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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 1,2014 m i 4. Lammas: A Feast of Hay and Harvest by Ally Di Cease Symynkywicz August is a golden sunbeam as autumn progresses. ( .... - of a month, a time when the Every August 1st, when by Sal Gzarratam carefree nature of summer Lammas fills my soul The Saga of Shaun Bergen dances with the rhythms and with the music of a blessed rituals of autumn. Back-to- and plentiful harvest, I too Shaun Bergen was a street again on another TV sta- school advertisements pep- honor grain by making a reporter on News 12 in New tion whose management per store aisles and news- focaccia. I turn to a beloved Jersey and was covering a isn't afraid to be politically papers, bringing with them recipe that calls for a simple news segment on the recent incorrect if the need arises. the scent of crisp notebooks wheat focaccia made with killing of a young Jersey City The other station, the word and sharp pencils. The night rosemary, sea salt, onions, cop responding to a robbery cowardice comes to mind descends sooner, beckon- and the beloved Italian staple at a local Walgreens. In a quickly. ing me home to cozy eve- of olive oil. As I mix the gun battle, the young police How often right here in nings spent curled up on waterwith the flour, forming officer was slain. In an Boston do we keep seeing the couch. Supermarkets a dough as if by magic, I feel interview with Bergen, the the same violent story killer's girlfriend said her repeated over and over brim with the abundant pro- a special kinship with my duce of summer- tomatoes, old-country ancestors who man should have taken out again. We hear the same zucchini, corn -- while also had to scrape their living out more cops. When the seg- outcry from within the com- making way for the succulent of the most basic ingredients, ment was ending, Bergen munity that the violence first apples of the season. However, the For my Italian forbearers, a holiday like added that too often this kind must stop but it continues sign that most reminds me of August is the Lammas or an occasion like la mietitura of needless violence is the day after day and year after sight of hay, tightly bundled together in was so important precisely because wheat result of this community not year. We hear the same sad perfect spheres, baking in the sun. I saw functioned as an essential part of the having enough fathers to go story of a life needlessly these hay bundles recently at a farm near diet. Bread, called pane in Italian, serves around, taken away. We hear the talk my house, and they instantly transported as an invaluable part of the cultural table, The next day, management that more police are needed me back to the marvelous summer I spent a foodstuff that gave peasants life and took away his street report- but when in fact, a commu- in Italy years ago, when such rolls of hay formed the basis of many dishes. It is ing assignments and de- nity needs to police itself and meted him. He basically was take back their neighbor- were a common sight along roads and fields, little wonder that Italy contains many Late summer in Italy is the time for superstitions that demand that bread be fired without management hood one street at a time. having to fire him. All for We need Black men as la mietitura, or haying, all in preparation for treated with the utmost respect, such as saying that the men of the President Obama stated not the autumn. This reminds of the wonderful never turning bread upside-down or, worse African American commu- to be AWOL from their kids. seasonal holiday of Lammas, a little-known yet, the perils of throwing bread away. For nity were missing in the We need Black men to feast that deserves wider fame for its Italians in olden days, this action proved a lives of too many young Afri- become examples and men- poignant symbolism of harvest and the high insult to the Earth's bounty and to one can Americans. tore to the young. You can- coming of the fall. of the most essential food tenets around. This is the same message ' not replace a father with a Lammas occurs on August I st, and what As society industrialized, I believe that I heard from President welfare check. We need fa- was once a holiday celebrated in many parts we have lost that connection to our food Obama who once said too thers to act like fathers of Europe fell into obscurity as society and to the Earth which provides it. This is many Black men are AWOL. again giving children a industrialized -- though interest in it has why seasonal feasts like Lammas are so Bill Cosby once spoke at chance to live and grow and been rekindled! According to the ancient significant -- they unite us with our his- a high school graduation become parents themselves Celts, Lammas celebrated the first day of tory and heritage, with the time when hu- and talking directly to the someday. autumn. This may sound quite strange to mane viewed the Earth and the food that parents in the audience Back in the day, I grew up modern people, as the beginning of August sprung from her ground as sacred. Lammas said, "We must take back in Roxbury when it was only seems to be in full summer, what with the teaches us that every season has a profound our community from the half as dysfunctional. Most of hot temperatures and the leaves still a meaning, violence and we must be us survived and prospered vibrant green. However, Lammas celebrates This August, why not celebrate Lammas active in the lives of our but today is far, far worse and the agricultural start of the fall, the time of by honoring the grain that offten goes unno- children." twice as deadly. To pretend harvesting grain and the first fruits of the ticed in your life? Make bread or focaccia Can only African Ameri- there is nothing to see is not year. In fact, the very name Lammas derives from scratch, or simply be conscious of cans speak truth to power the answer. Thank you from loaf-mass, after the ritual in which a the nourishment that goes into you as you but not white reporters who Shaun Bergen for the cour- loaf of bread, made from the first harvested bite down into a roll or sandwich or slice are outraged on what they age to say what most of us are wheat of the year, was blessed at church, of loaf. Revel in the growing harvest by eat- are constantly reporting on? thinking. We cannot solve The ancient Celts had another name for ing seasonal foods and paying attention to Did you know that 82 Afri- generational dysfunction by Lammas, Lughnasadh (loo-na-sah), which the signs of the approaching autumn, in can American youths in pretending it isn't there. We referred to a harvest feast in honor of Lugh, all their natural, rhythmic Iglory. Lammas Chicago were hit by gunfire must face it head on. the god of light. To celebrate Lugh, the an- teaches us not to bemBa the end of the over the recent Fourth of cient Celts held bonfires, made pilgrimages summer, but rather recognize the change July weekend? LEGAL NOTICE to hilltops to be closer to the sun, gathered of the seasons as an indispensable part of I have a feeling that fruits and danced. Evidence of celebrations the cycle of the year. Without autumn, there Mr. Bergen will live to report Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court in honor of Lugh have been uncovered as would be no harvest or food to sustain us Middlesex Probate and Family Court far south as Northern Italy! Lammas is still once the dark nights creep in. I know that 208 Cambridge Street observed in Ireland today, where people visit when I now look at stalks of wheat waving LEGAL NOTICE Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 with family and friends, and local priests in a golden field, or bundles of hay standing Docket No. MI14P3636EA bless the fields. I love Lammas because it steadfast under the sun, I will remember Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Estate of includes the communal aspect of summer the way my ancestors lived so close to Middlesex Probate and Family Court HENRY U. GRUNEBAUM festivities while also honoring the earth's nature, and to honor that life even in our 208 Cambridge Street Date of Death April 11, 2014 bounty, which will only become more evident busy world. East Cambridge, MA 02141 CITATION ON PETITION FOR (617) 768-5000 FORMAL ADJUDICATION Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at the University of Massachu- Docket No. MI14P3014EA To all interested persons: Estate of A Petition has been filed by Judith A. setts Boston. She appreciates any comments and suqgestions about Italian holidays and folk- LOUIS LENO PELLEGRINI GrunebaumofCambridge, MArequestingthat lore at adicenso89@gmail.com. Also Known As the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of LOUIS L. PELLEGRINI testacy and for such other relief as requested I DRIVERS -" Date of Death October 5, 2013 in the Petition. And also requesting that Judith S., Local-Home Nightly! NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE A. Grunebaum of Cambridge, MA be ap- l=J A' m G.L.c. 190B, 3-306 pointed as Personal Representative(s)ot said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. Boston Dryvan! To all persons who have or may have some You have the right to obtain a copy of the $18.00/hr & Great Benefits! interest in the above-captioned estate and, if Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. CDL-A, 1yr. Exp. Req interested, to the Office of the Attorney General You have a right to object to this proceeding. ,..4;' A'' and the Departmenet of Veteran Affairs, notice To do so, you or your attorney must file a written 855-971-6893 ,, is hereby given on May 23, 2014 that the Peti- appearance and objection at this Court before: tioner Mary J. Keller of Southborough, MA 10:00 a.m. on August 12, 2014. intends to file with the above-named Probate This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline Since 1969 and Family Court, not sooner than seven (7) by which you must file a written appearance days after this notice, a Petition for Informal and objection if you object to this proceeding. FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS ST.JUDEANDST.ANTHONY NOVENA Probate of aWill, Petition for Informal Appoint- If you fail to file a timely written appearance ment of Personal Representative to serve with- May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objec- AUTO HOMEOWNERS * TENANTS adored, glorified, loved and preserved out surety on the bond Mary J. Keller of tions within thirty (30) days of the return date, throughout the world now and for- Southborough, MA. COMMERCIAL ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus prav for The estate is being administered under action may be taken without further notice to . you. us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pra informal procedure by the Personal Represen- The estate is being administered under Experience makes the difference for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- formal procedure by the Personal Represen- pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving bate Code without supervision by the Court. tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- protector and wonder worker, pray Inventory and accounts are not required to be bate Code without supervision by the Court. 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02 15 1 for us. Say" this prayer 9 times a day filed with the Court, but interested parties are Inventory and accounts are not required to be and by the 8th day your prayer will be entitled to notice regarding the administration filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781 284 2200 answered. It has never been k ..... to from the Personal Representative and can * fail. Publication must be promised, petition the Court in any matter relating to the to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Adj Mv prayers have been answered, estate, including distribution of assets and Court in any matter relating to the estate, Free Parking acent to Building Favor received. A.T.P. are entitled to petition the Court to institute of administration. expenses of administration. Interested parties including distribution of assets and expenses formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- WITNESS, Hon.EDWARD F.DONNELLY, JR., sonal Representatives appointed under infer- First Justice of this Court real procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, Date: July 15, 2014 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run f" R/1 '  (3L 4,t e. / ' i