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Table of Contents
Volume 8, Number 11
The News in Italian . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26–27
Business Profile: News West . . . . . . . . . 13 La Voce Interview: Anthony Zuiker . 14–15
OPINION Editor’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
La Mia Famiglia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16–17
Allora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
The Nevada Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
It’s Your Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
FEATURES Ethnic Images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20–21
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Remembering Sinatra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Vintage Vegas Now . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Tuscany Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Big Savings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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Business Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
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Savings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 From the Vet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Restaurant Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Pick Up Your Copy of La Voce . . . . 30–31
Tempo Libero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
La Voce Club Card Advertisers . . . . . . . 31
Community Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
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In Celebration of Liberty This Day the Congress has passed the most important Resolution, that ever was taken in America. — John Adams On July 4, we celebrate the adoption by the Second Continental Congress of one of our nation’s most revered symbols of liberty — the Declaration of Independence. It is common for us to think of the signers of this document — our founding fathers — as a stodgy bunch of old guys in quaint clothing. Not so. These men were innovative radicals who represented a new and different type of government — one based on the will of the people, not on an accident of birth. By signing this revolutionary political document, the nation’s founders risked much, as had the American Revolution gone completely wrong,
this document pretty much told the British whom to round up. They did so because they believed that although our country had the right to govern itself, the radical action needed to be explained. Therefore, they crafted a document “intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.” (Jefferson) The following is a selection of quotes that offer a glimpse into the minds of these inventive and surprisingly modern thinkers.
THOMAS JEFFERSON “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save onehalf the wars of the world.”
“Every generation needs a new revolution.” “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”
ALEXANDER HAMILTON “In the general course of human nature, a power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.” “Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.”
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
JOHN ADAMS “But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations.... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.” “The deliberate union of so great and various a people in such a place, is without all partiality or prejudice, if not the greatest exertion of human understanding, the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen.” Continued on Page 28
Allora By Dominic P Gentile Publisher
A Private Man with a Public Face When I was a child, I thought everyone was Italian. There was good reason for that, as my world was made up of daily interactions with my family and its friends, who actually were ranked with descriptive terms such as paesano, amico, and compare. When I heard a language being spoken other than English, it was Italian (more accurately, a blend of dialects from Calabria, Apulia, and Basilicata). We didn’t refer to our daily meals as “Italian food.” We ate pasta, which was more often referred to as maccheroni, except on Sundays when the cavatelli or ravioli took over the kitchen and the bedrooms. And we ate it with such wonderful things called lenticchie, ciccir, and polpette, accompanied by a cicorria salad if it was spring or finocchio in the autumn.
If memory serves me correctly, it wasn’t until I was about to start school that I learned that one of my uncles had married “an American girl,” and it triggered a question in my mind. I’m sure that my mother‘s answer set off an internal trauma when the realization hit me that everyone was not like me, and I was about to enter kindergarten and would have to deal with them all. Mom told me that I could recognize them because their names didn’t end in a vowel. Maybe that’s why I got along so well with John O’Meara and Joe Kowalski? It’s Not Always in the Name As time has passed, it has become harder to recognize an ItalianAmerican by a name. Which brings me to why you see Anthony Zuiker
Front (l/r): Paola Armeni, Dawn Lozano, Mimmo Ferraro Back (l/r): Adam Gentile, Anthony Zuiker, Dominic Gentile, Stefano Ripamonti on our cover. While working my day job with the other thirty lawyers at the Gordon Silver law firm, I meet far more people than I did before we joined forces two years ago. Last year, two of those people were Anthony and Jennifer Zuiker, who were referred to us by an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles for some work they needed done locally. I knew nothing about them other than the referring lawyer told me Anthony was the creator of what have become three of America’s top ten television programs — the CSI series. Because I often had dealt in the past
with “Hollywood types” who had accomplished not nearly as much, I anticipated having to deal with fragile egos and pompous behavior. So you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I met these two down-to-earth, feet-onthe-ground people. It didn’t take long to figure out that Jennifer could be a poster model for a Sicilian-American woman. Everything about her bespeaks those traditions and qualities. It took a bit longer with Anthony. Quieter by nature and focused on the business we were handling for them,
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As a member of that tourism industry, it is our mission to attract the business that’s out there, whatever the market is doing. Currently, we are confronting the challenges and finding ways to draw more visitors to our state during the summer months. Fortunately, people love to travel —everyone wants to get away for a vacation or at least a long weekend somewhere.
The Nevada Report By Lorraine Hunt-Bono
A LONG HOT SUMMER Small Businesses Face Economic Challenges The 2009 Legislative Session ended with the sixty-three individuals who serve in the Nevada State Legislature having set the economic course for our state for the next two years. (21 senators and 43 assembly members comprise the Nevada Legislature.) The outcome on their deliberations to cut spending or raise taxes was TO DO BOTH! They cut some spending, and they raised taxes approximately $1 billion to cover the state expenses they believed to be “essential,” adding a sunset clause on some of the increases should the economy rebound. The Impact on Small Businesses Nevada small businesses, representing 97% of all the businesses in the state, now are preparing to address the impact of the new tax increases on their businesses. Some of the increased taxes are: • Payroll tax increases (Modified Business Tax” on employee’s payroll doubled) • Sales and Use tax increase • Energy cost increase • Minimum wage increase • Business License fee increase – doubled • Hotel room tax increase • Government services tax increase Additionally, on a national level, Congress is considering taxing medical and health benefits given to employees, increasing payroll tax on both employers and employees, increasing personal and corporate taxes, energy
and fuel taxes, and more. The Choices Are Limited Small businesses, and business in general, can only respond in limited ways to the challenges. They can: • Raise prices • Lay off employees • Close their doors and go out of business
Our travel and tourism industry is experiencing the major effects of the recessionary challenges and is taking an aggressive proactive approach in dealing with it. Most businesses will attempt to survive by reducing expenses and raising prices. Inflation is the natural result of increased costs on business. When you add to the mix the current unprecedented expansion of the money supply, you can expect inflation with higher interest rates to be the result. Soon your favorite hamburger (without fries) could cost $10 or more. Having said that, my family has always believed in the old adage that, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I believe that Las Vegas and Ne-
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It’s Our Job to Make Them Chose Nevada. Recently the Nevada Commission on Tourism and some of our state partners sent sales teams on a tourismbuilding mission to Nevada’s top eight travel markets in the West. To promote travel in Nevada, they conducted face-to-face meetings with influential travel and tourism industry people in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Seattle, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City In addition, our marketing department created a retail-oriented spring/ summer advertising campaign to attract visitors with the offers they love most — lower prices and desirable deals. We invited our hospitality partners all across the state to send us exclusive packages to post on our Web site, www.travelnevada.com. These packages offer various combinations Continued on Page 29
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you love, a relative or friend, or make charitable donations to causes that are important to you, while minimizing taxes and other expenses. Give a Bequest One way to give is with a bequest. Your will or trust can designate that a specific amount be transferred as a gift to your charity or charities. Such a gift can take the form of cash, stocks, bonds, books, real estate, or any type of asset. You may also give a percentage of your estate. The bequest lets you pass on your gift free of estate tax. Consider a Gift of Life Insurance A gift of life insurance can be a way to make a significant donation
using leverage. If you have existing policies for which you no longer need the coverage, consider assigning ownership to the charity. By naming the charity as both owner and beneficiary, you get a tax deduction as well as make a generous gift at low cost. Alternatively, you might purchase a policy with funds that you contribute to the charity, and as such, they are tax deductible as a charitable gift. The policy can be owned by the charity and removed from your estate, thus protecting your gift from the taxation, creditors, or legal contest to which your estate may be subject. As owner of the policy, the charity can decide whether they want to use your gift to pay the premiums or let the policy lapse. As beneficiary, the charity will receive the proceeds of the policy at your death. Depending on the type of policy purchased and the charity’s willingness to use your contributions to maintain the policy, these proceeds may be guaranteed and may even increase over time. Depending on the performance of the policy and other factors, the proceeds may exceed the amount you would have otherwise given outright during your lifetime or upon your death. This article appears courtesy of Cheryl A. Constantino, MBA. Cheryl
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Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
Don’t make obscene gestures or return those of others.
By Rick Garofola
Use your horn sparingly.
Don’t block a passing lane. Avoid blocking a right-turn lane.
Signal before switching lanes.
Don’t weave in and out of traffic.
Allow adequate rest for your trip. Realize that you can’t control traffic — only your reaction to it.
If you think someone is driving dangerously and may be breaking the law, consider reporting that driver to the authorities. If you have a cellular phone and can do so safely, call the police.
When parking, don’t take up more than one space. Don’t allow your door to hit the car parked next to yours.
Keep Your Cool on the Road Does it seem to you that the highway is a much more hostile place than it used to be? Do you notice a lot of rude drivers tailgating you, cutting you off, blocking you when you want to pass, weaving from lane to lane to beat the flow of traffic, maybe even making unfriendly gestures? If so, you’re not alone. Aggressive driving has become one of America’s most talked-about traffic safety issues. On occasion, it may lead to road rage — use of violence to settle a dispute related to driving. Reasons A major reason for today’s aggressive driving is traffic congestion. Construction of new roads and widening
of existing ones has lagged far behind the ever-increasing number of cars on the road. In some metropolitan areas, the concept of rush hour is virtually outdated because the roads seem to be packed at all times. Another factor is that many of us lead fast-paced lives and are always in a hurry to get somewhere. This may lead to speeding and aggressive behavior toward motorists we believe are impeding our progress. Solutions In some areas, special law enforcement and public awareness programs have targeted aggressive driving. Counseling has been tried with some angry drivers, but many people seem
to regard rude driving as “the other guy’s” problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are a few things you can do to avoid becoming an aggressive-driving victim or offender: •
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GRAZIE PER TUTTI! The Las Vegas Italian Earthquake Relief Fund has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help the earthquake victims in L'Aquilla, Italy. As a cosponsor of the May 17 An Affair of the Heart...to Italy with Love event and other fundraising activities for this charitable venture, the
July 2009 www.augustus.org
Our Mission is to provide college scholarships to disadvantaged ItalianAmerican students in Clark County with academic abilities; assist ItalianAmerican families with personal hardships; and continuously promote a positive image of ItalianAmericans. Formed in 1983, the society has awarded more than 475 scholarships, totaling about $750,000 in funds awarded. Our Next Event!
July 22, 2009 Dinner at Maggiano's Cocktails at 6:30 Please RSVP by calling 407-1380 by July 17, 2009 Augustan of the Year 2009 Please join us in honoring our 2009 Augustan of the year, Tony Sacca. Tony is the most recent Augustan of the Year following the honor held by Nick Montana, Mike Fauci, Charlie Coccuzza, and Andrea Lanfranco-Boggs.
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Augustus Society thanks all of those who donated their time and money to this truly worthy event. Additionally, we take this opportunity to thank the organizers, other cosponsors, entertainers, Web designers, graphic artist, and sound and stage crew members, along with others who donated their time to this worthy cause. A special thanks is truly warranted for Mr. Nelson Sardelli, Mr. Angelo Cassaro, Mr. Dominic Gentile, Mr. Stephano Ripamonti, Mr. Vince Ciminise, and the Orleans Hotel and Casino who were instrumental in having this all come together. This is just one example of the charitable work in which our members and organization have participated. Our members are leaders in the Italian American community in Clark County and, as such, our organization often has a signiﬁcant role when a worthy charitable cause needs the time, energy, and resources that our collective organization can provide.
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OCTOBER 17, 2009 Columbus Day Ball Honoring Tony Sacca as Augustan of the Year
Columbus Day Ball Mark your calendars. Our Annual Columbus Day Ball will be held at the Orleans Hotel & Casino on October 17, 2009. This is our biggest social event of the year, and we sincerely hope our members and friends will join us for this festive occasion. This year, we will we celebrate Tony Sacca as our Augustan of the Year for 2009. For those who don’t know, the Ball is our premier event to honor our Italian-American heritage and to honor members of the Italian-American community for their achievements. The Ball features full entertainment, wonderful food, and a short awards ceremony. This joyous event is open to members, and nonmembers, and we welcome you to join us in this celebration. We hope everyone will mark their calendars for the event. It is never too soon to plan.
Tony Sacca with fellow Augustus Society Member and Former Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt-Bono
Board Nominations It is that time of year again to think about Board of Directors' election nominations. The threeyear terms held by Greg Gemignani, Mark DeStefano, and Joe Della Ripa are up this September. At least one seat will be occupied by a new person because Greg Gemignani is reaching the end of his second consecutive full term and is precluded from running again. At the July board meeting, the board will nominate a sufﬁcient number of candidates to occupy the seats up for election. At the August meeting, members will have the opportunity to nominate additional candidates. If anyone knows of additional members who would like to be candidates for the Board of Directors, please nominate them at the August and September meetings. As always, there will likely be more qualiﬁed and capable candidates than open board seats, and we encourage and appreciate all who are willing to serve.
NEWS WEST Sophisticated printing methods with a personal touch By Geri Cofone Jeter Whether you are a business or an individual, finding the right print shop to handle your jobs, both large and small, can be a daunting task. Like every industry, printing has its own unique vocabulary, so how do you even ask for what you want? And with printing requirements becoming ever more dependent on sophisticated design software, how do you begin preparing your material for printing? It’s All About the Service The simple answer to these questions is to focus on a print shop’s customer service — look for the printer who will help you the most. “There are quite a few quality printers,” says News West Director of Operations Nancy Darmofal, “but one thing sets us apart — superior customer service.” “We know that the cold web printing process is a mystery to many of our clients,” Darmofal explains. “Therefore, we are available to guide them in their file preparation. That way, they get the maximum effect from their design, so their publications and projects show to the best advantage.”
Collecting and stacking the finished job is a fast-paced task. Prepress Coordinator Carlos Ruiz agrees, “We are always available to help clients realize their vision.” In addition to the actual printing, News West also offers stitch-and-trim and addressing services. Through work with an outside commercial printer, clients can also add glossy covers to improve the look and feel of their publications. Client focus is central to the News West operation. “We take pride in our product,” says Darmofal. “Our reputation hangs on what we do.” The Company News West Publishing in Bullhead City, Ariz., is a division of Brehm Communications, a privately held company founded in 1919 that produces more than forty newspapers, including six dailies, across the U.S. The Bullhead City press publishes the award-winning Mohave Valley Daily News, the Booster Advertiser, a twice-weekly
classified ad product, the Needles Desert Star, and the weekly Laughlin Entertainer, among others. Although the presses are kept pretty busy with the company’s own publications, News West has sufficient capability to accommodate additional clients. It is able to do so for two reasons: current technology and a superior staff. “We have long-term employees who are well trained and proud of their achievements,” says Darmofal.
The jobs are constantly reviewed for color accuracy. Press Room Manager Mike Vaught, who has been with News West for eight years, sees it as a collaborative art form. “It’s more than just a printing job,” he says. “It’s an artistic expression. We work with clients to produce the product they intended — one we can both be proud of.” But You’re in Bullhead City There was a time when the distance between the press and Las Vegas presented more of an issue. However, with today’s technology, clients generally submit their print jobs electronically, even if the print shop is just around the corner. News West also prides itself on a fast turnaround for projects, whether the client is at home or in Las Vegas. Full disclosure time: News West prints La Voce. Because the magazine is a monthly publication, we are able to work out a production schedule far in advance that suits us both. However, with sufficient notice, the schedule can be altered to accommodate changing needs. And here is how speedy News West operates: La Voce usually sends the files to News West early on a Tuesday afternoon. The magazine is then set up for the press that same day. The following morning, printing begins and is completed by the same afternoon. Exact times do vary on that day due to other scheduled jobs or technical glitches (which can happen in any operation). La Voce is then stitched and trimmed either immediately following printing or early the following day. Delivery is on the Thursday or Friday of the same week. Cost for delivery? “Our charges to deliver to Las Vegas,” says Darmofal,
“are generally the same (and sometimes less) than delivery fees charged by Las Vegas presses.”
For further information or questions on how News West can help you realize your promotional goals, call Nancy Darmofal at 800.571.3835.
What the Heck Is “Cold Web”? News West Publishing uses cold web technology. Cold web is a form of offset printing, a process that does not print directly on the paper stock, but transfers ink from a plate to a blanket (a rubber-coated pad, mounted on a cylinder of an offset press) that receives the inked image from the plate and transfers it to the paper instead of directly from plate to paper). What makes it “cold” as opposed to “hot” is that cold web uses air to dry the ink on the paper instead of heat. The press uses a giant roll of paper (typically uncoated stock), which can be printed on one All photos by Carlos Ruiz or both sides. Newspaper/publication printLarge rolls of paper ensure minimal ers running cold web presses offer starts and stops. good value to clients. The latest tech advances in inks, presses, etc., have increased both color quality and efficiency, giving clients a great look at a reasonable price.
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CSI’s Anthony Zuiker A n A m e r i c a n S t o ry By Geri Cofone Jeter Recently, Anthony Zuiker met with the leaders of the various ItalianAmerican organizations at Mimmo Ferraro’s restaurant in Las Vegas. During the luncheon he shared with the group stories of growing up in Las Vegas and his journey from Chaparral High School to the sets of his three highly successful CSI television series. Originally from Illinois, Zuiker’s family moved to Las Vegas when he was a child. Like many of his contemporaries, his parents worked in the casino industry — his father as a maître d’ and his mother as a blackjack dealer and pit boss. Showing an early talent for writing, he crafted letters for his father and many of his parents’ coworkers. Soon he began a cottage industry writing essays for fellow students. After high school, he went to five different universities studying forensics and speech and graduated from UNLV in 1991. After graduation, he signed on as a driver for the MirageTreasure Island tram, working the graveyard shift. At the casino, he also worked as a bellman, baggage handler, and in the advertising department. Although his work requires long absences from his hometown, Zuiker has always maintained a residence here in Las Vegas. LA VOCE: How did you get from tram driver to television series? Anthony Zuiker: You know, I will never shake the “tram host to CSI” myth. It is the number one image of me in the public mind. A friend of mine, Dustin Abraham, was in L.A. and suggested I try writing a screenplay. I wrote one
show where the audience knew the crime straight up. The idea was to use forensics, flashbacks, versions of the action seen from different characters’ viewpoints. He was interested and wanted to see what I could do with it. So I rode along with some CSI guys here in Las Vegas and wrote the script. He liked it and bought it for production. I was lucky — the network took a shot on the show. Hollywood writers tend to be invisible. How do you feel about that? Being mostly behind the scenes has its advantages. You have a better quality of life when people don’t know who you are. Is there any type of public recognition that does interest you? What I really want is a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s been ten years. How do you keep the shows fresh after all this time? It’s not just me; it’s the entire organization. We do a lot of research to keep the show current, and we strive to tell a gripping story. I feel that the formula is timeless and the storylines compelling.
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“Down The Rabbit Hole” — Behind-the-scenes with Gary Sinise (Det. Mac Taylor), Creator and Executive Producer Anthony Zuiker and AJ Buckley (Adam Ross). called The Runner about sports betting and underground bookies. The movie didn’t get made, and I came back to Las Vegas. However, it did get me an agent and a manager, and subsequently my first movie, The Harlem Globetrotters Story for Columbia.
What was the path from the film to the CSI series? Jerry Bruckheimer was looking to launch his television career. He had seen my work and called me in to see if I had a workable idea for a TV show. I pitched him the basic concept — a
The shows entertain millions each week. Beyond that, how do you gauge the show’s impact on the audience? The level of awareness and the funding for CSI departments and the criminal justice system is now higher than before the shows. And now criminals know that there are ways to catch them. In addition, donations to CSI departments are now up.
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For this project, the print sections are companion pieces that act as bridges to the online video. For every twenty pages, you watch three minutes of video. These are continuations, not a recap, and are designed to drive readers to the next portion of the printed book. What is the target audience? Although the format should appeal especially to Gen-Xers with its visual storytelling and fractured video, because it is classic storytelling, it should appeal to older viewers as well. Will your involvement be limited to writing? No. This project excites me because it gives Melina Kanakaredes and Anthony Zuiker on the set me the opportunity to of CSI: NY, while on location in New York. Shot in write, produce, edit, and front of the New York Public Library. control my own company. And with this project, I direct for the first time. Any advice for young filmmakers or Photo: Craig Blankenhorn/CBS. ©2005 CBS BROADCASTING INC. All Rights Reserved
writers? For those living in Las Vegas who want to work in film — get out. In Las Vegas, ideas fall by the wayside. And work hard. It’s about having talent, not who you know. Don’t screw over anyone in this business, either. Do what you love — and be three years ahead of everyone else.
