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Page8 ....... POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 27, 2015 The "Table" is Set for St. by Sal Giarratani Standing by the statue of St. Joseph are Francisco Javier Ortiz, his son Fernando and daughter Elena (Not in photo are litUe Alexandro and his morn Vilmarie Reatas, who was home taking care of him). Members of the St. Joseph Society in Boston's North End gathered together on Thursday, March 194 in honor of their patron St. Joseph for a traditional holy day meal in his honor. Part of this tradition is the St. Joseph's Table where a family in great need is welcomed to the table joining together with the gathering. This year five members of the Ortiz family from San Juan, Puerto Rico had been staying in Boston while their youngest child was being treated by doctors at both Children's Hospital and Dana Farber for a life-threaten- ing illness. The Ortiz family brought the child to Bos- ton three months ago and are looking at many more months of hospita/ treatment. Their life has been a nightmare and they were very overjoyed by the support they received from the St. Joseph Society members. Let's all hope and pray for a full recovery for this young boy. Members of St. Joseph Society gather around the table during the blessing of the food for the meal. Andrea Petrillo and Rosemary O'Brien, both from South Boston are long-time society members. Let's keep him and his family in our prayers. Francisco Javier Ortiz was overwhelmed with all the support and love showed to him and his entire family at the celebratory meal. He thanked everyone for coming to his family's aid. (FROM ITAIJAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco A NEW PLANET SIMILAR TO EARTH FOUND IN THE MILKY WAY. It is called 'Kepler-186F'. It's rocky and may contain water in liquid form. It shows dimensions almost similar (10% larger) to Earth. It was discovered by the space telescope Kepler (NASA). The magazine Science recently published detailed characteristics observed by the planets' hunter, Kepler. It was located in a so-called "inhabi- table area," i.e., in a region where it receives light and heat which can support life with its liquid water on the surface. Because of its qualities, Kepler-186F showed that it is different from other planets that may be similar to our planet discovered so far. How interestingl Stay tuned[ PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: THE STREETS, THE SQUARES, ETC. Even in Italy you can find places named after him. The late President's charisma has indeed con- ditioned in the naming of streets and schools just about everywhere in Italy. About 1,327 municipalities, out of a total of 8,400, have a street or avenue named after JFK. Kennedy is still admired today, 50 years after his death. And there is more. At least 96 municipalities have even streets named after the President's brother, Robert, assas- sinated in 1968. The Region of Lombardia has the most places named after Kennedy followed by the Region of Puglia with 151, Sicily with 132, Campania with 130, Emilia- Romagna with 109, Veneto with 107, Sardegna with 102, followed by the other regions in this order: Calabria, Marche, and Piedmont. The name Kennedy has also been used to name cultural associations, health centers, medi- cal facilities, and even restaurants and soccer fieldsl If you find yourself in a restaurant in Italy, don't be surprised to find "dishes" named after the late American President. No matter, as long as you keep in mind to always order dishes that follow the Mediterranean diet noted for their richness in olive oil, antioxidants, greens and fishl Buon Appetito. Receives "High Achievement A ward" FROM AUGUSTA BOSTON CLUB MORE ABOUT THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET. Here we go again. We have read something new about the best diet available to anyone who wants to live healthy. This time we learn how to fight smog that has shown to cause changes, particularly in the respiratory system. The en- couraging news came from a recent study presented at a convention of the Italian National Society of Internal Medi- cine. The study was conducted on laborers working at a steel plant in Milano. They found that the tiny particles found in the air, reduce the level of Vitamin E found in the blood by 50% and, at the same time raise the protein that is connected to stress of the oxidants in the cells. By in- creasing the availability of vitamins found in fish, olive oil and greens elements typical of the Mediterranean diet, it would prevent the outbreak of illnesses caused by air pol- lution. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that to prevent serious health problems, such as cardiovascular illnesses, it becomes essential to revert to the very effective Medi- terranean Diet. Is it clear! Giuseppe Lanzerotta, Giovanni Russo, Lilianna & Antonio DeSantis, Salvatore Bramante, Victor Gabriello, and Joseph Morello. Antonio DeSantis received the Augusta Boston Club "High Achievement Award" at a recent Holiday Dinner Dance. Antonio learned the machine shop trade (meta- Imeccanica) in Torino, Italy where he had moved at the age of 15 with his entire family. He went to school there to learn about read- ing blueprints and the machining of parts. At the same time he worked for a company that machined precision instruments. At the age of 27, Tony moved to Boston. Speaking very little English, he contin- ued working in his field, first as an operator and then as a supervisor. In 1976 at the age of 35, he started his own business with a partner as a two person shop. Business was so good that they bought their own building two years later. He continued expand- ing through the years, mov- ing three times to larger buildings whenever he ran out of space for expansion. Antonio concentrated in ma- chining medical instru- ments for orthopedic sur- gery, both for large medical companies and for individual orthopedic surgeons. When Antonio retired in 2006, his company employed over 70 people who, even now, call to wish him good holidays or just to keep in touch. Not being the type to get directly involved, Tony has always made financial contributions to the various activities sponsored by the Italian community here in the United States and in Italy. Antonio has been a long- time member of the Augusta Boston Club and his wife, Lilianna, is past presi- dent of the Societa di San Domenico. ITALIAN-AMERICANS AND THE NAMING OF THEIR OFFSPRING. The new generation of parents, to a large extent, continue to name their children after their respec- tive parents, as by the old tradition. A few years ago, how- ever, they began to show a proclivity to use new names that had never been considered before, such as: Virginia, Daniela, Jessica, Olivia, etc. For the boys, it is different and at times shocking too! For instance, some very mod- ern parents have chosen foreign names, like Jackson, William, and the like. In short, they have made truly insane decisions! In a recent article I read in La Repubblica {the Republic, Rome's daily), I found a story of a new father who went to the local office to register his newborn daugh- ter using the name "Andrea." Guess what? The town offi- cial refused to do as requested, saying that Andrea is a name for boys, never for girls. In fact, Andrea, in English, as we know, is Andrew. Mott allo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530