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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 21,2011 LASELL COLLEGE CELEBRATES 75 th Anniversary of Fashion Department Award Ceremony and Runway Presentation at Larz Anderson Auto Museum Simple TIMES... with Girard A. Plante A vintage fashion show was presented by Yolanda. Shown @bore is Yolanda and models modeling Yolanda vintage gowns and headpieces. Lasell College celebrated the 75 th anniversary of its Fashion Department on Thursday, October 6  at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum (15 Newton Street, Brookline) with the presentation of the Yolanda (Cellucci) Lifetime Achievement Award and a runway show by local designer and Lasell alum Nara Paz'09. The event began at 6:30 pm, with an awards ceremony at 7:30 pm and runway presentation at 8 pm. The awards ceremony honored Frederic A. Sharf of Brookline, scholar, author, and art collector, with the Yolanda Lifetime Achievement Award for distinction and ser- vice to the Fashion Industry, and to honor his charity work. Serving as a trustee for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Sharf and his wife Jean helped make the MFA's recent exhi- bition of 125 Arnold Scaasi fashion designs possible by donating their personal collec- tion to the museum. Shart's generosity led to a subsequent and significant Scaasi donation from the MFA to the Lasell Fash- ion Collection this fall. Sharf is known for providing access to art and fashion for individuals who might not otherwise be able to enjoy the creativity of the artist. He donates much of his time and resources to charity, having collaborated with curators to hold exhibitions for Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Examples of art, fashion and automobiles collected by Sharf and his wife Jean have been seen all over the U.S., Canada and Japan. The October 6 th event also featured 2011 Best of Boston (Improper Bostonian) Local Designer Nara Paz '09 who previewed her Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 collections at the event. Born in Brazil, Paz received the Christy Proctor "Rising Star Award" and co-owns, with her husband Dennis, the design house MIO EDIFICIO VALE? I dati sono stati col|zionati da un agente che conosce la zona. Quando: Giovedi' 3 novembre, dalle 6:00 alle 8:00 pm Dove: Ufficio di Elite Boston Landmark Realty 350 Commercial Street, Boston, MA, 02109 Vini e Formaggi Si prega di far pervenire le adesioni entro giorno 28 Ottobre, contattando i numeri di telefono 617-227-1000 o 617-523-5400 Per tutti coloro che non dovessere essere in gran- do dipresenziare all'evento, si prega di telefonare per analisi individuali. Taduttore italiano: L'avvocato Alba Doto Baccari sara' presente all'evento. Ospitato da Toni Gilordi and Maria DiTullio L ii i 4 Yolanda Cellucci presenting the Yolanda Lifetime Achievement Award to Frederic A. Sharf. Nara Paz Design Internationale based in Woburn, Mass. where she creates high-end fashions. The 75 th Anniversary celebration also included a $I00 raffle to win a Nara Paz original cocktail dress from the Classic Range Collection or a jewelry creation from designer Joan Hornig's Philanthropy is Beautiful collection, all proceeds donated to support Lasell College fashion student scholarships. About gasell College: An innovative educational institution for 160 years, IAzsell is an independent coeducational college emphasizing the integration of profes- sional and liberal arts programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees. The campus is situated on a 50-acre campus eight miles from downtown Boston. Adjacent to the college is Lasell Village, the first-of-its-kind, college- sponsored retirement community with a learn- ing mandate that has drawn international attention.. MY BUILDING IS WORTH WHAT? Join us for Wine and Cheese at our office to discuss the value of your building. Get the facts from local real estate brokers who KNOW their neighborhood. Thursday, November 3, 2011 From 6-8PM 350 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109 RSVP By October 28, 2011 Coil 617-227-I 000 or 617-523-5400 If you are unable to attend feel free to call for a private analysis of your building. Attorney at Law and Italian Translator Alba Doto Baccari, will be present to assist you as well, Hosted By Toni Gilardi and Maria DiTullio L EL1TE BOSTON LANDMARK REALTY A recent report warns that most people receive their lo- cal news from television and wouldn't miss their commu- nity newspaper if it went the way of the 10-cent phone call. That's sobering news if you're a fan of newspapers as I am. Reading newspapers has been a lifelong love. Most Baby Boomers grew up watching our parents, grand- parents, aunts and uncles, neighbors, teachers, and many others reading news- papers. As youngsters the comics section or "funny pages." as they were called in my family, became the first interest in our collective habit of reading other sec- tions of the daily newspaper. Still I read my hometown's online version of its daily newspaper to stay intoned about the happenings of places I grew up around.and learn who of the old neigh- bors or friends has died. The online version is easily and quickly accessed; however, it now charges to read most content. The Obituary sec- tion is free. I delivered my hometown's daily morning newspaper for nearly four years starting at : age l l. My oldest brother delivered the evening news- 1960s as pu pers until 1987. Dwind population and loss of numer- ous businesses meant fewer ads and brought the death of the evening paper. My morn, who passed away last January at age 90, "ped- aled" newspapers in her youth. Pedaling papers is the word her generation gave to carrying the community newspaper to your neighbor's door and placing it inside a mail slot or milk box. Wherever I travel, I buy that particular community's newspaper because I'm curi- ous in how that community conducts its affairs. And I enjoy reading obituaries though I've never met 90 per- cent of the descendants. Learning where they were born and raised, who their relatives are, what they did during their long or brief lives interests me. Obits are living histories used widely to piece together communi- ties, tracing a family's tree, or help an orphan find a bio- logical parent. Not all people own comput- ers. Varying reasons abound why they don't purchase a computer for use in their home. There can be no doubt that the Internet has hurt ad revenues that are a newspaper's lifeblood. The New York Times this year tacked on a pay wall to non- subscribers. You can read only 20 articles free monthly. Recently, the Boston Globe started charging a fee to read  most pages and certain col- umnists. The publishing and print- ing industries are being bom- barded by the Digital Age. virtually everybody has heard or read about e-books and Kindle and the iPad as the popular technological alter- natives to books. No longer can we visit Downtown Crossing to buy books. Bor- ders vacated its vast site this past summer. Rarely will you find a privately owned and operated bookstore anywhere we travel. Yet books still hold their rightful place in our civilized society chock filled with book lovers as seen at last Saturday's Boston Book Fes- tival. More than 25,000 people flocked to the third annual event held at Copley Square. One-hundred au- thors attended the highly anticipated book feast. Book festivals are growing across America, claims Mary Ganno, :editorial director of Poetsand iriters, "We have sen  al[ lncrease in these events." It first event in 2009 saw thousands show up despite a rn storm. Our sacrosanct public li- braries, with their proud dis- plays of the latest published books, bestellers, encyclope- dias, dictionaries, atlases and myriad-other titles can an'd do co-exist nicely with computershumming a few feet from decades-old oak 5o6k or newspa- doesn't re- to use. Kindle E-books need batteries operating at opti- mal power to run, or, urn, so readers can enjoy reading for hours. I'll stick by a book on a trek to the Berkshires or Adirondacks as opposed to needless hassle of adding electric cords and backup power sources so a Kindle or iPad -- neither of which I own -- can receive its necessary juice to keep me reading if a storm knocks out power supplies. I'm tired reading on of the seemingly never-ending death knell of newspapers. I'll simply refer the newspaper naysayers to this venerable weekly newspaper that has staying power. Being 115 years old no doubt is proof positive that New England's first published Italian newspaper holds in- terest to its thousands of readers - whether they re- ceive it in the mail or pay a paltry thirty cents in one of the North End's neighborhood stores. Community newspapers hold an essential role to the people who eagerly look forward to reading about a new business opening, up-to- date accurate information on any manner of events, stories on various topics of concern to the survival of their community. Reporters and editors have a pulse on the goings on of our community unlike any other source. I prefer to call or visit my community newspaper's editor or pub- ,. (Continued on Page 15)