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These were the three options discussed: Option I: All twenty-six branches remain open, eight lead libraries (plus Central Library in Copley Square) maintain existing hours of operation, eighteen branches paired and hours reduced. Option 2: Twenty-two branches remain open with exist- ing hours of operation; four buildings close. In this option, the following buildings would close: Faneuil, Lower Mills, Orient Heights and Washington Village. Option 3: Nineteen branches remain open; seven build- ings close. In this option the following buildings would close: Egleston Square. Faneuil. Jamaica Plain. Lower Mills, Orient Heights, Uphams Corner, and Washington Village. Editors Note: There is no need to close ANY library. Option 1 would allow all branches to remain open. We urge you to contact your local officials in support of keeping ALL LIBRARIES OPEN. I Like Steve Murphy for State Treasurer As both a political writer for a number of Bos- ton weekly newspapers and as a political activ- ist, I thought the piece on City Councilor Steve Murphy (Murph's Ixzst Grasp? March 26, The Bos- ton Phoenix) was a bit unfair to a city councilor who has evolved into a quite decent citywide councilor. He is no ideologue as many first per- ceived him. Liberals naturally thought that since he had been Dapper O'Neil's driver that he would not be open to new ideas and attitudes. That sim- ply wasn't the case. The longer he stays on the City Council the better he gets. However,. like most of us, he sometimes sees himself appar- ently ready to-serve in a different elected capac- ity. In the past, he did try for state treasurer once and failed. As the chair of the Council's Public Safety Committee, he also ran for Suffolk County Sheriff. Someone else won that race too. Murphy is no quitter. He fights on and learns from defeats. He has decided to run for state trea- surer again. This time he is running against a Democrat Party bigwig. He's hoping third time's the charm. In the past, I have not supported him for either treasurer or for sheriff. I did not do so because at that time I supported his opponents. This time around he has my support. I think he's more than qualified to be state treasurer. He of- fers a Boston working-class perspective to this important statewide office. His clock isn't running out. but he does seem (Continued on Page 14) THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL Massachusetts Grand Lodge Order Sons of Italy in America Law and Justice Day Breakfast HONORABLE VITO A. VIRZl Justice Award The Twenty-Seventh Annual Law and Justice Day Break- fast sponsored by the Com- mission for Social Justice of the Grand Lodge of Massa- chusetts, Order Sons of Italy in America.will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph, MA at 9:30AM. The Commission is pleased and honored to announce the following recipients of this year's awards:~Honorable Vito A. Virzi, Justice, Westborough District Court (Justice Award); Alan R. DeNaro, Chief of Police, Haverhill Police Department (Law Award); and Michael A. Sullivan, Clerk of Courts, Mid- dlesex Superior Court {Public Service Award). ALAN R. DeNARO Law Award DAN REA Master of Ceremonies Master of Ceremonies for the Law and Justice Day Break- fast will be Dan Rea of WBZ NewsRadio 1030. MICHAEL A. SULLIVAN Public Service Award The Commission for Social Justice acts as the anti-defa- mation arm, of the Order Sons of Italy in America and its pur- pose is to ensure equal concern, respect, treatment and oppor- tunity for all Italians, Italian- Americans and those of other ethnic origins. Keeping within the focus of their purpose, the Commission is extremely proud to be able to recognize these outstanding individuals who have proven themselves as lead- ers within the community, the state and in the preservation of their Italian Heritage. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts at 617-489- 5234. by Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston Last month the City of Boston experi- enced a record-level of rainfall. Over the course of two significant stqrms, hun- dreds of residents and businesses suffered extensive damage from flood- ing. As many residents continue the cleanup process, it is important to re- member the measures homeowners can take to protect themselves and repair their homes from flooding and water damage. The City of Boston offers" many resources to keep the residents and streets of our city safe through any emergency that may arise. Just last year, Boston was designated as a "Storm Ready" community by the National Weather Service. Boston is one of only a few major cities to achieve this recognition. During and following the unprecedented rainfall last month, city officials have been proactively working to help minimize damage with increased staff in the field and on call to respond to situations as needed. I encourage residents to take a proactive approach as well. There are many things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your home, not only from future storms, but from other potential disasters through long-term emergency" planning. It is likely that if you experienced flooding in one of the first two storms you will be vulnerable again if you do not take proper precautions. It is impor- tant to remember that flooding can dause electrical issues and fire hazards, so simple actions such as removing items from basement floors and unplug- ging electrical devices in basements can go a long way in preventing serious harm to youa~self and your home. If-you do experience flooding, addi- tional health hazards to look out for in- clude mold growth resulting from water soaked carpets and plaster, and harm- ful bacteria, viruses and parasites that (Continued on Page 4) ! 1 :] I +i I THE POST-GAZEI"rE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Mondays Tuesdays from 10:(X) AM to 3. X),PM and Thursdays from ll.'(X) AM-to ZOO PM, for the convenience of our East Boston and North Shore clients.and contributors Call.617-227-8929 for more information