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Page10 POST-GAZEI-rE, DECEMBER 26, 2014 ~0@000000000000000@@00@0000000000000000000000~ i by Bob Morello ! WS. . . more than meets the eye oo@ioeoooioo@oeooo@@oo@oooooeoooooo@lo@o@ THE HERO OF COLOR CITY (DVD) Magnolia Home Ent. Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons enter a magical Crayon Box that transports them to Color City, a world of dazzling hues and soaring fantasy. When timid Yellow is accidentally left behind in Ben's room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings. They follow Yellow to Color City where they wreak havoc and stop the flow of the enchanted Rainbow Water- fall that provides all the color to the Crayons. It's up to Yellow and her fellow Crayon pals to save the day and bring back the color! CHUGGINGTON: SNOW RESCUE (DVD) Anchor Bay Ent. It's wintertime in Chug- gington and the Chuggers are busy making prepara- tions for the Parade of Lights Festival, adorning them- "selves in glowing colored lights for a special proces- sion through Chuggington! But when freezing fog traps Koko and a snowy avalanche derails Fletch, Wilson and the Chug Patrol team must set out on a wild winter rescue! In this action- packed collection, featuring the Snow Rescue Special and four additional episodes, your own little Chugger will discover important lessons about safety, responsibility and teamwork. WHAT IF (DVD) Sony Pictures Home Ent. "What If' is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his fried Allan (Adam Driver), seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis) Wallace decides to put his love on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an ani- mator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben [Rare Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an inst.ant connection, striking up a close friendship.. Still there is no denying the chemistry between them, teadtng the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? HISTORY PRESENTS: THE DEFINITIVE WWI & WWII COLLECTION (D.VD) Lionsgate Home Ent, HISTORY marks the advent of modern warfare in the 20th century with this epic 20-DVD collection. Dis- cover how the First World War changed the face of battle forever, from hand-to- hand combat to high-tech wadare, in "History of WWI: The First Modern War." Experience the acrobatic encounters o'f flying aces high above the battlefield in "Dogfights." Watch the Nor- mandy assault in spectacu- lax high definition in "D-Day" in HD, and learn soldiers' personal stories in "WWII" in HD, and "The Color of War." Learn which invert- tions decided the war in "Ultimate WWII Weapons," and get a dramatic view of U.S. General George Patton's brilliant strategy in "Patton 360." And, witness the whole devastating three decades of war through the eyes of the men forged in the trenches of WWI before commanding the world in "WWII" -- Franklin Roose- velt, Adolph Hitler, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and others -- in the Emmy- nominated mini-series "The World Wars." Unforgettable collection! GETTING ON: THE FIRST SEASON (DVD) HBO Home Ent. At the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of the Mount Palms Hospital in Long Beach, California, the staff attends to the needs of female patients who are often "getting on" in years, while dealing with the chal- lenges of healthcare bureau- cracy in need of an overhaul. As the attempt to serve their charges under less- than-ideal circumstances, the lives of this ragtag crew are complicated by conflict- ing agendas, both profes- sional and personal. BREAKING AMISH - SEASON 2: BRAVE NEW WORLD (DVD) Cinedigm When a young group of Amish and Mennonites risk it all to experience life out- Side of their simple farm community, they discover a 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 ONE NORTH PUPPIES? That new residential development off Route 1 and the Tobin Bridge in Chelsea looks pretty great. I had to laugh though, this com- plex has an on-site doggie daycare for residents. What- ever happened to daycare for babies. Is the world going to the dogs or what? That's a big bow-wow! ALISON BARNET BOOK TALK AT WEST END MUSEUM Earlier this month at the West End Museum, Alison Barnet, author of "South End Character: Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change," a col- lection of columns from the South End News spoke about her book and a discussion on neighborhood change, gentrification and loss. In a way, what happened to the West End also happened in the South End down in the New York Streets neighbor- hood along Harrison Avenue near where Whole Foods is soon to arrive. I have known Alison for many years, she and I share a connection called East Springfield Street. She has called the South End her home now for 50 years. I grew up there until I was in might say, "Only in Cam- bridge," but sadly this anti- Christmas stuff is growing like a cancer. One would think Santa was some kind of Level 3 perp wearing an ankle bracelet. What bothers me is that too many parents just wave their hands in surrender when they should be stand- ing up to what's happening. Remember what Edmund Burke once said, "All that is necessary for evil to pre- vail is for good people to do nothing." NEW WHOLE FOODS IN SOUTH END COMES WITH DAY SPA Bread, grapes, cold cuts, cereal and a manicure or wax job? The new Whole Foods coming to the site of the old Boston Herald build- ing will come with a full day spa and it will be the first such operation in the 400- store supermarket chain. Four buildings are under- way at Ink Block, each with retail space on the ground floor and restaurants above. This development includes at least I0 restaurants, 315 apartments and 83 condos. CAMBRIDGE READY TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS? Recently, the Cambridge high school. The two of us City Council voted to make have lots of South End his- tory in our heads. Keep on writing Alison, your voice is needed. SANTA GETS SACKED IN PEOPLES REPUBLIC Recently, Santa Claus got the boot from The Peabody world more shocking and difficult than they had ever Peoples Republic of Cam- expected. Season 2 of "Break- bridge at the school's anmial ing Amish" follows the group concert after a single com- to Florida as they reunite in plaint about whether Santa hopes of making a fresh belonged in a public school. start. There, Abe is able to The school's principal sent their city the latest on the East Coast to ban plastic bags. If adopted the ordi- nance would replace dis- posable plastic bags with recyclable bags. Brookline in 2013 passed a similar measure and theirs bans Elementary School in the: polystyrene coffee cups and those take-out containers too. Cambridge City Councilor Dennis Carlone says, "it's almost silly (the ban) hasn't happened yet." He goes on costs borne by the compa- nies." Sounds like a great sound bite by a moonbat liberal type. Down in Austin, Texas where most of the state's lib- erals live, the city outlawed not only plastic bags but paper ones too unless you want to purchase them at the counter. You have to carry your shopping bags with you when you go shop- ping unless of course you leave the area of Austin under control by Austin City Hall. Last summer, I chose to bypass the local H.E.B. Supermarket and drove about two miles away on RR 620 to Randell's Supermarket where plastic bags are plentiful. Who loses here? How about the busi- nesses that watch their customers drive short dis- tances away to shop? Liber- als never seem to see those unintended consequences. REVERE RAISES LOTS OF AID TO VICTIMS OF TORNADO The Revere Tornado Relief Fund raised $250,000 and is now in the process of distrib- uting it to 150 residents and businesses. The freak tor- nado roared through the city back on July 28% The fund was started under the direc- tion of Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo. The mayor recently stated he was "deeply grate- ful to the over 700 residents and businesses that donated to the fund." BPPA ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT The Boston Police Patrol- men's Association's Presi- dent Tommy Nee was re- cently ousted and the new president elected is Pat Rose out of C-11 in Dorchester. As one police officer said, pursue his dream of bull riding, and a Miami model- ing gig comes calling for Kate. But wave after wave of culture shock, unforeseen challenges, and unexpected discoveries make their new Iffe anything but easy. With their old life haunting them wherever they go, they won- der ff they'll ever be able to create the lives they!ve always dreamed of. THE EXPENDABLES 3 (Blu-ray) Lionsgate Home Ent. In "The Expendables 3," Barney faces off with an old enemy and must fight old blood with new blood, bring- ing in a new era of Expend- ables who are younger and faster. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in The Expendables' most personal battle yet! Broadway Brake HEAVY DUTY TRUCK & BUS PARTS & SERVICE Philip D'Angel0, President 45 Broadway 1093 N. Mostello St. Somerville, MA Brockton, MA 617-666-1000508-580-2213 a letter home to parents to say that "the benefits "Tommy is a great guy, but it informing them that Santa far outweigh any additional was just time for a change." was no longer welcomed at the school s concert. As many " ~eason ~s greetinfs DIAMONDS ' ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY: , Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. eldg~ Jim (617)263-7766 - , r 3uon V'atale e i elicewlnno J fuovo Italia Unita, Inc. "Promoting Italian culture and the preservation of Italian heritage." 35 Bennington Street East Boston, MA 02128 Tel: (617) 561-3201 Fax: (617) 569-2898 Email: ItaliaUnita @ J-Iappy ftolidays MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU ALBANO F. POliTE, CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email Phone 617-320-0022 ROSE GIAMMARCO, AAI Accredited Advisor in Insurance BOSTON 30 Prince St., Boston, MA 02113 617-523-6766 FAX: 617-523-0078 MEDFORD 39 Salem St., Medford, MA 02155 781-395-4200 FAX: 781-391-8493