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"l)l))'i'!)i'*')lQ")*'h'))!.s ' h* )i), il ,i q),lii),)i/jk ) V- THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS T L (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 3 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, JANUARY 17, 2014 $.30 A COPY William B. Evans Appointed Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department William Gross Named Superintendent in Chief Boston Police Commissioner WILLIAM B. EVANS Mayor Martin J. Walsh ap- pointed Interim Police Com- missioner William B. Evans as Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Depart- ment and Superintendent William Gross as Superin- tendent in Chief of the Bos- ton Police Department. "Commissioner Evans shares my belief that we all must work together in the community, across depart- ments and with state and federal partners -- to build collaborations to attack the root causes of violence and make sure everyone feels safe in our city," said Mayor Walsh. "He understands that we can't just react to crime we must work together to prevent it from happening in the first place." Commissioner Evans is a 33-year veteran of the Bos- ton Police Department and has held leadership roles within the Department for several years. Evans has had notable roles in the suc- cessful, peaceful handling of the 70-day occupation of Dewey Square by Occupy Boston, the City's response in the aftermath of the Bos- ton Marathon bombings and the capture of alleged terror- ist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. William Evans joined the ranks of the Boston Police Department as a patrol of- ficer in 1982 and rose through th ranks becoming Captain o[ area D-4 in 2006, a post that brought him in close contact with religious leaders, community groups, and business owners and most recently to the man- agement team as Superin- tendent of the Bureau of Field Services. Commis- sioner Evans is a 2008 graduate of Harvard Univer- sity, John F. Kennedy School of Government and recently completed a certificate pro- gram for Senior Executives in State and Local Govern- ment and participated in the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, John F. Kennedy School of Gov- ernment/Harvard School of Public Health as well as National Post-Graduate School & U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Execu- tive Leaders' Program. "I've known Chief Gross for many years, going back to the early days of my career as a state repre- sentative in Dorchester," said Mayor Walsh. "I know his deep ties to our commu- nity and broad experience give him a uniquely quali- fied perspective on address- ing violence in Boston's neighborhoods." William Gross is a 28-year veteran of the Boston Police Department. As a Patrol Officer he spent many years in the Gang Unit and Drug Control Unit, as well as serv- ing as an Academy Instruc- tor. He rose through the ranks, achieving the ranks of Sergeant and Sergeant Detective and was promoted to Deputy Superintendent in 2008, where he became a member of the Command Staff of the Department. As Deputy Superintendent, Gross served as the Com- mander of Zone 2, which is comprised of Area B-2 Roxbury & Mission Hill, Area B-3 Mattapan, Area C-11 Dorchester and Area C-6 South Boston. In this role, he coordinated with District Captains in their develop- ment of strategies to address crime trends and attended community meetings to ad- dress specific neighborhood crimeconcerns. In 2010 Deputy Superin- tendent Gross became the commander of the Field Support Division, which in- cluded command over the Youth Violence Strike Force Superintendent in Chief of the Boston Police Department WILLIAM GROSS (Gang Unit) and the School Police Unit. In 2012 he was promoted to Superintendent, Night Commander, respon- sible for oversight of all po- lice responses to incidents on a city-wide basis in the evening hours. Throughout his career, Chief Gross has maintained a strong con- nection with the commu- nity, and has been awarded numerous awards for brav- ery, meritorious service and community partnership. News Briefs by Sal Giarratani Good Luck to New York With the election of Bill de Blasio as Mayor of New York City, it appears that the Big Apple is going back to the future with a John V. Lindsay redux. As bad as Michael Bloomberg was with his wanting to ban all things he deemed bad for ev- eryone else, we now have a new mayor in New York who seems to be like all those Obats want- ing to pit the mean rich against the good people. More moonbats to the rescue. Bill de Blasio can't help himself. He grew up in the Peoples Republic of Cambridge after all. Tax the rich and help the 99 percenters out there, right? Now, New Yorkers will see the push for more Headstart and more universal Pre-K for all. That is the answer to everything. That will solve all our problems. Meanwhile he wants to ban all horse drawn carriages that tourists love when they go to Central Park. Like their liberal cousins in Mas- sachusetts, these liberals are out to save the horses and end pollution from you know what. The liberal playbook will be alive and well. The only good I can say about de Blasio is that he is Italian-American and more importantly, says he is a member of Red Sox Nation. I can only hope he holds to his word and doesn't pull a "Mayor Bloomberg from Medford" on us by switching over to the NY Yankees. (Continued on Page 8) iii:iii:iiii!! ili!i i i . i i i ii'iiii.!iiiiiiii  i I ,ii!i''!!!i I . Remembering the Great Molasses Flood by Cyn Donnelly To the uninitiated, men- tioning a Great Molasses Flood might conjure up cartoonish images of molas- ses flowing through the streets. But to those in Bos- ton and more specifically the North End, the molasses flood was no joke. Ninety-five years ago, on January 15, 1919, a disaster befell the city the likes that hadn't been seen before. It started at the Purity Dis- tilling Company's facility which, through the distilla- tion of the molasses into al- cohol, produced ethyl alco- hol. A tank on Commercial Street, holding about 2,300,000 gallons of molas- ses, collapsed on that mod- erately-temperatured Janu- ary day, sending molasses gushing through the streets with such force that the gird- ers and railway lines at Boston's elevated railway on Atlantic Avenue were dam- aged. 26,000,000 pounds of molasses barreled through the streets at about 35 miles per hour. Witnesses recall hearing what sounded like machine-gun fire (which turned out to be the rivets shooting out of the collaps- ing tank) while the ground quaked as if a train were passing by. Buildings in the area had their foundations swept out from under them and many city streets were flooded in up to three feet of molasses. 'Among the wreck- age it would eventually be discovered that twenty-one people died during the flood- ing, varying in ages from 10 to 76 years old. The disaster didn't discriminate. Young children, older men, house- wives and laborers alike lost their lives that day. The tragedy could have been even worse if not for the USS Nantucket being docked at the nearby Navy Yard. Moments after the flooding began, cadets from the training ship arrived by foot in the North End and began pulling people out of the molasses to safety while keeping curious onlookers at bay during the rescue. Eventually, other members (Continued on Page 6)