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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 18, 2014 NEWS BRIEFS (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco Michelangelo Buonarroti, known as Michelangelo (1475-1564) Detail of drawings (known since 1975) in the room (open to the public in the 1980's) under the New Sacristy in San Lorenzo, Firenze. A MICHELANGELO'S SECRET ROOM UNCOVERED IN FLORENCE. Michelangelo Buonarroti continues to surprise everyone with his inimitable artistic skills, several centuries later. In the monumental complex that includes, inter alias, the 'Basilica di San Lorenzo,' in Florence, a hidden room was discovered beneath the new sacristy, never before known to exist. The secret room's sides contained priceless drawings of the great artist in charcoal while he was hiding inside it to escape being captured by the Spanish, in 1529 during a brief siege. The secret room was uncovered in November 1975 during some work inside the Medici Chapels. The room is has been accessible to the public since the 1980's. The artistic compositions will later be admired on a multimedia project. The artistic creations, quickly attributed to the author of the famous David as well as other art works, show a variety of inspired subjects, one of which is a self-portrait of the artist himself in a reclined position and in a passive pose. We will all be waiting for the multi- media material to observe, admire, and study what the anxious artistic world wants to see. GRONK RECOVERY ON TRACK When Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski tore his ACL last December in a week 14 game versus the Cleveland Browns, most fans believed the season was over. However, the team surprised many prognosticators by reaching the AFC Champi- onship game for the third year in a row. Without Gronk, the teams 2013 sea- son ended in Denver. Re- ports that Gronk is "right where he should be" in terms of his off-season recovery from January sur- gery is another good sign heading into next season. Gronkowski is a difference maker for the offense and most times is uncoverable by most of the NFL's defenses. His style of play puts him in harm's way, but it's this same style that makes him the best tight end in the game. NEW FIELD TURF AT GILLE'R'E Back in 2006, the Gillette Stadium field went from natural grass to field turf, marking the first time an NFL stadium had gone from grass to turf. Last week the field was given an upgrade to FieldTurfs Revolution turf system with VersaTile drain- age and shock underlay- ment. The new turf is cur- rently used in Seattle at Centurylink Field, home to the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks and Major League Soccer's Sounders. The sur- face is renowned for its un- paralleled player safety and extraordinary durability. With similar winter climates to the Pacific Northwest, the Pati-io[s may have wanted to have a field that will continue to hold up in unpredictable North- eastern weather conditions. Since the 2006 installation of Fieldturf, the Patriots have a .870 winning percentage, going 60-9 at the friendly con- fines of Gillette Stadium. Now, if only a Super Bowl could be staged in Foxborough ... A VERY HAPPY EASTER -- BUONA PASQUA TO ALL READERS! Iappy aster Fully Insured Lic #017936 Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 kenskjs @ LACK OF JOBS: THE MOTHER OF MOST SOCIAL ILLS. IP The lack of available jobs, especially in the South of Italy, m continues to perpetuate a condition that affects the | economy of the entire nation. We often hear government | officials who routinely announce government interventions I to help the depressed South (of Italy) in hopes to catch up with the rest of the country, especially with the industrial, | rich North. 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