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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 TOP GEAR USA: COMPLETE SEASON (DVD) BBC Home Ent. Adam, Tanner and Rut- ledge hit the road and criss- cross the nation behind the wheels of some of the most iconic vehicles on the planet. They compete over who had the best college car on an epic road trip through Mexico, tackle volcanoes and glaciers in America's tough- est 4-wheel drives, reinvent the RV and Taxi and build a car capable of handling the apocalypse. From California beaches to the ice bound Sierras, from $2 million su- per cars to $1,500 clunkers. They drive them all, and in the process discover how to drive frozen lakes, how to play football in cars, and just how much punishment a vehicle can take before it gives up. SOUTHLAND: THE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON (DVD) Warner Home Video A tourist flattened by a Hollywood tourist bus. Rival gangs facing off at a drug dealer's funeral. Victims cooked by their killer. On their darkest, most danger- ous days, this is what LA's beat cops and detectives con- front on the sun baked streets of the Southland. And the fallout seeps into their personal lives -- collateral damage from a 24/7 job that demands an arsenal of razor- sharp instincts and quick- silver reflexes. When two cops are kidnapped, the en- tire department scrambles to save their own in an ex- plosive series finale. GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (Blu-ray) HBO Home Ent. This season Hannah forges ahead with her writing pursuits and begins seeing someone new, but her en.- thusiasm is tempered by the responsibility she feels for her now ex Adam, still recov- ering after being hit by a truck. Disappointed at work, the recently single Marnie needs the support of her best friend and former roommate, yet the distance between them seems greater than ever. Jessa returns from her honeymoon, ready to plant new ideas in Hannah's head and newly experienced Shoshanna struggles to navi- gate the challenges of a shaky relationship with Ray. Addictive! CHUG PATROL: READY TO RESCUE (DVD) Anchor Bay Ent. Wilson, Koko and Brewster are moving up to the next level of training. In 'Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue,' the first ever super-sized spe- cial, Wilson takes on new challenges and makes dar- ing rescues as the newest member of Chuggington's emergency rescue squad. Koko and Brewster join in on the new adventures as do new characters Chug Patrol Chief Jackman and super- speedy Hanzo. Finally, the trainees compete to be part of Skylar's Rescue Squad, undergo crane training and help Piper learn a valu- able safety lesson. Exciting fun! ENLIGHTENED: THE SECOND SEASON (DVD) HBO Home Ent. 'Enlightened' is the jour- ney of a well-intentioned executive who emerges from a stint in rehab with a sin- gular, at time hilariously misguided mission to make her corporation more respon- sible. After alienating her colleagues by laying out Abaddon Industries' toxic sins, Amy becomes hell-bent on exposing the company as a polluting bastion of greed and corruption. With the aid of her workmate Tyler, she hacks into incriminating company emails, and now with real evidence, enlists the help of journalist Jeff Flender to write a searing exposd. Amy continues her crusade to become an "agent of change," in this touching, hysterical season. BOARDWALK EMPIRE: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (5-DVD) HBO Home Video Atlantic City, 1922: The Roaring '20s is about to begin in earnest and despite a booming economy, alcohol is scarce and gangster violence is heating up. Amidst this backdrop, Nucky Thompson, whose marriage to Margaret has become a sham after she signed away his highway windfall to the church, faces the challenge of mending old relationships. Nucky also encounters new competition from a hair- trigger gangster who builds a strategic bulkhead be- tween New York and Atlan- tic City in an effort to siphon off Nucky's alcohol business. This conflict brings out the best and worst in Nucky as new and familiar faces un- dergo compelling metamor- phoses within the third sea- son of this Award-winning show. BEING HUMAN: SEASON FIVE (Blu-ray) BBC America The original UK hit series 'Being Human' is back for a fifth and final season that is bigger and bolder than ever. Hal, Tom and Alex are three housemates with some serious issues on their hands, and they're not just about the household chores. Hal is a 500-year-old vampire, Tom is a hardened werewolf and Alex has recently had the misfortune of becoming a ghost. This season, threat lurks around every corner as the crew faces a volatile and deluded new vampire and the sinis- ter Mr. Rook, the head of a secret government depart- ment. And with bills to be paid, our heroes take jobs in a hotel, but behind the flock wallpaper and the cocktail umbrellas dwells an evil greater than anything faced befor'.:. 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 BIRTHDAY TO MA My mother's birthday just passed on August 24th. She would have been 104 years old. Have been thinking about her lately and the other day passed by the Dairy Freeze on Quincy Avenue in Quincy and stopped by to get a small soft serve ice cream cone. Vanilla of course. My mother loved her ice cream and I decided to cheat a bit on my diet with an ice cream cone in her honor. SOUTHIE'S ITALIAN AMERICAN WOMAN OF THE YEAR Barbara Caputo Kelly was named Southie's Italian American Woman of the Year during this year's South Boston Italian Pride Night and festival held at Medal of Honor Park this past August 22nd. The Post- Gazette joins all of South Bos- ton in congratulating her for being named Italian Ameri- can Woman of the Year in Southie and for all her hard work and commitment to her lifelong community. SOUTH BOSTON STREET FESTIVAL This year's annual South Boston Street Festival spon- sored once again by the South Boston Chamber of Commerce