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Page14 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 12, 2011 NEWSC BRIEFSoTHERP CATIONs)NEWSP ERs(FR I Compiled Z. Buttafuoco SECRET RESTAURANTS OPERATE IN ITALY. A reserva- tion can be made, as in a traditional restaurant, just to be in a home atmosphereT People enjoy eating in someone else's house, but after the coffee ending the meal, they get the bill. There are some advantages too: new friendships are made, but this "private eating luxury" occurs only a few evenings a month. Of course, there are no signs outside the building and no advertising. The location can be found on the intemet or through friends. Once a place is located, people make a reservation through email, Facebook or a phone call, And the arrangement is complete! New and old customers are welcomed in these private homes or large apartments, which organize banquets on certain estab- lished dates for paying guests! The homes, centrally located, are beautiful and with a unique atmosphere. The bill is paid in cash. Nobody asks about the price of the full meal -- it would look far too cheap[ The only expression generally used on the bill is "donation"! The guests are asked to fol- low an "ad hoc" protocol: to arrive on time, avoid finding excuses alleging "food allergies" at the last minute but always required to call in ahead of time. These restaurants, tested first in America and in North- ern Europe, are now booming in Italy. They have become popular, mostly due to the small number of guests at a seat- ing. It seems that the routine style of eating out, to some people, is becoming quite annoying. A new organization, HOMEFOOD.IT, operates from Piemonte to the Sicily regions, strongly competing with the traditional restaurants. Some hosts prepare elaborate meals for their guests, but the menu is standard for the date. Some of these eating places have created a private club with "private customers" who pay an association fee of 35 euro and are screened when they enter the home/restau- rant. The "Cesarine" (female cooks), as opposed to the "Cesarini" (male cooks), are code-name nouns. In Milan, for example, a very active "secret" restaurant is the home of Oliviero Leti, a stage designer by profession, who has a living place with ten rooms, all furnished as a theatre set, who organizes brunches as well as dinners on Sundays, but by request only[ In the City of Amsterdam, a place known as "Dine with the Dutch" offers a tasty dinner, complete with an antipasto all the way to sweets, for 50 euro ($70) to tourists as well as to local residents. In Washington, D.C. iili ITi*qil|l tiilllli ][liiJ- illllil lilt llllliiliilll zation "Hush," born in the mind of a member of the World Bank, has a list of 300 emails. The dinners cost $50-$75 and are held in private homes in Georgetown. The cook, after a few days, is happy over the great success of his place. In London there is a place, "The English Can Cook," managed by a photographer• Again, reservation to this place come via emails, but the number of t~-10 people is actually for only 5 people. If you travel through Europe you will find on the internet places in Denmark, ("Meet the Danes"), in Paris, France ("Hidden Kitchen"), in Berlin ("The Shy CheF), in Lisbon ("Hush, Hush Garden") and in Barcelona ("KoKum"). Buon Viaggio, and Buon Appetito! • Editorial (Continued from "Trickle up Poverty" that Barack Hussein Obama is a naked Marxist, and devotes a chapter on Obama's asso- ciation and beliefs in the Communist philosophy. He quotes Obama: "I did not: take my status of Marx= ist revolutionary lightly in the fall of 1980. To me it was a serious business. It meant that I was an enemy in a sense, of the U.S. govern- ment. It meant that I was an enemy of the wealthy people who were ruling the country. In addition, it meant that I was willing to take whatever sacrifice ... to confront that power structure. Therefore, Page 3) for me, being a Marxist col- lege student was not sort of a lighthearted walk in the park. It was a dead-serious statement that was impact- ing my career, my relation- ships and my studies." With his own words to re- flect on, I claim Obama in conjunction with George Soros are planning to con- vert America as part of a Socialist New World Order. It will he up to the Ameri- can people to preserve and protect the "More Perfect Union" our founders fought and died for. Edward P. Shallow • Boston Latin Academy [Continued from Page 7) will be a most life-changing hour. If you are not available on Tuesday, August 23rd, please be sure to show your support of keeping BLA at "home" on Townsend Street by attending both a commu- nity meeting at Boston Latin Academy on Tuesday, August 30th at 6:00 pm and the School Committee meeting on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00 pm, at Court Street. As Marga- ret Mead once so eloquently put it, "A small group of thoughtful people can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Be the change ore" stu- dents are counting on[ Be present[ The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani SHARON Z ROCKED THE FEAST I always look forward to hearing the one and only Sharon Z belt out those tunes up on the bandstand every summer at the feasts. This year was no exception. They were dancing on Hanover Street during her performance .on the. last night of the St. Joseph Feast. Meanwhile, during her per- formance, funny-guy Steve Sweeney stopped by telling me how great she sounded, and he wasn't kidding either. HIGHWAY TO HELL ON ROUTE 93 NORTH When you do a lot of high- way driving like I do, you do lots of observing. Motorists are a funny lot. Every so often, you get behind one and wish you had changed lanes immediately. This morning with cars past me on my left and right, I am stuck behind a driver trav- elling around 20 mph. I travel it seems for miles, ready to make my way out of this slow lane. This driver up front must think she was from a leper colony as she stays around four car lengths away from the car in front of her. The brakes keep braking for no good reason except they're there. Why do folks act this way? Thank God there was no cell phone in this little story. THE KNIGHTS OF DUNKIN" DONUTS I was recently knighted illil illl liitllllil of Dunkin' Donuts Orient Heights Chapter which has a day chapter too. Johnny 2 Dog invited me to a meet- ing and Bucky said he loves my Post-Gazette writings. I found out there are Knights all across the country at this donut chain's shops. They don't have a web page yet and nor are they on Facebook. I haven't googled them lately• How- ever, they are out there and some of the chapters, if you ask me, are way out there. I wonder if this is how the Tea Party movement started too. Sitting around drinking tea and talking politics or what- ever, eh? Meanwhile, I guess you can call me Sir Sal now. LIGHT UP THE PRADO As the 8+ hour St. Joseph procession was winding down around 9pm, I noticed when the procession moved inside the Prado, how dark this park is. I wasn't the only one who noticed this. I think it would be nice if after dark, the Statue of Paul Revere was lit up with lights around it. Right now, at night, poor Paul is invisible• Someone suggested to me a great idea. Why not put up lan- terns inside this neighbor- hood jewel? How appropriate to have lanterns light up the Prado. After all, wasn't there some kind of connection be- tween Paul Revere and lan- terns? Just an idea here thrown out to you for some critical thinking. BAD NEWS DELIVERED OVER POST OFFICES The U.S. Postal Service is thinking about cutting 11 percent of its post offices nationwide with 43 coming from Massachusetts and five inside the City of Boston. The closings in the city, if they happened, would be in the State House, Soldiers Field, Readville and both Uphams Corner and Grove Hall. Right now no decisions on closings have been made but it is a possibility. u save money and is looking at individual post offices and declining walk-in custom- ers. Personally, I don't know enough about most of the possible closings, but I do think closing both the Grove Hall and Uphams Corner post offices sounds like a very bad idea. I could see the pos- sibility down the line to close one or the other but not both. Hopefully, with customer input and folks lobbying their U.S. congressman, it won't turn ottt as bad as some fear. MORE GERMS RIDING T BUT... Ridership on the MBTA has hit all time highs this past May with 1.2 million passenger trips per week- day. This means approxi- mately 2.4 million hands touching T poles, straps or doors every day. How many of those hands are unwashed is anyone's guess. This adds up to more germs all the time. However, MBTA Gen- eral Manager Rich Davey said due to a budget short- fall and fear of vandalism, the T doesn't have hand sani- tizing devices for passenger use. Apparently, the T would like its passengers to wash their own hands. I guess this is an empowerment tool and cheaper than installing those hand cleaning de- vices. I'm waiting for some moon bat liberal on the Red Line to suggest the MBTA police officers ticket passen- gers with dirty hands. THESE SNEAKERS WERE MADE FOR WALKING On Sunday afternoon on July 31~t, I marched in the St. Joseph procession around the streets of the North End for over eight hours. This year rather than wearing my shoes, I wore my sneakers. It was a wise choice. Sunday's weather was a perfect 10 for the feast• I just want to thank all the North End businesses who pinned ribbons onto the tablishments who came out and pinned a contribution on St. Joe too. FRIENDS OF BELLE ISLE FUNDRAISER AUGUST 26 The Friends of Belle Isle will bc holding a Doston Harbor Cruise fundraiser on Friday, August 26 at 7:00 pm. The cruise will be held on The Revolution owned by Tim Gover and will leave The Landing on Shirley Street in Winthrop. Free parking available. For more information, call Gall at 617-567-5072. • Judge Peter W. Agnes, Jr. Judge Agnes is as an ad- junct professor of law at Mas- sachusetts School of Law and is a recent past presi- dent of the Massachusetts Judges Conference. He is a graduate of Boston Univer- sity (A.B. in Philosophy, cum laude with distinction, 1972) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1975). Judge Agnes resides in Wayland. Brian Lawlor is Clerk- Magistrate at the Brookline District Court, a position he has held since 2002. He also has served as the Act- ing Clerk-Magistrate at the Salem District Court since 2009 and at the Gloucester District Court since 2010. Lawlor was the Acting Clerk- Magistrate at the Dorches- ter District 2003, Haverhill District Court in 2006 and Malden District Court from 2007 to 2008. He also served-as ~m ~Assis- (Continued from Page 2) tant Clerk-Magistrate at the Haverhill and Lowell District Courts from 1996 to 2002. Lawlor is a graduate of Springfield College (B.A., 1993) and is a resident of Boxford. William Rosen has 30+ years of professional experi- ence combining human ser- vices, administration and legislative and public policy formulation. He works as a consultant to organizations in the non-profit and gov- ernmental sectors, offering .public policy advice, advocacy and international project management support. His previous experience includes positions with Fallon Com- munity Health Plan, Univer- sity of Massachusetts Medi- cal Center, the office of U.S. Congressman John Olver, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and the Social Security ,Ad~i~.'$,tration. Rosen is a "member -oF ~he- Nortahamptoh License Commission. He is a graduate of Boston College (B.A., 1974) and a resident of Northampton. The Governor is autho- rized by statute (M.G.L. Chapter 54, Section 142) to appoint, with the advice and consent of the Governor's Council, a person to fill a Register of Probate vacancy until the next biennial state election. The office of the Hampshire County Register of Probate is an elected position, previously held by David E. Sullivan. Sullivan was elected District Attorney for the Northwestern Dis- trict and took office in January 2011. If confirmed, Rosen will serve as Register of Probate until the seat is filled by the will of the vot- ers in the November 2012 election. Rosen intends to run as a candidate for Register, of Probate in that election.