May 2, 2011

Greetings from GITA

everyone is doing well.  We had a great dinner last month and are
looking forward to seeing many you again this month.  Last month Giacomo
added Tripe to the Gita menu.  Quite a few people said they loved it
and hadn’t had it since their grandmothers made it  for them many years
ago.  He’s agreed to add it to the menu again this month.

a personal note, it is with some sadness that I report the closing of
East Side Properties, with which I’ve been associated for many years. 
But, time marches on.  East Side was a relatively small office located
on the Beach and we enjoyed many wonderful years together.  On the
brighter side I’m happy to announce that I’ve joined the staff of Castelli Real Estate Services
Castelli is a larger agency and has offices on the Galt, Las Olas
Boulevard, Hallandale Beach and the main office at 2227 Wilton Drive, 
which is where I mainly function.   I’m excited to be part of their
excellent staff and am looking forward to helping you with your real
estate needs.

We thank you all for your good wishes and continued support and hope to see you very soon.

 GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, May 9, 2011

Gita Dinners for the past few months have been very well attended and
we’ve had some fun.  We’re looking forward to seeing you at this month’s
dinner on Monday, the 9th of May at 7 PM at Primavera Restaurant.
Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just west of Dixie
and east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door.  There
is currently space available for this dinner. We’re now featuring
“Singles” tables for those who’d like to meet new friends.  Hope to see
you there.  And for all you Tripe fans,  remember Giacomo has agreed to
add it to the menu once again this month.


are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE.  Our largest 
individual round tables seat a maximum of 12. When you make a
reservation, please give me the names (both first and last) of those in
your party. ALL seats are reserved.  You can make a reservation by
simply responding to this email.  When you make a reservation by email I
ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a response I probably didn’t get your


Giacomo has promised to schedule some cooking classes in the near future.  Stay tuned.
Remember that we have a couple of banquet rooms for your private parties. 


group generally meets monthly at the Pride Center at Equality Park to
view operas.  The next upcoming opera will be the new Metropolitan Opera
production of Puccini’s LA RONDINE with Angela Gheorghiu and Robert
Alagna on May 22nd.  For more information or to get your name on their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]” target=”_blank”>[email protected] or Tony Janik at [email protected]


Ballet Group generally meets on the 2nd (second) Sunday of the month
and the Opera Group meets on the 4th (fourth) Sunday of the month.  The
Ballet Group also meets at the Pride Center at Equality Park.  Here
again, to get your name on their email list you need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]” target=”_blank”>[email protected] or Tony Janik at [email protected] 


to scheduling conflicts with Mothers Day the BALLET GROUP will meet on
the THIRD SUNDAY, MAY 15th at 1pm in the Front Building of the Pride
Center in Wilton Manors.


presentation will be LA BAYADERE starring Svetlana Zakharova and
Roberto Bolle in an opulent 2006 production from the La Scala Ballet. 
The choreography is by Natalia Makarova after Marius Petipa and was
personally coached and rehearsed under her supervision.  Mark your
calendars and join us for a thrilling afternoon.




Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club meets on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and
Saturday afternoons at 12:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club located
in Holiday Park at 700 NE 6th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. Mike Donnelly
continues to direct on Tuesdays and Carl Cronrath, Manager of the Fort
Lauderdale Bridge Club, directs on Saturdays.   All games are charity
games, masterpoints are awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all
games is donated to Tuesday’s Angels. Quick Tricks games are sanctioned
by the American Contract Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00.
Come out and enjoy bridge, earn points and support Tuesday’s Angels all
at the same time.  If you have any questions, please contact Jack De
Crescente at 954-636-2050 or at [email protected]

ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES   The Italian Language class is taking a break for the summer but classes will resume in the Fall. 
The classes are still free to all under the GITA patronage. Instead
of a fee, we invite participating students to make a donation, 100% of
which goes to Tuesdays Angels.
Since we revived this class in Oct 2009, we have donated over $700
to Tuesdays Angels due to the efforts of our volunteer teacher, John
Ritter, and the generosity of our students.
For more information or If you’re interested in attending classes please contact Bobby Caruso at [email protected]    


Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck and
is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a challenge,
you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith at


Drawing Conclusions is another excellent Venetian Inspector Guido Brunetti story by Donna Leon.

Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly is a bit overlong and tedious and
will probably be the next film sequel to his Lincoln Lawyer.

for Elephants by Sara Gruen is a wonderful book about life in a
depression era circus recounted by Jacob Jankowski in his 20’s and as a
nonagenarian at age 90, or 93.  His reflections on nursing home life and
aging are particularly poignant and become more relevant by the day.


from practically all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the
GITA website.  From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select
GITA-Dinners. If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the
photos on the website just let me know.

The Gita website is undergoing some face lifting and may, at times, be unavailable.


are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If you’d
like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or email me a
scan of your card. The more the merrier.


month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away extravagant prizes.
There is no charge to participate in the raffle. Again this month we
will be accepting modest raffle gifts from interested members who choose
to promote their business in this most entertaining way.    We’d like
to thank Jay Holmes and Denny Hamann who each donated copies of their
own books, Caffmos Community which has donated several Gold Memberships
to their organization and Richard Fredericks who has donated many
tickets to the Delray String Quartet.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you all on the 9th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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