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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 12,2011 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEW So what's new? Well, when asked if they approved of God's performance, 52% of Americans say they approve, while 9% disapprove. 40% aren't sure. So revealed a Public Policy Poll. The heat wave that gripped much of the country in recent weeks affcfed more than 200 million Americans and set hundreds of new records. Among them were 66 new all-time-high temperatures, including 108 degrees in Newark, New Jersey and 103 degrees in Boston. In large portions of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, the thermometer topped 100 degrees for more than 20 consecutive days. Speaking of weather, a weather forecaster in a certain southern city recently reported, "For tonight, I predict darkness." Wow! Warner Bros. still collects about $2 million a year from public performances of "Happy Birthday," having bought the rights to Patty and Mildred's song in 1988. ~ Speaking of birthdays, Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald will be celebrating her birthday doing the rosary, Sunday, August 14. Ah, Frances Fitzgerald7 The attractive and ageless wonder! And on Thursday, August 18, our great musicologist Albert Natale will be blowing out his birthday candles with the assistance of the fire dePartment. Ha! Ha! Out you go! The Obama administration deported a record 393,000 people last year. About 45,000 were deported after drug- related crimes, while about 40,000 were caught in traffic infractions. Stamped out! Despite cutting $12 billion in costs over the past four years and eliminating more than 200,000 career positions in the past decade, the Postal Service is expected to lose 88 billion for the second consecutive year. Mail volume dropped by about 20 percent from 2006 to 2010. to mail a letter from Boston to Chicago _2 fifteen cents for postage, and ninety-three cents for a phone call to see if it got there." A man in New Hampshire complained about slow mail delivery. "Today, I recePced an invitation to the wedding of a couple who arc already divorced." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill, says, "If postal rates get any higher, college kids won't be financially able to write home for money." For dummies! What piece of sports equipment has been used to raise a sunken ship? Ping-Pong balls. Hundreds of thousands of them were used to displace the water in the hull of a sunken ship blocking a Scandinavian harbor entrance. Once the hull was full, the ship rose right up out of the water. What famous person was said to have uttered the following words in his death bed: ~This wallpaper is killing me. One of us has,to go?" ,Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. t~an you name at least one English word that has no rhyming partner? Hint: There are onlyjfour of them and three of them are colors. Second hint: One of the colors is a fruit and one is metal. Answer: Purple, orange, silver and month. Wh~t celebrated showman offered a large sum of money for Sarah Bernhardt's amputated leg? P.T. Barnum in 1915. He wanted the rights to exhibit her severed limb. He didn't have a leg to stand onl And what is the most recorded rock n' roll song in history? "Louie, Louie." And what is rarer than a hen's tooth? Nothing! Hen don't have teeth! Screen legend Celeste Holm's final days are turning into a nightmare as the 94-year- 01d actress battles memory loss while her $13 million fortune is drained in a bitter legal war between her two sons, 74 and 64, and her boy-toy fifth husband, Frank Basile, 48, sources say. It has been said that the sons are bitter because the actress paid more attention to her career than she did to them when they were growing up. And so it goes! Tomatoes are hot! It has been reported tomatoe8 can help prevent heart attacks, lessen the likelihood of diabetes and fight a number of cancers, in- cluding pros- tate, lung and breast cancer. The vine-ripened lycopene, a Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED l Vegetable Medley 2 medium potatoes 2 large ripe tomatoes or a 0 0 0 1/2 pound fresh, frozen or four-ounce portion crushed = ' canned string or cut beans tomatoes 1 large garlic clove 1/3 cup olive oil wonder is loaded with I medium zucchini sliced I chopped med(um onion strong ant[oxidant that (1~2-inch pieces) not 1 tablespoon capers neutralizes the errant oxygen molecules peeled 3/4 tablespoon basil called free radicals that damage cells. I medium yellow squash Salt Doctors say cooked tomatoes are more sliced (1~2-inch pieces)not effective than raw ones, and they're just as peeled good as statins at beating high cholesterol In a saucepan, saut~ onion and capers in oil until opaque. and high blood pressure. According to AARP, Add chopped ripened tomatoes or four ounces of crushed 13 ounces daily of tomato juice for three tomatoes. If you prefer a heavier sauce, use a four-ounce weeks lowers "bad" LDL cholesterol levels can tomato sauce instead. Add fresh or dried basil. Stir, - by nearly 13 percent. Yes, tomato paste is cover and simmer slowly. Meanwhile, peel and cube pota- also healthy for you! toes. Wash and set aside. If using fresh string beans, cut Gee, we wonder if Baccala will ever make ends off, wash and set aside. Add potatoes and beans to the news as being healthy for you and how saucepan. Stir, cover and simmer slowly for ten minutes. it can also improve your love life. Add sliced zucchini and yellow squash (optional). Salt to Speaking of love, the lovely Mona-Lisa taste. Add water ff more liquid is desired and bring to a boil. Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "There are Cover and simmer slowly until all vegetables are tender. three things most men love but never Serve with garlic bread. understand: females, girls and women." Serves two. The great Tom Analetto of Medford, says, NOTE: For those who enjoy rice or pasta, prepare your pre- "The loneliest place in the world is the ferred rice or macaroni according to directions on the package. human heart when love is absent." Serve a portion topped with the vegetable medley. Sprinkle with Worst! The worst place to find a doctor in your grated cheese of choice. the U.S. is South Dakota that has only 96 doctors for every 100,000 potential patients. The worst need for coffee! Maureen Weston of Peterborough, England, voluntarily went without sleep for 449 hours (nearly 19 days) while sitting in a rocking chair from Ban HazMat Trucks (Continued from Page I) April 14th to May 2"d, 1977. And the worst business in Boston but HAZMAT ROUTE. motive for giving ice cream a misleading simply cutting through our * Send an email to brand name: Why when he made it in the neighborhood streets to save Bronx did Reuben Mattus call his ice cream a little time instead of using with the subject: ATTN: BOS- Haagen-Dazs? Because "I figured there the highways to go around TON HAZMAT ROUTE. were people who hated the Irish, there were Boston. Letters and emails must people who hated the Italians, there were The proposed ban of pass- be sent and/or postmarked people who hated the Poles and there through hazmat trucks by by September 13, 2011. Your were people who hated the Jews. But nobody the City of Boston is based message can be as simPle ~ ~he D~ne~-" preh~nsive ~lb]ic as sayin~ that you s~pport Relieve pain ~y crossing your arms! X new sa[ety s[u~y ~1~ ~- [~ ~~ ~1 fl[ Oa~,~(- study indicates that you can confuse your pleted by the highly regarded through hazardous material brain out of experiencing pain, especially Battelle Memorial Institute. trucks in the City of Boston. in your hands, simply by distracting it when The data and analysis deci- More information can be you put your right arm on the left side and sively concludes that hazmat found at www.hazmatters. the left one on the right, bisecting an trucks traveling through including links imaginary line down the middle of your body. downtown Boston, including to the Battelle study, related "In everyday life, you mostly use your left the North End/Waterfront, history and the latest up- hand to touch things on the left side of the present a public safety risk dates. The website was cre- world and your right hand for the right side more than twice that of ated by the North End/ of the world," explains Dr. Giandomenico using the highways around Waterfront HazMat Task Iannettie, lead author of the study from the Boston. Force that has been working WHAT YOU CAN DO: on this issue for over a year University Colle, London. "Crossing your hands cau'ses a mismatch and this makes Attend the public hear- Don't let these pass- the processing of pain more difficult. The ing in Boston on August 23, through hazmat trucks con- sensitivity of the brain is reduced. It is not 2011, 6:30 pm at the State tinue to put our city a huge analgesic, but we are testing it on Transportation Building, 10 neighborhoods at risk. In people with chronic pain in their hands." Park Plaza, 2nd Floor. addition to the North End/ One more time! Along with our Write a public comment Waterfront area, the pro- distinguished musicologist, Albert Natale, letter to: Thomas F. posed ban would apply to all we want to remind you from 1956 to 1958 Broderick, P.E., Acting Chief of downtown Boston. Please there were more Italian American singers Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park make an effort to attend the on the Billboard charts than any time before Plaza, Suite 4160, Boston, hearing or send in a public MA 02116, ATTN: BOSTON comment via letter or email. or since. Not only were there the Italian Americans but their songs were sung, if r only in part, in Italian. The noted Italian 1st Generation American singers: Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Vic Damone/Vito Far[nolo, Frankie Italian-American Lane/Francesc0 Paolo La Veeehio. Mario Lanza, Tony Bennett/Anthony Benedetto, Vita Orlando Sinopoli Enrico Caruso, Russ Columbo, Louis Prima, Shares with us A1 Martino, Dean Martin, Joni James, Julius LaRosa, Lou Monte, Don Cornell, . a delighOeul recollection Johnny Desmond and Bobby Darin. Some of ~,AFrom of her memories as a child their hit songs: That's Ainore, Volare, Mama, Baker_ yhl e! c growing up in Mala Femmina, Pepino the Italian Mouse, Eh Compare, Piove, Come Prima, A1 di La ~lk Boston's "Little Italy" and Innamorato. Of course the one Italian song favored by all: Vicin' 0 Mare, faciammo . and a collection of amore. Personally speaking, Vicin' 0 Mare Italian family recipes is one of my favorite Italian songs that stirs ....... my imagination and has me thinking of my VrrA ()~.n~)o 5i~oP(~L~ from the homeland. father and mother, the young lovers, crossing the ocean to start a new life in Great as Gifts America. Vicin' O Mare, faciammo amore. FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM One more time[ Happy birthday, Al Natale and in local bookstores -- ask for and Frances Fitzgerald! Save me a piece of Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN your birthday cake! Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 1SBN AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIANINA~E , ~,',i', r,~-'` ;')'i , v. " .d