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i|llig~lllDliIP II~ ! IIl! !H.~IIIIDIUIHII[[G~ !1 lil[| |llil,li~l~Jl IlllliHm ! Page6 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 26, 2011 ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo The Acai Berry- Have You Tried It? Ciao Bella, It seems some of us are willing to try anything to shed a few pounds. Well, the Acai Berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) claimed such a case. I have to be truthful here. I sent away for a bottle by computer and found it did suppress appetite. But the company wanted me to sign up for a lifetime supply with an automatic sched- uled delivery and charge to my credit card whether I needed it or not! Beware of the automatic delivery! So when I went to cancel, that was itl You either signed up forever or forget about itl They were evasive on sending just a single order! So I decided to write about this new and yet not so new harvest of miracle wonders. The Fruit That Cries is a deep purple and can be found growing on certain palm trees in the Amazon rain- forests of Brazil. You can- not find fresh Acai Berries outside the Amazon but in other nutritious forms as in dietary supplement cap- sules, juice, tea, powder and frozen purees. Just a visit to Whole Foods or your fave Earthfood store and you can be turned into an Acai Berry fan easilyl It has been known to improve en- ergy levels, sleep functions, skin appearance, circula- tion, eliminate toxins and of course weight loss. Because the Acai Berry is so rich in protein and glucosamine, it can also reduce pain for arthritis sufferers. Also known for its delicious blueberry/chocolate flavor, it has 10 times the amount of antioxidants of red grapesl The oil derived from the Acai Berry contains many beneficial vitamins includ- ing Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. The oil is also used in age renewal creams, cleansers and face masks, body washes and hair care lines. Fresh Acai Berries/juice is not as potent as supple- ments which have longer shelf life. In Brazil, a dish called Acai Bowls Rio Style, or acai ne tigela, is a fave treat and is made using a combo of fro- zen acai, granola, guarana syrup and bananas. Guess it's time to hit Rio again or a short walk to the store! Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at wwm.all Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distribu- tor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be con- tacted at (978) 470-8183 or mary@mary4nails.eom. NEAD & Boston R.O.C.K.S. Season Finale Extravaganza North End Against Drugs in conjunction with Mayor Menino's Boston R.O.C.K.S. summer program will have our season ending extravaganza. The program is for 8 to 16 year old boys and girls. Children under 8 can participate with a parent. There will be Arts and Crafts with Patricia, Sports Night Activities with Mikey Fud and Al Vilar and also music. Lastly, we will have our awesome Chinese Food Feast to celebrate the end of another great summer sea- son and Boston R.O.C.K.S. program. This year, North End Against Drugs R.O.C.K.S. program had over 450 participants and the finale will be awesome! This event will be on Friday, September 2na from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Nazzaro Center (St. Anthony's) Playground -- the everrt~rain or shine as we will move indoors if it rains. * @U/I t8 $ er ugnce. 2 K 781-286-CASH ~Ve Buy Diamonds, Gold and Silver lewelr'~ We Buy Gold and Silver Coins R ~ ~~ ~X 345 Broadway, Revere Serving the Community for 33 Years Hours lO-5:3O pm every day. Saturdays until 3:3O pm LAW OFFICES OF J. CIANO GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW DIVORCE * WILLS . ESTATE PLANNING * TRUSTS CRIMINAL * PERSONAL INJURY * WORKERSCOMP. 617-354-9400 Si Parla Italiano 230 MSC.R, Ofl~R.IE~ H.IC~H.WA ........ .G;~E~JE,-MASSh~HU~ETzI'S,0,2,141~ You can email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Moving to a new area and how does my pooch friends feel about leaving the North End? Here is an article I found very interesting, and it may help you and your pet. Moving with your dog, most dogs take moving in stride but others have difficulty settling in to a new home. Pets easily pick up on body signals and emotions, so if you're anxious, your pet can become more anxious as well. The main issues to consider in moving are the change in routine and the new home itself. To help your dog adapt to any change in daily routine, changes in scheduling and how family members might interact, should begin before the move. If the dog is not already on a fairly structured program, introduce a more predictable daily routine that can con- tinue in the new home. While you are preparing for the household move, try to minimize disruption to your pet's schedule and environ- ment as much as possible. If your dog