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, , , . . . . . , , , , . . . Page6 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 EBNASA UNVEILS COMMUNITY productsCHAMPION AWARDpackaging isBoston Police District A-7 for Their Work on Tobacco ALL THAT ZAZZ ...... ' people who start smoking later in life. by Mary N. DiZazzo Tobacco companies understand this and actively market to youth with candy-flavored k tobacco in colorful that Ik=III]HISS;'T are sometimes placed next to candy. Despite Come and Experience Left to right: Pat Milano of EBNASA, Boston Police Captain Frank Mancini, Boston Police Officer Danny Simons and Andrew Kenneally of EBNASA. East Boston Neighborhood Against S.ub- stance Abuse (EBNASA) awarded their first Community Champion Award to Boston Police Captain Frank Mancini and his officers at District A-7 for stopping the illegal sale of tobacco products to youth at a local East Boston convenience store through edu- cation and enforcement. While it is prohibited to sell tobacco prod-" ucts to anyone under the age of 18 in the United States, some store owners are either not informed or ignoring the law. What makes this so dangerous, says the Cam- paign for Tobacco-Free Kids, is that those who start smoking young are more likely to have a long-term addiction to nicotine than the dangers and rules against selling to youth, it is estimated that 6,300 Massachu- setts youth become daily smokers each year with "many trying their first cigarette in the sixth and seventh grades, or between the ages of II and 13. To prevent initiation of tobacco use EBNASA is taking a comprehensive approach: increasing smoke-free areas, reducing the access and appeal of tobacco products, disseminating information about smoking cessation programs, and conduct- ing a media campaign involving young people from around East Boston to inform adults and young people about the influence of tobacco in East Boston. "Given the speed in which youth can get hooked and the efforts by tobacco companies to hook them, we need to do all we can to reduce their access to tobacco products," said EBNASA's coordinator and East Boston resident, Andrew Kenneally. "We applaud Captain Mancini and his officers for taking this issue seriously and for their work to make our neighborhood a safer and healthier place to live, work and raise a family." For more information on EBNASA, visit: http: / / A Late Winter Project by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari been quite handsome but you would never know it from the sad state it was in. It was while visiting her this past summer that we noticed the cabinet was standing at the curb waiting for the trash man to take it away. We asked our cousin if we could take it home to repair and refinish it. She agreed, so we cleaned the cabinet on her lawn, re- moved all the accumulated dirt and grime from years of neglect, then loaded it into the trunk of our car and brought to our apartment where it has stood in our storage closet. It was in early January that we took the cabinet out from storage and decided to repair it. On closer inspection it was ob- vious that it was built by a very fine carpenter. It re- mained sturdy and straigb, t Winter for us has always been a time to take care of projects that lend them- selves to the indoors. Whether it is straightening out closets or performing re- pairs that were put. off in warmer months when we, like most of us, prefer to be outdoors. Now that we are in the grip of winter, the cold weather offers a great oppor- tunity to attend to that job that has been put off; in our case, it was a cabinet "in se- rious need of repair. We are in possession of an old cabinet built for a mem- ber of our family about 80 years ago. The cabinet was kept in our cousin's base- ment where it was used to hold carpentry tools and paint; it stands about five and a half feet tall by four feet wide, it is beautifully made, when new, it must have at Great Prices JUST MENTION THIS AD AND LET ... ALL WINES BY THE GLASS - 1/2 price ALL APPETIZERS - 1/2 price ALL PASTA DISHES - 1/= price VEAL FRANCESCA - 1/= price CHICKEN MICHELANGELO - 1/2 price  SOGLIOLA ALLA MEDITERRANEA (SOLE) - l/z price, .g!:; THIS OFFER IS VALID THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH 2011 :'i;: .},: EXCEPT ON SATURDAYS 'c?: : ;,i: Join us during Restaurant Week March 6-12 & 13-19, 20111 2-course lunch $15.11 * 3-course lunch $20.11  | 3 course droner $33.11  J 150 I  Jo" Us o .....  