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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 30, 2011 Page11 Kudos to the East Boston Savings Bank Foundation and to the East Boston Foundation by Dominic Avellani, Director of E. Boston Adult Ed. Center With gratitude and appre- ciation, the East Boston Adult Ed. Center (Commu- nity Ed. Center) would like to thank the East Boston Savings Bank Foundation, (10 Meridian Street, East Boston) and the East Boston Foundation (1216 Benning- ton Street, East Boston). Their support and concern for our Center and for other East Boston community agencies is second to none. Mr. Richard Cavignano, President of the East Boston Savings Bank Foundation has visited centers like ours and has assisted them financially, morally, and with unwavering support. As has the East Boston Founda- tion under Mr. Richard Lynds, Esq., President, who has also visited Centers like ours and has also encour- aged us to work closely with the East Boston Community and to offer assistance for the community in every way possible. The East Boston Adult Ed. Center offers 18 different services to the immigrant, refugee, and U.S. school drop-outs. "It makes us proud to see so many of its gradu- ates open businesses in East Boston: Perlera Realty, La Hacienda Restaurant, Mi Pueblito Restaurant, etc., grocery stores (Jacqueline) on London Street, Beauty Shop (Oxygen) on Meridian Street, auto mechanic shops, electricians (Patri- celli), plumbers (Victor Tejeda), policemen, firemen (Mr. Espitia), teachers (Phon Hem), and more," stated Dora Avellani, the program director. The East Boston Adult Ed. Center does not rely on city, state, or federal funds and is truly indebted and appreciative to the East Boston Savings Bank Foun- dation and the East Boston Foundation and others for their assistance and sup- port. The East Boston Adult Ed. Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2012 and the school will continue to assist over 250 youths and adults per week (over 3,000 per year) in: GED Preparation, U.S. Citizen- ship Prep. (to legal resi- dents), English as a Second Language, Computer. and Vocational School place- ment, administer vocational school entrance exams, pub- lic notary services, immi- gration services, jobs and apartment placement (when- ever possible). In the near future, in order to service the East Boston Community better, the Center would like to open a Food Pantry where the needy would pick- up a bag of groceries at no cost. As president, Mr. Richard Cavignano from the East Boston Savings Bank Foun- dation stated in one of his many conferences, "Every- thing is possible when you have tenacity, creativity, and determination behind it." Although over 80% of the school population comes from East Boston, the others are from Chelsea and other Boston Communities. The school has no waiting lists and will assist anyone with the above services and more. Interested individuals are encouraged to call Mr. Avellani (617-567-7873) or visit the Center at 119 Lon- don St., East Boston, MA (next to Sumner Tunnel). Happy Holidays and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year! ~Joslin Diabetes Center Please join us for a five-course dinner with wine pairings at your choice of one of Boston's exclusive North End restaurants. Proceeds benefit Joslin Diabetes Center's High Hopes Fund. Sunday, January 29, 2012 Tickets: $150 Reserve Now! Visit $100 of the ticket price Space is limited, is tax-deductible to make your reservations online. Participating restaraunts: Out on the Open Market Texas Rangers have posted the top bid' for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish and have one month to sign him up. According to the New York Times, Texas offered $51,7 million to talk with him. Texas gets that money back if Yu isn't signed up for the Rangers ... The Phillies finalized a $33 million, 3-year deal with shortstop Jimmy Rollins ... Mets relief pitcher Frank Francisco just signed a 2-year, $12 million deal. He saved 17 games for Blue Jays this past season ... NY Yankees are bringing back Freddy Garcia on a one-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $44.5 million, not a bad neigh- borhood for a 35-year-old pitcher. Last season, he was 121-8 with a 3.62 ERA ... Roy Oswalt, 34, is still out there in the marketplace. The Phillies decided against picking up his big priced option. He went 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 2011. The Red Sox might be able to get him for say, $28 million ... Grady Sizemore EXTRA Innings by Sal Giarratani is back for more with the Indians for a one-year, $5 million deal plus incentives ... The Twins signed up Josh Willingham on a 3 year, $21 million deal. Last sea- son, he hit .246 with 29 homers and 98 RBIs for the Oakland A's in 2011 ... The Phillies signed up Dontrelle Willis to a 1 year contract