Future Projects You said you will no longer be involved in the day-to-day workings of the CSI franchise. What’s next? I am working on a project called Level 26: Dark Origin. These are horror-crime novels written with crime writer and graphic novelist Duane Swierczynski, I believe this will create a revolution in publishing for the YouTube generation.
On Being Italian-American Some perceive that the portrayal of Italian-Americans in the media is a perpetuation of a negative stereotype. What is your take on this? I am not sure what there is to be ashamed of. The core message of The Godfather films and The Sopranos is that they are about the survival of a family. They survive and capture the American dream — this is something to be proud of. The problem with the media stereotype is that it is centered around criminal activity. This irritates some Italian-Americans. A positive aspect of this stereotype, though, is that there is a fairly consistent narrative. Italians are seen as hard workers, passionate, and filled with a great love for their families. The
Anthony Zuiker shares a preview of his new project, Level 26, with (l/r) Alexandria and Myken Bevilacqua and Italian Honorary Vice Consul Stefano Ripamonti. film Moonstruck distills the essence of an Italian family. Besides, the mythology is so endearing. Everyone loves Italians — or wants to be one. What part of the Italian-American tradition influences you? My mother raised me with traditional Italian family values — passion, honesty, hard work, compassion, and letting your work speak for you. I definitely work hard. I put in, on
average, 18-hour days. From 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I work. After that, I have dinner. I sleep from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., write until 5:00 a.m., nap until 7:00 a.m., and then start all over. But my background helps me keep my priorities straight: work, kids, wife, sports — not necessarily in that order. My family is very important to me. Now that my hands-on involvement with CSI will be limited, I can spend more time with my wife and three boys. I’m looking forward to that.
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Remembering Sinatra By Joseph Del Popolo Jr.
An American Phenomenon
I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family, and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually. — Francis Albert Sinatra On December 12, 1915, on a cold, snowy night in a cold-water tenement building on Monroe Street in Hoboken, N. J., Francis Albert Sinatra was born to Anthony Martin Sinatra, from Agrigento, Sicily, and Natalie Catherine Garavente, from Genoa. Little did they realize at the time that their baby son was to become An American Phenomenon, The Voice, Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes, and Grandpa, which he really enjoyed.
Hemming, two seasoned music critics who based their comment on the opinion expressed by countless Americans and most of the entertainment industry that Sinatra is “the most enduring figure of the World War II generation.”
Who’s This Guy? Not only popular for his singing, everything Sinatra did interested his fans. Yet, some people today wonder, “Who’s this guy?” Unfortunately, many never experienced him in his element, for example at the Sands or Caesars Palace. Sinatra would walk on stage, unannounced, and the fans would feel an electrical jolt — every time. Sinatra wanted that excitement. He also demanded a certain ambience and quality of service for his performances, including maître d’ and captain service. The total package breathed class and style, beginning at the door of the Copa Room and the Circus Maximus, where the best-dressed people in Vegas competed for seats up front. He created a unique mystique and aura. Unfortunately, this disappeared from the entertainment and dining experiences with Sinatra’s passing. In a 1963 Playboy interview, Sinatra spoke of his quality, “Whatever else has been said about me personally is unimportant. When I sing, I believe, I’m honest. If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. You have to reach out to them with total honesty and humility.” Tidbits from the past:
This month, on July 13, marks the 70th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s first commercial recording. Recorded for the Brunswick label with Harry James and his Orchestra and Vocal Chorus Frank Sinatra, this is probably the most hunted collectible for a Sinatrafile. The A side of the 78 rpm record features “From the Bottom of My Heart”; the B side is “Melancholy Mood.’’ An Enduring Figure “To hell with the calendar. The day Frank Sinatra dies, the twentieth century is over.” This extravagant praise comes from David Hajdu and Roy
Other critics and writers agree. The New Yorker magazine dubbed the young Sinatra as An American Phenomenon. In addition, it is the title of the very first book written about Frank Sinatra, “The Voice” The Story of An American Phenomenon, by E.J. Kahn Jr. (1946). This book comments that Sinatra was probably the first vocalist of the twentieth century to completely mesmerize the audience with his balanced tone color, phrasing, diction, and intonation, creating an unrivaled juxtaposition of soothing sound and swinging style. At the time the book was published, people often asked Kahn, “What’s this guy got that I ain’t got?” We sure were going to find out in the coming years as Frank Sinatra captured a loyal fan base throughout the years in all the major cities and countries in the world.
Frank Sinatra was probably the most celebrated living American omitted
from the 1946–47 edition of Who’s Who in America. According to Walter Winchell, the noted newspaper columnist, “Sinatra’s earnings during 1944 were greater than those of most other individuals in the world.” Pete Hamill in his remembrance book Why Sinatra Matters said, “Sinatra is show business royalty — A full-blown American Legend.” From Billy Joel: “Sinatra’s image has always been an important part of the singers appeal, but that is not what impressed me most. It was the voice that got to me.” He is the most generous man I’ve ever met,” said Tommy Lasorda. “He is a legend to me; he is one who made all us Italians very proud. We love him and think he is the greatest. I have been with Frank on many occasions and he has an electrifying personality. I’ve never seen an entertainer like him. He makes the audience feel like he is singing to each of them personally. I am proud and honored to say I know Frank Sinatra. He is a brilliant, brilliant man.” If you are interested in finding out more about “an American phenomenon,” please send inquiries to: Olbluiz2000 @aol.com.
Vintage Vegas Now By Dennis Bono
The Dennis Bono Show is approaching its tenth anniversary this year. As I reflect back on these last ten years, I must first thank all those who have played, and continue to play, such an important role in helping this show to succeed.
I cannot say enough about my sidekick, Scott O’Neil, the legendary radio personality from the glory days of L.A. radio. He is a great straight man, and if our comedy segment receives the laughs, it is because he sets me up with the best comedic opportunities. I couldn’t do this without him.
Tuscany Grill By Joseph Del Popolo Established in 1999, the Tuscany Grill is located on the hill at 11105 S. Eastern, one-quarter mile before the entrance to the communities of Anthem and Seven Hills. The three principal owners Louis DeFilippis, Chef Gerald Bormann, and Mike McQuady have been together in the restaurant business for over thirty years. Mike and Lou were waiters together from 1978– 1988 at Di Martino’s Italian Restaurant on Maryland Parkway; Gerald and Lou were part-owners of Philips Supper House on Sahara Avenue from 1989–1999. The three reunited to open Tuscany Grill. As their past two restaurants were so successful, they combined both the menus for the Tuscany Grill. With a menu of over fifty entrees consisting of seafood, steaks, veal, chicken, and pasta dishes, the Tuscany prides itself on serving complete, affordable dinners. At Tuscany Grill, the entrée price includes a choice of soup or salad — and a choice of baked potato, side of pasta, or vegetable. Good portions at fair prices. The restaurant main dining room comfortably seats 120. In addition, there is a banquet room that seats 50 people, a full-service bar with 15 poker machines, and a beautiful patio for outside dining. Along with obtaining the best and freshest product available, Tuscany takes great satisfaction that, on any given night, one or more of the owners have hands-on involvement. They have the daily consistency of food and service—in fact, most of the employees have worked for the Tuscany since it opened its doors. With Lou at the door, Mike behind the bar, and Chef Gerald taking command of the kitchen, it is a winning combination for success. Tuscany Grill • 11105 S. Eastern (in Henderson on the hill) 702.940.1400 • LVTuscanyGrill.com
Anthony Rais, Master Marionettist Denise Clemente, Song Stylist The Cast of Characters Bob Rozario has been so supportive musically and personally in my career. He has taught me so much about interpreting the Great American Songbook and has always shown such great loyalty to me in all the directions I have taken in life. He has shared his talents with me for many years and has always surrounded himself with terrific musicians. The Bob Rozario Ensemble consists of the talented Bob Sachs, Mike Mechem, and Dave Hart.
Corrie Sachs is our talent regular who has been with us since the beginning. Our audience loves her singing and personality as much as we do. She is a key member of our family. And when Corrie is performing out of town, we are lucky to have the vivacious Denise Clemente grace our stage. Corrie and Denise — what consummate professionals. Jim D’Arrigo is our director and talent coordinator and keeps everything running smoothly. A fan favorite, he epitomizes professionalism
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Ethnic Images By Cookie Curci
Victory Gardens Are Making a Comeback During the WWII years, most food shoppers were limited to what they could purchase at the corner market. In addition, housewives had to shop with rationing stamps, and most households had to use most of their stamps for the most important food items on their list such as, meat, sugar, flour, and butter. To help stretch the food budget, just about everyone began to plant a vegetable garden in their backyard. If they lived in an apartment, they created community gardens where people could grow their vegetables and share with one another. It was a way to help the cause for freedom and soon they were known as Americaâ€™s Victory Gardens.
If you were born during those war years, then itâ€™s likely, like me, you have a vague memory of visiting your Italian relatives where, in every backyard, there was a well-kept, abundantly producing garden of string beans, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, and much more. Most Italian housewives knew how to jar and preserve all these backyard fruits and vegetables so they had food for the winter months as well. Todayâ€™s gas prices are high, and food costs are climbing right along with them. American consumers, in an effort to economize, are growing backyard vegetable gardens again. I am not sure what these new gardens will be named; perhaps we will call them Economy Gardens. At least that
is why I am growing mine, with the hope it will help keep my food and gas budget down. The Eggplant One of my favorite veggies to grow is the eggplant. The eggplant is a member of the potato family, and like the potato, it is a great source of fiber in our diet, plus containing low amounts of vitamins A, B, and C; it also has amounts of thiamin and vitamin B6. Low in calories, about 25 per serving, the eggplant is also low in saturated
fat, cholesterol, and sodium. You can grow this plant as an ornamental in containers. The Easter Egg is the most common variety used for this purpose (52 days; small white, egg-sized, shaped, turning yellow at maturity; edible ornamental). For your backyard garden, there are several varieties to choose from. They include: Dusky (60 days to harvest, good size, early production), Epic (64 days, tear-drop shaped), Black Bell (68 days, round to oval, productive), and Black Magic (72 days). For
best results, you should start eggplant from young seedlings. Select plants in individual containers four to six to a pack. It is important to get the plants off to a good start. Always plant after the soil has warmed and there is no longer a danger of frost. Eggplants are more susceptible than tomato plants to injury from low temperatures and will not begin to grow until soil has warmed. Plant in raised rows 12 to 24 inches apart, depending on the expected size of your eggplant at maturity. Eggplants thrive in the heat of summer and tolerate dry weather, but they do need good irrigation during dry periods. Harvest the fruits when they are 6 to 8 inches long and still glossy. Don’t Forget the Tomatoes Grow plenty of tomatoes; they are good for you! Like my grandma before me, I like to have a variety of tomatoes in my garden, but sometimes, because of our enthusiasm, some of us overstock with plants and run out of garden space. That is when I turn to container gardening. The biggest advantage to growing tomatoes in containers is that you can grow them just about anywhere in the yard, providing they get at least eight hours of sunlight. Keep in mind that, when you use containers, the plants
will dry out sooner than when they are in the ground, so they will require a generous watering schedule. When selecting a container pot, be certain it is at least 12 inches in diameter. Anything smaller would cramp a growing plant and produce smaller fruit. If you are not good at regularly watering your plants, try using a plastic pot. They do not dry out as quickly as clay pots. Whichever pot you use, it is essential that you place drainage holes in the bottom of each pot to prevent water from pooling and rotting the plant roots. You can start tomato seeds indoors in individual pots in mid March to April. But, like grandma, I prefer to start with seedlings in May.
Tomatoes require a loosely packed, well-drained soil generous in organic matter. A good mix consists of one part each of potting soil, perlite, peat moss, and compost. Pure garden soil is not a good idea as it most likely is filled with soil pests.
And Then There’s the Compost When grandma grew her bountiful garden, she nourished it with her own homemade recipe for compost. Made from kitchen scraps and yard clippings, the highly nutritious compost created extraordinarily large produce. Every compost mixture must contain these basic ingredients — nitrogen, carbon, water, and air — to transform yard waste and kitchen scraps into nutrient-filled compost. Grandma combined an equal amount of nitrogen rich plants such as grass clippings
and kitchen scraps (any fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, leftover pasta) with carbonrich plants such as fallen leaves, twigs, and garden clippings. Once she had the green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon) components assembled, she layered them intermittently or chopped the ingredients, which hastened decomposition. Grandma kept her compost heap behind the garage and made sure to water it every day, keeping it moist but not wet, and always well aerated. Compost heaps can heat up to 140°F and 160°F. At this temperature, disease organisms and the seeds from added weeds will be destroyed. Grandma used a garden hoe or rake to rotate the contents of the compost every other day to make sure the leaves from the outside of the pile were moved toward the center. When using compost, make sure temperatures during the composting process are high enough to kill pest organisms. To be continued next month: “What’s a Garden Without Garlic?”
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Summer Fun for All Ages It’s that time of year again, and it is hot, hot, hot! Temperatures outside are in the triple digits, and children are out of school, bored, and looking for things to do. You are wearing shorts and enjoying the pool, but you are still looking for a way to stay in shape, stay cool, and something for the kids to stay active and busy. Not to worry — the city of Las Vegas has the answers.
Tennis One great activity to enjoy during the summertime is tennis. Tennis is a terrific family sport and helps keep you in shape. There is no better place in town to play tennis than the Amanda and Stacy Darling Memorial Tennis Center — the premier tennis facility in the Las Vegas Valley, perhaps in the entire Southwest. All tennis fanatics (or just tennis enthusiasts) should check online at www.darlingtenniscenter.net to see the many and varied programs. But It’s Too Hot Outside… One of my favorite places to go is the city of Las Vegas Minker Sports Complex. There are many activities for me to help me keep my summer body in shape; plus, I can stay cool while doing it. Minker Sports Complex is an adult sports and fitness facility on the east side of town. It offers many fitness classes, including Pilates,
yoga, and my favorite — Zumba (cardio class to Latin-themed music). After taking a class, I usually move to the cardio machines or free weights to get a full-body workout. Sometimes I play racquetball or join in a game of pickup basketball. It’s amazing how many things I can do at the air-conditioned complex to stay in shape. Since the Minker Sports Complex is keyed toward adults, before I begin my workout, I drop off my children next door at the Rafael Rivera Community Center. At the Rivera Community Center, there are many activities set up just for kids. One of my kids’ favorite things to do there is the Kids Kamp Program. They really enjoy the many organized activities, from the fun games they play to the great crafts they get to make. It is a great place for them to spend the entire week or summer. In addition, day camps are available at many community centers and community schools. Cultural Opportunities In the evening, after completing my workout and picking up my children from camp, we like to find something special to do as a family. Since we want to make sure our family gets a full range of experiences, we like to spend some nights enjoying the arts. The city of Las Vegas offers a large range of cultural opportunities — theater, concerts, movies, dances, exhibitions, poetry, and classes. On July 17, we are plan to attend the Bandstand Jam Series: Fun with Summer Camp Songs at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center. The family really enjoys the great time we have singing, plus the East Las Vegas
And There Is More… There are many great activities and recreation facilities and pools on the east side of town, but the city of Las Vegas has facilities and events located all over the city. If the far west side of town is more convenient for you, visit the Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center. This recreation facility offers programs and activities for adults, seniors, and children. There are so many activities offered by the city of Las Vegas, I can’t begin to list them all. For information regarding the more than thirty-five recreation facilities and over seventy parks, as well as to download available publications for senior activities (Active Adult), cultural events and classes (ArtQ), and recreation and sports programs and events (Leisure Guide), go to www.lasvegasparksandrec.com. As you spend your summer in the
city, remember summer heat safety. We live in the desert, and during the months of July and August the heat can be extreme. Take precautions. Remember to drink plenty of water, avoid direct sunlight when possible, and protect your skin. When in the sun, cover up with light, sweat-absorbing fabric clothing or make sure you use plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat. City of Las Vegas Seasonal Camp Office 229.4168 Minker Sports Complex 275 N. Mojave Rd. at Stewart 229.6563 www.lasvegasnevada.gov/files/ MinkerBrochure2008-2009.pdf Rafael Rivera Community Center 2900 E. Stewart Ave. 229.4600 Amanda & Stacy Darling Memorial Tennis Center 7901 W. Washington Ave. 229.2100 www.darlingtenniscenter.net Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive 229.1100
Independence Day Celebrations Thursday, July 2 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (racing starts at 6:20 p.m.) Night of Fire featuring Supermodifieds Las Vegas Motor Speedway The Bullring, Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR-sanctioned 3/8-mile asphalt oval, kicks off the Independence Day holiday weekend on Thursday, July 2, with its annual Night of Fire. The evening of family fun will include fireworks, the lightning-fast SMRA Supermodifieds, a spectacular dual jet-car burn, freestyle stunt street bikes, and a drifting exhibition. The Bullring’s concession stand offers a family-friendly dollar menu, including $1 hot dogs, $1 soda, and $1 beer. For info and tickets, see www.LVMS.com or call 644.4444. Fee: $15 adults; $12 seniors and military with ID; $5 children (ages 6–12); $38 family 4-Pak (2 adults and 2 children) 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Yankee Doodle at the Pool (all ages) Baker Pool, Carlos L. Martines & Darrio J. Hall Family Pool (Freedom Park); Doolittle Pool, Garside Pool, Municipal Pool, and Pavilion Center Pool 3343 W. Washington Ave. (inside Lorenzi Park), 229.6601 for reservations Participate in many water games and activities as we celebrate our independence — splash style. Prizes will be awarded. Fee: $1 (ages 4–17); $2 (ages 18–49); $1.50 (ages 50+); free (ages 0–3)
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Skin Cancer Prevention Caucasians are the primary victims of skin cancer; however everyone, regardless of skin color, can fall prey to it. Many people and some physicians are under the impression that non-Caucasian people are immune to the disease so often people in these groups neglect to have their skin checked. That is one reason people of color are diagnosed with skin cancer at later stages. Because they delay, when the skin cancer is finally detected, it is often advanced and potentially fatal; whereas, most skin cancers are curable if caught and treated early. Types of Skin Cancer The most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. Each of these has been linked to intermittent and/or a lot of sun exposure.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer in Caucasians, Hispanics, Chinese, and Japanese Asians. It occurs more often in men than in women. Basal cell carcinoma is usually linked to UV light exposure and is mainly found on body parts that received the most sun exposure. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer and is mostly found among African Americans and Asian Indians. Squamous cell carcinoma is a skin malignancy and mainly occurs on the legs. This type of skin condition results in scarring or chronic inflammation, which can be aggressive, and has a higher tendency to lead to metastasis and death. One reason for this is, again, later detection and treatment. A person should seek medical attention when they notice nonhealing ulcers, growths, and sores next to scars or areas of previous
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physical trauma/inflammation. Melanoma is the third and most dangerous type of skin cancer among all racial groups. It can appear anywhere on the body. Melanoma often develops in a preexisting mole that begins to change, or in a new mole. Melanoma can spread very rapidly. It is the leading cause of skin cancer deaths. The development of melanoma is related to sun exposure, particularly to sunburns during childhood, and is most common among people with fair skin. The key to treating melanoma is recognizing symptoms early.
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Prevention The primary symptom of any skin cancer is usually a mole, sore lump, or growth on the skin. Any change in appearance of a pigmented skin lesion over time is a warning sign. If you notice any suspicious skin markings, see your health care provider as soon as possible. Most people who are diagnosed with skin cancer are age 50 or older. Because this disease is caused by too much exposure to the sun, everyone, even the youngest toddler, should take precautions. So now that summer weather has arrived, it is important to protect yourself from the sunlight’s ultraviolet rays. This includes the following: •
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From The Vet By Terry L. Muratore, DVM
“Earn what You Eat” applies to pets, too! Good day everyone! As we enter the summer swimsuit season, we all seem a little preoccupied with getting in shape to hang around the pool or vacation at the beach. But don’t forget our little four-legged family members, who should be just as concerned about their “swimsuit figures” as us. Obesity in pets ranks as one of the most common, and perhaps one of the most dangerous, health concerns affecting our furry companions. Remember, dogs and cats do not overeat, they are overfed! My Momma used to believe that a generous helping of pasta or eggplant could cure any and all problems, diseases, afflictions, troubles, romances, etc. Unfortunately, we know now that never really solved the problem. Our pets cannot choose the type or quality of food they eat and are totally dependant on us to provide a complete balanced diet individually tailored to their specific needs. The
old adage of earn what you eat applies to pets as well as people. An older, relatively quiet dog or cat does not require the same nutrition as a oneyear-old puppy playing with all of the neighborhood kids. Medical Problems There are many medical problems associated with obesity. Diabetes, congestive heart failure, liver and kidney disease, pancreatitis, skin conditions, chronic ear infections, and colitis are just a few of the ailments that can be traced to obesity. In addition, orthopedic conditions are much more common in heavier patients. Rupture of the ligaments in the knee, osteoarthritis of the hip joints, and degenerative spinal disc disease are also among the potentially catastrophic diseases aggravated by obesity. These conditions can lead to chronic pain, permanent paralysis, or
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“I’m not fat. I’m just big-boned!” even death. Severely obese cats may be a really interesting conversation piece, but a potentially fatal liver condition can suddenly attack “fat cats.” Often, a cure is impossible. It May Not Be Overfeeding Sometimes the problem is not the fault of the owner overfeeding the pet, but rather a metabolic condition preventing the body from going into the “weight loss mode.” Before you begin a weight loss program for your pet, you
should consult with your veterinarian and talk about the specific goals and needs of your companion. A complete physical exam consisting of blood chemistry and CBC, urinalysis, and thyroid testing should precede the dietary changes. Many patients suffer from abnormal thyroid conditions that cannot be cured, but can be very easily and inexpensively controlled with medication. Older pets may require x-rays or even an ECG or echocardiogram for an accurate diagnosis. One common misconception is that the dog or cat gained a lot of weight after they were spayed or neutered. Remember, there are no calories in surgery. Neutered pets do not get fat, overfed pets get fat. Neutering is usually done at sexual maturity, and nutritional requirements change at this life stage. Talk to your veterinarian about proper nutrition following spaying or neutering surgery. Recently, a major pharmaceutical company introduced a weight loss drug for use in dogs only. This medication is designed to buffer the pet’s appetite, but still allow proper nutritional intake, which can make the journey to the desired weight much easier on both the pet and the owner. Let’s face it; often it is significantly harder on the owner rather than the pet to loose weight! Those sad, Continued on Page 29
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Roma chiama Hollywood per ristabilire la sua autoritá di Dom Serafini* Se in passato sembrava che Hollywood avesse abbandonato Roma, sicuramente Roma non ha mai abbandonato Hollywood. Anzi, la Regione Lazio si é lanciata a tutta forza verso la riconquista del suo ruolo come capitale dell’intrattenimento europeo, epitomizzato dalla terza edizione del Roma Fiction Festival, che si svolgerá dal 6 all’11 luglio ‘09. Ma, se Roma Fiction Fest é il mezzo, Hollywood é il tramite. Pertanto, per promuovere la manifestazione per i 4.000 adddetti ai lavori di tutto il mondo, il Governatore della Regione Lazio, Piero Marrazzo, si é recato a Cannes, sulla Costa Azzurra, durante Mip-Tv, la grande fiera che richiama tutte le societá televisive del mondo (ed in particolare quelle di Hollywood), dove la consociata Rai per le vendite dei programmi, Rai-
Trade, aveva co-ordinato una festa e dove la Regione era espositrice. La visita di Marrazzo é stata poi riportata in un servizio di copertina di VideoAge Daily, la rivista specializzata di New York e Los Angeles pubblicata quotidianamente durante il Mip-Tv. Durante la conferenza per la stampa estera, Marrazzo aveva sottolineato che il 75% delle societá televisive e cinematografiche italiane (circa 1.100 imprese) si trovano a Roma e dintorni. Queste societá danno impiego al 27% di tutta la forza lavorativa dell’industria dell’intrattenimento. La sola Roma conta 150.000 persone che lavorano nel cinema e televisione. Con il terzo appuntamento, Roma Fiction Fest (o Roff) mira a rilanciare non solo Roma come capitale dell’industria dell’intrattenimento, ma anche la produzione nazionale e ven-
dita internazionale della fiction (chiamata “drama” in inglese) italiana. Il momento non poteva essere piú propizio. Ultimamente il business televisivo italiano sta attraversando un “revival”, con l’acquisto di Endemol (“Il Grande Fratello”) da parte di Mediaset e con la De Agostini, che tramite Zodiak, sua multinazionale dell’audiovisivo con sede a Londra, ora é tra le principali case di produzione e distribuzione in Europa. Dopo un letargo di almeno 15 anni, il modo televisivo italiano si é risvegliato e, come un orso affamato, ha mostrato tutta la sua vitalitá al MipTv di Cannes. Prima a mostrare gli artigli é stata la RaiTrade che ha ruggito a Taormina con il visionamento delle nuove produzioni per circa 200 acquirenti provenienti da 70 paesi di tutto il mondo. Finiti i suoi screenings, RaiTrade ha coordinato il trasferimento degli acquirenti a Cannes, in tempo per l’inizio del Mip-Tv (il 29 marzo) ed immediatamente dopo (il 2 aprile), ha organizzato a Portofino il 13mo Cartoons on the Bay, l’annuale festival per i cartoni animati, anch’esso ringiovanito dopo un lungo letargo. In pratica Roff potrebbe prendere il posto del defunto Mifed, la grande fiera dell’audiovisivo che la Fiera di Milano non é riuscita a sostenere dopo la morte del fondatore, Michele Guido Franci. Inizialmente la Regione Lazio voleva chiamare l’evento Mifed, ma la Fiera di Milano voleva essere compensata per un marchio in disuso dal 2005, pertanto si é optato per il Roma Fiction Fest. Poi, al Roff si sono aggiunti esperti dell’audiovisivo internazionale come l’ex dirigente Rai, Carlo Macchitella (per dirigere la parte che riguarda Roma Tv Screenings). Per la parte artistica (la componente competitiva con 3 categorie) si é chia-
mato il critico cinematografico Steve Della Casa, mentre per gli “special events” c’é lo scrittore Marco Spagnoli. Come eventi speciali compaiono: “Tv pitching” (la presentazione di progetti a potenziali produttori) ed una Retrospettiva (questa volta dedicata ai gialli prodotti tra il ‘54 e ‘77). Tutta l’operazione é sotto la direzione generale di Michele Misuraca, responsabile comunicazione e relazioni esterne della Regione Lazio. Mentre la parte “business” si terrá presso l’Universitá Lumsa, la parte artistica si svolgerá presso l’Auditorium Conciliazione e la Multisala Adriano. Sono in programma feste organizzate da RaiTrade, Mediaset e Sky Italia/Fox e la presenza di personaggi americani come gli ideatori della serie “Lost”, Damon Lindelof e Carlton Cuse. Alla fine, se Roma chiama, Hollywood risponde e la rivista del settore, VideoAge, produrrá per l’occasione un numero speciale, come faceva per le edizioni del Mifed e del Prix Italia. Da tener presente che l’Italia audiovisiva vanta a livello mondiale la creazione della prima fiera del cinema e Tv (Mifed, nel 1960), il primo festival della Tv (Prix Italia, nel 1948) ed il primo festival del cinema (Venezia, nel 1932). A questi sono seguiti i momenti d’oro del “neo-realismo” (1943–53), della “dolce vita” (1950–60), degli “spaghetti western” (1961–75) e lo sviluppo della prima Tv privata in Europa (1978–87). Roff é ora tra le maggiori attivitá della neonata “Fondazione Lazio per lo Sviluppo dell’Audiovisivo”, e potenzialmente il veicolo per riportare l’Italia al centro dell’attenzione internazionale, anche grazie alle attivitá Rai con la sua NewCo Rai International (i canali Tv per il mondo). * direttore di VideoAge
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I fiori nel deserto di Gianpaolo Femino Un album del famoso cantautore napoletano Pino Daniele trae il suo titolo dai fiori nel deserto [NdA: “Non calpestare i fiori nel deserto” è il titolo del LP in questione] ed è a questa immagine che penso quando si parla di Las Vegas con le sue estese oasi di verde ed i giardini rigogliosi. Ma come fare affinché i fiori e le piante possano prosperare nel deserto ed in particolare nel giardino di casa nostra e come farlo senza sperperare quantità esorbitanti d’acqua? E`questo il tema del presente articolo. In particolare si introdurrà il termine Xeriscaping ed i principali concetti ad esso correlati. Xeriscaping è un vocabolo di recente introduzione ottenuto dall’unione della parola greca xeros (“asciutto, secco”) e dell’inglese landscaping (“gestione del paesaggio”), e si tratta di una metodologia di approccio alla gestione del terreno e del paesaggio che consente di risparmiare acqua. L’economizzazione dell’uso delle risorse idriche viene ottenuta grazie all’introduzione di strategie mirate a realizzare una stratificazione del terreno in modo da evitare o ridurre la perdita d’acqua utilizzata per l’irrigazione. All’uopo, una delle tecniche comunemente utilizzate prevede il ricorso all’uso del mulch (in italiano “pacciame”) che favorisce la diminuzione della temperatura in superficie e contiene l’evaporazione. Nello Xeriscaping vengono inoltre scelte delle piante che presentano necessità idriche più consone al clima locale. Si parla in tal senso di piante drought tolerant (“resistenti alla siccità”), e di piante native (“indigene”) oppure di introduced plants (“piante aliene”) che si sono perfettamente adattate al clima locale. Xeriscaping significa quindi semplicemente ricorrere ad un waterwise landscaping ovverossia ad una gestione del paesaggio che sia “saggia” o per lo meno efficiente nei consumi idrici.
Vediamo adesso di sfatare alcuni luoghi comuni sul Xeriscaping. •
Xeriscape non significa esclusivamente arido. Anche se il paesaggio desertico può essere pittorescamente colorato e persino rigoglioso, aree limitate che richiedono un consistente uso di risorse idriche (come le superfici erbose) sono perfettamente compatibili.
Non impone l’uso esclusivo di piante indigene. Nonostante esistono molte varietà di magnifiche piante autoctone, come detto in precedenza, si può ricorrere all’uso di piante introdotte che si siano ben adattate al clima locale; le rose, gli iris e molte altre piante che troviamo nei vivai sono alcuni esempi di questo.
Non si tratta solo di rocce e sabbia. Sebbene alcuni giardini rocciosi sono veramente meravigliosi esistono illimitate possibilità di scelta per le zone Xeric di un design di tipo Xeriscaping.
Non si deve sempre rinunciare ai prati. La presenza di zone pratose (specialmente quelli che utilizzano specie come la Buffalograss o la Turf-type Tall Fescue) è perfettamente conciliabile con il concetto di gestione intelligente dei consumi idrici.
Adesso esaminiamo come implementare il Xeriscaping nel nostro giardino. Innanzitutto, è utile far presente che chi decida di convertire il prato del giardino di casa sua in Xeriscape può usufruire di contributi da parte della Southern Nevada Water Authority, basta connettarsi al sito web e leggere la procedura. La scelta più semplice è affidarsi ad un giardiniere esperto, che sia in possesso di business license (si possono verifi-
care le licenze nella pagina web dedicata del Clark County) e soprattutto di assicurazione (che copra eventuali danni alle cose ed alle persone). Altrimenti, per gli amanti del fai-da-te, esistono molte pubblicazioni sull’argomento. Una buona guida introduttiva di cui si è fatto uso per il presente articolo è: Jim Knopf — Waterwise Landscaping (A Xeriscape Guide) edito da Chamisa Books (in lingua inglese). Infine, si può ricorrere al citato sito internet della Southern Nevada Water Authority che presenta una serie di informazioni abbastanza esaustiva sull’argomento. Per concludere, ci sembra opportuno citare uno slogan coniato dal Georgia Waterwise Council: “Do your part…and be watersmart” che potremmo tradurre con: “Fai la tua parte….e sii intelligente nel consumare l’acqua”. (L’autore è titolare di una impresa di Landscaping Maintenance operante in Las Vegas, per eventuali domande e/o chiarimenti è disponibile al numero 702.338.4935).
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of hotels, meals, shopping, golf, spas, entertainment, and other activities available in our state. We made it easier for people on the go to grab these deals by posting them on our new mobile Web site, NV.Mobi.com. As we all know, our industry invests in what we do; we only realize a return on our investment when visitors arrive at our destinations and spend their money. Therefore, we all need to be out there investing. As we say here in Nevada, “If you don’t play, you can’t win.”
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ties. Many of them also perform on The Dennis Bono Show to get the exposure so necessary to get a start. Recently, Anthony Rais and Denise Clemente introduced a new act at the Bootlegger that elicited a great response from the audience; it had an even better response when they appeared on our show. We hope their star continues to shine brightly.
Continued from Page 19 backstage, coordinating the talent and their representatives. We are one big happy family. Introducing New Talent Over the past ten years, we have had some of the most talented and legendary celebrities perform on our show, and it is always a thrill to share the stage with them. However, we really take pride when we have the chance to bring on great talent that has yet to reach that celebrity stature — many of whom we initially discovered at the Bootlegger Bistro. So many of our up-and-coming talents drop by there and spontaneously perform and showcase their abili-
From famous celebs to up-andcomers, we have enjoyed every moment of this journey. We are a family and feel that our audience is part of that family. Thanks to all, and please come and join us. Dennis Bono is the host of The Dennis Bono Show, recorded live every Thursday afternoon at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino. The show is syndicated nationally and airs locally on KUNV 91.5 FM at 6: 00pm on Friday, and also on KDWN 720 AM at 8: 00pm Saturday and Sunday.
From the Vet Continued from Page 25 begging eyes can burn right through your heart!! Don’t give in!! Remember it is because we love them and consider them part of the family that we want them thinner. Don’t kill them with kindness!! If you feel that your pet is obese, or perhaps just a little overweight, consult with your veterinarian soon. That way you can formulate a nutritional plan to ensure you and your companion both live a long, happy, healthy life full of love and laughter! Buona salute!! Dr. M You may contact me with any questions or concerns you may have by calling 263.9004 or by visiting my Web site at Legacyanimalhospital. com. Please feel free to contact the editor if you wish me to cover any specific pet health concern.
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