The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on April 5, 1983 · 23
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THE BOSTON GLOBE TUESDAY, APRIL 5. 1983 23 ; Dukakis conciliatory TIPS ON REPORTING TIPS -o. A ; M Internal Revenue Service spokesman Robert B. Ruttenberg explains new Restaurant, Institutional Employees and Bartenders Union gathered at regulations under which waiters, waitresses and others who rely in large Boston's Government Center yesterday to protest new reporting system, part on tips are to report their income. When about 50 members of Hotel, Ruttenberg offered to answer their objections, globe photo by tom landers Judge censured in drunk driving case By Joseph M. Harvey Globe Staff The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday publicly censured Maiden District Court Judge James W. Killam 3d for misconduct in a 1981 drunken driving case in which he was taken into custody by Woburn Police and brought to trial in Woburn District Court. In rejecting the judge's suggestion that he be given an informal, private reprimand, the Supreme Court said,; "Judge Killam's conduct deserves the imposition of a sanction. Because1 that conduct occurred in public and generated a public prosecution with the publicity attendant to it, it deserves the imposition of a public sanction." The court said also, "We recognize the growing public and official concern for the serious social problems caused by persons operating motor vehicles while under the influence of intoxicating liquor." Judge Killam. 50, of Reading, was taken into custody about 11 p.m. Sept. 14, 1981, on Main street, Woburn, after three Woburn police officers followed his car for about a half mile. The police reported the judge appeared to be staggering as he came out of a store at the North Woburn Shopping Plaza at Elm and Main streets and then drove off in an erratic manner. Attorney Walter J. Hurley, who represented Killam, said the judge would have no comment. . The five-page decision in which Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey and all six . associates Justices joined, said, "Conduct by a judge resulting in his apprehension for operating a motor vehicle on a public way while under the influence of intoxicating liquor constitutues a clear violation" of the code of conduct established by the court for Massachusetts judges. The. Supreme Court pointed out that the code re- Teenager wins school seat in Norwood When 18-year-old Timothy McDonough decided to run for a School Committee seat in Norwood, he was a little doubtful about his chances. But he made up his mind that with a lot of hard work and some help from his family and friends, he could win. The hard work paid off. When the vote was counted last night, McDonough, a Norwood High School senior who became eligible to vote only six weeks ago, had outpolled his closest opponent by 600 "votes and had become the youngest elected town official in Norwood's history. , "I was shocked," said McDonough after the results were tallied. "When I started, I didn't think I had a real chance, but I told myself that if I worked hard I could do it. My family and friends were just great. We had about 40 to 50 of them out there every day, working right up until the end." . The election was McDonough's first try at elective office. He polled 2543 votes to win one of three contested seats on the committee. Other winners were incumbent Joseph Pentowski with 1705 and newcomer Roger Pelletier with 1914. McDonough said he felt his age would create no problems with other committee members and would help bring an inside perspective to the problems facing the schools. Active in school affairs for the past several years, he is currently president of the student council and has been elected class president for the last three years. NORWOOD, Page 26 LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT V -' SH V v. 5 t .a I ' BCt ... ' Teacher Mary DeGregorio holds copy of letter sent to President Reagan by second graders at Somerville's Arthur D. Healey School. To their surprise, the President quoted part of the letter in a nationwide radio broadcast last Saturday. Page 25. globe photo by wendy maeda Panel probing Anzalone house case By Joan Vennochi Globe Staff x The state Ethics Commission is investigating possible conflict of Interest violations in the purchase of a North End townhouse and adjacent courtyard by Boston Licensing Comr. Joanne Prevost Anzalone through a straw owner, and the subsequent designation of the "straw" as a developer by the city. Merry Duffy of the Ethics Commission said yesterday she could neither confirm nor deny if such an investigation was under way. In a motion filed in February in Suffolk Superior Court, however, Ethics Commission attorneys sought permission to review grand jury testimony relating to an Investigation undertaken five years ago by the Suffolk County District Attorney. The ethics commission motion was granted Feb. 24 by Judge Rudolph Pierce, according to Suffolk Superior Court documents. In an affidavit filed with the motion to explain why the 1978 grand Jury testimony was being sought by the Ethics Commission, a special investigator for the commission said a "preliminary review" of these transactions "suggests possible violations" of the state's conflict of interest law in the purchase of North End properties on Commercial street and Unity court. ETHICS, Page 24 Two Lowell firms ordered to cut hazardous emissions By Jerry Ackerman Globe Staff Two factories in Lowell have been ordered to reduce levels of organic-chemical air pollution levels that are "unacceptable and present a potential hazard to public health." federal and state officials said last night. The two factories were identified as installations of the Majilite Corp. on Whipple street and Compo Industries, Inc., on Rogers street. Efforts to reach officials of both firms late yesterday were unsuccessful. Paul Keough, acting deputy regional administrator of the . US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said the pollutants, all volatile vapors of benzene, toluene and dimethylforamide, are apparently used as solvents at the two companies."" In a joint announcement, the EPA and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engi- i . i neering said the two firms will be given 10 days by the state agency to reduce chemical emissions to