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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 9, 2010 LO SAPEVATE CHE ... In Giappone, come abbiamo appreso da varie fonti, stanno dando gradualmente addio al the. La cerimonia, lunga e stucchevole, di preparare e servire il the' agli ospiti viene sempre piu' sorvolata. Da un po' di tempo il caffe' all'italiana, 1'espresso, place sempre pit '. In breve, il Giappone ha preso l'esempio dell'America dove l'espresso ha da tempo preso il sopravvento.sul the ed altre bevande esotiche, ma non necessariamente dovuto a 'Starbuck's. Chie' stato a Tokyo di recente descrive la popolarita' dell'espresso che viene servito nei bar e nei caffe' della capitale del Sol Levante. Per di piu', ora vanno a ruba le macchinette per fare l'espresso ed il cappuccino a easa. , Un'altro visitatore addirittura paragono' Tokyo a Nap01i, con l'eccezione dei grattacieli, naturalmente. I chichi di caffe' che in gran parte provengono dall'Italia, t assieme alle macchmette, hanno cambiato il vivere sociale moderno, II cambiamento del consumo dal the al caffe' e' awenuto nel 2008. A quel tempo il consumo del the era de11'87.6%, mentre il consumo odierno del caffe' e" de11'87.8%, tutto cio' nel giro d i appena un anno e mezzo. Mai si era visto a Tokyo un individuo, specialmente giovane. passeggiare sorseggiando un the caldo. Ma ora e' cosa com- mune vedere I giapponesi passeggiare sorseggiando un espresso. Infine bisogna dire che il Giappone e' diventato uno dei mggiori consumatori al mondo di caffe'. Le ma- chine per preparare il caffe' importate (dall'Italia) hannq di recente superato il valore di 110 milioni di euro. Presto l'India e la Cina, dove il consumo di caffe' aumenta di anno in anno. si aggiungeranno ai piu' grandi consumatori di caffe' al mondo. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... From different sources we have learned that in'Japan they are increasingly saying farewell to the consumption of tea, The ceremony, long and overly tedious, of preparing and serving the tea to guests is becoming a thing of the past. For some time, Italian-style coffee, or the "espresso" and has met with broad acceptance by most people. In short, Japan is following America's example where "espresso" has become more popular than tea, increasingly so, along with other exotic beverages, but not necessarily thanks to Starbuck's! Whoever has traveted lately to Tokyo describes the popularity of the "espresso" as it is served in bars and in caf6s in the capital city of the Rising Sun. Furthermore, they are now buying the machines to make espresso and cappuecino at home. Another visitor to Tokyo even ven- tured to compare Tokyo to Napoli, with the due exceptions, of course, of the skyscrapers! The coffee beans, which largely come from Italy, along with the coffee-making machines, have totally changed the modern modus vivendfl Changing the consumption from tea to coffee began in 2008. The tea consumption had been 87.6%. but today's consump- tion of coffee is already 87.8% and all in a matter of 11A years. Never before had anyone seen, in Tokyo, even a young man strolling while sipping a warm tea. Today it is common to see the Japanese strolling while sipping "espresso." Lastly, we must say that Japan has become one of the top consumers of coffee in the world. The coffee- making machines imported from Italy have surpassed 110 million euro (@ $155 million) in real value. Soon India and China. where the consumption of Coffee increases every year, will join the largest consumers of coffee in the world. emember your fg ed Ones This year the Post-Gazette is offering our readers an opportunity to remember their loved ones by placing a "Memoriam" in our Memorial Day Issue. Sizes you may choose from are: 1 inch x 4 inches $20.00 2 inches x 4 inches $40.00 To remember your loved ones you may send your memorial lines and contact information to the Post-Gazette P.O. Box 1301 35, Boston, MA 02113 Make check payable to "Post-Gazette" The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages andkings by Sal Giarratani ;'" b THEY STILL GATHER in Charlestown think it HEALTH CENTER ~{ ON SUNDAYS AT OUR will come down to turnout FUNDRAISER IN MAY LADY OF MT. CARMEL on Primary Day. Flaherty The North End Community ii Our Lady of Mount Carmel has run for this Senate Health Center will be hold- may have been shuttered back in October 2004, but the doors are always open at 10:00AM on Sunday morn- ings for a lay-led Sunday Communion Service. IS IT FLAHERTY VERSUS DiDOMENICO? On Tuesday, April 13th, there will be a special Sen- ate primary to replace former Senator Anthony Galluccio who left office before his term expired. The Senate district is a real gerrymander going from Allston to Saugus. Many believe it's a race between Tim Flaherty, a Cambridge lawyer and son of former House Speaker Charles Flaherty and Sal DiDomen- ico, an Everett City Coun- cilor and former chief of staff to Galluccio up at the State House. Charlestown is a part of'this district and the sign wars are going on now. Both Flaherty and DiDomenico are in the lead when it comes to these campaign signs. Many political folks seat before and has a good Townie following. Mean- while, DiDomenico can be expected to win big in the City of Everett. This is going to be very, very, close. ST. ANN'S IRISH DANCE AROUND THE CORNER st. Ann's Parish in Wollas- ton, MA will be holding an Irish Dance on Saturday, April 24 from eight until mid- night at the school hall. Music provided by Margaret Dalton and Erin's Melody. So. just dance to the music. Re- member what Donna Sum- mer