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liJllm DIIBIBIJIBIIB POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 23, 2010 Page3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: postgazette@aol.com Website: www.BostonPostGazette.com Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETrE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 114 - No. 17 Friday, April 23, 2010 GUEST EDITORIAL CLOSING THE BOOK ON CLOSING LIBRARIES by Sal Giarratani I am appalled at the decision by the Boston Public Library to close four neighborhood branches to save money in the budget (Final chapter for four Hub libraries, April 7). The four branches to be closed are the Faneuil in Brighton, Washington Village in South Boston, Lower Mills in Dorchester and Orient Heights in East Boston. One angry mom from East Boston stated her frustration saying, "I feel like we're on the wrong side of the tunnel." Personally, I think it is offi- cials at the Boston Public Library who view the need for branch libraries with tunnel vision and forgetting the children being served at these branches. According to the news story, the library system spent over a half million dollars in overtime pay last year and most of it went to Sunday hours at the Copley Square main branch. Perhaps, if they closed down on Sundays at Copley Square, they could keep these four branches slated to be closed open. Also, curtailing hours at all branch libraries could also help do the same thing. Closing libraries out in our neighborhoods is penny- wise and pound foolish. These branches libraries keep our kids focused on learning and out of trouble. We ...... need tofind a better solution than the one given by BPL officials. It is time for the mayor and Boston City Council to advocate strongly for our children and the need for libraries in neighborhoods across the city. Friends of Christopher Columbus Park Award Mariner's House The FOCCP thank the Mariner's House in Boston's North End for the use of the facilities for their meetings. In photo: Martha Baillagreon (center) accepts a check from Joanne Hayes Rines on the left and Anne Devlin Tagliaferro. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 Robert J. "Bobl00y D." DeCRISTOFORO R obertJ. "Bobby D.," DeCristoforo a life- long North End resident passed away suddenly on April 19,2010. The loving son of the late Flare and Barbara (Hughes) DeCristoforo and beloved brother of Deborah A. and Joseph R. DeCristoforo of the North End. Bob was a Charlestown High School teacher, President and founder of the North End Against Drugs with their motto "It's All About Family," The President of the Andy Puopolo Club, the Chairman of the North End Waterfront Public Safety Committee and a member of the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council, a member of the North End Athletic Association, the Boston Red Sox Rookie League and a volunteer for the Special Olympics. Bobby was a dedicated employee for over forty years for the Red Sox and the Bruins and Celtics for ten years. Bob was instrumental in bringing the "Bells of Remembrance" to the North End in memory of the lives lost on September 11, 2001. He had a very popular newspaper column Bob D's Beat in the Charlcstown Patriot, Charlcstown BridE,, and the Post- Gazette for many years, touching all of our communities' lives and hearts. Recalling many fond memories of Bob, good friend Dave McKay said, "1 met Bobby D at Christopher Columbus High School. You could always count on Bobby. We worked together for many years. Our common bond as friends were the youth of Boston and their betterment. Bobby D will be missed for years to come in this great city. Bobby was a true follower of St. Francis - the Patron of Columbus HS. He gave everything in his life to those who were less fortunate. He reached out every day of his life to others - especially the youth of Boston. Bobby lived by the adage 'God never made a BAD KID.' Bobby never quit 'doing his thing'. He continued to stay in touch with his old CCHS pals. He never let us down. I am sure many of you remember seeing Bobby on National TV with his Sox jersey on in St. Louis when the Sox swept the Cardinals to win the World Series in 2004. How appropriate was that? Watch the replay of the 1975 World Series Game Six - he was on the field right next to the Red Sox dugout patting Carlton Fisk on the back when he scampered home after his historic homer. If you watch the same game - he was seen in right field patting Dewey Evans on the back when he made his game saving catch. That man got around: Appropriately, the Boston Red Sox awarded Bobby with a World Series Ring for his many years of dedicated service in 2007! Funeral arrangements from the Murphy & Turnbull Funeral Home, 322 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA on Monday, April 26, 2010 at 9:1 5AM. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Francis de Sales Church, Charlestown at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours will be Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 2:00PM to 7:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bobby's name may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Building Fund, 303 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 02129. FR. JOHN KILMARTIN FEBRUARY 1, 1960- APRIL 1 Ft. John Kilmartin ED.P. Rev. Fr., Pastor of St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, East Boston passed away on Saturday, April 1 7 th 2010 at the age of 50. He is the loving son of Hannah "Ann" (Smillie) Kilmartin of England and the late William Kilmartin. Dear brother of Clive Kilmartin of England and the late Michael Kilmartin and his surviving wife Tracey and their daughter Lisa, also of England. John Kilmartin was born in Scotland on February 1, 1960. He studied in England, Ireland and Rome and was ordained a Don Orione Father in June 1986 in his native parish in England. Father John was assigned to be a Rector of the Madonna Queen of the Universe National Shrine in East Boston in 1987. In November of 2000 he was installed as Pastor of St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church in East Boston where he served with dedication 7, 2010 end devotion. Fr. John has" served as a Consulate of Missionary Delegation Mother of the Church. He served for many years as the Chaplin for the House of Correction in Sharon and Middleton. Along with Fr. John's dedication to the priesthood, he was a devoted son and brother. A Concelebrated Fun- eral Mass with his Excel- lency Bishop Robert F. Hennessey will be celebrated on Saturday, April 24 th, 2010 at 11:00AM in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley Street, East Boston. Visiting hours will be held in the Church on Friday, April 23  from 3:00PM to 8:00PM. Services will conclude with Fr. John being laid to rest with his Don Orione Brothers and Sisters at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In honoring Fr. John's memory, a memorial donation may be made to his adored St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Parish, 59 Ashley Street, East Boston, MA 02128.