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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 1,2012 li VIEWS eye il ......... ........... e ....... FELICITY SEASONS ONE + TWO (3-DVD) Lionsgate Season One: Felicity Porter's (Keri Russell) life changes at her high school graduation, when she asks her longtime crush Ben Covington (Scott Speedman), to sign her yearbook. Pow- ered by a few scribbled words, Felicity ditches her college plans and follows Ben to the University of New York. Felicity experiences her freshman year of college in New York City, complete with difficult classes, a night- mare roommate and a gor- geous resident advisor Noel (Scott Foley). Season Two: Returning to New York for her sophomore year of col- lege, Felicity adopts a new attitude and new haircut following her breakup from high school love, Ben. Amidst changing her major from premed to art, Felicity finds that she's opened her- self up to a whole new world of relationships, heartache and campus politics. DROP DEAD DIVA - THIRD SEASON (3-DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. Acclaimed by critics and adored by viewers, the daz- zling third season of 'Drop Dead Diva' is the most delightful and deliciously funny yet! When forced to play wedding planner for her former fiance's nuptials, fighting courtroom cases from breast implant surgery gone wrong to a death row inmate finally trying to do right, or facing down her own love life issues with suitors, both past and present, Jane is living the adventure of two lifetimes and then some! DIRTY DANCING COLLECTION (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Double your pleasure as you celebrate the 25 th anni- versary of 'Dirty Dancing' by enjoying the original, plus its sequel 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights' starring Diego Luna and Romola Garai. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey star in the beloved coming-of-age 'Dirty Dancing,' set against the backdrop of a Catskill Moun- tains resort during the sum- mer of 1963. Drawn to the staff quarters by the sound of stirring music, vacation- ing 17-year-old Baby (Grey) meets rebellious Johnny (Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who is as experi- enced as Baby is naive. Baby becomes Johnny's pupil in dance -- and in love -- in this heartwarming, spirit- lifting movie that continues to captivate generations of movie fans around the world. Blu-ray disc version is loaded with special features and music! FATHER OF THE BRIDE (3-Blu-ray) Buena Vista Home Ent. Celebrate the platinum anniversary (20 years) of the comedy classic 'Father of the Bride,' plus the uproarious follow-up 'Father of the Bride Part II." Things get out of hand for befuddled father George Banks (Steve Mar- tin) when his young daugh- ter unexpectedly announces her plans to wed. Life gets even crazier in the side- splitting sequel when his daughter and his wife (Diane Keaton) both announce that they are pregnant and George desperately tries to capture the wild and crazy days of his youth. Heart- warming and hilarious, this  is a pair of fantastic family entertainment. ONE FOR THE MONEY (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Stephanie Plum (Kather- ine Heigl) is a bright, attrac- tive, confident woman whose entire life has just taken a sudden turn -- in the totally wrong direction. Newly di- vorced and recently laid off, the only work she can scrape up is a dead-end job at her sleazy cousin's bail bond of- fice. But when her first big assignment involves track- ing down an on-the-lam ex- flame (Jason O'Mara), this tough-as-nails lady bounty hunter will be redefining the meaning of hot pursuit in this thrill-packed action comedy. Blu-ray specials feature a behind the scenes featurette, plus 'Bond Girls: Kicking A--,' and a gag reel. ACCIDENT (Blu-ray) Shout! Factory Self-styled "accident cho- reographer," Ho Kwok-fai, "The Brain," (Louis Koo) is a professional hit man who kills his victims by trapping them in well-crafted acci- dents that look like unfortu- nate mishaps, but are in fact, perfectly staged acts of crime. After one mission goes horribly wrong and costs one of his men their life, Brain is convinced that someone out there is plot- ting to terminate him and his team. Paranoia creeps in, causing Brain to walk the thin line between reality and delusion. To keep his sanity and his life, he must stay a step ahead of his foe before he makes his next move. CHUGGINGTON - WILSON AND THE ICE CREAM FAIR (DVD) Anchor Bay Ent. In this collection, the brave young trainee makes a special delivery to the ice cream fair, helps Frostini create a new flavor for the mayor's banquet and tries to prevent a massive ice cream meltdown on the hottest day of the year. There's fun in the ice cream factory, a brave rescue at the Safari Park and an adven- ture in the ice caves. Along- side good friends as Koko and Brewster, and helpful chuggers like Old Puffer Pete and Mtambo, they learn lessons about responsibility, cooperation, paying atten- tion, overcoming fear and so much more! Preschoolers will enjoy this 'on track' treat! The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani HAPPY BELATED citywide vote on whether to "NO EASTIE CASINO" NOW BIRTHDAY TO NEFFO have a casino inside the City HOLDING NEIGHBORHOOD Greetings go out to Neffo of Boston. Suffolk Downs MEETINGS Cappuccio of East Boston on over in my neighborhood in Now that the Foxboro ca- his recent May 17 a birthday. Eastie is hoping to snag a sino plan appears to have DONNA SUMMER WAS casino license. One of the been shot down by recent ALWAYS ONE OF US requirements to getting a li- elections of two new mem- When I heard that Donna cense includes a resident bers of the Board of Select- Summer, the Queen of sign off. In the case of Bos- men who ran on an anti- Disco had passed away lear- ton, that would mean a vote casino platform, all eyes ing the world's stage at age of the ward where the ca- moved northward to Suffolk 63, I remembered back sino would be located unless Downs in East Boston. Re- years ago when she was still the mayor and city council cently, I attended a meeting known as LaDonna Gaines decide on a citywide vote. from casino opponents from from Parker Hill Street in "I think, the whole city the "No Eastie Casino" ac- Mission Hill. She was a ought to vote on it actually," tion committee. More than Roxbury girl and it always says Ray Flynn; "All of Bos- 80 folks mostly from East bothered me when folks said ton ought to vote on it. And Boston and a few others from she grew up in Dorchester. if all of Boston is voting on Chelsea, Winthrop and Re- I knew better as a former it, I am going to vote no." vere showed up to listen to Roxbury boy myself. Mayor Menino has stated he the discussion and speak on My sister-in-law Tanya favors an East Boston-only the issue. I found the meet- Whaley before she was my vote. ing quite informative and ap- sister-in-law grew up in Mis- GOLDEN AGE MOTHER'S preciated the presentation. sion Hill. She was friendly DAY LUNCHEON Personally, I have not yet with Summer's sister Linda, GREAT AS USUAL formed an opinion on the who I met a number of times The latest Golden Age idea of a casino coming to at Mission Hill parties back Club's Mother's Day lun- Suffolk Downs. I want to in the day. cheon once again was a hear more of the pros and The last time I saw Donna huge success over at cons on this issue before Summer singing was last Spinelli's in Day Square. stating my opinion. The summer at Bank of America Great food, music, dancing anti-casino folks presented Pavilion. It was one of her and free roses handed out by its agenda well and I await all-time best performances. Eastie's politicians to all the an informational meeting by Non-stop Donna Summer! mothers in the audience, those supporting an East She displayed that non-stop What could be better, huh? Boston casino. People can't energy of hers. It brought Oh, by the way, a number of make an informed decision me back to those long ago" members from the Knights without hearing from both days when she was setting of Dunkin' Donuts attended sides. It would behoove those sail on her successful life such as Marie and Jerry who support the casino to in the music business. She Deneumoustier, as well as come to the community and always considered Boston Joanne and Peter Cardinale. explain their point of view to her home. I enjoyed her con- MT. CARMEL CATHOLICS us. cert last summer and she GATHER ON SUNDAYS ITALIAN EXPRESS TO seemed to enjoy it all just STILL BE FEATURED ON like us. Her voice has been The TV cameras and re- "DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND silenced but her memory will porters have gone but the DIVES" SOON live on. former vigilers at Mt. Carmel Recently, host Guy Fieri ST. KEVIN'S PROJECT Church, shuttered in Octo- taped an episode of "Diners, FAILS TO GET STATE AID ber 2004, who found them- Drive-lns and Dives" at the The redevelopment of the selves locked out on this Italian Express over in the former St. Kevin's parish recent Patriots' Day state Point as an upcoming epi- church property in Uphams holiday still gather to wor- sode of this well-watched Corner hit another road- ship across from the church food show on cable. Did you block when it failed for the on the lawn of the former know that Rino's was the second time to receive state parish convent by the statue first East Boston restaurant funding. Also, a number of of Padre Pio. The group has to be featured on Fieri's folks from the community found itself locked out of cable show? Stay tuned as are concerned about the size the church but are still fight- they say. and proposed makeup of the ing on right now in Rome THE "TAN MAN" GETS church-owned property. The with an appeal to the GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD Boston Archdiocese's Plan- Vatican Supreme Court. As Gigi Reppucci is the month ning Office of Urban Affairs Yogi Berra once said, "It ain't of May winner of the Good is spearheading the project over until it's over." Neighbor Recognition Award through the St. Kevin's Lim- "TAKEN INN BY THE which was presented to him ited Partnership and are GOVERNMENT" by the NEWRA Clean Streets assessing their options at National syndicated col- Committee. Gigi besides be- this time and most likely umnist George Will had a ing the "Tan Man" from the will re-apply for state fund- great commentary in the Mirabella Pool every sum- ing in the fall. The 2.4 acre Boston Sunday Herald, May mer is also equally known project includes rehabbing 20 about the plight of Russ as the guy who spruces the old parochial school and Caswell of Tewksbury, MA up the Polcari Playground construction of two new and the fight he is fight- with the planting of beauti- buildings, ing against both the U.S. ful flowers and keeping the The project will consist of Department of Justice and area around the Nazzaro 80 residential units, a hoped his local police department, Community Center in great for new public library and which are attempting to shape. Congrats, Gigi! On will have an affordable hous- seize his Motel Caswell, the same note a "Thank You" ing focus, which was built by his father goes out to Clark from the Many nearby residents back in 1955. This is a must Nazzaro Center for all his have serious questions about read for anyone who believes hard work too. how this project fits into the in our constitutional gov- SPEAKING OF THE POOL surrounding neighborhood ernment. As Will concluded It is time to re-up for the and are also concerned about in his opine, "James Madi- Mirabella Pool once again. traffic and parking. State son warned (in Federalist 48) Sign-ups began May 16 at Representative Carlos Hen- that government power 'is the Nazzaro Center. If you riquez, (D-Dorchester) says of an encroaching nature.' If sign up before opening pool he hopes to see more dia- unresisted, it produces iniq- day, you can save money logue between the develop- uitous sharing of other on adult and young adult ers and the community, people's property." rates. If you have any ques- St. Kevin's Parish was Go online to the Boston tions, call the Nazzaro Cen- founded in 1945 and closed Herald and check out Will's ter at 617-635-5166. Tenta- in 2008. opinion on what is happen- tive opening day is Saturday, FLYNN CALLS FOR ing up in Tewksbury. June 23 at II:00 am. So CITYWIDE CASINO VOTE It is a shocking story that don't be late to rgister for Former Mayor Ray Flynn shouldn't be happening in another summer of North says the city should hold a America! End fun.