at the bargain basement price of $850,000. Willis was the 2003 Rookie of the Year with the Marlins. He posted a 1-6 record with a 5.00 ERA in 2011 for the Reds. He is 72- 69 with a 4.17 ERA innine seasons ... Tampa Bay is bringing back right-handed relief pitcher Joel Peralta on a one-year contract. He went 3-4 with a 2.93 ERA in 71 appearances this past sea- son. He helped the Rays down the stretch with four saves in September and helped Tampa leapfrog over the Sox into post-season. Clubs Close in on Johnson The Chicago Cubs are clos- ing in on outfielder Reed Johnson for a one year deal. He batted 309 in 111 games last year for Chicago. He was also with them in 2008 and 2009. He played with the Blue Jays for his first five seasons and played for the LA Dodgers in 2010. He plays all three outfield positions which is probably one of his biggest pluses for any major league team. Valentine Appears Ready for McClure as Pitching Coach Bobby Valentine is on the reported verge of naming Bob McClure as the new Red Sox pitching coach. He spent six seasons as pitching coach for the KC Royals before get- ting dumped this past Sep- tember and has coached somewhere since joining the Colorado Rockies in 1999. He spent 19 seasons in the majors as a relief pitcher. He spent 10 years with the Milwaukee Brewers as well as several other teams. He went 68-57 with a lifetime 3.81 ERA and appeared in five games dur- ing the 1982 World Series and taking a Game 7 loss to the Cardinals. Saint Stephen, First Martyr Patron of Stonemasons by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Stephen, whose name means crown, lived during fhe first century of the Church and is one of the first Christian deacons and the first Christian mar- tyr. The apostles found that they needed help taking care of the poor and widows and in the distribution of alms, so they ordained seven deacons, Stephen is the most well-known of the seven. Little is known of Stephen before his appointment, his name is Greek suggesting he was a Hellenist, that is, a Jew born in a foreign land whose native language was Greek. The question of his origin remains uncertain. We do not know when Stephen became a Chris- tian, we do know that his ministry as deacon appears to have been mostly among the Hellenist converts and the fact that the opposition he met with sprang up among the Libertines who were the children of Jews taken captive to Rome in 63 B.C. then released to return to their homeland. The fact that Stephen was appointed deacon gives evi- dence that he was well suited to preach to the Hellenistic Jews. We are told that Stephen was "a man full of faith", and the Holy Spirit, he was able to communicate with people through his convincing logic, his preaching was filled with Divine energy to which God added the weight of "great wonders and signs" still despite the wisdom and spirit of his words, he could not change the minds of the unwilling who would soon become his enemy. Stephen was accused falsely by his enemies of blasphemy against Moses and God, no Charge could be more apt to rouse people to anger, he was brought before the Sanhedrin and condemned to be stoned to death. It is said that the accusations left him unperturbed and "all that sat in the council ... saw his face as ff it had been the face of an angel." While during his trial, Stephen declared while looking up to heaven: "Be- hold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God", they cast him out of the city to stone him to death. Custom required that the person to be stoned be placed on an elevation from whence with his hands bound he was to be thrown down. While waiting to be executed, it is reported, that Stephen, falling on his knees, cried out: "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." Stephen was then stoned with stones some of which two men were needed to carry, before he died he cried out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Saint Stephen's relics reside in a basilica built on the site of his mar- tyrdom just east of Jerusa- lem, outside the Damascus Gate. His Feast is celebrated on December 26th. Res Publica (Continued from Page 2) to Colorado) ruled a similar rule to be in violation of the First Amendment right of free speech. So Virginia voters may yet get another choice on the ballot. Here in Massachusetts the certifying candidates' nomination signatures for our March 6th election has not been completed. We'll know in a few days who will be the entries in that race. Given my person history of voting for los- ing candidates, I'm more interested in the opening of the live racing season at Suffolk Downs in May. At least at the track I win once in a while. And even when I lose I'm down but a few dollars, which better than I can say about the admin- istration of the current President. .BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM