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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 30, 2012 t-' rroM I So what's new? A California woman would have missed out on a $23 million lottery win if not for a store's surveillance camera. Julie Cervera, 69, says she asked her daughter to buy the lottery ticket on a whim and then forgot about the ticket after stashing it in her car. As the ticket neared its expiration date, lottery officials circulated photos of Cervera's daughter and Cervera, who is disabled and broke, learned she was a multimillionaire -- not a moment too soon. "I have maybe a dollar in my pocket," she said. "My electric bill is 8600. Wow! The streets of Pittsburgh may not be paved with gold but one small business there is paved with zinc and copper. Mel Angst, owner of tattoo gallery and coffee shop Arti- san, has paved the floor of her establishment with 250,000 pennies, each with Abraham Lincoln's face looking up. If that sounds like a costly way to tile your floor, then do the math. The cost of materials only added up to $2,500, or around $3 per square foot. "Amaz- ingly enough, it's a lot cheaper to glue money to your floor than actually buy tile," said Angst. People getting stoned! Colorado and Wash- ington became the first states to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for recre- ational use, paving the way for the drug to be regulated like alcohol. In Colorado, Amendment 64, which allows adults over 21 to possess an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants, passed with 54% of the vote. In Washington, voters approved Initiative 502, which legalizes possession under the same conditions as in Colorado, but without a "grow your own" provision. Oregon voters defeated a similar ballot measure to legalize recreational pot, while in Massachusetts voters approved the use of medical marijuana by a wide margin. Ac- cording to a 2011 Gallup Poll, 50% of Ameri- cans now favor legalization of marijuana. Ready for this? Puerto Rican voters sup- ported a non-binding referendum to become a full U.S. state. The measure, which passed by a slim majority, will now go to Congress for approval and, if passed, citizens in the 51st state would have the right to vote in all U.S. elections and to send representatives to Washington. They would also, however, have to pay federal taxes. Puerto Rico is currently a U.S. territory; the island uses the dollars as its currency and allows its citizens to travel on American passports. "We're doing okay, but we could do better," said Jerome Lefebre, a young voter who sup- ported the measure. "We would receive more benefits and a lot more financial help." Huh? A 3-year-old Oklahoma boy has been fined $2,500 for urinating in his own front yard. Ashley Warden says her son Dillan is being potty-trained and had only just pulled down his pants when "a passing cop asked for my license and told me he was going to give me a ticket for public urination." The Wardens will fight the fine in court. Gaga! Gaga! After stinging public criticism of a recent, 25-pound weight gain, Lady Gaga revealed that she's been struggling with eat- ing disorders since she was 15, said People Magazine. Gaga said she's been "tormented" by bulimia for years and had recently bulked up on pizza and pasta at her father's New York restaurant. "It's so freaking delicious, but I'm telling you I gain five pounds every time I go in there," said the singer. She asked for some "compassion." Wacky laws! In Pennsylvania you cannot sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors, sing in the bathtub or catch a fish with your hands. North Dakota bans sleeping with your shoes on, the serving of beer and pretzels at the same time in a bar or restaurant and women wearing open-toed footwear. Wait! More weird rules! Wisconsin does not tolerate the serving of butter substitutes in state prisons, kissing on a train or making cheese without a license. And in Washing- ton you would be ill-advised to suck a lollipop or pretend your parents are rich. If you are a motorist with criminal intentions, you are advised to stop at the city limits and tele- phone the chief of police before entering. And three ways to get arrested in Wyoming are r being drunk in a mine, wearing a hat in a theater that obstructs other people's views or taking a picture of a rabbit from January to April without an official permit. Christmas quotes! Lucille A. Monuteaux says, "Many banks have a new kind of Christmas club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year's gifts." John Roch says, "What most of us want for Christmas is the day after." Robyn Waters says, "Always mail your Christmas gift early. It will give the receiver time to reciprocate." Christina Quinlan says, "Christmas carol- , _ _ ~~~~1 I I Recipes from the E/ I I Homeland [ CANNALICCHI "Karma lee kee" 0 0 0 A Sicilian Christmas Fig CooKie ers sing about peace on earth, but they don't tell us ~re." BarbaralO'Amico saysa~"There have always been some Christmas stockings that provided Santa with a few problems, but one wonders about his reaction to panty hose!" Karen Canty says, "Christmas is a race to see which gives out first your money or your feet." And Lisa Cappuccio says, "At Christmas most parents spend more money on their children than they did on the honeymoon that started it all." Hollywood Babble! Zero Mostel said, "I'm nutty for women with funny voices. June Allyson sounds like she swallowed a frog, and Lauren Bacall -- gravel, baby, gravel!" Peter Finch said, "There's only one actress I think of who acts as if she couldn't care less about being a movie star -- Julie Christie. So, either she doesn't or she's an even better actress than we think." According to Lucille Ball, "Desi Arnaz is a loser. A gambler, an alcoholic, a skirt-chaser. A financially smart man but self-destructive. He's just a loser." And Desi Arnaz said, " Lucy isn't a redhead for no reason. She has a big comic talent, but she also has a big, not very funny tem- per. Not a temperament but a temper. Her tongue is a lethal weapon. She can be very cruel when she wants to be." And according to Rita Hayworth, "My favorite husband? I've had several (five}, but I really couldn't say, or shouldn't say. I will confess it was nice being married to a crooner {Dick Haymes} when he sang to me." A noted Italian American, Vincent Impellitteri, born in Palermo, Italy, Febru- ary 4, 1900, was brought to the United States when he was one year old. He graduated from Fordham University Law School in 1924, served as Assistant District Attorney from 1929 to 1937 and as secretary to Supreme Court Justices Schmuck and Gavagan. Impellitteri was elected mayor of New York City in 1950. He defeated the nominees of the Democratic and Republican county organizations, the first such victory in the history of a mayoralty that goes back to 1665. He was active in Italian-American affairs. Show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. One of the earliest and greatest of all the big bands was Fletcher Henderson's, not only because of its leader's wonderful arrangements, but also because of its outstanding musicians. Among the well knowns were Louis Arm- strong, Benny Carter, Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins. Will Bradley's real name was Wilbur Schwitchenberg. Among his top- ten hits: Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar) (1940), Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat (1940), There I Go (1940), Down The Road A Piece (1940), and High On A Windy Hill (1941). One more time! Before Dean Martin made a #1 song of Everybody Loves Somebody, it had also been recorded, unsuccessfully, by such as Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington and Peggy Lee.' Reminder, Frank Sinatra was a singing M.C. in a New Jersey night club, The Rustic Cabin, and it was there when Harry James discovered him. And, despite rumors, Elvis Presley did not collect teddy bears. His collection came from fans all over the world. It inspired Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear, a big hit song in 1957. And it was a paisano A1 Caiola who created the theme song for the 1950s popular TV series Bonanza. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME FILLING: 1 pound dried figs 1 cup red wine 1 cup water 1/8 teaspoon black ground pepper 1/2 cup fine chopped walnuts (optional) Sprinkle of salt DOUGH: 5 cups flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup water DAY I: Place dried figs in bowl with wine and water to soak overnight. Cover and refrigerate. (Less liquid may be required if you are not using dried figs.) DAY 2: Chop figs or mince in food processor. Add black pepper, walnuts and mix in bowl. DOUGH PREPARATION: Place flour, sugar and salt in a twelve-inch bowl. Add slightly beaten egg and oil. Add water gradually until mixture holds together. Remove from bowl. Knead to smooth consistency. Cut into four portions. Roll individual portions into long rolls one-inch thick. Cut these rolls into three-inch portions. Place in bowl. Keep covered. With rolling pin, roll each three-inch portion into long strips approximately 1 1/2 inches wide. Place filling in center of strip with teaspoon. Fold sides over. Turn so seam is on bottom. Press to flatten slightly. Cut pieces diagonally about 1 1/2 inches long. Longer pieces can be shaped as S's or U's or round-like doughnuts. Slit sides with point of knife be- fore baking. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake in preheated, 400F oven for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Tops will not color much. Bottoms will brown. Cool before storing in a canister. NOTE: During Christmas week, relatives gathered in one of the homes to make this traditional Christmas cookie. I particu- larly loved watching my grandmother and Aunt Marianna shape thin rounds of dough with the rolling pin. Then they placed the fig mixture in the center of each round of dough and proceeded to gently pinch pleat the dough around the fig filling. It created a small tart. Not having mastered that procedure. I continue m shape my Cannalicchi as mentioned in the recipe. Vita can be reached at vos @comcasLnet Thinking Out Loud (Continued from Page 4) family members and friends and those that survived it miraculously. Years later he remembered where the bod- ies were piled and he still could smell death all around him. As time went by that poor busboy had to live with that match he struck but the fire really wasn't his fault. My father always felt sorry for him since he was unfairly targeted as the fall-guy for the mistakes and ignoranc~ 0 Ol matiy Others. I can't remember exac~ where Boston's most elegant nightclub was located on Piedmont Street. My father showed it once to me as a kid but I forgot the site. In the end the club owner and not the busboy were found at fault for it all but that was still I sense not enough for poor Stanley's many night- mares to follow. To this day, there has never been any thought given to a new Cocoanut Grove nightclub ever sug- gested for Boston even these 70 years later. MYBakery Perch VVrA ()tlLANI)O SINOPOLI Ist Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a deligh(ful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN