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BOSTON POST-GAZETTE; FEBRUARY 1,2013 Page 15 CORNER TALK by Reinaldo Oliveira, Jr. "Working on Some Ideas!" "To Keep Punching!" Next Week's Article Will Present Some of These Ideas and Morel What I am focusing on is boxing and the M.M.A. (Mixed Martial Arts). I've got a fighter, who is interested in introducing his style of x- treme boxing, to the M.M.A. I believe that this idea, along with the input of others, would do very well. Boxing will always be in our hearts, and continue to be the Great Major Fight Sport, it's always been. Adding the x-treme boxer to the M.M.A. will also be great too. An x-treme boxer will win the M.M.A. world title and box- ing will continue to be the great sport it is and has al- ways been. Got some ideas! Sounds like a "Challenge[" An East Boston Renaissance (Continued from Page 1) First to be constructed is a five-story apartment build- ing featuring 176 units, with 26 designated for affordable housing and retail space on the ground floor. It is part of a larger planned mixed-use, 550 luxury-unit project scheduled to be built over the next few years on Massport-owned property along Marginal Street and on Pier One. "Just one year ago I made a commitment to take East Boston's enormous water- front potential and turn it into progress," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "Thanks to focus and collective ac- tion, today I can proudly share with the residents of East Boston this momentous housing start and a promis- ing neighborhood that is underway." : In 2006, initial construc- tion began on the Roseland project, but stalled during the economic downturn and challenging real estate mar- ket. In 2012, Massport re- structured the ground lease for the first apartment build- ing, giving new life to the project. Massport and Rose- land continued to work with members of East Boston's Waterfront Development Ad- visory Committee (WDAC), the Jeffries Point Neighbor- hood Association, the East Boston Piers Project Advi- sory Committee (Piers PAC) and local elected officials to preserve plans to revive the (Photo by Rosario 13-acre waterfront site. "Today represents the cul- mination of effort by the Gov- ernor, the Mayor, the East Boston community and its elected officials, Roseland and Massport, to get this project restarted," said Tho- mas P. Glynn, Massport's CEO & Executive Director. "Like Piers Park, this devel- opment represents a signifi- cant contribution by Mass- port to revitalize East Boston's waterfront neighborhood. We believe it will also prompt other private development in the rebirth of one of Boston's hidden gems." In 1995, Massport con- structed the 6.5 acre Piers Park, located adjacent to the Portside at Pier One site, and boasting the same spec- tacular views of downtown Boston. The public park features a 600-foot pedes- trian promenade extending out into Boston's inner har- bor, and more than 16 differ- ent species of trees, flower- ing shrubs, annual and pe- rennial flowers. In addition to stunning views, Portside at Pier One amenities include, close proximity to the MBTA's Blue Line, on-site parking, public access to the waterfront and landscaped open spaces. Roseland is also providing a subsidy for a proposed water transportation service at Lewis Street serving East Boston when the first apart- ment building opens, which Scabin, Ross Photography) is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2014. The construction of the first apartment building is expected to create some 200 full-time union labor jobs, and is estimated to cost roughly $46 million. RBS Citizens is providing $42.5 million in construction loan financing. Roseland is a Mack-Call Company with headquarters in Short Hills, NJ. The general contractor for Portside at Pier One is Cranshaw Construction of Newton Lower Falls, MA. "We are delighted to see this much-anticipated project get underway, said Mitchell E. Hersh, President and Chief Executive Officer, of Mack-Call. The extraordi- nary public and residential aspects of this community, including an expanded marina and shipyard, world class waterfront park and magnificent views of the downtown Boston skyline, will all combine to energize the East Boston Waterfront." "RBS Citizens is proud to work with Roseland who are exceptional developers and to have met their needs throughout this unique and transforma- tional project," said Kevin Boyle, Regional Manager for Commercial Real Estate at RBS Citizens. "We've been very active in East Boston in recent years and look for- ward to being part of its con- tinued redevelopment. Res Publica (Continued from Page 2) one of America's greatest con- tributions to democracy and the popular franchise, writ- ing in Book I, Part 2, Chapter 5 of Democracy in America: "... this transmission of the popular authority through an assembly of chosen men op- erates an important change in it, by re.fining its discretion and improving the forms which it adopts. Men who are chosen in this manner accurately rep- resent the majority of the na- tion which governs them; but they represent the elevated thoughts which are current in the community, the propensi- ties. which prompt its nobler actions, rather than the petty passions which disturb or the vices which disgrace it." Tocqueville was so per- suaded that indirect election of senators could save the American democracy from degenerating