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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 23, 2010 Page7 Chamber's EWC Presents: So You Want to Start A BUSI N ESS? The East Boston Chamber of Commerce's "Eastie Women Connect" (EWC) is hosting its next event on Tuesday, April 27, at the new home of the East Boston Chamber, 175 McClellan Highway {Rt.IA Northbound), East Boston. The event is called "So You Want to Start a Business?" and will be a tremendous opportunity and resource for those individuals curious about developing their own small busi- ness and the essentials for doing so. The workshop, generously sponsored by East Boston Savings Bank, will feature guidance from a panel of several experts, including: Mr. John Lynch, Boston Office of Busi- ness Development; Cyndi Levins and Maggie Morris, Luna Boutique & Moonstruck (Winthrop); George T. Mylonakis, Go Global Logistics, LLC (East Boston); the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center at UMass Boston; and other members of the East Boston Chamber. Some topics that will be covered include how to refine your business idea; identify your market; develop a busi- ness plan; decide on various legal forms of businesss; secure your business name; secure the proper space and get it permitted; finance your business; set up your books; secure a web site; and market and promote your business. The workshop will take place on April 27 beginning at 5:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring along plenty of business cards and other materials for networking purposes. Ticket cost includes invaluable information, light dinner with dessert, and fantastic networking. There will also be a free door prize raffle for guests. Reserve your seat for this workshop by calling 617-569- 5000 ext. 221 or emailing john@eastbostonchamber.com. The mission of the East Boston Chamber is to promote and support the interests of its members while encourag- ing, fostering, stimulating, promoting, and advancing the economic development of the entire East Boston commu- nity. The goal of Eastie Women Connect (EWC) is to provide a forum for women of all ages to connect and expand their networks, make professional contacts, hear stimulating presentations from business professionals and optimize their success in the marketplace. For more information on the Chamber and its programs, please visit www.EastBostonChamber.com. For more infor- mation on our event sponsor East Boston Savings Bank, lease visit www.EBSB.com. THERE WAS ALWAYS by Judean Langone There was always "Something Before words" It was the breath of God - Mosing around the blue carpets of heaven - He was surveying all that was - His eyes like stars - his being the light- Beyond seeing!! His mind stirring with dreams, Like the wins which followed his foot stepsI! And then the .fire of the Father, touched His Heart - and He createdl! P00LLIJS _FUNCTION FACILITY Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceaffera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA Please Call 617-567-4499 spinellis.com You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. I thought an article I read may interest my pooch friends and their human companions as it had inter- ested my own human. "PET AUTO INSURANCE your pooch can't drive, but is he/ she covered in an accident." If your dog is so much a part of your family that he/she is riding in the car with you whenever possible, you may just assume that your auto insurance covers your dog in an accident like everyone else. Well, it does and it doesn't. The standard for auto insurance accident claims is that if someone were to hit you, and it's the other person's fault, then the other persons's car in- surance pays for any injury to your pet. Or, if you hit a car and the other person has a dog riding shotgun, and that dog is injured, your car insurance pays for it. But, when you hit the other per- son, the accident is your fault, and your own pet gets hurt, your auto insurance probably doesn't cover that. But that's changing. Pet own- ers have been asking if their pets are covered and auto insurance companies are starting to take notice. A scant few car insurance companies are now offering limited pet injury coverage under their collision or com- prehensive plans, at no ex- tra charge. These plans typi- cally pay as much as $600 to help pay the veterinarian bills and medications. That is great news and a move in the right direction! We're hoping this is the beginning of a trendI Now ask yourself is your auto insurance coverage enough to cover big veterinarian bills? Even if your pet is covered under your car insurance policy, it's still a good idea to carry pet health insurance. Five or six hundred dollars is a great help, but if your pet's injuries require surgery or other expensive procedures, you're going to need more comprehensive coverage that pet health insurance offers. In the meantime, know- ing that your dog may not get the same benefits as you would in a car accident, make sure your pet is riding safely in the car to minimize injuries. Pets should never be loose -- no matter how cute and adorable they are on your lap, or how much fun they're having hanging their tongues out the win- dow. Use a pet harness or carrier to protect them, just like you wear a seatbelt. I thought this bit of news would be interesting to all my readers. Keep your pet healthy and safe. Life is loving and protecting your pets. That's all for now. The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh Clean Up The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh will sponsor a Cleanup next Saturday morning, April 24 th, from 9:30 am to noon. Refresh- ments will be served of course. Our cleanup will focus on Saratoga Street, the marsh area next to Excel Academy, the littered area near the T yard at the Belle Isle Urban Wild, and the Bonacorso Property on Morton Street in Winthrop. We will have gloves and some boots. This year's Earth Day Cleanup will be in association with Mayor Menino's Boston Shines and DCR's Park Serve Day. We will meet at the new CVS on Saratoga Street in East Boston, the same place as the past few years. That's the CVS that was formerly Rite-Aid and formerly Osco. There's lots of litter and some larger debris that washed in from the winter storms. This year we will make a special effort to work with the Mayor's East Boston Liaison, Boston Inspectional Services, the Boston Police, the Revere Police, DEP and other law enforcement agen- cies to force companies and property owners who dump to stop, and to prosecute the people who dump at Belle Isle. We've found everything from TV sets, mattresses, asphalt, yard waste, tires, and more tires that people have dumped. However, this year's cleanup goal will not be to remove those "big" items. We will also have a "trail day" later this spring to work on the Greenway. There's lots of weeds and some invasive knotweed that should be removed. Good News: The ospreys that we all saw last year at our cleanup are back. Will we have a family on our "new" osprey platform this year? Come and learn more about the return of the ospreys from near extinc- tion. DCR is moving forward with the park and seawall project on the Winthrop Parkway. Also, The Boston Foundation has awarded us a grant to continue our Monday Night Forum series. :ast Boston Chamber of Commerce Annual $10,000 Dinner The East Boston Chamber of Commerce's annual $10,000 dinner fundraiser will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010. This year's event will be held at the newly-renovated Spinelli's Function Facility, 280 Ben= nington Street, East Boston. Come enjoy the most excit- ing annual event the greater East Boston community has to offer. The evening will fea- ture a lavish multi-course surf and turf dinner, compli- mentary beverages, $10,000 Grand Prize Drawing, raffles and auctions, and tons of fun and prizes. The excitement begins at 6:00PM with a cock- tail hour, followed by dinner and drawing at 7:00PM. A maximum of 225 Grand Prize Drawing tickets will be sold. Guests may come for dinner without purchasing a drawing ticket, but partici- pating in the drawing will certainly add thrill to the evening. Guests do not have to enter the drawing alone: a person can split a Grand Prize Drawing ticket. A per- son may also participate in the drawing without being present at the dinner itself. Local businesses can sup- port the event in several ways: purchase a drawing ticket, join us for dinner, or make a donation - such as lottery scratch tickets, gift cards, sports memorabilia, art pieces, Red Sox tickets, and cash - that can be raffled, auctioned, or given away as a consolation. Tickets are now available. For more information or to get involved, please call 617-569-5000 or contact event chairperson Attorney Diane Modica at 617-292- 3329. This event is vital to the 2010 operations of the East Boston Chamber, so community's support is des- perately needed and vastly appreciated. 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