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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010 BCYF INVITES BOSTON YOUTH TO SIGN UP FOR FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK ACTIVITIES February school vacation week is fast approaching and Boston Centers for Youth & Families' (BCYF) is urging young people to sign up today for one of the many programs and activities being offered in February. "BCYF offers dozens of programs for young people during February school vacation week so don't miss out on the fun," said Daphne Griffin, Executive Director of BCYF. "Below are some of the activi- ties. Reserve your spot today." SOFTBALL INDOOR SKILL SESSION During February school vacation week, girls ages 9-18 will get a chance to work on the fundamentals of hitting, running and throwing taught by expert clinicians and col- lege coaches. Sponsored by the Boston Red Sox and Bridgewater State College, the sessions will be offered at the Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill on Tuesday, February 16~ through Thursday, February 18~ from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. and at the Leahy Holloran Community Center in Dorchester on Wednesday, February 17th through Friday, February 19~ from 9:00 a.m. to12 noon. For more informa- tion or to sign-up, please call Larelle Bryson at BCYF at 617-635-4920 x2218. Please bring your own glove if you have one available. INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CLINIC Northeastern University "Huskies" Track Team will host a clinic on Wednesday, February 17th from 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. for young people ages 6-15. Highlighting skill techniques of high jumping, hurdling, turbo javelin toss- ing and more, boys and girls will spend an afternoon at the Cabot Physical Education Center located at 400 Hun- tington Avenue. Space is limited to 100 youth and individuals/groups need to pre-register. Please contact Barbara Hamilton at 617-635-4920 x2136. REGGIE LEWIS CENTER YOUTH TRACK MEET Youth are invited to participate in a track meet on Thurs- day, February 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Events include 55, 200, 400 and 800 meters races, 4 x 200 relay, 800 meter race walk, shot-put and long jump. Registration is on-site, and space is limited to 100 youth. For more information please contact Barbara Hamilton at 617-635-4920 x2136. FROG POND ICE SKATING PARTY i00 youth between ages 6-17 are invited to skate for free on Tuesday, February 16~ and Thursday, February 18th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon only. Join us for a morning of frost and frills at the skating rink on Boston Common. Seasoned skaters and newcomers alike will have a great time. Everything is free but pre-registration is required and there is a limited number of slots available. For more informa- tion, please contact Barbara Hamilton at 617-635-4920 x2136. PEACE-A-PALOOZA Young people ages 7-12 will be able to learn about peace- ful conflict resolution while participating in a variety of activities, performing community service, attending work- shops and learning from guest speakers. This program runs each day of vacation week, except Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury. The program is free and snacks and light refreshments are included. Contact Michal Shapiro at 617-635-4920 x2246 for more information. Volunteers are needed to help out this week. Call Michal for more information. R.O.CK. IT::! LAUNCH INTO SUMMER Mayor Menino invites Boston youth between 9-14 to attend this event at the Strand Theater in Dorchester on Wednes- day, February 17m from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information on summer programs will be given out in "goody bags" so par- ents and guardians can begin enrolling their children in some of the city's vast summer programs. There will also be guest speakers, youth performances and other surprises. But wait, there's moret BCYF's community centers lo- cated throughout Boston offer a variety of vacation week activities and programs. Highlights include a Roller Hockey Tournament at the Kent Community Center in Charlestown; Tobin Community Center week long vaca- tion program; and "City Year for Kids" full day vacation week program at the Condon Community Center in South Bos- ton, and the Ohrenberger Community Center in West Roxbury. Call or stop by your local community center for more information or go to cityofboston.gov/bcyf for further information. DIVORCE * CRIMINAL LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY WORKERSCOMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 BOOK REVIEW by Claude Marsilia THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PROVINCE by Father Bede Ferrara, O.F.M. (1910-2010) Once again comes Father Bede to the forefront still equipped with his spiritual brightness and fervent reli- gious faith. At 85 he writes with delight. A little background, Father Bede was born in East Boston and