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POST-GAZE1"rE, MARCH 2, 2012 Page 9 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 ANOTHER VE BY BUNKER HILL FLORIST Bunker Hill Florist at One Thompson Square in Char- lestown is a great place to buy flowers. Recently, the place saved V-Day for moi. I knew they would since Bunker Hill Flo- rist has more saves than anybody but Tim Thomas over at the Garden. I needed a beautiful red rose and it was after work on Valen- tine's Day. They had a rose right there seemingly wait- ing for someone just like me. HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUSIN KAREN Sending out birthday greet- ings to my cousin Karen Gorman somewhere up in the boonies of Maine[ She shares a birthday (February 22) with the likes of George Washington and Teddy Ken- nedy. She probably went out on a marathon bicycle ride to celebrate it all. THE 810,000 DINNER HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED Don't forget the upcoming $10,000 dinner being put on by St, Joseph-St. Lazarus Church which will be held at Don Orione Hall on Saturday, March 3. It's the biggest fund- raiser this parish puts on, for further information or tickets, call Joe Ruggiero at 617-590-3035. DIANE MODICA NEW EAST BOSTON CHAMBER PRESIDENT At its recent gathering at Spinelli's, Diane Modica was installed as the new East Boston Chamber of Com- merce President by Senator Anthony Petruccelli. Modica a long-time friend and politi- cal ally during her tenure on the Boston City Council has served on the Chamber since 2003 and was former recent vice president. MAYOR'S OFFICE OF ELDERLY AFFAIRS HOLDS VALENTINE PARTY Over in East Boston on Feb- ruary 10 more than 300 folks attended this party which was held at Suffolk Downs and those there enjoyed some great dancing and pasta to celebrate the day. Many members of The Days of Dunkin' Donuts were in attendance including Jerry and Marie Deneumoustier as well as Peter and Joanne Cardinale. Finally we cannot forget those beautiful "Ladies in Red" either, huh? THE POOL IS COMING I was talking to Carl over at the Nazarro Community Center the evening of the NEAA Awards Night for the kids who played T-ball, minor league baseball and soccer. I brought up the subject of the Mirabella Pool. Carl doesn't have an opening day picked out yet but even he is think- ing about the pool as this mild weather speeds by us so quickly. Every time I drive down Commercial Street, my eyes wander over to the pool area. No one has started a countdown yet but Mirabella's on our minds. I am already looking for sun screen on sale now. Get- ting stuff ready for the pool can never start too soon. The MirabeUa Pool is the best pool in Bostonl I have lots of friends who took their annual winter pil- grimage to Florida to avoid all the snow but we've had some better days up here than them down there. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO TAYLOR The next time you stop by Dunkin' Donuts on Denning- ton Street near the Orient Heights T Station and you see Taylor behind the counter, you should wish her a Happy Belated Birthday (February 21). She's an unofficial member of the "Knights of Dunkin' Donuts." Recently, the Knights held a giant birthday party for Ellen and Richie on Saturday, Feb- ruary 4. Both of them turned the same age but I won't tell. Hint: both are older than Taylor. ANOTHER GREAT SHOW FROM BEAWOLFE Recently, East Boston's one and only Beawolfe performed in Lynn at O'Brien's on Feb- ruary 18 at a well attended Post-Valentine's Party. Who doesn't love the electrifying sound of Beawolfe rock music? EAST BOSTON GROUP FIGHTS CASINO According to a recent Bos- ton Globe story, residents in East Boston have been meet- ing in living rooms across the neighborhood discussing how to stop slot machines and blackjack tables from Suf- folk Downs. The group has a name. They go by "No Eastie Casino." They have a website too. There is also a Facebook page with 99 friends. One of the group's members is Celeste Myers who is one of the group's organizers. Her family has lived in Eastie for 70 years and she said, "I don't want to be driven out by a casino or the fallout from a casino." We'll be hearing