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Harvard dean asked to resign in wake of email controversy Howard Manly
simple subject-line search. “Since Hammonds provided In an editorial published last misinformation regarding the week by The Harvard Crimson, highly sensitive issue of email the student newspaper, Dean of searches,” The Harvard Crimthe College Evelynn M. Ham- son editorial stated, “and since monds was asked to resign after she violated clear policy regardher admission that she ordered ing those searches, her presence unauthorized searches of faculty at the helm of the College stands email accounts. as a roadblock to rebuilding trust The admissions triggered a spir- between students, faculty, and ited on-campus debate among fac- the administration. For the good ulty members and students over the of the University, Hammonds issue of email privacy and prompted must resign.” University President Drew G. Faust As it is now, an email search of to appoint an independent counsel faculty accounts requires the apand clarify faculty and student email proval of the Faculty of Arts and privacy rights. Sciences Dean First reand the Uniported by the versity Office Boston Globe, of the General the email Counsel. FAS searches orDean Michael dered by HamD. Smith has monds were in said that he was the wake of last not made aware year’s cheating of the second scandal involvsearch until ing the openafter it had book, takebeen launched. home exam Harvard of about 125 sociology prostudents in the — Orlando Patterson f e s s o r O r upper-level govlando Patterernment class, son wasted few “Introduction to Congress,” taught words in describing Hammonds’ by professor Matthew B. Platt. investigation. “It was a clear inOf those scores of students, only vasion of privacy,” Patterson said. two names were published in news- “It was a serious breach of trust paper accounts and Hammonds and those responsible for such sought to find out who released actions, especially if there was those names. The first search in- untruthfulness involved, then volved the electronic mail accounts they should do the right thing of 16 resident deans and had been and resign.” limited to subject lines of only one Reactions from other Harof their two email accounts. vard faculty were equally strong. But at a faculty meeting last Timothy McCarthy, a lecturer month, Hammonds admitted and program director at Harvard’s that an additional search was Kennedy School of Government, conducted on both accounts of told the New York Times that the one resident that went beyond a latest scandal is “disgraceful, even
“It was a serious breach of trust and those responsible for such actions … should do the right thing and resign.”
As part of National Community Development week, Mayor Thomas Menino hosted a roundtable with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Regional Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Barbara Fields on April 3. The focus of the discussion was the positive effects that Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) have had on strengthening Boston’s neighborhoods and women-owned businesses. (Photo courtesy of the City of Boston)
Judge places ‘dysfunctional’ RoxComp into receivership Howard Manly Citing “severe dysfunction” with finances, administration and patient services at the Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center, state Attorney General Martha Coakley last week received authority to place the longstanding community center in receivership. In addition, RoxComp has agreed to relinquish its state public health licenses by April 19, thus ending the center’s 45-year run as a provider of critical health services to a community most in need. “Appointment of a receiver is necessary,” Coakley stated in court documents, “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.” Judge Garry Inge appointed Joseph Feaster, an attorney at McKenzie and Associates in Boston, as receiver. Feaster has previously served as interim president and CEO of the Dimock Community Health Center. The blistering 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 problems are failures to notify an estimated 4,000 patients about its closure and failure to pay its employees after they were effectively
Hammonds, continued to page 18
terminated on March 20, 2013. The center terminated its clinical laboratory services in June 2012 because state public health regulators found “serious, unsafe patient care practices.” Two months later, DPH suspended RoxComp’s dental services for similar unsafe patient care practices, including improper equipment sterilization and unsanitary conditions. In all, federal regulators found that the center was not in compliance with 14 of 19 program requirements. They found “severe dysfunction with the Center’s administrative, financial and management functions, including the center’s board of directors.” RoxComp, continued to page 19
Images of bondage, liberation become theme of new book Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
Tony-winning, Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis (R) gave an impassioned view of her life and experience in the theater and movie business at Simmons College’s Annual Leadership Conference held at the Seaport World Trade Center on April 2. Davis was interviewed by another award-winning actress/playwright, Anna Deavere-Smith (L). The day-long conference is a premiere event for women, giving them the opportunity to be educated on new and emerging business trends and to network with other powerful women. (Don West photo)
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“What does freedom look like?” For years, historian Barbara Krauthamer grappled with this question, digging through photographic collections in archives across the country looking for an answer. Krauthamer, a professor at UMass Amherst, had researched slavery and emancipation before, but after stumbling across some photographs of enslaved people,
she became particularly interested in the visual record of bondage and liberation. Together with her friend and former colleague, Deborah Willis, a scholar of African American photography at New York University, Krauthamer pored over “thousands and thousands” of 19th-century images in museums, universities and public libraries. The result of their research is the new book, Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the Slavery, continued to page 3
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BY TIFFANY PROBASCO In my experience, eggplant parmesan can easily be over-salted with breading or over-oiled with cheese. This eggplant parmesan was incredibly balanced. The fresh mozzarella cheese quality really made a difference in solidifying all the flavors together. This was not just a dish, but an expertly executed tight-rope performance of flavor.
Salvatore’s Italian cuisine is almost synonymous with the word Boston. In a city rich in Italian immigration history, it’s no surprise to find Italian gastronomy in almost every neighborhood. However, quantity does not always equal quality. The amount of Italian food available makes it harder for quality food to stand out. Fortunately there’s Salvatore’s — one of my favorite Italian hot spots, which I think soon will become one of yours.
The Décor Salvatore’s has five locations in Andover, Lawrence, Medford, Boston’s Seaport and the Theater District. I recently visited their Theater District location at 545 Washington St. It’s great to see that Salvatore’s is one of the pioneers in the revitalization of the area. The area has seen a major facelift, with major neighborhood revitalization projects like the Opera House, Emerson’s Paramount Theater and a condo high-rise currently under construction. Salvatore’s has filled out the block by moving into an old video arcade that had been vacant for several years.
Dolce (Dessert) Salvatore’s eggplant parmesan has portions fit for two. (Tiffany Probasco photos) There are no traces of gaming machines here. Instead, the space has gone with an upscale Manhattan dining room feel with contemporary design booths and wooden chairs. Old Italian theater paintings line the walls and hang between large television screens above the bar. The entire restaurant is open concept, so even from the dining area you’re able to view the game. The bar area has tall tables that are conducive to mingling. If you’re not into sports, it can get a little loud, so just don’t plan your anniversary dinner the night of a championship game. General Manager Elizabeth Murray commented on the revamp of the neighborhood.
“Seeing the Theater District transform and have an identity again is great,” she said. “We’re happy to be a part of that. We of course aim to have guests come here from out of town, and the theater community, but it’s so important for us to have our regulars in the neighborhood [come in] — that means a lot to us.”
Drinks and Bites Drinks: To cleanse my palate I started off with the I Heart Ginger. If you really like ginger, this is the perfect drink for you. The combination of Bacardi Oak Heart spiced rum, Domaine de Canton (a French ginger liqueur), fresh lime and lemon juices, agave nectar and ginger beer blend perfectly together to deliver a pleasantly spicy kick. My absolute favorite drink is their Aperol Spritzer. Not many places carry aperol, but it is an authentic Italian summer drink, though it’s so popular they have it on the menu all year long. It simply consists of aperol, martini presecco, ice cold soda and orange slice. It’s a perfect cocktail blend for a warm summer evening.
Bites: In true Italian fashion, I sampled (well, more than sampled in some cases) something from each part of the expansive menu.
Assiagi (Italian-style appetizers) Salvatore’s Signature Salad makes for a crisp and fresh way to start off a meal.
