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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 12, 2010 NEWS :: BRIEFS (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by::Orazio Z. Buttafuoeo L'universita' GIOVANNI CABOTO, Rome, Italy. (Univer- sity John Cabot, Rome). A few weeks ago (2009) a special reception was held at the residence of Stefano Acunto, in Yonkers, N.Y., to honor the President of the John Cabot University in Rome, Dr. Franco Pavoncello, Dr. Pavoncello heads the only American University in Italy which is duly recognized by the Italian Government. The host of the reception, Stefano Acunto is one of the trustees and sup- porters of the University. Most of our readers have some knowledge of Cabot, but we feel that a mind-refresher is necessary. Giovanni Caboto was born in Genova in 1420, moved to Venice in 1461 where he became a naturalized citizen of Venice; then a powerful city-state, a maritime republic, one of the four in Italy that thrived quite well. In 1471 he moved to England and in 1496, four years after Columbus's first epic journey, he was summoned by the British King, Henry VII, who was jealously fuming over Spain's gains, thanks to Columbus. He then decided to give Caboto a British ship, a crew, and the power to sail West in order to reach the wealthy East and gain the glory that by going West he would find a new way to reach the East. On May 2, 1497 Caboto, whose name had meanwhile been Anglicized into an easy to pronounce John Cabot, sailed west from the British port of Bristol. He reached the land that was named Cape Breton Island. Cabot returned to En- gland happy to have found land. But the King was not pleased, for the passage to the spices of the East had not been found, as in the case of Columbus, after all. He wanted more. But in recognition for Cabot discovery the King decided to give the Venetian a yearly, generous pension, for life, but asked Cabot to try again, this time with a flotilla and a 300-crew. Cabot again sailed from Bristol in February 1498. While sailing North of Ireland, a sea storm forced one of the ships to return to Bristol. Thinking Out Loud {Continued from Page 4) some gun charges should have been filed back then begs the killing of Seth Bishop himself. How does someone accidentally dis- charge a 12-gauge shotgun? What was the projectory of the fired shell? These are questions seemingly not asked nearly 24 years ago. However, questions that need to be answered today before closure can be put on Seth Bishop's death. I am not writing this to pin the blame on anyone. I write this so that justice can be served for the life of 18-year- old Seth Bishop who had his future snatched from him in that Hollis Avenue kitchen. As I read a commentary from Cathy Conley, today's editor of the Braintree Forum, which she penned back on December 17, 1986 after in- terviewing the Bishop fam- ily, I see why I hardly re- member that killing. How- ever, now once again with hindsight, we hardly knew about what happened inside the Bishop home that De- cember 6, 1986. I hope the truth, all of it, finally emerges from the shadows of time. Seth Bishop is no longer among us but he still deserves justice and hopefully will finally get itI As Sergeant Mark Roberts of the Huntsville Police De- partment down in Alabama told reporters on February 26, "It's too bad they didn't do a good investigation up there the first time. If they had in 1986, we might not be where we are today in 2010." News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) Retired Cops Holding ID Program - March 20 The Retired Boston Police Officers Association will be conducting a fingerprinting and Photo ID program named "Operation Code Blue" for East Boston kids at Area A-7 police station. Mario Umana Fellowship Judge Mario Umana, Democratic state senator and judge, will be honored in a special way. A local group is in the process of creating the first Mario Umana Fel- lowship in Public Service at East Boston High School. The effort is being driven by EBHS headmaster Michael Rubin, Umana's daughter Joanne, the mayor's City Hall liaision Ernani DeAraujo and Adrian Madaro. According to Madaro, this summer we will have our first few Umana Fellows. They will intern with City Councilor Sal LaMattina, State Senator Anthony Petruccelli, State Representative Carlo Basile and Congressman Michael Capuano to garner a sense of public service and civic duty. The POST-GAZE'I-IE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZE'I-rE, P.O. BOX 135, BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices 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 BIRTHDAY PARTY AFLAC DUCK Hey, ff it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck and works for the Aflac Insurance Company, it must be the Aflac Duck. Re- cently, this old duck just cel- ebrated his 10 th birthday with a big party at the New York Stock Exchange since there's no such thing as the New York Duck Excharge, quack, quack and quack! , THIS SHOULD BE A WEEKLY BNN-TV SHOW Every Sunday morning over at LoConte's on Salem Street, Gigi from Prince Street not to be confused with Gigi from the Nazzaro Center, Dom "DiMaggio" and the rest of the old North End "gang" hold a men's meeting to debate and discuss sports and politics. These Sunday meetings have been going on forever. Recently, Gigi in- vited me to show up for a meeting. Gigi by the way is the only guy I know who is friends with two different guys named Sal Giarratani. How lucky can he be? SULLIVAN' S CASTLE ISLAND BACK IN BUSINESS Sullivan's over at Castle Island has opened for an- other season. This year the place is celebrating 60 sea- sons of Southie. Check them out on line on Twitter: SULLYDOGS. I can't wait for my next power walk and one of those famous Suillivan's hot dogs. RELAY FOR LIFE KICK-OFF AT ORIENT HEIGHTS YACHT CLUB Last year over 180 resi- dents participated in East Boston's first annual Ameri- can Cancer