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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 11,2015 anna Babb nonno by John (hristoforo A Nostalgic Rem+mbrance By now, most school sys- tems are back in full swing, and college programs are get- ting under way. When I graduated from Boston En- glish High School back in 1956, I really didn't know what I wanted to do. Dad lec- tured me continuously about the benefits of a college edu- cation, but at first I wasn't interested. I wanted to go to work and make some money. We were told at school that ff we had a part-time job and it could become fullctime, we could leave school in May and be considered "con- structively present." Mr. Ray, the manager of the Seville Theater (now a hole in the ground on Meridian Street in East Boston) wrote me a note stating I had full-time em- ployment at the theater. He didn't mention that I worked nights. The guidance depart- ment accepted the docu- ment, and I was a free 17- year-old. That night, I re- ceived a phone call from a close friend from the neigh- borhood. His father, who was a boss on the docks of Bos- ton, spoke to a construction contractor he knew and we had jobs working in construc- tion. We were told to report to a job site on Bennington Street in East Boston, which was close to home. It seems that they were going to build a drive-in theater on the East Boston-Beachmont line and my friend was going to drive a bulldozer and me a tractor. The next morning, we re- ported to the job site and the man in charge handed my friend a pick and me a shovel. We were going to dig the foundation by hand and more experienced construc- tion workers were to drive the bulldozer and the tractor. At the end of the day, we headed home. As I climbed the stairs to the top floor of 74 Eutaw Street, I couldn't hold on to the banister as my hands were covered with blood blisters. Babbononno was home and immediately prepared a basin filled with warm salt water. When Dad walked in the door, he saw me soaking my hands with an unsmiling face looking at him. I recounted the events of the day and added, "Dad, you're right; I'm going to col- lege ... hard labor isn't for me." Later, Babbononno heated a needle to sterilize it and proceeded to puncture the blood blisters, after which he wrapped my hands in ban- dages. I was a mess. The next morning, I went back to the job site and quit. My career as a construc- tion worker lasted one whole day. When I got home, Babbononno had taken a phone message from Dad and relayed it to me. It instructed me to attend an afternoon meeting with an admissions officer at Boston State Col- lege. I didn't know what was going on, but I dressed and complied. I hadn't taken any college entrance exams nor the SAT exam, "all of which were a necessity for en- trance to most colleges. When I announced myself at the admissions office, I heard the secretary say to someone on her intercom, "John's son is here." I was ushered into an office and interviewed by a Mr. Reagan (not Ronald). At the end of the conversation, he shook my hand and said, "John, welcome to Boston State." Without realizing it, I was now a freshman at Bos- ton State College. I later discovered that when the college was part of the city school system, it was Boston Teachers College and the Department of Audio Visual Education, which Dad was part of, was housed at the college. As a result, everyone knew him. I headed home after the meeting and when I got there announced to Mom, Nanna and Babbononno that I was now a college freshman. I added that I was going to major in industrial arts, which would prepare me to become a shop teacher. Babbononno assumed that I would become a woodworking teacher, which meant I was following in his footsteps be- cause he made furniture. I wasn't going to argue the point. When Dad arrived home, he asked me what happened. He already knew, but wanted to hear my side of the interview. That night, I headed to work at the Seville Theater and told Mr. Ray, the man- ager, and Dave Turner, the stage manager, that I was now a college student. Once the main feature had started, Mr. Ray bought us all coffee and donuts to celebrate. At the end of the evening, we were ready to lock up. Just before we did, Mr. Ray called me into the office and handed me a gold Cross ball point pen. He was not an out- wardly emotional man and said, *I think you're going to need something to write with when you take all those notes, so hold on to this for a while." The next day, l headed for a stationary store in Central Square and bought everything I would need for those notes, except a pen. My street corner pals thought I was crazy planning to go to college. They figured I should be like them, find a nice job, buy a car and find a girl to go out with. What I didn't realize then was my new decisions would cause me to separate myself from a street corner society ... a decision I have never re- gretted. A few days later, I gradu- ated from English High School. When I announced that I was heading for col- lege, there were some strange looks from the mem- bers of the faculty, especially the ones I had, but that's another story. My family was all there, Dad, Mom, Nanna and Babbononno, and when the ceremonies were over, Dad brought us to China- town for dinner. That summer, I was a life- guard at Constitution Beach in East Boston. We called it Shay's Beach, but the MDC named it Constitution. It didn't matter to me. I was making money during the days for the summer and working at the Seville at night and, by the time the summer was over, I was emo- tionally and financially ready for Boston State College. Right after Labor Day, I headed to the college for reg- istration day. We incoming freshmen were herded into a large auditorium and told that we were to be assigned to groups depending on what our studies were to be. I was assigned to a division called Industrial Arts. A new faculty member just in from the mid-west was as- signed to register us and give us our schedule. The only problem was, where he came from, everyone was named Smith, Jones, Brown or something similar. When he called our names alphabeti- cally, they started with Abruzzese, Christoforo, Cic- charelli, and Civili. He couldn't pronounce these four and messed up DePaoli, LaBollita and especially Pesce. These were the names of the Italians in our section and some of us are still in contact with one another, 50-something years later. School was a great experience, but I won- der what direction my life would have taken ff they had let me drive that tractor oh so many years ago??? GOD BLESS AMERICA Mrs, Murphy (Continued from Page 6) is a diehard who won't ac- cept the judge's ruling on Deflategatel Sounds like a man with an axe to grind, rather than an