19 September 2004

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From the first store on Harbor Avenue to the last deli that bore the name, St. Angelo Foods spelled quality groceries. In an age where locally owned stores have given way to freezing cold airplane hangers with perfect fruit and shelves, one can't help but remember the personality of the supermarkets of yesteryear. Everybody's got a deli, but they got nothin on a round container full of Anna's shells with meat sauce. This week Martinis celebrates the rich history of St. Angelo Foods. Long live the wine room!
the news
Harbor Avenue slum project killed, Joey makes a couple phone calls
Varckette ties knot, farts wedding march on command for reception encore
Joe O slaps Mrs. Frickenbrick, Ronnie giggles while sweeping in back
Stevie deported to Sweden, says he's not from there
Big John regular: has BM 9am every morning, doesn't wake up til 10
Mike Pucci dodges wedding draft, sends Bowser as substitute
Mechanic called to Diamond Drive, uses new lubricant, JIF
Tommy Sauce new and improved, Gary gets a scoopadat
Midgy's Antihero takes third race, Fox collects 25 grand
Do we still owe Don Don thirty thousand dollars? - Did you pay em? - No. - Well then we still owe Don Don thirty thousand dollars.
"Stussy" car sells at auction for over $150,000

204. Anthony "Tan-etts" St. Angelo (1909 - 1988): Well-known East Ashtabula personality and pillar of the St. Angelo family. Noted for having started several Ashtabula businesses, including The Cantina and St. Angelo's 30 Lanes, both on Route 20. Owned and operated St. Angelo Foods, an original Harbor Avenue business at the corner of Harbor Avenue and the eastbound extension of East 23rd Street.

11. Tony "Brownie" Barone (1898 - 1977): Uncle of Sandra Barone-Orlando of Lake Road. Owned a gas station on East 6th Street opposite the Crow's Nest before Route 11 was constructed. Hung baccalà to dry in his gas station's window which he eventually sold to locals.

105. Joe "Sport" Licate (1886 - 1970): Father of Bill "Will-yam" and Tim Licate. Owned a junkyard off of lower Harbor Avenue on East 17th Street. Investigated by federal agents in 1935, the lot was thought to harbor a buried fortune in government bonds robbed by the Mafia in the early 1930s.

240. "Stink-a-Gasoline" (???? - ????): Not much is known about this oddly-named EA personality. According to legend, years working as an auto mechanic in a makeshift garage on 11th Street gave him his trademark gasoline odor. The smell was said to have stuck even after showering when he went out dancing.

The Dry Creek - Situated in the beautiful remote region between Harbor and Columbus Avenue, the old dry creek -- or crick -- is an adventurer's dream. Go for a hike or search for ancient fossils in the creek's serene, desert-like surroundings. For information contact Ron Orlando.

The Nanny Goat Inn - Whether you're in town on business or just visiting, this hotel in one of East Ashtabula's most historic districts is sure to satisfy. The inn sits atop EA's famous Nanny Goat Hill and features a unique panorama of the 6th Street Cafe and nearby Portagee Town. Single rooms $75/night, suites $130.

Ella's Woods Trails - Named for the wooded area behind Ella St. Angelo's home on Harbor Avenue, these woods are said to contain some of the thickest brush in the city, with thorns growing up to 3 inches in length. Guided tours given free of charge by Terry Orlando. Ten person minumum for a tour. Watch the thorns.
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