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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE,AUGUST 9,* 2013 = ~@@O@@@OOO@@@@@DOQ@OtOO@@O@@Q@@QO@O@O,@@@@@O@~ by Bob Morello , ... more than meets the eye @O@@@@@@O0@@OI@O@@@@00@OImOI@O@@Q@@O@O@@@Q@@O SESAME STREET: ARTS AND CRAFTS PLAYDATE (DVD) Warner Bros. Home Ent. Join Elmo and Zoe as they learn all about every- one's favorite crafts, create art with treasure from around the house and make new friends with a little help from their imagination. 'Sesame Street: Arts and Crafts Playdate' contains awe- some artsy episodes with over two hours of crafts, coloring and cool collages. Plus bonus segments fea- ture classic gems as "Murray Art School," "O.K. Go: Pri- mary Colors", "Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures: Museum Guards" and favor- ites from Elmo the Musical and Elmo's World!" GREAT WHITE SHARK: A LIVING LEGEND (Blu-ray) BBC Earth Take a journey with Mike Rutzen, one of the world's foremost shark divers, as he unveils the mystery around one of the most successful predators on the planet -- the Great White Shark. In this breathtaking documentary by the BBC's Natural History Unit, Rutzen explores the waters of South Africa, the home of the great whites, as he dives without the safety of a cage and swims with the great whites closer than any- one else. Mike's unique abil- ity to communicate with them using his body lan- guage allows him to swim amongst them unscathed as he explores their complex social structure and attempts to redeem them from their violent reputation. GINGER & ROSA (DVD) Lionsgate Home Ent. Two teenage girls -- Gin- ger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (newcomer Alice Englert) -- are inseparable: they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hair- styles and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friend- ship of the two girls is shat- tered by the clash of desire and the determination to grow up. Features include deleted scenes. BLAZE YOU OUT (DVD} Lionsgate Home Ent. Lupe, a strong-willed aspiring DJ, and her younger sister Alicia live in a com- munity suffocated by gen- erations of heroin use. When Alicia witnesses her boy- friend's murder and disap- pears without a trace, Lupe braves the town's dangerous underworld to find her. She quickly discovers that in order to save the person that matters most, she must har- ness the power that exists within and not stop until her sister is home safe. An action thriller that will hold your interest! STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - FOURTH SEASON (6-Blu-ray) CBS Home Ent. + Paramount Home Media Dist. Starting with Captain Picard's terrifying battle to escape from the inhuman Borg and culminating with the Klingon Empire on the brink of civil war in the series' historic i00th epi- sode, fans can now experi- ence Season 4 in breath- taking Blu-ray. All set in dazzling high definition pic- ture with visual effects pain- stakingly re-created from original film elements, digi- tally remastered sound and a wealth of newly produced, behind-the-scenes special features and never-before- released deleted scenesl 19 hours/40 minutes of adventure! STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - REDEMPTION (Blu-ray) CBS Home Ent. + Paramount Home Media Dist. The two-part saga is re- stored and seamlessly edited into a special feature- length, High-Definition Blu- ray presentation. Loyalties are divided when civil war splits the Klingon Empire. When Worf sees a chance to regain his wrongfully lost family honor, he must choose between his duty as a Starfleet officer and his heri- tage as a Klingon warrior. Meanwhile, Picard struggles to keep the Federation from being dragged into the fray. But, a new adversary from the past threatens to destroy both the Federation and the Klingon Empire. ORPHAN BLACK: SEASON ONE (3-DVD) BBC America Smart, sexy and pulsat- ing with suspense, 'Orphan Black' is the new action thriller featuring rising star Tatiana Maslany, an out- sider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account, but quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly con- spiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her. Filled with surprising twists and turns, this addictive new series will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! LIFE AFTER DEATH PROJECT (2-DVD) Yellow Hat Productions Renowned filmmaker Paul Davids unleashes an aston- ishing breakthrough film about life after death; broad- cast on the Syfy Channel May 15th. 'Life After Death Project 2 - Personal Encoun- ters,' is a compelling sequel that people will be 'dying' to see. Overwhelming evidence of life after death! 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 CONNOLLY TRAVELS OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE On Saturday, July 27th, the Tassinari Family includ- ing East Boston's Chief Probation Officer Tommy Tassinari, wife Deb and chil- dren held their annual Block Party on Woodsworth Street in East Boston. This year the party hosted mayoral candidate John Connolly. Friends and neighbors stopped by for the food, fun and a chance to talk with Connolly about the issues surrounding this year's elec- tion. Of course Rep. Carlo Basile was there as was newly retired Dave Arinella from the East Boston Court and good friend Steve Scapicchio. Boston is a big city, con- necting folks from West Roxbury to East Boston and everywhere in between. AN EVENING UNDER THE STARS Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston will be hosting "An Evening Under the Stars" on Friday, August 23~ at 7:00 pm for a Lawn Party. Tickets are available at the rectory. Donations are $25 per person. This cocktail party will take place on the back lawn of the