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Page 12 IOST'GAZi'r:I'E: MAf'I i;'2"012 Ray Barron'e 11 O'CLOCK NEW00 Are you ready for this? Alabama's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has banned the sale of Dirty Bastard beer because of its name, although Fat Bastard wine and Dirty Bitch beer are still for sale in the state. Officials said the otier brands were approved years ago and that they have a duty "to keep dirty pictures and dirty words away from children." The naked truth! Technicalities, after a Romanian traffic officer pulled over a com- pletely naked woman riding on the back of a motorcycle, and ticketed her for the only violation under his authority -- failing to wear a helmet. Still naked, she and the driver then roared off. Wow! Jiromon Kimura, the world's oldest living man, after he celebrated his 115 th birthday with four generations of his family at his home in Kyoto, Japan. "I'm delighted beyond words," he said. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "When a man has a birthday he may take a day off. When a woman has a birthday, she may take as much as five years off." The best way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once! And so, East Boston's historical Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is shut tight! I was baptized there, also received my First Holy Communion there. It was the church of the Italian immigrants. Enough said. Will it happen? Social Security funds to run out by 2033. Social Security's primary trust fund, which helps finance benefits for 44 million seniors and survivors of deceased workers, is now projected to run dry three years sooner than previously forecast, said the program's trustees in an annual report. Driven by a tidal wave of baby boomer retir- ees, a feeble economy and Washington's inability to address the coming shortfall, the fund will run out of money by 2033 if Con- gress doesn't intervene. Social Security's retirement and disability programs are ad- equately funded "for years to come," said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, one of the six trustees, but "we must take steps to keep these programs whole for the future." Weird happening! A woman eating a massive "Double Bypass" burger at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas suffered an appar- ent heart attack and was rushed to the hos- pital. Just three months ago, a man dining there also suffered a non-fatal coronary. Incredible! Unbelievable! A 4-year-old Montana girl was subjected to a full body pat-down by TSA officials when she hugged her grandmother after passing through airport security. The girl's mother, Michelle Brademeyer, says screeners coldly treated her daughter, Isabella "like a tool in a ter- rorist plot," suggesting her grandma may have slipped her a gun. One agent justified searching Isabella by saying she'd once "seen a gun in a teddy bear." Enough said! The Secret Service sex scan- dal that combined booze, carousing, and 20 Colombian prostitutes claimed three more agents' jobs. In all, nine agents have lost their jobs or will quit the service over the episode that saw prostitutes partying at the men's hotel ahead of a visit by President Obama to Colombia. Bow! Wow! A national cable network is unveiling a new channel of programming exclusively for dogs. DogTV features footage shot from a dog's perspective -- often of other dogs running and playing -- accom- panied by sound effects and music designed to keep dogs stimulated while their owners are out of the house. Dog owner Mary Catania says that her bulldog, Bleu, finds the programming so exciting that he'll "jump on the TV console and try to get into the television." She now feels less guilty about leaving him alone. "Anything that makes him happy makes me happy," she says. A dog is smarter than some people. It wags its tail and not its tongue. Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "The noblest of all animals is the dog, and the noblest of all dogs is the hotdog. It feeds the hand that bites it." The great "hunk" Kyle Waters of Swamp- scott, says, "Every boy who has a dog should also have a mother, so the dog can be fed regularly." O O O We have  been asked how long has Jack Williams been anchor- ing the news at WB-TV. In brief, Williams joined the station in 1975. Yes, he has been there for 37 years! The award-winning Jack Williams' interest in broadcasting began at the age of 13, when he built his own radio station at home in Idaho. Two years later, he was hired by an Idaho radio station, KYTE, as an announcer. In 1964, Williams started working full time as a news reporter. Williams has been a television anchor since 1968 and worked at KIRO-TV in Seattle and KORK-TV in Las Vegas before coming to WBZ-TV in 1975. A Phi Beta Kappa gradu- ate of the University of Oregon, William earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Yes, Jack Williams is married and he and his wife Marci reside in the Greater Boston area. News from China! A Chinese eyewear company has introduced a range of sun- glasses named after Helen Keller. Keller is a national hero in China, for both her tri- umphs over blindness and deafness and her socialist politics. The company says its "Helen Keller" sunglasses are a tribute to Keller's heroic spirit. Nevertheless, some have questioned the taste of naming glasses after Keller, especially in light