight has dropped from 36% in 2004
to 30% this year. 29% of Americans drink
alcohol at least once a week, while 6% admit to drinking daily.
Singing calms you down! A large group of
passengers stranded in Newark airport for
six hours began singing a rousing rendition
of the Beatles’ classic “Hey Jude.”
A San Antonio councilman has proposed
making it a crime to give money to beggars.
Councilman John Clamp says residents are
tired of “aggressive panhandling,” and that
prosecuting those who give to the homeless
is the best solution. “If there’s no money for
panhandlers,” Clamp says, “the panhandlers
will go away.”
The astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham says
nowadays there is more begging done
through the mail than with tin cups.
Flirting around! A new poll found that 44
percent of women would think nothing of
flirting with a guy — even if a friend had a
big crush on him.
The observant “Mona” Lisa Cappuccio of
East Boston claims when a flirt turns around
to look at a man, it’s only to see if he has
turned around to look at her.
Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, thinks what
married life needs is more wives who flirt
with their own husbands, and less who flirt
with other women’s.
Hot news! Bulgarians participating in a
survey voted the “chushkopek,” an appliance for roasting up to seven peppers at a
time, as the most revolutionary household
advance of the 20 th century, beating out
electricity, television, and the cell phone.
Yellow underwear: The bad economy had
a major impact on Mexican’s choice of underwear. It’s traditional for Mexican women
to buy new underpants to wear on New
Year’s Day for good luck. Most buy red ones,
which are said to help the wearer find love
in the New Year. But this year, yellow panties — which symbolize gold or wealth — outsold red by a margin of two to one. It’s not
surprising that more Mexicans are seeking money instead of love.
What did you call me? France may soon
make it a crime for couples to insult each
other. Prime Minister Francois Fillon said
his government was drafting a law banning
“psychological violence” between married or
cohabiting couples. French officials said
verbal abuse often leads to physical abuse.
Critics called the measure — which could
result in jail time, fines, or electronic monitoring — a “gimmick” that would be impossible to enforce.
It has been said, here are two insults no
human being will endure: that he has no
sense of humor and that he has never
known trouble.
Speaking of humor, The Humor Project
based in Saratoga Springs, New York, sponsors seminars on humor. Over three million people throughout the world have attended their learning-filled, laughter-fueled
seminars. Remember, seven days without
laughter makes one weak.
2 Cornish hens cut in half
(4 pieces)
1 cup instant rice
1 medium onion chopped
2 celery sticks chopped
2 cups cubed (day-old) bread
1/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts)
2 tablespoons grated Romano
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
large beaten egg
egg white slightly beaten
tablespoons white wine
can chicken broth
tablespoons canola or
vegetable oil
3 tablespoons butter or
1 large garlic clove (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup water
Cook one cup of instant rice in a saucepan as directed on
the package. Cover and set aside.
Place oil, and butter or margarine in a skillet to heat.
Slowly add chopped onion and celery. Stir and cook until onion is opaque. Add chicken broth and cubed bread. Stir until
all bread is thoroughly softened. Remove from burner. Pour
contents into a large bowl. Add cooked instant rice, pignoli,
grated cheese, parsley, poultry seasoning and salt to taste.
Mix thoroughly. Then add wine and stir. Refrigerate.
Wash Cornish hen halves and wipe with paper towel. Cut
garlic clove in half. Rub garlic over skin of Cornish hens.
Then rub a little margarine or butter over the skin. Spray
roasting pan with vegetable oil. Place Cornish hen halves
skin side down in roasting pan.
Remove stuffing from refrigerator. Add beaten egg and
mix thoroughly. Cradle two to three tablespoons of stuffing
on top of each Cornish hen half. Beat egg white lightly.
With pastry brush, gently brush the egg white over the stuffing. This helps keep the stuffing in place. Cover and bake
in 350°F preheated oven.
Mix lemon juice into water and set aside. After baking
forty-five minutes, remove roasting pan from oven. Add
lemon juice mixture to pan drippings and baste the Cornish
hens. Continue baking and basting for approximately fortyfive minutes or until Cornish hens are fork tender and
stuffing has browned.
NOTE: At times, Mama surprised us with stuffed Cornish
hens on New Year’s Day as an alternate to roasted chicken or
turkey. She often used a variation of her turkey stuffing to
stuff them. My children and I continue to prepare this very
popular meal.
Vita can be reached at [email protected]
• Mayor’s Column (Continued from Page 1)
All together, the dedicated
volunteers produced more
than 14,000 items for donation in only five hours.
These items will be distributed to various non-profits
and community based organizations in the Boston area
such as Room to Grow, Pine
Street Inn, the Women’s
Lunch Place, the Boston
Public Library, and the
The crippling earthquake
that struck Haiti last week
evoked a similar spirit of
service and compassion
worldwide, and Dr. King certainly would have been
proud to witness the outpouring of international support for the victims of the
disaster. We know that overcoming
makes us stronger, and I
was inspired to see how
quickly the people of Boston
rallied to assist not only the
victims of the earthquake
but also our local Haitian
community whose loved
ones were affected by the
Over the last several days,
I was heartened to witness
so many people reach out
and ask how they could help.
