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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 19, 2010 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM LO SAPEVATE CHE ... L'Unione Camere Penali Italiane" ha recentemente dichiarato lo sciopero generale in segno di protesta per il sovraffollamento carcerario ed il '41Bis', per la legalita' della pena. La partecipazione allo sciopero e' stata quasi totale in Italia. Nelle sedi giudiziarie dove l'adesione e' stata totale si sono avuti solo procedimenti riguardo i detenuti. Lo sciopero dei penalisti ha messo alia luce gravi problemi dentro le carceri, soprattutto riguardi i tanti misteriosi decessi. II processo di rieducazione non funziona, ed il sovraffollamento causa tanti problemi seri, come condizioni di vivibilita' per I detenuti, specialmente per il 60% di essi che, in attesa di giudizio, non fanno parte deella regolare popolazione carceraria. I legali penalisti hanno poi organizzato un incontro- dibattito in un teatro romano sull'emergenza carceri, con la partecipazione dei rappresentanti delle istituzioni: della Avvocatura, della Magistratura, delle Religioni, dei Sindacati, e con l'intervento di politici e dei garanti dei diritti dei detenuti. Dopo i vari discorsi, si e' tenuto un concerto per la legalita' della pena, con la partecipazione di Enzo Avitabile. E' stata quindi una 'giornata per la legalita' della pena', una manifestazione pubblica, per il rispetto dei principi costituzionali, e delle norme in materia di esecuzione della pena, su iniziativa della Camera Penale di Napoli. La quistione dele condizioni delle carceri e' stata ampiamente discussa. A coloro che suggerivano di costruire nuovi penitenziari, sono venute chiare risposte. Per il momento e' essenziale modernizzare quelli esistenti, e provvedere istituti riservati, e separati, per I detenuti in attesa di giudizio, o procedure preliminary al processo. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... The Italian Union of the Legal Chambers recently went on strike as a protest over the overcrowding in the penal institutions, the '41 Bis' (a special code adopted against criminals of organized crime), and for the real application of legal statutes. The participation to the strike (by crimi- nal lawyers) was nearly total all over Italy. In the cities where the participation to the strike was total, the only Court procedures were not trials but ordinary procedures concerning defendants. The strike brought to the fore very serious problem that exists inside the penal institutions, particularly those concerning the many mysterious deaths. The re-education process isn't working while the overcrowd- ing causes numerous serious problems, not only the ter- rible living conditions for the convicts, but more so for the 60% of these who are not part of the regular internal popu- lation but are waiting for a hearing on the charges against them. The criminal counselors organized a meeting-debate, in one of Rome's theatres, on the emergency in the penal institutions with the participation of the representatives of many institutions, namely the Bar Associations, the Judiciary, the Religious Institutions, the Labor Unions, and with the intervention of political leaders and of those charged with the enforcement of the convicts' rights. At the end of the debates a concert to honor the "legality of a sentence", followed by showman Enzo Avitabile. It was overall a "Day for the Legality of a Sentence", a pub- lic demonstration for the respect of the constitutional prin- ciples as well as the procedures regarding the execution of sentencing, on the initiative of Napoli's Penal Chamber. The conditions of the penal institutions were widely dis- cussed. To those who suggested the need to build new places, a clear response followed. For the time being, it is essential to modernize the existing ones, while providing reserved, separate quarters to those charged of a crime who are waiting for their day in Court. Mayor's Column (Continued from Page 1) serve younger children through camps, sports and enrichment programs. Par- ticipants will serve at over 300 worksites ranging from City Departments to com- munity and faith based or- ganizations in the Boston area. The Hopeline is the only application process for the City of Boston Summer Jobs Program and is only open for a limited time. Potential employees must be regis- tered  on the Hopeline in order to work for the Boston Youth Fund. Applicants should call (617) 635-HOPE to register. Although regis- tering through the Hopeline is encouraged, it does not guarantee a summer job. Through 11:59 PM on March 15, applicants can also" register 24 hours a day online at by clicking on the Youth Fund/Hopeline link. The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani CONDOLENCES TO VILAR FAMILY Earlier this month, Frankie Vilar was involved in a terrible accident. He was rushed to Boston Medi- cal Center. Life and death is- sues always show us how fragile our lives are and to regard our time here as a gift to be used well. I actually saw him in Contrada's a few days before the accident. It was so un- expected by his family and friends and I offer condo- lences to all who knew and loved him. TRIP TO BALLY'S ATLANTIC CITY Local residents are plan- ning a visit to Bally's Atlan- tic City on Sunday, March 21 st, for three nights. Deluxe Yankee Line motor coach transportation pick-up is at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of North Washington Street near Filippo's Restaurant. For more information, please contact Kathy Contrado at 617-723-3290. ST. ANTHONY'S CLUB FOXWOODS TRIP Saint Anthony's Club will hold a day trip to Foxwoods on Sunday, February 27 th. The bus leaves from the club on Endicott Street at 7:30 a.m. and departs from Foxwoods at 5:15 p.m. Coffee and refreshments will be served at the club. Deadline for payment is February 20 th. For more details call 617- 723-8669. "CANDI" IS ALL FIXED NOW Recently I was talking with Sandy one morning down at Contrada's and asked her how her little "Candi" was doing. I knew she was going into the doggie hospital up in Beverly and wondered how things went. Sandy assured me that "Candi" is now FIXED and ready to bow-wow again. LOOKING FOR THE NORTH STAR? North End Against Drugs held its Family Dinner/ Family Talk on Monday, February 8 th at the Nazzaro Center. Once again, Mary and John Romano prepared an Italian meal of pasta, meatballs, sausages, salad and bread for those who attended this major North End event. Special thanks to all who made it possible including my good friend Carl Ameno and the Nazzaro Community Center. DON'T FORGET THAT ... The Friends of the North End Library will be holding their fundraiser on Feb- ruary 24 th at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel. For fur- ther information log onto www janeandjimconnolly comcast, net. SPECIAL TOWNIES MOTOWN NITE The 3 rd annual Special Townies Motown Nite fund- raiser will be held on March 20 th at the K of C Hail. For information contact Debbie Hughes at 617-241-8865. QUOTES TO NOTE "All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles have strengthened me ..." -- Walt Disney "I may not be wherever I want to be today, but I am surely not where I was yester- day." -- Juany Lopez PROTECTING A NATION IN TRANSIT I was riding into town the other day on the Expressway and noticed an Amtrak po- lice vehicle in front of me. I guess the Amtrak police motto is "Protecting A Nation in Transit." I kept thinking about the motto long after that SUV disappeared from site. Protecting a nation in transit? Well, America is certainly in transit. Our leaders don't seem to know if they're coming or going. Stability and security appear so fragile. We look for lead- ership and get excuses and more sound bites. President's Day (Continued pendence. In an article translated by Jefferson, Mazzei wrote, "all men are by nature equally free and independent." Philip Mazzei appeared at Monticello in the winter of 1774, accom- panied by Jefferson's London merchant-agent, Thomas Adams. He became a house guest at Monticello, brightening the last two months of 1774 for Jefferson, who had lost his mentally challenged sis- ter Elizabeth {age 29) earlier that year. When a series of earthquakes had rocked the buildings at Monticello on February 21, 1774, Elizabeth had run outdoors in the raw winter weather and con- fused, wandered away. She was found dead three days later. Mazzei, then 43, had been trained as a surgeon in Florence, worked as a ship's doctor, then practiced in the Middle East before settling in London, where he had been a wine merchant for many years. A well-known horti- culturist, he had sailed to Virginia to introduce the culture of grapes, olives and whatever fruit trees would flourish there, and had brought his own crew of Ital- ian vineyard workers with him. Jefferson indulged some of his favorite activities: build- ing, gardening, buying and selling land. He drew up a charter of a joint stock com- pany for his new friend and neighbor, Philip Mazzei, buy- from Page I) ing a fifty-pound-sterling share in a scheme to culti- vate silk, grow wine grapes, and raise olive trees on the Mazzei's slopes near Monticello, all without slave labor and relying on Italian vignoble imported from Tuscany. From April 1774, his note- books were crammed with plans and expenditures to produce wine in the first large-scale viticulture ex- periment in North America. That he was not alone in is inability to foresee events is testified by the other shareholders, who included both George Washington and Lord Dunmore. According to local legend, Jefferson was able to greet the thirty vignoble in their own Tuscan accent. The men, who had heard only English for many months, wept. Jefferson on Wine Jefferson, who seldom dined alone, discovered that fine wines and food were a great way to meet informally with political friends and foes, never talking politics, but dropping a hint here and there of how he felt on a subject. And he used these nightly dinners as a form of legislative lobbying. Jefferson's first exposure to Italian wines had been during his trip into north- ern Italy in 1787, and he was particularly impressed with those made from the Nebbiolo grape. He served 250 bottles of Nebbiolo while President, but his fa- vorite Italian wine was from the hilltop of Montepulciano located about 40 miles south of Siena in southern Tuscany. From Passion - The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson by James M. Gabler. Jefferson and women meeting the beauti- ful Italian-born Maria Luisa Conway in 1786 rekindled Jefferson's love for things Italian. A widow, the celebrated Virginian fell in love with Maria Luisa (Hadfield) Conway the moment they met in early October of 1786, while visiting Paris. Accord- ing to Willard Randall, author of "Thomas Jefferson, A Life," Maria had been born in Florence, Italy, the daughter of the owner of a resort that catered to En- glish travelers. Her parents were English Protestants, but Maria Luisa learned to speak Italian better than English, and having at- tended convent schools, soon became a devout Catholic. When Maria Luisa was 20, her mother, after being offered a lifetime settle- ment for herself, promised the Botticelli-like beauty in marriage to a wealthy stout suitor twice her age, Richard Conway. Thomas Jefferson had been widowed for four years, faithful to a vow he'd made to his wife on her deathbed that he would never remarry so that their two daughters, Patsy and (Continued on Page 15)