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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 The time has come, the walrus said, EWS : 'BRIEFS TO TALK OF MANY THINGS (FROM of shoes and ships and sealing Wax of cabbages and kings NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER P CATIONS) Comp,ed Z. Buttuf..oco MASSIVE BUILDING PROJECTS WILL SOON BE UNDER- WAY IN ROME: In addition to current public works, much is being planned in the Eternal City to improve the quality of everyday life for ail Romans. Mayor Gianni Alemanno is busy dealing with planning engineers, economists, politi- cians and other urban renewal specialists to plan the city of the future. The ambitious plans are progressing, not-with- standing the massive traffic, thousands of holes in the streets' pavement, as well as inadequate security, issues that cause the Mayor many a sleepless night. One of the projects is aimed at improving Ostia's beach areas, Rome's real, almost waterfront. Another project, already underway is the restoration of the Coliseum, a work project long overdue. We stay in tune for further news, hoping to find out some of the details regarding the new projects. SUMMER 2011: HOT WEATHER ALL OVER ITALY: This past summer has been a difficult season for several people. Some elders have suffered terribly, and a few deaths have occurred in the Center-North where temperatures hit the high 80s and even the 90s were not uncommon. The South- ern population is somewhat able to stand the 90s and even the 100s, so frequent on the Eastern and Southeastern section of Sicily. I can personally recall an experience I had in the City of Catania in 1950, when I was attending the local university. I needed to go out one afternoon. It was very hot and humid, in the 100s F. As I stepped on the asphalt I felt a funny sensation. My shoes were sticking onto the pavement, for the asphalt had slightly gotten soft. I ran fast, trying to stay mostly on the sidewalk, or in the occasional shade! I will never forget that experience. The following day I read in the newspaper that the temperature had hit 56 degree C, about 122 F.! My strong advice to those who may plan to visit Catania (the area doesn't get north- em winds which are blocked by Mt. Etna) in the summer to be very cautious. Unless you want to experience a little .,. self-cooking! Good luck! THE MENU THAT MAY SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT. To raise animals that supply a considerable portion of our food is a big business, but one that also imperils the environ- ment. Therefore when you go to the supermarket avoid buying lamb meal beefsteaks, hamburgers, mozzarella and most cheeses as well as prosciutto. Look rather for turkey, chicken, eggs and tuna, which are healthy food and tend to save the environment. By some coincidence, the good food indicated above has a prominent place in the Mediterra- nean diet. How nice! Mayo(s Column (Continued from Page I) food drive and our goal is to collect I00,000 pounds of food for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Whether you con- tribute canned goods or do- nate a toy, your generosity and holiday spirit will help a neighbor in need and is greatly appreciated. For more information on how you can participate, visit /food/ canshare/. "~] F~ Most importantly this holiday season, please con- sider sharing what you can to help families who are struggling. During these dif- ficult economic times, fami- lies are doing their best to make ends meet, but the pressure to buy toys and pro- vide a big holiday feast can be an overwhelming chal- lenge. This year is the 25th annual Boston CAN Share Greater Boston's Affordable Private Cemetery Waditiona[ Burial Plot (for 2 ) Starting at $1500 I , .... , [ MIC .L E TERY [ 115 St. 617.524.1036 [ I tm,chae,cemeterycom I I the Italian community forover 100 years! I Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanical Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Back in the day there used to be a political deli on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan called the G & G. It is long gone. Now we've got the new G & G going on with Treasurer Steve Grossman and the Post-Gazette's Sal Giarratani. Just call "era the G & G guys. GROSSMAN SPEAKS AT EAST BOSTON MAIN STREETS BREAKFAST Recently, State Treasurer Steve Grossman addressed a group of community busi- ness leaders at the East Bos- ton Main Streets Breakfast event at Spinelli's in Day Square. During his address he challenged business folks to see the great potential for the business community if a casino ends up at Suf- folk Downs. Said Grossman, There are many ways busi- nesses here can make a casino a very positive asset." He also spoke of the Gross- man family roots in East Boston and of his grand- father who grew up on Marion Street. I can remember a chat I had with Grossman a num- ber of years ago on the Jew- ish community that once flourished in Boston's North End, especially around salem Street. We laughed about family ties and kitchen cook- ing that made Italians and Jewish neighbors very friendly with each other. My father grew up with a num- ber of childhood friends who were Jewish and fluent in Italian too. Last year I did not support Grossman's bid for state treasurer but I must say he has done a great job since getting sworn into office. BIKE RACKS AND DINERS IN THE CIRCLE The other morning I was over in Brigham Circle and I stopped into one of my fa- vorite diners, the Brigham Circle Diner. It is still a cool