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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 5, 2013 L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore by Ally Di Censo Dear L'Anno Bello Readers: This was a week of honeymooning for me, so my column will not appear in this issue. I'll be back on track next week! Thanks, Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz Fitness in the City Free Summer Classes Build on the Success Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the launch of Fit- ness in the City, a summer- time series of fitness classes that are free and open to the public. Last year, as part of Boston Moves for Health, the city worked with several partners to host similar classes on City Hall Plaza. Those classes at- tracted over 2,400 partici- pants and people have been eager to see classes return for this summer. In an effort to attract even more partici- pants, the Boston Public Health Commission has worked with providers to of- fer classes in new locations, such as Faneuil Hall, the Greenway and the Martini Memorial Shell Park in Hyde Park. Fitness in the City kicked off Friday with a morn- ing Bootcamp workout at City Hall Plaza, from 6:30- of Last Year's Fitness on the Plaza 7:30 am. In partnership with Meta Movements, was also be a special community salsa dance event that evening on the Plaza from 5:30-8:30 pm. "Our Fitness on the Plaza classes were more popular than we expected last sum- mer and we want to build on that success by offering even more options in more places this year," Mayor Menino said. "Getting people out and active adds to the vitality of our city and it's a great way to promote healthy habits. We know that a lot of the participants in last year's classes found out about them just by walking by, so we want to keep encouraging folks to let the city be their gym." Organizers have already lined up Bootcamp classes sponsored by Beantown Bootcamp, Boston Sports Club, Ultimate Bootcamp and the Hyde Park YMCA, Zumba classes sponsored by the Z Spot Zumba and the East Boston YMCA and a Pilates class sponsored by the East Boston YMCA. The free workout sessions, which will run through Au- gust, will be offered in the mornings, lunchtime and in the evenings, depending on the class. More classes are expected to roll out over the course of the summer. "Thanks to all of our part- ners for their support in this fantastic program," said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Execu- tive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. "We hope that the classes attract people of all ages and abilities to help show off how healthy Boston is. It's a great time to exercise out- side and we think people will have a lot of fun with these options." The complete Fitness in the City schedule, with details on timing and loca- tion, is available at www. BostonMovesFor Health.org. The Boston Pub- lic Health Commission will also be tweeting about up- coming classes from @HealthyBos ton, #BostonMoves. No advanced sign-up is necessary, and drop-ins are welcome. It's a.Koala Birthday Party! Celebrate the 2 nd Birthday for Koalas Milo and Thackory Adventure. Throughout the day, visitors can learn more about the koalas at the 10:30 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm scheduled zoo- keeper encounters at the exhibit. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the koalas and ask questions. Visitors can also the (Photos by Dayle Sullivan Taylor) sign a giant birthday card for Milo and Thackory and enjoy lamington cake samples generously provided by KO Catering and Pies. Lamington is an Australian dessert and samples will be available for the first 200 people. To learn more about the Aussie Adventure visit www.zoonewengland.org aussieadventure, which also features a walk-through ex- hibit filled with brightly- colored budgies, a Bennett's wallaby, a kookaburra and more. Special thanks to Stoneham Bank who is sponsoring Aussie Adven- ture. Aussie Adventure will be open through Labor Day (September 2"d). Stone Zoo is located at 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA. by Sal Giarratani Have You Missed My Commentaries? Well, I have been traveling around the great state of Texas where my conserva- tive views are in the main- stream. I told someone re- cently, "Austin, Texas is home away from home, but Boston will always be my city." The temperatures were extremely hot my entire stay. It was 97 degrees on the day I left the airport for Boston. I wore my "Boston Strong" tee shirt down there and everyone was so pro-Boston. It makes you feel so good. Austin, by the way, is a lib- eral island in a Red State. However, most Austin liber- als I met sound pretty mod- erate by Boston standards. Even I sound moderate to liberals 1,700 miles away in Texas. While away, Ed Markey was elected to join Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate. I like the Texas U.S. Sena- tors better. U.S. Senator John Cornyn is the Senate Minority Whip and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is a pos- sible 2016 GOP presidential candidate. However, vacation is over and I am back home looking for stuff to share with my readers. If you've got a good story come by the Mirabella Pool in the North End where you'll find me adding on to the great tan I began in Aus- tin or catch me at the Feasts this summer too. Senators Petruccelli & DiDomenico PREVAIL IN FIGHT AGAINST OIL COMPANY As a direct result of a Senate budget amendment spon- sored by Senators Anthony Petruccelli, Sal DiDomenico and Pat Jehlen. Global Petroleum (Global) has stated that it will withdraw its application for a Chapter 91 license, effec- tively putting a stop to its plan to transport increased quan- tities of ethanol via rail through our communities. "The Senate's leadership and public safety priorities, along with the help of Global Petroleum, community advo- cates and our colleagues in the House led to success on this issue," said the Senators in a joint statement. "We would like to thank all those involved on this issue and if you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices." The Senate amendment was filed in response to a pro- posed plan by Global to ship ethanol via MBTA commuter rail tracks, which run through a number of urban commu- nities, including Boston, Everett, Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea, to their facility in Revere. To begin this project, however, Global had to first obtain a Chapter 91 Waterway License from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The amendment prohib- ited the DEP from issuing such a license to Global. 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