Townie Tidbits

By Sal Giarratani


“We should all, as citizens of this great nation, be frightened by the latest drug statistics. We should all question what that means to our futures and those of our children. We should all resolve not to be silent any longer. By the latest drug statistics and the renewed calls for legalization of marijuana, it is painfully obvious that our ‘letting up’ is going to let down the young people of this country. It is time to just say ‘Whoa!’

– First Lady Nancy Reagan

   Wall Street Journal commentary

January 23, 1996


Kevin, the DJ from Charlestown was surrounded by his many friends and family at a fundraising celebration at the Somerville City Club on March 5. Cain has been diagnosed with Stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer and doctors apparently have done all they could do. Everyone seemed to be there for Kevin and enjoy a laugh or two. His bro’ Smokin’ Cain was there at his side like a brother should.

I thought about my own brother Dominic who passed away in his sleep while visiting his son and family in Austin, Texas back on March 5, 2007 at age 56.

I learned early in life from my mom about the concept of TIME. We all have it and we can’t control it. As my mother always said, “When it is your time, it is your time.”

No one gets off this planet alive and we all know that but none of us want to get off Earth today, right?

When he passed, it was a complete shock to me and his entire family because they or I never saw it coming.

There’s an old Irish saying that goes,”Look at a tombstone. It list the date you are born and the date you die. Neither of which you control but the dash between the two dates, that you control. That is your life which you do control.”

I choose to remember the dash on his stone over at St. Michael’s over in Roslindale. The years together and the love we shared as brothers and all the crazy things we did over the years and just plain life itself.

This recent fundraiser sounded like a great Irish Wake when the guest of honor is still here enjoying time with those he loves and those who love him.


I was passing by Freeport (IBEW) Hall going south on the Expressway in Dorchester and noticed the digital board announcing that April 11 is being called Red Sox Day for the Jimmy Fund. All are encouraged to wear Red Sox stuff whether going to school or work that day in support of the Jimmy Fund’s fight against cancer.


Don’t forget April 28 and the Harvest on Vine Spring Fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus starting at 6:30 PM. Catered dinner and entertainment by Tony V. and Karson Tager. Put some spring in your Spring.


Life since retirement as a police officer for over 27 years has been great. This coming April 30 will be my third anniversary of my retirement. Recently, I ended up at Boston Casting in Allston looking for some background acting again in the movie Patriots Day which will be filmed in Boston during the month of April. Ten years ago, I played a role in STIFFs filmed partly in nearby Everett where I played a low level hood. More recently, I was a FBI agent in BLACK MASS and a businessman in JOY.

   Someday I want to talk in movies because I love talking and because it pays more too.

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