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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE; NOVEMBER 2012 Art THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo Filene's Basement -- A Beauty of a Bargain Ciao Bella, Everyone I know misses the Downtown Crossing Filene's Basement! What in the (bleep) happened there? It was supposed to come back in 2 years, all bright, shiny and new! I usually have excellent intu- ition. When I heard about and then pho- tographed the tearing down of the old Filene's I knew deep down it wasn't coming back! Truly a loss[ I purchased makeup from "I Just Got Japan and perfume from France at prices A Bargain atI could afford! I can remember my first Filene's bargain at 18 years old the first time my Basement!" fellow Cosmetology classmates walked me down into the Basement. I found a fabu- lous pair of designer Charles Jordan shoesI I couldn't believe the discounted price. Upon return visits as the down escalator delivered me to shop heaven my head would bounce up to the ceiling scour- ing for the huge automatic markdown signs! Four square dates to glare upon defined your bargain of the day. Has any- one ever hidden an item knowing that the very next day it would be 50% off?. I found my $200 Emanuel sweater (paid $50) in a petite section. The day I purchased it was a bar- gain price of 75% offi After the purchase the sales ladies were all pointing at me and congratulating me on my bargain! Recently at Brookline's Public Library there was a docu- mentary shown called Voices from the Basement. The room was packed full of salesladies that had worked at Filene's Basement for 60 years, 30 years etc., and all their wonder- ful stories, as well as those of all we ex-Basement shop- pers, were told. Many of us wore the clothes and jewelry we purchased from the Basement, identified with hand-writ- ten labels. I wore my Emanuel sweater with my earrings and matching scarf, both Salvatore Ferragamo, and my first CameoT One lady shopper even wore her moth-eaten sweaterI My husband David wore Filene's Basement from hose to bow tie! The documentary was brilliant. Filmed through the years, it showed the Running of the Brides sale, the lines of shop- pers rushing the rope, the pulling and tugging of items and the closing of the Basement breakfast! The filmmakers, Susan D. Edbril and Michael Bavaro, made this memory thinking that Filene's Basement would be returning! Their insight has brought us back in time when the "date" was the most important part of our day! Bravo! Buona giomata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.com. Editorial (Continued from citizens have already sent messages to the EPA and the President voicing their support for this vital standard as a key step in reducing harmful pollutants that con- tribute to unhealthy air. This number continues to grow daily. The Lung Association stands with those who need these protections most and Page 3) knows that President Obama must have the EPA set a more protective soot standard be- fore the end of the year. We cannot continue to ignore science and forsake the health of America's families. Contact Candace Lavin {candacelavin87@gmail.com or 508-620- 1098) or Katie King (kking@alane.org or 781-314- 9011J for further details. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Celebrates 35 Years in Business Front Row, (L to R): Revere Chamber of Commerce Board Member Annette Bornstein, Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo and Tom Yourawski. Back Row, (L to R): Revere Chamber of Commerce President Laura D'Amico, Revere City Hall Staffer Joyce DiNuccio, Jewelry Box staff Justin Puopolo, Lisa Avola and Darlene Mazac. The Jewelry Box recently celebrated their 35 years in business in the community of Revere, Massachusetts. To celebrate this special occasion Tom Yourawski held a rib- bon cutting event on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. Guests included Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo, representatives of the Revere Cham- The Greenway Walk We all tend to develop little routines that we look forward to as part of our daily sched- ule. It might be reading the newspaper at breakfast accompanied by a cup of coffee or listening to the evening news just before dinner. A close friend of ours loves her daily train ride in and out of Boston which pro- vides her with an hour of time for reading a good book. In our years at Shreve's we came to look forward to our lunch hour and the wonder- ful opportunity that was provided by work- ing just across the street from the Public Garden, when the store was located on ber of Commerce and the Jewelry Box staff including Tom's grandson Justin Puopolo who serves as General Manager. The Jewelry Box is located at 345 Broad- way in Revere, MA. For further details, please call 781-286-CASH or visit them online at www.sellgoldmass.com. A Favorite Destination by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari It has been many years since our days at Shreve's but we never got out of the habit of taking a daily walk and grabbing a light lunch somewhere along the way. A favorite destination has been a small bakery in Chinatown about a mile and a quarter from home at the end of a brisk walk along the Greenway; amazingly enough, this is a walk that would hardly have been made just a decade ago when the elevated expressway stretched along the same route that we now consider inviting. It is a testament to the progress made in transforming Boston into the very livable city it has become. We discovered our bakery about two years ago, quite by chance, attracted not just to the food but the friendly and convivial at- mosphere created by the staff. The bakery Serves exactly the type of lunch we enjoy, small sandwiches, tea and possibly a small piece of pastry. We tend to visit it about four times a week as part of an exercise regi- men that involves a brisk 3 mile walk. Over time we've been able to bridge the language barrier, as most of the staff speaks very little English, with a Chinese to English converter app on our smartphones; often reversing the sequence from English to Chinese, a technological marvel that helped open our worlds to each other. With a bit of modem technology and a will- ingness to exercise daily we have been able to create a unique experience and enjoy the benefits of familiarizing ourselves with an ancient culture, turning an ordinary walk and exercise session into an anticipated delightful experience.