B despite years of neglect; the fittings was all tongue and grove with handmade notched railings set into each side allowing the shelves to adjust to different heights. The back of the cabinet was finished every bit as well as the front sur- faces, always a sign of good workmanship. We began the restoration by filling in some deep holes and cracks with plaster wood. We decided to paint the cabi- net rather than restore its original finish which had deteriorated far beyond any possibility of restoration. We opted to paint the entire cabinet in a high gloss white enamel with light gray ac- cents; applying coat after coat over several weeks building up a smooth enamel surface which .we softened by rubbing with soft clothes. The work was completed in three weeks and the cabinet looks amazing, the early twentieth century styling contrasted with modern col- oring and finish has given a fine old piece an entirely new look. Best of all, there is the satisfaction of salvag-- ing the work of some un- known craftsmen allowing its utility and beauty to serve a new generation rather than be destrOyed, its potential gone forever. On reflection, the project has served as a great object lesson, that no matter how grim a situation may ap- pear, it can always be im- proved, all that is needed, is the desire to turn a situation around and a willingness to do the work Looking at our cabinet, now that the job is done, it has taken on an added di- mension and beauty im- parted through its fine craftsmanship and years of experience e reflected in its cracks and bruises now re- stored and ready to serve once more. "THE MISS BOSTON PAGEANT" Ciao Bells, On Sunday night, Febru- ary 20 u, starting at 5:00, at The Omni Parker House there will be beauty history in the making[ Contestants will compete for the coveted "Miss Boston" titl.e and $17,000 in scholarships and prizes. The young women will be competing in five phases of competition: tal- ent, interview, physical fit- ness, evening gown and on stage interview. Miss Boston will not only be an ambassador for the city of Boston but will also serve as a role model for young women to encourage them to develop their lead- ership skills and to take an active role in their commu- nities. The Miss Boston Pageant is a preliminary for the Miss America Pageant. For more info visit We are so fortunate to be having this wonderful event here in Boston! See you there! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Letter to Post-Gazette Columnist ... MOTORISTS AND CYCLISTS SHARE CONCERNS Dear Mr. Giarratani, In a recent News Brief, you wrote of your dread in see- ing a bicyclist ahead of you on the road and being "forced" to your left in order to safely pass. As an avid bi- cyclist myself, I have a simi- lar dread as cars quickly ap- proach from behind, thus forcing me far to the right. Like you, I drive a car. And I can certainly understand and relate to your concern about having to edge out to- ward the center line and the oncoming traffic. The far right shoulder of any road comes with its own set of hazards for bicyclists. Every branch, rock, sand, and bro- ken bottle represents a haz- ard for cyclists ... and it all congregates on the right shoulder. With curbs and guard rails sometimes mere inches to the right and cars whizzing by mere feet to the left,, the cyclist is acutely aware of the dangers asso- ciated with our particular form of exercise. To be sure, there are many cyclists that swing out away from the roadside detritus and into the car's travel lane. Simi- larly, many drivers of cars assume a greater right to the entire lane and fail to consider the consequences of passing way too close to cyclists, The real issue is that we're all trying to share roads that are narrow, twist- ing, and in terrible condi- tion. Welcome to Bostonl Is it possible to share? Is it pos- sible to get along with each other? On a side note, I would NEVER dare to ride the Jamaica Way (unless it was very early on a Sunday morning). The point is that we are the same in so many ways. We're all just people - trying to get to our destina- tion safely. If I fail to notice you coming up from behind, a gentle tap on your horn to let me know you're there is all I need to hug the shoul- der a little closer. We're a pretty aware group, we cy- clists. We understand that a 3000 pound car traveling at any speed will ALWAYS win in a collision with a 19 pound, bike. When we ride as a group, we call out hazards to each other. Car Left! Glassl Car Back! The bottom line is that for every care- less and oblivious rider, there are 1000 more self-en- titled, impatient and angry drivers. And as long as driv- ers of cars resent being "forced" to slow down or slide to the left, there will con- tinue to be accidents. And far too often, the cyclist will either be maimed or killed. 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