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POST-GAZETTE; J U LY 1,2011 Old Friends by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari It was about three weeks ago when Helen called the house and asked if we would like to get together with some former co-workers for dinner. Helen must have read our minds for it had been a year since we last saw our friends and we were anxious to catch up with them and see what they had been up to. We immediately agreed leaving it up to Helen to choose the restaurant for our get together, knowing from past experience, that she never fails to find "just the right place". On Friday of last week we made our way to Park Square for dinner with our friends, Helen, in a very short time, was able to pull the whole thing off success- fully finding an evening when we all were free to spend a few hours together. We arrived to find all four ladies seated in a small cubicle just large enough for six people. After kisses and hugs we took our seats and now the conversation really got going. We seemed to begin where the conver- sation left off a year ago, it was as if a year had not passed. Everyone wanting to know what the others had been up to, we spoke of family and mutual friends, vacations and health, all with a light touch that has characterized our friendship right from the very beginning, and of course there were those amusing stories from that (Continued on Page 14) Slots Available for FREE RECREATION AND SPORTS CENTER Boston Youth Urged to Register Now! Mayor Menino and Boston Centers for Youth & Families' (BCYF) invite Boston youth, ages 7-14, to register now for the FREE Rec- reation and Sports Center at Sartori Stadium at East Boston Memorial Park. This annual Recreation and Sports Center offers boys and girls the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of a variety of sports in a six-week program. Activities offered include: baseball/softball, basketball, football, and soccer as well as a variety of non-sports recreational activities. Pre- registration for the Sports Center is recom- mended but you may register day-of. For more information and to get the registra- tion form, visit To pre-register please call Mike Triant at Boston Centers for Youth & Families at 617-635-4920 x2219 or e-mail the form back to him at Lunch will be provided each day but participants must provide their own trans- portation. The Recreation and Sports Center starts on Tuesday, July 5c% The days and hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. BCYF also operates two other free Sports Centers at White Stadium in Dorchester and at Moakley Park in South Boston. Visit the website for more information. Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community in their own homes, for as long as possible. As a Medicare-ap[ ram of AIHnclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide lividual care that allows each partic!pant to live with dignity in the place they call home. provide and coordinate the many different :rvices an older adult may require, such as: Primary and specialty medical care .......... Home nursing and personal care Rehabilitation ................. Social interaction Medications without co-pays and . coverage gaps Transportation to PACE Day Health Centers and medical appointments Elder Service Plan is the leal solution for older adults and families who want an to nursing home care, but need a care partner to ge for the right combination of services to keep a loved one home. find out more, call 17-568-6377 or visit us at g/elderservice. Atly THAT ZAZZ Mary N. DiZazzo Aromas from the Garden are Healing Ciao Bella, So what's in your gar- den? Besides the usual herbs for culinary neces- sity there is peppermint. Peppermint is a hybrid mint which is a cross between spearmint and water mint. The plant can now be found all over the world but its roots were in Europe and Asia." While producing purple flowers the peppermint plant contains menthol, considered to be a vola- tile oil. The menthol's enticingly cool and spicy fragrance can be used in Angelo and Mary DiZazzo -- my aromatherapy known to Nana and Nano. relieve exhaustion, stress and anxiety. When the oil is applied to skin it can brighten and cool it. The oil can also be diluted with jojoba oil and when applied topically will prevent ache and clogged pores. If you experience a flaky scalp, add a few drops of oil to your shampoo. Peppermint is also mentioned in the Bible to relieve pain. Doctors will tell you to soak your achy part in warm water and peppermint oil. You can find peppermint in lip balm with its cooling effects to soothe sunburned, windblown and chapped lips. It's heaven when peppermint bath salts are used to relax cramped muscles and ease respiratory illnesses. Even just a whiff of a fresh brewed cup of peppermint tea will have its aromatic value. Drinking it aids in digestion. Peppermint is also a common ingredient in toothpaste arid mouthwash for its antiseptic properties. My Nana and Nano grew an amazing garden every sum- mer including mint. Nano always smelled of the mint which emanated from his shirt pocket! He would always say "It's good for you! I can't ever remember him without that mint his shirt pocket. You can find various products containing peppermint such as creams, footbaths, hair products and lotions. So "feel the heal" and do it mintyl Wishing all my Post-Gazette colleagues and my loyal readers a safe, healthy fun-filled 4 h of Julyl Buona giomata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull P.S. 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