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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 8, 2010 Page 5 JUDGE JOSEPH FERRINO Officiates the 3T h East Boston Adult Ed. Center Graduation Judge Joseph Ferrino, Ret., officiating the Wednesday, December 23, 2009 East Boston Adult Ed. Center graduation. The East Boston Adult Ed. Center is proud to announce that over 300 youths and adults graduated on Saturday, December 19, 2009 and on Wednesday, December 23, 2009. Judge Joseph Ferrino, Ret., was the Guest of Honor on the Wednesday graduation while the Saturday graduation was officiated by E1-Maati Salmouni. At the Wednesday graduation Judge Ferrino reminded the graduates that his father came to America just like many of the graduates. His father came from a warm climate (Sicily, Italy) and had to get used to the Boston weather. His father brought some olives, walnuts and bread when he boarded the ship in Naples and stayed below the waterline while crossing the Atlantic. It was not easy but his father and mother made it, just like many of the graduates. His parents made sure all of the children attended and became professionals just like "You must do with your children," he stated. "America is the land of opportunity, but nothing is free. You must earn it through a good education, dedication, and determination. God gave us all a brain, but if you want to be successful you must learn to use it. You have all come to America for a better future, but you have an obligation to learn English, educate yourself and your children, become good citizens, work hard and make your Ameri- can dream a reality of going to college, of owning a house, of buying a car, of opening a business and have plenty of food in your refrigerator. EI-Maati Salmouni officiated the Saturday graduation. He graduated from the East Boston Adult Ed. Center in the 1990s and since then has graduated from Bunker Hill Community College, the University of Mas- sachusetts-Boston, and is now attending Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island. EI-Maati stated: "I learned my English at this Center, completed my GED preparation here, and later Mr. Avellani helped me with the col- lege application, etc. This school truly helps everyone (the immigrants and American school drop-outs) and the counseling service at this Center is better than in some of the more affluent schools I have attended. I have a business now, but what I learned at this school will stay with me forever. Attend classes, study and make something out of yourself. Everything is possible ff you have a good education and preparation." The Center assisted over 1,000 individu- als from September 2009 to December 2009 (over 3,000 in 2009) in: English, U.S. Citi- zenship, GED Preparation, Computer Skills, college and vocational school placement, and job and apartment placement. For the youths, the Center offers: tutoring in all five academic subjects, field trips to the White Mountains of NH and conferences on prevention of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and violence against women and children. Mr. John Arnold became our 1,000  ATB Vocational School entrance exam recipient (1990-2000). He is a young man from East Boston who scored quite high in his exams and will now attend New England Hair Acad- emy. "Both graduations went excellently well. The alumni, the staff and the admin- istration thank God for the wisdom and de- termination in educating so many youths and adults," stated Dominic Avellani, the program founder and director. The Center has no waiting list and admittance to the program is only a visit or phone call away - 119 London St., East Boston or 617-567-7873. FINE FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS ... Italian, Mediterranean, Chinese South and Central American, and More! 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