I thank the volunteers and
translators that helped us
staff a resource center at
SEIU Local 1199 for the local
seeking updates about the
disaster and their loved
ones. Relief efforts in Haiti
are still in their early stages,
but every bit of assistance
counts, and I’m particularly
proud that three of our EMS
employees volunteered to go
to Haiti as part of a disaster
medical assistance team.
Volunteering is just one
way to help victims and local Haitian families in need.
The City of Boston created a
relief fund through Bank of
America, named “The Fund
for Boston Neighborhoods —
Haitian Family Relief.” I
encourage you to donate to
the fund by visiting any local Bank of America branch
or by mailing checks to
P.O. Box 961555, Boston, MA
Dr. King’s legacy reminds
us all just how important
service and selflessness
are to improving our world.
Responding to the disaster
in Haiti brought this spirit
out in many of us, but
we should strive to keep it
alive in both good times
and bad. You don’t have to
move mountains to make
someone else’s life a little
bit better. You just have to
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• The Socially Set (Continued from Page 9)
Lots of changes began taking place after WWII. Dad
was subbing for the bass
player in Guy Lombardo’s
Orchestra. He and my
mother headed for New York.
When they returned, they
brought a new invention
home, something called a
ballpoint pen. Before this
point in time, everyone
wrote with a fountain pen.
Fountain pens had replaced
the quill pens in the 1800s
and nor ballpoint pens were
going to challenge the arrow
head tipped bladder filled
with ink pens of the first
half of the 20th century. Dad
bought two pens, paying
$15 for one pen and $8 for
the other. Back then, that
was a lot of money, but he
had to have the new invention. Years later, when ballpoint pens became commonplace, I inherited the ones
that were bought in New
York. I know I have one of
them stored someplace in
the cellar.
Of course, the old timers
didn’t buy into the new invention. Babbononno stayed
with his trusty fountain
pen to write with. Grandpa
Christoforo would dress to go
out and always put his trusty
fat orange Mt. Blanc fountain
pen in the breast pocket of
his suit jacket. Many of
the old timers did the same
thing to show the world that
they could write … Grandpa
When Mom and Dad returned from New York, Dad
talked about another invention that was the rage in
New York City, something
called television. I guess the
year was 1947, because
that’s the year that TV came
out there. People ran out to
buy sets to watch the few live
programs that were broadcast on the 2 networks that
were there at the beginning,
NBC and Dumont. There
were a couple of manufacturers that were into supplying the public with radios
and ventured into the unknown as a gamble. They
began manufacturing TV
Philco was one of the first
companies to come out with
a TV set for the general public. Dumont was another,
then General Electric, Admiral, and RCA. They were
followed by several new companies that started up due to
the new invention. Dad
raved about the TV he had
seen. It was about two feet
square with a 9 inch screen
and all kinds of knobs to control the picture: vertical,
horizontal, brightness, contrast, channel selection and
off-on with volume control.
He claimed that once the
sets were turned on and the
tubes warmed up, a picture
showed up and you could actually watch the news, a
baseball game or people performing in front of the cameras at a studio. He was
By this point in time, we
lived at 74 Eutaw Street, on
the top floor, or the penthouse, the term used by my
folks in reference to the fiveroom flat. The three decker
was owned by Ralph and
Grace Manfredonia. The 3decker had belonged to
Grace’s parents, but they
were gone and she and
Ralph were the landlords.
Ralph and Grace weren’t just
landlords. Dad had grown up
with Ralph and Mom with
Grace. They had known each
other from the old neighborhoods that they all came
from many years earlier. As
a result, we spent a lot of
time with them at their
house on Monmouth Street,
which was parallel to Eutaw.
We even had a hole in the
fence that divided the two
back yards to shorten the
time needed to get from one
house to another. They had
3 kids roughly my age and it
was like extended family. On
many an occasion, Dad and
Ralph talked about the new
invention that Dad had seen
in New York.
In 1948, TV hit Boston and
Ralph Manfredonia was one
of the first people in the
neighborhood to buy a TV
set. As a result, we were at
their house a couple of
nights per week watching
whatever was broadcast.
During the late afternoon,
we kids watched shows for
the young folks, Kukla, Fran
and Ollie, or Lucky Pup. Both
were puppet shows designed
for kids our age. The success of these shows led to the
most famous and long-lived
of the afternoon kid’s shows,
Howdy Doody. On Thursday
evenings, we kids were
glued to the 9 inch screen
watching Don Winslow in
the Navy, a spin-off from radio. Dad worked most evenings, especially weekend
nights. Mom and I would
head to the Manfredonia
house. She and Grace would
have coffee and chat while
Ralph and us kids would
watch the Gillette Cavalcade
of Sports featuring Friday
night fights from New York.
This routine lasted for a
year. In 1949, Dad came
home with a TV set one afternoon. He and his brotherin-law, my uncle, Jim
DelloRusso, mounted the
three flights of stairs carry
a big heavy box. They opened
it in the living room and
placed the largest TV I ever
saw on an end table. The set
was a Philco with a curved
top and had a gigantic 12
inch picture tube. Once the
TV was plugged in, Uncle
Jim set up a ladder, opened
up a skylight door that led to
the roof and climbed out
with something that looked
like a bunch of metal poles.
He assembled the poles
with one vertical and two or
three in horizontal positions.