always says, "So, lets dance, let's dance." Right? NEMPAC SPRING FLING AT JOE TECCE'S Joe Tecce's Restaurant will once again be hosting the North End Music and Performing Arts Center's Annual Spring Fling FUN- raiser on Saturday, April 10 from 7:00PM until l l:30PM. For more information and ticket prices call John Romano at 617-880-9901 or Becca at 617-227-2270. ing a fundraiser "Taste of the North End" on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the New England Aquarium. Inter- ested? Visit the website at www, NEAA BASEBALL SIGNUPS " For those who haven't signed up yet, there is still time to sign your kids up for the 2010 NEAA Base- ball Program. Minor League baseball is being developed along with the Little League. For further details or/ the new Minor League, log onto www. neaabaseball, com. A Saturday morning base- ball clinic will be held for all those little kids (4-7) wanting to learn to learn the fundamentals of base- ball. Registration closes on April 15th. Stop by the Nazarro Center to pick up a registration form or call Coach Dom at 617-733- 1701. HAPPY 115th BIRTHDAY TO SAINT JOHN'S SCHOOL!!: 511 TRAVELER INFORMATION SERVICE As part of Governor Deval Patrick's transportation re- form agenda to strengthen customer service and im- prove efficiency, the Massa- chusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced a new partner- ship with Marlborough-based Sendza to provide the next generation of 511 traveler information serxHce at no cost to the Commonwealth. Beginning in May 2010, for the first time ever, ,511 traveler information, will be expanded statewide and drivers will have the op- portunity to automatically receive personalized travel information alerts via email, text or telephone. Previous 511 service only covered communities East of Route 128/95. This innovative public-private partnership with Sendza, a growing Mas- sachusetts communications software company, will come at no cost to the state, re- sulting in $4.1 million in one-time savings and 81.2 million in annual savings for MassDOT. "These new 511 services will save Massachusetts millions while providing a higher level of service," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan. "Sendza's capabilities and business model are raising the bar for 511 services na- tionwide. By providing more information with less phone interaction, as well as a con- nection to advertisers for consumers who want it, trav- elers and taxpayers gain tan- gible benefits." The current 511 system handles approximately 500,000 calls per month. The Sendza-based Mass511 system is capable of not only maintaining this vol- ume of calls, but also al- lows room for significant growth as the system's user base expands. Sendza's soft- ware-as-a-service (SaaS) message platform provides Mass511 message services to residents in Massachu- setts and also packages marketing programs for sponsors. "Massachusetts travelers are in for a real treat" said John Bernardi, Executive Vice President of Sendzfi. "Understanding current travel conditions is impor- tant for many folks, espe- cially as they are ready to embark on their commute or day trip. Now, they will be able to get very accurate up to date info with minimal phone interaction and ad- vertisers can get their mes- sages to people who want them. The result is better services and marketing, and without cost to the State." The new Mass511 system will go'live in May. For the latest information, check back at To learn more about Sendza. visit www.Sendza.cortu For transportation news and updates, please visit MassDOT at our website at / massdot, blog: transportation, or follow Ma~sDOT on twitter at www. massdot. News Briefs {Continued from Page I} ready to clean the clocks of his opponents and critics such as the editorial board at the Boston Phoenix. Stephen Murphy has my SuppOrt because at this time he's the right candidate for this public office. He is no ideologue. He listens to ev- eryone and always does his very best. We've heard of the old Murphy's Law, but this is a new law. With Murphy you get someone who cares about you and will work with you in making government accountable. Don't Keep, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell~ As I read a story on Lt. Dan Choi, I thought here was another example of why the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the Armed Forces is so dumb. For some 10 years, Lt. Ch0i served honorably in the military. He graduated from West Point and served In Iraq. He goes on an MSNBC talk show and shortly follow- ing his admission that he is gay, discharge proceedings began against him. The policy begun back in the '90s by President Bill Clinton never made sense. I've heard all the arguments On both sides of this issue and have come to conclude that being a gay or lesbian nei- ther helps nor hurts military discipline. It is no different than being black or white, man or woman. All of us are different in many ways "from each other. Our sexuality is but one part of the whole per- son. I want our country to have good soldiers to both serve and protect us from our enemies. Who they are attracted to has nothing to do with being in the mili- tary. If it did then those mili- tary folks should be dis- charged. However, calling gays and lesbians a threat to a strong military force is nothing but a s emingly red herring by those frightened by folks they either don't know or wish to understand. There are more im- portant battles, especially the one against an enemy sworn to destroy us. In the battle against terrorism, don't ask. don't tell is simply a stupid thing to be debating.