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Page 8 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 23, 2011 00--fhe Soci bg J-Iilda M. Morn Left to right: WBZ-TV news anchor Lisa Hughes, author Dennis Lehane and WHDH-TV investigative-reporter- turned-author Hank Phillippi Ryan were among the VIPs at the "Hometown Authors Reception" recently held at the Hotel Commonwealth to benefit the ReadBoston non- profit organization. (Photo by John Harrison) On December 5 the Hotel Commonwealth hosted a "Hometown Authors Reception" to benefit ReadBoston. Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined some of Boston&apos;s top authors at the reception where guests were able to urchase books directly from their favorite writers and have uon Tataee INC"  MODERN PASTRY SHOP, ITALIAN & FRENCH PASTRY Cakes  Confectionary  Candies 257 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-3783 20 Salem Street, Medford, MA 02155 (781) 396-3618 WWW.MODERN PASTRY.COM f If you've never dined in an Italian home, you're never dined at La Summa's Homemade Italian Specialties 30 Fleet Street - Boston's North End Prop: Barbara ,Summa Phone: (617} 523-9503 Celebrate New year's with Us - Celebrating 27 years in business - them personally inscribed. The holiday party also included a special performance by Bill Janovitz of the Boston band "Buffalo Tom." This year's featured authors included: Dennis Lehane, Ben Mezrich, Mary Ann Esposito, Amy Traverse, Erin Murray, Joseph Finder, Casey Sherman, Michael Blanding, Andrew Rimas, Victoria Abbott Riccardi, David Becker, Marianne Leone Cooper, Hank Phillippi Ryan, • Bill Martin, Dr. William Henderson, and Jef Czekaj --just to name a very few. Launched by Mayor Menino in 1995, ReadBoston's mission is to ensure that every child in Boston can read at grade level by the third grade. ReadBoston, through many resources, helps children learn to read so that in the future they can read to learn. Boston is proud to be one of the first cities in the nation to launch a city-wide effort to help children learn to read. ReadBoston, through many partnerships with city organizations, funnels resources, inno- vative programs, books and best practices into Boston neighborhoods. For more information about the organization, call 617-918-5289 or visit ....... Joyce Hampers, founder and owner of Emerge Spa & Salon and the G20 Spa & Salon, rcently hosted the "SPAliday 2011" soiree siimultaneously at her two Newbury Street spas across the street from each other. We are told that Hampers also just happens to be the President of the Newbury Street League. Helping host the holiday Merry Christmas 325 Main Street, Saugus, MA 781-231-9599 • Fax 781-231-9699 At the "Feed the Hungry Gala," Quincy resid, right: New England Patriots cheerleader Asia l emcee for the evening, Chet Curtis; New Enl Allston; and Miss Massachusetts USA, Natali StilIHere... [tI[Jfo[ Maria's Pastry Shop Homemade Pannetone and Nougat Candy 46 Cross Street, Boston, Massachusetts "X uon dV'atale ' I sou00.00 / ,00/IIlIINI-! 84 Bennington Street / t / 4.:/K-J 617-567-4627 • 617-567-3080 l I1 ,/' Fax: 617-567-0800 I Function Room Available for Private Parties • • I Park Lane, Boston (Seapor District), HA &  % 857-366-4640 • Fax 857-366-4648 f'-L,,O ', J'[l ; M(3L sPca|ions 'GW  -" . m 'The Best Italian Food in Town" • fOP [(W Yt?ClP S EV • 258 SARATOGA STREET :. }  RISTORANTE & BAR l..I OO Traditional Italian Cuisine Bu.o, ._\\;atale  • 415 Hanover Street, Boston •   ,,o.,.  = . I • II MountVernonStreet, Winchester . -'" .... ""'"  .Kee, eite a.ct , • ., 781.729.0515 **" l ' .... .,,,, C':, ...... I "Take alook around, check out the colorful cocktails, the sleek furniture, the creative cuisine. So where are we? The Back Bay? Beacon Hill? Not even close. We're • • 1-/'’"''" )<’"/"\< f , Deivale i=unc|ion Iooms fop anq Occasion , at Eeco in East Boston ... This neighborhood • . - • , / ,," : ' Donato Frattaroli ,= [ / ..... I newcomer is wowing the crowds. -photm Gourmet Review "I i donato@  " "#'. .... " ........... ':'" IO7 Porter Street, East Boston, MA " , for Reservations and Additional Information ’,€04€  70 , 114  ....... .'" i " , PleaseCallatZ-$at-1112 or N/./2"""/; " ''-'";-,.4 FREE PARKING, ,