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U,h,h.l,,,,Ih,lh,lh,,.,Ih.hlll,,,I,,h,,hhlh,,h,Ii ...... = .............. + .... ;JIXED ADC 010 S14 P3 PN. JEFFKO SMALL TOWN p,oE:R tlR:. CFO, I AVE =A1t  0616-1208 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 114 - NO. 10 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 5, 2010 $.30 A COPY Experts Warn of New Landslides in Italy Experts say Italy faces new landslides in inhabited areas after the forced evacuation of thousands from two southern towns earlier this month. "Italy will always have land- slides," geologist Leonello Serva told AFP. "What is not acceptable for a wealthy country is to have landslide blocking a highway, hitting a bridge or a hospital." The density of populations in at-risk areas and a lack of awareness about geologi- cal risks both contribute to the recurring catastrophes, experts agree. Torrential rains in south- ern Italy caused landslides that led thousands of people to flee the towns of Maierato in Calabria and San Fratello in Sicily. Sicily Governor Raffaele Lombardo said that Sicily was especially at .risk "be- cause of the extraordinary rainfalls, the geological fra- gility of the land, and be- cause for 40, 50, 100 years people have built houses on land that is subject to land- slides." ISPRA, a public research institute that monitors areas at geological risk, classifies, about five percent of Italy's territory at the highest risk for landslides. It has recorded 470,000 landslide events in Italy over the last 50 years. Serva, who heads ISPRA's land protection section, says that in Italy, landslides "can be expected anywhere there is a slope," since the soil on Italy's innumerable hills and mountains is "young in geological terms." But the southern regions of Campania, Calabria and Sic- ily are the most likely to ex- perience landslides, he said. In October, dozens of people died in a muslide near the city of Messina in Sicily. A worse disaster occurred in 1998, when the town of Sarno, outside Naples, was engulfed by two million met- ric cubes (70 million cubic feet) of mud, killing 160 people and destroying nearly 200 homes. Serva also noted that safe (Continued on Page 15) Keep Library Branches Open Wasn't it just last year that the new and long- awaited Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library opened to the neighborhood? There was a big tad over it. Polit/eians showed up w/th com- munity activists and praised the grand open- ing as a vital part of the community's quality of life. Now with deep cuts coming in state fund- ing for Boston's library system there is talk of possible closings of neighborhood branches. The city is facing a $3.6 million budget shortfall. I would rather the hours be cut first at all librar- ies and perhaps, the ending of weekend usage of the Boston Public Library's main branch in Copley Square. Boston was once held as the Athens of America. It once had one of the best public schools in the country. We are working on improving our public schools and now is not the time to close branches of our libraries in the city's neighborhoods. It should be the final resort if all else fails. And we simply can't let all else fail, can we? Tea Party Teabags Brown Vote? The Tea Party movement gave US Senator Scott Brown some blowback as he backed a $15 billion jobs bill down in Washington, DC. The internet was jumping alive as anger spilled (Continued on Page 14) BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY EXHIBITION CAPTURES Boston Neighborhoods of 1950s, 1960s Man in the Street: Jules Aarons Photographs Boston, 1947-1976 Do you recogni,ze anyone? Gus P. Napoli Square, Sunday morning, North End. 1950s group of men at corner of Moon Street. (Jules Aarons photo) (Continued on Page 8) Mayor's Column by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston As a comnnunlty it is our responsibil- ity to maxi]mize all the resources we have availabde to increase public safety, utilizing co:mprehensive support ser- vices along with new technology to fight crime. The ttragic shooting last week of a conveniencce store clerk in Dorchester was an unc(onscionable act of violence and a remfinder that we must not allow this tylPe of behavior to be accepted in our city. I commend the Boston Po- lice Departnnent (BPD) and community for working together to apprehend the individuals responsible, but more can and will be done to prevent these sense- less acts of violence from occurring. The BPD this week launched its Real Time Crime Center, a newly created division within the Bureau of Intelli- gence and Analysis that can monitor ongoing pollice incidents and provide "real time" data to officers in the field. This innova!tive new technology allows the BPD to monitor multiple events at the same time, combining resources and databases to assist field units in re- sponding immediately to incidents across the city. We have also created the Store Safety Initiative, offering free in-store assess- ments and :making resources immedi- ately available to convenience store own- ers all over Boston. Officers and city hall personnel have received specialized training on commercial robbery preven- tion methods and they began this week walking through Roxbury and Dorches- ter as part of a proactive outreach cam- paign to provide security assessments for convenience store owners. The outreach teams will help owners obtain what they need to make their stores safer and provide training for store owners, managers and employees on how to properly maintain cash regis- ters and what to do when a robbery oc- curs. After a thorough in-store assess- ment is completed, they will help store owners achieve better security by offer- ing critical improvements such as in- creased visibility and installing alarm systems and security cameras. The Initiative will be focused mainly on convenience stores, having the greatest need and limited resources, but we are committed to maintaining the safety of all our city's businesses and employees and encourage anyone who would like to take part in the Store Safety Initiative to call the Mayor's 24-hour hotline at (617) 635-4500 for a security assessment. Together we can all help to prevent such appalling acts of brutal- ity from occurring in our neighborhoods. THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON ! This office is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from U:O0 AM to 2.00 PM, J for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-11929 for more information