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Democrats face push from left

Challengers tap into desire for more substantive policy changes By YAWU MILLER

That state Rep. Angelo Scaccia has challengers is not a surprise. The conservative-leaning Hyde Park Democrat was first elected in 1973 and represents a district with a voting population that has shifted from majority Italian American to majority people of color. Among those who have pulled papers to take on Scaccia, one of the longest-serving representatives in the House, are criminal justice reform activist Segun Idowu and former Women’s Bar Association president Gretchen Van Ness. But Scaccia isn’t the only longterm incumbent House member facing a challenge. Jamaica Plain Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez and South End Rep. Byron Rushing are facing their first challengers in years. Rushing’s opponent, Jonathan Santiago, is a physician working at Boston Medical Center who is active in progressive causes and in the Ward 9 Democratic Committee. Sanchez’s opponent, Nika Elugardo, a former legislative aide

to Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, has led anti-human-trafficking and youth violence prevention campaigns. Rep. Liz Malia, who easily fended off a challenge from former radio host Charles Clemmons Muhammad in 2016, is facing a challenge from Ture Turnbull, executive director of MassCare, a campaign for a single-payer healthcare system in the state. Along with At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s challenge to 7th Congressional District Rep. Michael Capuano, District 8 City Councilor Josh Zakim’s challenge to Secretary of State William Galvin, and paralegal Katie Forde’s challenge to Suffolk County Register of Deeds Stephen Murphy, the four House challengers represent a push from the left wing of the Democratic party that mirrors a similar leftward push at the national level with proponents pushing for single-payer health care, wage support for low-income earners and more liberal immigration laws.

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Rev. Vernon K. Walker speaks at the Boston rally for the Poor People’s Campaign, which aims to build a national moral movement to address social issues. The May 14 event was a kickoff for six weeks of action leading up to a national gathering in Washington, D.C. on June 23.

Poor People’s Campaign puts focus on social issues Boston demonstration part of nationwide advocacy push By SANDRA LARSON

The Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign kicked off a sixweek period of activism and nonviolent civil disobedience Monday to demand a shift of political attention to address issues of poverty, voting rights, systemic racism, excessive military spending, homelessness and ecological devastation. At the May 14 rally on the front steps of the State House, area clergy members and residents

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who are living in poverty spoke about the need for a moral revival that moves government spending away from corporate subsidies, war spending and tax breaks for the wealthy and toward social needs such as affordable and decent housing, greater care for people with disabilities and jobs

that pay a living wage. “The poor are being forgotten. In this country today, we have 140 million people who are suffering every day from the crippling effects of poverty. It’s time to stand up on the behalf of our brothers

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50 years of Basic Black: Then and now Boston’s black journalists share stories By KAREN MORALES


Callie Crossley hosts the Basic Black 50th anniversary special live taping episode.

WGBH’s “Basic Black” hosted a special live taping last Friday at WGBH studios, celebrating 50 years as the longest-running television program highlighting issues affecting people of color in Greater Boston. The episode featured a panel of the show’s former hosts and regular guests to reflect on the previous five decades of public television journalism, race relations and Boston’s black history.

The discussion was moderated by Callie Crossley, host of “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley.” “Basic Black,” originally called “Say Brother,” was created in 1968 during the Civil Rights Movement and after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to fill the demand for a television program reflecting the perspectives of communities of color. “People say that they like that the show is a frank conversation coming from lived experience and expertise,” said Crossley. Sarah-Ann Shaw, the first female

African American reporter to be televised in Boston and who made her debut appearance on “Say Brother” in 1969 said, “I think it’s important that ‘Say Brother’ did shows that exposed people in the community to different areas ... police brutality, education ... that they could not get from other sources.” Shaw said that one of the key stories she worked on was court-ordered school desegregation in Boston. “It was really the story people needed to understand what was going on and why it was important. School education is, then and now, something we should

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Walsh files more city regulations for Airbnb New ordinance created to protect residents from investor activity By KAREN MORALES

Mayor Martin Walsh filed an amended ordinance last week for citywide guidelines and regulations on short-term rental units. The new rules would prohibit socalled “investor units” that have proliferated in neighborhoods such as the North End and Chinatown, where investors monopolize entire housing units and buildings for short-term Airbnb rentals. Owner-occupied short-term rental units however, would still be permitted, although with requirements and fees. “Thoughtful regulation of short-term rentals that balance our efforts to preserve housing affordability with the growing demand for short-term rentals is key to keeping our communities stable,” said Walsh in a press release. “Boston is a great place to live and visit, and we look forward to responsibly incorporating the growth of the home-share industry into our work to create affordable housing options for all.” Permitted units would be classified under three categories: limited share unit, home share unit and owner-adjacent unit. Both limited share and home share units allow residents to rent out rooms or whole units at their primary residence without limit, but with a $25 and $200 annual fee, respectively. An owner-adjacent unit refers to an owner-occupied two- or three-family building, in which

the owner lists a secondary unit as a short-term rental for up to 120 nights per year. In addition, the owner is allowed to list a primary residence for an unlimited number of nights-per-year. There is a $200 annual fee for this type of unit. It would also be required that each short-term rental unit operator provide notice to abutters within 30 days of approved registration. The new ordinance is the result of collaboration with the Boston City Council and conversations among residents and advocates, some of whom called for stricter regulations to prevent higher rent prices for residents. City Councilors Michelle Wu and Lydia Edwards have been at the forefront of the proposed regulations, offering revisions to the initial proposal. Both councilors are in favor of the revised ordinance. “This ordinance offers reasonable regulations of short-term rentals to close corporate loopholes, protect our housing stock, and stabilize neighborhoods,” said Wu in a press statement. Edwards, who is chair of the council’s committee on housing and community development, said in a phone interview with the Banner that if the city allowed investors to rent out shortterm units, “you are essentially allowing for an underground hotel economy.” She continued, “If you’re





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Wu responded to Airbnb on her official twitter account, “Not sure where you’re getting 30-day cap, but spreading fake news doesn’t bode well for credibility that you’ll be a partner to the city as we work to address the housing crisis.” “That’s why we chose to be

conservative in this version, because of what we’re seeing with Airbnb spreading propaganda about this process,” said Edwards. “This is an opportunity for the company to demonstrate whether they are willing to negotiate with the City of Boston.” According to the new ordinance, booking platforms will be required to provide the city with monthly data on short-term rental listings such as location and occupancy numbers.

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running a hotel, call it a hotel. To us, that [investor units] was actually hurting Boston because they were evading hotel regulations.” After the initial ordinance was filed, Airbnb responded in April by emailing and calling customers and asking them to contact Walsh and the city council to protest the proposed regulations. However, in those communications, Airbnb claimed that Wu had proposed implementing a

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Owner of Roxbury sober home charged with drug, sex crimes The owner and operator of a Roxbury sober home has been indicted on 34 charges in connection with distributing drugs to recovering substance users in exchange for sex, Attorney General Maura Healey announced last week. The defendant is also a lawyer and offered substance users legal representation and advice as well as cash and free rent at the sober home in exchange for sex, according to Healey’s office. David Perry, age 57, of Reading, was indicted on May 4 by a statewide grand jury on evidence tampering (15 counts), conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs (seven counts), possession of illegal Class B, C and E substances (six counts counts), and sex for fee (six counts). Perry was indicted in February on the charges of distribution of fentanyl (one count) and conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs (one count). The sober home, located on Washington Street, has drawn criticism from neighbors and elected officials over the last 10 years. Perry was arraigned on the charges of evidence tampering, conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs and sex for fee (three counts) in Suffolk Superior Court Wednesday. Perry pleaded not guilty to the charges and was held on $10,000 with the conditions that he be monitored via GPS and subject to home confinement, except on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and except for court appearances and probation check-ins on his own pending cases. He was also ordered to stay away from the sober

home he owns and most grand jury witnesses and cannot apply for a new passport. He is due back in Suffolk Superior Court on May 21 for a pretrial conference. Perry will be arraigned on the charges of possession of illegal Class B, C and E substances and sex for fee (three counts) in Middlesex Superior Court at a later date. Perry is the owner and operator of Recovery Education Services (RES) Inc., a non-profit organization that runs a residential facility for men in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction in Roxbury. The AG’s office alleges that Perry was distributing drugs to men seeking help for their addictions at RES. Perry was also allegedly distributing drugs to his legal clients who were substance users. The AG’s office alleges Perry exploited men suffering from addiction by distributing drugs in exchange for sexual activity. The sexual activity occurred in Perry’s personal room at RES as well as at his residence in Reading. The AG’s office also alleges Perry falsified letters he sent to various probation departments on behalf of numerous individuals, including some who were his legal clients and some who lived at RES. In the letters, Perry falsely stated the individual had been tested for drugs and produced a clean urine sample showing no sign of illegal drugs. In some cases, the letters also falsely stated the individual was a resident of RES, sober and participating in the recovery programming offered at the sober house.

The charges are the result of an investigation by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s office with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, the state Department of Correction and the Reading Police.