One of the most popular items in this category is the Arancini Fiorentina — carnaroli risotto balls stuffed with spinach and
Salvatore’s Signature Dessert is a chocolate lover’s must-try item. gorgonzola and served with marinara. They were very crispy and well-presented. Surprisingly, they were not my favorite. The risotto could be a bit softer, but it certainly had a very balanced flavor; the cheese wasn’t overpowering, nor was the spinach. The staff and chef also raved about the Scallops Limoncello, which pairs locally sourced scallops with a flavorful creamy citrus sauce.
Insalata (Salad) The Signature Salad was probably one of the best salads I’ve had in a while; mixed greens, gorgonzola cheese and sliced apples are tossed in their house dressing. These simple ingredients take you on a journey of textures and flavors — the soft crunch of the salad, the crisp bite of the apple and the smooth citrus flavor of the dressing all in one. Fantastico!
Primi (First course) The pastas here are made fresh every day, so I was excited to try one of my Italian favorites: Butternut [Squash] Ravioli. They artfully blend the creaminess of the butternut squash with the sweet density of dried figs and the mildness of gorgonzola and cream. After taking the first bite, I had to pause for a moment to savor all the richness. The artful layering of complex flavors with creamy overtones enveloped my taste buds and made me almost sad to move on to the next course.
Secondi (Second course) For the second course, I chose the eggplant parmesan, and when it came, I thought — this is for one person? The portion was definitely enough for two.
The Signature Dessert is a brick oven-fired dessert pizza filled with melted Nutella and chocolate chips drizzled with cherry and chocolate syrup — and topped with whipped cream. If you are a chocolate lover, get it. Executive Chef Joe Gracyalny explained the food preparation process. He says about 80 percent of everything they make is from scratch, including the sausage and pepperoni. He trained at the Seaport location for almost two years before he came to the Theater District location, so he knows the recipes inside and out. Although Gracyalny has an Italian background, he was trained in French cuisine, which influences his preparation of the sauces. He says the key to their flavor balancing is timing. “We train the staff to add the right flavors at the right time. We also turn out the food at a steady pace, so patrons are able to fully enjoy the meal,” he said. He’s a very hands-on chef, and says that he is in the restaurant frequently to check in and work the line. He also says the company promotes new ideas and creativity, which enables him to directly regulate quality. “When I first came on they wanted to update their meatballs,” he said. “It took about four or five trial recipes, but now my recipe is used in all of the Salvatore locations.”
Events and Specials For those who have Celiac Disease or gluten issues, Salvatore’s has a full gluten-free menu that is almost the size of their regular menu. This also includes gluten-free desserts. The location also provides 10 percent discounts to their Emerson and Suffolk college neighbors. They work very closely with Broadway in Boston and the Boston Opera House. If you sign up for membership at www.broadwayinboston.com, you can get a 20 percent discount at the restaurant using their discount card. They hope to add a late night menu soon, similar to their Seaport location. They also plan to add a “happy hour” bar menu.
Why You Should Visit The number one reason you should come to Salvatore’s is to have an amazing culinary experience — bar none. The care that they put into the food shows in every single dish. I recommend purchasing different items to share, or simply come back and try something different each time!
Salvatore’s 545 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111 617-542-5555 www.salvatores restaurants.com
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“Two brothers-in-arms,” does just this. The image is a studio portrait from 1860-1870 of two men in Union Army uniforms, with their arms around each other’s shoulders. Krauthamer explains that even before the Emancipation Proclamation, black men were putting pressure
cause it shows the ways in which black people were preserving history through collective gathering, and were also marking their presence on the American landscape,” she says. “Another thing that’s so powerful is that it’s 1905 — the moment when lynching and legalized segregation were
“We wanted to emphasize black people’s agency and the important role they played in shaping what freedom meant legally, socially and politically in this country.” — Barbara Krauthamer
This photograph, taken in 1905, shows an Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Va., and is one of nearly 150 historical photographs included in the new book “Envisioning Emancipation” by Barbara Krauthamer and Deborah Willis. (Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
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End of Slavery, a stunning collection of nearly 150 photographs — many that have never been published before — that sheds light on how African Americans lived under slavery, during the Civil War and just after Emancipation. As Krauthamer and Willis explain in their book, which was published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, photography in the mid-1800s was frequently used for political purposes. Abolitionists used photography to challenge white supremacy and the institution of slavery, while defenders of slavery used it to advance their racist ideology. The Harvard-trained zoologist Louis Agassiz, for example, commissioned a photographer in South Carolina to take studio portraits of enslaved Africans in the area. “The women are forced to open their dresses and reveal their naked breasts,” Krauthamer explains. “They have their bodies on display as scientific specimens and also as highly sexualized objects.” She also notes that slaveholders frequently had portraits made of enslaved women holding the master’s baby as a way to show off their wealth. At the same time, black people were also taking advantage of
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new photographic technology to tell their own stories. Sojourner Truth went into a studio in Michigan to have a portrait made — and then sold these pictures as a way to support herself. Frederick Douglass also harnessed photography to portray himself as handsome, dignified, confident and stylish — combating the racist images of black people at the time. “One of the things we wanted to emphasize in the book was the
many ways in which black Americans were the architects of their own lives, their own history and the nation’s history,” says Krauthamer. “We wanted to emphasize black people’s agency and the important role they played in shaping what freedom meant legally, socially and politically in this country. Black people weren’t waiting to be free, but were shaping what it meant to be free Americans.” One photograph, entitled
This photograph, taken between 1860-1870, shows two brothers in their Union Army uniforms and is one of nearly 150 historical photographs included in the new book, “Envisioning Emancipation” by Barbara Krauthamer and Deborah Willis. (Photo courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
on the federal government to allow them to enlist. “One of the things I like about this image is that it shows that sense of community and camaraderie among black soldiers,” she says. “They were fighting not just for their own beliefs, not just for their country — but they were fighting for their families, for their relatives who were enslaved.” Another photograph, taken in 1905, shows a crowd of people dressed up, walking through the streets of Richmond, Va., to celebrate Emancipation Day. Krauthamer says these types of celebrations were common, and had been taking place ever since the 1830s, to mark the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies. “This is a powerful image be-
taking hold across the country. What a powerful statement it would be for this community to claim the public space to commemorate the history of slavery and emancipation.” After all of her work, Krauthamer says she has finally figured out what freedom looks like. “Dignity, perseverance and hope,” she says. “Freedom for black Americans really looked like a sense of perseverance and dignity, and a commitment to family and community, even in the most trying circumstances.” Avoid jealousy; it can only harm you. Don’t burn in anger, lust, or greed. Conquer your mind and senses. Always protect your health. — Swami Muktananda
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More public interest needed for government regulations Americans are staunchly independent. That is a quality inherited from their ancestors who had to be rugged individuals to survive on the frontier. There is a cultural disdain against restricting rules and regulations. However, in a technologically complex society, the government must sometimes intervene to protect the public. It is expected that industries will resist the imposition of regulations and will develop strategies to circumvent the rules once they are established. Lobbyists representing various industries will also be engaged to assure that state and federal legislators do not support regulations they view as oppressive. Those battles rarely attract the attention of the general public until a problem gets serious journalistic attention. Boston has had two such incidents recently. The first occurred when an outbreak of fungal meningitis occurred among customers of a local compounding pharmacy. The other was a Boston Globe exposé of the failure of the hackney regulations to protect the public and provide reasonable employment standards for cab drivers. With so many major battles waging in Washington between Democrats and Republicans, it almost seems unreasonable to expect citizens to be attentive to those issues involving the scope of industrial and commercial regulations. In fact, conservatives generally oppose any restrictions and they therefore hope that the public will be indifferent. Conservatives believe that the invisible mechanism of the free market will resolve commercial problem without interference by government. When people first heard about the horrible deaths and physical impairment of those using contaminated medications, it was thought to be the result of a failure of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, compounding pharmacies that prepare small amounts of specialized drugs are regulated by the states. There is an ongoing battle between the FDA and the states about when industrial-scale compounding should be subject to their oversight.
Apparently, neither the FDA nor the state authorities had jurisdiction over all of the operations of the New England Compounding Center, which is now accused of alleged irregularities. However, that is not the problem of Boston’s taxi industry. The rules and regulations are administered by the hackney unit of the Boston Police Department. The state Legislature establishes most of the regulations. The law requires each cab to have only $20,000 in insurance, the state minimum for bodily injury. When one considers that unlike a personal car, a cab is on the road 24 hours a day, that is an absurdly low amount. According to the Globe report, New York and Los Angeles require $100,000, Chicago has a $350,000 minimum and Dallas sets a $500,000 minimum. In addition to that, Massachusetts permits cab owners to establish a self insurance fund. This provides an opportunity for owners to harass claimants until they are forced to settle for much less than the claim is worth. According to the Globe report, major cab owners also have a predatory attitude toward their drivers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that Boston cab drivers earn about $27,000 per year. Even so, the state permits cab owners to treat them as independent contractors rather than employees. Drivers lease a cab for about $106 for a 12-hour shift. There are also other costs for gas and sometimes a “tip” to the dispatcher to be sure to get a cab for a busy shift. And drivers get no health insurance or paid vacation. Many cab drivers are people of color from the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean. The black community should be interested in establishing a better hackney system to strengthen families. And citizens should be more attentive to whether regulatory agencies actually provide needed protections of the public. Voters have turned out en masse for elections. The next step is to be as concerned about the development of public policy regulations, despite a general antipathy to government regulation.
In response to the March 28th’s Bay State Banner’s roving camera question “What should be done to save Roxbury Comprehensive Health Center,” I think the question should be “What is really going on?” Has the damage [done] by former CEO Anita Crawford [gone] so deep and for so long that it cannot be reversed? Is closing RoxComp the ONLY solution? Most of what went on at RoxComp was kept quiet from the patients and the public, and now after the fact here, we are asking how to save RoxComp. What is the real plan? As a community we need some real answers to help us to understand fully what happened. Y. Thomas Via email
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RoxComp employee suggests a complete overhaul I don’t think any of those “Roving
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OPINION A debt of gratitude is owed to President Obama on gay marriage Earl Ofari Hutchinson No matter which way the Supreme Court rules on gay marriage, gay rights organizations owe President Obama a debt of gratitude for pushing the nation’s envelope forward in support of gay marriage. It’s true that gay rights groups have waged a tireless struggle against the wall of bigotry, ignorance, religious distortion and the towering legal barriers to gay marriage. It’s equally true that one of those who stood fast behind one of those barriers was Obama. His self-admitted soul-searching journey from passive opponent of gay marriage to fullthroated support of the right is well-known. What’s less well-known is that Obama’s epiphany on gay marriage was not just one man’s conversion to a controversial cause. The politics of that conversion was profound; it put the White House stamp on it. It’s part myth that presidents simply are solely the bellwether of public opinion, and don’t make a move without first sticking their finger in the wind to see which way public opinion is blowing. Studies have shown that it cuts both ways. Presidents do have the awesome power to influence, sway and even change public opinion on controversial issues. There was Franklin Roosevelt’s erosion of America’s isolationist resistance to the fight against fascism leading up to World War II, Truman’s stand on integrating the armed forces, and Eisenhower’s stance enforcing school integration in Little Rock. There was Kennedy’s public face-off with the Soviets in the Cuban missile crisis, Johnson’s push on civil rights and poverty, and Nixon’s opening to China. Then there was Carter’s Middle East peace initiative, Reagan’s public asPresidents can and sault on government programs, often do make a Clinton’s revamp of welfare and big difference in Bush’s sell of the Iraq war. These were pivotal issues that moved pushing the nation the dial on public opinion. forward on an issue. Obama’s breakthrough stance Obama’s stance on gay nearly a year ago on gay marriage marriage was proof of must be seen in the same light. Before the president’s announcethat. Gays, and indeed ment, support for same sex marthe nation, should be riage had barely nudged toward the halfway mark. This was a sigthankful for that. nificant jump from six years earlier, when support for gay marriage stood at under 40 percent. Even more dramatic was the turnaround in black attitudes toward gay marriage. Blacks had been one of the staunchest opponents of gay marriage, and were the trump card that Christian evangelicals and GOP ultraconservatives played to spearhead ballot initiatives in several states banning same-sex marriage. On the eve of the president’s announcement of his support for gay marriage, black support for it had climbed to nearly 60 percent. Following the president’s announcement, all the major civil rights organizations, and even a number of religious leaders, publicly declared their support of gay rights. Many Hispanic organizations also publicly endorsed same-sex marriage, too. One key in just how a president’s view on a controversial issue ultimately matters is whether a president will back up his words of support (or opposition) with aggressive action. This means translating his support into public policy initiatives. Obama set the stage for that over the years even when he opposed or was ambivalent about gay marriage. He backed gay rights in speeches and legislation 18 times before he grabbed the White House. He showed the same support and sensitivity in his appointments. He was only the second president to speak at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign. The fact is that the group thought enough of his gay rights advocacy to invite him. Obama lent his name to opponents of Proposition 8 — which sought to eliminate the rights of same-sex couples in California to marry — to use in mailers that they circulated, and did the same in the case of other initiatives in other states. Obama sent a subtle signal of his gay rights support on the Defense of Marriage Act. He could have kept his hands off the issue by letting the legal challenge to it run its course. Other presidents had done that when they thought a law was unconstitutional or unjust. This argument, though, ignored what Obama had said about traditional marriage too, not to mention that he made it plain that he wanted the law repealed through legislation that he would push for. Presidents can and often do make a big difference in pushing the nation forward on an issue. Obama’s stance on gay marriage was proof of that. Gays, and indeed the nation, should be thankful for that. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.
