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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 1,2010 Page 7 Murphy... As I See It As we salute the old, and ring in the ;~' snew, this New Year promises to be a better one for every- onel ... 2009 Special Awards to Deserving People ... Man of the Year, Clark Moulaison, East Boston Main Streets Director ... Out- standing Service to the Commu- nity, Police Captain Bob Cunningham ... Best Enter- miner of Sinatra Songs, Clerk Magistrate Joe Faretra ... Woman of the Year, Liz Smith, President of the Everett Co-Op Bank ... Best Dressed Boston City Coun- cilor, Sal LaMattina ... Most Handsome, State Represen- tative Carlo Basile ... Gentle- man of the Year, John Nucci ... Best Club of the Year, The Kiwanis Club ... The Most Stand Up Guy Award, Pat Capogreco ... Businessman of the Year, Neffo Cappuccio ... Good Citizen Award, Vinnie leni ... Best Family Restau- rant, with an affordable priced menu Kelley's Pub ... Best Restaurant for Elegant Dining, Ecco Restaurant ... Best Food in an Italian Restau- rant, Rino's Place ... Friendly, and Coziest Coffee Shop Elite Donut ... Most Caring and As- tute Politician, Sal LaMattina ... Excellent Service, First Priority Credit Union ... Most Respected, Affordable Hous- ing Agency Director, A1 Caldarelli, C.D.C. Commu- nity Development Corp ... Newcomer Award, Franz Israel, East F oston Chamber Director ... Most Dedicated to East Boston Over the Years, the Todisc0 Family ... Best Bank for Service, Everett Co-Op .,. Individual Commu- nity Service Award throughout the Years, Buddy Mangini ... Most Impressive Non-profit Organization for the Arts, ZUMIX ... Best Homemade Pasta and Ravioli Award, Spinelli's ... Computer Expert Award, Shinn Chen ... Newly Renovated Jewelry and Gift Shoppe, Pericola's ... Eastie' s First Family, The Tauro fam- ily ... Breaking the Record for the Longest Term as Mayor of Boston, His Honor Mayor Tom Menino ... Best Radio Talk Hosts, Laura Ingrams and Michele McPhee ... The Most Resilient Neighborhood Group the Mount Carmel survivors ... Personality Plus, Tony from Tufts Tobacco! ... Look Alike Award, Barney Frank and Mayor Tom Menino ... Worse Governor Award, Deval Patrick, tied with the former governor Mike Dukakis ... Academy Award Winner for Best Acting President, Barack Obama ... Fraud Award, AI Gore ... Landmark Business Awards, Jeveli's Restaurant, Peri- cola's Gift Shop and the famous Santarpio's Pizza ... Changing America's Traditions Award, Ultra Liberal Demo- crat MoonBats ... Predic- tions: The Italia Unita Feast will draw mega crowds at their most spectacular 9 010 feast! ... Obama's Govern- ment Healthcare plan will fall flat ... The Lombardo fam- ily will build a grandiose condo complex on Meridian Street ... The City of Boston will update their equipment to the 21st century ... City Hall with more bad news of corruption ... Revere will build a mega-complex along Ocean Avenue, and trans- form Wonderland Dog Track into a real wonderland! ... President Obama's second year as president will be a disaster ... The Boston Globe will go under new manage- ment ... There will be an up- rising by citizens protesting the spending of taxpayers money by incompetent poli- ticians ... Boston home-own- ers and commercial busi- nesses will become outraged at Mayor Menino's property tax increases .... More people will flee Massachusetts to live in other states ... Alle- gations of fraud by politi- cians will become infectious ... 80 Border Street, Atlantic Works Gallery will flourish ... Sumner Street will boom with eclectic businesses and restaurants becoming one of the hottest places to live ... The East Boston Health Cen- ter will build a new state- of-the-art building in Maver- ick Square ... 175 McClellan Highway, Bulgroup Proper- ties will become part of East Boston's business commu- nity and revitalize the area with commercial rentals and more! ... The war in the Middle East will continue ... Promises: Banks will hire more tellers ... Dunkin Do- nuts will improve their cof- fee ... The city of Boston will increase police presence on the streets ... Law enforce- ment will make more drug arrests ... Massport will build an ice skating rink in Bremen Street Park ... 3,200 scientists will prove global warming to be a hoax ... The stock market will continue it's upward trend ... Happy New Year! ... Till next time! Recently my mother and I were reminiscing -- or rather she was -- about my early days attending Italian School on Saturdays at St. John's School. Truthfully, now in Los Angeles, I had left behind my memories of Saturday Italian school lessons along with thoughts of Modern Pastry, sounds of the Roma band and my favor- ite potato and egg subs. I also thought it highly possible that my mother may have painted a much lovelier pic- ture in her mind of my Sat- urday Italian lessons than I had. After all, I had spent ev- ery Saturday morning study- ing while other kids hung out at the ice skating rink. Like most