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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST31,2012 Page 7 Doesn't Anybody Know Where We're At? Parking Hey when I was a kid grow- ing up, my father who came from Sacred Heart Parish al- ways told me that the el- evated North Station stop by Canal Street was in the North End and that every- thing leading up to Keaney Square was also the North End, including the old Stop 'n Shop Bakery at the cor- ner of North Washington and Causeway Streets. When we would take the stairs down at North Station to Haverhill Street, my father called it a North End Street too. Back in the 70s when I used to eat at the old Francesca's at 90 North Washington Street, everyone called it a North End restaurant. North Enders who live on Thatcher, Cooper, Endicott and North Washington Street itself found themselves blindsided when Boston declared Medford Street in the West End. Folks with North End stickers have been parking on Medford Street for years never knowing apparently they had been parking in another neighborhood. Back less than two months ago, the*Boston TTansport-ton Department rolled onto by Sal Giarratani Map to show the CHIEF INSTITUTIONS and MEETING PLACES h, the WEST END, BOSTON. 31 @AOOKWA 00i?tl I' ! l,,_)a_ I O'Y n'a Bce In Kc, d,8 O tO   40 P I | , III Mllo Medford Street putting up "West End Resident Parking Only" signs making all their North End parking stickers surprisingly meaningless. When I was a kid growing up for a while in the North End, I believed, as many North Enders still do today that Canal Street is the actual border line. After all, wasn't the old relief station at Haymarket Square always considered n the North End? I found out from numerous sources that when the de- veloper oL the old bakery bUli6ting wanted his Strada residential complex, City Hall- offieial- reportedly told-, him he couldn't call his build- ing a North End residence. Apparently, the city was con- cerned that Strada residents might try parking across North Washington Street by Filippo's. Now, a longtime North End building is no longer that which then ex- plains why those "West End Permit Parking" went up so quickly this summer. Hey, if they can call Medford Street and the Strada building the West End, what else can they do? Perhaps, people in East Boston might be happy if Logan Airport moved to South Boston. City Hall can make that happen just by putting new parking permit signs declaring the neigh- borhood change. Hey, how about trading Monument Square for Eagle Hill in Eastie? Just send over those BTD trucks with the new resident parking permit signs. While I'm at it, isn't the Union Oyster House on Union Street still in the North End today or has the city moved them too? Back in the 1950s when I was in the first grade at St. Anthony's living on Salutation Street, every- thing across Commercial Street and Atlantic Avenue was just the North End. Perhaps, it is best to leave the geography of a neigh- borhood to the folks who actually live there rather than some bureaucrat who doesn't know the North End from Falmouth. Finally, does moving MedfordStreet into the West End by City Hall fiat mean that Chris- tine and Carla Pallotta will have to rename NEBO into WEBO? North Enders should not have been blindsided by City Hall on all this stuff. Sounds like somebody pulled a fast one here, eh? I DIESEL BUS Mechanic Helper Needed in Ashland, MA I Great Pay/Benefits APPLY ONLINE www.durhamschoolservices, corn The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE P.O. BOX 135 BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices Mrs. Murphy... As I See It Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! It's been a glori- ous summer, do something special to end the season with a bang! .,. With the $400,000 non-refund- able fee paid to the Massa- chusetts Gaming Commis- sion I feel it's a done deal. Optimists are hoping that a new casino will ease the money pain, help the local economy and lessen the tax burden. That is, unless some politicians have other ideas on spending the miti- gation moneyl Which could lead to lots of disappoint- ment among constituents ... Prez Barack Obama is some- thing elsel He began his term on charisma, with no experience, and he still doesn't show experience. He's brought no constructive improvements to the table. The country is headed in a downhill spiral. The change he promised was bogus, his only successes have been in turning the country social- ist. These past four years have been devastating to so many people. NO job cre- ation, NO future, and a dis- mal outlook for college gradu- ates faced with numerous loans, and NO JOB. The country is in turmoil, and Obama's only concern is that his opponent hasn't revealed all ten years of tax returns. Obama's claim to fame is to keep everyone on Welfare and Social Security (the easy life). The President has done very little, if any, to impi-ove : the economy, and appears to be against small business. He's done even less to reduce the war, in fact he's escalated it. It's been re- ported, and proven that Obama stalled the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden (WHY?)!!! If it weren't for Hillary Clinton pushing for Osama Bin Laden's cap- ture, the 9/11 engineer of the Twin Towers massacre would still be alive today. And, talking about the Middle East war that Obama promised to end in his 2008 campaign, Well folks, the war is still going strong. In Afghanistan, American sol- diers are being killed by members of the Afghanistan Army that are supposed to be our Allies. So many un- answered questions: Why aren't Americans protesting an end to the war in the Middle East??? ... School is starting in East Boston! There will be lots of children walking to school, and school buses loaded with children driving through the streets. Please pay attention, and "Drive with Caution"!!! ... Congratulations to Santar- pio's Pizza at the corner of Porter and Chelsea Streets who recently won Boston Magazine "Best Pizza" award. Santarpio's is truly a vintage business in East Boston with lots of history. The pizza and barbecue restaurant attracts as many tourists as it does locals. There's no frills, just a down to earth pizzeria that has become an international success. Italy's best can't stack up to Santarpio's Pizza .... East Boston is getting to be more and more the place to live. Besides having some of the best restau- rants, childrens programs, and adult activities, Eastie has a charm all her own! The piers along the water- front being developed; Cen- tral Square improvements (shortly underway); the Emerald Necklace expand- ing, (the most exquisite, stunning skyline and harbor views from the Piers Park on Marginal Street). East Bos- ton residents will be the envy of many other urban cities. Steps to Boston via the MBTA, with ferry service into the North End. Move over South Boston, Eastie's taking over as one of the most attractive places to live! ... Revere's cup is run- nith over with newcomers, as is the case in many urban cities in America. (Many of them illegal non- taxpayers, living .off the gov- erhment Supported by our taxdollars). With that being said, Massachusetts State School Board Authorities are asking the City of Revere to build more schools, and rehab others with new addi- tions, labs, computer rooms, and updates etc. Putting another burden on the tax- payer. One target of the MSBA is the Revere High School built less than 40 years ago during the former Mayor of Revere Billy Rein- stein administration. The school has had problems from day one, and many scandals surrounded the construction of the school at that time. However, Revere's new Mayor Dan Rizzo stepped to the plate by informing the MSBA that unfortunately Revere doesn't have the financial resources to em- bark on such a building program at this time! ... What Revere needs is less low income housing, more people paying taxes, and a stop to fraud using the system to live! ... Till next time! ( Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530 I Ill I I I | | I