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Page 1..~._2.2 PO._._ST-G.___AZETTE, JULY.._26., 201 3 t' h Barron' [ I i l l Recipes from theHomeland ] 11 O' 9C: K b,, Orlando Sinopol, in Valley at'on l ark or'g nally t ,0 ! ,0 J are begging tourists to stop cracking eggs e n t i t I e d VI3OETABLE MEDLEY on the sidewalks. Daytime temperatures "Good Morn- there have soared above 120 degrees, ing to You"-- 2 medium potatoes 2 large ripe tomatoes or a inspiring many visitors to try to fry eggs on entered the 1/2 pounds fresh, frozen or four-ounce portion crushed the ground, leaving a mess for maintenance crews. If visitors must attempt egg-frying, the rangers said, they should at least "use a pan or tin foil." Strictly for the dogs! When Claire Johnson, 50, took her seeing-eye dog, Venice, to train- ing classes in Stoke-on-Trent, England, the canine helper quickly became friends with fellow student Rodd, owned by 52-year-old Mark Gaffer. As the two dogs became insepa- rable pals, their sight-impaired owners struck up a friendship that soon tuned into romance. Now, after an 11-month courtship, Johnson and Gaffer are to marry, with Venice and Rodd leading them to the altar. "They are as much a couple as me and Mark," said Johnson. "They will be walking us down the aisle and will be the ring bearers. This wedding is down to them." Wow! When Aaron Collins of Lexington, Kentucky, died suddenly last year at the age of 30, he left his family instructions in his will to leave an "awesome tip" for an unsus- pecting server. "I mean $500 on a f--ing pizza for a waiter or waitress," he wrote. His fam- ily did as Aaron had requested -- but his brother, Seth didn't want to stop at just one tip. Seth has now given out $500 tips to waiters and waitresses in 17 states and his family has raised over $60,000 to do it in all 50. "I'll keep giving whatever money we have," said Seth. Scostumato! Wanda Podgurski of Calfornia fled rather than face California charges of insurance fraud, taunting a prosecutor with a tweet reading, "Catch me if you can." Po- lice used her Twitter account to trace her to Mexico, where she was arrested. Fatso news! Mexico overtook the U.S. as the world's fattest nation. Thanks to a rap- idly worsening diet of fizzy drinks and cheap fast food, 32.8 percent of Mexican adults are now classified as obese, compared with 31.8 percent of Americans. The great Steven Sebestyen says the Agriculture Department says the average American eats 1,148 pounds of food a year. Of course, a lot of it goes to waist. Steven's shapely and brilliant wife Theresa, says, "Overweight people don't like to hear four letter words -- such as diet." "Happy Birthday to You" is now before the court, said A federal class-action suit filed in New York claims that music publisher Warner/Chappell "boldly, but wrongfully and unlawfully," insists that it holds a valid copyright to the world's most widely recognized song. The Time Warner subsidiary collects an estimated $2 million a year in royalties on the ubiquitous tune and claims it can keep doing so until 2030. But the suit says the song -- written by two sisters in Louisville in 1893 and public do- main long before any copyright was issued and demands that Warner/Chappell return all the licensing fees it has collected for decades from restaurants and television shows out to mark special occasions. Warner/Chappell has not yet responded to the complaint. According to the noted scholar Paul J. Waters, four out of five students starting at a community college say they intend to even- tually get a four-year bachelor's degree. Only about one in 10 ends up achieving that goal. So reports Let's not replace St. Patrick with James Joyce just yet, said Mary Kenny. There's a misguided movement afoot in Ireland to turn Bloomsday -- June 16, the day the events in his great novel Ulysses take place -- into a national holiday and a key tourist event. There's no denying that Joyce was a genius and a literary giant. But to appropriate him "an Irish icon" is to misread him. While Joyce drew on Ireland as the source for his work, he had "scant regard for the country" canned string or cut beans 1 large garlic clove 1 medium zucchini sliced (1~2-inch pieces) not peeled I medium yellow squash sliced (I/2-inch pieces) not peeled tomatoes 1/3 cup olive oil 1 chopped medium onion 1 tablespoon capers 3/4 tablespoon basil Salt In a saucepan, saut6 onion and capers in oil until opaque. Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed tomato. If you prefer a heavier sauce, use a four-ounce can tomato sauce instead. Add fresh or dried basil. Stir, cover and simmer slowly Meanwhile, peel and cube potatoes. Wash and set aside. If using fresh string beans, cut ends off, wash and set aside. Add potatoes and beans to saucepan. Stir, cover, and simmer slowly for ten minutes. Add sliced zucchini and yellow squash (optional). Salt to taste. Add water if more liquid is desired and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer slowly until all vegetables are tender. Serve with garlic bread Serves two. NOTE: For those who enjoy rice or pasta, prepare your preferred rice or macaroni according to directions on the pack- age. Serve a portion topped with the vegetable medley. Sprinkle with your grated cheese of choice. itself. To celebrate him as an example of the Irish character would be even worse: Joyce was often drunk and could never atl/O provide for his family. Enough said. We are an admirer of James Joyce. Ugh. Depression fuels obesity! If feeling sad makes you reach for an extra helping of ice cream, your taste buds may be more to blame than your willpower. A new study shows that intense feelings can make us more sensitive to taste but less sensitive to how much fat we are consuming. Weirdo! A Turkish man is so desperate to give up smoking that he's locked a cage around his head. Ibrahim Yucel, 42, repeat- edly tried to kick his two-packs-a-day habit after his father died of lung cancer several years ago, but kept going back to the smokes. So Yucel designed a birdcage-like helmet to physically prevent himself from putting a cigarette in his mouth. He wears the device to work every day and leaves the keys at home with his wife, to prevent a relapse. The observant Tom Analetto, the unoffi- cial mayor of Medford says, "A new cigarette offers coupons good for a cemetery lot." A book you should read! "Love Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage" by Melissa Gorga. St. Martin's (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-04148- 7 RealHousewives of New Jersey star Gorga and her husband, Joe, have become fan favorites due to their unwavering devotion and passion for each other. In this unoriginal relationship guide, Gorga -- who prides herself on being "rooted in old Italian values, while still being a thor- oughly modern woman" -- shows readers GIEI GEM GRAVURE COMPANY, INC. FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1952 (Continued on Page 14) Res Publica (Continued from Page 2) that you'd expect to see in the suburbs. It was ever thus. I recall, in the 1980s, reading a book about the history of Detroit that men- tioned that, even before the city boomed with the automo- bile industry, earlier, nine- teenth century visitors com- mented that everything was so spread out in Detroit, com- pared to other towns. 3. Big, big, big. Even if the story that begins this essay isn't the literal truth, it ex- plains much of the problem of Detroit. One big industry dominated. The Chairmen of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, along with the Presi- dent of union, and a strong Mayor decided everything. That means that when mis- takes were made they were colossal, and difficult to rem- edy. From the 1970s on there was talk of, but no significant action on, diversifying the economy. As educated people left the city the remaining population elected worse and worse Mayors. Put those three factors together and it was just a matter of time before Detroit failed. J Best Wishes from k. Sedurre 28 1/2 Prince Street Boston's North 7nd 617.720.4400 f 5lappw Anniversanj kom N E\W S 5/ 332 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts Telephppe (6!7),. ~.4~:8..QQQ .~ M From akery Perch ~:'ITA 0RI,ANDO StNOt~OI,t 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighO~ul 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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