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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 3,201 2 Page13 by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance We were always doing something during the sum- mer months when I was a kid. We traveled with Dad when he played the county fairs all over the northeast, we vacationed at several re- sorts in between and later, my folks bought the cottage in Winthrop, Maine. I once asked my mother about summer vacations when she was a kid. Her answer was: "What was a summer va- cation? Don't forget, my par- ents were hard working and had a blue collar mentality. Vacations, in the true sense of the word, were for the rich as far as they were con- cerned. Family get-togethers at specific locations or in our backyard were what were considered vacations and that's what we did." The story Mom remem- bered took place during the summer when she was a child. Babbononno, Uncle Paul and Uncle Nick (both preteen) played in the Ital- ian Marine Band in Boston. On a particular Sunday, the band was booked to play a concert at Wood Island Park in East Boston. For those of you younger than I, you might remember Wood Island Park. It was a local recreation area that was entered off Neptune Road. It had a beach, a couple of ball fields, a refreshment stand and a band stand I don't remember if they had a bath house, but I think so. Well, Babbononno packed up the family, Nanna and the kids, along with the in- struments, food and drink for everyone and headed to a trolley that would drop them off at Neptune Road where the entrance of the park was located. There were benches in front of the band stand, but I don't remember if Morn said that they sat there or spread out a blanket for all to rest on. Nanna would make sure that there was an umbrella to protect herself and my mother from the sun. I think part of the ancestry on Nanna's side must have been due to Viking invaders in Avellino. Nanna and my mother had skin so light that a few minutes in the sun would produce a burn. At a certain hour, (I think it was 2:00 pm) the band would begin to play Italian favorites and American marches. Babbononno played the snare drum and my uncles played clarinets in the reed section of the band. A side note, one of the mu- sicians, Guy Giraffa, would one day form the Roma Band in the North End. For gen- erations, they played many many concerts especially during the summer months when there was a saint's feast day and festival every weekend. During intermission, Nanna would break out the food she had prepared for the after- noon. Knowing her style, there were no sandwiches on white bread. She probably had Italian cold cuts, an as- sortment of-cheeses, a con- tainer of meatballs and a couple of loaves of bread, a round one for Babbononno and sliced scali for everyone else. Knowing my uncles and mother, they probably would have wanted to go swimming but would be given every ex- cuse in the book by Nanna who was extremely afraid of water I don't know who won out. My mother tried to adopt Nanna's fear of the ocean but it was to no avail As I grew up, I grew to love the water and she had to learn how to put up with it. Wood Island Park served the East Boston community for a few generations, by the time I was in my teens, it had fallen into disarray. Fol- lowing WWII, locals headed for Revere Beach for fun in the sun, food and amuse- ments. The one part of Wood Island Park that was alive in the late '40s and '50s was the parking lot. It was used at night by young people who went parking, or using the term of the day, "watching the submarine races." Peri- odically the police from Sta- tion 7 would drive through at night and kick everyone out, but many of them had com- passion for the young folks who were parked at La Montaniele, the nickname given to Wood Island Park. In the early 1960s, the land was given or sold to Logan Airport. Dump trucks cruised Neptune Road with landfill that slowly allowed Wood Island Park to become part of an ever-growing international airport. To comply with the wishes of home owners on Neptune Road, local politician, George DeLorenzo, became a hu- man barrier trying to stop the trucks, but the handwrit- ing was on the wall and soon Wood Island Park became part of history. Whenever I mentioned the long-gone park to my folks or uncles, they all had stories about how wonderful the park was when they were kids. All but Uncle Gino are gone and I hope there are people left who will keep the memory of Wood Island Park alive. I'm going to change the subject for the rest of the column due to an obituary I read prior to writing today's story Grace Manfredonia passed away last week. She and her husband, Ralph, were our landlords, the owners of 74 Eutaw Street when I was a kid. Grace's parents, Angelo and Giusep- Jina,Barranco, owned the house when-we"{{-s't moved in during WWll and Grace and her husband, Ralph took it over after the old timers passed away. Actually, Grace had been friendly with my mother growing up and Ralph and my father were high school chums, all from the same neighborhood. When they became the landlords, it was like family collecting the rent. Each first of the month, Mom, Dad and I would go to the Manfredonia house for dinner and Dad would pay the rent. In 1948, when TV hit Boston, the Manfredonia's were among the first in the neighborhood to buy one and three of their children, John, Adelaide and Fred, with me tagging along, would spend hours in their den watching live TV with Grace making hot chocolate each time. Her late son, John, was born exactly one week before I was and during our forma- tive years we were insepa- rable. When we became of age we went separate ways, John into the service and I to college Not long after I was out of school, we moved out of East Boston, but Mom, Dad, Ralph and Grace kept in touch on a continual basis. If I may, I would like to extend my most sincerest condolences to all of the chil- dren of Grace Manfredonia, Adelaide, Fred and Josephine and their children. Adelaide, Fred and Josephine, your mother was a gracious lady and growing up, she was my second mother. 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IFYOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT BOSTON ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON AUGUST 16, 2012. WITNESS, Hon. JOAN P ARMSTRONG, First Justice of this Court. Date: July 13, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci, Register of Probate Run date: 8/3/12 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12D2610DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING MIRLANDE LERUCHE VS. WlLKENNSS LERUCHE To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage lB. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively im- pact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. 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An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively im- pact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Man Yi Wong, 99 Morrison Ave., Somerville, MA 02144 your answer, if any, on or before August 29, 2012. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adju- dication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. WITNESS, HON. PETER C DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: July 18, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 8,'3/12 PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN: (never known to fail) 0 most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me here You are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech You from the bottom of my heart to secore me in my nenes- sity (make request). There are none who can withstand yur pwer" O Mary' concaived with- out sin, prey for us who have recourse to Thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer 3 consecutive days and then publish, and it will be granted to you. E.M.V. -,4 m