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NAS Sigonella welcomes newest U.S. citizens during ceremony Article and photo by MC1 Erica Gardner The Signature Staff Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella hosted a naturalization ceremony on July 20. During the ceremony, four Sailors and seven spouses from eight countries became citizens of the United States. Mark Sarfarglia, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) representative of the U.S. Embassy, Rome, led the naturalization ceremony and administered the Oath of Allegiance. Capt. W. Scott Butler, NAS Sigonella base commander was the guest of honor. Also attending the ceremony were more than 50 friends, family and coworkers who gave a standing ovation to the new U.S. citizens. During his remarks, Butler congratulated the new citizens. "This has not been easy; but with a lot of commitment and the support of your family and friends, you have accomplished this achievement.” "The Oath of Allegiance asks you to 'bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law,'" said Sarfarglia. "These words hold special significance because you already have met those requirements even before you became U.S. citizens." A former native of the Bahamas and now American citizen, Nicole Bowe-Rahming, spouse of ENS Michael Bowe-Rahming, Naval Hospital Sigonella, got tears in her eyes when reciting the Oath of

Logistics Support Seaman Recruit Tirth Gahndi, Naval Air Station Sigonella, raises his right hand and recites the Oath of Allegiance along with 10 other candidates for American citizenship during a citizenship ceremony held July 20. Gahndi was a candidate from India and participated in the ceremony along with the other candidates representing eight countries. Allegiance. administer the naturalization test dur“I had mixed feelings,” said ing the three days leading up to the Bowe-Rahming. “I waited 18 years to ceremony. make this decision.” “You have two types of Michael supported his spouse Americans,” said Sarfarglia. “There every step of the way because he are Americans by chance and knew the dedication and commitment Americans by choice; you have made needed to achieve this goal because that choice to be an American.” he himself participated in a naturalA candidate from India, ization ceremony 17 years ago to Seaman Recruit Tirth Gahndi, NAS become an American citizen. Sigonella Supply, looked nervous as Sarfarglia came to Sicily from he recited the oath of allegiance and the Rome district office to interview CITIZEN, continued on each citizenship candidate and page 12

Sign with your baby Article by Pam Cooper EDIS Speech and Language Pathologist Ever thought to yourself, “I wish little Timmy would just tell me what he wants!”? There is frustration of not knowing if your baby wants food or milk or even to just tell you, “Hey Ma, check out the plane up there.”. Well have no fear because baby sign language is here! Starting Tuesdays, August 10-24

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The summer is here and so are the BBQs and picnics. But people watching their weight have love/hate relationship with invitations to parties, weddings, picnics, or other occasions. Learn how to avoid pitfalls and temptations at summer get togethers.

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from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Naval Hospital EDIS will be offering a class to teach parents baby sign language. You might wondering, Why should I do sign language with my baby? Won’t it delay my child’s speech? If he gets what he wants without speaking and he’ll never learn to speak? Babies can gain control of their hands long before they develop the oral motor skills needed to speak. Signing allows our little ones to July 31 H:86F L:67F

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CTF-67 is in the Ukraine participating in Sea Breeze 2010. Sea Breeze is the largest exercise this year in the Black Sea including 20 ships, 13 aircraft and more than 1,600 military members from various countries.

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express their thoughts without crying or whining. This is a bonus for both the child and parents. Research has shown that using baby signs: 1. Helps babies talk sooner and boost their spoken vocabulary. 2. Empowers babies to direct an adults’ attention to what they want to talk about. 3. Reduces frustration. 4. Provides a strong foundation for early literacy. 5. Stimulates intellectual SIGNING, continued on page 5 Aug 2 H:89F L:68F

MOGAM, the brand new Modern Gallery of Arts and Motors , is a unique art and automotives GalleryMuseum in Italy and it derives from the true passion for cars and figurative arts. If you’re a car enthusiast, don’t miss this!

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Sailors from USS Ramage (DDG -61) help children from the Toto Liardo Youth Center pick out toys during a COMREL on July 20. The Sailors brought toys and school supplies to the underprivileged children of the center to promote a safe haven from criminal outside influences.

Ramage Sailors bring Christmas in July to Niscemi, Sicily Article and photo by MC1 Erica Gardner The Signature Staff On July 20, 11 Sailors from USS Ramage (DDG – 61) passed out toys and school supplies to underprivileged children at Niscemi, Sicily during a community relations event jointly coordinated by NAS Sigonella Public Affairs, Religious Ministries Department, and Lt. Lesa Welliver, Chaplain of Ramage. The Niscemi Social Services for Underprivileged Children made it possible for the Sailors to meet the children, providing an opportunity for them to interact with Americans. A police escort was waiting at the base of the mountain to lead the busload of Sailors to the Toto Liardo Youth Center, where the children were anxiously awaiting their arrival. Aug 4 H:90F L:68F

Lipari is the largest of the seven Aeolian Islands lying off the coast of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The town is mainly geared toward tourists who visit from May to Sept. every year. You won’t want to miss this this summer!

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The mayor of Niscemi, Giovanni DiMartino, stopped by the center to see first-hand the excitement of the visit from the Sailors. Di Martino told the children, “I want you to welcome our friends who have come from miles around.” The Sailors were welcomed with a traditional Sicilian dance and folk song, native to the area of Niscemi. The dancers and singers were dressed in vibrant red skirts with white peasant blouses and black vests. “This is really nice,” said Welliver. “I was not expecting a welcome like this.” The children were led to an upstairs room where they sat on the floor, wondering what was inside the boxes being carried by their new COMREL, continued on page 12

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Direct Line We’re over half way through the “Critical Days of Summer” -- the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day and the time of year when the armed forces typically experience the most off-duty accidents and fatalities. Due to the high risk to all of us, it’s a good time to remind everyone to focus on reducing risks. In looking through the traffic statistics, it is readily apparent to me that something has changed over the past year, and not for the better. As of last week, our accident rate is up 29% over last year’s and our accidents with injuries are up 75%. I’m sure that part of this is the increase in the number of Americans living off base and driving further distances each day; however, no matter how far your daily commute is, you really have to stay vigilant and drive defensively. I’ve only been driving in Sicily for a little more than a month, and I can attest to the fact that

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driving in Sicily requires an extra measure of concentration than anywhere else I’ve been: the roads are narrow; the road quality can often be questionable; and the drivers seem more aggressive and unpredictable. This combination of factors really puts the responsibility of staying aware and driving safely on our shoulders. We need to be aware of other vehicles, slow down, drive defensively, and resist the urge to “go native” and drive like the Sicilians. Taking these tips to heart should put us back on the right path and lower our accident rates. A statistic that concerns me even more than the accident rates is the number of drinking and driving incidents -they seem to have taken off like a wild fire this year. I’m told that last year at this time we had seven DWIs, or “near misses,” where the driver was under .1 but over .05 BAC, and one DUI, where the driver was over .1 BAC. This year

Eating at special occasions Article by: NAS Sigonella Health Promotion, with information from NMCPHC The summer is here and so are the BBQs and picnics. But people watching their weight have love/hate relationship with invitations to parties, weddings, picnics, or other occasions. On one hand they love the excitement of the party atmosphere, but on the other hand, they fear the possibility of eating too much. The following tips will help you enjoy yourself while you lose weight. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your BBQ’s while still enjoying the food and not worrying about the pounds: 1. Don’t tempt yourself by hanging around the food table. Seek out friends and conversation on the far side of the room. Whatever you do – don’t get caught next to food with a boring conversationalist! 2. If you are logging your daily food intake, keep to your basic technique of recording your intake, and BE HONEST. 3. Try not to talk about watching your calories. Some people may find it challenging to tempt you with high calorie foods. 4. Eat only the foods you like best at the party. Why bother wasting calories on foods that don’t thrill you? Commanding Officer Capt. Scott Butler Public Affairs Officer Lt. Matt Knight Deputy Public Affairs Officer Dott. Alberto Lunetta Editor Tracie Barnthouse Staff Writers/ Photographers MC1 Erica Gardner MC1 Christopher Delano MC2 Gary Prill The Signature editorial office is located at: Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily PSC 812 Box 3020, FPO, AE 09627 Telephone: 095-86-5440: DSN 6245440 This civilian enterprise (CE) newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the military services over-

5. Have assertive answers prepared to respond to inappropriate remarks by friends and relatives. 6. Don’t clean your plate. If your hostess can’t resist adding something to your plate against your protest, push it around for a while, but don’t eat! Say everything was delicious but you are full. 7. Fill your dinner plate with vegetables, salad or soup as an appetizer. Remember that prefilling your stomach helps to reduce your total food intake for the meal. 8. Keep your hands occupied. Hold your purse, drink a glass of water or talk using your hands. Keeping your hands occupied makes it more difficult to eat. 9. Alternate low calorie drinks with alcoholic beverages. 10. Add club soda to wine with a twist of lime or use low calorie mixers to reduce calories from drinks. Skip the after dinner liqueurs. 11. Do not be the first person to arrive. It’s less fattening. 12. Never arrive at the special event when you are extremely hungry. Have a salad or a piece of fruit before leaving home. 13. Tell yourself that if you come out of the occasion weighing the same or less than when you began, EATING, continued on page 12 seas. Contents of The Signature are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense (DoD), or the U.S. Navy. The appearance of advertising in this newspaper, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement by the DoD or Stampa Generale S.r.l., of the products or services advertised. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The Signature is published weekly by Stampa Generale S.r.l., Sig. Bruno Brandi, Publisher, Naval Support Activity, Capodichino (Naples), Italy -

we have already had nine DWIs and five DUIs. Even worse, is that three of the DUI’s and four of the DWIs were out in town with local authorities. This is bad news for several reasons as the Italians are even more strict than the UCMJ regarding drinking and driving. They are actively looking for drunk drivers. They can -- and will -impound your vehicle and you may never get it back. They can -- and will -- put you in their jails and it is only as a courtesy that they release you back to NASSIG Security: they don’t have to, and may not depending on the charges. If they don’t release you, it is your family and your command’s responsibility to feed you while you are in jail. Imagine the burden that you’d place on your family if you were to be in an Italian jail for an extended visit. – no free rides there. The bottom line is that there is no such thing as accidentally drinking and driving and wherever the

DUIs or DWIs are taking place, they need to stop. It is a conscious action where you drink then drive. Please make the right choice and find an alternative. Find a hotel within walking distance to where you are going out, get a designated driver, call a cab, use the MWR “createa-trip” program to have a paid ride for you and your friends, or just don’t drink. All of these will save your career and possibly your life or someone else’s. Enjoy the rest of the summer, but remember to drive defensively, slow down, and NEVER make the choice to drink and drive. Sicily is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy, but we must

do it responsibly.

