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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 5, 2012 Barrorl's So what is new? Soda vending machines in schools and ;pther public buildings can run up significant -- and often hidden -- municipal electricity costs, according to a study released last month by Northeastern University's Public Health Advocacy Insti- tute. "The Hidden Energy Cost of School Beverage Vending Machines" finds that a typical machine costs $437 for electricity per year. The cost tends to be even higher for older, less-efficient models. The North- eastern study recommends maintaining an accurate count of all vending machines in public buildings -- an inventory that many communities currently lack. Once the list is compiled, local officials are encouraged to carefully review all contracts with soda- machine owners. All vending machines have weaknesses or special codes contained in their program- ming that allow the vending machine engi- neers to open them up, diagnose problems, and get them to deliver free soda and snacks faster than the Japanese can make Toyotas. Fertility booster! Healthy young men can improve sperm quality simply by eating a couple of handfuls of walnuts daily. Men ages 21 to 35, who ate about half a cup of walnuts a day for 12 weeks, were able to improve the quality of their sperm -- including fewer sperm abnormalities. Researcher Wendie Robbins, at the UCLA School of Nursing, said walnuts are the only nuts with omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to better sperm quality. CitruloI Winning the lottery is becoming a hassle for one Virginia man, who was grumbling that cashing in his second big- bucks ticket in just three months was old hat and he'd have to pose for more photog- raphers! "The second time is a little more routine," complained Joseph Sylvester, of Arlington, after he hit for $100,000 in the Lottery Cash 5 game in July -- matching the jackpot he'd won in April. "Gotta get my picture taken again." According to Virginia Lottery officials, the odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 278,256. The complacent double winner used his first windfall to pay off some bills and buy a new truck. He didn't say what he'd do with his ho-hum second 81oo,ooo. Ah, money! Mona-Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston says, "Nowadays everybody is putting their money where their mouth is -- to kiss it goodbye." The astute Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "In the old days a woman married a man for his money, but now she divorces him for it." The great, brilliant hunk, Kyle Waters of Swampscott says, "If your youngster asks how Santa Claus gets into your house, tell him he comes in through a hole in daddy's wallet." Weird! Dentist Caroline Stern and her beau George Hess got bagged by New York cops -- for dancing at a subway station! Caroline, 55, and George, 54, a movie prop master, were headed home after a late night jazz concert at Lincoln Center and began doing the Charleston to a street mu- sician playing steel drums at the nearly empty Columbus Circle station, Suddenly, officers showed up and demanded: "What are you doing?" When Caroline replied: "Danc- ing," they told her: "You can't do that on the platform." The officers demanded IDs and when Caroline could only produce a credit card, they insisted the couple had to come with them. George pulled out a camera and the officers called for backup. George was tackled and both he and Caroline were cuffed and charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. After spending 23 hours in jail, the case was dropped. Now the out- raged sweethearts are suing the city. Says Caroline: "It was absolutely ridiculous that this happened." We agree! The attractive and astute Lucille Monuteaux says, "When some men dance they're all feet and when they stop they're all hands." Some interesting, useless information. learned to spell cor- rectly and his publish- ers always found errors I O O O in his manuscripts. People in Iceland read more books per capita than any other people in the world. Influenza got its name from the fact that people believed the disease was because of the evil "influence" of stars. The slang word crap comes from T. Crapper, the man who invented the modern toilet. The oldest word in the English language is town. The only contemporary words that end with -gry are angry and hungry. And only four words in the English language end in -dous: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. One more time! There are about five thousand different languages spoken on Earth. Ah, Francis X. Bellotti! He once said: "... elderly deserve secure retirement free from inflationary worries ... we must create a broader income base ... the young deserve honest answers to their questions ... we have to replace speeches with action ..." And in 1965 Bellotti believed it was time women had equal employment opportunities. Some friends asked me about Globe col- umnist Joan Vennochi's background. In brief, Vennochi joined the Globe in 1977 as a research assistant on the Globe's inves- tigative Spotlight Team. She is a graduate of Boston University (1976), Suffolk Law School (1984) and a member of the Massachusetts Bar. After graduating from Boston University, Vennochi worked at the Thomaston (CT) Express, a