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Page 2 . . . .... o POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 16, 2010 Stir e by Prof Edmund TurieUo Nostra of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. THE CHARACTER OF THE EARLY ROMANS The character of the early Romans seems quite clearly defined when one examines the social aspect of their life. This is revealed in their architecture. They built forums for their public meetings and political activity, pagan temples for their religion, basilicas for business and legal affairs, palatial public baths for plea- sure and relaxation, theaters in the half round for their dramas, amphitheaters like the Colloseum for their gladi- atorial contests, oval race tracks which they called cir- cuses for their chariot races, triumphal arches and giant pillars to honor their heroes, aqueducts by the mile to fur- nish the millions of gallons of water for their daily needs, built bridges and fountains. Some of these structures were built in Rome and some in other parts of the Empire ... but the "Domus" or private home for their intimate fam- ily life ... was everywhere. Through all of their politi- cal activity, religious and business affairs, cultural and leisurely pursuits and because of their strong family ties, there seems to be one consistent trait that was evident throughout all of Roman history, and this is the capacity for obedience to their family elders. The "Patria Potestas" or the supreme authority of the father was the basis of their family life. Because of their ability to accept and obey a higher authority they developed their capac- ity as soldiers, conquerors, lawmakers, statesmen, and most important, world build- ers. Through this principal trait, their unquestioned respect for parental author- ity they have left an indel- ible mark on the history of the world. I believe that this inher- ent characteristic has been passed on and instinctively accepted by our present gen- eration of Italian Ameri- cans. It is reflected in their everyday attitude towards their job, their employers, their love and affection for their parents and for the manner in which they accept their obligations to their family and community. This seems to be what it's all about ... "This is Stirpe Nostra." In future issues we will briefly examine the great Roman period in his- tory, the structures they built, the development of the early Christian Church, the inevitable progression into the Romanesque and Byzantine styles, the Gothic system and the Golden Renaissance. NEXT ISSUE: The Character of Roman Structures EAST BOSTON MAIN STREETS Spring Networking Breakfast Join EBMS on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at Spinelli's (Day Square), 282 Bennington Street, East Boston. Guest speaker will the Honorable Michael E. Capuano Business Networking 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. This event sells out quickly, so call now! 617-561-1044 or you can e-mail ebmainstreets@verizon.net. Seed, Sow & Grow Workshops Seed, Sow & Grow is an op- portunity for community and backyard gardeners to learn innovative gardening tech- niques and concepts with f Boston Natural Areas Net- work staff, special instruc- tors and fellow gardeners. All Seed, Sow & Grow pro- grams are free and open to NOBILE INSURANCE ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte @ msn.corn Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU ARLINGTON 148A Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02474 (781) 646-1200 Fax (781) 646-1148 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 (781) 395-4200 Fax (781) 391-8493 BOSTON 251 Hanover Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-6766 Fax (617) 523-0078 J JG BAFFO, LLC Certified Public Accountant INCOME TAX PREPARATION Individuals Businesses John G. Baffo, CPA Lewis Wharf, Bay 217, Boston, MA 02110 Tel.: 617.248.9500 Fax: 617.248.9511 E-mail: jb@jgbaffo.com Serving the Italian Community the public Registration is required for all programs, and registering early is rec- ommended. Programs are limited to 30 participants, unless otherwise noted, and may be cancelled due to low registration. Participants should dress appropriately for weather and program content. Outdoor programs will be cancelled due to rain or severe weather. For a complete schedule of workshops or to register for a workshop, please call 617-542-7696 or log on to info@bos tonnatural, org Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston 617-569-0305 Dino C. Manca Funeral Director A Family Service Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corp. Int'l 206 Winter St.. Fall River, MA 02720 508-676-2454 Res Publica by David TYumbull MASSGOP WELCOMES TEA PARTY TO BOSTON Stephen Heifer of Cambridge with Tea Party-goers from Danvers and Lowell. MassGOP Chairman Jennifer Nassour released the following statement regarding Wednesday's Tea Party rally on Boston Common: "We welcome the Tea Party movement to Boston and it's always exciting to witness democracy in action. Just like the American colonists in 1773 who protested against bur- densome taxes, the Tea Party movement is a motivated group of voters who are disappointed with the party in power. Like Republicans, they're tired of the way business is done -- both on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. Our Republican can- didates support controlling taxes and spending, and on the major fiscal issues that the Tea Party supports, they are going to find the most alignment with the GOP. It's time to unite on the issues we can all agree upon and get Republi- can candidates elected in November 2010." I was there and thrilled to hear Sarah Palin address the crowd. I should say the very large crowdl My good friend Stephen Helfer helped out by taking down names in an attempt to get a more-or-less accurate count for the orga- nizers. As we know, press reports of previous Tea Parties grossly under-reported the attendance. There were people there to protest the protesters as well. The Tea Party supporters do not have a single coordinated message. Some carried signs protesting high taxes, others President Obama's socialized medicine, others expressed their support for America's ally in the Near East, Israel, many showed dissatisfaction with the current incumbents in Washington -- especially the liberal Democratic majority The anti-Tea Party protesters, on the other hand, were united. Their signs were all the same: denunciations of the Tea Party movement as racists and homophobic -- two things that, as far as I could tell, have nothing at all to do with the Tea Party. Perhaps the anti-Tea Party people as just suffer- ing acute PDS -- Palin Derangement Syndrome -- where the mere existence of Sarah Palin drives you into a state on incoherence and paranoia. David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. [5 ;,3, 419 Broadway ~ Everett, MA 617-387-1110 Member FDIC www.everettbank.com Member SIF Equal Housing Lender *APR *Annual Percentage Rates (APR) effective Apdl 12, 2010. All Rates and APR's are calculated based on a $150,000 loan for an owner occupied dwelling, with 20% dawn payment. Rates on Adjustable Rats Mortgages ae fixed for the first, 7 or 10 years; then adjust annually at 2.75% above the weeldy average yield on the U.5. Treasury Index adjusted to a constant rcatuy of 1 year. Ths principal and interest paymsnts for a 7tl ARM with 0 points is $5.52 par $1,000 borrowed. The principal and interest payments for a 10/1 ARM with 0 points is $552 per $1,000 borrowed. Caps on the 7 and 10 Year Adjustable 2/4. All rates on Adjustabts Rate Mortgeges are subject to incrsase after cansummation of the loan. The principal and intersst payments for the 15 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage with 0 points is $7,65 per $1,000 borrowed. The pdncial and interest payment for the 30 Year Fixed Rated Mortgage with 0 paints for 30 years is $5.52 par $1,000 borrowed.