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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 2, 2012 Page 11 Simple by Girard A. Plante Saints Cosmas & Damian Society 86th Anniversary Gala As we march towards another season with its shorter, darker days and chilly air, I want to look back a mere two weeks to share a splendid autumn day that captured the atmosphere out- doors that is uniquely found during this briefly brilliant season. I took in the sights and sounds and various venues of the 48th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta. The free event witnessed 9,000 row- ers from across America and from 14 nations to compete against each other in the largest rowing event of its kind in the world. That splendid autumn Sat- urday brought nearly 300,000 spectators, the usual caval- cade of leaf-peepers and tour- ists who snapped photos galore of anything they thought significant or wor- thy of show-and-tell for their folks and friends. Upon arriving at Harvard Stadium, my twin brother and I avoided the congested Anderson Memorial Bridge and followed the throng of spectators and rowers me- andering back and forth a well-worn dirt trail a short distance off the sidewalk adjacent to North Harvard Street. The trail lies 10 feet off the banks of the Charles River. Immediately, we're alerted to a cranking of oars that cracked the air as rowers swiftly skimmed the calm waters to keep pace or grab the lead over their competi- tors. Boisterous rooting by teammates and fans alike lined the river's edge. Young women and men rowers from every Ivy League school and numerous other private northeast colleges such as Fordham, Bowdoin, Colgate, Middlebury, Will- iams and many more schools strode in full force along the sidewalk. Then a team of older women from Australia steadily hauled their sleek yellow boat up a heavily trod dirt hill a few feet from the Cambridge Rowing Club, where the center of the row- ing universe held sway dur- ing the two-day event. And a group of older guys hardened by decades of rowing through tough head winds limped along after finishing the day's course. As we moved away from the historic bridge, usually one of the best perches to sit atop or lean against while viewing the rowers rac- ing east and west, I saw the center of the bridge's surface draped in construc- tion cloth with a one-lane path detouring slow-moving vehicles onto JFK Street and North Harvard Street, where vehicles enter from Boston. The history of the 97-year- old bridge is one of those fan- tastic "finds" as anybody seeking to learn such things can attest. Etched into the north column as you ascend the bridge from the sidewalk at the intersection of Memo- rial Drive and JFK Street, is a three-foot tablet with the inscription for which the bridge honors. The other words also provide the name of the benefactor who paid to build it. A trained eye can catch the small plaques set into corners of historic buildings depicting a site noteworthy of even a tablet, too, cover (Continued on Page 14) Christopher Columbus Park "Casino N The Christopher Columbus Park trellis will be lit on Monday, November 19 for the holiday season. On Friday, November 16, 2012, neighbors and business owners who enjoy the beauty and activity of Christopher Columbus Park will come together at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel's newly renovated Harbor View Ballroom to support the year-round activities of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP) at Casino Night, the organization's annual fundraiser. "We are all excited and looking forward to our first Casino Night," says FOCCP member Kim Caverly, chair of the event. "We have planned an evening that will be filled with fun, laughter and great food. It's an odds-on favorite to be the social event of the year in the North End and Waterfront." The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 7:00 pm and includes a silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, gam- ing tables, "Casino Cash" and as a special treat, a photo booth is being sponsored by CL Waterfront Properties, LLC. Tickets for Casino Night can be purchased online at Since its founding in 2001, FOCCP has grown in numbers and commitment to the neighborhood. 2012 family-friendly events included the Tot Lot cleanups, 4th of July Celebration, an Old Fashioned Picnic in the Park, Sunday Night Movies in the Park and Columbus Day Celebration. The major corporate sponsors of FOCCP are: A1 Dente and Benevento's Restaurants, Boston PushCart, CL Waterfront, LLC, Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and Tia's Restau- rant. "The organization's major financial investment is in the lighting of the trellis," says President Joanne Hayes-Rines. "All of the funds we have raisec!~r~e ~utLglemente~ by thousands of volunteer hours of work, On Monday, November 19, Mayor Thomas M. Menino will light the trellis for the holi- day season. Refreshments and entertain- ment will be provided. The trellis lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. Information about FOCCP can be found at, on our Facebook page and on our bulletin board in the Park. What is Your ONE Sentence? On Wednesday, November 7th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the East Boston Chamber and Court- yard Marriott Boston Logan Airport will present Dr. Mimi Goss and her One Step Method; a step by step process to help you become a better communica- tor by finding your core message and crafting one memorable sen- tence to hook listeners and keep them engaged. The presen- tation will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Boston Logan Airport in the Concourse A Room. where there will be complimentary hors d'oeuvre and a cash bar. Dr. Goss teaches at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and has written a book called "What is your ONE sentence?" Her clients and students include heads of state, diplomats, politicians, mili- tary officials, corporate execu- tives, union leaders, non-profit heads and journalists. For more information on the evening with Dr. Goss, contact the East Bos- ton Chamber of Commerce at 617-569-5000 or The Trifone Family Damiano Granata For 86 years the Saints Cosmas and Damian Soci- ety of Cambridge and Somerville has celebrated the Feast of their saints on bhe~ week~Id afte~L~bor Day. Along with that yearly celebration, in 1987 the So- ciety began giving out awards to people who have made significant contribu- tions to the Society or even just the Italian-American community. Each autumn, awards are given to the Man of the Year and Woman of the Year and, on occasion, the Family of the Year at an in- creasingly popular awards banquet and dinner. This year is no different and the banquet is being held on Saturday, November i0th at Club 440 at 295 California Street in Newton, Massachusetts. As always, this year's awards go to well-deserving sup- porters of the Society and Italian-Americans everywhere. The Trifone Family will be commended as the Family of the Year while Maria Albano Lisi will be honored with the Woman of the Year award and Damiano Granata will be receiving the Man of the Year award, all for inspiring their families to achieve the American dream and for their com- plete devotion and dedication to Saints Cosmas and Damian. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 7:00 pm in the Liberty Room and is followed by dinner at 8:00 pm be- fore the awards are given out. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Cosmos and the Society has special guests coming in from Gaeta, Italy: Padre Giuseppe Rosoni and Padre Giovanni Cardillo della Chiesa degli Scalzi. Please contact Sal DiDomenico at 617-661-1164 for more information or visit the Saints Cosmas and Damian Society's website at Maria Albano Lisi f Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J