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Page 6 POST'GAZETTE, APRIL 13, 2012 An Evening of Italian Romance with cha00t An Evening of Italian Romance with Michael Amante, also featur- ing Marissa Famiglietti. Dinner and show presented by The Sicil- ian Comer Radio Show and 1110am WCCM on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Wyndham Hotel Ballroom, 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm. An Evening of Italian Romance with Michael Amante offers the au- dience a rare opportunity to expe- rience Amante's talent in an in- timate dinner theater setting. Known as "The People's Tenor," Michael Amante has been called the "Prince of High C's" for his ability to hit and sus- tain with ease one of the highest notes of a tenor's voice. A renowned tenor and recording artist, Michael sings it all, from Classical to Pop, Operatic Arias to Broadway show tunes and Italian favorites to Gospel. His performances are filled with excitement and variety. The many notables Amante has performed for include: Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford; Pope John Paul II; Luciano Pav-arotti and many show busi- ness luminaries. Tony Bennett called him "the next Mario Lanza," and Regis Philbin dubbed Amante "The Fourth Tenor." His Broadway appearances include Danny Zuko in Grease, Tony in West Side Story, and both Jesus and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Opera credits include starring as Rodolfo in La Boheme, and Turiddu in Cavaleria Rusticana. Michael Amante will be joined by the versatile young so- prano, Marissa Famiglietti, as guest artist and duet part- ner. Visit or call 978-346-9496, 603-893-8863 to purchase tickets. Tickets include dinner and show. Saint Stanislaus by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Stanislaus was born at Szczepanow in the diocese of Cracow, on July 26, 1030. Stanislaus was the only son of Belislaus and Bogna. He was edu- cated at the cathedral school in Gniezno (then the capital of Poland) and later, in Paris or Li6ge. He spent seven years studying canon law and theology, out of humility he refused the degree of doctor and returned home to Poland upon the completion of his studies. On the death of his parents, he gave his considerable inheritance to the poor. Stanislaus was ordained a priest by Lambert II in Cracow; he was then made pastor of Czembocz near Cracow, canon and preacher at the cathedral, and later, vicar-general. After the Bishop's death in 1072, Stanislaus was elected his suc- cessor but accepted the office only at the explicit command of Pope Alexander II. Stanislaus was one of the earliest native Polish bishops. He also became a ducal advisor and had some influence on Polish politics. Stanislaus preached against vice and corruption and be- came a powerful voice against King Boleslaw II who was lead- ing an infamous life. Boleslaw was successful as a warrior but cruel as the leader of his people. The saint reproached him in private for his conduct. At first Boleslaw seemed to repent but soon went back to his cruel and excessive ways. Stanislaus threatened the king with excommunication which served to enrage him. Finally in 1079 Boleslaw was excommunicated and the canons of the cathedral were in- structed to discontinue the Divine Offices in case the king should attempt to enter. Stanislaus retired to the Chapel of St. Michael in a suburb of Cracow. Boleslaw accompanied by his guards followed Stanislaus and ordered them to kill him. The guards refused to obey causing Boleslaw to take mat- ters into his own hands; Boleslaw killed the saint while he was serving Mass. The exact date of Stanislaus' death is uncertain but it is thought to have been, April 11, 1079. St. Stanislaus was canonized in 1253 by Pope Innocent IV at Assisi. DIVORCE * CRIMINAL * 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 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 I GUESS I'M PART OF THE ELITE AT THE ELITE Now that the Boston Herald has deemed me one of the "Hub's Notables," thanks to that photo of me that ran in color in the March 30 news- paper, folks down at the Elite Restaurant in Day Square are kidding me. That Friday when I walked in, diners and staff members started clap- ping. I felt like a big shot. They all saw my mug. It is nice to get your photo in the paper but only if it for some- thing good. After all, re- cently, Tim Cahill got his picture in the papers but he's not happy about it. I still like the food there and Jane is the best waitress in Eastie. I did also notice that the Elite's windows were once again decorated for Easter. No one does better window holiday displays than the Elite. Joe Young demands nothing but the best. THIS WAS NO APRIL FOOLS JOKE On Sunday, April 1, better known as April Fools Day, I had to rub my eyes as I drove on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain, I was pleasantly surprised to see gas pump prices at Hats Off only $3.69. Who would have ever thought, we would be smiling because the price was just $3.69? However, when I made it over to City Square in Charlestown, I was shocked that pump prices at the Shell station were still way up at $3.99 a gallon. A 30 cent difference is quite a difference, isn't it? HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? When I was younger in my newspaper boy days, the Bos- ton Globe and Herald were 8 cents apiece and the Record American only 7 cents. On Sundays, the Globe and Herald were 25 cents apiece while the Advertiser was only 20 cents. On April 2, the Boston Globe went up to a $1.25 weekdays and is al- ready $3.50 on Sundays. I say this is all too much es- pecially when most papers are full of advertising. Eventually, no one will be buying newspapers anymore and it won't matter how much they are going for at newsstands. Most young people don't read them. Personally, most of my news comes from conserva- tive talk radio where the liberal bias is nonexistent. The two best newspapers out there are the Wall Street Journal and my favorite the Investors Business Daily. I sometimes read the NY Times to see what the other side is saying. Finally I timeshare both the Globe and Herald with friends to save a few bucks here and there. BIG APPLE CIRCUS RETURNING The Big Apple Circus has returned to City Hall Plaza once again. Seems like it was just here, doesn't it? The Circus opened on March 22 and runs through May 13. Did you know one of the hardest things to do is keep- ing the politicians inside City Hall away from the clowns outside under the tent? We don't want to con- fuse people. If you see some- one with a big red nose, that person most likely is a clown. However, sometimes clowns have been known to filibus- ter at City Council Cham- bers too. FALCON STREET CRIME WATCH I grew up in the South End and lower Roxbury in the '50s and '60s. I remember when the South End was home to many neighborhood crime watches. A good friend of mine Bob Hayes from West Canton Street was big into crime watches. Before anyone heard the term "com- munity policing," Hayes seem- ingly viewed neighborhood watches as a form of commu- nity policing. Eventually, he was hired by the Boston Po- lice Department to coordi- nate neighborhood watch programs across the city. Today, real community policing means the commu- nity and the police working together making safer streets and safer neighbor- hoods. It is a mutual and interactive form of commu- nity policing and the cre- ation of safe and livable neighborhoods. Recently, I attended the Falcon Street Crime Watch and saw neighbors from that slice of Eagle Hill sitting down in open communication with members of the Boston Police from District 7 talk- ing public safety with each other in open dialogue where the community shared its concerns and members of the Boston Police took note. The police department itself cannot do anything without the cooperation and assistance of neighborhood folk who have a vested inter- est in keeping their neigh- borhoods as safe as humanly possible. I learned from the meeting that there are many Eastie residents who care enough to come out on a great evening to share ideas with one another and with law enforcement. VETERAN'S SERVICES DEPARTMENT CITY OF BOSTON Francisco A. Urena, the city's Veteran's Services Commissioner stopped by a recent Eagle Hill Civic Asso- ciation's monthly meeting at Eastie High to inform residents of the mission this city department is focused on and the various services available to veterans who live in Boston. Urena is also a resident of East Boston and hopes to increase the out- reach of his department con- necting this department's office on Hawkins Street nearby City Hall (behind the Channel 7 studios) with vet- erans in the community. The City of Boston deeply appreciates and recognizes the service and sacrifice of our veterans and provides assistance in their time of need, and connects them with all the benefits they have earned. For further information, please call 617-635-3026 or Email: You can also stop by the office located at 43 Hawkins Street. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE? Recently, the principal of Swampscott High School sent out an announcement on the Swampscott Patch, an on-line community newspa- per, that the high school would be holding a "Wear Your Hoodie to School Day" in honor of the "unjust kill- ing" of Trayvon Martin down in Florida. Law enforcement is still investigating this incident and to date no charges have been filed. What information besides media reports led the prin- cipal to conclude the killing was unjust? What does he know that none of us know? It is time for justice to run its course and stop being so politically correct. NEW EAST BOSTON LIBRARY GROUND-BREAKING APRIL 25 Ground-breaking for the brand-new East Boston Pub- lic Library Branch is now scheduled for April 25. It should take about 24 months or so before the Grand Open- ing will happen and the two libraries (Meridian Street and Orient Heights) will remain open during the construc- tion period. 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