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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 Page 3 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: Website: www.BostonPostGazette.eom Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 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. 115 - No. 7 Friday, February 18, 2011 GUEST EDITORIAL Cambridge Prepares Counter-Offensive to Any Vertex Boston Move by Sal Giarratani According to a Boston Business Journal report, the future site of Vertex Pharmaceuticals is far from settled. The drug company's plans to relocate to Boston's Fan Pier from Cambridge has triggered finger-pointing on both sides of the Charles River. Even with the announcement made concerning the move to the South Boston Waterfront, the company is still in discussions with Cambridge city officials. If the company were to stay put in Cambridge the most likely site would see Vertex move to Binney Street and according to those who know, this is still a good possibility. Cambridge city officials including City Manager Bob Healey said a proposal is in the works and, if approved by the city council, would mark the first time in 20 years that Cambridge officials would offer financial incentives to advance private development. It is esti- mated that the cost to build new headquarters at the South Boston Waterfront would be $800 million. Meanwhile, it is interesting that both the cities of Boston and Cambridge are using public funds to help advance a private sector development project. City of- ficials on both sides of the Charles are serious about using taxpayers' monies to move their plans along. The money being risked here is our money, not city officials' cash. An observer noted to me that public officials don't mind risking our money for private development but are adamantly, to a politician, opposed to any privatiz- ing of Social Security due to that idea being too risky. Doesn't it sound very Orwellian to most of us? Keep your eyes on this project battle between Boston and Cambridge. In Loving Memor FoX " Concetta Bentivegna Pasqua/e Bentivegna June 13, 1925 - Feb. 21, 1975 Nov. 15, 1924 - Feb. 20, 2008 When love is Evergreen, Evergreen. It will last, thru the summer and winter too. When love is Evergreen, Evergreen, like our love is for you. Love Always, Son, Pat Benti and Grandson, Patrick Benti L'UNIONE FA LA FORZA. Union is strength. Many hands make light work. The opinions expressed by our columnists and contributors are not necessarily the same as those of The Post-Gazette, its publisher or editor. Photo submissions are accepted by the Post.Gazette provided they are clear, original photos. There is a $5 charge for each photo submitted. Photos can be sub- mitted via e-mail: postgazette@aol,com. If you want your photos returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The Federal Trade Commission works for the consumer to prevent fraud and deception. The Tradition Continues at the Eliot School Maria Gioconda Motta, Chairman of C.A.S.IT and Traci Griffith, Principal of the Eliot School. Fearless of the snow storms that have surprisingly afflicted Italy this past month, Befana once again traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate the Epiphany with the students of the Eliot school. The Befana visited the Eliot School for the first time last year. She had heard of the accomplishments achieved by this small school of the North End, and she had decided to re- ward all those students who were proudly studying the Italian lan- guage. The children were ex- tremely surprised and they ear- ried the memory of that special Kindergarten class and was immediately welcomed by the young students with ques- tions and stories about Befana. Many announced that Befana had visited their home the night before! She left candy and small presents in their stockings. "Befana came to my house. She came because I left her an Orange to eat, like we learned in Italian class," explained five-year-old Mira. "I hung a stocking outside of my bedroom, and she left candy. NO garlic and no onions. That must mean I was really good this year," added Giovanni. With so much excitement to recount what she had brought the night before, the children did not even notice that Befana had stopped at the Eliot on her way back to Italy. Suddenly, the sweet voice of this kind lady said "Buongiorno From left to right: Maria Gioconda M0tta, Chairman of C.A.S.IT; Diane Cloherty, kindergarten teacher; Rosemarie Grasso, Italian teacher. visit throughout 2009. So, as soon as Decem- ber arrived this year, the students started asking "Is Befana coming this year? Last year she brought candy ... will she bring more this year again?" Miss Grasso (Maestra), Eliot's Italian teacher, warned her students that, as a consequence of the harsh weather on the Italian peninsula, Befana might not be able to travel to Boston. After all, crossing the Atlantic Ocean by broom can be difficult even for this special old lady. But the children's accomplishments this past year as well as their desire to see her again was stronger than any snow storm. (Mrs. Maria Gioconda Motta came out of her recent retirement to dress up as Befana again this year and surprised everyone, including Principal Griffith!) On the morning of January 6 th (also known as the Epiphany), Miss Grasso entered the bambini" (good day children). Everyone stopped immediately. The Befana was tired from hervoyage and set down to rest for a little bit in the Kindergarten class- room. She asked questions to the children who had to answer in Italian. After giving candy to the kindergarteners, all the stu- dents joined the Befana who walked through the school singing "la Befana vien di notte." They together passed out sweets in all the other classrooms. The Eliot School continues to support its Italian language program with the combined support of the Italian Government through C.A.S.IT (Mrs. Motta, Chairman) and Princi- pal Griffith. The children who are reaping all the benefits of this successful program were once again able to see the Befana in their school and celebrate this very special and fun Italian tradition. Winner of the New England Regional S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef title Anthony J. Messina, At Bunker Hill Community College, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts student Anthony Messina prepared his signature East Boston Native Awarded by Top New England Chefs and Media ANTHONY J. MESSINA Title of 9 th Annual S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef New England Region dish during a fast-paced, high-pressure cooking competition to win the title of New England Regional S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef. Anthony showcased his culi- nary expertise before assembled celebrity chef judges Chef Chris Coombs of dbar, Chef Alan Archer of Nestl6 Professional, Chef Mary Dumont of Harvest, Chef Chris Douglass of Ashmont Grill and Chef Ben- jamin Knack of The Lanam Club. Media judges included Nick Altschuller of The Improper Bostonian, Louisa Kasdon of, and Michael Prerau of The judges awarded Anthony the coveted title and the rare chance to compete at the Finals Competi- tion to be held at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in Napa Valley, Calif., March 11-14, 2011. During the intense competition, Anthony performed with confidence while competing against 7 fellow culinary students repre- senting his alma mater, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Anthony impressed the panel of judges with his creative signa- ture dish recipe, Squab Breast with Pars- nip Apple Puree, Smoked Chard, Foie Gras Emulsion, Ras E1 Hanout, Pistachios and Aril while remaining calm and taking their comments and advice to heart. Rising culi- nary star, Anthony Messina, accepted his title before an enthusiastic audience of local media, chefs and invited guests during the tasting reception. Anthony will be one of ten regional win- (Continued on Page 13)