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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 5, 2011 o DO YOU REMEMBER ... (Photo courtesy of Pat Barasso) Statements on Increasing the Federal Debt Limit "I thank the President and the Congres- sional leadership for reaching an agree- ment on a plan to avoid a national default and the calamity that would bring to the American people," said Governor Patrick. "I look forward to the President's leadership on a larger, balanced deficit reduction plan that both reforms entitlement and defense pro- grams and raises revenue. We need to invest to grow our future, and cuts alone won't do that." Governor Deval Patrick "With passage of the debt limit and deficit reduction package, all attention should now be focused on creating jobs and growing our economy. Important work remains for our lead- ers in Washington to prove to American fami- lies that they have not lost their way. We are all tired of the games being played in our nation's capital -- where important issues are brought to the brink without efforts for true compromise/As more details are determined, I urge the Congress to prioritize measures that will ensure our continuing economic growth and strengthens the recovery we have seen over the last two years. I am pleased that this deal protects Social Security and Medicare, but with- out stabilizing our revenues it is hard to call this a 'balanced' approach. ! remain focused on moving Boston forward by ensuring that anticipated cuts to domestic spending are done so in a responsible manner so as to not dam- age our economic recovery." Mayor Thomas Menino Paris Street Community Center Festivities Swim Carnival, sponsored by the East Boston Athletic Board on Friday, August 12, 2011 from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm. Food and t-shirts will be available for all kids. Rock 'N Splash sponsored by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families will take place on Thursday, August 18 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm with swimming, a healthy cookout, games and activities and music. These events will take place at the BCYF Paris Street Pool, 113 Paris Street, East Boston. MA. Festival of Flowers Held in East Boston by Sal Giarratani On Sunday, July 24, the Colombian community of East Boston held its Colom- bian Festival down by Liberty Plaza. This festival is also known as the "Festival of Flowers" It is the most im- portant social event for the Colombian City of Medellin. The first festival was held on May 1, 1956 to celebrate the Virgin Mary holy day. In August 1958, this event was moved to July to also honor Colombian Indepen- dence Day (July 20). The flower parade represents the end of slavery to remem- ber when slaves carried men and women up steep hills. East Boston's celebration is now only a few years old but growing larger with each summer. The skies were sunny, the music Latin and the celebration quite festive. Many from the other Latino communities within. East Boston showed up to cel- ebrate with their Latino memb,ers.. ,fro, ro, Colombia. Also seen-were the children Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette East Boston's Columbian community held a festival on Sunday, July 24 under sunny skies and mild temperatures. This year's festival brought out not only members of the Columbian community but the entire growing Latino community across the neighborhood. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) and grandchildren vithin the Italian American com- munity who are but one or two generation:s away from ,.Ueir. ,immigr.an_ (qrcbears.. " East Bot0n "c-arltillte to be a welcoming community to newer generations of im- migrants trying to make America their new home. See you all at next year's festival. by Sal Giarratani ' ----- ) "'Challenges Bring Progress" I've seen the above on billboards all over the place advertising the Pru- dential Insurance Company. Recently, while over at the East Boston Community Gardens, I looked up to the highway separating me from the airport on the other side. Challenges bring progress? Such a simple statement of fact, yet quite profound, isn't it? The gardeners in their tiny urban garden were tending to their crops. I was talking with a friend of mine by her patch of soil. She was watering her plants and plucking off a tomato here, a cucumber there and a little Romaine lettuce in between. It had all the mak- ings for a nice siding of salad. Everything produced right there in the neigh- borhood's front yard. It was grown with love which meant you really needed to wash it before eating, otherwise that little extra fiber you're chew- ing might be a bug or two. It was a nice evening with the heat wave departed, and the two of us were talking about personal challenges. She is 30-something and waiting for the career she wants to begin. Right now, she's working for a paycheck wishing to be in another time in the job she dreams of starting. Me? I'm getting ready to retire. Working for my paycheck, too. I await my retirement date and the hopes of getting another job to ease my financial burden of a pension. Right now, the two of us are like lots of other people out there facing daily challenges with daily dreams pushing us onward. She's about to get on her train of life. I'm approaching the last stop in a long career. Progress, that's another thing. I used to think it was just moving forward. How- ever, moving forward to what? Too often our lives feel like two steps forward and one step back. Things that grow in gardens don't have any problems or challenges. They blindly progress from planting season to harvest. These things have no joy, sorrow, happiness or lost dreams. They await the daily sun and its nourishment and that of its gardener too. I wake up every morning and plan my day. I do the best I can. I get through it. I thank God for this day of mine. However, if there was any progress made in my life's journey is never clear to me or any of us. Sometimes the best challenge is to get down to the 303 Cafe in East Bos- ton for my vanilla latte made there as they say with love. Every day is progress. Every day is a new chance to progress forward. I hope my friend finds that job she searches for, and I hope I get to retire and not live off food stamps. However, even more so, I hope neither of us just works to get the eight hours a day over with be- cause that doesn't sound like a progress strategy to me. Prudential is into many things but usually I think life insurance. Progress is in a funny way a form of life insurance. Something to make our life go by with ease. Picking tomatoes is a lot easier than picking the right road to our futures. Bottom line, we make a little progress every day even if we don't recognize that fact. Whether, we are a greyhound dog or a snail, eventually we do get from point A to point B. If we didn't feel chal- lenged in our lives, now that would not be progress. Once they throw dirt on you, the only progress made is that of a plant inside a community garden where we race against the crawl- ing bugs around us. "Challenges bring pro- gress" are three words that either go unseen by us or become words to grow by. Take door number two on this one. NORTH END00 , Pc00N.TINoGo0000 Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery * Business Cards * Menus * Flyers Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements * Business Forms and Documents m COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929