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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY11,2011 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 GETCHA GLOBE, seen at the recent meeting nerals that end up over in ,,. TRAVELER AND with the neighborhood. The Roslindale at St. Michael's RECORD AMERICAN" developer wants to provide Cemetery. As my friend AN IMPENDING ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER THAT one parking spot per unit Joe Ruggiero points out, [!1 MUST BE AVOIDED. Another insult to the people of Sicily and Father John Nazzaro "We have family members N has come, as usual, from the North, has stated a contem- said the Salesians were will- stopped by a toll booth collec- porary writer, Vincenzo Consolo. He was one of the first to ' ing to give up some -spots at tor. We have had mourners sign an appeal launched by the best-seller novelist Andrea the Boys and Girls Club to get tickets in the mail. Camilleri in 2007 against oil drilling in the "Val di Noto," o assist the developer with This is something that a near Siracusa, Sicily. We learn now that recently the oil drilling corporation "Panther Oil" from Texas, has won, from '~PjyAI~y:~t~ h[~At/y apparentcond.o residentsViSit0r sinceSpts thefr grievinghave hadfamilYto dealShUldwith."nt a Justice's Administrative Court, to proceed to the explora- ~I~/II~'-K~ Club has more than enough He and other funeral dir- tion of the black gold in Sicily where it is abundant, but in ..... parking spots for itself, ectors have been pleading an area that "UNESCO" ruled, some time ago, to be a "Pat- There will be one more with state officials on how to rimony of Mankind." Noto is a city that was nearly destroyed community meeting on this fix this very sad situation. I by an earthquake in 1693 (estimated to have been about proposal with that date to be say whatever happened to 8.3 on the Richter scale). The city is also renowned for its announced, common sense. I wonder classical "Sicilian Baroque" style of some buildings, but EASTIE DEMOCRATIC when motorcades lined mainly churches. The"Panther Oil" started exploratory drill- CAUCUS ON with police motorcycles go ing in 2004, in.the general countryside near the town of LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY through the Sumner tunnel Vittoria (province-of Ragusa).Noto has, of late, seen an in- East Boston Democrats if anyone ever pays a dime creased influx of tourists attracted by the much admired will be holding their caucusat the toll booth. What do you and studied Sicilian Baroque, the Cathedral that at the Harborside Commu- think? ~' was recently re-opened to the public in 2006 following a .Back when I was a little nity Center on Saturday, Here's where a .real Kum- delicate restoration with the then Premier Romano Prodi kid, my parents loved read- February 12 at 10 am to elect baya moment is really in attendanc~ as well as officials of the UNESCO. The newing The Boston Post until itdelegates and alternates to needed. Perhaps, the an- I drillings may affect the beautiful local delicate environ- folded up like an accordion,the 2011 Massachusetts swer is again obvious. Give ment. particularly the spring waters that feed the city's Then they switched to the Democratic Convention to funeral processions an ex- water supply., Boston American. Then it be held at the Tsongas emption from paying tolls. I Environmental damage has already occurred in several morphed with the Daily Arena in Lowell on Saturday,know people die every day I areas of Sicily where chemical factories have devastated Record into the Record Ameri- June 4. For more informs- but everyone is riding to thei the environmental balance of several areas. Regretfully, can. By then in 1962 I tion please contact Ward 1 cemetery through the Sum- Sicily will not be able to find justice in Italian courts. The started my first job along Chairman Ed Deveau at net Tunnel. aren't they? reason? That's very simple. Sicily is regarded as an object with my brother Dominic as WardOneDem@gmail.cbm. LENNY WILLIAMS PUTS that can be disposed of at will, in short something like a newspaper boys at Boston DOWNTOWN LOSES OUT ON A FINESSE SHOW "chattel" (we know from American history!). The island is City Hospital weekdays after TO FANEUIL HALL Finesse Entertainment still considered a "vassal territory!" The Italian political rul- school and on Sunday morn- MARKETPLACE AGAIN did it with "FINESSE" re- ing class (a/k/a the north!) has the power to perpetuate its ings. Newspapers were A New York company that cently on January 29 with hold on people that deserve a lot more than they ask. [t is cheap. Either seven or eightspecializes in one-size- its latest Old School Concert amazing that the Sicilian voters have not yet opened their cents apiece weekdays, fits-all party dresses will be Series featuring Lenny Wil- eyes and intellect to see what is happening under their Sunday the prices rose to targeting teens and young liams, the man Steve own nose. Thanks to the influx of Arabs ruling centuries 20 cents for the Sunday women at Boston's Faneuil Harvey said would "cry while ago, the idea of "servility" has remained ingrained in the Advertiser and 25 cents Hall Marketplace. Stone he sings." The hit in Tyler [ Sicilian soul. Meanwhile, Italian politicians continue to apiece for either the Globe Flower will be moving into aPerry's