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POST-GAZE'rrE, FEBRUARY 27, 2015 Page 7 -q Come In Out of the Cold and Join the Friends of the North End Branch Library at the 6 +h Annual Fundraisefl Thursday, March 12, 2015 Battery Wharf Hotel 6:30-9:00 pm It may still be winter in Boston - but we can warm up with a celebration with tropical cocktails, appetizers and an amazing raffle to support our neighborhood library! To purchase tickets or further information visit our website: PICS IN THE PARKS RETURNS IN MARCH Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recre- ation Department invite Boston residents to participate in the free Pies in the Parks photography sessions taking place on select Sundays in March and April from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Individuals of all ages and skill levels are welcome to bring their cameras and participate in these informal sessions led by a photography instructor. Participants will learn tech- niques for taking impressive photographs of Boston's scenic parks as well as be given a theme to focus on each Sunday. Select photos may be chosen for an exhibit at Boston City Hall. Dates and locations are as follows: MARCH 8 Christopher Columbus Park Trellis, 110 Atlantic Avenue, North End MARCH 15 Adams Park, 4225 Washington Street, Roslindale MARCH 22 The Fort at Highland Park, 58 Beech Glen Street, Roxbury MARCH 29 The Playstead at Franklin Park, 25 Pierpont Road, Dorchester APRIL 12 Lagoon Bridge, Boston Public Garden, 4 Charles Street, Boston For more information please visit the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at bostonparksdepartment or /parks. Participants must bring their own equipment and can reg- ister via email by contacting f LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 Peivole l=undion looms fop ony C)ccosion Ch,+,sl+.,nq " B+Jal Sho,.+ - Bah+ Sho,++ B+lhlo+ Bereavemenl, Elc. Donato Fraffaroli donato@ www.luciaristorante.corn Rising to the Occasion by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari A friend suggested that we should write a column about this winter and the incred- ible amount of snow and cold we've been experiencing. The weather has been domi- nating our conversation making itself the center of attention since the major snowstorms began a month ago. After giving her sugges- tion some thought, we de- cided to skip the obvious and recount a recent pleasant experience brought on by the incredible adverse weather. Recently, during a break in the weather, we jumped into our car and made a trip to the supermarket to stock up on essentials before the next storm, which was about to begin that evening. Mak- ing our way home, we came to Memorial Drive which we could see from a distance was bumper to bumper traf- fic. We decided to take a back road that runs behind MIT, skirting the traffic. The two lane winding road was re- duced to one well-plowed lane with snow piled up on each side giving us the feel- ing we were driving on a to- boggan run. All of a sudden, the usually uneventful trip became fun as we navigated the twists and turns remi- niscent of toboggan runs we once made in Vermont. We joked that our usual familiar trip home had been transformed into a fun ride s i!  iiiii: down a road temporarily transformed into an Olympic event. Continuing our drive home, we passed through Post Office Square arriving at a completely transformed Liberty Square, an enor- mous pile of snow had been heaped up into an iceberg like structure in the center of the Square creating a ro- tary where there once was none. Drivers were cau- tiously picking their way around the rotary carefully, conscious of each other and the pedestrians who kept emerging from behind snow banks, everyone was dis- playing a real sense of con- cern and responsibility brought out by the difficult conditions. By the time we arrived at our parking lot, snow was falling, thankfully the lot had been sanded in anticipation of the oncoming storm. Gathering our shopping bags, four in all, we made our way down streets growing in- creasifigly slick by the fall- ing snow to our building. Finally we came to a side- walk with a pathway large enough to accommodate one person at a time. A man about to enter the pathway from the opposite side, shouted out, "you first, you've got the bundles," ar- riving at his side of the pas- sageway we thanked him, gesturing at our bundles, he simply said, "safe home" and we continued on our way, cheered by the unexpected thoughtfulness of a stranger. Fishing through our pock- ets for a key at the entrance to our building, a couple standing at the elevator spotted us and opened the two outer doors allowing us to pass through. We rode up in the elevator together arriving at our floor and thanked them for their thoughtfulness as we left the elevator. Safely home, we concluded from these and other experiences brought on by the recent weather that we have all had our civility tested and we have managed to rise to the occasion admi- rably, a pat on the back to us all. * President Obama Sinks Pipeline Project {Continued from against utkxre price hikes. As a Democrat, I thank the nine Democratic U.S. Sena- tors who put the interests of the American people first. As Speaker John Boehner recently stated before the vote, "The allure of appeas- Page I) ing environmental extrem- ists might be too powerful for the president to ignore." It obviously was too powerful, but the vetoed Keystone XL pipeline isn't going away anytime soon promises Capitol Hill leaders. As one caller to the Howie Carr Show on WMEX 1500 said on the air this past Tuesday, "If it had been called the Keystone LGBT Pipeline, the president prob- ably would have signed it into law." lierlgage Rails 30 Year Fixed 3.750% Interest drepplngl 3.779% 360 monthly payments of $4.63 per $1,000 taxes and insurance premiums and the payment will be greater. 1 800-BANK-EAGLE