Perry was arrested in November 2017 after authorities obtained and executed a search warrant at RES and his Reading home. During the execution of the search warrant, authorities recovered cocaine, fentanyl and various prescription drugs including methamphetamine, sildenafil, tadalafil and clonazepam.

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Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, YouthBuild Boston, and the New England Carpenters Training Fund hosted the 2018 OSHA Fall Protection Stand-Down in Roxbury. The event was held at an active project site at 31-33 Woodville St. in Roxbury, where students from YouthBuild Boston and Madison Park Vocational Technical High School are building a new home. (left to right) Martin Leik, Regional Safety Director at Suffolk; Brooke Woodson, Director of Trade Partner Diversity at Suffolk; Margarita Polanco, Trade Partner Diversity Officer at Suffolk; Corey Allen, Trade Partner Diversity and Community Outreach Officer at Suffolk.


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A new politics Many citizens hoped that the election of Barack Obama as president would launch a non-racial America. Unfortunately, the conduct of Obama’s successor has sabotaged that possibility, at least for now. However, the multiethnic confederation fashioned during the Obama era has altered the more limited perspective of many blacks in Boston on political alliances. New political ground was broken when Linda Dorcena Forry was elected in 2013 as the first black to be seated in the state Senate from the 1st Suffolk District. She narrowly defeated Nick Collins, the state representative from South Boston’s 4th Suffolk District. Collins’ family are long term residents of that community. Collins was gracious in defeat and became a committed ally of Forry in the House of Representatives. When Forry recently left office to return to the private sector, Collins sought the Senate seat in an interim election. He was opposed by Althea Garrison, the perennial political candidate, and Donald Osgood Sr., a local minister. Both are black, but Forry endorsed her former compatriot, Nick Collins. As a graduate of Boston Latin School and Babson College, Collins’ educational background as well as his eagerness to represent all the residents of the district

indicated that Forry made a sound endorsement. In another race, Ayanna Pressley is running to unseat Michael Capuano in Congress. It is generally conceded that no major policy issues divide them. Consequently, the difference boils down primarily to race and gender. Former Governor Deval Patrick has endorsed Capuano, which is a move expected of anyone with good character. Capuano came out for Patrick in his race for governor even though the former Attorney General Thomas Reilly had the support of leading Democrats. Patrick and Capuano enjoy a longstanding mutual respect. There was another racial twist in that election for governor. Support for Deval Patrick among blacks was extensive, but Wayne Budd, a leading black lawyer, endorsed Thomas Reilly. Not only had Budd and Reilly once formed a law firm, but they had grown up together in Springfield, and had always been as close as brothers. While ethnic issues are indeed important there are often other considerations of greater significance than the questionable concept of race. As blacks become more involved in sophisticated political, business and professional activities, personal commitments regularly emerge more forcefully than binding ethnic ties.

Indeed, the world needs to change Minister Louis Farrakhan wants “to change the world.” His contribution to this effort is a collection of music, from classical to the blues, that has been developed with the collaboration of outstanding musicians of all ethnicities. While Farrakhan is well known as a fiery advocate for the rights and interests of blacks in America, he has also been acclaimed since his youth as a gifted musician. Farrakhan is the consummate Roxbury man. In his youth he was recognized as the leading classical violinist of his age in Boston.

His success brought pride to the community and opened residents to the spiritually salubrious impact of classical music, even as people forged ahead despite the impediment of racial discrimination. Now Farrakhan is calling upon us all to put aside petty differences and coalesce “to change the world” and create the human utopia that is still not beyond our reach. Music has the power to change people’s attitudes. Contact or telephone 1-800-557-0676 to learn how you can participate and “Let’s Change The World.”

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A systematic dismantling of past policies By MICHAEL E. CAPUANO The Trump presidency is a reality show that is difficult to turn away from. The chaos is riveting. But, we cannot let the controversy and turmoil distract us from what Trump is actually accomplishing. His administration is fundamentally altering United States policy at home and abroad. Nothing is exempt, from undermining our global leadership to raising rents on some of the poorest families in America. One troubling theme emerging from the Trump White House is his obsession with President Obama. Trump is fixated on undoing just about everything President Obama achieved. There are so many examples to choose from they could fill a book. In the future, they will, no doubt, fill many books. Just last week, Trump announced the United States was backing out of, or more accurately, violating, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This is the Iran deal that was painstakingly negotiated between seven countries. The United States, United Kingdom, France, China and Russia — the five nations on the U.N. Security Council — plus Germany agreed on a framework to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Trump has repeatedly criticized the Obama administration’s success on this and has long threatened to walk away from it. Last summer, Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord — a commitment made in 2015 by every country in the world, except two, to address the dangers of climate change. Again, he cast aside the work of the previous president with no substantive reasons for his actions and no alternative plan. Here at home, it’s easier to identify the policies Trump hasn’t reversed. From health care and housing, to immigration and the environment, Trump is systematically undoing or trying to undo past progress. It seems he’s forgotten real people are affected by these policies. Mothers seeking health care coverage for their children worry that the Affordable Care Act will be repealed. Seniors focused on balancing their budgets worry that affordable housing will be out of reach. Young women and men who were brought to our country as children live every day in fear they will be deported because Trump ripped up Obama’s DACA order that gave them peace of mind. People living with respiratory conditions worry their health will worsen because the Clean Air Act will be repealed or ignored. Trump’s obsession with destroying the Affordable Care Act, a signature accomplishment of President Obama’s, is particularly troubling. He hasn’t yet succeeded in repealing the law but he’s finding lots of ways to undermine it. Trump’s housing director, Ben Carson, recently proposed tripling the amount of money a low-income person must pay in order to access federal housing assistance. This policy change is a cruel burden on those who can least afford it. Single mothers will be most impacted if this goes into effect. Trump campaigned on building a wall to keep Mexicans out of the United States. This is what is actually happening at the Mexican border: families fleeing violence in Central America are being refused entry or detained on entry. Parents and children are detained in separate facilities, cruelly and needlessly traumatizing innocent children. Trump’s appointees are threatening to prosecute as “human traffickers” parents who try to bring their own children to safety here. Trump nullified President Obama’s DACA policy, which treated “Dreamers” with compassion. These young people brought here as small children now worry they will be forced back to a country they don’t know, where they may not be able to speak the language. Trump is also systematically ending Temporary Protected Status, which was extended by both Republican and Democratic predecessors to persons whose home country had become unsafe through natural or human disasters. Earlier this year, Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency to scrap the Clean Power Plan which sought to reduce carbon emissions. The EPA has reduced enforcement against polluters and scrubbed climate change data from its website. Trump also issued an executive order directing the EPA to repeal legislation protecting streams from pollution. A million people in Massachusetts get their drinking water from small streams, which are now more at risk of contamination. At every turn, Trump is rolling back Obama’s regulations and abandoning policies that have improved the lives of all Americans. It is easy to get lost in the daily theatrics of the Trump administration or the president’s latest tweets. His bombast and his tirades all too often turn our attention away from his governing. We should not let ourselves be distracted. It’s important for all of us to remain focused on the issues and how the Trump administration is making circumstances worse for Americans by setting back progress on every front.

Rep. Michael E. Capuano represents the 7th Congressional District.


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It’s fear-based hate. You have a racist running the country and bigots are coming out of the woodwork. They know what they’re doing.

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“It is a privilege to assume leadership of TSNE MissionWorks at a time of such exciting growth and possibility for the organization,” Ng said. “We will continue to build on our great work as we position ourselves to become even more relevant to our partners and to the nonprofit community.” Founded 60 years ago, TSNE MissionWorks operates the NonProfit Center in Boston, provides fiscal sponsorship for more than 80 nonprofits across the country and offers consulting and trainings that serve a wide range of nonprofits pursuing organizational excellence. TSNE MissionWorks also has several grant-making programs aimed at building diverse and inclusive organizations and communities. “I believe deeply in our mission of strengthening organizations and leadership in the nonprofit sector,” said Ng. “For the groups we work closely with that means

developing practices that allow our clients to become more adaptable, resilient and inclusive as we build towards equity.” The appointment follows an extensive, nationwide search that resulted in three finalists after 350 prospects were reviewed by the search firm BoardWalk Consulting in Atlanta, GA.


ELAINE NG TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England), a $50 million organization that provides management consulting, shared operational services and capacity building support to other nonprofits, is proud to name Elaine Ng as its new chief executive officer. Ng has been serving as Interim director of operations for the organization for two years and, in June, she will succeed Jonathan Spack, who retired in 2016 after 34 years at the helm of TSNE MissionWorks, and Lee Swislow, who has been serving as Interim CEO. As a 25-year veteran of the nonprofit and education sectors, Ng has a passion and commitment for organizations that shift the paradigm of equity and access. Most recently, she held the positions of strategic planning director for Special Education for Boston Public Schools, and executive director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

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Senate approves education funding reform, bill moves to House By KAREN MORALES

The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously last Thursday to pass An Act Modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st Century, which would update the state’s 25-year-old education funding formula. The reform bill S.2506 was introduced by Sen. Sonia ChangDíaz and co-sponsored by 36 senators. It would implement the recommendations of the bipartisan Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC) which found that the foundation budget formula is underestimating education costs by $1 billion to $2 billion every year. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives. “For years now, our schools have been suffering death by a thousand paper cuts, and it’s long past time we right this wrong. Schools and families shouldn’t have to lawyer up to get a quality education for their children,” said Chang-Díaz, who is also the senate chair of the Joint Committee on Education. “In Massachusetts we strive for a fair and equal education system, not as an ideal, but as a reality,” said Senate President Harriette Chandler. “This is an immensely important bill for our schools, large and small.”

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The 1993 Education Reform Act was intended to ensure every student in the state would receive a quality education by

reimbursing local school districts for the cost, but in 2015, the FBRC found that the actual costs of employee health insurance and special education services have surpassed the assumptions built into the current budget formula. As a result, school districts across the state have had to implement budget cuts, disproportionately affecting immigrant, English language learning and special education students. More than 50 school committees across the state have passed resolutions supporting the reform. Since February, the city of Brockton has been gearing up for a potential lawsuit against the commonwealth as an immigrant gateway community that has seen education expenses increase over the last four years, with state funding barely keeping up. Facing an $8 million to $9 million budget deficit heading into next fiscal year, a group


(left) Brockton Public Schools superintendent Kathleen Smith speaks to reporters outside the State House. (above) Students from Brockton High School stand in front of State House in support of education funding reform. of students, school committee members, city council members and school administrators from Brockton arrived in school buses last Thursday at the Statehouse during the Senate session. Brockton Public Schools superintendent Kathleen Smith arrived with the group and spoke to reporters outside the State House. “One of the things, if you look back at the original education reform, is that there was a mechanism to review this every five years,” Smith said. “My understanding is that this did not happen, and over the years, there were higher costs for special education, health care insurance,

inflation rates, and English language learners.” “ What they [the FBRC] handed us are recommendations that have been here for at least four years — it’s time to move forward with them,” said Smith. Aldo Petronio, chief budget officer for Brockton Public Schools, said that the budget formula did not take into account the city’s undocumented immigrant student population. “We want them to be properly included in the budget. If they aren’t on those state assistance plans, they aren’t included as a low-income student,” he said. Patrick Driscoll, a freshman

at Brockton High School, came with the group last week to support the passage of the bill. “We shouldn’t be getting the same funding as Wellesley — we should be getting more support,” he said, while also noting that class size at his school has gone up to 35 students. Back on the senate floor that day, Chang-Díaz addressed her colleagues. “The promise of a quality education is not just one we made to our districts as elected officials. And it’s not just one we made to our children,” she said. “It is a promise that runs to the very heart of who we are as a commonwealth.”

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The panelists reflected on how cases of black people being profiled and/or killed at the hands of police officers is paralleled today, including current issues of “police being called on black folk for doing ordinary things,” said Crossley, such as sitting at a Starbucks or sleeping in a common room at Yale University. “You can go back 50 years, you saw white supremacists marching in Virginia. Now, you have them marching in Charlottesville, Virginia,” said Martin. “In some ways, we’re addressing a retrogression on a national level in terms of many policies that we thought had advanced during the Obama administration.” He continued, “The importance of this show is to continue to point these things out...while others are

pointing out Stormy Daniels.” Kim McLarin, a novelist and former reporter for “Basic Black,” said it was important to have the show as a “designated space where the impact of these events on our communities can be told. A space people can turn to where they know the truth of their lived experience will be given.” In addition, McLarin said, “Basic Black” invites unknown scholars whom “the community might not normally have access to. They are really vital people, doing important intellectual work,” she said.

Tracking progress

The panelists discussed concrete changes for race relations in Boston that they have observed while living and reporting in the city. Shaw expressed her dissatisfaction with the recurring problems for communities of color. “The problem for me, [is] there are so many things that have been repeated and repeated. I want to live long enough to see us do things that have more staying power,” she said. McLarin said that Boston’s reputation as a city has improved a little, and there are more black professionals willing to live and work here. However, she said, “I’m not sure if issues of housing access or education have improved. The student loan crisis has worsened.” Martin pointed to the concrete progress of being able to walk into the North End or South Boston as a black person, without getting chased out or running into a racial altercation. “But there is still that economic segregation,” he said. With previous guests like Mario Van Peebles, Muhammad Ali, Miriam Makeba and Eartha Kitt, the show covered not only Boston but national and international news as well. “‘Say Brother’ and ‘Basic Black’ addressed in a probing way the anti-apartheid in South Africa,” said Martin. As Crossley pointed out, “Basic Black” also features more “fun topics” such as a recent episode on the movie “Black Panther,” but as always, with the lens on race relations and black history. Crossley described what “Basic Black” has been and will continue to be for Boston. “Out in the field and in the studio, 50 years happening here, with conversations with people who know the story, both lived and with a scholarly perspective.”

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Merrie Najimy set to take reins at Mass Teachers Association By SAPHIA SUAREZ

Merrie Najimy, the president-elect of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), was inspired to become an educator and later a unionist after experiencing in her own youth that the curricula taught in the Massachusetts public schools she attended felt exclusionary to Arab-American students. Growing up in the Lebanese community in Western Massachusetts, Najimy says she often felt isolated in school. She went on to start a Massachusetts chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), where she served as president from 2001 to 2009. She was also teaching at this time, and became involved in the Concord Teachers Association, serving as president from 2006 to 2017. She then ran for president of the MTA alongside her running mate for vice president, Max Page, and will fill that seat in July. The following interview has been edited for clarity.

How did you become involved in the teacher’s union? I got involved in my local and in the MTA in the early 2000s, and at the time, both were making concessions. At the local, the concessions impacted the hard-earned benefits that we had won 30 years before, and at the state level, the concessions that the president prior to current President Barbara Madeloni was making compromised our rights as educators and our students’ learning conditions. I became a building representative in my local, and in 2006 I became the president. Then I ran for a board seat on the MTA around 2011 and won two terms. I came to see that the union is the vehicle through which members deepen our relationships with each other, our parents and our communities, and where we develop our vision of public education and our vision for our community. Then together we organize to achieve those visions.

How did growing up as an ArabAmerican in Western Massachusetts shape your political views? Growing up Arab-American in Western Mass is likely a similar experience to growing up Arab-American anywhere else. Those experiences shaped both my views on education and my political views. Arabs, for more than a hundred years, have been portrayed in Hollywood and by the news media through the lens of Islamophobia. The only somewhat positive image of Arab-Americans that I had as a child was “I Dream of Jeannie,” and she was a white, objectified woman. I grew up in Pittsfield in a very large Lebanese community, where I got my affirmation from my family and community. But still, as an Arab-American child in school I felt alienated by the Dick and Jane reader. I remember scribbling on it because I was angry. Neither that reader nor the curriculum reflected my identity or culture. That’s why I got into education — to bring a broader world view to students. I went through school in the ’80s, when the multicultural education movement was well on its way, so I was schooled with a pedagogy rooted in racial justice anti-bias, which today is coming back in the form

of cultural proficiency, or cultural responsiveness. For the 28 years I have been teaching, I have been writing my own anti-racist multicultural curriculum and implementing it, as well as giving workshops to educators. What I discovered after college as an activist in the Arab-American community shaped my political views, and that was the long history of Arab activists being targeted by enforcement policies and practices. Then the assault on the entire community escalated postSept. 11. I opened a chapter of the ADC Massachusetts, a civil rights organization based in Washington. After Sept. 11, I was still teaching, but I did activist work through the ADC in my spare time. The chapter organized the community to respond to hate crimes and to fight against new draconian legislation that was rooted in racial profiling. So, these experiences helped me understand the intersectionality of issues of people from all different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

The MTA is supporting the “Fight for $15” and other progressive causes. Why do you think it is important for teachers unions to be involved in these broader struggles for labor rights? As the largest union in New England, it is our mission to stand up for all working people, including our members. We have to realize that economic conditions and our students’ learning conditions are directly linked. We know that poverty is the most important determinant of a child’s success in school. My running mate and now the MTA vice president elect Max Page says it best: The best education reform policies are the Fair Share Amendment, the Fight for $15, and Paid Family Medical Leave, because our mission as educators is to foster our students’ humanity and to prepare them to be citizens in a democracy. But our students’ lives and their education, even the lives of some of our members, are undermined by poverty. We can’t fulfill our mission as educators and as labor unionists unless we’re fighting in labor and community coalitions to improve the living conditions of our members, our students and their families. We know that our students bring to school whatever happens in their lives outside of the classroom, whether it be poverty, gun violence, police brutality or ICE raids leading to family separation. These things traumatize our students, and impact their learning conditions and our teaching conditions. So we’re not willing to ignore it. Fighting for racial and economic equality is not separate from our mission as educators or unionists.


When she assumes the presidency of the MTA in July, Merrie Najimy will lead the largest union in New England. ‘No on 2’ victory taught us that the public values the voices of educators and public schools. Across the country, we’re growing a movement of working educators using our collective power for our public schools, and for our students and their families.

Where do you see the teachers association heading during your tenure? Max and I, and educators throughout the MTA, feel empowered by our recent achievements. But we also recognize that the assaults on working people,

on educators, on unions through the Janus case that is at the Supreme Court, are escalating. So the work that lies ahead of us has multiple parts to it. We need to deepen and expand our member activism around the issues that matter to them and to our students and communities. We need to deepen our alliances with parents, students, labor, community, and the fight for economic and racial justice. We also need to create a vision for public education that is not only fully resourced but that re-centers educators as the experts and put

students at the center of teaching rather than test scores. So, we need to put a ground strategy together, like we did for Question 2, to win all three of the Raise Up Massachusetts ballot questions — the Fair Share Amendment, the Fight for $15, and Paid Family Medical Leave. Then we turn our attention to fighting high-stakes testing, taking back control of our classrooms, and thinking about what the purpose of education is and who we want our students to be. All of that will then inform authentic and meaningful assessment.

Teachers around the country have gone on strike and public opinion is solidly behind them, according to recent polls. How do these strikes affect what the MTA is doing here? As Massachusetts educators witness the teacher uprisings across the country, we’re all feeling a renewed sense of hope and possibility. We know that the striking teachers in West Virginia have been inspired by our ‘No on 2’ victory [that stopped an effort to expand charter schools], as they watched us build our union power and refuse the narrative of the corporate reformers. So it is gratifying to see the public’s response to the strikes across the country. The

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continued from page 1 In Massachusetts, candidates on the left wing of the party are pushing back against what many see as the Legislature’s politically conservative Democratic leadership. “We’re always being told to wait, but as we’re waiting, this country is going to sh--,” says Jordan Berg Powers, executive director of Mass Alliance, a progressive political action network. “We’re always being told to wait. We hear ‘That’s not how it works.’ We can’t create change at the pace we’re going at.” Powers and other political observers cite criminal justice reform, single-payer health care and progressive tax reform as issues the Legislature has lagged on. While legislators did pass a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill in April, the reforms fell short of what advocates sought, and mandatory minimum sentences were added for opioids. “The criminal justice reforms the Legislature passed just catch us up to where other progressive states are,” Powers said.

Democratic majority

With Republicans holding just seven of the 40 seats in the Senate and 34 of the 160 seats in the House, Massachusetts is one of the most solidly Democratic states in the nation. Over the past 50 years, the state has consistently backed Democratic presidential candidates. In decades past, Massachusetts made significant investments in public transit infrastructure and public K-12 and higher education.


Jeffrey Sanchez But starting in the 1990s when Republican governors and Democratic legislators made a series of cuts to the state’s income tax rate and taxes on investment dividends and interest, the state’s revenues have not kept pace with the cost of maintaining those investments. The rapidly increasing cost of health care and declining revenue from the sales tax have exacerbated the revenue shortfalls. A legislative committee found that the state is underfunding K-12 education by more than $1 billion a year. Massachusetts residents in public colleges and universities are burdened with increasing tuition and fees, and the MBTA system and regional public transit authorities are struggling with maintenance backlogs and equipment failures while faced with increasing demand. While some on Beacon Hill, including former Gov. Deval Patrick, have made attempts at reforming the state’s tax system to restore revenue to public investments, there is a general lack of support in legislative leadership.


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The city has changed a lot in the last 20 years. The folks who are running are more representative of the people in the city. I wonder when my shelf life ends as well.” — Russell Holmes

“We’ve had seven years of sustained economic growth and we’re not putting enough money in the rainy day fund or investing in progressive causes,” notes former state Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh, who backed Setti Warren’s aborted campaign for governor.

Centrist orientation

With power concentrated in the hands of House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat who regularly opposes progressive reforms and new taxes as if seeking some middle ground between the Democratic majority and the conservative fringe in the Legislature, the consolidation of power that began more than

20 years ago under then-Speaker Thomas Finneran has continued. In 2015, DeLeo led the House in a vote to abolish term limits for the post. It took a state-wide grassroots movement, fueled in part by the rise of opiate deaths in the districts of virtually every legislator in the state, to pass the criminal justice reform package earlier this year that progressive legislators had fought years to enact. On issues not backed by large state-wide constituencies, such as expanding solar energy, the state legislature doesn’t move. California passed a law in 2015 requiring utilities to source half of their electricity from renewable energy. The Massachusetts House blocked a measure in 2016 to increase the share of renewables local utilities are required to use.


State Rep. Russell Holmes, who represents the 6th Suffolk District, says the challenges to longtime incumbents may be aimed at legislative leadership, noting that three of the four Boston reps facing challenges are members of DeLeo’s leadership team. Sanchez is chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Malia is assistant vice chair and Rushing serves as majority whip. “I think it’s more a reaction against the establishment,” Holmes said. “People feel like the building is being held up by the leadership. Even though the speaker has done some pretty progressive things, the Senate is so much more progressive. People see

the speaker as the establishment.” Powers agrees, saying that many of those challenging longterm incumbents are spurred on by frustration at the slow pace of change. “If you’re not willing to take on these big issues, people are willing to get rid of you,” he said. “We’re seeing this across the state. In all these districts with conservative Democrats, we’re seeing challengers.” He points to Jim Hawkins, an Attleboro Democrat who won an upset victory against a Republican city councilor in a special election for the Second Bristol District seat, and Mike Connolly, a Cambridge progressive who bumped longtime incumbent Timothy Toomey Jr. from the 26th Middlesex District. Hawkins’ victory ought to be of particular interest to Republicans, notes John Walsh. The same dynamics that played out in Attleboro could propel a Democrat into the governor’s office come November. “Hawkins was elected because of a surge of Democratic voters,” Walsh said. “That’s what keeps Baker’s team awake at night. That’s why they think they need to raise $30 million for his re-election.” So far, the winds of change needn’t keep Holmes up at night. He has no challengers this year. But the challengers have him thinking. “The city has changed a lot in the last 20 years,” he says. “The folks who are running are more representative of the people in the city. I wonder when my shelf life ends as well.”

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Poor People’s continued from page 1

and sisters.” said Rev. Vernon K. Walker of Boston, who served as emcee of the program. “Any time we have a proposed budget that would give more to military spending and cut poverty programs, there is a problem.” He added, “It’s not a sin to live in poverty. It’s a sin to have a lack of concern for those who are in poverty.” Savina Martin, co-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, told the crowd, “We say today, enough is enough! ... Across this country, we have organized tens of thousands of people to come together to discuss the immoral and distorted narrative

placed on poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy. We are talking about a long, protracted, and sustained movement building. And today we are going to start that action.” The Poor People’s Campaign is a national campaign intended as a continuation of the work Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was doing up until his 1968 assassination. The revived movement is cochaired by Rev. William J. Barber II, president of Repairers of the Breach and organizer of “Moral Mondays” protests in North Carolina, and Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice in New York City. Speaking to the Banner after the Boston rally, Walker said one of the purposes of gathering at the

It’s not a sin to live in poverty. It’s a sin to have a lack of concern for those who are in poverty.” — Rev. Vernon K. Walker

State House is to bring attention to the role and responsibility of policymakers, nationally and locally. “I’m hopeful that the next 40 days will lead to a moral shift in the narrative, where we can focus on issues like living wages,” he said. “This is just an introduction. We are sending a message that we will hold Republicans and Democrats accountable for policies that don’t seek to help the poor, the disenfranchised and the marginalized.”

Monday’s rally began and ended with music and singing, as a band played songs of protest and hope such as “We Shall Not Be Moved” and “This Little Light of Mine.” A festive atmosphere gave way to a series of impassioned speeches to the large crowd gathered around the State House steps and across Beacon Street, followed by a planned act of civil disobedience: Sitting and standing protesters filled Park Street, blocking

it to traffic for about an hour. No arrests were made, and after final words from Walker, the protesters marched down to Tremont Street and dispersed. The event was a kickoff, launching six weeks of action in Massachusetts and nationally. The first week’s theme was children, women and people with disabilities living in poverty. Week two will address systemic racism and poverty, with emphasis on voting rights, immigration, xenophobia, Islamophobia and mistreatment of indigenous communities, and subsequent weeks will focus on the war economy, health and the environment. Local actions will continue through June 11, with event details still to be determined. A national rally will take place in Washington, D.C. on June 23.

