Phillip passed away suddenly in Boston after having recovered from Covid-19 on June 15.
Phillip was born in Everett on November 18, 1962. Phillip was one of four children of the late Raymond and Mary (Smith) Auger. When Phillip worked, he was a horseman tending and caring for horses. Phillip worked with his father and brother tending to their horses at Suffolk Downs in Revere. During the racing season, they traveled all over the country.
It is my favorite holiday as it comes at the end of June and the beginning of July – at the beginning of summer.
In fact, on the Fourth of July there is much more summer in front of us than behind us. In New England, where the summers are fleeting, the Fourth of July is a moment to savor. It is as if winter is very far away. In fact, it is difficult to believe on the Fourth of July that winter even exists.
It is warm. It can be humid. Sometimes it rains.
This year, we are dealing with a pandemic, the Coronavirus.
The Fourth of July will come and go this year.
The general feeling among the people of Everett and in the cities and towns across this nation is that the virus supersedes the holiday. Many others believe the holiday has been ruined by all the restrictions caused by our response to the virus.
Those of us driving around and checking things out note the yearly display of flags waving everywhere.
Family members and friends are making plans for cookouts and parties although the celebration will be subdued for health reasons.
Block parties and large parties of all kinds everywhere well not be allowed.
Frankly, large gatherings are a bad idea.
There are other reasons the Fourth of July this year will be different from all other years.
You get home. You’re starved. You have a few things on hand. You get to work immediately.
In this case, you are making a quick and delightful shrimp scampi type lunch or dinner.
Estimated time – about 12 minutes. Here’s how it works out.
Obviously, you had to shop for the few items that go into this delicious mix.
Chesapeake Bay shrimps are the only shrimps to eat.
You can buy a handful at Whole Foods for less than ten bucks. Pea pods are another wonderful addition, bought at whole foods for a couple bucks, a small handful. They go a long way. They remain fresh and crunchy for quite a while in the refrigerator.
A few very sweet cherry red tomatoes are needed.
Basic spices – a touch of salt and pepper, a bit of oregano. Spaghetti-whatever suits you.
Italian olive oil, of course.
You rush into the kitchen; you get to work.
It is noon. You are hungry.
You boil the shrimps and then skin them. Takes about six minutes to do both.
You take a small frying pan and toss the pea pods, chopped tomatoes into the pan under a small flame. A bit of chopped garlic does the trick as well if you have it on hand. (You never use a high flame. That tends to take the crunch out of the peapods).
Last week, Senator DiDomenico and his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate, passed legislation to invest in municipal transportation projects and extend the Fiscal and Management Control Board. Thursday’s action also included the passage of an interim or 1/12 budget to ensure essential services continue to receive adequate funding. This 1/12th budget was signed into law by the governor Friday June 26, 2020.
“This investment in municipal transportation is a win-win: by funding shovel-ready improvement projects now, we can kick start our economy, all while moving forward with the development of a safe and equitable transit system for decades to come,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico. The transportation infrastructure bill, An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, authorizes $200 million in municipal roads and bridges funding, and includes $641,000 for the City of Everett. The legislation also renews leadership for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) by extending the Fiscal and Management Control Board for another year and maintaining the Board’s current authority.