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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 12, 2010 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 i ii i ii Weird! Man turns up alive -- at his funeral! A bricklayer "killed" in a violent car wreck shocked his mourning family when he turned up at his own funeral alive and kick- ing. The grief-stricken relatives of 59=year- old Ademir Jorge Goncalves had identified him as the victim of a nighttime car crash- but in fact he was nowhere near the death scene. He was downing drinks with pals at a truck stop. As soon as he heard his funeral was happening, Goncalves rushed to the cemetery to let his loved ones know he wasn't really dead. "The corpse was badly disfigured, but dressed in similar clothing," explains a police spokesman in San Antonio da Platina. Brazil. "People are afraid to look for very long when they identify bodies, and I think that's what happened in this case." Funerals are very expensive: that's why people rarely have them until the last minute. According to Tom Analetto of Medford, no matter how famous a man is, the size of the funeral depends partly on the weather. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, claims every- thing comes to him who waits, including the hearse. Smelly news[ To reduce the smell of stale booze, vomit, urine, and garbage during Mardi Gras, a New Orleans sanitation c- ompany now sprays Bourbon Street with a solution of lemon fragrance and enzymes called "Superfresh." "They keep it as clean as Disney World," one bar owner said. "It's helped out business tremendously." Huh? 55% of Americans hold an unfavor- able view of Sarah Palin. up from 37% right after the 2008 presidential election. 71% believe she is unqualified to be president, including 52% of Republicans. Frankly, I re- spect and admire Sarah Palin! Prince Charles' boozing wife Camilla was admitted for emergency treatment after suf- fering a spectacular collapse over the Christ- mas holidays, sources have revealed to The Examiner. Palace watchers tell The Examiner that Camilla's self-destructive Christmas episode has family members gravely con- cerned, given her past history. Less than two months after marrying Charles in 2005, Camilla suffered a devastating breakdown from the strain of being a royal and under constant attack from Princess Diana's loyal fans and she's been going downhill ever since. More healthy advice! They are now saying regularly walking from three to six hours during a week slashes men's chances of developing prostate cancer by nearly 70%, says a study reported in a recent issue of the journal Urology. What's more, just step- ping out for one to three hours each week reduced men's chances of developing aggres- sive, fast-growing prostate tumors by a good 9O%. Fishy news! It has long been known that fish oil is good for cardiovascular health -- but a new study shows that the same fatty acids that keep blood vessels in good shape can also help to relieve neck pain. Research- ers found that nearly 60%t of their subjects who suffered neck pain found so much relief from a 1,200-milligram daily dose of fish oil supplement that they could stop taking pre- scription pain medication. Carlo Scostumato suggests we all use Baccala oil. Did you hear about how downing a milkshake can boosts memory? Downing a strawberry shake daily at breakfast could stave off the horrors of Alzheimer's disease for millions of Americans, says a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technol- ogy. The shake called Souvenaid, can boost people's short-term memories within only 12 weeks because it's laced with three brain-boosting compounds found in mother's milk. The milkshake could be made avail- able to the public in as little as two years after further tests of its effectiveness are completed. Gee, using vinegar and oil on your salad can save your heart and help you shed pounds reported Ellen Kambi, Ph.D. Kambi, the au- thor of Weight Loss: The Alternative Medicine. Garlic lowers the risk of heart attack by low- ering blood pressure, raising good cholesterol, lowering bad cholesterol and lowering levels of a protein that causes plaque. As for vinegar, its fat-fighting power has o o o been proven in a study by the American Dia- betes Foundation. says Kamhi. "Taking two tablespoons of vinegar before eating signifi- cantly reduced blood sugar and insulin spikes after meals," says Kamhi. Mona Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says a man has to go to the dentist to keep his teeth in good condition so that he won't have to go to the dentist. Survey stuffi. A new poll found that 44% of women would think nothing of flirting with a guy -- even if a friend had a big crush on him. Some 26% said that if the friend lost weight, they'd go on a diet, too. And a whop- ping 60% said they try to run faster and longer than the person on the treadmill next to them. Ladies are just as competitive at work, according to the survey by Women's Health magazine. To land a promotion, women said they'd be willing to work late every night plus weekends, kiss up to their boss or trash- talk a co-worker who's after the same job. Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald wants you to know a Marine reservist Jason Bruce thought he was nabbing a terrorist when he whacked a bearded man on the noggin with a tire iron -- instead, he'd bagged a priest. Bruce called 911 and told the dispatcher he was holding a terrorist in the parking ga- rage of his condo complex in St. Petersburg, Florida. The man turned out to be Greek Orthodox priest Father Alexios Marakis who had gotten lost after getting faulty directions from his GPS system. Bearded and wearing his priestly garb, he spotted Bruce getting items out of his trunk, tapped him on the shoulder and in broken English asked for help. Instead, Bruce grabbed a tire iron, smacked the cleric and held him while call- ing for the cops. In the end, Father Marakis graciously refused to press charges. Amen! Clergymen preach about many subjects, but the congregation generally prefers them to preach about half an hour. We discovered Boston has made the list as one of America's windiest cities. First is Cheyenne, WY, second, Great Falls. MT and third is Boston. Also on the list as the windi- est cities, Witchita, Oklahoma City, Buffalo, Milwaukee. and Honolulu. Congratulations to Steven Sebestyen and his great wife Theresa on the birth of Si- enna Marie Sebestyen born on January 6 th. This is their second daughter. For the record, Steven, who is part Italo, once served as the Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles. The Sebestyens make their home in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Again, congratulations! Reminiscing with the noted maestro and musicologist Albert Natale. There was a time when Bob Eberle was hailed as the best of all big band singers, even at a time when Frank Sinatra's popularity with Tommy Dorsey was at its highest. The song "Mother of Mine," sung by Al Jolson in the 1927 movie "The Jazz Singer," was the first soundtrack recording ever released. Duke Ellington's composition "Don't Get Around Much. Anymore" was originally titled "Never No Lament." Comic Jackie Mason once sold Perry Como a pair of pajamas while working as a sales clerk at Saks Fifth Avenue. The McGuire Sisters kicked off their singing careers winning, on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in 1954. They had seventeen top-40 hits between 1954-61. Their popular hits, "Sincerely" in 1955 and "Sugartime" in 1957. Singer/actor Gordon MacRae began as a child in revue with singer/dancer Ray Bolger. Musical films include: "The Desert Song" (1953) and "Oklahoma." And Merv Griffin, while under contract to Freddy Martin in 1951, recoded the song "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts." Record sales were three million, but Griffin was paid only $50 for his singing. And the comic strip "Eloise" was supposedly based on the mischievous child- hood of Liza Minelli. p COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VEAL CUTLETS PARMIGIANA TOMATO SAUCE: I twenty-eight-ounce can of crushed" tomatoes 1 eight-ounce can of tomato paste 1 medium onion chopped 1 garlic clove chopped (optional) 1/3 cup vegetable, canola or olive oil I teaspoon dried basil, or 3 fresh basil leaves 1-pound mozzarella cheese {whole piece or shredded) Grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese Salt Add chopped onion, garlic (optional), and basil to heated oil in saucepan. Simmer until onion is opaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and a half-cup of water. Stir thoroughly. Cover and bring to a boil.' Lower heat and simmer for about fifteen or twenty minutes. Stir occasion- ally to prevent sticking to the bottom of saucepan. Add to- mato paste and stir thoroughly. Fill empty tomato paste can with water. Add water to sauce and stir. Salt to taste. Cover pot. Simmer slowly over low heat for another thirty min- utes. If desired, additional water can be added to thin sauce. VEAL CUTLETS: 2 pounds thinly sliced veal 2 cups flavored bread crumbs 1 or 2 beaten eggs I/2 cup of olive, canola or vegetable oil 3 paper plates or some white paper towels Place prepared breadcrumbs in a bowl Beat eggs in a separate bowl. With a fork, dip a slice of veal into the beaten eggs. Place veal into bread crumbs to cover both sides with the crumbs. Set aside in a separate plate. Continue in this fashion with each veal slice. TO FRY: Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet. Place breaded veal slices in heated oil and brown on both sides. Remove from skillet and place on a paper plate, which will absorb excess oil. Then place cutlets on a serving platter. Con- tinue frying in this fashion. Add more oil to skillet if needed. TO BAKE VEAL CUTLETS PALMIGIANA: Spread some to- mato sauce over bottom of 8" x 10" baking dish. Add one layer of cooked veal- cutlets to the baking dish. Cut up moz- zarella cheese into 1/4 slices and place over each cutlet. If using shredded mozzarella cheese, sprinkle over each cut- let. With ladle, spread tomato sauce over mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle grated cheese of choice over tomato sauce. Cover and bake in preheated 350F oven until the cheese melts (about eight to fifteen minutes). Use a spatula to serve the Veal Parmigiana. Top each serving with tomato sauce. OPTIONAL: Include pasta of choice topped with tomato sauce for each serving. A vegetable salad and garlic bread go well with this. Remaining sauce freezes well. NOTE: Mama prepared Veal Parmigiana often when she ex- pected visitors after dinner at our cottage in Wilmington. We ate dinner between twelve and one o'clock in the afternoon. On many occasions the afternoon visitors remained until suppertime. Mama felt comfortable having something extra pre- pared to serve for supper. She warmed up leftovers for those who desired them along with her Veal Parmigiana. During the summer, Papa went into his garden and picked some fresh lettuce while Mama selected a few ripened toma- toes and cucumbers to be added to the salad she served to everyone. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME . akery Perch VITA ORLANDO SINOPOLI 1st Generation Italian-American Vim 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 1SBN