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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 7, 2012 Carmella's Market Eastie' s Newest Italian Market by Cyn Donnelly 10 m Annual Christmas at Fenway by Cyn DonneUy City Councilor Sal LaMattina and State Representative Carlo Basile bring greetings to Clark and Carmella Moulaison from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Recently Gloria's Food Store, a long-time local landmark in East Boston, was sold by its owner Jerry Del Prete to the East Boston Main Streets Director Clark Moulaison. East Boston residents and other fans of Gloria's need not worry about things in the neigh- borhood changing much, though, because Moulaison has reopened the popular store under a new name: Carmella's Market. Much is staying the same at Carmella's, from the store carrying a wide variety of pastas, olive oils, peppers and cold cuts to each sandwich being made to order. Del Prete even stayed on to assist with suppliers and customers during the transition. The store had various owners since open- ing in the 1920s but Del Prete owned and ran it for 34 years before finally selling to Moulaison. Moulaison has every intention of keeping the customers as happy as Del Prete did for all those years. Carmella's Grand Opening was packed with customers on hand to sample a variety of Italian staples. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) I am so happy to announce that, once again, our Thanks- giving Pet Food Drive was a success! I don't know how to thank EVERYONE that took the time to drop off their donations at the Post- Gazette. The many donations included food, leashes, toys, treats, beds and other items for both cats and dogs. We would also like to thank everyone that donated space on their web page to get the message out. Dn Wednesday, Novem- ber 21 -t we went to the MSPCA-Angell Memorial and staff member Cory Berry-Whitlock was de- lighted to accept the many donations just in time for Thanksgiving. He was truly appreciative of how many people had been so thought- fill  pecially during the dif- ficult times many are still having. Please note that anything that can't be used at the shelter will be given to thoe in the community Cory Berry-Whitlock of the MSPCA-Angell Boston (center) holding Freeway, Joan Smith (left) and Marie Simboli (right). who are less fortunate and have pets. The success of the food drive increases with each year and I look forward to doing it all again in 2013. Are you with me? I know you areT I'd. like to give a specil (Photo by Louie Graffeo) "thank you" to my friends Marie, Louie and Joan at the Post-Gazette for helping me bring the donations to the Angell Memorial. We should ALL be happy that we gave pets who don't have a lot something to be happy about at the holidays. (Photo by Cyn Donnelly, The 2012 baseball season didn't give Red Sox fans much to cheer about, but the team started off the 2013 season by spreading good will and Christmas spirit at the 10 th annual Christmas at Fenway event held on Satur- day, December 1 st. Each year since 2003, the Red Sox begin the Christmas season with the family- friendly event that gives lucky fans the opportunity to purchase tickets for the up- coming season right at Fenway Park. Fans are in- vited to register to win a spot on the invitation list and those fortunate enough to be chosen get to bring guests with them. Tickets for the 2013 season went on sale Saturday and many fans sat home listening to a busy sig- nal on their phone or sitting online in the virtual waiting room hoping to buy them be- fore they sold out, but the lucky people who were cho- sen in the Christmas at Fenway lottery knew they would get the opportunity to buy tickets for the upcoming season without fear of see- ing a "sold out" sign. But there was more to do on Saturday than just buy tickets. The Red Sox Foun- dation held a raffle through- out the day where fans won autographed memorabilia from various Red Sox players and for those who weren't lucky enough to win there was Red Sox memorabilia up for sale as well. A choir en- tertained fans by singing Christmas carols and two dif- ferent train rides were avail- able for .the kids, but the highlight of the day was the opportunity to meet cur- rent and former Red SX players and get their auto- graph. Among others, newly- appointed manager John Farrell was there along with 2012 fan favorite Pedro Ciriaco, former closer Keith Foulke representing the 2004 World Series champi- onship team and Red Sox leg- end Luis Tiant. Foulke, one of the heroes of the 2004 season who was long-ha- rangued by sports radio loud- mouths for supposedly hav- ing a bad attitude while he was here, was welcomed warmly by the fans and seemed to be enjoying him- self immensely, even stay- ing around for a segment with NESN's Don Orsillo where he gotto snuggle with a skunk provided by Curious Critters. Red Sox President Larry Lucchino and General Man- ager Ben Cherington were also there and answered questions from both Orsillo and the fans, assuring all that the team was moving in the right direction with ev- ery intention of bringing a winning season in 2013. For baseball fans, being at Fenway Park during the baseball season, when you can smell the hotdogs and witness outfielders running into the Green Monster, is an experience like no other. This year, the year of Fenway's i00 th anniversary, the experience was made even more special as snow fell throughout the day, giv- ing many fans the unique opportunity to witness Fenway Park in the snow. Truck Day (that wonderful day when the equipment truck leaves Fenway Park for Ft Myers to begin Spring Training) is on February 5 th and the Red Sox start the 2013 season in the Bronx playing the Yankees on April i s'. But the day to really look forward to is Monday, April 8 , which is the day the Red Sox come back to Boston,and start the season athome against the Baltimore Ori- oles. Finishing in last place made 2012 a majordisap - pointment for the Red Sox and their fans but on Open- ing Day every team is in first place. Christmas at Fenway served as a reminder that the winter washes away the stench of a bad summer and gives Red Sox fans new hope for the spring. Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530