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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 15, 2013 Page 7 Due to his increasing popularity and several suggest/ons from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light- hearted! Thanks. "Jaina00" Saint Patrick's Day is here and for you Irish pooches and your human companions I sing this to you. When Irish Eyes are Smiling. Even to my sweethearts at the Post-Gazette. They are also my Irish friends. They work with me each and every day. A wonderful day to ALL, Irish or not. It is a -day to remember and celebrate and be happy. I asked my human companion who was St. Patrick? St. Patrick's Day is a festive day for the Irish people. St. Patrick's Day is a festive public holiday for the Republic of Ireland and also celebrated with much enthusiasm in places such as Canada, Great Britain, Australia, United States and New Zealand. Sumptuous feasts, green clothes, frothy delights, joyous merrymaking with friends and family all are part of the grand accession. Spread the spirits of Paddy's Day with everyone you know because everyone should be Irish on St. Paddy's Day. "SAINT PATRICK'S DAY" St. Patrick's Day is here, you see. We'll pick some shamrock, one, two three. And maybe .find a four-leafed clover. l'll sew green buttons on my vest. Green for St. Patrick is the best. l'll wear a green hat, very high. And dance a jig -- at least I'll try. There are many good reasons for drinking. One has just entered my pooch head. If a man doesn't drink when he's living How in the hell can he drink when he's dead? That's all for now ... Enjoy, have a great day and keep safe! II Two Gae[ic-Gar[[c Guys Sal Giarratani and George LoCascio of Southie get ready for St. Patrick's Day. LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 61 7.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 Donato Frattaroli donato @ East Boston Social Centers Annual Pizza & Comedy Alight Fundraiser Johnny Plzzi Tony V The East Boston Social Centers Annual Pizza & Comedy Night Fundraiser will be held on Thursday evening April 11, 2013 at Prince Pizza, Route I South, Saugus begin- ning at 6:30 pm. It is always a great time and the East Boston Social Centers hopes you will join them this year for all you can eat cheese pizza, soda and comedy enter- tainment by four great comedians: Johnny Pizzi, Tony V., Mitch Stinson and Mark Riley! The fundraiser and raffle helps to raise much-needed funds that will allow them to continue their work in the community. Raffle prizes include: Red Sox tickets, a 3-hour har- bor cruise, a day at the races, restaurant gift certificates, gift cards and more. Mitch Stinson Mark Riley The Social Centers has been a part of the East Boston community since 1918 and currently provides fully licensed and accredited childcare for children ages two months through fourteen years, free after-school programming for at-risk teens, summer playschool, nutritional, social and recreational programming for the elderly and community space for numer- ous advocacy, self:hp and community groups. ;. For more information or to purchase tickets call Marisa at 617-569-3221, ext. 19 or by email at All proceeds to benefit the East Boston Social Centers programs. Prosperity Agenda Presented to Kiwanis Club of East Boston Members East Boston Chamber of Commerce President Diane Modica was the guest speaker on the evening of Tuesday, March 5 th at the Kiwanis Club of East Boston meeting held at Spinelli's in Day Square. Kiwanis Presi- dent Ed Colett& introdIced Diane who gave a 15 minute presentation on the Cham- ber's "Prosperity Agenda" for East Boston's future commu- nity attempting to vitalize a branding for the neighbor- hood. I can remember years ago when I was a young writer at the East Boston Community News that black and white bumper-sticker that simply stated, "East Bos- ton is Not an Airport." Today, there are many in the com- munity who wonder about a proposed casino at Suffolk Downs and how it might ad- versely affect business in the community surrounding it. No one wants that old bumper-sticker now saying, "East Boston is Not a Casino." The Chamber's prosperity agenda understands what has happened in the last 40 years, the last 20 years and the last 20 minutes. Look around everywhere and you see all the progress going on: new businesses and more job opportunities, a new health center in Maverick Square and a new library coming up over at the Bremen Street Playground. Modica presented a well thought out proposal for Eastie's future with or without a casino but the Chamber's agenda also shows that a resort casino can work hand in hand with the surrounding neigh- borhood's local economy. The Chamber is in constant con- tact with City Hall and has many ideas that hopefully will become part of any negotiations with Suffolk Downs if they get a casino site. The Chamber is hope- ful that .the 9mlnpnity ,alafl by Sal Giarratani L to R: Dr. Matt Mallen, Ed Coletta, East Boston Chamber of Commerce President Diane Modica and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) a casino, if it comes, will partner together for the bet- terment of both surrounding communities East Boston and Revere. Members present from the Kiwanis Club of East Boston and Rotary Club asked many questions and pre- sented many good ideas. Also present was City Councilor Sal LaMattina, who offered his perspective of East Boston's future, added to the discussion. Modica also addressed the hopes that the East Boston waterfront now so under- utilized can see some major retail development that can work hand in hand with the retail community in the neighborhood helping boost the community's total econ- omy. She also spoke of two proposed hotels heading to the neighborhood. One over by Liberty Plaza and the other on McClellan Highway. Ironically, in the next room, the Suffolk Downs folks were presenting their case to the Latino community for a casino. Hopefully, this is showing signs that everyone seems to be on the same page when it comes to ad- dressing any negative im- pacts now before anything is built. Progress takes work and cooperation and many are noticing that right now. The future indeed seems bright. .) k. 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