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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 20 0 Page13 J Ct n n Ct ilabb ]nonno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Last week I left off telling you about a February vaca- tion that I took with Sal Meli, a friend I had grown up with and Tom Aylward, a fellow Boston teacher. We were go- ing to spend three days in St. Thomas and about a week in Puerto Rico. When we arrived back at the hotel in St. Thomas, I had a mo- tor cycle mishap trying to avoid hitting two drunken marines who were zig-zag- ging in front of me on a simi- lar motorcycle. I wasn't hurt, but my shirt was literally torn off my back. I knew I was going to have to buy some clothes as my suit cases had been lost. As I entered the hotel's lobby, there were my bags near the front desk. They had mistakenly been sent to Rio de daneiro and now were back in my possession. I unpacked, and the three of us headed for a beach to soak up the tropical sun. That night, we dressed and headed out for a night on the town, dinner, drinks and a bit of night clubbing. Before we left the hotel, I received a message to call home. When I called, Babbononno answered the phone, "Alloh." I, knowing my grandfather was hard of hearing, yelled, "Babbononno, it's John." He responded, "Jenny, you ok?" I didn't want to explain the ordeal and said I was ok. He knew that my father had called looking for me. A band leader had called the house wanting to know if I could work with him on two or three dates. I had my cal- endar with me and Dad needed to let the man know within a day or two. Babbononno yelled, "Jenny summa banda leeda cawla a see iffa you canna play ah hisza banda." He gave me the dates and I checked my calendar book. I was open. I yelled back, "Babbononno, tell Dad to book the dates, I'm open." He yelled an ok back to me and asked how the vacation was. I told him about how beautiful and warm everything was and he was satisfied. Before we hung up from each other, he added, "I tell mamma eh you fahdda datta you ok, anna we book da jobza foh you." I said thank you and goodbye and Sal, Tom and I were off to the beach. From that point on, I began working on a tropical tan, something I've tried to main- tain year round ever since. We had dinner at a club that featured jazz. After we ate, the entertainment started and the featured singer was Nina Simone. She was a jazz vocalist from the islands who was starting to make a name for herself in the states. Her perfor- mance was fantastic and we got our money's worth that evening. Later, we headed for a Latin night club and a bit of dancing to what they, today, call Salsa. Sal was a fantastic dancer and I could hold my own, especially when it came to the mambo. Poor Tom, he just watched, but after a couple of tropical rum drinks, he was game for any- thing and tried his hand at dancing to the music of the Latin band. The only problem was that the three girls we danced with were from South America and couldn't speak a word of English. They, too, were on vacation, and after they joined us, needed every- thing translated. Fortu- nately, Sal and I spoke enough Spanish to make things easy for Tom and the girls. Later that evening, we all headed back to the Gramboco Inn, our hotel. The owner was having a cocktail party for the officers of the submarine U.S.S. Thresher, and invited a few of the hotel's guests, us in- cluded. The South American girls asked if the could bring along a few more of the girls who were with them, and Sal, Tom and I arrived with six Latin looking females. They were the hit of the party. They were gorgeous (if you like Latin looks) and were the hit of the evening. The only problem was that Sal and I had to translate for them and the sailors. The next day, we headed for the beach again. This time, it was another beach recommended by the hotel staff. The girls from South America joined us. Follow- ing dinner, though, we had to leave. We were booked to fly back to Puerto Rico that evening and said our good- byes to everyone. The small plane brought us to San Juan within an hour, and after a cab ride from the airport to the city, we checked into the Hotel Normandie, one of the oldest hotels in Puerto Rico. I'm going to hold up on my story at this point due to someone that I want to write about. I usually don't handle the political end of things with the paper. That's usu- -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST-- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 ally a job for Sal Giarratani, but I want to let you know about a young man that I have known since he was a child. His name is Sal DiDomenico, Jr., the son of Sal and Marie DiDomenico of Cambridge. If you've ever attended the Saints. Cosmas and Damien Soci- ety feast in East Cambridge on the weekend after Labor Day, well this is the family that usually handles it all. Sal Jr., became active in the society at a young age, as well as the Sons of Italy. He attended college, went into the hotel business is married to Tricia and has two children. He be- came involved in Cambridge politics as a concerned citi- zen early on, and since mov- ing to Everett, has been a member of Ward 3 Everett Common Council. After the resignation of State Senator Galuccio, Sal decided to run for his seat which repre- sents Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex Counties at the State House. As I said, I am not the one to delve into the political writing of this paper, but this young man is tomorrow's future in Massa- chusetts politics. He's bright, honest and committed. On many occasions, you've seen my statement about people, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Sal comes from a family that has been committed to the City of Cambridge, several social organizations and family. His parents are close friends. As a matter of fact, my wife, Loretta and Sal's mother, Marie, grew up together. As a result, I've seen young Sal grow up to become quite a promi- nent figure, committed, as I said, and in spite of his prominence, he is approach- able and follows through on the promises he makes to people. His folks led the way, and you know what I said about the apple and the tree. The election will take place on April 13% Keep his name in mind. He's part of the political future of our state and I'm quite proud of him. GOD BLESS AMERiCA Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call dl 7-227-8929 and ask for Lisa * The Socially Set (Continued ichristened by Vanity Fair as "the 21st eentury's first supermodel" has been chronicled in living color on the pages of magazines worldwide. Nicknamed "Su- pernova" by industry insid- ers due to her meteoric rise, Natalia then moved from the inner circle of fashion stars to mainstream recognition as the face of Calvin Klein's women's wear, jeans, acces- sories and Euphoria per- fume lines with magazine ads and billboard appear- ances across the globe. The 2004 Beslan tragedy in Russia stunned Natalia and call to action was born. With her husband, British artist Justin Portman, Natalia channeled her desire to do something for the children of her country by founding The Naked Heart Founda- tion, a charity dedicated to building safe and secure play centers across Russia. Anna Wintour has been Editor-in-Chief of Vogue since 1988. During her ten- ure at Vogue, Ms. Wintour has been actively involved in fund-raising, particularly for AIDS research and the Met- ropolitan Museum of Art. From 1995 to the present, Ms. Wintour has co-chaired eleven fund-raising galas for the Metropolitan Mu- seum of Art's Costume Insti- tute, which together have raised more than $40 mil- lion. In recognition of her work on its behalf, the mu- seum named Ms. Wintour honorary trustee in 1998. In 2008, for her service to British journalism and fash- ion in the USA, Ms. Wintour was awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. In Octo- from Page 9) ber 2009, Ms. Wintour was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders at MGH hosts the Public Forum which disseminates infor- mation about eating disor- ders to the community, en- courages discussion, and reduces stigma. The panel- ists will discuss the Ameri- can fashion industry's com- mitment to advocating healthy lifestyles for women and also its policies to pro- tect dangerously thin fash- ion models. Prior to the panel discus- sion, a short film will high- light the efforts currently under way in the American fashion industry to promote healthy body images. Follow- ing this, each panelist will share his or her own expe- riences and philosophy about body image in the fashion industry and/or media. After the panel, the forum will open up to receive ques- tions from the audience. Enjoy! (Be sure to visit Hilda Morrill's gardening Web site,, and sign the Guest Book by Sunday, February 28 for a chance to win tickets to the 2010 Boston Flower and Gar- den Show, being held March 24 - 28, at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston. In ad- dition to events covered and reported by the columnist, "The Socially Set" is compiled from various other sources such as news and press re- leases, PRNewswire services, etc.) The POST-GAZE'I-rE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each town that we serve. 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