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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 7, 2012 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS So here we are on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, 194 i. Little did we know that in a few years we would be drafted into the U.S. Army! So off we went! That is another story. So what's new?. A World War II veteran was able to hear a symphony he wrote 67 years ago for the first time when the U.S. Army Orchestra premiered it in Washington, D.C. Retired Col. Harold Van Heuvelen, 93, was inspired by his experiences as a soldier to write a symphony in 1945, but it languished on the shelf for decades and was never per- formed. When his son Bob found the music in the early 2000s, he launched a campaign to have the Army play it. Its premiere drew rapturous applause and a standing ovation for the composer. Bravo! Bravo! Pay attentionI A Japanese study found that compliments can help improve student and employee performance as much as monetary rewards. "To the brain, receiving a compli- ment is as much a social reward as being rewarded money," said researcher Norihiro Sadato. Compliments are like perfume: to be inhaled, not swallowed. As Dean Saluti would say, "Be sincere with your compliments. Most people can tell the difference between sugar and saccharine." Huh? The Philadelphia Inquirer found that Mitt Romney got not a single vote in 59 districts of that Pennsylvania city. The vote total in those heavily African-American, Democratic districts: Obama- 19,604, Romney -- 0. Ah, Venice! Nearly three quarters of Venice was under water as the lagoon city suffered one of its worst floods in a century. Residents waded through waist-high water as tourists put on bathing suits and went swimming in St. Mark's Square. It's the fourth time since 2000 that Venice has been flooded and city officials blamed global warming. An elaborate system of surge bar- riers is under construction but won't be com- pleted before 2014 at the earliest. Venice wasn't the only area inundated. Rivers flooded Tuscany further inland, sweeping away bridges and destroying vineyards. Speaking of Venice, it reminded us that today pasta is on the table of many, maybe most, Italian households at least once a day and some have the national dish for both lunch and dinner. Sit down in any eating place in Italy, whether a truckers' haven or a two-star restaurant and you will be asked, "Pasta?" Scornato! A man who allegedly told police he drank five beers while waiting for a pizza lost control of his car and smashed into a house, greeting the startled homeowner by saying "You want some pizza?" The home- owner felt his house shake and downstairs found a dazed William Kise, 41, in the driver's seat of a rubble-covered Mustang, with a box of pizza and some hot sauce in his back seat. Kise offered to share but despite his generosity he was arrested and charged with drunk driving. Americans from at least 20 states have petitioned the White House since Election Day to let their state secede from the union. The states include Colorado, Florida and New York, but the petition from Texas is the most popular, with more than 80,000 signatories. "Attentionl Forward, marchF Men and women who've served in the military have about double the infidelity rate of non- veterans, with about 32 percent admitting to extramarital sex at some point, accord- ing to a national study. Bow wow! Meow! Meow! A Harris poll disclosed 94% of dog owners and 91% of cat owners consider their pet to be a member of their family. Another reason why a dog is man's best friend is because he's not always calling for explanations. And isn't it wonderful how dogs can win friends and influence people with- out ever reading a book. And letting the cat out of the bag is much easier than putting it back. Read carefully! Appearances aren't always deceiving: People who look older than others their age are more likely to have heart problems that can shorten their lives. Danish re- searchers tracked the health and physical ap- pearance of 0 0 0 11,000 people age 40 and older over the course of 35 years. They found cardiovas- cular problems to be more prevalent among those who had at least one of four signs of aging-receding hairline at the temples, bald- ness at the crown of the head, creases in the earlobes, or yellow, fatty deposits around the eyes. People with three of the markers were 57 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 39 percent more likely to have heart disease even if they had no conven- tional heart disease risk factors such as ex- cessive weight, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure or a family history of heart disease. The heart disease risk was even greater for people over 70 who looked older than others their age. The findings "should give clinicians greater incentive to treat patients who show these physical signs," Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen of the University of Copenhagen tells Other com- mon signs of aging, such as wrinkle and graying hair, don't appear to have signifi- cant correlation with heart health. Flying high! U.S. airlines face a huge shortfall in qualified pilots. More than half of current pilots are age 50 or over and new federal regulations require newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of flying time. All U.S. airlines will need to find over 65,000 more pilots before the year 2020. According to the musicologist Albert Natale and myself, we have an Italian to thank for the music scale, A Benedictine monk from Arezzo, Italy. His name was Guido; thus, Guido D'Arezzo. He invented, then published the first musical scale which, with the ex- ception of one change, has remained the same scale for the past nine hundred years or so. Guido created the scale with its famous solmization: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do. Ah, the music scale! Almost every child learned how to speak Italian when they were taught the music scale! Grazie Grazie! Here they come! A mass exodus from Italy's deep south started after national uni- fication. Of the 4 million Italians who en- tered the United States in huge immigra- tion waves from 1880 to 1914 and again from 1920 to 1927, three-fourths came from the Mezzogiorno. The immigrants from Italy took pick-and-shovel jobs, entered the building trades in force, provided man power for the waterfronts, worked for municipal sanitation departments and became hairdressers or waiters while some scraped together enough money to open small restaurants or grocer- ies-grosserie in their patois. The women be- came seamstresses in the sweatshops and factories of the gai-ment industry. Many of the men from Mezzogiorno who had sailed in steerage to America had left their fami- lies behind and a great number of them returned, sometimes twenty or more years later, when the children they had last seen as infants were adults. The hope of going back to the old country one day to buy some property in the native village with one's American savings prompted most of the im- migrants to settle near the East Coast sea- ports. Quite a few eventually changed their minds and had their wives and children join them. Although the bulk of the newcomers were originally from rural areas, in the United States they tended to cluster in cit- ies and suburbs, forming Little Italics. For the record, my beloved father Pasquale came to America in his late twenties arid found work in a factory and made enough money to send for his wife and young daugh- ter. And so they settled at 49 Everett Street, East Boston. It was a cold water, first floor fiat. It was there we came into this world! But my beloved father did not live long Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SFINGI "sfeen-gee" Fried Dough Christmas Treats 3 yeast packets (1/4 oz. each) 2 tablespoons sugar 2-I/2 cups lukewarm water i teaspoon salt (105 to 115F) A sprinkle of cinnamon 2/3 cup vegetable oil (optional) 3-1/2 cups flour FOR FRYING: I quart vegetable oil I four-quart saucepan or deep fryer In a ten-inch bowl, mix yeast with lukewarm water. Stir to dissolve yeast. Add oil. Gradually add flour, cinnamon (optional) and salt, blending all ingredients to form a SOFT dough. Cover and let rise to double its size. Punch down and let rise again. Repeat two more times. FRYING: Heat oil in small deep fryer or saucepan until hot. With teaspoon, drop portions of mixture into hot oil. They will fall to bottom and rise slowly. Remove with slotted spoon when golden brown all over. Place in large bowl. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Serve hot or cooled. NOTE: Though this delightful treat was also served in many homes for Easter, I remember especially waiting to see Mama mix her dough at Christmas time. Zio Nino and Zia Marianna's (Papa's uncle and aunt) top-floor apartment became a gather- ing place for relatives and friends on many holidays. What I remember most was seeing Zia Marianna, Mama and other women help to fry the Sfingi. The odor of frying dough was evident in the apartment and throughout the corridors of 39 Charter Street. My cousins and I served the hotl fried, sugared dough to guests arriving for supper. The youngsters who had not fallen asleep after supper were welcomed to the round kitchen table again. We joined our parents in the games of Lotto {Bingo) with the other guests. A display of fruit, nuts, Cannalicchi, Cassattedi, Sfingi, or Strufoli remained available for all to enjoy until we departed for home. ' Vitareachedat vos 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. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 1SBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon onthe Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 enough to see his four children grow; He .............. passed away at the age of thirty-one. There = of The its pub//sher or editor.  subnt/. was my young mother now struggling to raise r e  they,ori0ila. four children. Ah, welfare! Enough said. Photos e ined AMER/CA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME