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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 28, 2014 Ray Barron's lli'l " O'CLOCK NEW5 Here we are into the Spring! So what is new?. This spring, Mary Ellen Suey will finally meet the man who rescued her as an abandoned infant in an Indiana field 58 years ago. Dave Hickman was 14 then and out hunting squirrels with his grandfather when they heard the infant cooing. They whisked her to a hospital and she was quickly adopted, but Hickman has always wondered about her fate. Late last year he contacted retired county Sheriff John Catey, who tracked her down in California. On the phone, Hickman and Suey felt an immediate bond. "It's almost as if she was my baby," said Hickman, who will see her again in May. Wow! Seven-year-old Sandhya Thakur is finally getting a new family. A year ago, when the building .where she lived in Mumbai sud- denly collapsed, killing more than 70 people, including the girl's entire family. She spent the next 23 days in a hospital under the care of a senior nurse Veena Kadle. "I felt an instant affection for the girl," said Kadle, and since Sandhya's release she and her husband, who are childless, have been battling India's bureaucracy for permission to adopt her. Last week they finally won. "Now our family is complete," said Kadle's motherrin-law. Huh? A Texas high school student was suspended after he accidentally packed a beer can in his lunch. Chaz Scale says he thought he was packing a soda can, and turned the beer in to a teacher. But officials Sent him to an alternative school for two months. "I gave it to the. teacher thinking I wouldn't get in trouble," Scale said, "and I got in trouble." Strolling in Naples, the almost-bankrupt Italian city began DNA-testing dog feces on its poop-covered sidewalks, so it can pros- ecute residents who don't pick up. "I know some people find it funny that with all the problems the city has, we would focus on dog poop," said an official. Bow wow! Bow wow! The astute Kyle Waters of Swampscott, Waltham, says, "A dog is smarter than some people. It wags its tail and not its tongue." Gee, Kyle is strictly for the dogs! Infallibility, after Pope Francis accidentally cursed in Italian while delivering his weekly blessing 'at the Vatican, using the word cazZo, the equivalent of the F-bomb, rather than caso, which means "example." Amen. Holy bribery, after the Kentucky Baptist Convention started giving away free steak dinners and guns to encourage "unchurched young lednecks" to come to church and accept Jesus. "Can you picture Jesus giving away guns?" asked one disapproving pastor. Fatso news! Mississippi has overtaken West Virginia as the fattest state in the union, with an obesity rate of 35.4"per- cent. Montana had the lowest obesity rate -- 19.6 percent. I believe it was the attractive and obser- vant Linda Spinucci-Peterson of Nahant, who once said, "Overweight people usually watch what they eat very closely -- all the way from plate to mouth." Said a weight watcher, "I'm fat because I have hand-to-mouth disease." From Pompeii, Italy comes bad news! After standing for two millennia several walls in the preserved ancient City of Pompeii col- la/sed in heavy rain. The government quickly approved $3 million in routine main- tenance to shore up what remains, but archaeologists said it wasn't enough. Spurred by other collapses in the past decades, Italy has earmarked almost $150 million to restore Pompeii, but only a small fraction has been spent because of corrup- tion and red tape. Pompeii, a bustling Roman Empire port of about 20,000 inhabitants, was buried under 15 feet of ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. It was excavated 250 years ago. Stiff newsI Workers at a Mississippi funeral home got a shock when a corpse, started moving inside his body bag. Morticians were about to start embalming 78-year-old Walter Williams, who had been declared dead several hours earlier,-when coroner Dexter Howard noticed his leg twitching inside the bag. "Something wasn't right," said Howard. They un- zipped the bag, discov- ered Will- O O O iams was , , breathing, and rushed him to nearby hospital. William's daughter said her father couldn't remember dying or being taken to the funeral home. "He said he was just asleep," she explained. U.S. regional airlines are facing a pilot shortage due to low salaries. Starting pilot salaries at 14 U.S. regional carriers average $22,400 a year, with some paying just 815,000 -- that is, the minimum wage. It's about time! Vitamin D: Most scientists now agree that the vast majority of vitamins and mineral supplements are at best waste- ful. Vitamins A,C, and E in supplement form are actually detrimental to health. But D supplements are an exception. Studies sug- gest they reduce kids' chances of catching the flu, improve bone health, and even pro- long life. Well, we have been taking Vitamin D for many years. So, who is the world's richest person? Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has reclaimed the throne as the world's richest person, top- ping Forbes's annual ranking of world billion- aires with a fortune Of $76 billion. The 2014 Forbes list included a record 1,645 billion- aires, with an average net worth of $4.7 bil- lion and a total net worth of $6.4 trillion. Must admit, we are friends of a billionaire. Yes, we go back to when he was just starting in his business. His daughter is also,a bil- lionaire, listed as one of the wealthiest women in the world. We remember when her mother was "carrying" her. Ah, those were truly the good old days. Ha! We did join the billionaires for a snack months ago. He may be helping me to create a documentary film based upon my life and times in England, during World War If. My dear friends, as a young GI we were billeted with an English family before the invasion of Normandy. We also fell in love with an English woman. Enough said. Recently, we again went through one of my books, "Who's Who Among Italian Ameri- cans." And so we did some browsing and discovered Sal J. Giarratani in the presti- gious book. Wow! We learned stuff about his education, his heritage, where he lives, his membership in many prestigious organiza- tions. It's time the noted Post-Gazette colum- nist, authored a book about his life and times in this world. Sal, that was a great piece about the late Bucky Spataro. We used to enjoy having coffee with him. Must admit we are also featured in the book, Who's Who Among Italian Americans. Also included in the book, Adolph Caso, Joseph Ferrino, Guy Giampapa, Joe Malone, John Nazzaro and forty other individuals residing in Massachusetts. The book was published by The National Italian American Foundation the publisher stated, "All the people whose names are listed in this direc- tory share a common Italian American heri- tage and have achieved "the American dream" of success and its rewards." According to the noted musicologist Albert NaMe, a full page ad in the March edition of New York magazine is a full page ad placed by Jack Daniel's whiskey, featuring a smil- ing Frank Sinatra who openly admitted ,Jack Daniel's was his favorite. He's even buried with a bottle of it. They were inseparable. And as it turns out, they still are. Sinatra called it, "the nectar of the gods." A good read about Frank Sinatra was by one of his fourth wives, Barbara. Yes, he was once married to Nancy Barbato, Ava Gardner, and Mfa Far- row. It was once said that Sinatra slept with the wives bf two presidents of the United States: Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan. He even spent time alone with Nancy Reagan in the White House while her husband was president. Nancy Barbato mar- ried Frank Sinatra in 1939 and is the mother of his three children. He was one of the most desirable and attractive men in the world and it should come as no surprise that he could have almost any woman he wanted. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Vita Sinopoli has been contributing her recipes to the Post-Gazette for 15 years. Vita passed away on March 18, 2014 and she will be greatly missed by everyone. We will be continuing to publish her countless recipes, a gift she left behind and a token to remember her by. RICOTTA CHEESE PIE Cassatta Recipe for one large ortwo 8-inch pies FILLING: CRUST: 1 2-pound container of 3 cups flour ricotta cheese 3/4 cup sugar l 1/2 cups sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 'slightly beaten egg whites l teaspoon baking powder (save yolks for piecrust) I/2 cup butter (or margarine) 1 te`aspoon finely chopped 3 slightly beaten egg yokes citron (optional) 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional) A sprinkle of cinnamon (optional) Place flour in a bowl. Add sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut I/2 cup of butter into flour until evenly distributed. Gradually add slightly beateri egg yokes. Mix to form piecrust. Some cold water may be added if needed to com- plete piecrust. Set aside a few minutes before rolling out piecrust (not too thin) and place in pie plate. Place ricotta cheese, sugar, citron (optional), vanilla and cinnamon (optional) in a separate bowl. Add slightly beaten egg whites and mix thoroughly until smooth. Do not whip. Gently pour ricotta cheese mixture over piecrust. Bake in preheated 400F oven for ten minutes. Lower to 350F. Bake until firm, approximately forty to forty-five minutes. To dry any extra liquids in the pie, shut off oven and leave pie in oven with door open for fifteen extra minutes. Length of baking time may vary depending on liquid consistency of ricotta cheese. NOTE: As a child, I sat on my perch (the wooden icebox) in the family bakery where I watched the bakers work. On Holy Saturday afternoon, when all the bread had been baked, I waited to watch Mama and Aunt Lena make two large 12-inch Ricotta Cheese Pies. Afler fiUing the pie shells, I watched them roll out l 1/4-inch strips of remaining piecrust and saw them create the lattice topping over each pie. It gave those pies such a festive look even before baking. After placing the pies in the oven, they returned to the table to mix the dough for cannoli shells. On Sunday, my mouth watered in anticipation of the ricotta-fiUed cannoli to be served also that day. From YBakerYch :ITA OBI.ANI)O INOPOt. I Ist 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 1SBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 1SBN POST-GAZETTE EAST BOSTON SATELLITE OFFICE is 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.