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LiIIIIII~I311,AI.~LI.JUrIIL JkJ, LA.~, ..L~.[i ~ ..... J. BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 26, 2010 Page 15 ZUMIX (Continued from Page I) forming arts center for Boston's young people to en- joy," said Mayor Menino. "This is a great example of how strong partnerships at the community level bring new energy to our neighbor- hoods. I want to thank ZUMIX for helping to transform the lives of our residents by pro- viding access to the arts in a unique setting." In late 2003, Boston's De- partment of Neighborhood Development (DND) initiated a community process with neighborhood residents and local organizations to deter- mine a suitable redevelop- ment plan for the reuse of the vacant former firehouse, which had come into the City's property inventory years after it was no longer in use by the Boston Fire Department. DND subse- quently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP}, and in May of 2005, selected the pro- posal of ZUMIX and their development partner, East Boston Community Develop- ment Corporation (EBCDC), to renovate the space and significantly expand their music education programs. The renovation of the firehouse have been made possible in part, by contribu- tions from numerous pri- vate foundations totaling more than $1.7 million, and over $300,000 in corporate donations, substantial con- tributions that enabled ZUMIX and EBCDC to take advantage of $1 million in New Market Tax Credits, and an additional $50,000 in State funding. Additionally, ZUMIX received $200,000 from the Massachusetts Cul- tural Facilities Fund. ZUMIX is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) cultural organiza- tion dedicated to youth em- powerment and community development through music and the arts. Their after- school program gives young people from all neighborhoods of Boston alternative ways to express their creativity while building cultural under- standing. by Sal Giarratani No More for Nomar Nomar Garciaparra was a great shortstop for the Bos- ton Red Sox in his time here. He hit .323 with 178 hom- ers and 690 RBIs in 966 games with the Sox. Garciaparra who also played for the Cubsl Dodgers and Athletics since leaving the Sox midway through the 2004 season came home this month. He signed a one- day contract with the Red Sox and then retired from baseball as a member of the hometown team. He finished his career with a .313 bat- ting average and nearly 1,000 RBIs, but these num- bers aren't Cooperstown materiaI. His Boston num- bers certainly qualify him for the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Too bad he left Boston in 2004 because he fell off the baseball cliff when he left friendly Fenway. Who knows what would have happened if he never left. He still might have found the same cliff, but then again, maybe not. We will never know. Bringing Down the House that Ruth Built In the March 11 sports section of the New York / nes ran a large photo of old Yankee Stadium, Sections 26-28 of the upper deck be- ing taken down. The city expects to finish demolition in June and build a commu- nity park with several ball fields. I saved this photo and thought I'd might even frame it. I hope that is okay with Red Sox Nation, but the old Yankees from the '50s and '60s were always favor- ites of mine during those drought years for the Sox. Rockies Sign Helton for $9.9 Million First baseman Todd Helton and the Rockies just agreed to a $9.9 million deal, two year contract extension through the 2013 season. Helton earns $16.6 million this year and agreed to de- fer $13 million of his $19.1 million salary in 2011 over a 10-year period beginning in 2014. Helton had back surgery in September 2008. He returned last season to hit .325 in 151 games with 38 doubles, 15 homers and 86 RBIs. Giles Retires Brian Giles with a painful arthritic right knee has de- cided to hang it up. The 39- year-old LA Dodgers player will retire. He was a .291 lifetime hitter with 287 hom- ers and 1,078 RBIs. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Anthony Kennedy is the Court's swing vote. I am hopeful that at least five Justices look good for this future Supreme Court. Hopefully, citizen mandates will go down 5-4 or even better. Democrats and President Obama rammed this healthcare overhaul through Congress. There needed to be a public debate before any final congressional vote was taken on any mandate that you or I buy anything from anyone. Government takes its marching orders from us and not the other way around. Public debate has taken place since 1993 and before. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MIIOP1072GD In the matter of BARBARA G. TOWERS Of LOWELL, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN FOR INCAPACITATED PERSON PURSUANT TO G,L, c, 190B, 5-304 To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by PAUL C. BISHOP of Quincy, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that BARBARA G. TOWERS is in need of a Guardian and requesting that PAUL C. BISHOP of Quincy, MA (or some other suit- able person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, and that the proposed Guardian is appro- priate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a requesat for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this pro- ceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 5/17/2010. This day is NOT a heating date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the retum date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or eompletaly take away the above. named person's rigM to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above- named person. If the above-named per- son cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 8, 2010 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM Run date: 3/26/10 Baker Closing in on Patrick New polling indicates a tight race for the governor- ship later this year. Gover- nor Dcval Patrich clinging onto a narrow 3-point lead over Republican Charles Baker. The Rasmussen Re- ports phone survey found 35 percent 0f likely voters sup- porting Patrick while Baker is at 32 percent and Indepen- dent Tim Cahill at 19 per- cent. If Christy Mihos were to be the Republican candi- date, Patrick still stays at 35 percent while Cahill leaps to 30 percent and Mihos in third place with 19 percent. Lately, Patrick has been hammering Baker and his connection to the health in- surance industry. As I have been saying recently, the only way for Cahill to win in November is to beat up on the Baker candidacy. As long as Baker remains strong, Cahill has little chance of pulling off a Scott Brown-like victory. No matter how badly voters think Patrick has been, he still holds onto that 35 per- cent range of support. Kudos to Chief Justice John Roberts Recently, US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was speaking in Tuscaloosa and answered a student's question about criticism of the high court. Roberts waited until asked and finally expressed his outrage at the intimidation of the Supreme Court dur- ing the January 27"s State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama. Even liberal Justice Sonic Soto-mayor seemed upset when the president stated, "With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates -- including foreign corporations -- to spend without limit in our c1cction~," Roberts answer to that University of Alabama law student was crystal clear, "The image of having the members of one branch of government standing upon literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering -- while the court, according to the re- quirements of protocol, has to sit there expressionless, I think this is very trou- bling." Watching the child- like reaction by members of Congress looking like a schoolyard mob growling their glee toward the nearby seated justices was tacky for both Congress and for the president who started it all at the podium. All three branches of gov- ernment are co-equals. No one branch is better than the other, but when two branches gang up on the third branch it looks like banana republic antics or the Japanese legislator which likes looking like a wrestling match for TV viewers. The US Supreme Court shouldn't be played like a boogeyman to the voters. The president should have shown more class than he did, but then again, hasn't this Chicago-like politics gone to the White House?