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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 1,2011 f Ray 15arron's 11. O'CLOCK NEWS Former TV and screen star, and former Mickey Mouse Mouseketeer, Annette Funicello, 68, now crippled with multiple sclerosis, was wheeled from her home after a raging inferno tore through her Califor- nia home. Neighbors in the cul-de-sac rushed to help her after smelling smoke. Funicello, has battled debilitating multiple sclerosis (MS) for almost 25 years, was treated for smoke inhalation by paramed- ics at a neighbor's house. She was then rushed away by ambulance. The former Beach Blanket movie beauty has been so ravaged by MS she has been bedridden or wheelchair-bound for 14 years "Mom's doing fine," her daughter Gilardi, 45, reported to the media. Her husband also had smoke inhalation and so did the housekeeper. The fire department doesn't know what caused the fire. Besides her personal belongings, Annette lost a lifetime of cherished memen- tos from her celebrated TV and screen career in the March i0 blaze. Zsa Zsa Gabor didn't even know her right leg was being amputated when she went under the knife in a desperate bid by doc- tors to save her life Just three weeks before her 94 t birthday, surgeons removed the leg above the knee after an MR[ revealed that other treatment had failed to halt a ram- pant infection she'd been battling since before Christmas. When it entered the bone, they had no option but to operate and Zsa Zsa's eighth husband, Prince Frederic yon Anhalt, 67, gave the go-ahead for the amputation to save his wife's life. Scornato[ A California man elected to pay a $6,500 credit card bill by delivering a load of 650,000 pennies to the bank. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Mon- day is the day when many a girl goes to work with her sleep showing." Carlo Scostumato claims, man is the only animal that goes to sleep when he's not sleepy, and gets up when he is." Must admit, sometimes we do enjoy crawl- ing into bed early only because we enjoy reading in bed. Yes, we are up early in the morning just when our newspapers are de- livered at 6 A.M.. What's more, we make our own breakfast of either toasted frozen waffles or toasted cinnamon bread. It's no secret, we always top our toasts and waffles with orange marmalade. Must admit, I'm an expert on orange marmalade. My favorite is from Harrod's in England. Gee, should you venture to London be sure to go to Harrod's and pick me up a jar of orange marmalade. Wives don't resent their husbands read- ing the newspaper at breakfast -- at least, the wives who never .get up for breakfast. Frankly speaking, we never wanted my dear wife Marilyn to bother with making me breakfast. But, Saturday mornings I used to make breakfast for her and our two daughters. "Come and get it!" An Oregon woman called 911 to report an intruder hiding in her bathroom, just as the intruder was calling 911 to report his con- cerns that the homeowner might be armed. On 911 tapes released by police, Timothy Chapek admits breaking into the home and tells the dispatcher the owner behind the bathroom door might have a gun. He'd also heard the owner say she had two German shepherds. Later, the homeowner can be heard warning Chalek that she's about to call the police, to which Chapek yells back: "I've already called them. They're on the phone right now." Strictly for the dogs[ Moscow has a dog problem, said Rosemary Griffin. Tens of thousands of strays roam the streets, and a lot of them bite. Nearly 25,000 people seek medical help in Moscow each year after being bitten by stray dogs. Just over a year ago, there was a major rabies outbreak involving more than 250 dogs; it sent scores of people to the hospital for painful treat- ment. Yet "despite the health implications," most Muscovites don't want authorities to kill the strays. The dogs "keep members of the public entertained" by following them onto buses and subways. One dog that lived at the Mendeleyeskaya metro station vas memorialized with a statue there after his death. So now Russian authorities are consider- O O O ing rounding  w up the dogs and relocating them. "If they were sent away, within three years we would have as many in Moscow again," said veterinarian Artyem Zverev. "People throw pets out all the time." Rumors have it many of the dogs will be shipped-to Boston's North End where they will enjoy Italian food. According to the com- passionate Tom Analetto of Medford, "A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours." Steven Sebestyen thinks the reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. And Steven's astute and attractive wife Theresa, says, "Every dog may have his day, but it's the puppies that have weak ends." Read with interest, parents tend to say that their children bring them joy, but research consistently shows that raising kids causes marital stress and other vari- eties of unhappiness. Anxiety and lost sleep brought on by young children overshadow the positive aspects of parenthood-until those kids grow up to become a source of financial and emotional support. Children are a great comfort in your old age and they help you reach it faster too. And according to the distinguished Mona- Lisa Cappuccio, khildren are at their best after they're too old to spank but before they're too clever to reason with. The noted actress Patty Duke, says, "One of the things I've discovered in general about raising kids is that they really don't give a dam if you walked five miles to school." Leave it to Candice Bergen[ "if God were a woman, She would have installed one of those turkey thermometers in ou r belly buttons. - When we were done, the thermom- eter pops up, the doctor reaches for the zipper conveniently located beneath our bikini lines, and out comes a smiling, fully diapered baby." Some interesting useless information[ Stay awake! The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by the then-mayor Fiorello La Guardia. The San Diego Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the worls. Fifty-six million people go to Major League baseball games each year. It takes a plastic con- tainer fifty thousand years to start decom- posing. The holes in a flyswatter are used to lower air resistance. Coffee is the world's most popular stimulant. And M&Ms stands for the last names of Forrest Mars Sr., the sweet maker, and his associate Bruce Murrie. The candy was developed so soldiers could eat sweets without getting their fingers sticky. Time to hear from the stately, musicolo- gist, Albert Natale, who at times is called the Lawrence Welk of New England. Among the many Italian Americans who popular- ized American songs here and abroad are Frank Sinatra; Vic Damone (Vito Farinola); Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti); Tony Bennett (Anthony Benedetto); Frankie Laine (Frank Lo Vecchio), Perry Como, Frankie Avalon (Frank Avalone), Bobby Rydell (Roberto Ridarelli), Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero), Bobby Darin (Walden Cassotto), Joanie James (Joan Babbo) and Jon Bon Jovi. And one more time! The Music Scale ... do re me, fa so la ti, do ... was created by an Italian, Guido d'Arezzo. Three-time Academy Award winner Harry Warren (1893- 1981) was born Salvatore Guaragna in Brooklyn and was the son of a Calabrian boot maker. His songs from the movies in- cluded: "I Found A Million Dollar Baby," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "We're In The Money," "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me," and hundreds more! Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SHRIMP SCAMPI OVER LINGUINE or as Uors d'oeuvres 1 pound medium shrimp (cleaned and deveined) 5 cloves chopped garl'.tc 3 tablespoons margarine or butter 2 tablespoons olive oil. 2 tablespoons chopped parsley I bottle clam juice I/4 cup white wine or sherry 1 pound linguine Grated Romano or Parmesan cheese In a skillet, over low heat, melt margarine or butter and add olive oil. Add chopped garlic. Simmer slowly, careful not to brown garlic. Remove skillet from heat. Slowly add clam juice. Return to heat and add cleaned shrimp. Stir and cover to simmer slowly until all shrimp turn pink (about ten to fifteen minutes). Add wine or sherry and parsley to this broth and cover. Simmer to a boil and then remove from heat. Set aside. Reheat if necessary before serving. For cooking linguine, follow directions on the package. When pasta is cooked," strain and place pasta in a large serving bowl. Add shrimp broth and stir. Serve linguine in individual bowls topped with shrimp and grated cheese of choice. Place additional broth and shrimp on table for guests. OPTIONAL: To serve as hors d'oeuvres: Prepare shrimp as mentioned above. Place the prepared shrimp scampi in a serving bowl on your table, adding a serving spoon for the guests to help themselves. Also have available plates, forks, and napkins. Garlic bread and/or crackers go well with the hors d'oeuvre. NOTE: This easy-to-prepare recipe is one of my brother Peter's specialties that became a favorite in my home. In the 1950s and 60s Peter developed great enthusiasm for cooking. That is when I learned to prepare his shrimp scampi. I believe Peter and I inherited Mama's eagerness and joy to try new recipes, hoping always to please the appetite of family and friends. World of Wheels (Continued from Page 5) "American Pickers" and Zendaya Coleman, who plays Rocky in the Disney TV series "Shake it Up." Thirty-seventh annual Town Fair Tire World of Wheels show hours are Fri- day, April ii 2011, 3-10 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun- day, April 3, 2011, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Discount coupons for $2 off adult and children's tickets are available at par- ticipating Town Fair Tire stores ( Boston's World Trade Center ( is located at 200 Seaport Boul- evard, in South Boston's Seaport District with plenty of area parking and access by the MBTA's Silver Line. Show information is available at www.worldof wheels.corn, with links to the Town Fair Tire World of Wheels on Facebook and Twitter. Town Fair Tire World of Wheels The Town Fair Tire World of Wheels is part of the Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series sanctioned by the International Show Car Association custom competition and produced by Championship Auto Shows, Inc. More than a million spectators annually attend nearly 20 Champion- ship Auto Shows motorsports events under the Autorama, World of Wheels and Caval- cade of Customs names. Complete 2011 show season schedule can be viewed at www. worldofwheels, com. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME M From YBakery Perch V 1;[',. 0 R t_,k N I)O  I,N OPOLI 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 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN