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May 3, 2013

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Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins (center) visited the Salesian Boys & Girls Club to speak with members about safety, education and civic responsibility. Sheriff Tompkins was joined by Adrian Madaro of State Representative Carlo Basile’s office (left of center, in grey suit); Father John Nazzaro, Executive Director of the Salesian Boys & Girls Club (right of center, in blue t-shirt); Sergeant Abe Ayuso of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department (far right, in uniform); Tonia Scalcione, also of Rep. Basile’s office (next to Sgt. Ayuso); and members of the club.

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins visited the Salesian Boys & Girls Club to tour the facility and speak to an assembly of young people about personal safety and the importance of education.

Escorted by Father John Nazzaro, Executive Director of the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, and joined by members of 1st Suffolk District State Representative Carlo Basile’s staff, Sheriff Tompkins made stops into the club’s dance studio, fitness center, computer center, and recreation area before addressing a packed room full of children, parents and club staff to speak about such topics as public safety, personal responsibility, civics and education, and building better relationships between young people and members of the law enforcement community, among other subjects.

“Law enforcement officers are public servants and they’re here to keep you safe,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “Don’t be intimidated when you see them, they’re really there to help and they care about keeping you and your community safe.”

Introducing the subjects of peer pressure, bullying and making positive choices, Sheriff Tompkins received several insightful responses from members of the group as well as questions about how to become a correction officer, what the responsibilities of the Sheriff are, and about being safe in the wake of recent events in and around the City of Boston.

“It’s important that you pay attention to your surroundings, and if you see anything that makes you uncomfortable, let an adult know about it,” Sheriff Tompkins advised. “Now, more than ever, you need to listen to your parents, teachers and staff here at the club because they’re looking out for you. You are a smart group, so I know that you’re all going to try to be good citizens in your communities and continue to pay attention to your school work.”

The Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Boston has been serving the youth of East Boston and the neighboring communities of Revere and Winthrop since 1945. The club has an after–school program during the school year and a day camp during the summer. Their clubhouse was built in 1965 to house the gymnasium, cafeteria, and several classrooms for Dom Savio High School (which is closed). It now provides a place where youth can recreate, receive assistance with homework and tutoring, and participate in other projects and services. It also serves as a site for other neighborhood activities.

For more information about the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, visit:


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