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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 24, 2011 Page 5 East Boston Playgroups End of Year Cele00,l'ation HELD AT EAST BOSTON SOCIAL CENTERS On Tuesday June 14, 2011, the families of the East Boston Playgroups gathered for an end-of-year Flag Day celebration at the East Boston Social Centers. The event had been scheduled to take place at Piers Park but had to be re-located due to the weather. Organizer Lilliana Arteaga brought playgroups from Countdown to Kindergarten, Stand for Children, Boston Public Library and Read Boston together to enjoy a festival of food, friendship and fun. Food was provided by the families and local groups. Activities included face painting, story time, farewell Circle Time and games. Many giveaways included T-Shirts, American Flags, Pin- wheels, and goody bags. E_ Organizer Lilliana Arteaga Saint Pio Procession IN THE NORTH END Countdown to Kindergarten group Juan-Carlos Ferrufino of Stand for Children Kids and family participants Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Celebrates 10 th Anniversary Park Hits Decade Mark of Friends Support The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) cel- ebrates its i0 th anniversary next month, with activities planned in the Park each month for the rest of the year. The all-volunteer non- profit group was founded in July 2001 by a small group of North End/Waterfront business people and neigh- bors whose mission was to further the utilization, care, preservation, maintenance, enhancement and improve- ment of the Park. "Over the last 10 years, the growth of this neighbor- hood organization and its impact on the Park has been dynamic," says current President Jeanne Hayes- Rines. "Since its beginning with just 12 founding mem- bers, FOCCP has grown tre- mendously, with more than 200 members today. We have an incredibly involved and active membership and wonderful support from local businesses." :_F0.C.C.P.k.icked off its I0 year anniversary with a new members social at the Liv- ing Room on June 2. Mem- bers invited a friend or neighb'0r to the social to learn more about tivi- ties of the Friends group and ways to get involved. FOCCP monthly meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month [except December) at the Mariners House. In addition to support from local businesses and neigh- bors, the FOCCP works closely with lhe City of Bos- ton Parks and Recreation Department to keep the park clean and well maintained. FOCCP's contributions to the Park include maintain- ing the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden, working closely with arborists and purchasing new trees and plants for the Park, providing the funding and organization for the An- nual Trellis Lighting each winter, and organizing spe- cial events in the Park. Activities in the Park for the rest of the year that are sponsored by FOCCP or the City of Boston Pa.rkArts pro- ...,.. gram include: July and August: Park- ART's Artists in Residence Craft Workshops June, July and August: FOCCP Sunday Night Movies in the Park sponsored by Al Dente and Benevento's restaurants July 8: ParkART's Pre- sents: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company July 19: ParkART's Mari- onette Puppet Show August: ParkART's Pre- sents: Waterfront Perform- ng Arts Series August 6: Waterfront Con- cert Series September I0 and II: "Ahts" in the Park October 9: FOCCP Chris- topher Columbus Day Celebration November 18: FOCCP 10th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Long Wharf November 21: FOCCP Trellis LightingMore infer- mat-ion about FOCCP mem- bership and events in the Park can be found at http:// www.foccp, org, on our aegb.qqk, p ag ,a n d q.n:. 9:i.  bulletin board in the Park. The Saint Pie committee will host the first annual Saint Pie procession in Boston's North End. Everyone is welcomed to gather on June 26, 2011 at 12 Noon for a Mass in St. Leonard's Church on Hanover Street. The procession will begin at 1PM and led through the streets of the North End. After the procession everyone is invited to congregate in the Peace Garden for continued devotion to Saint Pie. The committee brought the Saint Pie statue from Italy 11 years ago which was designed by Italy's famous sculptor Nunzio Bibbo. The statue is located in St. Leonard's Peace Garden. Committee chairperson Anna (D'Amore) Sirignano thanks everyone who has made this possible, friends, family, clergy and residents of the North End for all their help. "00luoLe to Note by Sal Giarratani The following quote came from a Boston Metro reader named Stephen Deborde, via e-mail wherever that place is. He obviously is not that happy with President 0bama to date. His quote says it all, "Change we can believe in? Change is all many people have left." 7 DIVORCE CRIMINAL 230 MSGR. 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