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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEM BER'30,2012 Page 7 S| Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light- hearted! Thanks. It's been a very busy past month for me. I've been work- ing my little "tail" off to help raise money for a very good cause, the Robert Sorrentino fundraiser. This heroic little boy lost a battle with cancer and to raise awareness and keep his memory alive a fundraiser is held every year. This past event was held on October 27m and as soon as I got the word I set out to visit all my friends in the North End and beyond. I'd like to thank each and every person who donated their time, money, gifts and general support. With- Artisan's Asylum Hosts Winter Open Studios and Offers Sneak Peak into the Latest Buzz Artisan's Asylum, now one of the largest collaborative maker/art/hacker spaces in the USA, will hold its first Winter Open Studios on Saturday, December 1st, from 12 noon to 5:00 pm. It is free and open to the public and families are welcome. Many makers, crafters, jewelers, engineers and art- ists will participate, and the list is still growing. Studios and workshops will be open for viewing and art will be for sale, including drag- ons, robots, collages, didgeri- doos, quilts and jewelry. Visitors will be able to expe- rience interactive computer- Winter Open Studios, as well as copper jewelry he's made that's inspired by video games. "The Asylum is a place where it's never too late," says Molly Rubenstein, Ex- ecutive Director. "No one needs to feel limited by their previous experience. It doesn't matter if you're re- tired and didn't grow up with a computer -- you can still learn to engage with cutting edge rapid prototyping tech- nologies. It doesn't matter if your degree is in English Lit- erature -- you can still learn to program an Arduino." She adds, "And just because nexus; and dedicated areas for glassworking, electron- ics, robotics, screen-printing and sewing. Play and experi- mentation are encouraged -- and easy to access. A variety of membership and individual space rental types are available. Artisan's Asylum offers training in all of the available equipment as well as classes that ex- plore a range of other cre- ative media. These are well- subscribed: educational pro- gramming was honored this summer by both The Improper Bostonian and Boston Maga- zine in their "Best of Boston 2012" Awards. The Asylum out these people this would not have been possible. Many generated music installa- thanks and much paws applause to the following" The~:tions, tour gro~brication Sorrentino Family is totally grateful for the kindness and support that has made this fundraiser so successful for the 5th year. 33 Galleria Restaurant, Affinity Realty and Manage- ment Company, Amici's Restaurant, Anthony V. Bova, Anthony C. Simboli, Antico Restaurant, Artu Restaurant, Assaggio Restaurant, Bella Visa Restaurant, Benevento's Restaurant's (Joe Bono) donation towards the 40 inch TV, Bricco Restaurant, Dan Wiseman Insurance Agency, Elite Boston Landmark Realty, Fiore Restaurant, Florentine Caf6's (Jerry Ricco) donation towards the 40 inch TV, La Summa Restaurant, Limoncello Restaurant, Living Room, Mike's Pastry (Angelo provided cup cakes), Pagliuca Restau- rant, Pellino Restaurant, Post-Gazette (Pamela Donnaruma Editor and Publisher for all the ads), Pulcinella Restaurant, Regina Pizzeria, Riccardo's Restaurant, Salumeria Italiana, Sharon Salvati's donation for the two Kindle readers, St. Lucy Society, Sons of Italy of Boston #208, Terramia Restaurant, V. Cirace & Sons, Varano Group, Villa Francesca Restaurant, Vinoteca di Monica Restaurant and Tom Zazzflra. Freeway and his human companion would also like to thank the committee members Jenn, Erin, Brook, Maura, Jackie and ~IVlichael, Who worked so h~/t'd to put this fundraiser together and did a wonderful job. That's all for now. EAST BOSTON WARD 1 Republican Committee to Meet The East Boston Ward 1 Republican Committee meets Sunday, December 2, 2012 at i0:00 am at the East Boston YMCA. East Boston voters who are registered as undeclared or unenrolled or as Republicans are invited to attend. Please call Chris Morton at 617-569-4075 for more information about this meeting. The East Boston YMCA is at 215 Bremen Street (near the corner of Porter Street) in East Boston. The MBTA station closest to the YMCA is the Blue Line's Airport station. The Consulate General of Italy & The Boston Conservatory Present THE FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT WITH ITALIAN SONGS & ARIAS Featuring singers of the Boston Conservatory and Patty Thom at piano R. S. V. P. segreteria, boston@esteri.it or call 617-722-9302 Free and open to the public. spaces and individual stu- dios, purchase unique art- works and talk to the people who made them. Bob Field is "typical" of the makers showing work at Winter Open Studios. Field had began teaching foam fab- rication at the Asylum after retiring from a commercial foam sculpture business he owned for 20 years. One day after class, while experi- menting with a nylon base material on the Asylum's 3D printer, he discovered he was making small orna- ments. "I was sort of think- ing of spaceships and they came out as earrings," he says. He ran with this until he had prototyped dozens of earrings in various shapes and colors: He sought out advice from others at the Asylum on manufacturing and marketing. Field is now researching their commer- cial production and sales at MoMA, but you can still catch him at the 3D printer dur- ing Open Studios, demon- strating his methods and making prototypes. Jimmie Rodgers is an- other "typical" Asylum mem- ber who will be showing. Rodgers makes open source hardware and electronics and has written for a few well-known magazines and blogs on technology/hacker issues. A "full-time nomad," he is also a musician who learned how to play and make didgeridoos with some competence in the course of world travels. It occurred to him that he could make them out of PVC pipe. PVC is cheaper than wood and has what he calls better vo- calization qualities. He has experimented to find lasting colors and finishes for them, as well as custom mouth- pieces. Now he teaches oth- ers how to make them at the Asylum. He will have a full range available for sale at I~ IllU, ~Dlll 345 Revere dIl: www.sellgoldmass.com ~ , 7 g 2 you're an engineer doesn't mean you can't be an artist, at least not when you're sur- rounded by the resources and community of a collabo- rative multi-media space like the Asylum." Artisan's Asylum, founded only two and a half years ago, has burgeoned to 40,000 square feet of warehouse to- day. It's popular: There a six- month-long waiting list for its 140 studio spaces. Asy- lum members, local busi- nesses, universities and supporting fans have con- tributed to this group enter- prise with gifts and loans of equipment, software, cash and expertise. This has yielded a culture of robust interchange and learning, as well as dynamic facilities for woodworking, welding and metal fabrication; a jewelry is planning a new set of edu- cational programming for 2013 directed at local youth. The Asylum serves as the home base for several smaller collectives -- in- cluding SCUL, the "nerd art bicycle gang;" CEMI, which promotes digitally based cre- ativity; and New American Public Art, a group develop- ing interactive sculpture for public spaces. The young non-profit is cited regularly in the press for its innova- tive business development model and vibrant creative community. Artisan's Asylum is lo- cated at 10 Tyler Street in Somerville. There is free lot parking available across the street. It is close to stops on #87 bus, #83 bus, #86 bus. For further information visit www.artisansasylum.com. Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO * HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building f RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine 415 Hanover Street, Boston 61 7.367.2353 11 MountVernon Street, Winchester 781.729.0515 unc|ion ooms lop onq Occasion Ck~isleninq Gdol BoI , I idldatj I e eavement, I=k. Donato Frattaroli donato @ luciaboston.com www'luciaristrante'cm