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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 1,2010 by Bob DeCristoforo When Jesus was bom in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem saying, "Where is he newborn King of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." When King Herod heard this he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assem- bling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written by the prophet: And you, Bethlehem of Judah are by no means least among the nders of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is shepherd of my people IsraeL" Then Herod called the magi secretly, and ascertained from them the time of the star's appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found hirr~ bring me word that I too may go and do him homage." After the audience with the king they set out. And behold the star that they had seen at its rising preceded therrr until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were ovedoyed at seeing the star and on entering the house they saw the Child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him hom- age. Then they opened their treasures and of- fered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrlu And having been warned in a dream not to re- tum to Herod, they departed for their country by another way." From the Gospel according to Matthew 2:1-12 ICE TIME AT FENWAY Let's play hockey at Fenway Park! Its going to be quite a week at Fenway Park, ilIIU fill IIUL t{llllill 130 I;I/ lll, TIE l Ilb llfl taken over the Park with the Winter Classic taking place on January 1 when the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers. There will be a Bruins Legend's Game on January 2. The Boston Police Team will play the Phila- delphia Police Team, there will be Public Skating for some fortunate to get the FREE tickets, and they were FREE, provided by the Mayor's Office, and for the right price you can even rent the ice, which many already have done. The UNH and North-eastern Women and the Boston College and Boston University men will play a Hockey East Doubleheader on January 8% I'm even quite sure there will be many more ice opportuni- ties in between. Dress warm and I hope you are sitting high above the ice! NEAD FAMILY NIGHT AT DISNEY Traditions are important, especially during this time of the year. North End Against Drugs continued with the 'Tradi- tion Theme' with the Annual NEAD Family Night at Disney on Ice. 150 joined us at the December 26th 'i00 Years of Disney Magic' performance at the TD Bank Garden. In additions to our regulars the Charh~stown Community Center 'After School Program' joined us. Special Thanks to John Romano, Christine Vraibel, Alice Lynch, and Karen D'Amico for all their help, NEAD, and the TD Bank Garden Neigh- borhood Charities for all their help. AT THE NAZZARO CENTER I like going to the Nazzaro Community Center to see all the positive activities our young people are involved with. I especially like to visit, when our young pe0plc arc presenting, you might say 'extraordinary activities', but then what might be 'extra- ordinary' to most, are just ordinary at the Nazzaro Center. This was the case during the final weeks of the year. An Evening of Music performed by the Nazzaro Center Youth Band, under the able direction of Jeremy Sarzano, featuring the Nazzaro Center Youth Band was presented on December 17th Actively assisting Mr. Sarzano was John N. Romano. On December 21st the Nazzaro Center Players presented "Christmas Stories' written, produced and performed by more of our talented young people These kids told us the true meaning of Christmas in a spe- cial way, in a special place ... the Nazzaro Center. BE OUR GUESTS Thanks to our NEAD-Nazzaro Center - CitiCenter Performing Arts Center Educa- tion Office Partnership a group of our young people and their parents attended a perfor- mance of '101 Dalmatians'. It was fun, and for me it was an extra plus to see the smiles on the faces of many of our new young the- ater goers. We are fortunate to have the CitiCenter Performing Arts Center involved with us in the North End. You could even say we make beautiful music together. The North End Performing Arts Center took another group, and thanks to the Mayor's Office the Nazzaro Center was able to take another group on Christmas Eve afternoon. EASTIE FLYS Following the lead of their Football Team success is moving right into the winter sea- son. Hitting the break the East Boston Boys Basketball Team was undefeated, as was the East Boston Hockey Team. Hoop victories include wins over Charlestown, Lawrence, South Boston, and Catholic Memorial. Lead- ing the way are Dimitry Coronel, Elijah Chisholm, John Flakes, Stan Winn, and Jeff Amazan. The undefeated Eastie Hockey Team hosted their Annual Tournament on the weekend. HIGH SCHOOL PREP NOTEBOOK Congratulations to Kelvin Martinez and Carlos Ruiz of East Boston High, who were named to the Boston City League Soccer An-Star Team. COLLEGE BOARD UMASS came from behind to defeat Memphis with LESS than a second to go at TD Garden. Close to 9,000 attended. On the ice Vermont defeated Dartmouth in an ECAC- Hockey East game, and many of our local favorites will begin the New Year on the road in Holiday Classic Tournaments ... Denver Cup, Badger Classic, Dartmouth Tourna- I1EII[, G I[ IIIUUlI[ Gill] tO IltUlE (1 EW, FREE STUFF Our good friend Maria Cabrera tells us that 'Free Fridays' at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science will take place January 8, 15, 22 and 29. Free ticketing is available at the Box Office, first come, first serve on the day of the show only. This Program is available Thanks to MathWorks. PROLINE: RYAN FITZPATRICK An extra added attraction to the recently played New England Patriot-Buffalo Bills Game was the QBing of Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick. If you joined us at Harvard Football games in the past, you recall that Ryan Fitzpatrick was their starting QB. TIDBITS Brian Wadman and Mira Giangregorio Thank you for the many Christmas Cards, and Gifts, very much appreciated. January 6th is the Feast of Little Christmas, - Good news for Damien DiPaola, word is his film 'Oxy Morons' has been picked up by Warner Brothers. - Celeb Sightings: Hardworking Nicole Leo taking in the Celtics, Street/Youth Workers Brian Wadman and Mira Giangregorio at the Nazzaro Center, and Boston Youth and Family Center's Bob McGann picking up a gift certificate at Regina's in the North End. - Let's make 2010 the best New Year ever ... Happy New Year! SMILE[ liiiiiiii ! i,. ......... ::ilil ~--- !~'~i:7.E;-re~hanmeetstheeye O o O OO00I ~lO OOOOO 11OOIOIIO logo I DISTRICT 9 (2-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. A startlingly original sci- ence fiction thriller with stunning special effects and gritty realism. District 9 plunges us into a world where the aliens have landed ... only to be exiled to a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg. Now, one lone human discovers the mysterious secret of the ex- traterrestrial weapon tech- nology. Hunted and hounded through the bizarre back al- leys of an alien shantytown, he will discover what it means to be the ultimate outsider on your own planet. (1 hr. 52 mins.). BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (DVD) Anchor Bay Ent. High profile lawyer, Mark Hunter (Michael Douglas) has an impeccable record of putting criminals behind bars. But when ambitious rookie journalist, C.J. Nicho- las (Jesse Metcalfe) begins investigating Hunter for tampering with evidence to secure his convictions, his perfect record is up for scru- tiny. In a risky game of cat and mouse with Hunter, C.J. frames himself as a murder suspect to catch the corrupt D.A. in the act. Romantically involved with C.J., but unaware of his assignment, Assistant D.A. Ella Crystal (Amber Tam- blyn) becomes caught be- tween her boss's political tllIII/iUUII llil il ll I- ous expos6. As mounting evidence stacks up against both men, Ella's own life becomes threatened when she discovers incriminating proof that puts the fate of both C.J.'s innocence and Hunter's reputation in her hands. (I hr. 45 mins.). BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION 0F BARACK OBAMA (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Millions saw history made as Barack Obama took the podium on election night. But few witnessed his un- guarded moments in the hours and days before he greeted the nation ... until now. Meet the man who would be president and the dedicated campaign workers who helped get him there in this unprecedented documentary trailing their history-making odyssey to the White House. Witness never before seen footage of Obama behind the scenes, as well as interviews and candid moments with fam- ily, senior campaign staff, volunteers, reporter, sup- porters and even opponents. Released theatrically in the U.g. by ttB0 Documentary Films. (1 hr.56 mins.I. MADELEINE PEYROUX SOMETHIN' GRAND (DVD) Rounder Recorded in Los Angeles in a club setting, this con- cert film captures for the first time, the unique voice of Madeleine Peyroux live. Along with her remarkable band, she performs a mix- ture of her distinctively styled covers alongside the very personal songs she has written for her album Bare Bones. Madeleine tells her story in her own words, featuring footage and inter- views with her in Paris and New York. This intimate portrait also includes inter- views with her mother, long time producer Larry Klein, the man who found her Yves Beauvais, and her voice coach Joan Lader. Interview and archive footage and live performances that build an insight into an artist in full flow, and at the height of her powers, including five exclusive acoustic perfor- mances. (2 hrs. 22 mins.). STREAMERS (DVD) Shout! Factory From the late Academy Award winner Robert Alt-man comes Streamers, focusing on the uneasy melodrama of four raw Army recruits waiting to be sent overseas for com- bat. They deal with their internal conflicts over class, race, and sexuality, inter- twine and collide in a shock- ing, unexpected moment. The film stars Matthew Modine, Mitchell Lichten- stein, Michael Wright, George Dzundza, Gus Boyd and David Alan Oricr in his first onscreen role. Ac- claimed and topical this 1983 film is truly Altman! (1 hr. 46 rains.). p_~.I~ER R]~.~P.I~ (I)V]D) In Paper Heart, Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Or so she says. At the very least she doesn't believe in fairy-tale love or the Holly- wood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into a modern- day skeptic. Charlyne's pur- suit to discover the nature of 10De takes on a fresh new urgency when she meets a boy after her own heart, (Michael Cera). As their re- lationship develops, her re- lentless pursuit for answers jeopardizes her connection to the one person she finds closest to her heart. (1 hr. 28 mins.). CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (Blu-ray) Sony Pictures Home Ent. When Flint Lockwood's (Bill Hader) latest contrap- tion accidentally destroys the town square and rockets up into the clouds, he thinks his inventing career is over. Then something amazing happens as delicious cheese- burgers start raining from the sky. His machine actu- ally works! But when people ~reedily ask for more and more food, the machine starts to run amok, unleash- ing spaghetti tornadoes and giant meatballs that threaten the world! With the help of weather girl Sam Sparks {Anna Faris), and Steve, his talking monkey assistant try to find a way to shut the machine down be- fore the world is covered in super-sized meatballs.