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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 13, 2015 Page3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928" FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 119 - No. 7 Friday, February 13, 2015 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Lord's Prayer- written by a 15-year-old Minnesota student who received an A+ for this entry. The Lord's Prayer is no longer allowed in most U.S. Public schools. Submitted by Ed Shallow NEW School Prayer: Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd.' If scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now. Our hair can be purple, orange or green, That's no offense; it's a freedom scene. The law is speciJc, the law is precise. Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice. For praying in a public hall Might offend someone with no faith at all In silence alone we must meditate, God's name is prohibited by the State. We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks, And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks. They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible. To quote the Good Book makes me liable. We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen, And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King. It's 'inappropriate" to teach right from wrong, We're taught that such ]udgments' do not belong. We can get our condoms and birth controls, Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles. But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, No word of God must reach this crowd. It's scary here I must confess, When chaos reigns the school's a mess. So, Lord, this silent plea I make: Should I be shot; My soul please taker. Amen LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. * Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon onthe Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. : Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 ..  these i ....... ,:: _ ,,:,, ,- : : : I Wintery scene at This past Sunday morn- ing, I went back to my South End roots and remembered those snowy winters I expe- rienced as a young kid on East Springfield Street. I always thought East Spring- field Street was a lovely street with it's row houses lining both sides. The beau- tiful old brick buildings pro- vided so much warmth to working-class families back some fifty or more years ago. Back then apartments went for twenty bucks a month plus utilities. Today, most of CITY'S NEIGHBORHOODS Blanketed in the White Stuff by Sal Giarratani Worcester Square. these buildings are owner occupied with price tags that reach into seven digit num- bers. This causes me to laugh. I noticed along my old street and Worcester Square that space savers aren't high on the priority list since most people seem to leave their vehicles buried until spring. If you never move them, no need to save a space, eh? I walked around the old 'hood before stopping in at Mike's City Diner at the corner of East Springfield and Washington Streets. Back in the day, Mike's was an English-style fish and chips joint. Next door to Mike's is now a yuppie joint. Back in my day it was Smith & Sheehan's, a bar- room with the nickname "Bucket of Blood.' No yuppies were obviously welcomed. This past Sunday at Mass, the first reading was from the Book of Job, "My life is like the wind. I shall never see happiness again." He was such a downer. However, with this winter from hell thatwe are now going through, I would like to re- phrase Job, "My life is like the snow. I shall never see the ground again." As I strolled through my old neighborhood, I remembered living through so many winter snowstorms, but I can truly say, I have never seen a winter like the one we are experiencing right now. If I lived in the South End today, there would be an or- ange cone in my parking space when I pulled away from the curb. I wouldn't care what the yuppies thought. If I shovel a space, it's mine. "Don't Touch." The former Immaculate Conception The corner of East Springfield Street and Church on Harrison Avenue. Harrison Avenue. Mayor Walsh Launches SuccessLink 2015 Summer Youth Employment Enrollment Now Available Online Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced Suc- cess-Link, an online tool that enables Boston youth to register for summer jobs. Regis- tering also allows applicants to connect with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment's full menu of services includ- ing connection to peer-led personal and career development workshops, scholar- ships, civic engagement opportunities, and more. The SuccessLink replaces the Bos- ton Youth Fund's HOPELINE. "It is time for our young people and fami- lies to start making summer plans now and we want to give them all of the tools to do so," said Mayor Walsh. "We are opening up the SuccessLink so that teens can register for employment, and we have extended reg- istration from four weeks to nearly eight weeks to give all of our young people a chance to connect with us." The SuccessLink application will be avail- able until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 27 th. Teens can apply 24 hours a day on the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment website, youthboston.gov by clicking the application link. For more than 20 years, the Boston Youth Fund (BYF) has provided employment oppor- tunities for Boston youth in a vast array of positions at non-profit organizations through- out the city. Many of .the young people employed ar e instrumental in assisting non- profit organizations wi.th outreach efforts, chfldcare, educational awareness, and more. Mayor Walsh explained, "the Y()uth Employ-' ment Program is about allowing young " people to explore opportunities, gain valu- able experience, and participate in devel- opment that will help to shape their futures." Now, young people can register for the Youth Employment Program, partake in per- Sonal and career development workshops, get connected to resources, and join in on civic engagement initiatives designed to empower youth all in one place. Employment opportunities include posi- tions with the Boston Police Department, New England Aquarium, Zoo New England, radio stations, Boston municipal govern- ment departments, and more. "Through working with the Boston Youth Fund, I learned the value of community," said Nyasha Mooney-McCoy, who currently is a junior in college. "It is crucial that you establish and develop a connection tQ the communities in which you live and work. These lessons made my work at the Denney Center and 826 Boston worthwhile. This was an exciting opportunity to be a part of these organizations and invest in positive change. I felt empowered." Last January, the department underwent a major restructuring combining BYF, the Mayor's Youth Council, and the Mayor's Youthline to transition to an actual "one- stop shop for teens" located at 1483 Tremont Street, known as the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment. Potential employees must apply by using Mayor Walsh's SuccessLink (formerly (Continued on Page 12)