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/ Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 1,2010 i pea, kin with Ben Doherty A Christmas Santa Claus Rally- Happy New Year Stocks extended their winning streak as all four major indexes notched 52nd week closing highs. The NASDAQ led with a .7% high. The S&P 500 added .5%, and volume was lighter on both exchanges, as trading closed three hours early for the Xmas holiday, but histori- cally the market picks up in January. New jobless claims came in at 452,000, lower than the 470,000 expected. The durable goods report was good leaping 2%, double what the market was looking for. Computer stocks rose the most, restaurants fell sharply. Apple cleared a hurdle by increasing volume up 65%. High unemploy- ment took its toll on the uni- form-maker Cantas Corp., as profits slipped. Baird ana- lyst Andrea Worth, reiterated her underperforming rating and cut her earnings by 10% to $884 million and reduced her target $2.00 to $26/ share. San Disk, the world's largest maker of flash cards jumped after prices tripled and an analyst from Think Equity raised its rating to buy from hold. Tenet Health- care was up on analysts Ja- son Gurda from Leventh Swan's upgrade to outper- form. Tenet runs hospitals in 12 states, Gannett Co., hit a new high when Wells Fargo analyst John Janeekia. said ecemLr coulJ L Lest Telvent is benefitting from improving transportation and infrastructure. It is ben- efitting from the push to al- ternative energies and in- vestment in alternate in smart-grid technologies. It will make our homes more efficient. By helping elec- tronics to flowing in cities and natural gas moving through pipelines it helps farmers know when and where to plant their grains, and get the best prices for their crops. By helping elec- tronics find the most effi- cient rate to homes and of- fices is giving Telvent much of its current jolt. So called smart grids can more ac- tively control the flow of en- ergy seamlessly in corporate alternatively energy sources, and shut off non critical homes at time of peak de- mand. The government has allotted $3.5 billion in fund- ing for various smart grid projects. Telvant customers have secured $1.5 billion of that. It has also won con- tracts in China and Finland to manage electricity and natural gas flows. Televent managed to integrate DTN Holding, the weather fore- casting and information ser- vices company it bought in 2008. The trick is to evoke from a technology company and helping the company's integration to a higher mar- gL ecLnolo firm. 1,1 remains to iron out. It could take weeks to match the House bill with the Senate version. The differences be- tween the House and Sen- ate bills must be resolved in a conference committee as some House Democrats al- ready are finding faults with the Senate bill. Many are predicting failure as the pro- cess could drag into Febru- ary. President Obama said he planned to work "for sev- eral weeks" on the bill. As the bill gets closer to next November, Democrats in tight races will feel the heat. Outside groups from big busi- ness to big labor are position- ing themselves for a large fight. The House Bill is the right model for reform as it covers more people, and is financial and fair the AFL- CIO says that it is ready to fight for reform, and produce a final bill, that has final reform, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said there is a broad consensus that this bill is wrong for America and will collapse in conference. Major bills sometimes die in conference committee, but there is intense pressure to cut a deal and the Democrats are bent on getting this done as is the Obama administra- tion, as they will strong arm some House and Senate members. Where will Obama spend his political capital9 He may nee(] I[ ~o elp fel- month in three years. The quarter revenues were up low Democrats in November! stock ended up $1.85 to 108.8%versus last year. Rev- 815.75 on good volume, enues were up $367.8 billion. It's time to call your There were a lot of Xmas Senate Democrats pass financial advisor or call me reports! Software firm massive Health Bill but a lot at 617-261-7777. Musical Performance at the North End Branch Library On Saturday, December 12TM, 2009, Boston Public Library's North End Branch hosted a musical perfor- i 3tlh clnni ersanj Louis DeMarco 3ecember 21, 1979 - December 21, 2009 Right now I'm in a different place, And though we seem apart, I'm closer than I ever was... l'm there inside your heart. l'm with you when you greet each day And while the sun shines bri~rltI I'm there to share the sunsets, too... I'm with you even{ night. I'm with you when the times are good, To share a laugh or two, And if a tear should start to fall... I'll still be