Sep 17, 2014
Diane James

Botanica Day Spa Rolls Out September Specials Highlighting Lumablanc® by …

New Lumablanc® by Pevonia Now Available at Botanica Day Spa

A transition into fall means slightly longer days and a gradual decrease of sun exposure, and both of these factors favor the use of a retinol-based product like lumablanc®.

Clearwater, Florida (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

Botanica Day Spa continued their announcement of monthly specials this month, kicking off September with fall-themed discounts and giveaways. For September, the day spa in Clearwater, FL chose to highlight lumablanc® which contains Pevonia’s exclusive expedited delivery system for immediate activation upon contact with the skin.

Lumablanc® was recently released by Pevonia as part of their best-selling lumafirm® anti-aging line. The brightening formula, containing a blend of effective lightening and brightening agents, is offered as an intense solution to dark spots, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin. For a limited time, Botanica is offering a complimentary travel bag and eye repair wand by Pevonia with the purchase of lumablanc® in the spa’s retail shop.

“Living in Florida means we have to look for ways to embrace the seasons and match changes in temperature and humidity with different products and special offers that might be helpful for clients,” said Gen Obolensky, owner at Botanica Day Spa as well as a seasoned aesthetician herself. “A transition into fall means slightly longer days and a gradual decrease of sun exposure, and both of these factors favor the use of a retinol-based product like lumablanc®.” (Learn more about retinol here.)

As summer comes to a close, Obolensky adds that Pevonia’s new skin brightening solution may be especially helpful for those in need of sun damage repair. “This product not only contains retinol, but also has other key botanicals that target dark spots and hydrate the skin, leaving you with a bright, beautiful glow.”

In addition to giveaways with the purchase of lumablanc® this month, the spa in Clearwater, FL is also offering 50% off first-time cupping massage therapy as well as the opportunity to add a mini facial to your brow makeover for just $25.

For more information about Botanica’s specials or to schedule an appointment, call 727-441-1711 or visit their website to book online today.


Located in downtown Clearwater, Botanica Day Spa specializes in natural treatments for the body, skin and nails. Recognized in 2013 as first runner-up for Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay” awards, Botanica was voted first runner-up for Best Day Spa and first place for Best Mani/Pedi. Botanica was also voted “Best of Tampa Bay” for Brazilian bikini waxing, eyebrow shaping and therapeutic massage by CitySearch in 2010. With an emphasis on the use of organic and natural product lines in a cutting edge beauty services setting, Botanica’s staff is comprised of 12 fully licensed aestheticians, nail technicians, massage therapists and makeup artists offering a full menu of luxury spa services. The spa celebrates its twentieth year in business in 2014. For more information, please visit



Sep 17, 2014
Nancy Keller

Health and spa events this week

Our picks of the week

1 Enjoy a beach club package at Riva Beach Club
See Thu 18.

2 Take a creative movement class at MOVELAB
See Wed 17.

3 Enjoy a free body polish at Armani/Spa
See Mon 22.

4 Get a sculpted butt at Rebecca Treston
See Fri 19.

5 Sign up for a yoga retreat at Talise Spa
See Thu 18.

Wednesday 17

Join MOVELAB’s Creative Movement courses
These interpretive-style dance classes enable students of all ages to trust their bodies and ideas in order to invent their own ways of dancing, instead of copying steps.
Dhs800 for a package of ten classes. Until December 31. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, (056 690 9255).

Summer offer at Willow Stream Spa
The one-hour Glam Goddess make-up session involves the use of certified cruelty-free Jane Iredale products to enhance the wearer’s natural beauty. Those who book the session also receive a complimentary file and polish for the hands or feet.
Dhs445. Until September 30. Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3545).

Thursday 18

Summer offer at Riva Beach Club
Kalm Beauty and Wellness has teamed up with Sophie’s Café and RIVA Beach Club to offer a special wellness package. It includes a mani-pedi, head, neck and shoulder massage at Kalm, beach access and breakfast or lunch with hot or cold beverages.
Dhs300 per person. Ongoing. Shoreline 8, Riva Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).

Sign up to Talise Spa luxury yoga retreat
The three-day weekend yoga retreat is ideal for those with previous yoga experience and who wish to further their practice. The packages includes beach and studio yoga sessions, a juicing class, the option to undergo a juicing plan for the weekend, a spa treatment of your choice and pool and beach access. There is also the option to stay at Madinat Jumeirah.
From Dhs1,790. September 25-27. Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6818).

Friday 19

Summer offer at SLaM
Enjoy this Back to School – Gold Star promotion and get a half head of highlights, full head of colour with a cut, mani-pedi and eyebrow threading when you book with Victoria.
Dhs500. Until October 31. SLaM, M-19, Al Joud Centre, 15A Street, Al Quoz 1, near TomSerg (800 7526).

Summer offer at Rebecca Treston at Euromed
Get deals on the non-invasive Brazilian butt and ultimate Brazilian butt lifting and sculpting treatments. Both include one session of Viora reaction and one session of Proellixe; while the ultimate Brazilian butt treatment also includes one session of Venus.
From Dhs3,600 for a package of three sessions. Ongoing. Rebecca Treston at Euromed, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 394 5422).

Saturday 20

Summer offers at SensAsia Urban Spa
Get 40 percent off the spa’s most popular 90-minute massages every weekday from 10am-4pm.
Ongoing. SensAsia Urban Spa, various locations including Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 417 9820).

Offer at The Spa, The Palace Downtown Dubai
The full-day package includes a 50-minute massage of your choice, pool access and a buffet lunch at Ewaan.
Valid from Saturday to Thursday only. Ongoing. The Spa, The Palace Downtown Dubai (04 428 7805).

Sunday 21

Summer offer at Softouch Spa
Unwind with reflex pressure point therapy followed by a Swedish back massage and a hydrating facial to set you on your way.
Dhs799. Until October 31. Softouch Spa, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5909).

Monday 22

Summer offer at Armani/Spa
Enjoy a complimentary body polish when you book any 80-minute treatment at this luxe spa hideaway. Available from Sunday to Wednesday only.
Dhs650. Until October 31. Armani/Spa, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).

September offer at Marquee Salon
Say goodbye to bad hair days with this weekday promotion in which you get 15 percent off all hair services from Sunday to Wednesday, between 10am and 2pm.
Until September 30. Arabian Ranches Golf Club and The Lakes Club, Emirates Hills (04 420 7700).

Tuesday 23

Summer offer at Talise Spa
Receive a Dhs150 voucher to spend at the spa when you book treatments of 50 minutes. Valid at participating venues including Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Until September 30. Various locations including Talise Ottoman Spa, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).

Summer offers at Anantara Spa
Book any 60-minute massage and receive an extra half hour free. Meanwhile, book a treatment between 10am and 2pm on weekdays to get 25 percent off.
Until September 30. Anantara Spa, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8140).

Sep 16, 2014
Linda Reed

"Plate-by-Plate in the Garden" for Haitian relief

This year’s harvest has come to be seen as a symbol of the Napa Valley’s resilience and perseverance: Despite the 6.0 earthquake that shook the valley floor, despite the damage suffered by homeowners and wineries alike, despite the worst drought in recent memory, the 2014 harvest has arrived early with all its bounty and all its promise for an excellent vintage. Now, according to St. Helena resident Helen Walka Dake, is a time to take stock, to wonder, to reflect, to give thanks, and to act.

What if, Dake wondered, we could share our incredible bounty with children who have demonstrated an equal measure of resilience and determination in a country that has suffered and survived catastrophe after catastrophe far exceeding those of the Napa Valley: children who have suffered from earthquake, and hurricane, and cholera, and drought, and much more?

Of course, Dake is referring to the children in the little country of Haiti. In 2010 a 7.0 magnitude quake – ten times more powerful than Napa’s 6.0 magnitude quake – caused the collapse of the country’s teetering infrastructure and created damage that – according to the U.S. Geological Survey – was 14 times more devastating than the estimated $1 billion the Napa Valley experienced. That first quake in Haiti on Jan. 12 was followed by a second 6.0 quake on Jan. 20. These earth-shattering disasters were then followed in October 2010 by a terrible cholera epidemic. And then, one month later, Hurricane Tomas swept across the tiny island where people were still struggling to find shelter.

In 2014, Haiti is experiencing a deadly drought in which local crops have failed. All told, these combined natural disasters have caused the death of more than 100,000 people, leaving thousands of children orphaned and homeless, according to the United Nations.

