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Page10 POST-GAZETrE, JUNE 19, 2015 BONANZA: SEASON EIGHT - VOLUMES 1 & 2 (9-DVD) CBS+Paramount One of the longest running and most popular television Westerns, Bonanza returns when The Eighth Season, Volume One and Two arrives on DVD. Bonanza follows the High Sierra adventures of the Cartwright family wise patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and his three sops, Adam (Pernell Roberts), Hoss (Dan Blocker) and "Little Joe" (Michael Landon) as they operate their sprawling timberland ranch, the Ponderosa, in the midst of dangerous and law- less 19th century Nevada. Fans can enjoy this nine- disc collection that mixes action and adventure with heart-wrenching drama qualities that have helped the series stand the test of time with generations of viewers. POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE: SKY STRIKE (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Power Rangers Troy, Noah, Emma, Gia, Jake, and Orion are in for the fight of their lives as they battle their greatest enemies yet di- mension-hopping Professor Cog, Prince Vekar's mighty Armada Megazord, Emperor Mavro and his Royal Guard, and Damaras, the most le- thal warrior in the universel And when Vrak returns, transformed and more pow- erful than ever, he will turn one of the Power Rangers' most trusted allies against them. The Super Megaforce will never be the same after facing Dark Robo KnightI THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW: SEASONS 1-8 (DVD) CBS+ Paramount Return to the sleepy, idyl- lic town of Mayberry with all eight seasons of the fan- favorite series The Andy Griffith Show. All eight sea- sons are available on DVD with a sleek new look, just in time for Father's Day gift- giving. The series follows Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) as he divides his time between being a single dad to his precocious son Opie (Ron Howard) and his job as Mayberry's sheriff. Filled with hilarious locals includ- ing Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Goober Pyle (George Lind- sey), Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear) and Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), The Andy Griffith Show is a television classic the whole family can enjoy. THE DUFF (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. Bianca's (Mae Whitman) universe turns upside down when she learns that her high school refers to her as a "DUFF" (Designated Ugly Fat Friend). Hoping to erase that label, she enlists the help of a charming jock (Robbie AmeN) and her favor- ite teacher (Ken Jeong). To- gether they'll face the school's mean girl (Bella Thorne) and remind every- one that we are all some- one's DUFF ... and that's totally fine! THE LAST SHIP: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2-Blu-ray) TNT In the epic drama The Last Ship, a global catastrophe has nearly decimated the world' population. The Navy destroyer USS Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating virus; the crew and its captain must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Based on William Brinkley's popular novel, The Last Ship is ariveting, action-packed drama starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, and Adam Bald- win. A two-hour premiere will signal the start of Sea- son Two, Sunday, June 21 St at 9:00 pm. AMERICAN BAD BOY (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Samuel's dream of becom- ing a famous hip-hop artist is in jeopardy. With the money gone and the record far from finished, he be- comes desperate. When the man who loaned him the money threatens to confis- cate everything, Samuel knows what he has to do. To make it work, he is going to take it all off. Hiding his new life from his beautiful girl- friend and his father -- a prominent preacher -- soon proves difficult, as his good looks and talent draw bigger crowds than he ever dreamed. PASTOR BROWN & SINS OF THE MOTHER (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. In Pastor Brown, Jessica "Jesse" Brown returns home to honor her dying father's final command to take over as pastor of the family church. There she is forced to face critics who know of her sordid past as an exotic dancer, and mend fences with the son and sister she abandoned years ago. Maybe even find the dignity and self-love she lost so long ago. In Sins of the Mother, G.rad student Shay Dixon reaches a crossroad in her life when she finds herself broke, burned out and unable to cope with the stress of school. With nowhere else to go, Shay embarks on a journey home to face her abusive, alcoholic mother, Nona. When she returns to Tacoma, she finds Nona recovered, with a new daugh- ter and a completely trans- formed life. Shay's path forces her to move past the anger and awaken her rela- tionships. Sometimes life is better when bitter is followed by sweet! 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 Giarratan BIG DIG SUIT A WINNER FOR JOE TECCE'S Two weeks ago, a jury awarded $8.5 million to the now defunct Joe Tecce's Res- taurant for damages to the once North End landmark due to business disruptions during the Big Dig Project. A spokesperson for the Mass. Department of Transporta- tion stated most likely the public agency will appeal the jury's verdict. The Tecce family sued the state back in 2004, alleging that the Big Dig construc- tion outside its doors re- stricted access to the North Washington Street restau- rant for years and that the noise and vibrations from the heavy machinery drove customers away in droves. While the construction ended in 2007, business never recovered. They filed for bankruptcy protection in 2011 and closed later for good that year. Sal Tecce, one of the owners, has stated that the restaurant saw sales drop by 50 percent during the Big D, ig construction period. NORTH END FRIENDS RAISE $20,000 FOR SHELTER Once again a big hand goes out to the North End Friends of St. Francis House in Downtown Boston. North Enders are always generous and came up with almost $9,000 at its annual Bake