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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 21,2012 WIZ KHALIFA - o.n.i.f.c. Atlantic-Rostrum Pittsburgh rapper Cam- eron Jibril Thomaz aka Wiz Khalifa, takes flight on the strength of 'o.n.i.f.c.' his highly acclaimed sopho- more album. Included are hits as Work Hard, Plao Hard, Remember You featuring Weeknd, and It's Nothin' fea- turing 2 Chainz. Additional notable collaborations are, Let It Go (Akon), The Bluff (Cam'ron), Got Everything (Courtney Noelle), Rise Above (Pharrell, Tuki Carter & Amber Rose), plus Initiation (Lola Monroe), The Plan (Juicy J), and Medicated (Chevy Woods & Juicy J). Weeded in between are, Paperbond, the illusion Bluff in, rocking the crib via Fall Asleep, getting higher with Up In It, and Wiz sums it up with No Limit. Khalifa's killer cuts say it all over 17 selections, all which he had a hand in writing! FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE - HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES Republic Nashville Hot countryrock duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard have hit the coun- try music scene with explo- sive power, using their hit single Cruise to make their mark. Their debut album is, as the title implies, chock full of good time experi- ences. Roll with the boys on, Round Here, toasting the fun with Get Your Shine On, the partying title cut Here's To The Good Times, the hip-hop/ rock flavored It's Just What We Do and the romantic Stay. Memories of teenage fun spawns Hell Raisin' Heat Of The Summer, for 'ladies choice' FGL offers up Tell Me How You Like It, the album's proverbial drinking song is Tip It Back, the mouth-drop- ping description of the 10+ babe, Dayum, Baby and fin- ish it off with the fun-loving, anthem song Party People. Let the good times begin! JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN - THIS IS CHRISTMAS Universal Music Group John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John get together for the first time in 30 years, delivering an intimate col- lection of holiday songs. Working with a host of stel- lar artists, it is truly time to celebrate. Opening with Baby It's Cold Outside, followed by Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (with Kenny G), the pretty I'//Be Home For Christ- mas (Barbra Streisand), the jazzy This Christmas (Chick Corea), Olivia soloing on Silent Night and John doing his thing on The Christmas Waltz, before hitting the half- way mark with Cliff Richard joining in on Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Tony Bennett & The Count Basle Orchestra set off the second half with a rousing version of Winter Wonderland, trailed by the duo delivering White Christmas, I Think You Might Like It, The Christmas Song, joined by James Taylor on Deck The Halls and top the musical tree with the med- ley of Auld l.xmg Syne/Christ- mas Time Is Here. FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI - CHRISTMAS Fervent Grammy nominee Fran- cesca Battistelli is the art- ist with a Christmas album that is different, in the fact that she co-wrote some songs and helped to arrange other traditional tracks. With her first attempt at a Christmas album project, she did an excellent job. Check out cuts as the well known The Christmas Song, her creation Heaven Every- where and Christmas Is, re- arranging What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude) the tasty Peter DeRose/Carl Sigman tune Marshmallow World, and puts her thoughts into the arrangement of O Come, 0 Come, Emmanuel. Named the 2011 Dove Awards' "Art- ist of the Year," Battistelli does justice to her having won, with her performances on Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, the spiritual beauty of You're Here, help- ing to arrange the glorious Joy To The World, plus her heavenly tune Christmas Dreams and her arrange- ment of Go, Tell It On The Mountain is the finale! M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES Established in 1938 INCOME TAX PREPARATION Financial Services * Professional Tax Consultant Personal & Business Year Round Service GRACE PREVITE MAGOON, EA 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 617-569-0175 e-maih gmagoon@aol.com GEM GRAVURE COMPANY, INC. Tel: 781.878.0456, Emil: custserviceGgemgravure.com 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 CHRISTMAS PARTY AT HANOVER ST. FIREHOUSE This past Sunday, the guys from Engine 8 and Ladder 1 held their annual Family Christmas Party at the fire house. The placed was filled to the brim as both apparatus were parked out in the street. Inside it was all Christmas all the time. Firefighters and their families came to cel- ebrate with one