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September 10, 2010

Sigonella youth splashed and dashed Story by MCSA Bramham The Signature Staff Naval Air Station Sigonella youth competed in the third and final Splash and Dash held this summer at the NAS Sigonella pool August 28. "I've been a part of nine Splash and Dash events (three for every summer) so far, and this is the biggest turn out we have ever had," said Kathleen Kinsey, a mother of three competitors. Kinsey says she has been at every Splash and Dash event held by Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation and loves watching her

little girls jump into the pool, compete, and have fun in the process. "It's a great community event for kids and parents," said Kinsey. "I want to thank MWR and all the volunteers for helping put this together for our children." Coordinator for the event Monica Gonzalez said that the Splash and Dash is a series of races in and out of the pool for all ages 312, the younger the child the shorter the distance. Each race starts in the water, and has eight participating children. The kids swim down to the end of the pool and back one time then the kids jump out of the pool and onto the pavement for a

lap around the outside of NAS 1 fitness center. When each child crosses the finish line, they receive a medal of participation. "It's exciting for parents to see what their little ones are accomplishing," said Gonzalez. "We have a lot of fitness related events for the adults, so this gives kids an opportunity to do things that they see their parents doing.” With the success of the Splash and Dash and other summer events, MWR is now looking forward to the start of the autumn season which brings flag football, soccer and other sporting events.

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Sigonella Youth participated in swimming and running (above) events Aug. 28 in the Ninth Annual Splash and Dash held at Naval Air Station Support Base pool. Every child received a medal of participation (right) after finishing each race.

NAS Sig onella schools star t new year By MC2 Gary A Prill NPASEt-East Detachment Naval Air Station Sigonella Department of Defense schools opened their doors to welcome new students and faculty for the new year year here, Sept 30. More than 50 new elementary students, 10 new staff members, and high school students filled the halls of the split campus. Faculty members assisted in escorting students around to their new

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class rooms. “It was a great first day,” said Kim Bertola, elementary school principal. “All the non-classroom teachers were in the halls lending a hand showing students where their classes were.” With the new school year came some new programs and even some new teaching material. At the elementary school, teachers will be using a new curriculum of material called “Reading Streets”. “We received the new English language Sept. 11 H: 80 L: 63

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arts material last year,” said Bertola. “The teachers received training on the material but were unable to put it into use until now.” One of the new additions to the faculty staff is a Physical Education Instructor, who brought a new physical education club planned to kick off this year. There are also after school programs which include Jaguar football and Singing Knights. According to Alison Cashman, Special Education Instructor, the school year is looking promising for Sept. 13 H: 82 L: 65

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both students and teachers. “I was so glad to see all my old students on the first day,” said Cashman. “It was a suprise that I didn’t receive as many new students as I have in the past.” One big change this year is about the parent newsletters. From now on all information, newsletters, and parental student handbooks will be sent out electronically. This makes it absolutely vital for parents to maintain updated email address in the school system. Sept. 15 H: 80 L: 65

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Don’t Miss Great Opportunities in Life

At the FFSC this September

Venice ends 900 years of tradition

September is National Preparedness Month

Visiting Scicli, Donnafugata

Welcome to Sigonella. If you just arrived to the island or you have been here for a while, I hope you take advantage of the several opportunities that you and I have in Sigonella.

The kids are heading back to school . . . maybe you should take a class too! We’ve got something for everyone this fall at the FFSC.

Venice is to get its first female gondolier, ending nine hundred years of male dominance in the profession.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.

Scicli is a historic town located in the Province of Ragusa in the south east of Sicily. It was named a world heritage site by UNESCO.



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Smoke Alarms : A Sound You Can Live With By: Michael Ballesteros Jr. NAS Sigonella Fire Inspector Smoke alarms are the theme of this year’s annual Fire Prevention Week, beginning on the third of October until Oct. 9. Here’s some information on why smoke alarms are important. Most home fire deaths happen in the middle of the night while you are asleep. A smoke detector can save your life by waking you and giving you time to escape. When purchasing a smoke alarm, look for one that is accepted by an independent testing facility such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The best place for your smoke alarms: On every level of your home, including the basement and workshop; outside every bedroom; on the ceiling or on the wall, 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling. Keep detectors away from air vents. Check the alarm batteries once a month by pressing the test button with your finger. The batteries should be replaced twice a year. Here at NAS Sigonella we remind you that when you change your clock change your batteries. You should clean the alarm by following the manufacturer’s instructions. The grillwork on the detector should be vacuumed periodically to keep it dust-free. Preventing False Alarms To prevent false alarms, move the detector away from a kitchen or bathroom. You may also want to consider purchasing a smoke alarm, like a photoelectric, that’s less sensitive to common causes of false alarms. Some smoke alarms also are equipped with a silencing feature, so that nuisance alarms can be stopped quickly and easily.

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Direct Line The Sept. 2 Feedback Live received so many questions via the web that some of them couldn’t be covered in the allotted time, so we are devoting the next two Direct Line columns to answer them. Please keep sending your questions via email, but remember that Feedback Live is a LIVE call in show -- you can get your question answered on the spot. The show is held on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. To call in live on the show, please dial 624-4265 or 095-56-4265. Q1. As a Senior Enlisted member of the community, I recently had the 'opportunity' to visit some of my junior personnel's homes in Marinai during the weekend. I could not believe the cleanliness of the homes, or should I say the 'lack of' it. I have also heard stories about how some homes have

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been 'closed' because of animal feces staining the grout in floor tiles, etc. If BEQ personnel undergo routine inspections, why not have at least one or two periodic checks for residents in government 'family' housing as well? A1. The Command has the right to enter the unit due to the fact that the housing is government controlled but this is at the individual command’s discretion and typically due to reported issues. Currently Housing does not have homes “closed" due to cleanliness issues. We do fund a maintenance contract to perform quarters cleaning. Housing is responsible for making sure that your yard, carport, and exteriors are within standards. Residents must pass a check-out inspection prior to moving out of government quarters, and must pay for any damages that they may have

