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• , . . , ° . POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 Page7 Maverick Square Comes Alive with 2011 Chinese New Year Celebration On Saturday, February 12 th the owners of Hong Kong Harbor Chinese Restaurant welcomed in the year of the rabbit. The annual celebration is an important event on the Chinese calendar• Neigh- boring businesses, customers and residents extended their best wishes of good luck and enjoyed the traditional lion dance and f ireworks. Located at 5 Maverick Square, Hong Kong Harbor Chi- nese Restaurant is open seven days a week. Don't forget to shop locally and help the neighborhood! Part of the East Boston Main Streets Program. {Photos by Clark Moulaison llI) The Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community and live in their own homes, for as long as possible. As a Medicare-approved Program of AIMnclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide the individual care that allows each participant to live with dignity and respect in the place they call home. We provide and coordinate the many different services an older adult may require, such as: • Primary and specialty medical care • Home nursing and personal care • Rehabilitation • Social interaction • Medications without co-pays and coverage gaps • Transportation to PACE Day Health Centers and medical appointments The Elder Service Plan is the ideal solution for older adults and families who want an alternative to nursing home care, but need a care partner to arrange for the right combination of services to keep a loved one at home, To find out more, call 617-568-6377 or visit us at www., Mrs. Murphy... As l See It The nasty bitter cold weather continues. ,!! '-- ,   Forecasters are now calling six" inches of snow a dusting ... Boston streets look like dumping grounds after a snowstorm. Chairs, trash cans, cones and a variety of objects line the streets to hold parking spaces• Who can blame these shovelers for wanting to preserve their space? Shame on the lazy people that pull into someone else's shoveled spotT ... Some pub- lic bus drivers have been seen stopping at random on highways to let passengers off. While it may be good for passengers, it causes on- coming traffic to stop, and can cause a major accident. On NorthShore road in Re- vere recently a bus stopped along the road (not at a bus stop) to let a passenger off causing some motorists to jamb on brakes. MBTA offi- cials need to address this as a public safety issue ... And while we're on the subject of the MBTA, a lost pet snake on the "T" was making head- lines. (Nothing else to write about or report) The snake's owner had the snake wrapped around her neck when the snake slithered off and decided to go it's on way. According to reports the snake wandered the subway for quite some time before being found• The MBTA needs to make a rule ban- ning passengers with weird pets from riding the MBTA, unless they're in a cage. Children riding the subway are at risk. Slinky, slimy snakes belong at home, not among passengers. The way I understand it, the snake's owner was bringing the snake on a job interview. (Where was she applying for a job, at THE ZOO). It appears Mass Transit Authority has a total disregard for children and T-riders by allowing passengers to bring animals on board other than domes- tic ... Heard lawmakers may be considering making Bennington street a one- way. Have you tried driving down Bennington Street af- ter a snowstorm with high snow banks on either side and two-way traffic trying to get through. Buses and trucks find it extremely difficult?? Whatever hap- pened to banking service??? ... Consumers beware: The Citizens bank on-line bank- ing service is great as long as an error in the amount you're paying doesn't occur. Then it becomes you're worse nightmare• According to the complaint, when re- porting the error to the bank the customer is given the shuffle from one department to another. It becomes very frustrating, no one is coop- erating. Reportedly what should have been a $52.63 payment to Verizon cost the customer a whopping $5,263 because the decimal point wasn't in place. After three days of aggravation, and being put on hold by every- one that answered the phone, the conclusion was it would take the bank up to ten days for a letter of proof to get faxed to the company that received the over pay- ment. (Unacceptable) The long and short of it Verizon, the company that received the overpayment was very cooperative and ended up in- tervening on behalf of the customer to get their money back into their account, while Citizens dragged their feet and undetermined who made the error. Citizens called it an accident. It's very important to do busi- ness with the bank that gives the best service ... Till next time! Leave the DELIVERY to Us! With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be rememberedevery week of the year. 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