small weekly paper and the Danbury {CT) News-Times. In 1980, as a member of the Globe's Spot- light Team, she shared a Pulitzer Prize that the Globe won for a Spotlight report on waste and mismanagement in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). She Recipes from the by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Tomato Sauce with Meat "Macaroni with the Gravy" 1 twenty-eight-ounce can of crushed tomatoes 1 eight-ounce can of tomato paste 1 medium onion chopped 1 garlic clove chopped (optional) 1/3 cup vegetable, canola or olive oil 1 teaspoon dried basil, or 3 fresh basil leaves I or 2 pounds meat of your choice Suggestion of meats and combinations: Ground beef or turkey for meatballs Meatballs and lamb stew meat Meatballs and veal stew meat Meatballs and Italian pork sausages Lamb stew or veal stew meat and Italian pork sausages Cut-up chicken portions Heat oil in saucepan and brown meat in pot. After brown- ing all portions, remove and set aside. Drain excess oil if desired, to limit the amount of oil in the sauce. Add chopped onion, garlic, and basil to saucepan. Simmer until onion is opaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and stir thoroughly. Add half a cup of water if mixture appears to be too thick. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about fifteen or twenty minutes. Stir occasion- ally to prevent mixture from sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. Then add tomato paste and stir thoroughly. Fill empty tomato paste can with water and stir water into sauce. Cover pot and simmer slowly over low heat for another twenty minutes. Then add browned meat. Cover and cook slowly until meat portions are tender. Remaining sauce freezes well. NOTE: During my years of experience in cooking, I have found that the taste of a tomato sauce varies with the kind of canned tomato used. My advice is to experiment with the variety of kinds of crushed tomatoes available today until you acquire the taste that pleases you. Try using a combination of meats in your sauce also, to vary or enhance its .flavor. Whenever I need a tomato sauce for preparing eggplant, veal or chicken cutlet parmigiana, I cook up a batch of this tomato sauce, eliminating use of meat or tomato paste. has also worked as a general assignment reporter, Boston City Hall Bureau Chief ~ (1984), State House Bureau Chief (1986) and covered the 1988 presidential campaign. She joined the Globe's business reporting staff in 1988 and began writing her column in July 1991. The Great Italian-Americans of the Past: Philip Mazzei-Constantino Brumidi- Luigi Palma Di Cesnola - Francesca Xavier Cabrini - Amadeo Peter Giannini- Fiorello H. La Guardia - Enrico Fermi - Arturo Toscanini - Guglielmo Marconi - Enrico Caruso - Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti - Rudolph Valentino. Be aware, be- cause of space limitation we could have added hundreds and hundreds more names of contemporary Italian-Americans. Yes, names like Anna Maria Alberghetti, Don Ameche, Frankie Avalon, Frank Capra, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, John A. Volpe, Joe Garagiola, Ben Gazzara, Frankie Lane, Mario Lanza, Louis Prima, Johnny Desmond, Connie Francis, Liberace, Alfred Drake, Carmen Cavallaro, Tony Conigliaro, Rocky Marciano, Sal Mineo, Liza Minnelli, Jimmy Durante, Phil Rizzuto, Rocky Graziano, Henry Mancini, Frank Fontaine, Tony Franciosa, and Tony Bennett. Show business reminiscing with the handsome, stately musicologist Albert Natale. Billy Rose's credentials showed a wealth of talent in many directions. He was a lyricist, producer, showman, broadcaster and syndicated columnist. He wrote the words for such standards as "Barney Google," "Does the Spearmint Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight," "Don't Bring Lulu," "Me And My Shadow," "Back In Your Own Back Yard" and many others. "Tonight Show" bandleader Doc Severinsen played with Charlie Barnet, Sam Donahue and Tommy Dorsey in the late 1940s. David Seville, of "Chipmunks" fame, also worked as a composer under his real name Ross Bagdasarian. His compositions include: "Armen's Theme," "Witch Doctor" and "Come-On-A-My House." WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM Hans .Christiaq~Anqle~r.spp~ :author of ~gn~ ~ , famous fairy tales, was word-blind. He never AMERICA IS A "B~IJTII~UL ITAL'I~I~I'~E * Time for Ruth (Continued from Page 2) were there. We shopped at their country store, picked up some apples and left for Saint Joseph's Abbey to at- tend Vespers. Purely by chance, we ran into an old friend at the Abbey who has been a member of .the monastic community for over fifty years. It was great to spend some time with him, listen to his ideas on the world as it is to- day and finally receive his blessing. Vespers began promptly at 5:40 and, as always, was sung beautifully. After com- pletion we took a quick walk around the grounds and left for home. The rain had never let up through our entire day away from home, yet our mood had brightened com- pletely and in conversation driving home we spoke of Ruth and the wisdom of our old friend who always knew when to say, "It's time for Ruth!" From MYBakery Perch 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delighOeul recollection of her memories as a chiM 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