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Page6 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 27, 2012 David J. Saliba Attorney at Law Can an owner of an apartment building refuse to rent to an applicant with children? FATOU B. SY vs. MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION. No. 10-P-1743. APPEALS COURT OF MASSACHUSETTS 79 Mass App. Ct. 760; 950 N.E.2d 75 The Massachusetts Com- mission Against Discrimi- nation decided that a Land- lord discriminated by refus- ing to rent to an applicant with children. Fatou B. Sy, the landlord, appealed and the Trial Judge rL/led there was no discrimination. The Commission against dis- crimination appealed and the Supremem Court over- ruled the Trial Judge and decided there was discrimi- nation. The Supreme Court Said: As noted, the governing statute prohibits "the owner ... of ... other covered hous- ing accommodations ... to re- fused to rent or lease or sell or otherwise to deny to or withhold from any person such accommodations be- cause such person has a May 5, 2011, Argued * July 8, child or children who shall occupy the premises with such person ..." G. L. c. 1518, 4(11). The principal issue in this case, then, is whether the MCAD's inter- pretation of "other covered housing accommodations: to include the first-floor apart- ment owned by Sy was le- gally tenable, supported by substantial evidence, and consistent with statutory provisions contacted Ferguson about her applica- tion, asked about the ages of her children and informed her that she could not rent to families with minor chil- dren -- itself an unlawful practice in violation of G. L. c. 151B, 4(7B). "For any per- son to make ... any { } state- ment ... with respect to the ... rental of ... other covered 2011, Decided housing accommodations that indicates any prefer- ence, limitation or discrimi- nation based on ... chil- dren"). Consequently, the al- lowance of the plaintiff's motion for judgment on the pleadings is reversed , and a judgment is to enter af- firming the decision of the MCAD. So ordered. This case says you cannot refuse to rent to an applicant solely because children will be included. This discrimi- nation Law makes it tough on a Landlord who wants to rent to a nice quiet couple without children. This does not apply to three family houses or less where an eld- erly person lives and it would be a hardship to the elderly person. Recent Parish Events by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari January has been a par- ticularly busy time at St. Leonard Parish, one that began on January 12 with a book signing and lecture at Sacred Heart Church Hall sponsored by the North End Historical Society. The book by Eileen Hunt Botting, Ph.D. is a scholarly edition of notes entitled" Reminis- cences and Traditions of Boston" written by Hannah Mather Crocker (1752-1829) who lived her entire life in the North End. She was the daughter of Samuel Mather, granddaughter of Cotton Mather and great grand- daughter of Increase Mather, all Congregational- ist ministers whose church was located in North Square. Dr. Botting, who is a politi- cal theorist, teaches at Notre Dame University, Depart- ment of Political Science. The event was arranged with the support of the New England Historic Genealogi- cal Society, publisher of Dr. Botting's book. On Sunday January 15 Bishop Robert Hennessey made his semiannual visit to St, Leonard Parish. Bishop Hennessey served both the 10:30 and 12:00 noon Masses, both were well attended. "To be ready for every game, work hard no matter who the other team is, and keep playing hard no matter what the scoreboard says. " -- Conal Lynch, Boston Latin Wolfpack Forward On January 16 a special Mass was celebrated at five o'clock at Sacred Heart church for Vincenza Raspa in honor of her birthday. Vy, as she is known to her friends, is one of the oldest members of Saint Leonard Parish and has been a pa- rishioner of Sacred Heart Church for well over ninety years, faithfully assisting the church in numerous ways and serving.as presi- dent of the Saint Rita Soci- ety. Vy was one of this year's recipients of the Cheverus Award presented at the Archdiocesan level by Cardi- nal Sean O'Malley for faith- ful service to her parish and the Church. Following Mass a birthday party was held at Sacred Heart Hall attended by parishioners and mem- bers of the rosary group. On January 17 a special Mass was served by Father Matthew Williams to open the fourth Eucharistic Con- gress which will take place at St. Leonard parish on April 27 th and 284. The event sponsored by the Boston Archdiocese is directed to- ward college students and young adults. The experi- ence of the weekend event offers the opportunity for young adults to meet new people, listen to dynamic speakers, pray in new ways, get involved with Christian service and celebrate Mass with Cardinal Sean O'Malley and participate in an evening Eucharistic procession. All THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo The Vanity of it All Ciao Bella, How many of you gals get your face on in the bath- room? I could never under- stand it. However I'm sure it's the majority of ladies who hit the bathroom to use the mirror standing with ill lighting and steamy from showering! Makeup tubes and caps flying all over the floor! Well it is never too late to find a nice place in the bedroom for a vanity with mirror! Why as far back as I can remember I owned a lighted makeup mirror and would sit down in front of it and primp. We even bought a mini vanity for Dad's house when we would stay over on the weekend. When I set up housekeep- ing in my first apartment I recall spying a walnut vin- tage vanity at Harold's Broad- way Second Hand store in Lawrence. Its chocolate el- egance held a magnificent mirror which was built in and adjusted in a swing mo- tion to your better side. There were two drawers on each side and one in the middle. Plenty of space for makeup of all kinds, hair ac: cessories and brushes and combs, even jewelry and just about everything a "Glama- zon" like me would need to play "makeup"! I remember purchasing this Cadillac of cabinetry be- fore I bought the bed! When Morn would visit she would always remark that she thought I was getting ready for my close-up in the cin- ema! I have a beautifully framed photo of Nana with her silver cup when she won a cosme- tology competition on the vanity and just behind it I keep my Hollywood lights makeup mirror with different settings including daytime, work, and nighttime. Dad bought me this one. As soon Read prior weeks' "All as he knew my last mirror bit the dust. He knew how important it was to replace it. The shopping hunt was on -- Sears, Filene's, Jordan Marsh and even Woolworth's! He wouldn't stop 'til he found it! That was Dad! I dread mentioning where we finally found it[ No, not eBay! When I sit on my vanity chair which is laced with Nana's fur fox tails I am in heaven! Surrounded by my fay perfumes and colors that enhance my eyes and face, moisturizers and creams applied at leisure, it's my time to relax and enjoy the transformation. Oh and it is a transformation! Lipsticks that are from Jungle Red to Orange Crush! Greens and purple and blue glitter eyeliners are my favs from Tony & Tina's line. No longer being manufactured for yet another divorce! My Vanity, my friend, has weathered every move and now as I figure out how long this relationship has lasted I can understand why the makeup I wore at 19 years old has had to change its face during our thirty-eight years together! For the Vanity of it all! Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com. POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE is NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.