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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 16, 2013 S i m p l e TIMES... by Girard A. Plante Centuries before Mozart, music has proven to be uni- versal in uniting people across the planet. Music is timeless no matter the era or culture. Still there are fans of Mozart's Classical Music genre, which cross the generational divide as we baby boomers also love listening to the Big Band era our parents introduced us to. Our penchant for the Rock Era began famously with Elvis Presley in the 1950s to the early '60s with the arrival of The Beatles to America's shores and the Motown sound that spawned gifted black musicians such as The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and many more great groups Millions of baby boomers recall lyrics -- years after first hearing a favorite hit -- to "California Dreamin," by The Mamas and the Papas; "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies, "Which Way You Goin' Billy" by the Poppy Family and thousands more songs too numerous to men- tion in this column. Yet a peculiar absence of radio stations that featured those first-crush ballads from the 1960s or mega-hits of the Big Band era such as Sinatra Sundays on AM stations has left a huge void in the ways every genera- tion since World War II has grown to meet their favorite artists, groups and musical menagerie. For example, in June 2012, Boston's WODS FM, Oldies 103.3, changed its format from oldies and Classic Rock to Top 40. Thousands of baby boomers daily tuned in to the successful 25-year radio station's Beatle Brunch, Elvis Only, the Saturday Night 70s show and The Lost 45s. And Oldies 103.3 hosted free summer concerts on The Esplanade. I saw The Spinners, Beach Boys, Chi- lites and various other mu- sic groups that found fame in the '60s and '70s. Even WODS's wonderful month-long daily fare of Christmas music soothed the senses. It's all gone. And for what? To listen to Katy Perry, whose CDs I would be embarrassed to own. While I am keenly aware that the Digital Age has ush- ered in the iPod to upload hundreds of songs without interruption of commercials and YouTube, whereby music videos of every genre and time period can be eas- ily downloaded by the hun- dreds, I prefer turning on my stereo and tuning into (via remote control, mind you) my oldies favorites from The Stylistics to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Heart -- to name a few. Summer has a grand way of reminding us of certain songs that transport us to a care free time of our youth upon meeting a first love while attending camp, the fun we knew during high school and from all our experiences since. Still there are many from America's Greatest Genera- tion -- the grand folks who came of age during World War II -- who yearn to tune their radios to listen to Frank Sinatra. Even we baby boomers, who grew up listening to and appreciating Big Band mu- sic, enjoy listening to sev- eral genres of music. Clas- sical music is another genre I enjoy. Owners of radio stations may possess a warped view of the choices of music baby boomers love, but they're out of touch as millions miss simply turning on and tun- ing in to familiar friends whose voices never grow old. We're not dead yetI So bring back our 1960s hits. Return the great Clas- sic Rock music that lifted us off our seats in the 1970s. Music that carried meaning- ful messages during the difficult days of assassina- tions, protests against the Vietnam War, civil unrest as racial strife crisscrossed the country and campus marches calling for Nixon to resign. Perhaps hope abounds as a new way to listen to every format under the sun can be tapped by joining TuneIn. It's available on Smart- phones, Tablets, TVs and in your car. Over 70,000 radio stations fill the airwaves with every genre of music that can be reached all over the world. News, sports, in- terviews and talk shows are available, too. For those whose interest has piqued, go to Google and research how to join the biggest craze on the airwaves. Despite the new technol- ogy that amazingly brings us speedier ways of tuning into the world, I prefer my unique daily routine of turning on the stereo that never fails to please. ParkSCIENCE Boston Children's Festival RETURNS TO FRANKLIN PARK Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department are proud to present a free Park SCIENCE Boston Children's festival on Tuesday, August 20 th, at Franklin Park in Dorchester from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a rain date of August 21 st. Children and families from throughout Boston have the opportunity to participate in a variety of free activities such as potting plants, learn- ing about nature through a sing-along, watching a robot in action, experiencing how pressure and chemical re- actions work, digging for ancient artifacts and