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Romney still invisible to blacks, despite Obama’s weak debate Yawu Miller
Bill Clinton with Berklee Chief of Staff Carl Beatty at the Berklee College of Music Bookstore. On Oct. 3, the former president made a surprise visit to the bookstore to pick up a few books on music. (photo courtesy of Berklee College)
Risk of disenfranchisement in states high for ex-felons Alexis Taylor Walter Lomax can still remember the day he cast his first vote in an election after serving 40 years, wrongly convicted, in a Maryland prison. His voice filled with emotion as he attempted to describe how it felt to exercise the long-denied right. “I felt empowered,” said Lomax, sitting inside the Park Avenue Baltimore office where he now operates the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative (MJRI). “Being someone who spent two-thirds of my life in prison, being free and able to participate was refreshing. I played a part in the process.” Not a hint of bitterness can be detected as the slender, tall man,
now in his early 60s, reflects on the day he entered a Baltimore booth in 2007, just one year after his release, to vote for a slew of offices from mayor to city council members. “Now if we need a speed bump in our neighborhood, a stoplight, or a playground I can have a say, because if you look in the records, you’ll see that I am a voting constituent,” he said. According to the Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy organization, one in 40 Americans stand to become disenfranchised even after they have served their time. That statistic is significantly higher when it comes to the African American population, where one in every 13 over the age of 18
has lost the right to vote. Across the nation, many states have changed laws regarding voter rights for those who have been behind bars. An estimated 5.3 million ex-felons were left out of the 2008 election. That number included 1.4 million African American men. “There are well over 5 to 5.2 million people with past felony convictions who are currently not able to participate in the democratic process of voting, which is a fundamental tenet as to who we are as a country,” said Benetta Standly, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “This is particular pervasive in the Deep South, where Voting, continued to page 28
come off as being genuine.” Despite the lack of backing for President Barack Obama’s first Romney among the spectators last debate performance was widely week, many acknowledged that he panned as listless by pundits and out-performed the president in polls, but former Massachusetts the University of Denver clash, Gov. Mitt Romney won no points which focused largely on domesfrom African American viewers at tic issues affecting the middle a Boston NAACP debate watch class. The topic of poverty and party last week. the growing ranks of the homeThe Republican nominee, who less and the hungry hardly made drew zero percent of black support an appearance in the debate. in an August NBC/Wall Street Jour“I don’t think Obama was on his nal poll, left watchers rolling their A-game,” said Hyde Park resident eyes and hoping the incumbent does Nakisha Lewis. “I hope Obama better in the final two showdowns does better in the next debate.” before the Nov. 6 election. Pundits on the national stage “We know gave Romney him,” said Discredit for his agt r i c t 7 C i t y “We know he gressive debatCouncilor Tito couldn’t find his way ing style, which Jackson of the he used to criex-Bay State to Roxbury. And tique the presg o v e r n o r a t we know he wasn’t ident’s policies Phillips Old and record in Colony House a champion for the office. Obama in Dorchester. middle class when was faulted for “We know he not responding walked away he was governor. We aggressively to from the FerRomney’s atcan judge him on dinand Buildtacks and failing ing. We know his record.” to call Romney h e c o u l d n ’t out on his pro— Tito Jackson find his way to tean positions Roxbury. And on issues and we know he wasn’t a champion other weaknesses. for the middle class when he was The outcome of the first White governor. We can judge him on House debate wasn’t the only area his record.” of agreement among observers. While African Americans out- There was near unanimity in deside of Massachusetts may not claring that the showdown in the have the benefit of experience, Mile High City set forth a clear Romney’s pledge to repeal the set of choices between governnational health care plan and cut ing philosophies, especially in the federal spending probably didn’t areas of taxes and health care. earn him many friends among the The nation’s first black presination’s black population, accord- dent was the first to draw a clear ing to Nancy Rachel Rousseau, a line in the sand during the 90field organizer for the Elizabeth minute exchange, moderated by Warren Senate campaign. Public Broadcasting Service news “There really isn’t much sup- host Jim Lehrer. Romney, continued to page 8 port for him,” she said. “He doesn’t
Benjamin Center: ‘…a gem on the hill’ Nakia Hill T h e E d g a r P. B e n j a m i n Healthcare Center is dispelling all rumors that the nursing home and rehabilitation center is closing. “We’re not closing and we are a gem on the hill that needs to be known,” said Myrna E. Wynn, the center’s CEO and president. The rumors began when the Goddard House, a nursing home located nearby, closed on Sept. 8. Since then, the Benjamin Center has been receiving numerous phone calls about the possibil-
ity that they too were shutting down. The rumors are unfounded. In fact, the elderly home and rehabilitation center, located in Roxbury near Heath Street and Parker Hill, is on an active campaign to increase visitors to the facility and utilize the center’s services. “We encourage people to come see the facility because when you enter the lobby it will feel like home,” said Guirlande Olivier Admissions and Marketing Representative. Benjamin, continued to page 29
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Roslindale resident Alicia Salamanca and Roxbury resident Sumiko Nelson, both students at Washington Irving Middle School, attended the 14th annual Literary Lights for Children awards ceremony and tea party on Sept. 30 at the Boston Public Library’s Bates Hall Reading Room. (photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library)
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BPS must not ignore racial segregation Shelley McDonough Kimelberg and Chase M. Billingham Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Carol Johnson and her staff recently released a range of proposals aimed at overhauling the way that students in Boston are assigned to schools. In formulating these plans, BPS drew on information they gathered at a series of public forums to inform residents about their plans to reorganize the city’s school assignment process and to hear residents’ concerns. Issues ranging from academic quality to school safety to transportation were all taken into consideration in the creation of the alternative assignment system. As BPS has prepared and unveiled these proposals, however, it has become increasingly clear that there is much confusion around how the current system works.
maintain racial integration — was eliminated. In our research, we have traced trends in racial and ethnic segregation between black, white, Asian, and Hispanic students in BPS from 1993 through 2011. While the level of school segregation has remained roughly constant between most racial and ethnic groups over that period, segregation between blacks and whites has increased slowly but steadily. The reasons for this shift are varied and complex. Increased suburbanization of both whites and blacks has played a role, as has the rise of other alternative schooling options, such as charter schools. Still, we cannot ignore the fact that as BPS has dropped race as an explicit consideration in student assignment, the district has reversed the gains that it had previously made toward achieving the goal of integration.
The current student assignment process is extremely complex, and this complexity is mainly due to a factor that has received little attention in public discussions of the proposed plans. That factor is racial segregation The current student assignment process is extremely complex, and this complexity is mainly due to a factor that has received little attention in public discussions of the proposed plans. That factor is racial segregation. In a report that BPS released in August on ways to improve parental school choice, racial segregation was not mentioned at all, despite the fact that the current system has its roots in efforts to desegregate Boston’s schools. The original version of the current system was implemented in 1988, 14 years after Judge Arthur Garrity ordered the busing of students across the city as a drastic strategy for integrating the schools. The U.S. Court of Appeals determined that, over that time, Boston’s schools had become as racially integrated as they possibly could, and BPS was allowed to implement a new student assignment plan. But the Court required that any new student assignment plan must not intentionally re-segregate the schools. The “controlled choice” plan begun in 1988, therefore, took deliberate steps to ensure that the student population in all of the schools more or less reflected the racial composition of Boston’s student population. BPS accomplished this goal through a range of tools, including the continuation of a mandate that 35 percent of seats in the city’s exam schools go to minority students. Because of several legal challenges, these racial considerations were weakened over time, until finally, in 1999, race and ethnicity were dropped altogether as criteria for determining where students would attend school. The fundamental student assignment system was left in place, but its very reason for existing — to
Boston has a long and difficult racial history, and no one wants to return to the troubled days of the 1970s, when students feared for their safety and Boston gained national infamy for its racially hostile climate. But we must not ignore the goal of providing an equitable, racially and socioeconomically integrated school environment for every public school student in Boston. The fact that this issue did not receive more attention during the committee’s public meetings and in the presentation of the new proposals seems to indicate that, at present, integration is not a priority. Sociologists, psychologists, and educational experts have thoroughly documented the widespread benefits students gain from integrated schooling experiences. Numerous studies have shown that, in integrated schools, achievement gaps shrink, students feel safer in the classroom, and children develop more nuanced cultural understanding, a critical skill in today’s global economy. Integrated schools are better places for children to learn, and they are necessary for preparing our children to live in multicultural cities like Boston. Debates will continue and many difficult issues will be raised as the mayor, the superintendent, and the school committee work to overhaul the city’s student assignment plan. As they undertake this critically important task, they must not lose sight of the value of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic integration in the city’s schools. Shelley McDonough Kimelberg is assistant professor and Chase M. Billingham is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University.
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A failed witch-hunt After more than three years in political purgatory, Maxine Waters, a member of Congress from Los Angeles, was exonerated of all House ethics violations. One must wonder in retrospect why she was charged at all. Waters allegedly violated the rule that a member of Congress must not use one’s office for personal benefit. But it is nonsensical to claim that to arrange a meeting with a member of the government for any reason would violate that rule. Such favors are done every day as constituent services. Waters supposedly erred by arranging a meeting between Robert Cooper, who was then president-elect of the National Bankers Association (NBA), and Henry M. Paulson, who was then Treasury Secretary. The NBA is the trade association for minority banks. The federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in September 2008 had caused considerable financial damage to community banks. The NBA sought some relief. The problem arose because Cooper was also general counsel of OneUnited Bank, in which Waters’ husband owns stock. But wouldn’t the same offence apply if he were a shareholder in any NBA bank? At any rate, the meeting with Paulson resulted only in information and no benefits. The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) of October 2008 benefitted only those banks that were “too big to fail.” It took the effort of Barney Frank, then chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, to propose an amendment that would benefit community banks. Waters did not vote on the amendment because of the possibility of a conflict of interest. Frank’s bill passed but TARP benefits were
not automatic. Banks had to get the approval of their regulating agency. OneUnited Bank did so, and after raising the FDIC-required additional capital, the bank was approved for $12 million of TARP funds. It is absurd to suggest that this was the direct result of Waters’ intervention. Because of the criticism by the press, the inspectors general of both the FDIC and the Treasury investigated and determined there was no undue influence. Nonetheless, major media published stories to suggest that OneUnited Bank was somehow complicit with Waters in a violation of House ethics. The press relied on leaked e-mails from disgruntled FDIC employees in support of their stories. What the press had without recognizing it was evidence of bigotry in the agency. The process to try Waters before the Ethics Committee for her violations became so corrupted that the trial scheduled for Nov. 29, 2010 was indefinitely postponed. Staff lawyers who were supposed to be impartially investigating and preparing the case for trial were fired for impropriety. Any attempt to prosecute Waters would have put the House on trial. The final solution was for the House to hire a competent outside counsel, William Martin, who came to the inevitable conclusion after thoroughly reviewing the evidence that there was no case. Waters had to be exonerated. It does not take rocket science to see that there was no cause and effect. Waters’ involvement did not result in benefits to anyone. Thus there was no case from the very beginning. This case points out the fragility of the status of prominent blacks and significant minority institutions in an environment that has not yet outgrown racial hostility.
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U.S. Sen. Brown campaign tactics strike a nerve As always, Andrea Cabral makes all Bay Staters proud (“Really, Sen. Brown? Tomahawk chops? War yells?” Bay State Banner, Oct. 4, 2012). Thank you for saying what needs to be said and with such grace and elegance. The behavior of Brown staffers that we all watched on YouTube made all of us who work every day on good governance sad, disappointed and finally disgusted with the rude, immature and totally offensive behavior seen in the video. Terry Yoffi Via email
Well said, Sheriff, and well done! And these people are still working for Senator Brown? Shame on him. Donna O’Brien Via email Employees follow their employers’ lead. In my opinion, U.S. Sen. Scott Brown didn’t reprimand anyone. I believe he toasted them with champagne instead, for a job well done! The Sheriff’s comments should go national.
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OPINION Obama’s Record Is His Firepower to Debate Victory Earl Ofari Hutchinson President Obama has a surefire winner in any debate with GOP presidential foe Mitt Romney. And that’s his record. Romney stood it on its head and belittled it in their fi rst debate. Given the imposed limitations of the debate, Obama couldn’t hammer back with it. But he can and he must. Debates are as much about style as substance. But substance with style will win every time. And this is where Obama can always beat Romney. It starts with Obama’s record. It’s an astoundingly productive and perfectly defensible record that keeps the focus on crucial make-or-break election issues such as the economy, health care, and foreign policy. Obama does not need to keep saying that he took over a mess from George W. Bush and has had to fight to clean that up for three years. That’s a given, but it will be parried. Instead, Obama can keep saying that the economy — despite its towering problems — has shown clear signs of rebounding, with unemployment down, economic indicators showing positive growth and proposed measures in place to reduce the deficit without putting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid at risk. Obama does not have to be defensive about military cuts, his relations with Russia and the European allies, and, most importantly, his outreach to the Muslim world. He can keep saying that it has brought peace, stability and healthy relations with European allies and cooperative relations with the Russians. He can keep saying that he has kept the line of dialog ue open bet ween t he Palestinians and Israelis, and there is absolutely no proof that he’s done this at the expense of weakening U.S. and Israeli relations. He can keep saying that his outreach to the Muslim world is the best guarantee of America’s defense and security. He can keep saying that countless defense experts and those in the defense establishment have been absolutely unequivocal that the phased-in military reductions he, in tandem with the Defense Department, have projected over the next decade will not weaken one bit of America’s strength and ability to respond to a crisis. He can keep saying these facts with short, punchy lines, and respond aggressively to Romney’s comebacks with equally quick and punchy rebuttals. He can stand Romney’s non-presidential record on its head. Romney did not inherit two flawed and costly wars, and Romney did not end one and wind another down. He can keep saying that if the GOP, Romney’s GOP, had not put every obstacle humanly possible in his way, he could have done even more to create jobs, reduce the deficit and add even more luster to America’s foreign policy image. He can keep saying that Romney has not had to make one decision about the budget, taxes, jobs, the military and defense, and foreign policy. Finally, he can keep saying these are things that he has actually done, and not what someone who has never served a minute in the Oval Office has the luxury of making inflated promises to do. Debates are just that — debates. They are verbal warfare, and wars are not won by diplomacy and civility. They are won by the side with the most firepower and the right means to deploy it. Obama’s record is his fi repower — a fi repower that Romney can never match. The right deployment of it is to take it to Romney, hard, fast and unapologetically.
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Obama. He laid out the facts and the plan that has been working for students so far.
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INthe news Manny Debrito Longtime Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries employee Manny Debrito of Roxbury was recently named a recipient of the Hartl Award, which is given annually to a staff member who best exemplifies the Goodwill mission. Debrito, who has been with Goodwill for more than 11 years, is a driver and handles many of Goodwill’s large corporate donations. Debrito was given the award in the employee category. “Manny is a true advocate for the Goodwill mission,” said Joanne K. Hilferty, president and CEO of Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries. “Manny handles all of his pick-ups with courtesy, professionalism and a smile.” The Hartl Award is named after Dr. Emil Hartl, who was the director of rehabilitation for Goodwill and the founder and director of the Charles Hayden Goodwill Inn School, a shelter for troubled youth. “I love my work at Goodwill,” said Debrito. “In a way, I’m the face
of Goodwill for many of our donors so I always do my best to make a good impression.” For more than a century, Goodwill has provided job training programs
and partnered with the business community to provide meaningful work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to self-sufficiency.
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Boston receives grant to reduce health inequities One of only two cities nationwide to be funded by CDC Banner Staff Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced last week that Boston has received funding to support the city’s work to reduce health inequities impacting communities of color. Under the leadership of the Boston Public Health Commis-
Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) grant program. “I’m so proud of the work we’ve done to build strong partnerships to continue to improve the health and wellness of our city,” said Mayor Menino. “It takes leaders from across the community working together to ad-
“It takes leaders from across the community working together to address this challenge, and this new funding will help us continue to ensure that our progress toward a healthier city can be shared by all.” — Mayor Thomas Menino sion (BPHC), the city and a group of partners was awarded $4.6 million by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue work on reducing obesity and hypertension among black and Latino residents citywide. Boston joins Los Angeles as one of only two cities in the country to receive funding through the three-year REACH (Racial and
dress this challenge, and this new funding will help us continue to ensure that our progress toward a healthier city can be shared by all. We were one of the first cities to take a comprehensive approach to addressing health disparities, and we’re determined to stay at the forefront.” The Boston REACH project aligns closely with Mayor Me-
nino’s Boston Moves for Health initiative, which encourages residents citywide to get active and maintain a healthy weight. “This project’s focus on addressing how racism shapes access to healthy choices is a wonderful fit with the REACH Coalition’s long commitment to engaging residents in advancing racial justice and health equity,” said Angela Hall-Jones, REACH Coalition co-chair. Along with BPHC, the project’s core partners are the YMCA of Greater Boston, the Harvard School of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center and Department of Nutrition, and the Boston REACH Coalition, a partnership between community residents, organizations, and BPHC that is working to address the root causes of racial health inequities. Concentrating its primary efforts in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, East Boston and Hyde Park, the city will take a fourpronged approach to reducing chronic disease among black and Latino residents. Funding will support a strategy that includes: • Expanding bicycling opportunities: Black and Latino residents in Boston are less likely than white residents to use the city’s
Hubway bikeshare system or to report that they bike as a means of transportation and recreation. • Incorporating more physical activity in out-of-school programs: BPHC will partner with the YMCA to help after-school programs create more opportunities for physical activity. • Increasing outdoor physical activity: BPHC will collaborate with the Parks, Police, and Transportation Departments as well as the REACH and Violence Intervention and Prevention coalitions to address barriers that restrict residents’ access to physical activity in their neighborhoods. These partners will work together to ensure that residents feel safe and eager to use the city’s green spaces for recreation and streetscapes for walking. • Promoting healthy beverages: BPHC will work with all partners to decrease consumption of sugary drinks and increase tap water availability at faith-based organizations, schools, early childcare and after-school programs, youth sports leagues and
programs, public housing developments, community health centers and neighborhood and social organizations. As part of this three-year project, Harvard will provide technical expertise in selecting interventions based on public health research and will oversee the evaluation. Boston will mentor other communities in successful strategies for reducing the health equity gap in obesity and hypertension. “The YMCA of Greater Boston is delighted to be a partner in this important initiative that closely aligns with our commitments to youth development and healthy living,” said Kevin Washington, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston. “Through our branches in Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park and East Boston, we will work with the other partners to reduce the barriers to healthy choices for children, youth, and adults.” Wherever your eyes may turn, see Him alone. Banish duality from sight. Let so’ham, so’ham sing in your breath. – Swami Muktananda
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Penny wise, pound foolish and no one the safer for it Lisa H. Thurau As all eyes focus on the failings of the police lab analyst, it’s time for Massachusetts citizens to open their eyes a bit wider and focus on the next avertable catastrophe in the making. In 2011, the “Results and Recommendations of the Special Commission on Massachusetts Police Training” was issued and summarily ignored. This report describes many shortcomings in the training provided to the Commonwealth’s police officers. Of particular note is the Commission’s finding that the state’s decision to reduce funding over the last decade means fewer officers have received training in specialized skills such as rape investigation and sexual assaults, criminal investigation, the collection and preservation of evidence, internal affairs investigation and drug raids. These areas are critical to the prosecution of crime and the defense of suspects; they are at the core of the justice system. That’s because the state’s Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC), which sets standards for statewide training, among other functions, has been de-funded to 2001 levels. At this point, the MPTC is using a recruit curriculum that has not been overhauled since 1996. And a lot has changed since 1996. Indeed, Massachusetts is barely funding police training. It ranks among the lowest three states in the country for per capita spending for police training. Both newly recruited and experienced officers are deprived of new developments and best practices for effective interactions with people suffering from mental health disorders, for working with juveniles and youth in schools — and for addressing implicit racial bias. Moreover, the MPTC was forced to eliminate its delivery of mandatory professional development (continuing education) training for officers this year due to funding shortages. When I go to a new doctor, I tend to furtively check the walls of the office for a diploma or a certificate of accreditation. I feel relieved when I see these framed documents, which serve as a portrait of rigorous training and certification of accomplishment. When an officer stops me and my liberty is at stake, I should be able to have the same level of certainty that I am dealing with a well-trained professional as I do with a doctor. When I’m being arrested, I should be able to assume the officer has been trained in the latest case law regarding probable cause and the elements of a crime. And if I or my child appear to be suffering from mental illness, I should be able to assume the officer has the training to recognize the signs and bring specialized training to bear. Just as it is axiomatic that an educated citizenry is the cornerstone of democracy, an educated police force is necessary to ensure that our individual rights and lib-
erties are guaranteed. But Massachusetts citizens cannot be assured of the adequacy of the professional training of
about $187 per officer in training, invests significantly less than our neighbors to the north. In 2008, per capita officer
Indeed, Massachusetts is barely funding police training. It ranks among the lowest three states in the country for per capita spending for police training. their police officers. The failure of the legislature to identify a stream of state funding for police training means that our state, which annually spends
training expenditure was $1,525 in Vermont and $933 in New Hampshire. In contrast, Massachusetts has shifted the cost of police training
to municipalities at exactly the time they are cash-strapped. As a consequence, the wealthiest municipalities are able to provide some training for their officers; the poorer municipalities are not. Is this justice by geography? This shifting of training to individual municipalities reduces the consistency and uniformity of training, potentially resulting in large disparities in the skills and knowledge officers can bring to calls for service and in their enforcement of the law. It also increases the liability costs, not to mention human costs, for communities when officers perform poorly. When the state can’t support equitable distribution of a trained police force, it forfeits its claim to equal access to justice and undermines the legitimacy of its justice system. Massachusetts needs to get its house in order by properly funding police education. We already do this for firefighters by adding a surcharge to homeowner in-
surance policies. Surely a similar surcharge to car insurance policies (an estimated $3 per policy per year) is a logical, cheap and necessary step Massachusetts’ residents could take to support and ensure public safety. Citizens of the Commonwealth have the right to expect professionalism from their police officers. The state must step up to the plate and meet its obligation to provide the resources officers need to meet that standard. Lisa H. Thurau is an attorney, anthropologist and founder of Strategies For Youth, which provides expert training services to promote positive police police/youth interaction.
Cherish good conduct. Become established on the path of morality. Earn virtue; shun defects. One who is anchored in the Self attains bravery and courage. If you meditate daily on That, you will never depart from it. — Swami Muktananda
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“Governor Romney has a perspective that says that if we cut taxes skewed toward the wealthy and roll back regulations, that we’ll be better off,” said Obama. “I’ve got a different view. I think we’ve got to invest in education and training. I think it’s important for us to develop new sources of energy here in America, that we change our tax code to make sure that we’re helping small businesses and companies that are investing here in the United States, that we take some of the money that we’re saving as we wind down two wars to rebuild America and that we reduce our deficit in a balanced way that allows us to make these critical investments.” Romney, after congratulating the president on his 20th wedding anniversary, joked that “I’m sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine — here with me.” After that, the gloves came off. “The president has a view very similar to the view he had when he ran four years ago, that a bigger government, spending more, taxing more, regulating more — if you will, trickle-down government — would work,” responded Romney. “That’s not the right answer for America. I’ll restore the vitality that gets America moving again.” Romney set forth his goals of achieving energy independence, increasing international trade, preparing the workforce for the jobs of the new economy, reaching a balanced budget and cham-
pioning small businesses. But time and again, the debate returned to the theme of which candidate would be better off for the middle class, with both Obama and Romney battling in the weeds of marginal tax rates, deductions, exemptions and health care minutiae. “When it comes to our tax code,” said Obama, “Gov. Romney and I both agree that our corporate tax rate is too high. So I want to lower it, particularly for manufacturing, taking it down to 25 percent. But I also want to close those loopholes that are giving incentives for companies that are shipping jobs overseas. I want to provide tax breaks for companies that are investing here in the United States.” Romney pushed back on the incumbent’s charge that he would cut taxes by $5 trillion, with much of the benefit going to the wealthiest Americans while blowing an even bigger hole in the annual $1.1 trillion budget deficit. “My view is that we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class. But I’m not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high-income people,” said Romney. The new argument by the former governor that his supplyside plan would not reduce taxes for the wealthiest was received with skepticism at the Dorchester gathering, where questions were raised about exactly how reducing tax rates by 20 percent would be offset by eliminating deductions and exemptions yet to be named by the Republican nominee.
The Boston Branch of the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity hosted a debate watch party for the first Presidential Debate at Phillips Old Colony House in Dorchester. (Eric Esteves photo) Sean Daughtry, Boston Branch NAACP debate watch organizer, called Romney’s ever-evolving position as a “reset.” “He’s reset his campaign to say his tax cuts are going to benefit the middle class, not the wealthy,” Daughtry said. On the issue of small business development, the argument once again returned to taxes. Romney accused the president of raising taxes on small businesses in his plan to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000. Obama countered with the assertion that 97 percent of small businesses would not be affected by the change.
A crowd of more than 200 people turned out last week for a presidential debate-watching party sponsored by the NAACP Boston Branch and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at the Phillips Old Colony House in Dorchester. (Yawu Miller photo)
Turning to health care, the candidates both attempted to shore up their support among seniors by focusing on their plans for Medicare, which provides health care for over 50 million elderly and retired Americans. Obama, touting the landmark Affordable Care Act, argued that the legislation strengthened Medicare by extending its solvency, creating new incentives for wellness, and bringing down the growth of costs. He criticized Romney for proposing to turn Medicare into a voucher program that would leave seniors saddled with thousands of dollars in additional bills. “This idea, which was originally presented by Congressman Ryan, your running mate, is that we would give vouchers to seniors, and they could go out in the private marketplace and buy their own health insurance,” said Obama. “The problem is that because the voucher wouldn’t necessarily keep up with health care inflation, it was estimated that this would cost the average senior about $6,000 a year.” Romney, who as governor signed the signature Massachusetts health care bill that served as the model for Obamacare, vowed to repeal the federal law, focused on $716 billion in Medicare cuts under the act and the trend of doctors starting to turn away Medicare patients because of lower reimbursement rates. “He says by not overpaying hospitals and providers, actually just going to them and saying we’re going to reduce the rates you get paid across the board, everybody’s going to get a lower rate,” said Romney. “Some 15 percent of hospitals and nursing
homes say they won’t take anymore Medicare patients under that scenario.” Obama said the $716 billion in cuts were reductions in payments to insurance companies that were used to strengthen Medicare. While the dizzying array of facts and figures may have left some debate-watchers confused, there was little doubt about the strength of Romney’s vigorous performance. Appearing confident and combative, he presented a clear contrast with Obama’s fatigued appearance and, at times, faltering answers. Polls taken in the wake of the debate showed that Obama’s post-convention advantage of five points disappearing, with the race now being called a statistical dead heat. Voters will have two more chances to see the heavyweights step into the debate ring. After the debate this week between Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the nominees will meet Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in a town meeting format moderated by CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley. The final presidential debate takes place Oct. 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer will referee a foreign policy discussion. While the president’s performance may have disappointed many in his strongest base of support, the debate-watch was a solid success, according to Daughtry. “I think we’ve made politics cool,” he said. “This is a Wednesday night. People came to watch a debate, which usually is not an engaging event. We’ve created a real sense of community.”
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Debate exposed divide between health plans Judith A. Stein and Joe Baker WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week’s presidential debate included an extensive discussion about Medicare’s future, mostly about the Romney-Ryan plan to privatize and likely end Medicare as we know it. Unfortunately, the facts and reallife experiences of the 49 million people and their families who rely on Medicare was largely absent from the discussion.
Even more troubling was the lack of attention paid to how the Romney-Ryan plan will affect those who are the most vulnerable. That includes low-income families and those with high-cost, chronic health care needs — significant issues for ethnic and racial populations in the United States.
Romney-Ryan Plan Ignores Real People The Romney-Ryan plan would save on the federal budget by in-
creasing costs for people with Medicare. That approach ignores the economic realities facing families that rely on the program as a lifeline. Under the Romney-Ryan plan, people with Medicare would receive an annual allowance — a voucher or premium support — to purchase a health insurance policy. The value of these vouchers is unlikely to keep pace with health care inflation, meaning people with Medicare would have to pay thousands of dollars more per year under the
Governor Deval Patrick welcomes Latino activists, officials and politicians from across Massachusetts for his office’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the State House. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. (Banner staff photo)
Romney-Ryan plan. About half of people with Medicare live on incomes of $22,000 or less — just under 200 percent of the federal poverty level — and women beneficiaries live on even less, about $15,000. Ethnic elders would be among those hardest hit by the increased costs imposed by the Romney-Ryan plan because these populations are more likely to have low or modest incomes. Ethnic seniors are twice as likely to live in poverty — 18 percent among African Americans and Hispanic households versus 7 percent among whites. Those in ethnic communities who rely on Medicare simply cannot afford the Romney-Ryan plan.
Obamacare’s Improvements Increasing out-of-pocket costs for Medicare families is just one troubling trademark of the RomneyRyan plan; repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — the “Obamacare” the president touted in the debate — is another. In addition to paying thousands more out of pocket for their health care needs, older adults and those with disabilities in ethnic communities would be disproportionately affected by reduced access to coverage and basic preventive care. ACA expands insurance coverage to tens of millions of people without health insurance through the expansion of Medicaid to individuals and families with incomes at 133 percent of the federal poverty level and the creation of public health insurance exchanges. These exchanges would create a health insurance marketplace at the state level, enabling people to comparison shop for plans that meet pre-determined federal and state requirements. The Romney-Ryan plan strikes a double blow to those who need Medicaid by doing away with the program’s expansion and slashing its funding by a third in the next 10 years. Ethnic and racial groups are among those populations more likely to be without insurance coverage, representing one-half of the uninsured population. They are also more likely to suffer from debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. In a letter to Congress, the Lead-
ership Conference on Civil and Human Rights wrote that “tuberculosis strikes Asian Americans at 16 times higher rates; cancer kills 35 percent more African Americans; and Hispanics are twice as likely to die from diabetes as the general public.” Under the Romney-Ryan plan, ethnic individuals without coverage would lose access to benefits, and those reliant on Medicaid would suffer as a result of funding cuts. In addition to loss of coverage, the Romney-Ryan system would cause people in ethnic communities to lose important benefits now afforded by ACA. ACA extends proven preventive benefits to people with all kinds of insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid and private plans. These improvements aim to help reduce rates of diabetes, HIV/AIDS, obesity and other chronic conditions disproportionately experienced in ethnic communities. ACA also includes programs with great promise to improve care, such as demonstration pilot projects that are test models of care for those with chronic diseases. The projects are testing ideas like “health homes” to coordinate care for lower-income residents now often shuffled from one site to another for treatment. The health care reform law also includes better data collection that can help close health care disparities, for example, between white and ethnic or racial populations.
A Matter of Life — and Health We are grateful for the opportunity this year’s election cycle has provided to ponder the future of Medicare and Medicaid. Yet, we are disappointed by the persistent neglect in the national dialogue to the beneficiaries who will be most affected by the changes proposed under the Romney-Ryan plan. People in ethnic communities, many of whom rely on low incomes and live with chronic, debilitating illnesses, must not be forgotten in Medicare debates. The very health — and ultimately the lives — of these communities are at stake. Judith A. Stein is executive director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy Inc. Joe Baker is president of the Medicare Rights Center in New York.
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The Kraft Center for Community Health creates new career paths for next generation of community health leaders With the support of Partners HealthCare and its founding academic medical centers — Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals — The Kraft Center for Community Health is helping to develop the careers of physicians and nurses who are committed to improving the health of our communities. “We hope that our focus on developing the careers of a committed group of physicians and nurses will build resources in our community — bringing more primary care, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology and psychiatry to health center-based practice sites,” said Derri Shtasel, M.D., M.P.H, Executive Director for the Kraft Center for Community Health. The Kraft Center for Community Health was established in 2011 by a generous gift from the Kraft family to Partners HealthCare to expand access to high-quality, cost-effective health care for low- and moderate-income
The first class of Kraft Center Fellows with Robert K. Kraft. From L to R: Joseph Joyner, M.D., Genevieve Daftary, M.D., M.P.H., Robert K. Kraft, Talya Salant, M.D., Ph.D., Katherine Knutson, M.D., and Ian Huntington, M.D. (J. Kiely, Jr. photo)
individuals and families. Community health centers serve as clinical practice sites for the motivated young physicians and nurses engaged with Kraft Center programs, offering them hands-on experience and mentorship from seasoned clinicians wellversed in the specific needs of underserved communities. Together with the Massa-
chusetts League of Community Health Centers, the Kraft Center is actively collaborating with health centers across the Commonwealth — including sites in Roxbury, Dorchester, South End, Jamaica Plain, Chelsea and Brockton areas. “Through our programs which combine clinical, management, policy and research activities, we hope participants
are better equipped to address the diverse health care needs of our communities and serve as leaders in the delivery of health services,” said Shtasel. The Kraft Center’s focus is post-residency training through a fellowship or a practitioner track. Kraft Center programs provide participants the opportunity to obtain an MPH (Master of Public
Health) through the Harvard School of Public Health, mentorship from community and academic experts, handson experience in public sector health activities, immersion in a clinical community health center-based practice and a loan repayment program. “Chronic diseases affect patients from all socioeconomic classes, but fall most heavily upon societies most disadvantaged,” said Ian Huntington, M.D., a Kraft Fellow engaged in clinical practice at Codman Square Health Center. “Based on my experiences through the Kraft Center, I seek to find a bridge between the system as it is now and the needs of the patients who use it most.” The Kraft Center is currently recruiting for next year’s class of participants. To learn more about how to become involved or to see a list of community health centers serving as clinical sites for Kraft Center participants, please visit www. kraftcommunityhealth.org.
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Theresa Brewer Brings in Grants to Help Roxbury Community College’s Mission By Ted Thomas It takes many different elements working in unison to help Roxbury Community College fulfill one of the main goals of its Mission Statement: “We believe that all students, given the appropriate resources, have the ability to reach their full potential.” Since 2007, when she was hired as RCC’s Director of Grants Development, Theresa Brewer has supported the college’s mission by bringing in grants that have proven critical to its academic programs. “My primary responsibility is to assist the college in securing grants that support the programs and services for students,” Brewer explained. It is a collaborative effort involving various college departments. “That means working with faculty and staff who operate those programs,” she said. Brewer works with “anyone at the college who wants to apply for a grant.” It is part of Brewer’s responsibility to identify grants that are appropriate for a particular program and also “aligns with the college’s mission statement. We are always looking for funding opportunities that support programs and the students,” she said.
Once a grant comes to the college, it doesn’t end there for Brewer. “We also assist in the management of those grants,” Brewer said, “to ensure that the college is meeting compliance requirements.” Brewer’s work has resulted in an impressive array of grants that have combined to strengthen RCC’s programs and enhance the college’s overall teaching and learning environment.
A sampling of significant programs includes: • Title III — Strengthening Institution Grant: This federal grant of nearly $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education funded the upgrade of a number of RCC classrooms into technologically-equipped “smart classrooms.” The grant also funds comprehensive professional development. It strengthens RCC through upgraded classrooms, faculty training, and improved student performance and outcomes. The grant is in its third year. • Massachusetts Community College and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda: The U.S. Depart-
ment of Labor awarded this federal grant of $785,000 to RCC as a part of a larger grant given to the Statewide Community Colleges Consortium. The grant helps community colleges build capacity to deliver accelerated education and training in Healthcare and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. • Talent Search, Project GPS — Graduate, Perform, Succeed: This five-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education is for a total of $1,150,000. The grant funds academic, career, and financial literacy workshops and services to 500 Boston Public middle and high school students. A number of other grants have arrived at RCC, including state grants from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. One of the state grants is the Adult Basic Education Transi-
tion to Community College grant, which provides credit courses to adults transitioning to college. The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment grant provides college courses and support services to students with disabilities. Brewer said that there is a common purpose that connects the many grants that RCC attracts. She said that all of the grants that come to RCC are to support and improve student success. “We have seen some measureable improvement in student outcomes,” she said. Prior to coming to RCC, Brewer, who has a Master’s Degree
in City Planning from MIT, worked for the state in the Department of Community Development. Her chief responsibility was managing community services block grant programs. At RCC, Brewer finds great satisfaction in finding ways to help improve the education of students. “There is no student who doesn’t deserve a quality education,” she stated. Yvonne Anthony recently joined the staff as a grant writer to assist Brewer in applying for increasingly competitive grants.
Theresa Brewer, left, at podium, visits a smart classroom funded by a Title III grant. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Milton Samuels)
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Shady Hill School and Diversity Education: A Continuing Evolution By Tahira WilsonGuillermo, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion As I begin my 19th year at Shady Hill School and we approach the School’s centennial celebration, I am pleased to reflect on our roots and diversity initiatives. Shady Hill enrolls 500 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and is committed to stewarding a rich multicultural curriculum and a diverse and inclusive community. Did you know that Maria Baldwin was the catalyst for starting Shady Hill? Her school, known as “Miss Baldwin’s School” in Cambridge, was the public elementary school the Agassiz School (recently changed to The Baldwin School). “Miss Baldwin was one of a very few black teachers to become a principal in Cambridge, but she did and ran a good school. Among her constituents were a number of the Harvard-connected families who wanted co-education for
their children and who believed in supporting the public schools.” This quote is from “Shady Hill School: The First 50 Years,” which describes the start of our school in 1915. When the building that housed Miss Baldwin’s School was condemned and torn down in 1914, Miss Baldwin retired.
William Ernest Hocking and his wife Agnes O’Reilly Hocking, whose children had been enrolled at Miss Baldwin’s School, took interest in beginning a new school and established the co-educational, progressive Cooperative Open Air School — which eventually became Shady Hill School.
From the beginning, Shady Hill has been committed to being a progressive institution with a diverse community. Our first students of color were admitted in the 1940s. In the 1960s, the School raised funds to create greater socioeconomic diversity within our student body. Our teachers and
Zachary Lyncée SHS 2012 (center) created and facilitated a workshop, “Stand Up Against Bullying,” at the 2012 AISNE Middle School Diversity Conference.
parents joined together to promote racial awareness in the 1970s, and Diversity at Shady Hill (DASH), our community’s diversity group, was established in the 1980s. The first affinity group for students of color was established soon after. In the 1990s, a group of Shady Hill teachers, along with teachers from other local independent schools, established an annual Middle School Student Diversity Conference. The Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) has taken over the administration of this event. Last spring, Shady Hill hosted nearly 250 middle school students from AISNE schools at a conference entitled, “Looking at Social Justice and Equity Through The Arts.” Students spent the day in workshops focused on a variety of social issues, including bullying, racism, stereotyping and hunger and looked at how art can be used to address injustice. Middle School student participants demonstrated leadership Shady Hill, continued to page 21
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The Steppingstone Academy Prepares Boston Students for College Success
It’s October, and students applying to Boston public exam schools or local independent schools for next year are busy studying for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), researching schools and completing applications. For families and students applying for the first time, the process can sometimes be confusing. Questions may include: Would my child keep up with the demands of an exam school? How much financial aid is available? Will my child make friends? How do I choose which school is the best fit for my child? For families who may need extra support in applying to college prep schools, The Steppingstone Academy can help. For more than 20 years, Steppingstone has prepared more than 1,400
students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. The Steppingstone Academy specifically prepares motivated students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about, prepare for and succeed at Boston’s public exam schools and top independent schools. Steppingstone supports students and their families every step of the way to ensure that Steppingstone Scholars ultimately graduate from high school, enroll in a four-year college and
become college graduates. Each year, Steppingstone selects hardworking fourthand fifth-grade students to enter its free 14-month academic program. Through two summers, Wednesday after-school and Saturday classes, Steppingstone Scholars advance their math, writing and reading skills. They preview courses like Latin and algebra. They read Shakespeare. They make lifelong friends from across the city that share a passion for learning. Valentine Iwejuo, a Mat-
tapan resident, senior at The Roxbury Latin School and a Fessenden School ’10 graduate, learned about The Steppingstone Academy through a family friend and began the summer before fifth grade. “Steppingstone served as a bridge for me and helped me academically and socially,” he said. In high school, Valentine has participated in many of Steppingstone’s support services offerings, including college workshops, college tours and Saturday Mentoring and Study Hall
Steppingstone accepts applications from motivated Boston students in grades four and five. The application deadline is Jan. 2, 2013. For more information, families may call 617-423-6300 or visit www.tsf.org.
(SMASH) during the academic school year. This past summer, Valentine served as a Teaching Assistant (TA) at The Steppingstone Academy, where he taught and mentored young Scholars. “Being a TA gave me a new perspective — it made me appreciate how hard teachers work and it was a great experience being a mentor for young kids,” he said. At Roxbury Latin, Valentine is a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and lacrosse), an active participant in community service and a member of the yearbook team. Statistics support Steppingstone’s success. Of the Scholars who complete the academic component, 99 percent graduate from high school and 91 percent enroll in a four-year college.
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Roxbury Latin takes pride in its Renaissance men John Eliot, after whom the Eliot Church in Roxbury is named and who preached for many years at the First Church in the square that bears his name, founded The Roxbury Latin School in 1645 “to fit [students] for public service both in church and commonwealth in succeeding ages.” He believed that, whatever a man’s profession, the thrust of that man’s life should be “public service.” He hoped to instill in students a desire to live serious lives of noble purpose characterized by a concern and respect for others. The Founder’s statement may have been written 367 years ago, but it still expresses Roxbury Latin’s mission today. With fewer than 300 boys in grades 7-12, The Roxbury Latin School, located in West Roxbury (an easy 10-minute commute from Forest Hills), is a small school that strives to prepare its students not only for college, but also—more importantly—for life. It is hard for boys at Roxbury Latin to “fall through the cracks” because we pride ourselves on knowing and loving every boy. While formal structures (such as our advisor system) guarantee that a boy will be guided by an adult, it is the smallness of the School community that ensures that many faculty and staff will know and care about a boy. At Roxbury Latin, there are a number of extracurricular activities that expand and challenge the abilities of our students. We offer programs in sports, music, drama, community service, public speaking, debate, Model United Nations and School publications. Our boys possess richly diverse talents and do not confine themselves to only one or two extracurricular activities. They observe their peers engaged in many commitments, and they benefit from this positive example as it inspires them to try new things and often to discover a passion for an activity that, previously, they never would have expected to enjoy.
One boy, Khalif Mitchell of Hyde Park, who is now beginning his senior year, has taken full advantage of the numerous academic and extracurricular opportunities at Roxbury Latin. Since his arrival as a seventh grader, Khalif has been a strong student, taking a demanding course load of honors and Advanced Placement classes. Last spring, he earned an excellent score (4) on both the Computer Science and English Literature AP Exams, and he is currently taking two other AP courses (Calculus and Music Theory). He also is one of only 1,600 African Americans in the country who has qualified as a semifinalist for the National Achievement Competition, which recognizes the highest test performers on the 2011 PSAT/NMSQT. Khalif came to Roxbury Latin because he wanted a greater academic challenge, and he believed that the School’s learning environment would force him to become a more proactive student. He admits that even though it took him a little while to get used to the increased rigor, he always felt supported by his teachers. Khalif stresses the importance of his teachers in his academic and personal development, noting, “I have had some tough stretches. For example, in the middle of my junior year I was having a hard time finding success, but my teachers helped me get through those bumps. It means a lot when teachers know you and care.” Since he has received such support, Khalif, in turn, has worked hard to meet and exceed the expectations of his teachers. In addition to the positive mentoring of the adults in the community, Khalif believes that the atmosphere in an all-boys school allows boys to be themselves and is conducive to their learning. He speaks in an excited tone about his engagement in class on a daily basis, saying, “There is a casual, but RLS, continued to page 17
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focused style, so it is a great environment for boys. The teachers can cater to what boys need and they get all the students talking, thinking and contributing to class.” In particular, he has developed a love of art and computer science during his time at the School and wants to pursue them jointly in college. He hopes to attend a school that focuses on those subject areas, such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University or Rochester Institute of Technology. Beyond the classroom, Khalif has been a star contributor in both the arts and athletics. He has adopted the School’s philosophy of “creating Renaissance men.” He is a starting tailback and defensive back on the varsity football team, of which he has been a part for the past three years. He has also been a four-year member and is the captain elect of the varsity track team, which won an Independent School League championship and two New England titles in the last three years. He ran the first leg on the 4x100m relay team, which set a New England record last season, and was a New England silver medalist in the 300m intermediate hurdles, 400m and 4x400m relay. Outside of the athletic realm, Khalif sings in the chorus and recently earned a spot in the School’s highly selective a cappella group. Finally, Khalif acts as a tour guide for the Admission Office, works behind the scenes on the tech crew for the spring musical, and leads Botball, an extracurricular activity
in which students design and build robots for a regional competition. He truly is a Renaissance man. He has grown as a person by being encouraged to push himself to excel in many areas of school life. It is clear that Khalif has benefited from his Roxbury Latin experience and has given back much to the community. His generosity of spirit extends beyond the halls of Roxbury Latin, as he volunteers in his hometown community as a coach for his former Pop Warner football team, the Hyde Park Cowboys. This service speaks volumes about Khalif’s character, as does his previous summer work experience at the Museum of Fine Arts, where he was involved in outreach to teen organizations. His devotion to a range of school and community activities is actually common among boys at Roxbury Latin. The School’s culture of participation helps boys realize that there is more to life than one’s own pursuits. Our students are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities of life, because they understand and embrace the words etched into a frieze in our dining hall: “From those to whom much has been given, much will be expected.” Khalif Mitchell is an excellent example of the motivated and selfless boys, drawn from all over Boston, who proudly belong to the Roxbury Latin community.
If you would like to learn more about Roxbury Latin, please visit our website (www. roxburylatin.org), email the Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call that office at 617.325.4920.
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Middle Division Stands Out at Park: Looking Back, Looking Inward, Looking Forward
“Children ages 8-11 have often been underestimated in educational settings,” says Cynthia Harmon, Middle
Division Head at The Park School in Brookline. “At Park, the Middle Division (for Grades 3–5) is not merely a
passageway to something; it is its own destination.” A few years ago, the school created a Middle Division to
meet the needs of the whole child at this unique developmental juncture. With the primary goal of meeting the needs of children where they are, Cynthia adds, “the skills they learn in the Middle Division gain nuance and complexity as they progress through Park’s older grades.” Calling upon a rich metaphor of jazz music, Cynthia likens the notion of a “home key” to the critical skills children acquire and practice in the Middle Division: “You need to know your home key before you can do improvisation.” Cognitively, students in the division start out in Grade 3 using their new reasoning skills in order to discern questions like, “What is the big idea?” “By Grades 4 and 5, students are ready for more independence, along with more homework, rules and routines, and the move to a new wing of the school signifies this social-emotional growth,” says Cynthia. Throughout the Middle Division, children transition from gathering basic skills to making meaning of how to think about
and use them effectively. The Middle Division also affords students the opportunity to experience bumps along the road both academically and social-emotionally. Cynthia notes, “It is our collective responsibility, parents and teachers alike, to help our children learn from their mistakes, taking advantage of the inevitable challenging moments that are an integral part of learning.” The Middle Division offers what Cynthia describes as “multiple small community connections” within the homeroom classrooms, where children learn how their behavior affects others. “We aim to set children up for success, both academically and interpersonally,” Cynthia explains. Conversations in the classroom led by teachers, as well as occasional “visits with or by Ms. Harmon,” emphasize the importance of process and teachable moments both of character development and academic growth. She is particularly proud of Park, continued to page 21
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Commonwealth School: Always Searching for More By Tristan Davies “Who can find the most trash?” That challenge from 17-year-old Jessica François sent a handful of children scrambling through the streets of their rural Nicaraguan village. François, who lives in Dorchester, spent six weeks in Nicaragua as part of a program sponsored by “Amigos de las Américas,” a non-profit organization that sends high school and college students to help communities in Central and South America and the Caribbean through community service and leadership training. “Their idea of community service is very different,” she said. “They want us to help the community do it for themselves, to be sustainable.” In the village, she helped at a school and at a local clinic, where she gave oral vaccines to babies. The trash hunt was part of an environmental health class she taught. “That was my favorite,” she recalled with a big smile. “Kids were running down the street screaming ‘over there!’” The children got prizes: “Candy — and a toothbrush.” Jessica’s participation in “Amigos” was arranged by Summer Search, which she joined in 10th grade. She was nominated for Summer Search that year by Larry Geffin, her advisor at Commonwealth School, where Jessica is now a senior. “Commonwealth introduces you to a lot of opportunities,” she
said, and the school’s teachers have helped her to make the most of them. Knowing that the language wasn’t her strongest subject, Spanish teacher Frederique ThiebaultAdjout invited Jessica to drop by her house and talk, “just so I could practice before I left,” said Jessica. The eye-opening and fulfilling summer may be one of her more iconic high school memories, but Jessica recognizes how so many parts of her life revolve around Commonwealth. She came to the private high school in Boston’s Back Bay three years ago, when she was unhappy at one of Boston’s largest and most selective public high schools. A best friend already going to Commonwealth suggested she take a look. “I came to visit her a couple of times, and I just loved Commonwealth” said Jessica. “Everybody was so nice, and I liked how the teachers paid so much attention to the kids.” In the face of Jessica’s enthusiasm, her mother, who didn’t like the idea of private school at first, eventually came around. “Commonwealth is a place for kids who really want to learn, including learning from other people,” observed Jessica. The strength of those personal connections has enabled her to persevere in the school’s rigorous academic environment and given her friends and colleagues the ability to share the joy and triumph when she goes fur-
ther than she thought she could. The connection she has with her teachers is especially important, and Jessica singled out Catherine Brewster, an English teacher, when thinking about her favorite teachers and classes. “Eleventh-grade English with her was really challenging, but I learned so much from it,” she said, noting that she and Brewster met every week outside of class to discuss readings and to work on Jessica’s writing. “Last year we ended up talking a lot about how to make paragraphs coherent, how to write in ways that help a reader understand and share in what Jessica is saying,” said Brewster. “Now, I see a lot more confidence and cohesion in her essays.” Even with a pair of part-time jobs, Jessica still makes time for her group of “great friends.” The lines that divide other schools into cliques are less of a factor in Commonwealth’s social life, she said. “Crossing the lines is OK — when you go to class, you’re just kicking it with friends.” The cultural, economic, and geographic diversity among Commonwealth’s 150 students also adds to the education, as students share their stories and perspectives in and out of class. Jessica, whose parents are Haitian, has fit in comfortably. “I notice that students of color are in the minority here, but it’s not a problem, not in my acting, my danc-
ing, or in class,” she said. Diversity Director Lihuan Lai, who is also a Commonwealth graduate, says “Jessica quickly made friends with other students of color at Commonwealth.” “She also has a substantial role on the Diversity Committee,” a group of about 25 students from many different backgrounds who hold meetings throughout the school year and plan an annual “Diversity Day” to raise awareness of issues related to ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. “When she speaks, others
listen,” said Lai. At Commonwealth, Jessica has found a community that helps each student find his or her voice, and feeds his or her passion for learning. “Commonwealth is a place where you can accomplish a lot and be satisfied,” she said knowing that what her friends and teachers have learned and taught will serve her well for a long time. For more information, call (617) 266-7525 or visit www.commschool.org
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A Winsor Education Means the World to Girls “Just think about the different cultures, languages and neighborhoods of our city,” reflects Julian Braxton, director of community and multicultural affairs at the Winsor School in Boston, a leading independent school for academically promising girls in grades 5-12. “In many ways, we don’t have to go far for a global experience.” In its mission of preparing girls to “contribute to the world,” Winsor opens girls’ eyes to the world in countless ways. Students build global competencies at every level of the curriculum, including in cutting-edge
non-Western courses. Learning opportunities extend into many aspects of school life, from global speaker assemblies to lunchtime cultural celebrations to international trips and exchanges that take girls as far away as China and India. Girls also learn from each other. Responsible global citizenship starts at home. With many nationalities represented in the student body, the school is already a global microcosm. Located in Boston’s dynamic Longwood medical area, Winsor draws its 430 students from more
than 50 communities. The school strives to be “a place where everyone feels welcome,” adds Mr. Braxton. Affinity groups are one powerful way in which the school lives out its ideals of welcome and support for girls from diverse backgrounds. Every spring, at Winsor’s end-ofyear celebration of affinity groups, students gather with their families and teachers to reflect on how meaningful the groups are to them. The evening puts the spotlight on Winsor girls. Presenters include students involved in SISTERS, short for Sharing Individual Stories Through
Winsor’s diverse, vibrant community mirrors the school’s city setting. The school’s size and traditions help girls build deep friendships and enjoy a sense of class spirit and unity. (Margaret Lampert photo)
Everyone’s RootS, a support system for girls of African-American, AfroCaribbean, Cape Verdean and Latina descent, and in AsIAm, a group for students of Asian descent. “The best part,” explains one Winsor student, “is knowing that everyone is coming into the group with an open attitude and a willingness to understand each other. We bond with one another and share parts of ourselves and honestly become each other’s sisters.” Through a Big Sister Program, older girls are matched as mentors to younger girls. From the start, “we try to teach girls the importance of actively and positively defining yourself,” Mr. Braxton adds. Each fall, the school’s Parent Network for Diversity also sponsors a “welcome” event of its own, helping new girls and their families feel at home at Winsor. Every day at Winsor, the school’s teachers foster girls’ confidence and sense of possibility. At one year-end celebration, Tanya Lindsay (’03) returned to speak. President of her Winsor class, Tanya went on to become president of the Black Students’ Organization at Columbia University. “It is in this community I learned to speak up and speak out,” she said. “It is in this community I learned to be confident in myself.” Winsor’s lessons — and friendships — stay with girls for their lifetimes. The college choices of Winsor graduates reflect the strength of the school and its students. In the last five years, the colleges attracting the
largest number of Winsor alumnae were Harvard, BC, Vanderbilt, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, George Washington University and MIT. While college is in girls’ immediate futures, Winsor truly prepares them for life. At Winsor, “what matters is what kind of women our students will become and that their futures are open to boundless possibilities,” explains Rachel Friis Stettler, the school’s director. “We’re excited to share why Winsor is such a special place,” says Pamela Parks McLaurin, director of admission and financial aid and a Winsor graduate herself. When she talks to girls, she weaves a simple invitation into her conversations: “Challenge yourself. Enjoy yourself. Be yourself.” The admission team looks carefully at every girl who applies, and seeks girls who will thrive here. Intellectual curiosity, academic ability, motivation, a generous spirit and a respect for difference are all part of what Winsor seeks. SISTERS and AsIAm are two of many examples of community efforts at Winsor, each guided by the school’s Principles of Diversity. Those principles go hand in hand with Principles of Global Responsibility. Importantly, “Winsor acknowledges, supports and values the visible and notso-visible areas of diversity,” adds Ms. McLaurin. To learn more, please call the Admission Office at 617 7359503 or visit www.winsor.edu.
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skills, as many were able to lead workshops with their peers. This fall, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) will publish an article in Independent School magazine about a community-wide socioeconomic diversity study conducted at Shady Hill last year. The article, written by Shady Hill’s Head of School Mark Stanek, describes our year-long initiative that included community readings and conversations, a survey that asked families about their socioeconomic perspectives and a series of speakers. As a tuition-charging school — many families pay full tuition, but the school’s needbased financial aid program awards over $2 million in aid every year — we are very aware that our community includes parents and children representing a wide range of financial circumstances. Last year’s open and thoughtful conversations have inspired us to continue work in this area this year.
My role has changed over time, and being part of an institution with dedication to social justice has been both rewarding and inspiring. As coordinator of students of color, gender, and new student affinity groups, and director of diversity-related service initiatives, I am energized in knowing that each student can embrace Shady Hill as his or her own school. With 32 percent of our student body identifying as students of color, a variety of family structures, students coming from 40 different communities and many different languages spoken in our homes, we have tremendous opportunities to celebrate each other’s backgrounds. Each year, we add students in pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 3 and Grade 6, and we occasionally have openings in other grades, as well. Please come to an Admission Open House and visit our website at www.shs.org to learn more about Shady Hill School and begin the admission process. I look forward to meeting you!
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the Middle Division’s focus on character development. Students broaden their understandings of what it means to participate in a community with rules that support a cooperative learning environment and how to work and play together in a common space. Socially, fifth-graders are the leaders of the Middle Division, and there are high expectations for their behavior: They often hear, “there are little kids watching you.” Community at Park is built not just through curricular goals, but also by day-to-day social rituals. Middle Division students attend a special Morning Meeting on Tuesdays tailored to their developmental perspective. In addition, Cynthia goes to every Middle Division class each morning to take attendance and establish personal connections with students. She aims to be seen as a resource for children, and not just as a disciplinarian. At Park, “leading from the middle” is not just a catch phrase. Last year, the school implemented a “stay-at-school” iPad pilot for Grade III, where each third-grader received an iPad, preloaded with applications to support ongoing in-
struction in language arts, math and social studies. “So many academic programs are written for kids ages 8-10; our Middle Division is really in the sweet spot to transform the device from a toy to a tool,” Cynthia explains. Classroom teachers are able to load individualized apps on each student’s iPad, allowing for more differentiated learning. “This pilot was so successful that we have expanded it to fourth grade this year, and it will help inform our thinking about the one-to-one technology choices for our older students (in Grade 69).” In terms of technology, Park really is leading from the middle. Looking back, looking inward, looking forward — Park’s Middle Division has taken hold with a strong mission and purpose, steering children through the unique developmental landscape of middle childhood.
Community at Park is built not just through curricular goals, but also by dayto-day social rituals.
In addition to serving as the Middle Division Head, Cynthia A. Harmon is also the Assistant Head for Professional Development at The Park School in Brookline. During her 20-year career in independent school education, she has been a teacher, coach, advisor and administrator. Cynthia is a conservatorytrained classical vocalist and has been a member of the New England Spiritual Ensemble since 1995.
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Father honors daughter’s life, struggles in new book
Lauren Terrazzano with her dog, Bart. Lauren passed away from cancer in 2007, and her father, Frank, subsequently co-wrote the book “Life, with Cancer: The Lauren Terrazzano Story.” (Photo courtesy of Frank Terrazzano) Lauren Magnuson Before Lauren Terrazzano learned she had cancer at age 36, she told her father that her life goals as a journalist included winning a Pulitzer Prize and writing a book. She did win that Pulitzer Prize, an award she shared with her team
at Newsday for their coverage of the TWA Flight 800 crash. But Terrazzano’s life was cut short in 2007 by lung cancer — despite being a nonsmoker — just three years after her diagnosis. “She never got to write that book. I was going to do something for her in that respect,” said Frank
Terrazzano, her father and the coauthor of “Life, with Cancer: The Lauren Terrazzano Story,” which was released on Oct. 2 and features a foreword from Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and author Anna Quindlen. Born in East Boston and raised in Tewksbury, Lauren Terrazzano established a celebrated career in social journalism. Her father said that in honoring his daughter’s memory, he wanted to show that “first and foremost she was a truly dedicated and caring journalist. She really cared about people.” During her 14 years at Newsday, Lauren’s investigative reporting on the lack of adequate security at New York nursing homes resulted in new legislation to address the problem and earned her a commendation from then-Gov. George Pataki. Lauren’s career also earned her the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism for her work on stories about children and families. “She became a voice for the voiceless,” Terrazzano said of his daughter’s passion for addressing social issues and championing those who “fall through the cracks.” “She was adamant about trying to get them on the front page ... not for her name, but for the story,” said Paul Lonardo, co-author of the book. Lonardo interviewed many of Lauren’s friends and former colleagues to paint a picture of her
life. He said their accounts sounded almost too good to be true. “She did go that extra mile for her friends and for her stories, and that’s kind of what the book is about,” Lonardo said. She went that extra mile even while traveling when her cancer was in remission. Lauren went to Guatemala in 2005 to visit a friend from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she earned her master’s in 1994. The region had been ravaged by Hurricane Stan,
“She did go that extra mile for her friends and for her stories, and that’s kind of what the book is about.”
— Paul Lonardo
with deadly mudslides leveling whole communities. Lauren was able to contact and convince the U.S. Army Southern Command to allow her to accompany four young men on a 15-hour helicopter mission delivering food and supplies. She reported her experience in an article that was widely syndicated in the U.S. “She was supposed to be on vacation,” Frank Terrazzano said. “I don’t know how she did it, but being the journalist that she was, if
there was a story ... she was going to sniff it out.” In her final months, Lauren Terrazzano published a weekly column in Newsday entitled “Life, with Cancer.” She developed a following with her direct approach to difficult subjects, such as the stigma surrounding lung cancer and the inappropriate things people say to cancer patients. “She got thousands of cards from people,” her father said. “It’s just amazing the following she got.” Frank Terrazzano has compiled a pamphlet of all of her columns, which he provides free to cancer treatment centers, support groups and individuals. Lauren’s final column, which was published posthumously, celebrated the then-upcoming Kites for a Cure, a kite-flying event on Long Island to raise awareness and funding for lung cancer research. Flying kites was a hobby that Lauren shared with her father on Sundays at the beach when she was growing up, he said. Frank made his own kite featuring a photograph of Lauren that he and his wife, Virginia, fly on the beach in their town of Hull every year on her birthday, March 28, and the date of her passing, May 15. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to the Lauren Elizabeth Terrazzano Memorial Scholarship Fund, which her parents established at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Frank Terrazzano said the process of writing the book was emotionally challenging at times, but ultimately he is pleased that they were able to overcome the many obstacles to publishing a book. “I’m so happy,” he said. “I never thought in my wildest dreams that it would get this far.”
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Jim Boyd: From Harlem to the Broadcasters Hall of Fame
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Jim Boyd with WCVB anchor Susan Wornick and TV host Tom Bergeron.
Retired WCVB Anchor and recent inductee into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame Jim Boyd says he had no idea he was going to become a journalist. Boyd, a native of Harlem, established a career in journalism without a college degree. “I’m still in awe over the things I was able to do,” said Boyd during an interview at Eastern Standard, a restaurant in Boston’s Kenmore Square. Over lunch, Boyd reflected on his early days in Harlem and his 36 years in the news industry. “It’s an industry that’s been extraordinary to me and helped me carve out my life,” said Boyd, who grew up in a working-class family. Jim Boyd’s mother was a secretary and his father was a letter carrier. Boyd’s parents instilled the belief that the color of his skin could not
hinder his success. “Fortunately, I had parents whose attitudes [were], where you were, what you look like, none of that determines who you are, where you will go and what you will be,” said Boyd. Boyd took his parents’ advice and graduated from high school at 16. He attended Long Island University, but soon dropped out. “I was a fish out of water in a college environment,” said Boyd, who is now completing a Sociology degree at Tufts University. “I flunked out of college, which is a blemish on my record, [but] I am not a failure.” With no background in journalism, Boyd began his career in public television in 1961 working in the mailroom at WNET-TV in New York. He worked his way up and was promoted to production Boyd, continued to page 26
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story has touched me the most is Katy Perry. She’s worked really hard to get to where she is, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight for her.
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania
What was the last book you read?
Selena Gomez talks about her latest role as Dracula’s daughter in the animated adventure “Hotel Transylvania”
You have to love what you do. You really have to be passionate about it, and you can’t let anyone else get you down.
How do you want to be remembered? For my work.
“The 5 Love Languages.”
What was the last song you listened to? I’ve been listening to Frank Ocean’s new album.
What is your favorite dish to cook? Oh, I love Southern food, so any type of casserole.
Who is your favorite clothes designer? For high, high-end fashion, it would have to be Marchesa.
If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? For everyone to be nice.
What is your earliest childhood memory? My first concert ever, with Britney Spears. Kam Williams Born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas, Selena Gomez got an early start in show business as Gianna on “Barney & Friends.” She made her screen debut soon thereafter in “Spy Kids 3D” and subsequently appeared on such TV shows as “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life on Deck.” She then skyrocketed to fame starring as Alex on the Disney Channel’s Emmy-winning sitcom, “Wizards of Waverly Place.” In 2008, the versatile entertainer started her musical career when she recorded several songs for the soundtrack of her Disney film, “Another Cinderella Story.” She has since had many hit tunes, including duets with Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, as well as with her own group, Selena Gomez and The Scene. In 2009, Selena became the youngest UNICEF Goodwill ambassador in history at 17 years old. The following year, she launched her very own fashion line, the Dream Out Loud Collection. Selena has long been romantically linked to pop idol Justin Bieber, and the couple was recently rumored to be building a love nest together in the San Fernando Valley. Here, she talks about her new movie, “Hotel Transylvania,” an animated adventure in which she plays Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, who — despite her father’s objections — falls in love with a mere mortal.
What interested you in Hotel Transylvania? It had a really good script, it’s really funny and has an amazing cast, so it was kind of a nobrainer.
How would you describe the movie? I think it’s a really cute fatherdaughter film that touches on growing up, and on experiencing your daughter wanting to have independence. It’s a really sweet story that daughters and dads can relate to.
Did you have a lot of fun working on this film? Yes, and for that particular reason. I love scary movies, so I really enjoyed being a part of a project that puts a twist on the scary formula.
How did you find portraying an animated character for the first time? It was different for me, since I had never done something like that before. So, I enjoyed it. It was new. I would love to do it again. It was great!
