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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 17, 2012 Page 7 EAST BOSTON MAIN STREETS 12 th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade On Friday September 7, 2012, East Boston Main Streets will hold its 12 th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten Parade. East Boston Main Streets and Count- down to Kindergarten along with Boston Main Streets, the East Boston Social Cen- ter, YMCA, Little Folks, Head Start, the Boston Police and the MBTA will host the 12 th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten parade. With the help of many groups and individuals and the generosity of local merchants every child in East Boston who is entering kindergarten will receive school supplies, a brand new backpack and enjoy a festive day designed to provide a positive experience as they begin their education. Beginning in Central Square at 10:30 am parade mar- shals Ivonne Cano, Amir DelaCruz, Gloria Contreras and Gladys Betencour will march with children and their par- ents along Meridian Street to receive school supplies. Upon retUrning, DJ John Dudl w.ll play music and food will, be supplied along with face painting and special programs from volunteers including the Suffolk County Sheriffs Depart- ment and the Boston Public Library. For more details con- tact Sonia Gomez-Banrey at 617-635-6816 or the East Bos- ton Main Street office at 617-561-1044 or the Countdown to Kindergarten website at or visit them on facebook. PRINCE (L'AFFACINANTE GATrO) The Channing Cat by Martino Forgione A plain black cat by the name of Prince, is often found if you care to search, the historic grounds of the Old North Chuch. Listen my children and you may see, Prince riding in the saddle with Paul Revere. Or maybe sitting up front in an Ole" North Pew, listening to the good parson expressing his religious view. Perhaps, behind the garden gate stretched out by the boxwood tree, comforted by the gentle spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi. This old cat ain't no fool, he uses his charm as a clever tool; awaiting your pat on the head a tickle neath the chin, gracefully rewarding you with a purr and a grin. Mrs. Murphy... As l See It Strong rumors affordable priced entrees, to ferry service, it's a win, are Massport The name of the restaurant win for those lucky enough - has purchased is Braccia's 66, owned and to live there ... It makes good ]! ,' ;  more land on Bremen Street to extend the Emerald Neck- lace. Bremen Street is very up and coming and many homes have been rehabbed establishing the street as prime property! ,.. Residents have the finest restaurants within minutes from their door steps. East Bostonians need not travel outside of their realm to find a good place to dine. Channel Four featured a few popular East Boston restaurants that people should try. Among the choicest dining that Chan- nel Four reported were Rino's Place on Saratoga Street, (always packed, definitely need reservations); Ecco Restaurant on Porter Street, (fine dining with exquisite decor); Santarpio's on Chel- sea Street, (casual dining, no frills, but a must for tour- ist and locals) and Kelley's Pub on Bennington Street (sports bar where you can meet up with a sports celeb at any time) ... If you want to dine outside East Boston and don't mind traveling to Topsfield, there is a fine family restaurant with a great menu and bar offering operated by a former East Bos- ton couple. Janice "Vaccari" Braccia and Bob Braccia. The atmosphere is homey and friendly and you're likely to meet up with East Boston people that frequent the restaurant. Try it! ... It's your last chance to get tickets before they're sold out. You can reserve a space for the Red-Sox-Yankees rivalry in the Big Apple if you call now. Included are: a game ticket and RT Motorcoach on a luxury liner to Yankee Sta- dium on Saturday, August 18 th. You leave at 9:45 am and return by 11:45 pm. For ticket information call Robert Ferrara at 781-964- 3510 ... it doesn't get any better than this. Roseland Property has pulled a build- ing permit with the state recently to begin construc- tion on the long awaited waterfront project. Roseland plans to build 400 condos and 176 multi-family homes with nearly 70,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space. With easy access into Boston and spectacular views of the Bos- ton skyline, located next to gorgeous Piers Park, 5 min- utes to the MBTA and access "sense, and far less distrac- tion! I'm referring to a bill State Representative Carlo Basile is sponsoring to make single-sex public schools an option for parents and children. I believe it encour- ages more attention from teens in a classroom with single sex participants ... Is Massachusetts Gaming Commission all wet on this one! Extending dates up till and beyond 2015 for a decision on casino building in these parts is absurd. To think decisions should be put on hold for the next three years only holds up progress. People are anxious to know when it's going to happen NOW! With a sagging economy jobs and employ- ment are at stake! ... Was Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for V.P. a good One??? The jury is still out on that question. There have been some negative comments coming from Democrats, (who are describing the pair as two loafs of Wonder- bread!). However indepen- dents are still doing their homework and reviewing Ryan's record (the smart thing to do)! ... Till next week! Celebroting the Arts ot the 7 th Annual West End Children's Festival Join us on Saturday, August 18 th from Noon to 3:00 pm at the Thoreau Path in the West End of Boston for a summer afternoon of fun with your friends and family. Cel- ebrate the rich diversity and culture of the neighborhood with arts & crafts, games and performances that highlight different styles of dance, music, theatre and art -- all FREE of charge! -- Attractions include: Boston Pedicab rides, pony rides, a fire truck, po- lice car and duck boat. a balloon twister, face painting, diverse performances throughout the afternoon. Numerous art projects to spark your imagination and creativity. And much, much more!! Please visit for more information about the festival. If you are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer i @wes tendchildrensfes tival, org. Rain date: Sunday, August 19, 2012. Lic #017936 k anica] Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE is NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. 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