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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 2, 2013 L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore by Ally Di Censo Ciao Everyone! I am hard at work on next week's article about everyone's favorite Italian summer- time holiday: FerragostoT In the meantime, I hope everyone has a Happy Lammas! Grazie, Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz BCYF Menino Community Center Dedicated Thomas M. Comml The BCYF Archdale Com- munity Center in Roslindale was officially renamed the BCYF Thomas M. Menino Community Center on Tues- day, July 30 th. As a City Councilor, Mayor Menino was instrumental in push- ing for funding in the City's Capital Plan to reopen the Archdale Community Center in 1991 after it had been closed for 16 years. "I want to thank you for naming this center in my honor, I'm very grateful and deeply humbled," Mayor Menino said. "But this isn't about me. It's about all of you, because it was this community that brought the Archdale back and made sure it stayed special." Hundreds of community residents, and elected and city officials attended the cel- ebration which also served as the official reopening of the center which has been under renovation since December of 2012. Nearly $I million dollars has gone into the renovation which included a new gym floor, painting throughout, new roof, HVAC upgrades, instal- lation of a rock wall and more. "This Community Center embodies Mayor Menino's leadership over the last 20 years -- making thoughtful and meaningful investments in every neighborhood and creating opportunities for every resident," said Daphne Griffin, Boston's Chief of Human Services and Execu- tive Director of BCYF which oversees the center as well as 34 other facilities. "Mayor Menino's advocacy for this center to become that place where children and youth fulfill their unlimited potential is a legacy that continues today." The Archdale Community $ IBM, @U/I@LID $ mow m IOUU - - H , 781 286 CAS Per Ounce. 24K K,e-vaO- We Buy Diamonds, Gold and Silver Jewelry We Buy Gold and Silver Coins J y 'OX 345 Broadway, Revere -- EXTRA SPENDING MONEY-- seUgoldmass.com Hours lO-5:3O pm every day. Saturdays until 3:3O pm Center opened in 1973 but closed six months later due to mismanagement, staffing issues and security prob- lems. BCYF Menino Center Administrative Coordinator, Cynthia Johnson, was presi- dent of the Archdale Ten- ants Task Force at the time and spoke at the dedication. "Councilor Menino spent so much time with us and taught us how the process worked and how to create a plan," said Johnson. "Once we had a plan, he went to the city council and pushed them to allocate the funding to renovate and reopen the center. We are forever grateful" Members of the commu- nity center summer pro- gram wrote a poem for the occasion and read it at the event, presenting a framed copy to the Mayor after. This is the second BCYF facility this year to under- go a renovation in Roslin- dale. The BCYF Flaherty Pool opened earlier this month after a nine-month, $5.4 million dollar renovation. TRIDUUM IN HONOR OF SAINT CLARE NEW LOCAT ON Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO * HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building A Triduum in honor of Saint Clare will be held at the Monastery of Saint Clare located in Jamaica Plain. Mass will be at 7:00 pm on August 8% 9  and 10 th with a 9:00 am Mass to be held on August 11% If unable to attend, inten- tions may be mailed to 920 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For further information, please call 617-524-1760. ( DRIVERS | Home Weekly. Pay up to $.40/mi., | |70% D & H/90% No Touch Freight.| I BCBS/Dental/Vision/401k. Class A CDL I | 6 Months Exp. l t, 8T,-7o00003 ) 1 Taxpayers as Tax Cows Do you ever feel like you are being milked like a milk cow? We keep getting squeezed more and more and when all is said and done, we don't see much ben- efit for us or anyone we know. The latest insult to roll down Beacon Hill on to the Boston Common, where cows actually once roamed, is a brand new three cents addition to the gas tax. We all know that pump prices have been rising as of late and now three more cents leaves our pockets per gal- lon. As far as cigarette taxes go, a price for a package of cigarettes just went up one buck a package. Can I tell you something, I f'md it difficult to believe that government is really con- cerned about improving peoples' lives by raising the tax on cigarettes. The last thing Beacon Hill wants is folks giving up cigarettes. They surely are banking on that nicotine addiction add- ing more dollars to the state kitty. God forbid the sale of cigarettes goes down. Hey, at least the governor didn't get his candy tax. Raising taxes only means more money for them to spend elsewhere, like on more entitlements to folks to game the system. The last thing they need up on the Hill is less tax money rolling uphill to them. Recently, the government vetoed the budget because it wasn't large enough. He was looking for even more of our hard-earned money to spend. If we actually had a two- party system in this state, we would have the checks and balances in place to protect the taxpayer class. As we stand now, the only ones benefitting are those getting checks from the gov- ernment along with their EBT, SNAP and all the other stuff the rest of us finance. It appears the government is working night and day to hand out as much free stuff as they can since they pay the bills with our money. At election time they reap what they sow. The folks who get free stuff have only one goal -- keep the free stuff com- ing -- by keeping the same people in office. In one way Mitt Romney was right. If you give them stuff, they will keep voting for them. The Democrats are the party of free stuff. Working people seemingly are caught in the middle between Democrats who see us as milk cows and the Republicans who can't seem to get out of their own way most of the time. Who speaks for working class families, blue collar work- ers, college students sink- ing deeper into personal debt and the elderly on fixed incomes? Forget all this silly liberal conservative nonsense. Government seems to no longer be listening to us be- cause we have forgotten that we, not them, are actually the government. It can be as good as we want it or as bad as we have allowed it to go over the past few decades. In 2014, the milk cows of America must rise up and take our government back from those endlessly squeez- ing us for everything we have earned. We need to go back and re- read the advice of our founders like Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. We are the government and it is up to us to make it work properly. Always vote and always take a stand for America and its guiding principles. Please accept sincere condolences, from the Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you., your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 www.spinellis.com J