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Page 12 POST-;/LZEIE, AUGUST'30, 2013 qP Ray Barron's 11 OICLOCK NEW5 The world's unfriendliest city is not Bos- tonl The most unfriendly city is Newark, New Jersey! So claims the readers of Conde Nast Traveler, edging out Islamabad (No.2) and Oakland (No.3). Newark residents denied that they're rude. "You've got a lot of people who will speak to you," said one local, "even the people who are homeless." As the warm-hearted Mary Perella of Malden will tell you, the best rule for friend- ship is keep your heart a little softer than your head. One city that attracts the most tourists is Paris! Eighty-three million -- that's how many foreign visitors France welcomed in 2012. Yes, the total also maintains France's status as the number-one tourist destina- tion in the world. Ah, Paris! Our first visit to Paris was when we were a young soldier. Paris had just been liberated, when along with some of my buddies we went there to "liberate" the beau- tiful French young women. We were warmly welcomed by the attractive gals in the area of Paris known as Pigalle. Enough said. Huh? A pro-life supporter eager to volun- teer at a Washington, D.C., crisis pregnancy center was turned away for being an athe- ist. Sarah Terzo said the clinic's staff was initially welcoming, but rejected her help after learning of her atheism, saying they didn't have "non-Christians working here." Terz0 says nine other pro-life organizations would not let atheist volunteer either. Carlo Scostumato says, "Thank God I'm an atheist." Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill says, "How can you be an atheist ff you thank God?" What do atheists do with their money? Surely they wouldn't carry around anything that says, "In God We Trust." Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, says, "An atheist hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief." Be aware, husbands and wives in India who desire children whisper their wish in the ear of a sacred cow. Wow! Some Philadelphia residents are furious that cheese steak shop owner Joe Groh changed his restaurant's name from "Chink's Steaks" to "Joe's Steaks." Patrons accusing Groh of buckling to political correct- ness have painted "Chink's" on the window and amassed over 10,000 signatures on a petition to change the shop's name back. Groh's refusing. "It's 2013," he said. "It's time." Flushing, after British authorities removed a bus-sized "fat berg" -- a congealed clump of food grease and hand wipes -- from a London sewer. The 15-ton blob was the biggest "con- gealed lump of lard" ever found in the city's sewage system, officials said. Hanging-in! News from Columbus, Ohio. A death row convict due to be executed for murder hanged himself in his prison cell, unaware of a last-minute appeal that might have saved his life. Authorities found the body of Billy Slagle, 44, at the Chillicothe Cor- rectional Institution of Columbus, three days before he was due to be executed for the 1987 murder of Mari Ane Pope. Slagle died with- out knowing that his lawyers were prepar- ing a new appeal that might have stayed his execution. The attorneys discovered that Slagle had been offered a plea deal to escape the death penalty by prosecutors in 1988, but his then lawyers never presented it to him. The state had indicated it would not oppose the appeal. Weird action! A California teen got an unwanted topping on his pizza after a sheriffs deputy allegedly spiked it with pepper spray. Orange County prosecutors said the unnamed 19-year-old was being written up for a traffic violation when Officer Juan Tabera arrived at the scene, reached into the back seat and surreptitiously sprayed the pizza. The teen and four of his friends ate the pizza and got sick. The deputy was charged with assault and battery by a public officer and could face a year in jail. The real poop! Wealthy Manhattanites are rubbing bird poop into their faces in a bizarre bid for beauty. The luxury Shizuka New York salon charges 8180 for a traditional Japa- nese treatment known as the "geisha facial," which in- volves past- ing a mix of imported Asian night- ingale ex- I o o o crement and powdered rice bran onto a client's face. Spa owner Shizuka Bernstein said that because the nightingales eat only seeds, their droppings contain a natural enzyme that helps rejuvenate the skin. "We don't do Central Park (pigeon) facials," she said, "because those birds eat garbage." Be aware, FBI agents gave their informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in 2011, authorizing everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies. A Super PAC called Ready for Hillary has raised $1.25 million in less than three months, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton has yet to announce her candidacy for the 2016 presidential election. Three quarters of contributors sent $25 or less. So how much have you sent? Are you a heavy water drinker? Well, unless there are major changes in the distribution of ever-scarcer water supplies, two-thirds of the world's population is expected to be living under "severe water stress conditions" by the year 2025. A poll revealed 36% of Americans ages 18 to 29 say they have tried marijuana, com- pared with 56% of that age group in 1977. Yes, once upon a time, some musicians used to smoke pot. If you got busted for carrying pot you were sentenced to prison in Lexing- ton, Kentucky for three years. Some cats said they wouldn't mind being sent there, because while they are there, they can practice blow- ing their horns. Health scare! The taller you are, the greater your risk of developing cancer. A new study of nearly 21,000 postmenopausal women found that with every 4-inch increase in height, the risk of developing any type of cancer -- including skin, breast and colon cancer -- increased by 13 percent, while the risk of certain cancers -- like those of the kidney and blood -- rose by as much as 29 percent. Previous studies have also shown a link between height and cancer in men. Researchers aren't sure why, but it may be that genetic factors that cause people to grow taller also predispose them to the uncontrolled growth of cells that take place in cancer. YukI Notorious White House intern Monica Lewinsky bounced back from her fizzled affair with then President Bill Clinton by targeting another high-profile married man -- John F. Kennedy Jr.I The ENQUIRER has learned that as Monica's scandalous romance with Clinton waned, she begged in a letter to a top presidential adviser for a job at Kennedy's political magazine "George" in hopes of bed- ding America's favorite son. Enough of this! Show business stuff from the great musi- cologist and philanthropist, the ageless Albert Natale. Before discovering the Beatles, later- to-be manager Brian Epstein managed the record department of his family's furniture business. While touring battle areas during World War II, singer Jo Stafford was often voted "G.I. Jo" by a company or a squadron. Freddy Martin took up the saxophone at Ohio University and later became a saxophone salesman. He once tried and failed to sell instruments to Guy Lombardo. One more time! Marjorie Hughes sang with Frankie Carle's band for three months before he disclosed she was his daughter. He made the announcement after their hit record "Oh What It Seemed To Be." Italian Americans who popularized American songs here and abroad are: Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone (Vito Farinola), Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti), Tony Bennett (Anthony Benedetto), Frankie Laine (Frank LoVecchio), Perry Como, Frankie Avalon (Frank Avalone), Bobby Rydell (Roberto Ridarelli), Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero), Bobby Darin (Walden Cassotto), Joanie James (Joan Babbo) and Jon Bon Jovi. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED VINEGAR 1 quart white vinegar 1 quart water 5 green bell peppers (PICKLED) PEPPERS 3 medium pickling jars with screw caps. 3 teaspoons salt 3 teaspoons sugar Place white vinegar and water in a saucepan over medium heat and cover. Bring to a rolling boil for about three minutes. Meanwhile remove stems and seeds from peppers. Wash peppers thoroughly. Cut peppers into quarter portions lengthwise and place in clean jars. Pour enough boiled water and vinegar combination over peppers, up to rim of jar. Add one teaspoon of salt and one teaspoon of sugar to each jar. Place cover tightly on each jar. On a clean cookie sheet or cutting board, turn closed jar upside down, resting the jar on its cover. Check to be sure that water is not leaking from jar. Allow standing for thirty minutes before turning jars right side up. Store for three or four weeks in your cupboard before use. Refrigerate only after opening jars. NOTE: I began to pickle bell peppers in the 1950s when my cousin Josie (LaGrassa) DeSisto shared her recipe with me. Each time I pickled peppers, my mind wandered back to my childhood when each fall, Papa bought a case of the small Santo Nicolo peppers for pickling. They were small but firm. They were green and some were spotted with a little red or yellow skin. While Mama washed the peppers without remov- ing the stem or inner seeds, Papa prepared the very large ceramic container. It was the same kind that everyone else in the neighborhood used for pickling peppers. After the peppers were clean, my parents placed them in the container and added the necessary vinegar and spices. I remember Papa placing a large ceramic cover on the container. He warned us not to go near the peppers. All this took place in the little cubicle of space in the cellar of 39 Charter Street, below our bakery. Each family had a cubicle reserved for storing extra canned goods, wine and preserved vegetables. Before long, the aroma of the pickled peppers found its way up to the street floor of the building. Papa wasn't the only one who had pickled peppers. Each time I look at the ceramic container, still in my posses- sion, it reminds me of the above yearly ritual. Vita nbe reachedat g@mcast.net Saint Bertin (Continued from Page 4) monastery which was built where the town of St. Omer now stands. Saint Bertin lived a particularly austere life and was known to be a man of deep faith. The fame of Bertin's learning and sanctity gradually drew over 150 monks to his monastery, among them were Saint Winnoc and his three com- panions who later founded a monastery at Wormhoudt, near Dunkirk. Saint Bertin lived to be nearly I00, an extraordinary age at that time. He wit- nessed the conversion to Christianity of the region surrounding his monastery and saw the marshy land transformed into fertile fields for farming. Knowing that the end was close, he appointed the monk Rigobert as his successor while he prepared himself for a happy death. He passed away about the year 709 and began to be vener- ated as a saint soon after his passing. Shortly after his passing, the abbey received the name of Saint Bertin. In Medieval times it became a center of great learning. The abbey church, which is now in ruins was one of the fin- est 14 TM century Gothic edi- fices. Saint Bertin's feast is celebrated on September 5 . M0000al,ery Perch 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask .for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN