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PagelO .jr POST-GAZETFE, JANUARY 16, 2015 !ii "i '''b'B ' ' " than meets :the Mirlll . I leye _ The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS VIE WS more i of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings ...**o......'.'i......** .... .....**..**[ by Sal Giarratani SULLIVAN'S HEADED Metro Credit Union over in BOSTON BREWIN COFFEE BOARDWALK EMPIRE: FIFTH SEASON (DVD) HBO Home Ent. Concluding a powerful and groundbreaking five-season run, "Boardwalk Empire," the Emmy-winning HBO drama series from Academy Award nominee/Emmy Award , winner Terence Winter and Academy Award- winning Director Martin Scorsese, will begin its final season in 1931, a full six years after the end of Season 4. In stark contrast with the Roaring '20s, the country is in the throes of the Great Depression, and with the end of Prohibition in sight, Nucky is looking to legitimize himself by forging alliances with liquor produc- ers. Season 5 also includes flashback scenes of Nucky, Eli, the Commodore, Gillian and others from 1884-1900 - childhood experiences that would shape their relation- ships and their futures. GUTSHOT STRAIGHT (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. When a gambler named Jack (George Eads) is down on his luck, he makes a deal with Duffy (Stephen Lang) a slick-talking Las Vegas mil- lionaire to make some quick cash and repay his numer- ous debts around town -- in- cluding to Paulie (Steven Seagal) and Car (Vinnie Jones), two gangsters not to be trifled with. But when Jack is seduced by Duffy's beautiful girlfriend May (AnnaLynne McCord), the deal turns deadly, and he finds himself gambling with the highest stake of all: his life! STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: SEASON 7 + ALL GOOD THINGS (Blu-ray) CBS + Paramount Brilliantly remastered into high definition, the con- cluding episodes of the iconic series and its feature- length final episode con- elude the Star Trek journey with new collections packed with exclusive, in-depth special features. The crew of the Starship Enterprise makes its final remarkable voyages with these classic episodes, which were retransferred from original film into stunning high-defi- nition. Season 7 features Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) facing a time-shattering confronta- tion with the mysterious, Q -- in the landmark finale that won science fiction's prestigious Hugo Award. All Good Things has Picard fac- ing his greatest challenge as he's transported through time -- from his beginnings with the Enterprise to decades after his return to Earth -- with no explanation of how or why -- until Q reveals the true nature of his journey. The ultimate adventure awaits in this gripping fea- ture-length series finale! FRANK (Blu-ray) Magnolia Home Ent. Michael Fassbender stars as Frank, a genius rock mu- sician who performs wearing a giant fake head that he never removes. Things get rocky between his protective bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and newcomer Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who is convinced they're meant for stardom. The band lands their biggest gig, but are they ready? And is the world? Check out the Blu-ray copy chock full of special features. BE FIT IN 30 EXTREME (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Expert trainers Scott Herman and Susan Becraft will guide you through all three full-body workouts for an incredible 30-day chal- lenge. From supercharged cardio and power sculpting to calisthenics circuits and core conditioning, this com- plete system has everything needed to keep your body challenged - and get the re- sults you've always wanted! Featuring three 20-minute total body workouts (Legs, Thighs and Butt, Total-Body Weight Loss, and Fat-Burn- ing and Abs) that focus on power, agility and strength that will burn fat and build lean, toned muscle. EXTANT: THE FIRST SEASON (Blu-ray} CBS + Paramount Academy Award-winning Producer Steven Spielberg provides a sci-fi thriller that hinges on the meaning of family and the essence of humanity. When Astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) re- turned from a 13-month solo mission aboard a space sta- tion, she did not come back alone. Against all odds and explanation, she is preg- nant. Her doctor is baffled, and while Molly acclimates to life back on earth, she struggles to make sense of the events surrounding her miraculous, mystery preg- nancy. Her husband John is a robotic engineer and cre- ated their "son," Ethan, who is a *humanich" -- a human- oid robot who serves as the prototype for John's career- defining project. Certainly not your everyday family! RWBY: VOLUME 2 (Blu-ray) Cinedigm From the creators of smash-hit "Red vs. Blue," RWBY is a visually stunning anime series sensation. In Volume 2, team RWBY is back and ready for their sec- ond semester at Beacon, an academy that trains the world's strongest fighters. But real life doesn't stop for Ruby, Weiss, Black and Yang. Between classes and homework, they still have to find time to save the world. And between the White Fang, Roman Torchwick and a mysterious new trio, team RWBY certainly has their work cut out for them. TO HINGHAM? Sullivan's, a landmark food stand at Castle Island in Southie since 1951 may end up with a second hot dog stand at the Hingham Bath- ing Beach down on Route 3A. Brendan Sullivan says the family-owned business is at the very beginning stages of a South Shore shop. Sullivan added, "I would love to have it open by the end of next summer, but that might be pushing it. Stay tuned for further developments. JOHN W. HALLOWELL, RIP A good friend of mine who I met years ago while work- ing for the Department of Mental Health in Boston as a police officer was John W. Hallowell, a researcher working out of Massachu- setts Mental Health Center. He was also a noted author and English literature pro- fessor at Harvard University. Once, he had me as a guest lecturer in one of his writ- ing classes and all the stu- dents and I loved this par- ticular class. Afterwards, he told me they were surprised that a