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by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage...our roots. RONALD WILSON REAGAN DATE OF BIRTH: February 6, 1911 PLACE OF BIRTH: Tampico, IL DATE OF DEATH: June 5, 2004 PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, CA SPOUSE(S): Jane Wyman (1940-1949); Nancy Davis {1952-2004) PRESIDENT: January 20, 1981 - January 20, 1989 Widespread impatience with persistent inflation, And Carter's mishandling of that whole situation; Helped set the stage at the following convention, And again at the polls voters noted their intention. Ronald Reagan's term had hardly begun, When he met face to face with an assassin's gun; The number of wounded at that time was four, Hinckley said l'm so sorry I missed, let's tnj it once more. Later in his term Reagan learned all the angles, Regarding all those Mideast political tangles; He invaded Granada, kept his peace in Beirut, But with the Contra affair there were no horns to toot. When Reagan left office the economy was hot, Energy costs were low and bread lines were short; But then at the time his two terms were ending, He just couldn't remember what caused deficit spending. Anne Frances Robbins was from New York City, This helped mother to pursue her acting career; Then mom met a doctor and soon they tied the knot, And the nickname of Nancy was all this kid got. A governing student at a girl's Latin school, And a field hockey player made the other girl's drool; A Smith College grad where she majored in drama, Then on to Hollywood and the old Cinerama. She met handsome Ronnie at the Screen Actor's Guild, Then in "52," her dream was fulfilled; Had two kids of their own and used the same carriage, But not for two others from his previous marriage. She remodeled the White House when they got to D.C., Ran glamorous parties that you'll nevermore see; Then in March "81" fate almost ended her run, Thank god that assassin couldn't shoot a straight gun. G iiiiiii!!!!!!!iii!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiii ST. MICHAEL 500 Canterbury Street The Respectful Way,, Boston, MA 02131 617.524.1036 Serving the Italian Community for Over 1120 Years! f Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons @ A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 Res Publica by David Ttumbull MBTA to Well, it's about timer This week Governor Deval Patrick announced that the Massachusetts Bay Trans- portation Authority will be- gin late-night service in the spring. According to an MBTA press release, service on all subway lines, light rail and 15 key bus routes will run until 2:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays. It's just a one- year pilot program. And it's just those two weekend nights, but it's a good start. The current "T" schedules vary from line to line, but generally speaking, the lat- est any of them run is a bit after midnight, with some subway trains and trolleys running almost to one in the morning. Fifteen years ago, when I ran for city councilor in Cambridge, I raised, and have continued to raise, the question: Why does the "T" stop an hour before the drinking estab- lishments close? Late-night service on those weekend Offer Limited Late-Night nights is more than a mat- ter of convenience. It is a public safety issue. What about the rest of the week? What about after 2:30? Why is it that I have to take a taxi to Logan Airport if I'm on the first flight out in the morning because the first Blue Line train doesn't depart Govern- ment Center Station until 5:30 am? What about late-night workers at hospitals and other institutions and busi- nesses that are open 24 hours? They pay taxes to support the MBTA, why don't they get late-night service? According to the MBTA re- lease, this limited late-night service is intended, in part, to "provide affordable trans- portation options to employ- ees working late evening shifts." Yes, but only for two nights. Most of us work five days. I understand, from conver- sations with a friend who used to work at the "T" and Service now owns a taxi and bus ser- vice company, that 'round- the-clock service is not pos- sible in Boston due to the need to use the early morn- ing hours for maintenance. Nevertheless, I am sure that the schedules can be extended. The governor's announcement this week shows that it is possible to run later, if only for two nights. Just for the record, New York's subway runs 24 hours a day 365 days a year. According the MBTA late- night service is expected to cost an estimated $20 mil- lion annually (not account- ing for offsetting fares or sponsorships). They have already signed up some cor- porate sponsors and expect to announce more soon. The MBTA has also said that during the pilot pro- gram, fares will remain at the same level as those dur- ing regular service, but warned that the fares may be adjusted later. E-ZPass Sign-up Session to be Held in the North End at Nazzaro Community Center on December 18 MassDOT has scheduled an upcoming E-ZPass sign- up session ahead of the tran- sition to All Electronic Toll- ing on the Tobin Bridge. The E-ZPass Street Team will be enrolling new customers in the E-ZPass program at the following location: Boston's North End at the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street, Wednesday Decem- ber 18 th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Beginning early in 2014, motorists will no longer have the option to stop at a toll booth and pay cash for their Tobin Bridge toll. Tolls will be collected electroni- cally in one of two ways: ei- ther through the motorist's E-ZPass transponder or via a program in which a camera captures the license plate and the vehicle's registered owner is billed by mail. E-ZPass is free to join and customers receive a tran- sponder onsite. There are several resi- dent discounts available to residents of Charlestown, Chelsea, East Boston, South Boston and the North End. For the Tobin Resident Program - Must be a quali- fied resident of Charlestown and Chelsea (eligible zip codes are 02129 and 02150). For the Tunnel Communi- ties Resident Program - Must be a qualified resident of East Boston, South Boston, or the North End (eligible zip codes are 02109, 02110, 02113, 02114, 02127, 02128 and 02210). In order to qualify for either Resident Program, the follow- ing requirements must be met. These materials may be presented on December 18 to enroll: Customers must have a privately owned passenger vehicle, NO COMMERCIAL VEHICLES are allowed. A valid Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles registration and lease agree- ment, if applicable, for each registered vehicle. A valid Massachusetts driver's license. Current proof of residency documentation by supplying a copy of a checking or sav- ings account statement or an invoice mailed to the ac- count holder's address within the last sixty (60) days or a housing lease/rental agree- ment showing the current date is within the range of the terms of the lease/rental agreement. The name and address on all documents must match the name and address of the account holder. Motorists may also join E-ZPass online, EZPassMA or by phone, 877- 627-7745. An E-ZPass Cus- tomer Service Center is now open at the Square One Mall in Saugus, Hours: Tue-Thu- Fri from 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun-Mon Closed. T/s The Season/H00/H00/Hv/ Merry St. Agrippina DiMineo Benefit Society 19 'h Annual Christmas Program for North End Children Only SANTA CLAUS IS COMING WITH GIFTS FOR ALL THE NICE BOYS & GIRLS. on Sunday, December 8th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at St. Agrippina's Chapel at 459 Hanover Street "Jr All who wish to attend please call 617"363-2678 between Novemr 18 and December 1st. To confirm you must supply your child's name, age, gender, address and phone number so that we can report to Santa's elves. r Please, you must confirm no later than December 1st. All children 10 and under will receive a picture with Santa and a gift. Children must be present & accompanied by an adul Also: Face Painting, Balloons, Characters, Gift Bags. Please Bring a Camera! r Saint Agrippina's Christmas Program is for North End Residents Only. Don't me00s see/ng "Santa C/aus" "VIVA ST. AGRIPPINA" JUST A MERRY GOOD TIME