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POST-GAZETTE, JUN E !0, 20! 1 13 00"atttta, 00abb'dnonno I I guess the warm weather has finally arrived. For those of you who complained about those hot-humid days that hit us about a week or so ago, let me remind you weren't complaining about the cold and the snow, com- plaints we had a couple of months ago. When I was a youngster, there was a spring tradition that I ob- served each year when the weather warmed up. This was the tradition of the sec- ond kitchen. This second kitchen was always in the cellar of the house and al- most always faced the back yard. Let me tell you how all of this came about. First of all, nothing was ever thrown away, especially furniture, when the kitchen set became too worn or bro- ken to remain in the kitchen, it would be replaced by a new set. The old set would wind up in the cellar, cleaned up or fixed up, what- ever was necessary. If there had been an old set of table and chairs already in the cel- lar, they would be relocated in the back yard. Usually in the vicinity of the setup in the cellar, would be an old soapstone sink, and near it, the ice box that once occu- pied space in the kitchen before it was replaced by a refrigerator. Close at hand might be shelves with jars of things preserved over the winter by mothers and grandmothers. American women preserved jellies and jams. Italian women pre- served tomatoes, peppers, mushr6oms, artichokes, and an assortment of fruits and vegetables that were popular in the parts of Italy they came from. Atso, there was the ever present aroma of wine fermenting, because there would be several bar- rels of the red or white liq- uid nearby. I haven't men- tioned a stove. If there was one in the cellar, it would be used. If not, food would be cooked in the upstairs kitchen and then brought down to the cellar table. I mentioned a set of table and chairs located in the yard. On warm days, Nanna would cook dinner in the up- stairs kitchen and serve it in the cellar. On hot days, we would eat al fresco. The downstairs kitchen would be moved to the back yard. Years later, I thought that this tradition might b'e due to the lack of air condition- ing, but in the early 1970s, I discovered that it came from the old country. There were no basements in the rural homes in southern Italy, so when the weather became oppressive, a table and chairs outside the house became the location of the afternoon family meal. This concept was carried to the new world and cellars and back yards became the replacements. On a given June day when I was in kindergarten, it was very hot. Babbononno came home from work, took a bath by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance (we didn't have a shower) put on his hanging around the house clothes and headed for the cellar to tap one of the barrels for a bottle of wine. Nanna and my mother would get the hint and one of them would set up the table in the cellar. Babbononno mentioned that it was too hot to eat in the cellar and the set ups were transferred to the back yard table. By late afternoon the men in the family that were not in uniform would arrive home from work. Dad and Uncle Paul, his wife Aunt Eleanor, my two cousins, Paula and Ellie would all join Nanna, Babbononno, Mom and me in the back yard. Nanna would put out some of the food that had been preserved over the win- ter along with cold cuts, cheese and bread. Babbo- nonno would deposit a couple of bottles of his homemade wine on the table, and while the main courses were be- ing prepared in the upstairs kitchen, these appetizers or antipasto would start things off. Babbononno would fill the wine glasses and prior to the first sip, would salute Uncles Nick and Gino who were in uniform fighting in World War II. Until the first course was served, my Cousins, and I would be playing with our toys but within ear shot of our parents. Once Nanna was ready to serve the pasta, we kids would be escorted to the black soap stone sink, handed a bar of soap and told to wash our face and hands. Following orders, we would then join the adults at the back yard table. Nanna and my mother would then bring out the serving dishes of pasta, usu- ally homemade macaroni of some shape or other, with a marinara or some other light summer sauce replac- ing the heavier meat sauce that was common in the colder weather. We didn't call the red liquid "sauce." It was, and to us, still is re- ferred to as "gravy." This course would be followed by meat, vegetables and then salad. Dessert would consist of fruit, not pastry. Pastry was most often served much later with coffee and after dinner drinks, but this was most often only on Sun- day evenings. Chances were that Dad and Uncle Paul (both musicians) would have to get ready to head out to play with their respective bands, so dinner for them would be over after the salad course. They would be dressed in their tuxedoes and gone by 7:00 pro. With an hour or so of daylight still to come, Babbononno would bring out a bottle of red wine with pieces of peach cut up and marinating inside. This was dessert for him along with a stogie, usually a long DeNobili. Mom, Nanna and Aunt Eleanor would clean off the backyard table and wash the dishes and utensils in the soap stone sink in the cellar while Babbononno enjoyed his dessert. Chances are, one of his paesani would drop by and be treated with a glass of wine and the peaches that were soaking in it. After the dinner "ended, we kids would be back to whatever game was inter- rupted when it was time to eat. As the sun began to set, it was time to go back into the house. This meant head- ing for the kitchen on the first floor. The outside table would be covered with a large oil cloth in case of rain, the cellar kitchen would be read- ied for another hot day and by the time everyone was upstairs, Nanna would have a pot of coffee ready for the adults. We kids would transfer whatever we were playing from the back yard to the living room and stay there until it was time for bed. At about 9:00 pm, as my eyes were closing, I could hear Babbononno's friend(s) thanking him for his hospi- tality and then leaving. If the next day was a work day, the men would go to bed early and be up at the crack of dawn. Babbononno would be in bed by 9:30 or I0:00 pm. The ladies would then sit around the upstairs kitchen table and have a cup of cof- fee and solve the world's problems in Italian. This life style would con- tinue from, let's say, Memo- rial Day to about Labor Day, and maybe beyond if the weather allowed it. As the fall approached and the climate cooled, the cellar kitchen would be abandoned until the next spring. The table might be used to house preserves put up by Nanna and Mom, or you might see boxes of grapes piled there when it was time for Babbononno to begin mak- ing a new batch of wine. Today, we have air con- ditioning and the cellar kitchen is no longer neces- sary. Nanna and Babbononno are gone along with their generation, and Italian is no longer spoken, just English. when we do eat outside, the food is often steaks, burgers, hotdogs or sausages cooked on the barbecue. Times are a bit different and those old days are long-gone, but the foundation for all of this is still the same, La Famiglia, the family. This is the con- cept that first generation left us, and hopefully it will never change. GOD BLESS AMERICA PRAYER TO ST. JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. A.T.P. The Socially Set (Continued from Page 9) UNA-GB interns and volunteers, left to right, Guillermina Fernandez, Kaitlyn Soares, Chuan Ping, Alex Teague and Hanna Rudorf staff the Gift Bag Table. (Photo by Frdrique Van Moortel) Garden Clubs, Inc. agreed in 2006 to collaborate. Among the many events planned are: An "Official Opening & Preview'; an "Awards Ceremony"; Early- bird private tours of the Show; a "Stately Occasion Gala Dinner"; an Ecumeni- cal Service, and floral design presentations by such noted local floral designers as Julie Lapham and Tony Todesco, to name just a few. The mission of WAFA USA, which has a combined membership of more than 225,000, is threefold: educa- tion, the promotion of floral art, and conservation. The organization promotes the exchange of information con- cerning floral art and allied interests, reinforces the LEGAL NOTICE MICHAEL SORRENTINO 95 CRESCENT AVE., STE-107 REVERE, MA 02151 617-347-9104 (FAX) 781-286-8402 B&B TOWING HAS HAD IN THEIR POSSESSION SINCE FEBRUARY 3, 2010 2004 CHEVROLET CORVE'I'rE VIN #1G1YY12S545107742 TO: OWNER(S) OF THE VEHICLE LISTED ABOVE. IF YOU COULD PROVE OWNERSHIF PLEASE CONTACT MIKE SORRENTINO AT THE ABOVE NUMBERS. IF VEHICLE IS NOT CLAIMED BY OWNER(S), B&B TOWING WILL APPLY FOR THE RIGHT TO SELL THE VEHICLE FROM DISTRICT COURT M.G.L c.255 s25 & 26. THE REGISTRY OF MOTOR VEHICLES SHOWS NO RECORD OF THIS VEHICLE. SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL SORRENTINO OFFICER & OWNER Run dates: 6/10/11,6/17/11,6/24/11 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street P.O. Box 9667 Boston, MA 02114 Docket No. SU11P1093EA In the Estate of PELLEGRINO R. MARUZZl Late of BOSTON, MA 02128 Date of Death April 3, 1994 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been, presented requesting that ROBERT M. MARUZZl of Saugus, MA or some other suitable person be appointed administrator of said estate to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT BOSTON ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON JULY 7, 2011. WITNESS, HON. JOHN M. SMOOT, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 2, 2011 Sandra Giovannucci, Register of Probate Run date: 6/10/11 bonds between the various member countries, and pro- motes the care and conser- vation of natural resources and the environment. For more info regarding the competitive classes and how the competition works, floral arranging demojastrations, lectures, vendors, a printable timetable, tickets and vol- unteer opportunities, visit www.wafauscuorg. Enjoy! (Be sure to visit Hilda MorriU's gardening Web site, www. bos tongardens, com. In addition to events covered and reported by the columnist, Socially Set" is compiled from various other sources such as news and press re- leases, PRNewswire services, etc.) LEGAL NOTICE B&B TOWING 59 R-MOONEY STREET CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 617492-5781 (FAX) 617J,92-8802 B&B TOWING HAS HAD IN THEIR POSSESSION SINCE FEBRUARY 2, 2011 2009 VOLKSWAGEN VIN #WVWFA71 KXgW101662 TO: ALMUNAJEM ABDULAZlZ, 150 CAMBRIDGE STREET, APT-404, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02141. YOU ARE NOTIFIED BY THIS AD TO GET IN TOUCH WITH B&B TOWING AS WELL AS BY CERTIFIED MAIL. BY CALLING THE ABOVE NUMBER WITHIN THREE WEEKS, IF NOT, VEHICLE WILL BE SOLD AT PRIVATE SALE. MICHAEL SORRENTINO OFFICER & OWNER Run dates: 6/10/1 t, 6/17/11,6/24/11 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI10D5112DR DIVORCE SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION AND MAILING WEN YAN SIll VS. YUN HUI CHEN TO the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for Irretrievable Breakdown of the Marriage. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Elizabeth Emma Cusick, Esq., Law Office of Wm Soohoo, 1146 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118 your answer, if any, on or before July 8, 2011. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: May 27, 2011. Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 6/10/11