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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 28, 2014 Stirp_e_ Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly co!umn highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. EXITUS JULIUS CAESAR Rumors spread that Caesa intended to move to Alexan- dria, taking with him the resources of the state, drain- ing Italy by levies and leav- ing his friends in charge of the city. It was also an- nounced at a senate meet- ing that because the Parthians could only be con- quered by a king, Caesar was to be given that title. Splinter groups of conspira- tors now united into a gen- eral consPiracy of at least 60 persons. This conspiracy, which included Brutus and Cassius, was also brought about because of jealousy, personal hatred and a patri- otic desire to return to the constitution of the republic. Many signs foretold the approaching murder of Cae- sar. A bronze tablet with Greek inscriptions was found in an ancient tomb and interpreted to have predicted Caesar's murder at the hands of hi-s kindred and then avenged at heavy cost to Italy. Herds of Caesar's horses' refused to graze and were said to have shed many .tears. The soothsayer Spurinna warned Caesar to beware of danger which would occur not later than the Ides of March. The day before the murder a little king-bird flew into the Hall of Pompey with a laurel branch. Other birds pursued and tore the branch into small pieces. That same evening Julius dreamed that he was flying in the clouds. His fe also dreamed that Caesar was stabbed while in her arm For these reasons and also because of poor health he decided to stay home on that fateful day but was urged by Brutus not to disappoint the Senate which had been waiting for him. On the way to the meeting, a note was handed to him revealing the plot and he held it in his hand with other notes, intending to read them after he took his seat. As he entered the Sen- ate House, he laughed at the soothsayer Spurinna, call- ing him a false prophet and saying that the Ides of March had come without bringing him harm. Spurinna replied, "Yes they have indeed come but they have not yet gone." As he took his seat the conspirators gathered around him as though to pay their respects. It was Tullius Cim- ber who took the lead and held Caesar's toga by both shoulders. Caesar cried "Why this is violence." Just then one of the elder conspirators stabbed him below the throat. He tried to rise but was wounded again, and then saw that he was surrounded on all sides by drawn dag- gers. He dropped to the floor after receiving 23 wounds. He uttered not a word except a groan at the first wound, although some have written that when he saw Marcus Brutus he said in Greek "You, too, my child?" It was re- ported that of the 23 wounds, the second one in the breast was the only mortal one. All of the conspirators im- mediately fled, and Caesar lay there lifeless for some time, until three slaves ar- rived to put him on a litter and carry him home, with one arm hanging down. "Et tu, Brute" or "You, too, my child" that is the question. NEXT ISSUE: Julius Caesar, Post-Mortem N.E.A.D. - Raymond & Michelina Costa Scholarship Announcement North End Against Drugs is happy to announce their" 2014 Michelina & Raymond Costa Scholarship/Educa- tional Fund awarding schol- arshils and Staples gift cards to students who live in the North End. They have made a few changes to their program for this year in ,or- der to be able to help more North End Children. The Rules & Regulations are as follows: Applicant must be a North End resident who is attend- ing school (Proof of residency is required. Must provide a letter from the school veri- fying North End residency.) Scholarships are awarded from Kindergarten through College. Scholarships are for the 2014-15 Academic year, and proof of matriculation must be present in order for the N.E.A.D to release funds. Tuition based school win- ners will receive a check payable to their school. Pub- lic school winners will receive a Staples gift card towards school supplies. INCOME TAX PREPARATION / Financial Services I Professional Tax Consultant I _ Personal & Business l Year Round Service I .P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SWRV[CWS/ GRACE PR.EV,TE MAGOON, EA | 617 569 0175 | 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 I web site: www.mptaxfin.com * e-mail: mptaxfin@aol.com / ESTABLISHE D IN 1938 [ CELEBRATING 76 rEARS IN BUSINESS ) No student can win more than one scholarship per drawing, but he/she is eli- gible for future drawings. The applicant must fill out each applicable box on the application form with their name, address, phone, email, school