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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 Page 7 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. Suffolk Downs is First Out of the Gate for YMCA $5,000 Pledged to Reach Out For Youth Campaign Hzp?,/ Vzte,,ti,,,e; 0z,/! It is always nice to hear from my readers who write in to give me suggestions or those who simply write their thoughts and opin- ions about my column. I re- ceived a letter from Jo Ladner from Yarmouth, Mas- sachusetts, according to her letter the North End has changed since she lived here many years ago. My hu- man companion also points out that the North End has changed. The old school that you re- ferred to many years ago Julie Billiart Central High School is now condomini- ums. It was once called St. Anthony's School that my human companion had at- tended from grades 1-8. Most North Enders started there then you went to J.B. High and from there they either got married or went onto col- lege. Christopher Columbus High School is also condo- miniums. I belive we have more res- taurants than anywhere else in the City of Boston, and this makes the North End a tourist village for people all over the world to come here and eat. We have pastry and coffee shops as well. Many people simply stroll the streets of the North End and admire the history. St. Stephens is a lovely church on Hanover Street, we have St. Leonard's, also on Hanover Street, that was just done over. My favor- ite is Sacred Heart Church in North Square and of course St. Mary's Chapel on Endicott Street. We are lucky to have so many churches in the North End, so there is no excuse for missing mass as one priest would say. You also mentioned the feasts during the summer. There's a lot of effort and time put into these feasts. The societies work very hard to get everything ready for their big weekend. We have the Fisherman's and St. Anthony's Feast, among many others. What- ever money collected is donated towards the saint, whether it be St. Lucy or St. Jude, The money is do- nated to different charities and also to our community in the North End. It is not just about coming to the North End to have a great time, it's about sup- porting the societies that put a lot of money into these feasts so everyone can en- joy. We have the Nazzaro Center that supports our younger generation, so they can play sports and be in- volved in activities. We try to keep the children in the North End active, this is why each society donates so much to the Nazzaro Center for the kids. We need ALL the support and donations we can receive. You told me your parr ents and grandparents had lived on Charter Street, so you remember quite a bit of the North End growing up. I lived on Hanover Street most of my life before mov- ing to Prince Street. The history of the North End is wonderful. I am glad I could bring back some wonderful memories for you and your family. So true, if you are not Italian, you will never understand life in the North End. I am glad I am only a pooch and have the human companion that I have because I would not want to live anywhere else but the North End. Feel free to write to me any time. I enjoyed your letter and when you are ever in the North End drop by the Post- Gazette right on Prince Street and say "Hi" and in- troduce yourself to all my bonding friends that work along side of me each and every day. That is all for now. Life in the North End is about Italian history it is better than reading a book. INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVIC GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: East Boston YMCA Board Members, children and executive director join Suffolk Downs CO0 Chip Tuttle as he presents a $5,000 check to the East Boston YMCA's Reach Out For Youth Campaign. Left to Right: Chris Falbo, Neffo Cappuccio, Derek Brodin, Chip Tuttle, Janis Woodman and Joey Cuzzi. The East Boston YMCA's Reach Out For Youth Fundraising Campaign got off to a fast start with a $5,000 pledge from Suffolk Downs. "We are enormously grateful to Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle for his gener- ous support," said YMCA Executive Director Joey Cuzzi. "Suffolk Downs has been a con- tributor to the YMCA for the past 11 years, and ongoing financial commitments like this allow us to subsidize the costs of child care for the families who need our help the most." Every dollar donated to the reach Out Cam- paign (100%) goes directly toward continu- ing and expanding the YMCA programs that enhance the lives of children, teens and families in East Boston. This year's goal is $85,000. "We're happy to help the Y," said COO Chip Tuttle. "I went to YMCA programs as a kid growing up in Salem so I know firsthand that it is an organization that really cares about the children they serve. I had a great expe- rience and I'm hopeful that this donation will allow a new generation of kids to have fun and learn in a safe and caring environment." Last summer Suffolk Downs organized and funded an eight week intro to horseback riding class for the Y's Summer Program and also supported community wide events like the Y's Healthy Kids Day. Currently, East Boston families face ex- traordinary pressures that impact our com- munity in far-reaching ways. While East Boston has always been one of Boston's most challenged neighborhoods, today's economic uncertainty -- fueled by last year's increase in housing foreclosures and an unemploy- ment rate that is the highest the state has ever witnessed -- has left many of our fami- lies in crisis. The Y has become their life- line for childcare and after-school care -- one in four school-age children in East Bos- ton participate in Y programming, and more than 95% of families receive some form of subsidized assistance. The Y houses an on-site child care center for 93 children ages 15 months to 5 years old, licensed by the Department of Early Education and Child Care (EEC) and boats the highest level of accreditation awarded a child care center. More than 200 youngsters attend after- school Programs that combine homework assistance, enrichment activities and physical fitness programming. Last summer more than 200 children attended the Y's Summer Program. After-hours teen programming on week- ends offers a safe place for local teens to engage in healthy lifestyle activities, and the Y is the largest employer of teens dur- ing the summer. And overall, adult and family member- ships at the Y have topped 1,000. The Reach Out campaign will culminate in community breakfast on April 1, 2010 at the Logan Airport Hilton. Tables of ten are on sale as well as individual tickets. For more information contact Joey Cuzzi at 617-569-9622 or visit the Y's web page at to donate on line. Please make sure you type in East Boston YMCA Reach Out 2010 to ensure your gift is applied to the East Boston YMCA or you can mail a donation to the East Boston YMCA, Reach Out For Youth Campaign, 215 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA 02128. 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