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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 Page9 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani SAL LaMATTINA RUNNING FOR REGISTER OF PROBATE Sal says, "I am running to be Suffolk County Register of Probate to continue my life's dedication to public service. I will bring manage- ment experience dealing with complex issues to help streamline our local govern- ment. I know the impor- tance of communities work- ing together to benefit us all." He has always been a voice and vote for all the communities that comprise District 1 which he has rep- resented on the Boston City Council since 2006. He hasn't officially an- nounced but he and his folks were out there campaigning the morning of the recent Democratic caucuses on February 11. He has pro- duced a really good cam- paign brochure and is defi- nitely in this race to win. As many District 1 residents told me they will miss him as their district councilor because he has been so good at the job but they wish him well in this upcoming county-wide race. REMEMBERING HENRY BOSWORTH I lived in Quincy for 23 years and knew Henry Bosworth, the founder and publisher Of the weekly Quincy Sun newspaper. He and I became good friends. My writings often appeared in the Sun. He passed away back on February 7, 2009 and on this third anniver- sary of his death I remem- ber him and all he meant to the people of Quincy who came to depend on his Sun every week in the same way we all depend on the sun every morning rising in the east. LaMATTINA VS. CAMPATELLI? East Boston resident Patty Campatelli of East Boston has already announced her intentions to seek the post. of Suffolk County Register of Probate this fall. She is currently serving as state- wide program supervisor at the Massachusetts Trial Court. Now we hear that District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina is also looking at this race as a possibility too. I met Patty a few years ago at the Columbus Day Parade near the parade start by Suffolk Downs. She told me she knew my cousin Sal from Beachmont. She knew there was another Sal Giarratani out there and was glad to finally meet me that afternoon. CAN THE MBTA REPEAT THAT AGAIN The MBTA Board of Direc- tors must be going out of their collective minds. Pub- lic transit is in big trouble. The T has decided the way to make the system more sustainable is to hire more employees, cut ser- vices and raise fares. This sounds like disaster time. Chasing people back into cars is not the way to make public transportation more efficient. The deficits here can only go up with this cur- rent kind of logic. Also, why in the last two years have there been 871 new hires? Why are 631 MBTA employ- ees making such big bucks? In 2011, 631 of them earned over $100,000 each. A DORCHESTER DISGRACE Recently, while driving over in Dorchester, I noticed the statue of the Sacred Heart was missing its head at Blessed Mother Teresa (for- merly St. Margaret's) Church at the corner of Columbia Road and Dorchester Av- enue. At first glance, I thought I was seeing things. Who would do such a thing and why? About a year ago the same thing happened to a smaller statute of St. An- thony in North Square near the Paul Revere House. Back in the day, things like this never happened. BOSTON CITY PAPER NOW ON-LINE You can now read the Bos- ton City Paper on-line. Just go to BostonCityPaper.org. I happen to be lucky enough to work for the two best weekly newspapers in Boston. BY THE WAY When did the Boston Public Gardens become the Boston Public Garden. Back when I was a kid, there was an "s" at the end of Public Gardens and no "s" at the end of DIVORCE * CRIMINAL * 230 MSGK O'BRIEN HIGHWAY LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZEHE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices East Boston Chamber of Commerce (Continued from Page 1) Boston Garden. When'd that happen? Also, streetcars ran in the subway and trains ran in the tunnel. Now every- thing is called the subway. When did that change take place? DOG DAY AFTERNOON If you're a dog owner look- ing for the perfect dog leash, drop a note to Steve Allen at the City Paper. He knows where to get 'em. "MY COUSIN'S PLACE" REPLACING CONTRADA'S Danny D'Elia and Ralph Verrocchi have filed an application with Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals. They seek to turn the former Contrada's Coffee Shop into "My Cousin's Place." It has been a long while since Contrada's has been opened. The void at this end of Hanover Street has been terrible. This is a great spot for a little shop to operate out of. It has been for years leading up to the latest closure. It isn't the same down by Charter Street. Hopefully, My Cousin's Place will be everyone's place once again. ARINELLA RETIRES FROM EAST BOSTON COURT Dave Arinella recently retired as East Boston Dis- trict Court's Chief Probation Officer. He had been on the job over 27 years. Arinella always commends the folks he works alongside. As he said most recently, "This is not a job I do alone. Every day we have a dedicated staff here that works to make the court system here in East Boston the best it can be." Senator Anthony Petruc- celli added that Arinella is known across their commu- nity. As Petruccelli stated, "Whether it's his work here at the court or as coach of the high school swim team Dave is one of those rare individuals in the commu- nity that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to mentor offenders, help fami- lies through tough times and serve as a role model for the kids at the high school.  Three cheers to Dave Arinella for a job well done and most appreciated by all. SGT. JOHN SACCO RETURNS TO HIS OLD BEAT CAREER AS A COP Boston Police Sgt. John Sacco who authored "Police Beat" for many years in the South End News returned to give a talk about his weekly crime column. He retired back in 2000 and many still miss his great column. The talk was held at the South End Library on February 7 before a large number of his many friends and fans. ST. PATTY'S PARADE MARCH 18 Plans for this year's St. Patrick's Day/Evacuation Day Parade are well under- way, This year the parade will be" held on Sunday, March 18 and this year's Chief Marshal is Bill Des- mond. For further informa- tion on the parade or par- ade banquet, please log on to Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina, President Diane Modica, Outgoing directors, Joe Zirpolo, Franz Israel and Past President Neffo Cappuccio with State Senator Anthony Petruccelli. Scott Warren. Diane Modica outlined her goals as presi- dent and pledged to continue to work to enhance East Boston's economy and im- prove the quality of life for East Boston residents and businesses. She thanked past president Neffo Cap- www.southbostonparade.org. _ ..... puccio for his hard work and the entire board past and present who volunteer on a daily basis to improve East Boston. For more details about the East Boston Chamber of Commerce please log onto www. eastbos tonchamber, com Matt Mallen of Orient Heights Chiropractic, East Boston Chamber of Commerce President Diane Modica and Buddy Mangini. 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