The contraption, which they
called an antenna, was fastened to a tall chimney and
had wires connected to the
vertical pole that Jim ran
down the side of the house
to one of the living room
windows. When the end of
the main wire was brought
inside and connected to the
back of the TV set, Dad adjusted the picture, and yelled
up to his brother-in-law,
who was now joined by
Ralph Manfredonia. Each
command from my father
caused the two men to turn
the contraption, rotating it
until Dad had a clear picture.
When this was accomplished,
they fastened the antenna to
the chimney so it wouldn’t
move, and we were ready to
watch our new giant TV.
Dad brought out a bottle of
Seagrams VO and poured
drinks for Uncle Jim and
Ralph. For the next hour, the
three men marveled over
the new TV, the great reception and how our family was
only the second in the neighborhood to have a TV.
Our house now became the
catch-all for neighborhood
kids in the afternoon and for
the adults during the evenings. A couple of years later,
the family bought a set for
Nanna and Babbononno for
an anniversary present.
Nanna always thought the
people on the screen could
see her and nothing anyone
would say could change her
That’s the way it was
at the beginning of the
post WWII inventions and
we haven’t stopped since.
Loved Ones
Milton residents Annie Madden, left, and Isabel Floyd,
students at the Pierce School, show off their new books.
(Photo by Roger Farrington)
Emmy Whitney and Bennie
and Flash Wiley, just to
name a very few.
….. Looking ahead: We are
all invited to enjoy an “Outdoor Living Extravaganza” on
Saturday, April 24 at the
Four Points Sheraton, Route
1, in Norwood, from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m.
The Gardening Seminar is
sponsored by Proven Winners, whose noted experts
will teach participants about
creative new ways to use
color, the easiest ways to
grow plant varieties, and
how to put together exceptional plant containers —
plus much more.
P. Allen Smith, The Today
Show’s gardening expert,
will be on hand to share
fun and practical advice;
and later we can join him
for book signings and
Other noted speakers include Kerry Meyer, Tim
Wood and Amanda Thomsen.
treated to a goody bag of exciting gifts, including a very
special plant. In addition to
snacks, there will be opportunities to win prizes.
We are told that even our
non-gardening friends will
enjoy this relaxed and entertaining look at “what’s new
in outdoor decor,” Proven
Winners style.
To register or for more
information, including the
speakers’ bios, please visit
www.provenwinners.com and
click on “Outdoor Living
(Be sure to visit Hilda
Morrill’s gardening Web site,
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The Bilingual
The time has come, the walrus said,
of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings
by Sal Giarratani
Una scoperta che potrebbe potenzialmente aprire le porte
alla soluzione del problema della fame nel mondo e’ quella
della carne artificiale prodotta in laboratorio. Se ne puo’
produrre quanto ne serve, senza limiti, e senza produrre
gas nocivi che di solito somo emessi usando metodi
tradizionali. In passato c’erano stati tentativi per creare
carni. L’allevamento di bovini, e di suini per un futuro,
crescente consumo di queste carni si deve adeguare
all’aumento della popolazione mondiale. Stavolta sembra
che gli scienziati, e ricercatori, dell’universita’ di
Eindhoven, in Olanda, siano riusciti a creare bistecche
di maiale facendole crescere da un tessuto del muscolo di
suino immerse in uno speciale brodo del sangue di feti
animali. L’esperimento e’ perfettamente riuscito, tranne
per un particolare importante: non c’e’ stato un test, e
nessuno ha assaggiato la bistecca, come viene riferito dal
giornale londinese “Daily Telegraph”. La notizia e’ stata
accolta con scetticismo. Gli scienziati sono convinti che il
prodotto si puo’ migliorare, e nel giro di cinque anni puo’
essere lanciato nel mercato, venduto in supermercati e
negozi di alimntari. Il metodo seguito sembra semplice.
Sotto la guida del fisiologo, Prof. Mark Post, sono state
estratte cellule staminali embrionali presenti nel muscolo
(di un maiale) e posto sul vetrino di Petri, e poi trasferite in
microsphere di collagene poroso, e trasformate in fibre
muscolari ed applicate nelle microsphere di collagene.
Le microsphere, cosi’ strutturate, subiscono un
trattamento dentro un bi-reattore, e poi bombardate con
microsonde. Cosi’ si ottiene la carne commestibile.
Seguendo la stessa procedura si possono creare anche filetti
di pesce ricavati da cellule muscolari di pesciolini. Beh, ne
riperleremo fra cinque anni!
A discovery that could potentially solve the problem of
worldwide hunger is the creation of artificial meat in a
laboratory. Any amount can be produced, without limits,
and without the emission of polluting gas, typical of traditional methods. There have been similar attempts in the
past to create meats from cattle, or pigs, to satisfy an ever
increasing demand for these meats by an ever increasing
world population. This time it seems that the scientists,
and researchers of the University of Eindhoven, Holland,
have been able to grow pork steaks from a sample of a pig’s
muscle in a particular broth made of the blood of animal
fetuses. The experiment was successful, except for an important detail: there was no control-test, and nobody tried
the steak, as reported by London’s “Daily Telegraph”. The
news created no enthusiasm, just skepticism. But the
scientists are convinced that the product can be improved
and marketed in about five years, and ultimately sold in
food stores and in supermarkets.
