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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 by John Christoforo Jabb nonno A Nostalgic Remembrance ii For the past month, I've throbbing pains across my been writing my columns forehead. I was totally out of from a bed at either Mass it, screaming for help, medi- General Hospital or Mass cine and something to drink. Eye and Ear Infirmary. I If they had shown me how to thought I was indestructible,use the signaling device, I I knew I took after Babbo- wasn't aware of it, but I sure nonno, who was never sick made enough noise for a day in his life and made itthem to keep me comfort- to age 99. Well, I was wrong,able. The next day, they The problem began about sent me home. I thought it a year and a half ago when I was a bit premature, but began losing hearing in my they insisted. right ear. I started listening Once home, I had a prob- to the phone on my left side lem that had to be addressed. and that worked with no prob-It seems that with these lem. I blamed the many loud tumor operations, they take drummers I had worked with a piece of fat tissue to fill in over the years in music and the spaces where the tumors just let it go as an occupa- had been. With about maybe tional hazard. 10% of the cases spinal fluid With the insistence I kept runs into the brain and ear being prodded with by my canals and I got caught in wife, I made an appointment that 10%. This can be dan- with a hospital-based hear- gerous as it could cause spi- ing specialist. Prior to this, nal meningitis and had to be I tried every hearing aid corrected. This time I headed money could buy from the to Mass Eye and Ear and cheap ones found in drug Dr. Lee who headed up a stores to the sophisticated medical team to solve the electronic devices that cost problem. After about a three thousands. Nothing worked, hour operation the leaks Daniel Lee one of the heads were stopped. The only prob- of the Department of Otology lem was they had to give me at Mass Eye and Ear exam- three spinal taps to finalize ined me and sent me for an things. That wasn't fun. The MRI. The results showed that next thing I knew, my heart I had a brain tumor on the was fluttering and in came right side of my head be- a team of cardiologists to tween the right ear and the equalize everything. Well, brain. It was non cancerous this time I stayed in the hos- but it had to come out if it pital for about a week or so kept growing. Well Dr. Lee in order that the teams could checked the progress of its observe me each day, each growth, and sure enough, it making suggestions and pre- continued to grow. The next scribing meds that would get step was to select a neuro- me back to normal. logical team to do the opera-Well, here we are Thanks- tion with Lee's team back- giving week and I'm trying ing them up. I researched to get back to normal. I the names of the best pos- turned my college teaching sible choices and came up schedule over to an associ- with Frederick Barker from ate who often team teaches Mass General. After discuss- with me, and I may take the ing him with several friends next semester off and not who are in medicine, I return to any of the colleges knew I made the right until the spring. The only choice, task I will let challenge On October the 16TM, the me is this column and I'll teams were ready for write it if it has to be from me early in the morning, my bedside. Loretta, both sons and my What I didn't realize until son John's fianc6 were all all of this happened was the there for moral support. I amount or friends I have. don't ever remember going Close friends have been by under from that point on. Ime my side non-stop. Sev- guess that was a blessing eral people had put prayer because, as I now under- groups together and formed stand it, they had a hard vigils for me to rely upon. time ... nothing knocked meAfter the first surgery, a out. They had to give me priest visited and put me at quadruple the dosage two orease. Twice after that Eu- three times to finally get me charistic ministers dropped under. Finally I was out and by with Communion. the Barker team operated for Relatives began calling the next eight to nine hours from all over the country to removing the tumor. I woke check on me and ff one more up in an intensive care unit edible arrangement arrives, 'unable to swallow, severe I can start my own fruit neck muscle cramps and store. To top it all off, my wife -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST --~' THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 has taken a short leave of absence from her job and has been constantly next to me assisting me with what- ever my needs are and I can be a pain in the butt. Each day, several people arrive from various levels of home health care. The most important is the nurse who gives me my daily intrave- nous meds. She'll be here in a couple of hours and I'm going to relax until she arrives. Hopefully this will come to an end by next week and I'll try to get back to normal. Lots of things were hap- pening within the family while I was going through my paces. My son John and his fianc6e, Beth, decided to get married and bought a house in the suburbs. I really like her and she has become part of the family with no effort. I wish I could have been more a part of the process with the real estate, but considering what's been going on I observed the go- ings on and my son handled things rather professionally which made me proud of him. I'm out of steam ... and hate to put my head down. I still have a long way to go before I'm back to normal, so with your permission, I'm going to call it quits for the week. I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiv- ing ... lots of turkey, stuffing, other fixin's and something nice to drink and toast the season. To those of you who have been sending me correspon- dence at the paper, I'll get to you soon and to those of you who knew what was going on, thanks for the cards and let- ters. With all of your support behind me, it's helped me go on and stay on the mend. Next week, we'll talk about starting to plan for Christmas. I don't know how much help I will be to the family, I'm not able to drive yet. If things stay this way, I'll just supervise and let the younger generation do the dirty work. Anyway, time to go and rest. GOD BLESS AMERICA LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department MIDDLESEX Division Docket No. 09D-0730DR SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION HEATHER L. MANNILA, PLAINTIFF V. MARCUS E. SHELLEY, DEFENDANT To the above named Defendant: A Complaint has been presented to this Court by the Plaintiff, seeking a Modification. You are required to serve upon Heather L. Mannila - plaintiff - whose address is 13 Harvard Rd., Belmont, MA 02478 your answer on or be- fore January 2, 2014. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudica- tion of this action.You are also required to file a copy of your answer in the office of the Register of this Court at Cambridge. WITNESS, Hon. Peter C. DiGangi, Esquire, First Justice of said Court at Cambndge, this 21st day of November, 2013, Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 11/29/13 * Socially Scene (Continued from Page 9) No Christmas is complete without an little Ebenezer Scrooge who will take stage December 13th-22nd at Concord's Emerson Umbrella Theater. (Photo courtesy of New Life Fine Arts) Sturbridge Village's Christ- mas by Candlelight gives visitors a chance to slow down and enjoy the old-fash- ioned spirit of the holidays and learn how today's favor- ite traditions originated. Visitors can actually see "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" and hear why they -were a favored treat in early New England. Guests can also make Christmas keep- sakes and craft a tin orna- ment while finding out the history of Christmas tree decorations. Also visitors of all ages are invited to tell Santa Claus what is on their holiday wish list. The holidays are near and 1 what a better way to, get into the spirit than snuggling up with a Santa and warm chestnuts with an open fire! For more information on times of the events per date you can visit www.osv.org or call 508-347-3362. A Christmas Carol .... Will take stage on Decem- ber 13th-22nd at Concord's Emerson Umbrella Theater for a classic that will put you in the holiday mood. The Concord-based the- ater company's powerfully orchestrated musical retell- ing of the radical, Christ- mas-Eve transformation of aging Ebenezer Scrooge -- the "Bah-humbug"-ing miser who hates Christmas -- has become a New England tra- dition, gripping and inspir- ing audiences since 1987. The show features a talented cast complete with a small orchestra, colorful sets, cos- tumes and special effects that will lift audiences back to a long-ago, wintry Victo- rian London for Scrooge's unforgettable encounter LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department MIDDLESEX Division Docket No. 08P5344GM1 NOTICE IN THE MATrER of MICHAEL COLIN POWELL To all persons interested in the matter of Michael Colin Powell of Medford in the County of Middlesex. A petition has been presented by Michelle Jean-Michel, of Medford in the County of Middlesex, in the above captioned matter pray- ing to establish an increased child support order in accordance with M.G.L. by wage assignment and proof of life insurance policy. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRI'FI'EN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURTAT MIDDLESEX PROBATE AND FAMILY TRIAL COURT, 208 CAMBRIDGE STREET, CAM- BRIDGE, MA 02141, ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE FORENOON (10:00 a.m.) on December 19th, 2013. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, Esquire, First Justice of this Court at Cambridge, Massachusetts, the 21't day of November in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Thirteen. Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Court Run date: 11/29/13 with the Christmas Spirit. The retelling of Scrooge's unhappy past and present preoccupations, with predic- tions of his woeful future, is interwoven with original songs by Concord composer and playwright David MacAdam as well as with well-known Christmas car- ols, including "O Little Town of Bethlehem," written by Boston's own Phillips Brooks. The cast, with marvelous songs, leads theatergoers to the moment of the startling change that overtakes Scrooge -- and by the show's climax even the audience might be tempted to join in singing, "We hear the Christmas Angels / the great glad tidings tell, / O come with us, / Abide with us, / Our Lord Emmanuel!" MacAdam wrote Scrooge in 1984 while he was living in England, where it also was first staged. Come to Concord this holiday season and discover the true joy of Christmas at New Life Fine Arts' production of Scrooge -- a show that musically reminds audiences, as Dickens would put it, "Christmas can be every day of the year." All nine performances of this spirited production will be held at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts located 40 Stow Street, Con- cord, MA -- right in Concord Center. For tickets and fur- ther details on this and upcoming shows, log on to www.NewLifeFineArts.org or call their 24-hour ticket line 877-746-9755. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13P5304EA Estate of ROBERT ALLAN SINCLAIR a/k/a ROBERT A. SINCLAIR Date of Death August 8, 2013 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Cynthia A. Sinclair of Arlington, MA. Cynthia A. Sinclair of Arlington, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative 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 parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting 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 date: 11/29/13