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Electrician duo scales up


(l-r) Paul Gray and Kevin Scarlett, founders of Outkast Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Outkast Electrical takes advantage of new development By KAREN MORALES

Dorchester resident Paul Gray had worked for United Electrical for seven years before he started Outkast Electrical Contractors, Inc. in 1996 with his cousin, Kevin Scarlett, also a former United Electrical employee. “We started off just the two of us, working out of a van,” Gray says. “Over the years, we slowly grew the business, getting bigger clients, bigger jobs.” Following in the footsteps of other family members who were in the same field, Gray received training at Leo Martin Vocational School in Dedham, Massachusetts. “A lot of people helped us out,” says Gray. “Without the help of family and friends we wouldn’t be here.” Outkast’s first customers were contractors that the cousins were familiar with as colleagues in the field, and through word of mouth, their clientele grew from residential, to commercial — and now, industrial contracts. “We began with projects as small as $250,000 all the way to $2 million,” says Gray. “It took us 20 years to get us to that large project.” Outkast’s largest project to date was the first phase of the Ashmont Treadmark, a mixed-use

We get about 12 different contracts on a regular basis, but we get requests for bids from all kinds of projects. Right now, there’s so much work, we can pick and choose what we want to work on.”

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— Paul Gray commercial and residential building in Dorchester. The company operates all over Boston, but the main project sites have been in neighborhoods like Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and the South End. Although increased development and construction in Boston has brought uncertainty for some residents, the activity has given Outkast more business. “We get about 12 different contracts on a regular basis, but we get requests for bids from all kinds of

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Take the interview … … even if you don’t want the job By ZIPRECRUITER.COM

Say you’ve recently applied to a few jobs and you think you have a decent shot at your top choice. Meanwhile another, less glamorous company is wooing you. Should you politely decline their advances or see what they’re all about? It might seem like a waste of time, but going on a job interview, regardless of whether it’s with your first choice or not, is almost always helpful. Here’s why.


It always helps to shop around. Hopefully you wouldn’t make an immediate offer on the very first house you see. Similarly, you might not want to say “yes” to the first job

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The best reason to go on an interview for a job you don’t necessarily want is because, quite simply, you may be wrong. … You might even find that the perfect opportunity has been hiding in plain sight until now.”

You never know

Practice, practice, practice

Just like any skill, it helps to practice interviewing. Going on many interviews can help you anticipate the kinds of questions employers will ask and recognize the areas in which you need to improve. Also, the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll get.


offer you get without giving it some thought. If you have more than one opportunity knocking at your door, it’s in your best interest to explore them all. Finding a good job is like finding a good spouse — meeting a few frogs can really help you spot the true prince or princess.


Being courted by more than one company gives you a great sense of your value in the marketplace. But it also gives you something better:

leverage. You can make a more persuasive case for a larger salary, better job title or flexible hours if another company is willing to offer them. Plus, if an employer knows that another company is interested, it makes you seem like a more desirable candidate. Just make sure that you don’t come across as too cocky or pushy in your negotiations. Make it clear that the offers you get play a role in your decision, but never sound as if you’re making an ultimatum.

The best reason to go on an interview for a job you don’t necessarily want is because, quite simply, you may be wrong. Humans can be notoriously inept when it comes to imagining their futures and even their own desires. We’re often too distracted by flash and prestige to recognize a good thing when we see it, or to really embrace what will make us happy. Go and hear what they have to say. You might be pleasantly surprised. You might even find that the perfect opportunity has been hiding in plain sight until now. Or you might find that the job is even worse than you imagined and now you’re even more resolved in what you want. Either way, it’s a win-win situation.


continued from page 12 projects,” says Gray. “Right now, there’s so much work, we can pick and choose what we want to work on.” The projects they choose usually depend on scheduling and how much manpower they have, says Gray. Outkast now has a total of 17 employees, including office administration staff and 13 electricians out in the field. According to Gray, Outkast is in the process of joining a local chapter in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, “for expansion opportunities, larger contracts and the opportunity to work on downtown projects.” Other expansion strategies for the company include Outkast’s partnership with Suffolk Construction and its enrollment in the Business Equity Initiative program with Eastern Bank. Gray says both programs have been essential in helping grow the business and receive mentorship. “It’s opened doors for us and we have been able to meet people we normally wouldn’t meet,” he says. Currently, Outkast is working on a $1.6 million contract project: the Marriott Residence Inn on Melnea Cass Boulevard. The new hotel is being built on the formerly vacant city lot, Parcel 9.

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BY THE NUMBERS AS THE POPULATION AGES and the number of jobs increases, the health care sector is being forced to transform at an incredible rate. . Consider the following statistics and facts from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

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Health care created more jobs than any other sector in 2016, helping to drive total annual job growth to 2.2 million.

29,700 35,000 Most of the growth in health care occurred in ambulatory services, which added 29,700 jobs, followed by hospitals, which added 10,700.

In 2016, the health care industry grew by 35,000 jobs per month on average. That’s slightly less that in 2015, when jobs in the sector grew by an average of 39,000 a month.



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ow that New York City’s Met Gala is out of the way, get ready for fashion slayage Boston style at Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s 111th student fashion show. In two shows on Saturday, May 19, “Eclipse: The 2018 MassArt Fashion Show” will feature original designs by seniors as well as select sophomores and juniors. A renowned art and design school since 1907, MassArt offers fashion and textile design instruction and training and assists students in locating relevant internships. Students work on their collections from the time they enter MassArt as freshmen until they graduate. They are allowed to revise and edit each year, but the overarching theme is selected early on in the process. This year, 26 seniors previewed their collections for area fashion experts, who offered advice and helpful critique prior to the runway show. Along with the current trend of urban wear infused with couture elements, a whirl of metaphorical themes emerge in this year’s show, including ethereal concepts like “war of the roses, ” “movement and open spaces” and “what sound looks like” as well as strong emotional themes, from different seasons of a relationship to balancing life and death. Just a few of the noteworthy examples: Kayla-Marie Bienwald’s “Syndicate,” featuring cathedral ceiling-inspired textiles, stained glass beading and medieval detail; Annalisa Petrucci’s “Chromesthesia,” with guitar strings, cassette tape ribbons and broken CDs along with fake furs and bright color; Jackie San Jose’s “Innamorare,” in which androgynous design ideas mix with frills, sheers and denim; and Kristar Ry’s “Love and Lost,” featuring denim detailing and highly polished craftsmanship. An array of themes rooted in the political underpinnings of the day explore female empowerment, technology takeovers, environmental concerns, gender fluidity, embrace of body-size confidence, family, diverse roots and ethnicity. Some designs celebrate specific cultures, including Cambodian art and dance, Puerto Rican vibrancy and Spanish flamenco dancing. Pakdey Mao’s “Cambodian Anthropology” features shimmery fabrics inspired by Cambodian royal ballet costumes; in Jhennipher Cambraia’s “Soul Creates Magic,” menswear shifts to womenswear in denim, patchwork and unique designs; Desiree Zayas-Santiago’s “Bioluminescent” includes red carpet evening wear showing




Ella Fitzgerald.

Designs by Janea Williams (below) are part of MassArt’s student fashion show. PHOTO: COURTESY MASSART



5 Questions:

Geoffrey Mark By STEVEN DUFFY

Bestselling author, Emmy Award winner and Grammy nominee Geoffrey Mark has diligently put together the ultimate “Ella” biography, covering not only her entire career with many never-before seen photos, interviews and anecdotes, but delivering for the first time the true, untold story of Ella Fitzgerald — the woman. In addition to the book, there is a Deluxe Edition with an exclusive two-CD set, proceeds from which will benefit The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

Why Ella? Geoffrey Mark: I like to write about people who are the best at what they do. Ella was definitely the best!

What do you feel is new about your Ella biography? GM: Everything! Nothing has been written about her personal life. We didn’t know who she was

See GEOFFREY MARK, page 20


The cover of “Ella” by Geoffrey Mark.

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Preserving the past Hip-hop artists convene for posterity By CELINA COLBY

On Saturday, May 19, artists, producers and DJs from Boston’s hip-hop history will convene at the Boston Public Library to preserve their industry memorabilia for posterity. “Show ’Em Watcha Got Mass. Memories Road Show: The HipHop Edition,” in collaboration with UMass Boston, aims to acknowledge the often-relegated artistic genre and to create a bank of historical documents of the movement. Everyone is encouraged to bring three items with major significance to Boston’s hip-hop movement. All the photographs, tapes, clothing, posters and other pieces of history will be scanned, digitized and added to the statewide archive hosted online by UMass Boston, along with accompanying stories of each piece. Artist Akrobatik, a Dorchester native, participated on the planning committee and will attend the event on Saturday. Currently, Akrobatik performs with a collective called The Perceptionists and teaches a class on hip-hop history and culture at UMass Boston. “Because hip-hop has only been around for 40 years, we have the ability to archive the whole scene,” says Akrobatik. He’s

managed to whittle down his memorabilia to three major items: a flyer from a 1999 concert at the Middle East when he opened for Eminem, a photo from a 1990 stage performance and the cover art from his debut EP in 2000. The community gathering allows for a greater discussion, both about the artistry behind the hip-hop sound and the social oppressions that have kept the Boston movement down. This convention falls during the 20th annual HipHop Appreciation Week, May 14 to May 19, just a month after Kendrick Lamar’s album “Damn” won the Pulitzer Prize. “Show ’Em Watcha Got” isn’t just celebrating musical artists. Creators from every corner of the hiphop ecosystem, from graffiti artists to dancers, will be recognized. Rob Stull, an illustrator, comic book creator and owner of the Ink on Paper studio, was part of the Artists Without Limits group in 1983 Boston. The graffiti-crew-turned-art-production-company partnered with local area promoters to make artwork to advertise music, spoken word and dance. Stull plans to bring a flyer from a 1989 Shinehead concert, a flyer design from a Boogie Down Productions show

ON THE WEB To learn more about the event, visit: and a jacket with a purple rose design from the ’80s. Hip-hop emerged strongly among black and Latino communities in New York in the 1970s. Based on philosophical tenets like unity, wisdom and respect, hip-hop has always been and continues to be a tool for conflict resolution, community building and empowerment for young people in disadvantaged communities. National institutions have archived big-name artists of the genre, but for Boston in particular, the small-time community artists who weren’t able to achieve fame in this environment are equally important to the history. In addition to the physical documentation, the storytelling is highly anticipated. Organizers hope a big crowd will come out from the community to share experiences and talk future progress. “I think it’s gonna be like a high school reunion, like a family reunion,” says Akrobatik. “We all have so much to catch up on.” Running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library’s central branch, the event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in hiphop is welcome.


