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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 5, 2010 Page 7 m0012 J00lm8 Giammarco Roman James Giammarco arrived early on December 5, 2009, weighing 71bs 2oz. He was an early Christmas present for the proud parents Elena and Domenic Giammarco. Maternal grandparents Liz and the late James Bagas of Lowell. Paternal grandparents Rose and Joe Giammarco of Boston's North End. Upcoming Meetings IN EAST BOSTON The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host an article 80 Public Meeting for the Health Center proposal at Maverick Square on Thursday, March 4 th, 2010, 6:30 pm at Maverick Landing, 31 Liverpool Street, East Boston. The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center at Maver- ick Square is a proposal to develop a 4 story building at 18-20 Maverick Square. The project will make a signifi- cant improvement to Maverick Square and will create temporary construction jobs as well as permanent health care positions. The project is 58% funded through an FIP grant of $12 million dollars supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The community is encouraged to ask questions and make comments during this process. The Boston Transportation Department invites you to a Public Meeting for the Central Square Redesign Project on Tuesday, March 9 th, 6-8 pm at the East Boston Social Center, 68 Central Square. This Project is slated to begin in April 2011. Part of the larger East Boston Transportation Action Plan; the proposed betterments to Central Square are currently in the design stage. The goals are to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety as well as beautify the square. The community is encouraged to attend and provide input during this pro- cess. For more information contact Charlotte Fleetwood at charlotte.fleetwood@cityofboston.gov. I DIAMONDS ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-T.66 I '' ' ] I ' I ' [ I l,q'J l,IIldO]l IO;l,I II I |:ILl ! Italian speaking man available to care for elderly Italian man/woman - housework - cooking - errands - companionship. Perfect for senior who would like to remain at home. Call: 617-569-9864 ( Real Estate Matto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 Mrs. Murphy... As I See It The amounts spemt for ca- sino gambling in MIassachu- settss is dou- bling. Monies spentt by firms, unions and intere:st groups hoping to influence,, the gam- bling debate has gn-own from just more than $8400;000 in 2006 to more tham $2 mil- lion in 2009, acc,ording to records filed with Ithe secre- tary of state's Office. Speaker of the House, Rob,ert DeLeo hopes House lawm;akers will take a vote on the Ibill before beginning their btudget de- bate this spring. Tio be real- istic, people go to ILas Vegas, Atlantic City, Mohtegan and Foxwoods to gamble. Why not keep the money in this state? Critics of the anti- gaming group United to Stop Slots in Massachusetts say the negatives of casino gam- bling outweigh the., benefits. However, the reve;nue gen- erated from casinos, and the amount of jobs casino gam- bling will generate will help Massachusetts more than hurt it. That is if, ithe politi- cians direct the money to where it is suppo,sed to go instead of where Lhey want it go. However, t:here are pros and cons from slots and casinos taxpayers have to think about. The }Pro: More jobs, and tourists tot boost the economy. The Co,n: There could be a rise iin crime, among other isstues, and politicians can eat: up prof- its. Residents in s;urround- ing areas of casinos need to be assured that extra mon- ies generated by gambling houses will go towards the betterment of the commu- nity. And most important, jobs offered by casinos need to go to qualified individuals, not friends of city hall, and the state house! ... One term governor Deval Patrick re- scinded a back door tax of $5.00 levied by the state Registry of Motor Vehicles for some in-person branch transactions. The public out- cry was so overwhelming, Patrick rescinded it ASAP. Fees were aimed at people renewing licenses, registra- tions or request a duplicate license. Anyone that who called and talked to an RMV employee to conduct thoe transactions was charged the fee, as well. He's a real piece of workl Deval needs to give up his extensive, ex- pensive staff, high style of living, luxury meals, trade- in his gas guzzling Cadillac for a fuel efficient economy car, let his chauffeur go, and END his expensive vaca- tions all over the world. With that being said Deval will save Massachusetts mega bucks, and stay out of tax- payers' pocketsl ... Speaking of phonies, Barack Obama's staff recently announced the president has high choles- terol. While Mrs. Obama is preaching to the nation to eat celery and carrots, the Obama's binge on high calo- rie gourmet delicacies. Didn't we just read about the Obama's hiring Chefs from all over the world to hold ex- travagant banquets for their friendsl Enough said!!! ... Street cleaning in Eastie will begin in April. It's sad to say, the streets are trashier af- ter trash pick up. Garbage collectors leave more trash around than they pick up, probably due to the trash pickers and the laziness of people not putting out their trash properly. And, the streets are still dirty after street cleaning. More bar- rels are needed in the busi- ness districts that are prop- erly maintained. The mayor needs to come to East Bos- ton and see first hand what the streets really look like after cleanup ... The mayor organized groups to go from house to house in East Bos- ton for drug awareness. While some people appreci- ated the gesture, many said the pamphlets were a waste of money. The government is enabling drug users. They need to STOP the social pro- grams, disability checks, and methadone clinics, and make users aware they need to work! ... There is talk that postal workers will not be delivering mail on Saturdays. Isn't it sad that all our services are being taken away, but our taxes continue to soar. Where is the money goin .g.??? ... Gas is also going up in the spring, so your wallet will be even lighter ... Till next time! Italian Classes Offered through Itafia Unita Italia Unita is accepting students for its spring ses- sion of "Parliamo L'italiano." The course will b,e offered at the YMCA, 215i Bremen Street, East Bostom. Basic Italian will be offered on Tuesday evenin[g's begin- ning on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. The basic (course is for students who have little or no experience with the Italian language. The goal of the course is to familiar- ize the students with the phonetics and grammar to develop speaking, reading, and writing skills in basic Italian. Classes are offered for adults 18 years or older. Children Classes will be offered for children ages 4-7 years old. Classes will be held on Saturdays begin- ning Saturday, April I0, 2010 from 10AM-II:30AM and will run for 8 weeks. For further information log onto wunv.italiaunita.org or call 617-561-3201. East Boston00 Main Streets Requests Nominations to Board of Directors East Boston Mai:n Streets will hold annual elections for the Main Street board of di- rectors on Tuesday, March "30, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 146 Maverick Street, 2 "a Floor. All members are encouraged to vote which includes any East Boston resident, employee, business owner or property owner who has attended at lea,st 3 Main Street meetings or events in the last year. EBMS is accept- ing nominations to the board of directors. This is; a volun- teer position. Any East Bos- ton resident, emplo2cee, busi- ness owner or property owner who has attended at least 3 Main Street mee:tings or events is eligible to serve on the EBMS board. For more info or to make a n,omination call 617-561-1044 or ebmain streets@verizon, net. Also visit www.ebmain streets.com for more info about our organization. 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 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 www.spinellis.eom WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM