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w POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 15, 2014 Page13 00abb00onno A while back, I was talk- ing about a bunch of us hav- ing a backyard barbecue. When I was a kid, the men on our block of Eutaw Street would plan a gathering at the house next door to ours, 76 Eutaw Street. I believe it was owned by a man named Mando Sinabaldi. He, Dad and Ralph Manfredonia, the landlord of oflr house at 74, sat down one night and planned a middle of the week shindig that would include the families that were close. Everyone would chip in and they would consider the cost of steaks, sausages, po- tato salad, corn on the cob, salad, desert, and beer and wine. If the cost per family was approved by the head of each clan, the preliminar- ies would begin. Let's see, there would be Mom and Dad, Mando Sinabaldi, his wife Reenie, Ralph and Grace Manfredonia, Joe Balabona and his wife, Danny and Rose Gallo, Bert and Mary Marotta, Sal and Angle Romano, Libby and Ann Annise, Nanna and Babbononno, some of the Pedro family from across the street and all us kids. With the youngsters included, it brought the total to well over 30 people. This wasn't planned to be a block party, just the closest families on our block of Eutaw Street. If anyone reading this was part of that crowd and not mentioned, please forgive me. Most of us kids were 10 or 12 years old around then, and I've long since lost touch with all of them. My closest childhood friends, John Manfredonia, and Bob Romano, are long gone. I'm aware of where the rest of the Manfredonia family is, due to maintaining contact to some degree. The rest of the children of the families mentioned above, I have no idea what became of them, but we were there for that backyard barbecue, and sev- eral others that took place in the warm weather. At least once per summer, Babbononno and Zi'Antonio Ceruolo would plan a cookout for our families. Zi'Antonio was Nanna's oldest brother and Babbononlm's best friend. Usually, the cookout would take place in a cen- tral location, the picnic area at Mystic Lake. Many members of the family still lived in East Boston and the North End, but the rest resided in Medford, Revere, and Saugus. Dad would reserve a barbecue pit and a picnic bench or two, as was necessary and the invita- tions would be sent out via phone calls or by visiting the families. Now, American cookouts are a tradition in the U.S., but we did it Italian style. Dad was always the cook (I think he missed his calling. He was as good a cook as he was a musician.) He would figure out how many steaks, i r' by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance i i iii iiii ii iii iiiiiiiiiiiii pounds of sausage, chunks of lamb and slabs of pork ribs were necessary to feed the number of relatives who had said yes to the invite. Each of the ladies were given a list of things they would have to make or buy that accompa- nied the meat, and the rest of the men would consider how much beer, wine and hard liquor would be neces- sary. Above and beyond this, the women of our extended family would cook. As an example, Nanna might make ravioli and gravy. Zi'Antonio's wife, my great aunt Zi'Mariuccia, would make cutlets and veg- etables, Mom would bring the fixings for a salad and an antipasto. Others would be assigned things to bring, like pastries, pots and pans and eating utensils. Of course, Zi'Antonio would have sev- eral gallons of his home- made wine, both red and white. A cousin-in-law of my mother's, AI Beatrice, would be in charge of the hard stuff and the soda for the kids. The anticipation would build up as the picnic day approached, with everyone praying to St. Anthony for good weather. Our side was usually well represented. Two out of three of Mom's brothers would be there, with their kids. Zi'Antonio and Zi'Mariuccia had nine children and only two or three would join us with their children. Nanna's sis- ters and their husbands would show up, but usually not with their adult children, just alone. I would await my two cousins, Anthony and Ralph Pepe. They were about my age, and although 2 nd cousins, were my closest relatives at that time. As soon as they arrived with their parents, all thoughts of a picnic would leave us as Mystic Lake was a few yards away and there was a public beach. With Anthony and Ralph's older sister, Lulu, watching over us, we would head for the water and not come out until an adult would drag us back to a pic- nic bench because the food was ready. While we were splashing at the water's edge, Dad and one or two of the adults would cook the meat that were sup- posed to be the main sources of food for the barbecue. Once the steaks, sausages, chunks of lamb and pork ribs were ready, the picnic tables were covered by red and white checkered oilcloth tablecloths. Place settings were already situated for seated dining, and serving dishes filled with ravioli, gravy, salad, vegetables, cold cuts and cheeses lined the center of the tables. They often had to be moved to make room for the serving dish filled with sizzling meat just off the grill. Even though this was a cookout, there were no hotdogs or burger buns. The bread was Italian and it, too, was On the table within reach of the adult population. The family would begin with the cheeses, cold cuts, marinated mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, olives, hot peppers and chunks of bread. Zi'Antonio would fill everyone's glass with wine to help wash down the food. The next course was the pasta, then the meat that Dad had cooked accom- panied by vegetables, and later salad. We kids would wolf down our food as fast as we could and attempt to re- turn to the lake. It was then we would hear the famous saying, "You kids can't go in the water for an hour after eating, or you'll get stomach cramps and drown just like your cousin." We would obey, but we never found out who this cousin was that drowned by not obeying his mother. After everyone had eaten and downed the wine, beer and soda that was available, the men would decide to en- gage in a sports activity. Most traditional American picnics find the games of baseball or softball an enter- taining follow up to eating and drinking, but we were Italian. Out would come the set of bocce balls, and an imaginary court would be outlined. ,Tams would be picked and the men, with gallons of wine would play bocce. Of course, the women would clean up. They were Italian, and that was their jpb. (Don't tell my wife I said that.] Late in the afternoon, everyone, except us kids, would be tired and blankets might be spread out for re- laxing in a horizontal posi- tion. For those not prone to an afternoon siesta, they would bring out the decks of cards. Italian card games of Scopa, Briscola and Sette Bello would be played by the older mere If Dad or my uncles played cards, Whist or Hearts were their fancy. The ladies would sit on the benches and gossip. We kids would anticipate the end of the hour,fotlowing eating, so we could return to splashing in the waters of Mystic lake. When it was time to leave, everyone would pick up their belongings and say goodbye to one another. This would take an hour due to hugs and kisses that accompa- nied the exit Salutations. We kids would be dried off and stuffed into the backseats of our father's cars. Within five minutes, we would be asleep. The same could be said of Babbononno and his generation. For them, it was too much wine. That's the way it was, and I loved every minute. GOD BLESS AMERICA. Small Ads Get BIG Results For more information, dai1617-227-8929. Socially Scene (Continued from Page 9) Fifth Annual Brew at the Zoo Park Zoo. free and memorable experi- ence. Stop by their tent for a bite to eat and to learn more about booking a chefi There will also be a sus- tainable waste management option for you to look in on. You will get the opportunity to read about festival spon- sor "Save That Stuff" and the amazing waste manage- ment systems they have in place to turn your waste into art or other recycled materials. They also support zero waste events like the Boston Local Food Festival! The rebuilding of Boston has been such a great asset to the populations and sur- rounding suburbs and an event like this is one to ap- preciate. Check out more about this year's festival at BostonLocalFoodFestival.org. l Very Special Tasty Treat ... Don't miss the Fifth Annual Brew at the Zoo on August 16 th at Franklin Park Zoo from 3:30 pro-7:30 pro. Brew at the Zoo is a beer tasting event that features stations hosted by local brew- eries and restaurants -- as well as an opportunity to stroll among the animals at Franklin Park Zoo. This year is the first year that the entire Zoo will be open for the event! Sip some deli- cious brews and visit with western lowland gorillas, LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 - Docket No. MI14P4106EA Estate of ANDREW J. LESICO Date of Death July 22, 2010 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Brigitte E. Lesico of Garnet Valley, PA. Brigitte E. Lesico of Garnet Valley, PA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inven- tory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceed- ings and to obtain orders terminating or restrict- ing the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 8/15/14 on August 16 th at Franklin ring-tailed lemurs, ocelots, pygmy hippos, and other species in the Zoo's Tropical Forest Pavilion, as well as giraffes, zebras, kangaroos and many other animals. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit Aussie Aviary, a seasonal free-flight exhibit featuring brightly- colored budgiesf Participat- ing will be 45 different brew- eries and restaurants and music will be provided by DJ BK. Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo will support the operation and continued growth of Franklin Park Zoo, its edu- cation programs and conser- vation initiatives. What a better way to give back to the community than to grab a brew at the zoof Please note: This event is 21+. Franklin Park Zoo is located at One Franklin Park Road, Boston. For more information on the event call 617-541-LION or www.zoonewengland.org / brewatthezoo. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P4111EA Estate of KATHLEEN A. JORDAN Date of Death June 17, 2014 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition has been filed by Elleen J. Madlgan of Groton, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Been J. Madigan of Gmton, MA be appointed as Per- sonal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before: 10:00 a.m. on September 5, 2014. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection 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 date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court Date: August 8, 2014 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 8/15/14