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‘Inner City 100’ honors list of fastest-growing urban companies Sandra Larson

within a mile of us,” she said. “And it’s very close to the Inspectional Ten Massachusetts firms, Services Department, where you headquartered in Boston, Law- go for permits, so that’s an advanrence, Lowell and Worcester, tage to our clients.” And unlike were named to the 2013 “Inner some downtown locations, Pinck City 100” list unveiled recently & Co.’s still-gritty neighborhood by the Initiative for a Competitive provides easy parking and relaInner City (ICIC). The list recog- tively low rent. nizes the fastest-growing compaPinck, who started out in the nies located in urban cores across building trades herself in the the United States. This year’s 1970s, said she contributes to the awardees were honored at the local economy by helping conInner City 100 Symposium and tractors hire local subcontractors Awards in Boston last month. and by purchasing locally. ICIC, a Boston nonprofit re“I’m a Boston business. I live search and strategy organization, in Boston, and half my staff lives believes that in Boston,” she doing business said. “So if I’m in the inner city “From a vibrancy looking for sergives a distinct vices, I try to standpoint, the city competitive adsupport Boston vantage, reap- needs the [business] businesses ing benefits for — and they’ve the company activity. In order to supported me.” such as prox- attract people to the Companies imity to clients benefit from an and access to a city, you have to have urban location local workforce, opportunities for — and provide while adding benefit to local vitality and jobs them in the city.” residents — in to economidifferent ways. cally distressed Howard — Howard Nunes urban areas. Nunes, CEO One of this of PepperDash year’s winners was Pinck & Co., a Technology, said his company’s Boston construction management Allston location provides an easy consulting firm that, since its start commute for his staff of graphic in 1998, has managed over $2 bil- designers, programmers, projlion in construction projects, in- ect coordinators and salespeople, cluding The Brewery Small Busi- whether they drive from the subness Complex in Jamaica Plain, urbs or walk from homes in Allston City Year headquarters in the or Brighton. Though many of the South End and Boston Collegiate clients for PepperDash’s complex Charter School in Dorchester. electronic systems are large firms Founder Jennifer Pinck said along Routes 128 or 495, being in the firm’s location on Magazine Boston is good for PepperDash Street in Roxbury is key for her and for the city, Nunes said. business. “From a vibrancy standpoint, “When we moved here, 50 the city needs the [business] activto 60 percent of our clients were ity,” he said. “In order to attract

Mayor Thomas Menino welcomed Oprah Winfrey at Harvard University’s 362nd Commencement on May 30. Winfrey was the principal speaker at the afternoon exercises. Delivering her usual dose of inspiration, the TV host and media mogul told students, “There’s no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” (Photo courtesy of Harvard University)

Embattled RoxComp facility could be sold to meet debt Howard Manly As the court-appointed receiver of the troubled Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center, Joseph Feaster knew he had his work cut out for him. Now that he has been at the helm for the last two months, Feaster says “there’s little sense in pointing fingers at anyone at this time.” Feaster’s job is to close out the accounts at RoxComp and that could very well mean selling the center’s building on Warren Street to meet an estimated $3 million in debt. Included in that debt is about $500,000 in wages to about 85

full-time employees who were not paid for two periods shortly before the center was closed earlier this year. With only between $300,000 and $500,000 in outstanding payments owed to the Center, Feaster said the shortfall is demanding a thorough look at all of RoxComp’s assets. “We’re dealing with auditors right now,” Feaster said in a wide ranging interview. “We’ve already contacted a real estate appraiser and broker.” The sale of the building would be a dramatic end to one of the most enduring health institutions in Roxbury. Started in 1969, its mission was to serve those in the

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community with little money and a myriad of health issues. That mission never changed, but for a variety of reasons, the center’s management became what state Attorney General Martha Coakley characterized as “dysfunctional.” It was Coakley who recommended Feaster, an attorney at McKenzie and Associates and former interim president and CEO of Dimock health Center, to serve as receiver, a recommendation that was approved by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Garry Inge. Citing “severe dysfunction” with finances, administration and patient services, Coakley explained that a receiver was necRoxComp, continued to page 21

New graphic novel illustrates exploding incarceration rates Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft awarded William E. Russell Elementary School Principal Tamara BlakeCanty with a surprise donation, matching a prize from the national Find Your Balance Challenge, to purchase the school a much-needed new kitchen. William E. Russell Elementary School in Dorchester was selected as the grand prize winner of the Find Your Balance Challenge by kickstarting a school-wide wellness initiative, working with students across all grades to create a community garden and form a student wellness council. (Photo courtesy of Discovery Education)

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Over the past four decades, the U.S. prison population has skyrocketed — jumping from about 250,000 in the early 1970s to more than 2.3 million today — so that now, the country’s incarceration rate towers above that of every other country in the world. The story of how this happened — and the effects it has had — has been told by a number of prominent writers and filmmakers in recent years, from Michelle

Alexander in The New Jim Crow to Eugene Jarecki in the documentary “The House I Live In.” But a new book imagines the history of mass incarceration in an entirely new way — as a graphic novel. Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling is an adaptation of Marc Mauer’s seminal 1999 work by the same name, and uses text and illustrations by political cartoonist Sabrina Jones to explain how the United States became the global leader in incarceration and to Prison, continued to page 19

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Score 4 More Inc. hosted “Funday at the Fieldhouse” for Boston’s young women at the Melnea Cass Recreation Center on Saturday, June 1. The event, co-sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Mass Black Lawyers, Friends of Melnea Cass Center and United Sisters of Color, included workshops for girls and their guardians on wellness, nutrition, self-esteem and empowerment along with activities like yoga, martial arts, Zumba, track and dance. (John Brewer photos)


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GOP: Education is for the rich Fifty years ago, large corporations aggressively recruited students graduating from major colleges to enroll them in their executive training programs. Then the college degree quickly became a passport to America’s middle class. This spring, graduates in the class of 2013 confront a completely different environment. Meaningful jobs are scarce, and an estimated 70 percent of the class has debt averaging $35,200, according to a study by Fidelity Investments. The total student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion and is greater than the nation’s outstanding credit card debt. An increase in the interest rate due in July from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent for Federal Direct Stafford Loans will increase the size of the debt even more. Six months after their inspiring commencement services, new graduates will have to begin repaying their debt. Policy makers now realize that the enormous size of student debt is a national problem. According to TransUnion, a credit reporting company, more than half of student loans are in deferred payment status, which excuses debt service for a period of time rather than to categorize the accounts as delinquent. Republicans want to treat student loans like any other debt, with interest rates fluctuating with the rate for 10-year Treasury notes. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the rate for Stafford Loans under the Republican plan would rise to 7.7

percent in 2023. That would create quite a burden for those with Staffords, the primary federal loan. Conservatives insist that generous education loans would have the harmful consequence of encouraging colleges and universities to increase tuition. Indeed, the cost of higher education has been rising, but that is primarily in response to a colossal increase in demand for college admission over the past 50 years. According to the U.S. Census, the nation’s population was 179.3 million in 1960. College student enrollment then was 2.9 million. By 2010, the population had grown to 308.7 million, but the college enrollment had ballooned to 20.3 million. In 50 years, college attendance had grown by 700 percent. This was not primarily because of the availability of student loans, but because more education was needed to meet the requirements of technologically sophisticated employment. It is also necessary to consider the substantial increase in prices over the past 50 years. In 1960, the federal minimum wage was $1.00 per hour. By 2010, the minimum wage had risen to $7.25. Consequently, the nation’s higher education institutions had to meet a 700 percent growth in enrollment during a period of rising costs. National policy must facilitate growth in higher education if America is to remain the world’s leading economic power.

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LETTERSto the Editor More support for Thomas Flint

Justice for Thomas Flint

I have known Tom Flint for about 30 years now (“Thomas Flint, former trial court officer, seeks justice,” Bay State Banner, May 23, 2013). I grew up in South Boston and attended South Boston High School with him during a time when racism was part of everyday life. Tom and I were two kids trying to get an education and stayed clear from the name-calling and peer pressure from so-called friends who tried to get you to join in and get mixed up in that ridiculous behavior. Because Tom and I were in a lot of the same classes everyday, I can say with absolute certainty that he was a great kid who was polite to everyone. That’s just who he was and still is to this very day. I know Tom as a hard-working, Godfearing man, and this case is one of obscene injustice. Thomas, my friend, you never gave up in high school, so don’t give up now. Keep fighting the good fight because this one is right. God bless you, my friend, and shame on your “superior” who did a horrible job investigating the facts that ultimately cost a good man his job.

I have had the pleasure of working with Thomas Flint twice, once when I was empaneled on a jury, and once on an artistic project in the city of Boston. In both cases, I found him to be a very open, reasonable, kind-hearted and calm person. He was very generous with his time and his ideas. While serving on the jury of the violent crime trial, I found that Thomas Flint (more than any other court officer) went out of his way to reassure the jurors that we were equal to the task before us, and to put us at ease with our civic responsibility. He has been treated in a disgraceful manner, and I truly hope the court sets things to rights.

