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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2012 Page 13 00'anna 00Babb00onno driver brought me back the airport, his driving caused me to continue the prayers I was saying while viewing the Last Supper. Once back at the airport, I found a few people that I had I I left off last week arriving in Milano. I took a taxi to the center of the city and headed to La Scala, the most famous opera house in the world. Babbononno had played there as a young mu- sician and had spoken about this famous theater many times when I was a child. I must say at this point that I am not an opera lover. I grew up listening to Babbo- nonno's records and devel- oped a taste for Italian opera only. Singers like Gigli, Tibaldi, and Caruso were the ones my grandfather lis- tened to and only when they sang Italian grand opera. He did not like the sound of words sung in German, French. Spanish or Russian. He once said that even Mozart had the good sense to write his operas in Italian, and not his native German. I once asked him about the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. I can't print his answers as this is a family column. Anyway, my educa- tion was biased and when I've spent the money to see opera, as a result of having Babbononno for a grandfa- ther, it's been Italian grand opera. I told the cab driver that [ was in a hurry. I don't know how fast he was driving go- ing from'the Milan airport to the center of the city, but his St. Christopher medal flew out the window in fear. When he finally stopped, the driver said, "Ecco 1, La Scala." I headed inside and was overwhelmed by the opu- lence surrounding me. It was the most magnificent theater I had ever seen up to that point in my life. I knew I didn't have much time to spend there and took out my Kodak 110 camera. The last cartridge of film I had with me was in it and I began to photograph ever),- thing I thought Babbononno would like to see. Pacing myself. [ knew that it was soon time to leave and had the taxi bring me to the Milan cathedral. The building called the Re- fractory was next to the main church and I found the contact I was supposed to tie up with and was let in ... and there it was, Leonardo's Last Supper. [ was surprised at the level of decay it was in due to the fact it was painted on a wall made out of gesso, or some other soft material. I was told that they would soon start to restore it, but out came my, camera for the last time in Italy and I took sev- eral shots for Babbononno to see. Before I left, I said a few prayers, gave the attendant a tip and made a donation to the poor and then headed back to the taxi. While the to by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance III recognized from the flight that originated in Rome. We talked about our time in Italy over a couple of drinks and headed to the gate when our flight was announced. Once the plane was in the air and heading west, I knew that the vacation was over. The flight menu consisted of Italian food. I asked the stewardess if they had any- thing American that wasn't on the menu. I told her that I had been in Italy all sum- mer and had only had American food once, at the California restaurant in Naples. and that it wasn't really American. When she came back with the drinks my seat mates and I or- dered, she whispered that they did have a couple of burgers and some French fries that were a day or two old. I said l didn't care. I just wanted something Ameri- can. I ate them both, woofed down the fries after dous- ing them with packets of ketchup and washing every- thing down with a large coke. I was so pleased, you'd swear I had just eaten the best steak money could buy. I and my fellow seat mates became engrossed in a con- versation that lasted an hour or two, but before you knew it, we were all asleep. The flight was over eight hours and when we finally landed in-Boston my system was out of control. There was a six hour time difference between Milan and Boston. and flying in a westerly direction, we were flying back in time. When we landed it was about 6:00 or 7:00 Boston time. which made it 1:00 am in Italy. It was dinner time. but for me. it was bed time, but I figured I would survive, and I did. It took an hour to go through customs as several planes came in from Europe at the same time. When the customs agent saw how much I was bringing back, I had to dig out every sales slip to prove I was within my limits. One of the things they did question was the five liter bottle I was carry- ing that was open. It was the same bottle that was filled for me by the wine mer- chant aside the road in Calabria. It looked like a gi- ant chianti bottle without the wicker. I had given the wine to Franny's uncle when we stayed at his Cassino farm. When I left the farm to head back to Rome to fly home, he filled the same bottle with his own wine and insisted that it was for my folks and grandfather. I had carried this on the plane with a stopper loosely sitting in the opening and here I was at customs hold- ing the bottle. Well, they finally finished inspecting everything in my suitcases and flight bag, and the one in charge asked what I was going to do with an open bottle of wine. My answer was, "Give it to my ninety- five year old grandfather." They said ok and off I went. Just as I stepped out of the terminal, there was Dad pulling up with Morn and Babbononno in the back seat. I handed Babbononno the five liter bottle and told him that it was homemade wine from Cassino. He could barely lift the bottle but did and took a sip of the con- tents. He then yelled, "Hey Jenny, dissa gooda stuffa." Dad and I fitted my suitcases in the trunk and we were on our way. The vacation was over. The next day was Labor Day and I had a job to play with a band that had booked me before I left. The day after, it was back to school and the beginning of another year in the classroom. Sal arrived home a few days later. [ picked him up at the airport and we headed to Maggio's in Revere for din- ner and reminisced about our escapades. Within a few days, the whole vacation seemed just like a dream as we had both gotten back into our routines. Looking back, it was one of the greatest vacations I ever had. Today, Sal is in his late 70s and still lives in East Boston. He doesn't do much anymore and just enjoys retirement. Me, at my age, I'm down to four jobs. I've pretty much retired from music, but I teach at three colleges and write this column. I think that's enough for someone heading toward 74. What do you think??? GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P0583EA In the Estate of EDITH M. RASTELLINI a/Ida EDITH RASTELLINI Late of WOBURN, MA 01801 Date of Death November 26, 2011 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Linda M. Smith of Hiram. ME be appointed executor/trix named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO. YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON MARCH 8, 2012. In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may altow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, Hon. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 9, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro. Register of Probate Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP 649 Main Street Wakefield, MA 01880 Run date: 2/24/12 Extra Innings (Continued from Page 15) He had a good run in Bos- ton. He has 200 lifetime wins, 186 of them with the Red Sox. The club record for wins is 192 and there is a tie for that between Cy Young and Roger Clemens. The Wake apparently wanted to end his career breaking the all-time pitching record. Last year he was 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 33 games (23 starts). Last season, Wakefield wasn't that good late into the season and Francona kept throwing him out in Tim's apparent quest for 200 career wins. Orioles Deal Guthrle to Rockies The Colorado Rockies picked up right-hander Jeremy Guthrie from Balti- more and the Rockies sent reliever Matt Lindstrom and right-hander Jason Hammel to the Orioles. Guthrie was the Orioles' Opening Day pitcher last year but lost 17 games most in the American League and fin- ished with a 4.33 ERA. Guthrie agreed to a one- year deal with Colorado for 88.2 million. Braves Get Tomahawked Looks like political cor- rectness has settled into the Atlanta Braves clubhouse. New home uniforms will still have the customary Braves script but without the toma- hawks. The team said the new uniforms were a throw- back to the old Milwaukee Braves uniforms pre-1966 but I wonder about that line. I guess how long before the Indians change their name to the team formerly known as the Indians, eh? LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P0552EA In the Estate of MARY V. ALPHEN Late of Wayland, MA 01778 Date of Death December 17, 2011 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR FROBATE OF WILL To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that Paul F. Alphen of West- ford MA and Patricia M. Monahan of Fram- ingham, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO. YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON MARCH 7, 2012. In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accor- dance with Probate Rule 16. MUPC SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE To all persons who may have an interest in the above-captioned estate the Division of Medical Assistance and, if interested, to the Office of the Attorney General and the United States Deoartment of Veterans Affairs; Notice is being sent to you as you may have a legal interest in this case. n order to inform you of your rights. Under the new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code Inventory 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 par- ties are entitled to Petition the Court to insti- tute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of the appointed Personal Representative. Petitioner requests to be permitted to file a MUPC Bond. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI First Justice of this Court. Date: February 8, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 2/24/12 Lawyers Chasing Brett? Lawyers have gone to court filing a lawsuit in federal court over in Iowa. They claim the Hall of Famer great George Brett has been falsely adver- tising necklaces and bracelets as being able to improve health and sports perfor- mance. Does this mean be- sides filling up little paper cups, ballplayers will now have to show-their necks too? Do you hit 80 homers by wearing a half-dozen necklaces? Do you win 30 games by wearing four bracelets, two on each arm? More News on Hamilton Josh Hamilton was re- cently in New York to visit doctors, Major League Base- ball and the Players' Asso- ciation following an alleged alcohol relapse. Best of luck to Josh as he continues to fight his demons. New Sports Show on Talk 1200 Boston Saturday mornings 11:00 am until 1:00 pm don't for- get to catch the Bell-Lobel show starring Upton Bell and Bob Lobel. If you are into sports, you need to listen to these two guys. LEGAL NOTICE CommOnwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P0614EA In the Estate of ELIZABETH S. GROSS Late of Wayland, MA 01778 Date of Death December 28, 2011 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PROBATE OF WILL To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed ana that Peter D. Gross of Wayland, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the will to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO. YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE , WRITTEN APPEARANCE 1 SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON MARCH 9, 2012. In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accordance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, Hon. PETER C. DiGANGI First Justice of this Court, Date: February 10, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 2/24/12 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P0772EA In the Estate of DAURICE R. SACCARDO a/Ida DAURICE REGINA SACCARDO a/ida DORIS R. SACCARDO Late of MELROSE, MA 02176 Date of Death February 15, 2012 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR PRO BATE OF WILL To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that a document purporting to be the last will of said decedent be proved and allowed and that F. Peter Waystack be ap- )ointed executor/tdx, namec in the witl to serve Without Surety. F YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO. YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON MARCH 20, 2012. In addition, you must file a written affidavit of objections to the petition, stating specific facts and grounds upon which the objection is based, within (30) days after the return day (or such other time as the court, on motion with notice to the petitioner, may allow) in accor- dance with Probate Rule 16. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI First Justice of this Court. Date: February 21, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 2/24/12