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PAUL JI'FI' LL 'I'tiI PAI?EP, S tNC, 14 2.1'! W CCA 5T 641 iI,II,I,,i,, ,i ,i ,I,,i,,I,h,l,#,li,,,l], , llL,hhhl \\; THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS m (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 115 - NO. 15 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, APRIL 15, 2011 $.30 A COPY On Patriot's Day, the National Lancers re-enact the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes. Check Routes and Times for information on where and when you see watch Revere and Dawes. The re-enactments begin Sunday night before Patriot's Day with a service at the Old North Church. Monday morning Revere leaves from the North End, Boston and Dawes leaves from Roxbury, warning the people while on their way to Lexington. Patriot's Day Events The History of Paul Revere's Ride Contrary to popular belief, Paul Revere did not set out on the night of April 18 th, 1775 to alert the countryside to the impending British march. His specific goal was to ride to Lexington to warn two prominent Colonial leaders, Samuel Adams and John Hancock, that their lives might be in danger. Having departed Boston by boat across the Back Bay, and narrowly averting notice by the H.M.S Somerset an- chored there; he procured a strong, quick Yankee horse and rode west toward Lexington. He avoided British patrols by taking a detour north through the village of Mys- tic (today's Medford). It was near midnight by the time he arrived in Lexington at the home of minister Jonas Clarke, where Adams and Hancock were staying. After alerting the household, it was decided that the ap- proaching British force, by all accounts a large one, (Continued on Page 13) News Briefs by Sal Giarratani Stop in the Name of the Shariah Law? Many Americans polled are now fearful that Shariah Law will creep into our courts as it al- ready has in some European nations. Latest poll numbers show that number now reaching 20 percent. A recent Tampa judge's deferral to the Quran only feeds that fear. Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Richard Nielsen last month or- dered the use of Islamic law in a lawsuit down in Tampa, Florida. The lawsuit was over control of a mosque, the Islamic Education Center of Florida, with some 82 million in state funds at stake in the fight. Muslim leaders, themselves, tried to resolve the dispute using a Muslim arbite1: but it went nowhere and resulted in the lawsuit. However, instead of using U.S. law, the Judge's two page ruling reportedly stated the case would proceed under Ecclesiastical Islamic Law, pursuant to the Quran and that the par- ties involved needed to resolve things amongst themselves. To me, this sounds like a slippery slope. Next time, will this judge also use Sharia Law to settle probate and family law disputes before his court? What he should have done was dismiss the case or tell the parties to go back and file a new lawsuit based strictly on U.S. contract law (Continued on Page 10) N to J00ernernber by Stefano Salimbeni In his rendition of the Italian national anthem, internationally acclaimed Maestro Renato Serio did not include sgers. However, last Friday, as the first few notes of his "Inno di MameIF for piano and orchestra filled Boston's Symphony Hall, he had a couple of thousand of them, standing on their feet, humming the lyrics, then by the end just singing them out loud. That was how 'Notte Tricolore', a two-hour con- cert by The Orchestra of United Europe in honor of the 150 ' anniversary of Italy's unification, started -- and also how it ended. In between, the largely Italian musical ensemble delighted an almost full to capacity Symphony Hall with a fan- tasy of Italian music with excerpts from II Gattopardo's original score by Oscar winner Nino Rota, Giuseppe Verdi's 'La Forza del Destino' and Luis Bacalov's rendi- tion of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, impeccably inter- preted by solo pianist Rossana Tomassi Golkar, and directed in a visually compelling way, by Maestro Fabrizio Maria Carminati. Master of Ceremonies was radio personality Ron Della Chiesa, who greeted the au- dience alongside Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli. "This is the result of many months of work, which in the last two or three became particularly intense." said Lino Rullo, president emeri- tus of the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts and main organizational engine behind the Notre Tricolore's success. At the VIP reception, packed with the most notable names of Boston's Italian American community, Rullo recounted how he was contacted by the orchestra's artistic director last summer and believed in the possibility of putting such an event together before anybody else did. "To see all this unfold," he added, *makes me a little emotional, because it means hard work does pay off in the end." However, many organiza- tions, including the Italian Council of Ministries and the Italian Consulate Gen- eral in Boston, as well as lo- (Continued on Page 8) Do u e;00ber ... ? Mr. "Wake up America" Arthur Stivaletta at a rally located at Clristopher Columbus Park in the North End, Boston. 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