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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 16, 2012 Page13 00abb00onno (' y" ( by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Before I begin, I want to wish one of our readers a speedy recovery. I, on occa- sion, join with a group of old friends for coffee. Among them is Tony Peduto from Arlington. Tony is in the hos- pital and the gang wishes him well. Tony, get better soon, your coffee awaits you. Not too long ago, Loretta and I had a night to ourselves and we headed to see a film. I paid the box office price and purchased two tickets. When we were inside, my wife de- cided she wanted popcorn and soda. She bought a container of buttered popcorn and a medium sized Coke. The tab was as much as the admis- sion price for one of us. I couldn't believe it, made a wise crack, and then followed my wife in the direction of the theater our film was play- ing at within the complex. The picture was boring and my mind began to wan- der to the theaters I remem- bered as a kid living in East Boston. During my lifetime, there was the Central, the Gem, the Orient Heights and the Seville. I understand, a generation earlier, there were a couple more, but I'm not sure of the names. From the time, when I was a kid, Babbononno would go to the Central when they showed an Italian film. If it was a family film, he would bring me with him, and later ex- plain what I might not have understood in Italian. Years later, when I was a preteen, the Central would have a kid's matinee on Sat- urday afternoons. They would feature a Tarzan film and ten cartoons. If there was enough time, they might add in an extra car- toon or two, and we kids would cheer in total delight. Just after entering the Central, paying the twelve cents for admission, each of us would be handed a free comic book. All of them had the top portion of the cover cut off as they were out of date. I don't know how comic books are generated today, but back then, they came out on a monthly basis. Of course, we would try to manipulate the person in charge of handing them out so we could get more than one, and sometimes it worked. We then had the ammunition for swapping our books with someone who might have one that was of more interest than what we received. The next stop was the candy counter. Candy bars were five and ten cents. Popcorn was shoveled into a folding box and was ten cents. Tonic was ten cents a cup, also. Some of the kids spent their candy money before they entered the Central. As they stood in line waiting for the box of- fice to open, a pushcart vender hawked steamed crabs from the curb near the theater entrance. If I remember correctly, the small were five cents and the large ten cents. You can imagine what the floor of the Central must have smelled like in the late afternoon when the crab lovers had finished eating their purchases and dropped the shells on the floor. The rest of us, who didn't buy crabs, but had been given a quarter for the afternoon, had thirteen cents left after paying the admission price. For the sum of ten cents, I would buy two candy bars: Bonomo's Turkish Taffy and either a Chunky or a box of Raisinets. Once the pop- corn boxes were empty, the kids who were emotional would fold the boxes fiat and scale them at the bad guys on the screen. More often than not, the boxes would penetrate the screen and stick. That Central's screen probably had more patches on it than original material. When it was time to leave, I would check my pocket to remind myself that I had three cents left over from the original quarter one of my folks or Babbo- nonno had given me for the afternoon. During the warm weather, the Bellavia family would sell slush from a doorway across from the entriiice of the Central on Bennington Street. The prices were three, five, ten and fifteen cents for their slush, de- pending on the size of the containers. They only had one flavor, lemon; and I would buy the smallest size they had with my three cents. During the cold weather they were out of business, so on the way home, we kids would stop at a penny candy store on the corner of Marion and Bennington Streets. I espe- cially liked root beer barrels at three for a cent, a small scoop of Boston baked beans for another cent, and with my last penny, a strip of dots, half spheres of colored sugar stuck in several par- allel rows to a strip of wax paper. As far as we kids were concerned, this was living high off the hog. I mentioned the Gem. This was a low end theater that was located on the right side of Meridian Street just south of Central Square as you headed toward Maverick Station. When I was a kid, they still carried on a tradition that started during the de- pression. On a particular night, they gave away a free dish. Actually, if you at- tended once or twice per week, you could put an en- tire place setting together in a short period of time. The Gem showed old pic- tures and had the cheapest prices of any of the East Bos- ton theaters. On Sunday af- ternoons, for nine cents, they advertised seven pic- tures for nine cents. The seven pictures would in- clude, let's say, a Hoot Gibson or Hopalong Cassidy western, a travelogue, a news reel, a Three Stooges comedy and three cartoons. Unfortunately, the place burned to the ground in the mid 1950s. Babbononno didn't like the idea of me going there. He was afraid that the delapitated building might fall down with me in it. When the place burned down, one of the employees came to work at the Seville Theater, where I worked from 1952 to 1962. He had a large baseball sized red growth on the back of his neck and everyone called him "Mac the Bubble." I had never gone to the Orients Heights Theater, but remember hearing sto- ries about the place from two old friends who frequented the place, singer Bobby Vincent and the late great Tony Conigliaro. As a kid, if there was