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My name is Mike. Trying to get by through these hard times. Too old to work and no income coming in. So can you people find it in your heart to spare a dollar or two to get through the day. Thank you and have a bless day.

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Zeppoles are also called “St. Joseph Day cakes.” They are a part of the St. Joseph Day celebration on March 19th.

Some say that the tradition of St. Joseph’s Day began in Sicily, during the Middle Ages. There was a severe drought. The people prayed for St. Joseph, their patron saint, to intervene. They promised him that, if he answered their prayers and brought rain, they would prepare a big feast in his honor.

Their prayers were answered and the rains came. True to their word, the people of Sicily prepared a banquet and placed huge banquet tables for the poor of the town to enjoy. The day is a day of generosity and kindness. It was not only a way for the people of Sicily to thank St. Joseph for answering their prayers, but a way to share their good fortune with the poor of the town.

Today, the St. Joseph’s Day Altar is still adorned with special foods, flowers, linens, statues, holy cards, candles, medals, wine, and specially prepared breads and cakes. The breads sometimes take the form of fish, because the tradition began in Sicily, where shellfish and fish are more plentiful than meat. Also, no meat is allowed on the table, because the feast day falls during Lent.

The St. Joseph’s Day cake is called, Zeppoli, an Italian bread dough that is either fried or baked. The filling is usually a custard, but some bakeries use cannoli filling. Some Italian grandmothers filled the cakes with ricotta cheese, pureed chick peas, oil of cinnamon, and grape jelly.

From Fried Dough Around The World.

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Sentimental writers and orators sometimes ascribe meanings to the colors in the flag. The practice is erroneous, as are statements on this subject attributed to George Washington and other founders of the country.

From the book “Our Flag” published in 1989 by the House of Representatives…

“On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress passed a resolution authorizing a committee to devise a seal for the United States of America. This mission, designed to reflect the Founding Fathers’ beliefs, values, and sovereignty of the new Nation, did not become a reality until June 20, 1782. In heraldic devices, such as seals, each element has a specific meaning. Even colors have specific meanings. The colors red, white, and blue did not have meanings for The Stars and Stripes when it was adopted in 1777. However, the colors in the Great Seal did have specific meanings. Charles Thompson, Secretary of the Continental Congress, reporting to Congress on the Seal, stated:

“The colors of the pales (the vertical stripes) are those used in the flag of the United States of America; White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

From USFlag.org

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The Billboard Hot Top 10
May 22, 2008

  1. Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major – Lollipop
  2. Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
  3. Rihanna – Take A Bow
  4. Usher Featuring Young Jeezy – Love In This Club
  5. Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown – No Air
  6. Ray J & Yung Berg – Sexy Can I
  7. Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes
  8. Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful Of Sunshine
  9. Mariah Carey – Touch My Body
  10. Danity Kane – Damaged

From Billboard

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The City suspends alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations, for both street cleaning purposes and traffic flow, on 34 legal and religious holidays. This includes suspension of street cleaning regulations at metered spaces. This policy is implemented jointly by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Sanitation, and the Police Department. On major legal holidays, No Stopping, No Standing, and No Parking regulations are suspended, except where those regulations are normally in effect seven days a week. On all other holidays, only Street Cleaning Rules are suspended. All other regulations remain in effect. Parking meter regulations will be suspended on major legal holidays.

Go to NYC.Gov to see the 2008 Alternate Side Parking Rules Suspension Calendar.

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The NoHo Historic District, whose name derives from “NOrth of HOuston Street,” extends from north of Houston St. to East 9th St., and east from Broadway and Mercer St. to Lafayette St. and the west side of Cooper Square. In the 1970s and 1980s artists started to occupy the area’s loft buildings, calling it NoHo to distinguish it from SoHo; previously NoHo was known as a “warehouse district.”

The area of NoHo Historic District was once farmland belonging to many of New York’s prominent early families, including the Bayards, Herrings, Bleeckers, Peros, and Randalls. It occupied a low ridge rising south to north that was known as Sandy Hill. At the time of the Revolutionary Wars, several roads traversed the area, including the Bowery, Astor Place (originally Art Street), Broadway (originally Middle Road), and a farm lane near present day Great Jones St. Most of the remaining streets in the area, such as Bond St., Great Jones St., 4th St., Mercer St., and Crosby St., had been opened by the early-nineteenth-century.

The NoHo Historic District, which is comprised of approximately 125 buildings, represents the period of New York City’s commercial history from the early 1850s to the 1910s, when this section prospered as one of its major retail and wholesale dry goods centers. Acclaimed architects were commissioned to design ornate store and loft buildings in popular architectural styles, providing a rich fabric against which shoppers promenaded, looked at display windows and bought goods, and merchants sold products. The district also contains early-nineteenth-century houses, nineteenth-century institutional buildings, turn-of-the-century office buildings, as well as modest twentieth-century commercial structures, all of which testify to each successive phase in the development of the historic district. Today, the effect is of powerful and unifying streetscapes of marble, cast-iron, limestone, brick, and terra-cotta façades. The NoHo Historic District remains remarkably intact, providing an invaluable view of the development of commercial architecture in New York City.

This excerpt from NOHO Historic District  Designation Book, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, June 29, 1999 via NOHO NY. Org.

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