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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 Page7 Crime Down, Taxi Traffic, Clean Streets and Bridge Work on Hill Residents' Mind by Sal Giarratani Two of Boston's finest, sergeants Joe Gallarelli and Billy Toner have been appointed to BPD District 7. Gallarelli will be in the community services office and Toner with the Safe Streets program in East Boston. (Photos by Sal Giarratani) Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo and Charlene Goodwin an Eagle Hill resi- dent and best known for her work at the Salesians Boys & Girls Club meet up after the meeting to discuss more neighborhood issues. The Eagle Hill Civic Asso- ciation recently met at East Boston High School on February 16. More than 35 residents attended the meeting and Debra Cave did a great job at keeping the agenda moving. Captain Frank Mancini from District 7 spoke on the latest crime stats for Eagle Hill and all of East Boston and the news was all good as crime stats have fallen in the past year and even more so .during the first seven weeks of 2011. He was praised for the pro-active work of police officers in East Boston who always do their best at keeping East Boston a safe community for all. Mancini also introduced two new members of District 7, Sgt. Joe Gallarelli from community services and S~t. Billy Toner from the Safe Streets program. John Vitagliano from City Hall spoke of the progress of the ongoing work at the Chelsea Bridge. Things appear ahead of schedule which was good news for all to hear. Disruptions have been kept to a minimum and hopefully will continue so. City Councilor Felix Arroyo showed up to keep residents a attach of the latest news from City Hall. He has become well known to East Boston residents either attending or having representatives from his office attend this community meet- ing and meetings all across the city's neighborhoods. Ernani DeAraujo, representing the Mayor's Office, spoke of an upcoming spring clean-up in the neighborhood. The amount of snow this Winter has impacted the entire city. As the snow melts, the grime and garbage will start reappearing. The city promises to supply all the necessary tools for the clean-up which can't come fast enough for Eagle Hill residents the meeting. One major topic was the appearance of so many taxis on the streets of East Boston and many in the audience attributed that number to the 85.25 tunnel tolls to return to Boston. A majority of the cabs on Meridian Street headed toward Chelsea are actually headed back to Boston. Most expect to see those East Boston-based livery Grand Marquis riding the neighborhood streets, I heard that cabs going toward the airport through the tunnels can actually charge passengers an extra $5.25 for the cabbie's return trip but it would appear too many cabs head back toward the Chelsea produce on their way toward Boston. If this is true, perhaps the Boston Hackney Division should investigate further as some suggested. Finally, Debra Cave announced the launching of a series called "East Boston: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," a speaker series to promote Eastie Pride. The first speaker will be Anthony Sammarco On March 2 at 7pm at East Boston High School. He will lead a journey through East Boston's yesterday's. 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This shelter has all sorts of amazing, happy, healthy and well adjusted pets just waiting for a chance at a new life. From puppies to older dogs, cats to kittens, there are all sorts of options. If you're looking for a couch po- tato, lap-warmer or a pooch that will run a marathon, they've got pets and programs for everyone. The shelter encourages potential adopters to check the shelter's website (www.sterlingshelter.com) where you can learn more about their pets and programs. Potential adopters can also click on the PETS for ADOFYION section to see photos and pro- files of the pets in the shelters. Because adopting a pet is a lifelong commitment that can exceed 15 years, they also request the entire family be present when coming to meet a potential pet to adopt. They want to make the perfect match, and that's hard to do if the kids aren't there: Surprising a fam- ily member with a new pet isn't a good idea. It's almost like picking a spouse for some- one. It's a LOT of years you'll be spending with that animal and you have to make sure it's the right fit. Think about it, there is a lot of love to be given and a pet loves to be loved. What a present for someone you care about that really wants a petI Contact Leigh Grady, Executivg Director at 978-422-8584, e-mail staff@sterlingshelter.org or visit the web site at www.SterlingShelter.org. Be happy, make someone you love happy and adopt a pet today. That's all for now ... Remember to pick up after your pet. Quote: Advice is like snow, the softer it faUs, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. Harborside Community Center Launch ProgramsDesigned to Get Physical by Nicola Orichuia The East Boston Harbor- side Community Center has recently launched a series of programs designed to get residents involved in physi- cal activities at close-to- nothing rates. The commu- nity center, located at 312 Border Street, East Boston, has renovated many of the sports facilities at East Boston I-tarborside Commu- nity School, including new locker rooms equipped with showers and lockers. "People can come here in the afternoon or after work and go for a swim," says Michael Sulprizio, adminis- trative coordinator at Harborside Community Cen- ter and former Legislat.ive Aide for State Representa- tive Carlo Basile. During the week the center's pool opens to the public at 4 p.m., after school activities are over, and stays open until 8:30 p.m. On Saturdays the pool is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "The pool is mostly open for any- one to come, but we also of- fer special programs during the week," says Sulprizio. There's a swim team wel- coming children ages 7-17 that meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. "The objective of the Harborside Swim Team is to provide our children with the opportu- nity to learn the fundamen- tals of competitive swim- ruing, to develop and improve their physical skills, and to develop a positive attitude, self-image, responsibility, good sportsmanship and team enthusiasm," says Coach Diana Vergara, who can be reached at 617-635- 5114 for more information. There is a registration fee for the program. Other facilities available at Harborside" Community Center include two racket- ball/squash courts, an en- Adxninistrative Coordinator at Harborside Community Center Michael Sulprizio. field where we hope to start a soccer activity," says Michael Sulprizio. "We should be renewing the field in the spring, and there's some talk about placing synthetic turf." The push to get the community involved is part of a larger plan by the City of Boston, which has been promoting youth and family activities through its Boston Centers for Youth & Families offie~.~: The Harborside Commu- nity Center's goal is to at- tract Boston residents to its facilities and hopefully reach the level of success that its current Education Program is experiencing. "We cur- rently have over 200 stu- dents in our English as a Second Language classes, and there is a 6 to 9-month waiting list," says Sulprizio. The language courses are offered at different levels, Monday through Thursday. If interested in registering, contact Elaine Anoli at 617-635-5114. Most of the sports facili- ties are also available for rent, as is the community center's auditorium, which has been used in the past for fundraisers, parties and even the local Democratic caucus. "Most local groups can get this amazing space for almost nothing," says Sulprizio. 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