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Page I 0 POST-GAZETTE, APRIl" 13, 2012 by bob morello Fact ax reviewing the bestl i!?ii g the rest DOLLY PARTON - AN EVENING WITH DOLLY Cracker Barrel Fans craving Dolly Parton can double their pleasure with this two-disc DVD and CD. Spend an evening, or more, enjoying some of her classics as, "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors" and "9 to 5," her first million-seller "Here You Come Again" and "I Will Always Love You" on her live CD. Mixed in are gems as, "Two Doors Down," "Only Dreamin'," "Little Sparrow," "The Grass is Blue," "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" and "Islands in the Stream." Dolly shares a pair of live bonus tracks with, "Shat- tered Image" and "My Ten- nessee Mountain Home." The live concert DVD has Dolly connecting with her audience with the CD lineup, plus "Backwoods Barbie," "Better Get to Livin', .... Shinola," and "Jesus and Gravity." Listen to Dolly's tales about growing up in Tennessee, and enjoy her music and her songs! DIGGY - UNEXPECTED ARRIVAL Atlantic Fast-rising MC/hip-hop artist Daniel Dwayne Simmons Ill, known simply as Diggy, makes his mark on the charts with his Atlan- tic debut album 'Unexpected Arrival.' A dozen solid efforts feature rap beauties, many enhanced by collaborations with fellow artists. The teen- age (17) son of rapper Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Diggy greets fans with the gracious "Hello World," the inquisitive "I Need to Know," joining Jadakiss for the driving "88," the twin groove "Two Up," and is halfway home with his message "Unforgiv- able Blackness." Helping to pen all the tunes on this CD, Diggy continues to deliver the goods on "Special Occa- sion" with Tank, lighting up his sound with the rapid beat of "Glow in the Dark," slow- ing it down for "4 Letter Word," then teams up with Jeremih for "Do It Like You." Diggy as the inventor, raps the tasty "Tom Edison" and puts the finishing touches on his 'Arrival' with the crown- ing touch of "The Reign." JOAN OSBORNE - BRING IT ON HOME Saguaro Road Joan Osborne uses her al- bum 'Bring It On Home' to bring the blues back into her life, twelve times over, hold- ing nothing back as she belts out a collection of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs on this superb album. Pick your favorites from tracks as the high-energy R&B "I Don't Need No Doctor" originally recorded by Ray Charles, trailed by the title cut made famous by blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson, "Bring It On Home," the blues-rocker "Roll Like a Big Wheel," Ike Turner's "Game of Love," plus British blues artist John Mayall's "Broken Wings," hitting the midpoint mark with a Betty Wright hit titled "Shoorah! Shoorah! Joan takes Muddy Waters' classic "I Want to Be Loved" and makes it her own, fol- lowed by the Bill Withers' beauty "Same Love That Made Me Laugh," blues leg- end Slim Harpo scored with "Shake Your Hips," and Joan repeats -- added cuts have, Clarence Carter's "I'm Quali- fied," toasting the late Otis Redding with a romantic ver- sion of "Champagne and Wine," finishing off her ex- cellent CD with an Al Green classic from his Hi Records days, "Rhymes." Love it! BIRDY Warner Bros. British singer/songwriter Birdy's self-titled debut al- bum is chock full of soulful, sophisticated songs penned by Bon Iver. Two singles culled from the album, "Skinny Love" and the U.K. single "Shelter" have been featured in The Vampire Dia- ries. The 15-year-old teen's angelic tones flow smoothly as she accompanies herself on piano, rolling out Bon Iver's creations. The initial cut is a cover of Phoenix's "1901," trailed by the tender "People Help The People," the building tones of "White Winter Hymnal," and the tempered strains of "The District Sleeps Alone To- night." Birdy's prowess on the piano continues to serve her well with, "I'll Never For- get You," the pulsating "Young Blood," James Taylor's "Fire And Rain," along with the beautiful "Without A Word." The emo- tional roller coaster ride ends with the painful lyrics of "Terrible Love." LUTHER VANDROSS - HIDDEN GEMS Epic-Legacy Luther Vandross was a leg- end -- the man had "The Voice," and it was unmistak- able. 'Hidden Gems' listen- ers can enjoy several ex- posed gems created during Vandross' tenure at Epic Records (1981-1996). R. Kelly's pretty "When You Call On Me" opens, as Luther's creative side shines through on the next five, "Once You Know How," "I Know You Want To," "Once We Were Lovers" and "You Stopped Loving Me" and "The Impos- sible Dream" from the 'Man of La Mancha.' Luther lays the dance floor track "Are You Using Me?" then takes a page from Little Anthony & The Imperials' songbook with an excellent cover of "Goin' Out of My Head," step- ping up to the motion pic- ture soundtrack mode, with a radio mix of "The Thrill I'm In" and "Heart of a Hero." The beautiful "Buy Me a Rose" paves the way for a duet with Martha Wash on the powerful "I (Who Have Nothing)," plus "I'd Rather," and a pair of Vandross tunes titled "Like I'm Invisible" and "You Really Started Something." A 'jewel' of an album! _. FY 2013 (Continued from lion from FY 2012 budgeted levels. This perpetuates the loss of state aid incurred over the last six years, now estimated to be about $149 million lower than FY 2008. One of the biggest savings for the City of Boston and many municipalities in the Commonwealth this year, in a stark contrast to last year, is the cost of employee health care. Thanks to the groundbreaking municipal health care agreement the City reached with union leaders last spring, slowing the growth of healthcare costs by more than $70 mil- lion over four years. Still, in FY 2013 the City has bud- geted $289 million for health insurance premiums for city employees and retirees - nearly 12-percent of the to- tal budget. The FY 2013 Budget Highlights Community Engagement: Teen Centers: Boston Cen- ters for Youth and Families will pilot redesigned teen centers at 5 sites around the city that will include more "teen friendly" spaces, tech- nology, and programs. Bos- ton Public Library will also unveil new teen-focused ar- eas at the Egleston Square and Hyde Park branches. Boston Moves for Health: following up on Mayor Menino's challenge for the City to lose a collective 1 million pounds, the Boston Page i) Public Health commission will launch its Boston Moves for Health campaign this spring, including a website and interactive tools and pro- grams to help residents en- gage and invest in their own health. Community Policing: The Boston Police Department will increase investments to its Neighborhood Watch Unit, appointing a Director of Neighborhood Outreach to improve communication and collaboration with Com- munity Service Officers and Safe Street Teams, and resi- dents across the City. Green Living: In FY13, the Parks Department will pilot several new initiatives to improve engagement around the city's green spaces, while Environment & En- ergy will grow the Mayor's Renew Boston program, which has already helped over 5,000 residents and 1,000 businesses green their properties with no-cost energy efficiency upgrades. The City's $1.8 billion five- year capital plan features $217 million worth of new project authorizations in 2013. Significant capital projects slated for funding in FY 2013 include: The Dudley Plan: Mayor Menino will continue his investment in the revital- ization of Dudley Square, a $115 million development project that will revitalize the historic Ferdinand build- ing and bring new people, businesses, and economic opportunity to Dudley Square. The project broke ground this spring and is expected to be completed in Fall 2014. Redesign and Reinvest: The City plans to invest in major infrastructure up- grades for City roadways and buildings, including 40 miles of roadway reconstruction and investments to facilities in our neighborhood schools, community centers, and li- braries. A new East Boston branch library will break ground later this month. Community and Recre- ation: The City will make major investments in Boston's neighborhood parks and community centers, with a goal of fostering deeper community connec- tions through innovative pro- grams, partnerships, and play. "Careful planning and thoughtful decisions - in many cases very difficult decisions - over the last sev- eral years have positioned Boston for greater success as economic recovery takes hold," Mayor Menino said. "Through collaboration among City departments, partnerships with nonprofit and community groups, as well as capital investments, we will continue to win Boston's future." ACROSS 1. Jacobs and Chagall, e.g. 6. Lake in Provence 9. Angelina's partner 13. Seize or take over 14. Boxer. Clay 15. Grease another's palms 16. Lord's estate 17. For every 18. Painter's helper 19. *Endangered .... Act 21. *Re-purpose 23. Traveler's destination 24. Evade payment 25. End of a fuse? 28. *Quickly spreading desert 30. Island famous for bears 35. Faubourg Saint-Honore and Rivoli, e.g. 37. Where batters practice 39. Neatly smart in dress, dapper 40. Gaelic 41. Acquired behavior pattern 43. Freezing temperature in Celsius 44. Colorado national park 46. Lee 47. *What most cars do with pollutants 48. Type of engine 50. Beaks 52. Paolo 53. Like a painting on a wall 55. Top seed in tournament 57. Because of that 61. *Gaylord Nelson to Earth Day 65. Group of wives 66. Sea in Spain 68. Garden dweller 69. *Diminishing layer 70. One who plays for pay 71. Harry's Professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts 72. R in RIP 73. Bottom of pants, e.g. 74. Triangular road sign DOWN 1. " the word" 2. As quickly as you can 3. Ancient Germanic alphabet character 4. Cash Return on Capital Invested 5. *Rachel Carson's "Silent " 6. 200 of these in Daytona 500 7. Type of brew 8. Type of clouds, pl. 9. Make like a donkey 10. Reduced instruction set computer 11. Cain's victim CROSSWORD PUZZLE Earth Day mmm  "2 :3 6 7 m 14 17 mmm 10 11 12  m  24 26 27 35-'-I-- -- 40-'-1-- -- 48--'--I---- m 29 46 5O 32 33 34 m   52 58 59 65--'-I---- 69--'-1---- 72----I---- m 66 67 7O 73 PRESENTED BY Ik Ii 82 63 64 VolunteerMatch.org Where volunteering begins. StatcPoint iXcdia 12. Mark for omission 15. Appear inviting 20. Steve Buscemi's character on "Boardwalk Empire" 22. Bugling ungulate 24. Beginning of universe? 25. *An objective is to save these 26. Ratched from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" 27. *Outer layer of seeds 29. Sheep cries 31. Fog or stupor 32. Milk and bread on a grocery list, e.g. 33. Courtyards 34. * Protocol, a framework for climate change 36. Nostradamus, e.g. 38. Irish name of Ireland 42. Something best not mentioned 45. "In the grand __ of things" 49. Center of activity 51. Cozy and warm 54. Usually depicted as beautiful maiden 56. Boredom 57. God of thunder 58. *Atmospheric dust, vapor, smoke and moisture 59. Aphrodite's son 60. Popular rock opera 61. " Russia with Love" 62. Ignorant person 63. Male version of Emily 64. Tear violently 67. " we there yet?" (Solution on Page 14)