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: 2 - ROS1MGRAZEI E,. SEPTEIVFBER 8,2013 by Prof. Edmund Nostra Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage...our roots. THEODORE ROOSEVELT R Publica I by David Trumbull Constitution Day and Citizenship Day September 17~ is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day [to] commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens. (36 U.S.C. 106) DATE OF BIRTH: October 27, 1858 PLACE OF BIRTH: New York City, NY DATE OF DEATH: January 6, 1919 PLACE OF DEATH: Oyster Bay, NY SPOUSE(s): Alice and Edith PRESIDENT: September 14, 1901- March 4, 1909 The death of his wife and mother so dear, Caused Teddy Roosevelt to abandon a political career; Frailness of health was another of his tussles, So he retired to his ranch to build up his muscles. During our war with Spain, so say the insiders, He formed the cavalry that was named "The Rough Riders," Became Governor of New York and then our Vice President, When McKinley died, the White House had a new resident. Although not elected, he was forty-two, It seemed divine providence just guided him through; Passed a meat inspection and pure food law, Then helped end the Russo and Japanese War. He was friendly to workers and displayed his favor, Even organized a Department of Commerce and Labor; His most famous slogan, they say it was slick, "Speak very softly and carry a big stick." Promoted all possible conservations. Opposed our entry into the League of Nations; Was bold and innovative with any legislative pal, Even laid the groundwork for the Panama Canal. Their love started when Teddy met Alice Hathaway Lee, After a very short courtship he was on bended knee; In time they produced a beautiful girl, Then the little one fell sick and ended their whirl. A few years later, I'm so sorry to say, His wife and his mother both died on the same day; In spite of the fact that his tragedy was double, After a very short time he got past all his trouble. He met an old friend named Edith Carow, It didn't take long for this new love to grow; After raising five kids and surviving the coddling, She supervised extensive White House remodeling. Unusually poised and most capable wife, Her high moral standards improved everyone's life; They say that she now rests in peace up in heaven, And she died at a ripe age, just past eighty-seven. The Rental Registration & Inspection Program requires the annual registration of all private rental units and the inspection for all non-exempt rental units to be conducted every five years. This year the registration period begins on May 1, 2013 and ends on August 1, 2013. The initial registration fee is $25/unit. Failure to register will result in fines and further enforcement actions. Benefits: Educate owners on State and local housing codes. Provides owners with a written record of the conditions of the property. Ensures re t uni minimum .... Healthy Housing We are accustomed to think of the United States as a relative young nation. It was just a bit over 500 years ago that Christopher Columbus from the Republic of Genoa on the Italian peninsula discovered the New World and even less time since the planting of the 13 colonies that would become the United States. And yet we operate under the sec- ond oldest written constitution in the world.(Quiz, what nation has the oldest writ- ten constitution still in force?) Our Constitution is claimed to be the world's shortest. I can believe it! Certainly it is much, much shorter than the Constitu- tion of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. But then, unlike the Massachusetts Consti- tution, our nation's fundamental law has not been frequently amended. In 224 years there have been but 27 amendments adopted. The stability of our Constitution over time is even more evident when we remember that the first ten amendments the Bill of Rights were ratified shortly after entry into force of the Constitution. In fact, the prom- ise of prompt passage of such a Bill of Rights was one of the arguments the Federalists made for adopting the Constitution, so much so that those first ten amendments may be thought of as being practically part of the original text. That leaves but 17 changes made in the period 1795 to 1992 -- nearly 200 years, or, on average, between one and two per decade. Addressing his fellow Americans on September 17, 1796 George Washington spoke of our national unity and pride as free Americans living under a Constitution at the time not yet a decade old, saying: Citizens, by birth or choice, of a common coun- try, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism ..." and he expressed his desire that the free Constitution ... may be sacredly maintained; that its administration in every department may be stamped with wisdom and virtue; that, in fine, the happiness of the people of these States, under the auspices of liberty, may be made complete by so careful a preser- vation and so prudent a use of this blessing as will acquire to them the glory of recommend- ing it to the applause, the affection, and adop- tion of every nation which is yet a stranger to it. On September 17th, all citizens, by birth or choice (to borrow Washington's beautiful phrasing) are called on to commemorate the signing of our federal Constitution and the blessings of liberty under our Democratic Republic. Quiz answer: The Republic of San Marino, an independent state on the Italian peninsula surrounded entirely by the Republic of Italy has the oldest written constitution still in force, dating to 1600. Mayor Menino Launches Renew Boston Solarize Three-Month Campaign will-Make Solar Panels More Affordable and Accessible for Boston Homeowners and Small Businesses Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the launch of Renew Boston Solarize, a three-month campaign to make solar panels more affordable and accessible for Boston homeowners and small businesses. Mayor Menino, who had solar panels installed on his home in Hyde Park last year, has set a goal of 150 new resi- dential-scale solar power installations in Boston, rep- resenting a 50 percent increase from last year's campaign. "Last year I joined the clean energy revolution, and I hope to have even more Bostonians join me in this year's campaign," Mayor Menino said. "Residents and businesses can lock in lower energy costs, create new clean energy jobs right here in Boston and help us con- tinue to 'greenovate' our city." Renew Boston Solarize is a group buying program designed to increase the adoption of solar energy and to reduce its cost by offering residents and businesses discounted pricing for solar panels. The more people sign up, the more prices drop. The campaign is similar to Boston's participation last year in Solarize Mass - Bos- ton, through which more than 100 Boston residents, including Mayor Menino, installed solar panels on their homes. The campaign also sup- ports the Mayor's Greenovate Boston sustainability initia- tive, which strives to engage residents and businesses to help reduce the city's green- house gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 per- cent by 2050. "Giving residents this op- portunity to go solar is part of the City's ongoing work to support Bostonians in their efforts to save money on energy and reduce green- house gas emissions," said Brian Swett, Chief of Envi- ronment and Energy. "Re- new Boston Solarize makes solar power more accessible than ever for city residents." This program is based on the Solarize program model developed and implemented in cities and towns across Massachusetts by the Mas- sachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachu- setts Department of Energy Resources. The City of Boston has chosen Next Step LivingTM, New England's leading whole-home energy solu- tions company, as the in- staller. Next Step LivingTM, in partnership with the Boston Solar Company, will simplify the process of going solar for customers, customize the design of the system, install solar panels, provide moni- toring and handle any repairs or maintenance if required. "We're proud of our long relationship with Mayor Menino and the City of Bos- ton and are excited about this new program to help Boston residents go solar," said Geoff Chapin, Founder and CEO of Next Step LivingTM. "Renew Boston Solarize is an important step for homeowners who want (Continued on Page 12) 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