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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 17, 2011 Page3 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: Website: 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-GAZETTE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnantma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnanm~ 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 24 Friday, June 17, 2011 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. GUEST EDITORIAL Saying Good-bye to Vallejo, California? by Sal Giarratani Vallejo, California is a blue collar city of 120,000 inhabitants. The city's only police station is closed to the public three days a week. Meanwhile, drug sales are up, prostitution on Sonoma Boulevard, one of the town's main streets is unsurprisingly also soaring as are burglaries, unemployment and foreclosures of homes. One resident said the whole town "is just go- ing to pot." One resident said the same people who used to patronize the Taco Bell are now robbing it. The city is just 25 miles from San Francisco and was once the first state capital and for almost 150 years was home to a US Navy shipyard. In 2008, the place became the largest city in the state to file for bank- ruptcy. Is Vallejo the future for many American cities in the aftermath of the recession and housing melt- down? Chapter 9 hasn't helped ~this community at all. Someone said the bUsiest~business in town might be the selling of drugs on the sidewalks in front of vacant store fronts. Vallejo used to be home to the American dream but now it has all turned into a nightmare for hard working folks still trapped within the town's borders. I read the city's unfunded pension liabilities totaled $195 million. Homelessness among the elderly is grow-. ing as is crime in a town with too few police officers. The housing boom of a decade ago helped keep things going when the shipyard closed in 1996. Some areas were still getting gentrified but both the recession and housing market sent everything crashing to the ground. As businesses fled and foreclosures rose, property tax revenue dived downward. Raising taxes would have only made matters worse, so in the end the town did the unthinkable three years ago, it went Chapter 9. The beginning of the end was the shipyard closing since it fueled the city's economic engine. The base employed thousands of workers who spent their pay at the city's stores and restaurants. The city is now fighting back with a 5-year recovery plan and as sirens fly by, the only good thing to say about the city is its weather. Do we have any Vallejos in Massachusetts? Some say the first place that comes to mind is the City of Lawrence mired in reported political scandal at the moment. Too much politics and too little police is never a good mix for the future of "Anywhere USA" Lawrence might be headed anywhere and one place it doesn't need to go is Vallejo, eh? 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 MAY HE REST IN PEACE Joseph L. Ruggiero Sr., of East Boston went home to the Lord on June 10, 2011 with dignity and strength as he lived his life. The beloved husband of over 53 years to Josephine (Pignato) Ruggiero, devoted father of Joseph L. Ruggiero, Jr. of East Boston and the late Michael P. Ruggiero. Loving brother of Robert Ruggiero and his wife Suzanne of East Boston and their children Robert Ruggiero of Saugus and Anna Louise Ruggiero of East Boston. Cherished grandfather of Joseph III, Jason and Catie Ruggiero all of East Boston. Dear brother in law of Damiano Pignato and his wife Karen of Florida, Mary Carrozza and her husband Robert of East Boston and the late Rose Marie Parisi and Patricia Pignato. Joe is also survived by his many loving nieces, nephews and cousins which he cherished the memories he had with each one of them. Joseph was a Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, past member of the Typographical Union for over 50 years, employee of the City of Boston printing, member Courageous Generation St. Lazarus Parish, Sons of Italy Sempre Avanti Lodge 1600 and many other senior and community groups. He lived his life for family first and then his East Boston community. Mr. Ruggiero dedicated his life to his family and without his help his son's dream of owning the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home would never have happened. Dad may you rest in peace and be with your beloved son Michael and both enjoy eternal happiness. Funeral from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday, June 16 at 9:30 am. Mass of Christian burial in celebration of Joseph's life in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church on Ashley Street, East Boston at 11:30 am. Service will conclude with Mr. Ruggiero being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Ruggiero Family would like to thank the Staff of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for their dedicated care to him. To send an online condolence visit J f Jean nn Sirnonelli Jean Ann Simonelli, of Boston's North End, passed away on June 8, 2011. Cherished daughter of the late Frank and God ook er ToJ-Iis vingJ-Iome God saw her getting tired, Ann (Picardo) S i m o n e I I i. acurewasnottobe. B e I oved I o n g- Jte wrapped her in his loping arms time companion of Jerry landoli and whispered 'Come with me. of the North End. She suffered much in silence, Loving sister of Mary Ann Foti and her spirit did not bend. She faced her pain with courage, until the pery end. She tried so hard to sta9 with us but her fight was not in vain, God took her to Iis lo,fing home and freed her from the pain. her husband George. Devoted aunt of Adrienne and Anna Foti. Also survived by many dear aunts, uncles, cousins and long-time friends. Funeral was from Dello Russo Family Funeral Home with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Leonard Church on Hanover Street, Boston. You man honor Jean by making a memorial contribution to Dr. Panos Fidias Esophogeal Cancer Research at MGH Development Office, 164 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. To leave a message of condolence visit, Dello Russo Family Funeral Homes. j/Jn o n KEVIN C. May He Rest in Peace Kevin C. Tierney, age 51 of Boston, formerly of Milton, Massachusetts, died on Sunday, May 22, 201 I. Son of Marjorie A. Tierney of Duxbury and the late John J. Tierney, Jr. Brother to John L. and his wife Jane Tierney of Lincoln,James E. of Quincy, Judith Coneeny and her husband John of Kingston, David B. Tierney and his wife Joy of Kingston, Jacqueline Nolan and her husband Jeff of Hingham and Elaine Johnson and her husband Glenn of Kevin was the son of the late Attorney John "Jack" Tierney, former Boston City Councilor; He was also the nephew of the late Attorney Paul R. Tierney, Late Register of Deeds of Suffolk County, and former member of the Boston School Committee. Kevin was a long time resident of the North End of Boston and will be missed by his many friends and neighbors. Funeral was from Dolan Funeral Home , Milton, Hingham and deeply appreciated Massachusetts with Mass of friend to his generous and kind workplace colleagues Christian Burial in Saint Agatha Church, Milton at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. on Friday, May 27. Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. 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