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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 20, 2012 Page 5 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 ARABIAN NITE AT THE KNIGHTS Head over to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Satur- day, February 11 for a great night of belly dancing, music and just plain fun. "Arabian at the Knights!" is a benefit for Abraham Lincoln Post 11, Memorial Hall Veterans. The goal is to raise funds to file for 501 (c)(3) status to start repairing the hall. The evening is hosted by the band Diabois in Musica and will feature over 20, count &apos;era, 20 belly dancers. Call Joe Zuffante at 781-648- 9126 or Sioux Gerow at 617- 833-8292. BRIGHAM CIRCLE REALLY IMPROVING I worked near Brigham Circle for 31 years from the early '70s until 2003 and I remember what it was once like and I see what it is like today. Things are really look- ing good. Too bad it is still just as difficult in being a pedestrian trying to cross Brigham Circle. It is still a cool neighbor- hood. Once almost entirely Irish, it is now quite diverse. Still have some great eater- ies to choose from. The streetcars still run through it. Mission Church still looks very beautiful but with dwin- dling Catholics in the area, it becomes very difficult to raise the necessary funding on up-keep. Step inside and the place is awesome. Years ago folks came from all over by car, streetcar and bus to hear Father Joe Manton's sermons during those packed novena nights. Mike's Donuts is still there. The area is quite well rep- resented by City Councilor Michael Ross who also lives on Mission Hill now too. Once this neighborhood was a place that could produce a great mayor like Maurice Tobin who started out with the phone company. His fame to claim was beating James Michael Curley for mayor in I think the late '30s or '40s. I'm not that old yet. Anyone help me out there on the date? I still miss my old friend Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald, a great guy and a great rep for many years. He never forgot his roots or sense of humor. He died much too young from cancer. After over 30 years view- ing this neighborhood day after day, I've come to appre- ciate it very much. SAUSAGE GIFT-WRAPPED IN PANCAKE? Well, that's how the Dunkin' Donuts' newspaper advertisement describes them. Looking at the super- sized photo, one would think these things were fit for a king like in King Henry VIII but, alas, these sausage pan- cake treats look like mini- munchkins with a sausage bit inside. You'll probably need to order a few orders before your stomach knows something is coming down the pipe. GAS IS GOING UP AGAIN It is difficult to tell why pump prices are rising again. Things were looking so good for so long. Iran may be playing a role in the gas pump spike. We are still so dependent on foreign oil and anti-American dictators who like sticking it to us. I still don't understand what lib- eral Democrats and the Obama White House have against that pipeline bring- ing down into the States cheaper Canadian oil. I would certainly rather pay Canada than see our money go over to folks who hate Us. Also important is that this pipeline will put Ameri- cans to work, what's wrong with that? Am I crazy or do our politicians simply don't understand up from down? TRADER JOE'S COMING TO PATRIOT'S PLACE The Trader Joe's super- market chain has plans to open a store at Patriot's Place in Foxboro in the near future. It will be located in between the Staples and Christmas Tree Shops site. This newest supermarket will be Trader Joe's 184 Mas- sachusetts store. STRICTLY SINATRA " STRICTLY ON SUNDAYS After 15 years, Strictly Sinatra hosted by Ron Della Chiesa has moved from Saturday evenings to Sun- day evenings. You can now listen to some great music with Ron Della Chiesa from twilight's last gleaming to dawn's early light. Strictly Sinatra from 7:00 pm until midnight and The Great American Songbook which follows until 2:00 am. Seven hours of the best music ever on WPLIM-FM 99.1 on the dial. LONGWOOD MEDICAL AREA WELCOMES BACK MASS. MENTAL Massachusetts Mental Health Center originally lo- cated at 74 Fenwood Road Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 closed in November 2003 after 91 years at this loca- tion. For about eight years, this center moved over to the Lemuel Shattuck Hospi- tal in Jamaica Plain. This past November, almost eight years to the day, the Center returned to the Longwood Medical Area. It is now located in two buildings, 20 Vinning Street and at 75 Fenwood Road. In June a 100 th Anniver- sary Gala Celebration will be held honoring the centen- nial of this mental health center. Massachusetts Men- tal Health Center is the crown jewel of the entire state Department of Mental Health. It all began here. BUILDING THE FUTURE OF BOSTON'S GOP Caroline Beauregard Shinkle is running for the Republican State Commit- tee in i St Suffolk Middlesex. She wants an opportunity to build up Republican sup- port in Boston, Cambridge, Revere and Winthrop. It has been more than 50 years since Republicans have been elected to public office in Greater Boston. In my lifetime Boston has never had a Republican represent- ing them in the US Congress. If you are an Independent or Republican, you can choose the GOP ballot in March 6 th state primary and cast your vote for a new voice and fresh face in Caroline Beauregard Shinkle. The Republican Party needs the new generation of younger political activists to regener- ate itself back into action and become players again in the political process. HOW ABOUT A SINATRA BIRTHDAY SONG? Ron Della Chiesa is mov- ing closer to his next birth- day cake on February 10. Mr. Strictly Sinatra also has his new book out and has al- ready had a few book signings in the area. Check it. out on Arnazon.corrr "Radio; My Way" is great reading. THE MEDITERRANEAN IS A DINING DELIGHT The Mediterranean Pizza & Grill Restaurant on Route 1 in South Attleboro is a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is priced right. The dessert counter looks like a gold mine of tasty treats. The wait staff treats diners like royalty. If you're thirsty, they have fruity drinks too. Check the place out. Lots of great Greek and Italian meal choices. Happens You i Do n't Nothing. To advertise in the POst Gazette, cal! 6! 7-227-8929. PIRANDELLO LYCEUM PRESENTS Io Non Ho Paura/l'm Not Scared Io Non Ho Paura/l'm Not Scared, a dramatic and mov- ing Italian film with English subtitles, will be shown on Saturday morning, February AT THE NORTH END BRANCH LIBRARY 4, at 10:30 am (Sharp) at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter Street. Bos- ton at 10:15 am, caffe and biscotti will be served. The film is free and open to the public. This Italian film with En- glish subtitles is a thriller seen through the eyes of a young boy. On one level, the audience is expected to un- ravel the extraordinary events and on another level, the film examines Italian culture and the role and value of women. The acting and camera work are beau- tifully accomplished. Weather advisory: If the li- brary is open, the film will be shown. Contact 'the Li- brary at 617-227-8135. NORTH END AGAINST DRUGS presents ............ i , ...................... : , : :: ..... Neighborhood Meet Up and Annual Fundraiser SUNDAY JANUARY 29TH. 2PM - 5PM STERITI SKATING RINK COMMERCIAL STREET raffle, bake sale, bocce tournament, free public skating nazzaro center childrens band, face painting Meet teptentctvs from thence local oganlzotk,: Nodh End Athletic Associotlon Paul R',evef Ho.e Ncth End Waterfror Neigh Cooncli Nozzao Cte NO En<t Music Art Pedormlng Ads Center Eliot Schoo ABCD North Er'/We Service Center Fflerns Of the North End Put Ubrcry Swoled by  End Skute Shop