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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 22, 2014 The time has come, the walrus said, r TO TALK OF MANY THINGS 1 of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani EASTIE PRIDE DAY When Morris told his audi- NEWRA SUMMER PARTY bySal Giarratani Last Saturday almost ence I was almost 70 years North End/Waterfront everyone in Eastie headed on down to Piers Park for the 26th anniversary neighbor- hood celebration started by our very own City Councilor Sal LaMattina, when he worked out of Mayor Ray Flynn's office. It has been going strong since. As LaMattina said, "I can't believe it has been 26 years. In the past few years we've gone back to our roots and everything showcased at the event were community- based organizations, from the music to the food." According to the city coun- cilor, "This year's was one of the best and showcased all the talent we have and how great East Boston is as a community to live, work and play." Special thanks to all the volunteers, without them East Boston Pride Day could not be possible. THE MORRIS MORRIS SHOW ON REVERE CABLE TV I was recently a guest once again on the Morris Morris Show on Revere TV where I spoke of my writing career and my budding act- ing career. His cable show is a big hit locally as he high- lights those who contribute to the betterment of Revere, seniors and veterans. I made the last two categories. old, I disagreed and said I was only 66. Don't call me 70. I can wait for that. Morris Morris is a great guy with a great outlook on life even though he came from Brooklynf IT IS OFFICIAL South Boston native Gen- eral Joseph Dunford was eas- ily confirmed as the next Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and will assume command this fall. He grew up at 890 East Broadway and was an altar boy at St. Brigit's. He was selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the world's great- est contemporary leaders. MANHATTANS WERE IN TOWN A couple of weeks back, The Manhattans were in town playing at Scullers Jazz Club in Cambridge and brought the house down at their two shows. HAPPY 60th ANNIVERSARY Happy wedding anniver- sary goes out to John and Florence Verrengia of Revere who recently celebrated 60 years of marriage at the Winthrop Arms. John was a WWII veteran and past All- American commander at the Beachmont VFW Post 6712 and Florence was a past Ladies Auxiliary president of the same VFW post. Residents Association held their annual Summer Party at the Pilot House this past Wednesday. The place was mobbed and a great time was had by all. D'ARCANGELO RUNNING FOR STATE SECRETARY Malden City Councilor Dave D'Arcangelo is the Republican candidate for secretary of state. He is 43 years old and a 1996 gradu- ate of Suffolk University. He hopes to beat longtime Sec- retary of State Billy Galvin. The election is in November and D'Arcangelo is a top= notch candidate and a real threat to Democratic control of the state secretary's office. He has my backing. A NIGHT FOR RICK KENNEALLY AUGUST 28th Richard Kenneally is a Iongtime friend of mine and a co-worker within the Quincy Public Schools where he has been a music teacher for years. His colleagues, friends and students are hosting a night for Rick Kenneally on August 28th. The event begins at 6:00 pm at the Beachcomber on Wollaston Boulevard. For more information, call Janet at 617-529-6369 or Rob at 857-244-9767. The cause (Continued on Page 10) L'Anno BeUo : A Year in Italian Folklore by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK .... ANNOUNCEMENT COMITES ELECTIONS Please note that in the Official Gazette n. 179, released August 4th 2014, Decree-Law n.109 was published and included, in article 10, provisions regarding the renewal of .the COMITES (Committees of Italians Living Abroad). As provided by Law 286/2003, the right to vote in the upcoming COMITES will be exercised by correspondence. Electoral ballots will be sent ONLY to voters who meet the requirements of the law and which have expressly requested to be registered by their closest Consulate, having filled out the registration form at least fifty days before the set date for voting. The Consulate General of Italy in Boston will communicate the exact date of the elections, tentatively they will be held in the month of December. It is noted that the above mentioned measures, albeit laws now, are subject to parliamentary changes and thus may, at some point, be amended. As of now, requests pertaining to the inclusion and registration to the electoral lists of the upcoming COMITES elections can be presented by attaching a signed non- certified copy of the identity card of the applicant. These may be submitted by: Regular mail: Consulate General o11taly, 600 Atlantic Avenue 1:1.17, Boston MA, 02110 E-mail: elettorale.boston@esterL ff Fax : +1 (617) 722-9407 Life Outside Your Comfort Zone Recently, I attended two funerals for two older friends. Both were known to have lived their long lives well. They didn't just reside in their neighborhoods; they lived in and for their neigh- borhoods. I am quite certain that neither of them stayed captive inside their respec- tive comfort zones. I am also pretty sure that once in a while each of them said things unfiltered too, but that's what made both so human to those who shared in their lives from the out- side looking in. Every so often it is good to stay clear of politics and just look for our humanity in the way we live out our lives. Animals have instincts, but we members of the human race, have free will to do good or bad, and spread happiness or sorrow. I have now lived long enough to become an official old fart as they say. My daughter even tells me I listen to old people music now. Where once I would never concede being wrong, now I know staying on the straight and narrow is a tricky highway at times. I passed by a produce company recently while in Chelsea and read a business sign, "Every day needs a fresh start." Every day we wake up is a fresh start and ' a new day to try it again and see if we have learned from our previous day's mistakes. Mostly, we never seem to learn that lesson and repeat yesterday all over again. Sometimes we must step out of our comfort zone and try something different. Otherwise, we play it safe which makes our life boring. Hour after hour, day after day, week after week and year after year, we need to learn from our experiences, we need to understand the passages in our daily lives. I am not today the same person I was yesterday because I have grown in age by one more day. We use yesterday not just to remem- ber, but to understand our journey through all that life o fferS~ us. My.: friends Gigi and Joanne have finished their lives and are now at rest. Their individual journeys have ended, but ours con- tinue. They both ran from theft comfort zones and lived their lives fully, accepting even pain along the way, because they understood that life isn't always com- fortable and life sometimes has pain. Most of us are afraid of leaving our comfort zones, but to stay in that comfort zone is not living. A few weeks ago, a surprise tomado shocked the City of Revere within a mere four minutes. No one saw it com- ing, hut all were glad it left town quickly. For four min- utes folks in Revere along the route of that tornado were forced from their com- fort zones and ended up t'md- ing the real meaning of their lives too often taken for granted. Stand in a line at a wake and see what is really important in our lives. 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