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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 29, 2010 Page 15 News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) Historical Society. As many have said, including my friend Fran Rowan, East Boston is full of history and would benefit by having its own historical society. Each generation is respon- sible for passing the his- torical roots of their commu- nity. The recent January 12 breakfast meeting at the 80 Border Street Cultural Exchange Center was a huge success. By the way, is it just me or is Fran Rowan just about everywhere? She's a chap- ter in East Boston history just by herself. We need more "Fran Rowans" out there building community. The Great Molasses Flood When I was growing up, there was still many folks alive in the North End who remembered what happened on January 15, 1919. My fa- ther was one of them. In 1919, he was only 6 years old. His mother took him and his brothers and sister down to Commercial Street to see the whole mess. A storage tank collapsed at 529 Com- mercial now the site of Puopolo Park. More than two million gallons of molasses cascaded into the streets of the North End, destroying the elevated train tracks, taking down buildings and making a mess of the neigh- borhood with the rising tide of molasses. It all became known as The Great Molas- ses Flood which killed 21 people and caused over $I00 billion in damages in today's money. A small plaque has been placed near the site explain- ing what happened that fate- ful day. The temperature was near 40 degrees. It was mid-day. The streets were busy. Horses pulling carts. Trains up on the El roaring by. At 12:40 pm, a tank brim- ming with over 2 million gal- lons of Puerto Rican molas- ses imploded like those trains roaring by overhead ... The liquid moved very quickly and someone wrote later "a wet, brown hell broke loose." People walking near- by drowned when the top of the tank flew into the air sending the molasses like lava into the streets. Horses died like flies sticking to fly paper. Like a quicksand of molasses. My father always said he could still smell molasses when he walked on Com- mercial Street near the site of that molasses tank. I still remember that flood because my father endlessly talked about it and all the harm it did one January day 91 years ago. My father never forgot the sights he saw that January day as a young boy. No wonder, he could still smell the molasses. Today, the memory of that horrible day is quickly fading and the date nearly forgotten. Hang 'Era High at Doyle's There's a new colored photo hanging on the wall at Doyle's in Jamaica Plain. It was taken in December 2008 at the official tree lighting ceremony in Roslin- dale Square. In the photo is City Councilor Rob Consalvo, Mayor Tommy Menino, state Rep. Mike (Angelo) Sciacca of Hyde Park. Mike told me he always wanted to be hung at Doyle's and he finally got his wish thanks to yours truly and Gerry Burke Sr. Where's Rob Sullivan? Everyone down at the corner of Hanover and Little Prince Streets near Martini's wants to know where is Rob Sullivan, the most Italian Sullivan in the world? Power of Democracy (Continued from Page 1) least on principle, in that the Massachusetts vote is proof that the system put in place with the Constitution of 1787 still works pretty darn well. It is proof that, in a democ- racy, there are no strong- holds or protectorates, just the electors and the elected. It is proof that, in a democ- racy, a territory -- a state, a county, or a city--does not belong to a family or a pol- itical party but only to its residents. In fact, to those resident -- unfortunately not too many in America -- who, on Election Day, actually bother to leave the house and vote. It is proof that, in a democ- racy, neither electors nor elected officials can be taken for granted. The great mistake of Massachusetts Democrats, so confident of their decades-old liberal ma- jority, was to consider this election (after the primary won by State Attorney Gen- eral Martha Coakley) a mere formality. So Ms. Coakley, knowl- edgeable but cold and dis- tant, led a weak and uncon- vincing campaign while many of her potential sup- porters assumed that their state was so liberal they could afford to stay home and still see a Democrat win. The result was a difference of over 100,000 votes -- out of little more than 2 million -- in favor of Scott Brown. Little did it matter that people cried on Kennedy's coffin for a whole week; or that a little more than a year ago Obama, supported by Kennedy and himself a Coakley supporter, won the presidential race here by 25 percentage points. A longer- than-expected crisis, a few too many public dollars awarded to the big banks and a few too few to regular Joes -- enough, among other things, to make a Demo- cratic-to-the-bone state like Massachusetts change its mind. Sure, it's a shame for health-care reform. In a de- mocracy that works, it would be nice to see a health-care system that does too. But if one must choose ... Well, the last time I checked, the makeshift boats full of des- perate escapees were head- ing from Cuba to Florida and not the other way aroundT Stefano Salimbeni is a free- lance correspondent for RAI, the Italian National Television Network What Else Can Pujols Do? Albert Pujols said he told Mark McGwire that he was "proud of him for admitting what he used." During the team's Winter Warm-Up, Pujols also said, "Everybody makes mistakes; Pujols also doesn't believe that McGwire came clean just to improve the chances to en- ter the Hall of Fame. Mcgwire Admits Steroids Use in 1990s Back at a congressional hearing on March 17, 2005, Mark McGwire stated, "I'm not here to talk about the past." Recently, on January 11, 2010, McGwire stated, "It's time for me to talk about the past and to confirm what people have suspected." He still insists in juries and not power production was his only motive. He admitted to using steroids in 1998, the year he smashed his 70 home runs that season sur- passing both Roger Marls and Babe Ruth. He says now, he wishes he never touched the stuff but he did, didn't he. Next month, he starts a job as hitting coach for his old St. Louis Cardinals team. Methinks, that might have been the deciding factor in coming clean. What do you think? Does this help him with the Hall of Fame voting?. I THINK NOT! His stats over 16 seasons (583-1,414-.263) would normally get someone into Cooperstown but McGwire is not a normal case. You got to remember as Bob Ryan in the Boston Globe pointed out that after hitting nine homeruns in 1994, he hit 39 homers in 317 at-bats. In 