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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 27, 2012 Page 7 Mt. Carmel Church Locked Down by Archdiocese by Sal Giarratani As expected by members of the vigil at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on Gove Street in East Boston, the Boston Archdiocese at some point in the darkness of the early dawn hours of the Patriots Day holiday sent in a locksmith to both seal up the numerous en- trances to the church building and changed the lock on the church's main doors. The vigil had been taking place for almost seven and a half years going back to October 12, 2004 when Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish was shuttered. Every Sunday since then this Mt. Carmel community made up of former parishioners and supporters gathered to worship. On Wednesday, April 19 the former vigilers gathered out front of the locked church to protest this most recent action on the part of the Boston Archdiocese. The group wanted to thank the Boston Herald for covering their April 19 protest and also thank Michele McPhee from Chanel 5 WCVB-TV for putting this news story on the news later that evening. Many of those who have been attending these Sunday services since 2004 had much to say about the lock out. Phyllis LaPIaca said, "It is like losing a part of your body. It's close to your heart," Virginia Schepici added, "It's changed my whole outlook on priests." A spokesperson for the archdiocese released a statement stating, "For the better part of seven years, we have permitted the vigil while the petitioners pursued various appeals. The time for this vigil to end has come." Steve Ashcraft said of his fellow vigilers, "Churches shouldn't be equated in dollars and cents. A lot of our parishioners were born in Italy. They don't close churches in Italy and tear them down to build condos." Last Sunday, April 22, the Mt. Carmel community gath- ered as usual at 10:00 am for its Sunday morning worship service, only this time, across the street on the lawn of the old corlent and next to a statute of Padre Pio next to them. They may no longer be allowed inside the church but it didn't stop them from praying together on Sunday morning once again. KIWANIS CLUB OF EAST BOSTON & BOSTON POLICE DISTRICT 7 TO HOST Annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo On Saturday, May 19, 2012 the Kiwanis Club of East Boston, in partnership with Boston Police District 7, will hold their Annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo. The target is chil- dren K thru 5 m grade. The event will include giving away free bicycle helmets, a free raffle for brand new bicycles, a bicycle safety clinic featuring bike safety inspections and optional quick tune-ups, safety lectures about the rules of the road, a presentation by the Boston Police K9 Unit, pizza, drinks and much more. The event starts at 10:00 am in the playground of the Salesians Boys & Girls Club. 150 Byron Street, East Boston (former Savio High School). The Rodeo is a proven way to teach safety skills to chil- dren in a fun way. Each year, over 400 children are killed in bicycle accidents and thousands more are treated for bicycle-related injuries. While bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injuries by 85%, only 5% of all child cyclists use them! Many children and their parents are not aware of these statistics and the basic tech- niques for staying safe while riding a bicycle. For more information please contact event Chairperson Marisa Di Pietro by email: or phone: 617-650-3442. 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Now that spring is here, bicy- clists are out in full force weaving in and out of traf- fic. I'm warning motorists to be especially careful at Bell Circle in Revere where some bicyclists are in the lane with traffic. These dare- devils must have a desire to become angels! ... Since Barack Obama became pres- ident, the race card has never been used and abused so much! Does anyone be- lieve Mr. Zimmerman will get a fair trial??? Whether he's found guilty, and sent to prison, or is found not guilty and released he's a dead many If he's found not guilty about them. We only hear about crimes that instiga- tors want us to believe are racist .... Consumers be- wareI Comcast is getting into private computers and has the ability to block your online service in an effort to sell Xfinity to the con- sumer. The competition is between Comcast Xfinity and Verizon Fios. In a recent case reported. A customer called Comcast for a price package to switch their Ver- izon telephone service to Comcast and add an addi- tional TV box, no mention of internet service. However, when the consumer who already was signed with Comcast for television ser- vice decided to stay with Verizon telephone, Comcast blocked the consumer's com- puter screen with a Xfinity application for online ser- vice, making it impossible for the consumer to get on line. The consumer was then forced to call in an Comcast in order to remove the block. That kind of busi- ness bullying by Comcast is unacceptable and deserves a good investigation by the attorney general's office and consumer affairs ... Tele- marketers have become an American nuisance. There's no escaping these pesty calls. Telemarketers call anywhere from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm every day of the week plus weekends ... It's over for the one hundred plus year old Mount Carmel Parish according to the Archdiocese! They decided to close the beloved church in East Boston. Parishioners fought hard over the years providing out of pocket funds, and holding fundraisers to keep the church open. Amazing that the Archdio- cese just changes the locks and posts a sign on the door indicating that people will be prosecuted should (Continued on Page 13) Journal of the North End Historical Society Now Available The first volume of the Journal of the North End Historical Society has been releasedt It is a lO0-page book containing new North End research. Copies are available by emailing NEHS at All current members as of May 31, 2012, will receive one com- plimentary copy. Renew or join today! For further information on the Journal, including the Table of Contents please go to the following link: http: / / alexgoldfeld, com/ JNEHS.html. Belmont Mixed Lodge # 1094 Chicken & Pasta Fundraiser The Belmont Mixed Lodge #1094, Order Sons of Italy in America, will host a Chicken and Pasta Fundraiser dinner. e proceeds will be used to fur- ther the Lodge's scholarship pro- gram and support its many charities. The dinner is open to the public and will be Mon- day, June 11, 2012, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the VFW, 688 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA. The dinner will consist of chicken cut- lets, homemade fusilli, salad, bread/ butter, homemade desserts, one non- alcoholic beverage and coffee. Tickets may be obtained from Linda at 781-345-4257 or Ollie at 617-259-4167 (if purchased in advance we can "reserve" a table for you). They may also be purchased at the door. There will be a door prize and raffle baskets. EAST BOSTON WARD 1 Republican Committee to Meet The East Boston Ward 1 Republican Committee will meet on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm at the East Boston YMCA located at 215 Bremen Street, East Boston, MA, (near the cor- ner of Porter Street). East Boston voters who are reg- istered as "undeclared" or as Republicans are invited to attend. For further information, please call Christopher Morton at 617-569-4075. LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 61 7.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 P,ivote Func|ion oom$ ot ony Occosion Ch',ist.i.9 B',idal Show+,,. BoI, Show+', BMhclotj B,+',+ov,+menl, Elc. Donato Fraffaroli donato@luciaboston.corn www.luciaristorante.corn