comply with state air-quality laws. "EPA and the state are concerned about the potential health effects resulting from both long-term and short-term exposures to these chemicals," Keough said. , He said dimethylforamide has been linked medically with nausea, vomiting, eye, skin and lung irritation, liver and kidney tissue damage and hypertension. It is not a suspected carcinogen, although benzene is, according to the EPA. Keough said the discovery was made by a mobile air-pollution detection van hired by EPA in mid-March to learn the source of odors in the vicinity of the former Silresim, Inc., hazardous-waste recovery plant on Tanner street, Lowell. He said that at the Silresim site itself, the survey found no evidence of "imminent or quires Judges to respect and comply with the law and conduct themselves "at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the Integrity and impartiality of the judiciary." The Judge, who was appointed to the bench by Gov. Francis W. Sargent in 1973, had been under criticism by Woburn Police for his handling of some of their court cases. His case came to trial Feb. 2, 1982. Pittsfield District Court Judge Alfred A. Barba-lunga, who presided at the trial in the Woburn court, ruled jthere was sufficient evidence to find Judge Killam guilty. Barbalunga continued the case for one year and then dismissed the case after Killam successfully completed an alcohol safety education program. The Supreme Court noted the judge's completion of the course but said dismissal of the drunken driving JUDGE. Page 24 . long-term effect on human health." The joint EPA-Environmental Quality Engineering statement was made after the survey results were reviewed by specialists from those agencies as well as the state Department of Public Health, the Boston University School of Public Health, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and Lowell Fair Share, a community activist organization. All are expected to be represented at a community meeting at the Shaughnessy, School in Lowell tomorrow night at 7 to present and discuss the findings. Keough termed concentrations of the three chemicals as "hot exceptionally high but enough to be of concern, individually and in combination." He said dimethylforamide was measured in air near the two factories at about 2.5 parts per million and the other chemicals in lesser amounts. Keough LOWELL, Page 24 A on budget By Norman Lockman Globe Staff Gov. Michael S. Dukakis opened legislative hear- ; ings on his proposed $7.36 billion state budget yester- day with a conciliatory message to lawmakers that he understood that his spending and taxing proposals ' were not cast In stone. Dukakis and his cabinet met all day with the com- ; bined House and Senate Ways and Means committees. 1 whose members were holding Joint budget hearings for I the first time since 1949. ; During the preliminary discussions, Dukakis ad- ; ministration officials conceded that there are millions of dollars In expected costs not specifically accounted for in the budget proposal submitted several weeks ago. They contended, however, that most could be ac- commodated through administrative austerity and ; better revenue collection procedures. "We want to do this without any increase in broad- ly based taxes ... we want to work together," Dukakis ' said. "In the short time we've had to put this budget together, I'm sure we've missed some things. We've tried to see If we could deal with these things up front " and not just drop it in your lap . . . although that is not to say that we don't expect you to be deeply Involved." ; The governor has asked for increases in cigarette taxes of 4 cents per pack and an 11-cent-per-gallon ' minimum state tax on gasoline - an increase of 1.1 ' cents. The gasoline tax was approved last week and I went into effect Friday. . . - The governor agreed with a proposal by Sen. Chester G. Atkins (D-Concord), chairman of Senate Ways and Means, that his administration give the Legislature quarterly updates on state revenue projections, beginning at the end of this month, to gauge better whether additional revenue will be needed to balance the proposed budget. "If the revenue estimates are below the threshold we have agreed upon, we come in immediately with cuts or a revenue package," said Atkins. "If not, then we will incorporate your revenue estimates Into the budget." BUDGET. Page 25 fir u i u u if (A !v J i i i Victor Rosario listens to interpreter Arminda Rod- ; riguez at sentencing in Middlesex Superior Court j; in East Cambridge yesterday. pool photo via upi i Man gets 8 life terms I for fatal Lowell fire A Lowell man was sentenced to eight life terms in prison yesterday for starting a fire that killed eight 1 people, including five children, last year. J Victor Rosario, 25, was convicted March 28 of eight ; counts of second-degree murder in the Lowell tene- . ment fire. Judge Herbert F. Travers pronounced the sen- ; tences in Middlesex Superior Court. He also imposed j an 18-to-20-year sentence on a separate charge of ar- son. All the sentences are to be served concurrently. ', Court officials said Rosario could be eligible for pa- '. role in 15 years. Rosario will appeal the verdict, according to his at- torney, John Campbell. I The fire occurred on March 5, 1982. and testimony in the 6-day trial indicated that Rosario admitted to ; police that he threw a gasoline-filled bottle into the tenement. According to testimony, Rosario and two brothers, ; Felix and Edgardo Garcia, made Molotov cocktails (gasoline bombs) in the basement of their apartment building at 38 Branch st., Lowell. ! After drinking for some time in a nearby bar, thev . went to 32 Decatur st. and threw one of the gasoline-'; filled bottles through a first-floor window, shortly be- fore 1 a.m., according to testimony. The fire was set to even the score in a drug deal which had gone bad, according to testimony in the six- ; day trial. The Garcias had also been charged with arson and--murder, but the charges were dropped when Rosario refused to testify against them. Killed in the fire were Ephraim Cortes, who was identified as the intended victim of the bombing; his wife, Nancy Velasquez; their children, Ephraim Cortes Jr. and Jose Luis Cortes; Adelaida Ferrer and her three children, Augustine Colon, Xavier Colon and Joel Colon.

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