Finally Justice, Closure, Healing Hearts, Snow and Tomato Sauce...

The Lupo-Stipanov family "sighed in relief" after Edward Orr's arrest.

This past Friday, my family experienced peace and healing in their hearts.

In October when Zio Tony's best-friend, John Judge was suddenly killed by a hit-and-run car leaving our family restaurant, Astros's Pizza and Felice's Ristorante. He had just enjoyed a meal with our cousin Joey Lupo, walked across the street to simply go home and that was the time they saw him. They pleaded and pleaded for the person to come forward, but there was no such luck.  It was difficult seeing the pain in Zio's eyes and heart, and taking over his soul.  There was no closure, just heartbreak of the loss of true friendship.  

Part of me felt his pain. In 2005, a former co-worker (who was finishing up his internship for Grad School) and close friend was shot and killed at the age of 23. They never found the person who took his young life.  Every once in awhile I take a deep breath and look on "America's Most Wanted" webpage and see if there has been any leads.  But nothing.  I know the hurt of no closure and a broken heart.  

So I sighed in relief for Edward Orr's arrest. Personally, is just not enough, simply too low.  But since I have no experience in law enforcement, I will take faith in our law enforcement since they clearly have more knowledge.

On another note: I hope everyone stayed safe during the snow. I spent some time with my husband and daughters, it was their first time playing in the snow. And the enjoyed every moment of it!

And most importantly, I did accomplish steps towards selling our fresh homemade tomato sauce.  We will be selling the sauce in two sizes 16 ozs. for $5.50 and 32 ozs. for $7.50.  They will be sold in plastic containers, simply only because it can be easily be frozen.  However, later they might go to glass jars. Or both plastic containers and jars.  Since this is a new venture for us and the community we are taking it slowly to see how it goes.  They will have a gold foil labels on the front and bottom with the ingredients.  So the containers have been ordered and labels are currently under construction.  Each day I'm getting closer to accomplishing the "tomato sauce mission of 2013" which is what I call this project of mine or really Astro's and Felice's since they make the sauce.  I just use it and love it!  

So Happy Monday (even though it is still Sunday, but nothing is worse than the Monday blues)!

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Sharon Marie Buckler February 11, 2013 at 05:10 AM
I am happy that the family is getting closure. Whatever the reason anyone can hit someone and just keep going? That I will never understand. Playing with your children in the snow? Those are memories that will last forever. All the things I did with my children and now that they are almost grown, I can close my eyes and see their smiles making their first snowman . Precious memories. On to the sauce... Every year your family makes meatballs and sauce for the confirmation class at Most Holy Trinity's pasta dinner. These young adults serve, clean and wait on tables in the parish hall. This year we have 28 children The money they raise is used to purchase something the church needs as a gift to the church and the community. I have had the pleasure for 7 years to work the clean with your mother-in-law Alda and Ricky Nardo. This year was the best as I finally won 2 prizes!!! The picnic set made by Ed Grogen and the Afghan quilt made by his wife Diane that just kept me warm during the Grammys! The family you married into was the first family that welcomed me to Amagansett in 2001. And I will never forget their kindness toward me and my very young children at the time. And our friendship has continued all of these many years. You are one lucky girl! And the sauce? The best!!!
Sofia M. Stipanov February 11, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Sharon, thank you for your kinds words. Yes, the closure was a big relief and weight off everyone's shoulders. I enjoy every moment with my daughters, every moment with them is truly precious because they will never be this young again. And being blessed with identical twins is an extra blessing and a special bond for the girls, Anthony and I. And I'm not writing this just because it's online, but yes my in-laws are truly the best. I have been blessed with no monster-in-law. And yes the sauce is the best! My freezer is loaded with it!


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