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Everett State Sen. DiDomenico going Irish for a day

Posted by Kathy McCabe  March 3, 2014 02:36 PM

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Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day in Boston. Now an Italian-American state senator from Everett is going green, too.

State Sen. Sal N. DiDomenico plans to add an "O" to his name on Friday, March 7, when he'll hold his first-ever St. Patrick's Day party, 6:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in Charlestown.

"I'll be O'DiDomenico that day," quipped the two-term Democrat. "We got creative with the name."

The event, which is sold out, will feature music by Devri, a popular Irish band, as well as an Irish step dancing troupe, and stand-up by comedian Jimmy Tingle.

"It's really going to be a fun, festive atmosphere," DiDomenico said.

Political jokes and jabs are planned, along with Corned Beef & Cabbage.
There will be Democrats and Republicans, too.

Charles Baker, a Republican candidate for governor, is expected at the event, DiDomenico said.

Democratic candidates for governor -- State Treasurer Steven Grossman, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and Juliet Kayyem, a former state and federal homeland security official, are also expected, DiDomenico added.

Gov. Deval Patrick can't attend, "but he will be sending a video message," DiDomenico said.

Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey plan to attend, DiDomenico said.

And so will Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a son of Irish immigrants who will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day as Boston's first new mayor in 20 years.

"Marty is a friend," DiDomenico said of Walsh, who took office in January after 16 years on Beacon Hill as a state representative from Dorchester.

The pols will likely trade barbs and jabs over dinner, but all in good fun, and in the name of charity.

The senator recently established The DiDomenico Foundation, a nonprofit that will raise money to fund scholarships for high school students from the senator's district, which includes all of Chelsea and Everett, along with several precincts in Boston and Cambridge.

Money will also be used to buy toys for low-income families at the holidays.
"It's a great opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and do some great things for people," DiDomenico said.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at katherine.mccabe@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe

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