police officer could also be such a good writer. Rather a backhanded com- pliment ff you ask me, but I took it in the vein it was offered. GET YOUR $300 CUP OF COFFEE I just found out that my Chelsea now offers free coffee and hot chocolate. It is self-serve and I am wondering when the donuts will show up. When the lady at the front desk asked me how my free cup of cof- fee was, I told her my free hot coffee actually cost me $300 that day since I was paying a bill at the teller's window. Hey, they might as well serve refreshments because the days of actually getting good interest on your money is long gone, huh? WHEN DID THREE KINGS DAY START AND ALSO When I was a kid, there was Christmas and Little Christmas also referred to as the Feast of the Epiphany, which covered the 12 days of Christmas. Today, we now have Three Kings Day, as it is referred because the word "epiphany" is so difficult to spell. Actually this feast is less about the three wise men and more about Baby Jesus being presented to the non-Jewish people. Also, back when I was a kid, my dad told me that back in Sicily, the people celebrated the Feast of St. Nick. Today, Italian Americans have started cel- ebrating La Befana with her long nose and witchy outfit -- broom and all. CHOOSE McKAY SCHOOL My favorite spot for Sunday morning caffeine is Boston Brewin Coffee at Maverick Marketplace at 154 Maver- ick Street. This place makes great coffee. Boston Brewin has now adopted the Donald McKay School and donates regularly to the school as part of their "Pay it Forward" business plan. Boston Brewin cares about the community it serves and gives back to it. You can't say that about Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks, can you? Boston Brewin has dedicated all of its profits of their East Boston store to the McKay School. The more coffee you drink there, the more money the school gets. SAL'S GAS IN HOLBROOK ONLY $2.07 Travel south down to Holbrook and youql find great gas prices at Sal's Gas sta- tion. On January 4 th, it was only $2.07 per gallon for regular unleaded. NEAD BINGO FUNDRAISER North End Against Drugs will be holding a bingo fundraiser to raise needed program funds. It will take place at the Nazzaro Center on Sunday afternoon, Janu- ary 25 th -- the bye week before the Super Bowl. Doors open at 1:00 pm. News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) him and shoots, making sure he's quite dead. Then of course, there's the New York Times warning against any unfortunate blowback against American Muslims. The last thing on my mind is concern over pos- sible blowback, my concern is over the end result of this horrific attack in the name of a religion or God. Happy Birthday to Elvis January 8 th would have been the 80 th birthday of Elvis Presley. It is so diffi- cult to be- lieve that he has been gone since the summer of 1977 at only 42 years old. He is still remembered and his music lives on forever. He may have left the building, but not our memories where the King still rules. HSA Card Meant to Give Vets Health Care Options Now U.S. Rep. Dana Rohra- bacher, R-California, isn't happy with the Department of Veteran Affairs. The rep- resentative doesn't think those who served in uniform should be forced into a sec- ond-rate health care system. Despite promises of speedy reforms, 10 percent of all VA veterans still wait more than a month for care. In some cases, some can still wait up to six months. Despite all the promises, the VA has yet to act on a critical provision enacted as part of the reform package that Congress has passed ..... The *Veterans Choice Card" was supposed to put an end to long wait times by giv- ing vets a choice in care al- lowing them to go outside the VA system. VA Secretary Bob McDonald is still saying, "It is important to know that the Choice Card does not provide guaranteed health care coverage." Huh? As Republican Rohra- bacher says, "That's cer- tainly not what Congress in- tended when it enacted the provision into law." All our veterans fought and defended our freedoms and they deserve health care freedom in return. Period. Young and Unsubsidized Shunning Obamacare One number jumps out at you when it comes to the re- cent deadline for signing up via Eighty- seven percent qualify for subsidized care. That's even higher than the 85 per- cent who signed up last year in the first enrollment season, The young and healthy aren't biting, while older and sicker folks sign up which is bad news long-term for health exchanges. Only 13 percent of the young are signing up without qualify- ing for subsidizes. Mike Huckabee Eyeing 2016 Bid Mike Huckabee just gave up his weekend FOX News Network talk show in order to focus on his plans not made yet about another presidential run in 2016. Huckabee is a former gover- nor and Religious Right Baptist minister and he thinks he should be in the mix come 2016 for the GOP presidential nomination. I think he should have stayed at Fox because there is no way he can get elected by Tea Party Republicans in the 2016 primaries. Jeb Bush is the main target for any wannabes. He's got the name and can get all the cash he needs and will run to the middle and isolate the Tea Party. I think the Republican Establishment is off its rocks if they think the country is ready for a third Bush who supports both Common Core and Amnesty. The Wall Street Journal states Republicans only see Bush, Mitt Romney and Chris Christie. It shows no- body understood what hap- pened back in November on Election Day. For Huckabee, it is a chicken wing and prayer time. Howard Dean is Just So Howard Dean Former Vermont Governor and ex-DNC Chairman Howard Dean says he refuses to call the acts of ter- rorism in Paris, acts of Is- lamic terrorism, because the killers are as Muslim as he is. Why do liberals say such stupid things? When an act of jihad is committed by thugs who call them- selves Islamic soldiers, it means their acts were acts of Islamic terrorism. Dean can live in denial all he wants, but I believe the killers when they call themselves Islamic jihadists .............. WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM