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PAGE 10 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 16, 2017 OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO O000OOOOO OOOO i by Bob MoreJlo i ... more than meets the eye OOO000@OO00@OOOO@O00@O000@@OOOO0@@@O BEAUTY& THE BEAST: THE COMPLETE SERIFS (20-DW) CBS DVD + Paramount Relive all four pulse-pounding seasons of Beauty & The Beast. Three years after NYPD detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk) witnesses her mother's murder, a case leads her to ex-soldier Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), a man with a dark and mysterious past. Cat, a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective with a troubled past, is in love with Vincent, a handsome doctor who was reportedly killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. It becomes anything but a fairy tale romance. While investigating a new case, Cat and Tess (Nina Lisandrello) discover fingerprints that prove that Vincent is still alive. For mysterious reasons, Vincent has been in hiding for the past ten years. With the help of his childhood friend J.T. Forbes (Austin Basis), he has been able to guard his dark secret - when he is enraged he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses. From the shadows, sinister forces conspire to tear Cat and Vincent apart and threaten to destroy their lives altogether. It soon becomes clear that in order to stay alive, theyll have to stay together. 20-disc set with almost 49 hours of excitement and mystery. ON THE ROAD SOMEWHERE (DVD) IndiePix Films In Santiago, best friends Oliver, Moses, and Hemingway are preparing for a ritual known to middle-class teenagers around the world -- one last carefree summer road trip, just before college, when the first steps into adulthood will begin and everything they know will change. The boys map a route from Montecristi in the north to points east, with an eventual destination of Pedemales in the south, where Oliver's high school girlfriend Veronica is staying with her grandmother until she leaves to study in New York in the fall. Along the way, the car breaks down frequently, leaving the three boys stranded with nearly every character under the Dominican sun. As their hilarious conversations, arguments and riffs on popular culture, national identity, and politics build momentum, an emblematic snapshot of both the joys and insecurities of contemporary Dominican society emerges. To be eligible to win a free copy of On the Road Somewhere, email your name, address, and phone number to bobmorello@comcast, net. THE SHACK (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. Based on The New York mes best-selling novel The Shack, this moving video takes us on a father's transformative spiritual journey. After a family tragedy, Mack (Sam Worthington) spirals into a crisis of faith, and questions God's existence and life's purpose. Mack is unable to move on, until he gets a mysterious invitation to an abandoned shack. There, God reveals Himself in the form of three strangers led by Papa (Octavia Spencer). Mack's journey willtransform audiences of all ages in this movie that you will want to watch over and over. Also starring country music superstar Tim McGraw. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: DANCE BERRY DANCE (DVD) 20th Century Fox Home Ent. Dance along to the berry beat with Strawberry Shortcake and friends in four fantastic adventures! In The Berry Bitty Dance Disaster, Apple tries to keep up with her pals in ballet class with the help of her new groove booties. When her latest invention'steps out of line, everyone must help stop the shoes from dancing. Strawberry and Plum then use the groove booties to teach some pups moves before a performance, but Huckleberry's TomTom might soon become a "Doggie Dance No-Show." In "Dance Puppy Dance," Cherry Jam can't focus on her song for the Queen when the music from the puppies' video goes viral. Can Berry Bitty City band together so she can find her rhythm? Join in all the twirly-whirly fun, as it's a dance-tastic good time for allI BECKER: THE COMPLETE SERIES (17-DVD) CBS DVD + Paramount Ted Danson stars in the fan- favorite series Becker, now available in this newly packaged complete series collection. The comedy follows Dr. John Becker {Danson), a dedicated and talented physician who's extremely devoted to his Bronx medical practice. However, because Dr. Becker looks at the world around him and sees a society gone mad, he has no qualms about saying anything that comes to mind-- anything. Becker often unleashes his views on his friends: dake (Alex D6sert), the blind proprietor of the local newsstand; Bob (Saverio Guerra), the annoying but somehow likeable super of Becker's apartment building; Margaret (Hattie Winston), his head nurse; and Linda (Shawnee Smith), his slightly ditzy nurse's aide. He also has to deal with his neighbor -- and on-again, off-again love interest -- Chris (Nancy Travis). Even though he seems to be insulting them at every turn, the people in his life persist in trying to connect with him to find the nice guy they know is in there somewhere. 17 discs with 129 episodes. THE ASSIGNMENT (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. Legendary director Walter Hill gives the revenge film The Assignment a modem neo- noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hit-man Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he's not the man he thought he was -- he's been surgically altered and now has the transgendered body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person who transformed him, Dr. Rachel Kay (Sigourney Weaver), a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. Also starring Tony Shalhoub The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings DOT DAY PARADE ALWAYS GREAT The Dorchester Vietnamese Community once again took part in this year's parade with a large contingent and plenty of colorful outfits. L-R: Kate Lain and Trang Nguyen. (Photo by Sal Giarratani) I am a parade watcher and this year I almost missed the Dot Day parade, but got to Fields Comer just in time. There were great bands, colorful marchers, plenty of music, clowns and, sadly, politicians, too. WHAT'S "QUARTERLY" MEAN? I was in line at a CVS pharmacy recently. In front of me, a young lady in her 20s asked the clerk if there was a by Sal Giarratani up on the south side of Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Like this