The methodology followed appears to be simple. Under the
leadership of physiologist, Dr. Mark Post, stem cells were
extracted from embryos found in a pig’s muscle, and placed
on a Petri dish, then transferred onto microspheres of porous
collagen, and then transformed into muscle fibers and added
to the microspheres (with collagen). The microspheres, in
structured format, were treated in a bioreactor, then
subjected to microwaves. And that’s how the edible meat is
artificially produced.
By following a similar method, fish filets can also be
obtained from muscle cells of little fishes. Well, let’s see
what happens in the next five years!
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My niece Danikka Giarratani Moses
gathered together for the weekly “Women
of Wisdom” meet up. The girls from left
to right, Danikka, Kristen DeMayo, Rachel
Skeritt, Andrea George, Sarah Sian,
Deanna Salemme and Lynn Burke meet
every week to discuss things from politics,
food, fashion, books and more.
President Barack Obama has recently
called for placing a tax on all so-called
Cadillac health insurance plans. House
Democrats have adamantly opposed such a
tax plan. As Senate and House Democrats
try to come up with a plan acceptable to both
the House and Senate, the president has
interjected his strong belief in taxing highend health plans. Both private sector and
public employee unions have worked hard
over the years in getting good health insurance for their members and oppose a tax on
such plans.
Personally, I don’t see my health insurance plans as “Cadillac” but more like a Ford
or Mercury.
The only folks with Cadillac health insurance are the folks up on Capitol Hill or inside the White House. Taxing working families and the middle class on their health
insurance plans which unions have worked
hard to negotiate with employers should not
be taxed and the idea should be taken off
the White House table.
When I recently moved from Roslindale to
Eastie, I filled out the change of address with
the Post Office. Mail going to Roslindale was
supposed to be forwarded to East Boston.
Mostly, it worked but I said mostly. The other
day, one of my bills arrived in the mail to
me inside another envelope. It seems the
Post Office knows I’m gone from 02131 but
the yellow sticker on with my new address
said return to sender. So, my bill was sent
back and then redelivered by my bank using
the new address provided on the stick-on.
Of course, my due date was long past. Yet,
people think government can provide us
with a health overhaul that works. Under
ObamaCare, the object is never get sick.
Yet, I’m already sick of it all.
The above was the headline in the Wall
Street Journal’s weekend edition for January 9-10.
Another 85,000 jobs were lost in December. With those loses, there were 7.2 million fewer jobs than in December 2007 when
the recession began. The unemployment
rate remained at 10 percent from November. Many workers simply stopped looking
for work or took part-time positions because
they couldn’t find a full-time job. There are
now 15.3 million Americans who are jobless.
There is a new ObamaCare benefit just
announced. Health plans will now cover full
body scans. Only problem, you have to go to
Logan Airport to get yours.
The Sunday Globe recently did a story on
an illegal immigrant living in the Boston
area who needs a new heart. He isn’t on a
waiting list yet for a transplant. His wife also
illegal SURPRISE! says his only problem is
his legal status not his bad heart. He doesn’t
want to go home to Brazil because it sounds
like he doesn’t trust medical science in
Brazil. He likes American doctors better. I’m
not heartless but I don’t really feel that
much empathy over this story. Like I didn’t
a week or so earlier reading the plight of
some woman who had nine children and
numerous fathers. She’s on the dole.
MassHealth, SSDI and God knows what else.
No empathy here either. Great bumper
sticker sighting recently that read: “Keep
Working. Millions on Welfare Depend On
You.” Only in America. As I said, Great
Country America, especially if you don’t
come from here. Or aren’t working. America
is the “Great Enabler”.
Last year, Northwest Airlines, I believe,
lost $5 billion. At the same time Delta was
in the red about $6 billion. So, what to do?
Merge! And merge they did by year’s end.
Makes sense, doesn’t? If you’re company is
losing money, find another company in the
same predicament and see if the two can
turn things around for the better.
Makes sense, doesn’t it ... NOT! Sounds
like merging Edsel with the Yugo and coming up a winner. Hey, after all, it is like the
cold temperatures. Cold is cold and losing
money is just losing money, right?
“Good night, John-Boy, Good night Erin,
Goodnight, Grandpa, Good night mama!”
Remember the Waltons up in the Blue Ridge
Mountains of Virginia? Every night before
bed the family would say goodnight and put
all the lights out. Now, it seems the liberal
Democrats in Washington have become
Walton Democrats because they’re putting
all the lights out before going to work instead of bed.
Democratic leaders reportedly plan to forge
a final health reform bill behind closed doors
and hiding public policy from the public.
Both House and Senate must reconcile differences in each of their bills and come up
with one bill. Traditionally, both bills would
go to a conference committee to hash out
their differences with members from both
chambers and parties working together. The
committee meetings have usually been conducted in public view, as they should be.
House Minority Leader John Boehner,
R-Ohio, calls the Democrats’ plan to bypass
it all a “shady backroom deal.” One House
Democratic aide told a blogger that “this process cuts out the Republicans”.
What happened to all the much-touted
transparency talk? Back while running for
president, Obama said “We’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN and make
sure that we’re “going to allow people to stay
involved in this process.” That was then.
This is now. Despite all that high talk and
promises, C-SPAN’s offer to televise the negotiations in their entirety has not been accepted. Our lawmakers are elected servants
of the people, not unaccountable old-style
Soviet masters who make laws in secret.
