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Page 4 o POSTET'E, AUGUS,T.30 2013 nk, w,cz Labor Day, which falls this cated her role as the queen cookies when the full Sop- weekend, often earns the of Cyprus, in 1489. Tourists tember moon hangs like a .__/ moniker of "the unofficial and locals alike throng royal orb in the sky. I look by Sal Gzarratam end of summer." After this holiday, school bells once again ring, those who follow stringent fashion rules pack away their white clothes, and the temperature ap- pears to drop as if by some kind of sentient volition. Like many others, I admit to feeling a twinge of bitter- sweet nostalgia around this time, mostly due to the fact that though I love school-- hey, I'm not a grad student and a public high school employee for nothing--I have always disliked, even to this day, the first day of school. It just seems so stressful and rushed com- pared to the other days of the year; I much prefer school once it is comfortably en- meshed in its routine. How- ever, I do love Labor Day be- cause it signals the dance into autumn, my favorite season. The month of Sep- tember is in itself a lovely introduction to fall, one that begins with tantalizing omens of the autumn revels to come and ends in the brisk, chilly rhythms of the season. In Venice, September be- gins triumphantly with la Regatta Storica, or the His- toric Regatta, on the first Sunday of the month. This large competition between Venice's famed gondolas hearkens back to a famous welcome ceremony given to Caterina Cornaro, who abdi- around the waterways to watch the regatta, creating a mood similar to our celebratory feasts of Labor Day. In other areas of Italy, however, the start to Sep- tember is soft and subtle. After all, this is the month that heralds la vendemmia, or the grape harvest, in preparation for making that Italian staple known as wine. All across Italy, vine- yards glow with hazy au- tumn light as people reach up to gather plump, velvety purple grapes, whose product will enliven Italian tables throughout the upcoming holiday season. September is the month when Italian agricultural life returns to its roots of ancient Roman divinity. Mother Nature, so prized in mythology, is re- leasing her bountiful har- vest of abundance before readying herself for a long slumber. Across the ocean, the spirit of the Italian Septem- ber touches me as well. I look forward to the smell of fresh-picked apples perfum- ing my kitchen. I look for- ward to golden days of beau- tiful weather when I can walk outside comfortably without worrying about sweltering heat or bitter cold. I look forward to leaves turning bright hues of red and orange and yellow. I look forward to making my al- mond-rich Harvest Moon Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz is a Graduate Student in History at Boston. She appreciates any comments and suggestions about adicenso89@gmail, com. Saint Bertin by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Bertin was born about the year 615 near Constance, France. He en- tered the monastery of Luxeuil, which was known for its strict observance to the Rule of Saint Columban, it was there that he received his religious formation which prepared him for his future missionary vocation. In 639, together with two other monks, he set out for northern France to assist Bishop Saint Omer, Bishop of Tarvanne in the evangeliza- tion of the of the people of the ancient city of Morini in the low lying marshy country of Agency Owned and operated by Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher, Post-Gazette Since 1969 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference 209 BROADWAY, REVERE, MA 02151 Tel. 781.284.1100 Fax 781.284.2200 Free Parking Adjacent to Building forward to stores increasing their supply of Halloween decorations, and cloudy days when I can sense ethereal spirits dancing among bare- branched trees. I look for- ward to the autumn equinox, that special time of balance between light and darkness, and St. Michael's Day, when I bake spiced ginger cookies. Yes, September does give me a lot to look forward to, and sometimes when I get too excited, I take a deep breath and remind myself that it all starts with Labor Day. Maybe, therefore, we should not concentrate on Labor Day as the end of sum- mer, but rather the begin- ning of a season marked by abundance, rhythm, and transition. It goes without saying that I am a huge pro- ponent of enjoying each sea- son on its own merits, and that is especially true for the times when we are too busy complaining about what has ended rather than celebrat- ing what has begun. So let us start autumn off with a mood of triumphant joy, whether it is by watching gaily decorated boats glide across a Venetian canal or hosting a Labor Day cookout closer to home. Then let us hold on to that feeling of en- thusiasm and anticipation the whole season through, and renew it for each sea- son thereafter. the University of Massachusetts Italian holidays and folklore at what is today known as the Pas-de-Calais. The country was then dotted with small hills and overgrown with sea- weed and bulrushes. It was there that Bertin and his fellow monks built a small house from which they went out to preach among the natives who were mostly pagans. Gradually, after eight ardu- ous years of preaching the Faith, some of the converts Car 54 Where Are You? If you're a baby boomer or older, you will certainly re- member an old Sunday night sit-corn about two NYPD cops named Toodie and Muldoon. It was a cop show that wasn't to be taken seriously. The two actors in the lead role worked well together. I called this series the anti-Dragnet show. Where Sgt. Joe Friday always knew what day it was and how hot it was, the two guys in Car 54 barely knew where New York was. Thinking about all this brought to mind the present issues of police coverage in the Seaport District. Recently due to some reported miscom- munications between the Mass. State Police and Bos- ton P.D., an important inci- dent apparently was passed on properly to Boston, so Bos- ton now wants to be able to patrol the Seaport District too. On paper, it all sounds good but in reality it comes across as overkill on the part of Mayor Menino and Chief Ed Davis. This waterfront dis- trict is already policed by both the Statics and Massport Police and is it really neces- sary to add Boston P.D. to this mix? Seaport Boulevard is all Massport property and none of the streets are Boston streets which is why Boston doesn't police this area. This is not akin to sharing the roads over in Southie by Castle Island and Columbia Road between Statics and Boston P.D., apples and oranges here. There are benefits for Bos- ton, like not having to plow roads inside the Seaport Dis- trict. Same goes for street cleaning. Boston Transpor- tation tickets illegally parked cars on Northern Avenue but not so on Seaport Boule- vard. Ticketing there is done by the Statics and Massport as it should. Time to stop playing poli- tics and headline hunting and time for Statics and Massport to communicate with Boston P.D. Three heads are better than one when it comes to public safety for those who use the Seaport area as a place to dine, see a good outdoor show or just relax after a hard day's work. Cops bickering with one another is just silly. Run- ning to newspapers is equally silly. The people deserve pro- fessionalism from all sides in this quarrel between po- lice agencies. Renaissance Lodge, Sons of Italy Supports the Cataldo Family The Cataldos have been active in the Renaissance Lodge for over 20 years. Rosemary was loved and she is greatly missed. She was diag- nosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in January 2011. The path the lodge and her husband Gennaro (a two time cancer survivor) walked with her is one that many have trav- eled. She went for chemotherapy multiple times each week, survived well beyond the typical time frame that pancreatic cancer patients are expected to and always approached each day of her life with one mantra "what nice thing can I do for someone today?" Her husband and her children remain active in the Lodge. On Sunday, September 15 at 11:30 am, there will be a "Walk for Cancer and the Community" at Revere Beach. For more information access joined the missionaries and a largermonasteryhadto NORTH END00 be built. They built it on a tract of land called Sithiu donated to Omer by a con- verted nobleman named PINTING  Adrowald. The monastery was dedicated to Saint Peter, it was headed by Saint Bertin 5 PRINCE STREET * NORTH END * BOSTON, MA 02113 for nearly sixty years. Addi- tional land was granted by Count Waldebert who later became a monk at the Sithiu monastery and eventually became abbot of Luxueil. 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