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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 11,2014 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Attention ladies/ If you want "to dress for success, slap on some sweatpants, said Shirley S. Wang in The Wall Street Journal. New research from the Harvard Business School indicates that "sticking out in dis- tinct ways can lend an air of influence." The study's results, which were published in the Journal of Consumer Research, found that "luxury-store sales staff assumed shoppers in sweats were more likely to buy" than their dressier counterparts. Subsequent studies in other settings, including classrooms and offices revealed a similar effect. But "there are boundaries to the benefits of looking different," the researchers cautioned. If the wearer wasn't perceived to be "willingly engaging in nonconforming conduct," the shabby dress was seen as a negative. In other words if you're going to dress like a slob, make sure everyone knows you're doing it on purpose. Be aware, workers are spending 28 percent more on health benefits -- including premi- ums, deductibles, and co-pays-- than they did three yeai's ago, according to a survey of almost 600 U.S. businesses. Health costs for employers, meanwhile, have gone up 14 per- cent in that period as employees shoulder a greater share of their benefit costs. Cutting it off! Ten percent of pay-TV customers vow to "cut the cord' this year by canceling their cable subscriptions. Last year, 8 percent of consumers made a simi- lar vow, but just 0.1 percent actually quit. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "Political commercials on TV prove one thing -- some candidates can tell you all their good points and qualifications in 30 seconds." Nowadays it's easy for a bachelor to remain single. Every time he turns his TV set on he hears that most women have stringy hair, rough red hands, bad breath, and are over- weight. Ah, the power of TV commercials. The observant and charming Rosalie Cunio of Waltham says, "Many men are doing well on TV today. They have great faces for acid indigestion commercials." The great, handsome Joe Albano of Revere, thinks maybe one reason the Russians are so confident is they've watched our TV pro- grams and figure all Americans have tired blood, indigestion, bad breath, and a nagging backache. I believe it was the /ttractive, brilliant Fran. Sciaba-Ahern of Nahant, who said, the country is finally getting back to normal. Television is once again devoting more time to detergents than to politicians. Wow! A new study estimates that more than 500,000 Americans a year die of Alzheimer's- 6 times the number recorded on death certificates. That would make the degenerative disease the third largest cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. Pay attention. Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would put 3.5 million people off the food stamp rolls and cut federal spending on the program by $4.6 billion per year, according to a new study. Many big employers rely on federal programs to pro- vide health benefits and food assistance to their workers. Good catch/ An amazing instance of right place, right time, saved the life of a toddler in Burbank, California. Konrad and Jennifer Lightner were carrying a box-spring mattress as part of a move when they looked up and saw a 3-year-old dangling from a cord out of a third floor window. Konrad quickly positioned the mattress under the boy, which partly broke the child's fall before he landed safely on the mattress. "It was very surreal after- wards," Jennifer said. "We were just moving the rest of the day, and every once in a while we'd look at each other and just be like, That happened. That was real.'" Riding high/ Use of public transportation in the U.S. rose to its highest level in more than 50 years in 2013, as more and more Ameri- cans opt for buses, trains, and subways instead of driving. Since 1995, public tran- sit ridership has increased by 37 percent -- outpacing the 20 percent population growth over the same period. The unofficial mayor of Medford, Tom Analetto, thinks the American tax-payers i wouldn't ob- ject to free transporta- tion for cer- O O O tain govern-  ment officials if they'd go where we wish they would. The brainy Paul Waters of Swampscott, says, "In Washington the favorite form Of transportation is riding the President." Blessed news. 85 percent of American Catholics view Pope Francis favorably. 68 percent say he represents a positive change for the direction of the church, while only 2 percent say that he represents a change for the worst. Remember, religion doesn't fail. It's the people who fail religion. One more time/ Some people repent their sins by thanking the Lord they aren't half as bad as some of their neighbors. Bad news/ Consuming a lot of meat, milk, and cheese may be as risky to your health as smoking. A new, long-rage study has found that adults who ate a diet high in animal proteins during middle age were four times more likely to die of cancer during the study period, and three times more likely to die of diabetes, than those who followed low-protein diets. Researchers said that people older than 65 may actually benefit from eating more protein, as it can guard against frailty and help them maintain a healthy weight. Valter Longo of the University of Southern Califor- nia Longevity Institute tells