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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 8, 2011 Ray Barron I I Great! An unidentified man walked into a Boston Starbucks, shouted, "I'm rich!" and tossed a blizzard of $1 bills in the air. Customers were so startled that they didn't grab the cash, which an employee donated to relief efforts in Japan. Beauty expert Rebekah George said that Obama appeared 10 years older than he did when he took office. George said that not only is the 49-year-old president's hair grayer, but his face shows the telltale wrinkle and sunken mouth created by the stress hormone cortisol. Scornata! A 92-year-old Florida woman fired four bullets at her 53-year-old neighbor's house and car, when he refused her demand for a kiss. "I thought this only happened to younger people," sighed Dwight Bettnet, the woman's target. Still hung upI Monica Lewinsky is still hung up on Bill Clinton says The National Enquirer. The former White House intern, whose af- fair with the then president led to his im- peachment, is now 37, but a friend says she never married because she still pines for Clinton. "Monica still hasn't gotten over Bill and would take him back in a second," said the friend. "She told me 'There will never be another man in my life that could make me as happy as he did.'" Love usually begins by deceiving oneself, and usually ends by deceiving the other per- son. And it's a good thing that love is blind, otherwise it would see too much. According to the astute Lucille A. Monuteaux, office manager of the popular East Boston Social Centers, when a man is in love for the first time he thinks he invented it. The charming M(ma-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston thinks some girls believe in love at first sight; others believe in waiting until he hangs up his hat and coat. To think, women still got 91 percent of all cosmetic surgeries in 2010, but men -- par- ticularly aging baby boomers -- are showing up at plastic surgeons' offices in growing numbers. The number of male-face-lifts in- creased 14 percent, while Botox treatments for men rose 9 percent, to 336,834. Here we go again! Coffee could head off strokes! Enjoying a second cup of coffee in the morning could lower your risk of stroke, a new study has found. Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institute tracked nearly 35,000 women, ages 49 to 83, over 10 years and discovered that those who drank more than one cup of coffee per day were 22 to 25 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who drank less. "Coffee drinkers should rejoice," Sharonne N. Hayes, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, tells the Associated Press. "If you are drinking coffee now, you may be doing some good, and you are likely not do- ing harm." The study isn't the first to at- tribute a significant health benefit to coffee. Other reports have shown it may help pre- vent mental decline, improve heart health, ~i~'~duce the risk of liver cancer. Study author Susanna Larsson suggests the anti- oxidants in coffee might reduce the kinds of inflammation and cell damage that can lead to stroke, but other experts caution that no cause-and-effect link has yet been estab- lished. Coffee is one of the most popular bev- erages in the world, Larsson notes, so even if it turns out to have only "small health ef- fects," they could have "large public-health consequences." Time for a coffee-break! Huh? Fathers, like mothers, can suffer from postpartum depression, which nega- tively affects how they treat their infants. A new survey of more than 1,700 fathers of l- year-olds found that 7 percent of them had suffered "major depression" since their child's birth. Those fathers were four times more likely to spank their child-and half as likely to read to him or her-than fathers who were not depressed. Child-development ex- perts say children as young as one are un- likely to understand spanking as a punish- ment and can be accidentally injured. The study authors note that more than 80 per- cent of all fathers attend their babies' wellness checkups with a pediatrician, sug- gesting a missed opportunity for depression screening and support. "This wasn't on our radar O O O screen for a long time," Craig F. Garfield, a professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University, tells Now, because unemployment is a major risk factor for depression and a "disproportionate number of men" have lost their jobs, he says, it's urgent that pediatricians "start to con- sider Dad." Good news for dog owners! While your dog might be your best friend, the long walks you take together tend to leave his paws dirty and your house a mess. The PawPlunger puts an end to Fido's filthy feet before he leaves a trail of his prints throughout your house. Shaped like an "oversized travel mug," this device promises to save you a lot of time and aggravation. Simply fill with water, place your dog's paw inside, and move the PawPlunger gently up and down, letting the "internal bristles scrub away mud, ice-melt- ing chemicals, or other muck." Available in three sizes. Discover Italy in Washington, D.C. La Dolce