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Page 12 POST-GAZE:I'ti=I DEcEM'BER 23, 201 Ray 15arron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Wow! A British study found that men now spend 81 min- utes a day on personal groom- ing, including shaving, wash- ing, moisturizing, and pick- ing out clothes. Women spend only 75 minutes a day on per- sonal grooming. Ah, love! The 83-year-old Paul Tredo of Kansas City, Mo., tied the knot with 96- year-old Fern Schurr. "Sud- denly there she was, and it became evident that she was the one I wanted to be with," said Tredo. "It's never too late, you're never too old." Massachusetts fisherman Carlos Rafael accidentally caught an 881-pound tuna in his trawl gear. When he re- ported the catch -- worth up to $400,000 on the sushi market to fishery officials, they seized the giant tuna and told him he'd broken {he law because he hadn't used a rod and reel. A Georgia man is suing a factory for firing him after he refused to wear the number 666. Plastic Finn Pliant Corp., asks workers to wear stick- ers showing the number of days since the plant's last accident. As that figure climbed toward the Bible's "Mark of the Beast," Billy Hyatt told supervisors he'd be "condemned to hell" for wear- ing the number, and was sub- sequently fired. Bow wowt A dog in Austra- lia drove a 20-ton RV down the street after releasing the hand brake with its paws. Passerby Phil Newton, 30, says he was startled to see an RV roll by with a dog in the driver's seat and his paws on the steering wheel. Newton gave chase and was able to board the vehicle and bring it to a stop. Owner Richard McCormack, 62, says his dog, Woodley, a German koolie, has seen him release the hand brake many times. "He was just copying me." The jolly Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston, says, "Christmas is a time when a lot of others besides Santa find them- selves in the red." The charmirlg Rosalie Cunio of Waltham reminds us, "When we throw out the Christmas tree we should be especially careful not to throw out the Christmas spirit." A Christmas miracle is how everyone receives more Christmas cards than they send. The greatest Christmas crisis occurs when a family mixes up the lists of those who sent cards last year and those who didn't. Show biz births on Christ- mas Day, Humphrey Bogart, Cab Calloway, Tony Martin, and Sissy Spacek. Deaths on Christmas Day, W,C. Fields and Charlie Chaplin. Huh? Social Security dis- ability benefits w paid to people who can no longer work -- more than doubled between 2001 and last year, when they totaled $124 bil- lion. The program may run out of reserves in seven years. So reported The Wall Street Journal. Interesting useless infor- mation: The American city first to establish a police de- partment was Boston. Regu- lar-duty officers were ap- pointed on May 5, 11838. Per- haps next May 5  Boston should celebrate the anniver- sary of Boston being the first city in America to establish a police department. According to Giuseppina, la coscia storta, most of us spend a lifetime going to sleep when we're not sleepy and getting up when we are. The wide-awalke Tom Analetto of Medford, says, "When a man walks in his sleep, he leaves his wife; when he talks in his sleep, his wife leaves him." Questions people ask: Where is the windiest and coldest place on earth? Ant- arctica. What percentage of the human body is made up of water? Seventy percent. The world has approximately how many different lan- guages? Last count, Five thousand. What bird's eyes are bigger than its brain? The ostrich. And what was one of the original meanings of ca- sino? A public room, or place, for social gatherings, dancing and music. Its association with gambling would come later. Italian supercars are noto- riously difficult to handle, but o o o Ferrari's new mid-rear en- gine sports cars are different; easier to drive yet in each configuration still "a mighty presence on the road." Gee, we are anxious to own one! Household chores bug you? Here's something to make you feel better about all that dusting and cleaning -- it could just save your life. Researchers at the U.S. Na- tional Cancer Institute say women who stay fit and physi- cally active after menopause are 17 percent less likely to develop the killer disease. Just one hour of vigorous housework a day can make all the difference ... as long as it's physically demanding. Wee bit of show biz remi- niscing with the stately mu- sicologist Albert Natale. Hoagy Carmichael's mother used to play mood music for the silent movies at the local cinema in Bloomington, Indiana. One more time! Bing Crosby's recording of "White Christmas" has sold more than 100 million copies! "White Christmas" was cre- ated by a Jewish-American Irving Berlin. In 1934, the Benny Goodman band was playing at Billy Rose's Music Hall and attracting nobody except musicians. One year later, it would be an entirely different situation. Band- leader Artie Shaw was the first of six husbands for actress Lana Turner. Artie and Lana were married for one year (1940-41). Helen O'Connell on the Big Band days: "If I'd known it was an era, I'd have paid more atten- tion. All I remember is sleep- ing in the back of the bus." And singer Russ Columbo (a Bing Crosby sound-alike) also played violin and acCordion. Columbo would work with the Rhythm Boys with Bing Crosby. Singer bandleader Vaughn Monroe appeared in two western movies, "Singing Guns" (1950) and "Toughest Man in Arizona" (1952). AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME @ EAST BOSTON SOCIAL CENTERS JOHN F. KELLY, Executive Director 68 Central Square East Boston, MA 02128 617-569-3221 Recipes from the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED STRUFOLI A Fried Nugget-Shaped Pastry 2 1/2 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar I teaspoon baking powder I/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine 1 large egg (beaten) I/2 cup milk I teaspoon vanilla 1 eight-ounce jar honey 1 small jar nonpareils 4 cups cooking oil Mix first four ingredients in a ten-inch bowl. Add melted butter or margarine, beaten egg, milk and vanilla. Mix to make dough that can be rolled into a ball. Cut dough into four or five portions and cover. Roll each portion into long strips of one-inch thickness. Cut strip into half-inch portions. Heat oil in small saucepan or small deep fryer. Carefully drop a few Strufoli into hot oil. Stir with slotted spoon. Cook until golden brown. Remove from oil with slotted spoon. Set aside in a clean bowl. Heat honey in a double boiler. Drop Strufoli, a portion at a time, into warm honey. Stir a few seconds. Remove with slotted spoon. Place in a clean bowl. Sprinkle nonpareils over them. Continue until all Strufoli are coated with honey and nonpareils. Serve hot or cooled. These do not need refrigeration. NOTE: Mama made these for holidays because she knew that Peter and I loved to have some for breakfast with our milk or COCOCL She also prepared them for us to deliver a dishful to a few neighbors. She always reminded us to wish them a happy holiday. I remember relatives and friends arriving at oar home for a brief visit on Christmas and Easter morning. They brought us a bowl of their Strufoli or Sfinge. Mama or Papa also served the visitors a small glass of liqueur as they exchanged holiday greetings. Sometimes, Peter and I were allowed a small taste- of the liqueur before being savoring the guest's dessert. Those precious moments always flash back in my mind when I am preparing my special holiday treats. Felice Anno Nuovo a Tutti Vita Orlando Sinopoli . .,Happ.y J-tolidays NOBILE INSURANCE BOSTON 30 Prince Street Boston, MA 02113 617-523-6766 FAX: 617-523-0078 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU ALBANO F. PONTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte @raSh.COrn Phone 617-320-0022 ARLINGTON 148A Massachusetts Avenue Arlington, MA 02474 781-646-1200 FAX: 781-646-1148 MEDFORD 39 Salem Street Medford, MA 02155 781-395-4200 FAX: 781-391-8493 VITA ORLANDO S|NOPOLI I st 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 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN