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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 8, 2013 i: Ba rro~cJ1 ~ ' )C K N I Homeland I 11 O' Take a pledge. A New Jersey Catholic high since 20 I0, COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED school has asked female students, but not due to the STRUFOLI the boys, to take a no-cursing pledge. Teacher rising cost of A Fried Nugget-Shaped Fastry Lori Flynn explained that the school simply a law degree O O O wants "ladies to act like ladies." She noted and declining 2 1/2 cups flour I large egg (beaten) that the boys have been told to refrain from bad language around girls. What? Ambitious stoners: State authorities in Washington announced they were seek- ing a $100,000-a-year "marijuana consult- ant" who knows how the recently legalized drug is best grown, dried, tested, labeled, packaged and cooked into brownies. Dead issue! A power outage darkened part of New Orleans's Superdome during the Super Bowl, causing a 34-minute delay in the game. Some locals said the stadium is cursed because it was built on the site of a 19th-century cemetery. Stamp your feet to protest! The United States Postal Service announced it would stop delivering mail on Saturdays in a bid to save the cash-strapped agency $2 billion a year. The Postal Service will begin a five-day-a- week mail delivery on August Ist, though it will still deliver packages and urgent deliv- eries such as medicine on Saturdays and post offices will also remain open on that day. The cutback was expected as the Postal Service grapples with huge losses, totaling $15.9 bil- lion last year alone. Congress is likely to oppose the change. Carlo Scostumato says, "One sure way to speed up postal delivery, send all postal employees their paychecks by mail." Giuseppina, cosce storte, says, "The United States Postal Service is almost two hundred years old. If you were that old you'd move slowly too." Citrulo! Dan Marino had a lovechild with a co-worker at CBS Sports, but kept the affair secret from the network for seven years. The sportscaster and former Miami Dolphins quarterback sired a daughter with produc- tion assistant Donna Savattere in 2005, then allegedly paid her millions of dollars to keep quiet, the New York Post reported. Marino told his wife about the affair and the child but concealed it from CBS until the Post contacted him. The Marino's, who have six children, celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary two weeks ago. He has now admitted fathering the child saying he'd taken "full responsibil- ity both personally and financially." Gee, back in 1959, we proudly took full responsibility as the father of a beautiful baby daughter we named Robyn. Our beauti- ful and brilliant daughter Robyn will be cel- ebrating her birthday Sunday, March 24TM. Also celebrating a birthday on that day is the great film actor Steve McQueen who was born in 1930. Ready for some juicy gossip? Katie Couric once had an awkward date with Larry King -- and had to fight off the much older broad- caster's amorous advances. Couric said she was 30 and single when she met King, then 53, in Washington, D.C. On the date, Couric says, King ordered a low-cholesterol meal "because he had just had quadruple bypass, which was 'hot." King -- who has married eight times -- then insisted on taking her back to his place, where he "lunged" at her. "I was like, 'Oh, mother of God,'" Couric said. "I said, 'Larry, you are such a nice man, but I would like to meet someone a little closer to my age.'" MoronT An inmate who escaped from a Pennsylvania jail made the mistake of stop- ping in a local bar for a celebratory beer. Timo- thy Bonner, 40, went to Richy's Bar after breaking out of a police station's cell, and asked customer Robert Smith to buy him a beer. Smith did so, but the cops burst through the door seconds later. "He didn't even get to take a drink of it before they slammed him on the bar," Smith said. "He was only here a few minutes." Bang! Bang! Since 2009, there have been 43 mass shootings of four or more people -- an average of one such killing spree a month. In only four of the 43 shootings had anyone raised concerns about the mental health of the killer to authorities? Will there be fewer lawyers? Law school applications have plummeted 38 percent job prospects and salaries for lawyers. "Thirty years ago if you were looking to get on the escalator to upward mobility, you went to business or law school," said Indiana University law profes- sor William D. Henderson. "Today, the law school escalator is broken." According to Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, an honest confession is not always good for the soul, but, in most cases, it's cheaper than hiring a high-powered lawyer. The great Tom Analetto, the unofficial mayor of Medford, claims a lawyer is always willing to spend your last dollar to prove he's right. A poll revealed 43% of Americans say the" government is "definitely" or "probably" con- cealing the existence of extraterrestrial life on Earth. And 27% of Americans believe God plays a direct role in determining which teams win sports events. 