It’s a sobering reflection that as difficult and frightening as our Napa earthquake was for us, others are still trying put their lives together four years after the Haiti earthquakes. Even now – four years after the initial quake – the U.N. says that the need continues as children continue to live beneath shelters of tarpaulin, and must line up at aid kitchens in the hope of receiving one hot meal a day.

But what if, Dake wondered, plate by plate, the Napa Valley could share its bounty with the children of Haiti? What if, by doing a local fund-raising event, resources could be gathered and sent to feed these children? Dake – a board member of the What If? Foundation – knows that it can be done, and on Sept. 28 she and other volunteers will be holding a harvest fundraising event to prove it, called “Plate-by-Plate in the Garden.”

The “Plate-by-Plate in the Garden” benefit will begin with a “pop-up” garden stand that will offer for sale the bounty from many of St. Helena’s most productive gardens as well as the sale of Haitian art from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, at the garden of Chuck and Helen Dake, 2010 Dean York Lane in St. Helena.

Then, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. that same day, Dake will host a reception and an outdoor lamb asado dinner overlooking the vineyards. There will be a silent auction with a fund-in-need, along with live music. In addition, Dake says there will be many lots of wine from both the Napa Valley and from different countries including a selection from Germany, Italy and Spain. There will also be spa packages and tennis lesson packages from local tennis pros, and garden consultation certificates.

The proceeds of garden sales, reception, dinner and auction items will go to the What If? Foundation – the nonprofit founded by Margaret Trost in 2000 to provide food and educational opportunities to the children in the Ti Plas Kazo community of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The What If? Foundation has partnered with a Haitian community for 14 years to provide food and education programs for impoverished children in Port-au-Prince. The community organization provides over 6,000 meals each week, 200 school scholarships, after-school programs for 240 youth, and a summer camp for 550 children. That 14-year history of the What If? Foundation is one of perseverance and resilience, through many hardships, that continues to reach those in need in Port-au-Prince.

Dake said “I am proud to be a boardmember of the What If? Foundation, and have personally visited Haiti to see the work the foundation is doing there. Amidst overwhelming hunger and poverty, What If? provides a lifeline to the children it serves: for most, the daily meal they receive from What If? is their only meal of the day. … I conceived Plate by Plate in the Garden as a way of sharing the enormous gifts we have here in Napa Valley with those who can use them most.”

The Plate-by-Plate pop-up garden sale will be open to all on Sept. 28, and Dake said there is even a giant pumpkin up for raffle. The cost of the Plate-by-Plate reception and dinner is $95, and tickets can be bought online at, by calliing Dake at 963-0888, or by emailing her at

Finally, Dake said that if you can not attend the Plate-by-Plate event you can still make a donation to the What If? Foundation, by writing a check and sending it to What If? Foundation, c/o Helen Walka Dake, 2010 Dean York Lane, St. Helena, 94574.

Sep 16, 2014
Susan Long

Happy Wives Really DO Make Happy Lives (Husbands Take Note!)

A friend of mine used to always say, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”

She would typically make this proclamation after she’d finish telling me about the spa weekend she’d booked for a getaway with her sister. She’d reiterate her theory after she’d describe the latest fabulous date night she and her husband shared.

She certainly seemed happy and so did her husbad. Apparently, she was on to something. According to a Rutgers University study published in the October issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family, a man married to a happy wife tended to have greater overall satisfaction with his life regardless of his own feelings about the marriage. 

And just why is that? As Rutgers University sociologist Deborah Carr explains, an unhappy woman is going to let you know about it.

“They tend to register their discontent,” she notes, “while a man might be more able to brush off the ups and downs.”

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The study looked at close to 400 couples who’d been married an average of 39 years. Each spouse was asked if their partner appreciates them, understands their feelings, fights with them, or gets on their nerves. Over a 24-hour period, the couples logged their reactions while engaging in routine activities. Overall, the couples were generally very satisfied, placing themselves at a five, with six being the happiest. But the men with happier wives tended to be happier themselves even if they didn’t score the union as highly.

“Maybe he’s not thrilled with the marriage, but if the woman’s happily married, she may give him more love, more support, more encouragement, cook his meals, and help with his medications,” Carr explains.

