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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 17, 2011 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. DISHONOR THY MOTHER Nero finally came to the end of his resources and became so utterly impover- ished that he was unable to pay the soldiers or the ben- efits which were due the veterans. This financial con- dition caused him to make new laws which were de- signed to replenish his trea- sury. Any persons who bore Nero's family name or were even remotely related were required to will five sixths of their estate to him. Anyone who was accused of being ungrateful to the emperor by not remembering him in his will was required to forfeit his entire estate to the em- pire, and lawyers who had written such wills were pun- ished. He demanded the re- turn of all rewards that he had previously given, and even stripped temples to melt down their gold and sil- ver images. He began his career as a murderer with Claudius, and often referred to mushrooms as the food of the gods. Later he succeeded in poisoning his half brother, Britan- nicus. His attempts to do away with his own mother and beyond comprehension. She offended him by strict surveillance and criticism. Nero responded by depriving her of all honors, her guard of soldiers, and he evicted her from the palace. He bribed men to annoy her with lawsuits while she remained in the city. She retired to a kind of beach house and was still harassed by land and sea with abuse and mockery at all hours of the day and night. He attempted to poison her at least three times but she was thought to have made herself immune to taking antidotes. He even had the ceiling of her bed- room rigged with a device to loosen the panels so that they could drop on her while she slept. After this scheme failed he devised a collaps- ible boat to destroy her by shipwreck or by the falling- in of its cabin and she even escaped from this ordeal by swimming to shore. He killed an ailing aunt by giving her an overdose of a strong physic, then nullified her will and seized her property almost before she was cold. After tiring of living with his wife Octavia, he tried to strangle her several times. Having no success with these efforts he had her put to death on a trumped-up charge of adultery. Histori- ans tell us that he dearly loved his mistress Poppaea Sabina, but he kicked her to death while she was preg- nant because she com- plained about his coming home late from the races (a strange kind of love). He then offered to marry Antonia, the daughter of Claudius, but she refused this great honor so he put her to death on a charge of attempted revolution. He then put to death all other (Continued on Page I0) Re Publica by David Trumbull Semper Fi! In response to my Memorial Day column I received the following letter: Dear Mr. Trumbull, I look forward to your column (every week) in the Gazette. It is excellent. BUT you forgot to mention the U.S. Marine Corps in this week's column. You did mention all the other services. My husband, Alec, and myself served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWIL My son served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era. Being a U.S. Ma- rine Family, you can see why it bothered me. God bless Ameri- can, and our Veterans. --Maria (Calitri) Alexander (North End resident) I apologize to Mrs. Alexander, her family, and to every man and woman who serves or has served in the U.S. Ma- rine Corps. It was, of course, an unintentional oversight, but nevertheless a serious error on my part to have not proofread more carefully. Our Marines are older than the United States herself. The Continental Congress authorized two battalions of Marines on November 10, 1775. Since then The Marine Corps has served in every American armed conflict. Today U.S. Marines are part Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. And if you don't think America will win the global war against terrorism... Tell that to the Marines, The first to fight on all the fighting scenes. Those deviling hounds who know what fighting means. --Words by Harold Richard Atteridge; Music by Jean Schwartz and A1 Jolson Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community in their own homes, for as long as possible. As a ram of AIMnclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide the individual care that allows each participant to live with dignity in the place they call home. provide and coordinate the many different an older adult may require, such as: Primary and specialty medical care Home nursing and personal care Rehabilitation Social interaction Medications without co-pays and coverage gaps Transportation to PACE Day Health Centers and medical appointments The Elder Service Plan is the solution for older adults families who want an to nursing home care, need a care partner to e for the right combination services to keep a loved one at home. find out more, call 617-568-6377 or visit us at Iderservice. Catherine,2 1vellani Graduates University of Mass-Boston with Honors Catherine Avellani, daugh- ter of Pamela and Dominic Avellani, gradu- ated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a Bachelor of Sci- ence in Nursing. "It was quite an honor for our family," stated Catherine's father Dominic Avellani, the Director of the East Boston Adult Ed. Center. "I thought I was outstanding when I received the Omicron Na- tional Honor Society when I graduated college in 1970, but Cathy truly outdid her- self While in high school, Cathy was in the honors pro- gram and was accepted at the University of Mass-Bos- ton Nursing Program with the Chancellor's Scholar- ship, granting four years of full-tuition. She had to maintain a 3.2 GPA and com- plete her strict nursing re- quirements of lecture, clini- cal experience, and honors courses. During her four years at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Cathy participated in the Nursing Scholars Program, the Sigma Theta Tau Inter-" national Honors Society for Nursing, and the University Honors Program. She also traveled to Galveston, Texas during a Hurricane-Ike re- lief effort to raze flooded houses. In 2008, she volun- teered for Misericordia ambulance service and an immi- grant soup kitchen in Siena, Italy. In 2010, she traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador where she volunteered as a nursing assistant in a busy public clinic. To obtain these honors, Cathy would say, "Mom, I can't go to the movies or to New Hampshire this week- end because I have to study," stated her proud mother. At the same time, Cathy worked part-time at her father's Center, The East Boston Adult Education Center, in East Boston. Cathy would like to thank her family, the University of Massachusetts Nursing Program, and the University's Chancellor, L. Keith Motley for allowing her to obtain a first-class edu- cation and training. Cathy speaks, reads, and writes English, Italian, and Spanish. Her goal is to pass the NCLEX Board Exam to obtain her license as a Reg- istered Nurse. After, she will find work as an RN and con- tinue to graduate school or become a Nurse Practitioner. The Post Gazette wishes to congratulate Cathy, whom we have known since she was a little girl, for all of her dedica- tion and achievements. RISPARMIARE E GUADAGNARE A penny saved is a penny earned.