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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 6, 2012 Page 7 Mrs. Murphy... As I See It Hope everyone had a Happy Fourth of July )+ [ ;   and let the barbecues be- gin. The summer goes by so quickly enjoy every minute of the good weather ... Visit Revere Beach it offers a lot of activities throughout July and August. While on the beach, try Renzo Pizza on the boulevard. Along with the beautiful views of the beach, Renzo offers a good menu with affordable prices, brick oven pizza and entertain- ment. The crowd is friendly, which makes for an enjoy- able afternoon or evening out ... Several projects for the East Boston waterfront devel- opment are steps away, ac- cording to Mayor Menino; who wants developers to dot their l's and cross their T's before he gives the final nod. East Boston has spectacular views of Boston as seen from its waterfront. Any waterfront development, once finished will enhance East Boston ... A "No Eastie Casino" com- mittee has formed. It's a group of people against a "casino being built in East Boston." Heard former Mayor of Boston Ray Flynn joined the group to hand out pam- phlets at Maverick Station against the casino .... A cas- ino built at Suffolk Downs may be a good thing. It will provide jobs and boost the economy! Owners of Suffolk Downs are address- ing every issue and spending mega bucks to mitigate neighborhood concerns. A Boardman Street overpass is in the plans to improve traf- fic congestion. A huge con- cern for Eastie activists is, if a casino is to be built in East Boston will all the mitigation money be used for East Bos- ton and not be given to other cities and towns in Boston? ... A New Hampshire woman was fired from a convenience store after working there five years for refusing to sell a twenty-year-old male ciga- rettes and beer using an EBT card. The foster mother of the EBT card holder went into the store and caused a ruckus demanding the work- ing woman be fired. Is this what this country has be- come? A land of lazies that the government encourages rtot to work and rewards with free beer and cigarettes! Our tax dollars used to supply lazies with liquor and smokes. The incident has outraged so many people who are demanding a stop to this insanity by putting restric- tions on EBT cards. The gov- ernment is making it too easy for people to apply for EBT cards[ My logic is, if you are able to smoke and drink, walk and talk, then you are able to work! Apparently the foster mom is getting govern- ment subsidies and checks, and her foster child followed suit. (What a role model she must be.) The system stinks all the way to the White House! ... Prez Obama was booed at his latest fund- raiser! Best news I've heard in a long time! ... Till next time! REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE OF GREATER BOSTON STAGES "Bye Bye Birdie" Starring Anita Gillette Just "Put on a Happy Face" when Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents the Tony Award-winning 1960s mu- sical Bye Bye Birdie July 13-22 in the Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham. Tony nominated star of stage and screen Anita Gillette (30 Rock, Moonstruck, Chapter Two) leads the cast as the comically overbearing mother of all moth- ers Mae Peterson. Ryan Overberg co-stars as the swoon- inducing rock 'n' roll idol Conrad Birdie. Bye Bye Birdie opened on Broadway in 1960 and ran for 607 performances. It is the winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical (Michael Stewart, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams), Best Actor (Dick Van Dyke), and Best Di- rection and Choreography (Gower Champion). The origi- nal production also starred Chita Rivera, Tony nominated for her performance as Rose, and Kay Medford as Mae Peterson. Classic musical numbers include "The Tele- phone Hour," "Honestly Sincere," "Put on a Happy Face," "A Lot of Livin' to Do," "Kids," "Baby, Talk to Me," and "Rosie." Performances of Bye Bye Birdie are July 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm and July 15, 21 and 22 at 2:00 pm. A special Free Fun Friday performance sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation will be held on July 13 at 2:00 pro. Tickets to this performance are not on sale to the general public. Seats have been made available on a first come first serve basis on the day of the show to families who might other- wise not be able to attend live theater. For more information on this and other shows at the Reagle Music Theatre, call the Box Office at 781-891-5600 or visit East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Opens on Maverick Square Patients and staff celebrated the opening of the new East Boston Neighborhood Health Center ambulatory care building in Maverick Square, East Boston on June 14. Pictured here are patients Marie Bolduc, Gianna and Samantha Ramos, Margie Lazo, Connie Cunningham and Julia Sorrentino. Joining them are EBNHC President and CEO Jack Cradock and Board Chair Rita Sorrento. Services at 20 Maverick, including an expanded full service Vision Center, are now open to all residents of East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Everett, Winthrop and surrounding towns. Queen Latifah to Headline ABCD 50 Anniversary Gala on Nov. 2! Grammy Award winner Queen Latffah comes to Bos- ton November 2! Her star- powered performance will radiate far and wide as she headlines the 50 th Anniver- sary celebration of Boston's antipoverty agency Action for Boston Community Develop- ment (ABCD) at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. "We are thrilled to have Queen Latifah with us on this extraordinary occasion!" said ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew. "ABCD has been here, on the ground, providing low-income, work- ing families and seniors with help, hope and opportu- nity for 50 years. We know that Queen Latifah under- stands our mission and we are so grateful that she will be with us on our 50 m anni- versary. It will be a grand night!" For 50 years, ABCD has advocated for needed policy changes while developing and expanding initiatives that help solve problems of poverty. Agency programs provide opportunities for low- income Boston residents to become self-sufficient, live with dignity and achieve their full potential. ABCD's assistance to people and communities in- cludes fuel assistance, Head Start, youth programs in- cluding SummerWorks jobs for low-income teens and two alternative high schools for at-risk teenagers, housing and homelessness preven- tion, and much more. ABCD centers in every neighbor- ' hood of Boston offer grass- roots assistance and innova- tive programs. "That's just the tip of the iceberg," said Drew. "We have hundreds of programs and initiatives. I am so grateful to our dedicated board, staff and many volun- teers for their ongoing com- mitment and hard work." Drew said that he hoped that the ABCD 50 th Anniversary would provide a forum for dis- cussion and growth for the agency's work combating poverty and the many Bos- ton-area institutions and people who contribute to those efforts. "ABCD pushes the enve- lope every day, finding ways to make lives better for those struggling in poverty," Drew said. "That is our mission." For further details about the Gala, ticket sales or spon- sorship opportunities, please contact 617-426-ABCD (2223) or visit the website at f LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 617.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 P00ivote Fundion I00ooms Joe anq Occasion ChPisl+.i. 9 B00+Jol Show+00 Show+00 BiPlhclot,j * Be,+ecwemenl, Elc. Donato Fraffaroli donato @