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i Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 21,2011 Ray 15arron'e 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 What a pity! A disabled Ohio man has been ordered to stop selling vegetables from his front yard. Wesley Wood says the few dollars he earned selling tomatoes, broccoli and peppers helped supplement his Social Security checks. But officials told him it's illegal to sell produce from a private home, so Wood will now give his vegetables away. "I just don't want to see the stuff go to waste," said Wood. "And I have a lot of it." Citrulo! An irate customer allegedly returned to a Missouri Taco Bell with a shot- gun, after discovering that a worker had failed to include hot sauce packets with his meal. Banned in Hollywood! The City Council of West Hollywood unanimously approved an ordinance banning the sale of fur apparel, the first such law in the nation, according to proud city officials. The ordinance which bans the sale of new clothing made in whole or part from the pelt of an animal with hair, wool or fur, requires a second vote in October to set a date when it will become law. Local animal-rights advocates have applauded the decision, but others in the city of 36,000 are angry. "We feel it's not only unconstitutional but arbitrary and capricious," said Genevieve Morrill, presi- dent of the Chamber of Commerce. In 1989, West Hollywood passed a resolution proclaim- ing a "cruelty-free zone for animals" within its city limits. The City Council has also banned cosmetic testing on animals, cat declawing and the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores. No blocking traffic: Praying in the streets of Paris is now against the law. For months, hundreds of Muslims who couldn't find a mosque to pray in blocked several streets in Paris each Friday, kneeling and bowing in unison on the pavement. Last year, far- right leader Marine Le Pen called for a ban on the practice, saying it amounted to a foreign "invasion" just like the Nazi occu- pation of Paris in World War II. She got her wish when the city struck a deal with Muslim leaders: No more worshiping in the streets, but Muslims may use an empty firehouse as a prayer site. "Praying in the street is not dignified for religious practice and violates the principles of secularism," said Interior Minister Claude Gueant. "All Muslim leaders are in agreement." Ah, praying! A small boy prayed, "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a good time as it is." Carlo Scostumato thinks most of man's troubles come from the fact that he has too much time on his hands and not enough on his knees. Amen. A sign in a Nebraska high school build- ing: "In the event of an earthquake or tornado, the Supreme Court ruling against prayer in school will be temporarily suspended." The adorable and astute Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "A real friend warms you by his presence, trusts you with his secrets, and remembers you in his prayers." According to Robyn Waters of Swampscott, "What most people pray for when they arrive at church on Sunday is a parking place." The brilliant Lucille Monuteaux, Office Manager of East Boston Social Centers, thinks people who do a lot of kneeling don't do much lying. And thebright John Roch reminds us prayer provides power, poise, peace, and purpose. Just remember, when life knocks you to your knees, you're in position to pray. Facce belle! Women in one small Italian town are waging a vendetta against a cur- vaceous, Romanian-born barmaid they believe is corrupting their husbands. Loredana Popesciue, 27, says that in recent months the jealous wives have reported her to immigration officials and the tax depart- ment, and called on health and safety inspectors to investigate her for lewd danc- ing. "I have nothing against these women," says Popesciue. "But if their husbands wanted to spend time with them, they'd be at home and not in my bar." Good advice! Morons! Two Colorado men have been accused of spending hours driving around with a dead friend in their car, allegedly using his O O O credit Card - to buy food, drinks and lap dances at a strip club. A police spokesman said that Mark Rubinson, 25, and Robert Young, 43, were clearly aware that their friend Jeffrey Jarrett had died of unknown causes when they began their spending spree. "This is a bizarre and unfortunate crime," said the spokesman. "This isn't anything you want to have hap- pen to a loved one." Heady news! The number of U.S. infants suffering "abusive head trauma" rose sharply after the recession started in 2007, a new study found. Researchers said the increase in abuse suggested that parents stressed by economic anxiety were lashing out at their crying babies. A new poll revealed Hillary Clinton is now the most popular national political figure in the U.S., with 64% of Americans saying they have a "very favorable" or "mostly favorable" opinion of her. 34% say the country would be better off right now if Clinton were presi- dent. 47% say it would be about the same. Only 29% say things would be better if John McCain were president. Yesl Yesl Hillary Clinton should go for it! Women are better managers than men! Time for you to have a hearty laughter! A good belly laugh has a rallying effect that no chuckle can match. A new British study shows that, like sex and exercise, the physi- cal effort of uncontrollable laughter makes our brains release chemicals called endor- phins, which relax us and relieve pain. It's "the emptying of the lungs that causes" the feel-good effect, not just the thought of some- thing funny, evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar tells He and his colleagues at Oxford University asked vol- unteers to watch either a comedy or a docu- mentary, and then applied painful levels of cold or pressure to their arms. The volun- teers who had laughed hard during their videos could withstand 10 percent more pain than those wh0'd only giggled or who hadn't been amused at all. The study's authors suggest that being able to really laugh gave humans a unique evolutionary advantage. Gold Diggers! What she looks for in a man is fiscal fitness. She's a good listener -- when money talks. She takes everything that a guy can buy; then she takes another guy. All she looks for in a man is brown eyes and green money. Her hobby is collecting romantic antiques -- rich old geezers. She brings out the animal in men -- Mink. She gets her men by using her come-on sense. When money stops talking, she starts walk- ing. She doesn't mind men who love her and leave her, provided they leave her enough. And she took her last three husbands not for better or worse, .but for good. Some interesting show biz stuff by our noted musicologist Albert Natale. Actor Stewart Granger had to change his name. Reason? His real name is James Stewart. Comedienne Martha Raye held the rank of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps as well as an Honorary Green Beret. She was wounded twice and became the only woman authorized to wear the Green Beret uniform. At Clark Gable's 36 th birth- day party, Judy Garland sang "Dear Mister Gable" to the tune of "You Made Me Love You." Louis B. Mayer was so impressed with the performance that he included it in the 1937 movie "Broadway Melody of 1938." And one more time! Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" has been recorded more than 1,300 times by hundreds of artists. It's lyrics written by Mitchell Parish has been trans- lated into 30 different languages. Rest in peace. In 1991, Sicilian immi- grant Frank Capra, who became a renowned film director, died at age 94. Winner of several Academy Awards, Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life" became an American classic within his lifetime. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED EYE ROAST OF BEEF 4 pounds eye roast of beef 3 tablespoons olive, canola or 1 large onion chopped vegetable oil 2 chopped celery sticks Aluminum foil or roasting bag 1 beef bouillon Salt Heat oil in a skillet. Add chopped onion and celery. Simmer until onion is opaque. Remove onion and celery from skillet and place in a bowl. Add eye roast of beef to the skillet and sear all sides to retain juices in the meat. Cut a wide piece of aluminum foil in which to bake the roast. Place foil in roasting pan. Place seared roast in center of aluminum foil, or in a roasting bag. Gently add the oil from skillet. Place chopped onion and celery over the roast. Salt to taste. Cover roasting pan with aluminum foil to fully seal roast and contents (or place in a roasting bag). Bake in 350F preheated oven for thirty minutes. Meanwhile, add a beef bouillon to one cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir and turn off burner. Check roast after thirty minutes. Add a small amount of beef bouillon liquid and baste the roast. Cover and continue baking, basting every 15 minutes. Bake to tenderness of beef desired. (Approx. baking time - about 90 minutes) NOTE: After baking this roast for my family, I place remain- ing bouillon liquid into a small saucepan over low heat. I stir a tablespoon of flour* into 1/4 cup of water and add to bouillon. Then I add liquids and onion and celery from the roasting pan. By stirring and allowing all this to simmer slowly, contents will thicken into the gravy that I serve with the roast. *For thick- ening gravy, use approximately one tablespoon of flour to one cup of liquid. My family enjoys home-baked biscuits, mashed potatoes and salad with this meal. Freedoms Foundation (Continued from Page 5) nity and in the community at-large. Their efforts in- cluded fundraising and service projects that sup- ported a student scholarship fund, local food pantries; the Special Olympics, Operation Troop Support, a battered women's shelter and a homeless shelter, a chil- dren's organization in E1 Sal- vador, Habitat for Humanity, and military veteran's activities. Peter Ingeneri of Wake- field -- the Spirit of '76 Award winner -- is a 30- year, life member of the Bay State Chapter of Freedoms Foundation, where he has served as president and as vice president for the Youth and Education Committee. He was a long-time educa- tor in the Boston Public Schools, teaching math and science at Boston Latin School and rising through the ranks to become Deputy Superintendent. He is also active with the Pirandello Lyceum, the Boston Kiwanis Club and St. Florence Parish in Wakefield. Tickets to the Bay State Chapter awards luncheon are available from Chapter Founder and Executive Director Joseph V. Ferrino by calling 617-846-2122 or Past President Ed Coletta at 617-797-2683. Freedoms Foundation awards Americans who go above and beyond in their efforts to educate their com- munities about the values of good citizenship, either through teaching or by example. The foundation has recognized several thou- sand dedicated individuals and organizations in its 61- year existence. Freedoms Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching all citizens the principles upon which our nation was founded. The organization seeks to convey the close link between the rights and the responsibilities of citizens in society. l M From 00akery Pech 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 d 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