Naval Hospital Sigonella welcomes new physician Lt. Sara Pope, a native of Northern California, recently arrived in Sicily with her two cats, Sassy and Delilah. She comes to Naval Hospital Sigonella via Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington. Lt. Pope completed her residency training in Family Medicine at the Puget Sound Family Medicine Residency Program, where she served as Chief Resident to 18 fellow family medicine residents. Lt. Pope holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Northern Arizona University and an MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Although Naval Hospital Sigonella is her first overseas duty station, she is no stranger to the island of Sicily. Lt. Pope can thank her brother, Lt. Cmdr. Joe Pope, for introducing her to both Sicilian and Navy life. The year was 2002 and she was in the process of applying to medical schools and debating whether or not to join the Navy. At the time, her brother was stationed at NAS II and worked as the Public Works Operations Officer. She took advantage of her brother’s offer to visit and spent a month traveling around both mainland Italy and Sicily. After being enamored by the wonderful people, the beautiful scenery and the numerous

flavors of gelato offered on the island, she jokingly stated that she’d join the Medical Corps just for the outside chance that she could be stationed at the Naval Hospital and live in Sicily. Little did she know how lucky she would be eight years later! She is excited to begin her tour as a staff Family Physician in the Primary Care Clinic. Lt. Pope is an avid runner and gardener. More recently, she bought her very first road bike and is eager to tour the back roads of Sicily. She looks forward to exploring Sicily, including San Cataldo and Palermo, where her great grandparents were born.

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caused to the unit. The Marinai Housing staff, composed of civilian personnel, does not enter homes to perform "health and welfare" inspections. Q2. I am just curious as to why the Marinai Community Center isn't kept in better shape. It's a very convenient space to throw kids' birthday parties, baby showers, and such but it's hard to allow your child to play outside when you don't know what's lurking in the overgrown grass and weeds. I'm not saying that there should be any funding for it, but maybe make it a volunteer project for kids and adults. A2. The Marinai Community Center is cleaned by NAVFAC during the week. We ask all patrons who use it on the weekend to be considerate and do a good of cleaning up after their events on the weekends. The grass areas on the playgrounds

are maintained by MWR and we will work on doing a better job in the future. Also, we are working with NAVFAC to examine the gate and fence system around the playgrounds to see if they are practical to repair or just better to remove. As a reminder, alcohol is not allowed in the Community Center. The questions, comments and concerns stated in this column do not constitute the official position of the U.S. Navy and are submitted by members of the community.

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049 ROMAN CATHOLIC PROTESTANT Sunday Sunday 0830 Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) 1000 Traditional Protestant (NAS I) 1200 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) 1130 Contemporary Protestant (NAS I) Monday – Thursday 1130 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE JEWISH LAY SERVICES Sunday 1800 1st Friday (NAS I Chapel) 1530 NAS I Chapel Rooms 3 & 4 Call 624-5128 or 335-841-8069 OTHER SERVICES/ACTIVITIES POINTS OF CONTACT Latter-day Saints: Sunday 1300 Catania Chapel: GPS: N37.538035, E015.115348 James Shefchik -; 624-1393 AA Meetings: Mondays – 1730, NAS II Chapel, 624-3267 or 095-763-3080

Emergency Management Office Be prepared to be on your own for at least three days. Seven is better! The BASIC FIVE: Water, Food, Heat, Cash, Radio; Family Communications Plan: Phone Numbers & Rally Points; Public Protection Strategies: Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place; Web info:; Emergency info: AFN 106.0 FM; Questions? Call the EM Office at 624-2630, 8265 or 2621. Brandi, Publisher, Naval Support Activity, Capodichino (Naples), Italy Tel. 081-568-7884, Fax 081-568-7887. E-mail: Editorial submissions are welcomed from all Naval Air Station Sigonella departments, divisions and tenant commands. Editorial submissions should be sent to the Public Affairs Office via, or hand-delivered to our office no later than the close of business on the Friday proceeding the expected publication date. All articles submitted by non-staff members will be considered contributing writers. The Signature will not publish any anonymous articles. All advertisements in this publication are the property of Stampa Generale S.r.l. Any reproduction of advertisements in The Signature is unauthorized without the written consent of the publisher.

Don’t Miss Great Opportunities in Life Welcome to Sigonella. If you just arrived to the island or you have been here for a while, I hope you take advantage of the several opportunities that you and I have in Sigonella. I want to make a point that not too many people – at least from my own town- have had “Great opportunities” that you and I have now. Let me ask you a question. How many people from your town have visited Italy? Most of us would agree. There have been very few people who had that ‘rare’ opportunity to visit here. Being away from home is always an adventure. However, being away and not just visiting but ‘living in Italy’ for a while has even become a greater adventure. I have to say, this area and its people are excellent opportunities in our lives. Besides the local food, wonderful historical information and friendly local Italian community, we all can find excellent opportunities to enrich our lives. Some times we cannot afford to miss those opportunities in life. This is one of those rare opportunities.

Let me give you some examples of how we can enrich our lives with these opportunities. People are eager to learn a new language. Many are spending a lot of money and time to accomplish that skill. If you and I look for time to visit our local towns, we can relate to them. We can talk and listen to people and in a way learn their language and traditions. Of course, this may sound too simple to believe it. To make it easier, have you considered taking a course from any local University on Italian for beginners? It is a great opportunity that you would not like to let it go unnoticed. What other opportunities do we have right here? Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words offers us some reflections about opportunities. Rooney said I’ve learned ……that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. I’ve learned..-he continues- That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. I’ve learned that being kind is more important than being right. Hope you find here and anywhere several opportunities to enjoy it. Don’t let things go by unnoticed. Don’t miss great opportunities in life. I’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. Also, I’ve learned that just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day. Welcome to Sigonella. Hope you find this place and many other places as useful and enriching to our own lives. Simply said, don’t miss great opportunities to enjoy life here and everywhere.

