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Taking The Plunge For Food Pantries By Kitty Merrill

Mark Penkower doesn’t even like to go into the ocean during the summer. A Manhattanite, he was out for the holidays staying at his family’s Springs compound when his parents, Shelly and Ethel Tashman learned about the annual polar bear plunge to raise money for the East Hampton Food Pantry from The Independent. And, like hundreds of others, the Tashman clan arrived on Main Beach Sunday afternoon, prepping to plunge into the chilly waters for a good cause. Both Mark and his brother Dan Tashman hopped in, joined later by a polar bear cub, four year old Zeke Tashman. Councilman Dominick Stanzione, who’s on the board of the food pantry, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which celebrated its ninth year. According to Vicki Littman, another pantry board member, $15,000 was raised through 417 participants, with more donations coming. The East Hampton Village Board served as official host, and Mayor Paul Rickenbach both issued the countdown to the plunge, and took a dip himself. (East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson was also on hand. Suffering from a cold, he didn’t join Stanzione and the mayor in the surf.) Stanzione recognized a variety of sponsors who donated food and drink for the event, which saw scores of cars parked in the Main Beach lot and along Ocean Avenue all the way to Crossways. The councilman offered particular praise for the East Hampton Hurricane Swim team and East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue “to whom we are deeply indebted.” The festivities kicked off with a costume contest, with winners receiving gold, silver, or bronze plungers. Earlier Sunday, Gurney’s Inn in Montauk hosted its annual polar bear plunge, raising money for the Montauk Food Pantry. Participants in the morning plunge prepared for the icy waters with lux treatments in Gurney’s Sea Water Spa. They spent time in the sauna and bubbling Roman bath, heating up their body temperatures “so you want to go into the ocean,” PR goddess Ingrid Lemme explained to those

breakfasting at the Inn. This year, the notion of hopping into the ocean was a bit of a easier sell, with balmy temperatures, and a clear azure sky making the day seem more like early May than January 1. The water itself was a different story. Stanzione reported it was 48 degrees at noon off Main Beach. Still, intrepid dunkers jumped in in Montauk, in East Hampton, and at a third annual event held in Wainscott. Shivering Penkower Independent / Coleen Curtin

wasn’t so sure he’d do it again. The icy water was so cold, burning feet and calves, he said, “it’s a little scary.” “He’s not just a city boy, he’s also an old man,” his mom, Ethel Tashman joked. She vowed to make the plunge a family tradition. Her husband, Shelly, seemed amenable to the idea, too. “I haven’t seen so many half naked bodies since July,” he kvelled. “This is outstanding!” Polar Bear swims, dips, or plunges are an annual New Year’s Day tradition in Canada. The Polar Bear Club based in Vancouver, British Columbia boasts 1000 registered members. In the states, the Coney

Island Polar Bear Club is most widely known. Founded in 1903 by health fanatic Bernarr Macfadden, the club meets for swims throughout the winter and hosts a New Year’s Day plunge that last year drew 1500 participants, 7500 spectators and raised $50,000 for charity. The largest plunge in America is said to be the annual Plungapalooza hosted by the Maryland State Police. Scheduled for January 28 this year, it’s already raised over a half million dollars for the Special Olympics. Over 10,000 participants annually take a plunge in the Chesapeake Bay at Plungapalooza. kmerrill@indyeastend.com

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CONFESSIONS OF A WIMP I’m still shaking. It all started the other day when I climbed into the shower and started to soap up my entire body. (Those of you who know me may turn their heads now and retch at the thought of my chubby soaped-up body. I understand.) Then I reached for my shampoo bottle and shampooed my beard and mustache. Those of you who have hair on your head may be amused that a man with a shaved head would shampoo his beard and mustache. I happen to find it reassuring to touch my head every morning and feel hair in my hand, albeit just a puny little beard and what many woman find to be a creepy mustache. Now, with my beard and mustache filled with soap, I reached for the conditioner. That’s when I saw it. The world’s largest water bug had been attached to the back of the conditioner container, and now he was flapping his disgusting wings and coming towards me.

