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"Page 12 ' POT:GAZI'P'I= ", bc'r'O'B'ER 28;201:1 " " " s Ray 15arran's 11 O'CLOCK NEW5 So what's new? Pinellas County, Florida, will stop adding fluoride to its drinking water after complaints by anti-government activists. Dentists protested the decision, arguing that fluoridation has dramatically lowered tooth-decay rates across the U.S., but Tea Party activists said it was part "of a plot by "the world government to keep people stupid." Motherly love? An 18-year-old Connecticut man was arrested when he refused his mom's plea to clean up his room, cursed her out, and then told responding cops to go away because he "has rights." Might as well confess? Whenever I was untidy my mother used to say the only one who would be fit to marry me will be a dirty rotten Sicilian. For the record, my mother was a native of Mirabella, the Province of Avellino. Well, my dear readers, we did marry a Sicilianl And she was truly a beautiful, intelligent young lady. When I introduced Marilyn to my mother, I told her she was a Sicilian. When Marilyn went to the bath- room, my mother told me it was my problem. Of course, my mother defended herself by telling Marilyn, "Do not believe everything my son tells you." Enough said. Marilyn, my beautiful Sicilian wife, was born and raised in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and never heard of the discrimination. Per- haps some of you will remember Marilyn when she was the "Princess" on TV doing a children's show. She was also the hostess of a children's show, The Young Timer's Club on WCOP Radio in Boston. Yes, she was well- known. We escaped from the hordes of fans by moving to Nahant. Perhaps in a future column we will reveal more about our life and times• Oh, yes, we did raise a familyI Two beautiful daughters! Karen and Robyn. ScornatoI Charles Burnett, 29, allegedly robbed the same Manhattan bank branch three days in a row. On his third try, he was arrested. Boozers in the newsl Federal officials reported that drunken driving incidents have declined to their lowest level in two decades. To save money, said Dr. Thomas Friend of the Centers for Disease Control and Preven- tion, "people are drinking at home more." The philosophical Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "If you drink before you drive, you are "putting the quart before the hearse•" And he added, one reason why the courts don't handle more drunken driver cases is that the undertaker gets them first. Immigrant crackdown: Alabama began enforcing what Governor Robert Bently called "the strongest immigration law in this coun- try" after a federal judge upheld its key pro- visions. Authorities in the state can now question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally, and schools are required to verify the immigration status of all newly enrolled children and their parents• Since I the law went into effect, hundreds of Hispar children have been absent from schools, and farm owners say migrant pickers have cleared out, leaving tomato crops rotting on the vine. "There won't be no next growing season," said farmer Wayne Smith. State Senator Arthur Orr disagreed, insisting the law would create "employment for a lot of people who are citizens or who are here legally." Wowl Danes, traditionally big fans of pork and pastries, now have to pay a tax on those and many other favorite foods. The govern- ment launched a $1.29 per pound levy on saturated fat, which will apply to all foods with a fat content of more than 2.3 percent. The measure is expected to raise the price of a bag of chips by about 12 cents and that of a hamburger by about 40 cents. The govern- ment projects that the new tax will reduce fat consumption and increase the average lifespan of Danes by three years over the next decade. But Danes may not be easily swayed. Asked if he'd forgo butter, Copenhagen resi- dent Mathias Buch Jensen said, "I would fry cabbage in butter, and add a little more but- ter at the end. That way at least I'm getting my vegetables." Juicy reading! re!l-all memoir by. Martha Stewart's daughter paints the O O O domestic ms- , • yen as less than a lady, said Us Alexis Stewart slams her mother in the book for making her wrap her own Christmas pre- sents and forcing her to learn crafts as a girl. "If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again. I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head." Stewart claims her mother's do- mestic habits belie her public image as the queen of neat: Martha allows her pet s to soil her rugs, and she herself would "pee with the door open" while Alexis entertained guests• The marvelous Rosalie Cunio of Waltham, says, "There are still a few old-fashioned mothers who would like to tuck their chil- dren in bed, but they can't stay awake that late." Carlo Scostumato claims many a man met his wife through a dating service -- her mother. Giuseppina, la coscia storta, says a mod- em mother is one who can hold a safety pin and a cigarette in her mouth at the same Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SPLIT GREEN PEA SOUP 1 cup split green peas 1 medium onion chopped {optional) I quart of water 1 cup small elbow or shell macaroni 2 tablespoons of canals or olive oil Salt Ham pieces, ham hock or ham bone are excellent additions to this recipe. Wash split peas and place in water ih a two-quart pan. Bring water to boil and add chopped onion, ham pieces, ham hock or ham bone. Cook slowly, partially covered, to prevent overflow of liquids. Check frequently to prevent mixture from stiking or burning. When all split peas have dissolved, add oil and stir. Cover pot, shut burner, and move from burner. Following directions on the pasta package, cook small elbow or small shell macaroni to tenderness desired. Mix pasta with pea soup and serve together with ham pieces or separately. Pea soup can be frozen. Defrost first, before heating for use. Serves two. NOTE: During the Depression, many of my relatives served Pea Soup often, as did my mother. This economical, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare meal was especially welcomed on our supper table during the cold winter months. time. The lovely, brilliant, Lucille Monuteaux, Office Manager of the popular East Boston Social Centers, thinks the joys of mother- hood are never fully experienced until all the children are in bed. And handsome John Roch, Business M.anager of the Centers, says, ( .,   another reason for unhappy marriages is that MoffoGatlo men can't fool their wives like they could their mothers. Are you ready for this? A federal worker was injured on her trip to the bathroom when two Appraisals toilets exploded in a shower of water and por- , )#'. Sales & Rentals celain shrapnel. A water-pressure problem at the General Services Administration build- ing in Washington, D.C., caused the explo- Reel[ ESI"C]t( sion, which sent the woman to the hospital with a leg wound• Plumbing expert Chuck White said that water-pressure problems can 376 North Street * Boston, MA 02113 rum toilets into deadly weapons. "If you're not (617) 523-2103 * Fax (617) 523-3530 careful about how you release pressure," White said, "the contents of that bowl will come up like Old Faithful•" r -, Indigestion! A Chinese man who hid a gold 1st Generation necklace inside a muffin for his girlfriend's birthday was horrified to watch her swallow Italian-American the whole thing in one gulp. Xaio Li, 22, said he hid the necklace in the muffin to show Vita Orlando Sinopoli Wang Xue, also 22, "how much I love her. And it would be a good joke, too." Doctors Shares with us retrieved the jewelry by endoscopic surgery, ..... a deiighOCul recollection but now Li doubts Xue "will ever feel comfort- From able wearing it, even though I spent hours ]J[YI 1 of her memories as a child cleaning it for her." a ery growing up in To think, in 1950, the average U.S. house-  Perch Boston's "Little Italy" hold spent 3 percent of its income on health care, and 22 percent on food. By 2010, food  and a collection of costs dropped to 7 percent of income, while " Italian family recipes health care costs rose to 16 percent. A recent poll disclosed 83% of Republicans Vn', 0tUANlm Sior'otl from the homeland. expect to defeat President Obam. a in 2012. 58% of Democrats say Obama will be elected Great as Gifts to another term. Time for some reminiscing with the stately FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM . and in local bookstores -- ask for musicologist Albert Natale. During his early Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN days as a band singer, Tony Martin used the Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN name Al Morris and doubled playing saxo- , , phone, Frank Sinatra on Tommy Dorsey: "I learned about dynamics and phrasing and style from the way he played his horn, and I LETTERS POLICY enjoyed my work because he sees to it that a singer is always given a perfect setting•" The • The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit "Road" pictures, starring Bing Crosby, Bob Letters to the Editor. 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