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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 17, 2011 ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary IV. DiZazzo "l' is you but I just washed my hair!" -- Bette Davis in The Cabin in the Cotton 1932 Ciao Bella, Recently I was up late channel surfing. This infomercial really caught my atten- tion. The "WEN HEALTHY HAIRCARE SYS- TEM," a new and innovative shampoo/ conditioner developed by celebrity stylist Chaz Dean claiming luxurious, shiny and manageable hair after using it, There were all the "live" testimonials play- ing with their gorgeous locks! Before and after photos were also shown. It was revolutionary hair care without harsh chemicals, using a perfect blend of herbs and natural ingredients. A "single" step" process that cleanses and conditions simul- taneously and will not strip hair of color or moisture. It all sounded fabu! But I've learned my lesson! "Google" reviews first--nothing like another sap to order the latest and the greatest! Must be used following manufacturers ex- plicit directions. Cucumber seems most popular. Ordering from Amazon is safest (otherwise you could be signed up for automatic delivery!) Cleansing hair has come a long way. As early as 4000 BC a cosmetic routine was established during the Eurasian Bronze Age where a system of beauty pampering ranged from bathhouses to hairstyling. Sham- pooing hair consisted of using soap, perfume and essential oils, none of which provided the quality of cleansing and luster of modern shampoo. It took modern science to un- derstand the composition of hair soil and then develop a cleansing formula to combat it. The science of shampoo was a huge milestone in the achievement of personal hy- giene. Good shampoo, let alone the word itself, was centu- ries away! The Greeks and the Romans took part in the first devel- opment of personal hygiene. The Roman baths emphasized on the purity of water and according to their famous inno- vations of aqueducts were ultimately designed to improve the quality of life, certainly related to one's personal health. The ancient Greek word KOSMOS meant "to order, to ar- range, or to adorn" while its similar meaning to English "cosmetics" was KOSMETIKOS, meaning "having the power to beautify" So as "curiosity killed the cat" one might say, I'm placing my order for shinier, healthier-looking and more manageable hair as Chaz Dean promised! Buona giornata and God bless :the United States of America! --Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz,com. Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary @mary 4 nails, com. You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Are you thinking about get- ting a cat? Here's what you need to know about cat own- ership. You'll want to be pre- pared to take on a new set of responsibilities when you bring a cat into your life. I. Owning a cat is a lifelong commitment. Cats can live up to 20 years; be sure you're ready to provide food, shelter, and love for your cat's life. Major changes, such as switching owners and houses, can be very stressful for cats. 2. Be prepared for the fi- nancial responsibilities that come with having a cat. The average cost is anywhere from $800-$1,000. That in- cludes quality food, litter, toys and routine medical costs. Emergency care or treating an illness can range from $250-$2,000. 3. Cats, like all pets, need sufficient love and attention. Creating a human bond is crucial to developing a last- ing relationship with your cat. Most cats will want to be near you when you're home; make an effort to pet your cat whenever you pass it. Devote time every day to playing with your cat and engaging it in physical and mental stimulation. Each cat is dif- ferent and desires different levels of attention. As you and your cat get to know each other, you'll know when your cat wants attention and when it does not. 4. Before you take your new cat home, make sure you have all the basic supplies. These include high quality food, food and water bowls (steel, glass or ceramic pre- ferred) litter box and litter, toys, a scratching post and a carrier for trips to the vet. 5. Cats do not need to go outside. Indoor cats live much longer than outdoor cats. Outdoor cats have a higher risk of contracting diseases or being killed by cars or other animals. Indoor cats can have very fulfilling lives as long as you provide them with food, water, love and a stimulating environ- ment. Make sure your cat has access to plenty of sun- light and windows. 6. Cat-proof your house or apartment to make sure you don't have any items that could be harmful to your new cat. These can include poison- ous plants, shopping bags, plas- tic bags, ribbon, string, twine, yarn and chemical cleaners. 7. Take care in introducing your new cat into your house- hold, especially ff you're intro- ducing the cat to a new baby. Cats thrive on the comfort, security and familiarity of their environment. Let the cat explore every nook and cranny of the house or apartment. This allows your cat to feel se- cure in its new surroundings. If there are children, teach ~them how to properly hold and pet the cat. Children should also be taught some basic cat body language so that they will know to leave the cat alone when its ears are back, its tail is twitching, or it is growling or hissing. 8. Introduce your cat to its litter box. Your cat should be able to comfortably get in the box and there should be plenty of room for it to per- form its elimination ritual or sniffing, digging, squatting, and turning around and then covering up the feces. The box should be private and eas- ily accessible. Once the loca- tion of the box is established, don't move it. Clean the box at least twice daily. 9. Scratching is an innate behavior and should be ad- dressed by providing your cat with the proper equipment and place to scratch. A scratching post should be at least 30 inches tall so your cat can fully stretch its front legs. It should be made of soft wood or wrapped with sisal rope (not carpeting) and mounted on a stable base that won't tip. 10. Self-grooming is a large part of a cat's life. But you should still brush your cat at least once a week with a soft-bristled brush to main- tain a soft, shiny and healthy coat and to reduce the possi- bility of hairballs. I hope all that has been said will help you enjoy your cat and love him or her. That's all for now. Remem- ber please PICK UP after your pet and keep our neighbor- hood streets and sidewalks clean. FIRST ANNUAL Saint Anthony Feast Day by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari June 13 marked the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua, the popular Franciscan who is venerated throughout the world. To mark the occasion Saint Leonard Parish had sponsored a spaghetti supper, followed the next day by Mass and a procession through the streets of the North End. Following in the tradition, the 35TM annual spaghetti supper took place at Saint L~onard Hall on Saturday June 11th, parishioners and friends of the parish filled the hall to eat their fill of spaghetti and meatballs ac- companied by salad, dessert and coffee, all prepared and served by parishioners and volunteers. On Sunday, June 12th, a Mass was celebrated in honor of Saint Anthony where blessed bread and holy oil were made available, the annual procession of the be- loved Saint through the streets of the North End fol- lowed. On June 13th the feast of Saint Anthony, once again blessed bread and holy oil were made available fol- lowing the feast day Mass dedicated to the saint. Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon on August 15, 1195, Christened Ferdinand, he was the son of Martino de Bouillon and Theresa Tavejra, a descendant from the illustrious Godfrey de Bouillon, who led the First Crusade and later became the first Frankish King of Jerusalem. At the age of 15, he joined the Canons Regu- lar of Saint Augustine. At the age of twenty-five he re- quested and received a transfer to the Franciscans after viewing the beheaded bodies of five of their mem- bers martyred in Morocco. He took the name Anthony upon joining the Order. Anthony was sent to Northern Africa where he preached to the Moors. He became severely ill and re- turned to Spain. In recogni- tion of his knowledge, he was asked to teach theology in Bologna, Toulouse, Montpellier and Padua. At the General Chapter of Fri- ars Minor, Anthony was ap- pointed Provincial of the Ital- ian Province of Romagna. He gave up teaching to devote himself entirely to preach- ing. He was an accom- plished orator, preaching throughout France, Spain and Italy. Anthony passed away at Arcella, en route to Padua on June 13, 1231 i~t the age of 36. His feast day is celebrated on June 13th. OF THE NORTH END All present and former North Enders are invited to attend the first "GIRL" FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END to be held on Saturday, September 70, 2011 at 6:30 P.M. St. John's School Hail Moon Street, Boston (North End) Complete Dinner: $30.00 per person. Come renew old ac- quaintances, good food, and a night of fun. 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