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PAGE 2 j r% , , , ....... POST-GAZEI'I'E, FEBRUARY 12, 2016 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of o u r ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. MORE STAINED GLASS The most beautiful stained glass windows ever to be pro- duced are said to be in the Ca- thedral at Chartres. The edifice stands on a low hill, 55 miles south of Paris, and it dominates all of the other buildings in the vicinity. The church spires can be seen 20 miles away. Fire de- strayed two previous churches which stood on the same site. While the church was being built for the third time, preach- ers solicited gifts from all over France. People gave money, food, or labor. Other churches were larger, higher, and more richly decorated, but Chartres is known for being a people church, and also a pilgrim church. Students from the Sor- bonne, part of the University of Paris, make an annual weekend pilgrimage to this church by walking the 55 miles, inspect- ing the stained glass, camping overnight in the church and thenlhiking back the next day. We must be mindful of the fact that during this time in history, it was the clerks and scribes who were literate, but almost all others could not read or write and had to be told about their religion in picture form. Early Christian art started on the walls of the catacombs, and gradually grew into a vast language of symbolism which told stories of the Bible and of the Lives of the Saints. The Creation, Flood, Annunciation, Nativity, Miracles of Christ, The Crucifixion and The Resurrec- tion were retold many times in this manner. The dove became the symbol of Peace and the Resurrection of Christ, the anchor symbolized faith, and a fish was the symbol for Christ. Even the saints had their dis- tinctions: St. Peter always held the keys to the gates of Heaven and St. Paul held a scroll, while St. Matthew held a purse. St. Catherine was always shown with her wheel of martyrdom and St. Mark was shown with his lion, to name just a few. During medieval times, people asked "What should one do upon entering a church?" and the answer usually was: 1. take Holy Water; 2. pray to the Al- mighty; and 3. read the stained glass windows. The windows in the medieval cathedral became a spiritual encyclopedia to show the people what they were to believe. NEXT ISS[FE Vitrum Mayor Walsh Announces Launch of Paytix, a New Parking Ticket Payment App Mayor Martin J. Walsh an- nounced that the City of Boston is launching Boston PayTix, a new app that allows for quick, convenient and secure park- ing ticket payments by smart- phone. The app also provides parking ticket payment remind- ers and alerts to help motor vehicle owners avoid late fees; a feature for users to maintain an online list of their personal parking ticket history; and an option to look up their unpaid parking tickets. The free Boston PayTix app is being introduced as a joint collaboration between the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Department of Innovation and Technology and the Boston Transportation Department in partnership with Xerox. "The new PayTix app is an- other example of how we're using technology to make city government more efficient and effective for the people of Bos- ton," said Mayor Walsh. %Ve~e seen through other city initia- fives, such as ParkBoston and 311, that mobile apps are a great tool and we look forward to continue finding new ways to utilize technology to improve basic city services." "Like the new smart meters being installed on local streets to replace our inventory of out- dated parking meters, PayTix is a good example of how current technology is being used to improve customer service and enhance our parking manage- ment system in Boston," said Gina Fiandaca, commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department. Over the past year, through another part- nership with TicketZen, the City saw a steady increase of parking violations being paid with the mobile app. The proof- of-concept project for mobile parking ticket payment with TicketZen showed the demand from users to continue this service, with over 2,100 ticket payment transactions a month through the app. TicketZen made a business decision to focus on other products at the conclusion of the pilot with the City in November. "-While it's never fun to pay a parking ticket, we want to make .sure that every digital interac- tion with the City of Boston is friendly, convenient, and fast," said Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge. "PayTix joins BOS:311, Trash Day, and JIMMY CARROLL - Consultant - - Construction Services and Issues - - All Types ojr Permits - Zoning Board Issues - 617.686.2239 "Tell me the problem and together we will find a solution" Emaih jjcorrollO68@gmail.com ParkBoston as essential mobile apps for people who live or work in Boston." "We were thankful to work with a local start-up in Tick- etZen over the past year, and learned a great deal about the demand for these types of services available on mobile devices," said Kris Carter of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. "We are excited to launch the next generation of this service in the Boston PayTix app, just one of the digital tools making life easier for both visitors and residents. "Boston PayTix is available to smartphone users at the App Store and Google Play. When a City of Boston parking ticket is received, users should use their phone to scan the barcode, enter their payment information and press