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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Abraham Lincoln Post 11 GAR Veterans Dinner atMemorial Hall by Sal Giarratani As a member of the Abraham Lincoln Post 11, GAR, I was among the more than 35 Charlestown veterans, family and friends who celebrated ser- vice to country together in the banquet hall at Memorial Hall. This was the first ever Veter- ans Banquet held by Post mem- bers and it promises to be a brand new Charlestown tradition. The Abraham Lincoln Post 11, GAR has been a part of Charlestown's rich history going back to 1869 and was brought back to life recently and re-activated by folks like Joe Zuffante, Stan Leonard and many other Townies. Members of Post 11 wanted to show its apprecia- tion for all of Charlestown's veterans and active duty per- sonnel by hosting this dinner. I know that all in attendance had a great evening talking old war stories with each other, but they were stories that made us laugh. All war is hell as General Douglas MacArthur once said, but sometimes even hell comes with a laugh track too. It was also a time to thank God for surviving to get to this first annual Veterans Dinner and hopefully it will be followed by many more. No one is left behind and our memories will live on too. God bless America and God bless our veterans too. No Dice in Milford by SaI Giarratani With the two-to-one vote in Milford against a casino, it would appear that Steve Wynn's Everett casino proposal is the last one standing in the so-called Boston-East region. The new Revere proposal is at best a longshot. The latest negative vote in Milford shows that while most folks like a casino, few want a casino near them. The odds now go with Everett as holding the best hand. The Consulate General of Italy, The Friends of the Italian Cultural Center of Boston & The Boston Conservatory Present THE SECOND ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT Free and open to the public. BOOK I:itE" I/i/" 109 Pages This outstanding book shocked me to the core. I was not aware that such a study was available. This book is a compilation of remarkable Italian related U.S. postage stamps reflect- ing outstanding people and historical events. Author Perrotta adds exciting anec- dotal comments with each noted stamp. Perrotta was born in Paola, Italy and is a fundamental philatelist. Also, he is a re- tired member of the Univer- sity of Cincinnati Medical Center serving in a variety of Pathological depart- ments. It is quite evi- dent that Perrotta spent a great deal of time researching the multitude of stamps included in his book. His initial and major stamps, that he intro- duces, are about Christo- pher Columbus: 29 pictorial stamps reflecting the subject and related events such as Columbus' landing in the New World. These United States stamps are followed by numerous attractive ren- ditions, such as Columbia Auto of 1898 a beautiful 32- cent stamp depicting the horseless carriage. In 1960 a 4-cent and 8-cent stamp was issued of Giuseppe Garibaldi known as the "Hero of two worlds." In 1965 a 5-cent stamp was issued, of Dante Alighieri "The Supreme Poet Laure- Phila-ITALY AMERICANA Italian Themes on United States Postage Stamps by Gerardo Perrotta Published by Xlibris Corporation Author Gerardo Perrotta This book is a compilation of remarkable Italian related U.S. postage stamps reflecting outstanding people and historical events. ate." In 1987 a 22-cent stamp was issued of Enrico Caruso, "/I voice of the ages." In 1973 a 21-cent stamp was issued of Amadeo P. Giannini a successful banker whose efforts resulted in the origin of today's Bank of America. In 2004 a 37-cent stamp was issued of Henry Mancini to commemorate his vast musical achievements. I could go on noting many more that Perrotta mentions but that would be defeating his efforts in writing this remarkable book. However, I dare to note one of my favorite baseball players, Joe DiMaggio, "A Yankee Par Excellence with a Root in the Boot'. Joe was the son of Sicilian immigrants who chose baseball over the fam- ily history of fishing. Joe was an elegant baseball player that was admired and appre- ciated by all. With confidence Perrotta mentions many more people and events of Italian heri- tage that he says will have US. postage stamps issued in their behalf in time. He even dares to name  some, among which are Jimmy Durante, Geraldine Frraro and Leonardo da Vinci. The best thing the reader can do is to purchase this sensational book and enjoy the page after page of exclu- sive Italian people and events on U.S. postage stamps. I feel I should note that Perrotta displays more than 23 stamps of the Madonna and Child by a variety of noted artists that include Sandro Botticelli and Bellini to note a few. Perrotta's subject book was a surprise to me. It was a delight to read and was inspiring. All stamp col- lectors (philatelists), I be- lieve, will cherish this book. Perrotta's anecdotal writing was on target and quite pre- cise. I highly recommend the reading of this book. Mayor Menino Lights Christopher Columbus Park Trellises Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak, Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the eleventh an- nual lighting of the park's signature trellises on Mon- day, November 25 ta, begin- ning at 5:30 pro. Located at 110 Atlantic Avenue on Boston's historic waterfront, Christopher Co- lumbus Park will be trans- formed 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 North End Music and Performing Arts Center Children's Choir. Refreshments, holiday treats, and giveaways will be pro- vided by the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, Starbucks, and Magic 106.7. The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park raises the funds to light the trellises and trees through an annual fundraiser. For more infor- mation on the Trellis Light- ing, please call (617) 635- 4505 or visit the Boston Parks and Recreation De- partment on Facebook or at /parks. SPINELLI S WILL COOK YOUR THAN KSGIVING DINNER! Order a Fully Cooked Whole Turkey By The Pound Accompanied By Homemade Stuffing, Gravy & Cranberry Sauce An Individual Turkey Dinner With Homemade Stuffing, Turkey Gravy and Crauberry Sauce. $9.25 lb 10 lb minimum order Sides available in 4 convenient sizes }! Dinners Indude: !'' Choice of Potato: k,l , ' Mashed, BakedorYams ": Choice of Vegetable: , ;.((37Butternut Squash, Peas & Mushrooms orCom \\;- "- Choice of Dessert Slice of Apple, Slice of Custard, Slice of Pumpkin or Slice of Mince Pie $13.75 per person Please Place Your Orders Before Tuesday, November 26, 2013 Order by Phone or Drop By Spineili's II - 282 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA 02128 :: [! Telephone 617-567-1992 * Fax 617-567-5150 www.spinellisxom ') l/:5 Spmelli s s Looking Forward To Hawng Thanksgtwng With You. : [l:'*, Open Thanksgiving Day! 8aan.. lpan. {'(