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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 8, 2011 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: 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. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 115 - No. 27 Friday, July 8, 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 RUTHERFORD AVENUE ISN'T BROKEN SO DON'T FIX IT by Sal Giarratani As I read the Boston Globe a few weeks back, I had no alternative but to chuckle at the news story on the Sullivan Square rotary (Daunted by Sullivan Square free-for-all). If you come from Charlestown, you knew the whole story was a bunch of malarkey. According to Vineet Gupta, chief planner for the Bos- ton Transportation Department, Sullivan Square is "not an issue of not enough lanes; it's an issue of a badly designed rotary." I don't know how long Gupta has been the BTD's chief planner or how long he has lived in Boston, but Sullivan Square always worked before City Hall started playing around with it. When the rotary had both the current Route 99 underpass as well as the overpass connecting Charlestown to East Somerville, traffic moved much better than it does today. Gupta also noted that not only would the Sullivan Square underpass be filled in, but the Austin Street underpass was going to make it seemingly easier for pedestrians to cross over to Community College sta- tion on the Orange Line. He also said the Sullivan Square overpass is never coming back. All of a sudden the Schraffts Center is being blamed for the gridlock. Gupta said he will be talking to the property's manager about hiring a police detail out of its parking lot during rush hour as if the mess at Sullivan Square is a problem created by the Schraffts Center. The city has been working on a master plan for both Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square, which in the end I predict will increase traffic gridlock. When those two underpasses in Charlestown are filled in, it will really become a dangerous free-for-all. The solution will be worse than the problem at. hand. As for the idea of forcing traffic out of the Schraffts Center to turn right toward the rotary or create an exit on Medford Street, will only move the current issue to the other side of the firehouse. I often drive toward Route 99 on Main Street and traffic coming or going into the Schraffts Center is but a minor irritate. The overpass worked well until it couldn't be fixed, any longer. Forty percent of the traffic was never using the rotary below. Today, with even more traffic, the rotary does the best it can. There is no possible structural change available to improve the situation. No one seems to think out of the box or underpass, do they? If Gupta thinks filhng in the underpass at Rutherford Avenue and Austin Street will be a blessing to traffic, he is badly mistaken. More traffic will be pushed onto Main Street and only creating a stronger impression that Schraffts is the culprit, which it isn't. According to the Boston Globe and I quote, "Ultimately, the problem should be resolved once the square rede- sign project is completed he (Gupta) said." If people trying to get into or out of Sullivan Square think things are bad now just wait a bit. Things will get worse. GEORGE J. LERRA, SR.  eorge J. Lerra, Sr. 178, of Boston's West End, formerly of the North End, passed away on June 30, 2011. George was a former Grand Knight (4 t" Degree) of The Ausonia Council and a Suffolk University Alumni. He was also a member of the Middlesex County Sherriff's Association. Beloved son of the late Marco and Rosina (Ciaccia) Lerra. Loving husband of Gloria (Lopez) Lerra. Cherished father of George Lerra Jr., and his wife Linda, Marco Lerra and his wife Sumiko, and Marria= Lerra-Vittimberga and her husband Frank Vittimberga, MD. Loving grandfather of Mia F. Vittimberga. Beloved brother of Frank "Duke" Deluca and Marco Lerra. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral was from the Boston Harborside Home on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 followed by a Funeral Mass at Saint Leonard Church, Hanover Street. Interment at Saint Patrick Cemetery in Stoneham, MA. May He Rest in Peace History of BPL Told Through Photographs Local Author Pens New Book on Boston Institution The newest addiction to Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series is Boston Public Library from local author Catherine J, Willis, with a forward from the library president, Amy E. Ryan. The book boasts more than 200 vintage im- ages and memories of the first large municipally funded public library in the United States. The Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large municipally funded public library in the United States. Although the library was founded in 1848, the origi- nal idea was first proposed by French ventriloquist Alexandre Vattemare in 1841. In 1854, the library opened to the public in two rooms in a schoolhouse on Mason Street. Just four years later, the building on Boylston Street opened with 88,789 items. In 1871, the BPL was the first library in the country to open a branch and by 1895, when the new central library was opened in Copley Square, 29 branches and reading rooms had opened. Charles Follen Mckim was the principal architect of the new building, which is noted for its perfect propor- tions, magnificent murals, and beautiful ornamentation throughout the building. The tremendous growth of the library made it necessary to build an addition, and in 1972, the new building designed by Philip Johnson was opened. HIGHLIGHTS OF BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY: The majority of the images came from the archives of the Boston Pub- lic Library. Since 1870, there have been branch libraries at 127 different addresses in Boston. The BPL's twin lions in the main staircase of the McKim building were cre- ated 15 years before the New York Public Library's twin lions were carved. When designing the main library in Copley Square, Charles F. McKim turned to Henri Labrouste's Biblioteque St. Genevieve in Paris, built 50 years earlier, for inspiration. The two buildings look very similar. Available at area book- stores, independent and online retailers or tl'rofigh Arcadia Publishing at www. arcadiapublis hing. corn or (888) 313-2665. Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places. Have we done a book in your town? Visit www. arcadiapublishing, com. ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY Catherine J. Willis was born in the Chicagoland area where she began her library career at the Fountaindale Public Library in 1978. She first visited Boston in 1984 and loved the area so much; she knew it would eventually be her home. In 2002, she moved to Boston and became manager of technical ser- vices of the Boston Public Library. Willis is an active member of several professional asso- ciations and in 2007 she was awarded the New England Library Association's Award for Excellence in Library Technical Services. Since 2008 she has also been a member of Boston's MBTA Rider's Oversight Commit- tee and is a strong advocate for public transportation. Willis finds time for ge- nealogical research and has discovered that in 1637, her mother's family settled in the Taunton area of the Ply- mouth Colony, only 40 miles south of Boston. She is also interested in photography and several of her photo- graphs have been published and have wbnawardo,,One photo was exhibited at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. Catherine wanted this book to be more than just a collection of photos illustrat- ing the art and architecture of the library and hopes that the book will be thought of as a celebration of the Boston Public Library. SAVE THE DATE ... North End Reunion Join us on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 6-IOPM at Spinelli's, Route One, South, Lynnfield, MA for dinner and dancing. Music from the '50s and '60s. Limited to 250 people. Call early. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938-9254 or Ro-Ro DeMarco at 781-284-5945. FIRST ANNUAL "GIRL" FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END CHI TROPPO VUOLE NULLA STRINGE. Grasp all, lose all. All present and former North Enders are invited to attend the first "GIRL" FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. St. John's School Hall, Moon Street, Boston (North End) Complete Dinner: $30. O0 per person. Come renew old acquaintances, good food, and a night of fun. For details call Francine Gannon at 617-742-6912, Carol Catanzaro at 617-283-1925, or Christina Penta at 617-22 7-9568. DEADLINE FOR PURCHASING TICKETS IS AUGUST 1, 2011 I , I 1