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INthe news John Bredar WGBH President Jonathan Abbott recently announced that award-winning producer and television executive John Bredar will join WGBH as Vice President of National Programming. He succeeds Margaret Drain, who steps down this spring after 25 years with the Boston public broadcaster. Bredar comes to WGBH from National Geographic Television, where he was senior executive producer for the National Geographic Specials, a series he developed into a thriving production enterprise. He created the “Inside” series, which included the highly rated “Inside the White House” and “Inside the Vatican.” He has produced 25 documentary films on topics ranging from science and the natural world to history, drama and political investigation. Bredar will oversee WGBH’s highly acclaimed prime-time series produced in Boston and seen nationally on PBS, including American Experience, Nova,
Frontline, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow and others, as well as related content for new media. A native of Colorado, Bredar holds a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film with a double
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Black leadership positioned to sway Hub mayor’s race Kevin C. Peterson Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s decision to not seek reelection presents a unique and opportunistic occasion for the city’s black community. Not since the mayoral candidacy of Mel King in 1983 has the black community been strategically positioned to sway the policy direction of the city. Because Boston’s black community — which includes African Americans, and blacks from the Caribbean and Africa — is burdened by disproportionate suffering, misery and social dislocation, it has the most to gain in the election outcome for mayor. Consider the alarming realities confronting black Boston: • A 2012 Boston Foundation report states that the highest concentration of children in poverty across the state live in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. • According to a 2011 Urban League of Massachusetts State of Black Boston Report, black unemployment rates are the highest of any groups in Boston and black median household income ($33,420) is $30,000
lower than that of the white median household income ($63,980). A persistent racial gap between blacks and whites in terms of median income remains regardless of the type of family structure or the education attained by blacks. • The same report states that black homeownership remains relatively low when compared to white homeownership, and the black community has experienced a very high number and concentration of foreclosures. Almost two-thirds (63.1 percent) of all black homeowners pay more than 30 percent of their household income for mortgage costs. • Boston police records report that while the Boston homicide rate has dropped during the Menino administration (as it has across the nation, notably in New York City), the victims of murder in the city’s streets are overwhelming poor and black. Two distinct leadership approaches must immediately emerge from within the black community in order to respond to the multiple crises confronted
by poor and vulnerable citizens of the city who happen to be black. First, Boston’s black leadership class — including elected and appointed officials, activists, clergy, non-profit directors, policy advocates and its media — must publicly articulate the unfortunate suffering transpiring in its communities. These leaders must feel compelled to summon the moral and political courage necessary to inject into the mayor’s race meaningful discussion, debate and dialogue about the persistent racial disparities that exist in the city. Ironically, many black leaders in Boston are acutely aware of existing racial inequality because they live in proximity to it. Yet, in the three decades since King’s run for mayor, black leadership has failed to proffer comprehensive and ameliorating policy responses that effectively alleviate structural and race-based disparity. Second, Boston’s black leadership must quickly formulate consensus about policy priorities for the next mayor. These policies must be pragmatic, specific and ready to be implemented at the outset of the next mayor’s first term. These policies should also be associated with a commitment from the next mayor that their
administration reflect the diversity of the city, including blacks, Asians and Latinos. Infant mortality, neighborhood segregation and uneven educational attainment remain as monumental impediments that prevent blacks from competing on an even playing field in Boston. Black leaders can offer solutions to these problems through planning, coordination and consensus. They must also engage mayoral candidates to take sober assessment of the many challenges confronting black people in Boston and urge them to pledge their commitment to these issues upon being elected. Menino, the so-called urban mechanic, presided masterfully over a city that grew and pros-
pered during his tenure. In demonstrably clear ways, Boston has emerged as a world-class city because of Menino’s tireless efforts. Unfortunately, the residue of racism persists. Against this backdrop, black leadership must responsibly act in the interest of closing the painful gap that exist between blacks and whites in Boston. If they fail to capture the unique opportunities that the present mayoral election provides, significant numbers of black families and individuals will continue to suffer on the margins and in the shadows of the city. Kevin C. Peterson is director of The New Democracy Coalition, which focuses on civic policy, civic literacy and electoral justice.
(L to R) Frederica Williams, president and CEO of Whittier Street Health Center, and Andrew Dreyfus, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts at Whittier’s Annual Roast at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel on April 3. Williams honored Dreyfus for being a compassionate business man, health care advocate and coalition builder. (Photo courtesy of Whittier Street Health Center/Chris Aduama)
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Event will celebrate 50 years of history for ‘Nubian Notion’ Shanice Maxwell After 50 years of dedicated service, a community gem will receive special recognition. On Wednesday, April 17, the event “What is the Notion? A History of A Nubian Notion, Inc.” will commemorate the once-largest Afro-centric store in Boston. As the central focus of the Roxbury History Speaker Series, a program presented by the Roxbury Historical Society, the store will be revered for its rich history. Co-sponsors include Haley House Bakery Café, Discover Roxbury and Shawmut Design and Construction. The evening will consist of a presentation of the store’s history followed by a panel reflecting on the importance, influence and impact of the renowned black owned business. In an era when finding treasured items and artifacts specific to black culture was a rarity, A Nubian Notion represented positive reflections of such. Items such as hand-crafted jewelry, fabric, art, books, cards, Afropiks and dashikis created by Mrs. Elva Lee C. Abdal-Khallaq, the wife of the late founder, were available to the Roxbury community and its visitors. While running A Nubian Notion and in his daily living, Founder and Owner Malik A.
Abdal-Khallaq always sought to provide knowledge, self-awareness and a strong sense of cultural identity to others Malik A. Abdal-Khallaq desired for all to understand the essence and beauty of knowing who they were and where they came from. He would often remind daughter Jumaada Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith and her siblings — really anyone that would listen — about the power encapsulated within them. “My father really loved education, both my parents did. They were always sharing something with others,” Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith added. “[My father] never did anything without a meaning or purpose,” brother Sharif Abdal-Khallaq added. Another concept both parents instilled in their 10 children from a very early age that carried over into their businesses was cooperative economics. The strength of working collectively was something that never dissipated, but aided them as they took on roles in Abdal-Khallaq’s first business, Beau Brummel Tonsorial Emporium, and eventually, A Nubian Notion. Thankful for these lessons, Abdal-Khallaq Henry Smith is excited for what the event will hold. Candelaria Silva-Collins, panel moderator for the event, is also looking forward to a spectacular evening.
Silva-Collins, a St. Louis native who moved to Boston after attending college here, remembers first visiting the store to buy hair products. Years later, she would be responsible for bringing tours there through jobs she held at Boston Children’s Museum and ACT Roxbury. “Staying with the community, staying in the community, expanding within the community
and never leaving for 45 years or more [is their] incredible legacy,“ Silva-Collins said. “They’ve been a model of how a family business can survive and thrive. I’m looking forward to learning more and also pointers on how families can work together to sustain a business. Their longevity is notable.” This isn’t the first of the Historical Speaker Series events she’s been to, but Silva-Collins is eager to attend to this one. “Because A Nubian Notion is a great family-owned business we wanted a way to pay tribute,” she said. “One of the things Discover Roxbury really tries to do is acknowledge the living representatives of the rich history in Roxbury.
“And in terms of history, everything that any of us are doing today has happened because somebody else did the same,” she added. “So sometimes people reinvent the wheel when they don’t have to; sometimes you can start at a higher place by learning what went before, but that can’t happen if [we] don’t know our history.” The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Haley House Bakery Café on 12 Dade St. in Roxbury. The audience is invited to bring memories to share and enjoy an evening of fellowship in honor of A Nubian Notion’s legacy. Dinner will be available for purchase beginning at 5 p.m. Parking is free in the Haley House lot.
Judy Smith spoke to a packed ballroom of diverse women at the 2013 Simmons Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 2 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Smith, the real-life inspiration for ABC’s “Scandal,” spoke to the group about crisis management. (Carla Osberg Photo)
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Listening is doctor’s key to dignified end-of-life care Paul Kleyman PALO ALTO, Calif. — How does a doctor specializing in saving lives turn into one of the nation’s leading experts — and medical educators — on end-of-life care? Dr. Vyjeyanthi “V.J.” Periyakoil says her 25-year journey from medical school in her native India to directing Stanford University’s palliative-care fellowship program taught her that the art of healing lies in listening to her patients.