new play Madea's be indifferent and unmoved to the perpetual needs of the or Herald. The New York two-level storefront in the One Big Happy Family[ island's people. They only look at their own "business" and Times was a whopping SOuth Market Building later Lenny was formerly the lead the profit they can make. Meanwhile people from "certain" 35 cents. It was out of reach in the spring. There are no singer in the group "Tower pa[t Itfll) 011tillUg to au[l[, T0ugIl lu111 [or m0 t 0I the xn put THE LATIN LANGUAGE RE-APPEARS EVEN IN GRADE does at City Hospital. I laugh Market building, one man kind of show, He SCHOOLS, NOT IN ITALY[ Forty-one years ago, in 1970, now looking back at today's Meanwhile, Downtown still hadthe voice and the the classical language was ejected from all curricula newsstand prices, especially Crossing continues to lookmoves. Close your eyes and because it was "not relevant," said the students. Now the when there's nothing inside like a ghost-town unable to it was a trip back in time. It language of ancient Rome has been brought back with the them anymore but advertis-lure much of anything intowas standing room only at obvious intent tomake fordign languages mandatory, right ing. Good thing about having the former bustling down- Russell Auditorium on Tal- from the grade levels. The promoters of this project strongly a hospital newspaper route, town retail district. Down- bot Avenue in Dorchester. A believe that Latin is an excellent way to introduce the You don't worry about rain or town for all purposes has great big thanks to :Blue" children to the learning of other foreign languages, most snow, cold or heat. You'renow moved over to the from Finesse Entertain- particularly those that are considered Latin's direct "heirs." inside not outside. Faneuil Hall area. Down- ment. This was a stand-out The British government is considering the teaching of for- CHARTER SCHOOL ,town Crossing continues event. Finesse always puts eign languages to be "mandatory" for all school children, MOVING TO to turn into Downtown together a great night of mu- from the age of 7 to 11, while the schools ought to focus on STAR OF SEA SITE Mayberry USA. sic and dancing. For more one or two languages to be part of a curriculum. The pro- The BRA and architects for SNOW BANKS info, visit www.finesse- moters suggest that school children should instead learn a Excel Academy Charter GETTING HUGE few languages, such as: French, German, Spanish, Japa- School recently held a corn- DEPOSITS THIS WINTER FIESTA TIME AT nese and of course Latin. Why all this is happening in munity meetirig to show off Hey, where do the guys FANEUIL HALL England but not in Italy? A mystery! But, keep guessing[ proposals for this charterplowing snow put all the Boston is going mucho loco school at the site of the money they're making this for la comida de Mexico former parish school. Excel year? Of course, the answer and you can add Uno Mas to _ ~ully Insured has signed a purchase and is so easy. The snow bank it the list of incoming Mexican qtitc #017936sales agreement with the is. Listen, speaking of snow places. Charlie Lamer and ~do: Boston Archdiocese to pur-banks, so far this winter Michael Winter are about :hanical chase both the former school we've gotten 60 inches of to open up Mija Cantina & and convent building for athe white stuff as of Janu- Tequila Bar inside the reno- reported 61.8 million, ary 27. Worst snowfall for avated Sam's Cafe at Faneuil Heating & Air Conditioning MEANWHILE ... winter was back in 1995-96 Hall Marketplace. This Sales, Service & Installation There-was another com- when the Greater Boston high-end 300-seat restau- munity meeting over in area hit the jackpot with rant hopes to attract a down- Ken Shallow Orient Heights concerning 106.7 inches. If things keeptown Crowd in their 20s to 617.593.6211 the sale of former Don Saviogoing bad for us this winter, 50s. High School to the Coliseum who knows how much we'll MEANWHILE, IN THE , Investment Corp. The devel- end up with before it's NORTH END oper has signed a purchase over. Damien DiPaola, owner of and sales agreement with By the way, the latest Ristorante Damiano on Matt oGollo the Salesians and 100 per- storm on January 27 dumped Hanover Street is slated to cent of the proceeds from the about 10 inches of snow open Vito's on Salem Street sale will go to the Salesian on top of East Boston's al-within a few months where Approisols Boys and Girls Club right ready snow-covered streets,he plans on combining across the street from the MICHELE McPHEE IS items like burritos and Soles & Rentols proposed project. The devel- RIGHT ABOUT THERE burgers with his great Ital- oper seeks to turn the old HAVING TO BE A BETTER tan dishes. Vito's will have high school into 21 market WAY THAN THIS a cozy old-style Italian tav- R(~CII ESfC~fe rate condominiums consist- I've never thought about itern ambiance to it. As ing of one and two bedroom before because I've never Damien says, "Even the units as well as studios, been in a funeral procession people in the neighborhood 375 North Street . Boston, MA02113 Parking is as major con- to a cemetery through a toll who do like Italian want (617)523-2100" Fax (617) 523-3530 cern for the surrounding booth. I'm sure there have something different to eat _ _ neighborhood as could be ,'.been. mal~y. East .Boston~ fu=. tahoe .in a .while."