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Page2 - ..,. . . . - .   POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 22, 2010 Stir0000urie.o N r . tl[ 4 A weekly column highlighting some " v .J m,. w,,L of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots During past issues we examined briefly the history of the Roman Empire as well as the early Christian, Ro- manesque, and Byzantine periods which followed. We also discussed the great Gothic era and the develop- ment of its beautiful stained glass. We now focus upon the Renaissance, the last of the great historical periods in Europe. Dictionaries define re- naissance as a rebirth or a revival. The Renaissance in Europe is defined as a re- vival or a period of renewed interest in the art and litera- ture which flourished dur- ing the earlier Roman and Greek (classical) cultures. We are told that this re- newed interest started dur- hag the time of the crusades. We remember the crusades as the series of military expeditions undertaken by THE RENAISSANCE the Christians, for the pur- pose of liberating the Holy Land from the Moslems. The only practical way for these crusading armies to get from Europe to the Holy Land was to travel on foot to the sea ports of Greece or Italy, and then cross the Mediterranean by boat. During the land portion of these expeditions, the cru- saders became exposed to the remnants of the ancient Greek and Roman civiliza- tions, and this renewed in- terest is one of the major factors that caused the birth of the historical period which we now refer to as the Renaissance. This Renaissance period is said to have begun in the fif- teenth century when Filippo Brunelleschi submitted the winning design for a Renais- sance dome on the Gothic Cathedral of Florence, Italy. Most of the other construc- tion which followed through- out Europe continues to reflect the Renaissance in- fluence. These later struc- tures are St. Paul's Cathe- dral in London, the Doge's Palace in Venice, the Victor Emanuele Monument, Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, the National Capitol in Washington, D.C., most of the older U.S. government buildings, the Boston Public Library, the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, and most of the older public libraries and city halls in the USA, to name a few. Saint Peter's Basilica is said to be the most impor- tant building in the Italian Renaissance period, and this edifice will be the sub- ject of next week's issue. NEXT ISSUE: The Basilica of St. Peter Our Lady of Mount Carmel TO AID HAITIAN RELIEF EFFORT by Sal Giarratani Parishioners in vigil at Our Lady of Mount Carmel will remember the people of Haiti on Sunday, January 24's prayer service at 10:00 AM. Our Lady of Mount Carmel has a Haitian following. The survivor group at the shut- tered East Boston church thought it was only right to stand in kinship with the suffering that took place following the devastating earthquake. The usual collection will be donated to the East Boston relief efforts. All monies will be donated so that more fresh water can be sent over to the people of Haiti. Every 10 days a tanker sails from East Boston to Haiti. A ship will leave on Janu- ary 24 th out of the Marginal Street shipyard that will carry much needed bottled water to Haiti. The ship which arrives monthly and carries "clunker" cars and trucks to Haiti will this time be filled with as much water as they can get in the vehicles. The ship will be accepting bottled water. Con- tact the shipyard manager Dan Noonan at 617-567-6800 or Many of the East Boston restaurants have already agreed to bring some water down to the ship yard. The prayer service once again will be held on Sunday, January 244 for the strug- gling people of Haiti. Service starts at 10AM. Please show your support by either donating or joining the Mount Carmel, 128 Gove Street, East Boston in prayer. Letter to the Editor ... HAITI NEEDS OUR HELP Dear Editor, Last summer we attended a family wedding in Nova Scotia and had the pleasure of sitting with Fr. Tom Hagan, who officiated the marriage ceremony. Fr. Tom was at Lafayette University for awhile, but about twenty years ago took a trip to Haiti. He was so overcome by what he witnessed. He decided to live there to see what he could do to help out. He started a school there as well as an organiza- tion called Hands Together. Their website address is He actually has become very well known in Haiti because of his work mediating be- tween organized gangs and the poor people. He has since started a school, clinic and food pantry. Much of it was destroyed two days ago and some of his helpers and staffers perished. The people of Haiti need help now. JG BAFFO, LLC Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Certified Public Accountant INCOME TAX PREPARATION Individuals Businesses John G. Baffo, CPA Lewis Wharf, Bay 217, Boston, MA 02110 Tel.: 617.248.9500 Fax: 617.248.9511 E-mail: Serving the Italian Community We do not usually ask for money ... until now. One dol- lar, five dollars or whatever you decide will go a long way. Before you send any- thing, we suggest that you go on the Hands Together website first. You can send any amount to Hands Together, P.O. Box 80985, Springfield, Massachusetts 01138. There are tax deduction forms right on the website. We hope that you can help. By the way, Fr. Tom is safe. Sincerely, Tom and Ellen Zappala Merrimackport, Massachusetts Vazza Funeral Homes 262 Beach St., Revere 781-284-1127 11 Henry St., E. Boston 617-567-0955 Louis R. Vazza - Mark A. Tauro Funeral Directors Res Publica by David IYumbull Boston by the Numbers by David TrumbuU I ran around like crazy on Election Day getting poll watchers for as many as possible of the 160 polls in Boston, just in case it was so close that there would be legal challenges. Never be- fore was I so happy to have worked so hard on some- thing that turned out to be so unnecessary! Brown's vic- tory margin is such that there can be no challenges! Overall Scott Brown got 30% of the vote in Boston while winning statewide. Now with unofficial results in from all 254 precincts we know that Brown did very well in some neighborhoods. Here in Boston's "Little Italy," the North End, which accounted for 2.5% of all the votes cast this past Tuesday, Brown got 47.8% of the vote and won in one of the four North End precincts. Across the water in Charlestown Brown did slightly better, 48.1% of the vote in that neighbor which includes Bunker Hill and accounts for 3.9% of the to- tal votes. Brown got the ma- jority in two of the seven pre- cincts where the "Townies" voted. Brown won in Ward 6, with 55.1% and Ward 7 with 51.4% Combined those ward accounted for 8.3% of all votes cast in Boston. He won the neighborhood of South Boston (Ward 6 plus 4 precincts in Ward 7) by 55.1%. South Boston ac- counted for 4.5% of all votes cast in Boston. West Roxbury (15 of the 20 precincts in Ward 20) tied at 49-and-a-half for each candidate. West Roxbury accounted for 8.1% of the City vote total. Ward 16 is sometimes con- sidered a "bellwether dis- trict" that tends to vote as does the Commonwealth. While Brown got 43.7% over- all in that Dorchester ward, he did very well in the east- ern and southern precincts, those bordering or near to Quincy, winning three large precincts by good-sized mar- gins. Ward 16 accounted for 4.7% of the total votes in the City. They are calling it the "Scott Heard 'Round the World" and for the last few days all eyes have been on Massachusetts. Thank you! to all of you -- and there were many -- who worked here in Boston on the Brown campaign. And thank you to all the Republican voters in Boston. David TrumbuU is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. PRAYER by Judean Langone The Most Powerful and Precious Energy is Spiritual. I DIVORCE * CRIMINAL LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY GENERAL PRACTICE OF LA W WILLS * ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 NORTH END00 Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs Stationery Business Cards * Menus * Flyers Program Books Wedding and Party Invitations Announcements * Business Forms and Documents -- COMPETITIVE PRICES -- 617-227-8929 . ..-. , . .,,...