What she heard wasn’t always in the medical textbooks. What they told her led Periyakoil to becoming a leading voice in the movement to re-conceptualize end-of-life care from limited hospice treatment in the last six months of life to comprehensive treatment for profoundly ill people. “Much of my work had been on the importance of dignity in health care,” Periyakoil recalls. She found that patients “cared
more about concrete things — ‘Treat my pain first, take care of me first — then you can treat me with respect.’ For patients, that meant good pain care and symptom management, which is good palliative care.” Periyakoil began her practice in the United States as a resident in the crowded wards of Stockton’s San Joaquin General Hospital. Her patients were mainly “migrant farm workers, people with no insurance, people who
didn’t want to give you too much information” because of their immigration status or their fear they couldn’t afford the treatment being prescribed. She said she felt especially awkward when the medical advice she offered proved irrelevant to her patients’ lives. “There was a mother of young children who had two jobs. I would tell her, ‘Why don’t you put your feet up? Why don’t you eat more protein?’ She’d try to answer, ‘Well, I have to get back to work,’ and I’d just continue to give the same silly advice.” Sensing her frustration, it was the patients who tried to reassure her. “Oh, yes, I’ll do that, doctor...Don’t worry about me,’ they’d say.” Struck by how many of her
Stockton patients were immigrants, like herself, Periyakoil worked hard to make herself understood while also sensitizing herself to cross-cultural issues. “When I first came to the U.S., I could read and write English very well, but because of my accent, my patients couldn’t understand what I was saying,” she recalls. She focused on enunciating every English word clearly, and came to appreciate nonverbal forms of expression — like a worried look that exposed a patient’s unspoken concern. The better she was able to communicate, the more likely her patients were to follow her medical recommendations. Later at Stanford Medical School, where Periyakoil studied Care, continued to page 11
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geriatric medicine, she discovered another gap in her knowledge from patients who were deemed to have only six months or less left to live. Admitted to hospice care, their cure-oriented medical treatment would often be stopped in favor of “comfort” care. “I had a hard time giving up on these patients,” she admits. Her determination to improve the quality of their lives, no matter how much time they had left, led her to realize that palliative treatment should begin as soon as a patient is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Care provided only when someone becomes eligible for terminal hospice coverage comes too late to fully help them. So, for example, the average hospice stay in the United States is now only 19 days. But palliative medicine begun much earlier reduces the agony and stress of disease so well that many patients actually survive longer. And family caregiv-
opened the door silently, did not respond to my greeting and went into his wife’s bedroom. She must have died moments earlier. When I squatted down next to her body to check her pulse and prepare an official death pronouncement, her husband gently shook his head.” Sensing she was intruding in a sacred moment, Periyakoil withdrew. At the door she wanted to offer her condolences but the husband once again shook his head and her words froze in her mouth. “Later I learned that Chinese Buddhists believe the soul lingers in the body for some time after death” she said. “So they do not touch the body nor vocally express grief, as this might disrupt the passage of the dying person’s soul and prevent them from being reborn into a better life.” To help doctors become culturally fluent, Periyakoil is producing a free, online text series addressing the sensitivities of 13 distinct ethnic groups, among them African Americans, American Indians, South Asians and East Asians. She also is developing videos for an online series on the need
End-of-life desires: A study Stanford University palliative care expert Dr. Vyjeyanthi “V.J.” Periyakoil believes that contrary to conventional wisdom, most patients don’t simply want every medical intervention that may or may not prolong their lives. Overall, people want appropriate care sensitive to their quality of life that enables them to experience their final days as fully as possible with minimal stress for their families. In fact, a 2012 report by the California Health Care Foundation affirmed Periya-
koil’s understanding of what patients hope for. First and foremost, Californians in the study said they didn’t want their families burdened by the cost of their care, or by having to struggle with troubling decisions about their treatment. Also, participants in the poll said they wanted to be comfortable without pain and hoped to be “at peace spiritually.” On the survey’s list of 12 “Most Important Factors at End of Life,” people placed the desire “to live as long as possible” down at number 10.
The survey does show difference among ethnic groups. Although more than half of Latinos (56 percent) rated prolonging life as their top choice, only 18 percent of Asians did so, followed by 25 percent of whites and 43 percent of African Americans. Palliative care is such a growing national concern that the federal Institute of Medicine launched its new Committee on Transforming Endof-Life Care in February. — Paul Kleyman
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“Palliative care should be woven seamlessly into treatment. Patients shouldn’t have to know the word ‘palliative care.’ It should be something that is given to you when and where you need it because it is the standard practice.” — Dr. V.J. Periyakoil ers, relieved of constant stress, have been shown to live longer following a loved one’s death. “Palliative care should be woven seamlessly into treatment,” noted Periyakoil, who is also associate director of Palliative Care Services at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. “Patients shouldn’t have to know the word ‘palliative care.’ It should be something that is given to you when and where you need it because it is the standard practice.” Periyakoil also discovered that patients who come from cultures that discourage — even prohibit — open acknowledgement of death and dying typically wind up having their referrals to hospice treatment delayed until it’s too late for them to benefit from broader palliative care.
for doctors and the public to share decision-making, titled “Can We Talk: Conversations with multicultural Americans about end-oflife care.” In the segments, professional actors depict scenes from common patient situations drawn from doctors’ real-life experiences. At Stanford’s Palliative Care Education and Training Program, Periyakoil’s fellows embrace her holistic approach. “Palliative care is one of the few fields of medicine where you deal with the whole person,” says Thui Pham, an internist. “There are so many factors that impact life, not just the medical issues.” “Palliative care is not about the end of life,” Periyakoil concurs. “It’s about how a patient can get the most out of every day.” New America Media
At cultural boundaries of death She learned that cultural boundaries around death could be violated in other ways. She recalls a home visit she made to see a young Chinese woman with late-stage cancer. “The husband
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Hanging with Chad Chadwick Boseman talks about playing Jackie Robinson in the new film “42”
What did it mean to you to portray Jackie Robinson, and how did you prepare for the role?
the middle of January all the way to May. Secondly, I studied Hall of Fame footage of Jackie so that I could emulate his batting stance, how he took leads, how he ran bases, the arm slide he used in certain situations and his fielding style. Thirdly, there was the question of how to attack the role. I didn’t want to just do an imitation. I wanted to interpret it while remaining faithful to the script and [director] Brian Helgeland’s vision. The research also included reading and talking to Jackie’s widow, Rachel, and his daughter, Sharon, in order to deliver the most authentic interpretation of him possible.
It’s just a great honor to play him. In order to portray him, I basically paid attention to three different aspects of the role. First, the physical aspect of baseball, and his five-day-a-week workout regimen starting with Spring Training in
Was the role at all intimidating to you? Did you feel any pressure to get Jackie right, given his importance in history?
Kam Williams Hailing from Anderson, S.C., Chadwick Boseman is an accomplished actor, scriptwriter and playwright who, until now, was probably best known for portraying the character Nate on the critically-acclaimed dramatic TV series “Lincoln Heights.” Prior to entering show business, Boseman earned degrees at Howard University and the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford.
Yes, because Jackie is a hero to people from so many walks of life whose reverence for him is often based on different interpretations of who he was. I also felt a certain amount of responsibility to give an accurate account of his life and the person that he was for the benefit of the youth who don’t know him. But I still felt a great responsibility to Rachel Robinson and his family. She has carried on his legacy for decades, and she’s carried the torch for this film. So, my main goal was to do right by her.
Prior to auditioning, how much of the Jackie Robinson story did you know? I knew his story since I was a kid. My parents told me stories about him. And I learned about him, Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders at
church. I didn’t know anything about Jackie’s personality, or the specifics about his family or where he came from. So, I went into the audition with very limited knowledge of the facts that you would need to play him.
In doing this film, what did you find out about Jackie Robinson that surprised you the most? I was surprised that he was considering quitting baseball just before he was signed by the Dodgers’ GM Branch Rickey [played by Harrison Ford]. He had become disenchanted with barnstorming across the country in the Negro League for several reasons: He often had to play several games a day; there were a lot of places where African Americans couldn’t stop to eat, sleep, buy gas or even use the bathroom; and he wasn’t being
paid enough at a time when the most important thing to him was taking care of his family. I was also surprised that baseball was only his fourth-best sport. He had greatness in him already. He was an All-American football player, a great basketball player, and he could’ve gone to the Olympics in track and field. Jackie was a better athlete than his brother Mack, who had been a silver medalist behind Jesse Owens in the 200 Meters at the ’36 Olympics in Berlin. So, Jackie was well aware of his talents but felt very frustrated by the fact that there was no place in the United States at that time where a black man could fully actualize himself. Fortunately, baseball became that place where he could reach his full potential, alBoseman, continued to page 14
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though he might have achieved it in other sports. But that frus-
tration of his potentiality almost made Jackie quit.