Modern society seems to get sicker by the
moment. I’ve worked for the Department of
Mental Health and had thought I’d seen
everything and then WHAM, something
more incredible comes along to make everything I saw before seem benign. A recent
news story on the TV tells of a recent conviction in court. A man was found guilty of
making whoopie with his roommate’s rabbit.
Yes, you heard it right. Not his roommate’s
girlfriend, his roommate’s pet rabbit. I won’t
go into details but it appears Dante’s Inferno
is filling up fast.
Is anything considered abnormal these
days? Or is wacko the new normal? As bad
as Elmer Fudd was about that “crazywabbit,”
only he wanted to do was shoot Bugs Bunny.
Remember those Planet of the Apes movies
back in the late sixties and early seventies?
It is starting to look like a reality show.
Soon, Bob will be introducing newlyweds of
different species. So Eddie, tell me and the
audience how you two met. Well Bob, it was
love at first sight at the Franklin Park Zoo,
and we’re hoping to have kids too. That’s
just great. Thanks for sharing that with the
audience. The rabbit guy is being evaluated
somewhere right now to see if he’s suited
for a jail cell. Hey, the guy might like being
caged. Hey, we certainly are becoming a
quite sick society, aren’t we?
• News Briefs (Continued from Page 1)
winter. One year down
there, I went for a power
walk on Christmas day in
running shorts. What am I
still doing up here complaining about the cold?
Beam Kirk Back Up
to the Vulcans
Thank God, the special
election to finish out the late
Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate
seat is over.
Now, we can get rid of US
Senator Paul Kirk, the best
reason ever for keeping a
Senate seat vacant. Nine
days before the election,
there he was in the Boston
Herald talking about his job
to both represent the people
an d the wishes of Kennedy’s
legacy. Well, this sorry chapter of Massachusetts political history has closed.
Meeting Friends at
Annual Breakfast
I recently attended the
annual Middlesex Deputy
Sheriffs Association breakfast out at the Hilton in
Woburn and ended up sitting
next to two friends, Fred
and Jo Fernandez from the
St. Joseph Society on Charter Street in the North End.
Annual Italian American
Police Awards Banquet
The Annual Awards Banquet for the Massachusetts
Italian American Police Officers Association will be
held at the Hilton Hotel in
Woburn on February 27. Dinner starts at 6pm. For more
info call 781-316-5024 or
“Sal Esposito”
Must be One Cool Cat
Just heard an East Boston
cat has been called to jury
duty. Can a cat really do his
or her civic duty? Usually,
they just lay around the
house waiting for treats or
their box to be cleaned. Even
though this cat has officially
asked to be excused from his
duty, he’s still supposed to
show up as of now. And perhaps render judgment on
someone. His family listed
him on the census form as
“Sal Esposito” and clearly indicated he was a cat. According to this story, his owner
Anna Esposito filed for Sal’s
disqualification of service,
but was denied. He is supposed to show up at Suffolk
Superior Court on March 23.
Anna said she just might
have to put him in a carry
cage and take him into court.
File this one in Animal Court.
Dear Fire Commissioner
Just a little note to let you
know, the guys at Ladder 1/
Engine 8 would like a new
stove in the firehouse to go
along with the approved
kitchen make-over. Recently, it took the guys 1
hour to boil a three minute
egg. With the way things are
going, soon it will take a
couple of years to boil tripe.
For tripe, that’s still not long
enough for me. But the guys
do deserve a better stove to
work their culinary magic in
between fire calls.
Happy Birthday
Mr. Mayor
former four term mayor of
Quincy back in the eighties
just celebrated his 80 th
birthday. He served in
Quincy public office for 32
years holding every possible
elected office, school committee, ward councilor and
at-large councilor. He is the
Randy Johnson of Quincy
politics. Oh yeah, he also is
an expert on Quincy political
history. You have a question
on the subject and he’ll have
the answer. Happy Birthday,
Frank ... and many more!
Lt. Kelley’s
1st Anniversary Mass
On Sunday, January 9,
St. Ann’s Church in Wollaston, Mass., was packed with
family, friends and fellow
firefighters attending the
1 st anniversary Mass for
Lt. Kevin Kelley who died in
the line of duty. Lt. Kelley
has not been forgotten, the
sacrifices he made over his
career or the ultimate sacrifice made that Friday afternoon one year ago as Ladder
26 raced out of control down
Parker Hill Ave., and into a
brick wall on Huntington
Ave. As the lieutenant of
Ladder 26 company, he reportedly blasted the air horn
warning all of the speeding
apparatus flying down the
hill. His job was to keep innocent people from getting
hurt and trying to keep his
own men safe. He was thinking of everyone else in those
last few moments of his life.
In the end, only one life was
lost, his own.
I was at that Mass remembering my friend and thinking about the interactions
the two of us had over the
Either at Mass Mental
Health Center on Fenwood
Road where I worked as a
police officer when Ladder 26
and Engine 37 would respond
rapidly to alarms within the
building or chance encounters waiting for our Chinese
takeouts at Cathay Pacific in
North Quincy.
I can still picture his smile
and the zest for life he had,
his sense of humor and his
dedication as a member of
the Boston Fire Department.
Geting Older All the Time
If you are as old as me, you
remember Gumby, right? I
loved those Gumby episodes.
Gumby also had a pony
named Pokey but I digress.