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049 ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday 0830 Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) 1600 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) Monday – Thursday 1130 Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel)

PROTESTANT Sunday 1000 Traditional Protestant (NAS I) 1130 Contemporary Protestant (NAS I)

JEWISH LAY SERVICES 1800 1st Friday (NAS I Chapel)

CHURCH OF CHRIST LAY SERVICE Sunday 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. 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.


Note: This is Chaplain Wilson’s last article for The Signature. We wish him fair winds and following seas as he moves on to the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, CA. - The Signature Staff When I first arrived to NAS Sigonella, my adjustment was not that easy. I was here a month prior to my wife arriving, and that alone was difficult. I could not move into housing, I was not able to get my HHGs, etc . . . But, when she finally did arrive, it got worse. I picked her up in our car and drove out into the island to stay at a friend’s house who loaned us the place for the night. The next morning, the car would not start. I was in the middle of nowhere with no way of getting help. I knew very few people and had even fewer resources at my disposal. I felt helpless and hopeless. My wife was discouraged. So, I reached out to the one person I knew and whose number I had in my phone. The response was overwhelming. Although I was miles away, someone who did not know me, came out and picked us up, and someone else called the tow truck to come and get the car. In the meantime, our

HHGs were being delivered and we were not there to meet them. Someone else jumped in and took care of that as we were on the side of the road. At that point I knew I was somewhere special. The people who helped me had one motivator . . . Love. They did not know me or my wife; I had not yet built a relationship with them. All they knew is that I needed help. They gained nothing from helping me; I had nothing to give. These people demonstrated love to me and my wife, through various simple, and some difficult, acts. In my faith traditional love is: patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Cor. 13:4-7). This is love. Many of us know it, but we lack the desire to show it. Some of us have no idea what love is. My encouragement to you is this; love one another. Start showing others the love defined above. So many things can be cured with a simple act of love toward our fellow neighbor. Someone feeling alone will no longer feel alone. Someone who is hurt may be healed. Someone who has lost trust in the world may gain some of it back. By loving others you can begin to make a difference in the world. As I leave NAS Sigonella I pray that I have shown you the love you deserve. I also pray that the community of Sigonella will keep up the great acts of love you do show. And I pray that you will show more and more love so that it impacts the rest of the world. There is enough hate in the world. I dare you to try something different . . . love one another.

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NAS Sigonella frocks two senior chiefs

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

Senior Chiefs Jose D. Serna (left) and Paul Joven (right) stand at attention during their frocking ceremony July 20 at NAS Sigonella. NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Scott Butler, presented both men as they were pinned with their Senior Chief Anchors. “They’ve been the chief that we’ve all turned to for years now and now they are ready to move to the next level and put that star on top that really gives them the seniority they need to effectively execute the mission,” he said. “That star signifies a certain level of expertise and knowledge, and commitment from yourself and commitment by the Navy to you for your leadership and potential value for future service.”

Capt. Daniel Schebler, commodore, Combined Task Force 67, is interviewed by Liash Nastia, media representative for the Ukrainian Minster of Defense, at the Ukrainian Western Naval Base during exercise Sea Breeze 2010. Sea Breeze is an annual maritime exercise in the Black Sea focusing on enhancing maritime security capabilities. Sea Breeze is the largest exercise this year in the Black Sea including 20 ships, 13 aircraft and more than 1,600 military members from Azerbaijan, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Moldova, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and United States.

Photos by Tracie Barnthouse, The Signature Editor

Justice Serna pins the Senior Chief Anchor on her dad, Senior Chief Jose D. Serna, at a frocking ceremony on July 20 at NAS Sigonella. U.S. Navy photos by MC1 (SW) Gary Keen

Alcoholic Anonymous meeting will be

Alcoholics Anonymous

held on Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the NASII Chapel. If additional meetings are needed or for

Capt. Neil Sawyer, chief of staff for Sea Breeze, is interviewed by Liash Nastia, media representative for the Ukrainian Minster of Defense, in the joint operations center at the Ukrainian Western Naval Base, during exercise Sea Breeze 2010.

more information please call x3267

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Playgroup 1-4 years old 0930-1100 x4291 Volunteer Orientation 1000-1130 x4212

Resume Writing Class 1300-1500 x4291

Interview Techniques 0830-1100 x4291 Sponsor Training 0900-1030 x4291 Baby Sign 1700-1800 x4536

Playgroup 1-4 years old 0930-1100 x4291 Baby Sign 1700-1800 x4536

Survive & Thrive 0800-1500 x4291

Arrivederci Class 0800-1130 x4291

Breast Feeding Class 0900-1100 x4212

Saving & Investing 1000-1100 x4291

Italian Holiday (Ferragosto)

Playgroup 0-12 months 1000-1100 x4291

Villa S. Andrea

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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Tips on helping your child stay safe when using internet Article courtesy Military OneSource One of the challenges of using the Internet is that cyberspace is always changing. Guidelines that work today may not work tomorrow, either because your child has become more mature or because online technology has changed. Here are some extra steps you can take to keep your safety measures up to date. -Use the Internet with your child. Exploring the Internet together will give you a better sense of any new risks that may be involved and how your child can avoid them. If you aren't good with computers, ask your child to show you some of his favorite Web sites or consider taking one of the free courses in understanding the Internet that are offered by many public libraries. -Draw up an online safety contract. Your child may find it much easier to remember your safety guidelines if you write them down on paper or in an electronic file. Ask her to tell you what she

thinks the most important rules are, and then talk about any others that you think are necessary. Review your safety contract periodically to make sure that it keeps up with the changing technology. You can find a sample document called "Staying Safe Online: A Young Person's Contract," on the Web site for the Children's Partnership ( -Require your child to comply with all age restrictions on social networking sites. Most social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook have minimum age requirements (users have to be 13 years old to use Facebook and 14 for MySpace). Don't allow your child to have an account on one of these sites until he's old enough. -Require that your child allow you to see any personal pages she creates on social networking sites. Visit the page regularly to make sure that there is no inappropriate material. Make sure that your child uses the privacy setting options that keep strangers from viewing her page. -Keep your computer or

