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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 16, 2012 Page 7" LO SAPEVATE CHE ... I neuroscienziati sono concordi nell'affermare che gli anni precoci sono quelli che durano per sempre. L'eta' precisa e' quella fertile del cervello in cui si pongono le basi del successi futuri. Ed e' per questo che non bisogna lasciare ai bambini, dalla nascita in poi fino ai sei anni, senza scuola ne' educazione. E' come lasciare una spugna senz'acqua. Senza dimenticare che le esperienze che abbiamo fatto prima della scuola influenzano ancora oggi molti aspetti della nostra vita. La rivista "Science" ha pubblicato un articolo speciale affermando l'importanza di investire presto nell'educazione. In breve, un'educazione precoce sembra garantire successo nella vita. Un bambino di eta' precoce (da 1 a 6 anni) apprende con piu' naturalezza, e con effetti piu' duraturi. Recenti ricerche rivelano che i bambini mostrano capacita' di manipolar e numeri e parole insospettati sin dai primi mesi di vita. La ricchezza del vocabolario di un bambino di prima elementare e' in grado di dire molto sui suoi successi future, all'universita' e sul lavoro. Coloro che pianificano il sistema sciolastico dell'infanzia non conoscono come si sviluppa il cervello. Infatti nei primi quattro anni si raggiunge il picco di connessioni fra i neuroni. II loro numero supera quello del cervello adulto. Dopo i quattro anni, le connessioni diminuiscono. Le sinapsi piu' importanti sono quelle che si mantengono. Quando un bimbo inizia a parlare appaiono le differenze di classe sociale, dal modo di esprimersi. La pedagogia deve ancora svilupparsi, specialmente in Italia. Ma non negli Stati Uniti dove il programma "Head Start" e' stato applicato con successo. Lo stesso, suggeriscono gli scienziati, e' avvenuto con la musica. Se un bambino, da 3 a 5 anni, ha la memo- ria di un computer, perche' non iniziare le elementary un anno prima (a 5 anni)? DID YOU KNOW THAT ...? Neuroscientists are in unison to say that the early years are those that last forever. The early age is the fertile one of the brains when the foundations of a future success are set. Because of this, children cannot be left out, from birth to age 6, without schooling and education. It's like leaving a sponge without water. It is like forgetting that the expe- riences we lived before schooling, affect, even today, many aspects of our life. The magazine Science has published a special article emphasizing the importance of investing early in education. In short, an early education guaran- tees success in life. A child, age 1 to 6, learns more natu- rally, lasting more. Recent research shows that children possess capacity to deal with numbers and unexpected words, from the first month of their life. The far-reaching vocabulary of a child attending the first grade is capable of saying a lot about his future successes, at the college/ University, and on a job. As a matter of fact during the first four years the optimum of connections between the neu- rons is achieved. Their number surpasses that of an adult. After the age of four, the connections are reduced. The most important synapses are those that remain. When a child begins to speak he shows the differences found in the so- cial classes, from the way he expresses himself, pedagogy hasn't yet developed, especially in Italy. But not in the United States where the "Head Start" program has been implemented successfully. By the same token, the scien- tists suggest, the same has occurred in the field of music. If a child, age 3--5, has the memory of a computer, why does elementary school start at age 6, instead of age 5? Real Estate MattE: Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 The Post-Gazette is now on the Web! Check us out at You'll f'md the history of the Post-Gazette, information about our columnists, as well as advertising, submission and subscription information. 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 BERNIE EVERS, R.I.P. I've known Bernie and Judy Evers for over 35 years. Together they represented everything good about being a Townie. They were and Judy remains a true citizen of this great community. I met Bernie Evers first way back when I was still 20- something. He and others like him showed me the way to become an involved Charlestown activist. When I think of him, I think of Bobby Wallace, Bernie Kelly and Dennis McLaughlin. Judy Evers has been a voice for Charlestown for years at City Hall where she worked for both Mayors Ray Flynn and Tom Menino be- fore moving to District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina's office. I will miss Bernie Evers because he was one of a kind and a true lasting friend to his neighborhood and to me. YANCEY NEEDS FAII MAPPING 101 The Boston City Council is still dealing with redrawing the city's nine district Coun- cil seats. District 4 Councilor Yancey recently released his own map, linking Latinos in District I to Asian voters in Chinatown. He also sought to take Charlestown out of Dis- trlct 1 and place it in District 8. Lumping folks from both Bunker Hill and Mission Hill would do a grand disservice to all concerned. District 1 should remain the North End, Charlestown and East Boston as it has been since 1983. This district works, don't try and fix it and make matters worse for residents in these northern tier com- munities. Under Yancey's plan, his map creates six districts with majority-mi- nority populations. Amaz- ingly, under his maps'his own District 3 would remain largely the same. CITY DOES DUDLEY DO OVER City Officials recently held groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the old Ferdinard Furniture building. The site will become the Dudley Municipal Facility, which the city believes will revital- ize the entire area around Dudley, Washington and Warren Streets. The project will cost $115 million and Mayor Menino promises to make the Dudley Square area a "signature destina- tion." For sure, the Boston School Department is com- ing and so too should busi- ness and economics for the entire piece of Roxbury real estate. 