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POsT-GAT'E'E, JANIJAR'Y 3, 20i4 Page Mrs. Murphy... As I See lt As we roll out of the casino in Revere, while Square ... Public officials 2013 here are Revere voters promise to and civic organizations some of the top re-vote the casino back in ... promise to get East Boston stories of the Anti-casino hecklers prom- out of the dark and decorate year! The botched rollout of Obamacare website leav- ing millions of people with- out health insurance ... Bos- ton Marathon Bombing that killed three people includ- ing a child and left hundreds of people maimed and miss- ing limbs ... The Unites States flying drones over the country to spy on people. Eric Snowden who blew the whistle, now a fugitive in the United States had to flee to Russia for asylum. With our privacy at stake, our govern- ment has made Snowden out to be the bad guy ... The George Zimmerman acquit- tal case .... The Benghazi scandal, and cover up. after a United States ambassador was murdered by Middle East terrorists! ... The 50 year anniversary of the assassi- nation of President John F. Kennedy ... The passing of African President Nelson Mandela ... Barack Obama's approval rating falling below 42 percent, the lowest since former president Richard Nixon ... Promises made to be broken: ... East Boston voters promise to wake up and accept a casino! Elected officials in East Boston prom- ise to get Eastie people some of the action and jobs ... Suf- folk Downs promises to build ise to stay out of Revere with their signs ... Revere people promise not to start trouble with the hecklers ... Mayor elect Marty Walsh promises to get all the dead wood out of City Hall! Grandfathered in City Hall workers prom- ise to begin working for their money ... Mayor Tom Menino promises to stay out of poli- tics ... Former State Repre- sentative Gus Serra prom- ises to run for office again ... Joe Young of Elite Donut promises to stop displaying decorated Christmas trees out'side his place of busi- ness, and catch the culprits that stole his two trees this season ... The Lombardo fam- ily promises to begin con- struction on their state- of-the-art condo complex soon ... Frank Santarpio promises to have his hand- some face on bill boards again ... Ecco Restaurant promises to add entertain- ment to their menu ... Attor- ney Bob Indresano promises not to work as hard in the New Year ... Judges at the East Boston Court House promise to give stiffer sen- tences to law breakers ... East Boston police promise to solve thefts ... The City of Boston promises to add more street lighting in Day with lights during the holi- days ... The East Boston Foundation promises to grant more money to worthy organizations ... Italia Unita promises to get the Festival back on the calendar ... The City of Boston promises not to give out grant money to non-profit organizations that assist people outside of East Boston and to get to the reconstruction of Central Square ... Governor Deval Patrick promises not to raise taxes in the New Year ... 2013 New Year's Awards: Joe Ruggiero, Ruggiero Funeral Home; Community Service Award ... Joe Young, Elite Donut; Humanitarian Award ... TD Bank, Revere for service with a smile ... Everett Co-Op Bank, best bang for your buck ... Ecco Restaurant, great martinis and fine dining ... Santarpio's famous landmark pizza place ... Kelly's Pub, family- friendly restaurant ... Spinelli's, exquisite wedding cakes, and functions ... A[ Caldarelli, CDC for providing affordable housing for East Boston families and building desirable senior citizen com- plexes ... HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL ... Till next time! L'Anno Belle (Continued from Page i) children eagerly await La Befana's visit on Epiphany Eve, hoping to wake up to the sight of presents the next morning. Naughty children can expect to receive a lump of coal from La Befana, though this "coal" is really rock candy[ To this day, La Befana continues to remind me of my grandmother. Both are strong, wise women who keenly encapsulate femi- nine power and the magic of seasons and traditions: Fur- thermore, I cannot think of La Befana without remem- bering the haunting rhyme my grandmother often sings around the Epiphany: "La Befana vien di notte/Con le scarpetutterotte/ Col vestito a la romana/Viva, viva La Befana! (La Befana comes at night/with her shoes all bro- ken/with her Roman-style dress/Long live La Befanat)" In addition to this good witch, Epiphany in Italy also boasts other fascinating traditions. It marks the definitive end to the Christmas season, as evident in a proverb that states "L'Epifaniatutte le feste le portavia" -- meaning that the Epiphany swipes away the festivities follow- ing Christmas. However, the Epiphany also commemo- rates the start of the Carni- val season, that riotous time of fun and indulgence which culminates on Mardi Gras, the last Tuesday before the penitential period of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Many cultures mark the Epiphany and the com- mencement of Carnival by baking King Cakes, or ring- shaped pastries that evoke both the crowns of the Three Kings and the growing sun. King Cake traditions vary around the world: in France, they are made of puff pastry and filled with creamy almond frangipane; in Spain and Latin America, they are studded with candied fruits. I bake a Louisiana-style King Cake, filled with cinna- mon-sugar, on Epiphany Eve and adorn it with sugars, in traditional Carnival colors: yellow, purple and green. These colors are cheerful enough to brighten the drea- riest January day. When I was younger, La Befana used to frighten me -- her earthy appearance stood in such sharp contrast to the rotund Santa Clauses and jolly elves of Christmas. However, I now love her for her traditional links to antiquity, nature and femi- nine strength. La Befana reminds me that, contrary to popular perceptions, Janu- ary is a month of exciting celebrations and customs. It is the start of the Carnival season, signaling a lot more joviality to come, an aspect that is made by clear by the colorful King Cakes that line shop windows around the world. This New Year, I encourage everyone to approach January with a positive attitude and wholeheartedly embrace its good qualities. Celebrating with magical, gift-bringing witches and delicious past- ries is a wonderful place to start enjoying this month! Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about Italian holidays and folklore at DEAR READERS OF L'ANNO BELLO After reading my Christmas article from a few weeks back, a keen reader wrote'to me that the Feast of the Seven Fishes, popular among some Italian- Americans, is virtually un- known in the island of Sicily and throughout Italy. I had actually known that this was the case; my family consists of recent immigrants from Italy and they had never heard of this Feast before coming to the United States, nor is the Feast of the Seven Fishes observed in my family. I did emphasize that this Feast was a strictly Italian-AMERICAN celebration in my article; I am just reiter- ating the fact now in case there was any residual confusion! I give a big thank you to this reader for his interesting feed- back and fascinating family history. Our conversation did get me very curious about this mysterious custom. Do any of you celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes? 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