Sale and Flea Market held at the Nazzaro Center. An anonymous donor rounded it up to $10,000 and then matched that amount Kudos to all who made this possible once again this year as usual. BIG DEAL ON NEUTRALITY Bathrooms on the fifth floor of City Hall near both the Mayor's Office and City Council Chamber are now gender-neutral according to an executive order signed by Mayor Walsh, making Bos- ton one of the first city halls in New England to go gen- der-neutral. Big deal! Hardly historic" as many are calling this move. In the old days, there wasn't anything but a single use public bathroom with a lock on the door when in use. All this crazy gar- bage about "a safe and wel- coming environment" or it being an important step "in the fight for equality." All we're talking about is a bath- room. This shows how out of control political correctness has traveled. Time to flush all this nonsense. THERE'S A NEW PAPER IN BOSTON I picked up a copy of the monthly El Heraldo Latino over at the East Boston Post Office last week. It looks very professional, lots of color and all, but too bad it is all in Spanish. I looked at the photos and that was about it. I believe Latino newspapers should be bi-lingual, helping its readers move into the English-speaking American world around them and at the same time inform folks like myself of what is hap- pening to my own Spanish- speaking neighbors. Assimi- lation is not a bad word and it works. AN EVENING WITH THE OLD KIDS ON THE BLOCK The Old Kids on the Block will hold an evening of great music at the Sons of Italy on Quarry Street in Quincy on September 11 th starting at 7:00 pm. The event is being held to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary. Enjoy the patriotic sounds of the great- est generation. More infor- mation to come. CHECK OUT THE GOOD DINER Recently, I stopped by the Good Diner on Broadway in Revere for breakfast at the urging of a good friend Johnny Two Dog, who loves this place. The food isn't good, it is GRRREAT as Tony the Tiger might say if you asked him. I had "The Mexi- can" omelet and it was so good, it should be illegal. If you have never eaten at this place, you need to try it for yourself. ANDRIANA'S PASTRY & CAFE There's a neat new pastry and coffee shop across the bridge to Winthrop on 145 next to Ace Hardware. I have been there often since re- cently finding this gem of a place. You can get a great cup of Coffee and a piece of Ital- ian pastry for a decent price with a great water view, too. Stop by Andriana's Pastry & Caf6 and tell them Sal sent you there. The owner John Schettino is a friend, and this place is a heaven send for people who love good coffee and good company. IS THERE A MERGER IN THE WORKS BETWEEN STOP & SHOP AND HANNAFORD'S? It appears that Stop & Shop and Hannaford's Super- markets are talking merger again. Both owners seem to be sniffing around at the idea and are reportedly in early merger talks. Here in Greater Boston, there is much overlap between the two chains and reportedly there will be some divesting of store sites according to industry sources. Stop & Shop is Number 1 in the New England market, while Hannaford's is Num- ber 11. Stay tuned, this merger talk could bear fruit. CHARLES GIARRATANA, RIP A while back, I read the obit for Charles Giarratana from Everett. I remember about 50 years back when my uncle Nick Giarratani of East Somerville contacted the Giarratana family after seeing a wedding announce- ment in a newspaper be- cause he was curious if they were related to us. Turns out they weren't. My family hailed from Sciacca in Sicily, theirs didn't. Ironi- cally, we did have some Giarratano cousins living in Everett at the same time. We eventually connected with them after my brother took a trip to Sciacca back in 1991. There is still a chance that the Giarratana family is related, but I do clearly still remember my uncle's in- quiries back then. I am almost positive that my uncle have may even spo- ken with this Charles back then. PUTTING MY BADGE BACK ON FOR A SECOND A few months ago, I re- member a news story about how a GPS led to a SUV linked to a shooting. As a retired cop, I love catching these kinds of stories in the paper. Apparently, officers from the Boston Police Gang Unit used data from a GPS device tethered to the ankle of an individual to track him to the sports utility vehicle that would become the scene of a Roxbury shooting. The officers wanted to talk to him about gunshots re- ported two hours earlier where said individual lived. But when Officer John Moynihan walked up to the vehicle, the driver allegedly stepped out and shot Moynihan point blank. The shooter was then killed in a firefight with the police. Ankle bracelet guy and a third individual were arrested. The lawyer for ankle bracelet guy objected to po- lice accessing his client's GPS data, saying it violated his client's privacy rights. When someone is wearing an ankle bracelet, what pri- vacy rights is the lawyer talking about? His lawyer calls the police action un- constitutional, but I call it good police work. IMMIGRANT STUDENT RALLY AT STATE HOUSE SUPPORTING ILLEGALS The Massachusetts Immi- grant & Refugee Coalition (MIRA} organized a rally out- side the State House last week in ,support of education equity for undocumented students. Currently, there is a piece of legislation sitting in the Joint Committee on Higher Education that would give access to in-state tu- itions and state financial aid to undocumented students in Massachusetts. The students were apply- ing pressure on both the Joint Committee and the entire House to pass this bill. Personally, I would let this bill rot in committee. There, I said it. KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL SERVICE Once again, the Quincy Veterans Council Korean War Committee invites one and all to the 65 th Annual memorial service that will be held Thursday, June 25 th at 10:30 am at the Korean War Memorial by Veteran's Stadium on Hancock Street, Quincy, MA. Guest speaker will be Song Jun Ohm, Con- sul General Republic of South Korea.