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POST-'GAZITTE, SEPTEMBER16, 201 i jd/ Mrs. Murphy... As I See It There is an abundance of handicap park- ti ing spaces in East Boston. The City has no problem in issuing them. What happens if that person moves or is deceased? Is there any monitoring on that? What happens to motorists with- out handicap placards??? ... Casino gambling is getting closer to our neighborhoods. Most people still aren't sold on the fact that it will cre- ate jobs and revenue for the state. How many positions will be open to those not po- litically connected and right- fully deserve them??? Who do you suppose will benefit the most "with casino gam- bling? Residents that are concerned over gambling in their neighborhoods should explore what affect it has in other densely populated neighborhoods such as At- lantic City ... There is so much opposition to the mov- ing of Boston Latin Academy School out of its present lo- cation that those in favor of the idea are rethinking the plan...Speaking of schools, the principal of Brookline High School wants the Pledge of Allegiance re- moved from the daily school agenda. Reason is "he finds it stressful for the children that don't participate." An- other liberal lunatic speak- ing7 ... Let's talk about other traditions the left wing loon- ies want to put an end to in this country! GOD, CHRIST- MAS, THE FLAG, THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, etc. Only in America! ... The Columbus Day Parade will be coming to the North End soon. Parade Committee members are hoping for do- nations. Please give gener- ously ... South Boston and Charlestown are on the move, while East Boston with its beautiful harbor views is stagnant. Why is that? There's been no new devel- opment to enhance East Boston or balance it out as it was suggested for many years through the master- plan studies through the BRA ... Route 1 North is a daily disaster day after day, night after night. Besides the water main breaks, traf- fic is always backed up. Ev- eryone is affected by this. People are looking for alter- nate routes! Retail and res- taurants are hurting the most ... Heard Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association will be getting a new presi- dent next year due to the current president retiring ... Congratulations to Scott Heiglmann president of Heavy Advertising with a lo- cation in East Boston. He is one of the recipients of Bos- ton Business Journals' 2011 class of 40-under-40 honor- ees -- business and civic leaders who represent the next wave of talent and com- mitment in the Boston economy. Till next time. f FUNCTION FA CILITY BEREA VEMENT BUFFET 00I3.25 !:: .... 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SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Rolls with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 J The Agency for all your Insurance Coverages Richard Settipane AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference SPECIALIST in RESTAURANT and BUSINESS POLICIES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 - Fax 617-723-9212 1 Longfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Boston, MA 02114 Conveniently located with Free Parking EAST BOSTON MAIN STREETS 11 th Annual Countdown to Kindergarten East Boston Main Streets along with the Boston Public Schools Countdown to Kinder- garten staff, Cradles to Crayons, the East Boston Social Center, YMCA, Little Folks, Head Start, the Boston Police and the MBTA organized the 11 t Annual East Boston Countdown to Kindergarten Parade. This year's event provided a positive experience for more than 270 children starting kinder- garten in East Boston. The children dressed in their yellow "I'm going to Kindergarten" T-shirts, received back packs and school supplies, as well as food and fun at Bertulli Park in Central Square. Thanks to volunteers and donors includ- ing East Boston Savings, the East Boston Kiwanis Club, Suffolk County Sheriffs Department, the Boston Fire Department, McDonald's, Carlos Market, Bal- loon City and Stop & Shop. The new students marched down Meridian Street and received school supplies from Michaels Beauty Salon, the Post Office, Law Office of L. Manuel Macias, East Boston Savings Bank, MP&Co, Rapino's, Bellino Insurance, East Boston Dental Associates, APAC, Law Office of Michael D'Avolio, East Boston District Court, Station 7, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, MetLife Home Loans and Walgreens. Special thanks to DJ John Dudley for donating the enter- tainment. Thank you to all the generous local businesses, organizations and individuals who made this year's event a great success! Tomatoes Some say "to-may-toe" others say "to-mah-toe." No matter how you pronounce it, the tomato for us Italians is a source of great pleasure to grow and eat. We can eat it as soon as we pick it from its plant, we can slice it and put it in a salad, we can combine it with basil and mozzarella for a delicious appetizer, we can put on a pizza or we can harvest them and make our own tomato sauce. The tomato through the ages has been used in many ways. Even today many chefs are trying out new reci- pes for tomatoes; just take a look at the Food Channel. When first discovered, the tomato was thought to be poisonous, uneatable and was shunned, not eaten or used. The French botanist, Joseph Tournefort (1656- 1708) gave it the Latin name of Lycopersicon esculentum, which translates to "wolf- The Tomato One of the Joys of Summer by James DiPrima peach" -- peach because of its round shape and wolf because it was thought to be poisonous and fed to wolves to kill them. The tomato is a native plant to western South America and Central Amer- ica. The word tomato is derived from the Spanish word, tomatl, and it is be- lieved that it first made an appearance in print around 1519. Fernando Cortez, the Spanish conquistador, con- querer of Mexico, discovered tomatoes growing in Monte- zuma's gardens. He brought the seeds back to Europe where they were planted and grown as "ornamental curi- osities," but not eaten. The first to cultivate the tomato outside of South America were the Italians, and they were yellow in color. As a result, they were known as pomf d'oro, yellow apples. The varieties of tomatoes are many and include Heir- loom varieties which are grown from seeds, pollinated and passed down from gar- deners and families from generation to generation. In Decorah, Iowa, there is a nonprofit seed bank called the Seed Savers Exchange that keeps harvests and sells 72 varieties of heirloom seeds. As a food source, the to- mato contains fiber, potas- sium, vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E. Cooked tomato products have the most lycopene, about 25mg, while a fresh tomato has 4mg of lycopene. Lycopene is a "natural pigment with antioxidant capabilities" be- lieved to help reduce cancer. If you store your tomatoes in the fridge, STOP! Refrig- (Continued on Page 12) All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei B&tro Beer * Wine "*%'