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BOSTON OCT 18 ] Dartmouth College, Hanover "Pinocchio, Storia di un Burratino" Performed by Massimiliano Finazzer Flory. HANOVER OCT 28 I American Academy of Arts and Sciences PIB Seminar Series: "Policies on Biomedical Research- Italian and American models" CAMBRIDGE OCT 29-30 I Brown University, Providence "Conference with the State of Italy" With the presence of Romano Prodi. PROVIDENCE NOV 1-10 [ Dartmouth College, University of Rhode Island. Italian preeminent authors: Carmine Abbate at URI and Dartmouth. HANOVER, KINGSTON NOV 8 1 Emmanuel College, Boston. "'Ihe Meaning of Machiavelli's Prince." Lecture by Prof. Maurizo Viroli (Princeton). BOSTON NOV 13-171 The Paramount, Boston. Compagnia Marionette Carlo Colla e Figli Presents "The Sleeping Beauty." BOSTON NOV 23 I Brown University, Providence. International Prize: "Boccaccio Afterlife." In cooperation with the American Boccaccio Association (ABA) and the Town of Certaldo on the occasion of the 700 'h anniversary of Giovanni Boccaccio. PROVIDENCE DEC 6 [ MIT, Cambridge "5th Sense Project" Seminar organized by the Bocell! Foundation . and MIT..G(LMBPdDGE ,  , S i m p l e TIMES by Girard A. Phnte Upon my relocation from upstate New York to Newton, Mass., on a chilly Saturday in early November 1993, I had the grand opportunity to witness the election of Boston mayoral candidate Thomas M. Menino. I harbored only a glimpse of Boston city politics through family summer visits over the years prior to moving to the Boston area to enhance my journalism career. Much of my information resulted from Boston's daily news- papers, the dozens of com- munity papers scattered from Maine to Cape Cod and from periodicals published in Boston. For me, the ever-interest- ing realm of politics and gov- ernance began in earnest from grammar school in the 1960s on through high school into the 1970s. I participated in carrying candidates leaf- lets to my neighbors' mail boxes and placing campaign signs on the front yard of my childhood home. Two decades after moving, I write this column for a ven- erable Boston-based news- paper and wonder: 'Where has the time gone as we look to the impending ab- sence in three months of a good and decent man who became Boston's longest serving mayor?' Mayor Menino's daily steadfast leadership the past 20 years will be immensely missed and fraught with enormous adjustments for the next man who shall lead the great city of Boston, its residents, as well as numer- ous other folks who visit Boston to work, recreate and socialize. Such a seismic shift is unsettling to merely ponder. Wherever we trek through Boston, we see the imprint of Mayor Menino's incredible foresight in transforming one of the oldest cities in our great nation to its current status as a dynamic, ever- evolving, essential interna- tional metropolis. From the refreshing reno- vation of the Seaport District to the burgeoning growth of South Boston to the on- going enthusiastic spruce- up of downtown Boston, we know that business-as-usual has not proven to ring true during Mayor Menino's his- toric tenure. Moreover, we grew accus- tomed to listening to Mayor Menino remind anybody who chose to create may- hem in Boston's neighbor- hoods that such nefarious activity will not be tolerated. Civility, respect for people and property, along with pride of community will win the day, he continu- ously reminded us. Though his critics will dis- agree with some of the facts I espouse, we know that no- body can fault Menino's pas- sion to serve and his ear- nest commitment to better the city he unconditionally loves. For example, I recall vividly an incident a few years ago that brought Mayor Menino's ire boiling over upon learn- ing of disturbing ads dis- played from the windows of Niketown's flagship store on Boston's Newbury Street. The ads showed young people wearing Nike T-shirts that carried a subliminal message that somehow vio- lence was the 'norm' in our Society. Mayor Menino did not buy into such sensation- alism in Boston! As a result, Mayor Menino swung into action and left City Hall with his aides for a ride across town to hold an outdoor press conference in front of Niketown's win- dows to demand that Nike officials take down the signs from their highly-visible storefront! Certain members of Bos- ton's media immediately screamed that Menino's tac- tics were akin to a "bully." And that he used his posi- tion as a "Bully Pulpit" to score political points. They added that he conducted a sideshow to trample on free speech rights. But despite that withering criticism, Menino pressed on with innate courage and his enduring quest to en- sure safe streets for Boston's citizens and the thousands of visitors to the city. That was his primary purpose for protesting a popular, iconic, multi-billion dollar company's misguided message to the youths of Boston's urban neighborhoods. That sort of tough-minded approach to rightly deal with the larger problem of gang violence that culminate in random senseless killings will be missed immensely. Similar redeeming qualities will be required of the next mayor to govern the myriad issues of the day that impact Boston and every municipal- ity across America. Mayor Menino's legacy, for me, will be that he led by example and lived an exem- plary life. His impenetrable integrity, the savvy tactician of Boston's rough-and-tumble politics, and his fairness for all folks shall resonate far into the future. He may not have articu- lated impeccably an array of issues. Yet we always knew where Mayor Thomas M. Menino stood in the privi- lege of serving and protect- ing the citizens he swore to each of the five terms he won reelection to the his- toric city whose hallowed ground witnessed the birth of the world's oldest continu- ous democracy. Happy Columbus Day from The 00irandello f.yceum Rosario Cascio, President Frank Ciano, Esq., First Vice-President Maria Capogreco, Second Vice-President and Treasurer Dorothy Maio, Corresponding Secretary Maria Luisa Saraceni, Recording Secretary Lino Rullo, Scholarship Fund Executive Vincent Fazzolari, Scholarship Chairman Dr. Stephen F. 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