is needed. And ff it is, is it table tennis as the photo cap stated, or just plain ping-pong? But I digress. I wonder if players will be allowed to play in their pajamas like more and more millennials seem to prefer for outside attire. I thought Quincy Market was a giant menu of retail stores. What's with Playground Nation? Not as if there aren't enough troubles facing America and the world. I guess if you get bored watching James Comey take on President Trump at a local pub, you can always pretend everything is hunky dory and play table tennis or ping-pong, or whatever. TOMMY MULLIGAN LOVES HIS SENIOR SHUTTLE Last week, while delivering the Post-Gazette up at Jeffries Point, I ran into Tommy Mulligan from Hyde Park who has been driving the Senior Shuttle since 2000 when he was age 61. The only spot open back then was East Boston, the other side of the world for him. He took it and loves Eastie so much that when an opening back where he lives opened, he stayed put in Eastie. He loves the Post-Gazette, too, and often carries several for the folks who use his shuttle. Mulligan's a nice guy, and loves his job. He also doesn't mind being 78 years old, either! Always better sal~ every week on an item she : than the alternative. Good waflted. The clerk i-esponded man, Tommy. NO, just quarterly. There was a long silence and then the young lady asked, "What's quarterly mean?" God help the future of America. IS IT TABLE TENNIS OR PING PONG? There was a front-page photo of the new ping-pong table set NO PLACE FOR "SAFE DRUG SITES" There are now folks out there who want to set up safe sites for addicts to shoot up. Have we gone mad? It is nothing more than enabling bad choices and throwing up the white flag of surrender. A few Boston city councilors want the city to look into this idea as a way of dealing with all the overdoses we have been seeing lately. Setting up safe sites means we have no real answers to this growing epidemic. Getting people into treatment empowers folks and tells them there are good and bad choices in life. Help them pick positive ways to get clean. Handing them poison is not the answer. WORK INC. AWARDS NITE Work Inc. over on Freeport Street in Dorchester is holding its annual Awards Night Lobster Bake on Thursday, June 22"d, at 6:00 pm at the IBEW hall down the street from Work Inc.'s base of operation. For more information, contact Susan at 617-691-1516. SACRED HEART PARISH CELEBRATION Sacred Heart parish in East Boston will be celebrating the feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday, June 23rd. Mass at 6:30 pm followed by a cookout on the parish grounds. For more information, call Father Eric at 617-567-5776. BILL TO RAISE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AGE TO 21 Proposals up on Beacon Hill have been offered to raise the age limit for young people to have their criminal cases heard in juvenile court. These bills are being taken up by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee. Liberals are now calling the 18-21 population "emerging adults." Now defendants 18 or older are tried in adult court with adult penalties. Why stop at 21, why not 35, why not until one moves out of mommy and daddy's place? I am not buying this reform. How about you? Am I missing something here? Let me know what you think. BOSTON SPORTS CENTERS OFFER FREE SUMMER FUN FOR AGES 7 TO 14 The Boston Parks and Recreation Department announces the return of free youth Sports Cen- ters at White Stadium in Franklin Park, Moaldey Park in South Boston, and East Boston Stadium, featuring professional instruction in a number of popular sports, from July 10th to August 18th. The Sports Centers are offered free of charge to Boston residents and open to boys and girls ages 7 to 14. The program offers progressive skill de- velopment to city youngsters in July and August. The East Boston Summer Recreation and Sports Center at East Boston Memorial Park is a full day drop-in program for Boston residents ages 7 to14. Children may participate in a number of supervised activities, including sports, games, and arts and crafts. The program runs from July 10 through August 18% 9:00 am to 3:00 pro. Pre- registration is recommended and space is limited. For more information, please call 617-961-3085 or email cheryl.brown@~ostorugov. The Moakley Park Sports Center in South Boston is a full day drop-in program for Boston residents ages 7 to 14. The program runs from July 10a through August 18 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Children can participate in many traditional and non-traditional recreation activities. Parents may register their children for one day, a week, or the entire summer. For more information, please call 617-961-3093 or email barbara.hamilton@ The White Stadium Sports Center in Frank- lin Park will feature several sports from July 11 through August 18% 8:30 am to 3:00 pm., with youngsters choosing a favorite to participate in each week. The sports offered through the program include volleyball, lacrosse, tennis, bas- ketball, Double Dutch, track and field, football, soccer, and basebali/softball. The White Stadium Sports Center also hosts Monday workshops from July 17th to August 14 offering boys and girls the opportunity to participate in a five-week reading, writing, and math enrichment program. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information on all White Stadium Sports Center programs, call 617-961-3092 or email /areHe. bryson( Highly skilled cl"micians will teach all Sports Center sessions. Please note that lunch is provided at all locations, but participants must provide their own transportation and pre-registration is required for both groups and individuals. For more information or to register, please go to apm.actiue- communities, corn~ co bparksandrecclepart /Home. Mayor's Cup Soccer Tournament Registration is now open for the inaugural Mayor's Cup UI6/UI8 Soccer Tournament hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The Mayor's Cup U16/U18 Soccer Tourna- ment will be held on June 24th and 25th at Moakley Park, 446 Old Colony Avenue, South and Anthony LaPaglia. ....... Boston ..................... The divisions are Grades 9/10 (U16) and Grades 1 i/12 (U18). Registration is open now through Monday, June 19% Teams may register online at www. apm. activecommunities, corn/ cobparksandrecde- part/home. For more information, please contact Woodley Auguste at woodley.auguste , or call (617)-961-3084 ..............