Society Rally for Life. The committee behind this campaign is getting ready for another fundraiser in the summer. On Febru- ary 25 th folks gathered at the Orient Heights Yacht Club to kick off the organizing for raising the funds to fight the battle with cancer. Said Celeste Myers, "The Relay is an opportunity to come together to raise funds and cultivate awareness on cancer. It is an overnight event that includes teams of walkers who circle the track all through the night in or- der to raise funds based on pledges. Last year, the goal was to raise $25,000 and the relay teams passed that goal and ended up raising over $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. Last year during the Cancer Survivors Lap, 25 survivors including Buddy Mangini and former Senate President Bobby Travaglini took their victory lap around the track at East Boston Stadium last June. I hope to be able to run the relay this year both as a sur- vivor (I had a cancerous growth removed from my face back on May 4, 1987 which also happened to be my birthday. I've had no problems since) and in memory of my cousin Nicky, who died from the disease on May 8, 1962 at age 14 and my Uncle Billy who died a few days after his 38 th birthday back in 1959. Cancer hasn't been cured yet but things are improving for cancer patients with early treatment. The survi- vor rate grows higher and higher. However, as the ban- ner carried by survivors stated, "There is no finish line until we find a cure!" Celeste Myers promises to keep everyone posted on the Relay for Life project. FENIAN SONS PLAYING AT BEACHCOMER Just was informed that the Fenian Sons will be providing live entertain- ment at the Beachcomer on Wollaston Boulevard on Sat- urday, March 13 at 7pm. This St. Patrick's Day party is being sponsored by the Quincy Mutual Aid Associa- tion. Tickets includes free food between 7-8pm. The Fenian Sons could easily be called The Police if there al- ready wasn't a band by that name since three members of this Irish band are cops. Thanks again to Trooper Brian Dunn from the South Boston State Police barrack. ELVIS IS ENTERING THE BUILDING The Quincy School Com- munity Partnership will present "A Tribute to the King" featuring Donny Edwards and the Velvet Elvis Band on Friday, March 26 at 8:00pm at the Boston Marriott Quincy. Edwads and The Velvet Elvis Band will perform Elvis Presley's great- est hits from the 1950s to the 1970s. There will also be prizes for best Elvis look-a- like and best '50s costume. To purchase tickets, call the Quincy Public Schools at 617-984-8731. Proceeds will benefit the Quincy Public Schools Teacher Mini-Grant Initiative Program. QUINCY ANIMAL SHELTER'S ANNUAL "ST. PAWTRICK'S" OPEN HOUSE The Quincy Animal Shel- ter, 56 Broad Street, Quincy, will be holding their annual "St. Pawtrick's" Open House on Saturday, March 12 from 10:00am until 4:00pm. The open house is an op- portunity to come tour the QAS facilities and meet the dogs and cats that are cur- rently waiting for new homes. There will be a raffle items table, QAS items for sale as well as pet items for sale. Coffee, punch and other goodies will be served to the public as a thank you for the help and support the QAS received from the commu- nity last year during the pe- riod of time that the shelter was closed. The Quincy Animal Shel- ter is a 100% volunteer-run organization. The Shelter relies completely on volun- teers and the community for support. Since 1999, the Shelter has placed more than 5,000 cats and dogs in homes. WHICH IS IT? GARLIC OR GAELIC FIRST? Sacred Heart Church in East Boston will be holding a Garlic-Gaelic St. Patrick's Day Party on Saturday, March 20 th at 6:00pm. Ital- ian food and Irish music. However, a debate raged following a recent Mass over saying, "Garlic-Gaelic or "Gaelic-Garlic. In Eastie, they put garlic first, but in the North End they say" Gaelic-Garlic." My father came from the North End, Gaelic goes first for me. How- ever, don't forget March 20 th at Sacred Heart Church. GRAND OPENING OF ZUMIX MARCH 29 Zumix, an East Boston youth program that brings together music and the per- forming arts have an- nounced that its new home at the old firehouse at Sumner and Orleans Streets will officially open on Mon- day, March 29 th. Mayor's Column (Continued from Page I) to account for the shifts in technology, how people use library resources, and how they can best serve our communities. Consolidating branches will be a difficult process, but doing so will allow the BPL to improve its services with more con- venient, expanded hours for working families, the right number of staff in the right places, additional computers, better access to digital resources, increased programming and classes and more partnership op- portunities. We owe it to the people of Boston to re- imagine the Boston Public Library into one that truly provides tomorrow's services today. Part of my plan for how Bos- ton will support its commu- nities and educate its youth involves creating an inte- grated network of libraries, community centers and schools. Community centers will be reevaluated to focus on youth development and will engage community part- ners and resources to drive student achievement. Integral to the transforma- tion of public education in Boston is not only driving student achievement in the classroom, but creating meaningful experiences outside it. The recently launched Circle of Promise along with the 6 Community Learning sites in Boston is the next step in making out of school time an extension of the classroom, connecting and consolidating the com- prehensive resources that are already in place to pro- vide a seamless network of neighborhood services. We are going to position our communities to be in the best position to deliver services to all members of the community, educating and guiding students and families throughout their development and education -- from birth to college, dawn to dusk.