Images from “Show ’Em Watcha Got” on display at the Boston Public Library.

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The cast of Praxis Stage’s production of “The Plague.”

‘The Plague’ Praxis Stage presents Camus adaptation By CELINA COLBY

Praxis Stage has pushed the theatrical envelope once again with the U.S. premiere of “The Plague,” adapted by Neil Bartlett from Albert Camus’ novel “La Peste.” As in the original, the updated version features the spread of a plague, which leads to the quarantine of a nondescript city from the rest of the world. The study of humanity dealing with a crisis serves as an elegant allegory for the present day. Director Daniel Boudreau says, “We see it largely as a commentary on the way we live now, with this sense of hyper-individuality that in fact leads to feelings of isolation and destabilization.” Camus’ novel, published in 1947, was quickly utilized as an anti-Nazi allegory. One of the several poignant themes that resurfaces in “The Plague,” is that of propaganda. Particularly in the world of social media and the internet, media images exacerbating fear, anger and distrust are everywhere. Boudreau notes similar phenomena during American crises like Hurricane Katrina, when reports of looters and baby killers, which later proved to be false, worsened an already challenging situation. Now with fake news and unreliable sources everywhere, the role of media and information hits close to home.

A rare outing

Boudreau received permission from Bartlett to present “The Plague.” This is the only show being performed outside of Bartlett’s own direction in London’s West End. The expert cast includes, among others, Dayenne Walters, who directed and performed in Praxis Stage’s recent production of “For Colored Girls”; Danny Mourino, a

longtime Praxis talent; and Michael Rodriguez, recently seen in Flat Earth’s “Antigone.” Praxis Stage has pushed an avant-garde theatre agenda since the group’s inception in 2016. “At Praxis Stage, we understand art, and particularly theater, as a powerful tool to resist and oppose such cultural political currents,” says Boudreau, “and also as an instrument that can break through fear and challenge the powerful’s dominant narratives of collapse and combative-individualism.” The performance splits between two venues. From May 11 to 20, the production runs at

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ON THE WEB For more information, visit: Dorchester Art Project, and from May 23 to 27, it’s hosted by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. All seats are $20. The dual location promotes accessibility to theatre, a mission dear to Boudreau’s heart, and also illustrates the transcendent message of the script. Not held down by heavy sets, costumes or time periods, the show could be performed anywhere, for anyone and carry a similar weight. Though sharp and analytical, the message of “The Plague” is ultimately optimistic. As Camus said, “There is more to admire about people than to despise or despair of.”

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continued from page 17 Puerto Rican influences; Ana Romero’s “Duende” features Flamenco-inspired vibrant colors in sustainable fabrics. Several collections stand out by virtue of the intense gaze they cast on the pressing need many members of society have for protection, survival tools, sustenance, mental armor and the strength to combat threatening forces. Michael Toronato’s eponymous menswear collection, for instance, is concerned with the vulnerability of people of color out in the streets, and thus emphasizes military-grade buckles, bullet-proof fabrics, karate-inspired belts and even a sleeping-bag-coat with built-in backpack. Similarly, Kina Troy’s “Shift” collection features clothing designed to endure bicycling through the city. It is functional and focused, incorporating street signage and night-time visibility into its features. Brittanie Beatie created her “Shell Shock” looks through a post-traumatic stress disorder lens, after overcoming a traumatic life event. During an internship, she learned leather manipulation and, with her loom, hand-wove many of her fabrics. This collection offers neutral-toned mixable pieces as well as warrior breast plates and a modern take on leather chaps. Expressing a more global concern, Eva Maskalenko combines fashion and science to challenge the issue of pollution with her wearable tech collection, “Disappearance.” She has created white dresses splashed with narrow strips of color. The clothes change color depending on the level of pollution in the air. Racially ironic, the more pollution, the whiter the dress. The garments’ designs, inspired by plants and mushrooms, dip and swirl like leaves and petals. MassArt fashion students never disappoint. The depth of research, expanse of imagination, intricacy of design, choice of palettes and silhouettes and a high level of technique and craftsmanship are always impressive. Let’s hope you have your tickets already, as this year’s show is likely to sell out, just like its predecessors.


Geoffrey Mark

Geoffrey Mark continued from page 17

as a woman, as a female musician or about the lessons that Marilyn Monroe taught her. What it must have been like for a women in her position, who was traveling the world and never home. What did she do for companionship? How did she overcome rape? There is so much in this book that has never been written before.

In doing research for the book, was it difficult getting people to open up to you? GM: No, in the beginning, it was originally authorized by Ella. This book has been in the works for over 30 years. Her charity foundation has given me a lot of support. Everyone that I have reached out to has been very supported. They are happy to help keep her legacy and music alive.

Is there anything you found to be surprising about Ella? PHOTO: COURTESY MASSART

Michael Tornato’s menswear collection is inspired by men of color.


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GM: I did. I learned about how she was raped and tortured by more than one person while growing up. I loved how she didn’t let herself become a victim. Unfortunately, the same thing happened to me. I really felt the connection to her. We endured the same behavior and we chose not to become victims. The greatest revenge is to live a better life and not let it define who you are.

What makes “Ella” a good biography? GM: When you are reading about Ella’s life, you are reading all the best parts of early 20th-century Hollywood. She is a pop star, jazz star and TV star. When she first became a star, she was Beyoncé. She is and will always be the heart and soul of music.

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department

the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of June 7, 2018. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you.

Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. 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.

SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU18P0922EA

Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Mary L. Osborne Date of Death: 07/12/2016

WITNESS, HON. Brian J. Dunn, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 30, 2018

Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate

To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Adjudication of Intestacy and Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by John R. Osborne of Boston, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that John R. Osborne of Boston, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in an unsupervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of 05/31/2018. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised administration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Brian J. Dunn, First Justice of this Court. Date: May 01, 2018

Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU18P0804GD

Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of Marie Castille Of Dorchester, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Marie J. Rigaud of Sacramento, CA in the above captioned matter alleging that Marie Castille is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Marie J. Rigaud of Sacramento, CA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve 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 05/24/2018. 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 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. Brian J. Dunn, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 24, 2018

Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU18P0799EA

Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Estate of Khisean Abdel Desvarieux Date of Death: 01/09/2017


To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by Tamara A Upshaw of Boston, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner requests that Tamara A Upshaw of Boston, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in an unsupervised administration. IMPORTANT NOTICE You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return day of 05/30/2018. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you.

Docket No. SU09P0354AD1

Citation on Petition for Order of Complete Settlement Estate of Charles T. Simpson Date of Death: 09/21/1993 A petition for Order of Complete Settlement has been filed by Vernesha Simpson of Mattapan, MA requesting that the court enter a formal Decree and Complete Settlement including the allowance of a final account, 1st FINAL ACCOUNT and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is soliciting architectural and engineering services for the rehabilitation of the Longfellow Approach Viaduct, the Charles/MGH Station platforms, and the first span of the Longfellow Bridge located in Boston, MA. The Scope of Services includes, but is not limited to: Feasibility Surveys/ Analyses; Multi-disciplined Engineering (i.e. Civil, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical); Architecture; Historical Assessment; Code Compliance; Environmental Approvals and Permitting; Contract Management Assistance; Scheduling; Quality Control/Quality Assurance; Construction Planning and Methods; Construction Staging and Constructability; Construction Cost Estimating; Design Phase Services; Bid Phase Services; and Construction Phase Services. The conceptual level construction cost estimate for the proposed improvements is $50,000,000. The duration of this contract will be five (5) years.

UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised administration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to notice regarding the administration directly from the Personal Representative and may petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration.

This project will utilize State and Federal Funds. The DBE Participation Goal is ten percent (10%).

