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Page 4 POST-GAZE'I-I'E, AUGUST 17, 2012 JOHN DiPINTO Candidate for State Representative Fundraiser a Success John with members of his committee. A very successful fundraiser for John DiPinto, candidate for State Representative, 31 st Middlesex District (Stoneham and Winchester) at Felicia's Restaurant on Main Street in Stoneham on Monday, August 13, 2012. John DiPino with good friends Freddy and Ron Tello. Soprano Katrina Holden at Christopher Columbus Park. (Photo by Justin Bates, www.jbates.com) WATERFRONT PERFORMING ARTS SERIES Boston Opera Collaborative Performs August 21 Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events and Liberty Mutual Insurance, present the Boston Opera Collaborative on Tuesday, August 21, from 6:00 to 7:00 pro. They will be followed by Celtic band Trine Chile. The Boston Opera Collaborative program includes a selection of popular arias and Broadway classics. Trine Ch6ile plays an eclectic Celtic mix with an empha- sis on arrangements of music from the ancient Celtic to cutting edge contemporary. The Waterfront Performing Arts Series, presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance, showcases various artistic genres in- cluding opera, classical music, ballet, modern dance, musi- cal theater and swing. The 2012 series concludes on Tuesday August 28 with Annie Royer performing popular French cabaret songs, fol- lowed immediately by a showing of the French Classic film Wages of Fear (in French with English subtitles). For info visit www.cityofboston.gov/SUMMER or call (617) 635-3911. DA The PLIDA program is looking for: Students 18 and older interested in gaining certification, Individuals yearning to experience Italian culture, Men and women wishing to explore their cultural roots We are the ONLY organization in New England that offers PLIDA Certification which is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education,Italian universities and the European Union. Join us in the classroom and learn with other motivated students and/or register for our PLIDA EXAM. Owned and operated b Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette PLIDA Junior program also available Saturday mornings! I ] http ://www'dantemass'rg/html/schl'html school@dantemass.org, THINKIN00 by Sal Giarratani  .... / Remembering a Good Friend's Passing A few weeks ago, I received an email from a former supervisor of mine back when I worked at Massachu- setts Mental Health Center over in the Longwood Medical Area concerning someone I worked with back in those days. I knew from the title of the email in my inbox that it could only be bad news and it was. Over my 39 plus years as a state worker I have worked with hundreds of hun- dreds of folks but only a select brought in for help or simply walk in for help. The front lobby was often like Grand Central Station. The job of the police and the night supervisor was to keep things running smoothly until the shift was over. What ever hap- pened after your shift was on somebody else's shoulders. She was married for some 25 years when she passed away. She left behind a loving family, her husband John and two daughters Erin and few make the list of really good friends and co-workers. The person of whom the email was written was one of them. Apparently, after battling cancer for a while, Mary Finlay, oops Mary MacDonald (I still always referred to her by her maiden name long after she married) passed away at age 54. Much too young for such a nice person but you know what they say about the good dying young. Mary lived in South Wey- mouth it seemed forever but she started life over in Somerville where she lived when she started working as a young nurse at the mental health center over near the Brigham & Women's Hospi- tal. When I first met her I was working as a mental health worker on a day hos- "pital program unit. Since I was living in Charlestown and used to live in East Somer- ville we chatted much. She knew I was a writer and kept up on my printed writings that appeared in various newspapers. I remember when she got married and I remembered when she became a mother. The nicest nurse you could ever meet. She had a way of talking to the clients and got them to usually comply with her suggestions without any struggles. At one point she became an evening supervi- sor when I was a police officer on the evening shift. Eve- nings at Massachusetts Men- tal were always interesting as we had an open door to the community. People would be Dlleen. From the sound of those names you knew that Mary was quite proud of her Irish-American roots and she always laughed when I told her I was half-lrish, which I am. She played many roles in her life, a sister to her sib- lings and an aunt to her nieces and nephews. Mostly to folks like me who there were many, she was just a really good friend. She ended up working for Massachu- setts Mental Health Center and then at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Ja- maica Plain for 30 years and I am sure there was never one bad word spoken about her from all the people she cared for, worked with or su- pervised. Her final resting place is over at Lakeville Cemetery in South Weymouth but her spirit lives on above us where she is probably standing next to St. Peter at those gates welcoming people into an eternity pain-free. Mary didn't have to stop off in Purgatory; she did her time of suffering among her loving family in that final battle against a horrible disease. She was surely an example for her fam- ily and friends of how to ac- cept pain and use it in a posi- tive way even while hating what was happening. To those she left behind her memory and legacy will continue. Cry- ing will be replaced by laugh- ter and smiles remembering days when she was among us. My deepest sympathy to her family, Mary will be missed and not forgotten. NORTH END00 Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery Business Cards * Menus Flyers Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations ouncements * Business Forms and Documents -- COMPETITIVE PRICES -- 617-227-8929