Gumby began in 1955 on the
Howdy Doody Show on NBC.
Afterward those Gumby cartoons were often run on
“Boomtown” on Saturday
mornings. Gumby became
the #1 toy in America back
in the ’70s when President
Nixon met his Waterloo at
the Watergate. Art Clokey
the animator who created
Gumby died recently at age
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EXTRA Innings
by Sal Giarratani
Enters Hall Alone
Andre Dawson was elected
to the Hall of Fame on January 6, receiving 77.9% of the
votes cast by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers’
Association of America. Bert
Blyleven came close at 74.2
percent, missing election by
just five votes. Andre Dawson
was an outfielder for the
Expos, Cubs, Red Sox and
Marlins. He was an 8-time
All-Star and was the 1987 NL
MVP. He is one of three players to exceed 400 homers
and 300 stolen bases and
won eight Golden Gloves. His
career stats included a .279
average, 2,774 hits, 438
homers, 1,591 RBI and 341
stolen bases.
Slugger Mark McGwire
who has 583 home runs received just 23.7 percent. The
steroid scandal may forever
keep him out of the Hall in
Cooperstown. Next year,
Baltimore’s Rafael Palmeiro
goes on the ballot but don’t
expect “Mr. Viagra” to do
much better than poor
McGwire. Hopefully, Bert
Blyleven will get in next
year. In his long career, he
was a 287-game winner,
had 3,701 strike-outs and
60 shutouts. He also had
bad luck. He lost 18 games
in his career in which he
allowed one or no earned
runs. He easily should
have been a 300 game
They Were Never Exactly
“Remember the Titans”
But ...
Recently, on the Sports
pages of the NY Times they
had a good column on the old
Montreal Expos. This team
even made it into the script
of the “Newhart” series
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Trial Court
Suffolk Probate and Family Court
24 New Chardon Street
P.O. Box 9667
Boston, MA 02114
Docket No. SU10P0061EA
In the Estate of
Late of BOSTON, MA 02113
Date of Death November 17, 1971
years ago when George the
handyman wonders aloud
about the Expos saying, “I
can’t figure out their hats.
I mean, is it an “M” or are
they trying to spell out
Folks in Montreal really
liked hockey a whole lot
more than baseball and
the Expos team from 1969
through 2004 were like distant cousins to the Montreal
Canadians. Fans there liked
goals more than home
Andre Dawson just got
elected to the Hall of Fame.
Gary Carter wears an Expos
cap on his Cooperstown
plaque. Tim Raines is still
on the hall ballot. Larry
Walker makes the ballot
at the end of this year.
Cy Young winners Randy
Johnson who just retired
and Pedro Martinez still trying to hang in there in Philly.
Both played for the Expos.
Jason Bay was drafted by
Montreal. Pitcher Steve
Rogers played his 13-year
career as an Expos player.
They became the Washington Nationals in 2005 but
there is no recognition that
they used to be the Montreal
Expos. The Times article
went on to say that both Gary
Carter and one of my favorite sluggers Rusty Staub both
learned to speak French ...
Dawson played 11 seasons
with the Expos and 6 in Chicago as a member of the
Cubs. Whose hat will he go
in wearing? Cooperstown
makes the final decision.
Carter hopes Andre goes in
as a member of the Cubs so
that he can get honored
somewhere for his hall election. As for Carter, he said,
“I enjoyed my time up in
Montreal. I’m very proud that
emblem is on my Hall of
Fame plaque.”
Big Unit Shuts Down
Randy Johnson is retiring
after 22 major league seasons. The Big Unit who
last June became the 24 th
pitcher to win 300 games
made the announcement on
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Trial Court
Probate and Family Court Department
Docket No. PL09D1585DR
APT -1
To all persons interested in the above
captioned estate, a petition has been
presented requesting that LOUELLA S.
LONDON of Virginia Beach, VA be appointed
administratrix, of said estate to serve With
Personal Surety.
February 11, 2010.
First Justice of this Court.
Date: January 12, 2010
Richard Iannella, Register of Probate
Run date: 1/22/10
To the above named Defendant:
A Complaint has been presented to this
Court by the Plaintiff, ISILDA R. PINA,
An Automatic Restraining Order has been
entered in this matter preventing you from
taking any action which would negatively
impact the current financial status of either
party. Please refer to Supplemental Probate
Court Rule 411 for more information.
You are required to serve upon Isilda R.
Pina - plaintiff - whose address is 48 Jordan
Street, Brockton, MA 02301 your answer on
or before April 12, 2010. If you fail to do so,
the Court will proceed to the hearing and
adjudication of this action. You are also
required to file a copy of your answer in the
office of the Register of this Court at
Witness, Catherine P. Sabaitis, Esquire,
First Justice of said Court at PLYMOUTH, this
13th day of January 2010.
Robert E. McCarthy
Register of Probate Court
Run date: 1/22/10
Run date: 1/22/10
January 5. Said Johnson, “I
really wanted to go out on my
terms. I just feel like there’s
not a lot more for me to do in
this game. I just think it’s a
natural progression when
you play this long. Eventually, you have to say it is
time.” A 5-time Cy Young
Awards, the 46 year old lefty
owns a World Series ring and
co-MVP honors. He was a 10time All Star, threw two
no-hitters, one of them a perfect game, and is second in
the all time strikeout list
behind Nolan Ryan’s 5,714.
Lifetime Johnson was 303166 with 4,875 strikeouts for
Montreal, Seattle, Houston,
Arizona the NY Yankees and
San Francisco.
It is a St. Louis Holiday?
Matt Holliday is staying put
with the St. Louis Cardinals,
agreeing to a $120 million,
7-year deal.
When Eddie Shallow
Played for the Back Bay
Most people today know
Eddie Shallow of Dorchester
as a conservative newspaper columnist. His pieces
often show up here in the
Post-Gazette but long before
he joined the US Army
during the Korean War,
Shallow played first base.
He was a skinny kid who
played a great first base. He
recently passed on to me a
1948 photo taken at the old
Fens Stadium. He was posing with the star pitcher of
the Back Bay Bombers
named Owney Woods. In the
photo, Ed is standing on the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The Trial Court
Suffolk Probate and Family Court
24 New Chardon Street
P.O. Box 9667
Boston, MA 02114
Docket No. SU09P2662EA
In the Estate of
Late of E. BOSTON, MA 02128-1010
Date of Death March 12, 2006
To all persons interested in the above
captioned estate, a petition has been
presented requesting that RAQUEL
MARQUES of La Jolla, CA or some other
suitable person be appointed administrator
of said estate to serve With Corporate Surety.
February 11, 2010.
First Justice of this Court.
Date: December 3, 2009
Richard Iannella, Register of Probate
Run date: 1/22/10
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Columnist Bob Hanna. originally of Fields
Corner Dorchester, pictured with Paul
Tonight, January 22nd , Friday Night Live,
at the Roxy in Boston’s Theater District. The
16-0-1, 10 KO’s Hammerin Hank Lundy,
battles Richard “El Tigre” Abril, who’s 12-1,
6 KO’s. Hammerin Hank predicts three
rounds. Quincy war Veteran Chris Traietti
at 8-1, 5 KO’s, takes on Eddie Caminero 5-3,
5 KO’s, Danny O’Connor of Framingham at
10-0, 3 KO’s, Simeon Dunwell 10-1, 3 KO’s,
Boston light-heavyweight Maceo Crowder
1-0, 1 KO, Quincy junior lightweight Ryan
“The Polish Prince” Kielczewski at 6-0,
2 KO’s, and Connecticut Middleweight David
Bauza 3-0, 3 KO’s, duke it out in separate
Here at the Southern New England Golden
Gloves Tournament in Fall River. This is one
of four, Championship Tournaments in New
England. Each area crowns their own Champion; Fall River Southern New England, and
the others in Western, Eastern, and Northern parts of New England. They are represented by the Host city, in their area.
Holyoke, Lowell, Portland Maine, and Fall
River. Then they are matched in Fight City
Lowell, for the New England Title Finals. This
was a very good fight card, here in Fall River.
Many promising champions, on display this
night. All but one, won by decision; Emmanuel DaGarcia defeated Joseph Santana, William Bulger of Milton, scored the only Kayo
this night. His cornermen Tim Fitzgerald,
and his Trainer Mr. Stanton did a fine job
with this warrior. He defeated David Balasco,
Darren Wilson won over Ryan Granado of
New Bedford, Steven Farrar of Quincy defeated Efren Nunez, Alim Kivaza of Yarmouth
defeated Franklin Ceme, David Santos won
over Jose Ortiz, Nefftali Jean-Felix of Farrell
Boxing Quincy won over Zack Limke of Rhode
Island, Gerald Shifonte of the Petronelli Gym
won over Matt O’Donnell of Quincy, John
Smith of Warwick won over Keenan Moses
of Providence, Brandon Fournier defeated
Damon Town, Robert Rodriquez won over
Melvin Smith. All were winners on this fight
card. The showed up. Faced adversity, and
by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr.
Bob McCarthy, Brian Legendre and Jason
confronted an opponent. Standing up to an
opponent is something you’ve done to never
forget. The results of their effort, is something to always treasure. That’s what I call
“Success!” In the words of Rocky. “Yo
Adrian!” “You did it!”
I’m sitting by Bob Hanna. Superb Columnist, for the New Bedford Standard Times. Bob
Hanna, grew up in Dorchester. He grew up,
in “Fields Corner!” He’s quite familiar with
Tinker Picot, Norman Hayes, Tommy
Collins, Mickey Dwyer, and the many other
fine fighters, from the Boston area. Several
years ago, he wrote an excellent article on
Tinker Picot. Bob Hanna started writing
many years ago, for his college newspaper,
Suffolk University, and has been writing
great articles since.
The fights, did start late and proceeded on
with plenty of action. Paul Poirier, a retired
accomplished fighter of the ’70s through
1990s, has several promising fighters, waiting to swap a punch or two. Eric Michaud,
and Kevin Cabral. We were acknowledged in
the ring, by Lenard “Low Price” Kaplan,
Wayne Lima, and John Martin. A ten-count,
was given for Vin Vecchione. I’m talking here
with Bobby Smead. He’s celebrating his new
born daughter Peyton “Peky” Smead. Congratulations. Some very good fighters on this
Pugs Luncheon, at the Florian Hall
Dorchester. Ring Leader Tommy Martini,
put together another great time. Pug of the
Month is Mary Nelson. A total of 35, turned
out for this Luncheon. These are the names
of those that signed in.
A Ring 4, Boston meeting, with President
Mickey Finn. In a changing of the Guard
meeting, at the V.F.W. in Braintree. 2010
Ring 4 President Bobby Franklin, Clerk
John O’Brien, Mike Mullen, Tommy Martini, John Buddy Ford, were sworn in, and
in attendance also were members; Don
Green, Eddy Fitzgerald, Jimmy Connors,
Bobby Bower, Mary Nelson.
February 20th There’s a tribute to the great
RIP Allie Colombo, at Joe Angelo’s in
Brockton. This will be put on by Dennis
Marrese. Come on down. Check it out.
Pugs Luncheon at Florian Hall, kneeling is Mickey Finn, standing, left to right: John
O’Brien, Tommy Attardo, Joe O’Leary, Fran “Pop” Lynch, Bobby Franklin, Karen Lynch
O’Leary, Tommy Dargin, Tommy Martini.
by Richard Preiss
O, the throes of January.
Those gray days followed by
cold, deep, dark nights have
once again descended upon
us. The Holidays are over, the
cheerful illumination that lit
up homes, office buildings
and even parks has been disassembled and packed away
for another 11 months.
Now the true darkness descends with nothing to dispel
it. And spring doesn’t even
seem a glimmer on the far off
In the recent past, however,
there was a local bright spot.
It was at the Garden where
the Bruins and Celtics would
be doing their best to bring a
brightness to the dreary days
and forlorn nights.
Now, though, injuries,
losses, frustration and lessthan-positive headlines seem
to be the rule of moment, as
if the atmosphere outside
had penetrated the interior
where once good cheer and
smiles all around had followed numerous mid-winter
A good case in point can be
had by examining the Martin
Luther King Day doubleheader at the Garden — an
occasion that featured the
Bruins taking on the Ottawa
Senators in the afternoon followed by the Celtics meeting
the Dallas Mavericks that
It would be a time for the
two local teams to be in the
spotlight. In a normal January, they might be upstaged
somewhat by the Patriots going deep into the NFL playoffs,
maybe even to the Super
Bowl. But the Pats had bowed
out early and it is still over a
month before any activity at
Red Sox spring training.
Now, all the media attention could be focused on the
two teams that call Causeway
Street home.
The highlight of the afternoon — when a young girl
sang the national anthem
and brought down the house.
The game that followed
brought forth less laudatory comments. The Bruins
loss to Ottawa would be described as “a landslide’ and “a
stinker” in the Boston Herald.
How about a rout? That’s what
it was. Beaten in just about
all phases of the game, the
B’s found themselves looking down the barrel of a 4-0
deficit before scoring early in
the third.
Ottawa won going away,
elevating themselves into a
tie for second place in the
Northeast Division with the
Bruins. The Senators played
well but not one of their fans
came down from Canada’s
national capital city to witness the performance.
How do we know? Well,
Daniel Alfredsson lit up the
scoreboard with a hat trick
and not one lid was tossed
onto the ice. If that had been
Montreal in the Garden numerous examples of headgear
would have adorned the slippery surface.
The contest stood in stark
contrast to two recent highlights. The Winter Classic
overtime victory against
Philadelphia on New Year’s
Day and an overtime shootout
win over Western Conference
leading San Jose on the road.
The latter was a rare bright
spot for the B’s who ranked
third in the entire 30-team
NHL in overtime losses with
The injuries, of course,
have taken their toll — with
sometimes as many as five
players not ready on a given
night. Press releases detail
emergency callups from
Providence as members of the
varsity heal their wounds.
B’s head coach Claude
Julien noted that “none of the
injuries are related to conditioning. It’s really about being banged up because of contact. I don’t know if you want
to call it bad luck but every
year is different. Some years
you go through a whole season and you’re fortunate to
stay away from those injuries, other years you get
more. We’re just one of many
teams that are going through
that right now.”
What may save the B’s is a
good long rest. There’s one
coming up but not right away.
The league will have a two
and a half week break in
the later half of February for
the Winter Olympic Games.
A respite like that might allow the B’s to get a second
wind for the stretch drive that
culminates the regular season and leads to the playoffs.
The changeover at the
Garden brought another
surface — the parquet — but
the result was pretty much
the same. It was a 99-90 loss
to Dallas — which currently
trails only the Lakers in the
overall Western Conference
It was the third consecutive setback at home for the
Celtics and their seventh on
the Causeway Street court.
Just how bad was that? Consider that when the C’s left
the floor after that defeat they
had more losses here than on
the road (five). That’s more
home losses than in the
entire two prior seasons.
“I don’t look at it as being
home. I just look at the game
in general,” offered Ray Allen
after the proceedings had
been brought to a close. “In
the third quarter we came out
and we didn’t have great energy. We have to put together
48 minutes if we want to be
good and successful for a
longer period of time.”
Asked if visiting teams are
no longer fearful of coming to
the Garden, Allen stated: “It’s
not about being afraid of the
building as much as being
afraid of the team. Right now
we have to put up a stronger
The stronger front, of
course, is personified by
Kevin Garnett — who continues to recuperate from a
hyper-extended right knee.
When he returns is when the
front will get stronger.
For the record, it was a good
day for the bean counters —
both games were sellouts. But
everyone else left the Garden
wearing long faces. O, the
throes of January.

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