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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 8, 2015 Mayor Walsh Announces 2015 COFFEE HOUR SERIES Mayor Martin J. Walsh will join the Bos- ton Parks and Recreation Department in hosting the 17th Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide from May 6 th to June 17 th The Neighborhood Coffee Hours give resid ents a unique opportunity to speak directly with Mayor Walsh. Through these discussions and a suggestion box at each site, Mayor Walsh looks forward to hear- ing how the City of Boston can improve upon local parks, public areas, and city services. *These Coffee Hours provide me with a great opportunity to get out and meet resi- dents one-on-one," said Mayor Walsh. *If someone has an issue that we can help with, would like to know more about city services, or just want to come out and have some coffee and refreshments in one of Boston's local parks with neighbors, we extend a warm welcome." All participants will enjoy coffee and break- fast treats provided by Dunkin' Donuts and fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market. In addition, each family in attendance will receive a flowering plant grown in the city's greenhouses as a gift from Mayor Walsh, Residents at the event will also be eligil~le to win a raffle prizes from Dunkin' Donuts. Information will be available on City programs from the Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, Boston Police Depart- ment, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families. For more information and updates on pos- sible weather cancellations, contact the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, online at Facebook https:/ / or Twitter @bostonparksdept. All coffee hours will be held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Locations are weather permit- ting unless otherwise noted. Coffee Hours being held in conjunction with park open- ings are also noted. Dates for the full schedule of Mayor Walsh's 2015 Neighborhood Coffee Hours are as follows: Monday, May IIth - Almont Park, 40 Almont Street, Mattapan Tuesday, May 12th -- Gertrude Howes Playground, 68 Moreland Street, Roxbury Friday, May 15th - Ringgolfl Park, 10 Ringgold Street, South End Tuesday, May 19th -- Clarendon Street Play Lot, 260 Clarendon Street, Back Bay Wednesday, May 20th -- Billings Field (Walsh/Kennedy Tot Lot), 369 LaGrange Street, West Roxbury Thursday, May 21"t -- Myrtle Street Playground, 50 Myrtle Street, Beacon Hill Tuesday, May 26th -- Martin Tot Lot, 95 Myrtlebank Avenue, Dorchester Wednesday, May 27th -- Peter Looney Park, 34 Union Street, Charlestown Thursday, May 28th -- Brewer-Burroughs Playground, 2P Brewer Street, Jamaica Plain Tuesday, June 2nd -- American Legion Playground (park opening), 25 Glendon Street, East Boston Wednesday, June 3rd -- Iacono Play- ground (park opening, rain or shine), 150 Readville Street, Hyde Park Thursday, June 4th -- Fallon Field, 9 I0 South Street, Roslindale Monday, June 8th -- Ringer Playground, 85 Allston Street, Allston-Brighton Tuesday, June 9th -- Ronan Park, 92 Mount Ida Road, Dorchester Tuesday, June 16th -- Christopher Columbus Park (rain or shine), I I0 Atlantic Avenue, North End Wednesday, June 17th -- Sweeney Play- ground, 180 West Fifth Street, South Boston The 2015 Tanglewood season, June 20th through Labor Day Weekend, boasts an abun- dance of musical riches with concerts by the incomparable Boston Symphony and Boston Pops orchestras, the Tanglewood Music Center, and internationally acclaimed guest artists from the worlds of classical, jazz, the American Songbook, Broadway, pop rock, dance, and film, as well as performances spotlighting special anniversaries, thematic programming, and theatrical presentations. Unique to the 2015 Tanglewood season will be the celebration of two milestones: the inaugural season of BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons and the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO's prestigious summer music academy. In a first for the Tanglewood Festival, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax will each take on the newly created title of Koussevitzky Artist -- an honorary title reflecting the BSO's deep appreciation for their generous performance and teaching commitment to the 2015 Tan- glewood season, and for each of their extraor- dinary 30-plus-year involvement with the BSO at Tanglewood and at Symphony Hall in Boston. In addition to James Taylor's per- formance on July 4th, Tanglewood 2015 will feature popular artists including Diana Krall (June 21st), Huey Lewis and the News (June 28th), Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (June 30~), and Idina Menzel (August 29th). For further info about the 2015 Tanglewood season visit CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL 70th Year Anniversary 1 945 - 2015 Christopher Columbus High School Class of 1957 will be sponsoring a commemorative Mass at St. Leonard Church in the North End on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm followed by an informal gathering after Mass in the