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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 5, 2010 Bob Beat by Bob DeCristoforo APPLAUSE FOR MAYOR'S EASTIE DRUG INTIATIVE As President of North End Against Drugs, I would like to commend Mayor Tom Menino for his East Boston Drug Abuse Initiative Effort this past Saturday. It is important to get the information out and in the hands of the community. I hope this initiative takes place in every neighborhood in Boston. North End Against Drugs would like to thank the St. Anthony Society, Bovis End Lease, St. Agrippina Feast Society and the Green Cross for their donations. All "fiscal stimulus" for NEAD is most welcomed and much appreciated at this time. BNBL 40 th ANNIVERSARY AWARD CELEBRATION There is a new exhibit at the New England Sports Museum at the TD Garden honoring the 40 th anniversary of the Boston Neigh- borhood Basketball League (BNBL). Coach "Wille" Maye was the MC for this special event held at Banners Restaurant. Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy was guest speaker. Dan wrote many stories on BNBL over the years when the league had its beginnings back in the late sixties, early seventies. Daphine Griffin, Executive Director of Boston Centers for Youth and Families, Rusty Sullivan, Director of the New England Sports Museum, and Robert Lewis Jr., of the Boston Foundation also spoke. Founders Awards were presented to longtime BNBL Coach Charles Davis and Paul Foster of Reebok International, LTD. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards and jackets to the 2009 champion- ship teams. For me it was a special night because for a number of years I directed the North End BNBL, and one year I directed both the North End and East Boston BNBL. It was good to see many of those, who gave back then, and are still giving even now. l was glad Bob McGann of BCYF invited me. girls hockey Arlington defeated Boston Latin 3-1. Fontbonne beat Arlington Catho- lic 5-2 and St. Mary (L) rolled on topping Hingham 3-1. COLLEGE BOARD In Sunday's ESPNU Game of the Week Vermont got back on the winning track shutting out UMass 3-0. Sleepy BU woke up when UMass visited. Three second period goals in two minutes and fifty four seconds was the game buster. Ross Gaudet had two goals, Kienan Millan had an extra- ordinary game in goal, and Nick Bonino's I00 th career point were among the high- lights. UMass did pick up a win defeating Providence 4-1. A five goal first was the difference as BC topped Providence 5-2. The Daniels twins, Drew and Justin, had all the goals when Northeastern nipped Lowell 2-1. Justin had the game winner. Maine downed Vermont 6-3 then battled the Bears to a 4-4 tie. Karl Stollery had the game winner when Merrimack stunned UNH 3-2, but UNH came back to win Saturday's game 4-3 on Paul Thompson OT goal. Princeton upset Harvard 2-1. Tufts got back some important points tying up Castleton 2-2 in OT and Skidmore 3-3 in OT. In women's hockey Northeastern upended Niagara 6-2, and St. Anselm's defeated Nichols 8-0, but lost to Holy Cross 2-0. HOCKEY STANDINGS BY POINTS Hockey East Men: UNH 27, BC 22, UMASS 22, Maine 20, Lowell 18, BU 16, Vermont 15, Northeastern 15, Merrimack 12 and Providence 9. ECAC Men: Cornell 20, Yale 18, Union 18, St. Lawrence 18, Colgate 15, Rennsselar 15, Quinnipiac 14, Harvard 1,3 Brown 12, Princeton 11, Dartmouth 8 and Clarkson 4. Hockey East Women: Northeastern 23, Providence 22, Connecticut 21, UNH 20, BU 18, BC 16, Maine 10 and Vermont I. FRIENDS OF THE NORTH END LIBRARY The Friends of the North End Library will hold a fundraiser at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel on Wednesday, Febru- ary 24 th. For ticket information email: The North End Library is an important part of the North End. HIGH SCHOOL PREP NOTEBOOK Mark your calendar! D1 North and South Girls and Boys High School Basketball Championships will take place at the TD