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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 1 5, 2010 ,Page 15 * News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) On the menu was some re- ally great food I was offered some tripe, a traditional meal for this holiday. Anyone 100 percent Italian seems to die for this stuff. I tried it and thought I would die from the stuff. Obviously my 50 percent Irish kicked in. I also found out that tripe wasn't fish but actually cow's stomach lining. The stuff could make me become a vegetarian. By the way, I also celebrated the Feast of the Seven Fishes for the first time this past Christmas Eve and I loved it. I only asked not to be told when I was eating eel. I wasn't and it must have tasted good be- cause I didn't notice it. How Bad is Movie Popcorn? Most of us growing up ate popcorn as if it were health food. Most of my popcorn consumption happens at movie theaters. As Michele McPhee recently noted on her 96.9 weeknight talk show, large popcorn at the movies equals eating three whoppers at once. Hey, as a kid I thought popcorn was a vegetable. Pass on the Junior Mints and Dots, go straight to the veggie aisle. To be honest with the price of movie popcorn, I've been sneaking in cheap candy from CVS or maybe some healthy Crackerjacks. Or are they one whopper in- stead of three? 154 Maverick Street Going for a C Note The City of Boston has found its buyer for 154 Mav- erick Street, the Overseers of the Public Welfare build- ing to private developers Melissa and John Tyler of East Boston for $100 and in return, the developer team would spend 81.2 million on major building renovations. The low sales price has upset some but the hopes of enliv- ening the Maverick Square area have also drawn many raves. Representative Carlo Basile said, "As long as I can remember, it's been an eyesore, and there's been talk of it being something and it never came to frui- tion. Maverick Square is go- ing through a revitalization and this would just be a part of it." The Tylers plan to renovate the upper floors for a per- sonal residence. On the first two floors, the developers will offer below-market rents to 19 shops and businesses, and an artist display area. Says, Melissa Tyler, "We live in the community and it's our goal to grow the community." Passing by Don Orione Recently, Father Gino and I both celebrated Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve in East Boston. I asked Father Gino where he was origi- nally from and he said Abruzzo. I told him I was a Sciaccatani with grandpar- ents from that coastal Sicil- ian town. A really nice guy who is everything a priest should be ... Meanwhile, Father Rocco just celebrated his 95 th birthday on January 6 th ... Finally, as I recently walked into Don Orione, I remember meeting former Governor John A. Volpe at the door walking out about 30 years ago. He was a very dapper looking old politician, very Italian looking and still wearing the great smile of his that made him famous along with bottles of olive oil. The Kennedys Must be Nervous According to the latest poll numbers, Martha Coakley may actually be in trouble. The polls now show Republi- can Scott Brown closing the Margin within 9 percentage points. Not good for the Dem- ocrats. Her numbers at this stage of the campaign should be closer to 18 percentage points. Now, the Kennedys are coming out of the wood- work. She just got endorsed by Victoria Kennedy and Jo- seph P. Kennedy II. Coakley also got endorsed by the al- most Kennedy, Paul Kirk. Ap- parently, her strategy of get- ting the Latino Kennedy into every Senate debate has worked against her. An up- set is possible. We'll have to wait and see along with poor Martha. Apparently, the vot- ers are in love with her half as much as she seems in love with herself. * Mayor's Column (Continued from Page I) funding through the "Race to the Top" initiative, a pro- gram that rewards states for pursuing ambitious but achievable plans to imple- ment coherent, compelling, and comprehensive educa- tion reform. I also thank the Race to the Top Coalition, a group of business, commu- nity, civic and education advocates, for their efforts and wide-ranging support for education reform. This journey hasn't been easy. People ask me why I've been so fired up about this lately. It's because deliver- ing quality education to all of our children is the most important thing we can do. In recent weeks, I've made some candid phone calls and visits to many folks to re- mind them that education reform is about kids. The truth is that I'm happy to turn up the pressure to turn around schools. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform education for the children of Boston and the entire state. Together, we've shown that education re- form isn't about special in- terests; it's about putting the needs of our kids before those of adults. Our collec- tive efforts also prove just how much we can accom- plish by putting small differ- ences aside and working toward a common goal. The reforms we usher in will have a lasting impact on our students, and the spirit of innovation and partnership that got us to this point should have a lasting impact on the way we approach our next challenge. Mets Give Bay $66M and 4 Years Jason Bay is no longer a free agent. The Mets signed him to a four-year $66 mil- lion deal with a vesting op- tion that would up the deal to five years. Listen to what the Herald's Steve Buckley said on the Bay deal, "It boils down to this: The Red Sox aren't as