so was I. We both grad- uated East Boston High School, and so did our mu- tual dear friend, now gone, Joseph Sciortino. He dedi- cates this book to John and Marion Nappi who have re- cently passed away and also were graduates of East Boston High School. I re- member Father Bede being a happy-go-lucky sort. I doubt that any of his school- mates would have predicted that one day Fa- ther Bede would hear the calling and become an outstanding priest. He has been an untir- ing, benevolent priest with many friends and followers. During 1942-44, as a young teenager, Father Bede attended the famous prep school, St. Francis Seminary in Andover, Mass. To this day many people comment on the expansive Christmas lighting that was displayed there. He was a pastor at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Mount Vernon, New York and of St. Leonard's Church in Boston's North End, where he was known as "The Media Priest." He proved to be an enthusiastic advocate for his religious beliefs. The major purpose for this book Father Bede tells us is to honor and celebrate the noted Hundredth Anni- versary of the Immaculate Conception. His writings, though religiously bent, re- veal a strong historical knowledge of daily events (1923). Stamps cost two cents, a loaf-of-bread nine cents, and a quart of milk cost fourteen cents. You could buy a home for about $7,000. Soft Cover 50 Pages Author Father Bede Ferrara, O.F.M. A little background, Father Bede was born in East Boston and so was I. We both graduated East Boston High School, and so did our mutual dear friend, now gone, Joseph Sciortino. he notes the disastrous battle at Monte Cassino, Italy and the victorious naval battle at Midway at the opposite end of the world. I shall never forget what happened on June 1944 -- the landing at Normandy, France by the largest ar- mada of Allied forces. It was here that Joseph Sciortino, our dear friend landed and fortunately survived. Honorarium continues. In the centerfold of this book there are ten photographs of Franciscan Friars who were eminent in Father Bede's life. Father Bede elaborates on how proud he and his fellow students were learning about their Ital- ian heritage and having first gen- eration Italian- American Friars as their educa- tors. Unbeliev- ably Father Bede notes that there were ten East Bostonians who became priests or brothers. Reminiscing, Father Bede relates a terrible tragedy that happened in 1942. The famous nightclub "The Coco- nut Grove" caught fire and 492 people died. Buck Jones the famous movie cowboy died from burns in the fire. I remember this stirring event quite well. I had at- tended with friends a junior prom two weeks earlier. Father Bede is a very good writer, who capably writes, mixing his theological story with current events. He is never dull, he is always in- teresting and formulated. Read this: "The average an- nual (1946-47) income was $2,529. A car cost $2,209. A stamp cost three cents. Bikinis -- and a new inven- tion called television -- were becoming popular." The reader will enjoy this ecclesiastical book which is interspersed with events of the day that will hold the interest of the reader throughout. Father Bede continues with his remarkable pointed revelations of historical events. When embassy members became hostages in Iran on November 4, 1979 he began working endlessly at supporting families of the hostages. To help celebrate and honor the Hundredth Anni- versary Father Bede men- tions a number of success- ful and prominent priests. Father Pamphilus who founded St. Bonaventure in the Allegheny region of New York in the 1850s. Another was Father Sixtus Bucci da Cagliano who taught theol- ogy and Sacred Eloquence. Father Bede eloquently ex- presses his gratefulness to- ward the Franciscan educa- tors, teachers and directors. Once again he includes facts of daily life in his reli- gious writings. He reminds us of two out- standing singers, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. He mentions Joe DiMaggio and his illustrious baseball career. In the same breath The Pirandello Lyceum Pressents LA TIGRE E LA NEVE Crh. Tiger and the Snow) Please join the Pirandello Lyceum for the viewing of the 2005 Italian film La Tigre e la Neve (The Tiger and the Snow) starring and directed by Roberto Benigni. Movie will be shown with subtitles on February 27, 2010 at the Boston Public Library, North End Branch, 25 Parmenter Street, Boston, MA Coffee and Biscotti at 11:00 a.m. Movie to start promptly at 1 I: 15 (running time 118 minutes). This romantic comedy takes place in Rome and Baghdad at the onset of the Iraq War. When news that Attilio, an endearing literature professor's unrequited love Vittoria has been critically injured in Iraq, Attilio travels to the war torn country in an attempt to save her life. Along the way, he finds himself in comical situations, relying on his positive spirit, charm and persever- ance to save her. In war and devastation, will the spirit of love conquer all?