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Broad support for ‘yes’ vote on CPA Boston Community Preservation Act proponents face no formal opposition By JULE PATTISON-GORDON
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Members of the group Keep It 100 for Real Affordable Housing demonstrated during the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s rebranding launch event last week at City Hall Plaza.
Activists, BPDA at odds over vision for Boston Complaints of displacement amid building boom By YAWU MILLER
The Boston Redevelopment Authority rolled out its new brand last week, with a new logo and a new name — the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) — at a press conference on City Hall Plaza. Affordable housing activists staged a demonstration at the event, unfurling a banner with the new BPDA logo accompanied by the name “Boston Planned
Displacement Agency.” In addition to its new name and logo, the BPDA outlined its new organizational identity and brand strategy. But to affordable housing activists, the $670,000 rebranding effort did little to change their perception of the quasi-public agency, which among its many responsibilities coordinates development projects on large parcels of publicly-owned land. “The BRA, regardless of the
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http://meetbpda.bostonplans.org/ name, still does not effectively include neighborhood voices in the planning process,” said City Councilor Tito Jackson. “The BRA needs to know that the issue was
See BPDA, page 9
The committee advocating passage of the Community Preservation Act in Boston is counting on a broad base of support — including Boston city councilors, senators, state reps and more than 150 endorsing organizations — to bring ballot victory in November. Thus far, no formal opposition has emerged — though some groups have declared themselves neutral — yet the campaign remains focused on spreading awareness of the issue and what it would mean for residents. If Question 5 passes, the measure will implement a one percent surcharge on Boston property taxes and direct the revenue to initiatives that support affordable housing, open spaces and historic preservation. A committee would determine exact revenue distribution among the three and which initiatives to fund to advance these goals. “Many people have not heard of it,” said Joe Kriesberg, president of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and chair of the pro-CPA campaign committee. “For most people, interacting with us is their first time engaging around it.” He told the Banner that while many residents have responded favorably to canvassers, Boston has so many voters that speaking with everyone is a struggle — and it is hard to predict how anyone
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http://cpainfo.boston.gov/index.html?pid=0303584000#resultContainer not reached by their messaging will vote. Those in favor say the CPA would provide much-needed affordable housing, improve resident quality of life and preserve Boston’s historic and natural attractions. Dissenting voices include those who question the city’s ability to select effective initiatives and its emphasis on revenue generation through property taxes. Among the supporters is Mayor Martin Walsh, whose administration anticipates the CPA could generate an estimated $16.5 million or more per year toward the causes.
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The pro-CPA ballot committee goes under the name Yes for a Better Boston. Along with Kriesberg, the team includes treasurer Thadian Brown, as well as one field director and three organizers, who manage the canvassing efforts of the larger coalition. The coalition reports approximately 100 volunteers of its own as well as several hundred volunteers from partner organizations. The committee has engaged services of campaign manager Taylor Maher of CK strategies, as well as CK strategies’ Chris
See CPA, page 15
Dudley Square Main Sts then & now Stanley reflects on 20 yrs aiding local biz By JULE PATTISON-GORDON
As Dudley Square Main Streets Revitalization Corporation prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in a gala next week, Executive Director Joyce Stanley spoke with the Banner on two decades of promoting and supporting the Roxbury commercial district. Stanley worked for the Model Cities program in the 1970s, then in Boston’s Department of Public Facilities, before leading Dudley
Square Main Streets. Among Boston Main Streets executive directors, she is the only one who has held her post from its inception. “I’m the catalyst to get people to start talking, to help developers get money, to market the area, to work with the small businesses,” she said about her role. As executive director, she is the sole staff member and oversees a volunteer board comprising business owners, residents, property owners, youth representatives and other advisers. Over the years, the Main Streets
tackled critical issues to help revitalize the area, with new phase bringing its own menu of concerns.
At the start
In 1992, two years before Dudley Square’s Main Streets district was established, the area was suffering. Upper floors lay vacant in larger buildings and banks redlined the area, refusing to extend loans to redevelop or repair the sites. The elevated Orange Line had been dismantled, and buses picked up passengers on Warren and Washington Streets, BANNER PHOTO
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Executive Director Joyce Stanley has run Dudley Square Main Streets since its inception.
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Local benefit unclear in plan for new Bowdoin-Geneva homeless shelter By JULE PATTISON-GORDON
The Pine Street Inn is proposing to build permanent housing for chronically or formerly homeless seniors in Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva area. Developers would raze an old warehouse to construct new units at 123 Hamilton Street, a few blocks away from Pine Street Inn’s apartment complex at 307 Bowdoin Street. While developers say the current site demonstrates the kind of good management with which Pine Street would run the Hamilton housing, some residents are concerned about locating yet another homeless shelter in a poor neighborhood where several already exist. They also say that the proposed community benefits — largely, turning a vacant warehouse into a well-kept building and bringing local businesses new potential customers — fall short of offering meaningful value to the neighborhood.
Plans currently are under review at the Boston Redevelopment Authority — recently renamed the Boston Planning and Development Agency. Community meetings have been held, although Anh Nguyen, executive director of Bowdoin-Geneva Main Streets, noted that with meeting announcements distributed by email and the meeting
itself conducted in English, many may have missed the notice in the largely Cape Verdean community with a strong digital divide. The housing complex would be a 28,500 square foot, three-story development with an elevator and 52 new studio rental units, all affordable. Eight parking spaces are included. The project will serve men and women ages 56 and above, drawn, at least initially, from other Pine Street Inn facilities that are less adapted to older tenants’ needs. “There’s a big population of people age 55 and older in scattered sites in three-story buildings without elevators. This [planned building] is a perfect fit for them,” Thomas Broderick, president of developer Trinity Green, told the Banner. “It’s a group we feel has been somewhat ignored. There was a need that needs to be addressed.” Sex offenders will not be allowed as tenants and background checks will be conducted on all potential residents. Trinity Green will master lease the property to Pine Street Inn for a time period yet to be determined, Broderick said. He anticipated a development cost of $8.5 million, all of which will be underwritten through private financing. Pine Street Inn, in turn, will get subsidies to help fund the rent it pays to Trinity Green, while tenants will also pay a portion. Broderick said there would be 70 construction jobs, and that while
this kind of project is not subject to the city’s local and minority hiring requirements, his company usually seeks to comply.
Another homeless shelter
In the view of some residents, such as Linda Barros of Hamilton Street, the area already is saturated with shelters. While Barros, a community health worker, says she understands the need, she questions why the same neighborhood is chosen again and again to serve it. And, Barros said, too often, drug addicts end up in these shelters, when they should still be in detox programs. “Being homeless is one thing, but not being clean from drugs is another thing,” she told the Banner. It is a hard battle to raise children and preserve their sense of hope when surrounded by so much suffering, she said. “When I have to go out with my nine-year-old daughter, she has to walk around and see people that are so far gone,” Barros said. “I have to keep that innocence and explain why people are cursing at top of their lungs and fighting on the street.” Meanwhile, Trinity Green’s Broderick said the shelter managed by Pine Street is not one of the problematic sites, and that Pine Street has a proven track record of safe, non-disruptive shelters. The 307 Bowdoin Street housing has been incident-free
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for all three years it has been running and exemplifies good management, he said. The Bowdoin-Geneva Main Streets has no official stance on the project, pending a board meeting. But Executive Director Nguyen told the Banner in a phone interview that one thing that should be considered is the impact of bringing more poor people into an area where the poverty rate already is high. As poverty rate reaches 20 percent, crime tends to increase due to lack of opportunities, Nguyen said, adding that Bowdoin-Geneva already is at 35 percent poverty rate. Discussion, she said, must focus on “How can we serve the current stock of impoverished people and if we can absorb more people in poverty in this neighborhood.”
While Pine Street Inn does valuable work for the city, thus far it has not made the case that the shelter would provide much benefit to the local community, Nguyen said. Residents’ primary needs include pathways to economic advancement, stabilization of current residents at risk of displacement and preservation of the family nature of the community as gentrification pressures loom, Nguyen said. In particular, she spoke of the need for a culturally-competent workforce and English language training for the neighborhoods’ large population of immigrant families, and measures to ensure that the current stock of family housing is not converted to smaller units when inhabitants leave. If space for families is lost, the neighborhood’s culture could go with it, she said. Pine Street Inn could address some of these issues by including among its offerings job training for residents and focusing on bringing in Cape Verdean tenants who would share in the predominant surrounding culture, Nguyen said.
Pine Street and Trinity Green say the community benefits for 123 Hamilton Street include an onsite community room that local residents may use. Their representatives also emphasized that the project beautifies what is now an eyesore, gives the site useful purpose and, by bringing in tenants, would generate greater patronage of local businesses. “We’re taking a dilapidated warehouse, tearing it down and increasing green open space on that site by about 6,000 square feet. Instead of looking at concrete warehouse, they’re looking at professionally maintained and landscaped building,” Broderick said. “Our tenants by far spend locally,” Jan Griffin, Pine Street’s director of program planning, told the Banner. Nguyen, who was not aware of any alternate proposals for developing the site, said the Bowdoin Street shelter offered little past beautification and more customers. She did not see these as particularly impactful to the community. “There’s no community benefit [from that site, other than] the building looks nice and maybe some residents frequent businesses in our neighborhood,” she said. The shelter’s single-occupant sized units would not target local residents, but draw tenants from among senior Pine Street Inn residents who need more accessible buildings. Should anyone vacate, the units will be filled off the city’s list of chronically homeless people, Griffin said. There are no specific plans for local hiring, but that more than 20 percent of Pine Street staff currently live in Dorchester, and more employees would be needed to run the new property, she said. The shelter has no workforce training programs planned at the shelter. Resident Linda Barros said she would prefer see on a library or other project located there that gives local children a vision of something positive and hopeful.
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Competing visions for future of academics at UMass Boston By YAWU MILLER
UMass Boston has a lot going for it, with two new academic buildings and its first-ever dormitory in the works and a 40 percent increase in enrollment over a ten-year period. But the waterfront campus also faces many of the pressures that dog its sisters in the UMass system: declining state funding, increasing costs and subsequent tuition and fee hikes that hit some of the state’s most vulnerable students in the wallet. Adding to the volatility on the campus, the university, which faces a $22 million budget deficit, released 100 adjunct professors, a move some faculty say has increased workloads for remaining professors. And amid what many see as uncertain times, UMass Boston Provost Winston Langley removed the chairman of the Africana Studies Department, Robert Johnson, an action that sparked controversy. In an interview with the Banner last week, Langley said he removed Johnson after standard academic quality and development review, during which academics from outside the UMass system evaluated the quality of instruction in the Africana Studies department. While Langley gave few details of the report, he said it was not complimentary. “It was not lovely, to say the least,” he said. “They urged us to take drastic steps and see that the department develops in a way that’s
consistent with what we want to have for our students.” Langley did say that department enrollment had declined from 30 students to 15 over the last five years, but he did not say whether that change reflected a long-term decline or a periodic shift in numbers. Africana Studies professor Jemadari Kamara said a better measure of the department is enrollment. By that measure, he said, the department is doing well. “Enrollment, which is limited by the college, is near maximum total capacity,” he said. Langley said the college shifted from allowing professors to teach three courses per semester to two, to allow more time for research. During the time of the AQAD review, Kamara said, two of the department’s seven faculty members had just been denied tenure by the College of Liberal Arts, under which Africana Studies is housed, and two were out on leave. “That was the context in which this review was written,” he said. Langley said the AQAD review found that the Africana Studies curriculum offerings were outmoded, noting that much of the reading for Africana Studies courses dated back to the 1960s. “A research university should be at the leading edge of any discipline,” he said. Kamara contested Langley’s assessment of the curriculum, noting that the university approved 11 new
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courses over the last two years. In the end, Langley said, he was within his right to remove Johnson from the chairmanship of the department. “There’s a difference between electing and appointing a chair,” he said. “The faculty has the right to elect a chair. The dean has the ability to appoint a chair.” As for criticisms that the university has sought over the years to dismantle the College of Public and Community Service — a program that awards class credit for life experience and measures students competencies, Langley said the
university is committed to keeping the program going. “It will exist,” he said. “We are in the process of refashioning and strengthening it.” Langley has appointed a new interim dean for CPCS, Professor Stephanie Hartwell. While at one time CPCS had five majors and a graduate program as well as its own faculty, the college’s faculty now are housed in different academic departments. The dismantling of CPCS began long before Langley was appointed provost. Some see the withdrawal of support from the program as evidence the college is moving away from its so-called “urban mission,” a commitment to provide quality education to the working class residents of Boston. Marlene Kim, president of the UMass faculty union, says the financial pressure on the university
could have a negative effect on the very students it serves. “Handling the deficit by reducing faculty, increasing student fee and tuition and increasing the ratio of students to faculty will be detrimental to the quality of education at UMass,” she said. “We’re very concerned about that.” Langley said the university remains committed to serving a diverse student body. “I think the university faces challenges,” he said. “We need more resources. But we have a diverse population of students who are dedicated. We have individuals whose skills are forging partnerships with multiple communities. We have a diverse student body. It’s a special jewel for the Commonwealth. The achievements of our students are, in many cases, exceptional. We look forward to the future with optimism.”
Artists of AAMARP opened new exhibit
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Artists in the African American Master Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP) at Northeastern U. opened a new exhibit during Roxbury Open Studios weekend in Jamaica Plain entitled “North East South West“. Featured are Marlon Forrester (2nd l.) Jeff Chandler (2nd r.) and Shea Justice (1st r.). Joining them is Gloretta Baynes (chair of AAMARP) and Russell Ferguson (1st l.), who performed a dance piece.
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An American tradition of predation Consumers have been deceived by vendors since time immemorial. Before industrialization, buyers had to be watchful of shopkeepers who might put a heavy thumb on the scale. When the economy became more sophisticated, vendors often tried to sell defective goods. Caveat emptor is a phrase developed in the law to place the burden of assessing product quality on the buyer. But now the appeal of riches from private enterprise has developed a common sense of greed that has created a predatory culture in America. Banks were once considered to be the safest place to secure one’s funds. A major purpose of banks has always been to serve as the safest depository, but now that assurance has been breached. The Wells Fargo Bank has fired 5,300 employees for enrolling depositors in additional accounts without their knowledge and then charging them a reported $1.5 million or more in fees. The issue now confronting the country is whether criminal indictments are to be filed against the bank executives who benefitted from bonuses earned from the fraud but were not directly involved in the scam. The bank employees who opened bogus accounts for their customers did so to keep their jobs by generating additional revenue through selling bank services. Those who were not successful at cross-selling were fired. With 5,300 employees being fired, higher level executives must have been aware of problems with the bank policy. Tellers and clerks did the dirty work but they were sent on their criminal path by the executives. No top bankers were jailed for the excesses that led to the 2008 bank collapse. They should not be able to evade the scrutiny of the law this time. Fortunately, bank customers who were defrauded will be able to be reimbursed. That is not always the result for victims of the Ponzi scheme. In 1920, Charles Ponzi became a prominent Boston investment adviser by
promising extraordinary dividends to customers. The only problem was that there were no investments. Ponzi simply paid early customers from the funds invested by later clients. This strategy was perfected by Bernie Madoff, who took about $50 billion from unsuspecting investors. Many of the Ponzi scheme investors are fairly well off. They have to be in order to have the funds to invest. Madoff ’s victims included Larry King, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, all of whom were still wealthy after the scam. However, there is an especially vicious fraud that ensnares those with limited financial resources and leaves them in a financially impaired condition from which they might never recover. A similar sad story exists in the educational sector. The technological changes in the economy have induced many Americans to become re-educated in order to qualify for the jobs that have become available. A number of for-profit companies have been created to fill the need. However, unlike the traditional non-profit colleges and professional schools, some of the for-profits have shown greater interest in collecting tuition than in determining whether enrollment in the program is beneficial to the students. The Department of Education has denied federal tuition assistance to schools that do not produce good academic and employment results for students. When Pell Grants were denied last year, Corinthian Colleges was forced to close 28 schools with 16,000 students. Recently ITT Educational Services, a major for-profit school system with 35,000 students was forced to declare bankruptcy for the same reason. Vicious predators have an easy target with ambitious Americans who want to realize the American Dream. It is important to learn that hard work, planning and self-discipline are the values that pave the road to success. Only a fortunate inheritance can shortcut the journey. Even then, beware the predators.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Holding police accountable In a year when police have been killing black folk with few consequences, it was heartening to read that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court took a hard stand against racial profiling. Judge Hines’ use of the word indignity to describe what blacks have undergone at the hands of the Boston
police makes perfect sense to anyone who has been racially profiled, disrespected or otherwise had their rights violated by law enforcement. Like Ron Bell, many of us have been stopped, patted down, questioned and illegally searched. Having to submit to behavior that you know is unconstitutional is bad enough. Knowing that police treat
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It’s time for cops to break the blue code of silence
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By EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON The day after Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced first degree manslaughter charges would be filed against Tulsa officer Betty Shelby for gunning down distressed motorist Terence Crutcher, the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and other civil rights organizations held a press conference. They announced that they were calling on the Los Angeles Police Department, the L.A. County Sheriff ’s Dept., and other police agencies, locally and nationally, to immediately establish a Breaking the Blue Code of Silence hotline. This would give cops who police legally, professional and constitutionally to blow the whistle on cops who blatantly break the law. This is a common sense measure for several infuriating reasons. In South Carolina we watched as a black officer aided and abetted moving evidence in the killing of Walter Scott. In St. Louis we watched as a cop was caught planting a gun on a suspect he shot. In Charlotte we watched as an officer may have moved or even planted a weapon in the slaying of Keith Scott. In Tulsa we watched as Shelby gunned down Crutcher and then claimed she felt threated with no visible evidence of any actual threat to her. We watched because videos allowed millions to glimpse law enforcement either blatantly breaking the law or covering up law breaking. But in some ways the more galling thing that we watched is that officers within these departments and more than a few administrators also watched and more importantly knew that their fellow officers were blatantly breaking the law. Yet, not one stepped forward before, during or after the videos exposed the lies and the cover to blow the whistle on the lie and cover-up. This is so routine that it would have been a shock if one officer had actually broken ranks and screamed foul. Here’s how deep, prevalent, and terrifying the blue code of silence is in police culture. The National Institute of Ethics, in a study commissioned by the International Association of Police Chiefs, surveyed hundreds of cops in 21 states. They found that nearly 80 percent of cops said that a code of silence exists, more than half said it didn’t bother them, almost half admitted that the code was strongest when excessive force was used, and half also admitted they had witnessed misconduct by another officer but kept their mouths shut about it. Why? Because in many cases they were told to keep quiet by other officers and in even more cases by department higher-ups. And if they didn’t they were scared stiff that they would be ostracized; the officer who committed the misconduct would be disciplined or fired; or worse, they’d be fired, or at the very least would be “blackballed,” or that their bosses would simply blow their complaint off. A significant number of them said they wanted to speak out about the abusive acts of fellow officers but were pressured by “uninvolved officers” to keep quiet. However, there’s not or never has been any need for them to quake at that prospect. Courts have sided with officers in the few times that they have broken ranks and called out other officers to higher-ups for misconduct from beatings to the shooting of suspects or civilians. In one case an appeals court in California went further and reminded police officers and officials in a ruling on the issue that it’s the legal and professional duty of an officer to report misconduct by another officer. It’s a protected constitutional right and that any form of retaliation against the officer for speaking out is illegal. The problem is that few police departments pound this point home to rank-and-file officers or for that matter to their superiors. Put bluntly, telling them and continuing to tell recruits at the academy, officers in orientation and training sessions, and in their performance evaluations that the department has zero tolerance toward police misconduct. That if an officer witnesses it they are duty-bound to report it. If they don’t they are just as guilty of law-breaking as the cop that breaks the law. The blue code of silence makes it possible for bad cops and bad administrators to get away and keep getting away with abusive acts from Charlotte to Tulsa and countless other places. It’s the single biggest thing that jades minorities and increasingly much of the public toward cops, and reinforces the notion that all cops routinely lie, cheap and cover up abuses. When cops break the blue code of silence and administrators back them up that will be a giant step toward changing that notion.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.
I think banks are in the business of making money. I check my statements regularly.
Christy Bass Teacher Roxbury
On a scale of one to ten, I trust my bank maybe 5. Sometimes, I think I would be better off keeping my money under my mattress.
Restaurant Manager Roxbury
I’m with TD Bank. They’re robbing me blind. I don’t trust them at all. They charge fees on top of fees.
Of course they’ll cheat you. If politicians get rid of regulations, they’ll cheat us more.
The bigger the bank the more likely they are to cheat. Smaller banks don’t want to take that risk. I use a credit union.
Nadine Jones Ruffin Supervisor Roxbury
I trust my credit union. I wouldn’t trust a laggard bank.
Asset Manager Roxbury
alone, one out of four residents was born in another country. I look forward to working with the Attorney General and other leaders in advocating for the rights of the immigrant communities, on behalf of the more than 2,000 clients BCNC serves each year.” The goal of the Attorney General and the New Americans Advisory council is to help recent immigrants develop the skills they need to be successful and productive members of the Greater Boston community. The New Americans Advisory Council will meet regularly throughout the year. Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center is the largest nonprofit social service provider dedicated to Asian families in the Greater Boston area, supporting over 2,000 children, youth, and adults each year at three locations in Boston and Quincy. Founded in 1969, the mission of BCNC is to ensure that the children,
youth, and families we serve have the resources and supports they need to achieve greater economic success and social well-being. BCNC helps families access the resources and services available to them, provide opportunities for them to learn and acquire skills, and create a community of mutual support and encouragement. For more information, go to www.bcnc.net.
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GILES LI Giles Li, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s executive director, was appointed by Attorney General Maura Healy to serve on the newly formed Advisory Council on New Americans. The 26-member advisory council is made up of leaders from community and immigrant organizations, as well as advocates across the state. Council members will work with Healey to address the needs of the state’s immigrant and refugee communities. “I am excited to launch the Advisory Council for New Americans to strengthen our work on behalf of immigrant and refugee communities,” said Healey at the council’s kickoff meeting. “Building strong partnerships with community organizations will help ensure that all of our residents are treated fairly in Massachusetts.” “Massachusetts is home to more than one million immigrants,” said Giles Li. “In Boston
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continued from page 1 eliminating parking spaces. The area around the Haley House was distressed: A homeless camp had taken root and prostitution and drug-use were rife, Stanley said. At the time, a group of local merchants began working to bring back the old Merchants’ Association and revitalize the commercial area. Their efforts would lead to the creation of the nonprofit Dudley Square Main Streets, which brought together government officials with local residents and business owners to collaborate on area improvements. In those days, utility companies did not take the district seriously and would not provide critical upgrades, Stanley said. Tropical Foods, which opened in Roxbury in the ’70s, installed its own generator to prevent food loss when freezers shut off during rolling blackouts, she recalled. When Stanley and others presented detailed improvement requests to Boston Edison, a representative dismissed them. “He said, ‘You want a Cadillac system for a Buick neighborhood. We can’t do that,’” Stanley recounted to the Banner. Then there were the voices that doubted the ability of local landlords to develop, advising them to sell to franchises. Many —utility companies, developers and some City Hall employees included — treated development plans as a joke, until the coalition secured millions in a federal Economic Empowerment Zone grant, she said. They directed the funding toward three large rehabilitation projects, including the old Roxbury Boys Club and Paladio Hall. The fight to get attention and assistance for Dudley also included a focus on the troubled block around Haley House. “Elected officials said, if you can develop this block, you can develop Dudley,” Stanley told the Banner. “That was our first target, to encourage people to do those buildings.” That effort ultimately would take ten years, but it drew support, including from officials such as U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano, who shared advice garnered from his experience as Somerville mayor working to revitalize Davis Square. Many banks also were leery of lending to develop buildings with only small businesses as tenants, without a franchise or government office representing a more reliable revenue stream. Stanley and others appealed to the local Social Security offices to stay in the area and act as an anchor tenant. Since those days, public and
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z6nkw3l Stanley said. Many in the district live off monthly incomes and oppose the displacement potential of more market-rate housing. Yet they also express strong desire for cafes, which require middle-class earners who can spend consistently throughout the month. “There’s a push and pull in this community: gentrification versus disposable income,” Stanley said. “If you’re going to support the café society that they want, somebody has to have the money to buy stuff.”
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Dudley square then and now: (above) restored buildings and new construction dominate Dudley Square today. (below) Dudley Square as it appeared in the early 1990s.
While Dudley Main Street’s early efforts focused on fixing up and filling up old buildings, today stores new and old struggle to find space in Dudley Square. Development interest is high and many renting businesses are forced to move as their landlords repair or redevelop these properties. “In the beginning, [business concerns were] mostly storefronts and getting things done. Now, many are fighting for their lives,” Stanley said. Businesses that have retained their space confront losses as the construction generated by new development — such as streets torn up for utility improvement work — deters customer traffic.
private developers have created or redeveloped 32 large anchor buildings in Dudley and about 194 housing unit, not including redevelopment of Orchard Gardens, bringing 800 new jobs, Stanley said. Utilities were upgraded, although the fight has continued — only recently was cable access extended in the area, she said. Eventually the Silver Line was introduced, helping bridge some of the access gap left in the wake of the elevated Orange Line’s loss.
In the early days, collaborators met each week in the backroom of Bank of America. Stanley credited much of the Dudley Square Main Street District’s success to
its ability to bring together people from across sectors around a shared vision of what the district needed and could become. “We started with partnerships. Partnerships are what make things happen,” Stanley said. “We got people who couldn’t stand each other to work together because they had a vision for the district.” They were able to pull together not only local businesses and residents but also government officials and support from Bank of America. Among financial contributors were The Boston Foundation and Heinz Foundation. Now, however goals of profit, not local improvement, increasingly are driving activity in the area, she said.
“That is different from now. Now we have people who want to make money off what we’ve done,” she said. Another struggle is that that visions have fragmented, with several competing planning sessions dividing energy and focus, Stanley said, noting City Councilor Tito Jackson’s Reclaim Roxbury, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (now Boston Planning and Development Agency)’s PLAN JP/Rox and smaller community efforts around combating gentrification. Tension also arises from clashing priorities among some residents, who wish both to prevent gentrification and bring in the kinds of establishments that rely on higher-income clientele,
Following the removal of the Orange Line, residents divided over whether to continue requesting underground transportation or accept the Silver Line buses as a replacement. Meanwhile, the city said it was holding off making capital improvements in the area until it had consensus, Stanley said. Sidewalks between Roxbury and Chinatown were failing into disrepair. Dudley Square Main Streets, along with activist from other neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Egleston, worked together and ultimately decided, despite some strong objections, to put propriety on securing the infrastructure repairs. They requested a Silver Line bus so that improvements would go through soon, she said. A new transit concern now confronts the Main Streets District: The BPDA has expressed interest in moving Dudley Station, Stanley said, which she said could divert critical customer traffic.
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continued from page 1 never their name. The issue was their actions.” Both the name change and demonstration come as the city is in the midst of a construction boom that has generated luxury high-rises claiming space on the city’s skyline, heightened levels of real estate speculation and displaced working-class renters from gentrifying neighborhoods like South Boston and Jamaica Plain. As the city’s primary planning and agency development — which includes physical, social and economic development — the BPDA is the gateway for securing approval for large construction projects, whether in Downtown Boston or the outer neighborhoods. As the BPDA takes a more active role in planning and developing areas such as Dudley Square and Jamaica Plain, it has moved into the crosshairs of affordable housing activists who complain it is facilitating displacement.
Exhibit A: Jackson cites the agency’s work on PLAN: JP/ROX, a nine-month planning process that seeks to shape the course of new development in the area between Jackson Square, Egleston Square and Forest Hills. There, city officials have clashed with affordable housing activists who complain that the city’s goal of 30 percent affordability for new units will do little to stem the displacement spurred by the rapid development of luxury apartment buildings and condominium complexes. In Chinatown, activists are
airing similar concerns, citing the seemingly unceasing emergence of new hotels and luxury buildings that have doubled the neighborhood’s population over the last 15 years, driving up rents and displacing low-income families. The development boom has added 10,500 new units to the city’s housing stock. But 80 percent of these new units are priced at market rate. With much of that development centered in the city’s downtown neighborhoods — the South End and the Fenway — rents have increased, thus aggravating rather than alleviating price pressures, activists say.
Push for affordability
Mayor Martin Walsh told the Banner his administration is working to increase the city’s stock of affordable housing. “We have more affordable and moderate income housing planned in the city than ever before,” he said. “Last year, we had 1,022 units of low-income housing built. That’s the largest number of low-income units ever built in one year.” With a reported 28,694 units in the planning, construction or review stages, Boston may well exceed the Walsh administration’s housing plan, which calls for 53,000 new units by 2030. Walsh also says the BPDA will change the way it works with neighborhood groups. “We’re going to be looking at how we change the structure of interaction with the community,” he said. Throughout the Jamaica Plain planning process, the BPDA held a series of community meetings to glean community views on
issues ranging from affordability to transportation. Neighborhood activists expressed a range of ideas and sentiments about development in the area, while planners recorded their ideas. But the process left some participants feeling shut out. “They know the new construction is not affordable, not just for people earning $35,000 a year, but also for the city average, which is $53,000 for a family of four,” said Jamaica Plain activist Danielle Sommers. “The units being built here are unaffordable to anyone earning less than $100,000.” She and other activists called on the agency to mandate that 70 percent of all new housing in the area be affordable. Walsh said that goal is unattainable. “We can’t force private developers to build 70 percent affordable,” he told the Banner.
the percentage of new units developers are required to set aside for moderate- and low-income people under its Inclusionary Development policy. Sommers says the city is largely responsible for the surge in luxury housing, pointing to the city’s efforts to attract GE and tech firms
to its waterfront innovation district — with its pricey micro apartments — as evidence that the city has created conditions conducive to displacement. “It’s like we’re moving to become the East Coast San Francisco,” she said. “We’re creating a crisis that’s immanent.”
The Jamaica Plain activists, including members of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, say roughly half the residents in the area make less than $35,000 a year, yet only two percent of the new housing units in the area’s project pipeline are affordable to people in that income bracket. The Neighborhood Council sent a letter to Walsh expressing dissatisfaction with the plan, which the BPDA Board is scheduled to vote on later this month. Jackson said the displacement decried by Jamaica Plain activists is happening in most Boston neighborhoods. “The rate at which people are being displaced will not even be affected with a 13 percent affordable housing rate,” he said, citing
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Widespread burden of credit checks By JULE PATTISON-GORDON
A proposed law preventing employers from negatively judging applicants and existing hires based on poor credit scores received largely positive responses during last week’s hearing. Sponsoring councilors Andrea Campbell and Ayanna Pressley said testimony revealed an even more widespread burden of credit-based discrimination than they had realized, underscoring the need. “We heard about even more populations experiencing discrimination than we otherwise may have realized,” Pressley said at the hearing’s conclusion. If the ordinance is enacted, employers in Boston will no longer be allowed to obtain or use individuals’ credit information when considering hiring, discharge, tenure, promotion or discipline. When they originally filed for the hearing, Pressley and Campbell emphasized that credit scores frequently contain inaccuracies and that a person’s credit history can be damaged for reasons that have no bearing on their ability to do the job well — such as student loans or expenses incurred after a layoff, divorce or from a personal or family medical emergency. Employer use of credit checks can impose a barrier to economic advancement for those most in need: Low-income individuals are less likely to have savings to draw upon during emergencies and consequently may be forced to run up debt, which in turn damages their credit score and their chance to get
back on their feet. Those who have been victimized by predatory lenders also are greatly affected. In many cases, the value of credit checks to employers is unclear, Campbell said. “Research and studies show no evidence of strong correlation between someone’s credit report and how well they will perform on the job or their employer’s losses,” Campbell said. The ordinance would permit credit checks only if it seems directly relevant to the job. That includes instances where the potential hire might have significant financial responsibility, handle financial information past what is standard in a retail transaction, set policies for a business, handle confidential information or participate in law enforcement. Councilors and other supporters who testified said that credit checks can stand as a barrier to opportunity for those trying to improve their lives. The only flashpoint of contention: some business groups preferred the issue be handled at a statewide or federal level, not municipal.
Common causes of bad credit can include expenses resulting from layoffs, medical expenses, and divorces as well as debt from student loans. During the hearing, councilors and those giving testimony said that credit scores also may become damaged for reasons even further outside of a person’s control — such as eviction during their childhood or simply too many
companies looking at the credit report within a short time period. “The mere fact that your credit report is being accessed can ding your credit. I’m not entirely sure why. It can raise red flags for folks,” said Matt Brooks, an attorney at the Greater Boston Legal Services Although credit reports are not supposed to reflect any information older than seven years, this is not always the case, and the sheer number of small credit reporting agencies makes compliance difficult to monitor, Brooks said. As a result, childhood events also can follow you on your credit report. Some parents take out loans in a child’s name, Pressley said. Another example: When some landlords file evictions, they list everyone on a family’s lease — including children. When the children grow up, the eviction may still appear on their credit reports, said Pauline Quirion, director of the CORI grant program for the Greater Boston Legal Services. “It can happen when you’re five, and later on, potential landlords get the data,” Quirion stated Credit damage may come more maliciously. Some domestic abusers run up debt on their partners’ credit scores to inhibit the victims’ abilities to move on, Quirion said, and Pressley pointed to identity theft as another concern. Victims of predatory lending and other financial schemes, such as those targeted for subprime loans during the foreclosure crisis — or more recently, those hit with unauthorized credit card and deposit accounts by Wells Fargo — also would see credit damage. In
City councilors Andrea Campbell, Michael Flaherty and Ayanna Pressley convened a hearing on banning use of credit checks in employment decisions. Pressley and Campbell said testimony shed light on a greater depth of need than they had anticipated. the case of Wells Fargo, customers may have had their credit dinged for unpaid or late fees on accounts taken in their name without their knowledge, and unauthorized extra credit cards may also impact their score. Often, it is difficult for employers not trained in interpreting such reports to distinguish the reasons behind the credit scores they see, Brooks said.
Errors and confusion
Flaherty noted that when he refinanced his house, not only did his credit history appear on the credit check but also the histories of other Michael Flahertys — including his father, two cousins and more than one neighbor. While the councilor was fortunate that their credit was fine, not everyone is as lucky. In such cases, he noted, the onus is on the individual to prove which one they are — and not everyone the time, given work, family obligations and school to set the record straight, which can be an intensive process. “It’s not like you can call up and say, ‘Hey, that information that showed up — it’s not me’ and they say, ‘Oh sorry,’ and take it off,” Flaherty said. “You have to jump through hoops and hurdles. It’s a disaster.” The Federal Trade Commission reported in 2013 that 25 percent of consumers had errors on their credit reports that could affect their credit scores.
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Ryan Kearney, general counsel of Retailers Association of Massachusetts, told the Banner in a phone interview that, while his organization does not use credit
checks, the fact that some retailers do indicates a perceived benefit and retailers should be allowed to handle business as they see fit. “Our opinion as an association is that retailers should have the freedom to go ahead and use credit checks and run their business as they choose to,” Kearney said. Kearney also said his organization is concerned that a citywide restriction on credit checks would create an uneven playing field for retailers competing with businesses in other cities. Any policy should be state- or nationwide, he said. “Some of these regulations at local level create winners and losers depending on where the business is located,” Kearney told the Banner. Similarly, Aaron Green, a representative from the Massachusetts Staffing Association, said during testimony that while his organization supports the intentions of the city ordinance, members want clearer language stating that firms with employees in multiple cities would only have to comply for those of their employees working in Boston. One goal of pushing for municipal policy is to spur state action, Campbell said during the hearing. A similar bill passed unanimously in the state senate in July, but the house did not vote on it before the close of the legislative session. At the federal level, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen have advocated for passage of an employer credit check ban. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony in support of the ordinance.
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at a sweet sixteen birthday party, Attorney General Maura Healey announced. Under the settlement, Post 76 will also host an event and sponsor a program for students at The English High School. The assurance of discontinuance, entered on Monday in Suffolk Superior Court, resolves allegations of discrimination by Post 76 against African American party guests and vendors based on their race and/or
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color by harassing them, using derogatory language, and eventually ending the party early. “This action resolves allegations that guests were treated as suspect and subjected to ignorant and racially discriminatory comments,” said AG Healey. “No one in Massachusetts should be discriminated against based on their race and we need to continue to find ways to reject and end both explicit and implicit bias in all its forms. I am especially pleased that the Post, in addition to taking steps to implement better policies and train its staff, will also give back to the community by supporting local youth at English High.” The AG’s Office alleges that in January 2015 an African American woman reserved event space at Post 76 for her daughter’s sweet sixteen birthday celebration in June 2015. When her event planners arrived at the venue, a bartender questioned them about the event and initially refused to host the party, saying that those who attended the party—presumably African American teenagers—could be “gang members” and might “get drunk and shoot the place.” The staff eventually agreed to host the event, but kept the event space open to the rest of the building instead of closing it off as they normally would because of purported safety concerns. The AG’s Office further alleges that when an African American photographer arrived, he was stopped by the same bartender, who suggested he might be carrying a
gun and required him to open his bags so they could be inspected. Throughout the night, Post 76 staff were also overheard making derogatory comments about the African American guests. Post 76 then allegedly ended the party early. According to the terms of the settlement, Post 76 will adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy and require all staff and volunteers to attend training on state and federal public accommodation laws. Post 76 has also agreed to host an annual event for The English High School Boston School Cadets Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and sponsor students to attend the American Legion Boys and Girls State leadership programs. This settlement also requires Post 76 to pay a total of $15,000 in restitution to the family which rented the event space and penalties to the Commonwealth. The AG’s Office alleges that Post 76 violated the Massachusetts Public Accommodations Law and Consumer Protection Act. The Public Accommodations Law makes it unlawful for any business that solicits or accepts the patronage of the general public to distinguish among customers on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. The law prohibits discrimination with respect to both admission into and treatment within places of public accommodation. The Consumer Protection Act prohibits unfair or deceptive conduct in trade or commerce. This matter was handled by
Assistant Attorneys General Shaneka L. Davis and Kimberly Strovink of AG’s Healey’s Civil Rights Division, with assistance from Kristen Salera and Shannon Roark of AG Healey’s Civil Investigations Division.
Greater Boston janitors avoid strike, reach tentative agreement Avoiding what would have been one of the largest strikes in recent memory, the 13,000 janitors who clean and maintain thousands of office buildings in the Greater Boston area secured a tentative, four-year agreement with the Maintenance Contractors of New England just hours before contract expiration. The deal, subject to ratification by the members, provides a 12 percent increase in wages over the life of the contract and expands employer-paid healthcare to family members of full-time employees. Metro Boston janitors will make $20 an hour by the end of the contract. The agreement also moves makes advancements for full-time work in what is still a predominantly part-time industry and includes a new legal assistance benefit for all members. Negotiations for a new, multiyear contract began last August between 32BJ SEIU, the largest property service union in the country, and a consortium of the largest contractors in the industry.
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High school students earn credits building businesses By KAREN MORALES
Students at Charlestown High School are learning the fundamentals of business and marketing — all while earning college credit. This fall, the high school launched its Business Pathways Dual Enrollment program, in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College and youth entrepreneurship program, BUILD. Founded in 1999, BUILD is a national program that teaches entrepreneurship through experiential learning and operates in the San Francisco Bay area, metropolitan Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, and greater Boston. BUILD has been operating at Charlestown High for five years and via their entrepreneurial program as part of the Business Pathways curriculum. But now, freshman and sophomores in the Business Pathways program will be able to take college-level business and marketing classes, using Bunker Hill’s textbook and syllabus, during their elective period. As juniors and seniors, they can participate in advanced business classes, along with English and math, at Bunker Hill. “It’s going to fast-track kids through that associate’s degree,” said Ayele Shakur, executive
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director of BUILD Greater Boston. “It will give them a lot of college exposure while they’re still in high school so that when they do graduate, they start ahead of the game.” In addition to Charlestown High, BUILD currently works with 400 students in five other schools: Madison Park High School, Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Another Course to College, Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH), and Dearborn STEM Academy. By 2020, BUILD expects to expand and serve a bigger area, up to 10 schools and 600 students a year, Shakur said. On Wednesday, October 19, BUILD will celebrate its fifth year of serving Boston Public Schools with BUILDFest Gala and Student Business Exp at the Boston Convention Center. The anniversary festivities include food, music, and opportunities for attendees to see firsthand the businesses that students have created. Also on the program: Jeffrey Glass, founding board chair of BUILD, and
Mic Williams, founder of Boston Harbor Angels, will be honored with the BUILDer Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and BUILD Friend of the Year, respectively.
Participants in the Business Pathways program will earn up to 30 college credits, thus meeting half of what’s required for securing an associate’s degree, as well as gain real-world experience in the business sector through entrepreneurship and internship training. Roughly 25 students are enrolled in the program, which grants admission on a first-come, first-served basis. “There are no prerequisites,” said William Thomas, Charlestown High’s headmaster. “They just have to be ready to work hard.” If students do happen to fall behind, they are required to stay after school for additional tutoring and mentoring. During the school’s elective period, participants of BUILD come
up with a detailed business plan for a product they want to create and sell, and are given $300 of seed funding during their freshman year to get their business up and running. As the students grow older, continue to scale their businesses, calculate costs, and market to customers, they are given up to $1,000 of additional funding to take their micro-company to the next level. Students can make real money with real customers and get to keep their profits. One of the program’s most successful ventures — Cookie Boss, a company that puts corporate logos on cookies for clients like Bank of America — has made $30,000 in sales since launching five years ago. “Students not only learn about business through a textbook but also have that real world experience developing their own business, launching it, and then running it while they’re in high school,” Shakur said. Thomas said he considered BUILD as a natural supplement to the Business Pathways Dual Enrollment Program while developing the idea with Bunker Hill. “We invited BUILD to be a part of that partnership because they’ve been doing great work with our students.” As rising juniors and seniors,
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continued from page 12 students in the Business Pathways program also will have opportunities for internships, Shakur said. “We’re looking into adding corporate partners to be connected to the program so students have internships while in school or summer,” she said. Thomas believes that a business education is an essential foundation to success, regardless of the career path students choose. “We feel that our students would benefit from a training program that teaches them how to have good work ethics and cultivates soft skills, like resume writing, interviewing, and business environment manners,” he said. “A lot of these skills are transferrable.” “Skills like communication, creativity, problem solving —even grit and perseverance, those are basic fundamental skills to be successful not just in school, but in career and life,” Shakur said. Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner, is a big supporter of the Business Pathways Dual Enrollment Program. He provided the initial seed funding to launch the program, Shakur said. Part of BUILD’s mission is to provide programming at lower-performing schools. “We want to operate where the need is greatest,” Shakur said. “We want to go to schools where there are not as many opportunities and students need additional support and resources.”
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As of last week, the campaign had approximately $300,000, with much of it coming from approximately 200 individual donors as well as coalition member organizations, Kriesberg said. The committee deemed TV and radio ads outside its budget, but should finances allow, digital ads may be added to the toolkit. Currently, Yes for a Better Boston is focusing on social media and on-the-ground measures. This includes door-knocking; distributing flyers at festivals, parades and other community events; speaking at community events and professional organizations; and spreading the word through electronic newsletters and social media, Kriesberg said. He was scheduled to speak at a church last Sunday. The committee also has asked coalition members, supportive officials and other endorsing organizations to engage voters in their networks.
Along with Mayor Walsh, senators and state representatives in support of the measure include Russell Holmes, Byron Rushing, Linda Dorcena Forry, Will Brownsberger, Sal DiDomenico,
Evandro Carvalho, Dan Cullinane, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Kevin Honan, Mike Rush, Liz Malia, Adrian Madaro, Jay Livingstone, Edward Coppinger and Dan Hunt. Sherriff Steve Tompkins also endorsed Yes for a Better Boston. Councilor Michael Flaherty sponsored an earlier version of the CPA bill in 2001 and Andrea Campbell joined him in sponsoring this new iteration. Eleven Boston city councilors have added their names to the list of CPA supporters. The only councilors who did not endorse are Bill Linehan and Mark Ciommo.
If the CPA is implemented, residents will pay a one percent surcharge on their revised net property tax (not the value of their property). Exempted from the surcharge is the first $100,000 of the property’s assed value. City officials said previously that they expect the majority of revenue to come from commercial properties — which already are taxed at a higher rate. Depending on its size, a business may pay $100 to $200 a year as surcharge, according to Yes for a Better Boston’s Kriesberg. That revenue, in turn, is directed toward the three priority areas — housing, open space and historic preservation — but flexibility remains in how those goals are reached. A five-to-nine person committee will be established and given responsibility for selecting initiatives to fund in order to advance each goal. At least ten percent of CPA revenue will go to each of the three priorities, with the
committee deciding how to allocate the remainder among them.
Among those who oppose the measure is Skip Schloming, executive director of the Small Property Owners Association. He said he opposes the CPA because it would increase taxes while directing a portion of the revenue toward affordable housing approaches that he believes are not working. Schloming’s bone of contention is city efforts to achieve affordability seem to focus on subsidizing nonprofits that create new units for low-income levels. This, he says, is ineffective and expensive. “I don’t agree with the Community Preservation Act’s focus
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on affordable housing,” Schloming told the Banner. “The Community Preservation Act can give seed money to get subsidized affordable housing up and running, but [such projects] still depend on continuing subsidies like section 8 vouchers or project-based subsidies. Both of those are based on taxpayer money.” Instead, Schloming advocates for what he sees as a more cost-effective solution: private small landlords providing units by fixing up older buildings to a level that is safe and functional, but may have minor code violations or cosmetic issues. For instance, he said, rents can be lowered if landlords are allowed to let stand small cracks, lead paint in households without
young children, and leak stains, while resolving critical issues such as the leak itself, any infestations and nonfunctional utilities. “It’s inherently cheaper to have private developers make old housing and to have laws making it easier for private landlords to provide affordable housing,” he said. Earlier this year, the city council voted 12-1 to put the CPA on the ballot, with Bill Linehan opposing. According to meeting Partners H minutes, Linehan said he supported the funding targets but APPRO wished to call attention to what he saw as the city’s overreliance on property taxes and the need to diversify city revenue sources. His office did not provide comment by Banner press time.
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The Boston Black MBA’s Making Better Leaders with Gender Collaboration workshop One of the most intensely discussed workplace topics these days is that men and women bring vastly different leadership styles to the table. As a young urban professional, it’s important to understand each gender’s leadership strengths and learn how to manage gender weaknesses in order to strengthen your professional repertoire. If working with the opposite sex poses a challenge for you, the “Making Better Leaders with Gender Collaboration” workshop hosted by the Boston chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) offered a great opportunity to learn how to alter your approach and actions to create the most productive work environment. The National Black MBA Association’s mission is to lead the creation of educational opportunities, professional development and economic growth for African Americans. A premier business organization for black professionals, the Boston chapter is committed to serving members through five pillars of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle. The NBMBAA’s membership base comprises both MBAs and professionals who do not have an MBA, and is positioned to support your professional and personal growth from the classroom to the boardroom. The “Making Better Leaders with Gender Collaboration” workshop featured techniques for fighting against the inequitable treatment male and female employees sometimes experience in the workplace. Many women find it difficult to climb the corporate ladder even if they are as intelligent and talented as their male counterparts. The organizing principle: How do we put value on our voice in the work environment? The workshop, which was held last week, was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Liberty Mutual Insurance, State Street Corp., Santander Bank, Rockland Trust and Morgan Stanley. A workshop highlight was the division of female and male attendees into two breakout discussion groups. The women’s discussion covered the importance of diverse female professionals supporting each other in the workplace. The trailblazers facilitating the women’s discussion included Denise Kaigler, founder and principal of MDK Brand Management; Joyce Beach, vice president, Risk and Administration Management at State Street Corporation; and Janelle Edem, vice president and general manager of National Insurance at Liberty Mutual Insurance. They discussed establishing and maintaining a positive brand in the workplace by carrying yourself in a manner where colleagues and management only speak of your remarkable work ethic and proactive attitude. In addition to having a positive personal brand,
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they talked about the benefits of having a workplace advocate who can speak on your behalf if there ever is a contentious issue, or if you need a cosign for a promotion. The men’s discussion focused on code-shifting and authenticity in the workplace. Panelists included Imari Paris Jeffries, a nonprofit consultant, and Donnie Bedney III, regional senior consultant for Gallup. Men of color often deal with each other in one code, they said, and with others in a different code. They described their experience managing their identities, while also occupying environments where they find themselves “code switching.” Code switching occurs when you adapt your style, language and other aspects of your communication to fit within an environment. For more information on events that can strengthen your personal identity as you navigate professional environments, visit www. bostonblackmba.org where you can sign up for email announcements.
Chef Series Event at Savvor Restaurant Cool afternoons and delicious meals are definitely a must this fall. And getting together with your friends and supporting your local restaurants are absolutely necessary. Savvor is a Haitian American-owned restaurant with a mission to bring Caribbean vacation meals to life here in Boston. With their third anniversary around the corner, they are adding new and exciting ways to offer something different to their loyal guests and surrounding communities. As part of the celebration, last week Savvor launched its Chef Series. The D.W. band welcomed guests, playing covers of songs from wellknown artists such as Floetry and Rihanna. But the stars of the evening were Top Chef Ron Duprat and local chef Stéphane Lamour, who served guests a four-course meal featuring Haitian cuisine for $75 per person. My favorite dish included the cumin-crusted snapper, five spice black rice cake and the sauce verte and mango escabeche. Kea Ricketts, Savvor’s promotions coordinator, said, “Management at Savvor is very passionate about sharing the Haitian culture with others. When the opportunity to have Chef Ron, who is also of Haitian descent, come in, it was a no brainier.” The Chef Series will showcase a different chef every quarter. For more information, visit http://www. savvorbostonlounge.com/. It’s located at 180 Lincoln St., Boston.
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BOSTON BLACK MBA’S WORKSHOP — 9/28/16
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Left, attendees at the Boston Black MBA’s Making Better Leaders with Gender Collaboration workshop. Right, Darla DeGrace (right) is the President and CEO of the National Black MBA Assciation-Boston Chapter; Imari Paris Jeffries a nonprofit consultant.
NEW ENGLAND’S OLDEST GRADUATE CHAPTER OF THE FIRST SORORITY FOUNDED BY BLACK WOMEN CELEBRATES 90 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE IN GREATER BOSTON Psi Omega (Boston Graduate) Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated celebrated 90 years of continuous service with a Jazz luncheon at Lombardo’s in Randolph, Massachusetts from Noon to 3:00 p.m. The festivities featured Bill Banfield’s Jazz Urbane and guest speaker Dr. Eva L. Evans, the 24th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Nicole Roberts Jones, a nationally acclaimed motivational speaker, author and coach. The program honored the seven scholastic and professional pioneers that chartered Psi Omega, and celebrated Psi Omega’s legacy of service to empower women, youth and disenfranchised populations in
Greater Boston. Also honored were individuals and organizations that made significant contributions to empower Greater Boston and its residents through their professional and community service. The Catalyst honorees were Terri Lyne Carrington, a multiple Grammy Award– winning jazz drummer and native of Medford, and Alfreda R. Harris, a youth and family services public administrator and native of Boston. The Cornerstone honorees were The Bay State Banner, Boston’s oldest African-American newspaper, and the Edgar P. Benjamin Healthcare Center, the oldest nursing and rehabilitation center founded and operated by African Americans in Massachusetts. #PsiOmegaChp90Yrs
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Pink Pizzazz & All That Jazz 90th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Lombardo’s in Randolph, Massachusetts.
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Each Friday, Epicenter features a special “where to be” post on their blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community, learn, and commemorate some influential people and events around Boston! Have something coming up that you’d like to see here? Tweet us @epicentercom #WhereToBe FRIDAY 10.7.16 First Fridays: Fashion Forward Hosted: The Institute of Contemporary Arts The ICA celebrates Boston Fashion Week with a gender-bending edition of First Fridays: Fashion Forward! The evening will include screenings of the HBO documentary “Suited,” following Brooklyn-based label Bindle & Keep, alongside presentations of queer and gender non-conforming fall styles from dapperQ, Qwear, and The Tailory New York. Check out this season’s on point suits, explore a spectrum of femme identity, and get moving to beats by DJ Leah V. When: 5 p.m. Where: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 25 Harbor Shore Dr., Boston, MA This is a 21+ event. Admission if free for members, $15 for non-members. For more info and to get tickets, please visit: www.icaboston.org/ events/first-fridays-fashion-forward-0?from=%2Fcalendar%2Ffirst-fridays&title=First+Fridays SATURDAY 10.8.16 Yoga: A Kickstarter Video Release Party Hosted by: Erin Kay Anderson Our very own Erin Kay Anderson will be hosting a FREE kickstarter party to support her endeavors in yoga and yoga training. “I’ve been practicing yoga routinely, or as some would say religiously, for the past 6 years. My recent choice to leave the work that I love with Epicenter Community is rooted in the personal goal that I have to attend yoga training in the Spring of 2017. I’d love to have you all attend my kickstarter video release party, to celebrate the past 3 years of our lives — the experiences, relationships and freindships that have been created in the process. This is also the silent launch of my personal brand PEACE and the pilot event series WEALTH. Music vibes provided by Triton Taylor & DJ Real P. When: 7 p.m. Where: 54 Townsend St., Roxbury, MA For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/
events/112585235870074/ SUNDAY 10.9.16 The Stew Beat Showcase Hosted by: The Stew: Beat Showcase & Stae Tru “The Stew Beat Showcase: Season 3 Episode 5 (out of 6)” This is not your average beat battle! Come out and enjoy the Sunday Stew during the long weekend as beat makers battle it out to earn their slot in our $1,000 Grand Finale. Crowd participation is a must! No school or work the next day. Panelists: Abstract Minor, Pat G, Short Fyuz, Benjamin Banger & Lastchildmusik. When: 8 p.m. Where: Wonder Bar, 186 Harvard Ave., Allston, MA For more information, please visit: www.thestewshowcase.com MONDAY 10.10.16 Crossraods Presents: Fantastic Negrito / Phe Hosted by: The Red Room @ Café 939 Upon winning NPR’s inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Fantastic Negrito quickly won over critics with 2015’s self-titled EP. Consequence of Sound wrote of the record “Dphrepaulezz sings like a man compelled by a spiritual force … [his] voice is impassioned, somewhere between a croon and a scream,” and the Washington Post praised the EP’s “raw vocals and self-assessing lyrics … Big hair, dimpled cheek, and quirky personality, Phé steps out of the shadows ready to stake her claim in the world of music and entertainment. After years of exploration and experimentation she has tapped into a unique musical style, a sultry blend of R&B and urban pop, accompanied by a tapestry of electronic sounds.” When: 8 p.m. Where: The Red Room @ Café 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston, MA For more information and tickets please visit: www. berklee.edu/red-room-cafe-939 TUESDAY 10.11.16 Free Zumba Fitness at Athleta in Boston Hosted by: Zumba with Nicole E Join Zumba with Nicole E
as we dance our hearts out to some latin beats at a free Zumba Fitness class on Oct. 11 at 8:15 p.m. Feel free to go shopping at Athleta before and after class. Feel free to invite friends! IMPORTANT: To reserve your spot in this class, get your free ticket via Eventbrite. (Link will be posted when the event goes live) ... One ticket per person please. When: 8 p.m. Where: Athleta (Boston), 92 Newbury St., Boston, MA RSVP link will be posted when the event goes live. Keep up to date with the event here: www.facebook.com/ events/1139340422771920/ WEDNESDAY 10.12.16 BOS Lady Project + AAUW Work Smart Boston: Salary Negotiation Hosted by: The Lady Project and BOS Lady Project Did you know that women working full-time in the United States typically are paid 79 percent of what men are paid? This is a gap of 21 percent. The gender pay gap starts just one year out of college, and it only gets worse over the course of a career. We are teaming up with AAUW Work Smart Boston to offer a free salary negotiation workshop to learn how to negotiate and establish a fair salary early on in your careers. This workshop is facilitated by Kristina Desir. Created for working women, this is an interactive workshop that teaches women to evaluate, negotiate and articulate their worth confidently in the job market. Whether you’re asking for a raise, starting a new job or aiming for a promotion, you’ll learn how to conduct research to establish a target salary. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: GA Boston, 51 Melcher St., Boston , MA For more information: https:// generalassemb.ly/education/ salary-negotiation-bos-lady-project-aauw-work-smart-boston/ boston/29852
FASHION ACCESIBILITY PROJECT Epicenter Community held its Fashion Accessibility Project Charette at the Museum of Fine Arts last Wednesday as a part of Boston Fashion Week. Epicenter’s focus for this project was to facilitate authentic conversation about inclusion between the disability community and the fashion community. Boston Fashion Week designers KREYOL and Chynna Pope and organizations such as Arts Connect International and Arts Emerson are a part of this effort. The Charrette was a wonderful learning experience and a precursor for the forthcoming Fashion Accessibility Fashion Show on February 11, 2017.
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Fashion designer Chynna Pope (left) and Epicenter Community’s Malia Lazu.
THURSDAY 10.13.16 Open Mic ft. Amy Leon & Remi Kanazi Hosted by: Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine Join BU Students for Justice in Palestine and UMOJA BU in an open mic featuring Remi Kanazi, a well-known Palestinian poet and activist, and Amy León, a spoken-word artist, singer and activist. When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Boston University Central, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/ events/625567807603811/
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The head and the heart
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‘Here All Night’ delivers an uplifting, musical night of Beckett
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Historian and scholar Deborah Lipstadt discusses film ‘Denial’ By COLETTE GREENSTEIN
By CELINA COLBY
Samuel Beckett’s work comes to life in a whole new way this week on the ArtsEmerson stage. “Here All Night,” presented by Gare St Lazare Players Ireland, reinterprets the work of Samuel Beckett, with an emphasis on music. The troupe has been a champion of Beckett’s work for years, but this is the first production that focuses on music both within Beckett’s work and inspired by him. It comes to Boston as part of the company’s centenary celebration of the 1916 Easter Rising, which led to Irish independence. Actor and co-artistic director of the company Conor Lovett says, “It makes you laugh, it makes you cry. It’s a way of reflecting back to you what’s already going on in your world.” Beckett included music in a number of his works, while composer Paul Clark drew inspiration from Beckett’s work; both coexist in the score. Although for Clark it has been second nature, for Lovett, learning to work with the music posed a fresh challenge. He enacts Beckett’s spoken dialogue throughout the show. “I’m feeding some the music into the text that I’m performing,” says Lovett. “It’s very accessible, very beautiful music.” Gare St Lazare Ireland chose the singers for the six-member choir from Boston talent, further connecting with the city. “Here All Night” wasn’t created by Beckett, but it’s “of ” Beckett, based on three of his prose works and celebrating an amalgamation of thoughts and feelings. “It’s not a linear narrative,” says Lovett. “It’s not a story, but it touches on the themes of the head and the heart, and the differences between logic and emotion.” Although Beckett’s work — particularly “Waiting for Godot” — frequently is heralded as heavy, Lovett says that there is quite a bit of absurdist humor to be had in his canon and in the show. The immersive, reflective nature of the performance mirrors the contemplative qualities of Beckett’s writing. For audience members looking to get into Beckett’s dark groove,
IF YOU GO The RISE music series begins its second season on Thursday, October 13 with headliner Amel
Larrieux and opening act Jake Sherman in Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 7 p.m. Tickets: $27 for Adults; $24 for Seniors 65+; and $12 for Students (with valid college ID). To purchase tickets, call 617.278.5156 or visit www.gardnermuseum.org.
REAL & RIVETING’ Amel Larrieux opens second season of the RISE Music Series By COLETTE GREENSTEIN
he RISE music series kicks off its second season with a sold out show featuring Grammy-nominated singer Amel Larrieux on Thursday, October 13 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall. Best known as one-half of the ‘90s neo-soul group, Groove Theory with Bryce Wilson, Larrieux co-wrote the duo’s 1995 self-titled debut album, including the hit songs “Tell Me,” “Baby Luv” and “Keep Tryin.’” The first single off the album, “Tell Me,” broke the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 list and
Opening this Friday in theaters nationwide, “Denial” is a film based on true events in the life of author, historian and scholar Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. In 1996, Lipstadt was sued for libel by British author David Irving because she characterized him as a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist in her 1993 book “Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory.” Directed by Emmy Award-winner Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin”), “Denial,” which was filmed primarily in London and stars Academy award winner Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt and Timothy Spall (“The King’s Speech”) as Irving. Her on-screen British legal team includes Andrew Scott (“Spectre” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass”) as solicitor Anthony Julius and Tom Wilkinson (“Snowden” and “Selma”) as barrister Richard Rampton. Because Irving sued Lipstadt in the U.K., the burden of proof was on her and her lawyers to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust did happen. Her legal team’s strategy was to prove that, without Lipstadt or any Holocaust survivors being called to the stand. In Boston recently to promote the film, Lipstadt spoke to the Banner about Holocaust deniers, the timing of the film and what she hopes are audience takeaways.