Jackie Robinson encountered extraordinary obstacles pursuing his
professional baseball career on account of the color of his skin. Have you encountered similar obstacles in your acting career? Well, you don’t get the same opportunities as white actors. Every year, Hollywood is looking for that new, white leading man and new
white starlet that audiences fall in love with. But they’re not looking for the next Denzel Washington, Will Smith or Sidney Poitier. Some of that is due to the fact that even in our educational process, we’re taught history from a totally Eurocentric perspective. And so it’s no surprise that we grow up to value European literature.
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Thurs April 11 Recording Artist Kendall Ramseur A Fusion of Vocal, Cello & Guitar Works + Community Teaching Artist Neil Horsky Collaborative Poetry Game + Open Mic
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The Roxbury Historical Society Presents What is the Notion? The History of A Nubian Notion. Join us for an evening while Jumaada Abdal-Khallaq H. Smith (daughter of founder Malik Abdal Khallaq) and other family members share stories of A Nubian Notion Inc, at one time the largest one stop Afrocentric store in New England. For many years, A Nubian Notion Inc. was the only store in Boston selling African and African American products. Cards, jewelry, art, fabric, Afro-piks (an original design), dashikis (created by Mrs. Elva Lee C. Abdal-Khallaq, the wife of Malik Abdal-Khallaq), books and much more were available, providing the Roxbury community with knowledge, self-awareness and cultural identity. After the presentation about the store’s history, a panel (moderated by Candelaria Silva and including artist Ekua Holmes) will reﬂect on the impact A Nubian Notion had on them and on the Black community in Boston. The audience is invited to bring memories to share. The evening is free and open to the public. Program begins at 7pm. Dinner is available for sale from 5PM on. Seating is limited.
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Actor Chadwick Boseman portrays Jackie Robinson in the new film “42.”
Since we don’t value our own history, African American stories don’t get made into movies as much. That’s what I run up against trying to get cast as an actor, and that’s what I feel needs to change. It’s very difficult to make strides to play big roles in big movies when our culture doesn’t support it and therefore the movies can’t.
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Keyshia Cole bares soul, bonds with fans at show
Keyshia Cole delivered a heartfelt performance in front of a sold-out crowd at the Orpheum Theatre on April 2. (John Brewer photo) G. Valentino Ball The uninitiated realize early on that seeing Keyshia Cole live isn’t only a concert, it borders on a group therapy session. The singer has built a ferociously loyal following with a catalog of love-gonewrong tunes that are firmly rooted in the blues tradition of R&B. Cheated on and lied to, Cole expe-
riences the most treacherous lows of love in her music. Combine that with the intimate view of her family life provided by her stints as a reality TV star and it’s understandable how Cole’s fans became so locked in. She has made a career of giving voice to heartache. For her audience, she is the friend who has been through it all and understands your pain. And they love her for it.
And at her show at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre last Tuesday, she showed that the love was mutual. Diva hairdo intact, sporting a powder pink jumpsuit, she entered the venue through a side door and walked through the crowd waving and touching hands before joining her four-piece band and four dancers on stage. When she reached her Kanye West-produced hit “I Changed My Mind” and was drowned out by the energetic crowd, it was easy to see that this would be the start of an all-night singalong. Very much a part of her generation, the R&B singer hit the stage with a hip hop aggression mixed with a brilliant showmanship. Bedazzled mic in hand, she took her devotees through almost a decade’s worth of her hits. The Oakland, Calif., native understands her role in leading the therapy session, too. Even though the now-happily married mother is not in that place of negativity that her early releases were built on, she realizes that her fans may not have moved on. Cole commanded the stage as the embodiment of the strength she seemingly came to share with the crowd. At one point she even stopped the show and offered a passionate prayer for fans’ well-being, success and
happiness. When she went into “I Should Have Cheated” and her signature song “Love,” they felt more like hymns than urban pop records. Her ‘around the way girl’ stage presence was infectious, with her banter on stage a mix of testimony and telling it like it is. Later in the show, she shouted out various neighborhoods in Boston — a well-worn trick for performers, but with Cole, you got the feeling that she has actually been to them. Drawing a sold-out crowd in a town that offers little radio support is an accomplishment. One gets the sense that if Cole ever reaches pop superstardom, it will
be because the pop audience loves her music, not because she courts them. In a world where R&B stars are chasing success by seemingly jumping on every fist-pumping track available, Keyshia Cole is an unrepentant R&B star. Her love and skillful execution of her music is what has her turning in topdrawer performances like this. Opener Chrisette Michelle wouldn’t seem like the perfect fit for a Cole tour on paper. But no one bothered to tell the classically trained soul singer that. She deftly used her time to make the crowd into believers in her neo soulleaning R&B. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the next time she swings into town she gets top billing.
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Meek Mill exudes charisma, lacks precision in Hub set G. Valentino Ball After spending the better part of the last year on the road with his label head Rick Ross and later his own headlining tour, Philly rapper Meek Mill should be a road warrior of the highest degree. And while he has greatly improved, his most recent stop at the House of Blues in Boston shows that he still has a way to go. Last Thursday, the MC turned in a performance that was high on energy but low on precision. The addition of a keyboardist gave
Meek a new dimension to his stage show, but he still hasn’t mastered how to fully integrate live musicianship with his DJ for the best results. At times, the keys overpowered his vocals and DJ completely, negating any positive contribution. Audio problems aside, though, Meek’s hits and forceful performance allowed him to send the fans home satisfied as “Burn” and “Amen” echoed for the soldout crowd that was 70 percent female — half dressed like they were headed to a video shoot, the other half dressed like they were
going to a sneaker convention, all hanging on Meek’s every word. Opener Ace Hood surprised with a well-received set that included his Future-assisted hit “Bugati.” When Ace launched into that record, Meek Mill ran onto the stage for no other reason than to share in the bouncing energy. The two MCs have very similar styles based around hammer-like delivery and synth-powered trap beats, so their back-to-back hourlong sets bordered on exhausting. There’s only so much turning up you can do.
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more so than the original cheating scandal, because it involves adults who should know better.” Added Mary Waters, a sociology professor: “I think what the administration did was creepy ... This action violates the trust I once had that Harvard would never do such a thing.” Hammonds read from a prepared statement during a recent faculty meeting. “Although I consulted with legal counsel,” the Crimson reported, “I did not inform Dean Smith about the two additional queries. This was a mistake. I also regret the inaccuracies in our March 11 communication resulting from my failure to recollect the additional searches at
the time of that communication,” Hammonds said. In subsequent published interviews, Hammonds spoke of her 10-year-old son and how she stresses to him “how important it is to own up to your mistakes, to apologize, and to make amends.” “I have to model that behavior for him,” she said, “This is what I’ve tried to do…” Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree Jr. said the recent email searches were “a clear exception” to the school’s privacy policies in which electronic transmissions were “supposedly confidential.” “People are watching,” Ogletree said, pointing out that school officials were now reviewing the school’s policies to insure that they are “clear and unequivocal” and that “a similar invasion doesn’t happen again.”
Nearly five years ago, Evelynn Hammonds made history at Harvard by becoming the first African American to be appointed as dean of Harvard College. She is now embroiled in a controversy over her unauthorized investigation into faculty emails. (Banner archives)
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April 8, 2013 through June 1, 2013 The boundaries for the area being ﬂushed are: Dudley Street to the north, South Street to the south, Blue Hill Avenue to the west and Perkins Street to the east. The purpose of the Water Main Flushing Program is to improve drinking water quality for residents and businesses.
