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Page4 po. ST-GAZE'rTE, JU,LY:I, 2Q.1! 2011 Garden Contest Boston's green thumbs have until July 15 to register for Mayor Menino's 2011 Garden Contest presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and sponsors Comcast and the Boston Herald. Launched 15 years ago as part of Mayor Menino's citywide beautification initiative, the contest recognizes gardeners who have landscaped, planted flowers, trees, and shrubs, and, in the process, helped beautify Boston's neighborhoods. Gardeners or those nominating their favorite gardeners may find nomination forms at gardencontest. First place winners in eight categories will receive the coveted "Golden Trowel" award from Mayor Menino and prize packages from the Parks Department, Comcast and other sponsors at an awards ceremony in August in the Public Garden. To enter the contest, pick up entry forms at local Comcast Customer Payment Cen- ters, Boston City Hall, Community Centers and Boston Public Library branches or visit /parks / gardencontest. For more information call (617) 961-3051. 7 Italian channels + euronews DISH Network which is available upon request. Hardware and programming sold separately.A second dish antenna may be required to view both International and American programming. All services marks and bademarks belong to their respective owners. @2011, DISH Network L.L.C. All dghts reserved. NETWORK. by Sal Glarratam ----/J? The Young and Restless The made the news recently when its brand-new state rep- resentative got himself into an embarrassing situation getting caught by a House Of- ricer allegedly inside the House Chamber near the Speaker's podium getting a little active reportedly with the aid of another state rep- resentative. According to the news reports, Rep. Mark Cusack, 26, ended up in the area "after a late night bud- get session led to an alcohol- fueled gathering in House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo's of- rice," stated a June 15 Boston Herald news story. Cusack apologized to Speaker DeLeo and hopefully Cusack learned something from it all. He is still a new member of the House Trans- portation Committee and surely now knows traveling over to the Speaker's office is a big no-no. The reputation of the Great and General Court has been well docu- mented in the media and tar- nished by the general public over the years. It is more than enough to snicker at but it is relatively small potatoes and hardly a story with legs beyond this column. I'm sure Cusack has learned a valuable lesson about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He isn't US Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY who's dug himself into a Big Dig-like hole. Cusack Town of Braintree was unquestionably dumb but Weiner has proven himself both dumb and a liar. Weiner can no longer serve in the US House but Cusack remains a member in good faith of the Massachusetts House of Rep- resentatives. We all make stupid mistakes and wish we could re-do things over agmn. Cusack in fact may be a bet- ter state representative for his Braintree constituents by coming across as a regular kind of guy who makes mis- takes and owns up to them. I remember when I was 26 years old too. The world seems endless, Life looks effortless. Cusack got himself elected to office at a young age. He will continue to mature as surely as he matured over this quite documented incident. Ah, to be both young and restless. He may never live down this incident and the jokes may forever haunt him but mostly in good nature. There's no mean-ness in this corner. I just laughed when I heard about it and knew the unnamed state rep would turn out to be someone in his twenties and I was absolutely "correcto." Considering the likes of Newt Gingrich, John Edwards and Anthony Weiner, Rep. Mark Cusack looks like a saint, eh? Even- tually, the young and restless turn into the rest of us, a little boring and not so young either. The Agency for all your Insurance Coverages Richard Settipane AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference SPECIALIST in RESTAURANT and BUSINESS POLICIES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 - Fax 617-723-9212 1 Longfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Boston, MA 02114 Conveniently located with Free Parking NORTH END00 Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Announcements. Business Forms and uments m COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929