more from this group as time goes on of that I am sure. DORCHESTER TO WARREN, "HELLO! ANYBODY THERE?" According to recent polling, the race for US Senate is a dead-heat between US Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Both can- didates are now roaming the state looking for crowds to speak with about the issues of the day. Recently, Warren showed up over at the Demo- cratic-caucus on February 11 to greet Ward 16 Democrats. One Warren supporter from Ward 16 by the name of Ed Cook said she came across to professional when he heard her at the Florian Hall site addressing Dorchester Dem- ocrats. According to Cook, Warren "Has to come down to the Meetinghouse Hill level." OUCH from Dorchester. NORTH STATION PROJECT MOVING AGAIN A Newton developer is mov- ing forward with construction of a 14-story hotel and apart- ment complex across from the Garden. This is one of several projects attempting to re-invent the North Sta- tion/Garden area. Boston Development Group has won city approval to build The Merano, which will in- clude a 210-room Courtyard Marriott hotel, 231 apart- ments, restaurants and re- tail shops ... Construction of the $165 million project is planned to start later this year. This project is one of sev- eral planned for state-owned property at the northern edge of the Rose Kennedy Green- way where the old Central Artery once stood. ST. PATTY'S DAY DINNER MARCH 11 County Roscommon Asso- ciation is pleased to present their annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner. All proceeds to benefit the Boston Irish Social Club. The dinner will be held on Sunday, March 11 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the Elks Hall on Spring Street in West Roxbury. For more info or tickets, contact Rich- ard Gormley at 617-388-1742. ONE YEAR ALREADY? I stopped by Donna's Res- taurant after Mass recently on a Sunday morning for breakfast. No one makes a pastrami omelet better. That and two pancakes makes you feel like King Henry VIII. The place was packed as usual. Donna was wearing a necklace with a heart-shaped photo of her father. Donna told me Super Bowl Sunday was the first anniversary of his passing. I remember go- ing to Jerry Zullo's wake in Revere and can't believe one year has already passed. MORE CARNEVALE CELEBRATIONS AT ZUMIX FIREHOUSE Italia Unita celebrated the coming of Lent with a Came- vale Celebration on Sunday, February 19 down at ZUMIX firehouse. A great time was had by all. It turned out to be a Carnevale Weekend for East Boston's Italian Ameri- can community. Mt. Carmel held its own Carnevale the evening before. This Italian tradition in recent years has taken off in popularity. I heard several folks, partook in both events and were pretty much "carnevaled" out on Presidents Day. PRETTY SOON IT WILL LOOK LIKE ST. PATRICK'S DAY OVER AT ... Valentine's Day has passed and I hear pretty soon those St. Patrick's Day decorations will be on display at the Elite Restaurant in Day Square. Joe Young's place is always decorated year round for the various holiday celebrations. His Christmas display won a prize in the East Boston Chamber of Commerce con- test. The window displays cheer up everyone passing by or stopping in for some great menu choices. East Boston's own Julia Childs is Jane and she can whip up a great breakfast for anyone. You like ham, she's got ham. You love hash, she's got hash. I hear she can make eggs 17 different ways. I wonder if Billy Costa has ever tried breakfasts in this joint? Celebrate Irish J-Ieritage Month at 8tone 00Zoo! O'Shea-Chaplin School of Irish Dance In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we're cel- ebrating each Saturday in March at Stone Zoo. Don't miss these fantas- tic activities for the whole family to enjoy[ MARCH 3 -- Enjoy children's Irish folktales with Big Joe the Storyteller at 11:00 and 11:30 am inside the Animal Discovery Center. MARCH 10 -- Watch a step dancing performance by O'Shea- Chaplin School of Irish Dance at Big Joe ii:00 am and noon. the Storyteller MARCH 17 -- Meet one of our edu- cators and learn more about the snakes at Stone Zoo, as well as the legend of St. Patrick. 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