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I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. Slowly I crawled on the bed to the phone and called on the intercom to my son J.T., who was upstairs in his bed, in his shorts. “J.T.,” I whispered. “There’s a mouse down here.” “Ahhhhhh,” he said. “That’s disgusting.” “The ‘chicken’ apple doesn’t fall far from the ‘chicken’ tree,” I thought with a sense of pride. “I have to go to the bathroom but I think I’ll wait until your mother comes home,” I said. “Good idea,” he said. Judy came home, took one look at me and said, “You’re not dressed!” “Good call, Sherlock! There’s a mouse in the hall — I’m afraid of it.” Let me put it this way: Of all the un-romantic things a man could tell a woman, admitting a fear of a mouse is at the top of the list. I would imagine it would take between five and 10 years for a woman to see a man as a romantic sexual hero after he admits to fearing a mouse. “Where is he? I’ll get him,” Judy said in a macho way that really irritated me. “Be careful — he looked like a big mouse,” I warned. “A mouse is a mouse,” she screamed, “and you’re not dressed and the day is ruined.” “Yeah, well this mouse was an aggressive mouse and you had to see him — he terrorized me,” I said, trying to speak in a strong masculine whine. “How . . . how . . . how . . . can you be such a wimp?” she snarled, looking for the mouse, which had disappeared. That’s when I drew myself to my full six-foot height and mustered as much dignity as a man wearing only orange shorts could muster and I said, “You listen here, it takes a real man to admit he’s afraid of a mouse.” Let me add water bugs are now right up there with mice as things that I’m afraid of. Whether it’s a giant water bug or a small mouse, that “real man” stuff is overrated. If you wish to comment on “Jerry’s Ink” please send your message to jerry@ dfjp.com or visit indyeastend.com and scroll to the bottom of the column.

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Wilky Eyes County Coffers By Kitty Merrill

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the ever fiscally focused Bill Wilkinson is determined to get an answer. Speaking of his priorities for 2012, last week as 2011 drew to a close, the supervisor listed gathering accurate financial data as “a want.” “I’ve been trying for the last six months to find out sales tax fig-

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ute pales in comparison to services received from Suffolk. Wilkinson said he’d heard there’s a differential of up to 35 percent between what East Hampton contributes and what is returned to Bonac in terms of services like dredging, open space purchases, and certain police services. “I think the town has every right to know those figures,” the supervisor said. Town budget officer Len Bernard recalled that when he was a councilman back in the mid 90s, he tried to get the figures and was told, “There’s no good data.” “It has to be somewhere,” he said this week. “I don’t see why

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New Suffolk CE Sworn In By Kitty Merrill

Before a crowd of about 450 invited guests, including Congressman Tim Bishop, Steve Bellone was sworn in Suffolk County’s eighth executive last Friday. The inauguration was held in the theater at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus. On campaign last fall, Bellone focused on the county’s fiscal crisis, and measures to provide jobs and improve government efficiency. His inaugural address entitled “Suffolk’s Next Chapter: Efficiency, Opportunity and Diversity,” continued the theme. The need to stay within the

“I will not tolerate waste and inefficiency. Some accept the notion that inefficiency is just a part of government. I challenge that premise.” - Steve Bellone state mandated property tax cap and the current economic environment are challenges Suffolk faces. Still, the new executive, who was formerly Babylon town supervisor said, “It is because I believe in the power of government to do great things that I demand more of it. I will not tolerate waste and inefficiency. Some accept the notion that inefficiency is just a part of government. I challenge that premise.” Streamlining certain permitting processes is key to economic growth and successful construction of affordable housing, Bellone believes. After thanking dignitaries, including Congressman Steve Israel who served as master of Ceremonies and retired Supreme Court Justice and former Suffolk County District Attorney Patrick Henr y, who administered the oath of office, Bellone acknowledged county residents. “Let me begin by thanking the residents of Suffolk County for entrusting me with this responsibility,” he said. “The faith and confidence you have chosen to place in me is very humbling. When I think about how hard so many

