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. . _ i l , ' ' J, JtJ_ !nnunilli !llN,ll IIINiltlllmllmllunn, BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 23, 2010 Page 1 5 Big Papi Still Hitting Like Old Grandpa Former slugger David Ortiz is still hitting just as badly as last year when he struggled at the plate most of the 2009 season. He did finish with, as I remember, 25 homers and 91 RBIs, but those numbers don't truly reflect how bad last year was for him and Red Sox Nation. He can still spit into his hands and slap them together with his OCD-like plate ritual, but usually he heads back to the dugout real quick. Many times looking at strike three sail by him. Many think it is because the "Catnip" period of baseball is over. Others think it is just Ortiz in the post-Manny part of his career. Without Manny, he isn't as good as he once seemed. Still others think, he's just getting older and showing his age whatever it is. Eventually, something's gotta give. The Red Sox need Ortiz back in old form or he's just getting paid too much money for doing what he has been doing lately. Wish We Had Manny Back? Speaking of Manny Ramirez, does anyone out there miss him? I miss his power at the plate but not his silly antics which caused much trouble in the clubhouse back in the day reportedly. The last thing a team needs is a big head that just swells up with foolishness. The LA Dodgers deserve him. We're happier without him. Manny may yet make the Hall of Fame when he retires but he'd never get my vote. Personally, the deal we gave him to bring him here from the Cleveland Indians didn't always work in our favor. I actually miss Pedro Martinez now but I'll never miss Manny or Manny being Manny. Was That Game Really Over 38 Years Ago? When I saw a newspaper photo showing more than 20,000 Cowboy fans gathered in Irving, Texas to say their final good-byes to Texas Stadium on April 11, I remembered the first football game ever played in that stadium. It was on October 24, 1971. The Cowboys played the Patriots and won the game 46-2. It was also Jim Plunkett's first game as the Patriots' starting QB. He didn't fare that well but Jim Nance was his usual self on the field. Former President Johnson was also In the stands that Sunday afternoon. I remember all this so well because I was there at the game rooting for the Pats With my Boston accent. No, the Cowboys' long time home is history as all those fans recently watched the place get demolished. The Cowboys played there from the very first game I had attended until the Cowboys moved into the new Dallas Cowboys' Stadium in Arlington Texas back in 2008. I still have my ticket stub from that game. The price for a seat was a mere $7.00. Popcorn probably cost more than that now. Time goes by quickly when you're not looking. A Memorable Reception of Visiting Italian Students by the Burlington Sons of Italy Recently the Burlington High School lan- guage department and the Burlington Sons of Italy hosted a group of 15 Italian students from the very northern region of Trentino Alto-Adige. This exchange program (un pro- gramma di scambio) celebrates its third anniversary in what appears to be a strongly supported program by BHS and the small community of Cles, Val di Non in the Trentino region of Italy. The Italian students were accompanied by the Principal of the Istituto Pilati and two of the teachers. On Wednesday evening, April 14 th, the Burlington Sons of Italy held a lively and memorable pot luck dinner for the Italian students, each accompanied by a host stu- dent. As has been their want so many times in the past, the Sons of Italy members pro- vided a veritable feast of culinary delights of both the Italian and American persua- sion complete with wonderful desserts, chocolate and ice cream (il gelato). The Italian students were introduced individu- ally using their budding English language skills and Italian when necessary. A most generous member of the Sons of Italy provided souvenir packets for each Italian student. Rita DiBellis, department chair for foreign language and Ivana Gentile, our Italian teacher, expressed gratitude and satisfaction for a planned and plentiful reception. To further enhance the meal, Flatbread Pizza generously provided an assortment of their signature pizzas. On the Monday evening prior at a sched- uled meeting of the Board of Selectmen, all of the members of the board signed and presented a Proclamation to the visiting students expressing support and antici- pated continuance of this valuable cultural venue for Burlington and our language students. President Don McGowan and Vice Presi- dent Pat Moreno expressed great satisfac- tion and pride in the efforts of the Burlington lodge members who provided abundant food and friendship for these young visitors. Members of the Board of Selectmen and com- munity guests joined in the celebration. A reciprocal visit to Cles is anticipated in the next school year. The event was video- taped and will soon be aired on our local cable outlet, BCAT. In a world of ever contracting distances, this kind of exchange, quite unheard of not so very long ago, can encourage under- standing in the imminent new world of these Italian and American students. The aware- ness of a very old and rich Italian cultural heritage can make our students better informed citizens of Western Civilization and their world. Notable Events (Continued from Page 13) Students and Young Adults will take place this coming Friday and Saturday, April 23 rd and 24 th. Young people throughout the Archdiocese of Boston will gather at Sacred Heart Church in the North End for a time of voca- tional discernment and prayer. The two day event includes Mass, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Eucharistic Adoration, socializing, ser- vice projects, Italian dinner and a Eucharistic procession through the streets of the North End. All are invited to attend Mass at Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, April 24 at 4:00PM to be cel- ebrated by Cardinal O'Malley. The annual event, spon- sored by the Archdiocese of Boston, involves the Vocation Office, Office for the New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults and Office for College Campus Ministries. The featured speaker of the Congress will be Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR. Fr. Groeschel is a familiar face on EWTN and popular author of many books on Catholicism; he is recog- nized around the globe for his witness to the Gospel, his tireless work with the poor and his numerous writ- ten books and articles on Catholicism. Father Bene- dict Groeschel is also co- founder of the Capuchin com- munity of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI10P1319EA In the Estate of MARY THERESA FALLON Late of BELMONT, MA 02476 Date of Death March 13, 2006 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that BERNARD J. FALLON of Belmont, MA or some other suit- able person be appointed administrator of said estate to serve Without Surety. 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