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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 9, 2012 Page13 e.(f{ e-4 by John Christoforo 00Babb'00nonno A Nostalgic Remembrance Lent is now in full swing. I remember when the nuns used to tell us at Sunday school that we had to sacri- fice something during the Lenten season. We kids would discuss the concept and most of us would give up things like eating candy, ice cream or desserts until Eas- ter Sunday, and then only after Mass that morning. Babbononno would insist I give up candy. I wasn't a candy lover per se, but he was. He loved sweets and this would be his sacrifice which he would force on his only grandson (at that time). I found out years later, that during lent the men in my family would have to make other sacrifices, playing functions, especially Chris- tian functions during the 40 days of the Lenten season. By the mid1950s, Dad, Uncle Paul and Uncle Nick were playing mostly society mu- sic. They would don their tux- edoes, pick up their instru- ments and head to a differ- ent job every night. Each of them played for several band leaders, many of whom booked weddings, christen- ings, and social functions that were based around Catholic or Protestant faiths. During Lent, all of this was non-existent. If they happen to be with a ,Jewish contrac- tor or band leader, they worked. If they were at a night club, supper club, dance hall, or hotel, they worked. But, by the mid 1950s, my father and uncles were free lancers and worked for whomever called. This meant they didn't play any Italian, Irish, Polish or other Catholic functions. Dad would complain, but he had a day job with the Bos- ton Public Schools. Uncle Paul was in the printing business during the day and Uncle Nick was the vice president of the Musicians Union. I remember listening to many of their musician friends at the Monday get- togethers at the union hall. The ones that lived solely on music would be complaining, and some would be hurting financially. Babbononno was long re- tired from music by this point in time, but used to dis- cuss the Lenten problems with the men in the family during the Sunday dinners when everyone was together. Evidently, he had gone through the same thing a generation earlier. Dad and Uncle Nick were usually luckier than most. They were in partners with a band leader named Ray Digg. Ray DiGiovanni, had studied tenor sax with Uncles Paul and Nick, and when he be- came professional, put a dance band together that al- ways included my father on bass, and my uncles on alto and tenor saxes. Why ! say luckier, is that they were of- ten playing at ballrooms that were open several nights per week whether it was Lent or not. Their home base was the Ocean View Ballroom which was located at the beginning of Revere Beach. On the lower floor, there was a bar and several secluded places to sit with a drink and a date. But, upstairs ... it was non- stop dancing in a ballroom atmosphere. The band, be- decked in tuxedoes, would sit on a large stage. The rhythm section on the left, piano, Dad on bass (standing), and drums. The rest of the stage would be taken up by the trumpet, trombone and sax sections with Ray standing in front holding a baton. Usually, to the left, sitting in front of the piano was the band singer. They would vary de- pending on who was avail- able. I remember Lou Tano, and a Sue Somebody or other. It may have been Lyons. Both of them were quite capable and complimented the band, which, in my estimation was quite good also. Ray relied on Dad and Uncle Nick to hire the men and they only picked out the best. Beginning in 1958, I joined the family business. Dad had taught me how to play bass and after working with neighborhood musicians for a while, I was told I was ready to join the union. This I did, listening carefully to what Babbononno, Dad and my uncles had to say. I was taught how to play the mu- sic they made a living at ... commercial dance music. It wasn't my kind of music, but it paid the best. I wanted to play jazz, but discovered that it was a labor of love, an ex- ercise of talent and imagina- tion, but it didn't pay well. Playing the commercial mu- sic afforded me the ability of paying my own way through college without having to rely on Dad for tuition money. When I decided that bass was my instrument, he rented one for me until he was sure that I would stick with it. When he was sure, he bought a bass from a mu- sician leaving town who sold -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 him his second instrument for 875.00. I had some money in the bank, bought a used car and Dad gave me the money to put it on the road. The car cost me 8550 and the insurance was just about the same amount. I took the cost of the car out of my sav- ings account at the East Bos- ton Savings Bank, and that just about cleaned me out. When it came time to put the car on the road, Dad told me to take the money out of my bank account. I assured him that the account was empty due to my buying the car. He assured me that there was another 8550 in it to pay for the insurance. He must have made the deposit when I wasn't looking. Any- way for the grand total of 81,175, I had a bass violin, a used car (1954 Chevy-com- pletely done over), and was raring to go. The advice that my father, uncles and several other older musicians gave me was to use music as an avo- cation and make sure I had a good day job, just in case. Back in their day, you could make a living being a musi- cian, but beginning in the late 50s, things were begin- ning to change. Rock and roll had turned the music world upside down. Most of the older guys never learned the new rock tunes. They always contended that rock was just a passing fad and wouldn't last. As a result, many of them were left by the way side. I had remembered several old timers who just hung around the union. They had played the vaudeville the- aters as members of the pit bands and were waiting for vaudeville to return. It never did. Dad's generation waited for rock and roll to go away, but it didn't, either. This pushed many of his contem- poraries out of the picture. I guess I came in at the tail end of their phase of the busi- ness, because in the 1960s, things began to change dras- tically. One aspect of change in the business that put many a musician out of work was the advent of the DJ, canned music played on a turntable by one person working a social event. To- day this is quite common. Back then, it was new, ex- perimental and quite popular with the young people. Today, most functions are entertained by DJs who play an array of recorded music that eliminates the need for musicians. Dad's generation is gone. I'm semi-retired. My kids constitute the 4 th gen- eration of musicians in my family, but they don't play professionally. John will strum his guitar and Michael will experiment on the keys of a piano. They just do it to entertain them- selves. The days of musi- cians of old are gone, but it was a great family tradition while it lasted. GOD BLESS AMERICA I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12D0642DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING FELICIA.ZHAO VS. CHENHAN ZHAO To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Desertion: The Complaint is on file 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: Felicia Zhao, 41 Hamlet St., Newton Center, MA 02459 your answer, if any, on or before April 6, 2012. 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 this Court. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 24, 2012 Tara E. DeCdstofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/9/12 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P0961EA In the Estate of BEATRICE CHRISTINO Late of Natick, MA 01760 Date of Death February 7, 2012 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 RobertW. Cbristino of Natick, 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 29, 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: March 1, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofare, Register of Probate Run date: 3/9/12 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Plymouth Probate and Family Court 52 Obery Street Suite 1130 Plymouth, MA 02360 Docket No. PL12C0016CA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME In the Matter of EBONI PRINCESS GILLARD-GLOVER of BROCKTON, MA To Frenchman. Clover interested in petition described: A petition has been presented by Santosha Gillard on behalf of Eboni P. Gillard- Clover requesting that Eboni Princess Gillard-Glover be allowed to change his/her/ their name as follows: Eboni Princess Gillard. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT PLYMOUTH ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON MAY 1, 2012. WITNESS, HON. CATHERINE P. SABAITIS, First Justice of this Court. Date: February t7, 2012 Robert McCarthy, Register of Probate Run date: 3/9/12 ............................ .... LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P0960EA In the Estate of ARNOLD LINDEN ALEXANDER RICHARDS Late of Somerville, MA 02145 Date of Death January 16, 2012 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 Lorraine Donna Juliana Richards of Somerville, MA be appointed executor/trix, named in the witl 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 29, 2012. In addition, you must file a wdtten 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. 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 Department of Veterans Affairs; Notice is being sent to you as you may have a legal interest in this case, in 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 ex- penses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to Petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating 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: March 1, 2012 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/9/12 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI12P0911EA In the Estate of G. J PIANTEDOSI a/k/a GILDO JOHN PIANTEDOSI Late of WALTHAM, MA 02453 Date of Death January 24, 2012 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 Anthony J. Piantedosi of Waltham, MA and Peter J. Piantedosi of Waltham, 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 27, 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 al! 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 Department of Veterans Affairs; Notice is being sent to you as you may have a legal interest in this case, in 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. WlTNESSI HON. PETER C. DiGANGI First Justice of this Court. Date: February 28, 2012 Tara E, DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 3/9/12