Water Main ﬂushing will take place between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. The ﬂushing process may cause discolored water and a reduction in pressure. The discoloration of the water will be temporary and is not harmful. If the condition persists, please contact BWSC’s 24 Hour Service at (617) 989-7000. BWSC appreciates your patience as we work to improve the quality of drinking water we will provide to the residents and businesses of Boston. If you have any questions, contact BWSC’s Night Operations Manager at (617) 989-7000.
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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 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 record-keeping, nursing supplies and site security. Worse, the RoxComp Board Chairman Keith Crawford couldn’t devise an appropriate plan to solve its chronic problems. “Dr. Crawford did not seem to be able to articulate any kind of plan that could revive that institution,” Coakley told the Boston Globe. “It became necessary to mitigate the damage, make sure the patients were cared for, and do what’s best for the building and the institution.” L a s t s u m m e r, R o x C o m p was embroiled in controversy prompted by a series of letters by employees describing a 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 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.” Without commenting on specific allegations, Crawford explained that RoxComp has undergone several routine surveys by both federal and state regulatory agencies. If there were deficiencies, Crawford said, they were fixed in a timely manner. Crawford then said she believes the letters were sent “in retaliation” for her role as chairman of the board of Roxbury Community College. She did not explain the link between the two institutions or how her role in one affected her role in the other. Shortly after those comments were made last summer, Crawford was replaced as board chairman of Roxbury Community College. It is unclear at this time whether the mismanagement at the Center will lead to any criminal charges. According to court records, the center received $1.9 million in fed-
eral 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. “It is my intention,” Feaster said in a statement, “to manage with appropriate diligence and respect the orderly disposition of
patient transfer, employee pay and benefits, accounts receivables and payments, and the preservation of assets. I look forward to immediately assembling a team to address the task before me.”
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU13C0122CA
O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON 05/02/2013.
To all interested persons:
WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 28, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
A petition has been filed by Velma Brinson of Mattapan, MA requesting that an Order of Complete Settlement of the estate issue including to approve an accounting and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. For the First and Final Account.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 617-788-8300
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 05/02/2012. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you.
In the matter of James Edward Roland of Roxbury, MA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME To all persons interested in a petition described: A petition has been presented by James E Roland requesting that James Edward Roland be allowed to change his name as follows: SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU11P0834EA
Zion Lennox Citation on Petition for Order of Complete Settlement of Estate IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT BOSTON ON OR BEFORE TEN
Estate of Printis Washington Date of Death: 11/09/2010
WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 02, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU13D0369DR
Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Renette Mathurin
above-named person's right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 01, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage pursuant to G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. The Complaint is on file at the Court.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411.
Docket No. SU13D0534DR
Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Calvis Duberry
You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Renette Mathurin, 3 New Acre Rd, #1, Hyde Park, MA 02136 your answer, if any, on or before 05/16/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court.
To the Defendant:
Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 1, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
The Complaint is on file at the Court.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU13D0302DR
Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Sandra L Feliciano
Marcos M Feliciano
To the Defendant:
The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage pursuant to G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B.
An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Calvis Duberry, 12 Seaver St, Boston, MA 02121-1333 your answer, if any, on or before 05/23/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 19, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage pursuant to G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. The Complaint is on file at the Court.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Sandra L Feliciano, 72 Maywood St, Boston, MA 02119-0720, your answer, if any, on or before 05/09/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 21, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU13D0045DR
Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Glenda Alvarez
Carlos Roberto Castillo
Docket No. SU13D0555DR
Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Rita R Williams
To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Rita R Williams, 718 Morton St, #3, Mattapan, MA 02126, your answer, if any, on or before 05/23/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 20, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
To the Defendant: Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department
The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage under G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. SUFFOLK Division
The Complaint is on file at the Court.
Docket No. SU13A0027AD
An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411.
In the matter of Takyi D'Moni Foster
You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Glenda Alvarez, 52 Woodruff Way, Mattapan, MA 02126 your answer, if any, on or before 05/02/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court.
To any unnamed or unknown parent and persons interested in a petition for the adoption of said child and to the Department of Children and Families of said Commonwealth.
Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 15, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
CITATION G.L. c. 210, § 6
A petion has been presented to said court by Tiffany Foster of Dorchester, MA, Jaqueline Wingo, of Dorchester, MA requesting for leave to adopt said child and that the name of the child be changed to Ta'Kyi D'Moni Foster. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT BOSTON ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON 05/30/2013. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: March 18, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
Docket No. SU13P0686GD NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NO: 13 CVD 2215
Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of Virginia Nelson Of Mattapan, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person
STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF CUMBERLAND
To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Boston Medical Center of Boston, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Virginia Nelson is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Boston Medical Center of Boston, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondant is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 05/09/2013. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the
CHRISTOPHER N. REEVES PLAINTIFF, VS. LAKEESHA A. KELLY DEFENDANT TO:
LAKEESHA A. KELLY
TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above entitled action; the nature being sought is for an absolute divorce. You are required to make a defense to such pleading not later than forty (40) days after the first publication of this notice being March 28, 2013, and upon your failure to do so, the Plaintiff seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. ROGER R. COMPTON Attorney at Law 5311 Raeford Road P.O. Box 42836 Fayetteville, NC 28309 (910) 424-6393
MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. L1183-C1, K-9 UNIT RELOCATION, 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, MAY 8, 2013, immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. Sealed filed sub bids for the same contract will be received at the same office until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013, immediately after which, in a designated room, the filed sub bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT AT THE LOGAN OFFICE CENTER, ONE HARBORSIDE DRIVE, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 02128-2909 AT 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON FRIDAY APRIL 12, 2013. The work includes: New Construction for Police K-9 Unit. The K-9 Unit Facility will be approximately 250' from the main Massachusetts State Police Troop F Headquarters. It will include approximately 1,500 g.s.f. for kennel space to house canines and 1,600 g.s.f. for human occupancy along with vestibule, electrical and mechanical rooms totaling 3,100 g.s.f. It will provide indoor and outdoor kennels for up to 14 dogs and provide 2 workstations allowing for up to 2 troopers to perform reporting and research tasks at a time. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 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 $2,183,000. 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 Maintenance and a Sub-bidder Update Statement. The filed Sub-bidder must be certified in the sub-bid category of work for which the Sub-bidder is submitting a bid proposal. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44H inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer's or a cashier's check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and /or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $1,000,000. Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. Filed sub bids will be required and taken on the following classes of work: ELECTRICAL FIRE PROTECTION HEATING, VENTILATING, AND AIR CONDITIONING MASONRY MISCELLANEOUS AND ORNAMENTAL IRON PAINTING PLUMBING ROOFING AND FLASHING WATERPROOFING, DAMP PROOFING, AND CAULKING 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. This contract is subject to a Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise participation provision requiring that not less than TEN PERCENT (10%) 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 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). 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. 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. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY
THE WORK INCLUDES PROVIDING A STAFF OF THREE (3) PERSONS FOR A THREE-YEAR PERIOD. STAFFING INCLUDES TWO MAINTENANCE AND ONE ADMIN.
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No AP1319-C1, FY 2014-2015 ROOF MAINTENANCE TERM CONTRACT, AT ALL MASSPORT FACILITIES, BOSTON, BEDFORD AND WORCESTER, 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, MAY 1, 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, SUITE 209S, LOGAN OFFICE CENTER, ONE HARBORSIDE DRIVE, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, AT 10:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013. The work includes: PROVISION OF LABOR, INCIDENTAL MATERIALS, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO REPAIR AND MAINTAIN ALL ROOFING SYSTEMS AT ALL PROPERTIES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE AUTHORITY, AS REQUIRED FROM TIME TO TIME, ON AN AS NEEDED/ON CALL BASIS, FOR A TIME PERIOD OF TWENTY FOUR (24) MONTHS. Bid documents will be made available beginning FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 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 an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of ROOFING. THE ESTIMATED CONTRACT COST IS, SIX HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($680,000). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44J 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 TEN MILLION DOLLARS ($10,000,000). 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. No filed sub bids will be required for this contract. 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). 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. 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. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
INVITATION TO BID The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is seeking bids for the following: BID NO.
Norumbega Reservoir Tree Removal
Purchase of ABBA Pump Parts for Fairbanks Morse Model No. 5721
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Sealed bids will be received at the offices of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Charlestown Navy Yard, Document Distribution Office, 100 First Avenue, First Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02129, up to the time and date listed above at which time they will be publicly opened and read. *(indicates) Bid Documents available on the Comm-PASS Website (www. comm-pass.com).
MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. LP1307-C1, FY 2014 - 2016, MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR LOGAN OFFICE CENTER, ONE HARBORSIDE DRIVE AND B.I.F. GARAGE, THREE HARBORSIDE DRIVE, 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, MAY 1, 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, LOGAN OFFICE CENTER, SUITE 209S, ONE HARBORSIDE DRIVE, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS AT 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013.
Bid documents will be made available beginning FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 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 an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of HVAC. THE ESTIMATED CONTRACT COST IS EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($800,000.00) FOR THREE (3) YEARS. Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44J 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.
LEGALS In recognition of the unique nature of the project and the services required to support it, the Authority has scheduled a Consultant Briefing to be held at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Capital Programs Department, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128. At this session, an overview of the project will be provided, the services requested by the Authority will be described, and questions will be answered, and a site visit to sample substations will be conducted at the end. Each submission shall include a Statement of Qualifications that provides detailed information in response to the evaluation criteria set forth below and include Architect/Engineer & Related Services questionnaires SF 330 (www.gsa.gov/portal/forms/download/116486) with the appropriate number of Part IIs. Certification of the prime and subconsultants shall be current at the time of submittal and the Consultant shall provide a copy of the certification letter from the Supplier Diversity Office, formerly known as State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) within its submittal. The Consultant shall also provide an original and fourteen copies of litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled “Litigation and Legal Proceedings”. See www.massport.com/ doing-business/Pages/ CapitalProgramsResourceCenter.aspx for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. In order to be eligible for selection, all aspects of Section 44, Chapter 7C of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall be satisfied including the majority of the firm’s Board of Directors or ownership shall be registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with the applicable provisions of the statute. Consultants shall furnish professional registration status of the firm’s board of directors or ownership. All individuals responsible for technical disciplines shall, upon commencement of the project, be registered Architects or Engineers, in that discipline, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The submission shall be evaluated on basis of:
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.
(1) current level of experience and knowledge of the team for similar projects, particularly the Project Manager, (2) geographic location and availability of the Project Manager, resident inspectors and other key personnel to be assigned to the project, (3) experience and expertise of subconsultants, (4) demonstrated ability to perform work with minimal disruption to airport operations, (5) familiarity with MGL, including filed sub-bid experience, (6) cost management and scheduling capabilities, (7) affirmative action efforts, please indicate the proposed % of M/ WBE participation
No filed sub bids will be required for this contract. (8) current level of work with the Authority, 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). 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. 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. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY ( Authority) is soliciting consulting services for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1018-D1 HVAC EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT PROJECT. The Authority is seeking a qualified multidisciplinary consulting firm or team, with proven experience to provide professional services including planning, design, and construction related services including resident inspection. The scope of services shall include HVAC systems within terminals B, C and E at Boston Logan International Airport, mechanical equipment and systems within the Central Heating Plant with an emphasis of the chillers, and the steam, high temperature hot water and chilled water distribution systems. The Consultant must be able to work closely with the Authority and other interested parties in order to provide such services in a timely and effective manner. The consultant shall demonstrate experience in multiple disciplines including but not limited to HVAC, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing. Ancillary disciplines shall include but not be limited to Architectural, Structural, Code Compliance, Cost Estimating, Construction Phasing, Sustainable Design, and Construction Management with proven experience in MGL Chapter 149A procurement and CM@Risk project delivery. The scope of work shall include, but not be limited to the following: (1) Preparation of a comprehensive inventory of existing HVAC units in the subject terminals considering condition, existing service area, proposed service area, capacity and efficiency; (2) Preparation of a detailed assessment of the existing chillers at the Central Heating Plant; (3) Preparation of distribution system models or the updating of existing system models of the steam, chilled water and high temperature hot water distribution systems serving each of the subject terminals; (4) Preparation of a conceptual design report that prioritizes improvements and recommends a comprehensive construction phasing plan; (5) Preparation of one or more sets of contract documents in accordance with the provisions of the Capital Programs Department, Manual II, Guidelines for Consultants; (6) Furnishing of bid phase services in accordance with the provisions of the Capital Programs Department, Manual II, Guidelines for Consultants; (7) Providing construction phase services as may be required based on the procurement methodology selected by the Authority; (8) Providing ancillary services including but not limited to energy modeling and commissioning to support the completion and successfully transfer of the completed work to the Authorities’ operating department. The contract will be work order based, and Consultant’s fee for each work order shall be negotiated; however, the total fee for the contract shall not exceed $3,000,000.
(9) past performance for the Authority, if any, (10) experience with sustainable design concepts, and (11) project understanding and technical approach to this project. The selection shall involve a two-step process including the shortlisting of a minimum of three firms based on an evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed immediately by a final selection of the consultant by the Authority. The Authority reserves the right to interview the firms prior to final selection, if deemed appropriate. By responding to this solicitation, consultants agree to accept the terms and conditions of Massport’s standard work order agreement, a copy of the Authority’s standard agreement can be found on the Authority’s web page at www.massport.com. The Consultant shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. Submissions shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 1/2" x 11"), no acetate covers. Fifteen (15) copies of a bound document and one PDF version on a disc each limited to: (1) an SF 330 including the appropriate number of Part IIs, (2) resumes of key individuals only each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section E, (3) no more than ten (10) projects each limited to one (1) page under SF 330, Section F, (4) no more than 3 sheets (6 pages) of information contained under SF 330 Section H addressing the evaluation items (except for the litigation and legal proceedings history), and (5) no more than 2 sheets (4 pages) of other relevant material not including a 2 page (max.) cover letter, SDO certification letters, covers, dividers, and other required information. This submission, including the litigation and legal proceedings history in a separate sealed envelope as required shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, PE, CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, May 23, 2013at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submission which is not received in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L. c.66. The procurement process for these services will proceed according to the following anticipated schedule: EVENT Solicitation: Release Date
DATE/TIME Wednesday April 3, 2013
Deadline for submission of written questions
Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 12:00 noon
Official answers published (Estimated)
Thursday May 9, 2013
Solicitation: Close Date / Submission Deadline
Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 12:00 noon
Times are Eastern Standard Time (US). Questions may be sent via email to CPBidQuestions@massport.com subject to the deadline for receipt stated in the timetable above. In the subject lines of your email, please reference the MPA Project Name and Number. Questions and their responses will be posted on Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport http://www.massport.com/doing-business/_layouts/ CapitalPrograms/default.aspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice and on Comm-PASS (www.comm-pass.com) in the listings for this project. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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