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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 13, 2017 PAGE 3 Senator Sal DiDomenico and Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-ma~ postgazette@aoLcom Members of the Kids First Initiative Visit Nurtury Learning Lab in Jamaica Plain Website: Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 121 - No. 2 Friday, January 13, 2017 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: ........... To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey thenu To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found East Boston Chamber of Commerce Helping iocal business to do business 2017 Officers and Directors Installation Ceremony The East Boston Chamber of Commerce will hold the Installation of their 2017 Officers and Directors on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The event will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 100 Boardman Street, at 6:00 pm. Contact the Chamber at 617-569-5000 or contact@east- for tickets and information. If marling a check, please make it payable to East Boston Chamber of Commerce and mail to 175 McClellan Highway, East Boston 02128. Tickets may also be purchased througl~ Eventbrite: e/ 201 7-chamber-officers- and-directors-installation-ceremony-tickets-308 78145364. Please purchase tickets by January 30a. OFFICERS President: Albert ~Buddy" Mangini, G2 Security Ist Vice President: Jim Kearney, Boston Public Schools 2"u Vice President: Kim Altschul, East Boston Savings 3rd Vice President: Veronica Robles, Veronica Robles Cultural Center Treasurer: Marita Palavicini, Vilma's Boutique Secretary: Joanna Cataldo, EB Neighborhood Health Center Board Chairman: Marisa Di Pietm, Immediate Past President NEW DIRF~TOR8 Shirley Fabbo, Massport Maggie Lopez, First Class Hair Salon Adnai Mendez, East Boston Savings Bank Jose TorTes, La Cancun Restaurant CONTINUING DIRF~TORS Vinny Qualtieri, NOAH Margaret Farmer, N. Suffolk Mental Health Lila Kanj, First Priority Credit Union Alex Rhalimi, Viridian, Mass Energy Paul Scott, GoingClear Interactive LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address, and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Senator Sal DiDomenico (D- Everett) and members of the Senate Kids First Initiative re- cently visited the Nurtury Learn- ing Lab. Kids First is a multi- year initiative, led by Senator DiDomenico, to identify and support innovative strategies to invest in Massachusetts' chil- dren. Members of the initiative are taking a comprehensive look at a wide variety of policy areas relating to supporting children, including education, nutrition, public health, housing, and workforce development. The Senate group is currently working on the first phase of the initiative, focusing on early childhood development from pre-natal through the fourth grade. Members of the initia- tive visited Nurtury's state-of- the-art Learning Lab as they continue seeking input on the best-in-the-nation practices for supporting children. "We are excited to have Senator Sal DiDomenico and members of the Senate's Kids First Committee visit Nurtury," said Nurtury President & CEO Wayne Ysaguirre. "We know that the goal of putting children first in the legislative process is one that makes so much sense to us, the earlier we begin to think about a child, the more effective our strategies will be. "The legislature needs to start with the youngest children pos- sible to achieve the measurable outcomes that we want for them as they progress into adulthood. The crux of early education at Nurtury is a three-pronged ap- proach that actively engages the entire child, their family, and their community. We are thrilled to allow the Senate the opportunity to see early education in practice, discuss our challenges, and inform their thinking around where to invest." Organizations like Nurtury help us to see firsthand the great work being done in the Commonwealth to produce high quality early education and care, and aUow us to un- derstand what areas of the field might need improvement," said DiDomenico, leader of the Sen- ate Kids First Initiative. "We know that without a strong workforce we cannot expect the objectives of Kids First to become a reality, and begin- ning these open dialogues with organizations like Nurtury are crucial to our success in this endeavor." Nurtury Learning Lab, located at 33 Bickford Street in the Mildred C. Halley Apartments, incorporates the most creative thinking and evidence-based practices, with the long-term objective of becoming a repli- cable, national model for de- livering early education and comprehensive family services in an urban area. The Senate Kids First Initia- tive was launched by Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D- Amherst) in January of 2016 with the mission of creating a bold blueprint for how Mas- sachusetts can better invest in order to raise strong and resil- ient children. Kids First is set to release its first report focusing on early childhood in February. About Nurtury Nurtury is New England's first early education and care agen- cy. In 1886, Nurtury founded the first learning center to be located in a public housing development. Formerly the Jamaica Plain center, now the Learning Lab, this center is one of the five oldest early child- hood education programs in the United States, the second oldest in Massachusetts. Nurtury gives Greater Bos- ton's youngest children in need, from birth to age eight, the opportunity to reach their full potential by investing in school readiness, promoting healthy development, and strengthen- ing families. For over a century, Nurtury has been one of Bos- ton's largest providers of early education and care, currently impacting over 1,200 children in the Greater Boston area. Learn more by visiting: www. End Against North End Against Drugs (NEAD) will be hay- Deadline is January 23 for free card. ing its annual Adult Bingo Fundraiser on Sunday, Additional cards will be available that day. All January 29th, the bye week before the Super proceeds benefit the youth and family programs Bowl -- so no football!! BINGO starts at 1:00 run by North End Against Drugs, Inc. pm, doors open at 12 Noon! If you want to reserve your spot, or have ques- There will be 20 games of Bingo includ- tions, please call John Romano at 617-438- ing a coverall at the end. We will 4301, or email have homemade baked goods, Adult Bingo will be held at coffee, and other snacks free with 30 North Bennet Street in the admission. North End. We will have a limited All prizes will be valued at $50 amount of free parking, so let me or more for each game. know if you are driving in. If you sign up and pay in ad- Ages 18and abovecan play! No vance, you will receive a 4 card free. kids, please.