NFL commis- sioner. Goodell needs to give it up and go on with his life ... Megyn Kelly of Fox News is dubbed by the media as America's Shirley Temple (are they kidding me?) I would think Joan Crawford would best describe Kellyl She's doesn't come off as a professional journal- ist, nor is she sweetl So why is Donald Trump wast- ing his time on her??? And, speaking of Trump, he sur- prised voters by signing a waiver with the Repub- lican party recently promis- ing not to run as an Inde- pendent! ... Granny and Grandpa/Joe Biden and Lizzy Warren/Frump and Grump may be making a bid for the Oval Office. Will voters be that irresponsible by returning Barack Obama's old baggage V.P. Biden to the White House??? If that happens, we will have to rename the White House "The Stupid House'l ...Till next time/ * News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Good Sleep Medicine I know many people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. They've tried everything, but I recently came across something really good for those who just want to sleep. I call it Bret Baler on Fox News Channel every weekday late after- noon. Guarantee within five minutes you'll be out cold. Trump Gets Bushwhacked What happened to the "joy- ful" presidential campaign Jeb Bush promised when he kicked things off?. Now he is looking like a pit bull trying to bite Trump in the rear end. Jeb's latest online attack ad blasts Trump as being neither conservative nor a Republican, but merely an "ex-lib Manhattanite." Obviously, Republican can- didates running in '16 are now taking Trump seriously. Why else start these attack ads? Meanwhile, Jeb "Press 2 for English" Bush has even started holding Spanish speaking rallies, too. He sounds much more passion- ate in Spanish. Perhaps, he should stop speaking in English and bring along a translator for all of us who haven't understood why he's running this time around. They Still Remember Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran Dozens of Iranian students recently unveiled an anti- American plaque at the gate of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The plaque con- tains a list of condemna- tions of America by their late great Ayatollah Khomeini. The students also set fire to U.S., British and Israeli flags, for good measure I guess. Iran and America have a long history going back to 1979 when Iranians stormed the embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Speaking of Iran Here's another great democratic justification for voting for the Iran Nuke Deal now up on Capitol Hill by U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-MD. "No deal is perfect, especially one nego- tiated with the Iranian regime." End Quote "Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination." -- Mark Twain LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court The Probate and Family Court Department Middlesex, SS Division Docket No. MI548815 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF CO-TRUSTEE NOTICE To all parsons interested in the Trust u/w Dods B. Roberts f~o Elbabelh B. Swope, of Winchester, in said County of Middtaeax, a petition has beenpresented by Welter G. Ven Dora of Boston in the County of Suffofk in the above-captioned matter preying that Kevln M. Mense of Sudbury in the County of Middlesex or some other suifabie person be appointed as Co-Trume to ssrve with Walter G. Ven Dora without sure~s ou his/l~ bond. H you desire to object thoreto, you or your attorney should file a written appearance in ssid coud at Cambridge before ten o'clock in the fomnoun ou Sel~ 24", 2015. Wdnsss, Hou. Edward F. Doune~, Jr., F.squire, Rrst Justice of ssid Coud at Cambddgs, this 2"P' day of August, in the year of our Lord "IWo Th~ and Fiftssn. Tare E. DeCristofaro, Re~ of Probate Cou~ Run dale: 9/11/15 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) Docket No. MI15D2934DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING SAMANEH NOROUZI VS. ALIREZA AMINIPAKDAMAN Tothe DatendenL The Raintiff has ~ed a Complaint for Divoce reque~ng that the Court grant a divorce for IneVievabio Breakdown of the Marnage lB. The C(xnp~nt is on file at the CourL An Automatic Restraining Order has been er~red in this ~ pmvenlng you hem taldng eny acbon wh'~ would na~ impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Pmbeto Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned end required to serve upon Samaneh Norouzi, 8 Gate's Slxeet, Frendughen~ MA 01701 your answer, if any, ou or before October 13, 2015. if you fail to do so, the court villi proceed to the heaitng and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Registar of this CourL WIlNESS, 140K BDWARD R DONNBJ.Y, JIRL, Fk~ Juatk:e of rids CourL Data: September 1, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Reg~tar of Probate Run da~e: 9/11/15 Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Combrldge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P4934EA Eatste of ELIZABETH J. PARSONS Also Known As ELIZABETH PARSON Date of Death June 1, 2015 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Patrick C. Hell of WinclzeMer, MA, aWdl has been edmitted to informal probate. PaVick C. Hall of Wkcbester, MA bas bean informally appointed as the Personal Repre- ssntaUvs of the eatate to sswe Mthout surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supePAsion by the Court. Inventory end accounts are not required to be flied with the Court, but interested parlbs am entitled to noifce regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minatng or restric'dng the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under infom~al pro- cedure. A co~ of the Pe~ end W~, ffeny, cen be obtaioed from the Petit)her. Rundm: 9t11/15 LEGAL NOTICE commonwealth of Maseachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P4660EA Estate of ALVERTA BOONE LOWTHER Date of Death September 28, 2812 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner PaVlda ~-Rlddldc of ~dl~k, Vk Patrlcla Lowtber4tMdick of Suffolk, VA hes been orn y ap nted as Perso ~mmtaifve of the estate to senm wltbout on the bond. The estate is being administered under info~ procedure by the Personal Repressn- tativs under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. InventonJ and accounts are not required to be flied with ~ Court, but interested parlios are entitled to no'dce regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can the Court in any matter relatng to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administretion. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- n~nalng or restdctng the powers of Personal Repres~ appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of ~ Pe~n and Will, if any, cen be obtained from the Petflbner. Rundm:9/11/15