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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 16, 2015 Page3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETrE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnanmm Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 119 - No. 3 . Friday, January 16, 2015 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Sheriff Tompkins Sworn In by U.S. Senator Warren Sheriff steVen W. Tompkins was sworn in by united States Senator Elizabeth Warren during a special ceremony. Sheriff Tompkins attended the ceremony. Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins was recently sworn back into ser- vice by United States Sena- tor Elizabeth Warren. In a special ceremony, Senator Warren delivered the oath of office to Sheriff Tompkins, who will continue serving the Suffolk County communities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop as he has since January of 2013. Officially elected to the po- sition on November 4 th, 2014, Sheriff Tompkins had been an appointee of then- Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick who selected Tompkins to fill the vacancy left by his predecessor An- drea Cabral, who was tapped to serve as the state's Sec- retary of Public Safety and Security. As the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Tompkins manages all operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pre- trial detainees, Tompkins also oversees a manage- ment, security and admin- istrative staff of over 1,000. Mrking his first two yeats at the Department's helm with a keen focus on reducing recidivism through enhanced educational and vocational programming, addiction recoverY and men, tal health services, and ef- forts to expand addiction re- wife, Suzanne (center), also covery and mental health services in the communi- ties of Suffolk County and beyond, Sheriff Tompkins hinted at an even more comprehensive agenda mov- ing forward. "I am thrilled to have the great honor of being sworn- in by my friend, Senator Warren, and I am eager to continue my work in correc- tions and public safety for the citizens of Suffolk County," said Sheriff Tompkins. *Our focus has been on reducing recidivism by addressing the whole in- dividual with respect to teaching employable skills, tending to mental and physical health on things like addiction recovery and past abuse, and job place- ment and continued recov- ery on the outside once they leave our custody." "But, our work is far from finished," Sheriff Tompkins continued. "There is still much to do, not only within the Department, but with respect to stemming the tide of incarceration by address- ing the issues that lead many through our doors in the first place. We also have to provide increased services for those who have been in the system to ensure that they have the greatest chance for success once they return to society. As I said, we still have more to do on these and other issfies, but I am grate.ful for the opportu- nity to continue working on them from this office." DAVID GOMES Inspired by His Diabetes Twenty-four-year- old David Gome_s was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on his I st birthday. A week or two earlier, his parents, Carla and Ronald Gomes, MD, knew some- thing was not right and took him to his pediatrician, but no diagnosis was made. David kept losing weight and when his breathing was la- bored on his birth- day they rushed him to the hospital; he was slipping into a diabetic coma. Ul- timately David's parents entrusted the care of their young son to Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, knowing it as the world's preeminent diabetes care center. David went through the normal stages of growing up, playing sports and going to summer camp with the added stress of having to worry about his blood sugar levels and giving himself insulin injections at a very young age. His doctor at Joslin, Dr. Lori Laffel, en- couraged David to attend a Joslin Diabetes Center sum- mer camp when he was ten years old to help him man- age his diabetes- and it was a game changer. "I still remember going to the Joslin camp and meet- ing kids like me who had dia- betes. I felt comfortable there and I knew, even at that age, that Joslin was going to be an important part of my life Eye disease is very common among people with diabetes and yearly eye exams are critical. David Gomes, a patient at Joslin Diabetes Center who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 23 years ago, is pictured receiving eye care at Joslin's Beetham Eye Institute. The Beetham Eye Institute has been at the forefront in researching how to treat and prevent diabetic eye diseases, and is currently running 24 clinical trials. As a result, eye care at Joslin includes the most advanced diagnostics and treatments available anywhere. forever," said David. "I looked up to my camp counselors, these twenty-year-olds liv- ing with diabetes and play- ing sports and going to col- lege. They gave me a realis- tic, and surprisingly normal, expectation for my future with diabetes." The Gomes's are living with diabetes as a family, going above and beyond merely managing David's diabetes, to using it as a platform to raise money and awareness. Carla Gomes es- tablished CityFeast in 2005; it is a dining event held at several regfaurants in the North End, including at two of her own (Antico Forno and Terramia Ristorante), that benefits Joslin's High Hopes Fund. This year's CityFeast will be held on Sunday, January 25 th at 6:00pm at 10 renowned North End restaurants to honor its I0 th Anniversary: "CityFeast repre- sents how diabetes can be spun into something 'positive," David said. "Yes, there are chal- lenges that come with the disease, I have dealt with many, but it's im- portant to note the positives that come along with every obstacle. My Morn created CityFeast because of the sup- port Joslin has given me, and now it's one of my favorite nights of the year. City- Feast brings to- gether my family, friends, and the city of Boston for a great time, with great food, and it sheds light on this disease and the work being done at Joslin. It also highlights the impor- tant connection between food and diabetes." The team at Joslin and Dr. Laffel are a constant source of support for David, even outside of his appoint- ments; that support has led him to pursue a medical career. In 2013, David graduated from MCPHS University (Boston) with a Bachelor's degree in Pre- medicine. He is now en- roited as a PA (Physician Assistant) school at MCPHS University in Worcester, where he will be going on rotation and gaining the valuable experience he (Continued on Page 7) Chi b C.A.S.IT.? Who, you ask, is C.A.S.IT.? Simply stated, C.A.S.IT. is the passport to Italian language and culture. 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