1996, he smashed 52 homers in 423 at-bats. This was the start of a four-year run in which he hit 245 homers in 1,993 at- bats According to Ryan, McGwire's homers were just clearing fences, they were crossing time zones. So be- sides Mark McGwire's ad- mission and all those home EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani runs he was whacking, what about Major League Baseball stats. In the top 15 home rerun hitters, we have Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, McGwire, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro and Manny being Manny. And as for Roger Clemens as Bob Shaughnessy said in his re- cent column, "Anybody still think Roger Clemens was able to throw 95 miles per hour in his mid-40s because of his work regiment?" What happens when all these steroid-stained play- ers make it on the voting ballot for the Hall of Fame? Do we just pretend that all the records mean something or do we point out the ste- roid age of baseball as cul- prit. Here's an idea, remember all those years that Roger Marls and his 61 homers in 1961 carried an asterisk because he played 8 more games than Babe Ruth who hit 60 homers in a 154 game season? It is time to move the asterisk to where it re- ally belongs with the steroid superguns. Barry Bonds can still have more lifetime homers than Hank Aaron but Bonds gets the asterisk. McGwire can hold on to his 70 homeruns in a season and Bonds can have his 43 but both get asterisks. Roger Clemens can keep his 354 victories but he gets the as- terisk treatment too. Serves them all right, doesn't it? One last thing, it is time to let both Shoeless Joe Jackson of Black Sox scan- dal fame and Pete Rose with his 4,000 hits into the Hall of Fame. Give them an as- terisk if you want but don't bar them either. Pumpsie Green Was Never An Andre Dawson But ... In last week's issue, a photo of Pumpsie Green ac- companied my story on Andre Dawson's election to the Hall of Fame. I'm not ex- actly sure what Dawson looked like but I'm sure he never passed for Pumpsie Green. Nor did he hit like Pumpsie. Green wasn't bad but hardly great either. De- cent infielder but somewhat enemic at the plate. However, for what Green had to put up with both on and off the field; he should gain entrance into Cooperstown. You've heard the stories how the Red Sox passed up on young Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. You've heard about Tom Yawkey being described as a good old boy redneck. The Sox were the last team in baseball to in- tegrate. When Pumpsie came up in July of 1959 and took his spot at second base, he made history simply by standing there. The first Af- rican American member of the Boston Red Sox. He was verbally abused and taunted by nitwits in the stands. He took it with stride. I was 11 years old at the time and J just thought he was a so-so baseball player and wasn't concerned with the history he was making. I just thought he wasn't that good. Later the same season, the Red Sox brought up catcher-turned-pitcher Earl Wilson from the minors. He actually was good. The teams he played for weren't. He was good for 14-15 wins a season and was always a threat at the plate. When he hit a home run, it went into outer space. He actually made it to Cooperstown for his 1962 no-hitter against the Angels in the same year Billy Monbouquette did like- wise to the White Sox. Getting back to Pumpsie Green, he was not only ane- mic at bat but had an enigma-like personality. Not only was he African Ameri- can but Jewish to boot. In 1959 Boston, he became the most known member of the Red Sox by just being there. Mayor's Column (Continued from Page 1) Boston's true population es- timate should be 630,384, and we stands to lose $12 mil- lion in federal funding by not counting these people. What are we doing to en- sure the most accurate count possible for this year's decen- nial Census? We started by appointing an official liaison from the City of Boston to co- ordinate with local, state, and federal stakeholders in order to get all of the pieces in place for an accurate count. Educating residents about the census process is one of our most essential responsi- bilities, and that's why we es- tablished a Boston Complete Count Committee, a volun- teer group of community lead- ers that are working to in- crease awareness and moti- vate residents to respond to the 2010 Census. The immigrant population that makes Boston so vibrant and unique is also one of the most important groups to par- ticipate in the Census. Im- migrants make up 27% of our city's population and 31% of our workforces. We have a re- sponsibility to welcome these new Bostonians and recog- nize that we share a common future, but we also have to educate them about the Cen- sus. For example, the infor- mation that immigrants pro- vide to the Census Bureau is confidential, regardless if the person is documented or not. What matters is that they count themselves and their children as members of our community. Everyone stands to benefit from the resources and funding made possible by an accurate count. There is a lot of challeng- ing work ahead, but a com- plete count is in our hands. When you receive your cen- sus form in March, take ten minutes to answer ten ques- tions. Remember that April 1, 2010 is National Census Day. You can use this day as a point of reference for mail- ing in your completed forms. Between April and July, cen- sus takers will visit house- holds that did not return forms by mail. Your task is simple - fill it out and send it back. Let's use this opportunity to show that everyone counts. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate end Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI10D0119DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION SHIRLEY LI AKA XlAOLING LI, Plaintiff VS. SHANMING XUE, Defendant To the above named Defendant: A Complaint has been presented to this Court by the Plaintiff, SHIRLEY LI AKA XlAOLING LI, seeking a DIVORCE. An automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either pady. Please refer to the Supplemental Pro- bate Court Rule 4tl for more information. You are required to serve upon Shirley Li - Plaintiff -'whose address is c/o BCSC, 9 Knapp Street, Suite 6, Boston, MA 02111 your answer on or before March 12, 2010. If you fail to do so, the Court will proceed to the hearing and the adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer in the Office of this Court at CAMBRIDGE. W~, PIETER C. DiGANGI, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at CAMBRIDGE, this 22, day of January 2010. Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 1/29/10