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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 25, 2013 SAL GIARRATANI Honored at the 45 th Annual Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association Awards Banquet Haymarket by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Here is Sal showing off his official retirement plaque with his daughter Nealia Giarratani. Post-Gazette columnist Sal Giarratani was among 12 retirees honored at the 45 th Annual Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association Awards Banquet held on October 19 m. Sal Giarratani was a member of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Police Department for over 27 years, retiring this past April 30 . The musical comedy "Brig- adoon" tells the tale of an enchanted village in Scot- land that appears out of the mist for one day every hun- dred years and with nightfall disappears for another cen- tury. In many ways Boston's Haymarket is reminiscent of this captivating tale, for two days (Friday and Satur- day) every weekend, the his- toric produce market ap- pears, seemingly from out of nowhere, and like Briga- doon it disappears without a trace. One might say, that it is a bit of a stretch to com- pare an enchanted village in Scotland that comes and goes every hundred years to a bustling marketplace in Boston that pops up every weekend with the regular- ity of a finely crafted Swiss watch. On the other hand, as the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Haymarket, in so many ways captivates with its own special charm. To those of us who grew up in Boston and particularly the North End, Haymarket was simply the place we shopped at for fruit and vegetables, many of the ven- dors were friends and neigh- bors. As children, the fact that Haymarket has been a colorful part of Boston's his- tory since about 1830 and earlier, was totally lost on us, it was simply our mar- ketplace, an exciting, bus- tling place contrasted to the staid work-a-day world of life in a major city. Some of our earliest memories was the sound of pushcarts and horse drawn wagons, laden with fruit and vegetables passing under our windows as they made their way to Haymarket every weekend. Today, having shopped Hay- market for decades, making our way past the vendors who line Blackstone Street is much more than shop- ping for produce, it is a step back into the past, if only for a few moments you are with Mom and Dad making selec- tions from the vast and col- orful array, you bump into a friend and remember him as a child as we played Hide- and-Seek among the ven- dors, if you listen carefully you can still hear the shop- ping bag lady and her chant as she called out: "shopping bags a leather bag" trying to entice passersby to buy one of her green leathery bags and of course there was E Greys, the tiny department store in the midst of the market, that sold a bit of everything but most of all the best coconut topped cook- ies in Boston. Haymarket is a piece of old Boston that gratefully has survived into modern times, a testament to its relevance and the integral place it occupies in the fabric of our city. Sal Giarratani and Nick Saggese, Vice President of the Massachusetts Italian American Police Officers Association. K j  Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ Our representative will be available to: Accept payments. (Check or money order only-no cash, p/ease.) Process elderly or disabled persons discount forms. Arrange payment plans for delinquent accounts. Resolve billing or service complaints. Review water consumption data for your property. Explain BWSC customer programs. Need more information? Call the Community Services Department at 617-989-7000. . Boston Water and Sewer Commission 980 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02119