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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 7, 2013 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW,9 No longer a fatsol New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has admitted that he under- went secret gastric-band surgery in Febru- ary to lose weight, prompting speculation that he is preparing for a 2016 White House run. The popular governor, thought to weigh between 300 and 350 pounds, underwent the one-day outpatient procedure without the knowledge of anyone but his family and chief of staff. In an interview, Christie said that his 50  birthday prompted the procedure and that he had done it for his family, not in anticipation of a presidential run. "The idea that public criticism or ridicule or a public race could force me to do this is laughable to me," he said. "Any of that stuff is minuscule pressure compared to what I put on myself when I look at my children and look at my wife." Carlo Scostumato claims Loo many Ameri- cans go in for weightlifting with the wrong equipment -- a knife and fork. Wow! Judge Judy, the TV judge received a higher trust level in a poll of 1,000 Ameri- cans than any other jurist, including the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "It's diffi- cult to tell who gives some couples the most happiness, the preacher who marries them or the judge who divorced them." The magic of music! French researchers found that 31 percent of women would give their telephone number to a man carrying a guitar -- double the number who would hand their number to the same man when he was empty-handed. The witty Robyn Waters of Swampscott, says, "You don't have to be much of a musi- cian to toot your own horn." Nosey individuals! An Arizona man who suf- fered a constant drip for 18 months found out he was leaking brain fluid and needed sur- gery. "You don't really think about it, but our brains are really just above our noses all of the time," said a neurosurgeon. Showing offl A California high school sus- pended 33 students and banned them from the prom for making a video demonstrating "twerking," a dance move that involves pop- ping one's hips suggestively. "It was just expression," said one puzzled parent, "maybe overly expressive I guess." Speaking of dancing, belly dancing is the only profession where the beginner starts in the middle. Police action! When Phoenix police officer Natalie Simonick saw 18-year-old Christian Felix out after dark in March, she suspected he was violating curfew. But Felix told her he was walking six miles home from his job at McDonald's as he had missed the bus and didn't own a bicycle. Simonick was so impressed with the teen's work ethic that she decided to buy him a bicycle. Her squad members taught him to ride it and traffic cops even donated a helmet. Felix said the officers' kindness was a welcome surprise. "These days, you don't see anything like that," he said. Favorites! A plurality of Democrats, 39% say John Lennon is their favorite Beatle. Just 15% of Republicans agree. 49% of Republi- cans name Paul McCartney as their favorite. Unbelievable! In 201 I, 1.65 million Ameri- can households -- including 3.55 million chil- dren were living on less than $2 per person per day, placing them below the World Bank's average poverty line for developing countries. Not a shoe-inl A German shoe firm called Atheist thinks that God-fearing American postal workers are interfering with its ship- ments. About half of the packages sent by the Berlin-based firm to U.S. customers have either gone missing or suffered lengthy delays, said company founder David Bonney. He suspects U.S. mailmen axe disrupting the deliveries because they object to the word "Atheist" stamped on the boxes. If it's not the mailmen, Bonney says, "maybe it truly is divine intervention." Weirdt It's hard to be a Chinese house- wife these days, said Wang Zhenghua. What are you supposed to feed your family when you can't trust the labels on meat? Shanghai food safety officials announced that thousands of pounds of meat sold as lamb in the city's mar- kets was ac- tually fox, O O O mink or even  rat laced with dyes and chemicals. Dozens were arrested for the seam, which has apparently been going on for years and nobody knows how many people ended up eating rat. Do you know the difference between brown eggs and white eggs? Well, there is no differ- ence. But New Englanders favor brown eggs only because they are hatched by Rhode Island red hens. Hal There goes your tax dollars! The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is going to blow a whopping 81.5 MILLION to see why lesbi- ans like TV personality Rosie O'Donnell are overweight. The project will be conducted at Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston. In 2011, a