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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 29, 2016 PAGE 13 o, abb nonno by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance Before we left Naples, I in- tour the base and were wel-north, and off we went. sisted that we stop for pizza, comed on a couple of aircraft I headed straight west to- Sal and I had tried Sicilian pizza carriers that were stationed ward Cassino. Actually, I had when we were on the road east there. After touring the city, made reservations at a hotel in from Agrigento, but it was quite we stopped at a store to buy Rome. I figured that Rome, like different than I expected. It cigarettes. Half way through any other capital city, would be wasn't a slice or two cut from a the purchase, the store owner packed with tourists and busi- square deep dish, the type that stopped, headed outside andness people, especially in the we have in Boston, but an in- knelt in front of his store due summer, and so, I made the dividual serving of thick dough to a religious procession pass- Rome reservation before leaving with tomato and cheese on top. ing by. After the marchers had Boston. We had about five days It was different, but good. I am passed, he gave me the ciga- before the Rome check-in and a fan of the type I grew up with, rettesandweleff. Fast forward- Franny's family was waiting for the thin crusted circle of tomato ing to 1982, Gaeta has been the us in Cassino. and cheese on a slightly burnt sister city to both Cambridge Her parents and younger crust of dough. As a result, my and Somerville due to both loca- sister had made the trip from favorite place for pizza has ai- tions having a sizable popula- Boston to their birthplace a ways been Santarpio's in East tion that originated in Gaeta. week earlier and we were all Boston. Second favorite was As a matter of fact, Senator expected to join them at the and is Pizza Regina, but only in DiDominico's father, Sal (Flow- farm of Franny's uncle, Emelio the North End. ers by Sai) lives in Cambridge, Evangelista, the only one in her Joe Santarpio, the original and for decades, has been family who didn't emigrate to owner, and Dad went to high a leader in East Cambridge,the U.S. after the war. school together and played where the Italian population is From the moment we arrived, football together, and I was from Gaeta. it was hugs and kisses with introduced to his pizza when We next spent a couple of Franny's parents and introduc- I was still in short pants. So hours sightseeing in the city of tions to her aunt and cousins. before we left the Naples area Terracina on our trek north. It We were told that Emilio was to head north, I wanted pizza suffered greatly in WWII, and plowing a piece of land with Napolitana. We asked around was rebuilt after 1945. During his tractor and would be back and were directed to a place the reconstruction, many Ro- soon. the locals patronized. When the man ruins were discovered and I looked over the property and pizza was served and I had my excavated. This actually put thought it was quite interesting. first bite, I wasn't disappointed. Terracina on the map. There were about four or five After tasting that first bite, I Fromthere, it was off to Anzio. houses in a row. The biggest knew why Italian pizza had A couple of Dad's friends had was for Emilio, his wife and become an American staple; fought in the Battle of Anzio single children. The others, it was fantastic. After lunch, duringWWII, and had survived, except one, were for Emilio's it was off to the road that led I wanted to see the battle site brothers and sisters and their north to Rome. because I had heard that it was families. The one exception was When we were back on the a blood bath. When we arrived the house Franny's family va- road, I headed inland a bit, and and headed for the harbor area, cated when they left for America 30 miles later, stopped in the I discovered that, like Sorrento, in the late 1950s. city of Caserta. I had heard of the first ten blocks back from It was forever vacant with dirt a palace that existed there and the water were all new, having floors, no electricity, no heat was intrigued. I was told that been rebuilt after the war. We source and no indoor plumbing. it was an 18~ century struc- found someone who could give It was primitive to say the least. ture that had more than 1,200 us a historic tour of the city and Just then I heard the drone of rooms, and looked like the Pal- I was satisfied with the results, an engine and saw, in the dis- ace at Versailles near Paris, a Just before we finished, we were tance, a tractor coming toward palace I had visited a couple of told that there was an Ameri- us. It was Emilio coming back years earlier, can cemetery that might be of from his plowing chores. At the end of WWII, the palace interest, as thousands of our All of a sudden, a gigantic served as the seat of the Su- soldiers who fought in the Ital- pig lying in the shade of the preme Allied Command, and the ian campaign and didn't make barn also heard the tractor ap- first allied war trial took place it home were buried there. We proaching. He began jumping there in 1945. Nazi general followed the tour guide's direc- up and down, squealing and Anton Dostler was convicted of tions and soon I saw an Ameri- waving his curly tail. war crimes at that trial, and a can flag waving in the distance. The animal was named Cesare short time later, executed in the The cemetery seemed never- (Caesar) and weighed at least nearby town of Aversa. Being ending, with white crosses and 400 pounds. He seemed to be a history buff, I had to see the stars of David at the head of reacting like a pet and not a palace and the city of Caserta. each grave site. It was awe- future meal. But, that's a story Again, we headed north and inspiring and scary at the same for next week. out to the coast, stopping at the time. I headed for a small inter- GOD BLESS AMERICA city of Gaeta. Franny mentioned denominational chapel located a mountain she had heard of as on one side of the grounds and f ~, a child in Cassino. 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[ 814 American Legion Highway[ Roslindale, MA [ 617-325-7300 [ Boxing Ringside (Continued from Page 16) a murky and sordid world, but Liston was somewhere around one Sonny would have felt very forty years of age when he died. comfortable moving through. He had led a hard life. Heavy If Liston was indeed mur- drinking and drug abuse were dered, what was the motive? showing on his face. I doubt he The author speaks with the few had the best dietary habits. The remaining people who were in- injuries from the car accident volved in the Vegas scene back coupled with his complaints then. Former cops/undercover about chest pain make heart drug agents, and dealers. He disease appear to be a stronger tracks down a good-cop-gone- suspect in his death than a bad in Larry Gandy whom he mob hit. interviews. Assael considers Nobody really knew Son- Gandy a prime suspect in Lis- ny Liston, and that includes ton's murder, but is sent on Liston. Mr. Assael's book adds another trail after speaking to the little that is known and with him. is a good contribution to the He traces events back to a literature about the champ, drug raid where Liston was but, as much as it may fit into present but was allowed to walk the narrative of Liston's life, I while everyone else was arrest- am not convinced Liston was ed. Was this a sign that Sonny murdered. He was a man who was an informant? I don't think was old beyond his years. I there is enough here to back believe he wore his body down that up. Liston didn't like cops. and finally succumbed to heart He also appears to have been disease. a fairly small time dealer who Mr. Assael makes a strong ar- ended up using. Is it possible gument for Liston's death being others mistakenly believed he murder, but he is unable to fie was an informant and had him it all up. The value in this book, taken out because oft hat belief?, and it is very well worth read- Sure, but again, there is no ing, is in tracing Sonny Liston's solid evidence, final days and in exposing the One part of the book I found corruption of Las Vegas back to be very enlightening was in the day. where the author dug in and It is important to know there found information about a car is much more mystery to Lis- accident Liston was involved in ton's life than his two fights not long before his death. I had with Ali. For a man who said heard about a crash, but I did very little, he was actually a not know how seriously Sonny quite complicated individual. was injured. In the head-on Mr. Assael's book, while trying collision, Sonny's chest was to answer questions, actually jammed up against the steering raises many more. Sonny's life wheel. He had shards of glass in is like a mystery novel with the his face that had to be removed final page tom out. Will we ever in the hospital. A week later, know the truth about him? I Liston asked his wife Geraldine doubt it, but with books like to take him to the hospital as this, he will remain a fascinat- he was experiencing discomfort ing subject. in his chest. I see this as being another contributing factor in his death. LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P4575PM CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION TO EXPAND THE POWERS OF A CONSERVATOR In the Interests of YUI M. CHAN of Medford, MA RESPONDENT Incapacitated Person/Protected Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Man W. Chan of Needhem, MA in the above captioned matter requesting that the court: Expand the powers of a Conservator of the Respondent. The petition asks the court to make a determination that the powers of the Guardian and/or Conservator should be ex- pended, modified, or limited since the time of the appointment: The original petition is on file with the court. You have the right to object to this pro- ceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of August 9, 2016. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have file to the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appear- ance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above- named person's right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. Witness, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: July 12, 2016 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 7/29/16 Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI16P3809EA Estate of NOEL P. DANAHER Also Known as NOEL PATRICK DANAHER Date of Death July 7, 2016 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Probate of Will with Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by Fiona D. Curtin of IRELAND XX requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that Fiona D. Curtin of IRELAND XX be appointed as Per- sonal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in an unsuper- vised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a rig hi to object to this proceading. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of August 22, 2010. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and obje,~tion if you object to this proceeding, if you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSE'I'rS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised admin- istration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the edmlnistration directly from the Personal Representative and may peti- tion the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Witness, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: July 25, 2016 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 7/29/16 -F