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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 30, 2012 Stone Zoo Colobus Monkey Exhibit (Photo by of Zoo New England/Dayle Sullivan-Taylor) Stone Zoo is pleased to announce the exhibit debut of a colobus monkey troop! This is an exciting addition to the Zoo, especially as warmer temperatures are among us. The new colobus monkey troop debuted on March 7 at Stone Zoo. Stone Zoo is now home to three colobus mon- keys - females Teka (age 3) and Mahale (age 9), and male Isoke (age 5). The colobus monkeys can be seen on exhibit if it is at least 50 degrees. They have access to their exhibit if it is between 40 and 50 degrees. Colobus monkeys are na- tide to equatorial Africa, par- ticularly the west central and eastern areas, and can' be found high in the trees of the savannah forests. These animals are known for their distinctive black and white fur. They have majestic U- shaped mantles that en- circle their back and tail. Colobus monkeys have strong legs so they can jump from tree to tree and branch to branch. They use their long tails to assist with bal- ance. Their bodies are about 18-28 inches long, with 20- 35-inch tails. They are her- bivores, eating mostly leaves, and they can weigh any- where from 20-50 pounds. @ JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWVdJ U STINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY'COM FREE Baseball Tutoring IN THE NORTH END with "Uncle Jack" Ages 6 and Up For further details call 617-523-3856 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani FRIENDS OF BELLE ISLE TO MEET The Friends of Belle Isle are sponsoring a talk on the Battle of Chelsea Creek by Victor Mastone at the Orient Heights Yacht Club. Every- one is welcome to attend this free lecture. It will be held on April 2 at 7:00 pm. Come one, come all. This is our history on the agenda. CHECK THIS ONE OUT CAT FANS The Melrose Humane Society, a rescue group pro- tecting cats and kittens will be holding a Comedy Nite at Giggles an Route 1 in Saugus (the Prince Leaning Tower) on April 1 at 7:00 pm. Call Gail at 617-567-5072. Come enjoy all the pizza you can stomach and comedy too. BOYCOTT OF ONE UNITED BANK LOOMS OVER AME CHURCH Black leaders are urging a national boycottof the African- American-owned One United Bank over the bank's plan to foreclose on Roxbury's Charles Street AME Church. ReD. Jeffrey Brown said, "We have two black institutions headed for a confrontation and it's a shame." Brown and other community leaders are calling on clients to with- draw funds from the bank to protest the looming plans. In a statement from the bank, it is urging people not to rush to judgment. Sad news for all involved. ICE CREAMSMITH CELEBRATES 36 th ANNIVERSARY The Ice Creamsmith is a tiny but well-known home- made ice cream parlor lo- cated in Dorchester Lower Mills and celebrates its 36 m anniversary this spring. The place opened on March 1. The shop is located at 2295 Dorchester Avenue near the Milton Line and is owned and operated by David and Robyn Mabel. Everything is made at the shop. They also sell ice cream cakes, pies and even pizzas. This place has many loyal customers made over the years and plans to continue serving "their delicious homemade ice cream in a friendly, old fashioned atmosphere." Try the place out and see what you've been missing. LaMATTINA TIME COMING UP AT ECCO The LaMattina Committee will be holding a reception in honor of City Councilor Sal LaMattina on April 5 at Ecco Restaurant and Martini Bar in East Boston on Porter Street. A big crowd is ex- pected. Speaking of Sal, he has been acting very Irish lately. Attending St. Patrick's Day parties and going over to the St. Patrick's Day fes- tivities and parade in South Boston. He also has been seen sporting a great look- ing green tie. NO THANK YOU", I'LL CONTINUE TO BUY MY PIZZA A urology clinic down on the Cape is offering up free pizzas for every guy who de- cides to do a little snipping. According to the Cape Cod Times, to raise awareness about vasectomies, the Urol- ogy Associates of Cape Cod is offering a slice of pizza when you come in for the other kind of slicing. No thanks, free pizza doesn't sound that good. You can always come back and buy more pizzas. The other thing sounds like a dead end deal. WHO BUYS SUNDAY PAPERS ANYMORE? When I was a kid selling newspapers inside Boston City Hospital with my brother, the price of any newspaper was pretty cheap. On Sundays, you could buy the Herald, the Globe and the Advertiser all for only 70 cents. As a newspaper boy, any cus- tomer wanting all three pa- pers was like discovering a gold mine. Usually the cus- tomer would hand you a dol- lar and say "Keep the change." Three of the best words in the English lan- guage ever spoken. Today, buying the Sunday Globe and Herald means $5.50, which equals a me- dium coffee and bagel with cream cheese and change back at Dunkin' Donuts. This usually means the teamwork approach. Four or five friends chip in for both papers and all four of us get to eventually read every- thing and share the coupons too. The old days were less expensive, or so it seemed, weren't they? REMEMBERING OLD CHARLESTOWN City Square has changed so much over the years. The new City Square Park has beautified this Gateway into Charlestown. I still love the Rogan's Hall building that sits on the Main Street side. My mother told me stories about this place. It wasn't just a building but a great dance hall. She loved to dance and this was the best dance hall around. Back then, it was right around the corner from the Navy Yard with all those sailors who enjoyed flirting with the lo- cal girls. Back when I was a kid, Charlestown still had many of its legendary bars left around. Inside the Rogan's Hall building where the cleaners is today was once Donovan's, my Grandpa's favorite watering hole. I remember the sign at the entranceway which read, "No Ladies Allowed." It was a different time for Charlestown and a different time for America. Wouldn't it be nice ff a historical plac- ard went up at the Rogan's Hall building? Charlestown is loaded with all kinds of history and here's another part of its history not to be forgotten. 10S th ST. FINBARR BANQUET/DANCE APRIL 14 The I08 th Anniversary Banquet and Dance will be held on Saturday, April 14 at the Irish American Club in Malden. Catered by Henry's Catering and dinner to be served at 7:00 pm. Erin's Melody will be providing the dancing music. For more in- formation, call Mary at 978- 664-4652 or Kathleen at 781- 396-0340. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call for your tickets today. QUOTE TO NOTE 'q'he way we get out of this economic morass is to cre- ate jobs, jobs and more jobs, as opposed to raising taxes." -- Speaker Bob DeLeo WOMEN COOKED OVER SOCIAL SECURITY CHECKS A Dorchester woman was convicted recently in fed- eral court of stealing some $82,000 in federal benefits. She was convicted of collect- ing and cashing Social Security checks for her late mother who passed away in 2003. She contin- ued to chsh her mother's checks until 2010 by sign- ing her mother's signature. She's in big trouble now God rest her greedy soul? T CUTS BAD FOR HEALTH? A new study researched with the help from Harvard and Boston University sug- gests that MBTA service cuts and fare hikes will make people either fat or dead. I kid you not. According to the Massachusetts Area Plan- ning Council, 15 people in the Bay State would die if these T plans went into ef- fect. The study also claimed obesity would rise too. Who does these studies? Why would people either die or bloat up? Where's the cause- effect for these outrageous claims? DAPPER TO GET ROSLINDALE SQUARE SCULPTURE A few years back, friends of Boston City Councilor Albert L. Dapper O'Neil put up a stone memorial in his honor outside the Knights of Columbus on Washington Street (Roslindale Sq.) be- cause his friends thought the long-time Roslindale resident should be honored. Now comes along, more good news, the City of Boston now is securing funds to build a new sculpture of O'Neil sitting on a bench inside the park at Roslindale Square. I imagine it looks like the statue of James Michael Curley in Dock Square. I first met the Dap back after his failed 1967 mayoral run. He was the city coun- cilor runner up in 1969 and when Louise Day Hicks moved on to the U.S. House seat in 1970, he moved into City Hall where he ruled for over 26 years. Dapper was a fixture at both licensing and zoning board meetings too. He was a throwback to the old days of politics when poli- tics was personal and upfront. His mentor was the legendary James Michael Curley. O'Neil was always proud of his Roxbury roots in St. Patrick's Parish and equally proud of his adopted Roslindale too. Stay tuned to this column for more details on this statue project.