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PAGE 14 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 14, 2011 NEWS:BRIEFS /FRO00 rmLmN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBL/CAT/ONS) Compiled by Orazio Zo Suttafuoco IT'S VERY HEALTHY TO EAT THE "HOT PEPPER" (PEPERONCINO). We have in the past discussed about the peperoncino's excellent healthy qualities. The latest news is also good, at least to those who love a lot of hot food and who have also weight problems. It so happens that a substance contained in the peperoncino, also, in the sweet one, helps to lose weight because it stimulates the metabolism. A recent discovery, as indicated above, was the result of a study conducted by researchers at U.C.L.A. (University at Los Angeles, CA). The peperoncino has been known for ages to contain special, weight losing substances simply because it warms up the whole body which helps to burn calories. In order to ascertain why this happens, the researchers tested the attributes of a substance found in the sweet peppers and in the peperoncino: the dehidrop capsiate (D+c), which is similar to the capsaicine, which makes the peperoncino so "hot" but is less hot (piccante) in the sweet one. The tests were conducted on 34 people who had a weight problem and who had eaten a hypo-caloric liquid meal for 28 days. One half of the group took a pill that contained Oct while the other half only took a placebo. At the end of the test, those who took the pill with Oct had burned a lot more energy, or calories, nearly twice as much as the other (control) group. However, the researchers caution against eating large amounts of the peperoncino! The results? Well, when you eat anything that tastes "piccante" (hot), better be careful. It may burn a lot more in the ... rear front! (you know whatI!!!) MARROW TRANSPLANTATION CAN CURE DIABETES? One of the dreams of medical science researchers is to help those afflicted with diabetes to become free from the daily injections of insulin. The solution to this pathological problem can be at hand. Early in the year 2010, the Diabetes Research Institute associ- ated with the San Raffaela Hospital, in Milan, Italy conducted an experiment, entirely new, which consisted of transplanting insu- lin-producing cells in the marrow of a patient. This procedure showed to be a winning solution. Of course, different attempts had been tried but with irrelevant results. The first attempts have already been done on patients with highly encouraging results. If after a year of treatment the results are excellent as researchers hope, we will see the army of diabetes-afflicted patients rapidly leaving the hospital. That would be a great day; a true medical triumph. The Agency for all your Insurance Coverages Richard Settipane 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 PRINTING Quality Printing for all your Commercial and Personal Needs [ Stationery * Business Cards-Menus * Flyers [ Program Books * Wedding and Party Invitations [ Announcements * Business Forms and Documents m COMPETITIVE PRICES 617-227-8929 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani FREEDOMS FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER SLATED FOR NOVEMBER 5 th The 2011 Bay State Chapter of the Freedom Foundation's Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 12:00 pm at Spinelli's Ban- quet Facility in Day Square in East Boston. My friend Peter Ingenieri will be the recipient of the Bay State Chapter's "Spirit of '76 Award." For tickets or more information, call 617-569-21 I0. LIFE FOCUS CENTER'S SILENT AUCTION & DINNER The Life Focus Center of Charlestown will be hosting its 3  Annual Silent Auction Din- ner on Friday, October 28 at the K of C Hall starting at 6:00 pm.. The night will feature Hot Spot Productions performing a Broadway Revue. For tickets, call Marge at 617-242-3423. BILL MARLOWE'S AND FLORAMO'S FOREVER Every time I pass by Tommy Floramo's place on Everett Avenue in Chelsea, I think of Bill Marlowe and his great radio commercials for the restaurant. Marlowe had just the right radio voice when he would say, Floramo's where the meat falls offthe bone. Lately, on 99. I, I've heard Ron Della Chiesa doing new Floramo commercials and as good a radio voice he has, nobody will ever top Bill Marlowe. The restaurant jiggle is such a great line and made this eatery quite famous. THE NEW MASS MENTAL HEALTH CENTER IS COMING Back in November 2003, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center on Fenwood Road over in the Longwood Medical Cen- ter closed after 91 years. I was the last police officer on duty and had worked there 31 years. The old building was finally razed and the new Mass. Men- tal Health Center will be host- ing an Open House on Thurs- day, November 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. I'll be there ... Also, the 100 u anniversary of Mass. Mental Health Center is already being planned for June 24, 2012. VIVA LA COKE? There's a growing Latino population in East Boston and apparently Shaw's Supermarket is pretty much aware of it and has seemingly started to mar- kets items in thai; direction. I noticed shelves filled with bottles of Mexican Coke. I won: der if there's a special formula that only Mexico has, say a touch of hot sauce. I like the old glass bottles though just like back in the day. MT. ST. JOSEPH AND TRINITY TO MERGE Two Boston area Catholic high schools plan to merge next Sep- tember. Mt. Saint Joseph