similar study was conducted -- at a cost of $778,522. Even worse, in 2012, another $741,378 was shelled out for the same project! Even worse than that, no word on what the studies concluded! Unbelievable! They say, lightning doesn't strike twice -- but the lottery did for one retired Arizona couple who hit a $1 million jackpot a year before the annuity expires on their $2.5 million lotto payday from 1995! Diane and Kerry Carmichael are from Tempe, but purchased both winning tickets at the Arizona Lottery's Phoenix office. "It was my ticket this time, the first time it was his ticket, so I got the thrill of saying: 'I won,'" laughs Diane. Their $125,000 annuity ends in December 2014 and the couple say they'll "resist the urge to splurge" with their latest million. "If anything lucky happens to you, don't Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando 5inopoli , 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) I fresh mint leaf (optional) 1 or 2 *julienne potatoes 1 or 2 *julienne carrots (optional) a/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. forget to tell your friends in order to annoy atvo$ them." So says, the brainy Kyle Waters of Swampseott. Buffone? Pint-size superstar Danny DeVito worked for his supper after dining at The Spotted Pig in the Big Apple. Danny cleaned his plate, then "just wandered into the kitchen and asked if he could help," says an eyewitness. "He was entertaining all of the customers in the restaurant and the cooks. Wee bit of Italian American history. Jerre Mangione (1909-1998) was one of the most celebrated early Italian American writers. His first book, Mount Allegro, (1943) and his later An Ethnic At Large (1978), explore the evolution of Mangione's identity from child of Sicilian immigrants to an American. His last book, La Storia, which he co-authored with Ben Morreale, is a monumental five- century social history of the Italians in America. And Roy Campanella, a catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, played in five World Series. He was named Most Valuable Player in 1951, 1953 and 1955. His career ended tragically when he was left paralyzed from a car crash. Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist and philanthropist Albert Natale. Once upon a time, Boston's Old Howard was the place to be to enjoy watch- ing shapely beautiful ladies dancing around and stripping off some of their clothing. The popular Old Howard was located in Scollay Square and today, it's known as Government Center. A plaque was placed on the location of the stage (a concrete bench behind One Center Plaza) and dedicated on October 28, 1968, by a group of Harvard alumni. A trip to the Howard also required your imagination, for there was no real nudity ... only flashes of what you thought might be a part of the stripper's anatomy. The Old Howard had a talented group of musicians banging away as the ladies danced and pranced around. Many aspiring young musicians would attend the shows at the Old Howard to watch and listen to the house band. Al, we were a young aspiring drummer who attended a few of the shows at the Old Howard to watch the drummer banging away. Our drum teacher, Harold Stone, suggested we go to the Old Howard and study the drummer banging away. Wow! He was fantastic! Boom! Boom! Bang! Bang! AMERICA IS l BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME * Celebrating St. Anthony Feast (Continued from Page 6) the age of 25 and took the name of Anthony. After some time he obtained leave to go to Africa and preach to the Moors where he became se- verely ill and returned to Spain. At that time, Saint Francis was holding a chap- ter in Assisi, Friar Anthony attended the gathering and from there was sent to a monastery in Forli and later to Rimini. In recognition of his talents, he was asked to teach theology in Bologna and later Toulouse, Mont- pellier and Padua. He was later appointed Provincial of the Romagna province. He gave up teach- ing to devote himself to the work of preaching, for which he was an accomplished ora- tor. In this work he travelled through France, Spain and Italy. Feeling that his days were coming to an end, he asked to be relieved of his duties as Provincial and retired to the hermitage of Camposampiero. When he expressed the desire to return to Padua to die, his brother companion, Ruggero, hired a small cart to take him. On the way, at Arcella, the Saint knew his hour was coming, asked to re- ceive the Sacrament of the Sick and expired peacefully on June 13, 1231 at the age of 36. Saint Anthony was made a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1946. He is Patron of the poor and elderly, his feast day is celebrated on June 13. 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. 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