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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 8, 2010 Page 7 "Taste of Eastie" January 12, 2010 Spinelli's Function Facility at the 2009 Taste of Eastie. East Boston Main Streets (EBMS) will once again highlight local eating establishments at the 14 th Annual "Taste of Eastie" on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In the past over 30 local restaurants specializing in Italian, Latin Ameri- can, American and Asian cuisine provide samples of their most popular foods. This event has become the largest East Boston dining charity event. Clark Moulaison, Jr., Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets expects over 400 guests. "I am happy that we have added three new restaurants to our growing list of res- taurant participants; King Dragon (Chinese), Ecco (New American), and La Fogata (Columbian). Along with the other restaurants that participate in the 'Taste' these establish- ments invest in our community by providing jobs to local residents, and generate revenue as part of the economic engine of East Boston. East Boston Main Streets is happy to give them an opportunity to showcase their businesses." The event also includes a live auction for Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox tickets along with raffles to win theater tickets, dining out on the town and much more. Please call the EBMS office at 617-561-1044 for more information. To purchase tickets with your credit card contact John Dudley at the East Boston Chamber of Commerce at 617-569-5000. Season of Miracles CONTINUES AT MT. CARMEL by Sal Giarratani Members of the shuttered Our Lady of Mount Carmel in vigil since October 12, 2004 have new hopes that miracles are still possible. Bishop Robert Hennessey showed up to celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass and a week later Fa- ther Wayne from Sacred Heart Parish said that he would like to say the holiday Mass in honor of Mary, the Mother of God on January 1, 2010. Both of these Masses were well attended even on short notices. Many of those fighting to save Mt. Carmel saw all these events as a sign that there is still much hope for the return of Mt. Carmel as an active church. Others wondered if it would happen and sounded like the prophet Jeremiah. Their hopes had been dashed before. However, most seem hope- ful with these latest actions by Bishop Hennessey and Father Wayne. Each of these clerics seemed to be reach- ing out to the congregation. Perhaps, something good will happen. Perhaps, the Jeremiahs in the group are right. However, all are praying for the day when Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's shuttering will be overturned. We shall see. The Italians are coming to Boston! We need Italian speaking Boston tour guides. We train. For more information, e-mail pitcairntours@mail.com. If you want to know about EAST BOSTON your first stop should be www.eastboston.com News * Community Calendar Commentary Civic Groups Economic Data History and Much More Visit East Boston's premier public information utility today .... Established 1995 You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. I listen to my human companion that talks to ev- eryone, we get up early in the morning and there she is saying "good morning" or hello Harry, how you doing? It is like this every day if it's not the UPS guy Steve it's the mailman, it must be wonderful to have so many friends in the North End. What really caught my pooch ears is when my hu- man companion was sitting in the Post-Gazette the other day having lunch talking to Lou (you know my friend Luciano Graffeo) he baby sits for me when my human companion goes on vacation, well anyway hearing the two of them talk wow! TheY go back years ago when they were kids. How they use to have a bowling alley in the North NEW PUP ON THE BLOCK is Petunia from Charter Street. She's only four months old and has a captivating pair of eyes. Petunia already knows about Cheryl down at Contrada's and waits for her doggie bone now. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) End next to the old European Restaurant and if they decided to go to the movies at that time it was only 15 and you would go ice skating at the Boston Common. What they had in the North End years ago is long gone, the Caf6 Roma the Italian pastry shop on Hanover Street and Arthur's the clothing store (remember that) the old Genoa Bar and Spagnolo Pastry where Claudia now has her family restaurant. When we were kids we had a great time, there are so many won- derful memories if you could close your eyes and look back to those fond memories Ladd's Cleaners (now Mike's Pastry) time has changed, cars were few if any and if you had a car people thought you where rich and now today there are three cars per family (ev- eryone is rich). Being born and brought up in the North End years ago you had your grandparents that spoke Italian and how you had wished you had learned to speak the language that today it would come in handy as so many individuals speak seven different languages. I suppose at the time it didn't interest us and now we regret it. To go back to our grandparents, especially our grandmothers and watch them cook the home- made pasta and the sauce and the meatballs (I can smell it from here as a little girl) and even our own par- ents my dad was born in Italy he came here as a young boy, my mom she was born here. When my human companion reads the Post-Gazette certain sto- ries that are written which bring back memories and they are wonderful articles very well written. It is nice to hear Lou and my human companion talk. They seem so happy it must be wonderful to have so many happy memories of years ago and the two of them aren't that old. Before I for- get I want to wish my friend Luciano Graffeo a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY. If you remember any old stories you would like to tell me about I could add something in my column that would bring back memories for others. You know you can write to me at: Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 or you can e-mail me PostGazette@aol.com Attention: Freeway. I would love to hear from you. You can also subscribe to the Post-Gazette for $30.00 per year and you get the paper each and every week for 52 weeks it would make a wonder- ful gift for someone special. We have a lot of interesting articles and you also know that we do printing like wedding invitations; personal envelopes; letter heading; menu's for lunch or dinner. I don't only write ar- ticles I am very busy as you can see. Keep this thought in mind there must be some- one very special like an aunt or uncle or friend that you would like to send the Post-Gazette as a gift. PLEASE give me a call 617-227-8929 and talk to Lisa she will be more than glad to give you all the informa- tion you need. That's all for now ... Life is wonderful on that note "HAPPY NEW YEAR" East Boston Historical Society Students from the Mario Umana Middle School Acad- emy in East Boston have joined forces with the Bos- ton Museum, (www.boston museum.org) to preserve East Boston's rich history. A blog has been created http:// umanaebhs, blogspot, com which will catalog the events and happenings of the society. Fran Rowen, an active member of the society and Executive Director of the East Boston Cultural Ex- change Center located at 80 Border Street, East Bos- ton has met with the stu- dents and discussed the im- portance of preserving his- tory. She further explained the rich history of East Bos- ton and how lucky they are to be a part of it. "There have been people throughout the years that have gathered artifacts, it made sense that we collaborate and record our history. Finally it has taken route with the students in this society. We have developed in East Boston an aesthetic sense preserving the past, record- ing the present and dream- ing about the future. Be- cause the children are our future, we want to make sure that these ideals are encouraged. We have only to look at our glorious past to know that all things are pos- sible. Our spirit is alive and well here and it needs to be supported." On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 8AM-9AM, the Cultural Exchange Center will host a breakfast for the East Boston Historical Soci- ety and all are welcome to attend to learn more about the project and share per- sonal artifacts and knowl- edge on the history of East Boston. An official launch will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the Cul- tural Exchange Center, 80 Border Street, East Boston from 4PM-6PM, all are wel- come to attend. INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FISANClAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: gmagoon@aol.com WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM