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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 Page 7 Friends of Belle Isle Marsh Annual Meeting Join the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh on Sunday, March 14, 2010, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at St. John's Episco- pal Church Hall, Bowdoin Street, Winthrop, MA. You are invited to the FBIM Annual Meeting. Phil Colarusso will be the keynote speaker. "Eel grass: it's not just for eels anymore." Phil is a marine biologist and diver for the EPA, a long-time member of FBIM and Winthrop native. Free and open to the public. Bring friends. Refresh- ments will be served. About Belle Isle Marsh This 350-acre reservation, administered by the Depart- ment of Conservation and Recreation, was acquired from the Massachusetts Port Authority in the late 1970's and was opened as a public park in 1985. The largest surviving salt marsh in Boston Harbor, it showcases plants and wildlife now rare to the Metropolitan area. During the 1600's the marshlands were used for sheep and cattle pas- ture with the salt marsh harvested for salt hay. By mid 20 th century a few homes, businesses and industrial structures and a fuel tank farm were built on filled in marshland as was the Belle Isle trotter track, now Suffolk Downs race track. The Suffolk Downs Open Air Theatre was built on the site of the present Belle Isle Reservation. In 1986 a substantial wetland reconditioning program had begun. The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, a non-profit (501c3) grassroots environmental organization, was formed in the early 1980's to help preserve the marsh and publicize its importance as an urban natural resource. We believe that protection ultimately depends on public awareness of the value and beauty of this natural resource. Our focus is mainly educational. For more information call 617-846-7418 or Email East Boston YMCA 2010 Reach Out Youth Breakfast Join the East Boston YMCA for their annual fundraiser on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7:30AM. The event will be held at the Boston Logan Airport Hilton, 85 Terminal Road, East Boston, MA. Please RSVP by Monday, March 29, 2010. Call 617-569-9622. Thanks to the ongoing support of many caring REACH OUT sponsors, the East Boston YMCA is a place where happiness, optimism and opportunity prevail. Our families rely on the Y as a safe place for their children to learn and have fun. Navigating the economic downturn has not been easy for nonproflts like the Y, but we did not scale back any programs -- if anything, we just did more with less. It's the Y's way to be resourceful and unflagging in determination and spirit on behalf of the families who need us most. Our goal in 2010 is $85,000 and as always 100% of the money stays in East Boston and helps subsidize the costs of tod- dler and pre-school child care, school age child care and teen programming. All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei BEREA VIfMEA TBLfTET0013.25 :: Bistro * Beer * Wine INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICF00 GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: Mrs. Murphy... As I See It If there were around it. Doctors, and phar- drunken sailor. He is pres- a contest in maceutical companies are ently setting up a Federal the City of inundated with nuisance Agency to investigate Global Boston for claims, not to speak of phony Warming that will cost tax- the number insurance claims, and other payers billions! His pal Al of satellite dishes on homes, East Boston would be the sure winner. An initiative started by then City Coun- cilor Michael Flaherty to end the reckless use of sat- ellite dishes on the front of homes has fallen flat. Is there no other political figure who thinks this is an important issue? On some homes there are up to eight dishes placed on the comers or front of the build- ings, the funny part is that most of these homes are three or four family homes, why the exorbitant amount of dishes? Would residents living in Beacon Hill put up with this? What's the ordinance? Where is the enforcement of regulating the dishes? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this out of hand behavior creates an aesthetically unpleasing look in the com- munity! ... On the political scene. Torte Reform is des- perately needed in this coun- try! This bill should be one of Barack Obama's priori- ties; instead he's dancing frivolous suits brought about by greedy attorneys and clients looking for a quick fixl Attorneys spend mega bucks on television ads look- ing for injured people. They stir the pot and the pot is beginning to stink7 I'm sure you're all aware that costs spent from companies who have to defend themselves from fat cat lawyers are passed onto the consumer. The public needs to urge Congress to give the presi- dent a kick in the rump to get Torte Reform going. This bill concerns all of us ... And while "socialist" Obama wants us to share the wealth, he's living pretty high off the hog at the White House bringing in top chefs from all over the world to host his parties. Using Air Force One to wine and dine his wife. No sacrifices herel The Obama's have enrolled their children in private costly schools. It all boils down to, "do as I say, not as I do". In- stead of trying to save the country money, El Presi- dente is spending it like a Gore will more than likely head the agency, adding an- other several billion to his portfolio ... Becoming an East Boston legend, Louie Vazza, has been in the funeral busi- ness for many, many years. His reputation is outstand- ing, and patrons applaud him and his staff for their professionalism ... Heard the E Lounge on McClellan High- way that borders East Boston and Revere is thinking of featuring singer and enter- tainer Bo Paris in the near future. The "E" is a family- owned lounge, and caters to locals. It's a fun place to spend a Friday or Saturday evening. Keep you posted as to when Lou will be making his debut there ... Rhode Is- land Representative Patrick "Patches" Kennedy, son of the late Teddy shot his mouth off against newly elected Senator Scott Brown. "Patty" didn't get his way, so he's kicking and screaming and finally not seeking re- election to office which is the ending to the Kennedy Dynasty ... T/// next time! ZUMIX Spring Programs ZUMIX programs inspire young people to explore the arts, particularly music, as a means of self-expression. Spring programs begin the week of March 29 th, 2010 and run until the week of June 14% Make sure you have your ZUMIX application in and have done your place- ment interview by March 12% Attend one of the open houses on Friday, March 5  (4-7pm) or Saturday, March 6 th (10am-lpm) to see the new space, pick up an ap- plication, and learn more about the programs. Inter- views will be held through March 12 in 20 minute intervals. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC ZUMIX participants can learn to play an instrument, start a band, or sing in a cho- rus. Private lessons -- Our music instructors, many of whom have been with ZUMIX for nearly a decade, are as culturally diverse as our students. We currently offer lessons in piano, gui- tar, bass, drums, voice, brass and woodwinds (NEW). Ensembles -- playing in a group presents an entirely different learning experi- ence. Current ensembles include: Hip Hop Band (origi- nal youth hip hop), RockEd (our youth rock-band pro- gram), Arias (youth-led rock band), The UBs (youth-led rock band), and The Divercity Band (youth pop- cover band). Higher educa- tion -- our partnership with Berklee College of Music of- fers more serious students the opportunity to further their studies at one of the most prestigious music schools in the country. SONGWRITING AND PERFORMANCE ZUMIX's songwriters use their voices, rhythm, and en.ergy tq .e;xpfs..w)lt:s. pp. their minds. They take their messages to the street, performing locally and tour- ing throughout the North- east. From Hip Hop to Rock, students express them- selves through a wide vari- ety of popular music. Our studio allows more advanced students to record their original music to CO. Z-TECH (MUSIC TECHNOLOGY) Through Z-TECH, ZUMIX provides after-school techni- cal training programs that introduce youth, ages 12-18, to advanced audio and com- puter technologies. Z-TECH programs are hands-on, giving participants access to state-of-the-art audio equipment, a digital music production lab, recording studio, and computer graph- ics station. Z-TECH gradu- ates join the ZUMIX Tech- Crew as paid technicians, supporting ZUMIX programs and other agencies through- out the city. ZUMIX RADIO ZUMIX launched a youth- run radio station from our headquarters in 2005. ZUMIX Radio enables our participants to share their music, ideas, and concerns with listeners while gaining invaluable feedback from lo- cal residents. ZUMIX Radio broadcasts locally on 1630AM and now is streaming live at zumix.orgl While you're listening, cruise around the radio schedule and get (Continued on Page 15) f 'S Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 J t J . p fl,o e. , , Q ,o, Je, o, %a. a , , ,, .y ,t61 ....