city diner with all the ambi- ance it always had. For 31 years I worked in the area and always-loved my morn- ing ritual of coffee, bagel and cream cheese to start my day. I noticed the Hub Bike program and that bike stand on Huntington Avenue. How could you miss the 13 bikes lined up and ready to go. They were right there in front of my favorite diner taking away precious park- ing spots for folks trying to get some takeout from the place. If you can't find a place to park, most folks pass by looking for another diner rather than face the hassle " by Sal Giarratani of finding a place to park for a few minutes while you run inside to place your order. Where was Mission Hills Main Streets on the place, ment of this long bike rack? MASS MENTAL HEALTH CENTER HAS RETURNED On Thursday, November 3, the new Mass Mental Health Center had an open house at its new digs. Two state-of- the-art buildings; one at 20 Vinning Street and the other at 75 Fenwood Road. The old site of the original Mass. Mental Health Center (74 Fenwood Road) is now a parking lot for the time be- ing. Eventually the Brigham & Women's Hospital will be building on that piece of real estate. The new site which opened up for business on November 7 means that life resumes for Massachusetts Mental Health Center in the Longwood Medical Area and Mission Hill. The original building was opened in 1912 and closed in November 2003, when it temporarily moved over to the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain. Plans are already underway for a grand centennial cel- ebration this coming June. WHERE IS IT? Who knows a relatively new neighborhood gathering spot in East Boston named "The Little Blue Park?" Most of us call it something else but more and more young families call it by this new name. Take a guess. POOR BILL KEATING IS PACKING HIS BAGS AGAIN The new Congressional map is out and poor Bill Keating who just got elected to Congress in the 10th dis- trict in 2010 is now getting pitted against US Rep. Stevie Lynch in the new 8th Congressional District which keeps falling further south. It appears there probably won't be a Keating-Lynch battle royale. Keating will once again pack his carpet- bag and head out of Lynch territory for a Cape seat more to his liking. Keating should buy his own moving van. He used to be a state senator from Sharon, and then ran for Norfolk District Attorney. When he decided to run for Congress two years ago he had to leave Sharon for Quincy to run; now it appears he'll be leaving Quincy for his Cape Cod home to run again. After this move, there is only ocean water in front of him and nowhere to go but get wet. Next move will prob- ably be the dreaded private sector. I was predicting this out- come as soon as I heard Massachusetts would lose one House: seat and I turned out right on the mark as usual. MALONE TO RUN AGAIN? Word is already out in the streets that former Trea- surer Joe Malone is once again looking at a House race. Two years ago, he lost the GOP primary to what I considered a poor Republi- can candidate who happily for me went down the tubes. There's a new district mapped out for the Cape Cod area and it appears that Joe Malone is giving it serious consideration. Time will tell how serious he is and how seriously he will be consid- ered by voters. JEFF KATZ IN THE A.M. Talk 1200 Boston morning guy Jeff Katz has to be the best morning drive time con- servative on the radio. He is entertaining and informa- tive. I end up learning so much by the time I park my car at work. Thanks to him the other morning I found out that "Occupy Salem" up where the Witches once burnt down the town, the lo- cal Dunkin' Donuts had more folks sitting around than the occupiers' camp- site. Where else but on Jeffs show would I learn this breaking news? WROL IS IRISH RADIO IN BOSTON I love listening to the Irish Hit Parade every Saturday on WROL 950AM. I've been do- ing it for decades now. The station started running a new motto, "The station your mother forced you to listen to." Not in my house. There it was more accurately, "The station my mother forced my father to listen to: My mother was Charlestown Irish and loved her Saturday Irish music. My father a North End Sicilian actually came to love Irish music too. I guess If you're forced to lis- ten to it long enough, it is like learning to love eating your beets, huh? IT'S JUST A DUNKIN' DONUTS SHOP South End residents are up in arms over a- proposed Dunkin' Donuts shop on Tremont Street in the South End. At a recent can- didates night, the audience stayed on its message of no to another Dunkin' Donuts. I thought while other Boston neighborhoods are fighting crime and violence, South Enders are bi&I\%$"& about a donut shop. The franchiser of this Dunkin' Donuts site is businessman Clayton Turnbull who owns many Dunkin' Donuts franchises across the city's neighbor- hoods. Turnbull promised to hold a community meeting ex- plaining all his plans for his proposed South End shop. He's hoping to convince skeptics that his plans fit in with the surrounding neigh- borhood. Turnbull has a very good reputation across the city as a responsible Dunkin' Donuts franchise business owner. GOD BLESS THE USA Recently driving to work along Alford Street, I noticed the American flag waving in the wind atop the Schraff Center in Sullivan Square Charlestown just as WJIB started playing "God Bless the USA" sung by Lee Green- wood. It was one of those moments that made you stop for a second and see what America is all about. i4 I