Prior to this film, I hadn’t heard about Holocaust deniers. How and where did this idea come from? Deborah Lipstadt: Holocaust denial is a form of anti-Semitism. Why else would you deny the
See LIPSTADT, page 24 made the top five on the R&B charts before being certified gold that same year. Just four years later, Larrieux left the group and released her solo debut album “Infinite Possibilities,” which she co-wrote and co-produced. At the urging of her husband Laru Larrieux, they established their own label, Blisslife Records, and have collaborated on several of her albums, including 2004’s “Bravebird,” the 2007 jazz album titled “Lovely Standards” and her fifth record “Ice Cream Everyday,” released in 2013. Larrieux didn’t have many
expectations on becoming an entrepreneur. Speaking by phone recently, she “never fathomed doing it before or hadn’t even owned her own business. It’s been more of a total new experience for me.” But with her husband by her side running the label — the two make all their decisions together — she’s been able to focus on the music and on being an artist, which is exactly where she wants to be. The multi-talented singer and songwriter, who attended the Philadelphia High School for
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‘The Plough and the Stars’ on stage at American Repertory Theater ON THE WEB
By SUSAN SACCOCCIA
“I’m a Dublin man,” says an unarmed man to the soldier pointing a gun at his head, as if that fact should be sufficient reason for him to lower his weapon. Instead, the soldier takes him into custody in this scene from the Abbey Theatre production of “The Plough and the Stars,” at the American Repertory Theater in Harvard Square through October 9. Written by Seán O’Casey (1880-1964), a socialist and the first prominent Irish playwright to write about Dublin’s working-class people, the play alternates between scenes of humor and anguish in its neighborhood-scale portrayal of the Easter Rising of 1916. That bloody six-day skirmish in Dublin launched the use of violence instead of politics by Irish republicans as a means to win Ireland’s independence from Britain. Although its leaders were promptly executed and civilian Najee, Russell BNR_Layout 1 10/4/16
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torytheater.org/events/show/plough-and-stars casualties were heavy, the Easter Rising remains enshrined in Irish history as pivotal in establishing the Irish Free State, which became today’s Republic of Ireland. The play’s title is drawn from the symbols on the rebel flag, a plough and the Big Dipper, a constellation that dominates the night sky in Ireland. Just a decade after the Rising, the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theater company, premiered O’Casey’s play in Dublin. The production provoked riots for its antiheroic message. O’Casey took a dim view of violence and populated the play with tenement residents whose suffering, raunchy humor and decency make them more sympathetic than the rebels and their high-minded leaders. Marking the centennial of the Easter Rising, 12:06 PM Page 1 the company
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The Abbey Theatre’s production of “The Plough and the Stars” is touring with its powerful and entertaining new production, directed by Sean Holmes. Mining the irony in O’Casey’s play, its contemporary, spare staging brings O’Casey’s scathing satire up to date, evoking violence between a government and its citizens in our day — from police brutality to the civil war in Syria. As the production opens, a girl stands alone on stage and belts out a patriotic song. She begins to cough and spits up blood on her sheet music. The curtain opens to show the entire cast, seated in everyday clothes. She joins them and together they pull out
furniture and create a living room. Representing their tenement building is three-tiered scaffolding to the side of the stage. Jon Bausor designed the versatile, expressive set, with agile lighting by Paul Keogan that darkens as daily tenement life falls apart in a city under siege. Music and sound by Philip Stewart lend a rich dimension to this production. Actors burst into song and a hypnotic recorded voice narrates passages from speeches of Pádraig Pearse, a poet and teacher who became commander of the Rising, as he proclaims that independence is worth bloodshed.
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Costumes by Catherine Fay vary from the muted garb of the rebels and British soldiers to the foppish plumed uniform of an old uncle who is a proud member of the Irish National Foresters, a fraternal organization with more pageantry than clout. Running 2½ hours, including one intermission, the production seems long at times, because, at least on opening night, some speeches were difficult to understand due to the actors’ Irish accents. But all 14 members of the cast are convincing in their parts, and their robust physical acting conveys character with vivid body language. The first two acts introduce the tenement dwellers six months before the Rising. Adding edge and distance, the actors often turn to the audience as they speak rather than face each other. Kate Stanley Brennan and IanLloyd Anderson are appealing as Nora and Jack Clitheroe, a young couple surrounded by rowdy and hard-drinking neighbors, including busybody Mrs. Gogan and
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“Here All Night” plays through Oct. 9 at Arts Emerson.
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Lovett recommends starting with some of his short stories or plays, though some may be harder to get your hands on. He cites “The End” and “Molloy” as illustrative. Meanwhile, “Here All Night” intertwines performance with an onstage multimedia art installation by Brian O’Doherty. “Hello, Sam Redux, 2016” is a visual representation of the act of suspending disbelief. Also a fan of Beckett, the artist faces themes of death, resurrection and celebration with a suspended corpse, surrounded by a skeletal frame. The art piece forms the backdrop during “Here
continued from page 18 the Creative and Performing Arts, grew up in an artistic community in New York’s West Village where she was exposed to all different types of inspirational artists from painters to poets. “They were all struggling artists. I never grew up thinking about getting rich or getting famous. I just grew up thinking that everybody makes art,” recalls Larrieux. Now her community of artist includes their daughters, who may not have grown up in the artist building per se, but have been exposed to music and performing since childhood. Her oldest daughter, Sky, “who has been musical since before she could talk,” has been playing in her mother’s band for the past six years. Sky has also written and produced her own music, and is well-versed in engineering her own sessions, thanks to her dad. “My husband Laru taught her all the technical parts at a very early age, because her generation is the tech-savvy generation,” said the singer. As for Sky’s abilities, Larrieux said she is “so astonished at her talent and her most gorgeous voice.” She goes on to add, “When we perform together, I feel honored because she’s so gifted. She can do things that I’ve only dreamed of doing.” Larrieux expressed excitement about being on the road and performing at the RISE music series. “I want to share some energy with people. For me, performing is not about me getting lost in myself but getting lost in the whole exchange of energy in a room, in a space, with people who are there,” Larrieux said. If it was up to her, Larrieux said she would just write music and then go on the road and never record, “because recording is so isolated and sterile. I like the energy of people, and the body heat in the room that you can feel. It’s just so raw and real and riveting.”
All Night”; after the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances the stage then will be reconfigured to enable it to be a stand-alone installation for audiences to experience in full. Both Gare St Lazare Ireland and ArtsEmerson have reputations for immaculate, avant-garde performances, and “Here All Night” looks to be no exception. A feast for visual, auditory and intellectual senses, the production invites audiences to dive into the thoughtful, comedic and musical world of Beckett. “Here All Night” is playing at ArtsEmerson through October 9.
Bessie Burgess, a loud and often drunk British loyalist. A doting husband, Jack presents Nora with a stylish hat for her birthday and springs with an acrobatic leap to join her in bed. Ciarán O’Brien is also fun to watch as Young Covey, a stand-in for the playwright with his cynical view of the rebel cause. He spouts socialist jargon with mirth and zealously taunts Nora’s uncle for his plumed uniform. Disrupting this physical comedy is a sharp knock on the door. An Irish Citizen Army soldier arrives to summon Jack, a fellow member of the rebel militia. Jack learns that he is now a senior officer. Nora confesses that she had burned the letter announcing his promotion, fearing for Jack’s life. Enraged, he heads out with the soldier. After intermission, as the play resumes, all that is visible on the stage is the tenement
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house scaffolding, brightly lit against a dark stage. The structure slowly tips over, creating an image of social order also falling apart. The Rising now is underway, and acts three and four render its impacts with a mix of comic moments and scenes of anguish. Looting lures the tenants out of hiding. Bantam-sized Young Covey is dwarfed by the washing machine on his back. Fluther Good, a likeable layabout played with warmth by David Ganly, makes amusing use of spray from a broken beer can. The heroes in O’Casey’s play are not the soldiers like Jack who
lose their lives. Instead, they are the everyday people who retain their humanity — Bessie, who sacrifices her own safety to protect the grief-maddened Nora, and Fluther Good, who defies the blackout to bury a neighbor. The production’s concluding scene seethes with irony. Two British soldiers in search of snipers enter Bessie’s attic apartment. Seeing that the sole occupants are two women, one dead and the other deranged, they help themselves to the tea service Bessie has set out for herself and Nora. As they sip the tea, they sing “Keep the Home-Fires Burning.”
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Stereotypes THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2016 7:00PM Stereotypes (7 min) Michael Dillion, Director | USA | 2016 | Doc | Premiere Stereotypes is the story behind the new photo series by photographer Kevin J. Briggs. When a negative encounter at work sparks Briggs to react, he does so in the best way he knows how, through his art. What begins as a personal reflection, grows into collaboration, and results in a strong step forward in one of today’s most important conversation. Q&A with Director Michael Dillon FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 2016 8:30 PM Clarence (73 min) Kristin Catalano, Director | USA | 2016 | Nar After 50 years away from academia, 85-year-old WWII Vet, Clarence Garrett, returns to UW-Milwaukee to fulfill his biggest regret–not earning his Bachelor’s Degree. While Clarence’s drive and determination are idealistic, the reality of his age is undeniable. When unforeseen circumstances land him in the hospital, he is forced to abandon his goal of graduation to survive a critical operation. Official selection of the Rome International Film Festival, Skyline Indie Film Festival, Austin Film Festival and winner of the Best Doc Feature in the Beloit International Film Festival.
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016 12:00PM High School Filmmakers Program (120 min) Special Presentation … The Flag Tyler Parker, Director | USA/ South Carolina | 2015 | Doc AIFF is pleased to feature a film from this year’s Harvard College Film Festival as the opener for this year’s High School Filmmakers Program. In the summer of 2015, a gunman killed nine black parishioners in a Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, blowing open the doors to conversations of race, rage, and reconciliation across the state. The Flag, made during the director’s junior year of undergraduate studies, documents
Clarence those conversations under the shadow of the Confederate Flag flying high in front of the South Carolina State Capitol Building in Columbia, SC. Best Documentary - Best Direction (Documentary) - Best Editing (Documentary) - Best Sound Editing (Documentary) at Harvard College Film Festival 2016. 8:27PM Program 2 International Shorts Dada (18 min) Maria Luna, Director/Writer
| Spain | 2015 | Nar | USA PREMIERE A young European journalist is in Kenya, when she is kidnapped and forced to share experiences with two prostitutes. Director, writer and actress Maria Luna stars in the film Dada which was released earlier this year on the festival circuit and was chosen as an Official Selection of the prestigious Cannes Short Film Corner. As the lead actress in the film, Luna went to incredible lengths to craft this eye-opening tale for
the screen. Luna researched sex trafficking and traveled to Kenya living in the slums and in a Masai Mara village. Elemento (4 min) Nina Paola Marin Diaz, Director | Colombia | 2016 | Experimental | USA Premiere A visual environmental essay written by Oscar Alvarado is a journey of man and water – one element – the source. It was shot on location as one element. Filmed on location in Valledupar, Rio Seco, Rio Badillo and Manaure, Cesar.
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When your star students arrive home asking for a snack, you don’t have to reach for junk food. Here are some quick, simple and fun ideas for afterschool snacks that are tasty and your kids will love. Quick and easy pizza bagels. With pepperoni and tomato, pizza bagels are a quick, cheesy fix to after-school hunger pangs. Start by turning the oven to the broiler setting. Then on a baking tray, place a split mini bagel with the cut sides facing up. Spread tomato sauce on each bagel half and sprinkle each half with cheese. Add pepperoni halves and cherry tomato quarters. Place under broiler until cheese is melted. Awesome apple slices. Reinvent boring sliced apples with nut butter and granola. Simply slice apples, smear with your nut butter of choice, then roll in granola. For an extra treat, add a drizzle of raw honey, a few mini dark chocolate chips or a quick dash of rainbow sprinkles. Ants on a pond. Give this classic a modern twist by slicing a plain mini bagel in half, adding peanut butter and topping with chopped celery and raisins. — Brandpoint/Thomas Breads
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APPLE CAKE A ROSH HASHANA FAVORITE FOR LUCK BY THE EDITORS OF RELISH MAGAZINE
Browse the bakery cases of coffeehouses in Greater Philadelphia and you’ll find an apple Bundt cake known as Philadelphia-Style Apple Cake or Jewish Apple Cake. This large, moist and hearty coffee cake is laced with cinnamon and layered with sliced apples. The Philadelphia area has the fourth-largest Jewish population in America. “Jewish Cooking in America” author and PBS-TV
series host Joan Nathan says Philadelphia-Style Apple Cake “is an American variation on a traditional Eastern European recipe for what was in those days a very fancy cake served to visitors on the holidays.” The cake is often served at gatherings during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year (beginning, this year at sundown on Oct. 2), when eating sweet foods is believed to ensure a sweet year.
Almost all the recipes for the cake use vegetable oil instead of butter, and orange juice in place of milk, to meet kosher laws saying that dairy cannot be eaten at the same meal as meat. This recipe serves a crowd, but don’t worry if you don’t have one: The way the apple and cinnamon flavors infuse the cake makes it even better the second day. The cake also freezes well.