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Defense Department adjusts child care fees By Bruce Moody, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs

The Navy is adjusting its child care fees beginning Oct. 1 and adding categories for its highest income earners to compensate for six years without increases. The Department of Defense establishes fee ranges for all military child development programs and recently released a policy addressing the fee adjustment. Under the new fee schedule, families with a total income of $85,000 or less will see their child care cost rise by $1 a week. Child care costs for families earning more than $85,000 will rise between $10 and $16 a week. For a 50-hour week, child care costs will range from $1.12 to $2.74 per hour. Here is the new fee schedule: Category I – incomes of $29,400 or below – will pay $56 per week (no change) Category II – incomes from

$29,401 to $35,700 – will pay $70 per week (+$1.00 per week) Category III – incomes from $35,701 to $46,200 – will pay $83 per week (+$1.00 per week) Category IV – incomes from $46,201 to $57,750 – will pay $99 per week (+$1.00 per week) Category V – incomes from $57,751 to $73,500 – will pay $109 per week (+$1.00 per week) Category VI – incomes from $73,501 to $85,000 – will pay $122 per week (+$1.00 per week) Category VII – incomes from $85,001 to $100,000 – will pay $131 per week (+$10.00 per week) Category VIII – incomes from $100,001 to $125,000 – will pay $134 per week (+$13.00 per week) Category IX – incomes of $125,001 or above – will pay $137 per week (+$16.00 per week) An optional high-cost fee may be used in areas where it is necessary to pay higher wages to compete with local labor or at those installations where wages are

affected by non-foreign area cost of living allowances, post differential or locality pay. Three Navy installations utilize this high cost option: National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Md.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; and PMRF Barking Sands, Hawaii. "The Navy is committed to providing affordable child care to our military families," said Chuck Clymer, Child and Youth Program manager at Commander, Navy Installations Command. For the first time in six years, fee ranges have been revised to account primarily for inflation, increased incomes and increased caregiver salaries. Competitive salaries help to recruit and retain quality staff. Retaining high quality staff contributes to continuity of caregivers – stability that is very important to the young child's emotional development." The fee policy revision represents a balanced solution to the issue of adjusting fees to pay care-

giver salaries while limiting the financial impact to the family, said Clymer. "The Navy has a lifelong commitment to protecting the wellbeing of our Sailors and their families," said Clymer. "Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the military children entrusted to the Navy's care is a number one priority." The Navy supports our service members and families by caring for nearly 52,000 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, in 132 child development centers, 86 schoolaged care programs and 3,115 onand off-base licensed child development homes. The Navy recently expanded its Child and Youth Program to include 7,000 child care spaces fleetwide for children ages 12 and under and 31 new Child Development Centers. The expansion will reduce a child's time spent on waiting lists to three months or less to meet 80 percent

of the potential need across the Navy by the end of 2011. Navy Child and Youth Programs are among the highest quality in the nation. Navy Child Development Centers are accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our Child Development Home Providers are certified by the Department of Defense, applicable state licensing agencies and are currently accrediting with the National Association for Family Child Care. Navy before and afterschool programs are currently accrediting with the National AfterSchool Alliance. The Navy's youth programs are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. For more news from Commander, Navy Installations Command, visit or call 624-3736.

Photo from the fleet Check in weekly to find out what our fellow shipmates are doing around the fleet.

100830-N-6720T-152 PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2010) Landing signal officers direct An F/A-18 Hornet to a landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is underway helping to ensure security and stability in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas/Released)

100825-N-5216W-002 SANTA RITA, Guam (Aug. 25, 2010) Master Chief Peter Kosloski, command master chief of the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), leads chief petty officer selects in a group run at Polaris Point. Cable is undergoing upgrades at Guam Shipyard for a conversion to the Military Sealift Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jennifer L. Walker/Released)

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Do you have a passion for writing or are you looking for a little experience in journalism? The Signature is seeking volunteers to help cover base wide events as well as feature stories. If this sounds like an opportunity for you please call the Public Affairs Office at 624-5440

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response SAPR offers a Sexual Assault Hotline staffed with trained advocates who man the SAPR Hotlines 24/7. The number is 335-642-8312 or 335-606-6146.

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Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.4 p.m. DSN 624-4291 Commercial 095-56-4291

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The kids are heading back to school . . . maybe you should take a class too! We’ve got something for everyone this fall at the FFSC. Interview Techniques – Thursday, September 2 – 1300-1500 A key component to any job search is the ability to sell one’s self to a potential employer. The interview is also the aspect of job searching that creates the most anxiety for job searchers. Participants will learn how to prepare for an interview, focus on creating a good impression, formulate responses for a successful interview and explore the importance of following up after the interview. Don’t Bet Your Life Gambling – Tuesday, September 7 – 1000-1130 This class allows participants to assess various levels of gambling. Participants will complete a selfassessment on their gambling habits and discuss warning signs of problem or compulsive/ pathological gambling and identify appropriate referrals form a list of resources through mini-case scenarios. Survive & Thrive spouse orientation – Thursday, September 2 – 0800-1400 It’s always exciting to arrive at a new Duty Station. As you begin this new journey, you will have many questions. We have created this spouse orientation class to help you during this introductory period. We know that if we provide you information and helpful hints, your tour in Sigonella will be successful and rewarding. Our goal is to help you! Stress, Anger and Suicide – Monday, September 20 – 09001100 This class will offer effective ways of dealing with anger and how to manage stress at work or in the home. The class participants will recognize the early warning signs of suicide, the role of the first responder, and what to do if someone is contemplating suicide. Cooking Class – Thursday, September 30 – 0930-1530 Visit a local restaurant or agriturismo and learn about Italian cooking from a professional. You will help prepare a variety of Italian specialties and get to enjoy them too! Resume Writing – Thursday, September 9 – 1000-1200 Provides participants an overview of all aspects of written self-marketing tools including business cards, various types of resumes, cover letters and thank you notes. The workshop allows participants to complete a rough draft of one

targeted resume. Home Buying Strategies – Tuesday, September 14 – 10001230 This module is designed to provide attendees basic information regarding understanding the home buying process to include associated cost, unfamiliar terms and things to consider prior to the purchase. The Home Buying Strategies (IG) contains the printed PowerPoint presentation notes and all necessary handouts. Sponsor Training – Tuesday, September 14 – 0900-1030 This class is to assist you in your role as a sponsor. At the training, you will learn all that you need to know from start to finish . Career Explorations – Thursday, September 16 – 1000-1130 The goal of this module is for participants to take the first steps towards finding a rewarding career. Participants will be guided through a self-assessment process, a decision-making model, and be introduced to preparation tools to aid them in building a firm career foundation. Successful Parenting – Thursday, September 16 – 1300-1500 This class will focus on building a better relationship with your child topics include: giving encouragement, showing respect, having fun, and keeping it simple. Finally we will discuss routines and the importance of family meetings. Effective Communication – Tuesday, September 28 – 13001500 Do you constantly have difficulty resolving problems with others? The Conflict Resolution class will teach you how to handle conflict with others, what to do if the conflict get heated, and how to resolving the problem. This class will teach you how to maintain your composure when you feel like your 'button' are being pushed. Also the participant will learn to handle conflict in a safe and non-confrontational way. IA Social Luncheon – Monday, September 27 – 1130-1300 Is a monthly Discussion Group for all personnel and their families. The group provides an opportunity for IAs and spouses to meet and discuss topics related to deployment. Various topics and speakers present information about resources and support services available to help manage the challenges that can occur during a deployment phase. This group is open to all IAs, service members who have deployed or will deploy, as well as spouses and family members...and lunch is provided!

Pre-Deployment – Tuesday, September 21 – 0900-1100 This class will cover all of the important aspects of preparing for an IA/Deployment. We will have representative from legal and the flight line clinic. Additional topics include finances, communication, stress, and local community resources. Spouses are welcomed to attend this class. Post Deployment – Tuesday, September 21 – 1300-1500 This class will focus on what to do before and after your spouse returns from an IA/Deployment. Topics of discussion will include expectations, preparations, changes, communication, reintegration, and Operational Stress. Spouses are welcomed to attend this class. Ombudsman Basic Training (OBT) – September 21-23 – 0800-1600 The Training will include the required Basic Curriculum necessary for certification, as well as advanced training elements. The information will be “state of the art” and include all changes to date. In the Ombudsman Symposium (held in Norfolk this last June) the new manual was presented. This is also the reason why the course is relevant to both new and veteran ombudsman. The training is required for newly appointed Ombudsman, current Ombudsman, CO and XO spouses are also welcome, and Command Master Chiefs are encouraged to attend. Ricotta Cheese Workshop – Thursday, September 16 – 09001400 This full immersion, hands-on cultural experience takes us off base giving participants the opportunity to follow the process of making the famous Sicilian Ricotta . Financial Responsibility in the Military – Tuesday, 28 September 1000-1130 The purpose of this program is to educate military personnel about the importance of being financially responsible and the methods they can employ to increase their financial health while avoiding the pitfalls of the marketplace Arrivederci Class – September 8 & 17 – 0800-1100 The class is mandatory for all personnel before they PCS. Attendees should be 3 months or more from their PCS to attend the class. Call or stop by the FFSC today to sign up! Building 319 – NAS I Open Monday – Friday, 0730-1600 (Closes at 1500 Wednesdays for training) DSN 624-4291, Commercial 09556-4291

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September 10, 2010 Alberto Lunetta The Signature Staff

The Life-Saving Qualities of Pizza (Story by A series of Italian research studies suggest that eating pizza might do good things for a person's health. These benefits show up, statistically speaking and seasoned with caveats, among people who eat pizza as pizza. The delightful statistico-medico-pizza effects do not happen so much, the researchers emphasize, for individuals who eat the pizza ingredients individually. Back in 2001, Dario Giugliano, Francesco Nappo and Ludovico Coppola, at Second University Naples, published a study in the journal Circulation called Pizza and Vegetables Don't Stick to the Endothelium. The thrust of their finding was that, unlike many other typical Italian meals, pizza does not necessarily cause clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis) and death. Silvano Gallus of the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche, in Milan, has cooked up several studies about the health effects of ingesting pizza. In 2003, together with colleagues from Naples, Rome and elsewhere, Gallus published a report called “Does Pizza Protect Against

Cancer?” in the International Journal of Cancer. It compares several thousand people who were treated for cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, larynx, colon, or rectum with patients who were treated for other, non-cancer ailments. Several hospitals gathered data about what the patients said they habitually ate. The study ends up speaking, in a vague, general way of an "apparently favorable effect of pizza on cancer risk in Italy". A year later, in a A new research from Italy suggests that pizza monograph in the ( European Journal of Also in 2004, another team Cancer Prevention, Gallus and two anchored by Gallus published a colleagues wrote that: "Regular monograph called Pizza and Risk of consumption of pizza, one of the Acute Myocardial Infarction, in the most typical Italian foods, showed a European Journal of Clinical reduced risk of digestive tract canNutrition. As you would expect cers."

can be good for your health. from the title, its purpose was "to evaluate the potential role of pizza consumption on the risk of acute myocardial infarction". Gallus and his team "suggest that pizza consumption is a favorable indicator"

for preventing, or at least not causing, heart attacks. Gallus is in no way claiming that pizza prevents all ills. A Gallus-led study called Pizza Consumption and the Risk of Breast, Ovarian and Prostate Cancer appeared in 2006 in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention. These types of cancer are thought to arise differently than the kinds believed to be warded off by pizza. The study puts its message bluntly: "Our results do not show a relevant role of pizza on the risk of sex hormone-related cancers." The Gallus studies all hedge their bets a bit. Each says, in one way or another (and here I'm paraphrasing them): "Pizza may in fact merely represent a general indicator of the so-called Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to have potential health benefits." All of this pertains to Italian-made pizza, metabolized in Italy. No matter how accurate the scientists' interpretations turn out to be, there's no guarantee that they hold true for foreign pizza, or for any pizza eaten anywhere by foreigners.

Venice ends 900 years of tradition by appointing first female gondolier ( - Venice is marks in a series of practical and women will pick up the coveted oar to get its first female gondolier, written tests, which include exams of a gondola', he said. ending nine hundred years of male in English and sailing law. Boscolo said she had inheritdominance in the profession. Two other women enrolled in ed her love for navigating the Giorgia Boscolo, 24, has the course, but did not pass the canals from her gondolier father, become the first woman to pass the exam. who retired last year. Italian city’s strict gondolier exam Venice's mayor, Giorgio 'I’ve always loved gondolas and be granted a full license. She Orsoni, admitted that there had and, unlike my three sisters, I prewill now join the ferred to punt previously allwith my father male Venetian instead of going gondoliers’ guild out with my and can officially friends', she said. row tourists 'I am so through the city’s happy to be the narrow canals. first female gonThe motherdolier. It feels as of-two is also entiif I am in dreamtled to don the traland and I am ditional whitedelighted to have and-blue striped fulfilled an ambishirt, black tion I have trousers and - as always had as a the gondoliers' child.' Boscolo’s code requires father Dante had matching shoes. some reservaHowever, she tions about his can only stand in daughter’s new for a male coljob but is confileague if he wants dent about her to take a day off. skills: 'I still The ancient think being a profession used to gondolier is a be passed from man’s job, but I father to son am sure that with before a ‘school’ Giorgia Boscolo's appointment as Venice's first female gondolier e x p e r i e n c e for gondoliers was has ended 900 years of male-domination in the ancient tradition. Giorgia will be set-up. Boscolo can row tourists through the city's canals but only when able to do it easiS t u d e n t s a male colleague wants a day off. (Photo by ly.' And Boscolo spend hundreds of has dismissed hours on the critics who have Venice canals learning how to han- been a 'tendency of excessive questioned whether women would dle and steer a distinctive banana- machismo' inside the 425-strong be strong enough to control the gondolier’s guild. large boats. 'Childbirth is much shaped boat. 'I'm delighted with Giorgia's more difficult,' she said. They also have to demonstrate perfect knowledge of achievement and I'm sure that folVenice’s canals and the city’s land- lowing on from her example other


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September is National Preparedness Month Story by: Mr. J.G. Somavilla NASSIG EMO


You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local relief will be on the scene shortly after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. Recommended Items to

Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit: • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both • Flashlight and extra batteries • First aid kit • Whistle to signal for help • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheet-

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ing and duct tape to shelter-in-place • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food) • Local maps • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger For more information on how to prepare your family for an emergency, contact the base Emergency Management office at 624-8293 or visit

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Visiting Scicli, Donnafugata Article and photos by MCSN Jonathan Idle Signature Staff

Scicli is a historic town located in the Province of Ragusa in the south east of Sicily. It was named a world heritage site by United Nations Educational, and Cultural Scientific Organization (UNESCO) along with towns such as Catania, Noto, Ragusa, Caltagirone and several others. The town is one of the best examples of Baroque art in Europe. It is sunken into a valley below the hills and

mountains that surround it. The terrain played a part in the early history of the town in that many of the original residents lived in cave-style dwellings in the mountain leading up to the Church of San Matteo at the top. The church is one of several that offers great examples of the Baroque architecture Scicli is famous for. This trip was put together by ITT and included a couple of hours at the beach in Donnafugata, which is approximately 15 minutes away from Scicli.

(Top) The view from the Church of San Mattteo. (Above) The beaches at Donnafugata.

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(Above Left) Intricate paintings adorn the ceiling of the Church of St. John in Scicli. (Above Right) The exterior of the Church of St. John.

Sites: For things to see and do, Scicli rates four out of five stars. It only rates four because there is little to do for anyone who may not be interested in the historical appeal of the town. The main attraction is Scicli and the Baroque and Norman churches. The Church of San Matteo sits overlooking the town below. It is a steep hike to get to the top, but the view offers a great look at the town below. On a clear day you can see the water off in the distance. The Church of St. John is directly next to the city hall in the Piazza Italia. The church has a lot of impressive frescos and elaborate stained glass windows. The mayor's office in the city hall is also a big tourist attraction. It is used as the office of Commissioner Montalbano in a popular Italian television series. There are numerous shops and restaurants that line the main street of the town. The cost for a full Italian style lunch is approximately 10 euro without


drinks. The beaches in Donnafugata are a nice way to spend to an afternoon. The water is very temperate and the fine white sand is kept fairly free of debris. There are public and private beaches along the coast. There are fees to go to the private beaches along with umbrella and chair fees. Family Friendly: Scicli rates three out of five stars in this category. The Church of San Matteo is difficult to climb to. The fact that many of the sites require climbing stairs or going up hills makes the town difficult to navigate for anyone with a stroller or wheelchair. Families with small children may have difficulty finding things to entertain children. The architecture and sites are more of a draw for families with older children. Donnnafugata is much more family friendly than Scicli. The beaches are clean, and the water is very shallow which allows children more


room play in the water. There are small cafes and stores along the water front to buy food and drinks. Accessibility: The trip gets five stars for accessibility because it is an ITT trip. The bus picks up passengers at NAS I or II and drives them to the sites. The bus returns in the early evening to drop passengers off at the base. The drive is a couple of hours, but it is relatively simple if someone wishes to make the drive in a privately owned vehicle. To get to Scicli take the A-18 toward Catania, merge onto the A-19 Palermo/Catania. Then, take E-45 down the coast to Scicli. Travel Time: In this category, the trip rates three out of five stars. The bus ride is a little over two hours each way. Driving time for a privately owned vehicle is similar.


Review Summary Site: Family Friendly: Accessibility: Travel Time:

These ratings are out of five stars, and are the opinion of the Signature staff and in no way constitute a professional travel review. If you have comments or questions on this review contact:

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Go Green Sigonella!

100 Ways to Conserve Water #21 Check the root zone of your lawn or garden for moisture before watering using a spade or trowel. If it's still moist two inches under the soil surface, you still have enough water.


#22 When buying new appliances, consider those that offer cycle and load size adjustments. They're more water and energy efficient. #23 Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month . #24 Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models. #25 Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped. #26 When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your plants.



#27 Use sprinklers for large areas of grass. Water small patches by hand to avoid waste. #28 Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.


#29 When running a bath, plug the tub before turning the water on, then adjust the temperature as the tub fills up. #30 Walkways and patios provide space that doesn't ever need to be watered. These useful "rooms" can also add value to your property. #31 Collect water from your roof to water your garden.


#32 Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash. #33 Rather than following a set watering schedule, check for soil moisture two to three inches below the surface before watering. #34 Install a rain sensor on your irrigation controller so your system won't run when it's raining.


#35 Don't use running water to thaw food. Defrost food in the refrigerator for water efficiency and food safety.. #36 Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it's needed. #37 Grab a wrench and fix that leaky faucet. It's simple, inexpensive, and you can save 140 gallons a week. #38 Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region. #39 When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load. #40 Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

Join us here next week for another 20 of the top 100 ways to conserve water.

Do you have a passion for writing or are you looking for a little experience in journalism? Do you ever read the stories here and think you’d like to add to our growing archive of travel articles? Does your command have something special going on that you think deserves to be in the paper? If so, The Signature is looking for you! We are seeking volunteers to help cover base-wide events as well as feature stories. If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in please call the Public Affairs Office at 624-5440.


*Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Apple Fritters. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Fried/Baked Fish, Grilled Porkchops, Mushroom Gravy, Steamed Rice, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Fried Cauliflower, Lemon Cookies, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cream Pudding. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes , RIKPAK. *Dinner: Cream Of Mushroom Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich, Pork Fried Rice, Steamed Whole Corn, Seasoned Spinach, Lemon Cookies, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cream Pudding , RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterhorns. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Beef Vegetable Soup, BBQ Beef Sandwich, Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Mixed Vegetables, Broccoli, Sweet & Sour Sauce, Chocolate Drop Cookies, Apple Crisp. *Dinner: Manhattan Clam Chowder,Beef Corn Pie,Jamaican Chicken, Chicken Gravy, Steamed Rice, Green Kale, Peas & Mushroom, Chocolate Drop Cookies, Apple Crisp ,RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast Puff, Asstd Doughnuts, Kolaches. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Bean & Bacon Soup, Grilled Reuben Sandwiches, Chili Conquistador, Italian Roasted Potatoes, Seasoned Green Beans, Glazed Carrots, Yellow Cake w/ Frosting, Hermits. *Dinner: Split Pea Soup, Kielbasa w/ Sauerkraut & Apples, Turkey Ala King, Aztec Rice, Blackeye Peas, Fried Cauliflower, Yellow Cake w/ Frosting, Hermits, RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Minced Beef on Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Streusel Coffee Cake. *Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, Rosemary Roast Turkey, Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Seasoned Summer Squash, Steamed Peas, Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Sauce, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Banana Cake, Dutch Apple Pie. *Speed line: Assorted Pizza. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Steak w/ Onions, Grilled Chicken Breast ,Baked Potatoes, Collard Greens, Calico Cabbage, Brown Gravy, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Banana Cake, Dutch Apple Pie , RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Baked Sausage Patties, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Blueberry Muffins. *Lunch: Cream of Asparagus Soup, BBQ Spareribs, Southern Fried Chicken, Chicken Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Hopping John, Corn on the Cob, Southern Style Greens, Jalapeno Corn Bread, German Chocolate Cake, Cherry Pie. *Speed line: Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Onion Rings, Macaroni & Cheese, RIKPAK. Dinner: Beef Rice Soup, Roast Veal w/ Herbs, Spaghetti w/ Meatballs, Lyonnaise Rice, Vegetable Stir Fry, Steamed Asparagus, Brown Gravy, German Chocolate Cake, Cherry Pie, RIKPAK . *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Bear Claw. *Lunch: Beef Vegetable Soup, Breaded Pork Steaks, Savory Baked Chicken, Potatoes Au Gratin, Oriental Rice, Eggplant Parmesan, Tangy Spinach, Cherry Cheese Cake, Chewy Nut Bars, Cream Puffs. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Salisbury Steak, Pasta Al Forno, Steamed Rice, Brown Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Wax Beans, Cherry Cheese Cake, Chewy Nut Bars, Cream Puffs, RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Oven Fried Bacon, Corned Beef Hash, Asst Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Raisin Muffin. *Lunch: Onion Soup, Asian Barbecue Turkey, Beef Stroganoff, Mashed Potatoes, Boiled Pasta, Chicken Gravy, Mix Vegetables, Simmered Cauliflower, Vanilla Cookies, Devil’s Food Cake. Speedline: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK. Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Spinach Lasagna, Grilled Chicken Breast, Oven Browned Potatoes, Corn O’ Brien, Simmered Carrots, Vanilla Cookies, Devil’s Food Cake, RIKPAK. *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted

17 Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Cinnamon Rolls.

*Lunch: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Beef Stir Fry, Tempura Fish, Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Calico Cabbage, Herbed Broccoli, Strawberry Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Gelatin. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Egg Drop Soup, Chicken Cacciatore, Roast Beef, Rice Pilaf, Southern Green Beans, Savory Squash, Strawberry Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, Fruit Gelatin, RIKPAK.


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On the Go with MWR Come Out and Play With Us What organization allows you to take yourself and 13 of your friends on a create-atrip and get PAID? Morale, Welfare and Recreation! MWR currently offers flex, full-time, and part-time positions, professional development courses, and the opportunity to serve in your community and get paid. Positions are posted for 10 days at Click on MWR and

scroll down to the NAF Personnel Office. Call Rosella Foti, MWR Personnel Office, at 624-0509. The MWR Personnel Office is located on NAS I, Bldg. 202, in between Navy Lodge and AFN. Positions are also posted in the MWR Lobby for your convenience. Civilian Positions are posted for 10 days at Click on HRO Civilian Personnel Office in bottom right hand corner for a listing. Civilian HRO is located on NAS I, in the Community Building, on the second floor. Take your resume global and take your talents learned and earned here to your next duty station! For more information call 624-0509.

Schedule & Descriptions THE EXPENDABLES- Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke A group of mercenaries is hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge -- one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers. Barney Ross is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. His only attachment is to his Friday, September 10 pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors. His is a 5:00pm Despicable Me PG true cynic who describes what he does as “removing those hard to get at 5:30pm The Sorcerer’s stains.” The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas, former SAS and a Apprentice PG savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang, a master at close-quarter com7:30pm Inception PG-13 bat; Hale Caesar, who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel 8:00pm Cyrus R PREMIERE weapons specialist; Toll Road, a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen, a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons. When the mysterious Saturday, September 11 Church offers Barney a job no one else would take, Barney and his team 2:00pm Ramona and Beezus G embark on what appears to be a routine mission: overthrow General Gaza, the 2:30pm The Sorcerer’s murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of Apprentice PG death and destruction inflicted on its people. On a reconnaissance mission to 5:00pm Despicable Me PG Vilena, Barney and Christmas meet their contact Sandra, a local freedom5:30pm Eat Pray Love PG-13 fighter with a dark secret. They also come to learn who their true enemy is: 7:30pm Salt PG-13 rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe and his henchman Paine. When things 8:00pm Cyrus R go terribly wrong, Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind, essentially giving her a death sentence. Haunted by this failure, Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he Sunday, September12 started. And to perhaps save a soul: his own. (103 min.) 2:00pm Despicable Me PG 2:30pm Ramona and Beezus G 4:30pm Salt PG-13 INCEPTION- Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen 5:00pm Cyrus R Page, Joesph Gordon Levitt 6:30pm The Expendables R Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extrac-