good without Jason Bay and Jason Bay isn't as good without the Red Sox and the Mets are still the Mets." The NY Mets have Jason Bay if all goes well with his doctor's visit in the Big Apple. Over the past six years, Bay has averaged 30 home runs per season. Last season at Friendly Fenway, he whacked a career high 36 home runs. Bay came to the Red Sox in the middle of the 2008 season in a deal that rid the Sox of Manny Ramirez. In the post-season that year, he hit three hom- ers, nine RBIs and hit .341. This past season, he went 36-119-.267. Defensively, he isn't that great but Fenway's Green Monster and left field added him mightily. Next season, he will be a home run hitter in a pitcher's park. Citi Field whose siz- able dimensions could be very frustrating for him. Last year, the Mets were last in homers, hitting only 95 round baggers. Meanwhile, the NY Yankees hit an amaz- ing 244 homers helped by 81 games at the new Yankee Stadium, a hitter's park. Stan Benjamin Passes at 95 Player, Coach and an Amazing Scout When the Red Sox offered Houston, a young Jeff Bagwell in exchange for re- lief pitcher Larry Anderson, the Sox were thinking short- term. The hometown team was trying to get into the 1990 post-season, which they did. However, when the Astros were looking at BagweU, they turned to their scout Stan Benjamin whose scouting report said grab The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZEI-rE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE P.O. BOX 135 BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani 9 " ",Yl Bagwell quickly. They did. Anderson got the Sox into the playoffs then seemed to disappear into history. Meanwhile, Bagwell went on to become a Hall of Famer. He hit 449 home runs in 15 seasons in Houston. He was Rookie of the Year in 1991 and MVP in 1994. Benjamin's major league career was neither great nor long. He played for the Phillies from 1939 to 1942 and the Indians in 1945. He had a .229 career average. His fame to claim in baseball was as a scout for the Astros from 1965 to 2002. I Remember Carroll Hardy, How 'Bout You? If you are a baby boomer like me, Carroll Hardy was a name to remember. He's 76 years old today and quite healthy but he already knows what his newspaper obituary will say. Said Hardy about being the only guy ever to pinch hit for Ted Wil- liams, "I'm kind of excited about it. I think it's funny." By the way, he also pinched hit for Roger Marls and a young Yaz. Hardy was a journeyman for the Hous- ton Colt 45s and Twins who hit just .225 with 17 home runs and 113 RBIs in 433 games over an eight year major league career. How- ever, he received baseball immortality on September 20, 1960. Ted Williams was at bat against knuckleballer Skinny Brown of the Balti- more Orioles. Williams fouled the first pitch off his instep so badly, he had to limp off the field. Manager Pinky Higgins looked around the dugout and said, "Hardy, get a bat, you're the hitter." He grabbed a bat, hit into a double play and no one thought anything of it. How- ever, Hardy became a Trivia Pursuit answer to the ques- tion of who pinched hit for the Splendid Splinter, the greatest hitter of all time? In 1961, Hardy pinched hit for Carl Yastrzemski three times hitting two doubles. He was traded to Houston for Dick Williams in December 1962 and Williams would eventually manage the 1967 Impossible Dream Boston Red Sox. Hardy says his greatest at bat was the 12" inning walk off grand slam against the Indians on April 11, 1962. Back in those days that I remember well there was no Red Sox Nation, just 2,466 fans in the stands. Medford's Billy Monbouquette was locked in a pitcher's duel with Ron Taylor. Yaz tripled to start the inning. The In- dians put the next two guys on base with intention walks just to get to Hardy. He smacked the ball over the Green Monster. Vazquez Back in Pinstripes When Javier Vazquez last pitched for the NY Yankees, it was at the Yankee's worse moment in baseball history. He gave up two homers to Johnny Damon, including a grand slam as the Yankees lost Game 7 of the 2007 ALCS to the Boston Red Sox. Now Vazquez is back in a trade with the Atlanta Braves that sent outfielder Melky Cabrera to the Braves. Vaz- quez says he just wants to bury those 2007 memories. He now joins CC Sabathia, A.J. Burdett and Andy Petitte making the Yankees pitch- ing rotation even stronger than in 2009. Meanwhile, Johnny Damon has slim hopes of staying in New York. Damon turned down a $14 million, 2-year deal and wanted $20 mil- lion. The team didn't go for it but they did go for getting DH Nick Johnson back in New York. At 36 years old, Damon may have overplayed his hand in baseball poker. Beltre Puts on Red Sox The Red Sox have agreed to a 1-year $9 million deal with free agent Arian Beltre. Adrian also gets a 1-year $45 million player option for 2011. He is a 12 year vet- eran, 30 years old and life- time is 250-906-.270. Last season was an off-year for him as he hit only 8 hom- ers. The Sox with Beltre (3B) joining Kevin Youilis (1B), Dustin Pedroia (2B and Marco Scutaro (SS) can be said to have one of the best infields in all baseball. This foursome reminds me of the 1961 NY Yankees infield with Bill Skrowen, Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek and Clete Boyer. LEGAL NOTICE The following vehick have been towed by  TODISCO TOWING 94 Condor Street East Boston, MA 02128 The following vehicles have been towed by Todisco Towing, 94 Condor Street, East Boston, MA 02128. 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