3 ra ANNUAL PATRIOT PLACE IRISH FESTIVAL The 3 rd annual Irish Festi- val at Patriots Place will be held on Saturday, March 17, rain or shine, at 11:00 am. Live bands will include: The I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Exiles, Wild Rovers, William O'Wayz Band and Stuart Highlanders Pipe & Drum Band. There's plenty of Irish step dancing and lots of fam- ily activities. For more info, visit www. THE LANGONE- PASSACANTILLI FAMILY TIES I recently in writing about possible District 1 candidates if a special election were held mentioned Stephen Passa- cantilli from Sal LaMattina's office. I called him legendary City Councilor Freddie Lan- gone's nephew when in fact he is Freddie's grandson. Sorry about that. Mistakes happen. DORCHESTER DAY PARADE COMMITTEE YOUTH ART CONTEST Organizers of the annual Dorchester Day parade to be held on the first Sunday of June are already busy plan- ning events for their day in the sun. March 16 is the deadline to enter the 2012 Youth Art Contest where winners receive a $200 sav- ings bond. For more details, go to For more information, you can also contact Marty Hogan at 617-412-9822. CASINO TALK FOR TAUNTON Mayor Tom Hoye has called a casino resort a one time chance for the struggling City of Taunton. Word is that the Mashpee Wampanoags want to build a destination casino costing at least $500 million near the intersec- tion of Routes 24 and 140 is being seen by many in the community as a potential ri- val of a city going in the wrong direction. The mayor says the proposal could cre- ate thousands of jobs and added, "This could potentially be the shot in the arm that our city needs to once again be the gem of Southeastern Massachusetts." The question for many now becomes what happens to Bob Kraft's plans for a Foxboro casino resort across from the stadium and Patri- ots Place? According to Stephen P. Crosby, chair of the Mass. Gaming Commis- sion, the building of two casinos near each other is into an automatic dis- qualifier. Decisions will not be made simply on distance but will investigate its effect on the local economy. Said Crosby, "The question would be whether having, two casinos In close proxim-" ity is a positive or a negative or a neutral." He's starting to sound like Mitt Romney answering a question, any question. How powerful is Bob Kraft? Does this open up the door wider to a casino in East Boston at Suffolk Downs? Can having casinos at both Foxboro and Taunton sites not create trouble for both potential sites? Are there enough gamblers in the pool to sustain both sites? What about slots at Plainridge Raceway down the street from Foxboro in neigh- boring Plainville. What about Twin Rivers across the RI border?. Things just got more interesting, didn't they? TINO WINS BIG IN HIS FIRST RACE Valentino Capobianco was victorious on Super Tues- day winning a seat on the Democratic State Commit- tee. He did well across this Senate district in East Boston, The North End and especially his hometown of Winthrop. TRIPLE A MUST BE DOING WELL No, I am not talking about the Pawtucket Red Sox; I'm talking about Mike Kahn over at AAA Appliance Parts in Dorchester on Park Street. The other day he gave me a brand new ballpoint pen with the AAA logo on it. I love AAA Appliances. Stop by the shop to talk shop or politics like the rest of the crowd. He also sells lot- tery tickets and has since 1972 when he became a Lot- tery Agent for "The Game." There's always a crowd in- side talking about the state of affairs of the country. Mike is a great conservative guy to discuss issues of the day. However, I love free ballpoint pens too. ANOTHER ARIES PARTY ON TAP Save the date March 31 between 9:00 pm and 2:00 am for another great Aries Party over at Carver Den on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester. Come party. There'll be lots of fun, food, prizes and dancing. Did I say it was FREE too? ST. PATRICK'S CELEBRATION FOR TOWNIES The Flatley Company and Rep. Gene O'Flaherty invites all to the Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Fri- day, March 16 from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm at the Knights of O01umbus. Come enjoy a great evening of Irish enter- tainment including the Andy Healy Band and much more. Also, get your fill of corned beef and Cabbage dinner by Griffin Caterers. It promises to be an evening of great celebration of Irish food, culture and of course, the music too. O JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAILCOM www.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM