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Page 2 POSi"-GAZE'ITE, APRIL 13, 201-2 Stir 00o.o.o Nostra Aweeklycolumnhighlightingsome of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Here's to the flowers that bloom in June ... and to each signorina who'll be wedded quite-soon ... select your maids and their colors ... even the church and the room ... but baby, you ain't going nowhere ... without a good looking groom! Marriage among the an- cient Romans was intended to be a complete union for life between a man and a woman. The main objective was, of course, the procre- ation of children. To marry and beget children, who could keep the sacred fam- ily alive, was the religious duty of every Roman, and it was also a religious duty to the state. A Roman civil marriage was entered into either "cum conventione" (with a con- tract), or "sine conventione" (without a contract) and the difference was in the legal status of the wife. The law also placed restrictions on those persons who could THE JUNE BRIDE marry and those who could not. Generally, per- sons who had the right to kiss each other could not marry each other, and any union between prohibited marriages was considered to be one of incest. In early times there could be no marriages between senators and freedwomen (former slaves), or between cousins up to the seventh degree. Other classes of prohibited marriages were between as- cendants and descendants, between a man and an adopted daughter, grand- mother or niece. Brothers and sisters could not marry except if one was adopted. Marriage formality was a matter of preference. Some were very simple while others were quite formal. Wedding day superstitions were never ignored. I'm sorry to have to say it, but the full month of May and the first half of June were considered to be unlucky, as was February 13 through 21, March 1 through 15, August 24, October 5, the first day of any month, and the fif- teenth day of any month (the Ides). During the "sponsalia" or engagement party, in addi- tion to the formal announce- ment by the parent or guard- ian, the symbol of betrothal was the gift of presents, and a ring to the girl from her fianc6. The ring was either made of iron (el cheapo) or gold (el sporto), and it was al- ways worn on the third fin- ger of the left hand. It was said that when a human body was dissected as the Egyptians used to do, they discovered a delicate nerve that starts at that finger and travels to the heart. Be- cause of this connection, it was called the heart finger and consequently consid- ered to be most appropriate for the wedding ring. NEXT WEEK: Getting the Trousseau Over the Torso Hanover Street Presentation Scheduled for April 18 th Community Meeting The North End/Water- front Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) and the North End/ Waterfront Residents Asso- ciation (NEWRA) are hosting a community meeting on April 18 th for a presentation by Northeastern University engineering students on their recommendations for redesigning Hanover Street. All North End/Waterfront residents and business own- ers are invited to attend. "Essential Engineering," a group of six civil engineer- ing students from North- eastern University, will be delivering their Capstone Team Design Project fo- cused on Hanover Street and including the integration of side streets in the North End. The Capstone Project, a required course for senior engineers, includes evalu- ating, analyzing and rede- signing Hanover Street to satisfy the needs of all .po- tential users while comple- menting the existing land uses. The design team has so- licited input from city offi- cials, community leaders, residents and business Greater Boston's Affordabte Private Cemetery Traditionat Buriat Ptot MICHAEL CEMETERY COMMUNITY MAugoLEUMS D GARDEN'COLUMB'iUMS 617.524.1036 i31 the Italian community for over 100 years! owners in order to deliver a successful project. They have considered previously vetted ideas and have used unconventional methods to complement the past, cur- rent and future needs of the area from an economic standpoint as well as a transportation infrastruc- ture perspective. "We're looking forward to the presentation by this competent team of engi- neering students" said NEWNC President Donna Freni. "It will be interesting to see their final design, including their ideas and recommendations for Hanover Street as well as some of the side streets in the North End." The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18 th at 7:00 pm at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation and community participation is encouraged. Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 j PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN: (never known to fail) O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my neces- shy. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me here You are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech You from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity (make request). There are nne wh can withstand yur pwer" O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer 3 consecutive days and then publish, and it will be granted to you. P..L. * Titanic 100 th Anniversary (Continued from Page 1) Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia where 120 Titanic casualties were buried. the establishment in 1914 of the International Conven- tion for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which still gov- erns maritime safety today. Some of the male survivors, notably the White Star Line's chairman, J. Bruce Ismay, were accused of cowardice for leaving the ship while people were still on board, and they faced social ostracism. The wreck of the Titanic remains at the bottom of the Atlantic. Since its rediscov- ery in 1985, thousands of artifacts have been recov- ered from the sea bed and put on display at museums around the world. Titanic has become one of the most fa- mous ships in history. Survivors and victims -- The number of casualties of the sinking is unclear, due to a number of factors, in- cluding confusion over the passenger list, which in- cluded some names of people who cancelled their trip at the last minute, and the fact that several passen- gers travelled under aliases for various reasons and were double-counted on the casu- alty lists. The death toll has been put at between 1,490 and 1,635 people. Less than a third of those aboard Titanic survived the disaster. The Titanic disaster was commemorated though a variety of memorials and monuments to the victims, erected in several English- speaking countries and in particular in cities that had suffered notable losses. These included Southamp- ton, Liverpool and Belfast in the United Kingdom; New York and Washington, D.C. in the United States; and Cobh (formerly Queenstown) in Ireland. Most of the bod- ies recovered after the disas- ter are buried under simple black granite headstones in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Two towns in Australia, Ballarat and Broken Hill, built memorials to the ship's musicians. (Source: TS on Boston Public Works will collect andcompost residents' yard waste Four weeks:April 30 - May 25 ON YOUR RECYCLING DAY. P paper leaf bags or open waste" For free"yard waste" stickers, call 617-635-4500 (up to 2 stickers available per household). Cut branches to 3' maximum length and 1', maximum diameter. Tie branches with string. Place leaves and yard waste at the curb by 7:00 AM ON YOUR RECYCLING DAY. Drd waste will not be collected before Please hold onto your yard waste collection begins.