Church. All proceeds benefit the parish. MASS OF HEALING Don't forget tonight at 7:00 pm there will be a special Mass of Healing for victims of violence at the Sacred Heart Church in East Boston. Whether do- mestic violence, sexual vio- lence, terrorist attacks and other violent acts, you are invited to attend and pray together as a family. After Mass, all are invited down- stairs for coffee and refreshments. EL SALVADOR FESTIVAL BIG HIT The El Salvador commu- nity in East Boston held a great parade and festival over at LoPresti Park last Saturday. There was a big turnout and all seemed to have a great time. I ended up buying a great soccer tee- shirt. Flags were waving and the color of the day was defi- nitely blue. MAIN STREET MAYORAL FORUM STRAND THEATER AUGUST 19 Boston's Main Streets Pro- gram will be hosting a may- oral candidates forum on Monday, August 19a starting a 6:30 pm at the Strand Theater in Uphams Corner. Please RSVP to info@my main streetboston.org. Come listen to the candidates talk about their ideas and plans to sup- port small business growth and development across the city's neighborhoods. NEW CIVIC GROUP IN FIELDS CORNER According to a recent news story in the Dorchester Reporter, a group of activists who built a network of crime watch groups in the Fields Corner area are planning to form a new civic association that will bring folks together sometime this fall. The Fields Corner Community Action Network formed last February will be holding the first meeting of the Fields Corner Neighborhood Civic Association on Monday, Sep- tember 30a at 6:30 pm. The site of this meeting will be announced shortly. One of the leaders of this new group is Barry Mullen who said with this new group effort, "the neighborhood will be a more cohesive and safer place for all of us." HOLY NAME PARISH SCHOOL CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE Save this date, October 26th starting at 7:00 pm to cel- ebrate the Holy Name School 60th year celebration. It will be an evening of entertain- ment, light refreshments and reminiscing. It will be a 21 plus event. Tickets will be coming. For more info, go online to the school's web site for further details. CHECKING OUT REAL ESTATE PRICES As a kid, my family lived at 693 Mass. Avenue a few doorways from Harrison Avenue. The odd-numbered side of the avenue was lower Roxbury and across the street was the South End. No signs pointed any of this out. We just knew our local geography well. However, I digress. I bring up Mass. Avenue because recently in a real estate news- paper, a second floor condo unit at 690 Mass. Avenue was recently for sale at only $1,295,000. WHAT! I think my parents were paying $45 plus utilities as a monthly rent for a two-bed- room fiat. Back then, families had one common goal which was moving out of the South End for some place better. Now the South End has become that better place. EBT FRAUD EASY TO EXPLAIN When you give people something for nothing, very often these same people expect everything for noth- ing. They value nothing and they want everything. For over 50 years America has been trying to conquer pov- erty, it hasn't. We had a War on Poverty, poverty won. Today we have created a whole subset of Americans who get lots of free stuff from the government to the point they expect this free stuff all the time. Here in Massachu- setts we have seen great fraud and abuse of free ben- efits by many who apparently are gaming the system for their own ends. When people parasitically live off govern- ment, it is an addictive way of living. Why work when you don't have to? Why push yourself if you don't have to? Why strive to be empowered, when you can just sit back and wait for a government check or money cash on your EBT card? The latest fraud is not surprising. It has now been reported in the media that EBT card holders are bulk purchasing foods and ship- ping them to nations like Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic where the food enters the Black Market. Meanwhile in Boston, Mayor Menino has decided that Boston will not be working with the feds and state cracking down on EBT abusers. The excuse is if the Boston Police join this joint effort, it will hurt all the good will being built up by the police and community. Is the mayor saying that EBT abuse is condoned in com- munities of color? Government at all levels needs to be empowering folks to live their own lives free of government chains like free benefits to hold people down. SMART GROWTH AT FOREST HILLS Developers of a planned 280-unit apartment complex near Forest Hills MBTA Sta- tion in Jamaica Plain will be holding a community meet- ing soon to inform nearby residents as to their pro- . posal. Forest Hills Arborway LLC has filed plans to build The Commons at Forest Hills Station featuring four build- ings and commercial/retail space. The site is on Wash- ington Street in Roslindale and was formerly a petro- leum product distribution depot. The meeting is set for August 21st at 6:30 pm at Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO WJIB Commercial-free WJIB, the Memories Station owned by Bob Vitner celebrated 21 years last weekend on August 4% I love this station and the great music it airs every day at AM-740. By the way, it is also fundraising time for the station. If you would like to send a gift to the station to keep this music going, you can send a check or money order to WJIB, 443 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 ... If you have kind words for the great job WJIB is doing for listeners out there, email Bob at www.bobthemusic man7@aol.com. Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechanical. Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 WWW. BOSTON POSTGAZETTE.COM kenskjs @ aol.com