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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 Page 13 o.. o i The leaves had fallen leav- ing the trees bare. Babbo- nonno had covered the fig tree to prevent any freezing during the winter. The back- yard furniture, the tables and chairs, had all been brought into the cellar for storage and a glance at the calendar told the family that Thanksgiving was just around the corner'. A few days before that next Thursday, Dad, my uncles and Babbononno would have picked up the things they were responsible for, home- made wine, beer and a few bottles of hard stuff for the relatives who would drop in on ThanksgJLving morning for a belt. Dad and Babbononno would have given both Mom and Nanna the money for the food that was to be cooked and served on the one holiday that was genuinely Ameri- can, Thanksgiving. So, a couple of days before, Mom and Nanna, with me en-tow, would head to the various stores to purchase the food for Thanksgiving. With their black oil cloth shopping bags folded under their arms, we would walk down the Eutaw Street hill ILo the corner of Meridian Street and wait for the trolley that would take us south to both Central and Maverick Squares. First, we "would go all the way down to Maverick, as just beyond was Lewis Street and an abattoir or slaughter house that was Kosher. Dur- ing the course of the year, you would pick out your own live chicken(s) and the atten- dants would kill, bleed and dress the bird according to the Judaic laws for food preparation, During this time of the year, they had turkeys ready for the popula- tion of East Boston. Most of the Jews had moved on, but the Italians who demanded fresh poultry bought their chickens there, so the place stayed alive. Nanna and Mom would look at the pens containing the turkeys, bargain over the price, and once it was deter- mined, the attendants would begin to dress the birds ac- cording to Jewish dietary laws. When the turkey was ready, they vn'apped it in wax paper and N;mna stuffed it in the bottom of the black oil cloth shopping bag. By the way, the bargaining for the price of the'. bird was con- ducted in two languages, Yid- dish coming from the sales- man and Italian from Nanna. I don't know how they under- stood each other but things by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance always worked out all the way around. From there, we would walk north on Meridian Street until we reached Central Square. Just to the right of the square, as you headed to the Sumner Tunnel, there was East Boston's version of the pushcart market. Both Nanna and Mom would buy the fruits and vegetables that would grace the Thanksgiv- ing table a couple of days later. We would next head to the first block of Bennington Street and stop at Kennedy's butter and egg store. Next to that shop was the office of the Boston Gas Company and Nanna would pay the monthly gas bill in cash. She never had a checking ac- count and paid everything in cash. Leaving there, we would head east on Bennington, stop at a candy store at the corner of Marion to allow me to buy a few cents of penny candy. Once I was done, we would walk another block to Brooks Street and spend a few minutes in the closest thing to an Italian supermarket, John Sava's market. Whatever canned goods were needed was pur- chased there and we would next walk up the Brooks Street hill to Faber's Fish Market. Cardinal Cushing would dispense with the no meat on Friday requirement for the day after Thanksgiv- ing, but Nanna would never follow the Cardinal's man- date. She would purchase her fish for that coming Friday, as Babbononno and she wouldn't eat anything but pasta fagioli, pasta and len- tils or fish on any given Fri- day. Continuing up the hill, we would stop at a corner meat market on Princeton and Brooks. Everyone called the store Brooks Brothers. Three brothers and their father sold some of the best meats in East Boston and here is where Nanna bought the ground meat for her meat- balls, the sausages and chunks of steak, veal and pork for her gravy. I remem- ber seeing cans of Chef Boy- ar-dee products on a shelf. When asked, the brothers told the regulars in Italian that these products were for the Irish in the neighbor- hood. Leaving Brooks Broth- ers, we would continue up the Brooks Street hill to a couple of stores along the way to buy things that the push carts might not have had or had run out of. One was Bruno's Fruits and Veg- -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 etables where Nanna could buy her artichokes. Across the street was Pine's Market where cold cuts were plenti- ful. On one of the corners was Stone's Drug Store. A stop there might cause Nanna to buy a heartburn remedy for Babbononno and the fourth stop, at the opposite corner, was Johnny and Ray's where I could buy a box of Kellogg Pep, the forerunner to Corn Flakes. The last stop was at the corner store on Eutaw and Brooks. Staffier's corner store was like any other corner store in those days. Nanna would look around to see what they had that she had forgotten about, a bottle of cream, another milk, a pack of cigarettes for Babbononno, a couple of sto- gies that he liked, and in the process of paying, she would play a number or two with the local bookie who catered to the old Italian ladies and their gambling habits that ranged from one cent to five cents for the numbers that they wanted to