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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 18, 2013 Page 7 Murphy... As I See It It was party time for North End residents Sunday and party they didt All the preparations and hard work leading to Colum- bus Day are now over ... Hats off to Elite Donut in Day Square that decorates their window for every occasion. Patrons can quickly get in the spirit of Halloween while enjoying a hearty break- fast at this friendly spot ... Channel Five's Chronicle did a wonderful 30 minute show on Boston's admired and hard to replace Mayor Tom M. Menino. Menino, a hands on Mayor for 20 years, tack- led small problems as well as big ones was recognized by Chronicle for his outstanding service to Boston was dubbed "Mayor Pothole" by his con- stituentst After serving 20 distinguished years of dedi- cated service, Menino made a tough decision not to run for a 6th term. Menino's record in politics is unblem- ished, which is a huge deal in these days of deceit by some politicians. His regard for his City Boston and his reputation as Mayor put Menino a step above the rest. Menino has not only made the city proud of him, but his Italian heritage as wellt As Menino leaves office with grace and dignity we all wish him the best, because Mayor Tom Menino was the best ... The big victory in the latest election for Boston City Coupcilor Sal LaMattina has nothing to do with the casino project. Councilor LaMattina won because he deserved it. LaMattina works hard to please his constituents, East Boston, Charlestown and the North End. Obviously it was payback time for the voters to say thank you! ... The way I hear Eastie politicians are split over mayoral candi- dates. Marty Walsh being supported by State Senators Anthony Petruccelli and former State Senator Bob Travaglini. Carlo Basile and Sal LaMattina with John Connolly. I hope I have that info right folks! ... With much consideration I hope the resi- dents of East Boston will weigh what's good and bad about a casino built at Suf- folk Downs and vote for it. Its unthinkable the clergy is getting involved. Why is the religious sector trying to in- terject in matters of East Boston. Clergy need to stick to what they know best Reli- gion and allow the voters to decide what's best for them. The pluses of a casino built at Suffolk Downs outweigh the negative. East Boston has a chance to be rejuve- nated once again. What a resort casino at Suffolk Downs can do for East Bos- ton is create many jobs for people and increase the economy. Businesses stand a chance to benefit and those living off the system will get a chance to get off the band wagon and become produc- tive human beings. It's a win, win situation. Remember, a gambler will always find away to gamble, "anywhere and everywhere." Vote in favor of a casino at Suffolk Downs ... Isn't it sad you never see anyone sweeping in front of their homes any- more. Once upon a time the streets of East Boston were clean, that was way back when. When people took pride in their homes and community! ... At a time when the unemployment rate is at an all time high, a volatile situation arose from some selfish school bus workers that refused to drive children to school putting their job on the line. How- ever, after staging the strike on Wednesday, October 9th you could see the ugly yel- low buses on the road again. Bus drivers who belong to the United Steel Workers of America Local 8751 Union said they staged the stop- page in protest of tight driv- ing schedules. Lack of bath- room breaks, the elimina- tion of daily bus reports and extensive payroll prob- lems. Heightened demands by Viola Transportation, a public transportation com- pany hired as a vendor for Boston took over the system's bus contract this summer caused workers to strike ac- cording to bus drivers ... An- other medicaid mishap! The owner of a Webster transpor- tation company allegedly billed the state's Medicaid program more than $470,000 tax payer's money for rides using the names of dead people ... Landmark Betty Ann's Bakery on Benning- ton Street in Orient Heights has been closed for months. They're missed by all their customers ... Till next time. 7 John Travolta is in town filming his new flick. Eastie residents Jimmy Mosca (left) and Gerry Visconti (right) had the pleasure of meeting Travolta at Fenway Park. Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Fundraiser A Park for All Seasons Monte Carlo Evening The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) will hold its i0th annual fund- raiser -- "A Park for All Sea- sons Monte Carlo Evening" -- Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The entire com- plex of function rooms at this elegant Fairmont prop- erty will be ours for the evening bringing together neighbors, friends and sup- porters for a most memo- rable evening of danc- ing, dining and games of chance. "Our annual fundraiser is our major source of revenue that has allowed us to fund more than $50,000 of events and activity at the Park an- nually since our 2001 incep- tion, including the winter illumination of the trellis and trees, numerous family events throughout the year, and the care and tending of the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden," said FOCCP Presi- dent Joanne Hayes-Rines. "We are also happy to lead various capital efforts to im- prove the park, including the upcoming $100,000 upgrade to the trellis lights and the even more expensive Urban Oasis redesign of the south- east corner of the Park. With th.e_ _a_m_bi_tip_u_s_ docket of projects before us, we are more dependent than ever on the generosity of our members, both private and corporate, in Boston and out- side the city, which help us fund these efforts. We have been one of the most successful Friends groups to support a city park -- we need everyone's help to keep pulling all this off." Beverly Knight, co-chair of this celebration and FOCCP's Membership Chair, spoke about the Monte Carlo Evening event. "We are thrilled to work with the Fairmont Battery Wharf and our many sponsors to bring this fun evening to the neighborhood. To date Patron Spirits, Al Dente Restau- rant, Boston Pushcart, Benevento's, and CL Water- front Properties LLC head- line as responsible and generous sponsors for this annual event. We also thank our wonderful membership for their support in volun- teering and ticket purchase. Tickets are available for purchase at Reserve yours today as num- bers are limited." The evening will start with a reception from 7:00 to 8:00 pm, featuring passed hors d'oeuvres, live back- ground_music, a very special silent auction and a short (10-15 minute) speaking pro- gram about our Park. From 8:00 to 11:00 pm, our ball- room doors will open and gaming will begin with Rou- lette, Blackjack, Craps and Texas Hold 'em Poker. Guests will also enjoy a series of fine-dining Chefs' offerings as well as dancing under the stars in the Old North Skylight Room with the Luke Marantz Quintet. Com- plimentary patron signa- ture drinks will be offered throughout the evening, in addition to the full bar. The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization comprised of North End and Waterfront residents and businesses whose purpose is to further the restoration, protection, preservation, care, enhance- me'nt, improvement and maintenance of the Chris- topher Columbus Waterfront Park. The FOCCP works closely with the City of Boston Parks and Recre- ation Department to keep the Park clean and well maintained, and with other city and state organizations to improve the Park to enrich the lives of both residents and vis.itors to Boston. ~,:: + ,v,.+ ..... . Celebrating 30 Years 1983-2013 Thank you to all of our Loyal Customers, Friends & Family! The Roberto F unily Spinelli's Spinclli's 282 Benifington Street Route One South East Boston, MA 02128 Lxamliekl, *IA 019t0 617-567-1992 781-592-5552 *