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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 6, 2011 Page 5 THELMA HAWKINS A Lifetime of Achievement by John Christoforo Thelma Hawkins, a long- time member of Boston's Italian community has been an active member of the Massachusetts Paralegal As- sociation for well over thirty years. As a former Senior Legal Assistant for Wein- garten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Hayes, she pioneered doz- ens of legislative bills that have benefited many private law firms and business or- ganizations throughout the Commonwealth. Ms. Hawkins has also battled "Gender Bias," a problem that had plagued American businesses and industries in the past. Her representation within the state legal sys- tem has helped change laws that prohibited paralegals and law students from active par- ticipation in legal affairs conducted by the Massachusetts Bar Association, especially in the area of patent law. As a recipient of many lifetime achieve- ment awards from Boston's legal commu- Diminutive Thelma Hawkins receiving a Lifetime Achieve- ment Award. nity and the various social organizations she has helped over the years, Thelma remains commit- ted to a never-ending schedule of activities that include work with the Boston Patent Law Asso- ciation, Massachusetts Bar Association, National Notary Association, the Grand Lodge of Massachu- setts of the Order Sons of Italy and her filial lodge, the Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge. Her commitment to the Sons of Italy has been a life- long quest to further the cause of people with Italian ancestry through her abilities with finance and her skills at arbitration. Ms. Hawkins is one of the pioneers of the aforementioned Renaissance Lodge and has helped to develop it into the largest Italian social group in the state and one of the largest in the United States within the O.S.I.A. NEAD 2011 Easter Party A Huge Success This years' NEAD Easter Party was the biggest and best ever. With Peter Rabbit (actually Nick the Rabbit) visiting all of the kids at the Nazzaro Center, the party was fantastic. Children of all ages took pictures with the Easter Bunny, colored eggs, made colored drawings and enjoyed a bunch of yummy Easter treats as well as re- ceived a free, huge goodie bag! The popular event was sponsored by Michael and Richard Giannasoli in memory of their mother Flo- rence, who passed away sev- eral years ago. After the Eas- ter Bunny hopped onto his next party, the children and their parents (well over 125 in attendance) were treated to a wonderful puppet show sponsored by City Councilor Sal LaMattina. The event run by NEAD Board Members and volunteers was also co- sponsored by NSTAR Gas & Electric Company, NEAD's corporate sponsor. A special thank you goes out to Mikey Fud for running around and getting all the Giarratani west amilg Member ,q On Saturday, April 9, my newest great-nephew Andrew Francis Moses was christened at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury. Shown in photo with little Drew are his parents Danikka Giarratani Moses and George Moses. goodies for the party, also !~ (Photo by Sal Giarratani) Patrieia Romano who boiled all the eggs and the Nazzaro annualCenter event, for hosting the High School Brass Quintet to Perform at the State House New Location On Friday, May 13, from 11:00 am-12:00 noon, the Norwood ii High School Brass Quintet will be performing at the Grand for Julie Billiart Staircase of the State House by invitation of Rep. John Rogers. The Norwood High School Brass Quintet, directed .] ~ Memorialmass-MaSSin by Mr. Kenneth Griffin, is a talented and award winning ensemble from Norwood High School composed of the fol- The yearly lowing students: Michael Clarke, Trombone (Senior); Owen Kerrigan, Tuba (Junior); Patrick Maroun, Trumpet (Senior); Eric Muller, Trumpet (Sophomore); Kate Tatar, French Horn (Junior). The quintet will be performing a variety of classi- cal pieces for the enjoyment of State House employees and visitors. Memory of the Deceased Graduates of Julie Billiart and the Sisters of Notre Dame deNamur will be on SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011, at the 12 Noon Mass at ST. LEONARD'S CHURCH, Hanover Street, in the North End. Hope you can attend! are accepted by the charg~for mittedi Vhotos can b~ ~itted ~ e-mali ~~@~com. All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei Po P I TEL. 617-2-2.7-|567+ i FAX;