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The attached parking lot will be a drop-off space and allow for school- related traffic to stay off crowded Commercial Street, especially during events and funerals at the Boston Harborside Home across the street. Boston Public Schools will temporarily use the space for the Eliot K-8 Innovation School while that school is expanded into the former North Bennet Street School properties. Upon completion and pending School Commit- tee approval, the school will accommodate more than 500 students in grades K-8. After the Eliot properties are renovated, the new K-8 school is expected to open in September 2016. Design for the new downtown school will begin in Fall 2013, with construction expected to be- gin in June 2015. The Com- mercial Street facility will be used over the next two years as swing space for the Eliot K-8 School, as that school is expanded to the North Bennett Street School at 37- 39 North Bei net St. and 48- 52 Tileston St. in the North End. Eight classrooms and public space will serve Eliot students in grades 5-8 through June 2015. "It's a great day for our by Matt Conti Mayor Thomas Menino announces the acquisition of 585 Commercial Street for a new Downtown school surrounded by BPS children. (Phc, to by Matt Conti) downtown families who have been very patient as we've worked to fi~ a solution that .would allow their children to attend a Boston Public School close to home," Mayor Menino said. "Today's announcement marks an- other step forward as we work to improve our entire Boston Public Schools sys- tem, where more parents are cho0gtng to send their children every year." Boston Public Schools to- day also said today that it is seeing an 8% increase in students requesting Kinder- garten (K2) seats for this fall. This year, 289 more families requested a K2 seat durffig ttle~flrst round of registration as compared to last year. The location offers direct access to the Harborwalk, a (Continued on Page 3) The 113th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Inquiring Minds Want to Know ... .... I often get inquiries about just what kind of conservative I am since I sometimes hold views seemingly so liberal to some out there. When it comes to the Constitution I am a constitutional liberal, by which I mean that the protections of that document and the Bill of Rights within goes ::::: for all including not just victims but those charged but not convicted of crimes. Once in the police academy, the class instructor wanted to :::::: know if I was an ACLU lawyer as I disagreed with some of his actions. I responded that I believed in the Constitution and do not think anyone :::::: should be tearing it apart for any reason. I be- lieve in small government and individual liberty :: for all. I do not believe America needs to become a socialist democracy like Europe suffers going bankrupt seemingly second by second and na- tion by nation. Government is our business. It will be as good as we demand and as bad as we : i allow. Too many citizens today are going AWOL on their civic duty. We behave like helpless lambs in a nation of sheep. Our founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves with all this. : When I travel down to Texas, that state is so Red they call me an eastern liberal. Even in Austin which is a Blue city, I still am viewed as kind of liberal, it all depends on geography I guess. I like keeping people guessing. It makes everyone think more. "Don't Let This Happen to You" The above lyric is taken from Charlie on the i ::: MTA by the Kingston Trio back around the time :: I was being born. Poor Charlie stuck on the (Continued on Page 15) " .................................................................... ........................................................................................................................ Irish eyes were smiling when the I 13t~ annual St. Patrick's Day Parade took place on Sunday, March 17th throughout the streets of South Boston. Thousands upon thousands of revelers were in atten- dance donning their green attire despite the cool tem- peratures of the day. There were plenty of colorful floats, marching bands, politicians, police, firefighters, veterans, Star Wars characters, clowns, horses, step dancers, bag pipers and so much more. A good time was had by all in attendance. The 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade drew thousands upon thousands of spectators to this annual celebration throughout the streets of South Boston. ......... (Photos by Rosario Scabin,.Ross Photography)