important conver- sations, I would only come to understand its significance much later. My Duet with Andrea Bocelli Andrea Bocelli sings holi- day carols on TV. I am busy on my computer typing, only half-paying attention. He is asked about his favor- ite Christmas carols. With- out a pause he explains that Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle is a special song in Italy during the holiday season. Almost involuntarily I sing to myself, "Tu scendi dalle stelle, o Re del cielo ..." Suddenly I stop. "That can't be right. I've never heard that song," I by Heather Langone think to myself." Then like an echo, Bocelli sings back the tune I had just recalled. And it hits me: Italian school. I laugh to myself, half-acknowledging the connection. A New Found Gratitude Italian school -- who would have thought I would be re- membering it so fondly? Suddenly I am right back there remembering holiday preparations with friends as Professor Valdesolo con- ducted the choir. I recall now how I had never laughed so hard -- half from embarrass- ment and half from innocent fun -- as I danced the Tar- antella with my friend Tina. We were so silly. I even try to remember the details of the story of La Befana. I fully allow myself this moment. Then it occurs to me, that at the time, Prof. Valdesolo's passion for all things Italy, his wish to bring knowledge to the North End children -- some of whom, ehem, really didn't want to be there -- may not have resonated with me then. But now I dis- cover a new found gratitude for my Saturdays spent studying Italian at a little school in the North End. Buona Festa! Christmas 2009 has come and gone. All of the students who studied at Italian school have since moved on as I have. But there are memo- ries, lessons, and a heritage to behold. As I sit in my sunny apartment in Los An- geles, I laugh at how I used to grumble at the icy tem- peratures back then and now often long for those walks home in the cold, down the cobble stone streets of the North End. Certainly, I now acknowledge that I do have many memories of my fellow Italian school chums, children with not a whole lot in common but the love of all things Italian. So, during this "Little Christmas" sea- son, I say in my limited and most probably incorrect Ital- ian vocabulary, "Buona Festa e Buon Anno" a tutti! Mille Grazie, Prof. Valdelsolo!" Many thanks. For one day my children will hear the story of La Befana. They will hear -- probably as they cover their ears on the twentieth retelling -- the stories of when I was a little girl, singing and dancing with my best friend Tina on Saturdays as we studied Ital- ian at a little school in The North End. Heather Langone After receiving her gradu- ate degree in screenwrit- ing from The University of Southern California, Heather Langone optioned (Continued on Page 15) Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers" questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light- hearted! Thanks. I hope all my readers had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the holiday with family and friends. I had a great Christmas and the enjoyment of going to work everyday. Sitting in my of- fice with all the beautiful Christmas decorations and looking at the tree with the lights has brought me so much joy this year and to work with a wonderful group of people you have no idea the love that I receive each and everyday. This Christ- mas was special. The pre- sents where unbelievable and the new fashion of clothes I'll be wearing is re- markable. I mean what dog wears a cashmere sweater to work? I am as lucky as a pooch can get; to have such wonderful and happy friends around me all the time. Now we turn into a "New Year" and we hope this year will be a better year for everyone and a healthy one at that. Each article that I write I think of ALL our men and woman in the service that are fighting to keep us safe and in most ways I will be very happy when ALL our MEN and WOMAN are HOME with their loved ones. We need to keep them in our thoughts that this terrible situation we are in will fi- nally come to an END. To all my pooch friends and their human companions and to ALL my readers and for those of you that would like to sub- scribe to the Post-Gazette please give me a call 617- 227-8929 and I will be more then glad to get that paper out to you each and every week and most importantly every other week you will be able to read my column and tell me what you think. Now that would make a perfect gift for someone for their birthday, or a special occa- sion or even a special thought. If you read my col- umn and enjoy it you know someone special will love to read the Post-Gazette. So for now kccp that thought in mind. Life is wonderful ... Happy New Year to ALL Italian Interpreter Tour Guide Translations Si eseguono Pratiche Notarili Pensioni Call 617.820.8885 E-Mail Francesosca @yahoo.corn INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. 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