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Page10 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 2010 by Bob DeCristoforo NEAD AT DISNEY Once again, thanks to the TD Garden Neighborhood Charities, a lot of our friends and neighbors "celebrated" at Disney on Ice the Friday of School vacation week. Special thanks to John Romano, Karen D'Amico and Marilyn Frissora for their help in getting the group together. FACE OFF FOR ACE The Annual "Face Off For Ace" benefiting the Ace Bailey Children Foundation will take place on Wednesday, March 3rd at the Radisson Hotel in Boston. Wayne Gretzky will be the guest speaker. For tickets and more information call 401-270-6420. SPELL G.A.R.R.I.T.Y Congratulations to Ross Garrity, who will be competing, once again, in the Boston Regional Spelling Bee at Faneuil Hall on March 13a. Ross won the local Bee hosted by the Nazzaro Center and the Eliot School. When Ross wins he will travel to Washing- ton D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In 2008 Ross was the Boston representative. He attends Boston Latin and an active member of the Nazzaro Center. He is the son of lleen Gladstone and Judge Paul Garrity. ELIOT SCHOOL FUNDRAISER The Eliot School Community will be hav- ing a fundraiser on March 64 at Joe Tecce's. A lot of us forget that the public schools are also having financial struggles just like all of us. If you can step up, Traci G~_ffiin is put- ting the Eliot School back on the map, let's help her in this endeavor. A lot of North End children are attending the Eliot School. For information contact Linda Bova. JOHNNY FRATTAROLI One fall football season ends, but next's sea- son has already begun! Congratulations to Gianni Frattaroli, son of Donato and Nancy, who has been named captain of the 2010 Gov- ernors Academy football team! Fall football cov- erage looks great already! Stay tune. HIGH SCHOOL PREP NOTEBOOK Hard to believe that the winter season is drawing to a close. We "Salute and Thank" our many athletes throughout the area who have participated in school sports this sea- son. You are important. MIAA Tournament time is fast approaching and many of our kids will be involved. The tournament games come quick, they are won and done, so be sure to check out tournament schedules that appear each day in the Boston Globe and Herald. Don't miss a gamel They might not say it, but the kids, our kids, want you at the games! BOSTON CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS In the Girls Basketball Championship Nyiesha Kelly had 29 points leading New Mission to its second straight title defeating Burke 59-32. Donaziah Fountain added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Champions. In the Girls semifinals Khadijah Ellison had 35 points to lead Burke past Fenway 66-62, and Nyieba Kelly had 26 points to lead New Mission to a 52-48 win over Latin Academy. Madison Park successfully defended its title defeating New Mission 66-59. MVP John Campbell had 25 points, among them "THE LAYUP" with less than a minute to go to seal the deal. Spenser Braithwaite added 15 points for the champion Cardinals. In the boys Semifinals Dave Campbell and Spenser Braithwaite combined for 41 points to help Madison Park defeat Boston English 70-53. In the other Semifinal New Mission stung East Boston 68-67 when Osmel Odena hit a 3 pointer at the buzzer in a terrific high school basketball game. On the ice Latin Academy shutout East Boston 5-0 to win the title for the third straight year. MVP Brandon Kerrigan had 2 goals and 2 assists, and Kevin Moran had 2 goals and 1 assist for the Champion Dragons. WEEKLY ROUNDUP In the Black History Month Classic, held at the Reggie Lewis Center, former Charlestown High star Shabazz Nappier had 30 points to lead St. Lawrence Academy past East Boston 78-66. Madison Park came back to defeat Rivers 61-55 and Boston Trinity stopped Lawrence High 74-64. In the girls matchup New Mission was defeated by LaSalle Academy (RI) 58-52. In the Cape Cod Hockey Tournament BC High dropped Duxbury 6-1, and in the Falmouth Tourna- ment Austin Prep tipped Hingham 2-I. Aus- tin went on to win the tournament champi- onship defeating Archbishop Williams 3-1. MIAA TOURNAMENT BOUND Congratulations to Charlestown, East Boston, Central Catholic, St. John's Prep, Malden Catholic, Chelsea, Brighton, Arling- ton Catholic, South Boston, Winthrop, St. Clement, Trinity Catholic, St. Mary's (Lynn), Snowden, Madison Park Catholic Memorial, Xaverian, Archbishop Williams, O'Bryant, Cathedral Northeast Regional and Marian, who have qualified for the Boys Basketball Tournament, and to Somerville, Everett, Latin Academy, Arlington Catholic, Brighton, St. Mary's (Lynn), Fenway, New Mission, Mount St. Joseph, Madison Park, Fontbonne, O'Bryant, Archbishop Williams, and Cardinal Spellman who have qualified for the Girls Basketball Tournament. In Boys Hockey we will be watching Catholic Memorial, Austin Prep, Malden Catholic, Xaverian, Boston Latin, Northeast, St. Clem- ent, Latin Academy, Marian, Arlington Catholic, St. Mary's Lynn, St. John's Prep, Winchester, and Archbishop Williams. In the Girls Tournament we'll keep our eyes on St. Mary's Lynn, Winthrop, Arlington Catholic, Everett, Fontbonne and Austin Prep. DEADLINE STOPPER: EASTIE WINS! In the Opening Round of the MIAA Boys Basketball Tournament East Boston defeated Lawrence 75-71, and this FRIDAY, February 26th the Jets will travel to St. John's Prep for a 7pm game! 38th REUNION COMING APRIL 1Oth Victor Passacantilli tells us that the 38th Annual Friends of the North End Reunion will take place on April I0th at St. John's School Hall beginning at 6pm. Call Victor Passacantilli at 617-645-3424 for further details or to purchase your tickets. STATIONS OF THE CROSS The Stations of the Cross will be said at Sacred Heart Church in the North End at 6:lSpm followed by a 7pm Mass every Friday during Lent ... a Lenten tradition not to be forgotten. TIDBITS - O USA! ... still along way to GOAL. - Don't forget the NEMPAC Scholarship Concert on February 27th at the Old North Church. - Chef "Hawk: cooks a mean ham and eggs! - Celeb Sightings: Louie "Cat" Catanazaro and Family at Disney on Ice, Bobby Dello Russo, Gary Forziati, the Gannons, Senator Anthony Petruccelli, Cathy Belmonte, and Donato Frattaroli coffee-ing at Contrada's, Carl Ameno touring Salem Street, Grandma and Grandpa "Ted" Tomasone "Celebrating Disney" with their grandchild, Father Pat from St. Stephen's at Northeastern, Mark "Metro Saint" Contrado chilling on Hanover Street, Rosemary McAuliffe and Michelle Morgan "dieting" at Mike's Pastry, Anthony Solimine at the North End Library, the Bova "kids" at Northeastem, along with Mrs. Peter Luongo and her friends, Joyce Papa Amoroso, and NEAA Little League Commissioner Frank ludiciani. - Rumor! Lucy "Nazzaro Center" Haskell moving to Hawaii???? - Remember Haiti. SMILE! Joyce Papa Amoroso and Frank Iudiciani A SERIOUS MAN (Blu-ray)) Universal Studios Home Ent. Academy Award-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen return to their comedy roots with this original and darkly humorous story about one ordinary man's quest to become a serious man. Physics professor Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) can't believe his life. His wife is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother won't move off the couch, someone's threaten- ing his career, his kids are a mystery and his neighbor is tormenting him by sun- bathing nude. Struggling to make sense of it all, Larry consults three different rab-' bis and their answers lead him on a twisted journey of faith, family, delinquent behavior and mortality. (1 hr. 46 rains.). Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor is assigned to the case. Against his will, Nick is forced to offer one 6f the suspects a light sen- tence in exchange for testifying against his ac- complice. Fast-forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: either fix the flawed justice system, or key players in the trial will die. Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical as- sassinations that can be neither predicted nor pre- vented. Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time, facing a deadly adver- sary who always seems to be one step ahead. (1 hr. 49 mins.). ICE CASTLES (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Young, beautiful, talented Alexis Winston (Taylor Firth, American Figure Skater) comes from nowhere to be- come a figure skating super- star. But her rise to stardom isn't easy. She has to push herself, reinvent herself and most painfully of all, and leave her hometown boy- friend behind. When a tragic fall leaves her blind, she needs someone to believe in her, to love her, someone to convince her she has the strength to skate and dream again. A heartwarm- ing, inspirational, emotional remake of the 1978 Oscar nominated romantic film, also features skating stars Molly Oberstar and Olympic Medallist Michelle Kwan. Recording artist Britt Nicole re-records the theme song "Through the Eyes of Love." (1 hr. 35 mins.). THE LIFE & TIMES OF TIM: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (DVD) HBO Home Ent. Tim is an ordinary 20- something New Yorker who can't seem to catch a break in The Life & Times of Tim: The Complete First Season: Simplistic in style, this off- beat, animated late-night comedy series from HBO belies a wickedly subversive and sophisticated adult sense of humor. In Tim's world, the simplest day-to- day decisions seem to get in the way, thanks to his pro- pensity towards befriending unreliable characters. This is all the creation of Steve Dildarian who is also the di- rector, writer and voice of Tim. This exciting DVD includes all ten half-hour episodes, each with two segments, plus I0 hilarious bonus shorts. (5 hrs.}. LAW ABIDING CITIZEN (DVD) Anchor Bay Ent. Clyde Shelton (Gerard But- ler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daugh- ter were brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, BLACK DYNAMITE (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Michael Jai White and Arsenio Hall star in the hi- larious spoof of the '70s blaxploitation film, Black Dynamite. Black Dynamite (White) is the smoothest, baddest cat on the street. He's a ladies man and the man with a plan. He's also a former CIA agent out to avenge his brother's death. Whether he's taking down drug dealers or sweet-talk- ing foxy mommas, he's the man out to stop "The Man." Take a wild ride from the mean streets of the ghetto to some funky clubs down- town, all the way to the "Honky House" with this bad-ass, tough-as-nails ac- tion hero. Dynamite is ex- plosive! (1 hr. 24 mins.). WOMEN IN TROUBLE (Blu-ray/DVV) Screen Media Films A pregnant porn star, a couple of call girls, a scorned psychiatrist, a teenage Goth, a flight attendant with a crush on a famous passen- ger ... the troubles of this cluster of LA women couldn't be more different. But on one crazy day, feminine com- passion will alters all of their lives. Sebastian Gutierrez's irreverent comedy features a knockout ensemble of talented actresses, includ- ing Carla Gugino, Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki, Elizabeth Berkeley and Marley Shelton turning trouble into pure pleasure. (1 hr. 30 mins.). NURSE JACKIE: SEASON ONE (DVD) Lionsgate Edie Falco is Jackie Peyton, a nurse trying to survive the chaotic grind of saving lives in a hectic New York City hospital. Sharp- tongued and quick-witted, Jackie's a woman of sub- stance who knows how to handle it all. Jackie does whatever it takes to get the job done. Showtime's most successful premiere to date, see why Nurse Jackie has garnered critical acclaim. (1 hr. 30 mins.).