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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 17, 2014 by ProL Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. .Heliopolis Publica by David Tnunbull Celebrating Italian-American Heritage Month in Massachusetts Eligible voters must be Italian citizens and meet the following criteria: 18 years of age as of December 19th, 2014; registered with the Registry of Italians Residing Abroad (AIRE); resident in the local Consular district for at least six months; and entitled to vote. An information letter will be addressed to all members of the household who meet these requirements and reside in the Consular Jurisdiction. THOSE WHO INTEND TO VOTE MUST BE ADDED TO THE ELECTORAL LIST BY TRANSMITTING A SIGNED REQUEST AND COPY OF IDENTIFICATION TO THE LOCAL CONSULATE. You may request an applicatipn form from the Consulate, Honorary Consulate or online, available to download from the Consular website at www'cnsbstn'esterLit You may also submit an application without using the form so long as the personal information is provided in a letter form (applicant's first and last names - please indicate maiden name for women, date of birth and current address) and you expressly declare the intent to vote in the elections of the Comites; said application letter must be duly signed and accompanied by a copy of a photo ID. The application may be sent to the Consulate by mail (600 Atlantic Avenue, 17th floor, Boston, MA 02210), e-mail (elettorale.boston@esteri.it), fax (617-722-9407), or it may be hand delivered. IN ALL CASES, THE APPLICATION MUST REACH THE CONSULATE BY NO LATER THAN November 19th, 2014. By November 29TM, 2014 the Consulate will mail ballots and a self-addressed stamped return envelope ONLY TO THOSE VOTERS WHO SUBMITTED COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WITHIN THE REQUIRED TIME FRAME, nor that the legislature enacted Section 15EEEE of Chap- A date has been set to elect new members of the Committees of Italians Abroad (Comites), which represent the interests of Italian citizens residing abroad in dealing with their local consular offices. The Comites will be elected on the basis of candidate lists signed by Italian citizens resident in each Consular district. ter 6 of the Ma.ssachusetts General Laws. =The governor shall annually.issue a proclamation setting apart the month of October as Italian-American Heritage Month, in recognition of the significant contributions Italian-Americans have made to the Commonwealth and to the United States and recommending that said month be observed in an appropriate manner by the people. After consultation with Italian-Ameri- can groups, the governor may include in the proclamation such contributions as he shall see fit." Among the notable persons and events cited by Governor Deval Patrick in this year's Italian-American .Heritage Month Proclamations are -- The 500m anniversary of the death of Donato Bramante, who introduced Renaissance architecture to Milan and the High Renaissance style-to Rome. The 300 anniversary of the first" of Antonio Vivaldi's op- eras. The 200 th anniversary of the founding of the Carabinieri, Italy's military police who provide national defense and do- mestic security, and perform international peacekeeping and training missions in collaboration with the United States. The I00 m anniversary of the birth of Dr. Renato Dulbecco, the acclaimed virologist who in 1975 won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research explaining how genetic mu- tations may cause cancer. The 100 th anniversary of the'birth of Ralph Fasanella, a laborer, union member, activist, and self=taught artist whose works include Massachusetts mill towns and scenes in the history of the labor movement, including paintings commemorating the 1912 "Bread and Roses" strike in Lawrence. 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 This Thanksgiving make a difference! Donate pet food and supplies, and help Freeway support a local shelter. Your generosify can go a long way in supporting the needs of these deserving animals! Drop your donation off at the Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston by Wednesday, November 19:h Don't Forget That Tough Times Impact Them Too! WWW. BOSTON PO STGAZ ETTE.COM J COMITES ELECTIONS ANNOUNCEMENT Needles." One of these was taken to London in 1878 and erected on the Thames embankment. The other was taken to New York City in 1881 and set in Central Park. The largest obelisk in existence is the one in the piazza of Saint John Lateran in Rome. It came from the Temple of the Sun, in Heliopolis, where it was originally erected+ about 1500 B.C. by Thothmes III, one of the greatest of the Egyptian Pharaohs. The obe- lisk is of Egyptian granite, 105 feet high, nine feet square at the bottom, six feet square at the top, and weighs 450-tons. An- other monument, the huge obelisk in front of St. Peter's in Rome should serve as a con- stant reminder of two of the most brutal men that this world has ever known. It was brought to Rome, also from Heliopolis, and was transported via a special boat that was constructed by the Roman emperor Caligula. The.0belisk was erected on the "spine" (me- dian strip) of Nero's Circus, and" at the base of this monument is where St. Peter and countless numbers, of Christians were martyred. It was moved from its original site to its present iocatlon by Pope Sixtus in "1586. I am told that the bronze cross now at the.top contains a relic of the true cross. Next Issue: Mithras Sun." Herodotus, the famous ancient Greek historian, claimed that its inhabitants were the wisest and most ingenious of all Egyptians. Berosus, another Greek historian claimed that this was the city of Moses, while others tell us that it was a place of resort for all Greeks who vis- ited Egypt for instruction and-knowledge. Plato lived here for about three years. It is also listed as the residence of the Egyptian priest named Manetho, who wrote the first history of Egypt in the Greek language. Strabo, a Roman geographer and historian spoke of this city being built on a long arti- ficial mound of earth in order to keep it above the seasonal flooding of the Nile which occurred every year for thousands of years. The oracle of Apollo and a. famous temple of the sun were located here, as well as a foun- tain which gave forth excellent drinking water. I am told .that the fountain still re- mains and that it inspired the name "Foun- tain of the Sun." Obelisk is the name given to the monu- mental pillars of Egypt. These are huge monoliths (monos meaning single, plus lithos "meaning stone). They are square in shape but taper to the summit and look like a miniature Bunker Hill Monument or Washington Monu/nent. They usually stood in pairs to dignify entrances to temples. The usual height was ten times the thick- a+t +ee +eI l ne+ at a+e ero "ccr +t'ra tn apprp ate +ft n a f fteent Helios, the Sun god and his M glyphic inscriptions on the anniversary is crystal and I say, Mal e it in the form of a Roman counterpart named sides Of these pillars tell the wine flute and fill it with Prosecco, the dry, sparkling, white Sol. This week, attention is stry f the persns r wine f Italy' fr it Is time t raise a tast" directed to an ancient" Egyp- 1- ............ events for which they were This month marks the fifteenth official celebration of Ital- tian city near Cairo, named erected. Heliopolis was noted tan-American Heritage Month in Massachusetts. Wow, that Heliopolis in honor of that for its obelisks, many of recent? Well. October. with the Columbus Day federal Sun god. It was also well which were -removed to state holiday failing on the second Monday, was long ac- known as the "City of the other countries in later corded an unofficial s tus as a month to celebrate all things + , years. Two very famous obe-Italian. "at least in cities like Boston, with a large Italian- lisks are the one popularlyAmerican population, But it was not until 1999, while Argeo known as . "Cleopatra's Paul Cellucci, grandson of Italian immigrants, was gover-