church hall. Coffee and pastries will be served. All graduating classes of CHRISTO- PHER COLUMBUS and JULIE BILLIART HIGH SCHOOLS as well as guests are invited. If you are in contact with your past classmates, please notify them. Further information can be obtained by contacting Arthur Lauretano ('57) at or 617-293-6173 or Nino Dflanni ('57) at or 508-904-2420. Detailed information will be provided prior to this event. In 2010, Christopher Columbus High School celebrated its 65th anniversary with approximately 200 people. by Sal Giarratani Baltimore Crashing and Burning Last week, Baltimore came front and center in the national eye, or perhaps a national black eye. When we watch a TV show, we know it is pretend, but what we are witnessing is real life. I don't know that much about Balti- more except that it is one of America's big cities. An ur- ban center with a large Afri- can-American community. Watching this ugly passion play out on the streets where there are no scripts to follow. Everything is shown as it happens without a seven second delay. What we do know is that Freddie Gray, 25, a Black man was arrested on April 12th. While being transported to the police station for book- ing, his neck was apparently broken. People are angry and want to know what hap- pened to him during the transport. How did he sus- tain his injuries? His wake was held about a week after his arrest. Within hours of his funeral, the city exploded as angry pro- testers turned into a mob with unbridled anger in re- sponse to the death of Gray. The police were hopelessly outnumbered by the mob, who began roaming their community in a fit of rage, burning and looting busi- nesses. By now we have all seen the image of that CVS Pharmacy being torched and consumed in flames. In all, 144 cars were set afire, 19 buildings de- stroyed and over 100 police officers injured. Most of us at home watch- ing try and assure ourselves that it could never happen here, but we fool ourselves with that thinking. Politicians show just how useless most of them are when in the midst of an uncontrollable situation like the breakdown of order. The Baltimore mayor actually didn't help matters when she all but encouraged looters to loot. Unnamed sources in- formed the media that the mayor allegedly ordered the police to stand down and let looters loot, since it was only property. However, like all true blue liberals, the mayor lives in a gated community where her property is safe from any mob. The police commissioner sounded quite frustrated with the breakdown on the streets and wondered out loud why folks would destroy their own community. He didn't understand any of it. Sadly, he is not alone, but I can remember watching this unexplainable action going back to when I was 17 years old watching the Watts community in Los Angeles go up in smoke back in 1965. I can remember watching my country burn during that long hot summer of 1967 or in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968. Of course, we have so- called national leaders stok- ing the flames of victimhood, like the Rev. AI Sharpton who apparently couldn't wait to fly down to Baltimore to take charge as only the Rev. AI can. I saw that mom racing down to the violence to catch up with her masked son and start whooping him in front of endless TV cameras and taking him to the woodshed. Many call her a hero for responding as she did, oth- ers thought her violent out- burst was over the line. What bothered me was that a mom raced down to the scene of the mob and not the young man's dad. That to me is an ongoing problem that sadly goes back many generations. Too many men go AWOL in all communi- ties, but it seems especially so in Black communities. The family structure has been weakened in the last 50 years, as too many have given up hope and expect the government to fix everything for them. It can't, and you can't pour money at the issue to make it vanish. The mayor of Baltimore thinks the focus needs to be on police reform, but you can't talk abouth that until you talk about the trashing of communities by its own residents. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who just announced for president, thinks we need to give our young people free college to prevent them from looting. What is he talking about? You can't keep hand- ing out free stuff to make people act better. All of us are responsible for our own actions and need to be held accountable. We can't let folks off the hook by excus- ing wrong behavior. Politicians are to blame more often by doing little more than fueling the flames of frustration and anger that has been simmering since the last flame was extin- guished in the Watts riots of 1965. Boston has its racial prob- lems, but here we do talk and listen to one another more than in most large U.S. cities, which is to the credit of all of us who live here. We can't fool ourselves into thinking Baltimore can't hap- pen here, but we must con- stantly work as if it could happen to prevent it from ever happening here in the Cradle of Liberty. 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