SIGNATURE SIGONELLA, SICILY
MARCH 16, 2012
VOL. 29 NO. 9
Wet weather safety
Severe storm hits NASSIG
BY APRIL SLATER NAS Sigonella Safety Sigonella has experienced extremely harsh rain lately. With such inclement weather, it’s important to ensure safety precautions are taken for your vehicle and home. As you may have noticed here in Sicily, when it rains there is damage to the roadways. Extended rain causes shoulders of the road to collapse, making lanes narrower than usual. It can also cause holes to open up in the middle of the road. If rain follows an eruption of ash from Etna, then you’re looking at very slick conditions. Know driving conditions before taking to the roads. Check your tires and windshield wipers to prepare for wet weather driving. Wipers should be replaced annually and tires should be replaced when traction starts to diminish. According to Italian law you must drive with your headlights on at all times, not just at night or when it is raining. Most collisions occur at the rear of the vehicle and having your taillights on greatly reduces this risk. Water can accumulate quickly on the highway and you can avoid hydroplaning by slowing down. If hydroplaning occurs, avoid turning the wheel or braking. Increase your following distance during rainy periods and try to follow the tracks of the car in front of you. If you 're behind a truck, increase the following distance further as they tend to kick up more spray onto your windshield. When trucks are moving slower, only pass when it is safe to do so.
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Tips for home safety: First and foremost, be sure that you and your family's contact information is updated in the Navy's Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS). Keep cell phones and other communication devices charged and readily available as electrical outages occur quite regularly. In the event that flood levels rise in your community, and evacuation is necessary, be sure that your Non Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) Kit is readily available. Flashlights, fresh batteries, candles, water, and non-perishables are recommended.
The food court located at the Naval Air Station Sigonella (NASSIG) Commissary suﬀered extensive damage from a hail storm that started late Wednesday evening. A team of more than 100 people from public works, the Navy Exchange (NEX) and Commissary turned the food/retail facilities around in a 24 hour period. (Photo provided by Loss Prevention and Safety Manager Clarence Tucker/Released)
BY MC2 MATTHEW C. HAWS NAS Sigonella Public Aﬀairs
aval Air Station Sigonella (NASSIG) took another recent weather hit when a cyclone circulated through the coast of Catania with marble sized hail. The storm left structural damage to several of the facilities on NAS 1 including the Navy Exchange (NEX), Commissary and food court area after water and ice accumulated on the roof tops making them too weak to hold the weight. Parts of the roof collapsed and damaged a large amount of ceiling tiles. "Part of our two platoons of Seabees and members of SPMAGTF12 came over to help with the initial cleanup," said Deputy Public Works Oﬃcer John Rovero. "They took down all of the ceiling tiles and secured the electrical circuits to make sure there were no safety hazards. The hail did significant damage to the roof and now we are in the process of putting in an emergency work order. Hopefully soon we can get a permanent fix on the temporary seal we have on the roof."
The collapsed roof at the NEX also caused damage to merchandise. "We are self-insured and there is actually a disaster store that we transfer our damaged merchandise to," said NEX Hard Line Manager A.J. Fecera. We have about 8 million dollars worth of inventory in the NEX and there is a claim process that we go through once we figure out how many items are damaged." In spite of the damage, the community eﬀorts of more than onehundred service members and staﬀ made the NEX and commissary doors ready to open to customers in a twenty-four hour turn around. "I am especially grateful to our first responders for ensuring the safety of our people and the material condition of our installations and housing," said Commanding Oﬃcer, Capt. Scott Butler. "The men and women of our Security Forces, Fire& Emergency Services, Public Works Department and Medical personnel have been absolutely spectacular in their coordinated responses to these events."
OF THE WEEK
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
Kindergarteners make fraction learning fun
Go behind the scenes
Students turn pizza making into a math exercise.
Learn how a popular Sicilian treat is made.
Learn about Sicily’s connection to the Bible.
Scan for direct links to NAS Sigonella
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irst of all, I would like to congratulate AS1 Joel Pahati from Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment (AIMD) Sigonella on his selection as the Commander, Naval Forces EuropeAfrica/Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet Shore Sailor of the Year. Petty Oﬃcer Pahati’s contribution to the mission here in Sigonella is indicative of the pride and professionalism the entire community displays on a daily basis. I encourage everyone to congratulate Petty Oﬃcer Pahati as they see him and wish him good luck as he competes for Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year. Congratulations on a job very well done! I also wanted to thank the community for its response during the diﬃcult weather we’ve been “enjoying” this March. Whether it is flooding or hail or high winds, we’ve experienced some truly disruptive and damaging weather events – and, with the exception of my trampoline, have come through it relatively intact. I continue to be impressed with the remarkable eﬀorts of our first responders – the Security, Fire and Emergency (FES), Public Works and health personnel that ensure our safety. Thanks to them, the community has “weathered” March far better than we could have hoped and we all owe them our thanks. Go ahead, hug a Security or FES professional and say “thanks!”…I’m sure they’ll love it!! As I wrote last week, I received so many questions for March’s Feedback Live that I couldn’t cover them all during the show, so I’ll finish answering in this Direct Line. Your questions are very important to me, and I encourage you to keep sending them via email. The next Feedback Live will be held on Thursday, April 5, from 6:30 – 7pm. To call in live on the show, please dial 624-4265 or 095-56-4265.
