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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 6, 2012 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 JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS FROM EAGLE HILL The fourth Wednesday of the month, folks from Eagle Hill join together at the East Boston High School cafeteria for meetings of the Eagle Hill Civic Association. You can check out on-going issues on Facebook by following www. groups / 153318308747/10150714 5144 78 7 48?notif_t=group_ activity. Whoa, is that a mouthful! I think it would be much easier just to show up for the monthly meetings at the high school. TRY THE NEWBRIDGE CAFE I recently ate supper over at the Newbridge Cafe in Chelsea. The place just cel- ebrated its 37 'h anniversary. I went with the guys: Robio. Larry and Tony. The place is best known for its tips. I had, of course, the steak tips and baked potato. Robio had the chicken parm. Larry and Tony went with the lamb tips. Food was great. The at- mosphere was great. The price was great. They also serve a mean mile high antipasto salad. Looks like a main course. REP. GENE O'FLAHERTY GETTING BAD MEDIA RAP There's been some nega- tive press on my friend Rep. Gene O'Flaherty. Gene is one great voice and vote for his Chelsea and Charles- town constituents. He is al- ways there when needed or when trouble strikes. Obvi- ously letter writers to the Boston Globe have no idea how good O'Flaherty has been over the years when it comes to representing the best in- terests of his district. BUMPED INTO AARON THE OTHER DAY Recently I caught up with Rep. Aaron Michlewitz on Hanover Street. He looked like a character out of "Miami Vice." Move over GQ's Scott Brown, Michlevcitz was wearing a light blue sports jacket, a starched pinstriped dress shirt and a cool pale pink tie. He also had the walk too. Is there a contest for best dressed state repre- sentative? If there was, he'd win it. GET YOUR SOUTHIE IS MY HOMETOWN POSTERS Steve Allen's "2012 Southie is My Hometown" posters are now for sale at Karen's at 647 East Broadway. This his- toric 24x36 poster is a great gift item. Hang up your South Boston Neighborhood Pride. Wait until you see how cool they look. THE PRADO NEEDS SPRUCING UP When I was a little kid liv- ing on Salutation Street. The Prado was a great place to go and relax on a nice guona 00Pasqua The Board of Directors DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 Spencer DiScala, President Salvatore Bramante. Vice President for Administration Luisa Marino. Vice President of Cultural Affairs Archille Chiuccariello.Vice President for Building & Grounds Jerry Bello. Treasurer Ted Tedeschi. Secretary Lino Rullo, President Emeritus Hon. Peter W. Agnes Jr.. Chairman Emeritus Frank Ciano Esq., Chairman Emeritus Hon. Joseph V. Ferrino. Counsel Emeritus 0 Industrial Credit Union We wish all the Post-Gazette Readers Happy Easter "'Banking Done Better" 1 Liberty Square, Boston 02109 617-742-1616 summer day. My mother would take my brother and I to play and have lunch there. She would relax on a bench and watch us play. That was back in the '50s. Over the last few years or so The Prado does not look as nice. It has aged and not that well. It has become nothing but a passageway for tourists going to and from the Old North Church. It still should be a destination spot for North End families and not just a walkway for visi- tors to the community. DELLA CAVA BIG POST-GAZETTE FANS The guys down at the Della Cava clubhouse love reading the Post-Gazette every week. They wait for me on Thurs- day afternoons for the papers before locking up the place. If I miss a Thursday they want to know what hap- pened to the papers? Appar- ently, this newspaper is mandatory reading for them. A week or so ago, the place was closed but I saw Phil Costa walking nearby and personally gave him some papers for all the guys, NORTH SQUARE NEEDS IMPROVING Boston's North Square is still America's oldest square and yet it remains in not the best shape. The cobble- (Continued on Page 14) Happy Easter East Boston Chamber of Commerce Heping local business to do business 175 McClellan Highway East Boston. MA 02128 Tel. 617.569.5000 Fax 617.569.1945 E-mail: EastBoston.Chamber@ Website: www'eastbstnchamber'cm EAST BOSTON SOCIAL CENTERS JOHN F. KELLY, Executive Director 68 Central Square East Boston, MA 02128 617-569-3221 1 '--91 k. / by Sal Giarratani  ..... / Did Eric Fehrnstrom "Inadvertently" Slip Up? When Karl Rove ran George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, the playbook was followed to a tee. No one or nothing was ever written or stated to take the Bush re- election campaigyi off line. I'm starting to wonder if the so-called slip of the tongue by Romney's Communica- tions Director Eric Fehrn- strom was in fact, a calcu- lated move to advise Novem- ber voters not to worry too much what Romney is say- ing today as he fights the right-wing of the Republican party to attain the nomina- tion. Right now, former Gov. Romney is sounding pretty conservative, much more so than in years. Is he for real or is he just trying to ensure he stops a real Republican conservative such as Rick Santorum? When asked by a CNN re- porter, "has Romney moved so far to the right to lose moderates, independents and Democrats in the No- vember election." Fehrn- strom started talking about hitting a "re-set button" and starting the campaign all over again and then com- pared things to an Etch-A- Sketch toy where you shake everything up and start with a clean slate. Bad analogy for a Republican candidate best known for his alleged flip- flops over the years. The campaign had to do some quick spin on that statement while his oppo- nents went out to Toys R Us to purchase Etch-A-Sketches to toy with Romney's politi- cal reputation. As I stated above, I don't think anything is ever done in a campaign by accident. I wonder if Fehrnstrom knew exactly what he was saying, he's a professional political con- sultant and experienced former newspaper reporter. Is Romney just trying to tell November voters to pay no attention to his current rhetoric, it may very well (Continued on Page 14) America in History Landing of Columbus Designs created & implemented by Constantino Brumidi 1805-1880. The Michelangelo of the United States Capitol OCTOBER ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH COMMITTEE 617-499-7955 Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy, Honorary Chairman FROMTHE MEMBERS OFTHE BOARD gevin A. Caira, President Dr. Stephen F. Maio, Chairman of the Board Salvatore Bramante. 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