something special I wanted to see at the Seville Theater, I might be given an extra nickel or dime to attend a Saturday afternoon matinee. The price to get in was an exorbitant amount, sixteen cents. The Seville was high end. Actually, the Seville was designed on a theme, Seville Spaih, before the Moors left in 1492. The ceiling was blue and tiny lights were lit to give the impression of a night time sky. If I ever at- tended an evening showing of a film with my parents or Nanna and Babbononno, they would dress for the oc- casion. Morn and Nanna in dresses and Dad and Babbo- nonno in suits and ties. I didn't know it at that point in time, but just as I hit my teen years, I would lie about my age and go to work as an usher at the Seville and stay there for the next ten years. A few of the young men from my neighborhood worked at the Seville and after hang- ing around the place helping out during the month of July in 1952, I was hired and fit- ted for a uniform, but that's a story for another day. GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P0953EA In the Estate of ROBERT T BOSTWlCK Late of North Billerica, MA 01862 Date of Death November 13, 2011 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented mquesng that Glenn Bostwick of Seabrook, NH or some other suitable person be appointed administrator of said estate to serve With Per- sonal Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON MARCH 29, 2012. WITNESS, Hon. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 1, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/16/12 Stirpe Nostra (Continued philosophers and was often worn by Romans when they were among the Greeks. The flammeum was a heavy veil and probably the most important part of the wedding outfit that was worn by the Roman bride. Its name was derived from the brilliant yellow or flame like color, and it was large enough to cover the bride from head to toe. It was usu- ally worn so as to a cover the head during the wedding cer- emony and thereby hide the bride's sad expression of vir- gin modesty. Tradition called for her to remain shielded until she arrived at her new home, where she was un- from Page 2) veiled by her husband in the bedroom ... surpriseT Finally there was the coa vestis which was made from a very fine and highly trans- parent silk that was im- ported from an island in the Aegean Sea called Cos. This garment was worn by proper Roman ladies only on spe- cial occasions, only in her bedroom, and only for her husband. We are told that women of loose reputation also wore this garment, but that they reserved it for use during office hours only. "Viva les office hours." NEXT ISSUE: The Sad Rags of Old Rome Margaret of Gallway (Continued from Page 4) Margaret had a marvelous sense of humor and could always be counted on to see the bright side of things no matter the situation. When she turned 90 and finally decided to retire, she wanted to leave us with a parting gift, one that would have lasting meaning in our lives, she gave us two beau- tifully printed copies of an old Irish prayer of blessing, which she asked us to recite daily, it was a thoughtful gift that we have kept close to us and never say without think- ing of that wonderful woman. In memory of Margaret and as a fitting tribute to our Irish friends we would like to share this prayer with our readers: May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm on your face, The rain fall softly on your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. "Happy Saint Patrick's Day." Hoops and Hockey (Continued from Page 16) is to play another game as soon as possible. "Having a game right away is good af- ter a loss. You don't have time to dwell on it and you get right back out there and ti-y to put a good game for- ward." And Jordan Caron, who scored Boston's lone goal in the 6-1 setback at Tampa Bay, says that "I think the work ethic is there. That's really important. "We're bat- tling hard, even when we come up short. I think ev- erybody gives everything they have. We just have to keep pushing the same way." As the team heads down the stretch to its April 7 regular season finale, its fate is in its own hands. In- juries, never nice, have come at an especially bad time. But the Bruins still control their own destiny. At this writing they still pos- sess the Northeast Division lead. It's theirs to keep. Only they can let it be taken away. Last year, faced with a 0-2 deficit in games against Montreal in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Bruins came together as a team, won four of the next five games, eliminated the Habs, and went on to win the next three rounds and capture the Stanley Cup. Once more the Bruins need to come to- gether in the face of adver- sity, confront the challenge and move forward toward the goal they set for themselves at the start of the season. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street PO Box 9667 Boston, MA 02114 Docket No. SU12D0261DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING YOHANA GAVIRIA VS. ANTONIO SANTIAGO To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Kenneth C. Onyema, Esq., Cambridge Lawyers Group LLC, 340 Main Street, Suite 712, Worcester, MA 01608 your answer, if any, on or before April 5, 2012. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 9, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci, Register of Probate Run date: 03/16/12 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P1136EA In the Estate of JOHN F. CALLAHAN Late of Cambridge, MA 02139 Date of Death December 15, 2011 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Joseph E. Pyne of Cam- bridge, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON APRIL 9, 2012. In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, Hon. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 12, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/16/12