Garden on Friday, March 5. Emmanuel College will be the site of the D2, D3, D4 North Championships and UMASS Boston will host the D2, D3, D4 South Champion- ships on Saturday, March 6. WEEKLY UPDATE East Boston started the week right, but then things went bad. The Hockey Jets shutout West Roxbury 7-0, and the basket- ball team stunned New Mission 68-66, but then the Jets were stunned by Charlestown 86-81 in overtime, and then were dissed on by visiting Madison Park 93-72. Carlos Ribiero and DeRay Willis combined for 44 points when St. Clement stopped NCC 70-59, but the Anchormen were stopped by Georgetown 74-60. Coach Leo Boucher's team qualified for the Tournament when they defeated Matignon 69-45. Winthrop fell to Lynn English 68-61. St. John's Prep stayed unbeaten topping Lynn Classical and Charlestown. BC High defeated Boston Latin 74-62. Madison Park ripped St. Raphael (RI) 66-35. St. Mary's tipped Austin Prep 53-50. In girls hoop Snowden topped Hyde Park 48-33. Matignon defeated Lowell Catholic 50-46. St. Clement topped NCC 39-16. Pope John qualified for the Tournament defeat- ing Chelsea 55-40. Burke buried Randolph 51-38. On the ice Coach Louis Finocchiaro Austin Prep Team ripped Winchester 8-3, and Williams 4-1. BC High and Malden Catholic battled to a 2-2 tie. Catholic Me- morial tipped Xaverian 4-3. Arlington Catho- lic shutout St. Bernard's 9-0. East Boston shutout West Roxbury 7-0, but were stopped by Watertown 9-3. Latin Academy iced Somerville 7-5. Boston Latin defeated Bed- ford 3-1. Fenwick KO'd St. Cement 7-2. In PROLINE UMASS Hockey Alum star Jonathan Quick was in the nets when the Bruins played the LA Kings, and BC Hockey Alum Rob Scuderi is one of the Kings defenseman. Johnathan Quick is also a member of the USA Olympic Team. EDUCATION PLUS The FINAL 2010 Entrance Exam for the NEWMAN SCHOOL will take place on Tuesday, February 16 at 10 am. There is no fee for this exam. Contact Patricia Lynch, Director of Admissions at plynch@newman or call the school at 617-267-4530. TIDBITS - Columbus High School Class of 1985 will hold their 25 th Reunion on March 27 th at the Coast Guard Base. - The Feast of St. Blaise will be cele- brated Saturday, February 6 th and Sunday, Febuary 7% - Celeb Sightings: Eric Cardone at the Bruins/LA game, Nancy Caruso at St. Mary's, Francine and Jimmy Gannon on Hanover Street, BCYF All Stars Bob McGann and Sandy Holden at the BNBL celebration, and hard working Nick LaRosa home from Cancun. - The Olympics are coming - REMEMBER HAITI7 Bob MeGann and Sandy Holden Fac reviewing the best. LONESTAR -- PARTY HEARD AROUND THE WORLD (CO) Saguaro Road Country music's Lonestar with their first studio album in four years, Party Heard Around the World, scheduled for release March 30% Fans will get the chance to hear Lonestar's new lead vocalist, Cody Collins. Collins joined the group in 2007, following the departure of Richie McDonald. Album number ten has ten exciting tracks that will satisfy their legion of fans, as Cody comes through loud and clear. The opening strains of "Beat (I Can Feel Your Heart)" sets the pace, followed by the spir- ited "Live Laugh and Love," the opinionated "She Wants What She Wants," the com- plimentary "You're the Rea- son Why," and hits the half- way point with "Y.O.U." Look- ing to add to their album sales of over 10 million, the four- some continues the festivi- ties with the mellow "Making Memories," trailed by the pleading "Let Me Love You," the finality of "Goodbye Is Goodbye," looking ahead to "The Future," closing with the title cut "Party Heard Around the World!" Great songs that'll be heard around the world! FAME: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE (CO) Lakeshore Debbie Allen opens with the comment "Welcome, this year we received over 10,000 applications for the 200 open- ings from students all across New York City, and you got in." That's the opening to a hand- ful of offerings