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[ POST-GAZET-TE,AP.RIL 6, 2012 Page11 Hoops & Hockey (Continued from Page 16) bounds, his fifth triple- double of the season. "We told Rondo going into the game that he needed to be a scorer," said Rivers "And I thought he set the tone at the beginning of the game by doing that (10 points in the first period). I thought that loosened it up for everybody else to get into the game. He was terrific." For Pierce the victory was an indication that the team, which struggled early in the season, is back in true form and "can play with the best. It gives us a lot of confidence knowing that we can beat the best teams in the league. We are starting to really come together knowing that the playoffs are right around the corner. We are starting to hit our stride and now -- coming down the stretch -- we've won a lot of big games. What I'm happy about is our resiliency, our fight, despite the fact that we have a lot of injuries. Ray Allen wasn't out there. This team contin- ues to fire away through all the adversity." Although Miami has struggled on the road of late, it is one powerful team, play- ing over .720 ball -- second in the Eastern Conference behind only Chicago. The Heat did manage to stay close at the half, trailing by only five at 49-44 but the C's es- sentially won the game in the third quarter, outscoring Miami 31-12. Another key to the game -- the foul shooting of the Celtics. The C's made 20 of 22 shots from the line -- with Brandon Bass going a perfect 10 for 10. That was a sky high 90.9 percent from the charity stripe. Interestingly, everyone that suited up for Miami -- all 13 players -- saw action in the game so it truly was a team loss. All but one played over five minutes in the game. For the Celtics every- one got in except for Marquis Daniels. Ray Allen, of course, did not suit up because of that sore right ankle. The C's now have/hold a 30-15 all-time record in games played against the Heat in the Hub. The win was the eighth consecutive over Miami on the parquet. The C's will play in Miami on April 10 and will then host the Heat in a return match- up at the Garden on April 24. Two nights later, they close this abbreviated four-month season with a home game against Milwaukee. The playoffs follow the first round opponent yet to be determined. REMINDER ... NORTH END WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETING Monday, April 9, 2012 7:00 PM Nazzaro Center - All Residents Invited Happy Easter Evepett CO-OPERATIVE Bank 419 Broadway Evere,MA 02149 www.everebank.com Member FDIC Buona asqua FOR ALL YOUR GLASS NEEDS i 340-342 Chelsea Street . East Boston, MA 02128 617-567-7859 or 617-567-GLAS A Fax 617-567-9053  Paul and Dan MIRRORS AUTO GLASS ! PLATE GLASS STORE FRONTS SCREEN REPAIR '[ CT9 VINYL WINDOWS ,  FURNITURE TOPS 7) 7 , INSULA TED GLASS :. FRAMELESS SHOWER ENCLOSURES J4apptt 00aster i11 MMUNITY MAUSOLEUM s CEMETERY GARDEN COLUMBARIUMS 500 Canterbury Street Boston, MA 02] 3] 0] 7.524. ] 030 www.stmichaelcemetery.com the Italian community for over 100 years! Buona Pasqua (Continued from Page I) ian, Easter celebrations arouse not only stirring and pleasant memories, but also unites his or her thoughts, endeavors and intentions with family mem- bers who have gone to be with the Lord. Italians in the homeland as well as in the Diaspora who have settled in different coun- tries, throughout the world, share in the beautiful and ancient Italian Easter tradi- tions given to us by our ancestors. Our Easter celebrations should renew in us the sense of belonging to our Ital- ian roots and strengthen our awareness of our national identity in the Italian com- munity no matter where we live. We thank God that we live in America with all our freedoms and good life. Yet we should realize that we are of Italian descent and always treasure our own cus- toms and traditions that are thousands of years old. We should practice our customs, cultivate them and pass them on to future gen- erations. In this way we strengtlen our ties with our ancestral origin. When we practice and keep our Ital- ian Holy Week traditions it will be a rich and profound experience which will help us remember our origins and those who came before us. Buona Pasqua! News Briefs (Continued from Page I) As much as Romney says the bill he signed into law is not the same as Obama- Care, in the eyes of most, to see one is to see the other. If Romney ends up battling President Obama for the keys to the White House, Obama's plan is off the campaign table. This gives the edge to Obama who can focus his campaign elsewhere. Rush is Right on Voter ID Bills Rush Limbaugh is correct when he criticizes U.S. At- torney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Justice Depart- ment over lawsuits against states that implement state voter ID laws. Apparently, Holder and the Democrats think racism is behind the ID laws and says the govern- ment must protect the right to vote for people who can- not prove their citizenship status. One would think the hardship being mentioned over getting a photo ID card was overwhelming, Why also are Democrats only con- cerned about inclusion at the voting booth? Do they really care about these folks they are protecting or are they just playing partisan politics? After all, what about the ability of these folks too poor to get a voter ID card being able to open a bank account, drive a car, buy cigarettes and the myriad of other things people can't get or do without a photo ID? If they, cared about inclu- sion for all, they would be concerned about all the above. By the way, as I pre- viously stated, one cannot enter the U.S. Justice De- partment building in Wash- ington, D.C. without show- ing a photo ID. Why does Holder require a photo ID to enter a government building but not a voting booth? Affirmative Action Still Alive and Well Recently, the Boston Herald ran a March 23 news story on the Boston Fire Depart- ment's new second in com- mand just hired. The guy is a Latino but now we find out the guy doesn't speak Span- ish. He says speaking Span- ish never came up in the hiring process which I find hard to believe or a very stu- pid thing for not having been asked. Did the folks who in- terviewed him for this top job just assume he was bi-lin- gual? However, what was worse was finding out that the Boston Fire Department through a state waiver can now move Latinos to the top of the hiring list even though some may only speak En- glish. What about our mili- tary veterans? Shouldn't they be at the top of hiring lists? Liberals just hate the 14 th Amendment, don't they? Patrick's Own Jobs Data? In recent months, Gov. Deval Patrick has been tout- ing federal employment stats as an effective politi- cal tool. He does this to show what a great job his admin- istration is doing on job growth as he travels the country as an Obama re- election campaign surro- gate. He uses his facts to compare himself to former Gov. Mitt Romney. However, the numbers he is using showing Massachusetts as fifth in the nation in jobs growth have been adjusted. The new federal numbers drop our state to number 41 in 2011 but the governor's people are still using the outdated 5  place spot on the jobs growth list. Gregory Bialecki, Secre- tary of Housing and Eco- nomic Development on March 19 was still behind the times saying, "The old number feels like the better description of what's really happening in the Massachu- setts economy." 00aster 00Blessings from 00olanda an Cellucci @ 00arnill]