another and Santa Claus even made an appearance for all the little firefighters. A fun time was had by all. BLACKHAWK SANTA ARRIVED AT THE BALLFIELD Right on schedule this past Sunday, Santa Claus arrived by helicopter at the Commer- cial Street playground. The copter made a few swoops around the North End first before landing. Captain Billy Lee got to see his very first Santa helicopter landing. Par- ents and kids had a great time watching Santa land. Then the NEAA-sponsored Christmas parade was on through the streets of the North End. It was very cold but nobody really seemed to mind because everyone was up. Up and up for Santa down on the ground riding through the North End atop a neat old fire truck. FINALLY, FREE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS Freedoms Foundation Bay State Chapter held its annua. Christmas Party on Sunday over at Spinelli's in East Bos- ton. Frank Zarba and his bane. provided the entertainment and only hours after landing in the North End, Santa Claus arrived at Spinelli's too A great crowd was there ant my neighbor Marilyn got her photo taken with Santa Claus. The Ladies in Red were there at their own table. The East Boston Chamber of Commerce was there with Buddy Mangini and Sherri Raftery as well as Ed Coletta from Kiwanis. HEROES AND VILLAINS The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross is on view through Feb- ruary 24 th at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stock- bridge, MA. For info, go to nrm.org or call 413-298-4100. NOTRE DAME'S FIGHTING IRISH IS REAL Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football team is having a great year and is looking at a national championship. If you need a reason to support this team, here's one. Head Coach Brian Kelly is a local guy with Irish roots, born in Everett and raised in Chelsea. His father Paul was a Chelsea alderman and his grandfather, Kenzel Kelly, was a Boson police officer. STOP & SHOP SHUTTLES TO MEDFORD STORE Now that Johnnie's Food- master has left the Bunker Hill Mall in Charlestown, there are now dueling shuttle buses for the elderly and oth- ers to get to nearby supermar- kets. Whole Foods, which is replacing Foodmaster at the mall, has shuttle buses to its Cambridge Street store over near Government Center. Now we hear that Super Stop & Shop, hoping to lure future customers their way, has sent up its own shopping shuttles to its Wellington Circle store in nearby Medford. Back in the day be- fore Bunker Hill Mall back in the late Seventies, Charles- town had two First National Stores, one on Bunker Hill Street and the other, in Th- ompson Square. Today, for the moment, there is no super- market in the town. Only a new Whole Foods is on the horizon as apparently the yuppies have been noticed and everyone else apparently has been forgotten or mar- ginalized out of town. JOSEPH EARLY, R.I.P. Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Early, D-Worcester passed away recently at 79 years old. He served in the US House from 1975 to 1993. He began his political career back in 1962 with a one-vote victory for State Representative. He went on to serve six terms up on Beacon Hill from 1963 to 1974. Early was defeated in 1992 in his US House race to Republican Peter Blute. His son, Joseph Early Jr., is currently Worcester County District Attorney. NAVY YARD HOUSING SAILING AHEAD A Danvers developer is moving ahead at the Charles- town Navy Yard with plans for apartments on an empty city- owned 10t. Kavanagh Advisory Group took on Parcel 39A lo- cated at the corner of First Avenue and Ninth Street near the USS Constitution. The company recently won a bidding process by the B.R.A. The developer hopes to break ground in June on the 4-story building with 54 rental units. Mark Rosenshein from the Charlestown Neighborhood Council says, "It is not a huge project but it's an interesting little piece of the Navy Yard. It will finish the block and really make it look seam- less." The design must match nearby Civil War-era Navy Yard buildings and also win approval from the National Park Service. CONGRATS GO OUT TO ... Congrats go out to John F. Nucci of East Boston who was recently sworn in as a mem- ber of the Massachusetts Bar. His parents are Peggy Nucci, a teacher at the Mario Umana School, and John A. Nucci, Suffolk University Vice President and both a former Boston School Com- mitteeman and City Coun- cilor. The young lawyer, John F. Nucci, is currently work- ing out of the offices of Suf- folk County District Attorney Dan Conley. q3uon JV00atale  "Take a look around, cheek out the colorful eoektails,  the sleek furniture, the creative euisine. 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