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Page4 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 4, 2012 Recapping a Busy Weekend by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari The North End rightfully deserves its reputation for being a great place to enjoy a fine Italian dinner. The numerous restaurants that make up the North End din- ing scene run the length and breadth of Italian cuisine; one can come to the North End and be assured of hav- ing a wonderful dining expe- rience in one of the most historic neighborhoods in America. Given its vibrant restau- rant scene one can easily overlook the many cultural events that take place in our colorful neighborhood, as reported last week in this column. This past weekend offered a very interesting series of events that touched on some of the cultural and historical aspects of the North End. Recapping the weekend, it began on Thursday evening at a lecture offered by the North End Historical Society at Sacred Heart Hall, Ital- ian Anthropologist Augusto Ferraiuolo, author of, "Reli- gious Festive Practices in Boston's North End" touches on various aspects of the complex message of immi- grants adapting to a new en- vironment in which the book is set. Saint John School's fund- raiser, "Spring Soiree," held at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel, was very well attended. Guests were treated to a well prepared, dinner followed by both Silent and Live auctions. It was an enjoyable evening in which Sister Eileen Harvey was honored, on her retirement as Principal of the school for the past 28 years. Last week we mentioned that for two days, Friday, April 28 th and Saturday the 29% the Sixth Annual Eucharistic Congress for col- lege students and young adults was about to open at Saint Leonard Parish. The more than four hundred at- tendees to the event, which is largelycentered at Sacred Heart Church, participated in an overnight adoration, celebrated Mass with Cardi- nal Sean O'Malley and joined in an outdoor evening Eu- charistic procession. The event offered participants the opportunity to become involved with Christian ser- vice, meet new people and listen to both interesting and dynamic speakers. It is wonderful to report that the annual Saint Mark Mass and Breakfast we spoke of last week, was the most heavily attended in years. Members of Saint Mark Society, founded in 1884, gathered on Sunday, April 29 at Sacred Heart Church for their annual Mass followed by breakfast in Saint John Hall. The society, which helped establish Sacred Heart Church, remains ac- tive in its support of the church. In the spirit of the Easter Season, Saint Leonard Par- ish preented Missa by Lorenzo Perosi. The inspira- tional music of the Italian composer was beautifully performed by the combined choirs of Saint Leonard Parish and Our Lady of Cze- stochowa under the direction of Dan Dryzmalski. The con- cert was held in Sacred Heart's upper church. Finally, on Sunday, April 29 th, the Open Spaces Com- mittee of the North End Waterfront Residents Asso- ciation assisted in the com- memoration of the 150 anni- versary of the birth of Cyrus Dallin, the artist who cre- ated the famous mounted sculpture of Paul Revere that has graced the histori- cal North End Park known as the Prado, since 1940. Among the dignitaries that attended the event were Vicar Steve Ayers of the Old North Church, Father Vincent Daly of Stephen's Church, Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino, Councilor Sal LaMattina, Rep. Aaron Michlewitz and last but not least Paul Revere Jr., great, great, great-grand- son of the famous patriot. Other works of Dallin that appear in Boston are "Appeal to the Great Spirit" outside the Museum of Fine Art and Anne Hutchinson outside the State House. CROSSWORD PUZZLE Mother's Day mm ACROSS 1. Puppy cries 6. Highest degree 9. Cyrano's prominent feature 13. School in France 14. " " Jordan 15. "Don't words!" 16. With arms 17. League of its own 18. Like the suspects in "Casablanca" 19. *She went to the cupboard 21. *"Arrangement in Grey and Black: the 's Mother" 23. Estimated arrival 24. Drop-down menu option 25. ENT's first concern? 28. Larger-than-life 30. *Kate Hudson's mum 35. *Son of Hera 37. Fe 39. *Mothers tend to their children's 40. Capital of Latvia 41. 1/100 of a rial 43. Nadas 44. The Romanovs, e.g. 46. " Like it Hot" 47. On a cruise 48. Mylar filling 50. Cheesy sandwich 52. Give it a shot 53. Snoopy 55. Positive or negative particle 57. "Smokey and the " 60: *Aka Nadya Suleman 64. Mythological princess of Colchis 65. Once around 67. "What A Feeling" singer Cara 68. Muscle control problem 69. 2 "d or 3 rd in New York City 70. Nephew's sister 71. Contribution 72. p in mph 73. Type of community DOWN 7 8 StatoPoint Modia 1. Uh-huh 24. "It's the__, stupid" 51. Lugging 2. Shade of beige 25. *Mother ___ 54. Razor sharpener 3. Bausch's partner 26. Get up 56. Water wheel 4. Military trainee 27. *Like the Queen Mother 57. Testing stage of software 5. Tranquilize 29. Eye color 58. Sixth month of civil year 6. Type of vacation 31. Home or Olin 59. Cashier's call 7. T-cell killer 32. Freethinker 60. Last word on radio 8. Nymph of the woods 33. A do-nothing 61. Swim or track contest -9. Inconclusive 34. Test form 62. Fairytale start 10. Burden 36. Indira Gandhi's dress 63. Fitting reward 11. Do like Ella Fitzgerald 38. Given identity 64. It comes with a key 12. Unagi 42. An antiquity 66. *Biblical mother 15. Sheep meat 45. *Mothering __, Mother's Day 20. R in REM to a Brit (Solution on Page 13) Boston State College, Class of '72 I Was There It is difficult to believe that I graduated college 40 years ago this June. I had gradu- ated Boston English High School in 1966 and decided to join the workforce for a while to build up my tuition money needed for college. I started at Boston State College in January 1968 at 19 years old. I continued to work at my job through my college period. I waited on customers over in the South End at the City Spa Cafete- ria at Worcester Square across from Boston City Hos- pital. Evenings after classes and weekends too. It was a positive experi- ence working toward my de- gree. The country was rock- ing all about us. The sum- mer of 1967 saw American cities up in flames as racial tensions spread across the nation. The Vietnam War was heating up as casualties mounted more and more. I was a history/political sci- ence major. I not only was studying it, I was living it too. By 1968 I started getting my letters published in the old Record American and Sunday Advertiser. My very first letter was critical of President Johnson and his Vietnam policy I remember joining up back then with Dan Rea living in Readville at the time and Don Feder who was a law student at B.U. living behind Boston Symphony Hall. We were all 20-some- thing and conservative ac- tivists. We were all members of Young Americans for Free- dom, a conservative campus group founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. Feder went on to be a long-time Boston Herald columnist and Rea is currently hosting a week- night talk show on WBZ Radio 1030. I ended up writing for the campus newspaper and by my senior year was on the editorial board. Another good friend of mine, but not back Here's the Post-Gazette's Sal Giarratani in a 1972 photo taken shortly after his college graduation ceremony. then, was Brian Leahy from Dorchester who eventually became one of Mayor White's neighborhood coordinators. He was a great political per- son. We became good friends after college I was saddened when I heard he passed away a few years ago. College between 1968-72 was always exciting because the times in which I was a college student were quite exciting. I felt like my world was a text book. I survived and graduated in June 1972 both older and smarter than when I first sat in a college classroom. My tuition was so afford- able. Four years cost me about 81,200 and that's with books too. I worked my way through college and left col- lege with zero debt. Eventually, I went on to holding a career in law enforcement as a licensed special state police officer. I also established myself as a journalist for a large num- ber of community weekly newspapers. Today, I write for several papers including the Post-Gazette in Boston's North End and the Boston City Paper in Dorchester. 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