Tag: History

ISWM Shared “Taking Fifth Oath of Office, Domenic Sarno Becomes Longest serving Mayor in Springfield History

1/6/2020 - Springfield mayor Domenic Sarno takes the oath of office from Judge John Payne at Springfield Symphony Hall Monday morning. Sarno's wife Carla is standing next to him. (Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican)SPRINGFIELD — As he looked at his daughters — who were just 6 and 9 years old when he took office in January 2008, and are now in college — Mayor Domenic J. Sarno reflected on his administration’s achievements over the past 12 years.

“This is the fifth time I have taken this oath and as of today I am the longest serving mayor in the city of Springfield’s 384 year history,” …more: masslive

In this Historical1/6/2020 - Wissam Abdel Baki of Imam of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts gives his prayers to Springfield mayor Domenic Sarno and to the city of Springfield during Sarno's historic inauguration at Springfield Symphony Hall Monday morning. (Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican) inauguration ceremony Imam Wissam Abdul Baki Prayed:

“O God of Abraham -Allah-  on whom we all rely on for our lives,  our families , our
communities, our land, and for our inner peace and  success, help us all to be responsible  creatures to you, fulfilling our obligations — both as individuals and as a society . O God, Allah in Arabic,  give us the humility and the good sense to  be fair and merciful with ourselves and with everyone. Bless Mayor Domenic Sarno, bless the Cabinet and all the public servants. Help Mayor Sarno to make Springfield the best city in America. Help him and help his wife to help him”.

All the Times in American History That Authorities Tried to Stop People From Dancing

America and dancing don’t really jive. In fact, the history of nightlife in the US is littered with rules and regulations attempting to curtail the activity. In the hyper-Christian America of the mid-1800s, publicly gyrating with a partner was forbidden in numerous cities and towns; and for much of the 20th century, it was illegal to dance with a member of the same-sex. Even today, regulations like the Cabaret law in New York—used at various points since the 1920s to target…MORE: VICE

Domenic Sarno wins reelection, becomes longest-serving mayor in Springfield’s history

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno coasted to a fifth term Tuesday, becoming the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.
First elected in 2007, Sarno bested challenger Yolanda Cancel by a
UF5FABMLV5HPBMMAITX4644C5Mwide margin — 11,848 votes to 3,587 — but said victories feel short-lived as the mayor of an urban center.
“You can’t dwell on your victories for too long in this job. There’s always another fire to put out,” said Sarno, adding that he dedicated this campaign to his 83-year-old father, Alfonso Sarno, a retired barber and Italian immigrant….MORE : masslive.com

History shows the folly of China’s paranoia about Islam

It is a shame that so few Chinese remember General Bai Chongxi, a brilliant tactician during the war against Japan in 1937-45. He showed China that it is possible to be at once a patriot and a devoted Muslim. Bai was a complicated figure. A warlord capable of ruthlessness, he was also a reformer who wanted education to free his fellow Chinese Muslims from isolation and poverty. As a commander of Kuomintang (or Nationalist) troops, he was involved in massacres of Communists. Still, when Chaguan this week visited Bai’s home town in Guangxi province, in the south, locals praised his victories over the Japanese. ..MORE:ECONOMIST

In Wakefield, a Muslim woman makes history