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June 3, 2015

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Richard A. Pignatiello - Attorney at Law


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Seven Hills Law Director
April 2015 Edition



I proposed on the third date. That shocked a few people.

In fact, it shocked just about everyone. The girl I had been dating. My family and friends. People I worked with. People who know me, they still can’t believe it.

When I first met my future wife, I was an attorney with my own law office and I was Council President in Seven Hills. There was trouble at city hall between two department heads and it was receiving national media attention. NBC Nightly News and the  Associated Press were calling me to make a statement on the City’s behalf. I sought the counsel of Parma Heights Mayor Paul Cassidy for help. I have told people when I first saw her, I was done. She didn’t have the same reaction. It took some doing and the intervention of friend to convince her to go out with me.

On our first date, I took her to see a Las Vegas type musical/comedy show playing at Tangier’s in Akron. At one point, the performer talked about how hard his mother took the killing of President Kennedy.
At intermission, I said I would always remember where I was when I learned the President had died. I was in Sister Virginia’s 4th grade class at St. Timothy’s in Garfield. I asked, “Do you recall where you were when you heard?” She said, “I wasn’t.” “You weren’t what”, I asked? “I wasn’t born yet.”

My immediate response was – Bartender? Right here. I had no idea she was more than nine years younger than me. If I had known, I never would have asked her out. Now that I knew, the conversation had become awfully quiet.

So she said – tell me about your family. I told her about my father who is a plumber, like his father before him. She seemed really pleased by this as her father was a carpenter. Many of our childhood experiences, while separated by a decade, closely mirrored each other in traditions of faith, family and work.

And then she asked me, did you ever consider doing something useful with your life? Like what I said? Like your dad, a plumber.

Yes, this was the girl for me.

Its true. I proposed on the third date. My family, while thrilled that I was finally going to marry, was nonetheless concerned how quickly this happened.

My bride’s family? They had an unconventional response to the news as well.

My now fiancée told her parents over breakfast the next morning. Her father was sitting at the kitchen table eating corn flakes and she said the motion of the spoon never missed a beat. He also didn’t say a word. Her mother was standing at the kitchen counter slicing bananas and also was very quite.

This was not the response either one of us could have anticipated. She decided to go tell her grandmother with whom she was very close. As she sat at the dining room table with her grandmother, my fiancée  told her about the proposal and her parent’s response. And grandma began to laugh. It was one of those deep laughs where you are holding your stomach with tears rolling down your cheeks. At that moment, my fiancée said she had the thought – my family is crazy.

I am not saying anything.

Once grandma stopped laughing, she told my fiancée a story about my fiancée’s mother. Twenty eight years earlier, she announced after dating a young man for 4 weeks they were engaged to be married. At that time, grandma wished that someday they would have a daughter who would do this to them. My in-laws were married and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 22, 2011.

We were engaged after three dates and married eleven months after we first met. That was 25 years ago this month. I could share with you so many wonderful qualities about my wife that made me realize she was the one. And then she would remind me of the few I forgot to mention.

But my wife has one flaw that has not changed in all these years. She is a terrible judge of character. Because after all these years together, she still believes that she is the lucky one.


For people who have type 1 diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body convert sugar (glucose) into energy. When the body lacks it, blood-sugar levels elevate and can lead to heart disease and a host of other health issues.

Type 1 diabetics currently need to inject themselves with insulin several times a day or utilize a pump attached to a narrow tube that penetrates the surface of the skin, providing a steady, low flow of insulin. The patient must vigilantly monitor their bloodsugar levels throughout the day and deliver more insulin as needed to prevent high blood-sugar levels, such as at mealtime.

One particular hazard for type 1 diabetics is too much insulin in the body overnight, when blood-sugar levels naturally decrease. Too much insulin in the body can result in seizures, falling into a coma, and even death.

However, an artificial pancreas that utilizes “smart pump” technology may be on the horizon. The system includes an insulin pump, software, and sensors that track blood-sugar levels and can shut off automatically when levels dip too low (hypoglycemia). In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that involved 247 test subjects over a three-month span, hypoglycemic events were reduced by 32 percent, and duration and severity by 38 percent.

The system is being reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. If/when approved, the next step would be to develop an artificial pancreas that can monitor and react immediately to low and high blood-sugar levels, releasing insulin or shutting it off as needed.

The Mighty Sequoia

The rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada provide refuge to the Earth’s largest living creature: the giant sequoia. These trees invoke wonder and awe in anyone fortunate enough to behold them, attaining heights of greater than 250 feet and trunk diameters of 30 feet.

Sequoias can live for thousands of years, with the oldest recorded tree age exceeding 3,500 years—think prior to the days of Moses…now that’s old. Their stoutness can be attributed to their heartwood and bark (sometimes two feet thick), which are infused with tannic acid and other chemicals that guard against fungal rot and other diseases. Wood-boring beetles are of no consequence; their girth renders the wind a moot point; even lightning, though it can cause damage, will generally not kill a sequoia.

Giant sequoias are also flame resistant and in fact are aided greatly by ground fires. Fires clear out competitors, enabling sequoia seeds to take root. The rising heat from fire dries out the cones of the sequoia, releasing seeds by the millions. Sunlight and ash serve as a rich nutrient base,
giving new sequoias the start in life they need.

Many sequoias were chopped down in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but their abundant wood did not provide the value that loggers sought. Not long after, someone came up with the following equation: awesome visual + tourists = money.

Though other countries have adopted giant sequoia trees, the 77 groves in the Sierra Nevada Mountains covering an area of 48,000 acres are the only place these giants are native to and where they reproduce naturally. If you’re in that neck of the woods, check them out. You can’t miss them!

Did You Know?

With tax month upon us, it’s easy to forget that people have been griping and fussing (and fighting) about paying taxes for a long time in the United States…hundreds of years, actually. In 1794, President George Washington faced an uprising known as the Whiskey Rebellion, during which a group of farmers in western Pennsylvania – angry about having to pay an excise tax on whiskey produced in the U.S. – attacked and destroyed a tax inspector’s home. Fearing the uprising might spread to other states, Washington ultimately ordered 13,000 militia troops into the area,
and the rebellion collapsed. Two men were convicted of treason but later pardoned by Washington.



One of the tactics insurance companies use to minimize, under-value or deny your accident claim is to have their adjusters become friendly and chatty with you. They’ll try to talk with you about your family, where you grew up, your favorite sports teams, family pets, etc. all in an effort to throw you off guard while they gather information from you that could damage your claim.

Insurance adjusters are trained to find any information about your life and previous injuries that could be used to lower the amount of compensation you’ll receive from the insurance company. It could be something as simple as you talking about an old sports injury. A casual, off-handed comment you make might compromise the damages you receive on your claim for injuring your knee in a recent auto accident since the insurance company could argue that your previous sports injury needs to be considered when assessing the amount of compensation you might receive.

If you have a personal injury claim in place, please remember this: it’s in your best interest to say as little as possible to any insurance adjuster. Their job is to under-cut your claim, pure and simple. They are not your friend.

A successful settlement of your accident case depends on many factors, but knowing how to deal with the tricks of insurance adjustors will put you ahead of the game. It comes down to this: the less said the better, especially when you’re dealing with an insurance adjustor.

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