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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 4, 2011 Saint Bertille by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Bertille, also known as Bertilla was :born a French noble in the region of Soissons under the reign of Dagobert 1. As she grew older she secretly hhd a strong desire to enter reli- gious life but was afraid to express her desire to her parents, fearing that they would forbid her. Bertille consulted with Saint Ouen of Rouen who encouraged her in her desire. Bertille's parents agreed to her religious aspirations, they brought her to the great abbey of Jouarre in Brie where she was received with great joy. Bertille made rapid progress as a novice, and though young, she was charged with taking care of the sick an.d the children who were educated at the monastery. Her diligence in the. performance of her duties resulted in her be- ing chosen Prioress, assis- tant to the Abbess. Bertille's humility was so perfect, that she is said to have been everyone's servant. About the year 646 she was appointed first abbess of the abbey of Chelles, which was restored by St. Bathildis. wife of King Clovis II. The abbey was originally estab- lished by Saint Cloitldis. Saint Bertille headed a small group of novices, in time the abbey drew to it several Merovingian princesses, as well as Hereswith. Queen of East Anglia. Queen Bathildis herself joined the commu- nity in 665. Saint Bertille governed Chelles for forty-six years growing constantly in reli- gious fervor. She passed away in 692; her feast is celebrated on November 6. Anthony Simboli (Continued from Page 1) than 60 Sunnyhurst and SunnyCorner Farms conve- nient food stores were de- Signed and built all over downtown Boston and the North Shore. The Harbor Towers store was the high- est grossing store/psf in the country at the time. He sold the chain in 1980, which allowed him to focus exclu- sively on real estate devel- opment. And so it was. He built two successful retail businesses and a real estate develop- ment and management com- pany. Mr. Simboli had a lot .of fun in the process. He helped a lot of people along the way. And in the case of Chelsea he did something no one had done in decades. He built the first speculative office building in 1984, then known as Harbour Executive Park and now known as Mas- sachusetts General Hospital- Chelsea. Governor Dukakis declared it a Renaissance Day. Nothing had been built in Chelsea since the fire in 1973, 10 years earlier. He then designed and built his second speculative building in Chelsea in 1986, Harbour Tech Center. From there, he acquired 12 more properties in the City of Chelsea. And, he developed elsewhere in the Common- wealth. Chelsea however won most of his time, capi- tal and attention. Mr. Simboli founded the Simboli Family College Award in 2006, which offers financial awards to graduat- ing seniors from Chelsea High School to help make college expenses more fea- sible, with 64 recipients to date. He served on the Schools Building Advisory Committee in the early 1990's when Chelsea was building three new cam- puses for elementary, middle and high schools. He assisted ROCA in the acqui- sition of the "Hy Pallin Build- ing" and has offered support to numerous other non- profit organizations in the City of Chelsea. Mr. Simboli has been hon- ored by greater Boston ARC. He served on the Board of the Speech and Hearing Foundation of Massachu- setts and served as Presi- dent for six years. Anthony served on the Real Estate Council for the Archdiocese of Boston, Trustee for eight years at St. John's College and Seminary. His philan- thropic efforts have ad- vanced medical research for asthma and heart disease. He is a devoted supporter of education for young people, including establishing the Anthony C. Simboli Scholar- ship at Boston College in 1985. The people who Mr. Simboli met on the Economic Devel- opment Board gave Mr. Simboli the courage to de- velop in Chelsea. Their pas- sion for their City persuaded him to take a chance. That chance led to a continuous desire to try to help the city. Through the quality of his properties and the unique nature of his tenants, he helped the City grow, develop and improve. In the early 1990's, Anthony again be- gan buying and rehabilitat- ing properties for a total of 14 to this day. He has brought larger professional and more diverse tenants every year to the City. His 27-year history with the City is now capped with the pres- tigious award to bring the new REGIONAL FBI head- quarters to Chelsea. Anthony has been recog- nized by the City Council for the appearance of his prop- erties setting an example for other property owners. Most of all, he has passionately promoted the incredibly unique attributes of this city, which for so long were misunderstood .by so many. During Receivership, he never lost hope in the possi- bility that Chelsea would thrive. And today, he is most excited about Chelsea's fu- ture and is so happy to still be part of its history. Other recipients of the All- Chelsea Awards were: Life- time Achievement Chelsea Record; Public Servant of the Year-Councilor Brian Hatleberg; Businessperson of the Year- Juan Gallego; Community Organization Person of the Year Juan- Vega; Youth Resident of the Year-Elsa Nunez; Adult Resi- dent of the Year-llana Ascher; Senior Resident of the Year-Leona Grell; Con- tributing Stakeholder of the Year-Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Project of the Year-Youth Star. $7 I r$ I I I I I d CASH In Your Gold I I 3 5 roa way, evere 781-286-CASH Honest & Trusted for 33 Years!! I  ilIII |{O]l|Lql[4[Ol|l O}L" Sj i i . u REMINDER ... NORTH END WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETING Monday, November 14, 2011 7:00 PM Nazzaro Center All residents are invited. I I 1 by Sal Giarratani t//: Seeing Wrong and Trying to Right it Growing up in post-World War II America with memo- ries of it still very much alive, growing up in the Cold War era when many Americans became quite paranoid over communist spies within our midst, it was easy to see how Sena- tor Joe McCarthy, R-Wiscon- sin was able to see the Soviet handprint on every- thing. I remember quite well the Cuban Missile Cri- sis as a ninth grader at the Michelangelo in the North End. The Bay of Pigs was always a bit too hazy for me. However, the missile crisis was really important since we thought World War III was about to start at any moment. I grew up in a very Demo- cratic and working class household. My father Sicil- ian from the North End and my mother Irish from Charlestown. My father thought FDR was the great- est. He didn't like Ike. He proudly voted for Jack Kennedy in 1960. Boston's best mayor to him was James Michael Curley. I grew up in Lower Roxbury where Rep. Charlie Iannello served his constituents well for nine terms which also included nine months out- side his House district at Charles Street. Charlie was a throw back. If you needed a project apartment, have no fear Charlie was here. Num- ber 100 on the waiting list, don't fret, number one in 24 hours. Needed a pair of shoes, he had them as gifts from the Green Shoe some- how or another. The first person I ever voted for in my life after turning 21 years old was Albert L. "Dapper" O'Neil. In 1972 in my first presidential primary, I voted for George Corley Wallace. One could say I was a very conserva- tive Democrat and not be ly- ing. I never saw myself as a liberal or conservative. Some of my favorite political lead- ers back then were Hubert Humphrey, Jack Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, not a Republican in sight. I was pretty optimistic until Jack Kennedy's assas- sination came along. I be- came increasingly pessi- mistic as 1968 rolled around with both Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy getting gunned down. I also remembered the way Mayor Richard J. Daley handled protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago when he ordered the police to go hog wild in the streets. That probably led me to voting for many Republican presidential can- didates over the years. I will never forget watch- ing Sirhan Sirhan gun down Bobby Kennedy moments after declaring victory in California. In seconds hope died again and again. I remember watching the funeral train carrying Bobby Kennedy home to the. East Coast. I remember all the people lining the tracks waving good bye to him. Grieving was everywhere as people waited aimlessly for right. Most of all, I remember his funeral Mass at St. Matthews Cathedral. His younger brother Teddy gave the eu- logy and said one line I would never forget, "He saw wrong and tried to right it." I truly believed those spoken words. Isn't that what a political leader should be? Isn't it the job of a leader to make things right for all? He saw a war and wanted to stop it. He saw poverty and tried to end it. He saw hatred and tried to overcome it. His message was universal. Politicians come and go with their cutesy sound-bites but the issues that drag us down as a people are rarely addressed or attempted to solve. Back in 2008, people thought they saw another Bobby Kennedy filled with hope and change but the hope vanished quickly and change never arrived. Things got worse not better. It seemed like Jimmy Carter all over again. I'm still a registered Democrat but vote my heart and hope for the best. I've seen all the campaign prom- ises before and before that. Republicans still usually get my vote for the key to the White House front door. I still long for the days when Bobby Kennedy still walked among us inspiring us to move forward and take on the challenges of life. Winning wasn't the only thing but it was in the ever trying that we gain our mettle in life. We await the arrival of others who see wrong and try to right it. Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Stree;r * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 * Fax (617) 523-3530