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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 5, 2017 PAGE 5 Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael F. Flaherty Announces Candidacy for Re-election A Frank De Pasquale Venture Boston City Councilor At- Large Michael F. Flaherty has announced that he is running for re-election. Asan At-Large City Councilor, his office works diligently to address commu- nity concerns that impact each neighborhood in Boston. =I'm proud of the work I've ac- complished ever since coming back to the Boston City Council four years ago. To name a few: I~’e advocated for residents who have lived in our city longer and are more familiar with our com- munities to have equitable ac- cess to our civil service jobs; Poe called for innovative methods to address school safety concerns; Poe held recurring discussions with seniors on quality of life is- sues," Flaherty stated. =Further, I've worked with community groups across the city on vari- ous fronts -- most recently, the Community Preservation Act, an initiative that is on the next stage of implementation after gaining support from 74% of the voters in Boston last November." Flaherty also highlighted his role on the City Council, particularly on how it relates to passage of legislation. =As the Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, I've worked with the Walsh Admin- istration, my colleagues on the Council, and advocacy groups to hold public hearings," he said. =Recently, as Chair, I've held committee meetings on an array of proposed matters: housing stabilization solutions for tenants seeking protection from eviction, reducing the use of plastic bags in our city, strengthening the Boston Resi- dents Jobs Policy, and calling for better safety measures for construction workers." Flaherty noted that while much has been accomplished, there are still challenges that need to be addressed. "As I often say: We boast about having the best colleges and universities in the world, but what difference does it make it if our own kids can't get into those schools? Our school system needs to be given the tools and resources so that our children can compete on a global level. Further, resi- dents across the city are look- ing for workforce development programs that would allow for living-wage jobs. And needless to state that the substance abuse epidemic-- coupled with violence on our streets -- need long-term solutions," he said. =I look forward to earning the confidence of voters once again to work with individuals and organizations to address these issues and more." As a husband, father, former assistant district attorney, and proud lifelong Bostonian who has served this city in a variety of roles, Boston City Councilor At-Large Michael F. Flaherty is committed to ensuring Boston continues to be a place we can all live, work, and raise a faro- fly. He kicked-off his re-election campaign at Amrheins in South Boston on May 2"d, and plans to once again earn the support of voters in the months ahead. For more information, visit www. MichaeIFlaherty. com. www.depasqualeventures c am NEAD Scholarships Available for Public & Private School Children Just a reminder about the Nazzaro Center or, to receive an North End Against Drugs electronic copy, please email (NEAD) Raymond and Miche- John Romano at jromano45@ lina Costa Scholarship Fund.gmail.com. Scholarships will Applications are available at the be awarded to Tuition Based MEMOIPlIZIL DAY In honor of Memorial Day, the Post-Gazette will be offering special ad rates on Remembrances J:or our readers in the Memorial Day edition, Friday, May 26th 4 inches x 5 inches with photo ($60.00) 4 inches x 3 inches With photo ($45.00) 4 inches x 2 inches without photo ($30.00) Coil 617-227-89291or details/ I Schools. Gift Cards to Staples for school supplies will be awarded to public school students. Here are the sinfple rules: Applicant must be a North End Resident who is attend- ing school (Proof of residency is required. Must provide a letter from the school verifying North End Residency). Scholarships are awarded from Kindergarten thru College. Scholarships are for the 2017 -18 Academic year, and proof of matriculation must be pres- ent in order for the N.E.A.D to release funds. Tuition based school winners will receive a check payable to their school Public School win- ners will receive a Staples gift card towards school supplies. No student can win more than one scholarship per drawing, but he/she is eligible for future drawings. The Applicant must fill out each applicable box on the ap- plication form with their name, address, phone, email, school attending and grade for upcom- ing school year beginning in September. A COMPLETED and SIGNED application must be submitted by May 12, 2017 at 6:00 pro. Please send completed appli- cations to: North. End Against Drugs, c/o Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02113. WINNERS OR AN ADULT FAMILY MEMBER MUST BE PRESENT AT TIME OF DRAW- ING, MAY 19, 2017, AT 6:00 PM, AT NAZZARO CENTER, TO RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIP. Family members of N.E.A.D. Board of Directors may not be eligible to apply for Scholarships. ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Mar6 Bricco Seafood, Crudo & Oyster Bar Boutique Italian Cuisine OOO OOO Ma~e Place 241 Hanove~ Si. • 6t 7,248,~00 223 Hanover SL • 617.723,MARE Trattoria il Panlno Quaflro Boston's 1st Grille, Rosticceria & Pizzeria Original Trattoria OOO OOO 266 Hanover SI, • 617.720.O444 I I Parmenler SI, - 6! 7.7~3~ 1336 Sflzi Bricco Panetteria Mediterranean Topos Bar Homemade • Coming Soon Artisan Breads 000 000 135 R~chmond St. Bricco Place 241 Hanover Sl, " 617,248.9859 Bricco Salumeria Gelaterla 8, CannoU & Pasta shoppe Factow Voted Best Sandwiches o o o Homemade Oeloto & Cannolis Bricco Place O 0 o 241 Hanover St, * 617,248.9629 272 Hanover St. • 64 Cross St, (next to Bricco Panetteria) 617.720.4243 Joseph Bevilacqua Honored with District Director's Award The Small Business Administration (SBA) Massachusetts District Director Robert Nelson has announced that Joseph James Bevilacqua, President of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, is the recipient of the 2017 District Director's Award. =The SBA District Director's Award is presented annually to a business, individual, or entity that stands out amongst the small business community with support of SBA and its programs," said Robert Nelson, SBA Massachusetts District Director. =Joe Bevilacqua has been a tireless champion of the small business communities north of Boston and in the Commonwealth for over 20 years -- and we value his work as a true partner and champion." The Merrimack Valley (MV) Chamber is the region's economic development and business assistance resource, providing real assistance under the award-winning MV Chamber's Economic Development Program and the award-winning MV Chamber's Clean Energy Program. The Chamber is active in member networking, women in business assistance, business trade shows, government affairs, small and family-owned business assistance, human resource programs, young people in business, economic development, and customer connection. Mr. Bevilacqua has served as the President/CEO since 1992, growing the membership base from 400 when he started to over 1,000 members today. Previously, he served as the Planning and Economic Development Director for the City of Haverhill and as a five-term elected representative of the Haverhill School Committee. Currently, Mr. Bevilacqua also serves as Haverhill City Councilor. %Vhatever success I may have achieved, including the receipt of this important SBA recognition, should not be credited to me, but to my mother and father -- Louis and Shirley Bevilacqua," said Joseph Bevilacqua. Through the years, Bevilacqua has contributed to the economic development of the region in countless ways, being recognized for his leadership: • Massachusetts Municipal Association's Innovation Award • SCORE National- Special Award • SBA National -- Administrator's Recognition • United States EPA m Environmental Merit Award • New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives -- Economic Development Achievement Award • The New England Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives -- New England Chamber Executive of the Year Award • North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau Leadership in Tourism Award • Massachusetts Association of School Committees -- Outstanding School Partner Award • Yankee Clipper Council Boy Scouts -- Distinguished Leaders Award • Northeastern Economic Developers Association -- Program of the Year Award • Massachusetts Economic Development Council -- Member of the Year Award • Massachusetts Grand Lodge Sons of Italy-- PUblic Service Award • United Way -- Community Leadership Award • PirandeUo Lyceum -- I Migliori Award Mr. Bevflacqua will be celebrating his 37th wedding anniversary this year with his wife, Toni Ann Bevilacqua. They have two sons, Joseph Louis and Michael Anthony Bevilacqua. Joseph James Bevilacquawas honored at an SBA awards lunch along with the other 2017 Massachusetts Small Business Week winners at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy on May 2, 2017.