I suppose this makes sense. If you’re happy with your spouse, chances are you’re going to try harder to make sure they’re happy as well. Conversely, if you’re dissatisfied and at a point of giving up, you may feel like, “Why bother?”

I had a friend who felt that her husband no longer appreciated any of her efforts, so she stopped doing a lot of the things she thought were going unnoticed anyway: making nice dinners, planning weekend outings. Though they stayed together, they were both miserable. Based on this study, maybe if she’d been more vocal about her discontent, it would’ve helped them both. 

It seems a wife’s happiness has a bit of a domino effect. Make sure she’s taken care of and the rest will take care of itself.

Do you agree with the old adage “Happy Wife, Happy Life”?

Image via DanielGrill/TetraImages/Corbis

Sep 16, 2014
Diane James

Oily towels in dryer blamed for Adelaide day spa fire


September 16, 2014 11:57:05


Early morning spa fire was blamed on oily towels combusting.

A fire at an Adelaide day spa is thought to have started when oily towels left in a hot dryer spontaneously combusted, investigators have said.

Firefighters were called to a blaze in the premises in O’Connell Street at North Adelaide just after 4:00am (ACST).

More than 20 firefighters worked to contain the fire to a rear drying room at the Endota Spa.

Fire investigators said oily towels left in a dryer overnight appeared to have spontaneously combusted.

The damage bill from the fire has been put at $200,000 and the spa owners said the premises would need an extensive refit before they could reopen.


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Sep 16, 2014
Nancy Keller

Shillington zoning board cites parking in denying variance for proposed health spa

The Shillington Zoning Hearing Board denied an application for a variance Monday evening for a proposed health spa at 101 W. Lancaster Ave.

Lilaben D. Patel and her son Dipak presented an application for relief of the parking requirement for the business.Dipak Patel testified that a potential tenant from New York proposed renting the basement of his building for a health spa that would offer massages. The tenant was not named and had not signed a lease pending the outcome of the zoning hearing.A health spa is an allowed use in the commercial zoning district; however, Patel would need 11 parking spaces on his property and only nine are available.Patel is the owner and operator of Quick Care Discount Pharmacy, which occupies the first floor of the building. The pharmacy opened in March and requires five parking spaces based on the square footage of the business.An apartment on the second floor requires two spaces and the proposed health spa would require an additional four spaces, two more than are available.Patel testified that the pharmacy customers are on the premises only for a short period and five spaces were more than enough. Neighbors disagreed.Dennis Perrotto, owner of Denny’s Hair Styling, 100 W. Lancaster Ave., said things are the worst he’s ever seen.”I’ve been in this neighborhood 42 years and I’ve never seen it this bad,” he said. “There is just not enough parking.”Richard Gipprich, owner of Gipprich Jewelers, 103 W. Lancaster Ave., said there was a parking war in the neighborhood.”There’s absolutely no parking anywhere in that area,” he said. “If we can’t provide parking for our customers our business suffers.”Board members deliberated for 30 minutes before denying the application saying it would alter the character of the neighborhood, a clear violation of the zoning ordinance.

Sep 15, 2014
Linda Reed

Arnett benefit scheduled for Sunday

Brad and Leecia Arnett

Courtesy photo Brad and Leecia Arnett will be the recipients of a benefit at the Remington from 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Brad is waiting for his second kidney transplant, and has been on the transplant list two years. He has had his first kidney 19 years.

Arnett Benefit auction

Courtesy photo This 18-foot new piperail utility trailer with standup ramps will be auctioned at the benefit for Brad Arnett on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 12 to 6.

Arnett benefit auction items

Courtesy photo One item at the Brad Arnett Benefit Auction will be a choice of an Electric Flip Tarp system or a Manual Side Roll Tarp system from Mountain Tarp. These are for any class 6-8 vehicle. Either will be customized to fit most any truck or trailer request. The purchaser will have this system delivered to their location at no charge.

Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014 5:45 pm

Arnett benefit scheduled for Sunday

By Deanna Kirk, Daily Sun

For most, complaining about a bad hair day or getting behind a slow driver on your way to work is normal.

But for Brad and Leecia Arnett, complaining just isn’t what they do.

Challenges, many of them medical, have become their “norm.”

Leecia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004, a disease of the central nervous system. Since stress aggravates the condition, she is on an anti-stress medication, and walks with a cane at times. She also takes a weekly shot to slow the effects of the MS.

At a routine mammography appointment in 2009, it was learned that Leecia had breast cancer, one that was aggressive. She had a chemotherapy port put in May 20, 2009, a lumpectomy May 27, then a total hysterectomy that was already scheduled on June 30. She also had six chemo treatments, and six weeks of radiation, five days a week in Dallas.

“We like to live on the wild side, adventurous,” Leecia joked in 2009. “Don’t want to get too comfortable. We like to keep a little drama going.”

Her most recent challenge was a cataract surgery Sept. 10, 2014. Her arthritis doctor caught it, because it was so advanced it was noticeable to the naked eye. He also believes she now has fibromyalgia.

Through all this, the couple cared for their five canines and raised their niece and nephew, Jordan and Joshua.

Brad has his own kettle of fish. Though he takes care of Leecia and still gets out to earn a living daily at Hunter Excavation, he had to have a kidney transplant in 1995, from a 70-year-old cadaver donor. For the last two years, he has been on the donor list for a new kidney to replace the one that’s been keeping him alive the last 19 years.

Typically, donor kidneys only last about eight years.

“I think this kidney has been pretty good for 19-plus years!” Leecia joked.

In August 2012, Brad was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma, and doctors had to remove nearly all of his ear canal.

“All those years he was driving a truck, riding with the window down, he got sun damage,” Leecia said.

“They took the entire outside part of my ear off, then worked on the ear canal, and put it back on,” Brad said.

Fortunately, Brad made a full recovery from that scare, and now the kidney is the pressing issue. The first time he received a transplant, they had worked to put away money and save up for the time he would be off work, not to mention the medical bills. This time, things are different. Leecia is on disability, after working many years with her health challenges. The company Brad is employed by is small, and switched their insurance to Obamacare. Their prescription drug bills alone average a minimum of $700, and that’s just co-pays. When the “perfect” kidney does appear, Brad will have to be off work for three months. The Arnetts have struggled financially for so long with all the medical expenses, they never seem to recover from one before the next wave hits.

Friends and family will hold a benefit from 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Remington Roadhouse, 122 W. Third Ave. Brad is the son of Barbara Arnett, and the brother of Randall Arnett and Rhonda Barlow.

Tammie McWhorter is organizing this benefit, and said there will be barbecue sandwiches or links with beans, potato salad, cole slaw, condiments, etc.

“Brad’s mom is making her fabulous peach cobbler,” McWhorter said. “I can not wait!”

Ira Bradford and the Bustin’ Loose Band will perform, as will the Courtney Prater Band.

Vernon Songer from This Old House out of Laguna Park/Lake Whitney will serve as auctioneer.

There are some amazing items on the auction list, including a new 18-foot piperail utility trailer with standup ramps, and a tarp system by Mountain Tarp for dump trailers/ rock trucks.

Other items include spa packages, hour massage, fish cooker, smoker, huge clay planter from Rockpile, power tools, wall art, furniture, big screen TV, car battery, tire rotations/balance/ oil change, hair cuts/styles, Scentsy, Vera Bradley items, baked goods from Bittersweet Boutique and Sweet M’s Sweet Treats, and more.

“Anyone can attend,” McWhorter said. “For a $10 donation they get a plate and entertainment, and they don’t have to participate in the auction. Children under 12 are $5 per plate. We will also have to-go plates for those who wish to go that route.

“There will be a break in the music to hold the auction around 3 p.m. or so, with music resuming after the auction.”

There will be a raffle as well, with tickets for $5 each. The five raffle prizes are a Ruger 243 rifle, a Smith/Wesson .22 pistol, spa package, a VISA gift card for $75 and a VISA gift card for $25.

“Raffle items will be announced throughout the event,” McWhorter said.

The Arnetts, who are both members of Mildred Baptist Church, say “Our faith in God is who we are. Daily walk.”

Both Arnetts will turn 50 this year, but say there’s nothing about their lives together they would change. Brad’s kidney transplant could happen tomorrow if the transplant team found the perfect fit, but as of now they are saying it may be next summer.

“Around here, we just get up, put our feet on the ground every morning and go,” Brad said. “We’re made for each other.”