play. Once home, both Nanna and my mother would begin to prepare the food that would be served on ttlat coming Thursday. A couple of days later, the feast would be ready to be served. The fam- ily would arrive beginning at noon and the men would sample the antipasti on the kitchen table, the Italian cold cuts, the assortment of cheeses, the stuffed mush- rooms, the marinated pep- pers and artichokes and the small pieces of Italian breads that would complement the other offerings on the table. When everyone was seated at the table, Babbononno would give thanks in Italian and the first course would be served, Escarole soup with tiny meatballs. Next would be Nanna's homemade ravioli followed by meatballs, sausages and chunks of gravy meat. This would be followed by stuffed arti- chokes, sauteed mushrooms and a garden salad drenched in olive oil and homemade wine vinegar. Dessert would consist of fruits, nuts and after dinner liquors. Most of the home- made wine would have been consumed with the main courses and this was the beginning of the dessert offerings. The men would head for the living room with their cigars and fall asleep until it was time for pastry and coffee. All of which came long after the dinner had. ended. Now, someone might ask me what happened to the turkey. Well, there it was cooked and stuffed sitting in the middle of the dining room table. It might as well have been made of orna- mental plastic because no one touched it. After all, this was a Thanksgiving dinner, Italian style. HAPPY THANKSGIVING, PEACE AND MAY GOD B AMERICA On Site (Continued from Page 9) Harvard Football vs. Yale, Allston The defending Ivy League Champion Harvard Crimson football team takes on the Yale Bulldogs in the 131t playing of "The Game" on November 22 "d, 2014 at 12:30 pm. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 North Shore Food & Gift Emporium, Topsfield Enjoy an afternoon of tast- ing and shopping from 40 local food/fine gift makers. This is not a craft fair, but rather a celebration of food and gifts created by local in- dividuals. Hosted by the Willowdale Estate, this event will run from i0:00 am-4:00 pm and is free[ Visit http:// www.NorthShoreEmpo_tm.corrL Russell Peters, Boston Check out the final night of his Almost Famous comedy tour at the Wilbur Theatre 7:30 pm. UPCOMING .., Conductor Keith Lock- hart will lead the Boston Pops Holiday Spectacular December 3 d until the 31 st. This season will include seven kids' matinees offer- ing family meals, children's sing-along and photos with Santa. Visit www.bso.org for all the details. Five holiday themed events are scheduled at Gore Place, a historic estate in Waltham beginning on December 13 th, including a Santa Tea, Candlelight & Holly Evening, Preschool Story Time, Holiday Tea and Music for the Holly Days. Please visit www.goreplace. org /food-and-holiday- events, htm. Boston Baroque presents Handel's Messiah on Friday, December 12 th and Saturday, December 13 th at Jordan Hall. Tickets are available at www.bostonbaroque.org or by calling (617)987-8600. Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Inon Barnatan on Wednes- day, December I0, 2014 at 8:00 pm. This event is be- ing held at the Longy School of Music Bard College located at 27 Garden Street in Cambridge. Tickets are available online at www. celebrityseries.org or by call- ing (617)482-6661. QUOTE OF THE WEEK ... "Be thankful for the people in your life, not the things in your life." News Briefs (Continued from Page i) telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He goes on MSNBC and backtracks his remarks to friendly media who immedi- ately start talking about those mean old Republi- cans trying to take Obama Care away from those appar- ent "stupid people" of his. Now-adays, he has just stopped talking with anyone because the more he talks, the deeper hesinks into quicksand. Obama in China for Veterans Day? I don't know about my readers, but I feel the Presi- dent of the United States owes it to our military forces to be in Washington, DC on Veterans Day to honor all those who served their country on their day. Presi- dent Obama chose to go to China just before the Vet- erans Day holiday and he could just as easily pushed these series of meetings until after the holiday. Yea, he throws out Joe Biden, but "he isn't the Commander in Chief. Ask me how sur- prised I am over his ab- sence on the holiday. No, don'tl LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (s17) 7sJeoo Docket No. MI14PS030EA Estate of HARRY ELLENZWEIG Date of Death June 13, 2014 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Judith Ellenzweig of Belmont, MA a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Judith FJlemdg of Belmont MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and eoenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 11/21/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge SWeet East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P5846EA Estate of LOUVINA ELIZABETH WELLS Date of Death April 18, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE . PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Fred R. Prultt of Riverside, CA. Fred R. Pmltt of Riverside, CA has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested padies are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restdcting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run dale: 11/21/14 h Re u lmse r 11e Pt.Oae, its pCd/ler or uf//.   POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 21, 2014 Page 13 o.. o i The leaves had fallen leav- ing the trees bare. Babbo- nonno had covered the fig tree to prevent any freezing during the winter. The back- yard furniture, the tables and chairs, had all been brought into the cellar for storage and a glance at the calendar told the family that Thanksgiving was just around the corner'. A few days before that next Thursday, Dad, my uncles and Babbononno would have picked up the things they were responsible for, home- made wine, beer and a few bottles of hard stuff for the relatives who would drop in on ThanksgJLving morning for a belt. Dad and Babbononno would have given both Mom and Nanna the money for the food that was to be cooked and served on the one holiday that was genuinely Ameri- can, Thanksgiving. So, a couple of days before, Mom and Nanna, with me en-tow, would head to the various stores to purchase the food for Thanksgiving. With their black oil cloth shopping bags folded under their arms, we would walk down the Eutaw Street hill ILo the corner of Meridian Street and wait for the trolley that would take us south to both Central and Maverick Squares. First, we "would go all the way down to Maverick, as just beyond was Lewis Street and an abattoir or slaughter house that was Kosher. Dur- ing the course of the year, you would pick out your own live chicken(s) and the atten- dants would kill, bleed and dress the bird according to the Judaic laws for food preparation, During this time of the year, they had turkeys ready for the popula- tion of East Boston. Most of the Jews had moved on, but the Italians who demanded fresh poultry bought their chickens there, so the place stayed alive. Nanna and Mom would look at the pens containing the turkeys, bargain over the price, and once it was deter- mined, the attendants would begin to dress the birds ac- cording to Jewish dietary laws. When the turkey was ready, they vn'apped it in wax paper and N;mna stuffed it in the bottom of the black oil cloth shopping bag. By the way, the bargaining for the price of the'. bird was con- ducted in two languages, Yid- dish coming from the sales- man and Italian from Nanna. I don't know how they under- stood each other but things by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance always worked out all the way around. From there, we would walk north on Meridian Street until we reached Central Square. Just to the right of the square, as you headed to the Sumner Tunnel, there was East Boston's version of the pushcart market. Both Nanna and Mom would buy the fruits and vegetables that would grace the Thanksgiv- ing table a couple of days later. We would next head to the first block of Bennington Street and stop at Kennedy's butter and egg store. Next to that shop was the office of the Boston Gas Company and Nanna would pay the monthly gas bill in cash. She never had a checking ac- count and paid everything in cash. Leaving there, we would head east on Bennington, stop at a candy store at the corner of Marion to allow me to buy a few cents of penny candy. Once I was done, we would walk another block to Brooks Street and spend a few minutes in the closest thing to an Italian supermarket, John Sava's market. Whatever canned goods were needed was pur- chased there and we would next walk up the Brooks Street hill to Faber's Fish Market. Cardinal Cushing would dispense with the no meat on Friday requirement for the day after Thanksgiv- ing, but Nanna would never follow the Cardinal's man- date. She would purchase her fish for that coming Friday, as Babbononno and she wouldn't eat anything but pasta fagioli, pasta and len- tils or fish on any given Fri- day. Continuing up the hill, we would stop at a corner meat market on Princeton and Brooks. Everyone called the store Brooks Brothers. Three brothers and their father sold some of the best meats in East Boston and here is where Nanna bought the ground meat for her meat- balls, the sausages and chunks of steak, veal and pork for her gravy. I remem- ber seeing cans of Chef Boy- ar-dee products on a shelf. When asked, the brothers told the regulars in Italian that these products were for the Irish in the neighbor- hood. Leaving Brooks Broth- ers, we would continue up the Brooks Street hill to a couple of stores along the way to buy things that the push carts might not have had or had run out of. One was Bruno's Fruits and Veg- -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 etables where Nanna could buy her artichokes. Across the street was Pine's Market where cold cuts were plenti- ful. On one of the corners was Stone's Drug Store. A stop there might cause Nanna to buy a heartburn remedy for Babbononno and the fourth stop, at the opposite corner, was Johnny and Ray's where I could buy a box of Kellogg Pep, the forerunner to Corn Flakes. The last stop was at the corner store on Eutaw and Brooks. Staffier's corner store was like any other corner store in those days. Nanna would look around to see what they had that she had forgotten about, a bottle of cream, another milk, a pack of cigarettes for Babbononno, a couple of sto- gies that he liked, and in the process of paying, she would play a number or two with the local bookie who catered to the old Italian ladies and their gambling habits that ranged from one cent to five cents for the numbers that they wanted to play. Once home, both