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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 16, 2011 Page 5 You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. MAKE TIME FOR FRIENDS THIS CHRISTMAS It's the Christmas season. What do we think about at this time of the year? A big tree, all the lights, the tra- dition of giving gifts to our loved ones, making our fa- vorite cookies, and of course, the Christmas din- ner that will fill the dining room table with many dishes to share with our family and friends to enjoy. How often do we think of sharing time with a friend that we haven't seen in a while? Or, send- ing a card to someone we've thought about but did not have the time to do so? Or, taking some time to visit a senior or homebound neigh- bor? Speaking of friends, do we ever take out the time to say, ~Fhank you" to someone who has taken out the time for us, or has been con- cerned about our well being?. At this time of year espe- cially, we should acknowl- edge the thoughtfulness or the special attention they gave us by just being there when we needed a shoulder to lean on. We take life for granted at times, as we do friends. Caring, consider- ation, compassion and kind- ness -- all are a gift that we so often take for granted. We never realize how important that friend was until they aren't here. Before that hap- pens, take a minute and re- flect on that friend, the one who made the time when you needed it. For this Christmas, "friends" are a gift you can't buy, especially if that friend is genuine. Telling that person, "Thank you for being my friend," is a perfect gift for Christmas. Helping a senior by offering to do an errand or brighten- ing their day with a gift of cookies is another way to celebrate the season. To my genuine friends, a "Thank You" and a "Merry Christ- mas" is all the gift they need. To all my pooch friends and their human compan- ions a very Merry Christ- mas. To all of you that read my article in the Post- Gazette 1 wish you and your families a healthy, safe and happy holiday and one full of friends and good cheer. lVl*y co-workers at the Post- Gazette you have been very faithful taking care of me every day with TLC. I love you guys. Have the best Christmas ever and keep safe. Quote: Christmas -- What do people mean by sending you a dozen Christmas cards during the festive season; and not deigning to send you three lines by way of letter during the rest of the year! That's all for nowI Remember to pick up after your pet! East Boston Main Streets and the East Boston Chamber of Commerce 6th Annual Holiday Window Contest Winners Bennington Street; Rossy Jewelry, 35 Mav- erick Square; East Boston Furniture, 8 Chelsea Street; Balloon City, 995 Bennington Street; Taco Mex, 65 Maverick Square; Muzzy's Florist, 373 Chelsea Street; A&L Bakery, 330 Sumner Street; La Chiva, 258 Bennington Street; Italian Express, 336 Sumner Street; Vigo/Doris Travel, 46 Mav- erick Square; Halal Meat Market, 50 Mav- erick Square; East Boston Diamond & Gold, 378 Chelsea Street. First PlaceWinner -- La Hacienda- East Boston Main Streets and the East Boston Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the businesses who participated this year. Lighting up the store windows in all the business districts gives a warm and welcoming atmosphere to the neighborhood. Special thanks to judges Melissa Tyler and Susan Van Tuyl who judged over 30 entries. The Winners: #i: La Hacienda, 150 Merid- ian Street; #2: Eddie C's, 34 Maverick Square; #3: Meridian Food Market, 121 Me- ridian Street; #4: Rino's, 258 Saratoga Street; #5 Danilchuk, 73 Addison Street. Honorable Mentions: Elder Service Plan, 225 Sumner Street; Elite Donut, 350 Second Place Winner --Eddie C's III HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT ELITE BOSTON LANDMARK REALTY WISHING YO U AND YOUR FAMILY A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED A TOY FOR Pat Barrasso, 97, of the North End of Boston, recently met his former physician Dr. John Stoeckle. They talked about old times. Pat was a patient of Dr. Stoeckle for over 30 years. Dr. Stoeckle is an honorary physician, Massachusetts General Hospital Professor of Medicine, Emeritus and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Stoeckle has spent his entire professional life at MGH. He had various roles as teacher, consultant, board member, trustee and editorial. He is 89 years old and now working at The John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation. S.v l, ... Have Spinelli's Cater Your Holiday Parties Sp . ll % 8, Shop ;282 Be..incltor, Street, Past [~osto. lelephone 617-567-1992 Fax 617-567-5150 www.spinellis,com Ring in the New Year at SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Lynnfield Call for reservations 781-592-6400