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i' THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETTE E---- (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 118 - NO. 15 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 11, 2014 $.35 A COPY Palm Sunday 'When he came near the place where the roadgoes down the Mount of Olives, the who crowdofdiscipCes began joyfully to praise God in loudvoicesfor all the miracCes they hadseen..." Luke 19:37 Boston Public Library Commemorates Boston Marathon Boston Public Library is offering dedicated programs April 14th-19 th in honor of the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, all to be held at the Central Library in Copley Square. The library welcomes visi- tors not only to reflect and gather as one community but to experience and enjoy programs that serve as a respite during this week of remembrance. On Tuesday, April 15 th, there will be a delayed public opening of the Cen- tral Library; public service hours will take place from 4:00-9:00 pm. On Sunday, April 20 th, the Central Library will be open exclusively for viewing of the Dear Boston exhibition from 1:00-5:00 pm via the Dartmouth Street entrance only. All Boston Public Library locations will be closed Monday, April 2P', in observance of Patriot's Day. All dedicated programs are Concerts in the Court- yard: Free lunchtime con- certs will be held Monday, April 14 th, and Wednesday through Saturday, April 16 - 19 th, at 12:30 pm in the (Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library) McKim Courtyard, featuring music from Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, Daniel Acsadi, American Century Music with Gabriela Diaz, and New England Conserva- tory. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in Rabb Lecture Hall. Art & Architecture Tours: The tours highlight- ing the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and many works of famed sculp- tors and painters take place at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm on Monday, April 14 th, and Wed- nesday through Saturday, April 16th-19 th. On Tuesday and Thursday of that week, a 6:00 pm tour will be offered. The free tours last about an hour and meet in the lobby of the McKim Building. Robert Wicks Author Talk: Robert Wicks dis- cusses his book Perspective: _The Calm Within the Storm, a combination of research and classic wisdom that provide s advice on how to discover and regain a balanced and healthy perspective, on Wednesday, April 16 th, at 6:00 pm in the Common- wealtfi Salon. Boston Globe Author Panel: Reporters Scott (Continued on Page 6) by Sal Giarratani Whoa, Did He Really Call Them the Gay Mafia? This past Sunday, I happened to read both the NY Post and the NY T/rues and there were two items that jumped right off the page in front of me. The Post had a short news story concerning the irrev- erent Bill Maher from HBO calling some within the Gay Movement the "gay mafia," for their in- tolerance to those who disagree with them. As Maher stated in his usual manner, "If you cross them, you do get whacked." Boy, doesn't that sound a wee bit politically incorrect? However, there was also a really thought-pro- voking commentary in the Sunday NY Times by Frank Bruni entitled, "The New Gay Orthodoxy," that commented on what Bill Maher had been observing. There is a "New McCarthyism" on the rise from many within the gay movement, he sees the entire debate over gay marriage as being forever over. This crowd doesn't even believe there is another side to the argument. It is their side or the wrong side. (Continued on Page 14) ..... Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Boston Residents Extended If you go to Boston neighborhoods like Dorchester. Roxbury, or Jamaica Plain, you will see streets lined with two and three family homes. These homes are an iconic part of Boston's history and Renew Boston wants to ensure that they remain comfort- able, affordable and safe for decades to come. This is why Renew Boston, in partnership with National Grid and NSTAR, is extend- ing the Whole Building Incentive, a pro- gram that significantly reduces the cost of energy efficiency improvements for two and three unit buildings in the City of Boston. Originally scheduled to end at the close of 2013, the program has been extended until June I, 2014.. Some early adapters are already reaping the benefits of the program. Jamaica Plain resident and condominium owner James Hardison worked with the owners of the other two units in his 3 unit building to take advantage of the Whole Building Incentive which, among other benefits, offers 90% off- up to $3,000 per unit the cost of insula- tion. With the incentive and" service from the Renew Boston team, Hardison found the work was quite manageableancl affordable. Even when he encountered some minor challenges (the insulation needed to be blown-in from the inside the" building), the Renew Boston team worked with Hardison to minimize the impact as much as possible. According to Hardison " the work was good, the deal was very good and the overall pro- cess was a really good experience. Even with the patch work and time to get all of the units together and the work scheduled, the whole process was pretty painless and for a worthwhile improvement ... In terms of the economics, it's just a really good deal." If you're a Boston resident or owner of a two or three unit building, you can join Hardison and receive the same deal. The first step to take advantage of the Whole Building Incentive is to schedule a no-cost home energy assessment for each unit in the building. During the assessment a home energy advisor will be able to install energy saving light bulbs, programmable thermo- stats, low-flow shower heads and advanced power strips if you need them. All of this comes at no cost to you. At the end of the assessment you will receive a customized home energy report and a recommended plan of action to help you lower your energy bills. The report will cover all the energy efficiency incentives available to you. Program details can be found at http:// www.renewboston.org / residents / new-incen- tives-for-triple-deckers-and-duplexes.