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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 6, 2015 Page9 'anl2a Babbt no nnQ._ by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance I received a call the other day from a New Yorker that I have known since I was a young man. She grew up in Brooklyn, in a Jewish family, and like Italians, received the roots and the confidence to go out into the world of the "Americani" and succeed. Babbononno used to philosophize about "making it in America," but he really couldn't and he knew it. He lacked the edu- cation and the ability to master the English lan- guage. Although he read and wrote English well, he, as I've indicated over the years, spoke fractured English, not broken English. He brought up his sons and first grand- son to respect his position in life, but to go beyond his limitations. To go beyond neighborhood limitation is sometimes dif- ficult, and for those that make it, it is done in differ- ent ways: education, the trades, the military, politics, sports or becoming an entre- preneur. Many from East Boston and the North End, or let's say Italians from any neighborhood, who have made it in life have followed one or a combination of the ways I listed in the previous sentence. Babbononno was a finish carpenter by day and a musician by night. None of his sons wanted to learn car- pentry, but studied music at their father's insistence. My grandfather taught me car- pentry or furniture-making that he enjoyed, plus how to read and interpret written music, believing I would be the one to follow in his foot- steps. In Dad's eyes, the front row ticket to the Ameri- can world was through edu- cation and college. This what he stressed. Both he and Babbo-nonno won out. I went to college and studied industrial arts to become a shop teacher with woodwork- ing as amajor. At age 18, I became a professional musi- cian. But, prior to any suc- cesses, I tried working at a local movie theater, unload- ing ships on Boston's docks, digging holes as a construc- tion worker and a few other things that built up muscles or calluses on my hands. With these experiences, Dad won out with his desires to see me go to college. What prepared me to survive were not just the jobs I attempted, but a few social factors that taught me about life and how to deal with people. These social factors included shoot- ing racks of eight ball at local pool halls and hanging around a street corner with other neighborhood kids that were close to my age, and the diversity of going to an in-town high school that was like the U.N. When I finally pulled away from my roots, I was pre- pared to face the outside world with an understanding of human nature, a founda- tion that allowed me to hold my own with contemporar- ies from the outside world. I mentioned in the first paragraph that I received a phone call from ,my New York friend. She dated my old friend, Sal Meli, when we were in our 20s, but we all went in separate di- rections, partly due to our different backgrounds. We have stayed in touch over the years and usually she calls around Christmas time just to say hello. This time around, she wanted to talk about our old friend, Sal. It seems that he is now in an assisted living facility due to dementia. I had tried to call him during the year (we had spoken last Christmas), but had no luck. His phone was disconnected and the re- cording indicated that there was no further information. My New York friend gave me Sal's sister's phone number and I made contact with her that day. She is the last of Sars siblings and has taken charge of the situation sur- rounding her older brother. I was sort of depressed with the news, as Sal and I had been pals since I was in my late teens and he in his early 20s. Back in the day, we double dated, traveled the world together, and he even stood up for me when Loretta and I were married. I hate to sound morbid, but each day I hear about someone I knew as a kid or, as a young man, and the news is often not good. I remember talking to a contemporary about this subject when we tied up together in San Diego about a year and a half ago. Dr. John Penta and I attended the Barnes Middle School and English High School together and have stayed in touch ever since. John went off to college, then graduate school and became involved in cancer research. Before he retired, I believe he was with Johns Hopkins doing research and teach- ing at the college and gradu- ate level. He married and fathered a family, living, I believe in or near Baltimore. His children are grown and his wife passed away a few years ago succumbing to the disease he has dedicated his life to researching. He, like I, tried retirement, but that lasted five minutes. One day, he ran into Barbara, a lady he had known as a young man and now she is Ms. Penta. They live on the west coast where John is on the board of di- rectors of Perdue University Cancer Center, overseeing the funds that are slated for research in curing pancre- atic cancer. He also works with Marines, patients who have been wounded in action and are now housed at a Los Angeles hospital. If I'm not mistaken, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize a few years ago. Not bad for a kid who grew up just outside the Sumner Tunnel. His comment to me at that luncheon meeting in San Diego included, "I'm 3,000 miles away from East Boston, six hours flying time. Oh I wish I could find some good Italian pastry out here." The only comment I could make was that, the next time I head out to the west coast, I will try to get permission to bring a dozen cannoli from Mike's or Royal Pastry with me on the plane and make John's taste buds feel a~t ease. People like John Penta make me proud of my roots. Our parents and grand- parents gave us a lot more than last names that end in vowels. They may not have been educated in the aca- demic sense of the word, but they understood what we, the next generation would need to survive, prosper and be happy. Each of us who realize what those old folks did for us, make us stronger and prouder. My way of showing appreciation is to write this column, a weekly endeavor almost 24-years in the run- ning. I could probably visit the graves of Nanna, Babbo- nonno, or my parents and mourn their passing, but that is not my way. I keep their memories alive by writing about the life I experienced in the homes of Michael and Jenny Contini, and John and Anne Christoforo, Babbononno, Nanna, Dad and Mom re- spectively. GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI14D1070DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING CAROLINE MARTINS VS. ROGERIO ROBINSON MARTINS a/k/a ROGERIO MARTINS To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has tiled a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Desertion/Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage lB. The Complaint is on tile at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon Caroline Martins, 60 Mystic Ave., Apt 401, Somerville, MA 02145 your answer, if any, on or before March 5, 2015, If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of ~s Court. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., Rrst Justice of thls Court. Date: January 22, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 2/6/15 * News Briefs (Continued from Page 11 I took a trip to Fredericks- burg, a place where you can visit the National Museum the Pacific War. The Pa- cific Ocean is a whole world away from this spoke, but this was the hometown of Ad- miral Nimitz. Here you can remember the heroes of the past and mold the heroes of tomorrow. From the Admiral Nimitz Museum to the Pacific Combat Zone to the interac- tive George H.W. Bush Gal- lery, the National Museum of the Pacific War offers a re- telling of WWII in the Pacific and the story of freedom. For more details, visit See "American Sniper" Liberals hate "American Sniper" because they see it as pro-American, pro-patri- otic and pro-war. However, if you see it, it is far from pro-war or pro-violence, it is about standing up for values and justice. All of a sudden, the liberal talking heads have turned into theolo- gians. These characters are upset that Chris Kyle called Radical Islamic jihadists "damn savages." What do you call people who chop heads off in the name of religion? Michael Moore calls snipers "cowards." Talking heads on MSNBC have called Kyle a "psychotic patriot." This crowd is a bunch of worthless liberals. The late Chris Kyle was not a Holy Roller by any accounts as he himself admitted be- fore his death. He believed that one day God would hold him accountable for his actions in life but added, "In that backroom or what- ever it is when God con- fronts me with my sins, I do not believe any of the kills I had during the war will be one of them." There are three kinds of people: wolves, sheep and sheepdogs. The wolves are the predators preying on the sheep and the sheepdogs take on the predators. Chris Kyle was not a preda- LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given by TODISCO TOWING OF 94 CONDOR STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA pursuant to the provisions of Mass G.L. c 255, Section 39A that they will sell the following vehicles. Vehicles are being sold to satisfy their garage keeper's lien for towing, storage and notices of sale: 1997 FORD F-150 VIN #2FTDX1728VCA01522 2002 CHEVY TRACKER VIN #2CNBJ634226950776 2003 VOLKSWAGEN JETrA VIN #3VWVH69M03M 123724 2002 FORD TAURUS VIN #1FAHP55U52A149093 2009 CHEVY EXPRESS = VIN #1GCGG25C991123974 2003 AUDI A4 VIN #WAUJC68E43A282525 1996 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX VIN #2GCEK19M6Tt 105128 2000 ISUZU TROOPER VIN #JACDJ58X7Y7J15662 2000 FORD ECONOLINE VIN #1FTNE242BYHB37134 1997 DODGE VAN VIN #2B7KB31Y6VK565562 2007 FORD MUSTANG VIN #1ZVHT82H575357230 The above vehicles will be sold at auction online only at TOWLOT.COM MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015 at 10:00AM at Run dates: #23, 1/30, 2/6, 2015 tor, he was a sheepdog pro- tecting people from the sav- ages out there who prey on the innocent. Happy Birthday Mr. President Today, Friday, February 6~ marks what would have been President Ronald Reagan's 104th birthday and they don't make presidents like him anymore. Exhibit Num- ber One, just take a close look at the current occupant of the White House. Amer- ica was respected by our allies and feared by our enemies. Today, everyone walks all over us and we just sit there like lumps on a log. The End of Snow The climate control global warming nut cake fanatics had to watch their legislative hearing on House Bill 285 get postponed due to the recent snowstorm. These folks are persistent, I give them that. These jerimaids just keep pushing forward. Listening to them, you know the future of the Olympics is endangered by a lack of snow. Soon they will play beach ball in the Alps and getting a great tan before skin cancer kills you. This Stuff is Good, No Bad for You Do cigarettes kill? Is too much coffee unhealthy? What about sweets? Don't forget processed food? How about too much sun, video games or TV? Seems the jury is always out or chang- ing its mind. Car seats for kids. Facing forward or fac- ing the rear? At one point, all the above were correct answers. Now experts with new studies to back them up come along to change every- thing. It seems endlessly and so stupid too. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P0187EA Estate of RUTH KATARINA APFELBAUM Also Known As RUTH K. APFELBAUM Date of Death November 28, 2014 CITATION ON PETITION FORMAL ADJUDICTION To all interested persons: A Petition has been tiled by Lawrence S. Apfalbeum of West Newton, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Lawrence S. Apfalbeum of West Newton, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a oupy of the Petition from the PetiUoner or st the Court. You have e right to object to this proceeding. To do so,you or your attorney must file s writ- ten appearance and objection st this Court before 10:00 a.m. on February 13, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fail to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tstive under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are en- titled 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. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD E DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court Date: January 16, 2015 Tara E. DeCdstofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 2/6/15