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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 6, 2012 Page5 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani KUDOS TO MURPHY AND ROSS The wedding business next year at City Hall could be less profitable for the new City Clerk if Council President Steve Murphy and Councilor Mike Ross have their way. They have filed an ordinance to prevent the clerk from pocketing marriage fees dur- ing business hours. These weddings cost $60 a pop can total; some $60,000 per year. Under the Murphy-Ross pro- posal all that money would go into the city coffers. Says Murphy, "What we're saying is that from 9 to 5, except lunch hour, fees collected for performing weddings at City Hall should go into the gen- eral fund." In a related Beacon Hill story, Rep. Martha Walz, (D-Back Bay) is planning on filing a bill in January that would bar city clerks from ruflning a business during the workday in a public build- ing like City Hall. She wants municipal clerks to be treated the same way we treat other employees under the state ethics law. NH STATE HOUSE REACTS TO CASINO BILL HERE The passage of a bill legal- izing casino gambling in Massachusetts has moved politicians in the Granite State to pass similar legisla- tion up there too. A Salem legislator said New Hamp- shire must act quickly to stay competitive with Massachu- setts. In January, the NH House will act on House Bill 593 which would bring casino gambling to their state. Rock- ingham Park in Salem, NH is expected to be first in line for a license. Under the leg- islation, a second casino would also be allowed. IS THIS WHAT JUDGE GARRITY THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN? I was a proud member of Boston's anti-forced busing movement. Back then, op- ponents of Judge Arthur Garrity's court order for the Boston Public School system believed that parents should not be denied choice in the education of their young children. Many families liked neighborhood schools be- cause they were close to home. Putting kids on buses in Roxbury and sending them to East Boston and vice versa was more about a lib- eral elitist concept of control and less about good public education. Before the buses started rolling in September 1974, the school system had some 90,000 students in it. More than 70% of the stu- dents were white and a third were African-American. To liberals the existence of too ( Matt@o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 i CityFeast C0-H0sts Carla Gomes Proprietor of Antico Fomo and lerramia Paul lrojano Proprietor of Caffe Graffiti Matt and Sean Williams Proprietors of Lucca Jose Duarte Proprietor of Taranta Ray Bourclue and Harvey Wik Proprietors of Tresca Joslin Diabetes Center many schools with over- whelming minority popula- tions was a sign of "segre- gated schools." These folks sued the Boston School Com- mittee in federal court thus leading to Garrity's court de- cision. Kids were merely dif- ferent colored jelly beans to be evenly divided in the city's public school classrooms. Eventually, the student population of the public school system would drop nearly 50% with many white parents fleeing the city. To- day, white students make up about 12% of the total student population. In many public schools in Mattapan, Dor- chester and Roxbury, the public schools are more seg- regated than ever before. The Boston Globe and Bay State Banner newspapers re- cently did stories that in- volved Mattapan's Mildred Avenue K-8 School. Of the more than 700 students that attend this public school, 74% are black, 23% are Hispanic, 1% Asian and 1% white. I guess the liberal desegrega- tion supporters have won the day or have they? Judge Garrity I believed killed the Boston Public Schools in the name of jelly bean counting but not much more. ROBYN'S BAR AND GRILL TO BECOME NEW IRISH PUB Folks in Roslindale are all glad to hear that the old gin mill on Washington Street in Roslindale Village will soon become a neighborhood Irish pub. If all goes according to plans, John Jacob and wife Niamh will open up as soon as possible in the Square. The couple already have Napper Tandy's on Day Street near Norwood Center and are now working on another eatery in Jamaica Plain. He said when the Roslindale pub is opened he will be hiring from the area. Jacob is a past resident of West Roxbury and says he likes what's been happening to Roslindale Village and added, "Roslindale is a good place to get your roots in." I've been to Napper Tandy's in Norwood. It has great food, great music and great atmo- sphere. I enjoyed my time there and if that kind of eat- ery comes to Roslindale it will be well-liked and patronized. A classy Irish pub, how can things get any better, huh? L STREET TAVERN ON NEW YEAR'S MORNING On New Year's morn' Kevin Conroy and the Woods fam- ily at the L Street Tavern hosted a very successful fundraiser for Scleroderma Research before and after the 108 Annual L Street Brown- ies' Polar Plunge. This was Southie's first "time" of 2012. Kudos to both Susan and Jackie Woods, owners of this tavern made famous by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in "Goodwill Hunting.' Kevin Conroy the lead bagpiper from the 103 rd Postal Fire Column Pipe & Drums ran this fund drive. If you didn't make this time, you can still donate by stopping by the tav- ern. No one turns away funds for a good cause like Sclero- derma in South Boston. 16 th ANNUAL TASTE OF EASTIE East Boston Main Streets will be hosting the 16 th An- nual Taste of Eastie at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport on Thursday, January 19. Music by DJ John Dudley with food, fun, raffles, auc- tions and much more. Some 25 restaurants will be serving up some great cui- sine, Latin, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Ital- ian and ..good old American too. Tickets can be pur- chased at MP&CO or at Main Streets on Maverick Street or online at www.ebmain streets.com or 617-561-1044. REMEMBERING PATTY ROSETTI 2 YEAR ANNIVERSARY It is never easy saying good-bye to a loved one. Time passes us by so fast. Before we are ready, God makes His call. Life is about sharing good times and bad. Life is growing with experience. There is no good time for someone to die. There is no right way for us to die. Most of us live in our own denial until we lose someone close to us and then we cherish that life now ,lost from us. We also in moments of grief come to cherish our time'- here on this planet even more. Patty Rosetti passed away two years ago right after Christmas and New Year's Day. Usually a period of happiness and joy looking for- ward to the beginning of an- other year of life, sometimes we experience the pain of a loss. We begin a new year without someone we loved dearly. Their time with us has ended as they begin their new beginning in a place without pain, sorrow, hard- ship and loss. We are left behind to remember their presence in our lives. We fill the void with our memories which continue to live in us. Our religious faith tells us a better place awaits us. How- ever, while we all want to go to heaven, we don't want to go today. Patty Rosetti still lives inside us all who re- member life with her. As long as she is remembered, she- never dies. She began a new journey two years ago and we continue our journey down here without seeing her but in the hope of seeing her once again. Her friends all still remember her. There is Larry Kootz. Joan Raffa, Patty Bono. Sal Patirice, Mary Mercurio, Mary Ann Coiusin, Dudie, Lesie Limone and Dorren. 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