of the firm's slogan: "You see the world, the world sees you." Ugh. The U.S. last year had its worst year for measles since 1996. The 222 measles cases were a big jump from the usual 60 or so per year and 86 percent occurred in people who weren't vaccinated against the illness -- including 50 children whose parents got exemptions from school vaccinations. Morons! Some New York City teenagers have begun playing a game they call "sub- way chicken," in which they jump onto the tracks and stay there as long as possible as a train pulls into the station. The track- jumping teens depicted in a new YouTube video "should have their heads examined," said transit officials, noting that 146 people were hit by subway trains last year, 47 fatally. A recent CBS News poll disclosed 3% of Americans have a favorable view of former Sen. John Edwards. Wee bit of Italia-American history. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter awards a belated Medal of Honor to Anthony Casamento at a White House ceremony. The citation reads in part: "Despite the heat and feroc- ity of the engagement (Guadalcanal, 1942) he repeatedly repulsed multiple assaults by enemy forces." (All of Casamento's squad were killed or severely wounded as he fought on alone, with "multiple, serious wounds.") The bestselling books in Italy: il diavolo certamente/The Devil, Indeed. Amore, zucchero e cannnella/The Girl's Guide to Homemaking. And Le prime luci del mattino/The First Light of the Morning. Time for some show biz reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Peggy Lee's hit recording of "Pass Me By" came from the long-since forgotten film "Father Goose" (1964). Benny Goodman's "Sing, Sing, Sing" proved to be Gene Krupa's great drumming opus and the inspiration for innumerable drum epics in the years since. One more timel Al:hough Lawrence Welk was born in the Uaited States, he didn't speak English unti he was 21 years old. Harry Lillis "Bing" erosby began his career with Paul Whitemm in 1926. The song "You're Sensational, contained in the 1956 film "High Society' and sung by Frank Sinatra, was one of the last ballads written by composer Cole Porter. As result of a musicians strike in 1942, the world of popular music had become primarily a singer's world. Not only on records, but also on radio shows that once featured the top big bands. /ERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED LOBSTER SAUCE MARINARA 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes 1 large onion chopped 2 chopped garlic cloves (Optional) 4 tbs. olive oil 2 oz. wine of choice (Optional) 2 one pound Lobsters (whole) or equal amount of Lobster meat of choice Place olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan or large skillet. Simmer onion until opaque. Add chopped garlic if desired but do not brown garlic. Add crushed tomatoes, stir and cover to cook slowly. In a few minutes, stir one cup of water into sauce Simmer and stir frequently over medium/ low heat to avoid burning or sticking. Add Lobster, whole or in portions, into saucepan or skillet and cover. Be prepared for splashing when placing lobster into sauce. If needed, add 1/2 cup of water to sauce and stir before covering. Sim- mer slowly. Whole Lobsters should cook in sauce for at least thirty minutes, depending on size. Whole Lobsters larger than l pound each may need to cook longer. Optional: Ten minutes before serving, add wine of choice into the Lobster Sauce and stir. Cover and simmer slowly for two minutes. Remove covered pan from heat. Set aside. NOTE: This is an easy recipe to prepare on your gas grill in the summer or in your home at anytime. It is best to have all ingredients ready for the saucepan or skillet before begin- ning the sauce. After I add the whole Lobster or Lobster meat in the sauce to cook. I make sure that a pan with water is heating on my stove to boil the macaroni for my family. My family enjoys pasta with the Lobster sauce as part of this meal. Vita can be reached at voswriting @comcast.net First Annual Dinner-Dance of the Boston Chapter of the Association Lucchesi Nel Mondo The First Annual Dinner-Dance of the Boston Chapter of the Association Lucchesi Nel Mondo is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the Dante Alighieri Hall, 41 Hampshire Street Cambridge, MA. The dinner will be pre- pared and served by Maria's Catering of Watertown and the dance music will be presented by Maurizio Pasquale of Music Paradise Productions. This is planned to be an annual event designed to bring together the Lucchese com- munity of Boston, their friends and all those who admire the City of Lucca, its history and its culture. For additional information or questions please contact George Matelli, President at georgematelli@yahoo.com or by calling 781-729 7467. Friends of the North End Branch Library BOOK SALE The Friends of the North End Branch Library will be hold- ing a BOOK SALE on Saturday, May 19 from I0:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Library located at 25 Parmenter Street. If you would like to make a donation, please drop off your gently worn paperbacks and hardcovers (no text or out of date books please). We are also accepting DVDs, CDs, audio cassettes, books on tape and video/Wii games. M From '00akery Perch Ist Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOul 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