Tuesday, September 14 5:00pm The Last Airbender PG 5:30pm Eat Pray Love PG-13 7:30pm Inception PG-13 8:00pm Cyrus R Wednesday, September 15 5:00pm Ramona and Beezus G 5:30pm Despicable Me PG 7:30pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG 8:00pm Predators R Thursday, September 16 5:00pm The Last Airbender PG LAST SHOWING 5:30pm Salt PG-13 7:30pm Twilight Eclipse PG-13 LAST SHOWING 8:00pm The Expendables R Friday, September 17 5:00pm Despicable Me PG 5:30pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG 7:30pm Dinner for Schmucks PG13 PREMIERE 8:00pm Cyrus R

tion, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible -- inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. (148 min.) DESPICABLE ME- Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride In a happy suburban neighborhood surrounded by white picket fences with flowering rose bushes, sits a black house with a dead lawn. Unbeknownst to the neighbors, hidden beneath this home is a vast secret hideout. Surrounded by a small army of minions, we discover Gru planning the biggest heist in the history of the world. He is going to steal the moon, yes, the moon. Gru delights in all things wicked. Armed with his arsenal of shrink rays, freeze rays, and battle-ready vehicles for land and air, he vanquishes all who stand in his way. Until the day he encounters the immense will of three little orphaned girls who look at himand see something that no one else has ever seen: a potential Dad. The world's greatest villain has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. (95 min.)

Come out and splash with us

Get certified and earn $$$ this winter season! Class is Sept. 13 -23 M-TH for two weeks. Sign up at Splashers Pool on NAS I Monday - Friday. For info call x4334.

College Bowl at Sparetime

Schedule is subject to change, please call to confirm movie showings. Movie Hotline:


For more information on MWR’s

programs and services, call 624-3968.

Every Saturday enjoy football action on the television and big screen at SpareTime bowling. Bowl one game and get one free. Valid during College Football Season games. For more info call 624-4302.

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Relocation Stress: How to Cope With All Those Feelings Article by Moving can bring exciting opportunities to enjoy a new job, home, and friends. It can also bring stress. Learning to deal with relocation stress is an important part of a successful move. The challenges of relocation rarely end when the moving van pulls away. Learning how to handle relocation stress can help you adjust to and make the most of your new surroundings. What is relocation stress? The stress associated with moving can be mild or severe. Some people enjoy their new jobs or friends so much that they experience only minor symptoms of stress during a move. In other cases, the stress can be severe enough that experts consider it equal to that of a divorce or death in the family. The physical signs of relocation stress can include backaches, headaches, stomachaches, high blood pressure, and greater susceptibility to disease and infection. The emotional symptoms of relocation stress are varied. Some people feel irritable or impatient. Others may become moody, depressed, or withdrawn. They may have nightmares, lose interest in sex, cry frequently, or experience feelings

of panic. Stress can also show up in a wide range of behavioral symptoms. These can include nail biting, grinding or gnashing teeth, or abusing drugs or alcohol. Gaining a sense of control over your move can help ease daily stresses. Here are some good ways to gain control: Make lists. Write down what you need to do as the first step toward accomplishing your many tasks. Plan ahead. Avoid last-minute anxiety by organizing as much as you can in advance. Prioritize. Rather than trying to do it all, identify and work on what is most important. Break tasks down into manageable parts. Start with small jobs, such as arranging for mail to be forwarded or finding referrals to doctors in the new community. After taking care of these things, you'll feel freer to pursue more time-consuming activities, such as building new friendships or fixing up a house. The importance of taking care of yourself You can minimize relocation stress by taking good care of yourself. It's important not to abandon the good health habits that you had before you moved. Here are some

ways to take care of yourself in new surroundings: Get physical exercise. Let off steam by running, walking, swimming, gardening, or taking a class like dance or woodworking. To increase physical stamina, an aerobic workout -- one that gets the heart pumping -- should last at least 20 minutes and should be performed a minimum of three times a week. Minimize other stresses. Stress in other areas of your life may compound the effects of relocation stress. In the months just before and after a move, it's a good idea to avoid starting a diet or beginning a big, emotionally consuming project. Take breaks. Unplug the phone, turn off the lights, and enjoy a little quiet time. Helping children handle stress Although children can experience physical stress in much the same way as adults, they lack the ability to put problems in perspective. Here are some ways to help your child handle the challenges of moving: Let your child know that it's OK to feel anxious. Reassure your child that it's natural to miss old friends or his old school. Make sure your child understands that the frustrations of moving are usually tem-

porary. Be alert for signs of stress, such as a rapid heart beat, trouble falling asleep, or an upset stomach. Help your child get through these symptoms, and seek medical help if the symptoms persist. Let your child know that sometimes you have trouble falling asleep too, or get tension headaches from stress. Talking about the problem will help your child feel less worried. Take practical steps to ease worries. Try to figure out what aspect of moving worries your child the most. Some children become

very anxious because they don't know the way to a new school. You might walk the route together or rehearse boarding the school bus. Be a role model with a positive attitude. Try to convey to your child that, although moving can be hard, it's also an adventure. Focus on the good things about relocating. Encourage your child to help plan new activities that you can enjoy together, and take time to have fun. The FFSC’s Relocation Assistance Program can help make your next PCS a breeze! Stop by Building 319 on NAS I or call DSN


Volunteering is it for you? Article by Military OneSource Before you choose a volunteer opportunity, think about your reasons for volunteering. Which of the benefits of volunteer work are most important to you? Your answers will help you choose the type of work and organization to match your needs. Personal. Volunteering can be more than a way to fill your spare time -it can help enrich your life. Do you want to make a difference in a social issue that's important to you, like reducing homelessness? Do you want to promote a particular political cause? Could volunteer work be a chance to spend more time doing something you enjoy, like working

outdoors? Do you want to meet new people and broaden your horizons? Professional. Volunteering can be a way to gain skills and work experience to help advance your career. Do you want to use your current skills? For example, you might have fund-raising experience that could help a scholarship program in your community. If you enjoy sewing, you might want to make costumes for a local theater company. Are there new skills or job interests you want to develop through volunteering? You might want to get health care experience by volunteering at a hospital. Volunteer work in tutoring might help you decide if you want to change to a teaching career. You can try out a leadership position in a

volunteer setting to gain confidence for a similar position at work. Colleges, employers, and other institutions often recognize volunteer experience as "on-the-job" experience. Do you want to develop professional contacts? For example, a carpenter who specializes in historic preservation might volunteer at a local historical society. A computer consultant might volunteer at the local chamber of commerce. You may find volunteer work that helps you in both the personal and professional areas of your life. For more information on how to become a volunteer and opportunities in a community near you, check out the Fleet and Family Support Center.

