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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JULY 6, 2012 Albano F. Ponte Receives Realtor Emeritus Award The National Association of Realtors honored Albano F. Ponte with the Realtor Emeritus Award for 40 years of cumula- tive membership in the Associa- tion and in recognition of valu- able and lasting contribution to the real estate profession in the Community. President of the National Association of Realtors Moe Veissi stated, "We are privileged to extend you REALTOR Emeritus status at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS 2012 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo. The congratulations of the National Association and my own personal appreciation and good wishes go to you with this unique honor. We are keenly aware that the long and faithful service for which you are being honored, reflects myriad efforts and activities on behalf of the Association or Associations of REALTORS , of which you have been a member. We know the leadership effort that is exerted by REALTORS as they serve on Committees, as Officers and Directors of Associations, and in many civic activities that are connected with membership in an Association of REALTORS . Thus, we are confident that you look back on your years of service with a sense of pride and satisfaction. We extend our hope and best wishes to you for many long continuing years of service." MAYOR MENINO KICKS SUMMER INTO HIGH GEAR, ANNOUNCES City Pools Open 7 Days a Week Mayor Menino announced new summer programming in the City of Boston, includ- ing opening City swimming pools seven days a week for the first time ever. Boston's City departments and non- profit and corporate partners are working together to in- crease and integrate sum- mer programming through- out the City to ensure that every kid has an opportunity to do something positive ev- eryday this summer. In ad- dition to programming at neighborhood community centers, Mayor Menino and the City of Boston are host- ing hundreds of free activi- ties including neighborhood pool parties, a concert and movie series at locations across the city and countless outdoor programs in local parks. "From exploring the Harbor Islands, to seeing a concert at City Hall Plaza, to summer day programs at one of our community cen- ters, there is no shortage of summer activities in Bos- ton," Mayor Menino said. "Now we are also making our City pools accessible to resi- dents seven days a week, for the first time ever, for any- one who wants to cool off from the summer heat. We want to make sure that our families take advantage of all of the great things happen- ing in neighborhoods across the city and are able to en- joy a safe, healthy and fun summer." The City is also offering several free neighborhood drop-in programs at commu- nity centers through Boston R.O.C.K.SI!! (Recreational Opportunities for City Kids), a coordinated summer pro- gramming campaign aimed at connecting Boston youth with programs and activi- ties. Led by BCYF, the signa- ture programs for R.O.C.K.SII! are free daily drop-in pro- grams at ten locations in Boston called "Boston R.O.C.K.S Out!!!" and family- friendly cookouts at different BCYF swimming pools each week called "Boston R.O.C.K.S the Block!!!" In addition to these pro- grams, BCYF offers over 50 summer day camps, dozens of recreations programs and many special events. Many of these programs still have openings including the BCYF White Stadium Sports Cen- ter, the Boston Neighborhood Basketball League and the Boston Neighborhood Soccer League. The BCYF website, www. cityofboston.gov / bcyf, contains information about all these programs or you can contact your local BCYF com- 'munity center for more in- formation. Neighborhood R.O.C.K.S OutT!I sites and R.O.C.K.S the Blockl!I dates and locations are listed below. Mark your calendars! "Safe, enriching and en- gaging activities help young people to stay on the right track during the sum- mer months," said Daphne Griffin, Boston's Chief of Human Services and Execu- tive Director of BCYF. "We have such a large and var- ied menu of fun and free summer activities for fami- lies to select from that there is truly something for everyone." Residents can also follow "@SummerBoston" as a one-stop resource for activi- ties going on across the City. People can sign up to receive tweets about furl activities or they can check out www.cityofboston.gov / sum- mer for more information. Boston R.O.C.K.S Out:!! Daily Drop-in Program Starts July 9, Monday- Friday, , V@J/I00LJ, $10000OO CA H Per Ounce. 24K' 781 - 286- S We Buy Diamonds, Gold and Silver lewelry' We Buy Gold and Silver Coins j / o,x 345 Broadway, Revere Serving the Community for 33 Years seUgoidmass.com Hours lO-5:3O pm every day. Saturdays until 3:3O pm 12:00-6:00 pm - FREE! BCYF Blackstone Commu- nity Center, 50 W. Brookline Street, Boston, 617-635- 5162 BCYF Clougherty Pool @ Doherty Park, Bunker Hill St., Charlestown, 617-635- 5173 BCYF Flaherty Pool @ Healy Field, 160 Florence St., Roslindale, 617-635- 5185 BCYP Holland Commu- nity Center, 85 Olney St., Dorchester, 617- 635- 5144 BCYF JacksonMann Community Center @ Ringer Park, Gordon St., Allston, 617-635-5153 BCYF Leahy-Holloran Community Center @ Garvey Park, Neponset Ave., Dorchester, 617-635-5150 BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center 5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan, 617-635-1328 BCYF