more. These activities are made possible by the following part- ners, who are supporting this and other ParkSCIENCE activities throughout Boston this year: Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Plant mobile, iRobot, MIT's Sci- ence on the Street, Science from Scientists, and City Ar- chaeologist Joseph Bagley. The event will also include ParkARTS activities spon- sored by Bank of America, book giveaways from Read Boston and Boston Park Rangers' Nature Guide, a show by Rosalita's Puppets, identification kits from Suf- folk County Sheriffs Depart- ment, a tour of a Boston Fire Department's fire truck, seeing the Boston Park Rangers' horses, face painting, free ice cream from HP Hood LLC, activities with Boston Children Mu- , IBM, YOIII/ , ,IOUU , 781-286-CASH Per Ounce. 24K "e--t%, We Buy Diamonds, Gold and Silver Jewelryj[ We Buy Gold and Silver Coins J - Broad.way. 00evere -- EXTRA BACK TO SCHOOL CASH-- Hours lO-5:3O pm every day. Saturdays until 3:3O pm r seum "The Big Cake Tour", and learning to play instru- ments with the Boston land- marks Orchestra. The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the National Recreation and Park Asso- ciation and the National Wildlife Federation in "10 Million Kids Outdoors", an initiative to get 10 million children outside in the next 3 years to connect with na- ture and reap the benefits of being active. ParkSCIENCE is funded in part by the Green Kids/Green Parks Initiative. The location of the festival is on Pierpont Road off Circuit Drive, near the back entrance of the Franklin Park Zoo. By MBTA, take the Orange Line to Forest Hills and the #16 bus to the Zoo. By car, the park can be reached by Blue Hill Avenue, Seaver Street, or Circuit Drive. There is ample free parking and the park is fully handi- capped accessible. For fur- ther information, call 617-635-4505 or visit w w w.facebook, co m bostonparksdepartment or /parks. Dorothea E. (McClellan) Gesamondo Family and friends are invited to attend visit- ing hours on Thursday, August 15% 2013 from 4:00- 9:00 pm in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere, for Dorothea E. (McClellan) Gesamondo, who died after a brief illness on Sunday, August 11 th at Winchester Hospital, at 92 years. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, August 16  at 9:30 am, followed by a funeral mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue), Revere, at 10:30 am. Born and raised in Chelsea, she is a 1939 alumna of Chelsea High School and a 1943 alumna of Chelsea Memorial Hospital - School of Nursing. After receiving her R.N., she worked at Chelsea Memorial Hospital for about ten years. In 1944, "Dottie" moved to Revere with her husband, Anthony M. Gesamondo, Sr. She remained in Revere until Anthony's death in 1995, when she moved to her daughter's home in Lyrmfield. Always an energetic woman, "Dottie" managed to be an exemplary mother, grandmother, daughter and caregiver, while maintaining an active social calendar. A faithful member of Immaculate Conception Parish Community, she was a past president and member of the Immaculata Guild at Immaculate Conception School and a Eucharistic Minister for the Parish. She was also a volunteer at the Lighthouse Nursing & Rehab Center, as a pastoral assistant. "Dottie" was a past Regent and member of the Catholic Daughters of America - Court James Lee and a member of CDA at St. Agnes Church in Reading. She was a member and past officer at the Revere Womens' Club. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of Revere's Smart Set Bowling League and the City of Revere's Senior Bowling League. She is the cherished mother of: Anita M. Lalicata and her late husband Anthony of Reading, Salvatore J. Gesamondo, Sr. and wife Doris of Lynnfield, Anthony M. Gesamondo, Jr. and wife Frances of West Newbury, Mary B. DeMaina and husband Joseph of Lynnfield. She is the devoted grandmother of: Anthony Lalicata of Reading, Anthony Gesamondo, II of Lynnfield, Gina Gesamondo of Chestnut Hill, Deanna Moran of Dorchester, Doris Fournier of Reading, Salvatore Gesamondo, Jr. of Lynnfield, Anthony Gesamondo, III and John Gesamondo both of West Newbury, Michael Gesamondo of Mansfield, Christopher DeMaina of Newton, Daniel DeMaina of Medford, and Meredith (DeMaina) Kells of Wenham. She is also lovingly survived by her 11 great- grandchildren: Dante, Trinity and Dino Gesamondo, Sophia and Griffin Fournier, Emerson and Genevieve Moran, Christian DeMaina, Annabelle (Gesamondo) Acari, Enzo and Stella (Lalicata). She is the dear Aunt to Jo-Ann Sarro of Revere, Grace Statuto of Danvers, and the late Betty-Ann Santosuosso. She was also the daughter of the late, Hugh F. and Rosanna M. (Wilnef0 McClellan. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of fowers, remembrances may be made to the Fund for Autistic Children, 22 Meeting House Hill Road, West Newbury, MA 01985.