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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 18, 2014 . Page 7 North End. Against Drugs SENIOR LUNCHEON Registration Required Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, North End Against Drugs will be holding a Senior Luncheon for North End seniors age 60 and over, The event will be held on Monday, May 54 at Limoncello Restaurant in North Square. The event is free of charge, BUT is only for North End residents. In order to attend you must register in advance. There is limited seating. To reg- ister, please call John Romano at 617-880-9901. You must give your name. address and phone number for a call back. You may only register for yourself. The deadline to register is Friday, April 25th or when it is full. whichever comes first. The event tarts at 12 Noon, There will be entertainment and delicious food. Forum with Councilor Michelle Wu in East Boston Postponed Due to an unforeseen schedul- ing conflict, the Forum with Councilor Michelle Wu. originally scheduled for April 28th at the East Boston Public Library, will have to be postponed. No new date has been scheduled as of yet. East Boston Main Stree'ts is working with the councilor's office to reschedule a new date very soon. "We are sorry to have to resched, tile the councilor." says Max Gruner. Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets. "but we are absolutely committed to getting Councilor Wu to East Boston very soon to have an opportunity to talk to our small and micro business community." For more details or questions, please call Max Gruner. Executive Director of East Boston Main Streets at 617-561-1044. Auguri di Buona Pasqua from Pirandello f_yceum Rosario Cascio, President Frank Ciano, Esq., First Vice-President Maria Capogreco, Second Vice-President and Treasurer Dorothy Maio, Corresponding Secretary Maria Luisa Saraceni, Recording Secretary Lino RulIo, Scholarship Fund Executive Vincent Fazzolari, Scholarship Chairman Dr. Stephen F. Maio, Chairman of the Board J HAPPY EASTER Bakery and Function Facilities Visit our Shops for your Traditional Easter Specialties Open Easter Sunday 8 am - 2 pm Pizza Grana (Wheat Pie), Pizza Ghiena, Strufoli, Taralles, St. Joseph Zeppole Italian Pastry and more 282 Bennington Street, East Boston 617-567-1992 Route One South, L ynnfield I 781-592-5552 Buona Keep my pooch friends safe by avoiding the seven deadly sins of Easter. Easter is just around the bend and while it typically means tons o f fun for the kids: Easter egg hunts. colorful Easter baskets stuffed to the brim with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks and jelly beans galore:, it could mean real trouble for some of our other family members: our animals. So while the rest of the family members are celebrating this joyous holiday, make sure your dogs and cats stay happy and healthy with a few tips on the potential pet perils of Easter. Easter Lilies: Easter Lilies are beautiful and symbolic of many of the virtues of the holiday; however, they and all lily flowers are deadly poison to cats ff any part of the plant is ingested. Families with house cats simply should not risk the lethal danger posed to their pets by having lilies anywhere near their cats. All portions of the plant are poisonous to a cat's kidneys when eaten and even with prompt veterinary care. treat- ment is not always success- ful. Lilies are beautiful, but they are life threatening to cats and the two should be kept far apart. Chocolate: While chocolate might taste good to kids and parents, it can-be quite dan- gerous for dogs and cats. Chocolate contains caffeine and a compound called theo- bromine, which stimulates the nervous system and. can be toxic to animals. If enough is ingested, your pet can suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures. and worst case scenario. death. While all forms of chocolate can be toxic to cats and dogs, white chocolate has the least amount of stimu- lants. Dark and baking choco- late have the highest. Plastic Easter Basket Grass: Easter grass may serve as a nice cushy nest for all the eggs and candy gath- ered during an Easter egg hunt. but your dog or cat can find it too tantalizing to pass up, it could cause some real problems. The plastic compo- JOHN F. KELLY, Executive Director 68 Central Square East Boston, MA 02128 617-569-3221 Pasqua, Happy Easter nent of Easter grass is non- digestible and can get tangled in your animal's intestines. This can lead to a blockage and potential perforation. If ingested, the grass can cause choking or become lodged inside the stomach or intes- tines, creating an obstruc- tion. Signs of obstruction are loss of appetite and vom- iting. Animals showing these symptoms should be taken to the veterinarian for an abdominal x-ray. This prob- lem is treated with surgical removal of the foreign mate- rial and is considered a true emergency. Other Candy: Chocolate is not the only candy finding its way into Easter baskets that. often sit at eye-level to your dog or cat. There are jelly beans, puffy marshmallow chicks, candied eggs and more. all of which can cause gastrointestinal disturbance in animals. Most threatening though are products con- taining Xylitol. an artificial sweetener. Xylitol can be so toxic to pets that within 30 minutes of consuming a small amount of Xylitol sweet- ened product, a dog can expe- rience a dramatic drop in blood sugar, begin vomiting, become lethargic and have difficulty standing or walking. Some may have seizures. develop internal hemorrhag- ing, lesions and suffer liver failure. Rotten Easter Eggs: Easter egg hunts are tradition for most families, an event chil- dren always look forward to. So may your dogs, which is why it's important to keep track of where all the hard- boiled eggs are hidden when planning your backyard Eas- ter egg hunt. Many animals have become sick after sniff- ing out and consuming a rot- ten Easter egg that was likely forgotten from a previous hunt. If possible, use plastic eggs instead of real eggs. However. if you do use plastic to All!!! eggs, make sure your dog can't get inside them and eat the contents or worse yet, try to swallow the plastic egg and choke on it, or get it lodged in their intestine. Candy Wrappers: Alumi- num or plastic candy wrap- pers can also be a potential pet hazard during Easter. Many pets (especially cats and dogs) are .naturally drawn to the texture, bright colors and crinkly sound wrappers make and often unintention- ally consume them while playing. Consumption of these items can cause intestinal disturbances and even an in- testinal obstruction in your animal. A Live Easter Bunny: What's more tempting on Easter than to bring home the "real thing" a live Easter bunny? If this is something you're thinking about, think again. Rabbits are not toys, nor are they low mainte- nance pets. They require the same level of care as a dog or cat and need plenty of room to play-and hop. While they can be and affection- ate. they .can also become easily frightened when held or confronted by other ani- mals. Unfortunately, most rabbits purchased as Easter gifts end up either abandoned on the streets, which is a sure death sentence, or in shelters. Enjoy this Easter whatever you're going to do and protect your cat or dog from harm. I know I am going to sit on the grass and watch all the excitement of the day. To all my READERS and my FRIENDS at the Post-Gazette enjoy your holiday and keep safe. That's all for now!I! Remember Boston Strong and please keep the family of our fallen heroes Michael R. Kennedy and Lt. Edward J. Walsh. Jr., in your prayers during this Easter holiday as they will be sorely missed. 30IN US IN GROWING STRONGER TOGETHER YMCA Membership Includes: State-of-the-Art Fitness Center Group Exercise Studio Personal Training & Nutrition Consultations FREE Get Started Program FREE Group Exercise Classes FREE Childcare While You Exercise EAST BOSTON YMCA 617-569-9622 ~ ymcaboston,org YMCA OF GREATER BOSTON 215 Bremen & 54 Ashley Streets