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q .... " ,'~ i ; ~ ,!r~: ~'~,~:~i~ ,,~ ~! ~!j~ i!~! :-=: M ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS i , _L ZETTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 6 ' BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, FEBRUARY 11, 2011 $.30 A COPY Working with What We Have The Roman Republic of 1849 IN THE NORTH END PART ONE OF FOUR " by Pamela Donnaruma ~ ~ ~ by Lawrence DiStasi There is much discussion along the streets .of the North The Post-Gazette is glad to present its readers with a four-part series written by Lawrence lately on the revamping of End at the present time. How- DiStasi and originally published in L'Italo-Americano. The seriescovers the history Denina Hanover Street in Boston's North End. As editor of the Post-Gazette, which is located in the North End since 1896, I spend a lot of time here. The North End has always been a great place to live and work. The North End has changed along with other neighbor- hoods. Historically it was an Italian residential neighbor- hood with many shops that catered to the locals. Cloth- ing stores, grocery stores and fish markets to name just a few*were in abundance. Fast forward. Decades later restaurants line the streets, along with cafes and-spe- cialty shops. With the tour- ists that visit each year, the North End has become a ma- jor attraction in Boston. Decades ago you would find old-timers greeting each other; today you will still find old-timer.s greeting each other. That hasn't changed. What's changed is the influx of new people moving in. It happens. Call it gentrifica- ti0n, call it the sign of the times, whatever it is, it's reality. This reality in the North End today is not a bad thing. In fact it's great "that the North End hasn't lost its charm. It has become a won- derful tourist attraction and it always welcomes back those who grew up here. The business community has become an integral part of the already es.tablished residential community. I agree with Councilor Sal LaMattina that a traffic study has to be done in order to assess the traffic congestion ever, I feel that what is al- ready in place should be ad- hered to. For example, the laws that have been estab- lished, including: trash removal, noise pollution, traf- fic, parking etc., should be strongly enforced. Let's try this to see if this could minimize the problems that the North End faces to- day. Basic city services that keep the neighborhood clean and vibrant should be en- forced. The Freedom Trail, one of Boston's biggest tour- ist attractions is in disrepair. The sidewalks in general need to be rehabbed. The trash issue needs to be ad- dressed. The parking and va- let services needs to be worked out. Is it necessary to have multiple valet drop offs in close proximity of each other? The valet servfce on many occasions does not drop off or pick up at curbside, which causes more conges- tion. Taxi cabs that idle and drive on Hanover Street look- ing for passengers and drop- ping them off in the middle of the street is not accept- able. All of these issues are adding to the mounting con- gestion problem, Before we start making major changes to the North End, let's work with what we have. Busi- nesses and residents need to work together to ensure that the North End continues to grow in a positive way. We can all agree on one thing, we all want what is best for the North End, let's try to work as a community to make this happen. =~=?=22// iiii~iiiiii~!~iiiiiii~ Shar/ng the Road with Bike Riders I always dread seeing a bicyclist ahead of me on the road forcing me to my left. I especially dread this on certain roads like the Jamaica Way where last year a 65-year-old bicyclist was killed in traffic. I hate driving that curvy road in my car and I would never ever consider riding a bike i~iiii~iiiiii! iiiiiii!i!iii~iii there anytime, day or night. Recently, a 74-year-old bicyclist was killed when iiiiiiiii!iiii i!iiii!i!iii!:ii!:i! (Continued on Page 10) ~i!i~iiiiiiii!~iii~ ...... ii?i !i::~!i Italy's unification, which marks its 150th anniversary this year. Giuseppe Garibaldi Probably the most re- nowned phase of the Italian Risorgimento -- Italy's achievement of indepen- dence and unification -- oc- curred in 18fi0 when Giuseppe Garibaldi led his "1,000" (i Mille) to miracu- lously liberate not just Sic- ily, but the southern half of the Italian peninsula. When joined with King Vittorio Emanuele's victories in the north, Garibaldi's triumph unified virtually all of Italy. A decade before this, how- ever, there was a battle that, even though it ended in de- feat, lives just as vividly in Italian hearts. This was the battle to defend the short- lived, but seminal Republic established in Rome in 1849. The struggle included not only Garibaldi, but also that other giant patriot, Giuseppe Mazzini. As G.M. Trevelyan says in his his- tory, Garibaldi's Defence of the Roman Republic: That there should ever have been a time when Mazzini ruled Rome and Garibaldi defended her walls, 1 Giuseppe Mazzini sounds like a poet's dream. (Trevelyan, Intro p. 3) But it was no dream. As Mazzini makes clear in his writings, the 1849 battle for Rome in the face of hopeless odds was needed to drive home to Italians not just the dream of liberation, but its (Continued on Page 8) The Legend o Saint Valentine by Prof. Philip J. DiNovo Saint Valentine -- According to legend, the Valentine takes its name from a young Christian priest who lived in ancient Rome, Like so many of the early Christians, Valentine had been imprisoned because of his faith. Often and longingly he thought of his loved ones and wanted to assure them of his well- being and of his love for them. Beyond his cell win- dow just within reach, grew a cluster of violets. He picked some of the heart-shaped leaves and pricked them with the words, "Remember Your Valentinej and sent them off by a friendly dove. On the next day, and the next, he sent more messages that simply said, "I love you." Thus, the Valentine had its beginning. And so it has been through the ages ... those who love, remember and send Valentines to express their love. Sending and receiving Valentine's Day cards is celebrating all the loveliness of an ancient tradition. Since the death of St. Valentine, around the year 269. Count- less legends have blossomed forth to explain the beautiful practice of sending cards to convey heartfelt affection for loved ones. What can be said with some certainty is that Valentine was perhaps even a bishop and a physician who lived in Rome. He was beheaded for his Faith in that city by order of Claudius onFebruary 14% Because of the love this young priest had for his Lord and his people, his name has become beautifully and indelibly associated with the devotion that loved ones have for their beloved that children feel for their parents and that friends have for friends. People of medieval times be- lieved that birds paired off on February 14 and this was the special day of the year when, through natural law, love abounded and triumphed. No wonder "love birds" are so frequently included in the art on Valentine's Day cards! Whatever the origins of this ancient tradition, two things are quite clear: Valentines are sent as an outpouring of love, affection or devotion and they are received as one of the most beautiful ges- tures and nicest complements one person can present to another. The Passionist Fathers and Brothers have beautiful Spiritual Bouquet cards with this legend. Their address is: Passionist Monastery, 5700 N. Harlem, Chicago, Illinois 60631. On Saint Valentine's Day serve: ossobuco milanese, rice timbale with saffron, broc- e01i rabe and cann01i with mascarp0nc fill- ing. It is a nice thought to reflect on lhe fact that the patron of lovers and those who suffer lovesickness was an Italian. uon San lPalentino! 2: ? THE POST-GAZETtE SATELLITE OFFICE IS NOW OPEN AT 35 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON This office is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 3.