Forbes.com that while eating less protein is generally a good idea, "don't get extreme in cutting out pro- tein; you can go from protected to malnour- ished very quickly." Carlo Scostumato wonders if eating lots of Baccala is good for you? Bella Culo says don't worry about it! "Eat all you want!" The baseball season is coming/ Reminder! Known as The Yankee Clipper, Joseph Paul DiMaggio, the son of Sicilian immigrants in California, had a 56-game hitting streak in 1941, which still stands as the longest in baseball history. He retired with a 325- lifetime batting average, 361 home runs, and 1,537 runs batted in, and was voted Ameri- can League Most Valuable Player three times (1939, 1941, and 1947) during the 13 sea- sons he played for the New York Yankees. In 1936, the defensive center fielder won a position on the Yankees team. In 1950, Joe DiMaggio was voted the "Greatest Living Player" of baseball and in 1955, only four years after his retirement, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He died March 8, 1999 at age 84. Time to hear from the stately noted musi- cologist Albert Natale. Reminder! The Oscar .winning song All the Way was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn for the film The Joker is Wild (1957), in which Frank Sinatra portrayed Joe E. Lewis. Our paesano, the conductor and composer Bill Conti wrote the theme song, Gonna Fly Now to the classic movie Rocky in 1976. He has scored more than 70 movies, and the astro- naut epic The Right Stuff, for which he received an Academy Award in 1983. He has also written theme songs for 40 TV programs, including Dynasty, and Falcon Crest. My dear friend, the lovely Elaine Buchanan reminds me, Bill Conti also created the music for Life Styles of the Rich and Famous. The Pirandello Lyceum's Annual I Migliori Awards Dinner held Saturday, March 29 th at the Hyatt Harborside Hotel Boston Logan Airport was a lively and historical event. Who's who among Italian Americans were there. Great food! Great music by Ray Caviccio and Frank Zarba. It would require many, many pages to cover this prestigious eventI The "I Migliori in Mens et Gesta," "The Best in Mind and Deeds" honored Lori E. Azzara,-Gina N. Fiandaca, Richard M. Leccese, Teresa F. Mazzulli, Angela Peri, and Antonio Sestito. President's.Award Dott. Luigi Munno. And a Special I Migliori Award to Dr. Philip Cordaro, a founder of the Pirandello Lyceum. We have Dorothy Maio and Maria Capogreco to thank for helping to make it a highly successful and memorable eyenjig. -AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFIIL ITALIAN" AiE 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. SHRIMP AND SALMON IN BIANCO OVER LINGUINE (In White Sauce) 4 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves of chopped garlic I/2 pound medium shrimp 1/2 pound salmon 1 pound linguine 2 bottles clam juice 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1 tablespoon chopped chives 3 tablespoons white wine Salt Romano or Parmesan grated cheese Remove any skin from salmon steak. Cut up into one- inch portions. Wash and set aside. Remove skin and wash shrimp. Set aside in a separate bowl. In a skillet, soften butter and then add oil to heat. Add chopped garlic and simmer for a few seconds. Do not brown garlic. Lower heat. Add salmon pieces and toss until all pieces begin to whiten. Then add shrimp and toss until all shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat. Add clam juice, parsley, and chives to shrimp and salmon. When mixture comes to a boil, add wine. Bring to a slow boil again. Then remove from burner. Cover and set aside. Cook linguine according to directions on the package. When pasta is almost cooked, add chopped chives to shrimp and salmon mixture and begin to heat on a separate burner. After straining pasta, place into a serving platter or bowl and add shrimp and salmon broth from saucepan. Top each serving with shrimp and salmon pieces. Serve with preferred grated cheese. Serves four. NOTE: In the past, we have enjoyed littleneck clams with linguine in our home, but occasionally I change the recipe slightly. I use. salmon and shrimp in place of littleneck clams. I add butter to the recipe along with some chives and wine for a different flavor. This is served with warm garlic bread, a fresh green salad, and white wine. Hoops & Hockey (Continued from Page 16) assorted trades and free- agent signings that GM Danny Ainge will probably engage in over the summer, it should mark the dawn of a new age for the Celtics come fall. The darkness of the present will be in the past, with the transactions of the sum- mer paving a path toward a brighter future. TOMMY'S TIME -- It was 57 years ago (April 13, 1957) that the Celtics claimed their first NBA championship. Rookie 6-7 forward Tom Heinsohn scored 37 points and grabbed 23 rebounds to lead the Green to a thrilling 125-123 double overtime vic- tory over St. Louis in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. HOME AT THE GARDEN -- It was 29 years later -- on April 13, 1986 -- that the Celtics beat New Jersey 135-107 at the Garden to close out the 1985-1986 regular season. The victory gave the Celtics an outstand- ing 40-1 record in home games for the year, an NBA mark that still stands. The only home loss was to Port- land in January. 1st 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 !.  ....... 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