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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 13, 2011 LO SAPEVATE CHE ... La 'prima coppia d'America', il Presidente Obama e sua moglie Michelle, sono determinati a contribuire alla lotta contro l'obesita', e dal primo giorno del loro ingresso alla Casa Bianca, piu' o meno, hanno piantato vegetali in un angolo del vasto parco della Casa Bianca. Ma c'e' di piu. La signora Obama ha chiesto l'esperto aiuto di Carlo Petrini, il fondatore di "Slow Food" e di "Madre Terra'. Prima di precipitarsi alia Casa Bianca e' dovuto andare a fare un discorso a 280 medici riuniti al "Centro Controllo Malattie". II suo discorso fu trasmesso, in diretto collegamento TV, anche alla Casa Bianca, ed in tutti gli uffici federali. Il "Centro" e' alle prese con una delle piu' gravi emergenze mediche nella storia degli Stati Uniti. II costo delle cure per le patologie legate all'obesita' si prevede arrivi a 344 miliardi di dollari nei prossimi otto anni. Petrini promuove un radicale cambiamento hello stile di vita, che e' l'unica via verso la salvezza della salute. L'alimentazione ha una relazione stretta con una buona salute. Come abbiamo tutti imparato da Ippocrate, la migliore medicina e' il cibo sano. La filosofia di Petrini di mangiar sano, ha ratio sorgere club in tutti gli Stati Uniti. I famosi mercatini di fine settimana ora si trovano ovunque, anche nel cuore di Manhattan, N.Y. Molte universita' come la Yale, Harvard, Princeton, l'unversita' della California a Berkeley, ed altre ventidue atenei, hanno aperto 'orti scolastici' nei loro campus, curati dagli studenti. Tutto verte contro la mala nutrizione imperante in America, specialmente tra i piu' poveri. Petrini continua la sua campagna per educare le nuove generazioni ad indirizzarsi verso una dicta naturale, soprattutto in quella vegetale, con verdure e frutta. Quindi, l'orto agrobiologico di Michelle Obama e' un messaggio per i bambini, neri e non, da strappare dai veleni che li insidiano, a partire dalle mense scolastiche. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... The 'First Couple' of the United States, President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle, are determined to con- tribute to the fight against obesity, and from the first day, almost, of the new administration, they have planted veg- etables in a plot of the vast park of the presidential resi- dence. But there is more. Mrs. Obama has summoned the competent help of Carlo Petrini (an Italian, of coursel), the founder of "Slow Food" and "Mother Heart". Petrini had to postpone the White House invitation because he had first to deliver a lecture to 280 physicians assembled at the Center for Disease Control. His speech was broadcast, on live TV, to the White House and to other Federal Offices. The Center is facing one of the most severe medical emer- gencies in the history of the United States. The cost of treatment of obesity-related pathologies will soon grow to $344 billion, in the next eight years. Petrini urges a radical change in lifestyle, which is the only way to save our own health. Nutrition is closely con- nected to good health. As we have all learned from Hippocrates, the best medicine is good food. Petrini's phi- losophy of good eating has given rise to clubs in all the 50 States. The weekend's 'farmers' markets' are now found everywhere, even in the heart of Manhattan, N.Y. Many universities, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, University of Cali- fornia at Berkley, as well as other 22 universities, have established 'school vegetable gardens' in their own cam- puses, all taken care by the students. All is aimed at the 'bad nutrition', so massive in America, particularly among the very poor. Petrini keeps up his campaign 'to educate the new generations to choose a natural diet, mainly veg- etables, greens and fruit'. Therefore, the agro-biological patch started by Michelle Obama in the White House com- pound is a message to the children, black or not, to take them away from the 'poison' that entices them, starting with the school lunch. Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 www.bostonharborsidehome.com Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 J The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings MOTOWN NIGHT AT KNIGHTS Dance to your favorite Motown hits and support Special Townies on Satur- day, May 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Charles- town from 7 PM until mid- night. For tickets call Debbie at 617-241-8865 or Karen at 781-726-0558. BOB DeLEO MAKES THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Massachusetts Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo got some very positive press from the Wall Street Journal over the runaway health care costs for employees O f the Commonwealth. Said WSJ columnist Kim Strassel, "The DeLeo bill is a game- changer. It's big, concrete proof that public-employee benefit reform isn't a politi- cal game. It's modern, fiscal necessity, the only thing standing between a state and budget ruin. Just ask Massachusetts Democrats." DOUG BOWEN-FLYNN IS RIGHT ON CHOICE Doug Bowen-Flynn is the parent of a little girl getting by Sal Giarratani ready for kindergarten. Doug lives right across the street from the Eliot K-8 School. He wanted his daughter to go to school right there in her own neighborhood and right on the same street. How- ever, his daughter didn't win the most important lottery in Boston, the one that chooses where your little 4-year-old will go to school in September. Doug didn't win. It appears if he stays in the public system, his little girl will get bussed from kindergarten through eighth grade. Parents like Doug will now have to make a choice. Put your kid on a bus for a trip across the city to a public school in someone else's neighbor- hood. That or pack your bags and call for a moving van to take you away from Boston to another commu- nity outside the confines of Boston. Every day when I see all those yellow buses pulling up to Charter and Hanover Streets, I watch as little chil- dren from elsewhere ride to the Eliot while little kids on Charter Street take an- other bus out of the North End. Frustrating is not a strong enough word to use in this situation, is it? WALK FOR HUNGER MAY DAY SUCCESS Approximately 42,000 walk- ers pounded the pavement from Boston to Newton to Cambridge and back. This was the 43 rd annual event to raise monies for local food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks. If you took part in the walk, congratulations, you are officially part of the solution to the problem. SOUTH END OPEN MARKET OPENS The South End Open Market kicked off its 8  sea- son on Sunday, May 1 down on Harrison Avenue. The market once again will host a wide variety of vendors with something for every- body. The market will open every Sunday through Octo- ber excluding holiday week- ends. For more information, call to 617-481-2257. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) Mobile paid $36.5 billion in income taxes, 834.5 bil- lion in sales taxes and as- sorted other taxes to the tune of $45 billion. Total tax price for this company was 8116.2 billion in taxes paid and collected that year. It is said that the whole oil industry pays more in taxes than the bottom 50 percent of the whole income tax system. President Obama keeps on ragging about the oil companies treating them all like the second coming of J.R. Ewing. Said national columnist Lawrence Kudlow recently, "The liberal-left progressives hate oil and gas companies, period. That's really what all this is about." man whose unsecured wire- less internet connection was being used by someone unknown to him to download child pornog-raphy. Says Jeff Palfrey, co-director of the Berkman Center for Inter- net 7 Society at Harvard University, "Anyone who leaves their networks open is leaving themselves open. This kind of story suggests it's best to lock down your Wi-Fi. Folks should protect their wireless networks, the way they protect their homes from intruders. People are doing a better job at this. Even if you believe the Internet should be open and free, it shouldn't mean pro- viding it to others at great risks to you, right? Child Porn Case Shows Wifi Dangers The Feds recently raided the home of a Buffalo, NY Curbing All the Free Money House members on Bea- con Hill recently voted unanimously to ban welfare recipients from spending cash benefits on booze, ciga- rettes and lottery tickets. The ban was approved on a 155-0 vote. The measure doesn't only go after recipi- ents but bans store owners from accepting welfare debit cards for the above-men- tioned items. Store owners who violate the ban get hit with heavy fines. Representative Shaunna O'Connell, R-Taunton has said, "It will prevent further scamming of the system and abuse of taxpayer dollars. However, needed to be re- solved is how to deal with the ability of converting debit cards into cash? Landlords usually need rent money in money. How do we limit the card's use or prevent them from being cashed in for cash money? I hope this isn't another meaningless piece of feel-good legislation. The Tulip {Continued from sult of a mix-up it was an accident that produced a wonderful result. Now, there are certainly other tulips growing in parks all over Boston at this time, just down the street, at Colum- bus Park, there is a sea of tulips waiting to greet visi- tors, but this tulip was our own, we were responsible for Page 6) its being and it just took on. added importance and added beauty, every other tulip seemed to pale in compari- son. We picked it and placed it in a vase at Sacred Heart Church, just another flower to any observer but a special one to us. Eventually it faded as all flowers eventually fade, we then returned it to the planter from where it came, buried it and prom- ised ourselves to plant only tulip bulbs in the Fall, each will hopefully bloom the fol- lowing Spring, all a reminder of a special flower that came into existence quite by ac- cident but proved to be the most beautiful in the city, at least in our eyes. Hoops and Hockey {Continued from Page 16) ins did to the Flyers this year. The conference finals had the Bruins going against the Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Mario Lemieux, the top scorer in the regular season with 44-87-131 totals and the eventual playoffs MVP. The Pens would sweep the Bruins 4-0 to enter the Finals where they would also sweep the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 for the Championship. Back on Causeway Street, for resons we never really nes,just understood, Bowness was let go in June. The coach took it hard, remaining secluded in his North Shore home for several days. Eventually he became the head coach of the expansion Ottawa Sena- tors. He later coached the New York Islanders and then went on to spend several seasons as an assistant coach with Phoenix. Now in his third season as associate coach of the Vancouver Canucks, Bow- might get ,,. the ,. chance to win the cup back where his NHL coaching ca- reer began. If the Canucks can win the Western Confer- ence and the Bruins vault over Tampa Bay in the East it will bring a matchup that will have Bowness matching wits with the Bruins coach- ing staff in the champion- ship series. What goes around may well come around this year on Cause- way Street. Just one more possible surprise in one sur- ,prising season.