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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZE'ITE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 45 Friday, November 9, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. RUDY GIULIANI Pays a Visit to the North End While campaigning for Senator Scott Brown in the North End on Friday, November 2 ad former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani was able to catch up with the Post-Gazette's own Sal Giarratani for a photo op. Lindsay Bires is a 24 year-old nurse originally from Danvers, Massachu- setts who was working at a hospital in Columbia, South Carolina when she was struck by a passing car the police suspect was driven by a drunk driver. She is now back in Massachu- setts and courageously battling to overcome her severe injuries. On Friday, November 30, 2012, a fundraiser will be held at the Danversport Yacht Club to help Lind- say and her family with the many expenses associated with her care. From 7 pm to midnight you will enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and a carving station. Supporters will be dancing to music provided by a disc jockey and partaking in various raffles throughout the evening. A $50 donation will get you a ticket to the event. Please note that physical tickets will not be distributed but your name will be on a list at the door that evening. For tickets, send a check payable to "Prayers for Lindsay c/o Susan Bires" to Mary Pendergrass, 15 Cherry Street, Lynn, MA 01902 or to pay by credit card you can visit the website: https: / / event /158. For more information on Lindsay's progress, please visit the Facebook page her supporters created at http:// www,facebook, com/ PrayersForLindsay. by Angela Cornacchio Maria's Bakery in the North End of Boston has been creating delicious Italian pastries for 30 years and it's time to celebrate. When I sought out Miss Maria to dig into her background I was a bit surprised to see she had special visitors. There was a guided tour going through her shop and the tourists sat eating pastries and listening to Maria's story and stories about the history of the North End. It was my good fortune that I got to hear the tales from Maria herself. She was busy in the back kitchen making Sfogliatelle and happy to chat. Maria was very precise with her answers, as if she had answered all my questions before. She is a writer's dream. Born in southern Italy in the Naples province of Avellino, Maria has been in this country for 42 years. In 1970 she started working in the store as a sales per- son behind the counter and watched, eager to use her hands for more than just working on the cash regis- ter. She took over the bak- ery when the original owner retired. When she reopened the bakery as the new owner, her mother, sister and children had a hand in the process. But her daugh- ters excelled in school (one at Arlington Catholic and the other at a college in Washington) so her sister Enza is the only family mem- Maria Mevola is hard at work to make fresh Sfogliatelle for her many customers. (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) Maria Mevola stands proud behind products that come out of he ki'tchen. ,. (Photo by Angela Cornacchio) ber still involved. She men- tioned, "I don't really have too many employees, since everything is made by me. I take on only what I can handle. When you're in charge you have 100% profit and know that your custom- ers are happy." In Maria's kitchen there are no reci- pes. She explained with, "I buy the best quality, bake fresh and I do all the baking". Her oldest daughter men- tioned to her at one point that she may want to write down all these golden tips, thinking one day she may forget. Maria said she gave it a shot but when she did she couldn't get it to piece together quite right. She believes that being focused on measuring ir- gredients is "when it goes wrong". She says, "You have to just feel it and use a little common sense. It's just natural, put a little bit of this put a little bit of that." I must say the entire time I was there I could not get over the feeling of being in my grandmother's kitchen. There were no shiny silver cutting utensils or big machines, just Maria doing all the work herself. "My most popular item is Sfogliatelle. I still make it the old- fashioned way, with the orange peel. My cannolis are very popular as well. The filling I make is one of a kind. Yet nobody can make a marzipan like my- self, it keeps and travels well." With so many places to get dessert in the city, she made it very clear, "No outside supply. If you want Maria's pastry you go to Maria." In the closing of our chat, I asked Maria if there is any- thing special she wanted people to know. She said, "I'm still here. After the Big Dig started in 1982 and fin- ished.., is it finished? I wanted to make a sign say- ing, "I survived". In the short time I spent with Maria she had me laughing. She's got quite a personality to go with those pastries. Her motto seems to be, "We keep the tradition in the food." With the peppers hanging from the ceiling commemorating how many hours spent in that kitchen, I would say, that is so. Maria's is open seven days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Christ- mas is optional depending on what day it falls. She may be open for short hours from 9:00-12:00 for pick up on orders. So be super nice if you want those special holi- day treats if you're running behind. Maria's Bakery is located at 46 Cross Street in Boston or you can call in an order at 617-523-1196. If you're looking for quality pastries, look no further than Maria. She was born with a natural measuring cup in hand. Boston's Veterans Day Parade Boston's Veterans Day Parade kicks off at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets, and winds its way along Boston Common and on to City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall, where there will be speeches and music. Look for lots of military units, ROTC groups, honorary militias, marching bands, veterans' organizations and -- since this is Boston -- political debate and dissent. You'll actually get to see two Veterans Day Parades in Boston ... the official parade, spon- sored by the American Legion and immedi- ately following the street sweeping machines that normally mark the end of every Boston parade, you'll see members of Veterans for Peace marching in a second parade. Veterans Day Cruise Join us on Sunday, November I I th for a special cruise highlighting the military his- tory of Boston Harbor. The program will focus on the military his- tory of Boston Harbor beginning with the American Revolution up until present day. Includes a stop at Fort Warren on Georges Island for a tour of the fort and a special trib- ute to longtime vetaran and volunteer Charlie Boyer. Departures: From Quincy Shipyard at 10:15 am, returning at 2:30 pm. From Long Wharf in Boston at 11:00 am, returning at 2:00 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited. Tickets are FREE for Veterans and just a $5 donation for friends, family, and general public. Veterans, please call 617-770-0040 ext. 102 to reserve your complimentary ticket all others can use the reserve now link at