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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 5, 2014 Page 9 I00ay 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Here we are the beginning of a new month. Yes! The holiday season is here! Have you begun to do your Christmas shopping?. Don't forget to include me on your gift list. Ha! This just in from the Vatican. Homeless men and women living in Vatican City will soon benefit from a different kind of handout: free showers. Bishop Konrad Krajewski, who is well known around the Holy See as Pope Francis's chief alms giver, ordered three shower stalls to be installed in the city's public bathrooms. The decision was inspired by a chance meeting with Franco, a home- less man who turned down the bishop's din- ner invitation because of his stench. "In the Gospel, Jesus always uses the word 'today,' Krajewski said. "And it is 'today' that we must respond to the people's needs." To protest the available candidates in the November election, voters in Orange County, Florida, cast 273 write-in votes for "Mickey Mouse" for positions ranging from governor to commissioner of agriculture. Other write- in votes included "Darth Vader," "Kayne West, and "Wile E. Coyote," with "None of the Above" topping the list with 555 votes. The right to bear arms, after Russian Presi- dent Vladimir Putin announced that gun laws would be eased to allow Russians to carry rifles wherever they'd like. "You can get a lot more done with politeness and a weapon," Putin said, "than with politeness alone." The astute and lovely Barbara D'Amico, says, "Occasionally you meet one of those strange people who is polite and isn't trying to sell you anything." The witty and charming Christina "Chris" Quinlan, says, "Being polite to your wife only makes her wonder what you've been up to. For the record, Barbara and Chris are noted executives of Albert A. Russo Imports, Inc. based in East Boston. Some good advice. Easing up on texting, after a new study found that bending over a smartphone for hours is like adding a 60- pound weight to your upper spine, leading to "wear and tear, and possibly surgeries." Early termination, after a British widow was unable to cancel her late husband's mobile phone contract despite bringing his ashes to the local T-Mobile store. "How dare they put me and my sons through this after all we've been through," Maria Raybould said. It was easier for us to bury him than sort this out." Physicians are more than twice as likely as nonphysicians to kill themselves, per- haps because of long work hours, emotional exhaustion, and intense pressure, especially during residencies. Some 400 doctors com- mit suicide in the U.S. every year. Disgusting! Almost one in five women-19.3 percent-has been raped, and 44 percent have suffered sexual violence, according to a sur- vey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of the women who were raped indentified the perpetrator as a boyfriend or husband. Weird! 20% of Americans have taken an "intimate" photo of themselves or others with a cellphone camera, including 39% of Ameri- cans under 30. Smile! You're on cameraI It's true! Mass murderer Charles Manson was granted a marriage license to wed his 26-year-old girlfriend. The 80-year old, who is serving a life sentence in a California prison for his role in the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, has been given 90 days to marry Afton Burton, who also goes by the name Star. Burton started writing to Manson when she was a teen, and at 19, she moved to California to be closer to the former cult leader. She says she fell in love with Manson because of his passion for environmental- ism and hopes that becoming his wife will allow her to work on his exoneration. "I think it's insane," said Debra Tate, sister of Sharon. "Is she mentally deranged?" News from Castello di Brianza, Italy. For the first time, Italian police have penetrated an initiation ritual into the Ndranheta, one of the worlds most secretive and feared criminal societies. Some 38 suspected members were arrested after a two-year in- vestigation that used hidden cam- eras. Police released grainy foot- 0 0 0 age showing four men in ordinary street clothes, huddled together on an outdoor ter- race. "Under the light of the stars and under the splendor of the moon, I create the holy chain, the holy society," one man says, as the new recruits stand with their heads bowed. The Ndrangheta makes its money off cocaine trafficking and extortion. Its members are ordered to kill themselves if they snitch or are discovered. Scornato! A Colorado man spent three days wedged inside a department store's wail after his burglary attempt went awry, police said. Store employees called police after they heard muffled shouts for help, but officers couldn't locate the source of the mysterious noise. Firefighters finally smashed through an ex- terior wall and pulled out Paul Felyk, 35. Po- lice said Felyk had tried to enter the building through the roof and fell into a space between the inner and outer walls. He was charged with burglary and criminal trespassing. According to the Pew Center, four in 10 U.S. marriages include at least one partner who has been married before. Among previ- ously married men, 65 percent want to remarry or are not sure, but 54 percent of women say they are not interested in tak- ing another spouse. Does exercise add pounds? Exercise has countless benefits, but losing weight may not be a one of them, reports The New York Times. A new study has found that many women who began an exercise regimen actually wound up fatter by the end of it -- probably because they inadvertently ate more. Check to see ff your local public library has available the nevly released Watch Me by Anjelica Huston, published by Scribner. It's so refreshing to come across a Hollywood memoirist "who can actually write," said Tom Moran in the Chicago Tribune. Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, who previously wrote about her childhood, focuses on her tumultuous 1970s relationship with Jack Nicholson, who turned out to be an incur- able philanderer. Be aware, Helen Barolini is an award-win- ning novelist, critic, translator and essay- ist, and one of the In-st to write a novel about contemporary Italian American women (Umbertina, 1979). Another book worth read- ing, Pietro di Donato wrote Christ in Concrete (1939), one of the few proletarian novels writ- ten by a blue collar worker. The son of an Italian immigrant and himself a bricklayer, he captured the life and death of his father, who was foreman of a construction crew of Italian immigrants. Our great musicologist Albert Natale reminds us once again from 1956 to 1958 Italian American singers dominated the music charts. The noted Italian American singers are Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Vic Damone/Vito Farinolo, Mario Lanza, Frankie Laine/Francesco Paolo LaVecchio, Tony Bennett/Anthony Benedetto, Enrico Caruso, Russ Columbo, Louis Prima, AI Martion, Dean Martin, Joni James, Julius LaRosa, Lou Monte, Don Cornell, Johnny Desmond and Bobby Darin. Frankie Laine who was the unofficial troubadour in TV and movie westerns, died of heart failure on Feb- ruary 6, 2007. He was 93. Laine sold over 100 million records and earned 20 gold records. He sang the theme for the Mel Brooks' western spoof Blazing Saddles. Many banks have a new kind of Christ- mas club in operation. The new club helps you save money to pay for last year's gifts. The Christmas season is only as meaning- ful as we make it. Steven Sebestyen says, "About all you can do is dream of a white Christmas, for it seems like it always leaves most of us in the red." And Steven's beauti- ful and brainy wife Theresa, says, *The average couple splits the Christmas chores. She signs the cards and he signs the check." Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PBSCB STOCCO "Stock Fish" Cod or Haddock in Tomato Sauce I pound codfish loins 1 medium chopped onion 3 small potatoes 1 celery stick (chopped) 3 medium-ripe tomatoes, or 1 four-ounce can tomato sauce 1/4 cup olive or canola oil 2 tablespoons capers in vin- egar 2 tablespoons white wine Salt Peel and chop onion and celery. Place cooking oil, onion and celery in skillet to simmer slowly until onion is opaque. Add capers including some of the liquid from bottle and stir. Simmer slowly. Add chopped fresh tomatoes, cover and sim- mer a few minutes. Add bay leaf {optional). If used, be sure to remove bay leaf before serving meal. Allow ingredients to cook about ten minutes being careful not to dry them out. Peel, wash, and cut potatoes into two-inch wedges. Add to skillet. Spoon some tomato sauces from skillet over pota- toes. Cover and simmer slowly, about ten to twelve min- utes. Rinse cod loins. Cut into four-inch pieces before add- ing to skillet. Add water if needed to extend sauce. Spoon some sauce over the cod pieces. Cover and cook slowly. When fish and potatoes is fork tender, add wine and bring to slow boil. Cover and remove from burner. Reheat slowly for serving. Note: Since driedsalted haddock is dicult to find today, fresh or dried salted cod (baccala) can be used instead. When I prepare the meal now, I use fresh skinned cod loins, free of bones. This eliminates the unpleasant aroma of the preserved rise To obtain the "old briny" taste, I add two small pieces of presoaked dried, cured baccala. Annual East Boston Winter Market- Saturday, December 6 East Boston Main Streets, Maverick Marketplace, East Boston Kitchen, Atlantic Works, and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center look forward to initiating an East Boston Winter Shoiping Day in and around Maverick Square. Local artists and ar- tisans will be showing their work. Four locations total: * Build your own grits from 9:00 am to-12:00 pm and then peruse locally made art/crafts/baked goods from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.'ZUMIX Carolers will be on hand from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at East Boston Kitchen, 331 Sumner Street. Warm apple cider, cook- ies, and local artist welcome you at the East Boston Neigh- borhood Health Center from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 20 Mav- erick Square. Over I0 locally-owned re- tailers, entertainment and warm drinks at 154 Maver- ick Marketplace from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, 154 Maver- ick Street. Join us for the I st East Bos- ton Artists Group "Open House/Holiday Sale" at the Atlantic Works Artist Build- hag, 80 Border Street. Friday, December 5 th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Saturday, December 6 th, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Sunday, December 7, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Support your local artist community - shop local! EBMS is a non-profit corpo- ration. Our mission is to create a more vibrant business district by initiating private and pub- lic improvements, promoting commerce, and supporting ef- forts to improve the quality of  life for all who live, work and do business in East Boston. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy '" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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