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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 28, 2013 Page 5 by Claude Marsilia PETER'S BIG HEART 30 Pages * When I received this book to critique I studied the cover longer than I normally would. I found it intriguing and revealing. I could sense author Peter McLaughlin's brave and hearty soul who not only wrote this book he also illustrated all the sketches. Peter was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1963. Un- fortunately he had a hole in his heart. At ten years old his doctors decided he was ready to have his heart repaired. It was Peter's in- tent when he wrote this book to reach young people and make them aware of how a boy of ten with a hole in his heart coped with this malady. by Peter McLaughlin Soft Cover * Published by SDP Publishing University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston College. At the age of twenty-seven Peter suffered a massive stroke. Courageous Peter was not deterred. Although he was not able to use his right leg or arm, he learned how to sketch with his left hand. He became quite adept and creative at sketching. His confidence grew and he began to draw note cards and calendars, which he sold. This may be a good time to introduce Peter's dear Author of Peter's Big Heart friend, Rufus. He is usually Peter McLaughlin. by Peter's side consoling and Peter waves to all his friends playing with him. He is dif- and family as he is wheeled ferent but the reader will need to obtain this book to to the operating room. learn the true charac- This book does not have many pages but it speaks volumes. Living in Boston was a definite plus for Peter be- cause he could attend the noted Boston Children's Hos- pital. Once at the hospital Peter interfaced with the nurses and doctors. Bravely This book does not have many pages but it speaks volumes. "Peter's surgery is a success and after a few weeks, he is able to run and jump like all the other children." All was going well. In time Peter graduated from the ter of Rufus. Peter's in- spirational writing and sketches, that reveal his life threatening ex- periences, will affect and move you. Both adults and youngsters will enjoy this book. It is engaging and will be remembered for a long time. Don't miss it. Sheriff Tompkins Delivers Keynote Address for East Boston Kiwanis Club OccupyiNG An Exhibition of Temporary Site-Responsive Art Boston Harbor Arts presents OccupyiNG the Present, at the Bos- ton Harbor Shipyard and Marina, 256 Mar- ginal Street, East Bos- ton, June 29~ through September 22nd, open dawn to dusk. The opening recep- tion will take place on Saturday, June 29, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 Community by Myrna Balk. pm with events such as family sculptural activities with exhibiting artists (3:30-5:00 pro), artist tours (hourly from 3:15 pm to 6:15 pm) and a jazz concert from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pro. There will be artist-led talks and tours on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm (July 11th and August 8th) and on Sat- urdays at 4:00 pm (July 20a, August 17th, September 14th and September 21st) Artists participating in OccupyiNG the Present include: Myrna Balk, Gaff Jerauld Bos, Catherine Evans, Susan Israel, Karen Klein, Bette Anne Libby, Peter Lipsitt, Lyn MacDonald, Liz Nofziger, John Powell, Maria Ritz, Kerri Schmidt, Nora Valdez, Barbara Vogelsang and Wendy Wolf. The closing reception will take place on Saturday, September 2 ISt. For updates on other summer events, please visit or Pictured are Sheriff Tompkins (seated center) and the members of the East Boston Kiwanis Club and Interclub members. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins was the featured speaker for the East Boston Kiwanis Club's Interclub Meet- ing held recently at Spinelli's Restaurant in East Boston. Describing some of the initiatives that he has established as vital components in the effort to increase public safety in the com- munities of Suffolk County, Sheriff Tompkins also noted some of the prevention programs that the Department employs to assist some of the county's younger residents. "We established the Choice Program, which is a cadre of officers whose mission it is to come out to the schools of Suffolk County and speak to students about respect- ing themselves and those around them, the importance of education and also to provide a positive image of people in uni- form so that they can see that officers are really there to help them. Often times, when a child sees a person in a uniform it's because they're responding to a negative situation. We also established a Civics curriculum for the Choice Program because so many of our schools no longer provide teachings about the role of government and civic responsibility." The mission of the East Boston Kiwanis Club, as a member of Kiwanis International, is to serve the children of the world. They focus their efforts on supporting pro- grams that serve the children of East Boston. The club contributes directly to programs that support local youth such as the youth sports leagues. The club is also especially proud of the East Boston Kiwanis members who formed the "K" Trust Scholarship Fund that annually provides thousands of dollars in college scholarships to deserving senior high school students from East Boston. Since 1947, the Kiwanis Club of East Boston has made a significant contribution to the East Boston community and is a volunteer organization where funds are raised to support programs that benefit children, the elderly and other worthy indi- viduals in the community. For further information about the East Boston Kiwanis Club, please visit: www. kiwanisclubofeastboston, weebly, com.