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Pa e 8 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 3, 2014 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW',3 So off we go with another New Year! Well, according to Barbra D'Amico, many Ameri- cans no longer celebrate the arrival of the New Year -- they celebrate the survival of the old year. Christina Quinlan, thinks a New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. For the record, Barbra and Christina are executives at Russo Imports located in East Boston. Wow! 62% of Americans say they are wor- ried about losing their jobs -- a record high in surveys going back to the 1970s. Among Americans in households earning less than $35,000 a year, 75% say they worry about losing their jobs and 54% have already had their work hours or salaries cut. Interesting to note, only 6% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing -- another new low. Sales of gift cards have risen 47 percent from $80 billion in 2007 to a forecasted $118 billion in 2013. More than $1 billion in value on the cards goes unredeemed annually. Good news! "Newsweek is coming back," sa.id Christine Haughney in The New York Times. The struggling weekly magazine that ended its print publication last year plans to turn the presses back on. Its new owners, IBT Media, which took 'over the magazine in August, said that Newsweek would return as a 64-page "boutique product" this month or February 2014. No one expected Jack MacDonald to leave a larg e estate when he died. The elderly retiree lived in a Seattle convalescent home, collected coupons and rarely bought new clothes. But when the former attorney passed away in September at the age of 98, he left behind an astonishing $187.6 million -- and willed it all to charity. MacDonald's secret fortune, amassed over six decades on the stock market, will ben- efit the University of Washington School of Law, the Salvation Army and the Seattle Children's Research Institute. The latter gift, worth $3.75 million a year, is the larg- est single donation to pediatric research in U.S. history. A man badly injured in the Boston Mara- thon bombing has become engaged to a woman who helped nurse him back to health. James Costello, who was watching at the race's finishing line, was severely burned and cut by shrapnel in the April 154 attacks. He met Krista D'Agostino while re- cuperating in the rehabilitation hospital where she works as a nurse. The couple began dating and decided to marry. "I now realized why I was involved in the tragedy," Costello said. "It was to meet my best friend and the love of my life." Moron! A man who sued Washington, D.C.'s subway system, claiming he slipped on a banana peel in an elevator, was charged with fraud when video footage showed him tossing the peel on the ground, stepping ori it and theatrically falling down. A Minnesota man was charged with dis- orderly conduct for "making it snow" dollar bills on Mall of America shoppers, causing a ruckus as people raced to grab the bills. Serge Vorobyov says he dropped his last $1,000 in singles on shoppers as a state- ment of gratitude for being alive, despite his having a horrible year. "I wanted to do some sort of pay-it-forward kind of a thing," he said. "I don't see how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct." Gee, a 6-year-old boy in Colorado was suspended from school for sexual harass- ment for kissing a female classmate on the hand. The girl did not complain, but of- ficials say that under their rules, the kiss qualifies as harassment. *This is taking it to an extreme," said the boy's mother. "Now my son is asking, 'What is sex, Mommy?'" The astute Steven Sebestyen says a kiss is what a husband struggled for before mar- riage and what his wife struggles for after marriage. Steven's attractive and brilliant wife Theresa says a kiss is a contraction of the mouth due to an enlargement of the heart. Outrage, after a fraud provided the sign lan- guage trans- lation at f -0 0 0 Nelson Mandela's memorial service. "He .was moving his hands around," said South Africa's Deaf Federation, "but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for." Dozing, after a passenger fell asleep on a flight to Houston and awoke to find himself locked in a dark, empty airplane. "I mean, who shut the door?" said Tom Wagner after calling for help. Ah lonely people, after officials in Madi- son, Wisconsin, shut down the Snuggle House --which charges $60 for an hour of hugging with a professional cuddler -- over concern the business could be a front for prostitution. Said Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Zilavy, "I don't know any man who wants to just snuggle." Interesting! During the existential struggle of World War II, a cease-fire was unimagin- able on both sides. But one German woman named Elisabeth Vincken privately engi- neered her own tiny truce on a snowy Christ- mas Eve in 1944, when she opened her cabin on the Belgium-German border to find three lost American soldiers -- one of them badly injured. Taking pity on the men, she invited them in for Christmas dinner. But as the turkey roasted, there was another knock at the door. To Elisabeth's dismay, four German soldiers wanted to be let in. The penalty for harboring the enemy was execution, but Elisabeth calmly told them there were Americans inside; the Germans were wel- come to join them, she said, as long as they left their weapons outside. "It is the Holy Night and there will be no shooting here." The cabin atmosphere was tense, but after dinner and wine, relations warmed. One German, an ex-medical student, examined the wounded American; another gave them directions back to their lines. They parted ways -- and the truce was over. Be aware, homelessness has fallen 4 per- cent nationwide over the past year, but it has risen by 13 percent in New York City. New York and Los Angeles alone account for one fifth of homelessness in the U.S. Smile! About 4,000 photos are taken every second in the U.S., four times as many as a decade ago. Disgusting! in the year since the Newtown massacre, 194 children ages 12 and under have been shot to death in the U.S. At least 52 of those deaths involved a child handling an unsecured gun and 127 of the children died in their own homes. Wee bit of Italian-American history. It was in 1908 an Italian-American Charles Bonaparte, Attorney General under Presi- dent Teddy Roosevelt founded the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Yes, the FBI. In 1917, Italian-American Frank Monteverde was elected Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee. It was in 1907, Giuseppe Uddo, age 23, and his young bride Eleonara Taormina emigrate from Sicily to New Orleans. The pair imported cheeses, fresh olives, oil and other Italian staples, founding the Uddo & Taormina Company. Today the business thrives as Progresso Foods. In 1897, an Italian Guglielmo Marconi, the "Father of Radio," receives a patent for "The Wireless." Through the years, thousands of lives are saved through "SOS" calls for help. Perhaps, the most famous SOS was sent by the sink- ing liner Titanic to the S.S. Carpathia, sav- ing 717 lives in 1912. Marconi, a frequent visitor to America, never became a United States citizen. Show biz reminiscing with the stately Albert Natale. "I was closer to Clark Gable than any of his wives, except, Carole Lombard and we were a twosome longer than any of them. I would have married Clark if he'd asked me, but he thought we would over-power each other. He needed, frankly, a wife who wasn't as big a star as he was, though we did love each other dearly." So says Joan Crawford. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes From the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SPIZZATEDU (Spiz-za-thay-doo) Chicken in Bianco I three- or four-pound cut-ttp 1/4 cup cooking oil chicken Grated Romano cheese I medium onion chopped Water 2 tablespoons chopped fresh or dried parsley Heat oil in a six-quart pot. Brown chicken portions on both sides. Do not burn. The browning of chicken parts in the oil and the browning residue remaining at the bottom of the pot gives the flavor to this recipe: Add chopped onion and parsley to the chicken in the pot after all chicken has been browned. Stir until onion is opaque. Remove from stove. Add enough water slowly to cover chicken contents. Cover pot and return to heat. Bring to a boil and then lower heat. Continue to cook slowly until chicken is tender. A chicken bouillon cube can be added if desired. Salt to taste. Cook pasta of your choice according to directions on pack- age. Place cooked pasta in a large serving bowl. Pour chicken broth over pasta and stir before serving."Sprinkle grated Romano cheese over each serving. Chicken can be served with pasta or separately, with fresh garden salad and garlic bread. Serves four to six people. NOTE; This is a recipe taught to me in 1949 by my mother- in-law, Mary Sinopoli. The family had migrated to this country in 1892. Her mother had taught her as a youngster how to prepare this "Spizzatedu" "recipe that they had enjoyed in Messina, Sicily. It was a favorite of the family in the 18006 and continues to be so for the generations that have followed. M From YBakery Perch Vvra OLArO OPOJ. 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13P6032EA Estate of JOHNNY MAE BANDY Date of Death January 27, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Jeffrey Hodge of Hartford, CT. Jeffrey I.Iodge of Hartford, CT has been in- formally appointed as the Personal Represen- tative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Invento and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders; terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner Run date: 1/3/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13P6028EA Estate of VIRGINIA A. BAYLOR Date of Death December 30, 2011 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner TinaY. Moore of Bailey, MS. "rinaY. Moore of Bailey, MS has been infor- mally appointed as the Personal Representa- tive of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the.Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be tiled with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the .Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distributidn of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 1/3/14