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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 8, 2013 Page13 /2 /2 (;/ abb onno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Mom and Dad with Tammi. Beagsley, the Wonder Dog. From what I remember, Italians have always loved pets. Even going back to an- cient Rome, they loved their animals. When Pompeii was excavated, the entrance to someone's home had an in- scription cemented to the floor, "Cave canum." (Be- ware of the dog.) My first rec- ollection of a family pet was when I was very young and we all lived in one big house on Eutaw Street in East Bos- ton. Nanna had a cat named Tippi. She was orange and white, had a Pleasant dispo- sition and was bilingual. She reacted to both English and Italian. She was dedi- cated to Nanna and would often bring home presents and lay them at Nanna's feet. More often than not, the presents were mice she had caught somewhere in the neighborhood. There were two things Nanna hated more than any- thing else, rats and snakes. To her, a mouse was a rat that hadn't grown up yet and when Tippi graced my grandmother with an expired rodent, she would wait until Babbononno, my father or one of my uncles returned home and have them remove it from the house. Then came the day when Tippi, proud of her latest kill, dropped the limp body of a garden snake at Nanna's feet. Nanna screamed loud enough for my mother, Aunt Eleanor and cousin Paula to all run to her rescue. As I was in the kitchen when the present was delivered and witnessed the whole sce- nario, I just stood there and watched. After all the ladies had arrived, not one of them would touch the snake to remove it. Tippi sat aside the snake looking up at Nanna as if to say, "Look what I brought you this time!" Dad was the first one home that afternoon and the snake was finally taken from the kitchen and depos- ited somewhere. In later years, when Tippi was just a memory, Morn told me a story about Babbo- nonno's dog, a family pet during Mom's teen years. I believe it was a German shepherd. One Sunday, when my mother was in her teens and she and her best girl- friend, Ada Georgone (Ada would become Uncle Nick's first wife), decided to go to the Seville to catch the mati- nee, Babbononno told them whdtt time to be home. They arrived late and missed the first few minutes of the co- feature. Back then, most theaters showed two pic- tures. The co-feature was usually a B level production and this was followed by the main attraction. Any- way, they missed the first ACCEPTING Advertisements -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 few minutes of the first film and decided to stay and see what was shown before they arrived. Babbononno became im- patient when the girls had not returned at the desig- nated time. He glanced at his pocket watch, a gold Hamilton which I inherited and keep in a glass case, and decided to head to the the- ater and bring the girls home. Prior to leaving, he leashed up the German shepherd and brought him on the expedition. When Babbononno arrived at the theater, he bypassed the ticket booth, walked up to the doorman, told him that he was looking for his daugh- ters and continued into the theater to find the missing girls. Neither the doorman nor any of the ushers stopped him as he wandered through the lobby. Babbononno was only 4' 11" tall, but the dog must have made him look like a 6 footer. Not finding the girls in the lobby, he headed inside the darkened theater, walked up and down the aisles yelling, "Angle, a du sta?" ("Angle, where are you" ... in dialect) As he yelled, the dog echoed him with a bark. When he finally found Morn and Ada, they were given orders to accompany him home. They explained how they missed the first part of the co- feature to Nanna when they arrived home and she calmed Babbononno down, but the girls were so embar- rassed that it was a long time before they returned to that same theater. On the other side of the family, Grandpa Christoforo raised canaries and had a cat for a pet when Dad and his sister, Aunt Mary, were kids. I don't know much about the birds, but under- stand that Grandpa taught the cat to do things that dogs were trained to do and the cat followed him around just like it was a dog. The cat didn't show up for dinner one night and was missing for a few days. Grandpa searched for him and only discovered the cat's location when he heard it cry somewhere in the back yard. When he saw the cat, he saw blood on the hind quarter. He picked it up and saw that it had been shot. He held the cat in his arms, walked to the South Ferry, brought the cat to Boston and headed for the Angel Memo- rial Hospital. The cat was too far gone and had to be put to sleep. When my grandfather was back home, he asked all of the Chelsea Street neigh- bors if they knew anything about someone shooting animals in the neighbor- hood. He did find out who did Socially Scene (Continued Set to the backdrop of spec- tacular garden displays by cutting-edge landscape pro- fessionals and area nurser- ies, the 2013 Boston Flower & Garden Show features hours of lectures and dem- onstrations by top garden writers, industry experts and creative local chefs, shop from a wide marketplace fea- turing thousands of plants and hundreds of the newest gardening products and new special events designed to illustrate the changing land- scape of gardening. 2013 is bringing some new life to the show; A Living Cata- log. This year's gardens fea- ture examples of new plants, sustainable building materi- als and innovative earth- friendly techniques. Learn about the birds and the bees. Home chicken raising and beekeeping are fast-growing hobbies. They're bringing in the experts to get you started. From Garden to Gour- met. Local chefs teach you how to grow, use and pre- serve produce and herbs for year-round enjoyment and nutrition. Strut Your Stuff in Floral Competitions. The an- nual tradition continues as the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society coordinate colorful competitions amongst the region's top amateur floral arrangers and horticulturists, all set to the show theme. The Boston Flower Show brings hope to us all after the snowy winter in New En- gland. The show starts off on Wednesday, March 13th through the 17th. For more information on show times and demonstrations visit www. A Little Tasty Treat to Complement Your Time in the City ... Blue Inc., is a culinary adventure infused wi:h blue energy. A carnival of hand-crafted cocktails. Their menus promise one deliciously wild ride. Whether it's a business lunch, after- work cocktails, night on the tovn, dinner with friends or yol just need to infuse some co.or in your dining experi- ence, Chef Jason Santos, from Fox's Hell's Kitchen, will no doubt surprise and excite you with his whimsical cuisine. from Page 9) The Boston Symphony Orchestra mixes things up with some art on display through April 13th. (Photo courtesy of BSO Productions) Liquid nitrogen salsa that smolders when it hits the plate. Orange gel that trans- forms into noodles when it hits hot broth. Black Truffle Dippin Dots Ice Cream that arrives tableside smoking. Chef Jason Santos' guests can expect a sensational culinary experience. Perhaps that's why he was something of a darling of Gordon Ram- say on the 7th season of HeWs Kitchen. Santos' cook- ing style, which combines Asian, French and tradi- tional American flavors with dazzling visual and textural twists, has been called "Julia Child Meets Willy Wonka." While serving as the former executive chef at Gargoyles on the Square, Santos trans- formed the restaurant from neighborhood stalwart to des- tination hotspot. Now, Santos is owner and executive chef at Blue Inc. in Boston which is one of the area's hottest dining destinations. He also teaches culinary courses at Boston University and Cam- bridge Rindge and Latin as well as serves as restaurant chair for Taste of the Nation. Blue Inc., is one of those places that makes the Hub so unique and intriguing. The restaurant is located at 131 Broad Street in Boston in the heart of the financial district. You can contact them at 617-261-5353 for reservations or more infor- mation on their events. EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE NOW OPEN MARIE MATARESE 35 Bennington Street, East Boston 617.227.8929 TUES. 10:00 A.M. - 3.00 P.M. THURS. 11:00 A.M.- 2:00 P.M. General Advertisements * Sales and Rentals Memorials * Legals ADVERTISING WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE it, but the rest of the story is not printable. 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