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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 by Prof. EdmUnd Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of ttw more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. CRONUS, FATHER OF THE 'We. remember from past issues that the Primeval Beings, U.ranus (Heaven). :and Gaea (Mother Earth) combined to form the Titans. These were giant deities, the forerunners Of the gods. Later,. Uranus was am=, bushed and castrated by his own son, Cronus. This caused Uranus to be retired from any additional mytho logical activity. Cronus, who became the leader :of the Titans, then took the earthly goddess, Rhea, as his bride~ and that union produced the six pri- mary Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. This {s a very ilnportant point to remember as it identifies the origin of the most popular deities and their relative positiori in my- thology.' The first five of these Primary Gods were Hestia (Hearth), identified :with the Roman goddess Vesta; Demeter Agricul- ture), identified with the Roman goddess Ceres, Ha- des (Underworld), identified with the Roman god Dis, Poseidon (Sea), identified With the Roman god Neptune and Hera (wife of the su- preme god) identified with the Roman goddess Juno. Having been warned that at some future time he would be dethroned by one of his offspring, Crorms swal- lowed his first five children at birth. When Rhea was pregnant with Zeus, upon advice and in the company of mother-in-law Gaea, went to Crete where Zeus was born and hidden in a cave. Mother-in-law Gaea slyly wrapped a stone in swaddling clothes, and presented it to Cronus, who quickly swal- lowed it, thinking that all was proceeding according to plan, and that he was avoid- ing all possibility of his downfall. Later, when Zeus was fully grown he succeeded in get- GODS ting Cronus to drink a potion which contained a powerful emetic. This caused the stone to become disgorged and this was followed by the five brothers and sisters of Zeus: Rhea eventually became known as. the "mother -of the gods.' She Was also identi- fied with the Asiatic goddess Cybele, and as such was a symbol of the fruitfulness or procreative powers ol~ na- ture. Her festivals were cel- ebrated with loud music and frenzied dancing. In Rome, the worship of "Magna Mater" ithe Great Mother) was introduced about 200' B.C. and a temple was' built and ded'icated in the name of Cybele 400 years later. Her worship gained by :degrees to the point where an annual observance of mourning was followed by a period of the most extravagant joy. NEXT WEEK: The War of the Titans THE FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END BOCCE TO URNAMENT UPDATE ... by Victor Passacantilli The cool brisk Fall air was welcomed by Charlie Copp01a and Sonny Lauretano: Corn- the competitors as the second week of missioner, Sam Viscione, surprised the" match play got underway. Althoughplenty members with his hand made Italian themed .- of kibitzing was in order, the North Enders scoreboards affixed with the FRIENDS OF did not let up on their competitive instincts THE NORTH END 10go. They were a iong fighting and measuring for every point, awaited addition replacing the old worn out The new slippery bocce bails proved to be aand weather beaten scoreboards that were challenge for most Of the players with the kept in the shed at the courts. The FRIENDS exception of Angelo Di Girolamo formerly ofOF THE NORTH END BOCCE TOURNAMENT Webster Place. He came through making will continue on Sunday, September 28th. many tough points for his teammates, The Star of Week #2 was Angelo Di Girolamo. THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Invites you to attend a public Meeting to discuss: UP-COMING REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ON PARCEL 11A & 128 NORTH STREET Wednesday, October 8, 2014:6 PM Nazzaro Community Center 30 NorthBenn6i Street Staff from MassDOT will discuss their intention to release Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on two MassDOT owned properties in the North End of Boston. There will be two separate RFPs released, one for each of the two locations. Location #1 is Parcel 11A and is located at the corner of Hanover and Cross streets, adjacent to Mother Anna's Restaurant. Location #2 is 128 North Street, also known as the Tunnel Administration Building, which is located at the end of North Street and fronts Cross Street. MassDOT will also be soliciting feedback from the community on these two RFPs. If you have any questions, please contact: JOHN ROMANO Legislative Liaison, MassDOT email: John.Romano This meeting space is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance to fully participate, please contact John Romano at MassDOT at 857-368-8905 or before September 29, 2014. Such accommodations wi!! be orovided free of charg o R Publica by David Thtmbull Suffolk Downs, 1935 - 2014 "We are extraordinarily disappointed as this action is likely to cost the Commonwealth thousands of jobs, small business and family farms. We will be meeting with employees and horse- men over the next several days to talk about how we wind down racing operations as a 79-year legacy of thoroughbred racing in Massachusetts wilt be coming to an end, resulting in unemployment and uncertainty for many hardworking people." Chip Tuttle, Chief Operating Officer, Suffolk Downs; Mary and I are so sad, remembering fun times'at the track on. Saturday afternoons. Friends vcould join us. Mary's father loved going, to the :track with .us. On Kentucky Derby Day, we'd dress in our finest-= :with Mary taking special care .to .pick out a fabulous hat -- and bring along sugar and fresh mint to mix with the Bourbon we bought at the track -- voil&, hand-crafted mint juleps! In the early 2000s I attended a small Anglican church that met in Cambridge in the Swedenborgian chapel across from Harvard Yard. Our priest;: Bowen Woodruff, . was also an unpaid chaplain to the jockeys at Suffolk Downs. The jockey's, job is demanding and dangerous. Jockeys can be injured, even killed, in a race. Many are not locals, in fact many .are natives of South America.. They are engaged in a difficult occupation, ' thousands of miles from home and family. They move from track to track, following the racing season and seeking to advance 'their careers. They have little opl ortunity to attend regular church services. They truly appreciated having Fr. Woodruff hold a Bible study with them on Wednesdays at the track. On Saturdays several of us from the church would go to the track, accompanied by Fr. Woodruff in his clerical "dog collar." The arrangement was that he would bless our bets, with the understanding that we would tithe on the winnings. He never bet himself as he feared that people might mistake his familiarity with the jockeys for some sort of "inside information." The closing of Suffolk is not just about the people who work at the track -- the jockeys, the workers at the res- taurants and concession stands, and others. There are the trainers, and all the people who work at the farms -- often family farms -- where the horses are i-aised, and all the vendors who supply those farms and the track. If, as I hope, the voters Of the Commonwealth approve casino gambling this November, some of those jobs will be retained at a new casino in Everett. But we will have lost one of the things that made Boston a wonderful city to live in. No longer can I, for the cost of a short Blue Line trip, sit outside on a perfect summer day, enjoy a hotdog and cold beer, while watching magnificent horses, lovingly cared for and trained, compete in one of the most thrilling sporting exhibitions. 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 Happens When u For information on advertising in the Post-Gazette, call 617-227-8929.