53% believe God rewards athletes who have faith with Success. "I'm homeF The number of stay-at-home dads rose from 81,000 in 2001 to 176,000 in 2011. Among men aged 25 to 54, 83 percent were in the workforce last year; five years earlier, 88 percent were. Ugh. Nearly 44 percent of Americans don't have enough savings to cover basic expenses for more than three months in the event of a financial emergency like losing their job or paying for unexpected medical care. Almost a third has no savings accounts at all. Be aware, Francesco Vigo (1747-1836), is believed the first Italian to become an Ameri- can citizen. A successful fur trader on the western frontier. Vigo served as a colonel, spy and financier during the American Revo- lution. He died a pauper, but in 1876 the U.S. government gave his heirs about $50,000 to repay them for Vigo's financial support of the Revolutionary War. Major John Belli, an Italian, was the Quar- termaster General of the U.S. Army from 1792-1794. The first settler in Scioto County, Ohio, he lived there until his death in 1809. Show biz stuff by the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Dinah Washington sang under her real name, Ruth Lee Jones, as a gospel singer until after her first recording with Lionel Hampton in 1943. Arranger/conduc- tor/composer Paul Weston worked for the best: Rudy Vallee, Phil Harris, Tommy Dorsey, Bob Crosby and Dinah Shore. A reminder! Singer Frankie Laine's father wanted him to become a pharmacist or an architect. Ready for this? Jimmy Vincent, the sensa- tional drummer for the Louis Prima Band was born Jimmy Vincent Faraci in a close-knit Italian family in East Boston. Jimmy was born on June 30, 1923. In 2008, Jimmy, retired to Las Vegas with his wife of 41 years Claire. They have two sons, Andrew and Jimmy, Jr., and a daughter Joanne. And Jimmy Durante, who passed away in 1980, is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. The great Jackie Gleason, who left us in 1987, is at Our Lady of Mercies Cemetery in Miami, Florida. More morbid stuffi Actor Henry Fonda passed away in 1982, was cremated and his ashes given to his family. Our paesano Dean Martin, who passed away in 1995, is at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California. Dean's true name is Dino Paul Crocetti. And Ezio Pinza is entertaining at Putnam Cem- etery in Greenwich, CT. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME 1/4 cup sugar I/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon baking powder I teaspoon vanilla I/2 teaspoon salt 1 eight-ounce jar honey 2 tablespoons melted butter 1 small jar nonpareils or margarine 4 cups cooking oil Mix first four ingredients in a ten-inch bowl. Add melted butter or margarine, beaten egg, milk and vanilla. Mix to make dough that can be rolled into a ball. Cut dough into four or five portions and cover. Roll each portion into long strips of one-inch thickness. Cut strip into half-inch portions. Heat oil in small saucepan or small deep fryer. Carefully drop a few Strufoli into hot oil. Stir with slotted spoon. Cook until golden brown. Remove from oil with slotted spoon. Set aside in a clean bowl. Heat honey in a double boiler. Drop Strufoli, a portion at a time, into warm honey. Stir a few seconds. Remove with slotted spoon. Place in a clean bowl. Sprinkle nonpareils over them. Continue until all Strufoli are coated with honey and nonpareils. Serve hot or cooled. These do not need refrigeration. NOTE: Mama made these for holidays because she knew that Peter and I loved to have some for breakfast with our milk or cocoa. She also prepared them for us to deliver a dishful to a few neighbors. She always reminded us to wish them a happy holiday. I remember relatives and friends arriving at our home for a brief visit on Christmas and Easter morning. They brought us a bowl of their Strufoli or Sfinge. Mama or Papa also served the visitors a small glass of liqueur as they exchanged holiday greetings. Sometimes, Peter and I were allowed a small taste of the liqueur before being savoring the guest's dessert. Those precious moments always flash back in my mind when I am preparing my special holiday treats. Vita can be reached at g@comcast.net M' Mcery Perch 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 Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 www.bostonharborsidehome.com Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick]. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J