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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 23, 2011 Page 13 00abb00onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Last week, I told the story about visiting Santa Claus, and there was even a pic- ture of me mugging for the camera. One of my fond- est memories concerning Christmas that took place as a child was the annual party at the Trinity Neighborhood House on Meridian Street in East Boston. During the course of the year, I attended that long-gone settlement house and learned how to make model planes, play basketball, box, wrestle, and even dance. During the week before Christmas, the staff would have a party for the kids of the neigh- borhood. The only parent who wasn't working was Babbononno and he accom- panied me a couple of years in a row. Of all the things that happened at the party, the one I remember the best was the reading of the Gospel According to Saint Luke, Chapter 2, by Ms. Orr, the woman in charge. I would hear this once again at the Children's Christmas Mass at the Sacred Heart Church on December the 25 a, and I thought you might like to read it: And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that the entire world should be taxed, and all went to be taxed everyone into his own city. And Joseph also went up To all our readers, "Buon Natale e Pace." Left to right: John Jr., John, Loretta and Michael. from Galilee, out of the City 6f Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the City of David, which is called Bethlehem; (be- cause he was of the house and lineage of David) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered, and she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, Io, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the gloryof the Lord shone round about them, and they were afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host prais- ing God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth, peace and good will toward men. There are many versions of this Gospel reading and this is an abbreviated one, but the one I remem- ber the best. And so, from the Christoforo family, Loretta, John Jr., Michael and yours truly, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, 7December 25, 2011. BUON NATALE a tutti and may GOD BLESS AMERICA. Mrs. Murphy (Continued from Page 7) Tobacco. Big Cheese Frank Sr. lays out a spread for Santa with all his friends, Joe Faretra, Clerk Magistrate, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Rep. Carlo Basile, Al Calda- relli of CDC, John Nucci, Joe McNamee of J&M Mechani- cal and many more ... Santa sees bright lights in the distance and follows the lights to Elite Donut where he's happy to see a Christmas tree lit, and the gang invit- ing Santa to sit ... Jane's pre- pares her famous red and green holiday pancakes, and Joe offers Santa a jar of his cherry brandy preserves with a pinch on the cheek. Santa has a special gift for Joe, a dazzling wall clock that plays hit songs every hour. Santa wants to play Keno so he trav- els off to see his old friend Eric of Jeveli's Restaurant and has a dish of fried calamari while there. He commends Eric for keeping Jeveli's one of the oldest family owned Ital- ian restaurants in tip top shape and loves the Termi- nal J bar where it's easy to park his sleigh! ... Desiring some more Italian goods Santa skips over to Spinelli's where he flips when he spots Rita, Louis and Anthony be- hind the counter waiting to give out some holiday cheer. Santa orders enough food for a week and plants a kiss on Rita's cheek saying I'll be back for some fresh made ravioli ... Heading back to Central Square he stops by Pericola's Gift and Jewelry Shop to say hello to Dave Oriola, and purchase a huge diamond for the Mrs. He al- most forgot that the elves love Italian cookies so he dashes over to A&L Bakery for a pound of biscottis. Rita rushes out and hands him a panettone and says "Christ- mas isn't Christmas without one of these." He rides over to Lubec Street for a quick beard trim and the "latest news" from Rosa at Salon International ... Then with a hearty Ho Ho Ho he an- nounces he must go. Up, Up and away Santa's back to the North Pole ... Merry Christ- mas everyone from the staff of the Post-Gazette. to register in your party when you can't be bothered to run local candidates, leav- ing your party members with no one to vote for in the pri- mary and the Democratic Party nominee as the only name on the ballot in the general election. Secondly, this is not an unusual outcome in Massa- chusetts. The incumbent re- signs, there is a special elec- tion with multiple candidates in a one party primary. This is not new in American poli- tics. Back in the days of the "solid South" one party Demo- cratic states of the old con- federacy also had multi-can- didate Democratic primaries that too frequently yielded winners who got less than Res Publica (Continued from Page 2) half of the vote. 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