December 16, 2007

Greetings from GITA.

It’s nice to see Jim Cantore (from the Weather Channel)
measuring snow in Boston rather than standing on the beach in South
Florida waiting for the arrival of a hurricane. In fact, I think it would
be just great if he was stuck there measuring snow from now until Ground
Hog Day. Tons of snow in the North can only serve to pump a little
enthusiasm into the real estate market down here. So, let it snow! And to
those of you suffering in the North, come on down here and buy something.
The real estate bargains are truly amazing. Call me.

In November we had two very well attended GITA Dinners and last
week our December dinner was a sell out. We’d like to thank John Bourassa
from Crest Realty, the guys from EmbroidMe, and Giacomo from Primavera for
their generous contributions to our dinner raffles. The smart GITA Fashion
we give away is also a popular dinner feature. Our next dinner is
scheduled for Monday, January 14, the second Monday of the month, as
usual. The January dinner on the 14th is nearly sold out so we’ll probably
have a second January dinner on Monday, January 28, 2008.

Tomorrow is our GITA Holiday Pot-Luck Party at Al and Tom’s in
Coconut Creek. Hope to see you there. Information follows.

If you’re looking for a great place to go for New Year’s Eve
don’t forget Primavera. Giacomo is hosting two dinner seatings for the
evening. Both feature dazzling set menus. The first is from 5PM to 7 PM
and is priced at $39. The second seating starts at 8:30 PM with a choice
of entree, plus a Champagne Toast, Party Favors and Live Entertainment and
is priced at $79. For more information and reservations contact Primavera
at 954-564-6363.

GITA Holiday Party December 17, 2007 at
Al and Tom’s:

Two of our members, Al Natali and Tom Moore, have again invited
us to their home in Coconut Creek for a December 17 GITA Holiday Party.
This will be a Pot luck affair so all are encouraged to bring a covered
dish. To coordinate food, you should contact Al and Tom at 954-570-5906 or
[email protected] Each year Al and Tom decorate their home with over
150,000 lights and 25 Christmas Trees. It is a lavish display. Not to be

Date: Monday, December 17, 2007
Time: 6-9 PM
Beverages: GITA will provide beer, wine, soft drinks, cocktails, etc.

I 95 to Copans Rd. or Sample Rd., west to Lyons Rd., right (north) on
Lyons Rd. to Winston Park Blvd. Winston Park Blvd. is the next traffic
light after Wiles Rd. Right on Winston Park Blvd. After you pass the
school on the right you can park on the swale of Winston Park Blvd. A
short walk down NW 54th Ct. to #5450 on the right at 38th Terrace will
bring you to their home. It’s at the end of the street on the right. Their
address is 5450 NW 38th Terrace, Coconut Creek. Handicapped parking is
available in their driveway. Do NOT park in front of house. Call if you
get lost. 954-570-5906 or call me at 954-629-5525

You can go to and type in their address and be
provided with a lovely map and directions.

JANUARY 14, 2008

Our next GITA Dinner Meeting will be in January on the second
Monday of the month, the 14th of January at Primavera Restaurant at 7 PM.
Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just east of KMart.
Cost is $20 payable at the door. This dinner is nearly sold out so we’re
anticipating a second dinner on the 28th of January. Same time, same


We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE up to
tables of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both
first and last) of those in your party. ALL seats will be reserved. That’s
right. Everyone gets a reserved seat. Wow!!!


GITA is cooperating in an Italian 7 Day Eastern Caribbean
Cruise hosted by GITA member Salvo Mule and endorsed by a number of
Italian American organizations aboard the Italian Cruise Ship Costa
Fortuna. This cruise will take place on February 10 through 17, 2008. The
theme of the cruise is the Italian Culture, featuring free Italian
Language classes each day. There will also be presentations of Italian
Opera and Italian Film Classics.

Prices are very reasonable starting at $529 for an inside
stateroom and $629 for an ocean view. Let us know if you need a
cabin-mate. For more information go to or call Salvo
at 954-566-1015 Ext. 208.


The GITA Real Estate Luncheons will resume in January after the
Holidays. These luncheons provide an opportunity for anyone interested in
the Real Estate Market to share their perceptions, experiences and
prognostications. Stay tuned.


The Italian Language Classes have resumed and are again proving
to be instructive and entertaining. The classes are open to all who would
like to learn Italian regardless of one’s level of competence. If you’re
interested in learning the language you ought to take advantage of this
great opportunity. For more information contact Mario Petri at
[email protected]


The Opera Group meets frequently at the GLCC to view operas.
The next opera program, a production of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers,” will
be on Sunday, January 27, at 1pm in the Stonewall library. To get more
information and to get your name on their email list you need to get in
touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]


The Bridge Group is back in business and plays a pleasant and
instructive duplicate bridge game on alternate Mondays. Mike Donnelly
provides professional instruction and runs the game. Games will be
starting shortly so if you’d like to join the fun or get more information
contact Ron Webb at [email protected]


Mah 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


Some of my favorite books that I’ve read this year in no
particular order: What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George; Water
for Elephants by Sara Gruen; Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich; The
Namesake by Jhumpa Lahin; Atonement and On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan; A
Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini; Bridge of Sighs and Empire
Falls by Richard Russo; and No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.


Many thanks to Charlie Caldwell who has been our photographer
for the past few months. He received some help in December from Vince
Sportiello. Pictures from all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on
the website. From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then
select GITA-Dinners. The site is best accessed using Internet Explorer or
Mozilla Firefox. If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the
photos on the website, just let me know.


Chef Giacomo, from Primavera, offers cooking classes when he
feels like it. His classes are instructive and entertaining and delicious.
Stay tuned.


We are adding 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.


Each month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away modest
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. Thanks to
all of our donors.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 17th.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

Chuck Murabito

Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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