becomes overly anxious, you may want to consider having someone care for it elsewhere while you pack up your belongings. On the actual moving days, the dog should be securely confined or out of the home to avoid anxiety, injury or escape. You should set up an environment for your dog in your new home that is as similar as possible to the dog's previous envi- ronment, especially with regard to the dog's sleeping, feeding and play areas. Show your dog the new areas and spend some time with it until it becomes familiar with the new envi- ronment. Accompany your dog while it explores the rest of the new home so that you can reinforce desir- able behavior and interrupt or deter any undesirable behavior such as marking or chewing. Because dogs are strongly scent oriented, investigating new odors and spreading their own odors gradually throughout each room can be important for them to become familiar and comfortable with the new home. The length of time it takes a dog to adjust to a new home varies, because every dog reacts differently. Most dogs start to relax within a few days of moving, while some seem to immediately enjoy the stimulation of exploring a new environ- ment and others may take weeks to adjust. When first leaving your dog alone in the new home, it's best to match the time when the dog is normally sleeping or playing with its toys. That's all for now. REMEM- BER TO PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET AND KEEP OUR STREETS CLEAN. S i m pie I'IMES by Girard A. Plante What do the numerous feasts that are held in Bos- ton's North End represent? From early May through the final weekend of August, the residents of the North End don't merely trot out carts filled with Italian foods of all manners, nor do they only seek to support the various vendors whose games of fun and chance attract attendees young and old alike. The feasts are a rever- ent force of a neighborhood steeped in faith. They are also openly sharing their faith in their rich Catholic heritage and proud Italian traditions. Faith in each other to live, work and socialize in a close-knit community, committed to helping others. Theirs is a love of the faith that has proven unwavering during difficult times that have hit over the past 150 years in America. A swarming display of faith is seen up close and per- sonal at the Saint Anthony Feast, which begins on Fri- day, August 26m. Tables filled with pins of St. Anthony's likeness are easily avail- able in front of St. Leonard's Church. Rosaries and prayer cards honoring St. Anthony of Padua are spread across the various chapels and grot- tos that dot the narrow, lively streets of Boston's oldest neighborhood. Faith is the testament of the tens of thousands of visi- tors to the North End during the four-day feast. Many folks flock to the feast to honor Saint Anthony, while others vacationing from all over the world make it a must-stop on their itinerary. Still more are.friends of the North End's cozy coffee shops, restau- rants, trattorrias, shops, stores, bakeries and Catho- lic churches. Votive candles, rosaries, scapulars and reassuring icons of Our Lady of Per- petual Help, lovingly holding the child Jesus, adorn every area of the North End. These are not simply symbols of one's Catholic heritage. Indeed, they are a direct connection to the early lead- ers of Catholicism. They in- spire, comfort, elevate and deepen one's belief in the eternal powers of Jesus, Mary, St. Joseph and all the saints. Looking into the eyes of a saint, Jesus or his blessed mother Mary is an edifying experience. Marching bands move along some streets of the North End at the Sunday noon procession. The bands are followed by throngs of the faithful, as they converge on Hanover Street, the main thoroughfare stretching west off Atlantic Avenue, east to Commercial Street to the Boston Harbor. The culmination of the final feast of summer joins the faith community to their revered Saint Anthony. Dol- lar bills are pinned to the anointed robe that covers the statue, carried securely on the shoulders of Italian men sweating under the labor of their love. The notion that Catholics praying before statues of their beloved saints is idol worship misses the ob- vious outpouring of their deep and abiding faith. Stat- ues resemble the saints who were once upon a time human, yet fallible. Wor- shipping a saint by viewing the statue shows that faith is innately divine and can only be taught to a finite degree. The rest is up to Catholics to carry on that faith, despite life's inevi- table challenges. The un-interrupted testa- ment to saint Anthony, who died in 1231 A.D., can be viewed in real time in the North End. Join the commu- nity of the North End and witness a faith that keeps on giving. f Boston Harborside Home Joseph A. 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