attending and grade for upcoming school year beginning in September. A COMPLETED and SIGNED application must be sub- mitted by May 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm. Applications will be avail- able at the Nazzaro Center beginning April 2 "d or you can request an electronic copy by emailing JR at jromano45@gmail.corru Please send completed applications to: North End Against Drugs, c/o Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street, Boston, MA 02113. Late applications will not be accepted. AWARD RECIPIENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MAY 19, 2014 at the Nazzaro Cen- ter NEAD Drama Show and Family Dinner, all applicants are encouraged to attend this great free event. Family members of N.E.A.D. Board of Directors may not be eligible to apply for Scholarships OSIA Massachusetts Education and Law Awards (Continued from Page l) Academy of Trial Lawyers. Judge DiGangi also served as house and trial counsel of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (North Shore Chapter) for 14 years. The recipient of the "Law Award" is Chief Leo A. Sacco, Jr., Chief Sacco is the Chief of the Medford Police Department and the Control Chief of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforce- ment Council School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) and Com- puter Crimes Unit. As part of the STARS program, Chief Sacco makes sure schools have safety plans, training, early warning systems, coun- seling,- and advocates to en- sure school safety. Chief Sacco takes a notable inter- est in the well-being of the citizens and the community, and stays personally involved with the city wherever he can. The recipient of the "Pub- lic Service Award" is Michael A. Caira, former Town Man- ager of Wilmington, Massa- chusetts. During his tenure, which was the longest of any Town Manager in Wilming- ton's history, Michael over- saw numerous infrastruc- tural, public safety, and edu- cational initiatives, all while maintaining the town's workforce and public safety. Under his management, the town earned a top-level AA+ bond rating, and in 2010 was named one of the "Best Affordable Suburbs in America" in Business Week Magazine. Before being ap- pointed Town Manager in 1990, Michael served as Town Moderator and on the Board of Selectmen. He has been a member of the Order Sons of Italy in America since 1968. Additionally, the. Commis- sion is recognizing three individuals for their service and bravery during the apprehension of the Boston Marathon suspects in April 2013: Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey J. Pugliese, and Watertown Firefighters James Caruso and Pat Menton. The public servants and scholarship recipients hon- ored during this event are shining examples of the hard work and achieve- ments characteristic of the Italian American commu- nity. It is our hope that by combining these events we can provide a unique oppor- tunity for the recognized students to witness and celebrate the successes of accomplished professionals, and for the Law and Justice awardees to meet and in- spire the best of the younger generation. For the attend- ees and their families, this event will be the most im- pressive that tlae Grand Lodge of Massachusetts has to offer, and will encourage future participation in the Sons. of Italy. The Scholarship Comlis- sion is currently in the pro- cess of choosing this year's recipients, who will be high- lighted individually in a future edition of the ,Sons of Italy News. For additional info or to pur- chase tickets, please contact the Grand Lodge of Massa- chusetts at 617-489-5234. BOSTON REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY / City Hall 9th Floor 1 City Hall Sqre Boston, MA 02201 617.722.4300 The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host a public meeting regarding Boston Public Market- 136 Blackstone Street Wednesday, April 2 nd, 6:00PM North Bennet Street School 150 North Street Project Proponent: Boston Public Market Association Project Description: The proposed Boston Public Market project (the "Proposed Project")is an environmentally sustainable year-round public market that will be located in the currently vacant ground floor of the MassDOT Parcel 7 facility at 136 Blackstone Street. The Proposed Project comprises a Market Hall providing space for approximately 50 local vendors. CLOSE OF COMMENT PERIOD: MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 MAIL TO'- CASEY HINES BOSTON REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ONE CITY HALL SQUARE, 9TH FLOOR BOSTON, MA 02201 PHONE: 617-918-4244 EMAIL: Casey.A.Hines @ Boston.gov Brian P. Golden Executive DirectorSecretary