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I am curious why I can only get air in my tires during working hours and only on NAS II? I have found myself with unsafe tire pressure after hours on base and can't get air. Thanks in advance. I wish we had the funding to move the air hose located at the Auto Skill Center on NAS II. As you know, it is currently located on the front of the building and it would be prohibitively expensive to move it closer to the fence line. It would also increase the potential for unfortunate after hours vandalism. Still, it is available for many hours during the week, so I’d recommend that you make checking your tire pressure a routine part of your vehicle safety checks to avoid the issues you’ve experienced. Please take a moment to swing by the Auto Skills Center during the daytime to keep your tires safely inflated. Why do the senior personnel (oﬃcers that live on NAS I) that get paid three to four times the amount of most people here at NASSIG always take up a good chunk of the seats at the wine tastings that ITT oﬀers? The spots are full before the event is even advertised. MWR personnel and senior oﬃcers always seem to get a seat. Ten dollars is an awesome price for the junior guys to pay but all the seats are taken by the people that can aﬀord to actually attend the winery and pay the full price. I’m sorry that you have the impression that seats were somehow set aside for these "Wine and Culinary Experience" events. Although I did receive a personal invitation to the first event – neither inappropriate nor unusual as MWR was trying to start this new program and wanted to get command approval – like everyone else, I signed up for the other events at ITT after the announcement was made. MWR has also
Relay For Life update TRICARE Dental Program
BY JACKIE TREMBATH NAS Sigonella Public Aﬀairs
Relay For Life of Sigonella has reached its $9,000 fundraising goal and has set its sights on breaking the $12,000 mark. “The Relay For Life of Sigonella Committee is sponsoring a free bowling night Friday, March 17 from 5pm to 9pm at the bowling alley on NAS1,” said Relay For Life Sigonella Coordinator Chief Adam Miller. “We hope everyone can make it out. There will be games, giveaways, Reiki massages and more.” Donations will be accepted during the bowling event in support of Relay For Life. “Together we can make a diﬀerence,” said Miller. “Thank you all for your continued support!” Sigonella will participate in a 24-hour Relay For Life event in May. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/sigonellaca
Eﬀective May 1, 2012, MetLife will become the dental carrier for the TDP. MetLife will begin providing dental coverage to over 2 million family members of uniformed service active duty personnel, members of the Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve, their eligible family members, and Survivors. Beneficiaries will have access to MetLife's network with over 161,000 dentist access points, and this number continues to grow. Additional information about the contract is available at www.tricare.mil/TDPcontract and benefit updates are available at www.tricare.mil. PLEASE NOTE that the change to MetLife is for the TDP program only. The Active Duty Dental Program will still be administered by United Concordia®.
been very pleased with the interest from the community and they are still trying diﬀerent formats to figure out which one works best. Although several of the events have had limited availability and required first-come, first-served registration, others were completely open, including one held recently in the Midtown atrium. MWR tells me that future events may even include travel oﬀ base to tour the wineries. You’re right…$10 is an awesome price for these events, and I hope that others in the community will be able to attend an upcoming event, too. I believe that MWR does an incredible job providing quality events to the entire Sigonella Community – and I know that they do not discriminate based on rank or position… ever. 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.
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Around NAS Sigonella ... AS1 Joel Pahati receives special recognition AS1 Joel Pahati from Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment (AIMD) Sigonella has been selected as the Commander, Naval Forces EuropeAfrica/Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet Shore Sailor of the Year. Pahati. Pahati competed against Navy Counselor 1st Class Michael Tate, U.S. European Command's Navy Element; and Yeoman 1st Class Patrick Johnson, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. He is now in the running for the Chief of Naval Operations Shore Sailor of the Year.
Fil-Am Association donates to SCSC Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDs) Sigonella elementary students in Mr. Atkinson’s class make fractions fun by making pizza. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Matthew C. Haws/Released)
Kindergarteners learn how to make pizza and fractions On Thursday, March 6, kindergarten students in Mr. Atkinson’s class got their hands dirty learning math in a unique way. Oasis and Prego restaurant staﬀ opened their doors to teach students how to make pizza. Prego staﬀers Valentina and Massimo carefully taught each step to small groups of students. Breaking down the steps and learning the concept of sequencing helped these young learners to understand the importance of organizing information. As they grow, they’ll use the foundation skill of sequencing in a variety of ways, like when they write stories or approach math problems. Some eager students rolled and flattened the dough, while others topped it with Prego’s fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. “How do they make pepperoni?” was the burning question on Emma’s mind as she prepared her pizza.
Miranda was more historical in her questioning, “When did pizza start to exist?” These great questions prompted interesting conversations. After all those delicious pizzas were baked, they were cut in a variety of ways (half, quarters, thirds). “Is it fair for the teachers to get the pizza that was cut into thirds and the kids to get smaller pieces?” asked Mr. Atkinson. The students quickly protested and Ethan was sharp to interject, “They all need to be equal.” The students loved eating their creations. Later, they wrote letters and drew pictures of thanks for the staﬀ at Prego who generously donated their time and all the pizzas.
The Filipino American Association (Fil-Am Association) of Sigonella continued its giving ways during the general assembly meeting held Sunday, March 11 by donating $1,000 to the Sigonella Community Scholarship Council (SCSC). The donation kicks oﬀ this year's campaign for the SCSC which provides scholarships to members of the Sigonella Community who are attending an institution of higher education. (Photo by Ed Lucio)
NAS Chapel celebrates service
Sigonella Community Spouse Club makes a diﬀerence BY HM2 IAN ANDERSON SPMAGTF-12 Since September of 2011, the Sigonella Community Spouse Club (SCSC), whose mission is to be a force in readiness for community involvement, has been active in Sigonella. In addition to planning events, like their monthly Bunko game, SCSC volunteers with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society to work at the Nearly New Shop. Club members also attend every Indoc class to welcome people who are new to the area. “The club is more than just a spouse’s club, it is a community club,” says Kristen Montejo, club president and retired chief. With 16 active members, the club meets on the first Monday of each month and is always looking for more people to get involved. “We are trying to fill the void for DoD teachers, contractors, retirees and many others who do not have a voice or a club for them,” says club member Karen Lampart. To enable better communication, the SCSC created the Sigonella Yellow Pages, a listing of people with special
Members of the Sigonella Community Spouse Club. (Photo by Ian Anderson)
skills that live in the area. It lists everything from personal training to massage therapy. “Contact the SCSC if you have a skill to oﬀer the community at large,” says Montejo. “We are always looking for more additions to the Sigonella Yellow Pages.” The SCSC continues to make a diﬀerence, for members and nonmembers alike. “I am new to the military,” says club member Britton Ivey-Haas. “This group gives me something to want to do, to want to fight for.”
Cutting a cake in honor of 10 years of musical service for the NASSIG Religious Ministry Department , Chapel Musicians Eleonora Trobia (left) and Isidoro Cavallaro (center) celebrate with Chaplain Cauble (right). Chapel Musician Dario Emanuele Arico (not pictured) celebrated five years. To commemorate the milestone, Cmdr. Eric Vosler, NASSIG executive oﬃcer, presented certificates and pins to the chapel musicians. (Photo by Katie Cauble)
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR FRIDAY
MARCH 2012 MONDAY 19
TAP Class 8am - 4pm
21 TSP Brief 10 - 11:30am
Lunch & Learn 12:30 - 2pm
TAP Class 8am - 4pm
Single Sailor Dinner 5 - 7:30pm NAS I Chapel FH
TERRA NOVA TESTING Sigonella Schools Job Search Course 2pm-3:30pm
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Base 2 Base 7.6 mile run Healthy Baby course 9am - 5pm SHAMROCK at Jox Pub 8pm
CPR/First Aid/AED certification 9am - 4pm
Family Fitness Youth Sports Field Day 10am - Noon NAS I Land Annex
Bingo at Connections 6pm
Tobacco Cessation 2 - 3pm NAS II Sarp Conference Room
Daylight Savings Time starts at 2am
Karaoke at Jox Pub 8pm
Acoustic Night at Connections 6 - 10pm
27 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits & Veggies 11am - 1pm NAS I Midtown
28 Everyday Eating for a Healthier You 11am - 1pm Galley Build Your Own Pizza 5:30 pm Call xt. 4264 for info Acoustic Night at Connections 6 - 10pm
Cooking Class 9:30am - 3:30pm
Shop Smart: Get the Facts on Food Labels 11am - 1pm Commissary
APRIL 1 Seabee Ball
Karaoke at Jox Pub 8pm
Bingo at Connections 6pm
FFSC can be reached at x4291 American Red Cross at x4900 Does your command or organization have an event you’d like to see on the Community Calendar? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
Need an appointment at the hospital? Call DSN 624-CARE (2273) or commercial 095-56-2273, M-F: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. for same-day or next-day appointments.
For non-emergent medical questions that arise over the weekend, a holiday or after oﬃce hours, please call 335-578-8077 if you are normally seen at the hospital or 335-578-8150 if you are normally seen at the Flight Line Clinic.
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Celebrate the women in your life! Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? To mark this important occasion, we have compiled some interesting facts about the amazing women that live in our world.* We hope you learn something new and that this information inspires you to take the time to recognize and thank the women that you know for all they do, each and every day. 1. Although women comprised less than 2% of the U.S. military in 1950, today approximately 14% of active members in the U.S. armed forces are women. Thank you to all our service members for your commitment to serving our country and protecting our freedom. 2. Did you know that women are more likely than men to get a high school diploma? In addition, over 60% of college degrees awarded each year in the United States are earned by women. 3. Female author Murasaki Shikibu, published the world's first novel, The Tale of Genji, in Japan in around A.D. 1000. 4. The only female pharaoh in recorded history was named Hatshepsut. She reigned for more than twenty years in Ancient Egypt. 5. During the Revolutionary War in 1777, Sybil Ludington (only 16 years old) raced through the night, covering a distance twice as long as Paul Revere’s journey, to warn patriots that British troops were attacking Danbury, Connecticut, where supplies and ammunition for the entire region were stored. 6. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for U.S. president. Although women were not allowed to
vote (and would not be able to for almost another 50 years), there were no laws that prohibited a woman from running for president. 7. In 1901, a 43-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to attempt to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. She survived, suffering a small gash to her forehead. 8. The next time you are driving your car in the rain, thank Mary Anderson for inventing the windshield wiper. In 1903, Anderson was granted a patent for this invention, which became standard equipment on cars by 1916. 9. Talk about legendary! The first woman in professional baseball was named Virne "Jackie" Mitchell. A talented pitcher, she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig during an exhibition game. 10. The life expectancy for women is higher than men in almost every country in the world. Although scientists are still trying to figure out why this is the case, some believe it involves estrogen in the body assisting immune system functions. These are only ten interesting facts about women – what else can you find out during Women’s History Month? Go online to do some research or visit the library to find our more about extraordinary women in history. You never know what you may discover and how it can lead you to make a difference! *Referenced from: http://www.mastersdegree.net/blog/2011/50-fascinating-facts-for-womens-history-month
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: Ready.gov; Emergency info: AFN 106.0 FM; Questions? Call the EM Office at 624-2630, 8265 or 2621.
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Rome exhibit honors Venetian master Tintoretto
! T I Y n A a i l S a t I T r u S o y e JPU c i ract The painting "Jesus among the doctors in the Temple of Jerusalem" by Italian painter Jacopo Robusti, known as Tintoretto, displayed in Rome's Scuderie del Quirinale. An exhibition honoring Tintoretto in on display in Rome through June 10. It follows the painter's career from his days as an ambitious disciple of Titian to a bitter old age.
BY AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
n exhibition honoring 16th-century Venetian master Tintoretto recently opened in Rome following the painter's career from his days as an ambitious disciple of Titian to a bitter old age. "Tintoretto was the most controversial painter of his time," Melania Mazzucco, one of the organisers, told reporters in the Italian capital. "His experimental way of painting, the speed with which he worked and his prolific aspect, his aggressive and competitive character evoked very strong reactions among his contemporaries," said Mazzucco, a Tintoretto expert. Tintoretto, whose real name was Jacopo Robusti, owed his nickname to his father who was a manufacturer of dyes ("tinta" in Italian). He became one of the greatest practitioners of the Venetian style. The exhibition, which runs until June 10, begins with one of his monumental works "The Miracle of the Slave" (1548), measuring 4.16 meters by 5.44 meters (14 feet by 18 feet). The choice of putting a slave at the center of the pain-
ting instead of the saint who is rescuing him was considered scandalous at the time. Another masterpiece in the show is "The Theft of the Body of Saint Mark" (1564) showing a group of Christians in Alexandria taking away the saint's body from a bonfire that has been miraculously extinguished by rain. Apart from religious and mythological subjects, Tintoretto also painted hundreds of portraits -- a source of revenue from aristocrats, writers and celebrities that he used for contacts and protection. Tintoretto's pride was legendary: he once turned down a knighthood from French king Henry III because he did not want to kneel down and he refused to allow his beloved daughter Marietta to leave his home. His final years were cruel to the painter. Marietta died in 1590, followed by his son Giovanni Battista. His last selfportrait shows a somber and humbled Tintoretto, his face marked by the harshness of life. His last child died in a convent in 1652, leaving him without descendants.
Learn these useful Italian phrases to make dining out more fun! English: Good evening. We have a reservation. Italian: Buona sera. Abbiamo prenotato. English: Please follow me to the table. Italian: Prego seguitemi al tavolo. English: The table will be ready in 5 minutes. Italian: Il tavolo sarà pronto in cinque minuti. English: Red wine or white wine ? Italian: Vino rosso o vino bianco? English: Can you please bring me the menu? Italian: Mi porta in menu? Per favore. English: Ci porta il conto, per favore? Italian: Can you please bring me the bill?
Caltagirone Easter & spring events April 1: Palm Sunday’s “Via Crucis” religious procession April 6: Good Friday procession April 14-22: Easter play (A’Giunta), tours, art & photo exhibits April 25-June 5: Caltagirone festively decorated steps
For more information call the Caltagirone Tourist Oﬃce at 0933-41365 or visit www.comune.caltagirone.ct.it
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Fighting mafia is matter of economics (Story by AKI)
Caltanissetta- Italy's top business leader recently equated the fight against the mafia as a battle for economic survival. "The war on organized crime isn't only a matter of ethics, but one of economics," said Emma Marcegaglia, head of the highly-influential Confindustria, Italy's biggest business lobby. "Without fighting the mafia it's diﬃcult to grow," she said during a speech in the city of Caltanissetta in western Sicily. The mafia is Italy's biggest business with annual sales of 140 billion euros, according to a January report by Confesercenti, another business group.
Anti-bullying amendment proposed by Italian government (Story by ANSA) -
Rome - In a move to combat bullying in Italian classrooms, the government passed an amendment last Wednesday for additional teaching staﬀ trained in the prevention of the phenomenon.
Unrelated to Wednesday's government proposal, a technical high school in the Tuscan town of Pisa is testing a martial arts course as part of its curriculum in order to help students discover their "mental and physical strengths" vital in dangerous situations, said school oﬃcials.
Hazing in Italy's military academies on the rise (Story by ANSA) -Rome - Hazing incidents are on the increase in military academies, said the general prosecutor for the Military Appeals Court, Antonio Sabino, last Thursday. Speaking at the opening of the military judicial year, Sabino called the phenomenon's rise "worrisome". Acts of hazing or bullying in military academies are rarely presented in military courts since both the "victims and perpetrators are usually minors," said Sabino. In the case of female military members, it is important to diﬀerentiate between stalking, which is punishable by law, and perceived threat, which falls under the responsibility of the unit commander, said Sabino.
Venice, Italy Orange Salad is a healthy and easy dish to prepare. (U.S. Navy photo by Jackie Trembath/Released)
Orange Salad Ingredients: • 6 small oranges peeled and cut crosswise into round slices • 4 tablespoons of olive oil • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice • Green onion or red onion • Salt and pepper to taste • Crushed red pepper (optional) Mix the lemon juice with the oil and add a small amount of salt. Arrange sliced oranges on a large serving dish and drizzle the dressing on top. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add sliced green onion. Extra juice from an orange can be added to enhance the flavor. Crushed red pepper is an option to make the dish spicy.