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Sad state of affairs at Madison Park How many days of the year have each of the school committee members spent at this clearly underperforming school (“Parents of Madison park students focusing on school leadership,” Bay State Banner, May 9, 2013)? How many parents and students have they met? Who is tracking alums for outcomes and who will go to the mat for the children of immigrants, and brown and black children whose parents want them to learn a trade and make a living? What is going on at Madison Park Vocational Technical High School? And what does it say about the heart and soul of Boston? Anonymous Via email

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OPINION The never-ending war on Eric Holder Earl Ofari Hutchinson There was nothing subtle about The Washington Times’ recent poll question: “Will Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. be forced to resign within the next six months?” The percentage of votes for ‘yes’ was lopsided. Considering the source — the conservative Washington Times — the poll may have been more wishful thinking than an objective gauge of public opinion. At the very least, it spoke to something that has been near and dear to conservatives virtually from the moment that President Obama announced his intention to nominate Holder for Attorney General in 2008. That something is to convert Holder into the whipping boy for all the GOP’s manufactured alleged sins of the Obama Administration. Then once he has served that end, to try and force Obama to dump him, and point to that as an example of a president with a penchant for getting a top cabinet official to do the administration’s dirty work. Holder is an all-purpose tool in the GOP’s relentless drive to mark Obama as a failed president. The call for Holder’s resignation is not new. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and then-GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for his ouster last June. The ostensible reason was the hit Holder took for the Justice Department’s gun sale sting. The call for his resignation got no traction at the time, even among GOP senators. But that didn’t mean Holder was off the hot seat. The war against Holder began during his Senate confirmation hearing in 2009. He was grilled over his role as Deputy Attorney General in Bill Clinton’s administration in a handful of controversial Clinton pardons, corporate lobbying, for enforcing the court order to send 6-year-old Elián González back to Cuba, and for approving the clemency request for 16 members of the radical Puerto Rican independence group FALN, convicted of a string of terrorist bombings and murders. Holder was overwhelmingly confirmed as Attorney General. Yet, the flack he took was only the start. The GOP viewed him as a pawn in their relentless attack plan on Obama. If they could discredit, taint, and tarnish Holder for even the most picayune act, it would be another slap at Obama. It’s media-catchy and sensational enough to try and taint Holder in the public and media eye. Typing Holder as the fount of secrecy, manipulation and wrongdoing in the Obama Administration will be played and replayed in the run-up to the 2014 elections. The aim will be to paint Holder as an incompetent, conniving political hack who supposedly typifies the poor and untrustworthy judgment of Obama in picking his political appointees. Holder has tried to stay out front of the GOP attack dogs by spending hours in testimony before the GOP-controlled House panels. His latest testimony on the reporter leak flap was a near textbook rerun of prior testimonies in which the GOP grilled him on the fine details of his role in going after reporters, and then did everything possible to get him to admit that there was misconduct, demanding that he release more documents, and capping it with more threats of legal action against him. Lost in the whipped-up furor by the GOP over the AP leak investigation is the inconvenient fact that the Justice Department did not prosecute or even file charges against the targeted reporter. As in past investigations, Holder’s promise to take corrective measures to insure transparency and to fully cooperate with the House probes has meant nothing. The GOP will continue to dig to find any new alleged impropriety by Holder and make the same threats to blow Holder out of the water. The GOP’s dogged vow to hamstring Obama with the odor of scandal and in effect straightjacket his presidency insures that Holder will continue to serve as a red herring to toss more mud on Obama and hope that it sticks. The never-ending war on Holder is a key part of that ploy.

Holder is an allpurpose tool in the GOP’s relentless drive to mark Obama as a failed president. The call for Holder’s resignation is not new.

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What advice would you give to students graduating from high school?

Think hard before you make a college choice. You’re going to be spending a lot of time paying back student loans. Figure out what you want to do first.

Stay in school. Go on to college. If you don’t have a college degree, you ain’t going to be doing nothing.

They have to come up with innovative solutions for survival. Be vigilant and know what you want out of life.

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Don’t take time off. Go straight to college. A degree is essential now.

I would encourage them to work hard while going to school. Go back to the Booker T. Washington work ethic.

Seek God first. Be the best you can be. Aim for excellence in everything you do.

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INthe news Travis McCready The Boston Foundation (BF) recently announced the appointment of Travis McCready as its new vice president for program. The appointment marks a return for McCready, who first worked there in 2001 as CEO and President Paul Grogan’s chief of staff. McCready succeeds Robert Lewis Jr., who left BF earlier this year to found a new nonprofit initiative dedicated to improving the lives of Boston youth. Grogan first worked with McCready during their time at Harvard University, where McCready was director of community affairs and Grogan was vice president for government, community and public affairs. Since 2010, McCready has been serving as the executive director of the Kendall Square Association. Before working there, McCready was the COO and CFO of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, where he oversaw all operations and finance for the

Commonwealth’s three convention centers, including the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. McCready grew up in Harlem and Brooklyn, and is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Iowa Law School. He serves on

the advisory boards of a number of local organizations, including the UMass Boston Center for Collaborative Leadership, the Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, and the American Repertory Theatre.


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Time to put politics aside and raise minimum wage Marc Morial “Despite working a full-time job, many low-wage workers still live in poverty. This isn’t right.” U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) In recent years, there has been

a renewed focus on income inequality in America, most notably with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has lost much of its momentum. But what might have been lost in that principled attempt to point out the excesses of Wall Street and

the growing power of the 1 percent is the importance of raising the living standards of the working poor through a long overdue raise in the minimum wage. Now those voices are rising too. The current minimum wage is $7.25. The last increase was in

Mayoral candidates John Barros and Charlotte Golar Richie recently stopped by the Bowdoin-Geneva area of Dorchester to see the work of Co-op Power’s home weatherization project. Co-op Power is a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable and just energy future. (Photo courtesy of Co-op Power)

2009. If it had kept up with inflation since 1968, it would be $10.59 today. As reported in the New York Times, “In the United States, the average income of the richest 10 percent of the population has risen to 14 times that of the poorest 10 percent.” Considering that the majority of jobs created since the recession have been in low wage occupations, it is clear that raising the minimum wage is essential to slowing the trend of growing wage inequality. During his State of the Union Address, President Obama put a face on the growing chasm between the “haves” and “have nots” with a modest proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour by 2015, and index it to inflation thereafter. “Let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty…,” Obama said. “This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets.” In March, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) upped the ante by introducing the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, which would take the Federal minimum wage to $10.10, index it to inflation, and also gradually elevate the minimum wage for tipped workers — which cur-

rently stands at just $2.13 an hour — for the first time in more than 20 years. The National Urban League wholeheartedly supports the Harkin-Miller bill. It would result in 30 million people receiving a raise, nearly half of whom would be people of color. We are pleased that a growing group of supporters stands with us, including U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce CEO Margot Dorfman. As Rep. Miller noted, “Raising the minimum wage is especially critical for working women,z who make up a disproportionate share of minimum wage workers today.” Dorfman echoed that view, adding, “Raising the minimum wage puts dollars in the pockets of people who are by necessity most likely to spend them immediately at the grocery store, the childcare provider, the auto-repair shop and other local businesses. Raising the minimum wage boosts the economy from the bottom up, which is exactly what we need to repower our economy and create lasting jobs.” We agree. It’s time to put partisan politics aside and do what’s right for the working poor and for our economy. Raise the minimum wage now. Marc Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League. Renounce the pride of wrong identification, which is also company. Follow the example of the saints: root out anger, desire, and greed. Respect authentic scriptures, and always meditate on the Lord. Expect nothing from others.

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Bank payday loans harming vulnerable senior citizens Charlene Crowell The term “payday loans” often evokes images of stores with garish neon signs. But these products have moved into the banking sector, which is supposed to be more respectable. About half a dozen banks now push payday loans, though they

The issue is generating even more notice because bank payday loans hurt senior citizens disproportionately. According to research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), over one in four bank payday borrowers are Social Security recipients. U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bill Nelson

“Social Security was created to provide seniors with financial support to help them cover basic living expenses, not for banks seeking new sources of revenue by exploiting retirees with limited means.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bill Nelson give them more enticing names such as “Ready Advance” or “Easy Advance.” Yet there is nothing easy about a loan with a tripledigit interest rate and terms designed to entrap. Responding to public concerns and new research, federal banking regulators recently issued proposed rules and called for public comment on reining in bank payday lending. Thus far, consumer advocates and lawmakers at both the state and federal levels have spoken up.

(D-Fla.) together called for regulation that would specifically protect America’s older consumers. In a joint letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the Senators cited their committee work as well as recent research by CRL. “… We take very seriously our responsibilities to seniors and elderly consumers who expect and deserve fair and transparent financial services,” said the Senators. “Social Security was created to provide seniors with financial

To Former RoxComp Patients Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center closed its doors on March 22, 2013. Former patients may have their new Provider request a copy of their medical record by sending or faxing a copy of a completed Release of Information Form to RoxComp at Fax number (617) 541-3782. The form can be obtained on the RoxComp website. You may also request a copy of your Medical/Dental records to be sent to your new Provider or Health Center. Or Obtain a copy of medical/dental records in person by visiting RoxComp located at 435 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA, 02119. Before June 30, 2013 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Monday through Thursday. A Parent or Guardian must request medical records for anyone under the age of 18. You will be required to complete a Release of Information Form and must bring with you a state issued license or picture ID, or passport. Visit our website for further information and to download forms at www.Roxcomp.org If you have any questions, please contact the Medical Records Hotline at (617) 318-1700.

support to help them cover basic living expenses, not for banks seeking new sources of revenue by exploiting retirees with limited means. “Therefore it is critical that banks be discouraged from using government benefits as proof of income, and we would hope such a provisions would be included in the final guidance.” Earlier this year, CRL released new research that refuted the claim by participating banks that their payday loan products are only for short-term emergencies and carry marginal risks. Actual borrower experiences revealed a far different experience. Instead, the typical bank payday borrower: • Is charged an annual percentage rate (APR) that averages 225-300 percent; • Took out 19 loans in 2011, spending at least part of six months a year in bank payday debt; and • Is twice more likely to incur overdraft fees than bank customers as a whole. At that time, CRL advised, “More than 13 million older adults are considered economically insecure, living on $21,800 a year or less. Senior women in particular face diminished incomes

because of lower lifetime earnings and therefore lower Social Security and pension benefits.” Although Florida is often characterized by its large senior population, the most recently available U.S. Census data reveals that elderly poor live in many locales. More than one in five elderly residents in Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and three of New York City’s boroughs is also poor. Nationwide, the worst concentrations of elderly poverty were found in the Bronx at 38 percent and Manhattan at 30 percent. In its own comments to OCC, CRL advised, “Though the number of banks making payday loans remains small, there are clear signals that bank payday lending will grow rapidly without strong action by all the banking regulators. . . . At a time when older Americans have already

experienced severe declines in wealth resulting from the Great Recession, banks take these borrowers’ benefits for repayment before they can use those funds for health care, prescription medicines or other critical expenses.” It appears that Senators Nelson and Warren would agree. “Left unchecked, deposit advances pose a significant credit risk to the banking system, particularly if offered by an increasing number of banks. In the aftermath of a debilitating financial crisis and the ensuing economic recession, it is critical that banks maintain high quality underwriting standards for all types of loans, including deposit advances,” concluded the Senators. Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending.

Over 80 Boston area women business leaders gathered with third- to sixth-grade girls at The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School for The First Ladies of Renaissance Mentoring Program Breakfast on May 23. The breakfast, which had the theme “Great Expectations – Growing Into Greatness,” allowed the girls to discuss issues that are important to them with women from the community. (Photo courtesy of Boston Renaissance Charter Public School)


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Dorchester native receives Fulbright Research Award Banner Staff Candace Taylor, a senior dance major at Connecticut College, has been selected to receive a U.S. Fulbright Student Program grant to live, conduct research and teach abroad for an academic year. Taylor, a 2009 graduate of the Dana Hall School in Wellesley

and resident of Dorchester, has been awarded a Fulbright Research Award to Nicaragua. She will travel throughout the country collecting and recording personal testimonies from the people there and create a dance piece inspired by them. The work expands on research she did for her senior honors thesis, “Using Dance to Cultivate a Culture of

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Testimony,” under the direction of Connecticut College dance professor Rosemarie Roberts. In addition, she will incorporate research she conducted during her junior year study abroad to Nicaragua regarding the presence of modern dance within the country. “Connecticut College students are educated to be active citizens in today’s global society, which makes them excellent candidates for Fulbright fellowships,” said Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. “Nine of our recent graduates are currently teaching and conducting research all over the world as 2012 Fulbright scholars, and I am very proud of our 2013 winners, including Candace, who will soon join their ranks.” Fulbright fellows receive round-trip transportation to the host country, a living stipend, research allowances and medical insurance. Connecticut College is consistently recognized as a top producer of Fulbright fellows, with 36 winners in seven years. Taylor graduated from Connecticut College on Sunday, May 19 and says she is eager to return to Nicaragua. “The people of Nicaragua are so warm,” said Taylor. “I really

Dorchester resident Candace Taylor will study in Nicaragua as part of her Fulbright Research Award. (Photo courtesy of Connecticut College) fell in love with the country.” Following her Fulbright fellowship, Taylor, who has conducted independent research during all four years of college, said she is interested in dancing professionally and pursuing a master’s degree in dance anthropology.

“Many people don’t realize how intensely academic dance can be,” Taylor said. “I have been so inspired and motivated by the professors in our dance department. I can only hope I might be able to pay it forward and share all I’ve gained here with others.”


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Weekend of outreach touches city residents Summer safety door knock and barbecues helped connect residents with city services Banner Staff City employees fanned out in Roxbury this past weekend in an effort to connect children and youth with summer camps and summer job programs, all part of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s violence prevention strategy for summer 2013. “The best way we can promote the many things the city has to offer this summer is to be visible in the neighborhoods, talking directly to the residents,” Mayor Menino said. More than 65 volunteers from nine different city agencies were involved in the outreach. The volunteers went door-to-door in Charlame, Charlame 2 and St. Joseph’s housing communities, inviting residents to one of three free barbecues and resource fairs in their neighborhoods. They also signed up more

than 67 young people for summer programs and job referrals. “We know that one way to address the usual spike in summer violence is to make sure children and older youth have access to resources like camps and summer jobs,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the Boston Public Health Commission. The weekend programming also brought out partners from College Bound, The Institute for Pan African Cultural Education (PACE) and the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Boston, each offering their own programs and resources. “The opportunity to engage residents in this way ensures a safe and healthy summer,” said Daphne Griffin, executive director of Boston Centers for Youth and Families, which provided Fit Kits and a variety of sports equipment for the events.


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Obama: Higher education is a necessity, not a luxury Excerpted from President Barack Obama’s remarks on college affordability on May 31. Since most of today’s college students were born, tuition and fees at public universities have more than doubled. And these days, the average student who takes out loans to pay for four years of college graduates owing more than $26,000. And that doesn’t just hold back our young graduates. It holds back our entire middle class, because Americans now owe more on our student loans than we do on loans to pay for four years of our credit cards. And those payments can last for years, even decades, which means that young people are putting off buying their first car, or their first house — the things that grow our economy and create new jobs. And I’ve said this before, I know this firsthand — Michelle and I, we did not finish paying off our student loans until about nine years ago. And our student loans cost more than our mortgage. Right when we wanted to start saving for Sasha and Malia’s college education, we were still paying off our own college education. And we were lucky. We had more resources than many. So we cannot price the middle class or folks who are willing to work hard to get into the middle class out of a college education. We can’t keep saddling young people with more and more and more debt just as they’re starting out in life. Now, the good news is over the past four years, my administration has done a lot to address this. Working with members of Congress, we’ve expanded student aid. We’ve reformed the student loan system. We’ve saved tens of billions of taxpayer dollars that were just going to big banks, and made sure that the money went to helping more young people afford college. We made it easier to pay back those loans by passing a law that says you’ll only have to pay 10 percent of your monthly income

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toward your … federal student loans once you graduate. We unveiled a new college scorecard that gives parents and students the clear, concise information that you need to shop around for a school with the best value for you. And I’ve made it clear that those colleges that don’t do enough to keep college costs down should get less taxpayer support. So we’re doing what we can, but here’s the thing: If Congress doesn’t act by July 1st, federal student loan rates are set to double. And that means that the average student with those loans will rack up an additional $1,000 in debt. That’s like a $1,000 tax hike. Now, if this sounds like déjà vu all over again, that’s because it is. We went through this last summer. And eventually, Congress listened to all the parents and young people who said “don’t double my rate.” And because folks made their voices heard, Congress acted to keep interest rates low. But they only did it for a year and that year is almost up. So the test here is simple. We’ve got to make sure that federal student loan rates don’t double on July 1st. Now, the House of Representatives has already passed a student loan bill, and I’m glad that they took action. But unfortunately, their bill does not meet that test. It fails to lock in low rates for students next year. That’s not smart. It eliminates safeguards for lower-income families. That’s not fair. It could actually cost a freshman starting school this fall more over the next four years than if we did nothing at all and let the interest rates double on July 1st. So I’m asking young people to get involved and make your voices heard once again. Last year, you convinced 186 Republicans in the House and 24 Republicans in the Senate to work with Democrats to keep student loan rates low. So this year, if it looks like your representatives have changed their minds, you’re going to have to call them up again or email them again or tweet them again and ask them

what happened, what changed? You’re still taking out these loans. You’re still facing challenges. Remind them that we’re a people who help one another earn an education, because it benefits all of us. During the Civil War,

Lincoln had the foresight to set up a system of land grant colleges. At the end of World War II, we set up the GI Bill so that people like my grandfather could come back from a war and get an education. All these things created the greatest middle class on Earth. My mom, a single mom, was able to get the support that she needed through loans and grants — even while she was also working and raising two kids — to get her degrees. I’m only here, Michelle is only right over there in the East Wing because we got

great educations. We didn’t come from privilege. And we want to make sure that the next generation has those same opportunities, because that has been good for the country as a whole. It’s up to us now to carry forward that tradition. Higher education cannot be a luxury for a privileged few. It is an economic necessity that every family should be able to afford, every young person with dreams and ambition should be able to access. And now is not the time for us to turn back on young people.


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Reading, Writing and

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Education reform advocate Michelle Rhee talks about founding political advocacy organization StudentsFirst

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Kam Williams Michelle Rhee was born on Christmas Day, 1969 in Ann Arbor, Mich. A first-generation Korean-American descended from a long line of educators, she embarked on a career as a teacher in inner-city Baltimore soon after graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in government. However, her star really started to rise after she earned a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University’s prestigious Kennedy School. She was subsequently recruited by NYC School Chancellor Joel Klein to help handle his stalled contract talks with the teachers’ union. And on the strength of Michelle’s negotiations with United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Klein recommended his feisty protégé for the top job in Washington, D.C. Their public schools were among the worst performing in the nation, and Rhee found a very receptive Mayor in Adrian Fenty, who gave his new hire free reign to overhaul his troubled system in accordance with her controversial reforms. She would spend a stormy three years in the public eye as the embattled schools chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools. Employing a “kids first” philosophy, Michelle chopped heads in the topheavy administration, firing dozens of dead wood principals, laying off hundreds of extraneous office workers and closing over 20 underperforming schools. Although students’ test scores improved dramatically during her brief stint in the position, her antiunion stance proved unpopular. Mayor Fenty’s reelection bid was basically a referendum on whether the city wished to continue with Rhee’s

scorched earth philosophy. When he lost, her days were numbered, so she handed in her resignation rather than wait around to be fired. Michelle, a mother of two, is married to former NBA star Kevin Johnson, who is now the mayor of Sacramento, Calif. She is the author of Radical: Fighting To Put Students First. Earlier this year, she was the subject of a Frontline profile, “The Education of Michelle Rhee.”

Tell me a little about your new organization, StudentsFirst. I started StudentsFirst when I left D.C., essentially because of what had happened to my boss [Mayor Fenty]. I had very naively taken the job believing that, if we worked hard for the kids and produced results, people would want it to continue. But I learned that that was absolutely not the case, that people were less focused on the results than on the process and the personalities. The problem was that we didn’t have any political muscle through which we could support and defend a person like Fenty. So, that’s why I founded StudentsFirst, to create an environment where we have a powerful political force advocating on behalf of children. We now have 2 million members across the country who are putting pressure on their elected officials to put the right laws and policies into effect.

Where did you get the confidence that you could create a national organization from nothing? From a combination of things. Being able to announce the launch on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and saying that we were going to get a million members and raise a billion dollars in a year was huge. People

thought I was crazy. But I have long believed that there are many people out there who are incredibly frustrated with the educational system. I felt that if we could capture that sentiment, and mobilize them to take action and organize others in their communities, then this could be a very powerful force.

The cynic in me wonders whether your organization really has widespread grassroots support, or if it is basically being backed by some arch-conservative billionaires like the Koch brothers. This is driven by everyday people. Our average donation is $84. I get why the other side might try to frame it as a right-wing movement, but the bottom line is I am a life-long Democrat. My husband is a Democratic politician. I was appointed by a Democrat. The vast majority of the goals on our policy agenda are similar to what President Obama and his administration are advocating.

I tried teaching in an inner-city public school after I first graduated from Cornell, but was quickly disillusioned by things like social promotion and low expectations. So, I admire how you took a similar path, but stuck in there, perhaps because you came from a family of educators. One of the reasons I wrote the book Radical was to tell my story and to talk about my journey with educational reform, so people can understand why I have the views I have

today. I have an absolutely unshakable faith in kids, grounded in the fact that I worked for three years in one of the worst public schools in Baltimore, with kids most people would write off because of their backgrounds. But, when I set high expectations, at the end of the day, these kids went from scoring at the bottom on standardized tests, to scoring at the top, despite their unfortunate circumstances. I actually saw what could happen with my own two eyes. That experience set a light bulb off in my head that any kids could do it, if you create the right school environment. That’s what drives me every day. Why wouldn’t we as a country want to do that?

What do you think of school vouchers, charter schools, lotteries and heartbreaking documentaries like “Waiting for Superman”? If you lived in a neighborhood with a failing public school, and you had an opportunity to take advantage of a voucher or other program that would allow you to send your child to a better school, there isn’t a single parent who would say “no.” That’s why movies like “Waiting for Superman” are so helpful. They show things from the perspective of innercity families who would do anything to ensure a decent education for their kids. That shatters stereotypes in a very powerful way.

What was the biggest lesson you learned from your experience in D.C.? We were taking the right steps to fix a dysfunctional school system. But I didn’t realize at the time that how you do things is just as important as what you do.

How can we empower educational systems on the local level that have such drastic financial concerns that they’re making very round corners? We are in tough economic times right now, and the first thing we have to do is look at how we’re spending the dollars that we have, and at what kind of return on investment we’re getting. Because I think it will show that spending more money without fixing the fundamental flaws in the system won’t produce anything different in terms of results. In D.C., we were spending a whole lot of money on things that had no positive impact on students’ achievement levels.

How committed are you to saving art programs in schools? Even though we closed 15 percent of the schools in D.C. my first year, we were able to put an art teacher, a music teacher, a P.E. teacher, a librarian, a nurse and a guidance counselor or social worker at every school in the district, whereas before, only the wealthy schools had art teachers, because that community could have an auction and hire art teachers on its own. We pooled the resources for all the schools and thereby broadened the resources available to all the students in the district, which I think was critical.

What is your earliest childhood memory? Being in nursery school, and hearing the teachers saying, “She’s slow.” I remember thinking, “You don’t know anything about me.”


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‘Rapture’ presents poignant, witty tale of two women Susan Saccoccia The Huntington Theatre Company production of Gina Gionfriddo’s smart and poignant comedy, “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” on stage at the Boston Center for the Arts through June 30, brings out the play’s fast-paced wit and, along with the humor, its touch of doubt and heartache. Directed by Huntington Artistic

Director Peter DuBois, the winning production examines the tradeoffs faced by two women, both 42, who find that each wants what the other has in life. Hotshot academic and worldtraveling pundit Catherine Croll returns home to care for her mother, who is recovering from a heart attack. Fearing that her mother will soon die, leaving her to face life alone, Catherine rues

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Thu June 6: Author & Jazz “Divorce Dog: Men, Motherhood & Midlife” Kim McLarin, author of three critically acclaimed novels and panelist on WGBH’s “Basic Black”, reads from her latest book, followed by audience discussion and book signing. + Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative + open mic

Thu June 13: The Dream Realized Lecture:”The Black Buddhist,” Author, Dr.Meikle Paschal lectures, reads and shares his hope-filled personal journey. The Power of Belief in Oneself emerges from discipline and faith. Dr. Paschal’s passion is working with non-traditional underprepared students. + The Theater Offensive’s “99% Stone” Neighborhood Pride Tour :Play excerpts presented as catalyst for discussion on issues such as economic injustice, racism, and tensions with police, with nods to Occupy Wall Street protests and Trayvon Martin. + open mic

what she has passed up — marriage and children. She visits her friends Gwen and Don Harper, formerly fellow graduate students. Gwen yearns to complete her studies, which she interrupted to marry Don and stay at home to raise their young children. Once as ambitious and talented as Catherine, Don is now a pot-smoking, pornwatching dean of a school he describes as “a fourth-rate liberal arts college.” He is also Catherine’s old flame, nabbed by Gwen when Catherine took a prestigious job in London. Catherine’s mother, Alice, is nudging her daughter to steal him back. Rounding out this three-generation quintet is Avery, a student who at age 21 finds Catherine’s life far more desirable than Gwen’s. As the characters interact and expose their outer and inner lives, the clever sets by Alexander Dodge interlock and unfold, shifting from the Harpers’ urban patio to Alice’s gracious living room, where Alice cheerfully dispenses martinis while her daughter conducts a summer school course, “The Fall of American Civilization.” Her sole students are Gwen and Avery. As Alice, a mischievous WASP matron, Nancy E. Carroll lights up the stage with her droll comic timing and glee. Over the play’s two acts, Kate Shindle’s Catherine evolves from a gleaming totem into a more human figure. In the difficult role of Gwen, who never stops trying too hard, Annie McNamara conveys her character’s over-the-top anxiety and anger with a touch of wit. As Don, a hapless male with his own unfulfilled longings, Timothy John Smith injects enough warmth and charm to keep this slacker from being a total loser.

Timothy John Smith and Kate Shindle in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” which runs through June 30 at the Boston Center for the Arts. (T. Charles Erickson photo) Mimi O’Donnell’s costumes accent the lifestyles of the characters, from Alice’s tailored blouses and pleated skirts to Catherine’s sleek black sheath and Avery’s rag-doll chic. Also key to the staging are deft lighting by Jeff Croiter and M.L. Dogg’s crisp sound design. In the first act, Don, Gwen and Catherine often face the audience while talking to each other, as if what they say is more important than who they are. They are distant from one another. In the second act, the characters let down their defenses and the actors get to play real people. The comic verve of an ensemble takes over. And the dilemmas they explore expand beyond feminism and its discontents to larger themes such as the capacity of an individual or a couple to grow and change — all without skipping a comic beat. In her first class, Catherine steers Avery and Gwen into a

survey of feminist history, a discussion that becomes a tripwire for personal revelations. Catherine and Gwen portray what appear to be two mutually exclusive ways of life. Catherine is the sexy scholar who is alone in the world. Gwen is the dedicated homemaker who makes lists to keep her husband on track but yearns for her own agenda. Both touching and funny, Shannon Esper excels as Avery, the character through whom the playwright seems to voice her own questions. Gionfriddo gives Avery many of the play’s best lines. After Gwen and Catherine lament what is missing in their lives, Avery asks them, “You either have a career and wind up lonely and sad, or you have a family and wind up lonely and sad?” In a sweet final scene, as Alice, Avery and Catherine share a toast to freedom, they let a bit of uncertainty show in their eyes.

Thu June 20: BIKE BOSTON! “Ride Crazy: The Single Man March” screening of documentary that began as a way to explore the use of bicycles as a means of therapy for various conditions and social problems. + open mic

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Catherine (Kate Shindle), Alice (Nancy E. Carroll) and Avery (Shannon Esper) share a toast in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Gina Gionfriddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” (T. Charles Erickson photo)


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African American MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH 12 must-see shows guaranteed to bring the heat r e Summ e d i u G t r e c Con Lauren Carter For anyone who missed D’Angelo — see the review on page 16 — not to worry. There are plenty of other shows this spring and summer (and one in the fall) that should satisfy discerning music fans.

Mobb Deep at the Middle East, June 7 It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years, but Havoc and Prodigy are making the rounds on their 20th anniversary tour, which stops at the Middle East this Friday. As long as the infamous rap duo sticks to classic material, this should be a classic show. www. mideastclub.com

Big Boi at the Paradise Rock Club, June 19 One-half of seminal hip hop duo Outkast, Big Boi is touring in support of his latest solo release, “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.” Deciding whether to attend this concert or the next show on this list could be one of the hardest decisions rap fans have to make all year. www.livenation.com

Kings of the Mic Tour featuring LL Cool J, Ice Cube, De La Soul and Public Enemy at the Bank of America Pavilion, June 19

For hip hop fans who opt not to see Big Boi, attendance at this show should be mandatory. The lineup features four of hip hop’s most important acts, with styles spanning from “hippie” to “gangsta” and catalogues packed with pioneering material. And don’t forget — Public Enemy was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. www.livenation.com

Geto Boys at the Middle East, June 29 Southern hip hop icons the Geto Boys close out a strong month for live hip hop in Boston with a show at the Middle East. The Houston rap trio, comprised of Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D, is known for hard-hitting street tales with a conscious undercurrent. www.mideastclub.com

Naughty By Nature and Rakim at the Wilbur Theatre, July 19

This is more classic hip hop fare for fans who avoid the radio at all costs. Between the anthems and hard-hitting lyricism of Grammy-winning trio Naughty by Nature and the studied, technician-like rhymes of Rakim Allah, fans should feel like they’ve been temporarily transported back to hip hop’s golden age. www.thewilburtheatre.com

Beyoncé at the TD Garden, July 23 The wife of rap mogul JayZ and resident diva of pop/R&B brings her Mrs. Carter World Tour Show to Boston this July, so be prepared for the ‘wow factor.’ With the wardrobe changes, vocal acrobatics, elaborate dance numbers, high-powered fans that exist just to blow her hair and the possibility of Mrs. Carter descending from the ceiling, a Beyoncé show is a spectacle that everyone should witness at least once in their lives. www.livenation.com

New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, July 25 Anyone who couldn’t make this week’s New Kids on the Block show has a chance to see them with fellow boy bands 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men in late July. They may

not be kids anymore, but Beantown’s own boy band hasn’t lost its step, and with the added bonus of Boyz II Men, this show should take fans on a hit-filled trip down memory lane. Maniacal screams are a given, so remember to bring earplugs. www.livenation.com

Diana Ross at the Wang Theatre, August 9

two back-to-back performances at the historic Fenway Park. Both artists bring hits for days and magnetic stage presences — and Timberlake has some slick moves, too — so this should be one of the summer’s hottest shows. www.livenation.com

John Mayer at the Comcast Center, August 17

Diana Ross is the original diva, and the former Supremes member and solo star still wows audiences of all ages with her mix of uptempo, disco-influenced numbers and endearing ballads. Expect big hair, a big band and a surprisingly down-to-earth presence. www.livenation.com

John Mayer has the smoky vocals, masterful guitar work and contorted facial expressions to let audiences know he really means it. While he could be considered a sex symbol, his live shows always place the emphasis on the music, and his thoughtful blend of pop, rock and blues gets a powerful live treatment. www.livenation.com

Maroon 5 at the Comcast Center, August 9

Steely Dan at the Wang Theatre, Sept. 24 and 25

There probably isn’t a better live pop bend — if you can really call the genre-bending Maroon 5 pop — out today. Maroon 5’s extra dose of funk, disco and soul in their catchy pop-rock hits always translates well live, and lead singer Adam Levine, who is also a coach on “The Voice,” has undeniable charisma on stage. www.livenation.com

For fans of all things forwardthinking and experimental, Steely Dan stops in Boston just as summer gives way to fall. When it comes to this groundbreaking jazz/rock outfit’s live show, expect brilliance — and the unexpected. www.livenation.com

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake at Fenway Park, August 10 and 11 It’s history in the making — two megastars at the top of their respective genres are coming together for


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African American MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH

D’Angelo captivates eclectic Hub crowd

D’Angelo performing at Brixton Academy in London, 2012. (Phil Sheard photo) Lauren Carter Some artists need slick marketing campaigns and smoke and mirrors effects to succeed. Others thrive based solely on raw talent. D’Angelo falls into the latter category. At the House of Blues last Tuesday, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist dubbed “R&B Jesus” staged a rousing 85minute show that likely qualified as a religious experience for those in attendance. The venue wasn’t sold out, and there was no one hanging off the rafters. But the eclectic crowd — which ranged from frat boys and urban professionals to middleaged truck drivers — hung on D’Angelo’s every word and swayed to his seven-piece band’s every beat. New songs were as enthusiastically received as familiar ones, and unpredictable interludes were more interesting than well-worn choruses. It wasn’t so much about running through a string of familiar hits, but creating a unique, in-the-moment experience. A call of “Where all my beautiful ladies at?” before he launched into “Lady” was about the only cliche element of the show. Although D’Angelo disappeared from the spotlight and reportedly struggled with drug addiction after releasing two critically acclaimed studio albums — 1995’s “Brown Sugar” and 2000’s “Voodoo” — his voice sounded pitch perfect last Tuesday, ranging from an almost superhuman smoothness in his lower register to a honey falsetto. He opened with “Left & Right,” “Brown Sugar” and his cover of Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” wielding a sparkly black guitar. He and his band alternately channeled the

aesthetic of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and Prince and the Revolution, spanning funk, soul, blues, R&B and for a brief moment, salsa. Along with hits like “Devil’s Pie,” the set included a trio of new songs, including the Princeesque “The Charade” and the jazz-tinged “Really Love,” which would have been at home on The Roots’ “Things Fall Apart.” D’Angelo’s loose-fitting, layered black gear topped off by a bandana and derby hat had him looking like a post-apocalyptic refugee, and it spoke to a physique that may not be quite as taut as the one he showed off during the infamous “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” video. But he still oozed sex appeal, and during the live rendition of “Untitled,” he teased the audience by stepping out from behind his piano and contemplating whether he was going to emulate the video and disrobe. Males and females alike screamed desperately as D’Angelo stood rubbing his hands together, apparently deep in thought. Ultimately he returned to the piano to finish the song — clothing intact — but the fervor spoke to the spell D’Angelo places on audiences, a kind of rapture that transcends music. In an age of studio trickery and manufactured artists, D’Angelo represents a musician who was born to perform, one who commands crowds and juggles instruments with a passion that seems to spring from his soul, and his decade-long retreat from music hasn’t changed that. D’Angelo’s genius feels as much spiritual as musical, and it’s something that has to be witnessed live to be fully grasped.


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COMMUNITY Calendar Thursday June 6 FAIR HOUSING DAY! The NAACP Boston Housing Committee in partnership with the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston invite you to take part in FAIR HOUSING DAY! 12-2pm, NAACP Boston Office, 330 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Roxbury Mall. Know your fair housing rights. Housing discrimination is against the law. Come and meet Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston staff to learn more. For more info; 617-4279494 x214, www.bostonnaacp.org, housing@bostonnaacp.org.

Friday June 7 Concerts in the Courtyard One of Boston’s most beautiful spaces will be filled with music in a free, lunchtime concert series on Fridays in June, July, and August. Starting June 7, the courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square will feature music that ranges from jazz to classical and from blues to Broadway. All concerts begin at 12:30pm. The complete schedule is available at www.bpl.org/concerts.

Saturday June 8 ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its popular summer series of ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops during the month of June at four Boston locations. The series of eight workshops for budding artists ages nine and up is just one of the many offerings of the 17th annual ParkARTS program sponsored by Bank of America. These hands-on watercolor painting workshops enable participants to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces. Local art instructors welcome artists of all skill levels to join them and capture Boston’s historic parks in bloom. The free workshops include instruction and materials provided by Blick Art Materials. All classes are held from 12-2pm weather permitting. Dates and locations are as follows: Boston Public Garden Lagoon (meet near Swan Boats) — Saturdays June 8; Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens —

Sunday June 9; Geneva Cliffs Urban Wild, 275 Geneva Ave., Dorchester — Saturdays, June 15 and 22; Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Ave., North End — Sundays, June 16 and 23. For further information on the workshops and other ParkARTS programs, please call 617-6354505 or visit the Parks Department online at www.cityofboston. gov/parks or www.facebook.com/ bostonparksdepartment.

Sunday June 9 ParkSCIENCE program The Boston Parks and Recre a t i o n D e p a r t m e n t ’s P a r k SCIENCE program is hosting a children’s science festival from 1-3pm at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse in Jamaica Plain. The festival provides an entertaining way for people to come together and celebrate summer on the shores of the “jewel of the Emerald Necklace.” Families can partake in science-related activities presented by Science from Scientists, The Nature Conservancy, and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Activities will include nature scavenger hunts, pressure and physics demonstrations, a CSI corner, and other experiments and exhibits. For more information, call 617-6354505 or visit www.cityofboston. gov/parks or www.facebook. com/bostonparksdepartment. 2013 Boston Race Amity Day National Center for Race Amity®, 2013 Boston Race Amity Day — A Festival for the Human Family, 15pm, Rose Kennedy Greenway, (Parcel 17, Near North Station). Boston Race Amity Day as proclaimed by Mayor Thomas Menino (Annually 2nd Sunday in June). www.wheelock.edu/ncr, 617-8792025. Free and open to public. The People’s Show Stand up comedy by the people, for the people. Booked and hosted by Dana Jay Bein. 9pm, tickets: $10, ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. More information on ImprovBoston is available at http://improvboston.com.

Monday June 10 “Dance with Books” Monday afternoons from 3:30 -5pm, through June. “Dance

with Books” gets kids and parents participating in dance, fitness, and literacy activities that include: Dance Games and Improvisations, Dances from Different Countries and Books about Dance. “Dance with Books” is designed for Ages 4-12. Parents are welcome to participate. The classes are taught by Sharon Shakur, MA, an expert in Dance Education. The Dance Complex located at 536 Mass Ave., Cambridge close to the Red Line “Central Sq” T stop. Contact Ms. Shakur at 323-570-6649; website: www.academyofdance andchoreography.blogspot.com or on Facebook enter in the search box Academy of Dance and Choreography. Price is $10 per child per class. Great news! When the Parent participates too, the fee is still just $10 which includes both Parent and Child. Bonus! Siblings in the same family pay only one $10 fee.

Upcoming From East to West The New Carpathian Consort presents its debut BEMF fringe concert on Friday June 14, at 11am at First Lutheran Church of Boston 299 Berkeley St. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and seniors. This concert is made possible by a grant from the Hungarian Cultural Council and the support of First Lutheran Church of Boston. This exciting program will explore Hungarian vocal and dance music from the 17th18th centuries and rarely performed Western vocal music of the time. The first half of the program will include songs by Horváth Palóczi (Ötödfélszáz énekek), selections from Harmonia Coelestis by Prince Paul Esterházy, early recruiting dances by George von Apponyi, songs about László von Árpádház, Hungarian songs by Bálint Balassi, Dances from the 1670 Vietoris Codex and keyboard music from the 1694 Starck Codex. The second half will explore influential vocal genres by Giovanni Castoldi, Claudio Monteverdi, Tommaso Bernardo Gaffi and Jean Baptiste Morin. Southeast Massachusetts Adult Walking Club Saturday, June 29, 1pm, moderate walk, some hilly terrain, 3 miles. Walk from the Donovan School to Ponkapoag Trail and return via Madden Road. Meet at the Donovan School at 123 Reed St. in Randolph. The Southeast

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Massachusetts Adult Walking Club meets each weekend on either a Saturday or Sunday at 1pm for recreational walks. This club is open to people of 16 years of age and older and there is no fee to join. Walks average 2 to 5 miles. New walkers are encouraged to participate. The terrain can vary: EASY (mostly level terrain), MODERATE (hilly terrain), DIFFICULT (strenuous & steep). Walks will be led by a park ranger or a Walking Club volunteer leader. Occasionally, the Walking Club meets at other DCR sites or car pools to sites within the Blue Hills Reservation. The rangers recommend wearing hiking boots and bringing drinking water on all hikes. If weather conditions are questionable, please call 508-866-2580 ext. 165. Department of Conservation and Recreation, Blue Hills Reservation, 695 Hillside St. Milton. www.mass.gov/dcr.

Ongoing Beijing Journal: A photo Essay on Life in Contemporary Beijing and the Vanishing of the Hutong Neighborhoods The Multicultural Arts Center presents Beijing Journal: A photo Essay on Life in Contemporary Beijing and the Vanishing of the Hutong Neighborhoods — a new exhibition in the Lower Gallery by photographer Joseph Levendusky that explores the cultural paradigm of the old and the new Beijing capturing the traditional streetscapes of ancient Beijing and its inhabitants as time gradually runs out on their way of life. On view now until July 12, 2013, the exhibition consists of 49 black and white photographs (traditional selenium toned silver gelatin prints) and is accompanied by a Journal written by the photographer. Gallery website: www.multiculturalartscenter.org/ galleries/. FREE and open to the public. Regular Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30am - 6pm. CHÉVERE! Exploring Afro-Cuban Culture Multicultural Arts Center, in collaboration with Latin Art Space, presents Chévere! — a new exhibition featuring four New Yorkbased Cuban visual artists: Clara Morera, Cepp Selgas, Bernardo Navarro, and Jorge Valdés. Heavily influenced by their Cuban heritage and upbringing, the featured artists explore African icons, folklore and religious syncretization through a variety of media including acrylic on canvas and paper, assemblages of found objects, mosaics and mix media artworks. Curated by Astrid Martinez-Jones of Latin Art Space, the exhibition Chévere! (a word of Yoruba origin meaning cool or great) will be on view until July 15, 2013. Multicultural Arts Center, Upper Gallery, 41 2nd St., Cambridge. Artist Reception: May 16, 6-8pm. FREE and open to the public. Regular Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30am-6pm.

South Shore Chess Club 100% free and open to everyone, the SSCC meets Mondays 7-10pm at the Hough’s Neck Community Center, 1193 Sea St. Quincy. Play chess, learn chess, and make new friends. www. southshorechess.com, 857-8881531, or southshorechess@gmail. com for more info. Families Creating Together Families creating Together is an ongoing free class for children ages 5 and up. Come create art with your children every Tuesday from 3-4pm at the Family Resource Center at 1542 Columbus Ave., Jamaica Plain/Roxbury. Please call 617-522-1018 if you have any questions. Wheelchair accessible. Free Fitness Classes Each free class is 30 minutes and meets in the gym; anyone over the age of 16 welcome. Every Wednesday, 12:30-1pm or 1-1:30pm. Dorchester House Gym, 1353 Dorchester Ave.

West African Drum class Master Senegalese drummer Mamadou Lynx Ndjaye teaches all level of Djembe drumming. Thursdays from 7:30-9pm. English High School, 144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain. Contact: 617-359-1552 for further information. $10. Variety Fridays Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave. Dorchester. Ongoing — Every Friday, 58:30pm. All ages are welcomed. Free. Variety Fridays is a weekly family fun night. Activities include movie night, karaoke night, carnival night and much more. Toddler Drum Circle Toddler Drum Circle series with Cornell Coley will run every Saturday during the school year. 9:30-10:30am. Songs, stories, puppets, drumming and cultural info! Ages 1 – 4 yrs old! Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain. Contact: Cornell Coley www.afrola tin.net 617-298-1790 cc@afrola tin.net. Cost: $8, $5 for sibling. Community Cafes A hot lunch and good company for mature adults over 60. Ethos invites mature adults aged 60 and older to come dine with friends, both old and new at any of our 14 locations. Meals are prepared fresh daily and contain one third of the required daily allowance (RDA) for adults. Along with hot, well-balanced meals, the Café sponsors its own program of social and educational activities. Ethos operates 14 Community Cafés in eight neighborhoods throughout Boston: Back Bay, Brighton, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the meal site you wish to attend one day in advance. To make a reservation and obtain more information on locations, call Ethos at 617-5226700. A donation of $2 per meal is suggested, but not required.

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Harvard College dean resigns amid email search controversy Howard Manly Evelynn M. Hammonds, the embattled Dean of Harvard College, announced her resignation last week, effective July 1, after her admission that she conducted unauthorized searches of faculty email accounts. The resignation marked a controversial end to Harvard’s first African American and first woman to serve as Dean of College at the prestigious Ivy League institution. She served for five years. “I was never asked to step down. I have been in discussions to return to academia and my research for some time,” Hammonds stated in published reports. “The e-mail controversy was difficult, but it was not a motivating factor in my decision to step down as dean.” First reported by the Boston Globe, the email searches ordered by Hammonds were in the wake of last year’s cheating scandal involving the open-book, take-home exam of about 125 students in the upper-level government class, “Introduction to Congress,” taught by professor Matthew B. Platt. Of those students, only two names were published in newspaper accounts and Hammonds sought to find out who released those names. The first search involved the electronic mail accounts of 16 resident deans and had been limited to subject lines of only one of their two email accounts. But at a faculty meeting in April, Hammonds admitted that an additional search was conducted on both accounts of one resident that went beyond a simple subject-line search. The student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, immediately called for her resignation. “Since Hammonds provided misinformation regarding the highly sensitive issue of email searches,” The Harvard Crimson editorial stated, “and since she violated clear policy regarding those searches, her presence at the helm of the College stands as a roadblock to rebuilding trust between students, faculty, and the administration. For the good of the University, Hammonds must resign.” As it is now, an email search of faculty accounts requires the approval of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean and the University Office of the General Counsel.

FAS Dean Michael D. Smith has said that he was not made aware of the second search until after it had been launched. “It was a clear invasion of privacy,” Harvard sociology professor Orlando Patterson said at the time. “It was a serious breach of trust, and those responsible for such actions, especially if there was untruthfulness involved, then they should do the right thing and resign.” The privacy policy states that administration can search faculty members’ electronic records “in extraordinary circumstances such as legal proceedings and internal Harvard investigations.” Such searches require the notification of the faculty member “unless circumstances make prior notification impossible, in which

“I was never asked to step down. I have been in discussions to return to academia and my research for some time. The email controversy was difficult, but it was not a motivating factor in my decision to step down as dean.” — Evelynn Hammonds case the faculty member will be notified at the earliest possible opportunity.” Harvard President Drew Faust said that a new faculty task force had been formed to develop recommendations for a new email policy by the end of the Fall 2013 term. In announcing Hammonds was stepping down last week, Faust praised her for leading the school through years of “remarkable transformation.” “She has fully invested herself in improving the experience of our undergraduates both inside and outside the classroom, and in promoting a culture of inclusion and community across the College,” Faust said in a statement. “I’m grateful to her for all she has done to help our undergraduates thrive, and we will be fortunate to continue benefiting from her talents and wisdom.” Hammonds will leave her post July 1 and return to teaching after a sabbatical. Hammonds said in a statement that she is looking forward to redesigning her classes in light of new technological innovations. She is a professor of the history of science and African and African American studies. Her new program at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard will look at the role of race in science and medicine. “Being dean of Harvard College has been an immensely rewarding experience for me, but I miss engaging deeply with my scholarship and teaching,” she said in the statement. “I am looking forward to redesigning my classes in light of new technologies and modes of teaching, and I’m eager to return to my teaching and research on race, genomics and gender in science and medicine.”


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highlight the impact on communities of color. Mauer, who is executive director of The Sentencing Project and widely considered one of the country’s leading experts on the criminal justice system, says the idea for the graphic novel came from a prisoner in Connecticut who read the original version of “Race to Incarcerate,” made some comic illustrations of the text and mailed them to Mauer.

“I looked at them, said, ‘These are pretty cool,’ and sent them to my editor,” Mauer says. “She said, ‘Why don’t we turn this into a graphic novel?’” Mauer couldn’t work with the prisoner who had inspired him — he says the logistics were too complicated — so he enlisted the help of Sabrina Jones, a longtime political cartoonist who draws for the magazine World War 3 Illustrated. Jones says that since Mauer’s original was a “rational” presentation of dense policy and data, she wanted to “add a layer of drama and emotion” to the narrative.

“My goal was to help the normal human imagination connect and empathize with the individual people who are being affected by this movement towards mass incarceration,” she says. Jones does this by highlighting the people who have shaped — and have been shaped by — this movement toward mass incarceration, from Charles Dickens, who was an early critic of the country’s prison system, to Nelson Rockefeller, the New York governor who pioneered harsh drug laws in the early 1970s, and Kemba Smith, an activist who, as a pregnant college student, was sentenced to 24-and-a-half years for conspiracy because her abusive boyfriend was running a crack cocaine ring. Jones also follows the presidents from Richard Nixon — who declared the War on Drugs in 1971 — to George W. Bush, showing how each one contributed to the “tough on crime” movement that has bolstered the U.S.’s record incarceration rate. But one of Jones’ most powerful illustrations, which appears several times throughout the book, is not of a human but of a monster — a giant serpent whose long teeth cage people inside its mouth. Jones says the inspiration for this drawing came from medieval artwork, which often portrays hell as the mouth of a beast. And in modern parlance, the serpent conveys the “monstrous” growth of the U.S. prison system and the idea that prisoners are trapped in the belly of the beast, she says. This image also appears on the book’s cover, but with a slightly different design that Jones says mimics vintage tattoo art and lettering, “an homage to a prisoner’s

art form,” she explains, “a reference to prison culture to give it a little bit of a positive spin.” While the format of this book may be different from earlier editions of Race to Incarcerate, Mauer says his fundamental message remains the same. “There should

nity; and economic resources to deal with social problems such as poverty, substance abuse and poor schooling; and criminal justice when it’s appropriate.” Mauer argues that the prison system has become so large that it’s robbing resources and attention from

“My goal was to help the normal human imagination connect and empathize with the individual people who are being affected by this movement towards mass incarceration.” — Sabrina Jones be consequences for people who commit crimes or harm other people, but one of the problems is that we’ve come to equate those consequences primarily with incarceration,” he says. “We need a complex mix of factors to produce public safety: access to opportu-

many of those other approaches. “I think if we reverse some of those priorities,” he says, “we’d get much better outcomes in public safety, we’d have less racial disparity and we’d have fewer horrible consequences than we’re seeing today from the prison system.”

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people to the city, you have to have opportunities for them in the city.” The ICIC survey found that 65 percent of the companies consider their inner city location an advantage in recruiting, and 42 percent indicated they make an outreach effort to “disadvantaged” potential employees. And these companies do create jobs. This year’s winners employ a total of 10,391 people and generated 5,863 jobs in 2007–2011, the five-year period ICIC examined for this year’s list. Thirty-seven percent of employees are minorities and 48 percent

are “inner city residents,” according to the survey. Minority and female ownership is higher among the Inner City 100 than the national norms. Of this year’s winners, 35 percent are minority-owned, while nationally, 21 percent of all companies are headed by minorities, according to ICIC. And woman-owned firms make up 28 percent of the winners, while only 10 percent of companies with over $1 million in annual revenues are womanowned nationally. Nina Brown and Clarissa Rowe founded their Boston landscape architecture and urban design firm in 1981 to create a better workplace for women who wanted

to have both children and rewarding careers. “It’s hard to believe, but 30 years ago people would tell us you couldn’t have any responsibilities on the job if you have children; you had to do one or the other,” said Brown. Their company, Brown, Richardson + Rowe Inc., has grown to a mostly female staff of 12. They worked from a church basement and then on Congress Street before moving to Post Office Square in downtown Boston. A city location was important, Brown said, to take advantage of public transit and to be taken seriously as designers of urban parks. Their work includes Boston proj-

ects such as the East Boston Greenway, Constitution Beach and Spectacle Island, as well as park projects in the state’s midsize “gateway cities” such as Lowell and Holyoke. To qualify for the Inner City 100, firms must have at least 10 full-time employees and a five-year operating history that includes at least $200,000 in revenues in the first year of consideration and fifth-year sales of at least $1 million. More than half of their operations must be located in an urban area that is “economically distressed,” meaning it has 50 percent higher unemployment, 50 percent higher poverty level, and 50 percent lower median income than its

City Councillor Frank Baker and environmental advocate Joel Wool posed with members of Co-op Power, a multi-class, multi-racial movement for a sustainable nad just energy future, as they came together to weatherize a property in the Bowdoin-Geneva area of Dorchester. (Photo courtesy of Co-op Power)

broader metropolitan area. This year’s winners came from 48 cities in 27 states. Boston, with seven companies on the list, was second only to Chicago; Massachusetts ranked fourth, behind California, Illinois and Texas. Other Massachusetts companies on the 2013 Inner City 100 list are Fennick McCredie Architecture of Boston; travel shipping company Luggage Forward of Boston; corporate asset recovery company The Locator Services Group of Boston; CrunchTime! Information Systems of Boston, which provides enterprise reporting tools for restaurants; minority-owned construction and environmental remediation company RM Technologies of Lawrence; TANTARA of Worcester, a construction and environmental remediation company; and environmental and civil engineering firm Watermark of Lowell. The winning CEOs who spoke with the Banner offered simple words of advice for business success: Know your product. Get an accountant if you don’t have a business background. Find a community bank who knows you as people and will understand when you have cash flow problems. Try for every award you can win. Keep networking. Be honest about what you can do, and do it well. “It’s not magic at all,” said Nunes. “What’s different about us is we finish our jobs. That’s basic quality. People don’t mind paying more for quality. It takes a lot of time for a business to recover from an unhappy client.” And, of course, it helps to enjoy what you do. Pinck recalls the satisfaction of helping the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation develop the last stages of the Brewery complex. “I was always interested in repurposing older buildings,” she said. “And to see something like that add so much life to an area — it feels good.”

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essary “because the Center is incapable of taking steps necessary to preserve the health, safety and well-being of its patients; wind down its operations and conserve the center’s assets.” Court documents detail a litany of serious deficiencies at RoxComp under the leadership of CEO Anita Crawford, who abruptly resigned earlier this year. Among the ongoing prob-

quirements. They found “severe dysfunction with the Center’s administrative, financial and management functions, including the center’s board of directors.” The problems continued this year. After a January 2013 site visit, state health regulators ordered the center to give up a drug treatment program as a result of “serious regulatory violations, including the lack of drug screening, the lack of random call-backs for persons on take home dosing regiments and low methadone stock.” The problems were not limited to the center’s health care

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eral funds occurred. According to court records, the center received $1.9 million in federal funds but has shown an annual loss of about $400,000. Federal and state regulators caution that the Center’s financial statements have not been audited in several years in part because it still owes $35,000 to the firm that performed them in the past. The problems started last summer when a series of letters by employees described the woeful state of operation at the center. The problems included mislabeled lab samples, use of expired medical supplies and failure to comply with various Medicaid and Medicare regulations. The damaging letters detailed

services. Regulators found that the financial systems were inadequate, forcing vendors to terminate services for the disposal of medical wastes. The center was also deficient in medical recordkeeping, nursing supplies and site security. Worse, RoxComp Board Chairman Keith Crawford couldn’t devise an appropriate plan to solve its chronic problems. It is unclear at this time whether the mismanagement at the center will lead to any criminal charges. Federal and state investigators have subpoenaed financial records and board minutes to see if any misuse of fed-

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It is a tragedy that the Roxbury community is losing a health center, but our effort is to insure that the provision of medical services is not diminished.” Access to medical records has been one problem that Feaster said he has taken tangible steps to improve. Since RoxComp’s closing, Feaster established a hotline (617-318-1700) to help patients access their records either on paper or electronically. Feaster says the hotline has been receiving about 20 telephone calls a day for a variety of issues, including access to medical records. As far as the outstanding payroll, Feaster says “the debt is clearly owed, but how it will be paid” remains in question.

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financial problems ranging from the loss of “significant grants” that helped pay for medical and psychological programs, to an almost chronic shortage of medical equipment, paper towels and toilet paper. In some cases, the letters alleged, the center had no hot water. At the time, Crawford questioned not only the validity of the unsigned, anonymous letters but also the timing. “None of the letters,” Crawford told the Bay State Banner, “accuse me of stealing money or running a center that is delivering poor health care.” Feaster is clear about his role. “I am not the enemy,” Feaster said. “I didn’t create these problems, but I am here to solve them.

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Also Known As Erminie Rose Date of Death December 2, 1994 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Russell B. Rose of Windsor Mill, MD a will has been admitted to informal probate.

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NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME To all persons interested in a petition described: A petition has been presented by Jaquan L Laraque requesting that Jaquan Lamar Laraque be allowed to change his name as follows:

In the matter of: Waumbeck Street Realty Trust To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Linda Milligan of Roxbury, MA and Waumbeck Street Realty Trust of Boston, MA Requesting The Petitioner requests the Court do the following: 1. Identify the current beneficiaries of the Waumbeck Street Realty Trust; and 2. Authorize Petitioner to sell the property at 7 Waumbeck Street, Roxbury, as Trustee of the Waumbeck Street Realty Trust, acting as sole Trustee, rather than as co-trustee with Karen Knowles; and 3. Authorize Petitioner to reimburse herself from the proceeds of the sale of the Property for all costs she has paid related to the Property in excess of her pro rata share in the Property; and

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To the Keeper of Records of Births, Deaths and Marriages of Boston in the County of Suffolk; in the matter of John K. Braxton of Boston in the County of Suffolk. A petition has been presented to said Court by John K. Braxton of Boston in the County of Suffolk. Praying that this Honorable court allow the Keeper of Records to issue a birth certificate for the following individual for John K. Braxton born on June 22, 1947, mother's name is Tina Martin and father's name is Jack Braxton, and for such further relief as this Honorable Court may deem just and proper for the reasons more fully described in said petition. If you desire to object thereto you or your attorney should file a written appearance at said Court at Boston before ten o'clock in the forenoon on 27th day of June, 2013, the return day of this citation WITNESS, HON. Joan P Armstrong, Esquire, First Judge of said Court, this 24th day of May, 2013. Patricia M. Campatelli Register

4. Award Petitioner her attorney fees and costs incurred in pursuing this matter, which costs shall be paid from the Trust estate. 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 08/01/2013. 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 fol-

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The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner.

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Docket No. SU13P1173 Estate of Erminie D. Rose

For information specific to this particular RFP, please contact the PFD Bid Counter at (617) 635-4809 The City of Boston, acting through the Property and Construction Management Department, (“the City”), is requesting proposals from qualified retail leasing firms to provide consultant services in connection with the Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility Project in the Roxbury District of the City of Boston. The specific property is located at 2262 Washington Street and is presently under construction. Once completed, the property will be a seven-story municipal building with city offices and retail space The scope of work is more particularly described in the RFP, and includes advising the City on the leasing of retail space, developing an RFP for tenant retail opportunities, marketing retail spaces, recruiting tenants/retailers and evaluating proposals. The RFP package will be available beginning Monday, June 3, 2013 at the Bid Counter, 26 Court Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 to all interested parties. Completed proposals must be submitted directly to the Bid Counter, at 26 Court Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 in accordance with the instructions in the RFP application package no later than 2:00 PM on June 19, 2013. LATE PROPOSALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. The contract will begin in July 2013 and continue through February 2014, subject to the availability of an appropriation. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, or parts thereof, if it is in the public interest to do so. For questions about the RFP, contact Roger Mann at (617) 918-4421. The PFD Bid Counter hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9:00AM to 12:00PM (Noon) and from 1:00 PM to 4:00PM. Please plan accordingly. Michael J. Galvin, Commissioner, Property and Construction Management Department June 3, 2013


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LEGALS MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. L1207-C2 PEDESTRIAN WAYFINDING MODIFICATIONS, CENTRAL PARKING GARAGE, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST 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 02116, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013. The work includes: PEDESTRIAN WAYFINDING SIGN MODIFICATIONS; FURNISH, FABRICATE AND INSTALL NEW OVERHEAD CEILING MOUNTED SIGN BOX ASSEMBLIES AND SUPPORTS; NEW NON-ILLUMINATED AND ILLUMINATED FACE PANEL REPLACEMENT; INSPECTION AND REPORTING OF EXISTING OVERHEAD CEILING MOUNTED SIGN BOX ASSEMBLY SUPPORTS; REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING SIGN SUPPORTS; REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF EXISTING SIGN ASSEMBLIES; AND INSTALLATION OF PEDESTRIAN PAINT MARKINGS. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013. 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. 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 and Maintenance, and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION. The estimated contract cost is THREE HUNDRED SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($360,000.00). 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 percent (5%) 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. 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 ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000.00). 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. No filed sub bids will be required for this Contract. This contract is subject to a Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than THREE PERCENT (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. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in Article 84 of the 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).

LEGALS

LEGALS

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 FOUR MILLION TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($4,200,000). In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract, filed Sub-bidders must submit with their bid a current Sub-bidder Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management 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. 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 ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($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. Filed sub bids will be required and taken on the following classes of work: MISCELLANEOUS AND ORNAMENTAL IRON

$119,000

ROOFING AND FLASHING

$39,000

ACOUSTICAL TILE

$60,000

FIRE PROTECTION

$430,000

PLUMBING

$134,000

HVAC

$2,112,000

ELECTRICAL

$354,000

MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY SOLICITATION FOR CONSULTANT SERVICES FEDERALLY-FUNDED PROJECTS

MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY

The work includes THE REPLACEMENT OF THE AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING SYSTEMS, NEW LIGHTING, HVAC CONTROLS AND REPLACE ENTIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM FROM WET TO DRY, UPGRADE ALARM SYSTEM AND NEW GAS SERVICE PIPE INSIDE THE BUILDING. REMOVE EXISTING FUEL OIL TANK. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013. 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. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General

Filed Sub-bidders must be DCAM certified for the sub-trade bid and bidders must submit a current DCAM Sub-Bidder Certificate of Eligibility and a signed Sub-Bidder’s Update Statement. All Bids shall be delivered to Brookline Housing Authority, 90 Longwood Avenue, Brookline, MA 02446 and received no later than the dates and times specified above. General Bids and Sub-Bids shall be accompanied by a bid deposit that is not less than five percent (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount (considering all alternates) and made payable to the Brookline Housing Authority. Bid Forms and Contract Documents are available by email as PDF files, free of charge, by sending a request to ccorrenti@brooklinehousing.org. The successful general bidder will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and also a Payment Bond; each bond executed in the full amount of the contract price. Bids and the Contract are subject to the following requirements: M.G.L. Chapter 149, Sections 44A through J, Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, Equal Opportunity provisions of Executive Order 11246, NonDiscrimination provision of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Labor Standards provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act and related acts and Contract Work Hours Standards Act, and prevailing wage determinations as issued by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. A briefing for Contractors bidding this work will be conducted at 61 Park Street, Brookline, MA at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Attendance is strongly recommended but not required. The job site will be available for inspection immediately following the briefing. For information contact Carolyn Correnti at ccorrenti@brooklinehousing.org or 617-731-9551. Brookline Housing Authority June 6, 2013

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.

MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NOTE: PRE BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013.

Filed Sub-Bids for Section 22.00.00 Plumbing will be received until 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 20, 2013, and publicly opened forthwith.

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).

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.

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 26, 2013, immediately after which, in a designated room, the filed sub bids will be opened and read publicly.

General Bids will be received until 2:00 PM, on Thursday, June 27, 2013, and publicly opened forthwith.

This contract is subject to a Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than FIFTEEN PERCENT (15%) 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.

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.

Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. L1052-C1, HVAC/MECHANICAL SYSTEM REPLACEMENT – BUILDING 56, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST 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, JULY 10, 2013, immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly.

General bidders must be certified as a prime contractor by the state Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) for the category of General Building Construction and must submit a current DCAM Certificate of Eligibility and a signed Update Statement (CQ3).

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 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.

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

INVITATION FOR BIDS The Brookline Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids for O’Shea Kitchen Upgrades, in Brookline, Massachusetts, in accordance with documents prepared by Kang Associates. The project includes replacement of countertops, sinks and faucets in 95 units of occupied housing for the elderly and disabled. Construction costs are estimated to be $350,000.00.

MBTA CONTRACT NOS. Z92PS79-83 The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is soliciting design and engineering services for construction and quality engineering, consultation and assistance on a task order basis. The amount of $5,000,000, with $1,000,000 available for each of the five consultants selected, has been budgeted for this project. Services will include advice to and consultation with the Authority’s Design and Construction Directorate on matters of design, construction and quality engineering on an as-needed basis. Services may include, but not be limited to: planning, feasibility surveys/analyses; multidisciplined engineering (i.e. mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, etc.); construction engineering; contract management assistance; scheduling; quality control/quality assurance; construction systems and methods; construction planning; construction staging and constructability; construction innovations; field safety; construction training; computer management applications; environmental assistance; public information; and materials testing. This contract will be Federally Funded. The DBE Participation Goal for this contract will be 16%. The complete request for qualifications can be found on the MBTA website. Please use the following link: http://www.mbta.com/business_center/bidding_solicitations/current_solicitations/ This is not a request for proposal. Richard A. Davey Mass DOT Secretary & CEO

Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D. General Manager and Rail & Transit Administrator

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