Nanna and my mother would begin to prepare the food that would be served on ttlat coming Thursday. A couple of days later, the feast would be ready to be served. The fam- ily would arrive beginning at noon and the men would sample the antipasti on the kitchen table, the Italian cold cuts, the assortment of cheeses, the stuffed mush- rooms, the marinated pep- pers and artichokes and the small pieces of Italian breads that would complement the other offerings on the table. When everyone was seated at the table, Babbononno would give thanks in Italian and the first course would be served, Escarole soup with tiny meatballs. Next would be Nanna's homemade ravioli followed by meatballs, sausages and chunks of gravy meat. This would be followed by stuffed arti- chokes, sauteed mushrooms and a garden salad drenched in olive oil and homemade wine vinegar. Dessert would consist of fruits, nuts and after dinner liquors. Most of the home- made wine would have been consumed with the main courses and this was the beginning of the dessert offerings. The men would head for the living room with their cigars and fall asleep until it was time for pastry and coffee. All of which came long after the dinner had. ended. Now, someone might ask me what happened to the turkey. Well, there it was cooked and stuffed sitting in the middle of the dining room table. It might as well have been made of orna- mental plastic because no one touched it. After all, this was a Thanksgiving dinner, Italian style. HAPPY THANKSGIVING, PEACE AND MAY GOD B AMERICA On Site (Continued from Page 9) Harvard Football vs. Yale, Allston The defending Ivy League Champion Harvard Crimson football team takes on the Yale Bulldogs in the 131t playing of "The Game" on November 22 "d, 2014 at 12:30 pm. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 North Shore Food & Gift Emporium, Topsfield Enjoy an afternoon of tast- ing and shopping from 40 local food/fine gift makers. This is not a craft fair, but rather a celebration of food and gifts created by local in- dividuals. Hosted by the Willowdale Estate, this event will run from i0:00 am-4:00 pm and is free[ Visit http:// www.NorthShoreEmpo_tm.corrL Russell Peters, Boston Check out the final night of his Almost Famous comedy tour at the Wilbur Theatre 7:30 pm. UPCOMING .., Conductor Keith Lock- hart will lead the Boston Pops Holiday Spectacular December 3 d until the 31 st. This season will include seven kids' matinees offer- ing family meals, children's sing-along and photos with Santa. Visit www.bso.org for all the details. Five holiday themed events are scheduled at Gore Place, a historic estate in Waltham beginning on December 13 th, including a Santa Tea, Candlelight & Holly Evening, Preschool Story Time, Holiday Tea and Music for the Holly Days. Please visit www.goreplace. org /food-and-holiday- events, htm. Boston Baroque presents Handel's Messiah on Friday, December 12 th and Saturday, December 13 th at Jordan Hall. Tickets are available at www.bostonbaroque.org or by calling (617)987-8600. Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Inon Barnatan on Wednes- day, December I0, 2014 at 8:00 pm. This event is be- ing held at the Longy School of Music Bard College located at 27 Garden Street in Cambridge. Tickets are available online at www. celebrityseries.org or by call- ing (617)482-6661. QUOTE OF THE WEEK ... "Be thankful for the people in your life, not the things in your life." News Briefs (Continued from Page i) telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He goes on MSNBC and backtracks his remarks to friendly media who immedi- ately start talking about those mean old Republi- cans trying to take Obama Care away from those appar- ent "stupid people" of his. Now-adays, he has just stopped talking with anyone because the more he talks, the deeper hesinks into quicksand. Obama in China for Veterans Day? I don't know about my readers, but I feel the Presi- dent of the United States owes it to our military forces to be in Washington, DC on Veterans Day to honor all those who served their country on their day. Presi- dent Obama chose to go to China just before the Vet- erans Day holiday and he could just as easily pushed these series of meetings until after the holiday. Yea, he throws out Joe Biden, but "he isn't the Commander in Chief. Ask me how sur- prised I am over his ab- sence on the holiday. No, don'tl LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (s17) 7sJeoo Docket No. MI14PS030EA Estate of HARRY ELLENZWEIG Date of Death June 13, 2014 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Judith Ellenzweig of Belmont, MA a Will has been admitted to informal probate. Judith FJlemdg of Belmont MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and eoenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 11/21/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge SWeet East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI14P5846EA Estate of LOUVINA ELIZABETH WELLS Date of Death April 18, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE . PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Fred R. Prultt of Riverside, CA. Fred R. Pmltt of Riverside, CA has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested padies are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restdcting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run dale: 11/21/14 h Re u lmse r 11e Pt.Oae, its pCd/ler or uf//.