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Page 4 OST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 3, 20t2 Middlesex Deputy Sheriffs' Association ! 1 Annual Membership Breakfast , t Middlesex County. I am honored to have such dedicated partners in those pursuits." Association President Michael Giacoppo by Sal Giarratani .... Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (left) and stand- up comic Paul D'Angelo, who also happens to be a former Assistant District Attorney in a previous and obviously less funny line of work. The Middlesex Deputy Sheriffs' Annual Membership Swearing-in/breakfast was held at the Andover Country Club on Sun- day, January 29. Once again several hun- dred attendees were sworn in to the asso- ciation ranks from across Middlesex County's cities and towns. Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian addressed the large group say- ing, "I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the work you do on behalf of the Middlesex Deputy Sheriffs' As- sociation. Your time and commitment are contributions from which our communities benefit greatly. I recognize the important role this organization plays in promoting public safety for our citizens and the posi- tive impact your programs have throughout highlighted all the accomplishments that had been made over the year 2011. From crime prevention to children's programs, the Association helps those that are less fortu- nate by donating their time and energy to important causes. As a Reserve Deputy Sheriff myself for several years now, I can tell you the Com- munity Service Program last year com- pleted more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service on behalf of families in need, the elderly, the homeless, our youth, brighten- ing the lives of terminally ill children, pro- viding comfort to our hospitalized veterans and assisting law enforcement agencies when called upon. Here are Fred and Jo Fernandez from the St. Joseph Society in Boston's North End. (Photos by Sal Giarratani) Apply Now for ABCD Summer Jobs! ONLINE APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE! Teenagers, Older Youths Urged to Apply Online or at ABCD Neighborhood Sites Teenagers and young people up to age 21 are urged to apply now for the ABCD SummerWorks program. This year Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) will provide summer jobs for young people ages 14 to 21. Applications can be ac- cessed and completed online at www.summerworks.net. Applicants will then need to bring necessary documenta- tion to their ABCD neighbor- hood office or to 200 Tremont Street in Boston. The ABCD SummerWorks program offers paid work experience, tutoring, men- toring and career develop- ment to youths from low-in- come families in the city of Boston. Those served by ABCD are the most at-risk young people in the city -- all come from inner-city families with a total family income of $27,938 or less for a family of four. "We hope that state and federal funding and the gen- All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei erosity Of donors will enable work-readiness and career- us to put large numbers of oriented workshops and re- young people to work again ceive mentoring and tutor- this year," said ABCD Presi- ing, including preparation dent/CEO John J. Drew. for the MCAS exam. "These kids want and need For more information jobs. Last year, we we able about the program, please to put nearly 1200 youth to call 617-348-6548 or visit work, but we had amost www.bostonabcd.org. 7000 applicants for those ABCD SummerWorks is jobs." part of Mayor Thomas Drew noted that with Menino's summer jobs ini- federal funding lookin even tiative for Boston and has tighter this year, AB2D is provided opportunities for at- reaching out to friends, risk Boston youth since corporate donors and others 1965. to help fund this all-impor- tant program. "We provide ABOUT ABCD: career development, tutor- ABCD serves more than ing, mentoring with caring 94,000 low-income Boston- adults. We. get teenagers off area residents through its the street and engaged in central offices and a decen- positive pursuits. It's a win- tralized network of Neighbor- win program." hood Service Centers (NSCs), The program places voung Head Start centers, Family people in jobs at loca non- Planning sites and Foster profit organizations ilclud- Grandparent sites. Programs ing hospitals, healtl cen- and affiliations include Fuel ters, museums, day camps, Assistance; Head Start; Child government agencies and Care Services; Child Care child care centers. The Choices of Boston; Educa- youths also participate in tion; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban Col- lege of Boston; University High -- an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; CAFF00 Po)00PCI i: FAM. 617-74Z-7727 Bistro * Beer *.Wine II " f-igti ii 'ili''''"''" Foster Grandparents; Eider Services; Intergenerational Programs; Food Pantries in several Boston neighbor- hoods; management of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Commonwealth of Mas- sachusetts Employees Char- itable Campaign (COBECC) and City of Boston Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC); advocacy and consumer services. When Did I Become I've always liked my poli- tics and I've always had a fondness for Texas. I've been there often over the years. My longest stay was back when I landed there as an 18-year-old for my basic training as an airman at Lackland AFB in San Anto- nio. I've been to Dallas-Fort Worth. I've been to the Panhandle at Wichita Falls. However, my favorite spot is Austin, the Capital City and bluest region of all Texas. My nephew and his family call Austin home and I think of it as my second best big city in America next to Bos- ton my hometown. I enjoy the place, the weather and mostly the folks. You don't stress out down there and the weather while it's quite hot, unlike Boston with no humidity, you can take the heat. The politics in Austin is about as liberal as it can be in this red state where some folks say, "There are three kinds of counties in Texas, rural counties, urban coun- ties and Travers County, meaning, the liberal county full of college students and outsiders. In Travers County, I sound like a northern Democrat to conservative folk: Once down there on vacation, I sent a letter to the editor in response to some guy who wrote the way to prevent one gunman from killing innocent people was to arm everyone. His idea, if a gun- man was watching a Long- horns game at the Univer- sity of Texas stadium, a lone a Texas Democrat? gunman wouldn't stand a chance with 50,000 folks armed in the stands. I called the idea stupid because the only thing that would happen was for lots of innocent folks to be killed while the real gunman walked out of the stadium smiling. I was called a busybody liberal from Boston for my response. I may be conser- vative but that idea was just idiotic. If I lived in Texas, I'd probably be a yellow dog Democrat. Up here though, lots of folks think I am a far right conservative. I guess everything is situa- tion and relative to what state you are standing inside. If I ever left Boston, it would probably be to go to Austin. As someone some- what to the right, Austin sounds right enough for me. Also, I hate snow and love heat. Austin has little if any of the first and plenty of the second. My nephew by the way is a conservative Republican. He likes politics. Probably wants to run for office someday but Austin is too liberal for him. I consider myself a Reagan Democrat which means I'm conservative but not looney tunes when it comes to politics. Even if I never transplant to Texas, it is a great place to feel like a Reagan Demo- crat with all that open space and hills. You can feel free- dom in the air you breathe. No wonder stress is kept to a minimum down there. It brings out my inner cowboy too. The Agency for aft your Insurance Coverages Richard Settipane AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference SPECIALIST in RESTAURANT and BUSINESS POLICIES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 - Fax 617-723-9212 1 Longfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Boston, MA 02114 Conveniently located with Free Parking LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. 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