the submit button. Parking ticket numbers may also be entered manually. If your ticket has not yet been entered into the City of Boston's parking management system, Boston PayTix will forward you an automatic reminder to check the ticket availability at a later time. Personal credit card informa- tion is not stored using Boston PayTix and security safeguards are in place. For technical sup- port or feedback, residents and visitors should contact paytix- support(~cerox com. Residents and visitors with questions or comments regarding City of Boston parking tickets should contact the City of Boston Office of the Parking Clerk at 617-635- 4410 or visit dtyoffooston.gov/ DolT/apps/paytix to learn more about the app. ====================== ..... ...... For ma d iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i iii iiii iiiiiii Attorney Jose Announces Candidacy for State Senate Winthrop native and attorney Jo- seph Boncore has announced that he will run for State Senate to repre- sent the First Suf- folk and Middlesex District, which in- eludes Cambridge, Revere, and Win- throp, along with the neighborhoods of East Boston, the North End, China- town, Bay Village and portions of Beacon Hill and the Back Bay. A special primary election has been set for April 12, 2016, with a special general election to take place on May 10, 2016. Born and raised in Winthrop, Boncore, 33, is the current chair of the Winthrop Hous- ing Authority, a seat he was elected to in 2009. Boncore also serves as the chair of the Town of Winthrop Ordinance Review Committee, a position that two Town Council Presi- dents appointed him to. As a bar advocate with Suffolk Law- yers for Justice, where he often provides legal representation to indigent clients, Boncore has practiced law with the Boncore Law Office since being admit- ted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2007. Boncore also serves as the National Vice President of the Sons of Italy in America and is member of the Justinian Law Society. Boncore looks to fl~ the seat vacated by Anthony Petruc- celli, who resigned on January 21, 2016, to take a position in the private sector. "I will have some big shoes to fill if I am fortunate to earn the support of the district's voters. Senator Petruccelli served as an effective leader for this district for eight years. I hope I can continue his work with a similar passion," said Boncore while campaigning in Revere. The district's makeup means that the next State Senator will need to address a number of critical issues, including hous- ing, Logan Airport expansion, substance abuse and addic- tion, public safety and trans- portation. "As a result of my experience as a public defender and my work with the Housing Authority, I find myself often helping the members of our society who are most in need," said Boncore. One issue that stands out for Boncore is substance abuse and addiction. "Society needs to come to the realization that addiction is a disease and should not be conceived as a stigma. We can't just label those suffering from addiction as criminals. Many of the people I interact with would not be involved in the criminal justice system if they had access to the resources needed to deal with their addic- tion or the underly- ing mental health issues for which they may be self- medicating," said Boncore. Pointing to the disparity in funding, Boncore wondered why "the Commonwealth spends four dollars on putting an addict through the criminal justice system and only one dollar on treatment, when the opposite should be true." Boncore believes that we can make significant progress in combating these issues by targeting the youngest .citizens and investing in the means to identify and diagnose mental health issues in our children while making resources avail- able for treatment and educa- tion on the negative effects of opiates. Denise LoConte of Winthrop says she is in Boncore's cor- ner. "I have known Joe and his family for many years. He has always stood out amongst the best and brightest in this com- munity and is a person that truly knows how to help others. I look forward to ha~ng him as our next State Senator." Boncore has already assem- bled a talented campaign in- frastructure and finance com- mittee ... many whom helped elect former Senator Anthony Petruccelli in his victory over Dan Rizzo in 2007. In addi- tion, Boncore is reaching out to younger voters and encouraging their involvement. Juan Jaramillo of Revere is excited to be working with Boncore on his campaign. "I am thrilled to work for Joe because the issues at stake in this elec- tion, issues that Joe proudly stands behind, like the need for criminal justice reform and affordable housing, are vital to preserving the fabric of the com- munities of the district." Juan is the former Program Director for the civic organization Revere Youth in Action, which has worked on social justice issues throughout the community. A formal campaign kickoff is scheduled for Friday, February 19, 2016, at the Beachmont VFW Post at 7:00 pm, where Joe will outline his priorities for the Se.nate district. The public is welcome to attend. To date, the campaign has already received endorsements from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 35 and Interna- tionai Association of Heat and Frost, Insulators and Asbestos Workers (Local 6). For more information, you can email info@boncoreforse- nate.com or visit the campaign's website at www.boncorefors- enate.com. L Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 "