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1 i II,h.h.h...Ih.lh.lf.....Ih.hlth,h.h..hhlh..h.I! ~" ........... "~ ....... ~'-""~IXED ~ 0t0 St4 P3 PAUL JEFFKO SIWALL TOWN PAPERS, mC. S026 CALJFORNIA AVF_ SW ....... SEATTLEW, AgIIIWq~. . . " . = . _ . - ---.. m THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS i (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 114 - NO. 1 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 1, 2010 $.30 A COPY from amela ©onnaruma and the Staff of the ost-Gazette First Night is Boston's premiere event of the year. Thousands flock to Boston to enjoy the music, theater, ice sculptures and fireworks. Ice Sculptures will be on display in various areas of Boston after the New Year. For more information log onto ;iiiiiii]iii~ ii iI ii ii i % ii i Amy the Wellness Coach It is nice to know with the economy still sickly that the spirit of entrepreneurship is still alive and well. Some stuff you can't outsource overseas. Charlestown businesswoman Amy Coughlin has started her own company Amy's Interior Gardens. She's a wellness coach. I'm sure we could all use some wellness in our lives, right? For .more information, check her com- pany out at www, I'm sure following their "victory" at Bunker Hill; the British Redcoats could have used a wellness coach. Sad Anniversary in Eastie This past Christmas was the sixth Christmas together for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel who believe together they can and together they will re-open the shuttered Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Who would have believed that a small band of parishioners would hang in their so long? The Boston Archdiocese has to be amazed by the determination of this Italian American community of believers being so faithful toward their spiritual anchor. Casa La Paz The other day, Anthony at Contrada's in the North End asked me how things were at the Casa ba Paz. At first you might think it's a new (Continued on Page 15) iii iii ~i~ililI! i iii II!IL !!i~iiii:iiii :iI ii/ i,i!!L % by Thomas M. Menino, 2009 was an exciting year that began with an historic inauguration. While many faced, and continue to face, chal- lenges that come with a tough economy, Boston has become a better place to live, work and visit. Shortly after President Obama took office, Boston benefited from a wide- ranging stimulus package that contin- ues to provide jobs and fund new hous- ing for residents and improve busy roads around the city. We pushed hard for every possible dollar, and those efforts saved the jobs of teachers and police officers and created 850 summer jobs for students. It also makes possible renovations to the Dorchester Avenue corridor and the housing complex at Washington Beech. To date, the City has received nearly $270 million to jumpstart our economy. But more federal dollars are at stake. As much as $250 million in federal "Race to the Top" funds are available to states that show they're serious about reforming education. Beginning on January 5th, state representatives will debate an education reform bill that would not only position Massachusetts to receive this critical funding but would also give Superintendent Carol Johnson the flexibi!ity to transform under- Mayor, City of Boston performing chools, Allcy to transform- ing schools would be the ability to create Horace Mann Schools, a type of in- district charter school. We must be willing to try new ideas when the old methods aren't working. While we push legislators on Beacon Hill to pass education reform and meet the January 19th application deadline for "Race to the Top" funds, we're proud of the positive changes we've made in Boston Public Schools this year. Students at six schools are discovering new learning opportunities through out- door classrooms, while parents are learning how to be involved with their child's education through Parent University. School officials have also worked with parents to develop a curriculum geared toward children with autism. Even after students leave BPS, our "Getting Ready, Getting In, and Get- ting Through," program promotes college success and aims to double the college graduation rate of BPS graduates. Just as we've implemented innovative programs in our schools, we generated creative ideas to better serve everyone in Boston. In October, we unveiled an iPhone application that allows residents (Continued on Page 12) THE POST-GAZEI"rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from I1:00 AM to 2.'00 PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information