View of the main canal into downtown Venice, Italy. (Photo by MC2 Gary Prill)
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Go behind the scenes to learn how a pop
Vicenza Pistone, a.k.a. Nonna Vicenza, founded I Dolci Di Nonna Vicenza 15 years ago. She has passed the family tradition of baking along to her seven children who help her run the shop. (U.S. Navy photo by Jackie Trembath/Released)
Tins of bright green marzipan are prepared as the fi Navy photo by Jackie Trembath/Released)
BY JACKIE TREMBATH NAS Sigonella Public Aﬀairs
n pasticcerias around Sicily you can buy ‘cassate ’ also called ‘minni di virgini’ (virgin breasts), a small ricotta-filled pastry symbolic of the breasts of Saint Agatha, the patron saint of Catania and Palermo, Sicily. Saint Agatha was tortured by the Romans because she wouldn’t give up her Catholic faith. Her breasts were torn oﬀ with pincers. Because of this, she is also the patron saint of women with breast cancer and those who must undergo a mastectomy for any reason. The cassate pastry is a tribute to her. Even though this pastry is most popular around the Saint Agatha festival which happens annually in Catania in early February, it’s available year round. If you’re
like me and have a sweet tooth, cassata is a must-try confection perfection. “Cassate is one of the first things I learned to make as a child,” said I Dolci Di Nonna Vicenza founder, Vicenza Pistone, a.k.a. Nonna Vicenza. “I had an aunt who was a nun and a pastry chef. In Sicily one of the traditions of the convent was baking pastries. My aunt taught me how to make the pastry.” Nonna Vicenza has passed the family tradition along to her seven children who help her run her shop. During a tour of this famous Catania pastry shop, I had the opportunity to see how this delicious treat is made.
Saint Agatha Saint Agatha was martyred in 251 A.D. Because she would not abandon her faith, she was tortured, her breasts being torn oﬀ by pincers. Because of this, she is also the patron saint of breast cancer and those who must undergo a mastectonmy for any reason. In many paintings and sculptures, Saint Agatha is depicted carrying her breasts on a plate, as in this painting by Francisco de Zurbarán.
The cut out cake is fitted over the ricotta cheese fill inverted onto a rack. (U.S. Navy photo by Jackie Tr
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pular Sicilian pastry is made
first step in making cassata. (U.S.
led marzipan cups which are then rembath/Released)
The marzipan tins are then filled with sweet ricotta cheese. (U.S. Navy photo by Jackie Trembath/Released)
The cakes are topped with a shiny coating of white icing. (U.S. Navy photo by Jackie Trembath/Released)
A flaky cake is cut into circles. (U.S. Navy photo by Jackie Trembath/Released)
A candied cherry is placed atop the pastries, making them look like a small breast symbolic of Saint Agatha. (U.S. Navy photo by Jackie Trembath/Released)
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Profile of a volunteer BY MARK L. CABLING American Red Cross One student waves his right arm theatrically in the air as if to wave hello to a friend across the playground. But he is only in a small classroom. His classmates seem equally enthusiastic with their hands frantic in the air. All eight 11-12 year-old students are sitting on the edge of their seats, backs tensed, poised to…do something monumental, it seems. Their optimism permeates the classroom, creating an ambiance akin to that of a sporting event. What has them so enthused? RICE. That is the acronym for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation, which is used for treating most softtissue injuries. How can such a topic induce students to be extraordinarily attentive, answer any question given them, or share an anecdote relating to the topic? The answer is the jovial, equally animated, and cookie-bearing instructor, Charles Houghtling, American Red Cross (ARC) volunteer. He is a human face behind the ARC. He says that “people do generally want to help each other but when they don’t or haven’t it is because they don’t know or didn’t know what to do”. As such, he has made it
his life goal to equip people with First Aid and CPR training. Across the world, from Seoul to Sydney, Houghtling has been a volunteer instructor with the Red Cross for 20 years. It has been a success because of the way he views instructing: “I don’t teach; we teach each other!” This dynamic teacher-student relationship is reflected in those optimistic babysitting students. Through Houghtling, the ARC empowers another eight babysitters with the tools necessary to be reliable and competent caretakers. They, in turn, will walk out of the class enabled to make the world a safer place for children and a sounder place for parents. Volunteerism and volunteering sans any monetary gain/incentive, and without political, religious, or ideological agenda is the philosophical backbone and modus operandi of the ARC. Houghtling is the manifestation of this ethos as he volunteers solely “for the sake of duty at face value- nothing more, nothing less”. Volunteers like Houghtling turn those small classrooms into vehicles of empowerment.
Voting absentee has never been easier! Many (if not most) Sailors and their families are stationed far from their voting residences and as such, must vote using absentee ballots. Fortunately, voting absentee has never been easier. Service members simply send a Federal Post Card Application (SF-76) to their Local Election Oﬃcials. This serves two purposes: 1. Voter registration, and 2. Alerts election oﬃcials what address to send absentee ballots to. Step one is to complete the Federal Post Card Application (SF76). In days past, the forms had to be ordered by procurement professionals through oﬃcial logistics channels. Today, anyone can complete the form, free of charge, online at the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website (www.fvap.gov) using their online wizard. Step two is to print and mail the Federal Post Card Application to your Local Election Oﬃcial. No envelope or postage is required: It's designed to be folded, sealed and mailed securely at no cost to the Voter. Many states will even accept electronic submission. If you have any question here are two great places to find information: WWW.FVAP.gov and https://www.facebook.com/#!/NavyVoting or contact VAO: ENS Blair, 624-2532 or Dustin.Blair@eu.navy.mil.
SES Knights in Shining Armor invites all parents and community members to learn more about the upcoming accreditation visit by attending this month's KISA meeting. Hope you can join us as we all work together to provide the best possible education for our children. Monday, March 19 Noon-1pm Sigonella Elementary School Room 106
Are you a budding photographer? Submit photo for a chance to win! From now until March 30, Liberty patrons (single and unaccompanied sailors, E-6 and below) can submit any 8x10 photo they have taken of outdoor scenery in Europe. Entries must include name, email, phone number and the location the photo was taken. Deadline to enter is March 30 at 11am. Entries can be turned in at Take 5 or Connections. Photos will be displayed and votes will be cast at both facilities. Prizes include a $75, $50 and $25 ITT voucher. Winners will be announced April 15.
Friday, 16 MARCH 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waﬄes, Asstd Doughnuts, Apple Fritters. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Lemon Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Asparagus, Creole Green Beans, Sugar Cookies, Cheese Cake, Vanilla Cream Pudding. Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans. *Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Italian Sausage, spaghetti w/ Tuna Fish, Oven Browned Potatoes, Spinach, Oriental Stir Fry, Sugar Cookies, Cheesecake, Vanilla Cream Pudding.
Tuesday, 20 MARCH 12 *Breakfast: Farina, Oven Fried Bacon, Baked Sausage Patties, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waﬄes, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterfly Rolls. *Lunch: Arroz Caldo Soup, Chicken Adobo, Beef Caldereta, Steamed Rice, Cut Green Beans, Steamed Carrots, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies. Speed line: Italian Sausage W/ Pepper & Onion, Oven Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Manhattan Clam Chowder, Lasagna, Cream Style Corn, Baked Hubbard Squash, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Saturday, 17 MARCH 12 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterhorns. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Roast Turkey, Pork Fried Rice, Cajun Oven Fries, Steamed Broccoli, Glazed Carrots, Almond Cookies, Blueberry Pie. *Dinner: Logging Soup, Beef Stir Fry, Spaghetti Garlic & Oil, Steamed Rice, Peas, Corn Whole Kernel, Almond Cookies, Blueberry Pie.
Wednesday, 21 MARCH 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Pancakes, Asstd Doughnuts, Danish Diamonds. *Lunch: Mulligatawny Soup, Roast Turkey, Pasta al Forno, Steamed Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, Peas & Carrots, Steamed Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Pie, Shortbread Cookies, Peach Gelatin. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Chicken noodles soup, Fish Breaded, Steamed Rice, Lima Beans, Vegetable Stir Fry, Sweet Potato Pie, Shortbread Cookies.
Sunday, 18 MARCH 12 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Minute Steak, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Kolaches. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Bean & Bacon Soup, Cheddar and Chicken Broccoli, Rosemary Potato Wedges, Steamed Brussels Sprouts, Glazed Carrots, Hermits, Velvet Pound Cake. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Veal Parmesan, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower Polonaise, Seasoned Succotash, Garlic Bread, Hermits, Velvet Pound Cake.
Thursday, 22 MARCH 12 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Ham Sliced, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Pineapple Carrot Muﬃn. *Lunch: Corn Chowder Soup, Pineapple Chicken, Beef Sauerbraten, Orange Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Summer Squash, Devils Food Cake, Fruit Nut Bar. *Speed line: Assorted Pizza. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Veal Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Seasoned Carrots, Devils Food Cake, Fruit Nut Bar.
Monday, 19 MARCH 12 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Minced Beef w/ Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterfly Rolls. *Lunch: Cream of potato Soup, Pasta Carbonara, Yankee Pot Roast, Southwestern Rice, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, Calico Cabbage, Sprouts Superba, Almond Cake, Peach Crunch, Butterscotch Pudding. *Speed line: Assorted Pizza. *Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Spaghetti Meat Sauce, Brown Rice w/ Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Lyonnaise Wax Beans, Almond Cake, Peach Crunch, Butterscotch Pudding.
Friday, 23 MARCH 12 *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 Pollok Fish, Pasta al Forno , 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. *Dinner: Cream Of Mushroom Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Sandwich, Pork Fried Rice, Steamed Whole Corn, Seasoned Spinach, Lemon Cookies, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cream Pudding.
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The Godfather Tour with ITT BY JAMIE ANDREWS MWR “I apologize if I oﬀended you. I am a stranger in this country. And I meant no disrespect to you, or your daughter. I am an American, hiding in Sicily. My name is Michael Corleone. There are people who'd pay a lot of money for that information. But then your daughter would lose a father instead of gaining a husband. I want to meet your daughter with your permission and under the supervision of your family with all respect." - The Godfather The first thing that comes to mind when you think of Sicily might be oranges, hand painted ceramics, prickly pears or the beautiful lava rock beaches. But for many who’ve never visited the island, the mafia is likely to be a first thought. For many, all knowledge of Sicily comes from Franics Ford Coppola’s famous movie series, The Godfather. The Godfather trilogy, based on Mario Puzo’s book, is based on a fictional Sicilian-American crime family, originally from Corleone, Sicily. Several of the scenes take place in Sicily, however, when Coppola and Puzo scouted for filming locations for the original 1972 film, they discovered that Corleone was too modern to provide a backdrop for scenes taking place around 1950. So they chose the small towns of Forza d’Agrò and Savoca. ITT’s tour visits both cities. The first stop, Forza d’Agrò, where two churches were used in the films, the Cathedral of Forza d’Agrò and The Church of the Holy Trinity. The first is featured in the first two Godfather films in the scenes where Michael walks through town and later when young Vito Andolini escapes from Corleone. The other church is used in the third film. Each is a typical Italian church façade, but very recognizable from the movies. The most fascinating part of the trip is Savoca. This pretty little town is
nestled on a hill overlooking a landscape of rocky, rolling hills and the Ionian coast. The first familiar spot you see is Bar Vitelli, the bar used in the scene where Michael meets Apollonia’s father and arranges to meet her. This bar looks almost exactly as it does in the film. Outside, the table where Michael and his men sat is set up with toy guns and a flat cap for a cheesy and fun photo opportunity. The inside of the bar is plastered with photos from the film. They sell the usual café and granite, along with post cards, t-shirts and a few other small memorabilia. A small square sits across from Bar Vitelli with and unbelievable overlook and a silhouette of Francis Ford Coppola. From the square you can see a church at the top of the hill. This is the church of St. Lucia, and it’s where Michael Corleone and Apollonia were married. It’s a small trek uphill but it’s worth the trip to kneel on the step where they did, and march down the hill with the movie’s theme music playing in your head. You’ll see what they saw that the camera doesn’t show. For a true Godfather fan, this is a magical experience. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and informative. She explains the history of the mafia and how it still works. She talks about Al Pacino, and how the city of Savoca shuts down to tourists when he comes to visit, so he has time to enjoy the town with family and friends. Another interesting note is that this year is the 40-year anniversary of the original Godfather film. According to the guide, the city is planning some festivities and many of the cast members are slated to be there. ITT’s trip to Forza d’Agrò and Savoca is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any Godfather fan. The trip is coming up again on Saturday, March 24th. For more information, call ITT at 624-4777.
MidtownS Movie theaters &D CHEDULE
ACT OF VALOR………….…………R STARRING:Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and Nestor Serrano
When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heartstopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. (1 hr. 41 min.) Tuesday, March 20 – Last Showings! 5:00 PM Joyful Noise PG-13 5:30 PM Darkest Hour PG-13 7:30 PM Girl W/ Dragon TattooR 8:00 PM Devil Inside R Wednesday, March 21 5:00 PM One for the Money 5:30 PM Haywire 7:30 PM The Grey 8:00 PM Man on a Ledge
PG-13 R R R
Thursday, March 22 5:00 PM Act of Valor 5:30 PM Man on a Ledge 7:30 PM The Grey 8:00 PM Underworld 4
R R R R
Friday, March 23 5:00 PM Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 5:30 PM Contraband 7:30 PM Chronicle 8:00 PM Underworld 4
PG R PG-13 R
Saturday, March 24 2:00 PM Big Miracle 2:30 PM Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 4:30 PM One For the Money 5:00 PM The Grey 7:30 PM Woman in Black
PG PG PG-13 R R
Sunday, March 25 2:00 PM Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 2:30 PM One For the Money 4:30 PM Big Miracle 5:00 PM Chronicle 7:30 PM Man on a Ledge
PG PG-13 PG PG-13 R
BIG MIRACLE……….PG STARRING: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski and John Pingayak
In small town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. (1 hr. 47 min.)
CHRONICLE….....PG-13 STARRING: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan
Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. (1 hr. 24 min.)
Adult Sports – Men’s Basketball
THE WOMAN IN BLACK…......PG-13 STARRING: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds
Men’s Basketball just completed a double round robin tournament that began in January. Here are the results of that tournament. Congratulations to #1 Security!
A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. (1 hr. 35min.) THE GREY…………………………R STARRING: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo
In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders (1 hr. 57 min.)
Movie schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm. Movie Hotline: 624-4248
Double Round Robin Results: 1st Security (8-2) 2nd Goondocks (6-4) 3rd Rolling 30+ (5-5) 4th FIL-AM (4-6) 5th OPS (4-6) 6th COMSTA (1-9) Top Ten Players: 1. Lonnie Richardson (NAS II Goondocks) 186 points 2. Jarret Jenkins (NAS II Goondocks) 168 points 3. Maurice Wong (Security) 149 points 4. William Evan (NAS II Goondocks) 139 points 5. Alton Shelman (Security) 134 points 6. Marlon Brown (Rolling 30+) 126 points 7. Traviyance Caple (OPS) 112 points 8. Deandre Tryon (OPS) 109 points 9. Jai Renan Velasco (FIL-AM) 106 points 10. Kenneth Stewart (COMSTA) 102 points
GAME Find the words! BANSHEES BLARNEYSTONE CONNACHT CORK DANCE DUBLIN EMERALDISLE FAERIES GAELIC GOLD GREEN HURLING IRELAND IRISH
JIG KILKENNY LEINSTER LEPRECHAUN LIMERICK LUCK MUNSTER RAINBOW RIVERSHANNON STPATRICK SHAMROCK ULSTER WHISKEY
Find your way!
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Fun Fact Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
AUTOMOBILES 2002 Nissan Altima. Great condition. A/C & Heater. New tires. $4,000. Contact Edward at 346-367-0292 or 624-1628.
2002 Hyundai Elantra, great condition, Automatic, 4 Cyl, very economical. Euro TomTom included, amplifier, bike rack. Asking $3,000. Contact Chris at 3425816533. FOR SALE
1998 Mazda, automatic, seven passenger. Asking $2,500. Call Alessandra at 366-152-2992. Renault Clio 1.4cc 16V year 1196. Stereo, A/C, power windows, power lock with remote control. Engine belt and water pomp just changed. Excellent conditions. Only $1500 (Dollars) Call Salvo, Tel: 3383225071 or 6242208. 2000 BMW 320D for sale. Diesel, 49 MPG, Blue, 140,000 KM asking $4,800 /OBO. Available now. Contact Travis at 335-786-4253 or 624-6571. 1991 BMW 520i. Runs and Drives excellent. No rattles or squeaks. Very dependable. 1500 Euro. Call Curt 320-312-7609.
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Decoder, $100. Not HD. Call Alessandra at 366-152-2992. Baby crib, baby chest of drawers, US subwoofer, baby clothes, lamps, carousel horse, kitchen and dining room furniture, toys and much more! Contact Rita at 3495298809 or Italianangel71@gmail.com Pro-Form 500 CX treadmill for sale. Purchased new in ‘09 and gently used. Wide, heavy-duty running belt, shocks, can fold up to save space, many programs including a great incline range. No transformer needed--220V! Asking $400 or best oﬀer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 335-848-5304 for more info.
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Facility Management Database Specialist: Celtic Technologies, Inc. is seeking a Facility Management Database Specialist at the Naval Hospital. Must be a U.S. citizen residing in the Sigonella area and eligible to attain a security clearance, have good computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft applications required. Experience in data or facilities management support, and undergraduate level studies of one or two years a plus. To apply for the position email your resume to Danielle Romanoﬀ at dromanoﬀ@celtictechnologies.com . AA/EOE M/F/D/V
Max, 2 yr. male, tuxedo, short-haired cat, mellow, prefers home with another mellow cat or no cats, current on shots, microchipped, and scheduled to be neutered soon.
Sing with the Sigonella Chapel Choir. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 5pm at the NAS I Chapel Sanctuary. Call 624-3975 or email Elenora Trobia at email@example.com. The choir will perform a cantata at 10am Easter Sunday, April 8 during the traditional Protestant worship service.
Binks, 7 m., male, tuxedo, cat, current on shots, and microchipped Nash, large, 6 yr. +, male, white & tan dog, prefer a home with calm/older other pets or no pets and a home w/o stairs, current on shots, microchipped, and neutered. Gracie, will be large, 3 months, female, black & white dog, gets along well with other animals, shy around new people, current on shots, microchipped. Domencia "Mini", medium, 2 yr., female, sandy brown, prefers a home with no cats or small dogs and older children, current on shots, microchipped.
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Chaplain’s Corner PANTELLARO
Sicily’s connection with the Bible BY LCDR C. SCOTT CAUBLE NAS Sigonella Command Chaplain
The NASSIG Religious Ministry Department provides marriage counseling and training through individual counseling sessions and enrichment seminars. There will be an Easter cantata on April 8 and many other opportunities for worship. Please contact the chapel at 624-3975 for details. Few things interest me more than visiting historical places. Seeing the actual sights and walking the same ground as our heroes from the past makes history come alive. Thus, since my arrival here last fall, I have been savoring the vast historical value of Sicily. From its connections to the ancient Greeks and Romans, to the homeport of the Continental Navy, from the writings of Homer to the battles of Generals Patton and Bradley, this is indeed a land that has played a dominant role in the shaping of western civilization. The most captivating part of Sicily’s history, for me, though, is its connection to the Bible found in the final two chapters of the New Testament book of Acts. There the story of the Apostle Paul’s diﬃcult voyage to Rome is told. Paul, who wrote half of the books in the New Testament, was no stranger to ship travel. He had made frequent use of them during his 30 year missionary career to visit churches in places such as Corinth, Ephesus, and Philippi. But now he was going to Rome
where, ironically, he had always wanted to go to preach the gospel and encourage the church. Five years before his voyage he had written to the church in Rome stating that he was praying for an opportunity to visit them (Romans 1:18-25) not realizing that God’s plan would bring him to them in chains. Departing in the fall months of 62 AD, Paul, his traveling companions, and his Roman captors left Sidon (modern day Lebanon) headed north toward the southern coast of Turkey. There they picked up a ship carrying grain from Alexandria, Egypt. Because it was late in the year, they endured winds unfavorable for Mediterranean travel. Yet, they struggled around Cyprus and made it to a port called Fair Havens on the island of Crete. Due to the danger of sailing that late in the year, Paul encouraged them to stop there for the winter but was outvoted by the majority who wanted to winter in Phoenix, another harbor of Crete. Though it was to be only a short port-to-port move, it was ill-advised and the ship ran into a
terrible storm. Fourteen days of being driven by the storm, they finally washed up onto a reef on the shore of Malta. Though their ship was destroyed, all hands miraculously survived. Paul and the crew spent three months enjoying the hospitality of the Maltese people before making the short trip to Siricusa (just an hour down the road for us), where they spent three days. The next leg of the journey was up the eastern coast of Sicily to Rhegium (on the mainland just across from Messina), then up to Puteoli (Naples) where they took the road to Rome. Though I have only hit the “wavetops”, Paul’s shipwreck narrative is significant if for no other reason than to prove to us that Christianity is historical. It is grounded in historical people who lived and traveled in the Mediterranean world who encountered the living God in Jesus Christ. Enjoy getting to know some of Sicily’s rich history – especially the central role it played in the life of the Apostle Paul and the history of Christianity.
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