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POST-G~,ZETTE, JANuAR'Y "28, 2011 Page 7 Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Sitting at my computer in my office I did a little re- search that may help chil- dren understand their new pet or if their parents are thinking about getting them a pet. What to teach your children: 1. Be gentle and calm. Before the pet arrives, prac- tice greeting the pet gently and calmly with your chil- dren. So many kids shriek and scream with excitement as they run up to dogs or cats, but children should be taught not to run up to any animals, either their own pet or one in public. Children can be taught to call a puppy or kitten to come to them and with supervision, can give a puppy a treat for com- ing when called. 2. Understand that the dog or cat isn't a toy. Although they may be soft and furry like a favorite stuffed ani- mal. The pet needs to be treated as one of the family. Children should always softly pet the puppy or kitten with no pulling or tugging allowed. 3. Make sure there's an adult around when they play with the pet. 4. Respect the pet's basic needs and moods when the puppy or kitten is sleeping or resting, and if the pet walks away assure them that the pet needs a break. Children need to learn how to tell when the pet wants to interact and is relaxed and happy, and when the animal is less happy or wants to go and do something else. 5. Do pet chores; a great way to give your children a sense of responsibility. 6. Treat animals the way themselves would like to be treated. Animals want to feel safe and loved just like hu- mans. Teach your child to never hit, kick or strike your pet. 7. Realize the new. pet will be annoying at times. Help your child to understand that bringing an animal home isn't just fun. That is new family member will require extra attention and needs extra care. 8. Help keep the pet safe children need to keep their eyes open to make sure the pets safe from everyday household dangers like foods they shouldn't be eat- ing or gates in the yard that don't close all the way. It is the entire family's responsi- bility to take care of the new pet and to give it a loving and happy home. 9. The best thing to teach your child is how awesome and rewarding having a pet in the family can beI That's all for now. Remem- ber to pick up after your pet!!!I P.S. I just wanted to say hello to my friend Anna Gaeta who had surgery on her neck and send my best wishes from me Freeway (her pal) and everyone at the Post-Gazette sends their regards. Quote Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions. they pass no criticisms. Saint Thomas Aquinas (Priest and Doctor of the Church) ~ - by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Thomas was born in the year 1226. at Roccasecca near Aquino. He was the son of Landulph, Count of Aquino and Theodora, Countess of Teano. His family was re- lated to the Emperors Henry VI and Frederick II. and to the Kings of Aragon, Castile. and France. Thomas was placed, as an oblate, in the monastery of Monte Cassino. located near his home, at the age of five, where he stayed for nine years, after which he returned to his family. About the year 1240 he was sent to the Univer- sity of Naples at the urging of the Abbot of Monte Cas- sino. who wrote to Thomas's father that a boy of such tal- ents should not be left in ob- scurity.- it was there, at the age of seventeen, that Tho- mas decided to become a Dominican despite opposi- tion from his family and first encountered the scientific and philosophical works that were being translated from the Greek and the Arabic. After making his profes- sion at Naples, Thomas went to Cologne, Germany where he studied under the brilliant German Dominican theologian. Albertus Magnus. In the schools Thomas's hu- mility and reserve were mis- interpreted as signs of dull- ness. but when Albert had heard his brilliant defense of a difficult thesis, he ex- claimed: "We call this young man a dumb ox, but his knowledge of doctrine will the master general of the order, by the advice of Albertus Magnus, sent Thomas to fill the office of ~t]b-Regent in the Domini- can school at the University of Paris. This appointment may be regarded as the beginning of his public ca- reer, for his teaching soon attracted the attention both of the professors and of the students. His duties con- sisted principally in explain- ing the "Sentences" of Peter Lombard, and his commen- taries on that text-book of theology furnished the ma- terials and. in great part. the plan for his chief work, the "Summa theologica". In due time he was ordered to prepare himself to obtain the degree of Doctor in The- ology from the University of Paris, but the conferring of the degree was postponed, owing to a dispute between the university and the friars. one day resound throughout St. Thomas obtained the de= the world." .... ~ gree of Doctor in ~eology at In the year 1251 or 1252 the age of 31 on October 23, 1257. His doctoral thesis was "The Majesty of Christ". From this time on St. Thomas's life may be summed up in a few words: praying, preaching, teach- ing, writing, journeying. His writings and preaching are characterized by accuracy, lucidity, brevity, and power of exposition of knowledge. He was always in demand, claimed by the Church and universities; he was always teaching and always writ- ing, with an ardent zeal for the explanation and defense of Christian truth. He was so devoted to his sacred task that he declined the Archbishopric of Naples, of- fered by Pope Clement IV in 1265. Had this appointment been accepted, most probably the "Summa theologica." his greatest work, would not have been written. In response to a request made by King Charles of Anjou, Thomas returned to Italy in 1272 to establish a Dominican house of studies at the University of Naples. It was while on his way to the Second Council of Lyons, ordered by Pope Gregory X, that Thomas fell sick. he died at the Cistercian mon- astery of Fossa Nuova on March 7, 1274. After numer- ous miracles attributed to him, Thomas was canon- ized by Pope John XXII, July 18, 1323. The feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ital- ian Dominican theologian and foremost medieval Scholasticist is celebrated on January 28. He is the Patron Saint of Schools. ALBERT A. DeNAPOLI Recognized as Business Person of the Year by the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Tarlow. Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C. is pleased to announce that the Neponset Valley Chamber of Com- merce (NVCC) has named partner Albert A. DeNapoli the Business Person of Year for 2010. At the Chamber's Annual Awards dinner last night in Foxboro, Mr. DeNapoli was recognized as the individual whose per- sonal guidance and leader- ship has made a positive con- tribution to the Neponset Valley community. NVCC praised Mr. DeNapoli for his "selfless giving of time and talent over the years" to NVCC and his involvement in the economic and com- munity development issues in the region. Mr. DeNapoli concentrates his practice in all areas of civil litigation. His focus in- volves complex business is- sues. primarily involving contract disputes and em- ployment issues. He also has a broad depth of experience in family and probate law. DeNapoli is chairman of the firm's Hospitality Practice Group which represents a diverse clientele including restaurants and national hotel chains in matters such as leasing, franchising and licensing. Mr. DeNapoli is Past Chairman of the NVCC, and currently serves as a Mem- ber of the Board of Directors and Executive Board, and is also General Counsel to the Chamber. Since 1894 the NVCC has been a driving force in the Neponset Valley, foster- ing and promoting business growth and success. In addition, Mr. DeNapoli is a Founding Member and Executive Director of the Family Business Association whose mission is to recognize excellence within family businesses and provide re- sources to help family busi- nesses succeed. Mr. DeNapoli and his fam- ily live in Walpole where he has served as a Selectman and Town Meeting Member. About Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C. Formed in 1991, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C. is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive legal services to its clients. 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