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PAGE 2 ..... ". , , POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Lucretius is the first Roman writer to use the term "vitrum." However, Cicero had long before spoken of a substance similar to our glass that was used as a common item of merchandise. During ancient times, glass was chiefly used to make bottles, vases, cups, urns for cremated remains, and all in many dif- ferent shapes and colors. Glass was also very skillfully used in i imaking counterfeit sapphires, i~amethysts, carbuncles, and emeralds. One decorative method em- ployed~lI~f these ancients was to enclose gold leaf designs between two layers of transpar- ent glass. They also used thick sheets of colored glass for paving floors or for wall and ceiling fin- ishes. The excavations at Pom- peii have revealed evidence of the use of fiat glass for windows or for lattice-work screens. Mirrors were also known in antiquity, and were made from a heavy glass, covered with a thin leaf of metal at the back. VITRUM (Continued) Side A of the Portland Vase. Cameo-glass, probably made in Italy ca. 5-25 AD. Currently on display at the British Museum, London. Glass was available in a va- riety of colors, but it was the clear, colorless variety that was most valuable at this time, and it is also noted that the art of etching upon glass was un- known to the ancients. It is claimed that malleable glass was discovered during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius (about 25 A.D.). A story is told about a man who showed a glass vase to the emperor and then threw it to the stone floor. The vase did not break or crack, but instead was only dented like a piece of metal. The man then proceeded to hammer it back into its original shape. After numerous inquiries, the emperor was satisfied that no one else was acquainted with the secret, and the man was beheaded so that all of the precious metals would not lose their value when this new composition became generally known. For those who haven't guessed it by this time, the punch line and moral of this story is "never lose your head over a piece of glass." NEXT ISSUE: Church Columns BOSTON WARD REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE Endorses Joyce Kelly The Boston Ward 1 Republican Committee Marie Kelly on Primary Election Day, Tuesday, endorses Joyce Kelly of Revere for Republican March 1st. State Committeewoman for Massachusetts' Joyce Kelly has worked hard for.local First Suffolk and Middlesex Senatorial Dis- candidates for many years. She deserves trict. The Committee recommends to qualified your consideration and valuable vote. Please unenrolled voters and Republican registered reward her long-standing dedication with voters that they mark their ballots for Joyce your vote. ,me meet with a Boston Water and Sewer representative in your neighborhood and learn how to keep your pipes clear. You can also pay your water bill with a check or money order, talk about billing or service problems, apply for a senior or disabled person discount, and more. Let's protect Boston's waterways FOR INFORMATION @ bws.org ~ 617-989-7000 980 Harrison Avenue Boston, MA 02119 Chris Nobile Announces Candidacy for the North Andover Board of Selectmen Finance Committee member Chris Nobile announced his candidacy for the North Andover Board of Select- men. Nobile, a former School Com- mittee member, said he hopes to add a fresh voice and unique perspective to the Board. "We have a real opportu- nity right now to engage our residents and bring our town to the next level," said Nobile. "We've weathered the deep recession, and now is the time build our Master Plan, revitalize our Main Street, and plan for our future. I know my perspective will be an asset to the Board and our community." As a member of the Finance and the School Committees, Nobile developed a reputation for utilizing his business background to dive into municipal budgets, showing respect for taxpayers, while also working to maintain town services. His hope is to apply ~e experiences to the Board. "I've spoken with many people in~'01ar town who share my desire to see more on our Main Street," Nobile said. "It's been almost 20 years since the town set out to tf @a Master Plan and lay out goals for this neighl)orh Although not with a master plan, Main Street has started a transformation in recent years. The former Bradstreet School building was sold and will soon be apartments and businesses. And as part of the Facilities Master Plan, the old Fire Department will soon be filled with town employees as the newly renovated, doubled-in-size Town Hall opens in the fall ... which may add foot traffic to downtown. "Our current plan for Main Street is from a time when both a supermarket and kindergarten called our Main Street home ... a lot has changed since then, but we've not responded to these changes," Nobile said. Before being appointed to the Finance Committee by Town Mod- erator Mark DiSalvo in 2014, Nobile served on the School Com- mittee and has coached youth sports. He and his wife Suzanne have two sons. It's Time for Spring, SPRING CLEANING THAT IS!!! North End Friends of St. Francis House Annual Flea Market & Bake Sale North End Friends of St. Francis House will be having their Annual Flea Market and Bake Sale to support the St. Francis House Homeless Shelter. The event will be on Friday, April 8tu from 8:00 am to 6:00 pro, and Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 aiTl to 1:00 pm at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street, North End, Boston. So clean out your closets, storage units, and cellars and donate your clean, unwanted household items, tools, records, CDs, books, small appliances, collectibles, toys, games, sports equipment, jewelry, and similar items that are in good condition for us to sell at the Flea Market. All items can be dropped off at the Nazzaro Center starting on Saturday, April 2nd, and Monday, April 4th through Thursday, April 7th. PLEASE, NO CLOTHES, COMPUTERS, CAR SEATS, or UNCLEANED ITEMS[ You can also help us by collectiflgyoUr Spare eha~ge over the next month and donating it on April 8 or 9th. Bring it to the event on either day. For more information or questions, please contact John Romano at jromano4 5@gmail.com. Thanks in advance for your support!! Leave the "LI 'EI to Us! 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