Internet access in a public room. Your child or teenager may be less likely to visit unsafe or inappropriate sites if other family members are watching, and you may be more likely to be immediately available to talk about it in case he does. -Install filtering software. There are many software programs that let you block access to objectionable Web sites or take other steps to keep your child safe. For example, some programs allow you to prevent your child from giving out personal information, such as your last name or address, by blocking specific words or numbers in outgoing email. Some Internet Service Providers allow you to download these programs for free. If yours doesn't, you can buy programs at many computer stores. The features on these programs change with each new version, so it's a good idea to compare several of

SIGNING, continued from page 1 development. Baby signs give a child a developmentally appropriate way to communicate before they can speak. Think about when a child learns to walk after crawling for some period of time. Communication is the same way. Baby signs are useful before a

child has words, and speech allows them the ability to communicate more quickly and more effectively. Baby signs speed up the process of learning to talk once words are finally available. “Bathe” your child in words, and the more words they hear, the faster they will learn to talk. Every time a baby/child successfully uses a

baby sign, a change occurs in their brain, bringing the child closer to mastering their language. The “circuitry in the brain” (upon which talking depends) develops along with a child’s experience with language. Using baby signs enables a child to “jump start” this process, which will continue to pay off down the line. This is a course for parents only. All parents are welcome to participate, however; baby signs are geared more towards babies six months of age and babies that have not started speaking yet. If you are interested in learning how to sign, please contact Speech and Language Pathologist, Pam Cooper, at EDIS- 624-4536 to register. Space is limited.



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MOGAM, a new Catania museum to showcase Modern Arts and Motors Motta

By Story by MOGAM, the brand new Modern Gallery of Arts and Motors , is a unique art and automotives Gallery-Museum in Italy and it derives from the true passion for cars and figurative arts. From this amazing union was originated the idea of establishing an Association that promotes culture through the permanent exposition of its own collection which captures visitors by showing them a new and exciting dimension. MOGAM, symbol of "made in Italy", offers an expository area that covers a surface of about 2000 square meters and that is plunged into the art of a wonderful private park, designed by professor Ippolito Pizzetti, situated in the city of Catania. Inside MOGAM museum, besides the main artistic and car halls, there is even a section dedicated to "Targa Florio" where there are numerous antiques, some of which are books, trophies, pictures and different "memorabilia". MOGAM, moreover, gives the opportunity to see magazines, rare books of art and motoring, and peculiar antiques which represent some parts of life which belong to the previous century and enriching the cultural of the Gallery-Museum. Along this expository activity MOGAM periodically arranges sport events and host modern and contemporary art exhibitions in order to promote culture. Some rare and valuable pieces of its art and automobiles collection are often requested for various cultural events. To quote just a few examples: the exhibition "The Myth of Speed", presented in spring 2008 at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, was given a work of the master Futurist Umberto Boccioni. On the anniversary of 60 years of Ferrari in Maranello held on 23rd and 24th June 2007, has been given an important collection of cars: Ferrari 166 Formula 2 in which Andrea De Adamich won the 1968 "Temporada Argentina". MOGAM is a Private museum sponsored by The Italian Department (Ministry) of Economic Development and by The Council Department for the Arts of the City of Catania. MOGAM is open to the public, both for individual visitors and groups. The Gallery-Museum offers a selected collection of figurative art, both painting and sculpture, from Futurism to Contemporary. Thanks to this exhibition it is possible to admire over 100 works of art by masters such as Boccioni, Depero, Russolo, Rizzo, Baldessari, Sironi, Bertini, Pascali,

Fontana, Schifano, Rotella, Vedova, Pomodoro, Consagra, Sassu and many others. All works from the collection of MOGAM museum are inspired by the world of cars, speed, airplanes, dynamism and progress. The Gallery-Museum also exhibits one of the most important automobiles collection both historical-artistic and technological value offered in Italy. It is possible to admire over 30 automotives, both street and sport, some of which are Ferrari (312 B2 F1, 166 F2, 288 GTO, 250 SWB, Enzo, etc.) and also Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Lancia, Maserati, etc., several motorcycles (MV Agusta, Laverda, Ducati, etc.), different engines and vintage speedboats. The Museum exhibits its own permanent collection and it is open

every day (from Monday to Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Tours are by reservation only. The MOGAM Museum is located in # 171 Via Galermo, Catania. For more information, tickets and reservation call (at least one day before) to (+39) 346 6245514 (number is available from Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.) or send an email to ;


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Peach & Pear Festival to be held in Maniace Bring your whole family and enjoy the annual mouthwatering Sagra delle Pesche & Pere (Peach & Pear Festival), a unique food event recognizing the importance of the Maniace peach and pear industry. This year the sagra, which will be held from Friday, August 6 through Sunday August 9, will celebrate its 17th anniversary. The festival, which takes place in piazza dell’Autonomia (main square), features booths selling delicious pesche, pere, local produce, arts and crafts, music shows and the free tasting of the huge peach and pear cake. For more information and detailed schedules call the Maniace Tourist Office at 095690138

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Mascalucia Dance Festival announces line up The traditional dance festival returns to the Mascalucia Trinità Manenti Amphitheater from August 6 through 8. The event will include performances by dancers Kledi Kadiu, Emanuela Bianchini: "Non solo bolero" featuring the Mvula Sungani Ballet Company (August 6),

Flamenco dancer Cristina Benitez: " “Flamenco y Pasiòn " (August 7) and dancers Rossella Brescia and Josè Perez: “Carmen” featuring DCE Danzitalia Dance Company. All concerts will begin at 9:15 p.m. For more information and tickets visit




Vatican 'to crack down on women priests' : Ordination of women will join three top 'crimes' - sources

(ANSA) - Vatican - The Vatican is set to crack down harder on the ordination of women priests, making it one of the most serious crimes under its canon law, unofficial Catholic sources said Thursday. According to the sources, a new version of the 2001 document Delicta Graviora ("major crimes") will add the ordination of women to the three gravest offences punishable by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, heir to the Inquisition. Those three are "attacks against the Eucharist", "attacks against the sanctity of Confession" and sexual abuse of minors. Ordaining women has been punishable by automatic excommunication since 2008 but inclusion among the Delicta Graviora would be seen as an extra deterrent, religious experts said. The updated list is due for publication next week and will also include heresy and apostasy as formal crimes for the first time, the sources said. "More restrictive procedures" on pedophilia will also feature in the update, they said. The Vatican has staunchly opposed women priests under the late pope John Paul II and the current pontiff, Benedict XVI, while many Anglicans have 'returned to Rome' after the Anglican Communion OK'd the ordination of women in 2008. Despite the Vatican ban, a number of organizations of Catholic women have named 'women priests' in recent years, with the United States and northern European countries like Germany and Switzerland leading the way. These associations argue that Vatican dogma about Jesus not wanting women to be priests or deacons is wrong. They also say women played a much more prominent role in the early Church than is acknowledged by Rome. This view has been supported by several religious historians, including some Catholic ones.

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The sun soaked island of Lipari Article and photos by MC3 Jonathan Idle For The Signature

Lipari is the largest of the seven Aeolian Islands lying off the coast of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Lipari also happens to be the name of the biggest town on the island which also has four smaller villages. The town is mainly geared toward tourists who visit from May to Sept. every year. Many of the local residents, who don't make a living from tourism,

rely on mining and export of pumice and obsidian. The island slopes up into a volcanic cone which dominates the majority of the island. Site: Lipari rates four stars for things to see and do. The reason it only rates four stars is because the mining equipment for pumice stone detracts from the view on certain parts of the island. Upon arriving in the port, the most notable site is a large Norman cathedral sitting above the port.

(Above) A view of the natural archways on Lipari with the island of Vulcano in the background. (Below) The old defenses built above the main harbor on Lipari.

A small Catholic church sits on a peir extending out into the water.

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The cathedral offers great overviews of the entire city and the port. The island is also home to the Aeolian Islands Museum which offers a view into the history of the entire chain and boasts an impressive collection of ceramic masks. There are several options for getting around the island including bus tours and numerous places to rent scooters. The ITT trip to Lipari includes a bus tour around the entire island and plenty of opportunities to take photographs. On a clear day, Sicily and Mt. Etna are both visible as well as the other islands. The town is full of shops with items including local ceramics, jewelry and designer clothing. There are also numerous restaurants along the port which offer fresh seafood and Italian cuisine. Lipari also boasts numerous beaches around the perimeter of the island. For the most part, the beaches consist of small pebbles and pumice rock. The water is relatively warm and makes for enjoyable swimming. Due to the amount of beaches on the island, they are


not very crowded which allows for some more privacy and space than more well-known beaches in Sicily. Family Friendly: Lipari only rates three stars in this category. The island has a lot of slopping streets which make getting around with strollers, wheelchairs or small children difficult. There are not many things for children to do on the island outside of the beaches and tours. Families with very small children may find it difficult to keep them entertained with the historical locations, but the beaches offer plenty of room and safe swimming conditions. Accessibility: As an ITT trip this rates five stars for accessibility. The bus heads from the base early in the morning and drives up to Milazzo. From Milazzo, the ferry goes on to Lipari. The ferry stops in Vulcano before it gets to Lipari so beware of the loud speaker announcing which port it is pulling into. Hydrofoils are available to and from the islands if you are not going on an ITT trip. The ITT does include a hydrofoil ride on the return trip to Milazzo. For those who wish to drive, take A18 toward Catania to A19 then continue on Messina/Palermo. Take the first Milazzo exit to the harbor. Travel Time: The trip only rates one star for travel time. It takes between two to three hours to reach Milazzo by bus, and slightly more than an hour on the ferry to the island. The hydrofoil cuts the return time slightly, but the trip will still take three plus hours each way.

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(Below) The cobble stone streets are lined with numerous shops. (Left Below) A view of the volcano on Stromboli from Lipari. (Above) The stony beaches of Lipari offer visitors a chance to relax and take a dip in the water.

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New Arrivals Mateo Diaz Born: May 9 Weight: 6 lbs. 8 oz. Length: 18.5 in. Proud Parents: Erika Castro and Carlos Diaz Natalie Jean Dodson Born: May 12 Weight: 6 lbs. 7 oz. Length: 16 in. Proud Parents: Nicole and Nathan Dodson Ozkar Alejandro Ozornio Born: May 27 Weight: 7 lbs. 10.8 oz. Length: 20 in. Proud Parents: Maria and Alejandro Ozornio Henry John Baker Born: June 3 Weight: 7 lbs. 8 oz. Length: 20 in. Proud Parents: Amy and Erik Baker Logan Wayne James Born: June 3 Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz. Length: 18 in. Proud Parents: Adrianna Vasta and Jesse Wayne James Anastasia Grace Parker Born: June 7 Weight: 7 lbs. 10.8 in. Length: 20.9 in. Proud Parents: Heather and Nicolas Parker Zoe Vashti Green Born: June 22 Weight:6 lbs. 3 oz. Length: 18.5 in. Proud Parents: Asya Richardson-Green and Travis Green Madyson Terri Lockhart Born: June 23 Weight: 6 lbs. 9 oz. Length: 17.7 in. Proud Parents: Brythidione Brown and Anthony Lockhart Owen Gregory Chancellor Born: June 29 Weight: 8 lbs. 8 oz. Length: 20 in. Proud Parents: Christina and Bryan Chancellor

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Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Sausage Links, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, Waffles, Asstd Doughnuts, Apple Fritters. Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Lemon Pepper Catfish, Grilled Pork Chops, Steamed Rice, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Asparagus, Creole Green Beans, Sugar Cookies, Cheese Cake, Vanilla Cream Pudding. Speed line: Grilled Hamburger/Cheeseburger, French Fries, Baked Beans, RIKPAK. Dinner: Vegetable Supreme Soup, Italian Rice and Beef, Teriyaki Chicken Breast, Oven Browned Potatoes, Spinach, Stir Fry Vegetables, Sugar Cookies, Cheesecake, Vanilla 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, Logging Soup, Baked Tuna and Noodles, Pork Fried Rice, Cajun Oven Fries, Steamed Broccoli, Glazed Carrots, Almond Cookies, Blueberry Pie. Dinner: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Beef Stir Fry, Jamaican Rum Chicken, Steamed Rice, Fried Okra, Corn Whole Kernel, Almond Cookies, Blueberry Pie. 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, Pasta Alla Siciliana, Jaegerschnitzel, Rice Pilaf, Cauliflower Polonaise, Seasoned Succotash, Garlic Bread, Hermits, Velvet Pound Cake. Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Minced Beef w/ Toast, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Roasted Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Butterfly Rolls. Lunch: Beef Noodle Soup, Fish Florentine, Yankee Pot Roast, Southwestern Rice, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, Calico Cabbage, Sprouts Superba, Almond Cake, Peach Crunch, Butterscotch Pudding. Speed line: Assorted Pizza, RIKPAK. Dinner: Cream of Potato Soup, Salisbury Steak, Turkey Pot Pie, Brown Rice w/ Tomatoes, Collard Greens, Lyonnaise Wax Beans, Almond Cake, Peach Crunch, Butterscotch Pudding, RIKPAK. 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: Philly Cheese Steak, Onion Rings, RIKPAK. Dinner: Manhattan Clam Chowder, Creole Shrimp, Stuffed Green Peppers, Boiled Pasta, Cream Style Corn, Baked Hubbard Squash, Fruit Cocktail Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, RIKPAK. 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, Meatloaf, 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, RIKPAK. Dinner: Shrimp Gumbo Soup, Mexican Pepper Steak, Fishwich, Steamed Rice, Lima Beans, Vegetable Stir Fry, Sweet Potato Pie, Shortbread Cookies, RIKPAK. Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Corned Beef Hash, 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, RIKPAK. Dinner: Beef Noodle Soup, Mambo Roast Pork, Chicken Parmesan, Steamed Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Seasoned Carrots, Devils Food Cake, Fruit Nut Bar. 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.

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On the Go with MWR Learn a new language MWR Library has the Rosetta Stone Language Learning software. Rosetta Stone is an award-winning language program that uses a “totalimmersion” method of learning. More than 30 languages are available and it is used by thousands of schools and organizations, including the U.S. State Department and NASA. Prospective users fill out the application for a user account, and then

are able to use the software, either at the library or from their home computers. The MWR Library has a small number of user accounts available, so accounts will be closely managed and deactivated if not used for an extended period of time. For more information on MWR Library, stop by or call 624-3875.

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule & Descriptions

JONAH HEX- Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett Jonah Hex is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone... and anything. Having survived death, Jonah's violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the "other side." His only human connection is with Lila, whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. Jonah's past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can't refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on Friday, July 30 his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin 2:00pm The Wild G FREE Turnbull. But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash 2:30pm Space Chimps G FREE Hell, is also Jonah's oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. 5:00pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG (81 min.)

5:30pm Marmaduke PG RAMONA AND BEEZUS- Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, 7:30pm Jonah Hex PG-13 PREMIERE Bridgett Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin 8:00pm Get Him to the Greek R The misadventures of young Romona Quimby and her big sister Beezus come Saturday, July 31 2:00pm The Last Airbender PG 2:30pm Marmaduke PG 5:00pm Jonah Hex PG-13 5:30pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG 7:30pm Inception PG-13 PREMIERE 8:00pm Splice R Sunday, August 1 2:00pm Despicable Me PG 2:30pm The A-Team PG-13 4:30pm Twilight Saga: Eclipse PG-13 5:00pm Inception PG-13 7:00pm Get Him to the Greek R Tuesday, August 3 5:00pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG 5:30pm Salt PG-13 PREMIERE 7:30pm Inception PG-13 8:00pm Killers PG-13

to life in this family adventure based on Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s book series. (104 min.) INCEPTION- Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Joesph Gordon Levitt Dom Cobb is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, 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.) SALT- Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl Before becoming a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. She will prove loyal to these when a defector accuses her of being a Russian sleeper spy. Salt goes on the run using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture, protect her husband and stay one step ahead of her colleagues at the CIA. (100 min.)