there for you. And when that day arrives That we no longer are apart, VII smile and hold you close to me... Forever in my heart. Missing you al ays, you, ]Vanny, Shirley R onni Ruth provided a lovely display at the program in the North End Branch. Her CD's were available for purchase as well. mance featuring Ruth Harcovitz ("Boston's Own Julie Andrews"). Her pro- gram was entitled "Christ- Vazza Funeral Homes 262 Beach St., Revere 781-284-1127 11 Henry St., E. Boston 617-567-0955 Louis R. Vazza - Mark A. Tauro Funeral Directors www.vazzafunerals.com mas in the North End." A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Ruth sang many seasonal and holi- day songs. She was accom- panied by Plorence I)unn on the keyboard. A reception followed the program. This program was sponsored, in part, by The Friends of the North End Branch Library. The North End Branch is located at 25 Parmenter Street, Boston. For further information about services and future programs pro- vided by the library, please call 617:227-8135 .... by Sal Giarratani DISCO is Back on the Back in the day, I think it was usually Saturday Night, I was a dancing fool. They called me John Travolta Junior, Sal Travolta or Disco Sal. I had the look. I had the hair and sideburns. I had the three-piece smokey gray polyester suit. The Cuban heels on my shoes. Loud shirts and white tie. Disco didn't last long enough for me. After Disco, there was RollerDisco and that didn't last long enough either. I used to dance at the Pier on the waterfront or Casa- blanca over in Allston. I took my dancing shoes every- where. Almost forgot, in the late Sixties and early 70s, it was the Boston Tea Party in Boston's South End. I was the first white kid in my neigh- borhood who could do the African Twist. It was like the Spinners doing "Rubberband Man." Back in the Sixties, I was in a band called The SilenSirs. We played a mix of British pop or Motown. I grew up in the 'Bury and loved Soul music. I once snuck into a James Brown concert over at the 0]d Boston Arena. My two all time best songs are "My Girl" by the Temptations or Robert Knight's original "Everlasting Love." oimmc almost any ltlIlfl OI music with a beat and I can dance to it. Rock and Roll, DooWop, Disco, Soul, fast or slow. I've been out of prac- tice for a while but recently got back out onto the dance fall and found out it was just like riding a bike, you never forget. Except, I never rode bikes. But you get the idea. Recently, made it out to a dance party at Lantana's in Randolph and it was great. SAL Dance Floor However, by the time the last song played, I felt like some- body leaving Gold's Gym af- ter a good workout. I forgot how long some songs are but I remembered how short slow songs seem to be when you're floating on air. Dancing is universal. If people danced more, we wouldn't have so much trouble in the world. All people are created equal on the dance floor ex- cept if you come from Roxbury, then you're better than most. In my younger days, I would travel out to the burbs for dances and discov- ered suburban kids couldn't dance a lick. When they were supposed to go up and down, they were going left to right. I felt embarrassed for them. It was their fault, they were dance challenged. I also belong to the Irish Social Club but getting on the dance floor there isn't easy if you can't dance to Irish music. I keep watch- ing but watching ain't doing. The music sounds good but I dance to it like those long ago suburban kids. I embar- myself, The week after Randolph, I hopped over to Dedham and then back. Foxboro. I got the disco fever. Only wish my dark hair COUlfl mal c a comcDacli DUt I've gone salt and pepper and mostly salt. At least it keeps growing. More people also might vote if dancing were allowed inside the polls. Voters should be able to dance al-ound the floor since politicians keep dancing around the issues. No one ever gets old danc- ing, just tired. But it's a good tired if you know what I meanl Letter to the Editor ... Dear Editor, Just to say thanks for a newspaper that tells it the way it is. Your editorials and past history which made our country so great are a plea- sure to read. Also, Dave Saliba, Sr.'s, legal tips, plus his poems, are terrific. I think he would have made a fantastic high school teacher. I can relate to the back page as a former golden glove fan. (Lowell). Keep up the good work!! Sincerely, Edward L. Kinneen FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUtO HOMEOWNERS. TENANTS LIF[ * H[ALTH. BUSINi:SS CROUP Experience makes the difference WE PROMISE TO MEET OR IMPROVE YOUR PRESENT POLICY COVERAGE AT AFFORDABLE RATES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 1 Longfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Boston, MA 02114