October 5, 2010

Greetings from GITA

Some of our Snow Birds are returning, the days are getting shorter and
we’ve been able to turn off the AC every now and then in the past week.
Some subtle but significant changes are making the weather pretty nice.

Baseball is moving into the Post Season and that’s always fun. The
Florida Marlins were their usual disappointment this year and finished
far up the track. The Tampa Bay Rays, however, won their division over
the Yankees and are headed for the playoffs. We’re going to try to catch
a game or two at Tropicana Field in St. Pete. As a life-long Yankees fan
I feel as though I’ve deserted them but having lived in Florida for the
past 29 years I’m beginning to feel like a native. Go Rays!

As the mid-term elections approach we seem to be increasingly headed for
a huge culture war in this country. One wonders whether God is, indeed,
in his heaven and paying attention to what’s going on in his name. This
“us against them” mentality is frightening and this strident hate
mongering is obscene.

And thanks to Sebastian Fortino who wrote a very nice article about Gita
for the South Florida Gay News. A minor correction would note that
although Gita has been meeting at Primavera for over 5 years we have
been involved in the operation of the restaurant only since June of
SFGN article: Express Your Italian-American Pride with GITA

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

GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, October 11, 2010

Last month’s dinner was well attended and everyone seemed to have a good
time. Our next dinner meeting will be next Monday, the 11th of October
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.

Over the years the price of the Gita Dinner has pretty much remained at
$20. As food and utility costs have continued to rise we have kept the
price of the dinners at that level. Over the years many of our Gita
Members have been very generous to the waiters who, pretty much, depend
on tips for their livelihood. Many of these members have commented on
the lack of generosity on the part of some of their fellow diners and
have urged us to raise the price of the dinner to more adequately
compensate the waiters. We’re reluctant to do that. Of the $20 we charge
for the dinner, parts of that amount pay for food, utilities, salaries,
taxes, insurances and tips. We’re very proud of our wait staff and wish
we could pay them more out of our own pockets. Their salaries are meager
and they rely entirely on tips. Even a modest gratuity of a dollar or
two would make a huge difference for the waiters at the end of the
evening. Please give this some thought after dinner before you head


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.


The big news, in case you missed it, is that GMAC, Chase and Bank of
America have halted evictions and foreclosure sales. This is just the
tip of the iceberg and we can expect more turmoil in the months to come.
Seems that some of the banks have been pretty careless in processing
their foreclosure packages. At least one of the major title policy
underwriters has declared that they will no longer issue Title Insurance
Policies for GMAC foreclosures until further notice.

Some banks seem to be going out of their way to cobble together
restructured loan agreements for customers to whom they have formerly
denied such restructuring. It seems to be getting crazier and crazier.
Stay tuned.

If you are refinancing or know someone who is, you might want to give us
a call and see if we can’t save you some money on your title insurance
and closing costs.


We’d like to thank all of you who have helped us increase our business
over a year ago. We’re pleased to report that we’ve seen some nice gains
over last year. Which is not to suggest that it hasn’t been a grueling
summer for all local restaurants. The summer was hot and the economy has
been depressing. We’re delighted when they get early cold snaps up
North. It was particularly nice to see the Miami Dolphins game on TV
Monday night advertising the fact that it was a moderately dry 80
degrees with clear skies here in South Florida.


The Opera Group will be back in business shortly. The group meets
monthly at the Pride Center at Equality Park to view operas. 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 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]

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 10th at 1pm!

First up will be the Royal Danish Ballet performing LA SYLPHIDE. This
was created for them by August Bournonville in 1836 and remains in their
repertoire to this day.

Next will be the only ballet composed by Richard Strauss, JOSEPHS
LEGENDE. This historic performance by the Vienna State Opera Ballet from
1977 features the incredible Judith Jamison as Potiphar’s wife.

There will be a short talk before each ballet.

See you at the Pride Center at 2040 Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors–the
front building.

R.S.V.P. [email protected]


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 Classes will resume on Thursday October 7 at
room 204 of the Pride Center @ Equality Park (GLCC). 2040 N. Dixie Hwy,
Wilton Manors, 33305. (about 1/2 mile south of 5 points)The classes are
free to all. If you’re interested in attending please contact Bobby
Caruso at [email protected] or just how up.


The last month has featured a variety of new works by some tired old war
writers and a few new personalities.

The best of the lot was certainly The Good Son by Michael Gruber. This
is a Pakistan/Afghanistan story of a kidnapping which takes place
against the cultural forces of the region. There are some terrific
characters in this novel. This is a very well written book that helps
illuminate the difficulties of achieving peace in this volatile area of
the world where thousand-year-old grudges still hold sway. By the end of
the book you feel as though you’ve spent a bit of time in a very rugged
land and have gotten a glimpse of what it must be like to live there.

The rest are in no particular order and you may find them entertaining.
None were awful.

61 Hours, is a Jack Reacher novel, by Lee Child that finds Invincible
Jack in a snowbound bus crash in South Dakota with lots more snow and
cold and bad guys and a brave old woman.

I read The Anniversary Man by R.J. Ellory because one of his earlier
books was quite good. This one does not rate another.

And not one, but two Stuart Woods books. The better of the two was Lucid
Intervals and the weaker was Santa Fe Edge. Lots of the same old
characters in new outfits.

Have you read any good books lately? Please.


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.


Pictures 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.


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 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.
Special thanks to David Malatesta and his Italian Cleaning Service for
their kind donation to our raffle.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 11th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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