Wednesday, August 4 5:00pm The Last Airbender PG SPLICE- Adrian Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac, Simona Maicaneac, Simona Maicanescu, David Hewlett 5:30pm Marmaduke PG Clive and Elsa are a pair of brilliant scientists whose cutting-edge experiments 7:30pm Jonah Hex PG-13 8:00pm Get Him to the Greek in genetic engineering make them superstars in their field. As devoted to their careers as they are to one another, they start conducting unauthorized experiR Thursday, August 5 5:00pm Despicable Me PG 5:30pm Knight and Day PG-13 7:30pm Salt PG-13 8:00pm Splice R Friday, August 6 2:00pm Ratatouille G FREE 2:30pm Over The Hedge PG FREE 5:00pm The Sorcerer’s Apprentice PG 5:30pm Ramona and Beezus G PREMIERE 7:30pm Jonah Hex PG-13 8:00pm Get Him to the Greek R

Schedule is subject to change, please call to confirm movie showings. Movie Hotline: 624-4248

ments with new animal species that show great promise. Drunk with their godlike powers, they introduce human DNA into one of their creations, producing a creature that is greater than the sum of its parts: a rapidly developing animal/human hybrid that may be a step up on the evolutionary ladder. While this female creature inspires maternal feelings in Elsa, she evokes something farfrom-paternal in Clive, something that poses a threat to them all. Then, when this seemingly perfect organism makes a final, shocking metamorphosis, it is mankind itself that is threatened. (104 min.)

KILLERS- Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara, Katheryn Winnick Spencer Aimes is just your average, undercover, government-hired superassassin accustomed to a life of exotic European locales, flashy sports cars and even flashier women. But when he meets Jen Kornfeldt, a beautiful, fun-loving computer tech recovering from a bad break-up, he finds true love and happily trades international intrigue for domestic bliss. Three years later, Spencer and Jen are still enjoying a picture-perfect marriage... that is, until the morning after Spencer's 30th birthday. That's when Spencer and Jen learn he's the target of a multi-million dollar hit. Even worse, the hired killers have been stalking the happy couple for years, and could be anyone: friends, neighbors, the grocery store clerk, even that crabby old guy shuffling across the street. Now Spencer and Jen are on the run for their lives. As their suburban paradise turns into a paranoid game of dodge-the-bullet, they must find out who wants Spencer dead and why, all the while trying to save their marriage, manage his pain-in-the-ass in-laws, keep up neighborly appearances and just plain survive. And you thought suburban life was easy. (100 min.)

Attention Sigonella youth Sign up for karate and ballet classes starting August 16 at 8:30 a.m. at Fit District. This is a great way for your kids to have fun and exercise. These classes will help build coordination and self confidence. These classes usually fill up quickly. Karate classes start in Sept. and will be on Tuesdays &

Thursdays. Ballet classes start in Sept. and will be on Monday and Wednesday, first class on Sept. 1. The first five students signing up for Karate in each age group will receive a Karate T-shirt. For more information contact Jill at x4951.

Gear up at ITT For anyone looking make their own adventure. ITT Gearn-Go can get you set up with the equipment you need. They have for rental including road and mountain bikes, tabletop gas grills, kayaks, GPS devices, snorkel gear, camping, and much more. Rent for a day, a weekend or a week. Stop by ITT Gear-n-Go for a price list or call 624-4777.

MWR cleans up Sigonella! By Darrion Sands

said Sidney Conner, MWR Fit MWR Marketing Teen Summer District Teen Summer Hire. With all the progress that MWR Hire is making in For the past this area, it week, Morale, makes you Welfare, and wonder, does Recreation MWR have (MWR) has been other projects refurbishing the happening as area behind the well? And the Commissary so answer is yes. that, in time, it M W R can be used as an summer projarea for social ects also events for both include repaintcommands and ing the chilfamily members. dren’s playThe project ground at the included installaYouth Center, tion of a new building covgrilling area, ered sandboxes fresh paint, and at the Child horseshoe area. Development The curbCenter, and a side appeal of the Sidney Conner works on clearing complete renosurrounding area up the trash around the surroundvation of the ing area. was improved and Teen Center. beautified by the MWR also provides continuous MWR summer teen hire program. maintenance of the Land Annex base“After we clear all the trash out ball and soccer fields along with the of the woods we can use this place for high school track and field area in parties and other social events,” said preparation for the upcoming sport Cyara Meza, MWR Fit District Teen seasons. Summer Hire. “It also could be used The pavilion behind the comas a place to teach children about the missary can now be reserved through environment and how to take care of Fit District. There is no fee and a key it.” will be issued for the restrooms. For “I feel that me helping the commore information call 624-4483. munity can only better my life in Sigonella and the lives of others,”