served up by those lucky Fame students. "Fame," performed by Naturi Haughton, the emotional "Try" (Asher Book), the tasty "I Want Candy" (Anna Maria Parez De Tagle), the inspira- tional "Hold Your Dream" (Haughton), a great cover of Frank Sinatra's hit "Fly Me to the Moon" (Book), and the uplifting "What a Mighty God We Serve" done by the Pasa- dena Community College Gospel Choir. Book is back yet again with the soaring vocals of "Gravity," cast member James Grundler wrote, pro- duced and performed "Dust," plus Karaoke instrumental versions of "Fame" and "Out Here On My Own," putting the wraps on with a brief delivery of "All That Jazz" by Patrick Censoplano. Music that's gonna live forever -- Fame! ALMOST ALICE m SOUNDTRACK (CO) Buena Vista Almost Alice serves as a companion piece to the Alice in Wonderland film score composed by Danny Elfman. Sixteen tracks performed by an eclectic array of recording artists, with something for everyone. The lead single, "Alice" is performed by Avril Lavigne, along with "The Poi- son" (The All-American Re- jects), "The Technicolor Phase" (Owl City), "Her Name Is Alice" (Shinedown), "Paint- ing Flowers" (All Time Low), "Where's My Angel" (Metro Station), and "Strange" sung by Tokio Hotel and Kerli. Get by bob morello the rest up as 3OH13 signals "Follow Me Down," trailed by "Very Good Advice" from the 1951 Disney film, plus "In Transit" (Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz), "Welcome to Mystery" (Plain White T's), "Tea Party" (Kerli), "The Lobster Qua- drille" (Franz Ferdinand), and "Always Running Out of Time" from Motion City Soundtrack. Wolfmother de- livers "Fell Down a Hole," and it all comes to an end with Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" done magically by Grace Potter and the Noctur- nals. A wonderland of songs ANTOINETTE MONTAGUE BEHIND THE SMILE (CO) In the Groove If you are in the mood for blues, soul, R&B, pop and the melodies by great jazz com- posers, I've got the perfect answer -- Antoinette Mon- tague. Behind the Smile is a "baker's dozen" of songs that Montague takes, gives them a Jazz flavor, and makes them all her own. The initial cut and title song, "Behind the Smile" was penned and sung by Antoinette, paving the way for standards as Ray Noble's "I Hadn't Anyone Till You," a bit of country blues via "Give Your Mama One Smile," bandleader Buddy Johnson's tender "Ever Since the One I Love's Been Gone," a cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," Jerome Kern's "The Song Is You," and a fantastic job on the ballad "I'd Rather Have a Memory Than a Dream." A pair of Duke Ellington's less- heard works include "Lost In Meditation" and "23 rd Psalm," Smokey Robinson's "Get Ready," plus Dave Brubeck's silky "Summer Song," TV's Naked City theme "Some- where in the Night," and Antoinette has her final say her way with "Meet Me at No Special Place." ANGELIQUE KIDJO -- OYO (CO) Razor & Tie Africa's premier diva, Angelique Kidjo's album Oyo is a collection of African songs, and a host of covers. Kidjo takes Santana's "Samba Pa Ti" and Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember," and transforms them into a foreign tongue, before offer- ing up a dynamite duet with John Legend on Curtis Mayfield's rhythmic "Move On Up," teaming up with Dianne Reeves on Aretha Franklin's hit "Baby I Love You," and delivers a hard working version of James Brown's classic "Cold Sweat." Born in Benin, Kidjo incorpo- rates some songs done in her native language, including "Zelie," "Lakutshona Llanga" the latter a lullaby made fa- mous by Miriam Makeba, one of her father's favorite songs "Petite Fleur," and the Beninese traditional song "Atcha Houn." Two bonus tracks have "You Can Count on Me" the theme of UNICEF's campaign to eliminate new- born tetanus, also receiving a portion of the proceeds, and "Agbalagba" penned by African writer Uwem Akpan. Excel- lent performance by Kidjo!