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I PAJJL JEFFKO SMALL T PAPERS, INC. 21:7 W. COTA ST i S/=LT 9858,2263 i  i THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS ETT00 J (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 13 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MARCH 29, 2013 $.30 A COPY B UONA PASQUA HAPPY EASTER Pamela Donnaruma Publisher and Editor and the Staff Post Gazette a Happy Easter to All Our Advertisers andReaders Bobby Smith R.I.P. l just read somewhere that former lead singer of "The Spinners" recently passed away in Orlando at age 76. He was the R&B group's first lead singer and was the voice on the group's first hit "That's What Girls Are Made For." A few years back down at Twin Rivers in Rhode Island, I at- tended a concert put on by the latest version of "The Spinners" and they have that great sound still to this very day. CPAC Gets the Truth from Allan West Former U.S. Rep. Allan West, R-Florida, who was beaten up in last November's election by the en- tire Democratic Party machinery has not gone away quietly. He recently spoke at the CPAC gath- ering in Washington, DC where he stood up for enduring principles. He called on the Republican Party to stand up for something other than not being Democratic. Jeff Kuhner was quite im- pressed with West's speech at the CPAC and called it a call to arms to GOP conservatives to get its act together and stand up for something. Kuhner said there was a "civil war" inside the GOP rank and file. On one side is Jeb Bush and Chris Christie and on the other side Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. By the way Kuhner would love to see Rand Paul run for president in 2016. The Republicans, he says, need a positive re- branding and far better communication skills. They also need to take the word "FAIR" back from the Democrats. A number of Republicans are trying to also take back some positive ownership over the immigra- tion issue as Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have tried doing. I certainly hope though that any civil war between the old guard establishment and the anti-establishment Tea Partiers doesn't nuke the entire party off the {Continued on Page 6) L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore An Purple crocuses have opened on my front lawn, resembling delicate china teacups. Robins hop from branch to branch across my neighborhood shrubs. Small buds peek out from trees, a slight hint of green that grows brighter every day. When I am surrounded by such sights of spring, my thoughts always turn to Easter, the ultimate holi- day of rebirth and renewal. As a young girl, Easter al- ways meant pretty flowered dresses, painting eggs with my family, jelly beans, and lots of candy. I am not going to lie -- I still crave a good caramel-filled Cadbury egg every time this holiday rolls around. However, I am now more attuned to the deeper meaning of Easter. I know that the name of Easter may derive from the Germanic pagan goddess Eostre, who represented dawn and the spring and was associated with rabbits, thus explaining the Easter Bunny. I know that the Christian roots of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus, offer the same prom- ises of hope and light that the arrival of spring does. Finally, Easter allows me to explore my Italian heritage. Christmas has become too commercialized in our soci- ety, but Easter still feels Appreciation of Easter by Ally Di Censo like a back-to-basics holiday for me, where tradition rules. I am proud to incorpo- rate these Italian customs into my Easter celebrations. In Italy, Easter celebra- tions begin the week before, Holy Week, which starts on Palm Sunday. My father remembers gathering olive branches on this day with his friends all along the Abruzzi countryside. The priest would then bless the olive branches at church. This rite screams spring to me, a festivity marking the growth of plants and the abundance of green- ery during this season. Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the Cross, was marked by solemn processions in my father's town, where the church was draped in black and people sought to depict the sorrow of the Virgin Mary. Holy Week in Italy begins in triumph and ends in tragedy, all in anticipa- tion for the joy that is Eas- ter. Holy Week in my family is marked by preparations for the Easter festivities. When I was little, I enjoyed coloring eggs in bright bursts of purple, blue and pink. Eggs, like rabbits, symbol- ized fertility since ancient times, thus appropriate for a holiday honoring the rebirth of nature. Sometime around Holy Week, my father would bring home an enormous chocolate Easter egg, or Uovo di Pasqua, from a specialty shop in the North End. An Italian tradition, we would often have to wait until Easter to find out what trin- kets were hidden inside the egg -- usually sour candies. The tone of an Italian Holy Week, therefore, is one of excitement and preparation, filled with the symbols of spring. Then, of course, dawns Easter, or Pasqua as it is called in Italian. I remem- ber waking up on mornings that always seemed a little sunnier than other morn- ings, devouring the treats in my Easter basket, and then dressing up to go to church. In my family, Easter calls for wearing new clothes, indicative of the newness of spring all around us. Every- where in Italy, I am told, tra- ditions emphasize the un- bridled happiness of the day. My father is particularly fond of a custom practiced in his region called la Madonna che scappa in piazza, or "the Madonna who runs in the piazza," where a procession races towards the church while holding a statue of the Virgin Mary, re-enacting her joy at seeing the risen (Continued on Page 13) Neighborhood Street Cleaning Begins April I st City Continues to Implement Changes to Better Coincide Sweeping with Trash and Recycling Pickup Mayor Thomas M. Menino today reminded residents that Boston's Daytime Neighborhood Street Clean- ing Program will officially kick-off for the season on April I st. This year, the Neighborhood Street Clean- ing Program has updated street sweeping days in many neighborhoods to better align the sweeping schedule with trash and recycling days in an effort to boost the impact of the City's cleanup services and reduce neighborhood trash and litter. The new sweep- ing schedule and enforce- ment will begin citywide on April 1 't. Weather permit- ting, extended street sweep- ing began for the North End, South End and Beacon Hill on March i st. "Keeping Boston's neigh- borhoods clean is a top pri- ority of mine, as well as our residents," Mayor Menino (Continued on Page 3)