DC. According to an ad in the Smithsonian Institute Magazine, Washington, D.C. cel- ebrates all things Italian. "Add an Italian accent to your Washington, D.C. getaway with La Dolce DC, a celebration of all things Ital- ian, from arts and architecture to culture and cuisine." The citywide festival began in March 1 and it continues until July 31. It might be surprising to learn that many build- ings in Washington, D.C. were inspired by Italian landmarks and designed by Italian artisans. The classical design of Union Sta- tion was modeled after Rome's Baths of Diocletian, while celebrated Italian architect Luigi Moretti is responsible for the contem- porary Watergate complex. Visitors can also discover Italian treasures hidden through- out Washington DC'~ neighborhoods, includ- ing a statue of Dante in Meridian Hill Park, and delicious delicacies at A. Litteri, the old- est Italian grocery in the city. What's more, the museums are featuring Italian masters. Be there! National Women's History Month dates back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. So here are some facts about women. There are 157.2 million females in the United States as of October 1, 2010. The number of males was 153.2 mil- lion. At 85 and older, there were more than twice as many women as men. Women are equal owners with men of 4.6 million busi- nesses. The number of people employed by women-owned businesses in 2007 was 7.6 million. It was reported in 2007, there were 141,893 women-owned businesses with re- ceipts of $1 million or more. There are 82.8 million estimated number of mothers of all ages in the United States. Remember! Women are better managers than men! Time to hear from the handsome stately musicologist Albert Natale, who is also known as the Lawrence Welk of New England. Reminder, Frank Sinatra crooned 73 songs on Tommy Dorsey recording dates, many of which became quite famous. A few of the songs: "I'll Never Smile Again," "Fools Rush In," "There Are Such Things," and "Let's Get Away From It All." Singer Helen Reddy won a Grammy (1972) for her own composition, "I Am Woman," which would become the an- them for the feminist movement. In one of his earlier recordings, Stan Kenton actually sang a solo. The song? "Saint James Infir- mary." Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong was not kidding when he referred to the Guy Lombardo band as "my inspiration." Singer Jerry Vale first worked as a shoeshine boy in high school; then in a factory while sing- ing part-time. While singing at the Club del Rio, he was discovered by Guy Mitchell and Mitch Miller. One more time! Crooner Rudy Vallee grew up in Westbrook, Maine. He was self-taught on drums and reeds, but had his first professional job playing sax in a theater in Maine. AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Hom 1 .d I o Sinopoli ,l COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Quick Veal Or Chicken Special 1 pound cubed Veal stew meat or chicken breast 1 large ripe tomato 1 medium chopped onion 2 cloves chopped garlic 2 small sprigs Bay Leaf (optional) 1 fresh Mint leaf (optional) 1 or 2 *]ulienne potatoes 1 or 2 ~]ulienne carrots (optional) 3/4 cup frozen or canned green peas 2 tablespoons red wine 1 Chicken bouillon cube 3 tablespoon olive oil 1 can sliced mushrooms or mushrooms of choice Heat oil in skillet and add cut up veal or chicken breast. Stir and simmer to brown lightly. Remove only meat from skillet and set aside. Add cut up onion and garlic to oil in skillet and simmer until onion is opaque. Add cut up tomato. Stir and simmer over medium heat. Cover and continue to simmer for two or three minutes before adding one cup of water and a chicken bouillon to skillet. Stir, cover and continue to simmer mixture slowly for another two min- utes. Then add veal or chicken breast to tomato mixture and bring to a slow boil. Add bay leaf and mint (optional) to skillet and stir. Continue to simmer at low heat for ten minutes. Meanwhile, remove skin from carrots and potatoes and *cut into thin long strips (julienne). Set aside in water in separate bowls. When meat has cooked about ten minutes in skillet, add carrots first. Cover and cook for about five minutes. Then add potato and mushroom slices. Stir and cover. Continue to simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender to your liking. Add wine, cover and bring to a slow boil and then remove from burner. Serves two. NOTE: It was meals like this that I remember Mama surpris- ing us with at various times. I often wondered - Now where did she find this recipe? She loved creating meals that might be different. It was a great lesson for me that encouraged me to create meals with meats and vegetables that my family enjoyed. Blessed Mother of God You were a Dream in Qod'a Mind - Before You were Born by JudeanLangone On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where lt All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA NIL . : From 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a chiM VI[TA O~t~LANDO StNOPOLt growing up in Boston "s "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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