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/ POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 14, 2014 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette. 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston. MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETYE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118 - No. 11 Friday, March 14, 2014 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Marilyn Riseman M arilyn Riseman, 86, passed away at her home in Beacon Hill. A part of Boston's Socially Set for over four decades. Marilyn attended many of Boston's, fashion shows, cultural events and society events in the city. In the 1960s Marilyn opened one of the first haute couture boutiques on Newbury Street, Apogee, which was designed by her artist/ architect husband William Riseman. She alSo worked for many years as a party-planner, organizing elegant events, weddings and bar mitzvahs -- usually at the old Ritz-Carlton. She hosted fashion events at the Colonnade Hotel where she was a strong supporter of young, local designers. Marilyn was once cast as an extra in the made-in- Boston flick "Pink Panther Deux," playing -- of course -- a society woman. Born Marilyn Sagansky, Riseman's father was the legendary Harry "Doc" Sagansky. She grew up in Roxbury and Brookline. Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Marcy Prager of Chestnut Hill; three brothers, Robert Sage of Newton, Burton Sage of Concord, and Norman Sagansky of France; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were held at Temple Israel of Boston Remembrances in her memory may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston,MA 02215 or MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Charlestown's Toni Pollak Retires After Record-setting Service to City of Boston Charlestown's Antonia M. Pollak officially retired on February 28 a after 11+ years as Boston's longest-serving Parks Commissioner, the second woman to ever fill the post. "Toni Pollak's accomplish- ments are evident in all of our city parks as well as the programs and events that will continue well after her retirement from the Bos- ton Parks and Recreation Department," noted Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "On behalf of all of our city's residents and visitors, I thank her not only for her service as Parks Commissioner but for her dedication and hard work since joining the City of Boston in 1995." Ms. Pollak was appointed Parks Commissioner by former Mayor Thomas M. Menino in April of 2004 after serving as Acting Commis- sioner for the Parks Depart- ment following the untimely passing of her esteemed pre- decessor and Boston's first female Parks Commissioner, Justine M. Lift, in the fall of 2002. Ms. Pollak, during her ten- ure, oversaw $110 million in capital investment in over 148 parks and improved play- grounds, athletic facilities, natural areas, and historic landscapes in all of Boston's neighborhoods. In addition, she xas responsible for guiding and permitting pro- gramming in city parks that Included such highlights as ParkARTS events and workshops, Shakespeare on the Common, Wednesday Night Concerts on City Hall Plaza, holiday celebrations including the annual Boston Common Tree Lighting, and the Mayor's Garden Contest and Neighborhood Coffee Hours. Ms. Pollak oversaw 2,200 acres of open space in Boston and 225 employees in the Maintenance, Design and Construction, Urban Wilds, Cemeteries, Historic Bury- ing Grounds, Park Rangers, Finance, Permitting, Person- nel, and Marketing divisions. Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia Pollak (center) was the guest of honor at a "thank you" celebration hosted by the Boston Park Advocates at the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel on February 26 th. Congratulating Ms. Pollak on her retirement after leading the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for 11 years -- the longest of any Parks Commissioner in the city's history E are, left to right: Julie Crockford of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Liz Vizza of the Friends of the Public Garden, Christine Poff of the Franklin Park Coalition and Valerie Burns of Boston Natural Areas Network. (Photo by Roger Farrington) The open space locations under her jurisdiction were comprised of parks, play- grounds, squares, tot lots, cemeteries, urban wilds, and traffic islands, as well as the city's street trees. Her experience working with all levels and areas of government was critical to the success of several major capital projects undertaken during Ms. Pollak's years as Parks Commissioner. These collaborative projects included: reclamation of Boston Harbor's Spectacle Island from a landfill into a major hub in the Harbor Islands park system featur- ing a pier, marina, visitors center, thousands of trees and shrubs amid acres of meadowlands, and five miles of ADA accessible stone dust paths; the $90 million Muddy River Flood Risk Man- agement and Environmen- tal Restoration partnership between the City of Boston, the Town of Brookline, the U.S. Army Corps of Engi- neers, and the Common- wealth of Massachusetts that, when completed, will include the day lighting of portions of the river that had been diverted under- ground and dredging of the ponds and river from Olmsted Park in Jamaica Plain to the Back Bay Fens; conversion of the vacant Men's Comfort Station on Boston Common into the Earl of Sandwich restaurant; restoration of Brewer Plaza on Boston Common by the Friends of the Public Gar- den; the transformation of the Stony Brook Gatehouse in the Back Bay Fens into a visitor's center in collabo- ration with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission; and the 2003 opening of the East Boston Greenway featuring paths for pedestrians, bicyclists, and in-line skaters, areas for passive enjoyment of the park, and a genuine railroad caboose placed as a nod to the park's past as a Conrail right-of-way. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 EAST BOSTON "K" TRUST 2014 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS The East Boston "K" Trust is now accept- ing college scholarship applications from qualified high school seniors. All applica- tions must be completed and submitted by Friday, April 18, 2014 to: East Boston K-Trust ATTN: Marisa Di Pietro East Boston Social Centers 68 Central Square East Boston, MA 02128 Applications are accepted from all high school seniors who are East Boston resi- dents (one year minimum) regardless of where they attend high school. The only residency exception is for seniors who are members of the Key Club of East Boston High School. Scholarships are awarded to students based on their scholastic achievement, community in- volvement and financial need." Applications with complete instructions are available at all area high schools {please see Guidance Counselor for an application). Applications are also available at the East Boston Social Centers, 68 Central Square in East Boston (contact Marisa Di Pietro, or 617-569-3221 ext. 19). Applicants will be interviewed at Spinelli's in East Boston on Wednesday, April 30 th, at 5:30 pm. Scholarship winners will be honored dur- ing a special East Boston Kiwanis and East Boston "K" Trust Scholarship Dinner on Tuesday, May 13 th at 6:00 pm at Spinelli's in East Boston. WWW.BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM