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Page6 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 18, 2011 City Hall Jump-starts DUDLEY SQUARE by Scd Giarratani The recent news tfiat Mayor Tom Menino is once again jump-star,ting the stalled renovation of the city-owned Ferdinand Furni- ture Store is indeed good news for those in the Dudley Square area. Back in the day growing up nearby at Orchard Park, I remember the sign on the building which called the place "The Blue Building," but already by that time in the late '50s, I thought a better name would have been "The Black and Blue Building" for the eyesore it had become. For years after the store closed, the display windows still showed off living room sets on both the street level as well as up on the in-bound platform where once appar- ently shoppers could enter this department store di- rectly from an inbound train on its way into town. It was like suspended animation with outdated pricings on the items staring back at folks waiting for that train coming into the station from Forest Hills. The city has owned the building since 2006 and in the past both City Hall and the Statehouse have prom- ised a government-inspired revival of this once prosper- ous retail district. Bumps along the way apparently keep hampering the future plans from becoming reality. Bringing the Boston Pub- lic Schools headquarters there would mean more people in and around Dudley Station. Hopefully, it can lead to a renaissance of this once healthy, shopping dis- trict. However, one building cannot rebuild an area ne- glected for so long. Remem- ber, Ferdinand's died years before the entire area went down. The Dudley. business dis- trict needs more private capital poured into it. It is nice that the school system will be headquartered here and that there's a new B-2 station arising from the site that once held the Ravioli Theatre. The mayor's idea for a public-private partner- ship to fuel the new Dudley Square business district is urgently needed. As Sarah Ann Shaw from Roxbury and a former WBZ-TV reporter believes there is .no reason why the Dudley Square area can't match Broadway in South Boston, Centre Street in Jamaica Plain or Harvard Avenue in Allston as a des- tination point for shoppers. I believe a revitalized Dudley Square can once again make the area around the old Dudley Station a shopping Mecca. Perhaps, we could even see a brand- new Freddie Parkers that once was on Warren Street across from the Ferdinand building. Bring back the old days around Dudley and War- ren Streets and you will bring back the future too. LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW DIVORCE WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING TRUSTS CRIMINAL * PERSONAL INJURY WORKERSCOMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGR. 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The book, written by Robert McCloskey, first published in 1941, has delighted both chil- dren and adults for years. In 1987, a bronze sculpture was installed in the Garden that artfully captures the appeal of the story now known to children around the world. For several years the North End has been the scene of its own re-enact- ment of the famous book. It was about five years ago when a pair of Mallard ducks were first noticed roaming around North Square. They seemed to stay mainly within the area enclosed by the heavy black chain that defines the center of the Square. At first they were thought to be just catching Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari their breath while on their way to some lake or pond in New England but when days turned into weeks and the Mallards remained in the square, it was obvious that they had planned to spend the summer with us. The Mallards were well fed by their neighbors in the square and before long, a troop of ducklings were spotted following their mother around the perim- eter of the enclosure while dad seemed to be content to watch them from afar. At some point the family disap- peared, it was thought that mom and dad thought better of the precarious place they decided to raise their fam- ily, and therefore, took them elsewhere. Sure enough the following year, mom and dad re-appeared in early spring and stood with us until late summer when once again they were gone; they did not raise a family on that visit yet it was fun seeing our old friends and knowing thai they were ok. The Mallards continue to return each spring spending part of the summer on North Square. Their presence is not as constant as in their first visit, perhaps it is be- cause since their first visit they have rot raised a fam- ily, yet, it is fun having them with us as an occasional presence. It was this past Ash Wednesday when exiting Sacred Heart Church that we spotted Mr. and Mrs. Mal- lard for the first time. It was great seeing them, know- ing that they had safely made it through the winter and would once again spend some time with us. A friend asked us to write this story in order to herald the arrival of our feathered friends, calling attention to the re- ality that the Hand that guides them in their travels remains present in the world, a world that seems to be growing increasingly precarious. Welcome home Mr. and Mrs. Mallard ? Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community and live in their own homes, for as long as possible. As a Medicare-approved ram of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide the individual care that allows each participant to live with dignity respect in the place they call home. We provide and coordinate the many different services an older adult may require, such as: .... 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