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Page 2 P6ST-GAZET'I'E, NOVEMBER'If, 2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON (Photo courtesy of LBJ Library, photo by Yoichi Okamoto, 1968) DATE OF BIRTH: August 27, 1908 PLACE OF BIRTH: Stonewall, TX DATE OF DEATH: January 22, 1973 PLACE OF DEATH: near Stonewall, TX SPOUSE: Claudia A. Taylor "Lady Bird" PRESIDENT: November 22, 1963 - January 20, 1969 John F. Kennedy's death back in "63," Brought Lyndon B. Johnson to the Presidency; He assumed his new duties with determination, Just what was needed to reassure this great nation. Promoted Civil Rights, education and a brand new tax law, Even tried to cure poverty, that's what idiots are for; Instituted great innovations in domestic affairs, Kept all that was his but what was ours is now theirs. Tried to beautify our highways and clean up our air, That's the air that was here, but is now over there; We will never forget how he helped Uncle Sam, With the soldiers and money that were lost in Vietnam. She was Claudia A. Taylor and her dad was named Tom, Karnack, Texas is where this lady was from; Dad was a rich merchant with big cash on hand, He was also the owner of huge tracts of land. When Claudia was real young and could not speak a word, It was a nurse that nicknames her "Pretty Lady Bird." Raised by an aunt after her morn had died, This loss occurred when she was just five. She was shy as a girl but loved the outdoors, Became a book-loving student, all others were bores; Journalism was her thing and she earned a degree, When she met L.B.J., he was no longer free. Within a matter of hours he was sending her flowers, Two months later he vowed, what was mine is now ours; She helped L.B.J. and said, "Now don't be nervous, I'll run the office while you're in the service." While in the White House she was quite persuasive, A great aid to a President who became so abrasive; Tried to beautify the nation amid applause and some cheers, While L.B.J. ceased lifting little dogs by the ears. NORTH END00 Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery * Business Cards * Menus * Flyers Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements * Business Forms and Documents COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929 S i m pie TIMES by Girard A. Plante When talk about the abrupt closing of a small commun- ity's only grocery market be- gan, it carried an alarming ripple that gained speed and swept through the entire vil- lage that will be adversely impacted by its enormous void for loyal longtime cus- tomers and employees alike. The reality of losing a 50- year-old supermarket, as gro- cery stores became known in the early 1960s, in a rural hamlet in early October struck hard as elderly folks wonder how they'll manage to buy groceries at the nearest grocer 10 miles from their cozy neighborhood. The faithful customers -- many who raised families around the supermarket -- could walk or drive a few blocks or a mile from just outside the village. Now they face tough choices brought on by people they've never met and perhaps never saw. You see, this scenario is being played out in Water- ville, New York. But it is a stark reminder increasingly common across America by food-chain conglomerates stuck on greed as opposed to maintaining the lifeblood of a community older than the American Revolution. The story is personal as one of my many cousins' is ending a 42-year job that has him wondering where he will work as he ponders retiring in a few years. He started working at Food King while in high school bagging groceries. His dad's Mobil gas station stood tall on Main Street a few feet from the market's parking lot. My cousin and his four siblings grew up across the same busy street in an old Colonial that still stands testament to a proud period. Waterville was incorpo- rated in 1808 after it had begun as a settlement in 1792 upon the U.S. govern- ment forcing the Iroquois Confederacy to cease after its triumph in the Revolutionary War. Settled mostly by Euro- pean Americans, Waterville became known in 1820 as the "Hops Capital of the World," with its virgin farm- lands and myriad equipment creations that possessed the ability to cultivate and cure liquid hops extract. In 1867, Waterville grew into a vast shipping spot as the first railway ser- vice opened, which allowed "Waterville Hops" to be shipped to brewers around the world. The dawn of the 1940s saw the end of the hops industry, but farming took its place. George Eastman, in- ventor and the founder of Kodak, was born in Waterville in 1854. My fond recollections of Waterville date to my child- hood as me and my six sib- lings eagerly rode 22 miles south in the family car from the county's largest city to wide open spaces that in- clude thousands of