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 C"I_ }:' %:' / THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN VOICE OF MASSACHUSETTS t t t ETTE (Formerly LA GAZZETTA del MASSACHUSETTS) VOL. 117 - NO. 19 BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, MAY 10, 2013 $.30 A COPY image courtesty of http: / / vintageholidaycrafts.com/ .... One mother can take care of six children, but six children cannot take care of one mother. L'Anno Bello: A Year in Italian Folklore A Short Praise of Mothers by Ally Di Censo I could never understand the compulsion, shared by many in my generation, to get as far away as possible from one's parents. To appropriate a clichhd expression, if I had a dime to every time I heard someone in my senior year of high school exclaim: "I can't wait to go to college so I don't have to see my parents anymorel" I could now make a full payment on my wedding in a nanosec- ond. I can certainly appreciate the desire for independence, as that comprises a normal and necessary part of getting older but I still cannot comprehend the fervent - desire for a complete separation from ones' parents. I am very close to my family, and I always want them to be a part of my life. I have already shared so much with my mother, that to cut her loose would be one of the most painful things I can imagine. My mother, Maria Carretta Di Censo, is my best friend, hands down and no ques- tions asked. Her guidance and her love have helped me blossom into the woman I am now, though I know that many more years will pass before I can acquire even half of her w.sdom and her grace. The most impressive aspect about my mother is how she consistently put the well-being of my brother and me above any other concerns. "Here I am with my mother Maria and my fiance Noah." She would pick me up from morning pre- school and then empty out the kitchen so we could make pancakes together nearly (Continued on Page 4) - Richie Havens Dead at 72 Richie Havens, folk singer and great guitar- ist who was the first to perform on stage at Woodstock back in the Summer of Love in 1969 passed away at age 72 on April 22% The Brook- lyn-born '60s iconic singer was best known for his guitar playing and also his many cover songs, including Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman." That summerfest was the turning point in his career. Also on stage that summer were Jimi Hendrix and many other greats. Richie's "Freedom" became an anthem for a gen- eration. In 2009, he returned to Woodstock's 40 m anniversary. He told Associated Press in 2009, "Everything in my life and so many others is attached to that train." His last album was 2008's "Nobody Left to Crown." Other notable moments in Havens' career in- clude television performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Tonight Show," a role in the 1972 stage production of The Who's "Tommy," roles in the films "Catch My Soul," "Greased Lightning," Bob Dylan's "Hearts of Fire" and Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan-inspired film "I'm Not There," singing "Tombstone Blues." During the mid-70s he co-founded the Northwind Un- dersea Institute, a children's-oriented museum in the Bronx, as well as the Natural Guard, an organization to teach children about ecological issues. (Continued on Page 14) Massachusetts Community Comes Together TO FEED HUNGRY FAMILIES More than 30,000 Demonstrate Resiliency of City in Walk for Hunger At Project Bread's 45 th Walk for Hunger, an estimated 30,000 Walkers and 2,000 Volunteers raised an estimated $3. I million to support community based programs that assist hungry people across Massachusetts. "Today's Walk for Hunger was a triumph, and a true expression of the resiliency and heart of Massachusetts," said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. "I have never been more proud of our com- munity of Walkers and supporters than I am today." As the first large, public gathering since the Boston Marathon, Project Bread was faced with a unique and unprecedented challenge this year. Fundraising and regis- trations for the Walk were immediately impacted, and the event ended the day half a million dollars down. Funds from the Walk for Hunger allow Project Bread to provide people from all walks of life with sustainable, nutritious food -- because we believe the opposite of hungry is not full, it's healthy. From community- based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table and local food resources, Project Bread funded more than 430 community food programs throughout Massachusetts last year. Many people are a paycheck away from a food crisis, and these programs provided a needed resource for the 750,000 people in Massachusetts who are food insecure. To Executive Director of Project Bread Ellen Parker with Norman Herr. continue to support these organizations, Project Bread is hoping that individuals will continue to donate and support the cause. "As a teacher," said Jamie Yadoff of the John Pierce Middle School in Brookline, "I see first-hand what impact, hunger has on children. By participating in the experience with my students, I don't simply raise money to fight hunger, but, together, we raise awareness about an important social justice issue." Ms. Yadoff and her students have raised over $100,000 since 2006. To learn more visit www.projectbread.org. iii,,. i:%,: i?: