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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 15, 2011 Ray Barron's, 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 Is the Happiest Place on Earth also the Most Haunted Place on Earth? You won't get any- one from Disney to officially confirm it, but The Haunted Mansion attraction in their flagship amusement park, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is said to be so real- life spooky, employees don't want to work in it alone! And that could be due to fans scat- tering the ashes of their dearly departed loved ones throughout the scary ride. In unconfirmed reports, maintenance workers noticed that the Mansion had way more dust in it compared to other rides. They searched for the cause, only to find that the added debris usually accumulated when park visi- tors actually rode on the attraction. And the dust was .thicker than elsewhere on the prop- erty. Whispers that a janitor found a human jaw bone on the ride surfaced. So what caused all that mysterious dust? It's been proved that people have requested permission to scatter ashes in the Haunted Mansion, but all requests have been denied. But who is to stop grieves from honoring the dying wishes of their loved ones by sneaking in their remains anyway? One called "the man with the cane" by employees is said to be the spirit of a man who died when his plane crashed in a nearby lake. Wow! Some good advice! Your friends will won- der where the yellow went when you whiten your teeth naturally in the comfort of your own home. First, tap into the abrasive, acid- neutralizing power of baking soda. Every time you brush your teeth, sprinkle some baking soda onto your toothpaste. Twice a month, brush with baking soda alone. On each of those days, pour some baking soda into your palm, rub your bristles into the powder and scrub your enamel. Carlo Scostumato claims false teeth help many a man to keep a stiff upper lip. And the philosophical Peter Beatrice of Swampscott, says, "Many a true word is spoken through false teeth." Finally, Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "The girl that uses kisses as a weapon is armed to the teeth." Read with interest about ten foods to melt off fat. Are you ready? Jot them downl Green Tea can curb cravings by regulating blood glucose levels, burn calories by boosting your metabolism, and shed pounds by short- circuiting an enzyme that processes carbo- hydrates. Eggs provide loads of protein with- out animal fat. And one egg with cereal for breakfast can help shed twice as much weight over time as traditional carb-heavy breakfasts, say experts. The dense protein in lean red meat helps maintain your calo- ries-burning muscle mass, say experts. People who regularly eat red meat lose more weight than people who don't say research- ers. Cinnamon; this sweet spice helps your body process sugar while it slashes choles- terol levels. Just shake a daily dose on your cereal or in your coffee. Oranges, the pulpy citrus fruit is packed with a biochemical known flavones, which can dilute fats and stimulate your metabolism. Almonds. By eating 12 almonds a day, you will significantly speed up your body's ability to break down and absorb fat, say experts. Swiss Cheese - Dieticians yodel the praises of low-fat Swiss cheese because it's packed with lots of cal- cium, which encourages the breakdown of fat and combats enzymes that turn food into fat. Berries Gulp handfuls of strawberries, blueberries or rasberries because they're loaded with energizing vitamins and cleans- ing antioxidants. These tasty fruits will also fill you up and discouraging overeating. Sweet Potatoes - These spuds are comparatively low in calories and high in fiber. So unlike white potatoes, they won't cause nasty insulin spikes, which trigger the body to store fat. When a woman contracts breast cancer, her husband or live-in boyfriend is 39 per- cent more likely to end up hospitalized for depression or anxiety than other men. Researchers reached these conclusions after tracking 20,538 men whose partners suffered from breast ca'cer. Shockingly, when a woman dies of. sneer, her man is 360 per- cent more likely, to end up in a mental insti- tution than r- i whose partners survived. The results stiow that a man must regularly take stock of his own emo- tional health while his lady O O O is battling the dreaded dis- ease, say experts. And it's especially impor- tant, they say, for a woman's doctor to consider her man as their patient, as well. After reviewing the 12-year Danish study as part of her job at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, psychologist Holly Prigerson, adds: "We must warn these men about their increased risk for severe depression." Toot your horn if you've heard this before! Expecting shortages of Japanese-made cars in coming months, U.S. car buyers are snap- ping up Toyota Priuses. Honda Fits, and other fuel-efficient models while supplies last. Hev! Fiats are here! Yes, they are back here in the U.S. Huh? Sales of existing homes fell 9.6 per- cent in February from January, to a 4.88 million annual rate. That's the slowest rate of home sales since February 2002. She was back making headlines! Geraldine Ferraro, first female VP candidate, at age 75, passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was being treated for complications of blood cancer. Ferraro was a trailblazer for women in poli- tics. "She was a pioneer in our country for justice, for women, and a more open society. She broke a lot of molds and it's a better coun- try for what she did, Walter Mondale told the Associated Press. Ms. Ferraro, a mother of three who campaigned wearing pastel-hued dresses and pumps, sometimes over- shadowed Mondale on the campaign trail, often drawing larger crowds and more media attention than the presidential candidate. But controversy accompanied her acclaim. A Roman Catholic, she encountered fre- quent, vociferous protests of her favorable view of abortion rights. When Geraldine Ferraro was campaigning in Boston we were fortunate to have met her and greeted her to Boston. Yes, she moved me! Rest in peace Geraldine. The Globe, not the Boston Globe, but the popular gossip rag, ran a photo, in color, of Katie Couric without makeup and wearing glasses while out and about in New York. The CBS Evening News anchor celebrated her 54 th birthday by hitting the fashionable shops on Madison Avenue. Yes, she looks great with and without makeup. An Indiana woman is suing Carnival Cruise Lines because she got seasick on her vacation. Doris Beard alleges that "due to the speed of the ship I became very sick." She insists the seasickness was not her fault, saying "the ship was moving so fast that everyone on board became sick, even the workers. The astute, attractive, Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "Seasickness is the only thing that can make a tourist look like his passport photograph." The great Tom Analetto of Medford, claims seasickness is a condition which is never helped by sherry, but always helped by port. Remember, the best place on a ship for a hang-over is the rail. Time to hear from the stately, musicolo- gist, Albert Natale, the Lawrence Welk of New England. Movie actress Debbie Reynolds had a # 1 hit with "Tommy," which stayed on the charts 23 weeks back in 1957. Singer Frankie Laine's father wanted Frankie to become a pharmacist or an architect. While most remembered for his choral arrange- ments, Fred Waring also played violin and banjo. Among his hit recordings, The Whfffenpoof Song" with Bing Crosby in 1947. Country singer Conway Twitty took his stage name from towns in Arkansas and Texas. His real name is Harold Jenkins. Among the famous alumni of the Ted Weems orches- tra: Perry Como, who joined the band in 1936. Their first major hit together was "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" in 1947. Perry was with the band when they registered a #1 tune earlier in the year:"Heartaches," which fea- tured whistler Elmo Tanner. AMERICA IS l BEAUTFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Roast Leg of Lamb 1 leg of lamb (5 to 6 pounds) 1/2 cup chopped mint (optional) 4 cloves of garlic /4 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon thyme or oregano salt and pepper Rub the leg of lamb with half of a garlic clove. Then make several gashes with point of knife into the lamb leg and insert small cut portions of garlic clove into the narrow openings. Rub meat with mint, thyme, or oregano, which- ever you plan to use, or some of each. Rub leg of lamb with salt and pepper. Add a little water to the lemon juice and pour gently over lamb. Place lamb fat side up in roasting pan. Place in preheated 325F oven uncovered. After 30 minutes; baste lamb with juices from the roasting pan and repeat frequently. Lamb should be baked until meat thermometer reads 175 to 180F. If you are baking without a meat thermometer, allow lamb u) bake approximately 30 minutes per pound of lamb. Add more water mixed with a little lemon juice if more liquid is needed for basting. OPTIONAL: Small white potatoes, carrots and some mush- rooms carl be added around the leg of lamb after the lamb has baked about an hour. Continue basting vegetables as well as the lamb. NOTE: I awoke Easter morning to a combination of aromas filling the kitchen. I wcitched as Mama put the lamb roast into the oven. I saw the chicken soup simmering slowly on the stove next to the tomato sauce Mama had prepared earlier. I always asked to have one of the meatballs as she completed frying them. When did Mama start all this, I wondered. On the kitchen table, a bowl of hard-boiled eggs greeted my eyes along with a Cannattone (Easter Bread) for Peter and me. As Peter, Papa and I departed for church after breakfast, Nonna and Mama's sister Lena arrived to help make the ravioli. I knew then that the Easter meal would keep us at the table for a long time. * Res Public:a (Continued from Page 2) being one of the first places for new groups of immi- grants, whether the Irish in the 19  century, the Italians in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries, and now Hispanic immigrants of the late 20 th and early 21 st cen- turies seeking a better life for themselves and their children. The story of the North End -- at least as far as what the census data say -- is quite different from that of East Boston. East Boston, which had overall 5.5% population growth from 2000 to 2010 and the North End, which had 5.1% growth, both grew at just slightly higher rates than the overall 4.8% for the City. But whereas East Bos- ton saw a large shift of popu- lation by ethnic group, the North End, with a 91% White population {was 94% in 2000) remains the whitest of neighborhoods in an other- wise 53% minority city. Finally, "Thank you" to ev- ery Boston resident who responded to the 2010 Cen- sus! These data will be im- portant in determining rep- resentation in Congress and how tax dollais are directed at local communities. David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. M From YBake!-y Perch VtTA ORLANDO S1N()POI ! 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