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer. She may be reached via email at

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Sep 15, 2014
Diane James

Hands On Mobile Massage and Spa of Long Island Now Offers a Spa-on-wheels

Coming Soon! Hands On Mobile Massage and Spa of Long Island

Enjoy the Get-away Feel, Without Leaving the Office Or Home

(PRWEB) August 30, 2014

Hands On Mobile Massage and Spa presents a Spa-on-Wheels which offers the complete spa experience combining elegant decor, soothing music, scent-sational scents, warm inviting lighting and the most important ingredient of all, states Marla Kaplan-Pelle, Director of Hands On, “the dedicated licensed pro’s! People will enjoy the get-away feel, without leaving the office or home,” continues Kaplan-Pelle. The website reads, “Step into the spacious, luxurious spa and leave your cares behind! We seek to impress!”

Hands On understands that taking care of business also means taking care of the most valuable assets, the staff. Hands On will be focusing on small companies that understand the importance of their staff. A quick escape can be a quick solution. Hands On will offer long term solutions and special occasion events. Traditional massage and spa services have been adapted into an office-appropriate program that saves time, money, and backs. The Spa-on-Wheels is often referred to as Serenity-On-Wheels.

Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa has been serving the Commack Community since 2000. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy is a recognized leader in Advanced Medical Massage in Suffolk County, Long Island. Medical Massage is often the answer regarding pain, injury and disease. Hands On offers Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Manual Lymph Drainage and is a recommended community provider for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Spa Services Division offers spa treatments such as therapeutic facials, skincare, microdermabrasion, body treatments, permanent makeup and para-medical cosmetics and cellulite reduction through ultrasound cavitation (Cavi-Lipo). The Wellness Day Spa has an extensive Couples Massage Spa Date Menu. Spa parties are a specialty. An array of services and packages are available for both on and off-site. Beyond the spa services include off-site on-site workplace of event mobile services which include bringing the day spa to the doorstep at home, venue or corporate function. Common events include bachelorette parties, showers, birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16 Corporate Events and functions. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy claims its licensed massage therapists and estheticians provide clients with the ultimate experience in attention, service and care.

Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa

Marla Kaplan-Pelle, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist, Director

208 Commack Road, Commack, NY 11725



Sep 15, 2014
Nancy Keller

Boardwalk Empire Recap: All Down the Hole

The episode ends with the camera circulating down Sandrelli’s earhole, echoing the abysmal, dreamlike wormhole that starts off this episode, as we’re slowly spun around a brief, Lynchian montage of assorted images — bare female breasts, fish frying in a pan — before we eventually see Eli Thompson lying on an office floor, awakened to the sounds of a warehouse raid downstairs. It seems the years haven’t been good to Nucky’s little brother, who gave a long-overdue, fatal beating to Agent Knox/Tolliver and ended up in Chicago, seen in last season’s finale getting into the car of former agent Van Alden/Mueller (another unhinged G-man). Now, they’re hired hands in Capone’s already-cluttered posse, making up for the $20,000 they lost in the raid by robbing returning Torrio/Capone associate Jake Guzik. But Capone is too wrapped up being a bad-boy superstar to notice, taking questions from a trailing reporter about the gangster movies — which Capone refers to as “comedies” — that are obviously modeled after his exploits. With the manic, virtually ridiculous way he lives, surrounded by an overpopulated entourage that would make Vincent Chase feel inadequate, it certainly looked like Capone was in the middle of his own farce. (Seeing the gifted Stephen Graham play Capone in his usual blustery, hysterically take-charge state reminded me of James Cagney in the Billy Wilder satire One, Two, Three.)   

Sep 14, 2014
Linda Reed

‘Fabulous Fish Fry’ benefit set for Sept. 25

A “Fabulous Fish Fry Fundraiser” is planned for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Bay Area Community Center, 5002 NASA Parkway.

The event benefits The Crossings Healthy Living Community, which offers independent living and healthcare in the Bay Area.

Entertainment will be provided by Jazz Sunday, a Christian jazz band that will get your toes tapping. A live auction features vacation packages, sports memorabilia and more, while a silent auction includes spa packages, themed gift baskets, jewelry and more.

For tickets, call 281-210-0118 or stop by The Crossings at 2700 Marina Bay Drive in League City.

The event is hosted by The MRC Foundation in connection with Seabrook Methodist Church.

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