will be held on September 14th on East Broadway between I and L Streets. Fun for the whole family, live music, face painting for the kids and much more. Check this out. DEVELOPER TO MAKE OLD BUS YARD DESTINATION SIGHT When I grew up in Roxbury, I knew all those orange- colored buses parked over- night in the Bartlett Bus Barn, but since it closed years ago, the area looks like a blighted dump site and to some a graveyard killing the area's future. Now a de- veloper is pressing the city to get approval to transform the old bus yard into 322 homes, a grocery store, shops, offices, a public mar- ket and a plaza. Nuestra Communidad Development Corporation has filed paper- work with the B.R.A. NEW GREENWAY CAROUSEL GOING ROUND AND ROUND On Labor Day weekend, the brand new Greenway Carousel Park held its grand opening right across the street from Christopher Columbus Park. Forget about horses, now you can ride sea turtles, whales, harbor seals and butterflies. PHANTOM GOURMET FOOD FESTIVAL This year's event will take place behind Fenway Park on Sunday, September 29th from noon to 4:00 pm on Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets. For more info go to phantom- gourmet-tickets~ for tickets. LIKE INDIAN FOOD? I love trying different ehtnic foods and recently found a brand new place in Roslindale Square called Shanti. This place has one of the best menus for Indian food in Greater Boston. The Roberta Flack put on a great show in this year's Wednesday Night Concerts at City Hall Plaza. place is located on Washing- ton Street right across from the Roslindale K of C Hall. If you are over in Dorchester, try their other Shanti on Dorchester Avenue near the corner of Savin Hill Avenue. TRIP TO BALLY'S North End resident Kathy Contrado and her friends are putting together a trip to Atlantic City at Bally's from October 27-30 -- four days and three nights. For more details call 617-723-3290. DORCHESTER REPORTER WANTS CITYWIDE CASINO VOTE The Dorchester Reporter re- cently editorialized in favor of a citywide vote on the pro- posed East Boston Suffolk Downs site saying "all Bos- ton residents should get a chance to weigh in ... no matter what neighborhood is most immediately impacted. I disagree, the vote should be held in East Boston for the community that will be living with the casino 24/7. Dan Conley is wrong on this issue and so too is the Dorchester Reporter. LIKE SPANISH FOOD? Over in West Roxbury on Centre Street is a great Mexican take-out place by the name of "Los Amigos" and this place is definitely friendly to my stomach. Good healthy and satisfying items on the menu and the prices are great too. COLUMBUS DAY PARADES This year's Boston Colum- bus Day parade will be held in Boston by City Hall and marching over and through the streets of Boston's North End on Sunday, October 13~. The following day, over in Revere, that city's annual Columbus Day Parade has returned. So, if you love a good parade, this year you can actually watch two parades if you so desire. A BUNCH OF BOOBS Saturday, August 24th was Go Topless Day in Boston. If you missed it, count yourself lucky. Pro-topless protesters took to the streets to call for women's right to go topless in public. Protests took place in 35 states. In Boston, only two women decided to cel- ebrate the day in the appro- priate lack of attire. These boobs marched around the Boston Common, past the State House ending at City Hall. One protester opined to a willing reporter that going topless was no different than wearing a purple hat. Yeah, that's why these boobs need to cover-up. REPUBLICANS ON TECH TAX A handful of Republicans up on Beacon Hill are ramp- ing up pressure to repeal the so-called tech tax and will be holding meetings around the state saying the tax stifles innovation. The tax would bring in 8500 million a year but these Republicans say the price is too great. Busi- ness folks seem to agree with Republicans but busi- ness leaders need to pres- sure Democrats on Beacon Hill to stop being boobs. Per- haps, Republicans up on Beacon Hill need to go top- less to get better coverage on this issue. How about start- ing a Go Topless and Taxless Day? EVERETT VERSUS EASTIE I support a proposed casino at Suffolk Downs and await to see the mitigation pro- posal from the racetrack casino backers at Suffolk Downs. I also think the vote in Boston should be for East Boston residents only. When the Patriots were thinking about the South Boston waterfront as a site, only Southie was going to vote on the issue. Seems only fair to let those being directly impacted to cast ballots on the idea. As for the Everett-Wynn proposed casino site, it is time for Mayor Menino to stop worrying about Everett and work on moving the process at Suffolk Downs. Everett voters have spoken, Revere voters have spoken and it is time to give East Boston voters their say too. The last thing Boston and Mayor Menino need is for the state's gaming commis- sion to tell Boston whether they are a host or surround- ing community with the pro- posed Everett casino site. EMPIRE HOLY GHOST ANNUAL FEAST The Annual Empire of the Holy Ghost Feast will be held this Saturday, September 7th in the Sacred Heart lower hall following the 4:00 pm Mass and procession. The blessing of the Pensao's takes place at 5:00 pro, din- ner at 5:30 pm and conclud- ing at 7:30 pm with Portu- guese folk dancing. NEW POLICE CARS After years of Ford Crown Vics, the Boston Police Department has purchased new Chevy cruisers. At first, Boston reportedly were looking at the Ford Taurus but then apparently chose Chevys. The Chevolet com- pany reportedly had been pushing Chevy Impalas but after some negative re- sponses from police depart- ments decided to re-boot the old Chevy Caprice as their new police vehicle. Caprices are slightly larger than Impalas and now that Crown Vics are history, Chevy hopes to make a dent in the sale of police cruisers going toe to toe with the Ford Taurus.