into despo- tism, as had historic democ- racies, that he confidently predicted that Americans would surely expand the principle to other offices. Sadly he was wrong. THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON HIM -- It was one tough, grind out victory over the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat at the Garden on the last Sunday in January. The C's served notice that they still could win in this league -- despite being with- out play-caller Rajon Rondo. And as the game entered the last moments of the fourth quarter and then into the overtime sessions, we could not help but think about just one line we had read in Saturday's Boston Herald. It was in the transactions section, that portion of the sports section printed in small type that takes note of the comings and goings of athletes and front office personnel. And there it was -- that former Celtic Delonte West had signed on with the Texas Legends of the NBA's Devel- opment League. We thought about Delonte because the spirit and atti- tude that the Celtics pos- sessed in that inspiring con- test against Miami had his grit and toughness written all over it. West, who will be 30 this coming July, had two stints on Causeway Street and was originally selected by the Celtics as the 24  pick in the 2004 NBA draft. A native of Washington D.C., he played his high school ball in the Maryland suburbs, where he led his public school team (Eleanor Roosevelt High) to the state championship fi- nals. Although his team lost, he had 22 points and eight re- bounds, continuing a string that saw him score in double figures in all but one game during his senior season. That punched his ticket to Division I St. Joseph's Uni- versity in Philadelphia where he played for three years, averaging 18.9 points and shooting 41 percent from three point range through his junior year. The Hawks fin- ished the regular season un- defeated at 27-2 and were 30- 2 when all was done. He then declared for the NBA Draft and was selected by the C's. Injuries bogged him down in in his initial season, limiting his playing time to 39 games, mostly in a bench role. West advanced to play a full season in 2005-2006, averag- ing 11.8 points and was se- lected for the sophomore team as part of the Rookie Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend. During the 2006-2007 sea- son West had several mem- orable games, including a buzzer-beater that provided a victory over the Bobcats, a last second shot against New Jersey that sent the game into overtime (the Celtics won) and a career high 31 points against Minnesota in a double overtime victory. But there was also as new person on the scene -- a fel- low guard by the name of Rajon Rondo. Thus, during the 2007 NBA Draft, West was part of a deal that sent him to Seattle and resulted in Ray Allen and Big Baby Davis coming to the Hub. Isn't it interesting how so many of the players, their destinies and fates, inter- twine over the years? He played in Seattle for part of one season before being traded to the Cleveland Cava- liers with former Celtic Wally Szczerbiak on Febru-ary 21, 2008. He played the 26 re- maining games of the regu- lar season, including one where he scored 20 points against the Celtics. The next season (2008- 2009) he moved up to the starting guard position with the Cavaliers, a team that featured NBA All-Star LeBron James. That squad won 66 regular season games, went 39-2 at home but lost in the Eastern Conference finals to the Orlando Magic. Some decisions players have no control over. Shortly after LeBron James an- nounced "The Decision" to leave Cleveland and play for the Miami Heat, West was traded to Minnesota, clearing the way for the Celtics to sign him to a one year deal to back up Rajon Rondo. What goes around comes around. This time, averaging only 5.6 points per game, West lasted only that one season in Boston. Then it was on to Dallas where he averaged 9.6 points per game during the 200-2012 season. He was waived by the Mavericks in late October and then signed by Texas of the D-League Just last week. How long will he be there? There was speculation in the Globe that he even might come back to Boston as a re- placement for the injured Rondo. But who knows? Ca- reers have rebounded in the D-League, other have come to a close there. Part of it is how the player performs, part up to the needs of various NBA teams. Time will tell. His last big contract was with the Cavaliers when he signed a three-year, $12.7 million deal in September of 2008. If he has been prudent with his funds that money should last a lifetime. Meanwhile, it's interesting that while Rondo is out at least until September, the man whose fate was inter- twined with his continues to play. Hoping for a return to basketball's biggest and brightest stage. SCOLDING THE SCRIBES -- "You can write the obitu- ary, I'm not." That was coach Doc Rivers' comment as he entered the post game press conference area following the team's impressive victory over Miami that co-featured the announcement of the loss of Rondo for the season. And with that River threw " down the gauntlet and issued a challenge. The team would move forward, find a way to win, find someone who could step up and get the job done. _ Will it happen? With rever- sals come opportunities. Now that Rondo is out, bench play- ers can step in, get a chance to impress and maybe win a starting position.