acres of rolling hills awash with pris- tine land. It's the idyllic coun- try snapshot. Life has treated Water- ville's 1,571 inhabitants quite well, until the big wigs at Food King arbitrarily decided to cut off its essential link to buy food and beverage. And pull the rug out from under the feet of reliable employees who toiled eagerly at the same store for decades. That's no joke as a few gen- erations of these kindly folks raised families and owned homes from Food King's em- ploy. Now, aging customers without transport either by choice or necessity look out their windows to view a land- , scape littered with greed and indifference. Their plight is also the future for the fat cats whose suspect wisdom has placed a temporary damper on the resiliency of folks who've collectively confronted tough times for 221 years. Expansion of MBTA Silver Line, Creation of Chelsea Greenway Governor Deval Patrick announced the extension of Silver Line service to connect South Station and the Seaport District with East Boston and Chelsea and also announced funding for construction of the Chelsea Greenway. These two projects, coupled with other recent investments the Patrick Administration has made in the region, will stimulate economic growth and opportunity for residents north of Boston. "Growth requires investment, and con- necting the people of Chelsea directly to the airport, Seaport District and South Station, accompanied by new greenway space, will bring ne w opportunities for the residents of these communities," said Governor Patrick. "If we want to expand opportunity in our Commonwealth, this is what government must do and do well." The Silver Line Gateway Expansion will create a new branch of the MBTA Silver Line Service that will connect South Station and the Seaport District with East Boston and Chelsea. This service is projected to carry 9,000 riders per day with an estimated travel time of just 15 to 19 minutes from the Seaport to Chelsea, connecting thousands of residents north of downtown Boston with work and play opportunities in the rapidly growing Seaport District. The Silver Line Gateway Expansion will also include the modernization of the Chelsea Commuter Rail Station, which will be relo- cated to Everett Avenue as part of a new multimodal Silver Line/Commuter Rail Sta- tion that will be fully accessible and ADA compliant. In addition, MassDOT will begin reconstruction on the Washington Avenue Bridge. After incorporating feedback from commu- nity meetings and other stakeholder events into route planning, service will follow the same routing as Silver Line service in South Boston before taking the Williams Tunnel and will stop at Airport Station on the Blue Line. Service will then follow the Coughlin Bypass Road and the Chelsea Street Bridge to the new Grand Junction bus way, with four new stations, Eastern Avenue, Box District, Downtown Chelsea and Mystic Mall. The project will cost an estimated $82.5 million, with the bulk of funding, $20 million, being dedicated to the new Chelsea commuter rail station. Service is expected to begin in late 2015. "Bringing Silver Line service to Chelsea will provide an even more convenient and cost-effective route for its residents and neighbors to connect with the vibrant opportunity growing in the Seaport District and the City of Boston," said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey The Chelsea Greenway project, will provide creative, accessible green space for the densely populated communities north of Boston. A $3 million state investment will help build the three quarter mile Chelsea Greenway, which will run through the Box District neighborhood on a portion of the former CSX Grand Junction Secondary Track right of way. The Box District, Chelsea's newest neighborhood, has already transformed a blighted industrial area to an inviting neighborhood for families. The greenway will provide bicycle, pedes- trian and green space connections in the Box District and the greater Bellingham Hill neighborhood. "Governor Patrick's historic investment in land protection and urban parks is an investment in our future," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. "The Chelsea Greenway will connect neighborhoods, transform a com- munity and create growth, not only for the people of Chelsea, but for the entire area north of Boston." These latest announcements build on record investments in infrastructure, inno- vation and education north of Boston by the Patrick Administration. The Common- wealth is currently renovating and expand- ing the Wonderland Station on the Blue Line, creating 1,400 additional parking spaces, as well as modernizing Orient Heights on the Blue Line to create a new pedestrian bridge and increase accessibility. In 2012, the new (Continued on Page 12)