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B g Come LO SAPEVATE CHE .., Dal primo gennaio 2011 tutti i turisti che pernotteranno a Roma saranno tassati un extra euro a testa, al giorno. E' una nuova tassa che i romani preferiscono chiamarla 'contributo', che portera' nelle casse del tesoro civico circa 80 milioni di euro l'anno, necessari per le spese di mantenimento dei servizi pubblici della capitale. E' stato il Consiglio Comunale di Roma ad approvare questo nuovo provvedimento , il primo in Italia. Questa tassa sara' aggiunta alla bolletta di un albergo e pagata dal visitatore prima di lasciare l'albergo. Nelranno 2010 ci sono stati a Roma un milione di turisti in piu' del passato, venuti nella capitale per visitare dozzine di chiese, musei nel Vaticano, ed altri posti interessanti nel patrimonio artistico di Roma. Leggendo il orovvedimento comunale notiamo che anche gli alloggi 'B & B', i campeggi, gli stabilimenti balneari (di Ostia), devono far pagare la tassa, ai non residenti, di 'un euro'. Lo stesso vale per gli autobus turistici. L'idea di far pagare un euro in piu' ai turisti che visitano una citta' ha attratto l'attenzione di altri sindaci, specialmente quelli di Firenze e di Venezia: anche loro hanno bisogno di un 'extra reddito't Pero' ci sono delle eccezioni. Infatti chi alloggia a Roma per un familiare malato, e chi fa da guida a gruppi di piu' di 25 persone, sono esentati dal pagare la extra tassa. Naturalmente ci sono state vivaci protested da parte dell'assocoazione alberghiera che chiede perche' questa extra tassa, seppure di un euro, deve essere pagata da coloro che alloggiano negli alberghi. Inoltre loro chiedono anche perche' questa tassa intesa a gravare sui turisti, non viene applicata anche ai ristoranti. Prepariamoci quindi a pagare un altro euro ($1.35) quando andiamo ad alloggiare in un albergo, in Italia, non solo a Roma ma presto a Firenze ed a Venezia. A proposito, c'e' lo sconto ai pensionati? (uno scherzo!). DID YOU KNOW THAT? ... Effective January 1, 2011, all tourists with Rome as their destination will be charged an additional 'euro', a day. It is a new municipal tax which Roman residents prefer to call 'contribution' ; it will bring into the city coffers about 82 million euro a year, much needed to upkeep the public services of the Italian capital. It was the City Administra- tion to approve this extra tax, the first in Italy. It will be added to a hotel's bill and paid by the visitor before leaving. In the year 2010, an extra million tourists came to Rome to visit dozen of churches, museums, and the Vatican, as well as other interesting places that are part of the artistic Roman patrimony. The new city law will also charge one euro a-day to the 'B & B establishments, to the beach places at Ostia (Rome's beach place), and to the tourists buses. The idea to charge one euro to the visitors/tourists who land in Rome, has attracted the attention of other Mayors, particularly those of Florence and Venice: they too can use some extra cash! However, there are some exceptions: anyone visitor who spends some nights in Rome for a sick family member, or is a visitors' guide to at least 25 people, will not be charged the extra tax. Of course there have been loud complaints from the people running the_ hotels, who ask why, the extra euro, must be charged only to those who stay in hotels. Furthermore, they ask also why the extra tax, charged to tourists, isn't charged to those who eat in restaurants. Which is a fare question! Thus, let's prepare ourselves to pay the additional euro ($1.35) when we decide to stay in an Italian hotel, not only in Rome, but soon also in Florence and in Venice. By the way, is there a 'senior citizen's' discount? {Just kidding!) Old Friends (Continued from Page 6) past that we all shared in common that would mean little to anyone else but invoked gales of laughter from the group. It is those stories that speak of a shared experience that help bind us together in life. Dinner was delicious, we were served slowly allowing us plenty of time to talk and reminisce. Three and a half hours later we were still talking and still having a good time. Waiters and wait- resses kept drifting over to our table to see what was going on because we were laughing so much and at one point a customer sent a small bottle of wine to our table in appreciation for a group that knew how to have fun. It was now 9:30 and every- one needed to get home but good friends never sim- ply part, there were tears, hugs and more laughter as we made our way to the door and on to the sidewalk and as always came the mis- chievous voice of Helen, "I will call you all in three months, we will get together before Christmas". There was an immediate yes from all of us and we all went our separate ways, happy to have gotten together and ready to do it again. Thank heaven for Helen!!! The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani GANGPLANKS FOR LITTLE PRINCE STREET? The City of Boston is in sidewalk mode as new side- walks are being laid across the neighborhoods of our city. Over in the North End by Hanover and Little Prince Streets, all the establish- ments recently had gang- planks over the drying ce- ment sidewalks so that no one would apparently sink into the new sidewalks. I felt like Johnny Depp crossing the gangplank into the Post- Gazette office. Last thing I want to be is a front page news story about newspaper columnist falling into an unfinished sidewalk. NEW MASS MENTAL SLATED FOR NOVEMBER OPENING The original Mass. Mental Health Center building over in the Longwood Medical Area closed in November 2003. The building was 91 years old at the time. All its services were transferred over to space within the Shattuck Hospital, on Binney Street where Mass. Mental continued on its mental health services. This com- ing November exactly eight years later, the new Massa- chusetts Mental Health Cen- ter will return to the Long- wood area. The new site will