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Vol. 31. No. 7

February 21, 2014

NEX Sigonella Cracks Down on Shoplifting

Since December, 2013 the Navy Exchange (NEX) Sigonella branch has apprehended five shoplifters within the store. Anyone caught in the act of shoplifting merchandise will automatically be reported to base security, issued a temporary ban and could possibly be banned permanently from NEX branch facilities in Sigonella and worldwide. (U.S. Navy photo provided by NAS Sigonella Public Affairs Archives/Released) by MC3 Cameron Bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs


he Navy Exchange (NEX) mission is to provide customers quality goods and services at a savings and to support Navy quality of life programs. In order to meet this mission, the NEX Loss Prevention / Safety Department takes shoplifting and its prevention seriously. Shoplifting is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as the criminal action of stealing goods from a shop while pretending to be a customer. Although some instances go unrecognized within the store; most are caught immediately, and those who are caught will suffer the consequences of the crime. The NEX Sigonella branch has recently been dealing with an influx of shoplifting incidents. However, the NEX is proactive in apprehending shoplifters and this is where NEX Sigonella Loss Prevention/Safety Manager Ed Icban and his team are working hard at preventing theft before it happens. "Navy Exchange Loss Prevention associates work hard at preventing theft before it happens," said Julie Herring, NEX Sigonella general manager. "Shopping at your Navy Exchange is a privilege that could be taken away if you are caught shoplifting." From December, 2013 to January, 2014, Icban and his team apprehended five shoplifters within the store. “The total case value was $1,533.22, the average being just over $306,” Icban said. "Two of the cases were juveniles and the other three were adults. All were dependents and compared to the same time frame last year, we actually had a 400 percent increase with shoplifters.”

For the NEX Sigonella branch, the consequences can be very severe for those who knowingly attempt to shoplift merchandise from any NEX Sigonella facility. “Once I or someone on my staff identifies a shoplifter and they exit the store failing to pay for the merchandise, we detain them immediately,” said Icban. “We will automatically notify law enforcement and we temporarily bar anyone we catch from all NEX facilities. Once we issue them a temporary bar letter, we send the report to base police and then it goes up to the base commander where he reviews it, and ultimately decides if the ban should stay.” This applies to all NEX facilities, which includes the main exchange, food court, seven day store, depot and car care center. Even sponsors of dependents who shoplift can be at risk of losing their shopping privileges. For anyone thinking that it may be easy to get away with an attempted shoplift, think again. In addition to possible disciplinary action and criminal prosecution, the Federal Claims Collection Act allows the NEX to enact a flat administrative cost or Civil Recovery Fee of $200 for each incident of theft. While the NEX continues to be proactive in apprehending shoplifters, NEX Sigonella Loss Prevention/ Safety associates work hard at preventing theft before it happens. NEX’s worldwide use electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems for electronic and high value merchandise as well as extensive closed circuit surveillance (CCTV) systems to try and deter as well as catch shoplifters. The CCTV systems, coupled with digital

video recorders and remote viewing technology, give the NEX Sigonella branch the ability to see everything within the store and identify incidents of theft. The NEX Sigonella branch is equipped with a CCTV system that consists of 33 pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, which are controlled from the security office, as well as Icban’s office. The CCTV system is also equipped with 28 fixed cameras that are placed at strategic locations throughout the store. “We can rotate the pan, tilt and zoom [PTZ] cameras 360 degrees and we can zoom in and out in a matter of seconds,” Icban said. “Those cameras are controlled within our offices. I also have the capability of viewing my camera’s remotely. In other words, I can have my work laptop with me at home and still have eyes on the store at any time. We also have cameras at our NAS II locations, which I can monitor from my computer anywhere.” The CCTV system is also equipped with digital video recorders (DVR) and large hard drives to record the stores 24/7 so Icban and his team can store video data for weeks at a time. Icban and his team are staffed with one primary goal, which is to catch anyone attempting to steal merchandise from their stores and they have every capability to detain future shoplifters. “Ultimately, if you decide to come in here and shoplift, we’re going to catch you,” Icban said. “We’re watching, we have the tools, we have cameras and we have the trained personnel to make that happen, so don’t do it.”


"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." – John F. Kennedy

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Executive Officer, Cmdr. Eric Vosler Buongiorno, I hope everyone enjoyed the celebration of Washington’s birthday. This federal holiday began in 1879 in honor of the first U.S. President, George Washington, who was born on Feb. 22, 1732. For some of you history purists, Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, 1809, had never been designated as a federal holiday, it was observed as a state holiday in many parts of the country. However, after additional federal holidays were created for Columbus Day and the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1971 and 1986, respectively), some states dropped the observance of Lincoln's birthday as a separate holiday in order to maintain a fixed number of paid holidays per year and Washington's birthday has become unofficially Presidents' Day to celebrate at least Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays, if not all presidents’ birthdays. Both presidents are prominently featured on two pieces of paper that American's deal with daily, the one and five dollar bill. If you'd like to see more dead presidents and other prominent figures including Alexander Hamilton, Andrew

Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant and Benjamin Franklin in your wallet, the Fleet and Family Support Center is hosting Military Saves week starting Monday, Feb. 24. FFSC is very well trained and ready to educate everyone on money saving techniques, how to set yourself up for long and short term goals, and how to get out of debt. Contact the FFSC or your Command Financial Specialist to find out all the information they can offer you or visit I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we have here. Tomorrow is the second to last run in the Base to Base series; At NAS II there is a 5K run/walk or a 6 mile or 12 mile option, if you are up to it. Registration starts at 7:15 with the run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. Additionally, MWR has already opened up registration for the actual Base to Base, 7.6 miles, or half marathon (13.1 miles) on March 29. The sooner you sign up, the cheaper the registration is, but that won't make the run any easier. Finally, advancement exams are just

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What’s Happening Around NAS Sigonella

Famous Food Network Chefs Sigonella Senior Enlisted Leadership Holds Cook-Up Signature Recipes Barracks Town Hall Meeting

around the corner. To all the Sailors who are eligible to take the advancement exams next month, it is not too late to start studying. If you don’t study, you will be congratulating those who studied and prepared for the exams when they make the next rank. They will be the ones with Benjamins in their pockets! I wish you all the best and I look forward to seeing you put on a new chevron. Enjoy the weekend and stay focused Sigonella!


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Celebrity Chefs Celina Tio, Panini Pete and Brian Duffy prepare dishes for service members with Bella Etna Galley's Italian and American staff aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Feb. 14. The three chefs each prepared a dish for the service members on Valentine's Day. The chefs’ Valentine’s Day visit was presented by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian T. Glunt/Released) by MC2 Brian T. Glunt NPASE-East Detachment Sigonella Celebrity chefs Panini Pete, Brian Duffy and Celina Tio, featured on Bravo, Food and Spike television networks, visited and cooked for service members at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella’s Bella Etna Galley, Feb. 14. Chef Tio prepared a chicken and rice casserole and Chef Panini Pete arranged a blackened fish panini and black-eyed pea salad while Chef Brian Duffy cooked bleu cheese mashed potatoes and meatloaf with whiskey gravy. “A lot of times, it’s very humbling to see all of the sacrifices that [service members] make, being over here away from their friends and family,” said Chef Tio. “So for us to be able to give back and do something is really an honor.” During the visit, each of the celebrity chefs prepared their separate dish side by side with the Italian and American galley staff. Together, they made more than 200 plates, which were all claimed within an hour. The chefs’ Valentine’s Day visit to NAS Sigonella was presented through Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment. “This is one of the few ways we can, as chefs, thank the military for all they do,” said Chef Panini Pete. “We’re out here to support those who support us every single day.”

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Command Master Chief David Graham speaks to NAS Sigonella service members who live in both barrack's buildings on NAS I and II during a barracks town hall meeting Feb. 13, at Midtown 2 Theaters on NAS I. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)

by MC3 CAMERON Bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Command Master Chief David Graham and other senior enlisted officials held a mandatory barracks town hall meeting Feb. 13, at Midtown 2 Theaters on NAS I for all NAS Sigonella service members living in the barracks on NAS I and II. Many topics were discussed at the meeting, including the improvement of quality of life for the barracks residents as well as discussions of a possible financial management workshop and a potential barracks committee. Also on hand for the town hall meeting was NAS Sigonella Unaccompanied Housing Director Ralph Jackson and NAS Sigonella Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Xiomara “Z” Bowes. Both Jackson and Bowes were there to answer any

questions, concerns, comments or suggestions on a white board they placed in front of the main movie theater. During the meeting, Bowes said every suggestion that was recorded would be presented in front of NAS Sigonella Commanding Officer, Capt. Chris Dennis. “We are taking your questions and suggestions seriously so you all have the best living conditions possible," Bowes added. Group or one-on-one conversations were welcomed during the town hall meeting, which also discussed a variety of other topics ranging from the new E-5 night watch bill for both barracks buildings to concerns about water pressure in the buildings and almost everything in between.

Sigonella is Offering PMK Training on NAS II

NASSIG WORSHIP SERVICES ROMAN CATHOLIC Sunday ■ 8:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS I Chapel) ■ 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) TUESDAY - FRIDAY ■ 11:30 a.m. Catholic Mass (NAS II Chapel) Sacraments of Reconciliation/Penance precede each Mass PROTESTANT NAS I Chapel Saturday ■ 6:30 p.m. Contemporary Worship Services Sunday ■ 10:30 a.m. Traditional Worship NAS II Chapel SUNDAY ■ 5 p.m. Protestant Evening Service


LATTER-DAY SAINTS SUNDAY at 1:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) Contact: or 624-9049 JEWISH SHABBAT LAY SERVICE FRIDAY at 5:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) NIGHT STUDY WEDNESDAY at 5 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) ■ AA Meetings: MONDAY at 5:30 p.m. (NAS I Chapel) second deck; THURSDAY at 7 p.m. (NAS II Chapel) NAS Sigonella Religious Ministries Department Facebook page: Chapel

Chapel Offices: NAS I 095-56-3975, NAS II 095-86-9049, DSN: 624-3975, CHAPLAIN DUTY: 335-831-4493 RP DUTY: 335-786-1950

Celebrity Chef Panini Pete, right, prepares his dish for service members with Bella Etna Galley's Italian and American staff aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, Feb. 14. Along with Chef Panini Pete, celebrity chefs Brian Duffy and Celina Tio each prepared a dish for the service members on Valentine's Day. The chefs’ Valentine’s Day visit was presented by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian T. Glunt/Released)

Professional Military Knowledge (PMK) Training is being offered in preparation for the petty officer advancement exams on the following dates from 12 - 1 p.m. in the upstairs training classroom in MVRO Bldg. 724 on NAS II:

Tuesday, Feb. 25 Wednesday, Feb. 26 Thursday, Feb. 27

Tuesday, March 4 Tuesday, March 11 Tuesday, March 18



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PMK Training 12 - 1 p.m. MVRO Classroom

Public Speaking 9 - 11 a.m. FFSC

Female Empowerment Group 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FFSC

ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC

ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC

Cooking Class 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC

Relo Fair 1 - 3 p.m.

Resume Renovation 10 -11:30 a.m. FFSC

Anger Mangament Skills: Session 2 1 - 3 p.m. FFSC

Acireale Carnevale ITT

Sig Safe 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. FFSC

PMK Training 12 - 1 p.m. MVRO Classroom

Playgroup Pre Deployment Class Marinai Youth Complex 9 - 11 a.m. 9 - 10 a.m. FFSC FFSC Post Deployment Class 1 - 3 p.m. FFSC

6 Anger Mangament Skills: Session 3 1 - 3 p.m. FFSC


Sigonella Kicks Off Military Saves Week

Piazza Armerina Imperial Villa and Agriturismo ITT

Palermo ITT


PMK Training 12 - 1 p.m. MVRO Classroom




Snowshoe Hike Mt. Etna Outdoor Rec

PMK Training 12 - 1 p.m. MVRO Classroom



Healthy Heart New Millenium 6 Mile / 12 Mile Fitness


ICR 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FFSC




Family Night Out* Sparetime Bowling 5 - 8 p.m.

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7 Ricotta Cheese Workshop 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

2 Half Price Bowling* Sparetime Bowling

Acireale Carnevale ITT




Arrivederci Class 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FFSC


FFSC: x4291 ITT : x4777, x4396 Liberty/Connections/Take 5: x4246, x5602 Outdoor Rec: x4777, x4396 Fitness: x4483, x5243 Midtown 2 Theaters: x4248 American Red Cross: x4900

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Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Commanding Officer Capt. Chris Dennis signs a proclamation Feb. 19, at Ristorante Bella Etna Galley on NAS II. Also on hand for the proclamation signing was Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) Sigonella’s Inter-Cultural Relations Director Andrea Carobene (right), FFSC Director Noreen Burke and NAS Sigonella Command Financial Specialists and Sailors from NAS Sigonella’s Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions. Military Saves Week is the annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for service members and their families to assess their own saving status. Go to for more information on Military Saves Week and contact FFSC Sigonella at DSN 624 – 4291 for upcoming events for Military Saves Week. (U.S. Navy photo by MC3 Cameron Bramham/Released)

Turn in All Batteries and Toner Cartridges by wayne c. hagwood NAS Sigonella Public Works Enviornmental Division

As of Feb. 18, all batteries and toner cartridges are now able to be handed in at the Hazardous Waste Minimization (Hazmin) Center Bldg 1020, 3 days of the week. The Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella Public Works Environmental division has been working closely with local certified Italian Recycling Consortiums to pick-up and recycle all of our printer toner cartridges and batteries at no cost to the Department of Defense (DOD). The following conditions must be met before the Hazmin Center will receive either items for recycling. 1. All toner cartridges must be out of their original cardboard container and in a plastic bag when brought to the Hazmin Center. Please ensure the cardboard is placed in the nearest cardboard recycle bin. 2. All batteries with terminals will have the terminals covered with original caps or tapped with duct tape to prevent the accidental arcing while transporting for disposal. All other batteries can be brought unpackaged and put into the prescribed plastic container at the Hazmin Center. All cartridges and batteries can be brought to the Hazmin Center every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Please contact Mr. Filippo Rosolia at 624-2707 or Mr. Wayne C. Hagwood at 624-2463 for any further questions you may have.

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 non-emergent medical questions that arise over the weekend, holidays, 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.



FEBRUARY 21, 2014

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring An Italian Monastery Becomes a Fashion goes on display in Bologna Destination for Brides in a Frugal Era by New York Times

(Photo provided by Photo by by “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, the international renowned masterpiece of Dutch Master Vermeer is on display in Bologna through May 25, 2014 at Palazzo Fava as part of an exhibition on 17th century Dutch painters . This exhibition has 36 fabulous paintings from Holland's Golden Age. There are examples from Dutch masters such as Rembrandt , Frans Hals, Ter Borch, Claesz, Van Goyen, Van Honthorst, Hobbema, Coorte, Van Ruisdael and Steen. Exhibited are Vermeer's first painting: Diana and her nymphs as well as Rembrandt's last work. Then there is Fabritius' beautiful Goldfinch. The master' s paintings demonstrate their mastery in painting light, fabric, skin, tiny details (see Steen's Girl with Oysters) and mastery in depicting gold ornate jewelry (see Hal's Portrait of Aletta Hanemans). All quite impressive. Turns out that Vermeer's enigmatic The Girl with the Pearl Earring, painted in 1665, is not considered a portrait but was meant as a painting of an oriental girl. In fact, the painting's original title was the Girl With the Turban. I liked that most of the paintings were organized by theme in different rooms: Portraits, Everyday life of ordinary people, still lives, the girl with pearl earring. The rooms were not numbered so you enter a main room with portraits, at the end go left to see the "everyday life" and later walk through the main room with portraits to see the still lives and from there you go to see "the girl." Listening to the audio guide was helpful and helped me avoid straining my eyes in the dark rooms. Take your time going through because once you leave the last room with the Girl with the Pearl Earring you can't turn around. This is not written down anywhere and I witnessed a couple furiously fighting with the woman guarding the exit. The word exit "uscita" was posted outside the last room, not just inside the last room. So one would see it when it was too late. Plus the last room is incredibly dark, so be prepared or turn on your audio guide and skip reading. Before you enter the exhibition, you must drop off your coat, purse and any other large items at the FREE deposit area. Then you can pick up audio guides. The shop is in the same area and I must say didn't have much of interest. I usually like to purchase the catalog but was disappointed with the printed quality of several favorite paintings in the book. I ended up purchasing postcards. Another no-no is that none of the text by the paintings or about the period or the walls are in any language other than Italian. Big mistake! Not sure if the audio guides are available in English, please inquire. Considering that this is the only stop in Europe, the curator should have expected visitors from different parts of Europe (who don't speak Italian). That said, the paintings speak for themselves. After touring the world for a year, this and 36 other paintings from Holland's Golden Age will be on exhibit in Bologna, the exhibit's only European stop from February 8th through May 25th, 2014 in Bologna's beautiful museum Palazzo Fava, via Manzoni 2. The museum has organized another exhibition, Around Vermeer, with 25 contemporary Italian artists exhibiting works inspired by Vermeer. The Italian artists include Guccione, Sarnari, Raciti and Forgioli. This 2nd exhibit is on the floor above the main exhibition. No extra payment is necessary to view the second exhibit. Marco Goldin, the exhibition curator, wrote: “few titles conjure up such a sense of something immediately recognizable, of a familiar face, of a supreme, enigmatic beauty. The instant reference for everyone is to an image. The bestselling novel and movie have brought even greater worldwide renown. Together with the Mona Lisa and The Scream, it is now one of the best-known and most loved paintings in the world.”

The seamstress gently fastened the ivory-colored silk-covered buttons of the lace corset. She took out the embroidered veil and laid it over the bride-to-be’s long black hair. Girlfriends and family members watched in silence, their eyes glistening. “If you have a dream and we can make it come true, we’ll do our best,” said Sister Maria Laura, a cloistered Augustinian nun and onetime seamstress. In a country synonymous with designer fashions, Sister Maria Laura runs one of Italy’s most unlikely ateliers at the St. Rita monastery, a medieval complex perched in the central Umbrian hills. For years, the monastery has operated a secondhand wedding dress depot, once frequented mostly by young women from disadvantaged families. But as Italy continues to suffer from the fallout of a prolonged recession, what was begun as an act of charity for a few young women in need has become a trendy choice for growing numbers of brides who want to keep their wedding costs down. In the process, the atelier has become a full-time job for Sister Maria Laura, who oversees an expanding collection of donated wedding gowns — now numbering in the hundreds — in various sizes, train lengths and styles (though white and its pale variations still dominate the color scheme). The monastery — once home to St. Rita, an abused bride and a widow before becoming a nun about 600 years ago — has long been a pilgrimage site for Italian women, who come to pray to the saint to protect their marriages. The collection, as it were, began when some women brought their wedding dresses as an offering of thanks. Bridesto-be arrive every week at the monastery, often accompanied by their mothers and sisters, as if they were visiting a wedding showroom. “If I can’t find it here, I simply can’t afford to buy one,” Chiara Cariolato, 21, who comes from a family of six, said anxiously on a rainy Sunday morning, as she walked through the monastery’s garden of roses, the flower traditionally associated with St. Rita. Many brides simply make donations as a token of their gratitude. Some have left up to $1,200, Sister Maria Laura said, others nothing at all. Sister Maria Laura sees

brides only by appointment. Ms. Cariolato, her sisters and friends left their hometown in northern Italy at 3 a.m. to reach the monastery in time. Though she had never walked into a bridal dress shop, Ms. Cariolato envisaged herself walking down the aisle this May in a white bodice decorated with pearls and a flowing gown. “I think I look like Jane Austen,” Ms. Cariolato said to her sisters, who seemed unconvinced, before glancing at her reflection in the mirror. She wore a tight top with puffed sleeves and an ocher gown with a long train. Sister Maria Laura smiled, then swiftly began picking out alternative dresses. The atelier was revamped in October to keep pace with the increasing demand. “I know which one she will take; you can tell from their faces,” she whispered conspiratorially. Sister Maria Laura is a gift to the brides-to-be. Before she entered monastic life at the age of 28, 20 years ago, she was a designer and seamstress in her family’s tailor store in Lucca, Tuscany. She can tell immediately whether it is possible to alter a bridal dress, and she knows exactly how much work the tailor will need to do. She is also straightforward. “No need to tighten it; you don’t want to look like a sausage on your wedding day,” she might say. “This is just ugly,” she bluntly told two blushing brides one chill January morning. But Sister Maria Laura says she manages to find the right gown for almost every bride. It’s the rush of emotion that comes with the right match that she loves most about the work she does. Though Italy is struggling through an economic downturn, expectations — financial and emotional — about weddings remain high. It’s “incomparable to elsewhere in Europe,” said

Giuliana Parabiago, editor in chief at the magazine Vogue Bridal Italy. Though traditional marriage ceremonies are on the decline in this historically Roman Catholic country, with the number of weddings dropping by 16 percent from 2005 to 2012, according to Istat, the national statistics agency, loans requested for weddings went up by 41 percent in the past two years, market research shows. Throughout the years, Sister Maria Laura has dressed many different brides — pregnant girls, blind women, even those who opted for a civil, not a church, wedding — and she is very aware of the importance of that choice. “Ooh, I feel like Princess Sissi in this one,” Irene Berardi, a 25-year-old bride, shrieked, twirling in a white tulle gown and embroidered corset, with white silken gloves up to her elbows. The reference was to a popular 1950s film version of the life of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria. “We’d need a castle for the reception, but we’re actually thinking about a farm.” Ms. Berardi and her boyfriend never dreamed of a lavish wedding, she said. That felt to them like a slap in the face of the many people in the world who are starving and suffering. So when one of her girlfriends enthusiastically told her of her visit to Sister Maria Laura, Ms. Berardi decided to email the monastery and request an appointment. It took a few hours of laughter and giggling to find the dress of her dreams, and she warmly hugged Sister Maria Laura at the end, slipping her an envelope with her donation. But choosing her dress at the St. Rita monastery was not merely an economic transaction, Ms. Berardi explained. “I’ve felt at home here from the very first minute,” she said. “After all, nuns have a calling. Love is a calling, too.”


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H EADLINES Italy, US Arrest 24 in Mob Drug Smuggling Case (AP) New York Reputed mobsters in New York City and Italy joined forces in a failed conspiracy to smuggle large amounts of heroin and cocaine, with one suspect suggesting that the drugs could be concealed in frozen fish bound for an Italian port, authorities said last Tuesday. Law enforcement officials on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean said the scheme involved Italy's powerful Ndrangheta organized crime syndicate and New York's Gambino organized crime family. A sting operation resulted in 24 arrests -- 17 in Italy and seven in New York. The investigation targeted a new cocaine trafficking route from South America to the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro, Italian anti-Mafia police said. In exchange, the Italians were to provide heroin to the American market. Officials, using wiretaps and an undercover agent who infiltrated the Brooklyn-based mob, said they thwarted the delivery to Italy of about 500 kilograms of pure cocaine that was to have been hidden in shipments of canned coconuts, pineapples and frozen fish being shipped from Guyana to Gioia Tauro. The plot unfolded in 2012, when one of the Ndrangheta suspects visited his son-in-law, Franco Lupoi, in Brooklyn. The father-in-law claimed he knew a corrupt customs agent in Italy who "would guarantee the safe arrival of container ships containing contraband," court papers filed in New York said. In a recorded meeting with the undercover agent, Lupoi later explained that he could have cocaine packed into fish and frozen, saying "it takes a day to defrost and then it takes a day to take out," the court papers said. The papers also accuse Lupoi of traveling to Italy, where he sold the undercover agent more than 1 kilogram of heroin that he believed the agent planned to smuggle back to the United States for resale, the papers said. Lupoi, alleged to be a Gambino associate, pleaded not guilty to international heroin conspiracy and other charges on Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. He was held without bail. Reputed 'ndrangheta member Raffaele Valente, an Italian citizen and U.S. legal resident, also pleaded not guilty at the hearing and was jailed. He was accused of plotting with Lupoi to sell $1 million in counterfeit U.S. currency. The defense attorneys for both men had no immediate comment. The investigation underscored how 'Ndrangheta is spreading its operations beyond Italy's borders as it consolidates its position as one of the world's most powerful drug traffickers, officials said. It also laid bare how the Ndrangheta, based in the southern region of

Calabria, is encroaching on territory once occupied by the Sicilian-based Cosa Nostra, since the Gambinos were the Sicilian Mafia's U.S. branch. "The Ndrangheta can and has to be considered one of the most powerful organizations in the world for handling of international drug trafficking," said Raffaele Grassi, head of the Italian police's central operative service unit. "The Ndrangheta has left its territory of origin: Beyond occupying areas of our country and infiltrating itself in northern Italy, the Ndrangheta is looking for criminals beyond the borders, invading new markets to make profit."

Daughter of Convicted Palermo Boss Repudiates Mafia Roots (ANSA) Rome The daughter of a former Sicilian Cosa Nostra boss on Thursday rejected her mafia roots and decided to collaborate with the judiciary in what a member of the Senate's anti-mafia commission described as an example to be followed. "I no longer want to be part of the Mafia, why should I? Just because my father is a Mafia boss?" said Giovanna Galatolo, daughter of the former head of Palermo's Acquasanta mafia clan, Enzo Galatolo, who is serving a life sentence for the 1982 assassination of army General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa in Palermo. "No, I'm not having it. I want to devote myself entirely to my daughter," she told prosecutors in the trial of Angelo Galatolo and Franco Mineo, a former member of Sicily's regional parliament. Mineo faces various charges in connection with his alleged role as frontman for Galatolo in exchange for votes. Giovanna also told investigators her father ran the clan from prison. "He used conventional signs to tell us what we had to do," she said. Her decision to act as a police informant was hailed by Democratic Party (PD) Senator Giuseppe Lumia, a member of the Senate's anti-mafia commission. "Mafia women follow the example of Carmela Iuculano, Giusy Vitale and now Giovanna Galatolo," he said. "To repudiate their mafia membership means to become free women. A mass defection by women could do unquantifiable damage to the Cosa Nostra".

Senate Approves Emergency 'Ecomafia' Decree (ANSA) Rome An emergency environmental law to deal with damage wrought to the environment by the mafia as well as industrial pollution from the ILVA steel plant in southern Italy passed last Wednesday in the Senate to become a law. The decree, which passed in the House on Friday, was introduced by the government in December


to deal with the environmental crimes of the so-called Ecomafia in an area dubbed the "terra dei fuochi" or land of fires in the southern Campania region. It includes measures that have been toughened up since December, according to Environment Minister Andrea Orlando. Under the law, burning rubbish without authorization becomes a crime.The law also introduces tougher controls on agricultural land, where waste is often illegally dumped, which will be reportedly checked and fenced in the next 150 days. It provides harsh penalties for those found guilty of burning waste and allocates an additional 600 million euros to the 300 million euros previously granted to Campania to clear land used for illegal rubbish dumps. Levels of toxicity in the soil of land used for farming will be tested under the measure.The law includes measures which will also affect the troubled ILVA steel plant in the southern Italian city of Taranto, which has been at the centre of a long-standing judicial case. The powerful Naples-based Camorra mafia has long infiltrated every part of the rubbish-collection industry and has raked in huge profits even as its illegal dumps and uncontrolled burning of waste and other toxic materials have been blamed for unusually high levels of cancer and other disease linked to pollution that will plague future generations.In particular, its disposal of toxic waste, including burning, in the southern Campania region and the area between Naples and Caserta - the land of fires has led to very grave health warnings. Mafia infiltration of waste disposal has become a major environmental and health issue as hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste - some of it dangerously contaminated - has been illegally dumped in what some have described as an ecological time bomb that will continue to poison the land for at least another 50 years. In many cases, hazardous or toxic waste has, in clear violation of environmental laws, been dumped in landfills that are not properly sealed with the result that waste materials seep into the soil and aquifers. According to environmental group Legambiente, 14% of environmental crimes in Italy take place in Campania, where 6,000 illegal waste fires and 2,000 toxic dumps were reported between January last year and August 2013. The creation of the Ecomafia and the illegal trafficking of waste was exposed in the bestselling book Gomorrah. The author of that book, Roberto Saviano, also exposed the criminal empire of the Casalesi, one of the most powerful families in the Neapolitan mafia, and as a result has been under police protection because of death threats. His book was later turned into an award-winning film of the same name and documents the mob's deadly hold over rackets and businesses ranging from toxic-waste disposal to construction, drugs and even the garment industry.

Learn these words in Italian! Art Glossary

English: painting Italian: dipinto

English: portrait Italian: ritratto

English: statue Italian: statua

English: museum Italian: museo

English: fresco Italian: affresco

English: exhibition Italian: mostra

English: sculpture Italian: scultura

English: art Italian: arte

Have fun practicing your Italian! Buona Fortuna!



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Easy recipes to enjoy in the comfort of your home

Easy and delicious recipes BY ALESSANDRA LUNETTA Food writer and blogger,


lessandra Lunetta has a bachelor's degree in Italian literature and a master’s in food journalism and is a free-lance journalist and food writer for local Sicilian newspapers, food-guides and magazines. She has a passion for all that involves food; from kitchenware to cookbooks to foods from all over the world. Inspired by fresh, natural and seasonal ingredients, Alessandra shares some of her favorite recipes from around Sicily with the Sigonella community. Try one of these recipes and share it with family and friends.

Buon appetito!

Ciambelle Fritte alla Vaniglia e Cioccolato – Vanilla Donuts with *Castagnaccio - Brownie* alla Farina di Castagne e Cioccolato Fondente Chocolate Glaze – Chestnut Flour and Dark Chocolate Brownie *Castagnaccio* Style Ingredients: • • • • • •

All-purpose flour, 12.5 oz (350g / 2 cups) Organic eggs, 2 Light brown sugar, organic (3 tbsp) Active dry yeast, 1 sachet, 0.25 oz (7g) Fresh milk, lukewarm, 4 fl. oz (130 g / half a cup) Slightly melted and salted butter (LURPAK), 1.8 3/4

• • • •

oz (50g / 4 tbsp) Natural vanilla extract, 11/2 tsp Peanut OR canola oil as needed for frying Chocolate fondant (glaze) Sugar sprinkles

*Makes 12 donuts

Ingredients: • • • • • •

Dark chocolate 60% ​​cocoa, 4.30 oz (120g) All purpose flour (italian flour), 1.80 oz (50g) Chestnut flour, 1.25 oz (35g) Organic eggs, 2 Sugar, 5.35 oz (150g, 3/4 cup) "Delicate" extra virgin olive oil, 1/3 cup (80g)

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A pinch of salt Organic raisins, 2 tbsp Walnuts, coarsely chopped, 1-2 tbsp Pine nuts, 2 tbsp Fresh rosemary sprigs Icing sugar



EXTRA HINT : Fry the dough rounds removed from the center of the donuts to make donut holes!

* Use in mild / delicate flavor of extra virgin olive oil to let the chestnut flour ITS give off aroma; ** Soak and squeeze raisin if It Seems too dry (I use organic raisin and usually you do not need to soak it) *** Like the classic brownies, this chestnut-brownie cake is great if left slightly wet / raw on the inside.

■ Mix the milk with 1 tablespoon of sugar, add the yeast and let stand in a warm place for 10 minutes ■ Mix flour and remaining sugar, add melted butter, beaten eggs, vanilla and yeast (Should be slightly foamy). ■ Knead for 5 - 10 minutes until dough is shiny and elastic (if necessary add a little extra flour). ■ Leave to rise in a bowl greased with vegetable oil until doubled (about 11/2 hour). ■ Roll out the dough to 1 cm thick on a floured surface, cut with a cookie cutter some rounds of 8 cm in diameter (3"), then cut out the inside with a smaller cutter (3 cm diameter; 1")*. ■ Leave the donuts until doubled. ■ Then fry them in hot oil and drain on paper-cooking. ■ Decorate with dark chocolate glaze and sugar sprinkles. (HINT - You can simply decorated with sugar and cinnamon (still warm put them in a plastic bag with sugar and a pinch of cinnamon, then close the bag and shake it well).

■ Melt the chocolate and keep aside. ■ Whip the eggs with the sugar for a few minutes until soft and pale. ■ *Add the melted chocolate, all purpose flour sifted with chestnut flour, salt, and olive oil*. ■ **Add the raisins**. ■ Pour into a square tin lined with non-stick baking paper. ■ Decorate with walnuts, pine nuts and chopped fresh rosemary. ■ ***Bake at 170 ° C from 15 to 25 minutes-depending on favorite texture / cooking (times and temperatures the vary-depending on the oven)***. ■ When cool, cut the chestnut -brownie into diamond shapes and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. and keep aside. ■ Melt the chocolate and keep aside.



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Sigonella Service Members Complete Valentine's Day COMREL


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Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series Breakfast Club Set for March To sign up, stop by the NAS I Fit District or NAS II Fit Pit or call 624-4483. Only 25 slots available per course so don't delay! Every class is from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

NOFFS Upcoming Course Schedules

Two Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella service members cleanup trash and debris outside during a special Valentine’s Day community relations (COMREL) project that took place Feb. 14, at a Catania elementary school. Anyone interested in participating in future COMREL events can contact the NAS Sigonella COMREL Officer, Dr. Alberto Lunetta at 624-5440 / 5229 or via email at (Photos by Antonella Cascino) by MC3 Cameron bramham NAS Sigonella Public Affairs

Twenty service members stationed at or deployed to Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella participated in a special Valentine’s Day community relations (COMREL) cleanup and moving project Feb. 14, in Catania, Sicily. The COMREL took place at an elementary school called Plesso Plebiscito of the Istituto Comprensivo “Cesare Battisti.” The COMREL was also attended by students from another local high school, whose combined efforts with the NAS Sigonella service men and women helped clean the school and install new furniture and equipment for the young, Sicilian students. “It’s good to be here on a special day and help give back to the community and Sicily,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Tony Malone. Students, their teachers and parents were thank-

ful for the combined efforts of the NAS Sigonella service members and the students from the high school. “A big thank you to the amazing American volunteers and the students who gave up their time to make a difference in our school and neighborhood,” said school representative, Dario La Rocca. “They brought a valued example to our school as role models to uphold civic responsibility and volunteering.” This COMREL project is part of an ongoing COMREL project headed up the NAS Sigonella Public Affairs Office (PAO) and was even covered by local Italian media outlets who interview NAS Sigonella service members once the project was complete. Anyone interested in participating in future COMREL events can contact the NAS Sigonella COMREL Officer, Dr. Alberto Lunetta at 624-5440 / 5229 or via email at

March 10 & 11 April 24 & 25 The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS) is designed to provide the Navy with a "worldclass" performance training resource for Sailors, as well as Navy health and fitness professionals. Using the latest sports science methodologies, the logic engine for NOFFS combines both human performance and injury prevention strategies, resulting in safer training while yielding positive human performance outcomes.

May 20 & 21 June 9 & 10

You're here in Italy and you would like to stop by a local bar and order some sort of coffee. How easy is it to order a coffee? Do you want a caffè macchiato or an espresso long or short? There are so many choices! What's included in an "Italian breakfast?" Learn the answers to these questions and more by joining ITT for an Italian breakfast and coffee. We'll teach you the differences between all of those different coffee choices so you can go back to the states and impress all of your friends with your coffee knowledge! When: March 13th Depart: 8:30 a.m. Return: 2 p.m. Cost: $18 (Includes breakfast) After coffee we'll head over to the Etnapolis mall for a shopping excursion. A tour escort will accompany you to answer any questions you might have about shopping in Italy. For more information contact ITT/ODR 624-4777.

Midtown Movie Theaters Schedule &  Descriptions

Friday, Feb. 21 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles, Pastries. *Lunch: New England Clam Chowder, Stuffed Baked Fish, Spaghetti Aglio, Olio & Peperoncino, Roasted Garlic Potatoes, Steamed Asparagus, Cauliflower, Cookies. Speed line: Grilled Chicken Breast, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Cantonese Spareribs, Baked Tuna Noodles, Rice Pilaf, Whole Corn, Lemon Cookies.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 *Breakfast: Farina, Ham Sliced, Grilled Sausage Patties, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles, Biscuits and Gravy, Asstd Doughnuts, Blueberry Muffins. *Lunch: Cream of Asparagus Soup, Egg Roll, Chicken Adobo, Sweet & Sour Pork, Chinese Fried Rice, Egg Foo Yang, Oriental Cabbage, Corn Whole Kernel, Cake. *Speed line: Pasta Chef Dinner: Beef Rice Soup, Sauerbraten, Lasagna, Lyonnaise Rice, Vegetable Stir Fry, Natural Pan Gravy, German Chocolate Cake.

Saturday, Feb. 22 *Breakfast: Farina, Grilled Ham Slices, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Buttermilk Pancakes. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Beef Vegetable Soup, Baked Chicken, hash Brown Potatoes, Broccoli, Sweet & Sour Sauce, Cookies. *Dinner: Broccoli Soup, Pizza, Fish Sandwich, French fried Potatoes, Chicken Gravy, Peas & Mushroom, Cookies.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Creamed Ground Beef, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Pancakes. *Lunch: Beef Vegetable Soup, Baked Fish W / Tomato, Barbecued Chicken, Potatoes Au Gratin, Cauliflower, Tangy Spinach, Cheese Cake. *Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Bacon, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Minestrone Soup, Roast Beef, Spaghetti Carbonara, Steamed Rice, Brown Gravy, Fresh Green Beans, Cheese Cake.

Sunday, Feb. 23 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Oven Fried Bacon, French Toast Puff, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Asstd Doughnuts, Kolaches. *Brunch: Breakfast Items, Egg Drop Soup, Breaded Pork chop, Hash Brown Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Cake. *Dinner: Egg Drop Soup, Pasta Alfredo, Roast Beef, Fried Rice, Fried Cauliflower, Cake.

Thursday, Feb. 27 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Oven Fried Bacon, Corned Beef Hash, Asst Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast. *Lunch: Onion Soup, Roast Turkey, Fettuccine Alfredo, Mashed Potatoes, Boiled Pasta, Chicken Gravy, Mix Vegetables, Simmered Cauliflower, Vanilla Cookies. Speed line: Philly Cheese Steak, Onion Rings. Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup, Meat, Penne Amatriciana, Oven Browned Potatoes, Simmered Carrots, Vanilla Cookies.

Monday, Feb. 24 *Breakfast: Hominy Grits, Oven Fried Bacon, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast, Asstd Doughnuts, Streusel Coffee Cake. *Lunch: Chicken Noodle Soup, Roast Pork, Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Seasoned Summer Squash, Steamed Peas, Brown Gravy, Yellow Cake. *Speed line: Pizza. *Dinner: Pepper Pot Soup, Baked Chicken Quartered, Pasta Chef, Baked Potatoes, Calico Cabbage, Chicken Gravy, Yellow Cake.

Friday, Feb. 28 *Breakfast: Rolled Oats, Grilled Sausage Patties, Grilled Ham, Asstd Omelets, Eggs to Order, Hash Brown Potatoes, Waffles. *Lunch: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Lasagna, Tempura Fish, Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, Calico Cabbage, Herbed Broccoli, Cake. Speed line: Grilled Cheese/Hamburger, Baked Beans, French Fried Potatoes. *Dinner: Egg Drop Soup, Chicken Parmesan, Rice Pilaf, Spaghetti w/ Fish Sauce, Southern Green Beans, Savory Squash, Cookies.

HER ... R STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johnason A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. (126 m.)

Wednesday, Feb. 26 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Friday, Feb. 21 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

I, Frankenstein Secret Life of Walter M. Her The Monuments Men

Saturday, Feb. 22 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Legend of Hercules 3D The Monuments Men The Lego Movie 3D I, Frankenstein Her

Sunday, Feb. 23 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Secret Life of Walter M. The Lego Movie Lone Survivor August: Osage County Paranormal Activity V

Tuesday, Feb. 25

As a reminder, all dependents are always welcome at the galley! Please provide any negative or positive feedback. There is a suggestions box near the entrance to the galley, next to the serving line.

I, FRANKENSTEIN ... PG-13 STARRING: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nightly, Miranda Otto

5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Secret Life of Walter M. Robocop Her Paranormal Activity V

PG-13 PG R PG-13 PG-13 PG-13 PG PG-13 R PG PG R R R PG PG-13 R R

The Lego Movie 3D PG Jack Ryan PG-13 August: Osage County R Her R

Thursday, Feb. 27 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

The Nut Job 3D I, Frankenstein The Monuments Men Ride Along

Friday, Feb. 28 5:00 PM 5:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM

Vampire Academy Labor Day That Awkward Moment The Monuments Men

Saturday, March 1 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

Legend of Hercules 3D The Lego Movie Vampire Academy Labor Day Her

Sunday, March 2 2:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM

The Nut Job 3D Labor Day Lone Survivor That Awkward Moment Vampire Academy

Movie Premiere

Free Movie

Same Day Release

Last Show

Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. (92 m.) LABOR DAY ... PG-13 STARRING: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith

PG PG-13 PG-13 PG-13

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn of his ture story. (111 m.)

PG-13 PG-13 R PG-13

An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the Master Builder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together. (100 m.)

PG-13 PG PG-13 PG-13 R PG PG-13 R R PG-13

THE LEGO MOVIE 2D &3D ... PG STARRING: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

THAT AWKWARD MOMENT ... R STARRING: Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller Three best friends find themselves where we've all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So...where is this going?" (94 m.) VAMPIRE ACADEMY ... PG-13 STARRING: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story. (104 m.)

Movie schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm. Movie Hotline: 624-4248

ZONE GAME Fantasy World

Find and circle all of the words that are hidden in the grid. The remaining 29 letters spell the name of a popular fantasy book.



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AUTOMOBILES 1972 Fiat 500L with a 650cc engine, original 500cc engine included along with other spare parts. 3,950 Euro, Call 3466082330. Ask for Joe. PAID AD Adopt while stationed overseas International & fostercare adoptions, homestudies.

FEBRUARY 21, 2014 All classified ads are free to the community for advertising personal property for sale, trade or giveaway. Ads must be sent to no later than 5 p.m. of the Friday before the week of publication and must include POC name and phone number. For more information, call 624-5440, 624-2798 or 095-86-5440/2798 or

SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCATE HOTLINES: Sigonella SAPR VA Hotline: 335-642-8312. DoD Safe Helpline: 001-877-995-5247

(From cell phones and off-base telephones)

Or: 19020 (toll-free access code) 1-877-995-5247 (From DSN lines)


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Let the CO Know ... Tools to Share Your Feedback The Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) system is a web-based tool for collecting feedback to help determine customer satisfaction with services provided at NAS Sigonella. The customer-side of ICE is available to anyone with ONE-Net Internet access and does not require a username or password. The ICE home page,, is the starting point to navigate to an individual ICE site and to view general information about the ICE system. With easy to access links and descriptions, customers can locate an ICE site by branch, regions, geographic location, and by searching an alphabetical listing of all sites. All Sigonella services are found under the Navy Europe Listing in the scroll-down menu. On occasion, the command will anonymously publish comments and responses in The Signature for the benefit of the Sigonella community. You can also go to the link at the right to submit your suggestions.


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Comment regarding food served at the Child Development Center:

The food that is served at the CDC is below standard. It does not meet the new USDA guidelines for school lunches and they are using out dated materials for nutrition. The school is serving items with added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and artificial flavors. As a parent and health care provider, I am deeply concerned about the lack of action on this issue. I have talked to the staff on multiple occasions about improving the menu but nothing has been done. As a parent I am forced to pack lunches and food for my child because I don't want her eating what they serve. This issue has caused my family a great deal of stress and added expense.


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NOTE: Ads run for two weeks on a space available basis and must be sponsored by active duty military members, family members or Italian/ American base employees. AFTS/AFN decoders must be sold only to another authorized individual: active duty or retired U.S. military, DoD direct-hire employees or their spouse. Ads that profit a business or individual, such as housekeeping or baby-sitting services considered commercial ads. Commercial ads are not accepted. Requests for commercial ads must be made to Stampa Generale: 081-568-7884 or

Thank you for your comments and for your commitment to good nutrition. Please know the Sigonella Child Development Center is in compliance with all CNIC and USDA food program guidelines for childcare. There may be some differences between requirements for school lunches and requirements for childcare meals. The CDC meal and snack menus are regularly reviewed by our Registered Dietitian and our local and Regional CYP Program Directors. Our goal is continuous improvements to our menus. Presently, we are working to minimize added sugar, minimize processed foods, increase the use of fresh produce and use more whole grain products. Our efforts are above and beyond current requirements because we too share your commitment to good nutrition. Please recognize, there are no CNIC or USDA childcare meal regulations regarding artificial food color and flavor. We strive to keep these to a minimum, but at the same time we are restricted somewhat by the products available to us locally. Finally, our programs respect the choice of parents to provide the best possible nutrition for their children. Unique circumstances that include special diets, vegetarian or organic home-prepared food will be accommodated. However, it is each family’s responsibility to notify the CYP of any special dietary needs and make appropriate substitutions when the requested food substitutions are not to accommodate a disability or medical condition but instead personal preference. An example of a non-medical substitution is substituting a glutamate dinner roll for wheat bread for a family that prefers gluten-free foods. Finally, to protect the health of all of our little citizens (e.g., nut allergies, etc…), any family choosing to prepare food from home, must develop a written plan in collaboration with the CYP. All foods shall be brought in a clean tightly sealed container, dated and labeled with the child's name. Any leftover food will be discarded at the end of meal service and the container returned to you if it is not disposable.

The following resources are provided for reference purposes: 1. OPNAVINST 1700.9E (Child and Youth Programs Instruction, Chapter 18, Food Service and Nutrition; and Chapter 4, Guidance On Care of Children With Special Needs, Dietary Substitutions), https://www. 2. USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Guidelines, 3. CNIC CYP Parent Handbook (Page 23 - Meals & Snacks), id=33 4. CNIC Guidance for USDA Meal Patterns, Child & Adult Food Program, https://www.cnic-n9portal. com/elibrary/index.cfm/document-library/?documentlibraryaction=view&id=129 5. CNIC Handbook for Family Style Meal Service, document-library/?documentlibraryaction=view&id=126

If you have any additional comments or concerns regarding the CDC, then please contact the CYP Director, Ms. Debbie Bergstrom, at mil or 624-3731.




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