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PAGE 6 POST-GAZE'FrE, DECEMBER 30, 2016 by Sal Giarratani Representative Adrian Madaro, with Capt. Kelly McCormack, District A-7, carrying a bag of toys and trying to make it a very good blue, Christmas from everyone down at Station 7. Once again, it was time for the annual Eastie Elves Toy Drive at the Hyatt, Logan Air- port, two weeks ago when the community at large showed up with toys in hand for the Annual Eastie Elves Celebration. This annual Christmas fundraiser was started several years ago by former state Senator Anthony Petruccelli. This year, State Representative Adrian Madaro took over this annual event for the first time. As usual, everyone had a great time for a great cause. Great food, music, fun, dancing and, most of all, great toys for kids in need of them. The children from the school choir at East Boston Central Catholic performed a melody of Christmas tunes for all in attendance. One member of the choir was Giovanna Cel- lini, Grade 4, who sang her heart out up on the stage. A great voice from Eagle Hill. Leave the "LIIIrEI to Us! W With a Gift Subscription to the f7 Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. Their subscription will begin with the current issue and continue for one year. Fill out coupon below and mail with payment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $35 per subscription. Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City City State Zip State Zip Phone Phone ... As I See It T'was the night be beat. Santa smacks his lips, restaurant next time he's here before Christ- rubs his belly, wipes his red... Santa has a bottle of Cham- mas at the North snout, and shouts this is what pagne for A[ Ca[dare[l[ at C.D.C. Pole; the elves Christmas is all about ... Santa and is impressed a lot, C.D.C.'s are finished desires a Pizza and BBQ, so off progress in senior care living making toys for all the good girls to see the famous Santarpio should be taught ...Santa buys and boys. Merry O1' St. Nick family. Frank, Joia, and Carla Pastry and food from Spinelli's is packing his sleigh looking are on the street waiting to to enjoy at the North Pole, he'll forward to getting on his way! " give Santa a warm greeting .... eat it all and not tell a soul ... ... Santa disappears into the Santa's next stop is the Social Next stop is First Priority Credit night hoping Massport's Traf- Centers to wish John Kelly a Union where Santa makes an tic Control radar will have him happy retirement and thank investment for life, and admits in sight ... Santa gently lands the kids who made him a snackto Julie that he isn't telling his into Maverick Square where of peanut butter and jelly and wife. He then meets Cathy Rush he's met with a loud thundering promises he'll be back. The se- of the Everett Bank and hands cheer. The crowd helps Santa niors bake O1' Saint Nick a huge her an envelope filled with cash unpack his sleigh and makescake, but forget the sugar for to invest from his stash ... Santa it clear Gov. Charlie Baker is "goodness sake"! ... Santa spots takes a picture with Revere not there... Santa's first words the handsome Vinny Lombardo City Councilor Tony Zambuto are of Donald Trump's win, and family at Liberty Plaza, who for the Post-Gazette, and ad- and wishes him the best of have been waiting a while formits he'll run for Mayor yet everything. Santa's advice for Santa's arrival. Santa extends ... Gus Serra is there to greet the president-eiect:whendoing a friendly handshake, and theSanta dressed so fine, and business with Democrats, bethunder of his reindeer sounds asks to take Santa out to dine. very select ... Eddie Contillio is like an earthquake. To Santa's Gus has a fruit basket for o1' the first to greet old St. Nick, delight, Vinny offers him an in- St. Nick, and asks him to give it and escorts him to his Bar to vitation to Vincent's Nightclub to someone sick ... Santa asks enjoy a nip ... State Rep. Adrian in Randolph where the Jolly o1' that Joe Mar[o, Century 21 Madaro, Boston City Councilor Soul can party all night. Santa R.E. and John LaP1aca of Ven- Sal LaMatfina, and State Sena- accepts with a happy face andture Reaities lend a hand and tor Joe Boncore advise Santa presents Lombardo's Caterkdg find him land with open space to take a rest so he~l be at his Services with tablecloths of fine to build a place. Having ended jolly o1' best .... Rudolph liftslace ... Santa's off to Kelley's his trip, Santa decides to leave, a hoof and flies over to Ecco's Pub with a wide grin to see good stuffed and satisfied, he's ready Restaurant where the ambiance pal Johnny, and John his next to heave. He squeezes into his puts Santa and his reindeer in of kin. Santa struggles to prop sled and ascends into the sky awe; it's the classiest restaurant onto a stool, guzzles a beer, and with his herd of Reindeer and Santa ever sawl Joe McNamee of offers the Mastrangelo family Rudolph with his nose so bright J&M Mechanical is on his feet lots of good cheer. Santa con- leading the sleigh into the night. and offers Santa a Seat. Dave gratulates Johnny on the open- Santa wishes everyone a Merry Modica's feat is to make Santa hag of Kelley Pub II in Peabody Christmas and to all and a jolly a Chocolate Martini that can't and makes it clear he~l try the good night[ TheAnnual The Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) held its annual holiday banquet at Spinefli's on December 15th. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash was the keynote speaker. The former Chelsea City Manager was Governor Charlie Baker's first cabinet secretary pick after Governor Baker's 2014 gubernatorial victory. Ash stated, "The governor has been making funds available for programs like NOAH and CDCs that make a huge difference in the lives of people and communities. While there have been budget cuts, there are areas we have increased funding." Ash pointed out how ttIe state recently assisted in funding for NOAH's Coppersmith Village mixed housing and commercial development near East Boston's waterfront. NOAH Executive Director Phil Giffee said of Ash that he connected with the issues that the community is facing. He added, "I know Jay to be a friend of urban communities." Giffee also said that Ash "is charged, with creating economic development opportunities (and) gets to the human side ... of everyday people who strive to make their communities stronger ... and we are proud of his kind words for NOAH, too." by Sal Giarratani Recently elected president "of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce Buddy Mangini gets congratulated by a bevy of female fans at the NOAH dinner. Carrie Tennant, NOAH's staff attorney, did double-duty at the banquet as NOAH's official Lee and photographer. Lopes. EBNHC CEO Manny Phil Giffee presented the East Boston Soup Kitchen staff a brand new microwave, making life easier down at the soup kitchen. Phil Giffee and Jay Ash.