actually be two sites. One of the buildings will be on Vinning Street and the other on Binney Street. Both will stand in the shadow of the old M.M.H.C. si.te on Fenwood Road. The Massachusetts Mental Health Center will be cel- ebrating its 100 th anniver- sary in 2012. It is also the first community mental health center in the country. ROSLINDALE PARADE COMMITTEE SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR PRIZES "Saluting Roslindale's Prized Pets" will be the theme of this year's Roslin- dale Day Parade. To cel- ebrate this theme and raise money for the parade, the LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI10P4526EA In the Estate of EILEEN CATHERINE ROSE *** As Amended *** Late of WAYLAND, MA 01778 Date of Death July 6, 2005 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that ROBERT D ROSE of Norwood, MA and EILEEN SIMONIAN of Holliston, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITIEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON JULY 15, 2011. In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, HON, PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 27, 2011 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 7/1/11 committee is inviting local pet owners to participate in the "Prized Pet Contest" which will run through mid- September. The winning pet will be honored with a float ride at the parade on Sun- day, October 2, 2011. The committee is also looking for candidates for the "Mayor of Roslindale" Contest. For more info on both contests, call 617-327-4886 or email rosliondaleparade@aol, com. CARDINAL STARTS NEW ORDER OF NUNS Cardinal O'Malley is start- ing a new order of nuns here in the Boston archdiocese as the church here continues to try and move beyond years of upheaval with both the sex abuse scandal and church closings. The cardi- nal believes this new order of nuns could help bring the faithful back to the pews. However, if the goal is to get more folks back to church, shouldn't the archdiocese begin with the laity? There are still several parishes closed going back in 2004 that are still in parishioner vigils such as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in East Boston. The cardinal, himself, needs to" take the church to the faithful. Passing the buck to a new order of nuns isn't the way. CROSSROADS AT NEXT CROSS ROAD The Crossroads Family Shelter usually holds an an- nual dinner at the Logan Hilton but this year this East Boston homeless shelter de- cided to hold an informal breakfast in the basement of Most Holy Redeemer church to discuss issues related to homelessness and offer a tour of the Havre Street shel- ter. Audrey Savikas, Cross- roads director stated, "This 'no frills' gathering for our major donors and elected of- ficials was an opportunity to be in honest dialogue about the social and economic chal- lenges facing homeless fam- ilies and service providers." Former Senate President Bob Travaglini was there dis- cussing ways to create a more sustainable future for Crossroads and families LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI11C0259CA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME In the Matter of ELLIOT JAY SEIDLER Of WALTHAM, MA To all persons interested in petition described: A petition has been presented by Elliot J Seidler requesting that: Elliot Jay Seidler be allowed to change his/her/their name as follows: Elliot Jay Reidy. IFYOU DESIRE TO OBJECTTHERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON JULY 18, 2011. WITNESS, HON. PETER C DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 17, 2011 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 07/1/11 served. The gathering of- fered donors a firsthand look at how their contributions are put to good work. BILL CHRISTOPHER RETIRES FROM SHATTUCK HOSPITAL A good friend of mine Bill Christopher who has worked for the Department of Men- tal health for 20 years recently retired. I met him back in 2003 when I trans- ferred to the Shattuck after the Mass Mental Health Center building closed. We became good friends and political allies. Christopher retired last month. A retirement party was held in his honor and planned by Emilie Howard, the charge nurse on Nine North where Christopher worked. His wife is the former Christine Mastrogiacomo up with me back in St. Philip's Parish in lower Roxbury. We attended school together at St. Rita's Grammar School before her family moved to Dorchester. The party was held on June 10 at Tony's Clam Shoppe on Wollaston Beach in Quincy. Christopher lives in Hingham but is an OFDer coming out of Dorchester. A large turnout celebrated his work for the Department of Mental Health and wishing him the best in retirement. DANA BLOCK PARTY JULY 26 The annual Downtown As- sociation of North Attleboro Block Party will be held this year on July 26. Country 98.1 FM will be broadcasting live. Returning this year will be the Classic Car Show with an assortment of fins and tails. Showcase Wrestlers will perform at the Bank of America parking lot once again. Any questions, call 508-695-4814. THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN The circus was in the town of Plainville recently at the Old Wood School. This well attended event sponsored by the Plain- ville Lions Club was great as usual. ROB CONSALVO HAS KICKED OFF HIS CAMPAIGN Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo hosted his 10 th an- nual Cookout 2011 Cam- paign Kick-off this past Thursday over at the Sunset Bocce Club in Readville. QUINCY'S FLAG DAY PARADE FINALLY HELD Quincy's annual Flag Day parade and fireworks was rained out on Saturday, June 11 and was resched - uled for June 18 under great weather conditions. The parade along Hancock Street and the fireworks at Pag- eant Field went off with- out a hitch. By the way, the weather was also great on the actual June 14 date for the Flag Day holiday. Quincy's parade is actually the largest Flag Day Parade in the country. WWW.BOSTON POST(;AZETTE.COM