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March 31, 2020

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the 38th edition of the Jane Network News! Sending everyone positive thoughts and prayers at a very challenging time.

Enjoy the read!


March 2020 and the months to follow have set us on a path of marching to a new drum. Let’s hope we can all be present (FROM A DISTANCE) for our families, our friends, our neighbors and co-workers. Let’s be grateful for what we have and what we can share with others. We are all in this together! Be safe, keep well and stay home!

The Ides of March was a day in the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. In 44 BC, it became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar which made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history.

The Romans did not number the days of a month from the first day to the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (the 5th or 7th, nine days inclusive before the Ides), (the 13th for most months, but the 15th in March, May, July, and October), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). Originally the Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. In the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.


In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius were involved. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a history play and tragedy written by the playwright William Shakespeare and was first performed in 1599. It is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history, such as Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra. The play depicts the moral dilemma of Brutus as he joins a conspiracy led by Cassius to murder Julius Caesar to prevent him from becoming a dictator of Rome. Following Caesar’s death, Rome is thrust into a period of civil war, and the republic the conspirators’ sought to preserve is lost forever.

In 1599, “Julius Caesar” was likely the first play to be performed at the newly built Globe Theatre. At the time, England was concerned about the questions of unclear succession and consequent civil strife because Queen Elizabeth had neither provided nor named an heir. It is no surprise then, that Shakespeare turned to ancient Rome and their problems with leadership and violence to explore current issues of concern.

As Shakespeare’s career came to an end, he began to write what now are called his romances. Harkening back to more traditional romance motifs of quests, magical events, and great lessons learned. These plays are concerned with questions of religion and show a recognition that it is a younger generation who will affect the future. Shakespeare continued to write until 1613, but his works after the romances are often collaborations, reflecting his retirement from the fray. He’d earned the rest. In a career spanning three decades, William Shakespeare provided works that became the basis of Western literature that resonates with meaning for audiences to this day.


The Berwyn Beatles saw the English Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and that was the blueprint for a local band called “The Ides of March”, says frontman Jim Peterik. The band began in 1964 as a creative outlet for four school-aged friends from Berwyn, Illinois. Signed to Warner Brothers Records, Ides released its 1970 debut album featuring the horn-spiked bravado of “Vehicle.” The song shot to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the company of acts like The Guess Who, Simon & Garfunkel, and the Beatles.

After 55 years together, this group continues to play on. Last October 26th they played a concert at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Il. Introducing a new album “Play On.” Saxophonist Mindi Abair collaborated with Peterik for “Friends Like You,” a song inspired by the group’s longstanding brotherhood. According to Peterik, “our band is truly a family.” Bob Bergland and Jim were in the same Cub Scout pack and Larry Millas and Mike Borch were in the original grade school band together.


The title track “Play On” is a statement of intent and the audience senses the joy that we feel, and you can’t put a price on that” according to Peterik. The song connects to the band’s origin story. It’s from Shakespeare, which is apropos since that is where we got our band name. We were originally called the Shon-Dels. Our first single “You Wouldn’t Listen” was about to be pressed in 1966 when we heard local WCFL-AM DJ Dick Biondi saying, ‘New from Tommy James and the Shondells, ‘Hanky Panky!” We thought, “Oh no!” we were all in sophomore and junior literature reading “Julius Caesar” Bob says: hey, look at this! – “Beware the Ides of March.”

Band Members Pictured 
Mike Borch, Bob Bergland, Jim Peterik, Larry Millas, Scott May, Steve Eisen, Tim Bates and Henry Salgado

The Ides of March will join the “Cornerstone of Rock” concert set to take place (not definite) on Sunday, June 21 at Arcada Theatre. The event is presented by Ron Onesti of Onesti Entertainment.

Rachel Mazza

It's hard to believe it's been a DECADE since  Rachel sat in my Social Communications class at Columba College Chicago. The little girl back then could never have imagined that those classroom conversations about ethics, social impact, and globalization would lead her to a lifetime of freelancing her way around the world. 

And man, what a ride it's been! Last week, Rachel took her Instagram followers on a mad dash through 9 airports, and 4 countries on what she satirically called "Branko and Rachel’s Amazing Race to the States!" They were racing against the clock to get home from Europe since her Australian boyfriend would have been barred from entering our home in the USA due to the border closings. 

It was an insane trip and a hectic adventure, but you know what? The whole time she couldn’t help but think, “Wow, I am SO FREAKING fortunate to be able to work from anywhere there’s wifi.” Because so many people would NOT have been able to drop everything at a moments notice and race home in an emergency. What an incredible world we live in where that's possible for anyone. 




Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time, shares the wisdom of a remarkable lie in a bestselling spiritual classis. The book is May Angelou speaking form the heart, down to earth and real, but also inspiring.

On Taking Time for Ourselves: “Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. A day away acts as a spring tonic. It can dispel rancor, transform indecision, and renew the spirit.”

Look out for each other, look out for your neighbors and pray for our world. Be nice, be kind, be Grateful and STAY HOME!

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Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Jane E. Canepa
President, The Eventors, Inc. 
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