Yearly Archives: 2010

Going Bananas Receives Zoning OK For Move on Salem Street

Going Bananas' produce and retail store is moving directly across the street to 64 Salem Street to a larger space with hours from 7am...

Eliot School Box Tops Campaign

To boost fundraising efforts, the Eliot Family Council has initiated a Box Tops collection campaign. You can help the Eliot community by clipping the...

News Round-up of North End Attack Outside Nazzaro Center

The news media is out in force reporting Saturday night's attack outside the Nazzaro Center on N. Bennet Street (Polcari Playground). The latest details...

Nazzaro Center Attack – Jack the Kisser?

Boston Police have released more information on Saturday's knife assault on a 39 year-old woman in the area of the Nazzaro Center on N....

Boston Wine Expo January 23-24

The annual Boston Wine Expo is scheduled for January 23-24 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Click for more information at the website. Ticket Prices Prior...

North End Library – This Week’s Events

Boston Public Library - North End 25 Parmenter Street Events for January 3 - 9 Mon Jan 4     11:00 am     Films for Children On Mondays, come and...

Why Galileo Is So Important Today


Dr. Carlo Cipollone, the Educational Director of the Italian Consulate, presented the following article, Galileo's Educational Legacy, at a recent symposium at Harvard University. The event was in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope. Many thanks to the author for his permission to republish it and North End resident, Nancy Caruso, for the submission.

In occasion of the Week of Celebration of the Italian Language in the World, the Consulate General of Italy in Boston in collaboration with Harvard University and the Italian Space Agency present a symposium.
Galileo's Telescope and the Beginning of the Scientific Revolution and Space Exploration

Galileo's Educational Legacy
by Dr. Carlo Cipollone
Educational Director of the Italian Consulate

As an educator, I can confirm that Galileo continues to generate great curiosity today, even among the youngest members of our society. A few days ago I received an email from a nine year-old student. With her mother's help, young Ashley asked to address some simple questions to scientists and experts on Galileo. She also requested to meet with me for a chat about this icon of scientific discovery. While reviewing Ashley's questions I realized that children, in their ingenuity, manage to raise complex topics and queries - challenging most adults to give a suitable answer.

The question that struck me the most was probably the most difficult to answer: "Why is Galileo so important today"?

I hope that I can give an answer to Ashley's question. I will aim to give the best response I can, trying to offer a perspective based on the man behind the telescope, the man who influenced countless disciplines.

Galileo's ideas not only sparked a scientific revolution, they initiated a large-scale revolution in human thinking. He changed the way we see the world and more importantly, how we perceive ourselves within it.

Everything began four hundred years ago...

Report of an Assault in Nazzaro Center Yard

According to a report via the North End/Waterfront Mothers Association (NEWMA) group, there was an attack at approximately 9:15 pm on Saturday night (1/2/10)...

Yemen LNG Tankers Coming To Boston Harbor

The Globe is reporting that public officials are concerned about the arrival of LNG (liquified natural gas) tankers coming through Boston Harbor from Yemen....

New Signage Added at TD Garden

The Boston Herald reports that while the Bruins were at Fenway, TD Garden received some new signage on Causeway Street to reflect the name...

Bizzare China Building Collapse

This has nothing to do with the North End, but some folks might appreciate seeing the pictures from this bizzare building disaster on the...

North End Eating Meetup Group

A New Year's message from North End Eating Meetup Group leader, Jim S.: As the new year dawns, I would like to first wish all...