As some of you might know, Beverly is of Hungarian decent. She was born in Budapest and came to me by way of a pet store on Christopher Street in the West Village. (It was during these early days that she developed her deep love for Liza Minelli and Cher, but that's another story.)
After seven years of celebrating Christian holidays, Beverly's just informed me that she's Jewish. Not only will she be celebrating Passover this year (she's got a brisket in the oven right now), but she's also insisting I call her by her Hebrew name, Carmela.
So everyone, please meet Carmela. Also, Happy Passover!