March 2, 2010

Greetings from GITA

We continue to marvel at the stubborness of this cold weather. Quite
frankly, we’re sick of it. When’s the warm weather coming?

To quote a cartoon from the New Yorker, “I didn’t watch him at 11:30 and
then I didn’t watch him at 10:00 and now I’m not going to watch him
again at 11:30.”

A serious oven malfunction at last month’s Gita Dinner seriously
hampered the delivery of the food. We apologize to all those who had to
wait an unreasonable period of time for their dinner. The issue has been

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

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, March 8, 2010

Our next dinner meeting will be on Monday, the 8th of March at 7 PM at
Primavera. 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 people. Hope to see
you there.


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. When you
make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a
response I probably didn’t get your email.


We’re happy to announce that the restaurant has been very busy and we’ve
been hosting a lot of parties. We’re pleased that people have discovered
our flexible space and party potential.

Don’t forget we’re right across the street from The Rising Action
Theatre. Their current production is Reefer Madness: The Musical, which
runs Thursday through Sunday each week. Dinner at Primavera and then the
theatre turns out to be a very nice evening. For ticket info call
943-815-8826 or visit Rising Action Theatre. The show opens this


The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas: Some live and others on
film. The opera group meets at the Stonewall Library at 1300 East
Sunrise Blvd. This new location is larger than the previous venue. We
are grateful to the Stonewall library for its support of this activity.
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 Ballet Group 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 in the Stonewall Library 1300 Sunrise Boulevard.


According to the the most recent statistics Palm Beach International
Airport reported that December of 2009 was the slowest December since
the one following 9-11. Car rentals and related markets reported similar
depressing statistics.

You can be sure these numbers are mirrored in the real estate market.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to turn around. Buy something


Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club continues to meet on Tuesday evenings
at 6:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club located in Holiday Park at
700 NE 6th Terrace in Fort Lauderdale. Mike Donnelly continues to direct
these sessions. All games are now charity games. Triple masterpoints are
awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all games is donated to
Tuesday’s Angels. All games are sanctioned by the American Contract
Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00. Come out and enjoy
bridge, earn triple points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same


The GITA Italian language class (Classe Italiano) continues to offer
weekly sessions in the joy of learning to speak Italian. The classes are
free to all. In lieu of charging a fee, and because the coordination and
teaching is performed by volunteers, the students are invited to make a
donation to Tuesdays Angels. The Italian Language Classes generally meet
on Wednesdays in one of the banquet rooms at Primavera Restaurant. John
Ritter is doing the teaching. If you’re interested in attending please
contact Bobby Caruso 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 954-446-5666.


Let The Great World Spin by Colum McGann is a well written novel that
follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974
– the day of Phillippe Petit’s death defying tightrope walk between the
newly built Twin Towers.

Willie Mays by James S. Hirsch is an interesting account of the life of
the superstar. It will get you in the mood for the start of Baseball’s
Spring Training.

The Wings of the Sphinx and Rounding the Mark are a couple more
Inspector Montalbano books by Andrea Camilleri. Both pretty good.

Noah’s Compass is the new book by Anne Tyler. It revolves around Liam
Pennywell’s inability to remember what happened to him the day after
retiring and moving into a new apartment. The characters are well drawn
and are Anne Tyler quirky. I enjoyed it.

Worst Case is the newest book contrived and manufactured by James
Patterson and his stable of co-writers. In this case it was Michael
Ledwidge. Save yourself the effort.

Have you read any good books lately?


Pictures from 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.


Chef Giacomo presents cooking classes frequently.

To make reservations call Primavera at 954-564-6363. Remember you need
to tell them that you are a Gita member to get the $10 discount. Giacomo
is a most amusing and entertaining teacher and really knows his stuff.
Class is delicious.


We 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.


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 David
Malatesta and his Italian Cleaning Service and Ken from Macy’s for
bringing donations to last month’s dinner.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 8th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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