Paris Street Com- munity Center, 112 Paris St., East Boston, 617-635- 5120 BCYF Roche Community Center @ Billings Field, LaGrange St., West Roxbury, 617-635-5066 BCYF Tobin Community Center @ Smith Field, Tremont St., Mission Hill, 617-635-5216 Boston R.O.C.K.S the Blockt!! Pool Parties Thursday, July 12 4:00- 6:00 pm. BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain Saturday, July 21 1:00- 3:00 pm, BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan Thursday, July 26 5:30- 7:30 pm, BCYF Draper Pool, 5279 Washington Street, West Roxbury Sunday, August 5 1:00- 3:00 pro, BCYF Mirabella Pool, 475 Commercial Street, North End Thursday, August 9 5:30- 7:30 pm, BCYF Clougherty Pool, Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown Saturday, August 18 1:00- 3:00 pm, BCYF Flaherty Pool, 160 Florence Street, Roslindale Thursday, August 23 5:30-7:30 pm, BCYF Paris Street Pool, 113 Paris ._ .Str.eet,_ EasLBaston ......... God Bless the USA on Independence Day Seems in recent years this national holiday has become nothing more than a reason to start up the grill, eat a few burgers and drink beer. I doubt that our Founding Fathers, when they met at Independence Hall in Phila- delphia, were thinking about burgers and beer. July 4, 1776 was the day we declared our sovereign independence from English tyranny. We were no longer English, we were Americans. I still re- member that quote from Ben Franklin when asked his opinion as the signers of that document written by Thomas Jefferson left that Hall. He thanked everyone for com- ing to this historic gathering and said, "We must hang to- gether or assuredly we shall all hang separately." I can remember the reac- tion from 6 u grade students in a civics class I was sub- stituting in when the class finished watching an old Disney movie on the Revo- lutionary War. This old flick showed us as a bunch of rebels picking off British troops from behind bushes and rocks. It was not the meeting of two grand armies. We were after all revolution- aries outnumbered and out- gunned, but far from out mo- tivated. The Redcoats were fighting to hold onto colonies, we were fighting for our very existence, our very liberty. Freedom was an ideal to be grasped. We had inalienable rights to defend and those were not negotiable. They were rights inside us and not gifts from our governors. Eventually a few years later, America would create our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which made America a grand experiment in self-government. For the first time a nation's people were its rulers and not the other way around. Surely, the powers of Europe did not foresee this ideal lasting, but it did and eventually our democratic republic became the envy of the world. I can remember once over in London watching a public television documentary on the Revolutionary War in which the good guys lost. Then, I remembered they thought they were the good guys. It's funny watching a loser's perspective on a battle lost. It is always more fun being winners. When'I was born in the late '40s as a member of the baby boomer generation, the America I grew up in seemed rock solid. We were a free nation having beaten the forces of fascism and even though I grew up with a Cold War mentality and watched as civil rights demonstrators were being beaten on the streets of Southern cities, America was still viewed as the best place to call home in the world. Eventually, the Civil Rights Movement won the day and old acceptable injustices were now intoler- able. Heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were mod- ern day patriots fighting the same fight as those who signed documents inside Independence Hall or those who battled the enemy at Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill and beyond. America continues to grow and is a living nation where rights get enlarged. When government attempts to shrink our liberty the people fight back. In the past 60 or so years, America has changed both good and bad. When our government does it well, we all prosper. When our government oversteps its limits, we stand up against it. National debates over issues such as health care or war policies often bring out both the good and bad in all of us. Sometimes we yell too much and listen too little. Often too many of us become too strident in our views and we shut out the voices of opposition. We shouldn't. There's an old song about the fact that there are no good guys or bad guys, just you and me and we both dis- agree. In America we can stand up and speak out with- out getting arrested or run over by a tank in a public square. None of us are perfect and all of us are imperfect, but we have a government envied by all the world even as they lash out at us. This year we have an election and a chance to elect our presi- dent for the next four years. We have a federal govern- ment with three co-equal branches watching out for each other and the American people. We have liberals and conservatives each vy- ing to educate us and help us define who we are as a na- tion of people. On every Fourth of July, we should take the time to remember the generations of sacrifices made to make America what it is today. Freedom is never free and the price is always steep. God Bless the U.S.A. DIVORCE * CRIMINAL * 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CtANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 // Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141