World War II veteran shares his secret to working after retirement: don’t take breaks


Bartholomeo ‘Bennie’ Ficeto is supposed to take a 15-minute break, but he never does when bagging groceries at the Stop & Shop in Edison.

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The store manager, Sal Marconi, has tried to convince Bennie ‘ that’s what everyone calls him ‘ that it’s OK for him to rest. Fellow employees haven’t been successful, either.

‘What am I going to take a break for?” asked Ficeto, his elderly eyes squinting from behind his glasses. ‘That’s a waste of time.’

Ficeto, an Edison resident, is about earning his keep at 97 years old. Yes, you read that correctly. Clocking in four hours, twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday, is nothing for this spunky, 5-foot tall patriot, who wears a beige cap pictured with the military aircraft in which he was a gunner during World War II.

  • Publisher: nj.com
  • Date: 2019-03-16T11:05:31.000Z
  • Author: Barry Carter
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Quilts of Valor honors veteran who arrived in France on his birthday, D-Day

World War II veteran Ernest Leierer, 96, receives a’quilt created by Betty Martin, of’Okeene, from Dr. Jerry Weinand at The Commons on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (Bonnie Vculek / Enid News & Eagle)

ENID, Okla. ‘ Quilts of Valor, a group that sews commemorative quilts for veterans, presented a quilt Thursday to a 97-year-old veteran of the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

Ernest Leierer, of Enid, was with family and friends Thursday morning at The Commons, an assisted-living and retirement community, to receive the quilt and share a few stories of his time in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

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Beto Versus The Barrio – The American Prospect

The rock-star Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a candidate for president, once supported the bulldozing of a low-income neighborhood in his hometown of El Paso’a project spearheaded by his father-in-law.

EL PASO, Texas ‘ Ever since his near-miss Senate defeat to Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke’s political project has been on hiatus. ‘Have been stuck lately,’ O’Rourke wrote in a post on Medium somewhere between Kansas and New Mexico. ‘In and out of a funk.’ But’here he is, across the street from where President Donald Trump is rallying supporters, at a baseball field on a cool February evening, getting the band back together. Annie Leibovitz is on stage, shooting photography for a much-discussed’Vanity Fair’profile. Dave Eggers is in the crowd, writing for’The Guardian. And so are a few thousand El Pasoans.

Austin WWII Veteran gets help after property stolen

When property from the home of a World War II veteran was stolen, the community he’s helped and served for years rallied around him.

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In his back yard, a vintage truck sits between the bikes he used to fix for kids who have now grown up and the multiple lawnmowers that are still getting use.

Sadly, some neighbors haven’t been good to him. Recently, Mr. Hicks says some of his property was stolen out of his backyard. He suspects the thief took it to be sold.

When Austin Police came to his home to hear his case, he said the responding officer told him, ‘Mr. Hicks it’s cold in here.’

  • Publisher: KTXS
  • Date: 2019-02-08T21:00:11+00:00
  • Author: Jordan Bontke
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Dallas Cowboys honor three special World War II veterans prior to Sunday’s game

WWII veterans Staff Sgt Ernest Grubbs, 101, (with son Don Grubbs); Corporal Raymond Hitt, 100, (with Darren Huggins); and Corporal Sidney Walton, 99, (with son Paul Walton) wave to the fans before a game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

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ARLINGTON — Indulging in a meal at a Houston pig stand in 1941, Ernest Grubbs heard President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s startling announcement. Grubbs finished his meal, quit his job as a dairy worker and enlisted in the military.

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New York native Sidney Walton’s desire to join the military stems from his repugnance for Adolf Hitler.

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