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POST-GAZETrE, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 PAGE 5 REP. JAY NE Announces Campaign for State Senate in Massachusetts' First Suffolk & Middlesex District A Frank De Pas( uale Venture State Representative Jay Livingstone, of Boston's 8a Suf- folk District, announced his candidacy for the upcoming special election to fill the State Senate seat vacated by Anthony Petruccelli, which includes parts of Boston and Cambridge, the city of Revere and town of Winthrop. Livingstone said that such a diverse district needs a proven effective leader with a broad vision, and he will em- phasize his accomplishments as a legislator, both for his district and for families across the Com- monwealth, in the campaign. "I know from my time as a legislator how to deliver for diverse communities," Living- stone explained, "and that's wh~E~Iis district needs. Sena- tor Pet~I~lli was able to deliver for all the communities in the district and it is critical to maintain that standard. I'm proud of what I~e accomplished for my constituents in Boston and Cambridge, and I look forward to reaching out further and getting to know the people in every neighborhood of the Senate district." Livingstone has been en- dorsed by leaders from across the district, including Cam- bridge Mayor Denise Simmons, State Senator Will Browns- berger, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, Winthrop Town Councilor Rich Boyajian, and former Revere City Councilor John Correggio. Last month, the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance reported that Livingstone had a commanding lead in fundrais- ing out of the field of candidates seeking to replace Petruccelli. Livingstone grew up in a working family in North Atfle- boro, MA. He worked as a union member at a cardboard box factory while attending college, then put himself through law school. As an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County, he witnessed the ravages of substance abuse and saw the need for political will to fund treatment beds rather than prison cells. The urgency of this and other issues prompted him to run in a special election for the 8m Suffolk seat, where -- as a first-time candidate with a history of community leader- ship -- he shocked political observers by earning an over- whelming victory with nearly 70% of the vote. Since that time, Livingstone says that he has demonstrated the kind of independent lead- ership and strong work ethic necessary to get results for his community and to craft compre- hensive policy solutions. At the statewide level, he has secured more funding for early educa- tion and drug treatment and has worked to advance gun safety. He has also been a staunch advocate for workers, helping to pass increases in the minimum wage and a Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights, while also filing a successful amendment to protect workers from employer retaliation. More locally, he has passed legislation to enable sub- stantial improvements both to the Esplanade in Boston and to Magazine Beach in Cambridge. Meanwhile, in this legislative session he has filed an Equal Pay Bill to address the gender wage gap in Massachusetts, and a Healthy Kids Bill that aims to take a comprehensive ap- proach to ensure that children in the state are housed, well-fed, healthy -- and thus equipped to succeed in school. Livingstone says he looks forward to talking about these priorities and accomplishments because it is critical to show that our state government has an important role to play in peoples' lives. "Sometimes people can become cynical about government, but I know firsthand the profound role that effective leadership can play in helping communities and resi- dents thrive," Livingstone said. "That's what I've been able to do in the House, and that's why I am running for State Senate. I look forward to campaigning throughout the district, dis- cussing my record, listening to the voters' concerns, and work- ing to earn their support." www.depasqualeventures.com Valentine's Nite by Sal Giarratani Mar6 Seafood, Crudo & Oyster Bar OOO Mare Place 223 Hanover St, ,, 617.723.MARE Bricco Boutique Italian Cuisine ooo 241 Hanover St. * 6t 7.24~.6~EX) Quattro Gdlle. Rosticceria & Pizzeria OOO 266 Hanover St. * 617,720.0444 Trattoria II Panino Boston's tst Original Trottoria OOO I I Pam~enter Sir - 617.720.1336 Sfizl Mediterranean Topos Bar Coming Soon 000 t 35 Richmond St. Bricco Panefferla Homemade Artisan Breads OOO Bncco Place 241 Hanover St, 617.248.9859 Brlcco Salumeria & Pasta shoppe Voted Best Sandwiches 000 Bricco Place 241 Hanover St. 617.248.9629 (next to Bricco Panelteria} Gelaterla & Cannoli Factory Homemade Ge~ato & Cannolis OOO 272 Hanover St. 64 Cro~s St. 617,720,4243 OLD NORTH CHURCH Accepting Donations for the Homeless The Old North Church donation pew box is open again! The recipients of your generous donation will be the homeless guests of the Boston Warm Day Center at Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street. The Day Center is open Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 am- 1:00 pm and offers a safe and secure area for the homeless to rest and get warm, a caring staff, and nourishment for all. Items can be dropped off in the designated pew box in the back right of the church between 10:00 am and 4:00 pro. Adult sized gently-used or new coats, hats, mittens, scarves, and gloves New socks * New under garments Personal health products like hand wipes, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shaving cream and razors, mini bottles of shampoo and soap Board games, card games, puzzles Thank youl Leah Raymond, Outreach Ministries Coordinator L-R: DJ Stevie Ray, Rose Cardinale, Carol Matola and the Disco Queen Joanna Roselli L-R: Rose Pellegrino and Gerri Gatchell of Revere. (Photos by Sal Giarratani} When I heard the news that DJ Stevie Ray had organized a Valentine's Day Disco Ball at the Beachmont VFW Post on Friday, February 12th, there was only one place I could be on that night and that was on the dance floor dressed to look like Disco Sal, which was actually my moniker during the Disco period, which didn't last long enough if you ask me. The place was hopping; the crowd was a mix of old and young - those who heard about Disco, and those who were into Disco. Stevie Ray played all the classics and if you weren't hav- ing fun, something was wrong with you. Lots of people came dressed up like back in the day, and I did, too. Where else could you wear a flaming red shirt with a white tie? I no longer had my polyester gray three-piece suit, or my Cuban heel shoes, but I still had the look and danced away the night. Only difference, I needed more rest in between the music sets. I also met lots of old friends and made many new friends, too. I've gone to many dance parties, but none are as good as a Disco Party where you get to act out, and everything is good. Oh, and the food served up was good, too. Chinese food and disco, nothing beats that combo, right?