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PAGE 2 POST-GAZETtE, JUNE 17, 2016 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. THE CHARACTER OF THE EARLY ROMANS The character of the early Ro- mans seems quite dearly defined when one exam- ines 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 pleasure and re- laxation, theaters in the half round for their dramas, amphi- theaters like the Colloseum for their gladiatorial contests, oval race tracks (which they called circuses] for their chariot races, triumphal arches and giant p'fllars to honor their heroes, aqueducts by the mile to furnish the millions of gallons of water for their daily needs, 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 family life .... was everywhere. Through allof their political activity, religious and business affairs, cultural and leisurely pur- suits, 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 capacity as soldiers, conquerors, lawmakers, states- men, and most importantly, world builders. Through this principal trait, their unquestioned respect for parental authority, they have left an indelible mark on the history of the world. I believe that this inherent characteristc has been passed on and in- stinctively accepted by our present gerleration of Italian-Americans. It is reflected in their everyday attitude towards their jobs, 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 history, the structures they built, the development of the early Christian Church, the inevitable progres- sion into the Romanesque and Byzantine styles, the Gothic system and the Golden Renaissance. NEXT ISSUE: The Character Of Roman Structures. North End Nursing Home Closing (Continued from Page 1) during the couple dozen times residents brought it up prior to my question? Maybe Marty did send you, Maria, but clearly with instructions to be seen and not heard. Which speaks vol- umes to what he: really thinks about all this. He is hoping it goes away.] Not surprisingly, the meet- ing went over the time lim- it, but finally broke up after NEWNC's Board Member Marie Simboli's final defiant procla- mation: "I don't want this to end TONIGHT. I want some- thing DONE about this. If this guy [indicating Storta] can have a tittle bit of heart, we~l call another meeting and I hope you [again, indicating Storta] will be here sitting beside the mayor and the governor, because WE'RE NOT CLOSING THE NURS- ING HOME[ I will picket and do everything in our power to keep our elderly in the North Endl " A call to action, echoed several times during the meet- ing, spurred a line of attendees outside the Nazzaro Center, signing on to help fight City Hall, or Partners, or whoev- er is standing in the way of our keeping our elderly loved Ones right here where they be- long. The battle is joined. Stay tuned. meet with a Boston Water and Sewer representative in your neighborhood and learn how to keep your pipes clear. You can also pay your water bill with a check or money order, talk about billing or service problems, apply for a senior or disabled person discount, and more. Let's protect Boston's ~erways by Girard A. Plante In journalism school at Utica College during the mid-1980s, I learned that when writing a story, the basic reuirements are Who, What, When, Where and Why, as I built my article. Those Ws were to be answered in the first -- or, opening -- paragraph. Those lessons in my first year in a course named Journalism 101 have proven useful 28 years later. In this week's column, I won- der ex~ictly the how, when, and where Father's Day originated. The day to honor dads has its roots in the state of Washing- ton on July 19, 1910, by that state's governor. And after 362 men died in a coal mine in Monongah, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908, the national holiday seemed to be a lock. But that event became a one-time remembrance only for those deceased men. Amazingly, the national holiday honoring fathers was shunned by most men in 1924 as President Calvin Coolidge attempted to recognize fathers with an annual event. They scoffed at "the holiday's senti- mental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift- giving." Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, groups fought to institute Parents' Day to praise both mothers and fathers. That idea was quickly quashed by various groups determined to keep Mother's Day exclusively for women. Then the Great Depression struck and attempts to estab- lish a separate Father's Day never took hold as business owners and consumers alike struggled to justify such spend- ing sprees, even though the day was intended to jumpstart the economy. With the advent of World War II in 1940, the cause gained traction as an opportunity to praise America's soldiers. Again, the activities to begin a Father's Day fell apart. The war ended and the troops re- turned home. Yet the hope that a national collective focus on fathers for one day remained on the minds and in the hearts of millions of people determined to honor dear old dad. That day to honor fathers came full circle 62 years after the initial attempt, in 1972, as President Richard M. Nixon set aside a bitter re-election race and penned a proclamation creating Father's Day. It is to- day a federal holiday that has Americans spending over $1 billion annually on everything from neckties to cologne to cigars and sundry other com-. mercia[ items. For those of us whose fa- thers are deceased, and for others no longer in your lives for whatever reason, do know that everybody has a father. And it's okay to honor them or the coach, educator, neighbor, uncle, grandfather or any man who has become important in your life. DiDomenico Appointed to FY17 Budget Conference Committee Senator Sal DiDomenico, Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, was recently appointed by Senate President Rosenberg to a six-member Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Budget Conference Committee. This committee will be working out the differences between the Senate budget passed in May and the version passed by the House of Representatives in April. Senator DiDomenico will be joined by Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka {D-Ashland) and Ranking Minority Member Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth), as well as House Ways & Means Chairman Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill), House Ways & Means Vice Chairman Stephen Kulik (D-Worthington), and Representative Todd Smola {R-Warren). "Creating the state budget is one of the most important jobs that the Legislature is tasked with, and it is an honor to once again serve on the conference committee with my colleagues in the Senate and House," said DiDomenico. "I now look forward to getting to work to produce a final compromise budget that addresses the diverse needs of our communities and continues moving our entire Commonwealth forward." Through this appointment, Senator DiDomenico will play a key role in crafting the state's upcoming fiscal year budget and will have the opportunity to advocate for the Commonwealth's most critical services and programs, as weU as many of the innovative Kids First proposals laid out in the Senate budget. Earlier this year, DiDomenico was chosen to lead the Senate's Kids First Initiative, with the goal of identifying best practices and innovative ideas for investing in and supporting children across the Commonwealth. The conference committee members held their first meeting on Friday, June 10th, beginning negotiations for a final FY17 budget. Fiscal Year 2017 begins on July 1, 2016.