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ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo Ciao BeUa, Harvard Square in Cam- bridge has always been a fave haunt of mine; so many new and unique stores and restaurants to visit. It almost makes you not so nostalgic when missing all the iconic places Harvard Square was so famous for. On one of my visits to the Square, I arrived early for a girl's lunch date so I could shop a bit. On JFK Street is one of the best cosmetic grocers in the world! LUSH- Fresh Handmade Cosmetics! Upon entering, I looked around for my friend, Claire D. Since turning her on to the soothing and aromatic benefits of LUSH, I knew she might be headed in this heavenly scented direction. She would certainly be at my girl's lunch. A lovely sales associate approached me and gave me a warm and friendly greeting (not always a common occurrence these days). Jennifer offered to It's a LUSH-ious Life/ give me a free hand treat- ment. Wow, what a treat for me. It's usually me doing the natural manicure hand treatments. I asked for a chair and the treatment began! On cleansed hands she exfoliated with OCEAN SALT Face and Body Scrub. While course and fine sea salts sloughed away dry and flaky skin, rich avocado butter and coconut oil softened my hands like a baby's butt! The astringent grapefruit juice brightened my hands with a glow. The finish was a delightful massage with LEMONY FLUTTER cuticle cream! Not just for cuticles, but for elbows, feet and knees! Lemon heaven. Just as we were finish- ing up, in walks Claire, and she was talked into the hand treatment. She pur- chased both amazing prod- ucts along with LUSH's famous bathbombs. We had a great time smell- ing and buying everything in sight! Hard to resist IT'S RAINING MEN shower gel for body and hair. That true scent of caramel brings back memories from childhood -- along with the soothing ben- efits of honey. Dreamy! Other new arrivals are a campaign to protect our ocean's sharks, since sharks are necessary for maintain- ing the stability of marine ecosystems around the world and now face the threat of extinction! The limited edi- tion SHARK FIN SOAP has seaweed to soften and a (Continued on Page 15) You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. Beware of scares and pet fraud when buying dogs. Looking to get a new puppy?. In addition to researching how a new puppy will change your life and making sure that you're ready for the commitment, prospective puppy buyers have some- thing new to consider. From mutts to poodles, all puppies are being targeted in puppy scams. Pet fraud has taken on a new form as the Inter- net has created endless opportunities for enterpris- ing individuals both legiti- mate and criminal. In a fairly new twist on an old con game, Web-based fraudsters have put a puppy's face on an old scam. Puppy scams take various forms and have extended the "buyer beware" adage to law-abiding sellers. On the buyer side, puppy scams often involve email and online or hard copy ads touting: (1) Missionary with puppy in need of rescue. While the circumstances change, the bottom line is that, for an unbelievably low price, the buyer can rescue a pet from a dangerous situation. (2) Purebred puppies at an incredible price! Rather than tugging at the buyer's heartstrings, this one tar- gets watching their purse strings. (3) You want it, we've got it. This caters to the impatient perfectionist. "Want the perfect pup right now, but can't find him close to home? No problem. Pick from our incredible selection, send us a check, and we'll ship within 24 hours. Typically, puppy scams require the buyer to wire payment. Once sent, the money can't be recovered even if you never get the puppy or receive a different or sickly pup. Reduce your likelihood of falling victim to a puppy scam by taking heed of the old saying: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Other tips to avoid the The Agency for all your Insurance Coverages AUTO HOMEOWNERS TENANTS COMMERCIAL Experience makes the difference SPECIALIST in RESTAURANT and BUSINESS POLICIES CALL TODAY FOR YOUR QUOTE 617-523-3456 - Fax 617-723-9212 1 Longfellow - Place Suite 2322 - Boston, MA 02114 Conveniently located with Free Parking financial and emotional roller coaster of pet fraud: (1) Research the breeder. Ask for, and contact, their references. (2) Never wire payment. Instead, consider using Pay pal or an escrow service. (3) Use the internet to find reputable breeders, but shop locally. Meet your prospective puppy before buying. Legitimate breeders targeted: One version of the puppy scare involves overpayment for a pet with a counterfeit check. The "buyer" requests that the breeder return the extra money via a wire transfer. If the breeder complies and has already shipped the puppy, he or she will be out both the money and the dog. And breeders, if you must accept a large check, ask your bank when it will clear before making any refunds. Sellers with their own websites are encountering .yet another form of pet fraud. Photos of their pups are being copied and added to fraudulent "breeder" sites. Buyers should request pho- tos containing a specific item as proof of the life to make sure that what they've seen is what they'll get. The U.S. Better Busi- ness Bureau recommends searching local better busi- ness bureau "reliability re- ports" for complaints against unscrupulous breeders. If you believe you've been the victim of a puppy scam, report it to your local authorities. Reporting inci- dents to the Internet Crime Complaint Center and the (Continued on Page 15) Saint Vincent DePaul by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Saint Vincent was born at Pouy in Gascony, France, in 1580. His first studies were under the Franciscans Fathers at Acqs. In 1596, he went to the University of Toulouse for theological stud- ies, and it was there that he was ordained priest in 1600. In 1605, returning from Marseilles, he was captured by pirates who took him to Tunis where he remained for two years until he escaped his captors in 1607. He returned to Rome to continue his studies. In 1609 he was sent back to France on a mission to King Henry IV and later be- came pastor of the parish of Clichy near Paris. In 1612, Vincent entered the service of the family of Philippe Emmanuel de Gondy, Count of Joigny, to educate his children. He became the spiritual director of Mme de Gondy, and with her as- sistance he began giving missions on her estates. In 1625 he left the service of the family de Gondy and be- came cur6 of Chatillon-les- Dombes where he founded the first conference of char- ity for the assistarice of $the poor. Vincent's charity was also directed towards the convicts in the galleys of France. The condemned convicts were crowded into damp dungeons, covered with vermin and ulcers, their only food being black bread and water. Assisted by a priest, he began visiting the galley convicts of Paris, extending charity to the most forsaken individuals. It was at this time that he laid the foundation of a con- gregation vowed to the evan- gelization of country people that later became the Con- gregation of Priests of the Mission or Lazarists, taking (Continued on Page 13) !1 Press his furry paw, and in Italian he greets you, inviting you to re- ![ spond. Join him when he counts to ten, and when he sings, "Giro, Ji Giro, Tondo" and "La Bella Lavanderina." 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