Acad- emy, an all-girls high school PRAYER TO ST, JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and pre- served throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. A.T.P. since 1895 and Trinity High School, an all boys high school in Newton established in 1893 will be merging next year into the new Saint Joseph Prepara- tory High School as a co-ed school of 400 students. HUB FIREFIGHTER GETS REHONORED Recently, over in Charlestown, Boston fn-efighters remembered one of their own who was killed during World War II. Mayor Tom Menino and the fallen veteran's family gathered to unveil a memorial plaque for Joseph J. Luna in Sullivan Square. Assigned to Ladder 9 in 1942 Lunajoined the U.S. Marines in 1943 and was killed in combat on September 15, 1944 during the Battle of Peleliu and became the first Boston firefighter to die in that war. The original plaque was lost over 40 years ago when a new firehouse in Sullivan Square replaced the older one at the end of Bunker Hill Street. HALLOWEEN WITH BEAWOLFE? The electrifying guitarist Dominic Petrosino from Beawolfe informs me that the band will be playing in Hallow- een time up at the ITAM Club in Saugus on Friday, October 28 starting at 8:00 pm. There will be chicken, ziti and $50 for best costume. For more information, call Dom at 617-569-6529 or 617-646-9446. Beauwolfe is a must-see classic rock band with their own great Eastie sound. JOEL ANTOLINI APPOINTED ASST. SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE NORTH ATTLEBORO PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM The former principal of Cohasset Middle-High School has been appointed Assistant Superintendent of the North Attleboro Public Schools. He was selected from a field of 32 applicants. Superintendent Suzan Cullen stated, "Joel was overall the number one candi- date moving forward from the committee amongst a pool of very strong candidates." Antolini had been a principal in Cohasset since 2002. He holds a bachelor degree from Fitchburg State College, a master's from Boston University and is currently a doctoral stu- dent at Northeastern University. He has been married to his wife Ann Marie for 26years and has a daughter, Rosalie. KElVI]MBER DON'T FORGET TOO Joe Ruggiero from the East Boston Columbus Day Commit- tee just wants to remind every- one about the upcoming parade fundraiser "An Evening of Music & Comedy" happening on Sat- urday, October 29 at the Madonna Queen Shrine Hall starting at 6:30 pm. For more information or tickets, give Joe a call at 617-590-3035. KUDOS TO HARBORARTS FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS On Saturday, September 24, the second annual HarborArts Festival was held in East Bos- ton and it was a bigger success than last year's first outdoors public art exhibit down at the Boston Shipyard and Marina. The daylong celebration brought some 30 large scale pieces of art by artists near and far. Many of our own local artists lined the shipyard and marina with their creations and all of these art- ists turned a working shipyard into a 14-acre public art display. All who attended said they can't wait to return again next year. SCREEEMFEST WEEKENDS AT CANOBIE LAKE PARK Also, don't forget the park's Oktoberfest Weekends too. Both events are running every weekend through October 30. For more information, go to canobie.corru WHO GOES FISHING ON THE I-I/GH BRIDGE? Commuting to work across the High Bridge from City Square, I always see these guys fishing offthe bridge early in the mornings. Who goes fishing here? I'm sure it isn't North Enders or Townies from the other side. There may very well be fishes in the water but, oh, the water. You would probably have to boil these suckers sev- eral years before I'd even try to eat them up. Perhaps, it just about the catch. Maybe, they throw them back in after reel- ing them up the bridge. Same thing about those clam diggers over on Wollaston Beach. If you really like clams, you should just go down to Tony's Clam Shoppe and tell Roy that Sal sent you by. The wate UGH! You know that old song about dirty water by the Sandels? I'm always humming it while cross- ing the High Bridge or walking along Wollaston Beach. "PRIDE ITALIAN STYLE" Kudos go out to the Boston Herald for running a half-page on the Columbus Day parade in the North End on Monday, Oc- tober I0. Three colored photos and a story. Meanwhile, the Bos- ton Globe ran a photo of the Hispanic Parade Day parade in New York City but nothing on Boston's parade. Thanks again over on Morrissey Boulevard. OFFICER CUNEO HONORED 90 YEARS LATER On Saturday, October 8, Boston's first Italian police officer who was killed in the line of duty 90 years ago on Hanover Street was honored with a plaque dedi- cation ceremony at the North End's Prado. Officer Andrew B. Cuneo was shot twice on August 13, 1921 trying to capture a ban- dit who had just stolen a gun from a local pawn shop. Over i00 folks showed up for this honor for Cuneo. Elected officials, police officers, commu- nity leaders and family members were joined by North End resi- dents to honor the slain officer. He was appointed to Boston Police on May 9, 1906 and was 44 years old at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife and eight children. His granddaughter Barbara Cuneo-O'Connell said at the ceremony, "We always con- sidered Andrew Cuneo a hero, but we are so proud and humbled to be part of his great legacy." WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM