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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 14, 2014 B UILDFest Boston Gala Celebrates The 4~ annual BUILDFest Gala Fundraiser & Student Business Expo was held Thursday, October 30th, at the Westin Copley Place for over 600 guests. Honored at Young Entrepreneurs the event were "The 4-Hour Workweek" author Tim Ferriss, Boston's Chief of Economic Development John Barros, and Davio's CEO Steve DiFillippo. (Due to the death of Mayor Menino, Barros was unable to attend.) This was BUILD's largest and most success- ful benefit fundraiser to date. BUILD's National Board of Directors member Ajay Agarwal and BUILDFest Committee co-chair Scott Friend. Gala co-chairs Leslie Riedel andAmy Glass. John Andrews and gala committee member Jeff Bussgang. BUILDFest Honorees Steve DiFillippo, left, of Davio's Restaurant Group and Tim Ferriss, right, author of "The 4 Day Work- week" with gala co-chair Darryl Settles. BUILDFest Committee co-chair Michele Norman, poses with BUILD Greater Boston Advisory Board members Roy Hirshland, left, and Jim Collins. (Photos by Roger Farrington) CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS PARK by Sal Giarratani l J IS THERE REALLY ANY GREAT NEED FOR A MATTAPAN HIGH SCHOOL IN 2014? For almost 20 years now, City Councilor Charles Yancey seems to have been on a crusade pushing the need for a Mattapan High _School. Recently, the City Council at a hearing tabled this motion reportedly to work on other city council- ors and the mayor's office on the merits of his new school idea for Mattapan. Yancey stated, "There is no ques- tion we need it, but I'd like it to be a unanimous vote." Many, me included, do have questions about Yancey's proposed new high school, which is probably why the idea was tabled re- cently at the City Council. The idea for a Mattapan high school has been hanging around since 1995 and over the years the BPS student population has been de- creasing and recently the iconic South Boston High School was shuttered by the School Department due in part to a dip in school popu- lation. This Mattapan school project is projected at $120 million and would be built on the grounds of the old Bos- ton State Hospital, but over the years with a shrinking student population this project may no longer be relevent. I believe at the moment the city is currently cre- ating a ten-year plan for school buildings and while interim Supt. John McDonough says he isn't closed to the idea but sees it as a part of a broader plan tP~at includes school closings as well. The news that the Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester (the former Patrick O'Hearn School) has begun its own 5-year plan to expand to a full pre-K to 12 school. The Henderson along with the former Woodrow Wilson School (which will house upper classes) may mean the death for another high school in Boston at this time or in the foreseeable future. Yancey will have to jus- tify the actual need for the spending of $120 mil- lion that could be used to improve conditions in other schools, such as the new pre-K- 12 high school in Dorchester. It may have made sense back in 1995 when first proposed, but sometimes a good proposal simply runs out of time. The clock may simply run out on Mattapan High School. Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, and the Bos- ton Parks and Recreation Department will host the 12th annual lighting of the park's signature trellises on Monday, November 24, beginning at 5:15 pm. Located at 110 Atlantic Avenue on Boston's historic waterfront, Christopher Columbus Park will be transformed into a holiday won- derland when the park's 260 feet of trellis are set aglow with 50,000 blue lights along with decorated trees near Tia's, the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, and throughout the park. Entertainment will be provided by the Lighting 24 North End Music and Performing Arts Cen- ter Children's Choir. Refreshments, holiday treats, and giveaways will be provided by the Marriot Long Wharf Hotel, Joe's American Bar & Grill Waterfront, Starbucks, and Magic 106.7. The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park raises the funds to light the trellises and trees through an annual fundraiser, which this year will be held at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Friday, November 14. For more details on the Trellis Lighting, please call (617) 635-4505 or visit the Bos- ton Parks and Recreation Department on Facebook or at www. cityoJboston.gov/parks. 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