residents of our County work to make ends meet, I know that those of us who work in the public trust are going to have to dig deep, roll up our sleeves, and come together – it is our shared obligation to work every bit as hard as the people of our County as we address the challenges ahead.” As an example of the drive towards fiscal responsibility, Bellone noted the ceremony was held Friday, rather than on New Year’s Day, saving taxpayers the cost of overtime for workers who would oversee the inauguration. “Today is not a holiday, today

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RICK’S SPACE It’s Bikini Time Again It used to be, in the old days, that the new year meant women vowing to lose weight. The rationale was that they allowed themselves to put on a few extra pounds during the winter but it was time to start the path back to their bikini weight. Men were immune to this phenomenon. Men started letting themselves go right out of high school and continued to go until they died. Nowadays, though, we are bound by a higher standard. Just as we must embrace green living, respect our environment, and limit our dependence on fossil fuel, so must we take care of our bodies. We can’t lie anymore. They have tests that reveal all of the heretofore-silent dangers of over-

indulgence. High cholesterol – a direct byproduct of eating roast pork, cheesecake, salami, and cheese doodles – is measured by a simple blood test (Hint, hint: AVOID blood tests). Having high cholesterol basically means you are going to die any minute. The doctor delivers the news calmly and straight-faced: “Take these pills and stop eating fatty foods and desserts. I want you to walk briskly, at least an hour per day.” Right away the lunacy of this prescription is apparent: where do you get the strength to walk for an hour unless you load up on roast pork with gravy first? Then the pills kick in, and you go back to the doctor. “Your cholesterol is down,” he reports.

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“Yeah, but I can’t get an erection now.” “Here, take these pills.” The next thing you know you’re walking briskly with a pole in your pants that you can’t get rid of, and you’re face is beet red. You go back to the doctor. “Your blood pressure is up,” he tells you. “Yeah, because, I’m about to die of exhaustion because I’ve been walking briskly for an hour with a pole in my pants.” “Take these pills.” A week later the blood pressure is down, the cholesterol is OK, the pole is gone, but you’re hungry all the time. So you start with the bacon and sausage at breakfast, and soon the salami finds it way into the lunch menu, and then the assorted fatty meats begin to appear on the dinner table, and someone is always sending over a batch of cookies, or a cake, or a roast piglet or two. It’s a neverending cycle. I was a skinny kid. I can remember weighing 134 pounds and I’m six-foot tall. If I were a boxer I would’ve been a welterweight, and now I’m a heavyweight – 200 pounds. So here is what I’m eating from now on: oatmeal with honey and one-percent milk for breakfast. Assorted fruit for lunch. Maybe

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About Those Legs Visitors to Sag Harbor can’t help but notice the giant set of legs adorning the side of Ruth Vered and Janet Lehr’s house on the corner of Madison and Henry Streets. It’s actually a sculpture, made by an artist of some renown, Larry Rivers. The village zoning board has ruled it must come down, treating it much like an illegal structure. On one level we can understand – going the other way could open the door to all sorts of weird things being attached to houses in the name of art. Common sense, though, doesn’t always yield the perfect solution. If truth be told, the legs add character to the village, and, over the course of the last couple years, the sculpture has become a conversation piece. Rivers, who resided in Southampton, has local cache, and Sag Harbor has always had a reputation for being a bit quirky and artsy. Moreover, Vered is an internationally known gallery owner. Her eye for art, and her taste, are her calling cards. The bottom line is the legs look and feel right. The legs have become a part of the village’s landscape, and those who objected must at this point at least grudgingly acknowledge as much. The legs are cool. We say let them be. On another front in Sag Harbor, the windmill on Long Wharf needs repair, and a fundraising drive is underway. A lot of folks probably don’t know, but the windmill isn’t really a windmill, and it’s not historic either. A bunch of local guys built it, if we recall, around

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the time of the first Whaler’s Festival. A lot of the building materials were donated, so the whole thing had a makeshift feel to it. For a village that is so rich in history, and so authentically historic in so many ways, it’s kind of weird to have a pretendwindmill nestled among 200 year-old structures steps from where the whalers of yore set sail. Perhaps a genuine historic structure could be transported there? Failing that, dare we suggest a giant pair of legs adorning the faux structure? Drive Deerfully It may be the mild winter we are experiencing, it may be we simply haven’t managed the herd properly, but whatever the case, deer are more abundant on the East End than ever. With the increase in numbers comes a new naivety. The animals don’t seem to fear humans, and they are not scared by automobiles either. And unlike the wild turkeys hereabouts, they have no sense of traffic, bolting into the road in the face of oncoming headlights without hesitation. The situation is dangerous for the animals, and dangerous for the drivers and their passengers. The key to avoiding impact is to drive slowly, painfully so in wooded areas. If the driver behind you becomes impatient, pull over and let him pass. If you see an oncoming driver blinking his lights, slow down to a crawl – he’s trying to tell you something.

Dear Rick, “Mandate” may be one of the most intentionally or unconsciously, abused directives. There are mandates and then there are mandates. In the 2010 election the House of Representatives was decimated with the influx of the clueless freshman and gained a Republican majority. The Democratic majority Senate was sadly diluted and many Republican Governors were voted into office. They enjoy referring to the election as a mandate. In a distorted way, they are right. The vote was indeed precipitated by a mandate; a mandate unfulfilled. In 2008 Barrack Hussein Obama, despite an unfortunate choice of middle name and in the minds of some, color, was elected President of the United States of America by an overwhelming m a j o r i ty w i t h a m a n d a te b a se d primarily on his stated dynamic goals during the presidential campaign. He had earned the majority House and Senate and the security blanket of a mandate. What he did not have was the killer instinct necessary to deal with a ruthless, single minded pack of wolves admittedly determined to take back the presidency regardless of the damage incurred upon their country as long as it damaged his presidency. After two years witnessing his naive attempt at diplomacy, the enthusiasm with his brave dynamic vision of our country’s future, wore thin. Came 2010, those formerly enthusiastic voters did not show up allowing the radical antiGovernment, anti-Middle Class, antiObama zealots to sweep into office. This disappointment in President Continued on page 12.

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New Citizen’s Response Center For Southampton Southampton Town introduced the new Citizen’s Response Center and the services it will provide for 2012. The center’s mission is to increase the accessibility, depth and scope of information available to the public. The CRC’s interactive information services will be distributed through direct contact, Internet services and a wide variety of other electronic information distribution systems. Some of the new services include an online calendar of events, user-friendly automated phone systems and an updated frequently asked questions section. For more information, visit www.southamptownny.gov or call the center at 631-283-6000. E.T.

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Walter Krajicek of Montauk, a contributing photographer to The Independent since the newspaper’s inception in 1993, died last Wednesday at Southampton Hospital. He was 89. The son of Anthony Krajicek and Sadie Perez, he was born in Astoria. Walter grew up in New York City and attended Music and Arts High School in Manhattan. He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corp and served with distinction during World War II. Walter was a nationally known neckwear designer who loved Montauk with a passion. Many of his best photographs paid homage to the hamlet, capturing the landscape and waterscapes. The fishing scene was a particular source of inspiration.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9. this building is open, today county employees are reporting to work. Today, we set the tone for Suffolk County government,” he said. Discussing a vision that sets a tone of inclusion in Suffolk, Bellone brought his address to a close by asking everyone in the county to work with him. “Starting on January 1st, I ask you to join me. To my fellow Suffolk County employees, work with me to reform our government, to the business community, work with me to create jobs and put people back to work and to the residents of Suffolk County, stay active and hold this government accountable. Believe in our

He is survived by his children, Kathleen Koonmen of Westhampton Beach and James Krajicek of Bayside. He is also survived by two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was buried Monday at the Calverton National Cemetery after a funeral mass at St. Therese in Montauk.

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92 Underwood Dr 15 Outlook Ave 18 Lincoln Ave 3 Patriots Ln 34 Sea Bright Ave 201 Treescape Dr 369 Route 114 14 Maidstone Ave

Fountoukis, C Deutsche Bank Nat Binick, K & E LaRocco, M & D

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County of Suffolk County of Suffolk Cobey,T & Lohr, J Dick, A & A Riverhead Fire Dist

North Fork Preserve North Fork Preserve Gordon, S Schemitz, H & H Alberts, E

8,662,186* 9,500,925* 273,000 270,000 195,000

Sound Shore Dr&41.001&002 5330 5 Sound Ave 140 Rabbit Run 119 Ackerly St 533 St Johns Pl

Vella, Z Sambrotto, C & L

Herrmann, W Trust Needham, S

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85 Shore Rd &lot 19.002 12 Gnny Dr

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46 Bayview Ave LLC Burns 1224 LLC Covert, C & S Yoshopov, R & V Plotkin&Bank-Plotkin

Schiavoni, D 1224 Scuttle HoleLLC Friedman,R &Coffey,L 190 Norris Lane Corp Sullivan Jr, F

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1191 Noyack Path 1224 Scuttle Hole Rd 64 Chase Ct 190 Norris Lane 658 Halsey Lane

Garson,A & Geiss,V Wier,M &Shashoua,D

Morrissey, M & A Povall, D

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24 Box Tree Rd 8 Friese Dr

Town of Southampton Bohme, K & K Pita, F Nicoletti, J & V Goldston, D & S Kozlova, V Townsend, C

Schuler, I Vail, T & P Ungaro &Conti-Levine Agius Family Trust Cirelli, T & L O’Leary, D & M Hawkins, R & R

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Ewan, C & M

Rich, D

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813 Daniels Redux

Casabal, C & L

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813 Daniels Ln

Haubrich &Lacina,B&I Peretz, D & C O’Malley, A

Decker, E Robinson,R&Chichak,T Weber, I

360,000 1,475,000 1,195,000

21 Shady Cove Lan 2211 Deerfield Rd 102 Madison St

Baugher, D Ely, L Deasy, J & Redl, K Rhoda, M Ignatieff, M Naftali, G Pappas, W

Adamian, D Johnson, G Powers, J & L Ryan, B Gottlieb, G OK Southampton Kempner Jr, T & K

1,150,000 742,500 1,800,000 657,500 625,000 4,600,000 4,527,000

114 Turtle Cove Dr 166 Halsey St 150 Breese Ln 17 Meadowgrass Ln 545 Hampton Rd, Unit 21 15 South Hill St 85 Huntting St

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O’Neill, V & L LIV2MAX, LLC LIV2MAX, LLC Palianok, S & I Capital One NA Anastasio, A & L

Damiani, B & D Peconic Land Trust Peconic Land Trust Ficht, M by Exrs Sciacchitano,Dby Ref Baker, R & M

372,500 440,000 635,000 335,000 1,804,057 700,000

3610 Bridge Ln 4735 Cox Ln 4735 Cox Ln 1975 Skunk Ln 755 Harbor Ln 1547 Stillwater Ave

Galanakis,E &Minardo

Sausmer, W & P

365,000

1910 The Long Way

Collins, R & J

Sendlewski, M

400,000

1810 N Oakwood Dr

Lavelle, J

Entenmann, J

385,000

3500 Cox Neck Rd

Mauri, T & M Wassermann, J & J Angotti,R & Outeda,A Vandewater, L & M

Bjerknes, C by Exr Maher, J Graeb, B Trust Sterling Harbor Inc

850,000 335,000 315,000 400,000*

1135 Calves Neck Rd 50915 Route 25 490 Victoria Dr 250 Sterling Woods Ln

Norris,B &Campbell,A Morgan, K

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1,100,000 4,425,000

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It could be one of Suffolk’s last great parklands. It definitely was one of Steve Levy’s final East Endsignificant acts. Last month then-county executive Levy announced the closing of a purchase of 300 acres known as the North Fork Preserve in Riverhead. Described by Levy as “a vast swath of land,” the preserve is located off

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The Latest In 3-D Some people hate 3-D movies. Roger Ebert is the leading hater, probably followed by podcasting comedian Doug Benson. They don’t like the glasses, or the physics, or I-don’t-care-what. I am quite fond of 3-D movies and 3-D games. In fact, I hope for the day when games and movies become interactive holograms to be played in the middle of your living room. So it should be no surprise I’m a major proponent of Nintendo’s handheld 3DS. You don’t have to wear 3-D glasses. Its games project different images to each eye, while using a visual filter to keep each eye’s images from mixing into the other eye. It’s genius. The 3DS suffered poor sales when it launched last March, largely because Nintendo didn’t release any must-have games at launch. But Nintendo has since dropped the price to $170. You can also watch Netflix films and TV shows on it, via the built-in WiFi. It’s backwards-compatible, so it can play regular DS games in 2-D. And the holidays just ushered in a handful of new, good 3DS games, so sales of the handheld system have jumped and remain strong. People’s exposure to 3Ds helps. Over the holidays, I let my sister and one of my best friends play a game on my 3DS, and they too were astonished at the awesome effects. Still lacking: There aren’t any great adult-themed 3DS games. But if you’re a kid or parent weary of violent games, that’s a good thing, I suppose, which is why my nephew just got a 3DS. That said, I have four recommendations for games. 1. “Super Mario 3D Land” (Nintendo; rated “E”) is the most fun Mario game I’ve played in a long while. It’s a pretty platform adventure. You run, jump and fly as Mario, figuring out how to navigate puzzling jumps and secret alleys, while battling mushrooms, turtles and the villainous Boswer. You travel a wondrous series of lands. The difficulty level is not too hard for casual gamers, and not too easy for serious gamers. And the 3-D effects are fantastic, especially when Mario bounces up

into your face. 2. “Mario Kart 7” (Nintendo; rated “E”) is a very good arcade combatracer, as I said in a recent review. The driving is quite fun on new and revamped tracks against eight competitors, against the computer or against gamers online. 3. “Tetris Axis” (Nintendo; rated “E”) is exactly what you want from any “Tetris” game. Blocks fall from the sky. You organize them into the correct position to fit together. “Axis” comes with different

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modes, including falling pieces that form jigsaw puzzles. It’s addicting. 4. “Sonic Generations” (Sega, rated “E”) is a greatest-hits of “Sonic,” featuring super-fast levels from the past 20 years of “Sonic” games. It’s much harder than “Mario” games. But if you dig on tradition, “Sonic Generations” is a sleek and cool resurrection of the world’s most famous hedgehog. (“Mario Kart 7” by Nintendo retails for $40 for 3DS — Plays fun. Looks good. Easy to challenging, based on settings you choose. Rated “E”. Three and onehalf out of four stars.)

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(“Sonic Generations” by Sega retails for $40 for 3DS — Plays fun. Looks good. Challenging. Rated “E.” Three and one-half stars.) (“Super Mario 3D Land” by Nintendo retails for $40 for 3DS — Plays very fun. Looks great. Moderately challengi n g . R a t e d “ E .” Four stars.) (“Tetris Axis” by Nintendo retails for $35 for 3DS — Plays fun. Looks good. Moderately challenging. Rated “E.” Three stars.) Doug Elfman is an award-winning entertainment columnist who lives in Las Vegas. He blogs at http://www.lvrj. com/columnists/Doug_Elfman.html. Twitter at VegasAnonymous.

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