WITNESS, HON. Brian J. Dunn, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 18, 2018

This is not a Request for Proposal. The MBTA reserves the right to cancel this procurement or to reject any or all Statements of Qualifications.

Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate

LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1584, NORTH SERVICE AREA IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM. The Authority is seeking qualified multidiscipline consulting firm or team, with proven experience to provide professional services including planning, permitting, design, and construction related services, including resident inspection. These services are expected to be provided at Logan International 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 shall demonstrate experience in several disciplines including but not limited to Aircraft Fueling Storage and Distribution Systems, Building Demolition, Aircraft Pavement Design, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Telecommunications, Utilities Location & Relocation, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Code Compliance, Cost Estimating, Construction Phasing, and Sustainable Design. The consultant shall be issued a contract in an amount not to exceed $1,500,000.00. The services shall be authorized on a work order basis.



A Supplemental Information Package will be available, on May 16, 2018, on the Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport http://www.massport. com/massport/business/bids-opportunities/capital-bids as an attachment to the original Legal Notice, and on COMMBUYS ( in the listings for this project. If you have problems finding it, please contact Susan Brace at Capital Programs The Supplemental Information Package will provide detailed information about Scope Of Work, Selection Criteria and Submission Requirements. In recognition of the unique nature of the project and the services required to support it, the Authority has scheduled a Consultant Briefing to be held at 3:00 PM on May 25, 2018, Logan Office Center at the Capital Programs Department, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128. At this session, an overview of the project will be provided, the services requested by the Authority will be described, and questions will be answered. 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 important-documents/. 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 June 21, 2018, at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive,

The complete Request for Qualifications can be found on the MBTA website. Please see the following link:

Stephanie Pollack MassDOT Secretary & CEO

Luis Manuel Ramirez General Manager & CEO

INVITATION FOR BIDS REPLACE 2 RAILROAD BRIDGES ON FRAMINGHAM SECONDARY Mass Coastal Railroad is accepting sealed bids for work to replace two railroad bridges on the Framingham Secondary in Walpole. The project is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Rail and Transit Division (MassDOT). This Invitation for Bids is issued pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30, §39M. THE PROJECT: On the Framingham Secondary at MP 8.95, remove and dispose of 2 existing 20-foot-long steel railroad bridges, 32 bridge ties, and miscellaneous debris. Provide 2 new cast-in-place concrete bridge seats and bridge backwalls. Provide 523 s.f. of pre-stressed concrete bridge slabs with curbs and walkways. Provide 40 l.f. of new track ties and ballast. Contractor must show evidence of having worked on an active railroad and was able to complete the work with no or few shutdowns and no impacts to Operations. Construction cost estimate is $350,000. Bidders must provide the following information to be considered qualified to perform the work: 1. List of equipment which will be used including hi-rail equipment; 2. Completed Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the Total Bid Price; 3. List of all work within the last 3 years of similar size and scope demonstrating Bidder’s experience and qualifications for this project as described above; 4. List of ongoing projects and 3 references from projects listed; and 5. Approved FRA drug and alcohol testing plan. Bid document PDF available from Rob Finley, Mass Coastal Railroad (MCRR), at pre-bid meeting (see below) or via e-mail request to Rob Finley at beginning 5/18/18. Include in the subject line of the e-mail “Bid Docs—Bridge at MP 8.95.” A mandatory pre-bid meeting and site tour will be held on Thurs., May 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Meet inside MBTA Walpole station, 275 West St., Walpole. Enter parking lot & approach building. Use small private crossing next to building to access unpaved storage yard. Prospective bidders shall bring all personal protective equipment which must be worn to access the bridge site. RSVP to Rob Finley, Bids will not be accepted from bidders who do not attend the pre-bid meeting. Sealed Bids must be delivered to Mass Coastal Railroad, 3065 Cranberry Highway, Ste. 5, East Wareham, MA 02538, by Thurs., June 7, 2018, 2:00 p.m. Bids will be publicly opened forthwith after the bid submission deadline at the Mass Coastal Railroad office, 3065 Cranberry Highway, Ste. 5, East Wareham, MA. Please direct all questions to Rob Finley at; phone: 978-263-5565. Include in subject line of e-mail “Bid Docs— Bridge at MP 8.95.” It is prohibited for any bidder to contact anyone other than Rob Finley at Mass Coastal Railroad about this Project until award of the Project.

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The Sargent Murray Gilman Hough House Association, Gloucester, Massachusetts, the Awarding Authority, requests bids for the Roof Restoration Project at The Sargent House Museum, Gloucester, Massachusetts, located at 49 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

workmans compensation insurance. An insurance certificate naming the Sargent Murray Gilman Hough House Association as an additional party insured will be required.

Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. L1545-C5 TAXI POOL AND TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES RELOCATIONS, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S - Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018, immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. Sealed filed sub bids for the same contract will be received at the same office until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018, immediately after which, in a designated room, the filed sub bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE:



All work must be performed in accordance with the Drawings and Project Manual prepared by Adams & Smith LLC/ Finch&Rose, 55 Thomas Road, Swampscott, MA 01907, (617) 512-5697 and meet the “Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.” State law prohibits discrimination. Awarding of this contract is subject to Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Guidelines. A copy of the Drawings and Project Manual may be obtained by calling or writing Amanda Hurd, President, Sargent House Museum, 49 Middle Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. Telephone 978-281-2432, Tuesdays – Saturdays. A PDF of the Contract Documents may be obtained by contacting the Architect at All bidders must provide contact information, including mailing and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Proposals shall be evaluated on the basis of price, previous experience with similar types of construction projects on buildings of similar age and type to the Sargent House including other Museum Houses, ability to perform the work in a timely manner, and references. All proposals must be delivered to the Awarding Authority’s office at the above address prior to 4:00 PM Tuesday May 29, 2018, to be eligible for consideration. A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday May 17, 2018 at 10 AM at the site.


Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority’s Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form.

Mixed Income, Accessible Supportive Housing

In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract, filed Subbidders must submit with their bid a current Sub-bidder Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance and a Sub-bidder Update Statement. The filed Sub-bidder must be certified in the sub-bid category of work for which the Sub-bidder is submitting a bid proposal. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer’s or a cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and / or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater.

This contract is subject to a Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than TWO AND THREE TENTHS PERCENT (2.3%) of the Contract be performed by minority and women owned business enterprise contractors. With respect to this provision, bidders are urged to familiarize themselves thoroughly with the Bidding Documents. Strict compliance with the pertinent procedures will be required for a bidder to be deemed responsive and eligible.

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Rents Type # of Apts. Gross Rent Program Type 1BR 30% of income 6 30% 1BR** $1,213* 16 60% 2045 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester 2BR 2 30% 30% of income 6 60% $1,456* Applications available 5/9 - 6/13/18 2BR Heat & hot water included in monthly rent. Apply online Rental subsidies available on 10 units. or pick-up at: ** One of these is built out for persons who are ∙ The Boston Home, 2049 Dorchester deaf/hard of hearing and/or vision impaired. Ave., Dorchester (M-F 9am to 5pm) * Utility allowance to be determined & ∙ Lower Mills Public Library deducted from gross rent allowable 27 Richmond St., Dorchester (May 19th & May 26th - 9am to 1pm) and Income Limits (May 17th - 12pm to 7pm) #HH 30% AMI 60% AMI or by phone 781.794.1046 (TTY 711) 1 $22,650 $45,300 2 $25,900 $51,780 Mail completed application to: 3 $29,150 $58,260 Peabody Properties, Inc., c/o Harmon, 4 $32,350 $64,680 536 Granite St., Braintree, MA 02184 or AMI = Area Median Income, as of 4/1/18 email:

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Deadline: Delivered/Postmark by 6/15/18 Income, asset & use restrictions apply. Information Session: May 22rd 3:00 - 4:30 pm & 6:00 - 7:30 pm The Boston Home 2049 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA

Preferences apply. Rents, utility allowances & income limits based on HUD guidelines. Please inquire in advance for reasonable accommodation.


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Applications available online at or in person at: Winn Residential, 4 Gerrish Ave. Rear, Chelsea. Office is wheelchair accessible. Open Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri., 9 a.m.—5 p.m.; Tues., 9 a.m.—7 p.m. For more info or reasonable accommodations, call Winn Residential: 617-884-0692 or TTY/TTD: (800) 439-2370. INFORMATION SESSIONS: THURS. MAY 17, 6 p.m. 4 Gerrish Ave, Chelsea THURS. MAY 24, 5:30 p.m. Mary C. Burke Elementary Complex, 300 Crescent Ave, Chelsea Translation will be provided. Households who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have a preference for 8 supportive housing apartments with services provided by Housing Families, Inc. Households in need of accessible housing have a preference for 3 accessible apartments. Use and occupancy restrictions apply. Selection by lottery. Section 8 voucher holders are welcome to apply. A full list of tenant selection criteria is available upon request. Affordable Apartments

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The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective subcontractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000.

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Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals.

*AMI = Area Median Income




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This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor’s Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246).



