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Page i I-,U: I -UR/l= i I 1:;, JULY U ZU11 Archaeology and Mytholob0000'n000000'Tiapani by Etena Lucco Bortera Segesta Theatre, Sicily On July 30 th the city of Trapani and its Province of Sicily held a conference "Archae- ology and Mythology in Trapani" at the Ital- ian General Consulate of Boston. Trapani's tourism Board Director Cettina Spataro de- scribed the archaeological heritage and the tourist attractions of the area. Spataro was in Boston because of the "Extreme Sailing Series" (an international race of catama- rans in three different continents) of which Trapani is an official sponsor. This was an opportunity to promote Trapani's Province to scholars, archaeology's lovers and to the Italian-American community in Boston. Italian Vice Consul Luigi Munno, the sail- ing event organizer Giselda Abate, the New York Flag Travel Agency's director Francesco Panzardi and the skippers Massimiliano Serena and Alberto Barovier from the teams "Luna Rossa" and "Nice For You" were all present at the conference. "Archaeology, sea, nature trails, food and wine: our land has much to offer, and we want to make it an international destina- tion" Spataro said in front of an. interested audience of over 50 people. The Sicilian ar- chaeological heritage is very rich and finds its origins from different ancient cultures as the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans and Greeks. Spataro described the main sites around Trapani such as Segesta - with its Doric temple and a theatre founded in the fifth century B.C. - and Mozia Lilibeo, a 100 acres island where ancient city's re- mains were found. The legend has it that Hercules was its founder. The most impor- tant archaeological site Spataro described was Selinus, considered one of the most im- portant in Italy and in Europe. It was founded in the seventh century B.C. and became the (Continued on Page 15) Cettina Spataro during the conference. Saint Elizabeth of Portugal by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Many years ago, while traveling in the Dolomites we visited the church of Saint Ulrich; we were in the Val Gardena, a section of the Tyrol famous for its wood carvers and were told that this church contained many beautiful examples of their work. We entered the church, and as prom- ised, discovered a collec.tion of extraordinarily beautiful wooden statues. Standing out from all of them was the statue of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, carved by two brothers killed in World War I. The statue .depicts the saint: giving a coin to a poor man; from her hand was a handkerchief, carved from wood that looked as if it were lace. The statue seemed to perfectly capture the gentle essence of the Saint who has come to be known as The Peacemaker. Elizabeth was born in 1271; she was named after her great aunt, Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, who several years before her birth had Greater Boston's Affordabte Private Cemetery TradiUona[ Burial Plot (for00tarting at $1500 T, MICII00E.L CEMETERY 17524 1036 13 ] www stm ichaelcemetery corn the Italian community for over 100 years! Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 # been canonized by Pope Gre- gory IX. Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter Ill, King of Aragon and Constantina, granddaughter of Emperor Frederick II. Elizabeth at an early age led a life of piety and self- denial; she was given in marriage, at the age of twelve to Dionysius King of 'Portugal, known as the working king. The court of the king was corrupt reflect- ing the morals of the king; despite the surroundings into which she was brought, Elizabeth continued her religious practices and was devoted to the sick and poor, founding institutions for the wayward and aban- doned infants. Saint Eliza- beth became known as The Peacemaker for her efforts in bringing about peace between her hus- band and her son Affonso. She was also able to bring change of heart in her hus- band before his death in 1324 through her kindness and gentleness. Elizabeth, with the death of her husband, retired to a convent of Poor Clare Nuns, which she had founded in Coimbra, Portugal. She be- came a Franciscan Tertiary planning to devote the rest of her life to the sick and poor. Her solitude was inter- rupted in 1336 when she was called once more to act as peacemaker between the armies of Portugal and the King of Castile. Despite her age, and weakened condi- tion, the holy queen hurried to Estremoz, where the two kings' armies were en- camped, stopped the hostili- ties and brought about peace. The exertion proved to be too much; as soon as her mission was fulfilled she died of a fever. St. Elizbeth was buried at Coimbra. She was canonized by Pope Urban VIII in 1625; her feast is celebrated on July 4% Separated at Birth. Sitting outside the office of the Post-Gazette newspaper published on Little Prince Street in Boston's North End are Dora Campochiaro, NEAA president and Freeway, the only canine columnist the Post-Gazette has ever had. Both of them recently celebrated their birthdays. Freeway isn't saying how old he is, but I hear that Dom is 10+ years old in dog years. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) Pescosolido Foundation A wards by Elena Lucco Borlera "I would never have had the chance to see places that I had studied for years if not for the dedication and generosity of organizations such as the Pescosolido Family Scholarship Foundation." Tess Bonoli -- a Tufts University student who is in Italy for the epigraphy and archaeology program -- wrote these words in a letter that her mother read during the Pescosolido Foundation awards dinner on Thursday, June 23 at the Dante Alighieri Society. Pescosolido Family Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that has awarded over $I00,000 since its inception eighteen years ago. Its purpose is to encourage and promote the study of the Italian language, culture, civilization and history by students from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Three of the seven awarded students took attended the scholarship presentation: Liana Eramo, Ismaelle Pulido and Caroline Smart. The other four are studying in Italy. The education director for the Italian consul general's office Mauro Puppin also participated. Carl A. Pescosolldo is the benefactor of the Dante Alighieri cultural center. He donated over $1,000,000 to the society and enabled it to retire a long standing mortgage. The foundation created in his honor awards scholarships to study at accredited and acceptable educational institutions in Italy. Scholarships are given every year and they are based on academic merit; the applications are judged by a selection committee. Students come from universities such as Harvard, Tufts, Fitchburg State, Boston College or University of Massachusetts. Liliana Eramo will spend her next academic year in Parma and she said: "I'd like to thank my parents for instilling in me the desire to connect to my roots. I hope to become fluent in Italian. This scholarship is a gift I will do my best to honor." Every awarded student shares a deep love for Italian history and language. Carline Smart's desire is to teach classical and Renaissance history at an international school in Italy. For Ismaelle Pulido, going to Italy is a wish that comes true. She remembered when, when she was twelve years old, she went to Rome with her father recently passed away. She said, touched: "I remember standing with my dad in front of the Trevi Fountain. As he offered me the three coins to throw in to the pool of water and wish upon, he said the third wish would ensure my return to Italy one day. It was an act of faith, but in August, that wish will finally come true. I fell in love with Italyas a child and my passion for Italy and its people has never waned." DIVORCE CRIMINAL * 230 MSGR. O'BRIEN HIGHWAY LAW OFFICES OF FRANK J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW WILLS ESTATE PLANNING TRUSTS PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERS COMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141