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BRAIN TEASERS Soduku Rules Tired of always seeing Soduko? Submit your favorite games that you would like to see to the Signature Staff at

or call us at 624 5440.




Every row must contain the num-

Every column must also contain the numbers 1- 9.

A region is a 3x3 with 9 regions in a traditional Sudoku

bers 1,-9. There may not be any

Again, there may not be any duplicate numbers in

puzzle.Every region must also contain the numbers 1-9.

duplicate numbers in any row.

any column. Each column will be unique as a result.

Duplicate numbers are not permitted in any region.






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Il Mercato All classified ads are free to the community. Their intent is for advertising personal property for sale, trade or giveaway. No commercial ads will be accepted. Ads run for two weeks. Classified ads are due no later than 5 p.m. of the Friday before the week of publication. For more information, call 624-5440 or 095-86-5440. Requests for commercial classifieds must be made to Stampa Generale at 081-568-7884.Send Il Mercato advertisements to AUTOMOBILES

Nissan Micra 1998 193,000km Spec: A/C, manual transmission, Red, Euro spec Price $1500 POC: Jon (335-193-8850 Cell) or (x2775 Work) Cell phone is preferred. 1999 Audi, silver, wagon. A4Turbo. 70,000 Km. Great A/C, manual transmission, power windows. Asking $4,000 OBO. Call Louise at cell: 340-672-8173 or work: 6243999. 2000 Fiat Punto 16v ELX, AC, 60K miles, metallic gray, excellent condition, recent tune-up (new belts, brake shoes, oil change), available immediately for $3,500. 624-1491. 1996 Alfa Romeo GTV "Spider" Red Convertible- 5 spd-LeatherA/C-External 5 Disc player with AM/FM/CD with detachableface

plate. Great Gas mileage-Excellent Condition $5200 095-861493/4900 1999 Alfa Romeo 166 Twin Turbo Mileage 199,000km Spec: A/C, manual transmission, Silver, Euro spec 5. Price $3500 (OBO) 6. POC: Kim (331-683-3051 Cell) or (x6453 Work) Cell phone is preferred. 1998 VW Passat TDI 110-hp Black A/C and Engine are perfect. Selling for $3900 Euro, O.B.O. Phone Number to contact is 333-3664737 1993 Alfa Romeo 33, White, 4DR, 5-Speed, Front power windows, Back manual windows, CD, New Speakers. Car doesnt look teh best but very reliable. PCS'ING soon $2000 OBO. For more info call Vincent @ 347-234-0546.


Honda Civic 1995 DX Engine 1493cc SOHC 1.5-liter 4-cylinder. Asking $600 OBO. Contact: Jeff W)624x2522/(C)348-998-7841 1996 Honda Accord LX, 2 DR, 2.2 liter, Automatic transmission, power window motors recently replaced, brake drums and rotors replaced 1 year ago. Mechanically sound vehicle. Runs great! $2800.00 obo Call Ron 3351938888 or 624-1370.

1995 Fiat Coupe 2.0 16 valves, 155 HP, Good condition, inspection passed 1500 EUROS. FMI call Tony @ 3391200752

Electric Guitar Equipment for sale. Marshall AVT100 model guitar amplifier, 100 watts with 4 button foot switch, like new $450.00 OBO. Ibanez JEM electric guitar, Floyd rose locking tremolo, Dimarzio pickups, $325 OBO. Ibanez S470QS model electric guitar w/ Floyd rose locking tremolo, $350 OBO. Rocktron Banshee amplified talk box effects, used once $130.00 obo, BOSS DS-2 Turbo Distortion pedal, new in box, $50. BOSS DS-1 Distortion pedal, new in box $50. Call for more info @ 624-2225, cell 3402777245 or e-mail


German Espresso machine, 220 volt, Severin KA5952, $15

1999 Alfa Romeo Asking Price: 2000 Euro Runs Good, Working A/C, Gasoline Enigine, Manual Transmission Contact Joe @ x5290 / 335-750-5718

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Epiphone SG electric guitar in Excel. Condition. $ 250.00 Jackson Performer electric guitar in Exce. Condition. $ 250.00 Dean V style electric guitar almost brand new. $ 300.00 Contact: 624-1350 or Cell 348-727-4096

The 21 inch Hitachi is a CRT, color, full multi system, multi-voltage. Will get AFN, SKY and Italian channels. Only $60! 29" Samsung Flat CRT TV. Purchased new from NEX for $350 in 2005. It is Multi-System, MultiInput, and Multi-Voltage TV. Can get AFN, SKY, or Italian channels. $190. Samsung DVD/ CD/ MP3 player $50. Small Rolling TV stands $10 each 3 Small, but very warm, electric heaters. 220 volt. Perfect for bathroom. $20 each 2 wrought iron pie stands $5 each. Portable Air Conditioning Unit for sale. 220 voltage, good, cold air. Bought in town for 350 euro. Barely used, will sell for $280. Please contact Lisa at Cash register for sale. Perfect for speeding up your check out line at Autumnfest, craft shows, etc. Programmable register tracks items sold,



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daily total and grand total. Used but in good, working condition. Lisa, 338-273-7862 26' Cannondale F300 Mountain bike. Great condition. $350.00 obo Call Ron @ 3351938888 or 624-1370


"Earthlite massage table with head rest. Forrest green leather, in excellent condition. Carrying case included. $150 call 624-1477 or 335-642-8290



NOTICE FOR CONTRACT POSITION NAS SIGONELLA PROTESTANT DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (DRE) 01 OCT 2010 – 30 SEP 2011 If interested in obtaining a full statement of work and applying, contact the Contracting Officer at 6245725.




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Weekly Signature Paper - 10Sept10  

The weekly newspaper of NAS Sigonella.

Weekly Signature Paper - 10Sept10  

The weekly newspaper of NAS Sigonella.