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EATING, continued from page 2 you deserve a pat on the back! You were successful! 14. If you are giving the party, prepare foods that are low in fat and sugar. Just because you are trying to lose or maintain your weight doesn’t mean it should affect your social life. Plan ahead and be assertive. Eating and drinking our favorite foods and beverages in moderation is A-OK! If you are interested in further weight loss/assistance call 624-4710 to learn more about our weight loss/management classes. CITIZEN, continued from page 1 Sarfarglia shared the responsibility of being an American with the candidates. “I am stoked,” said Gahndi. “I did not think this day would come.” As the friends, family and coworkers gathered around the new American citizens, the smiles and sighs of relief from the previous candidates were warranted by a message Butler gave earlier in the ceremony, praising them for the dedication to the accomplishment. “You serve the military just like your spouses,” said Butler. “You are now part of the fabric of America and we welcome you with open arms.” COMREL, continued from page 1 friends. Mothers and grandmothers put out homemade cakes and cookies and drinks for the children, but mainly for the new American friends. “I had American friends when I lived in Germany for 35 years,” said Emanuela Leonardi. “I am happy to meet new friends.” Leonardi is the grandmother of a 16 year old that attends the center. She and her daughter, Enza worked with the other mothers and grandmothers to make this day special for the children and the Sailors. While the Sailors were busy removing Disney Princess Barbie dolls, toy cars, watches, pens and paper from the boxes they brought with them, the children’s eyes began to twinkle and grow larger as they saw the gifts line the tables in front of them. “We want to thank you for allowing us to visit your center,” said Welliver. “We hope you like the gifts we bring to you here today.” Before the children were able to dive into the goodies, Di Martino

spoke about the significance of the center and why it is important for the children to have it. “The center has been open since 2002 and currently has 84 children attending the summer program,” he said. Di Martino went on to discuss the challenges of children in the area being tempted by outside influences that are not always in their best interest. Having this facility provides the children with positive influences and options to remain safe and still respect the rules of society. The youth center provided Welliver and the Sailors with sashes, naming them perfect citizens of Niscemi for their desire to help the children live positive lives, as well as with books about their town. Welliver brought a ship ball cap and coin as a token of appreciation for Di Martino and the town of Niscemi. By building on the unique relationship between Sailors and the local children, this organization helps families and communities by encouraging goals and appreciation for each other and not just material possessions. “We have traveled all over the world,” said Welliver. “We have not seen such beautiful faces and wonderful laughter like we have here.” The children lined up at the table full of surprises, interacting with the Sailors and smiling as they received their gift. “I had a blast”, said Francesco Veca, age 9. “I enjoyed this and meeting the Americans.” Veca went on to rave about the gifts from the Americans and the watch he received, while smiling in the direction of the Sailors. After eating cake and cookies, the town gave the Sailors a tour, showing them the Cathedrals, old town farmer museum and treating them to an authentic Sicilian dinner. “This is the best COMREL I have ever participated in,” said Lt. j.g. Caroline Lynch of the USS Ramage. USS Ramage is a guided missile destroyer home ported in Norfolk, Virginia and currently operating in the SIXTH Fleet Area of Responsibility. The ship is designed for combat operations against surface, air and sub-surface threats. She is home to 300 of the Nation’s finest Sailors. INTERNET, continued from page 5 them and find the best one for your needs. If you suspect your child might

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be in danger It's important to take action immediately if you suspect that your child may be at risk. "Luring" -- any action by an adult that entices a child to meet face-to-face -- is illegal. If your child has experienced luring or if she is getting threatening calls or email messages, call 911 or the police. Law enforcement officials can tell you what to do next and put you in touch with child-protection agencies in your community. If you believe that your child or teenager may be in danger, most experts believe that you should also insist on knowing your child's password and monitoring her e-mail and other online communications. You may also want to consider these steps: -Talk calmly to your child or teenager about what you've noticed. Keep in mind that your child or teenager may already feel afraid or confused. If you become angry or upset, he may withdraw and refuse to tell you more. You might begin by saying, "I noticed that yesterday you closed out of your Internet browser immediately when I walked into the room, and there was sexual material on the screen. I'd like to know more about this." -Review your online safety procedures with your child. Remind her to never give out personal information such as her last name, address, phone number, password, or which school she attends. Make sure she understands the dangers of giving out this information or sending photos over the Internet. -Keep track of telephone calls. Take advantage of telephone features that allow you to monitor calls in your home or on cell phones. Use Caller ID or last-number redial features to find out if your child is making calls to (or receiving calls from) people who could be dangerous. Remember that just as you can set your computer to block e-mail from certain users, you can make arrangements with telephone companies to block calls from specific numbers. -Check the browser history on your computer frequently to see

which sites your child has visited. You can check the browser history by clicking on the pull-down arrow to the right of the Web address in the address bar, or clicking on "History"

at the top of the screen or under the "Tools" menu. If you have trouble seeing which sites your child has INTERNET, continued on page 13




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July 30, 2010 Page 13 INTERNET, continued from page 12 visited, get help from a friend or relative. Talk with your child about any sites that you find inappropriate. Finally, remember that most children and teenagers get many benefits from the Internet and never face a serious threat to their physical safety online. In that sense, talking about

online safety is a little like talking about safety at the playground. While it's vital to point out the dangers, it's also important to keep things in perspective. Your overall goal is to show your child that while you want him to understand and avoid online dangers, you also know how important the Internet is to your child and how fun and useful it can be.

What do you think of the LeBron James drama?


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“I think LeBron should have in Cleveland “It’s making a mockery of “Too many superstars on stayed because I’m a Heat fan... We the sport.” one team.” don’t need him.”

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