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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 30, 2011 Page 7 Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. 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. I may be just a pooch but I am well aware of what events are going on in the North End. I had just at- tended on December 7, 2011 Toys for Tots at Elite Boston Landmark Realty, located at 350 Commercial Street, was proud to announce they were collecting toys for the Marine Corp's the best ever. The generosity of everyone was wonderful, toys in the boxes were over-flowing. People from the North End just kept on coming in and brought toys. The heartfelt warmth of this event made everyone feel good. The best part was the food was to die for cooked by my friend Janet Gilardi. I couldn't believe the food: homemade meatballs, sau- sages, calzone with eggplant, jumbo coconut shrimp, etc., etc., white wine, red wine, water and soda, oh! home- made cookies, too. Maria DiTuttio and Toni Gilardi of Elite Boson Landmark Realty made you feel so wel- come and they were so happy to see everyone that could attend this special event. Also, on December 10, 2011 at the Sterite Skating Rink on Commercial Street they had a Merry Santa Skate & Toy Drive another great event and my friend Jason Aluia invited me and I had a great time. Raffle, prizes, holiday music, cookies, cake, coffee and cider and of course photos with Santa. So many people had given in spite of the hard times they all thought of the children from ages 1-13. The North End is a wonderful place to live and I have lived here as a pooch for 12 years and love it, wouldn't live anywhere else. I even won a pair of ice skates, but I won't have time to use them because I am always working so I donated them back to the toy drive. My purpose in life as a pooch is to keep everyone happy and to write my column as I have worked at the Post- Gazette for six years. I must be doing a good job I haven't gotten fired yet! Right Bossy For now I say '~rHANK YOU" TO EVERYONE THAT AT- TEND THESE EVENTS AND HAD BEEN SO GENEROUS AND WONDERFUL TO THESE SPECIAL CHILDREN. That's all for now! Remember to pick up after your pet and keep our North End streets CLEAN. NOAH HOLDS 24TH ANNUAL DINNER Speaker Bob DeLeo and Phil Giffee, NOAH execu- tive director chat following the Speaker's address to those at the dinner. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) Noah the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing commu- nity organization recently held their 244 Annual Din- ner to honor the folks who work tirelessly to ensure by Sal Giarratani that working families can survive in these harsh eco- nomic times. NOAH provides the tools necessary to stay afloat. At the 24th Annual NOAH Dinnca: held at Spinelli's in Day Square on Thursday, December 15, more than 200 folks showed up from the community and agencies private and public that work with NOAH on housing is- sues. Special Guest Speaker was Speaker Bob DeLeo who was born and raised in East Boston and has always been there for East Boston during his long tenure up on Beacon Hill. He was intro- duced by City Councilor Sal LaMattina who made refer- ences to DeLeo's roots to this diverse community. DeLeo mentioned NOAH's "huge @ _PINELLIS UNCTION FACILITY" Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceafiera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA Please Call 617-567-4499 Cousins Samantha "Sami" Giarratani and the Post- Gazette's Sal Giarratani catching up on family news at the dinner. (Photo by Sal Giarratani)~ role" in the struggle faced by working families and hous- ing. He added NOAH's prin- ciples like his own have always been about "fairness compassion and loyalty." Said the Speaker, the country may be in a reces- sion but blue collar workers are experiencing a great depression of their own. He added that unemployment in Massachusetts has now dropped to 7 percent but 7 percent is still too high. DeLeo stated that the state's new gaming bill can hope- fully stimulate our economic growth. It isn't the cure all but it can create thousands of new jobs and enable Beacon Hill to have more revenue for local aid, eco- nomic development and pub- lic education. He personally (Continued on Page 14) $-I r CASH In Your Gold I I I I 4 B I I 781-286-CASH [ Honest & Trusted for 33 Years!! I Mrs. Murphy... As I See It The promises and predictions are Mrs. Murphy's opinions. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year. Promises made to be broken ... Predictions made ... and Best and Worst of 2011 ... Thank goodness 2011 is over and time to cheer on a bright and prosperous New Year ... With Christmas behind, people should hopefully become more kind ... Mayor Menino prom- ises to focus on East Boston and her beautiful waterfront welcoming, investors to build high end condos ... Eastie schools promise to excel in academic excellence ... The word Christmas will not be stricken from our traditional language ... The Atheist movement will disappear ... The city will make it easier for new and attractive businesses to open in East Boston .., The Lombardo family will build a beautiful condo complex in the heart of the city ... Spinelli's will introduce a huge pizza pie for Super Bowl Sunday ... Eilte Restaurant will offer early bird breakfast specials ... Pericola's will give a free T-shirt to every fiftieth customer ... Kelley's will en~tertain you with new sports celebrities each week ... Santarpio's will make a pizza that no one can duplicate ... Dunkin' Donuts will brew better coffee ... Banks promise to lend out more money ... Predictions: Bennington Street" will become a one way ... Central Square Park will become a tourist attraction ... It will be against the law to throw cigarette butts on the streets ... People will be more courteous to one another ... Suffolk Downs will be given a green light for a gaming casino President Obama will lose the election BIG TIME ... Unions will lose their clout ... The economy will begin to improve ... Real Estate will once again dominate the economy ... East Boston Main Streets will be recognized for making a difference in Eastie ... A1 Caldarelli, Executive Director of Community Development Corp., C.D.C. will be given an award for out- standing service in. building low income and elderly hous- ing ... A wave of new community activist will emerge ... Most Revered Man in 2011: Steve Jobs ... Fraud Award: A! Gore for bogus global warming hysteria ... Most hated in America: Casey Anthony Prediction: Barbara Walters will retire .., Most popular teen idol: Justin Beiber ... Best chic restaurant: Ecco :... Most delightful waterfront restaurant & bar: Renzo Pizza, Revere ... Predictions: Whoopi Goldberg will keep her pro communist comments to herself ,.. Ultra liberal loonies will go in hiding .., Ameri- cans will rise against anti-American organizations trying to take away their traditions ... Santa Claus will continue to visit school children America will become greater lander new leadership .~ Happy New Year and God Bless ... Till next time! Letter to the Editor: mspca Thank You Post-Gazette Readers Dear Ms. Donnaruma, On behalf of the staff, volunteers and animals here at the MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center, I would like to thank you for your donation of the delicious food, wonderful bedding, treats, and other supplies. We are always in need of things like this and we are particularly touched by the generosity of supporters, like you, who in- spire others to help animals. The Adoption Center is very lucky that you chose to show your passion for animals by supporting the animals here. As you may know, the MSPCA does not receive any fed- eral, state, or local aide. We depend on the kindness of people like you, Last year almost 7,000 animals came through our doors and without people like you and your readers we would not be able to care for them all. I know that you share and support of our mission of care and kind- ness for animals. Please do not hesitate to contact me if we can be of any assistance to you in the future. P.S. Give Freeway a treat for us! Sincerely, Cindy Jaynes, Adoption Counselor MSPCA Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center M.P. & INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 617-569-0175 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 ESTABLISHED IN 1938 e-mail: