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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 22, 2010 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW,=3 The scoop on Frank Sinatra Jr Yes, Frank Sinatra's son! Well, as for his physical ap- pearance, Frank Jr. is portly, sports a double chin, and is almost totally bald! He is active in show business performing "Sinatra Sings Sinatra." Yes, he's out there singing in clubs and accompanied by his own band. He never refers to Frank Sr. as his father just "the man," or "Sinatra." Of course, he does sing his dad's hits from "Fly Me to the Moon," to "Lonesome Road" and "New York, New York," he does it "his way." Yes, he puts his own special touch on his father's songs. He breathes new life into each song and the audience eats it up. Thanks to Bob Popyk and the noted maestro and musicologist Albert Natale for the interesting info about Frank Sinatra, Jr. A new study about the most honest pro- fessions, Americans think nurses are tops and car salesmen are the worst, with politi- cians following right behind. Pharmacists ranked as runner-up barely nosing out medical doctors. Speaking of honesty, no man knows if honesty is the best policy unless he has tried both. We read recently about hidden sugars in our favorite foods. Ketchup is America's fa- vorite condiment, but slathering it on a burger and fries could net you I0 grams in sugar. And even reduced-calorie salad dressings pack up to I00 grams of sugar per cup. And those tasty fortune cookies that typically top off Chinese dinner contain 3.6 grams of sugar each. If you like popcorn, forgo the caramel flavored versions because they're loaded with 18 grams of sugar per ounce. Healthy foods aren't immune to hid- den sugars. Just one-third of a cup of dried cranberries has 25 grams of sugar while a granola bar weighs in with 11 grams. Cream substitutes are also high in sugar with the liquid variety containing 22 grams per cup and the powered adding a diet-busting 69 grams. And powered lemonade has an in- credible 200 grams of sugar per cup, which works out to about 17 grams per glass. Mean- time, experts recommend that women get no more than 25 grams of sugar a day and men max out at 35 grams -- about the same as a typical 12-ounce can of soda! Vitamins! You can become healthier, more energetic -- even better looking -- by supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals that doctors have deemed best. Before taking any of them, check with your physician. The super-vitamin coenzyme QI0 can reduce your risk of heart disease while reducing fine skin wrinkles. "Vitamin D reduces the overall risk of many cancers, including breast cancer," says Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. For example, men with high vitamin D levels were 45 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer. Daily dose: 1,000 mgs. Vitamin C prevents cancer, os- teoarthritis, heart disease and high blood pressure, say medical researchers from the University of Maryland. Daily dose: 1,000 mgs. The powerful anti-aging vitamin E pre- vents clogged arteries while combating can- cer and Alzheimer's disease, says medical researchers at the University of Maryland and other colleges. Daily dosage: 22.5 ius. And capsules of aged garlic extract can help clear out clogged arteries, says UCLA cardi- ologist Matthew Budoff, M.D., adding that garlic is also a natural antibiotic. Daily dos- age: 600 rags. Le cosce stortel A couple of supermarket shoppers in Germany wound up in the hos- pital after basing each other with salami and a wedge of Parmesan cheese. Seems that a 74-year-old retiree and a 35-year-old woman both tried to grab the last available shopping cart at a store. The old man got it but the woman's 24-year-old brother floored him with a punch. The woman took the cart, only to have the retiree track her down in the deli department and club her brother over the head with a roll of salami. The woman then attacked him with a 4-pound wedge of cheese. Police eventually broke up the brawl -- but not before two of the com- batants needed some minor injuries treated at the local hospital. Tom Ana- letto of Med- ford, reminds us when you get even with , people it al- o 0 o ways leaves them with the impression that they owe you something. Wow! Despite the hard times, American have not lost their optimistic streak. 88% say that, on balance, they are "satisfied" with their lives, and 54% believe their per- sonal situation will improve over the next five years. And 95% of us say we are "proud to be an American." What keeps us going? 42% of Americans attend a house of wor- ship nearly every week, and 65% say reli- gion is important in their daily lives. While we love our families, our pets are up there. 100-58% of pet owners would be willing to perform "mouth to snout" resuscitation on their dog or cat in a medical emergency. And we love to eat, despite the increasing prevalence of obesity, the proportion of Americans who describe themselves as overweight has dropped from 36% in 2004 to 30% this year. 29% of Americans drink alcohol at least once a week, while 6% ad- mit to drinking daily. Singing calms you down! A large group of passengers stranded in Newark airport for six hours began singing a rousing rendition of the Beatles' classic "Hey Jude." A San Antonio councilman has proposed making it a crime to give money to beggars. Councilman John Clamp says residents are tired of "aggressive panhandling," and that prosecuting those who give to the homeless is the best solution. "If there's no money for panhandlers," Clamp says, "the panhandlers will go away." The astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham says nowadays there is more begging done through the mail than with tin cups. Flirting around7 A new poll found that 44 percent of women would think nothing of flirting with a guy -- even if a friend had a big crush on him. The observant "Mona" Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston claims when a flirt turns around to look at a man, it's only to see if he has turned around to look at her. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, thinks what married life needs is more wives who flirt with their own husbands, and less who flirt with other women's. Hot news! Bulgarians participating in a survey voted the "chushkopek," an appli- ance for roasting up to seven peppers at a time, as the most revolutionary household advance of the 20 th century, beating out electricity, television, and the cell phone. Yellow underwear: The bad economy had a major impact on Mexican's choice of un- derwear. It's traditional for Mexican women to buy new underpants to wear on New Year's Day for good luck. Most buy red ones, which are said to help the wearer find love in the New Year. But this year, yellow pant- ies -- which symbolize gold or wealth -- out- sold red by a margin of two to one. It's not surprising that more Mexicans are seek- ing money instead of love. What did you call me? France may soon make it a crime for couples to insult each other. Prime Minister Francois Fillon said his government was drafting a law banning "psychological violence" between married or cohabiting couples. French officials said verbal abuse often leads to physical abuse. Critics called the measure --which could result in jail time, fines, or electronic moni- toring -- a "gimmick" that would be impos- sible to enforce. It has been said, here are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor and that he has never known trouble. Speaking of humor, The Humor Project based in Saratoga Springs, New York, spon- sors seminars on humor. Over three mil- lion people throughout the world have at- tended their learning-filled, laughter-fueled seminars. Remember, seven days without laughter makes one weak. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED NONNA LUCY'S STUFFED CORNISH HENS 2 Cornish hens cut in half (4 pieces) I cup instant rice 1 medium onion chopped 2 celery sticks chopped ..... 2 cups cubed (day-old) bread 1/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts) 2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning I large beaten egg I egg white slightly beaten 3 tablespoons white wine 1 can chicken broth 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 large garlic clove (optional) 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup water Cook one cup of instant rice in a saucepan as directed on the package. Cover and set aside. Place oil, and butter or margarine in a skillet to heat. Slowly add chopped onion and celery. Stir and cook until on- ion is opaque. Add chicken broth and cubed bread. Stir until all bread is thoroughly softened. Remove from burner. Pour contents into a large bowl. Add cooked instant rice, pignoli, grated cheese, parsley, poultry seasoning and salt to taste. Mix thoroughly. Then add wine and stir. Refrigerate. Wash Cornish hen halves and wipe with paper towel. Cut garlic clove in half. Rub garlic over skin of Cornish hens. Then rub a little margarine or butter over the skin. Spray roasting pan with vegetable oil. Place Cornish hen halves skin side down in roasting pan. Remove stuffing from refrigerator. Add beaten egg and mix thoroughly. Cradle two to three tablespoons of stuffing on top of each Cornish hen half. Beat egg white lightly With pastry brush, gently brush the egg white over the stuff- ing. This helps keep the stuffing in place. Cover and bake in 350F preheated oven. Mix lemon juice into water and set aside. After baking forty-five minutes, remove roasting pan from oven. Add lemon juice mixture to pan drippings and baste the Cornish hens. Continue baking and basting for approximately forty- five minutes or until Cornish hens are fork tender and stuffing has browned. NOTE: At times, Mama surprised us with stuffed Cornish hens on New Year's Day as an alternate to roasted chicken or turkey. She often used a variation of her turkey stuffing to stuff them. My children and I continue to prepare this very popular meal. Vita can be reach00 Mayor's Column (Continued All together, the dedicated volunteers produced more than 14,000 items for dona- tion in only five hours. These items will be distrib- uted to various non-profits and community based orga- nizations in the Boston area such as Room to Grow, Pine Street Inn, the Women's Lunch Place, the Boston Public Library, and the MSPCA. The crippling earthquake that struck Haiti last week evoked a similar spirit of service and compassion worldwide, and Dr. King cer- tainly would have been proud to witness the out- pouring of international sup- port for the victims of the disaster. We know that over- coming adversity often makes us stronger, and I was inspired to see how quickly the people of Boston rallied to assist not only the victims of the earthquake but also our local Haitian community whose loved ones were affected by the tragedy. Over the last several days, I was heartened to witness so many people reach out and ask how they could help. I thank the volunteers and translators that helped us staff a resource center at from Page I) SEIU Local 1199 for the lo- cal Haitian community seeking updates about the disaster and their loved ones. Relief efforts in Haiti are still in their early stages, but every bit of assistance counts, and I'm particularly proud that three of our EMS employees volunteered to go to Haiti as part of a disaster medical assistance team. Volunteering is just one way to help victims and lo- cal Haitian families in need. The City of Boston created a relief fund through Bank of America, named "The Fund for Boston Neighborhoods -- Haitian Family Relief." I encourage you to donate to the fund by visiting any lo- cal Bank of America branch or by mailing checks to P.O. Box 961555, Boston, MA 02196. Dr. King's legacy reminds us all just how important service and selflessness are to improving our world. Responding to the disaster in Haiti brought this spirit out in many of us, but we should strive to keep it alive in both good times and bad. You don't have to move mountains to make someone else's life a little bit better. You just have to care.