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. . ........ ****AUTO**MiXED ADO 07099 99 14 # Paul JeEKo Small Town Papers, inc,_ 217 W Cota St ~!.,/~ Shelton WA 98584-2263 ..iui.qd...i.l..idili.l.uuddl,l'.i..iu.v.idu.uill.. THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS L_J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 12 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 21, 2014 $.35 A COPY SPRING TIME AT THE 54 Police Chiefs Sign Historic Accord Boston Flower ## Garden Show Inter Agency Mutual Aid Agreement Will Grant Law Enforcement Authority to On-Duty Police Officers Across Community Borders Empowers Pofice to Effectively Respond to Public Safety Emergencies (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Although this winter has seemed to be never ending, the signs that it is finally coming to a close are everywhere. Chief among them was the beautiful Boston Flower & Gar- den show that took place last weekend at the Seaport World Trade Center. Not even the chilly temperatures were enough to deter hundreds of attendees to enjoy the largest indoor garden show of the area, a sneak preview of what's to come in the coming months of official spring. The show featured gardens created by landscape design- ers, nurseries, florists, schools, and non-profit organiza- tions displaying different methods to increase the beauty and positive ecological impact of a myriad of colorful flow- ers and plants. Competitions in design, horticulture and photography took place, which were open to all; attracting floral arrangers, home gardeners and amateur photogra- phers. Attendees also enjoyed lectures and demonstrations by top garden writers, industry experts and local chefs. iii!i!iii!iii!iiiii i! I INow They Care About the Constitution? I I I had to laugh the other day when I read the news story about U.S. Senator Diane ::: "FrankenFeinstein" outraged that the CIA may have been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee she chairs. Now everybody is talk- ing about the three branches of government and the Constitution, a far cry from the usually Democratic playbook. I loved that quote from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-VT, "The Senate is bigger than any one senator. The members of the Senate must stand up in defense of this institution, the Constitu- tion, and the values upon which this nation was founded." i:::: When U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was saying very :: much the same thing over President Obama's actions, I don't remember Leahy caring about the ::::::::: separation of powers and constitutional rule, do :::: you ? :: ................. Tea Party is not Dead ....... The Tea Party movement is not dead. It is still part of the national debate over the role of government in our lives. The Republicans ap- ::::: pear as fearful of this group as do the Democrats. :: Right now the two major parties have far more : {Continued on Page 14) The Middlesex County Chiefs of Police Association announced the signing of the Massachusetts Interagency Mutual Aid Agreement, au- thorized by the General laws of the Commonwealth, which will empower on-duty police officers in one jurisdic- tion to respond to public safety emergencies in other participating jurisdictions in certain circumstances. The historic agreement, to date signed by 51 of the 54 communities in Middlesex County, as well as Wellesley, Lynnfleld and Saugus, estab- lishes a strategic working partnership among the po- lice departments that will provide community benefits in both day-to-day life and during a major incident. The crux of the agree-ment is twofold: First, Police Chiefs now have a formal method of requesting immediate mu- tual aid assistance from neighboring communities during a critical incident or crime in progress. Second, an on-duty police officer, who may be travel-ing to court for the day or transporting a pris- oner, can act if they observe a drunk driver or other unlawful behavior while trav- eling through another com- munity. "Police officers are ex- pected to always be police of- ricers and they should never have to put themselves or others in danger by hastily rushing to stop a reckless driver or wanted felon before the town line," said Weston Police Chief Steven Shaw, President of the Middlesex County Chiefs of Police As- sociation. "Crime doesn't stop at the border and this agreement will help ensure that criminals can't escape the law by escaping one community." The agreement is the prod- uct of more than a year of research and work by a special subcommittee of the Middlesex County Chiefs of Police Association, led by Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan. The work stemmed from two Supreme Judicial Court Decisions: Commonwealth v. LeBlanc (1990) and Commonwealth v. Bartlett (2013). The agreement also covers nearly every community "that the 2014 Boston Mara- thon will pass through. Ma- jor events like the marathon attacks last year and the se- curity efforts for the mara- thon this year underscore the need for cooperation among different law enforce- ment organizations. "Major events in Massa- chusetts and elsewhere have highlighted the need for police departments to work together more effectively, and these events have shown that we are indeed more ef- fective when we work to- gether," said Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno, Sec- retary of the Middlesex County Chiefs of Police As- sociation. "Working together, across invisible boundaries, is a real step in the right direc- tion," said Belmont Police Chief Richard McLaughlin, Treasurer of the Associa- tion. "I'm proud to sign this agreement. It will make the community safer, and it will keep police officers safe." The agreement allows mu- nicipal police chiefs to retain command and control of in- cidents in their communi- ties during incidents. It also requires police officers to notify the commanding of- ricer of the community when they enter to conduct polic- ing activities. The officers will either be requested as mutual aid from the neigh- boring community, or they may "Self Activate" when they observe or become aware of a violation of the law across the border. The on- duty police officer may exer- cise their police powers within any community cov- ered under the agreement: to prevent harm to the public, prevent property damage, stopping unlawful behavior, investigating possible crimi- nal activity, increasing the manpower/cap~ibilities of the department, detaining of- fenders, or enforcing traffic laws. Of the three remaining departments in Middlesex County, the chiefs of the Waltham and Winchester Police Departments have submitted the agreement to their municipal government for approval. Cambridge has not signed the agreement at this time. Students Celebrate Kick Butts Day Youth Visit Legislators to Discuss Tobacco Industry Marketing Tactics Representatives from the Department of Public Health (DPH) today joined more than 250 young people from across the Commonwealth at the State House on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 for the national observance of Kick Butts Day, recognizing the contributions of teenagers in smoking cessation and pre- vention efforts. The young people partici- pating in the event are part of DPH's youth movement, The 84, which represents the 84 percent of young people in Massachusetts who don't smoke. High school students in- volved in The 84 have been educating their communi- ties and their local lawmak- ers about issues relating to tobacco and, working with local health boards and other programs; have promoted ef- fective tobacco prevention strategies in their commu- nities. Members of The 84 Movement have been vital in fighting the way tobacco in- dustry markets its products to youth. "Tobacco companies use cheap prices, glitzy packag- ing and widespread availabil- ity to market their new, flavored products to young people," said DPH Commis- sioner Cheryl Bartlett. "Now they're using the same strat- egies to market e-hookahs and other types of e-ciga- rettes at young people. But young people in The 84 Movement are speaking out against these tactics." THE POST-GAZETTE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10".00 AM to 3.'00 PM and Thursdays from II.'(X) AM to 2. X) PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients and contributors Call 617-227-8929 for more information