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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 Page 7 NEAD Family Pasta Dinner at Nazarro Center by Sal Giarratani Maria Puopolo, legislative aide to Senator Anthony Petruccelli with NEAD President John Romano. The North End Against Drugs held its latest Family Dinner/Talk at the Nazzaro Community Center this past Tuesday, November 19 th and over 100 showed up accord- ing to NEAD President John Romano. This pasta dinner was sponsored by a grant from the Massachusetts Con- vention Center Authority and featured guest speaker Korey Mclsaac, who comes from the North End, and as a youth was a member of the NEAD Board Members serving dinner. Nazzaro Center. Today, he is a producer of independent movies filmed iri his neigh- borhood and also works for the Boston Red Sox Club. The hall was filled with children, their parents and grandparents who listened to Korey's short speech. Romano added that Mclsaac participated in many pro- grams at the Nazzaro Cen- ter, and as a teen volun- teered with NEAD. The audience could sense that this young man never forgot his roots and continues to help today's North End young people. I would be remiss if not noting that the dinner was unbelievable and also acknowledge all the help making this event possible made by members of the NEAD board of directors who served up the pasta and baseball-size meatballs to all. According to John Romano the next family dinner/ talk will be held sometime in February. Everyone sat down for a great Italian dinner. Golden Age Club Officers Installed by Sal Giarratani L-R: New officers: Marie Cavallaro, vice president, Rose Pardy, secretary, Mary Ann Cerundolo, president, Louise Montanino, treasurer, Teresa Arciero, chaplain. The East Boston Golden Age Club recently gath- ered at Spinelli's in Day Square for its annual officer's installation. Over 200 guests attended as Judge Joe Ferrino sworn in the new officers. Golden Age Club outgoing Treasurer Terry DeSimone. A Thanksgiving Meal for All My Pooch Friends The Thanksgiving holiday is a time to celebrate the bless- ings of the season with family and friends. With a bounty of home-cooked food in your home, you may be tempted to share a few tasty treats with your canine companion. After all, who can resist a dog's soulful eyes begging for just one little gobble of turkey? Wafting aromas of hot baked sweet potatoes, herb-filled stuffing or spicy pumpkin pie are much too alluring for even the best behaved pet to pass up. But hold off feeding your dog from the Thanksgiving table. Vet- erinary experts warn that many of the traditional holiday recipes for people are dangerous to your dogs health. Feeding dogs large quantities of a new food, as well as fatty foods, such as turkey gravy, mashed potatoes with butter, and dressing, can cause panereatitis. This poten- tially deadly inflammation of the pancreas produces severe symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting. Forget giving your dog a holiday bone, too. Cooked turkey, duck, geese, and other poultry bones are extremely dan- gerous to dogs. Cooked bones splinter and break easily, pos- sibly causing sharp pieces to tear the intestines. A bone could pass by itself, but more often it becomes lodged in the dog's throat, which could cause choking or it could possibly cause an intestinal obstruction. Both situations require emergency veterinary attention and likely surgery. Elimi- nate turkey skin as well. It's hard to digest and high in fat, and the seasoning used to baste the poultry skin give your dog an upset stomach, Desserts are also off-limits. Chocolate can be fatal to dogs because it contains theobromine, which can increase your dog's heart rate and cause hyperactivity, increased pant- ing, twitching, diarrhea and vomiting. Even sugar-free items that contain xylitol can be dangerous, causing stomach or intestinal irritation. Beware of onions, too! These popular Thanksgiving ingredients used in stuffing, vegetable dishes, and some salads can cause life-threatening anemia when a dog ingests large amounts. Serve healthy treats with your dog on Thanksgiving. Do it safely with the following healthy foods, rather than feed- ing him/her directly from the table. Resist giving in to those pleading canine faces by adding a few things in your dog's bowl before you sit down to dine. When your dog is full, it's less likely to bother you. For a dog who's accustomed to eating commercial dry dog food, feeding a bowlful of fresh treats all at once is almost certain to cause intestinal upset. Instead feed small amounts at different meals. Here are a few healthy Thanksgiving choices for dogs: White meat turkey without the skin Plain baked or sweet potatoes without the skin Steamed carrots, broccoli or string beans without any butter, sauce or seasoning Salt-free canned chicken broth Plain canned pumpkin, but not the pumpkin pie filing Sliced raw apples SAFE CLEANUP Thanksgiving leftovers can also be dangerous to your canine companion and should be stored or discarded out of paw's reach. Turkey bones, the string used to tie the poul- try legs together, and the carcass itself can be lethal to your dog if eaten. There's no reason why your dog can't join in the festivi- ties, just make sure that you feed him/her safe treats, and everyone will be happy. Wishing all my readers, my pooch friends and their human companions and of course my friends at the Post- Gazette a Happy Thanksgiving. That's all for now! T is for the trust the pilgrims had so many years ago H is for the harvest the settlers learnt to grow A is for America, the land in which we live N is for nature and beauty which she gives K is for kindness, gentle words, and thoughtful deeds S is for smiles, the sunshine everyone needs G is for gratitude our blessings big and small I is for ideas, letting wisdom grow tall V is for voices, singing, laughing always caring I is for Indians, who taught them about sharing N is for neighbors, across the street, over the sea G is for giving of myself to make a better me J k. HAPPY THANKSGIVING from 600el,600ra cSalon g HAIR g MAKE-UP THREADING WAXING KERATIN TREATMENT Shaida - Kristen - Jenna & Marie We would like to THANK all of our new dients with a FREE eyebrow threading when you book any hair service. Call us at 617.726.1511 or stop by 26 Parmenter Street, North End to schedule your next appointment