1 & 2 Bedroom Apts. - Initial Selection By Lottery

Filed sub bids will be required and taken on the following classes of work:

The Authority reserves the right to reject any sub bid of any sub trade where permitted by Section 44E of the above referenced General Laws. The right is also reserved to waive any informality in or to reject any or all proposals and General Bids.

The Sargent Murray Gilman Hough House Association is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity organization, and invites proposals from qualified minority and women-owned businesses.


The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $1,000,000. Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details.


The Awarding Authority reserves the right to reject any and all proposals not deemed to be in the best interest of the Owner.

The successful bidder will be required to maintain liability, automobile and

Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018.

In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General Bidders must submit with their bid a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of General Building Construction. The estimated contract cost is $ 4,500,000.

The Owner is exempt from payment of sales and use taxes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Bidders shall not include in their Bid any tax imposed upon the sales or rentals of tangible personal property in this Commonwealth, such as any and all building materials, supplies, services and equipment required to construct and complete the Work of this Contract.

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**Heat and Hot Water Included in Rent The Neighborhood Developers, 242 Spencer Limited Partnership and Winn Residential do not discriminate because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, handicap, disability, national origin, genetic information, ancestry, children, familial status, marital status or public assistance recipiency in the leasing, rental, sale or transfer of apartment units, buildings, and related facilities, including land that they own or control.

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ALEXAN THREE NORTH 71 Boston Road, Billerica, MA

First units will be available in August, 2018. Studio @ $1,169*, 1BRs @ $1,317*, 2BRs @ $1,438*, 3BRs @ $1,567* The utilities the tenant pays for are: gas heating, gas hot water, electric cooking, electricity, water and sewer. *Rents subject to change in 2019 Maximum Household Income Limits: $50,350 (1 person), $57,550 (2 people), $64,750 (3 people), $71,900 (4 people), $77,700 (5 person), $83,450 (6 people) Alexan Three North is a 178 unit apartment complex. 45 of the units will be rented to households with annual incomes not exceeding 80% of AMI adjusted for family size as determined by HUD. The three (3) buildings will be elevator serviced and offer approximately 4,000-sf first-class amenity space including a gym, residents lounge and pool with grilling station and other outside amenity areas. The site layout orients the parking to the borders of the property so that all three buildings face a large central courtyard to maximize pool and courtyard views. Units will all feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer/dryers, walk-in closets and individually metered central air conditioning. Completed Applications and Required Income Documentation must be delivered, or postmarked, by 2 pm on July 13th, 2018. Applications postmarked by the deadline must be received no later than 5 business days from the deadline. A Public Information Session will be held at 6 pm on June 5th, 2018 at Billerica Public Library (15 Concord Road). The Lottery will be held in the same location on July 30th, 2018 at 6 PM in same location. For Applications and Details on the Lottery or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, call 617.782.6900, email or go to For TTY Services dial 711. Free translation available. Applications and Info Packets also available in the Billerica Public Library (15 Concord Road). Hours: M-Th 9-9, F-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5



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ALTA EASTERLY 50 Cricket Lane, Walpole MA

First units will be available in Summer/Fall of 2018. 1BRs @ $1,396*, 2BRs @ $1,659* Utilities not included. Tenants will pay own Gas Heat, Gas Water Heating, Electric Cooking, and Electricity. *Rents subject to change in 2019

Alta Easterly is a 157 unit rental apartment community located in Walpole. 40 of these apartments will be made available through this application process and rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. Units feature StainlessSteel, Energy-Efficient Appliances, AC, In-Unit Washer and Dryer, and Wood-Style Flooring. The community features a resident clubhouse with Swimming Pool, Outdoor Area Featuring Grills and Lounge Areas, 24-Hour Fitness Center and Business Center.

110 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA Fourteen 80% AMI Units: Studios @ $1,375, 1BRs @ $1,434*, Four 2BRs @ $1,693* Two 110% AMI Units: 1BR @ $2,040*, 2BR @ $2,421* *Rents subject to change in 2019. Utilities not included. Tenants will pay own Gas Heat and Hot Water and Electricity (Cooking is electric), Water and Sewer. Parking is not included in the rent and is estimated at $125/mo. Holmes Beverly is a 67 unit rental apartment community. 14 of these apartments will be available to households with incomes at or below 80% AMI and 2 units will be available to households with incomes at or below 110% AMI. Of the 80% units, there are 4 Disabled-Accessible Units (one studio, two 1BRs and one 2BR). All units include chef’s kitchens with electric cooking, floor-to-ceiling windows, painted wood cabinets, walk-in/through closets, hard-surface flooring (no carpet), and in-unit washers/dryers. The community and clubhouse has telecommuting enabled offices, secure bike storage, and a covered dog walk (community is pet-friendly but there are breed and size restrictions on dogs). MAXIMUM Household Income Limits for 80% units: $60,368 (1 person), $68,992 (2 people), $77,616 (3 people), $86,240 (4 people) MAXIMUM Household Income Limits for 110% units: $83,006 (1 person), $94,864 (2 people), $106,722 (3 person), $118,580 (4 people) Completed Applications and Required Income Documentation must be received, not postmarked, by 2 pm on June 26th, 2018. A Public Info Session will be on May 16th, 2018 at 6 pm in the Beverly Public Library (32 Essex Street). The lottery will be on July 16th, 2018 at the same location. Applications and Information available at the Beverly Free Library (open M-Th 9am-9pm, F-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5) For Lottery Information and Applications, or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, go to or call (617) 782-6900 (x1) and leave a message. For TTY Services dial 711. Free translation available.

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MAXIMUM Household Income Limits: $56,800 (1 person), $64,900 (2 people), $73,000 (3 people), $81,100 (4 people)

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Completed Applications and Required Income Documentation must be received, not postmarked, by 2 pm on July 6th, 2018


A Public Info Session will be held on May 29th, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Children’s Program Room at Walpole Public Library (143 School Street).

The Lottery for eligible households will be held on July 23th, 2018 at the Community Room at the Walpole Public Library For Lottery Information and Applications, or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, go to or call (617) 782-6900x1 and leave a message. For TTY Services dial 711. Free translation available.

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Call today to schedule an Information Session: 617-542-1800 Funding and enrollment based on eligibility

Applications also available at Walpole Public Library on 143 School Street (M-Th 10-9, Fri 10-5, Sat 10-3) (Summer Hours are M-F 10-9)

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ELAN UNION MARKET 130 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 8 Studios @ $1,239, 16 1BRs @ $1,398, 10 2BRs @ $1,516, 1 3BR @ $1,638 *Rents subject to change in 2018. Utilities not included. Tenants will pay own Electricity, Gas, Water, and Sewer.

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Maximum Allowable Income Limits: $56,800 (1 person), $64,900 (2 people), $73,000 (3 people), $81,100 (4 people), $87,600 (5 person), $94,100 (6 people) Elan Union Market is a 282 unit luxury rental apartment community located on 130 Arsenal Street in Watertown. 35 of these apartments will be rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. The first units are scheduled for occupancy in August 2018 with the rest of the units ready in Fall/Winter 2018. The property features a resident lounge, game room, fitness center and yoga studio, bike storage, pet spa with washing stations, swimming pool and sundeck with grilling stations, fire pits and outdoor entertainment lounge, and Wi-Fi throughout all indoor and outdoor amenity spaces. Apartments have modern kitchens with GE stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, wood floors in living spaces and plush carpeting in bedrooms, Nest thermostats, in-home washer/dryers and spacious walk-in closets. Elan Union Market is a pet-friendly community. The Watertown Library will be the location for a public Info Session on May 14th, 2018 at 6 pm and the Lottery on July 18th, 2018. Completed Applications and Required Income Documentation must be delivered, or postmarked, by 2 pm on June 26th, 2018. Applications postmarked by the deadline must be received no later than 5 business days from the deadline. The Lottery for eligible households will be held on July 18th, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Watertown Public Library on 123 Main Street. For Lottery Information and Applications, or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, go to or call (617) 782-6900x1 and leave a message. For TTY Services dial 711. Free translation available. Applications and Information also available at the Watertown Public Library on 123 Main Street (Hours: M-Th 9-9, F 9-7, Sat 10-2).

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PLANNING DIRECTOR in the Land Use, Health and Development Department. Under the general supervision of the Assistant Town Manager for Development and the general guidance of the Planning Board, this position is responsible for planning and directing the operations of the Planning Office, including the management of research, analyses, and reports as well as developing policy drafts and proposals for the Planning Board. Provides direct supervision to three full-time employees. Qualified applicants will have a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a related field as well as ten years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal or regional planning or community or economic development, including six years of administrative or supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. American Institute of Certified Planners credential desired. Anticipated hiring range: $86,041-$97,246. A Town application form (required), cover letter and resume must be submitted to: Town of Lexington, Human Resources Department, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420 no later than Friday, June 8, 2018. A complete job description and the Town’s application form are available online at: or by emailing or by calling 781 698-4590.

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