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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 14, 2014 Page5 ABCD Valentine Party Seniors in attendance at Valentine Party. The ABCD North End/West End Neighbor- hood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) recently held its Valentine Party. Nearly 60 mem- bers of the community, almost all of them seniors from the neighborhoods, came to the center at I Michelangelo Street in the North End to enjoy salad, antipasto, roast beef, potatoes, peas, cake, and coffee, despite the snowstorm! The NE/WE NSC's fantastic team of volunteers cooked the meal, as they do every week, and handled everything from menu planning, shopping, cooking, serving, and clean-up! They do it with such love and dedication and the NE/WE NSC cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support. Special guests included State Represen- tative Aaron Michelwitz and Councilor Sal LaMattina, who visited with Valentine greeting -- Aaron with roses and Sal with a delicious cake! Rod Payva, Community Out- reach Specialist, from United Health Care, was also in attendance. www.depas Cake donated by City Council Vice President Sal LaMattina. News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) After the Senate defeat, President Obama condemned the vote {s a "travesty" How- ever, Richard Costello; speak- ing for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, summed it up best by saying, "The true travesty is sitting in the White House." Remember what they say about what goes around, comes around? Republicans on Display at CPAC 2014 Once a year, in March, the makers and shakers within the conservative Republican movement get together, usu- ally in Washington, D.C. This year's gathering for the Con- servative Political Action Conference was held in Na- tional Harbor, Maryland, but the change of venue didn't change things. I attended a CPAC confer- ence back in the mid-80s at the D.C. and Virginia line. I got to hear the great con- servative rising stars of the day. Most of their names were quite forgettable, except for the great conservative thinker William Rusher, who was the longtime publisher of Bill Buckley' s National Review. This year's lineup included Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, but he's now a bridge too far for most real conservatives. They all deliver their ser- mons to the choir but not much more. One CPAC for me was more than enough. Safe Driving? Don't Drive There! Celia Blue, who heads the Registry of Motor Vehicles, believes granting illegal im- migrants licenses would gen- erate nearly $15 million in state revenue plus another $7 million in renewal fees. She spoke before a legis- lative hearing on Beacon Hill and said, legalizing illegals for driver's licenses "is about public safety and ensuring that the drivers on the road have passed the tests and have the qualifications to be safe drivers." She also asserted it would lead to fewer car crashes and more drivers with insurance. To me this last statement appears to be a boldface lie or to speak politicalese -- "a misstatement." My friend, Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson, also speaking at the hearing, countered that this bill would reward people for breaking the law and that there was no guarantee that acquiring a license would lead to safer roads. We are a nation of laws. If we give any group a dispen- sation from the laws, what do our laws mean? Welcome to Massachu- setts, where Attorney Gen- eral Martha Coakley once said, "Technically, it is not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts." Dudley as a Food Desert? Back last year, Mayor Tom Menino nixed any plans by Walmart to open up a store near Dudley Square in Roxbury at a nearby aban- doned MBTA bus yard. The mayor said he didn't like the idea of a big box store com- peting with the little shops in the area. He also seemed to be questioning its hiring practices too. The same thing happened last year in Port- land, Oregon, when Trader Joe's pulled out of a planned expansion into a working- class area of the town after community activists objected to Trader Joe's plans. The supermarket chain was called "wealthy poverty rack- eteers," and opponents claimed that a $2.4 million store in the neighborhood would gentrify the rundown neighborhood and drive up retail prices. Trader Joe's told Portland politicians, see you later alligator. Most people in that com- munity were upset with the radical agitators who chased a good store out and left a wasteland devoid of good in- vestment. Now, the nearest supermarket is 12 blocks away. In years back, getting back to Roxbury, all I heard was how major supermarket chains were fleeing the in- ner city for the suburbs. To- day, many supermarkets are back in the city thanks to those who fought to end food deserts. Last year, thanks to dumb politics, we have a food desert Dudley Square again. The last supermarket in Dudley was Blair's Foodland and the area could have used a Trader Joe's as an option. Happy Anniversary to L 'Italo Americo The Italo America news- paper out in California is celebrating its 106 th an- niversary this year. It is the oldest Italian American newspaper out on the West Coast. This newspaper be- gan in 1908 by Gabriello Spini, a native of Florence, with the aim of helping pre- serve the Italian language and cultural heritage and providing information to the growing Italian American community in Los Angeles. The paper is still grow- ing strong today as the voice of Italian Americans on America's other coast. Bricco Boutique ItalianCuisine 241 Hanover St. 617.248.6800 Trafforia II Ponino Boston's I st Original Trattoria 11 Parmenter St. * 617.720.1336 Quattro Grill, Rosticceria & Pizzeria 266 Hanover St. 617.720.0444 GiGi Gelateria 50 Flavors of Homemade Gelato 272 Hanover St. 64 Cross St. 617.720.4243 N.E. Scene Boston Magazine A Magazine of Food, Wine, Tradition, Travel & Culture 256 Hanover St. * 617.570.9199 Mar6 Seafood & Oyster Bar 135 Richmond St. 617.723.MARE Bricco Panetteria Homemade Artisan Breads 241 Hanover St. * 617.248.9859 Umbria Prime 5 Stow Steakhouse Oyster Bar & Night Club 295 Franklin St. * 617.338.1000 DePasquale's 5 Homemade Pasta Shoppe Over 50 Varieties 66A Cross St. * 617.248.9629 Eagle Design Commercial & Residential Construction 256 Hanover St. Suite 8 617.201.7951 The Ocean Club at Marina Bay 62,000 Square Feet of Outdoor Nightlife 333 Victory Rd. 617.689.0600 Springtime in Paris! Join the Friends of the North End Branch Library to cel- ebrate Spring at the 5  Annual Fundraiser! Joie de vivre! The Fundraiser will take place on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel from 6:30-9:00 pm. There will be cocktails, bars d'oeuvres, raffle, and surprises. Visit to purchase tickets at or to make a donation. Checks should be payable to "Friends of the NE Branch Library" and mailed to P.O. Box 130197, Boston, MA 02113. East Boston Republican Ward 1 Committee to Meet The Boston Ward 1 Republican Committee meets Sun- day, March 16, 2014 at 10:00 am at the East Boston YMCA. East Boston voters who are registered as undeclared or unenrolled voters or as Republicans may attend. The agenda includes discussion of the March 22, 2014 Massa- chusetts Republican Convention in Boston. The East Boston YMCA is located at 215 Bremen Street (near the comer of Porter Street) in East Boston. The MBTA station closest to the YMCA is the Blue Line's Airport Station. Please call Chris Morton at (617) 569-4075 for more information about this meeting. WWW. BOSTON PO STG AZ ETTE.CO M