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Jasmin Morse, Veritas Web Editor
On Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 at the RHS auditorium 7 pm Rockland High Schools Theatre Guild performed the musical Grease.
The cast and crew have been preparing for the show since October along side directors, Joanne White and Kendra Donovan. Sophie McLellan played the leading role of Sandy Dumbrowski with Ryan Struzziery playing leading man, Danny Zuko.
By the roar of RHS the days following the production it is safe to say that the production was a success. The cast and crew were pleased with the oucome as well as the directors. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed the high energy production including fun filled songs and choreography by the award winning musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.
Zach Pransky, Veritas Staff
If someone came up to you and asked if you knew anything about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, would you? Most people may know that it is eight days long and that there is a dreidel involved somewhere, but many people do not know the origin of the holiday or the significance of the Festival of Lights.
Being Jewish, I am often faced with the question; do you believe in God? And the answer is yes, it is the same God that someone of the Catholic faith recognizes, just from a different point of view and a few thousand years earlier.
Hanukkah is also called the Celebration of Lights. This derives from 167 BCE (before common era, the same as BC) when Maccabees, Jewish soldiers, were formed because Judaism had been outlawed. They fought to no longer be oppressed. One night the Maccabees went to seek shelter in a temple, but they found the inside looted and destroyed. All that remained was a large candelabra and enough oil to only last one night. This oil, instead of lasting one night, by some miracle lasted eight, and the Maccabees took this as a sign from God to continue the fight, and went on to win the right to practice their religion. This is why Hanukkah lasts for eight days and why the menorah holds eight candles.
Also, Hanukkah is not the Jewish version of Christmas. The two holidays actually have nothing in common. And it is also not the most important of the Jewish holidays, even though it is most well known. The most important would be the High Holidays: Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur; the Jewish new year and day of atonement.
I am fully aware that the Jewish religion is something that not many people can wrap their heads around but hope I was able to teach you a little bit about my religion and culture. Have a happy holiday!
The city of Boston, Massachusetts is one unlike any other. We are known for our accents, our funny phrases, our rude drivers, our top-notch colleges and universities and hospitals, our courage in the face of adversity, and, most of all, our love of sports.
Having been chosen as the bid city that the United States will submit to the Olympic Committee for the games in 2024, Boston has been given the chance to host the Holy Grail of sporting events. After beating out San Francisco, two-time Olympic host Los Angeles, and the nation’s capital Washington D.C., Boston now has to face tough competition from other cities of the world including Rome, Paris, Berlin, Budapest, Istanbul, and more.
City officials are thrilled at the chance to showcase all that Boston has to offer.
“This selection is in recognition of our city’s talent, diversity and global leadership,” says Mayor Marty Walsh. “Boston hopes to welcome the world’s greatest athletes to one of the world’s great cities.”
Governor Charlie Baker adds, “This is great news for Boston and the Commonwealth as it provides an exciting opportunity to promote Massachusetts on the world stage.”
Instead of seeing the small size of the city as a disadvantage, a new and improved kind of games is being conceived.
“Boston’s modest $4.5 billion proposal envisions a new Olympic model: a walkable, bikeable, sustainable Games that uses mostly pre-existing structures. This compact city of 646,000 plans a downsized, compressed, antisprawl Olympics,” commented a New York Times columnist.
While some disapprove of not creating an overly extravagant place for the Games to be held as most countries have done in the past, construction company CEO and chairman Boston 2024 John Fish says, “A Boston Games can be one of the most innovative, sustainable and exciting in history and will inspire the next generation of leaders here and around the world.”
However, even with this conservative approach, Boston would have to do a lot of building, creating, and renovating in preparation to host the 2024 Summer Olympics which, despite what skeptics think, could be a really great thing for the city.
There is actually a good amount of undeveloped or wasted space in Boston such as giant, open slabs of land or old, abandoned buildings and factories. Since architects can now very effectively re-purpose Olympic venues, they could not only be used for that but they could be turned into prettier, more useful buildings. We could even solve the shortage of indoor space in the city by turning these buildings into turf fields, courts, and more.
More benefits that would come with hosting the Olympics in Boston would be improvements in roads, bridges, and public transit. One of the main concerns Bostonians have is how congestion and traffic will affect the city during the games. But with these upgrades it will be worth it in the long run. Essentially, this would give Boston the perfect reason to change the city for the better.
Another factor that has people thinking about whether or not Boston should host the 2024 Olympics is the potential for terrorism. After the devastation of the Boston Marathon bombings from 2013, this is a legitimate worry. However, we are the people that shut a whole city down to find the bad guy. We are the people that came together to provide an incredible amount of support to those affected. We are Boston Strong. And we will not shy away from this wonderful chance because of terrorists.
Overall, Bostonians would be crazy not to embrace the opportunity of hosting something as important and exciting as the Olympic Games. It is very unlikely that Boston would have this chance again in our lifetime.
To see such amazing athletes perform at such a high level of talent in this elite athletic event is a rare and special occasion and we should take advantage of it.