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Preheat oven to 350F. Grease, sugar and flour a 10-inch Bundt or tube pan. Combine apple slices with 5 tablespoons granulated sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat eggs with remaining granulated sugar and brown sugar. Add vegetable oil, orange juice and vanilla; beat well. Gradually blend in flour mixture and mix until well blended (about 1 minute). Pour one third of the batter into the pan. Top with half the apple slices, draining off any liquid. Pour in half the remaining batter and top with remaining apple slices. Top with remaining batter, making sure the apples are covered. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, until the top turns golden brown and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes in pan. Turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely. Serves 16. — Recipe by Carolyn Wyman
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“Big Bad Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day” By John Currence John Currence is one of the most celebrated and well-loved chefs in the South. Currence has elevated breakfast to an artform with dishes like Banana-Pecan Coffee Cake, Spicy Boudin and Poached Eggs, and Oyster Pot Pie. “Big Bad Breakfast” is full of delicious recipes that will make the day ahead that much better — not to mention a meditation on why the Southern breakfast is one of America’s most valuable culinary contributions. — Ten Speed Press
Be sure to grease the Bundt pan really well with vegetable shortening. Cooking spray may not be enough to keep the cake from sticking. n 6 cups peeled and thinly sliced Granny Smith apples (about 3 large) n 1 ½ cups, plus 5 tablespoons, granulated sugar, divided n 4 tsp ground cinnamon n 3 cups all-purpose flour n 1 Tbsp baking powder n ½ tsp salt n 4 eggs n ½ cup light brown sugar n 1 cup vegetable oil n ½ cup orange juice n 2 ½ tsp vanilla extract
n 2 plain mini bagels, toasted n 1 tablespoon of butter n 1 wedge Brie cheese n 1 Granny Smith apple n 1 teaspoon cinnamon Split and toast two mini bagels until golden brown. Spread butter on each bagel half then slice in half again to create quarters. Slice the wedge of Brie cheese into eight equal portions and place one on each bagel quarter. Cut the apple into eight slices and place one slice on top of cheese. Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste. — Brandpoint/Thomas Breads
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Meet me at ‘The Meeting House’ History gets rewritten at Concord art installation By CELINA COLBY
Boston has enjoyed a long and formative role in American history, typically portrayed as a bastion of abolitionism and liberal thought. Among its time-worn tropes: Slavery was something that happened in the South, while we had William Lloyd Garrison, Robert Gould Shaw and Underground Railroad stops at every block. Unfortunately, the history books lied to us. Sam Durant’s piece “The Meeting House,” in Concord, Massachusetts, reveals some truth behind the myth, and seeks to spark discussion of race and slavery in New England along the way. “The Meeting House” is a special structure built on the grounds of The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark where transcendentalists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne lived and worked. We often hear these great men touted as forward-thinking, but Durant shows there’s much more to the narrative than Walden Pond. He says, “It’s the contradictions that are interesting to me. The land of liberty was a land that held
humans in bondage.” Equally, if not more important than the pavilion Durant built, are the activities happening inside it. Together with The Trustees of Reservations, Durant assembled a program of offerings designed to facilitate dialogue about the history of the local and surrounding area. Pedro Alonzo, the Trustees Art and Landscape Curator, says, “Concord has an important literary history. But it has largely left out African Americans.” The first of the programs, called lyceums in reference to Concord’s educational past, addressed the role of food in segregation. “The Picnic” hosted guests for an afternoon of food and discourse. When African Americans were first emancipated, the residents of Concord relegated them to Walden Pond, where the land was too infertile to grow food. This is just one example of how food, and who has access to it, can serve as a tool of oppression. At each of the four lyceums, Durant has invited prominent artists and educators of the African American community to speak. This not only works to correct the racial imbalance of historical
figures featured in the area, but also helps promote thought-provoking reflection and discussion. Durant says, “Contemporary African leaders can help us envision a more racially equal future.” “Lyceum III: A New Framework for Dialogue” on October 15, will feature Adam Foss, prosecutor and juvenile justice reformer, and enable visitors to link historical struggle to contemporary issues of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Lyceum IV: New England Town Meeting” on October 16, will allow visitors to contribute their own thoughts via a group discussion about what they have experienced in “The Meeting House.” In many ways, the dialogues and awareness that emerge from the exhibit are as much a work of art as the structure surrounding it. Durant hopes that visitors, particularly white visitors, walk away with a better understanding of the area’s involvement in slavery. As a white man, he feels hearing from the African American community and understanding the issues is the first step toward solidarity. “We need to learn from the people we’ve been oppressing.”
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continued from page 18 Holocaust but out of a contempt for Jews, an upset that Jews seem to benefit even though they lost one out of every three Jew alive? It would be like anybody who said, “Oh slavery, come on. They had a house to live in. They got three squares, some got two squares. They sat around at night singing all those songs.” You’re not denying that there was slavery. No one could argue that, unless they’re doing it out of a racist nature, either overtly or covertly. It’s a form of anti-Semitism coupled with a certain adulation of Nazism, certain adulation of Hitler and neo-Nazis. David Irving was completely transfixed by it. “Completely transfixed” might be too strong. I don’t want to get sued for libel again, but he clearly — in his books, in “Hitler’s War” — to my mind, had a great reverence for Hitler. And often — and as in the case of David Irving — [a reference for] racism, because deniers will say, “Every time we talk about the natural superiority of white people, we’re told that’s Nazi science, and Nazi science led to the Holocaust. That’s what we’re told. So you see the myth of the Holocaust is used to keep us from making the argument about the natural superiority of white people.” So, you get the anti-Semitism and the neo-Nazism/adulation of Hitler.
The timing of this film is unbelievable. Was it by design? DL: Oh, God no. You know how long it takes to plan a movie, and to schedule a movie? … You’re not the first person to suggest, although you didn’t say it explicitly, that this is about the American presidential election. I think it’s much more than that, sadly. We live in an age of, “I’ll have my own facts. Thank you very much, ma’am.” The birther controversy, what we saw last Friday [September 16, 2016] which led to The New York
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Times to use ‘lie’ in a headline — that was pretty striking.
What do you hope that audiences walk away with from seeing the film? DL: I think one of the messages that I so hope people get from this is, There’s fact and there’s opinion. But if it’s an opinion rooted in a lie, if I said to you, “It’s my opinion that the earth is flat,” you’d think I was crazy, certainly as a respectable journalist, certainly as a respectable person. You’d say, “This is a crazy person.” This movie — fact, opinion, lies, are message one. I hate movies with messages, so I don’t want to use messages, but ‘takeaway,’ maybe that’s a better way. I would hope that that would be a takeaway. There’re not two sides to every opinion. Number two, I don’t want to argue and I don’t want to suggest bullying on the schoolyard, since most people will never confront someone who commits genocide. Most people will never encounter that. They have to deal with the prejudice, stereotyping and discriminatory attitudes that they will encounter. If you see something, say something. Counter it.
It seems like your whole life — from your education to studying abroad, to your family, to attending summer camp as a teen — prepared you unknowingly for this trial, and this moment in your life. DL: When Rachel [Weisz] and I first spoke on the phone, one thing that she said toward the end that I wrote down, is, “Justice demands trouble. I don’t think this came to you by chance.” But I do think on some level you have to be prepared.
How did you feel seeing your life unfolding in front of you during the filming, especially during the courtroom scenes in London? DL: It was very surreal. First of all, it brought back things. It brought back the fact that I couldn’t speak. I think Rachel is great in so many different ways, but she’s talking with her eyes. She’s talking with her face. She’s talking with her expression, and with that frustration. There was a certain parallel. I was on the set with nothing to do. It was sort of like, “Here we are back at the trial.” There were so many parallels of bringing me back to those moments that were very powerful.
How did your life change after the trial? DL: I don’t think I’ve changed. Now, I’m much more in demand. What happened is that I’m the same person, same irreverence. Rachel calls me a pain-in-the-ass person, lovingly. It’s a high compliment. But I was given a bigger megaphone so that even though I’m the same person, saying the same things, I have a bigger responsibility to get it right.
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DL: Well, I have had two books come out since this one, and I’m writing a book now on anti-Semitism. I’m using all the questions students have asked me about anti-Semitism and I’m writing it in a form of letters to a student. I’m calling it, “The Anti-Semitic Delusion: Letters to a Student,” because anti-Semitism is a form of prejudice, which is a delusion. Hopefully, I’ll get that done by January or February 2017.
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robots and practice surgical techniques leveraging active learning in STEM to solve real-world problems that encourage hands-on experimentation, critical thinking and collaboration. Under the program students are encouraged to use their heads, hands and the people around them to make connections and succeed in an environment similar to that of college or the workforce. “This program will have a longterm impact on the city, starting with teacher development and continuing through to further develop critical thinking skills and confidence over the course of the week,” Chang said.
Boston STEM Week is funded through foundation and corporate support and is provided at no cost to Boston Public Schools. The week-long program was developed by i2 Learning in collaboration with lead sponsor MathWorks, curriculum partner MIT, program sponsors Vertex, Lynch Foundation and Boston Foundation. Volunteers from STEM corporations also are visiting the classrooms, giving students a view into career pathways. Boston STEM Week will culminate with a student-led showcase at each school, where students will present their work to their families, friends and communities.
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Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of Beniam M. Tewelde Of Boston, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Meaza Haile of Boston, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Beniam M. Tewelde is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Meaza Haile of Boston, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 11/03/2016. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date.
The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 10/27/2016. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 29, 2016 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114
IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 29, 2016 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
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To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Lorna King, 340 Walnut Ave., Boston, MA 02119 your answer, if any, on or before 12/08/2016. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 23, 2016
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Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of Beareza D. Moore Of Boston, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Beverley J. Laws of Boston, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Beareza D. Moore is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Beverley J. Laws of Boston, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety on the bond.
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Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of Aaron Johns Of Mattapan, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by The Department of Children and Families of Boston, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Aaron Johns is in need of a Guardian and requesting that The Department of Children and Families of Boston, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 10/20/2016. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 20, 2016 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. A381-D1, FY17 TERM AIRFIELD DESIGN SERVICES, AVIATION FACILITIES, BOSTON, BEDFORD AND WORCESTER, MA. The Authority is seeking multiple qualified multidiscipline consulting firms or teams, with proven experience to provide professional services, including resident inspection, on an on-call, as needed basis. These services are expected to be provided at Boston-Logan International Airport, L.G. Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authority and other interested parties in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The consultant/s shall demonstrate experience in several disciplines including but not limited to Civil, Structural, Electrical, Environmental,
Geotechnical, Code Compliance, Cost Estimating, Construction Phasing, and Sustainable Design. The Authority expects to select two or three consultants. However, the Authority reserves the right to select a different number if it is deemed in its best interest to do so. Each consultant shall be issued a contract in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000. The services shall be authorized on a work order basis. A Supplemental Information Package will be available, on October 5, 2016, on the Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport http://www.massport. com/doing-business/_layouts/CapitalPrograms/default.aspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice, and on COMMBUYS (www.commbuys.com) in the listings for this project. If you have problems finding it, please contact Susan Brace at Massport, Capital Programs Department SBrace@massport. com. The Supplemental Information Package will provide detailed information about Scope of Work, Selection Criteria and Submission Requirements. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport’s standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authority’s standard agreement can be found on the Authority’s web page at www.massport.com. The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 021282909. Any submission which is not received in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L. c.66. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY 100 SUMMER ST., SUITE 1200 BOSTON, MA 02110 NOTICE TO BIDDERS Electronic proposals for the following project will be received through the internet using Bid Express until the date and time stated below, and will be posted on www.bidx.com forthwith after the bid submission deadline. No paper copies of bids will be accepted. Bidders must have a valid digital ID issued by the Authority in order to bid on projects. Bidders need to apply for a digital ID with Bid Express at least 14 days prior to a scheduled bid opening date. Electronic bids for MBTA Contract No. R32CN01 , WELLINGTON YARD IMPROVEMENTS TRACKS 33-38, Medford Massachusetts - (CLASS 1 – GENERAL TRANSIT CONSTRUCTION, Value - $19,231,869, can be submitted at www.bidx.com until two o’clock (2:00 p.m.) on November 2nd, 2016. Immediately thereafter, in a designated room, the Bids will be opened and read publicly. The scope of work consists of the replacement and new construction of storage tracks 33-38. Work includes grading, drainage, track work, traction power and signal infrastructure. Modifications to tracks 12 and 13 and installation of new turnout units to connect to a new Track 11 are required. Bidders’ attention is directed to Appendix 1, Notice of Requirement for Affirmative Action to Insure Equal Employment Opportunity; and to Appendix 2, Supplemental Equal Employment Opportunity, Anti-Discrimination, and Affirmative Action Program in the specifications. In addition, pursuant to the requirements of Appendix 3, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Participation Provision, While there is no Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal associated with this contract, the Authority strongly encourages the use of Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises as prime consultants, subconsultants and suppliers in all of its contracting opportunities. Bidders will affirmatively ensure that in regard to any contract entered into pursuant to this solicitation, minority and female construction contractors will be afforded full opportunity to submit Bids and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, age, or national origin in consideration for an award. Additional information and instructions on how to submit a bid are available at http://www.mbta.com/business_center/bidding_solicitations/cur rent_solicitations/ On behalf of the MBTA, thank you for your time and interest in responding to this Notice to Bidders Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Brian Shortsleeve Acting General Manager of the MBTA September 30, 2016
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General bids and sub-bids shall be accompanied by a bid deposit that is not less than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount (considering all alternates), and made payable to the North Attleborough Housing Authority. Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pick-up at www.bid docsonline.com (may be viewed electronically and hardcopy requested) or at Nashoba Blue, Inc. at 433 Main Street, Hudson, MA 01749 (978-568-1167). There is a plan deposit of $25.00 per set (maximum of 2 sets) payable to BidDocs ONLINE Inc. Plan deposits may be electronically paid or by check. This deposit will be refunded for up to two sets for general bidders and for one set for sub-bidders upon return of the sets in good condition within thirty (30) days of receipt of general bids. Otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Awarding Authority.
Carriage House Junction, 602 Essex Street OPEN HOUSE: October 23, 2016—11:00—1:00 p.m. Public Information Meeting 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 Hamilton Town Hall 577 Bay Road, Memorial Room Application Deadline November 17, 2016
Additional sets may be purchased for $25.00 ADVERTISEMENT TO BID The North Attleborough Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from Doors and Windows Contractors for the Window Replacement in North Attleborough, Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by Arnold Jacobson Associates. The Project consists of: Replacing existing aluminum windows with new vinyl replacement windows and misc. interior finish work. Work to be completed within occupied units. The work is estimated to cost $218,484. Bids are subject to M.G.L. c.149 §44A-J & to minimum wage rates as required by M.G.L. c.l49 §§26 to 27H inclusive. THIS PROJECT IS BEING ELECTRONICALLY BID AND HARD COPY BIDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please review the instructions in the bid documents on how to register as an electronic bidder. The bids are to be prepared and submitted at www.biddocsonline.com. Tutorials and instructions on how to complete the electronic bid documents are available online (click on the “Tutorial” tab at the bottom footer). General bidders must be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) in the following category of work, Doors and Windows, and must submit a current DCAMM Certificate of Eligibility and signed DCAMM Prime/General Contractor Update Statement (Form CQ 3).
Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for $ 40.00 per set for UPS Ground (or $65.00 per set for UPS overnight), nonrefundable, payable to the BidDocs ONLINE Inc., to cover mail handling costs. General bidders must agree to contract with minority and women business enterprises as certified by the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO), formerly known as SOMWBA. The combined participation goal reserved for such enterprises shall not be less than 10.4% of the final contract price including accepted alternates. See Contract Documents - Article 3 of the Instructions to Bidders.
SITE VISIT BY APPOINTMENT: For an appointment call Dan Ouellette at (508) 695-5142. The Contract Documents may be seen, but not removed at:
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1 person household: 2 person household: 3 person household: 4 person household: 5 person household: 6 person household:
$51,150 $58,450 $65,750 $73,050 $78,900 $84,750
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The Elm at Island Creek Village located in Duxbury, MA
New 1,2 & 3 Bedroom Affordable Apartments and Townhomes- Fall 2016
Accepting applications for 3 housing lotteries for 49 apartments for the following affordable programs: Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC), Project Based Voucher (PBV) and MRVP Project Based Voucher (MRVP) Programs
Nashoba Blue Inc. North Attleborough Housing Authority 433 Main Street 20 South Washington Street Hudson, MA 01749 North Attleborough, MA 02761 508-695-5142 978-568-1167
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1st Time Homebuyers—Assets to $75,000—Units by lottery
PRE-BID CONFERENCE / SITE VISIT: Date and Time: Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 10:00 AM Address: 204 Elm Street, North Attleborough, MA Instructions: All attendees shall meet at the front entrance.
General Bids will be received until 2:00 PM on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 and publicly opened online, forthwith. Filed Sub-bids for the trades listed below will be received until on and publicly opened online, forthwith.
Income Guidelines Household Size (HH)
PBV/MRVP (30% AMI) Maximum Income
LIHTC (30% AMI) Maximum Income
MRVP (50% AMI) Maximum Income
LIHTC (60% AMI) Maximum Income
1 Person HH
2 Person HH
3 Person HH
4 Person HH
5 Person HH
6 Person HH
Minimum income guidlines apply for the LIHTC Program only.
REAL ESTATE Parker Hill Apartments Brand New Renovated Apartment Homes Stainless Steel Appliances New Kitchen Cabinets Hardwood Floors Updated Bathroom Custom Accent Wall Painting Free Parking Free Wi-Fi in lobby Modern Laundry Facilities
Two Bedrooms Starting at $2200
For the PBV and MRVP programs rents are based on household income. LIHTC rents range from $552 up to $1530 based upon bedroom size less applicable utility allowance. Residents are responsible to pay electricity only. How to Get an Application: The Application intake period will begin on Monday September 26, 2016. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 10 am to 4 pm; Wednesdays from 10 am to 7 pm; and Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm Applications can be picked up in person, emailed, faxed or mailed from the Island Creek Village Leasing Office: 42 Tremont Street, Duxbury, MA Applications MUST BE POST MARKED, EMAILED, FAXED OR DELIVERED IN PERSON BY 5:00 pm November 30, 2016 The placement of your application will be decided by a lottery held at 2:00 pm December 13, 2016 at the Duxbury Council On Aging
Attendance is not required for the lottery
Information Sessions: October 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm October 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm November 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm All information sessions will be held at the Duxbury Council On Aging located at 10 Mayflower Street,Duxbury, MA 02332 For more info or to request a reasonable accommodation, call 781-934-6714, TTY 711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Language assistance available This is a Smoke Free Community
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A senior/disabled/ handicapped community 0 BR units = $1,027/mo 1 BR units = $1,101/mo All utilities included.
Call Sandy Miller,
FULL-TIME CLERICAL POSITION
Program Restrictions Apply.
The Medford Housing Authority seeks a qualified individual to perform clerical support within multiple departments. This is a full-time position with benefits.
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Candidates should have basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite. Telephone and interpersonal skills are a must. The MHA is an equal opportunity employer and qualified Section 3 residents, minorities, women, handicapped, veterans and all others are encouraged to apply. Bilingual Preferred. Please forward cover letter and resume by 10/21/16 to Medford Housing Authority, 121 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155, or e-mail to: email@example.com.
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Project Hope, in partnership with Partners HealthCare is currently accepting applications for a FREE entry level healthcare employment training program.
Requirements: passionate about justice reform; experience with: incarceration & re-entry; fundraising, & grant-writing; providing direct services; management & leadership; activism; & influencing elected & appointed officials. Part-time leading to full-time. Jamaica Plain. $20K/year. No calls. Email cover letter, resume & 3 references with phone numbers, to: resumes.newstartproject@ gmail.com Deadline 10/18. www.newstartproject.org.
Program eligibility includes: • • • • •
Have a high school diploma or equivalent Have a verifiable reference of 1 year from a former employer Pass assessments in reading, language, and computer skills Have CORI clearance Be legally authorized to work in the United States
For more information and to register for the next Open House please visit our website at www.prohope.org/openhouse.htm or call 617-442-1880 ext. 218.
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The Administrative Professional Program is a, hands-on, professional skills training program for adults, like you, seeking to take advantage of administrative employment opportunities in today’s professional office environment. You will learn and be prepared to showcase your professional skills and take advantage of many employment opportunities available in: n Hospitals n Banking
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n Education n Community agencies
The Administrative Professional Program will provide you with knowledge and in demand computer skills employers are seeking and paying for now! You will develop new skills and self- confidence for personal success because: n Classes are small, friendly and personal (10-15 students). n Located in the South End of Boston and on MBTA bus/subway lines. n Hands-on, step-by-step, classroom and at-home activities. n 24/7 internet access to lessons, tutorials and study guides. n “Learn by doing” individual and group activities. n Certificate of Achievement and job placement assistance.
Class schedule: Monday-Friday 9:30 A.M-2:00 P.M. Training Grants available to qualifying applicants. FOR MORE INFORMATION… Contact: Computer Learning Resources, 464 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116 Phone: 857-266-3407 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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• Want a full-time job • Are between 25 and 55 • Are legal to work in the U.S.
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Information Sessions every Thursday at 1:00 PM. Career Collaborative 77 Summer Street, 11th Floor Downtown Crossing, between Macy’s and South Station (617) 424-6616 www.facebook.com/careercollaborative
FREE TRAINING FOR THOSE THAT QUALIFY! We will help you apply for free training. Job placement assistance provided. No prior experience necessary, but must have HS diploma or GED. Free YMCA membership for you and your family while enrolled in YMCA Training, Inc.
HOISTING and PORTABLE ENGINEERS Local 4 Apprenticeship Fund ENGINEERS TRAINING CENTER John J Gaffny, Jr., Coordinator
Call today to schedule an Information Session: 617-542-1800
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INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN APPRENTICESHIP AS AN OPERATING ENGINEER THE ENGINEERS TRAINING CENTER OCTOBER 2016 2016 – 2017 APPLICATION PERIOD
Each year at this time we notify appropriate agencies and interested parties regarding our application period. November is the only month that interested parties must apply in person.
Resource Registered Nurse (Float):
Support clinical team in meeting day to day patient care needs. May include admission, visits, and case management.
Community Health Nurses (Home Care RNs):
Responsible for coordinating and providing high quality multidisciplinary home healthcare services for patients. Qualifications: Licensed to practice in MA; Minimum 1 year in acute care setting or comparable work experience; home care experience preferred. To learn more about VNA Care Network contact Jennifer_MacFaden@vnacare.org call 781-247-0460.
In order to be eligible as an applicant these basic qualifications must be met at the time the application is assigned: 1. Be 18 years of age or older: 2. Capable of performing the work of the trade; 3. Have a high school diploma or equivalent; 4. Reside within the jurisdiction of Local 4; 5. Be a citizen or otherwise meet the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; 6. Have a valid motor vehicle driver’s license in your possession; 7. Have a Social Security card in your possession; Applications will only be given to the person applying for the Program that shows a valid driver’s license and social security card. Be prepared to stay and complete the entire application. You will not be allowed to leave the Engineers Training Center with the application. Before you arrive, you must: 1. Have a valid driver’s license with a current address showing that you reside in our jurisdiction. 2. Bring a social security card. 3. Be prepared to submit on the application names of 3 individuals that have committed to write you a letter of reference and their full address and telephone numbers. Signed letters of reference will be required at a later date. 4. Be prepared to list on the application your current employer, and two previous employers (if applicable). NOTE: Your current employer will not be notified if it would jeopardize your current employment situation. 5. Be prepared to have your own pen to complete the application on the day you choose to apply to Local 4’s Apprenticeship Program. THE ONLY DAYS AND HOURS THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ISSUED: Monday through Friday (unless otherwise indicated below) 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm NOTE: If not on time, doors are locked and you would need to wait until the next time slot. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm Saturday, November 19, 2016 9:00 am and 11:00 am Friday, November 25, 2016 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2016 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm THE BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED THE FOLLOWING DATES — NO APPLICATIONS ISSUED Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – Veterans Day • Thursday, November 26, 2015 – Thanksgiving
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Applications will NOT BE MAILED. The applicant MUST apply in person with the proper identification or they will be sent home. Allow enough time to stay for a presentation prior to the applications being given to you. Applications will not leave the building – no exceptions. Also, if you have any questions or concerns, call prior to your arrival. The Engineers Training Center is an Equal Opportunity Training Recruiting Program ONE ENGINEERS WAY, CANTON, MA 02021-3709 • TELEPHONE 781-821-0306 • FAX 781-821-6178 16 TROTTER DRIVE, MEDWAY, MA 02053-2299 • TELEPHONE 508-533-3021 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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