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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 2, 2012 Page 7 Mrs. Murphy As I See It It's been a win- - d ter full of spring! - ....  Weather like $' " this is such a rarity we may never enjoy it again! ... Lombardo's in Randolph has remodeled their popular function facility, and I heard it looks magnificent ... Hang up and drive is one smart move :)-by Transportation Committee members. Bea- con Hill is trying to put a ban on all hand held cell phone users while driving. THAT'S SMART! Now we need a bill that states "Customers shouldn't expect to be waited on in stores while speaking on their cell phones"! Cell phones coming out of ears while shopping at counters is rude. Why is it you can go into Manhattan and all the major department stores are thriving? It's the opposite in Boston's Downtown Crossing it looks like an earthquake hit it! The Crossing suffered a huge loss with the closing of Filene's and Filene's Base- ment, now we're all wonder- ing if Downtown Crossing will survive that blow! ... If the Republicans don't get their act together, we could be fac- ing four more years of Obama, and living in a communist country! ... Eastie will soon be getting a state-of-the-art li- brary on Bremen Street. The facility will replace thb Me- ridian Street and Orient Heights branches. It will be a welcome addition to the community ... Heard there's a long list of candidates wait- ing to run for Sal LaMattina's position if he wins lannella's former seat, and I believe he will! Whispers are Joe Ruggiero will be on that list among other Eastie poten- tialsl ... People crossing streets at night, especially trying to cross highways wearing dark clothing are asking for trouble. It's not always the drivers fault. People just dart out in dark- ness expecting drivers to see them. That's not always the case! ... Trash pickers are alive and well, creating messes all over East Boston. There must be a lot of money in itl ... Heard thieves have been cutting through roofs of businesses at the Liberty Plaza. Store owners need to be vigilant ... Buddy Mangini continues to be one of East Boston's leading activists. God Bless him, he looks great! ... Spotted attending a Senior Affairs Valentine's Day Party were Eastie na- tives the Cardinale's who make a handsome couple ... Congrats to Diane Modica, newly installed East Boston Chamber of Commerce President ... Till next time! Texas Hold 'Em TOURNAMENT to benefit the ST. ALFIO SOCIETY BUILDING FUND The 4 m Annual Texas Hold 'Em Tournament to benefit the St. Alfio Society Building Fund will be held on Thurs- day, March 22, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm at The Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal Street, Lawrence, MA. The evening will also include dinner donated by The Claddagh Pub, a 50/50 raffle, and Sweet 16 NCAA games on big screen TVs. Dinner will be served promptly at 6:00 pm and cards fly at 7:00 pm. Final table prizes based on 150 players. For more information contact 603-425-4791. # _pINELLI'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 Roils 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 77o Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 J Boston Scholar Athletes Program Honors 2011 Boston All-City Football Team Members of the 2011 All-City Football team, with Coach East Boston High School Boston began a new citywide tradition on Thurs- day, February 16, as the Bos- ton Scholar Athletes pro- gram (BSA) hosted a recep- tion for the city's first-ever All-City Football Team at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Boston Public School (BPS) student-athletes were joined by their parents and coaches, as well as BPS headmasters, athletic department staff and cheerleaders at the event, where Coach of the Year and Player of the Year trophies were presented. "Our student-athletes work hard to achieve excellence both in the classroom and on the field, and I am proud to have the opportunity to cel- ebrate them," stated John Fish, CEO of Suffolk Con- struction, a key partner, along with the City of Bos- ton and the Boston Public Schools, of the BSA. "The members of the 2011 Boston All-City Football Team have demonstrated exceptional skill and commitment to the game. They've played great football!" Players for the 2011 team were selected by a panel of Boston Public School head football coaches. At the event, John Parziale of East Boston High School re- ceived recognition for being Coach of the Year. Of the players, Leon Parnell of East Boston High School was the evening's stand out, receiving both the Player of the Year and Aca- demic Excellence awards. James Toles of South Bos- ton High School received the other Player of the Year award, while Demetrius R/chards of the J. E. Burke School won the Most Ira- proved award for dedicating his time, energy, and effort to improving his academic performance. The Determi- nation Award, presented to a Scholar-Athlete who has viewed all challenges as op- portunities, maintained a positive attitude when over- coming obstacles, and en- couraged his teammates never to give up, was pre- sented to Brian Goff of Bos- ton Latin Academy. This event is just the lat- est in a series of boosts the Boston Public Schools have received from the BSA, which gives kids the confi- dence, skills and support of the Year John Parziale of (Photo by BSA) they need to excel both in school and on the field. By creating Boston's first-ever All-City Football Team, the BPS and BSA are continuing to raise the profile of BPS sports teams, giving the play- ers well-deserved recogni- tion for their athletic perfor- mance and the commitment , to academic achievement that has allowed them to re- main eligible to play. About the Boston Scholar Athletes program (BSA) The BSA was launched in the summer of 2009 in collaboration with Mayor Tom Menino, Superinten- dent Carol Johnson, and Suf- folk Construction's Red & Blue Foundation with the goal of increasing opportuni- ties for Boston Public stu- dents to achieve academic success through athletics. BSA Zones are staffed by trained Facilitators and offer scholar-athletes in grades 9-12 a place to study, access resources and receive tutor- ing for free. The BSA cur- rently provides support to all 18 Boston Public High Schools, 151 athletic teams, 3,900 scholar-athletes and 132 coaches. Museum of Science and MathW0rks Present Free Film Fridays at Museum's Mu[lar 0toni Theater This March, MathWorks and the Museum of Science invite visitors to experience the magic of New England's only IMAX Dome theater -- for free! Free Film Fridays are back, and thanks to MathWorks, museum goers will enjoy complimentary shows all day March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Celebrating its 25th anni- versary this March, the Mugar Omni Theater con- tinues to provide visitors with some of the world's most awe-inspiring experi- ences via its five-story-high screen and heart-thumping surround sound system. Visitors will be able to: Dive into the crystalline waters of the Bahamas and wind-swept seas of Patagonia in Dolphins, where viewers will swim alongside some of these beautiful creatures. Journey with more than 1.5 million animals as they travel over 500 miles across the Serengeti plains in Africa: The Serengeti. 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