You’ve already been acclaimed for singing and dancing, for acting on TV and film, for fashion, for your charity ambassadorship and you’re only 20 years old. What’s left for the rest of your life? [Giggles] I don’t know. I guess I’m just sort of figuring it out. But I do enjoy everything I’ve been doing, and I feel very, very blessed and lucky.
What does it mean to you to be a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and what was the most fulfilling thing you did so far for UNICEF? Working with UNICEF is very, very important to me. Like I said, I’ve been very blessed, so I feel that it’s very important for me to give back as much as I can and to use the platform that I have to kind of spread the word. What’s been most fulfilling is being able to travel with them and witness how this organization does what it believes in, which is saving kids’ lives.
How did you become so altruistic at such a young age? Where did you get your inspiration to do so much to help make the world a better place? It’s always been important to my parents, and that’s where it came from. I was taught that no matter how little or how much we had, that it was important to give back. They always donated my clothes to shelters, and we’d
always volunteer at soup kitchens on Thanksgiving. So, concern for the less fortunate has been a family tradition for as long as I can remember.
Is there another pop icon whose career choices and level of success you’re trying to emulate or exceed? There are a lot of people I look up to. But the person whose
What key quality do you believe all successful people share? Drive.
If you could meet anyone who has passed on, who would it be? Marilyn Monroe.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
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OrigiNation celebrates youth empowerment at fundraiser Jacquinn Williams The OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center celebrated 18 years of developing and empowering youth and the Boston community through performance at their fundraiser, Twist & Shout, last Saturday with special guest actor Terrence Howard. OrigiNation was founded in 1994 by Creative Director Sha-
umba-Yandje Dibinga, who wanted to create a space where kids could dance, learn about themselves and have a good time. And she succeeded. During the show, the young dancers hopped, shimmied and leapt through the air as they performed a dizzying number of routines set to music from artists including India Arie, Fela Kuti and Babatunde Olutunji.
“Five, six, seven, eight,” Development Director Muadi Dibinga shouted while Shaumba-Yandje urged them to “bow together.” “Clap once if you can hear me,” they all alternately shouted to gain the attention of the kids. Some emotionally-charged performances included “110 Stories” and a poem called “The Love that Hate Produced” by Omekongo Dibinga that highlighted
Actor Terrence Howard poses with young dancers from OrigiNation prior to their performance at Twist & Shout last week. The fundraising event was held at Roxbury Community College’s Main Stage Theater. (Tony Irving photos)
the tragedies and triumphs of black people. Earlier that evening, Howard, who starred in movies like “The Best Man,” “Ray” and “Hustle & Flow,” talked to the youth about everything from the importance of knowing your past so that you can inform your future to the ways that movement creates colors and sounds in the universe. The blue-eyed actor was intense as he shared two songs with the group: A song he wrote titled “Come Away with Me,” and a Brazilian song that he sang in Portuguese while
strumming his guitar. Howard was just in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and told the kids that learning a native song when you travel helps one to understand the language better. The talented actor, who was being honored that night, took every opportunity throughout the evening to sing and play with and for the children in attendance. Howard put it best when he told the kids before their performance, “We are unaware of our power.” For more information on OrigiNation, visit www.originationinc.org.
Terrence Howard is joined by Shaumba-Yanje Dibinga, founder of OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, at the VIP reception prior to the organization’s show Twist & Shout.
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assistant and then to associate writer. He went on to cover public affairs and produced the Emmy Award-winning news program “News in Perspective.” “The program was just phenomenal. It gave me opportunities that [I] as a kid from Harlem never thought I would [have],” said Boyd. After “News in Perspective,” Boyd was responsible for contributing to the earliest productions of WGBH-TV’s “Say Brother,” known today as “Basic Black.” In 1972, Boyd began working as a reporter for the newly launched WCVB-TV in Boston. He became an anchor for the weekend and early morning newscasts, and eventually coanchored midday newscasts with Susan Wornick. As a news reporter and anchor in the post-Civil Rights era, Boyd says he didn’t experience racism in the newsroom like many journalists of color. “I cannot say that I experienced what one would have expected, considering the reputation that Boston had,” said Boyd. “I’m not aware that I was at all disadvantaged because of my race.” Boyd attributes his journey in journalism to his mentor and WCVB colleague Bob Clinkscale, who showed him the ropes when he didn’t have any formal training. “He would help me with scripts, he would help me with performance, alliteration, he was magnificent,” said Boyd. “He even gave me some breathing exercises
to do voice training.” Boyd continued to perfect his craft by watching the news. Over the years, he began to connect with his audience and soon discovered his niche. “I found that I was much more attracted to stories of humanity, stories of process,” said Boyd. “I’m not very much of a political reporter.” Ironically, one of Boyd’s highlights of his career was interviewing former U.S. President Bill Clinton. He says Clinton was just as charismatic as people said he would be. “I’m delighted that I was able to have my entire career right here in Boston, 37 years working at the same station in the same market,” said Boyd. “I could have not asked for anything more than that.” On Sept. 14, the veteran journalist was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame for his exceptional work in news. In a room full of his colleagues, including former inductee Sarah Ann Shaw and WCVB meteorologist Dick Albert, Boyd confidently delivered his acceptance speech, in which he stressed the importance of journalists being credible, honest and a voice for the voiceless. “It’s nothing extraordinary about me,” said Boyd. “I’ve just been able to be in the right place to take advantage of opportunities.” Banish doubt. Never stop or turn back. Never lose ground or abandon the goal. Always observe discipline and good conduct. If obstacles arise, meet them undaunted. Fearlessly pursue yoga. — Swami Muktananda
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COMMUNITY Calendar Thursday October 11 Moradokmai Theatre Troupe Moradokmai Theatre Troupe will be performing at Medicine Wheel Productions (MWP) at 7pm. The MWP performance is free and open to the public and is in conjunction with the MWP’s Spoke Gallery exhibition, Terrain, which runs until November 16th. http://mwponline.org/wordpress/ ?page_id=682. Moradokmai Theatre Troupe is an educational theater troupe that uses theater and performance to address illiteracy and support the development and survival needs of young people in rural Thailand. Using a traditional and holistic applied approach to theater, they perform in costumes influenced by their native Thailand and incorporate an understanding of the temple, the music (including traditional instruments, movement and theater forms of the culture and the practical use of storytelling in educating the performer and audience. Moradokmai began as a theatre troupe, founded by Khru Chang, a beloved figure in Thai theatre. Medicine Wheel is located at 110 K Street, Boston more info: www.mwponline.org, 617-268-6700. Gallery reception Our newest gallery exhibitions are up and open to the public! Transit of Venus — Sylvia StaggGiuliano. Through December 26, Upper Gallery. An exhibition of evocative, highly stylized photographs of dancers performing dance/theater pieces about the rich inner lives and complex relationships of two (apparently) different sets of women — young 19th-century brothel workers and elderly rural church ladies. Both works were choreographed by Diane Arvanites and Tommy Neblett, creators and artistic codirectors of Prometheus Dance and the Prometheus Dance Elders Ensemble. South and Central American Kodachromes of the 1960s — Martin Karplus. Through December 14, Lower Gallery. An exhibition of vivid Kodachrome photographs taken throughout Central and South America in the 1960s. Karplus’s work features striking images from regions where tourism had not yet overtaken the local economies in areas of Peru, Brazil and Mexico. Gallery reception: Thursday, October 11, from 6-8pm, Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge, www.multiculturalartscen ter.org. Light refreshments will be served and as always, receptions are FREE and open to the public!
Saturday October 13 Jim Crow Blues: Songs of Protest and Hope The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee invites you to join us for an afternoon of the Blues with Prof. Rob “Stovetop” Lawson, author of Jim Crow’s Counterculture: The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945, and local Blues artist
Shor’ty Billups and the Foxxx Band. Also, poet J.C. Reddick III will read his poem on life during Jim Crow. The event will be held at the Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park St., Attleboro. With blues recordings and slides, Prof. Lawson of Dean College will tell how bluesmen used their music to resist and protest Jim Crow and express the frustrations and hopes of African Americans. Then Blues singer Shor’ty Billups and the Foxxx band will give a special concert performance. The group will perform songs by 1930s Bluesman. Shor’ty Billups is the former drummer for Wilson Pickett and session drummer for Etta James. He has performed at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, and the New England Blues Festival. Contact: ethel.garvin@gmail. com; 508-527-3260. $10. John Brown’s Boston In commemoration of John Brown’s October 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry, join us for this 90-minute walking tour focusing on the martyred abolitionist’s deep connections to Boston. This tour will take you to places where Brown met with the Secret Six and other supporters, as well as prominent sites relevant to Boston’s struggle to end slavery. Tour will start at the Samuel Adams statue in front of Faneuil Hall in Boston at Noon and conclude at the Museum of African American History’s African Meeting House on Beacon Hill. Free and open to the public on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more information on Boston African American National Historic Site, please call 617-742-5415 or visit www.nps. gov/boaf.
Sunday October 14 Roslindale Day Parade The 37th Annual Roslindale Day Parade steps off from Washington Street at Adams Park at 1pm. The theme is “Honoring Our Returning Veterans,” and will feature marching bands, professional floats, duck boats, children’s favorite costumed cartoon characters, dance troupes, hip-hop, classic antique cars and much more. Following the parade there will be festivities and stage performances in Fallon Field. For more information, call 617-327-4886 or visit www. roslindaleparade.com.
Tuesday October 16 Distinguished Writers Series The Fall 2012 Distinguished Writers Series at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. The series continues with: Joy Harjo (October 16); Mat Johnson and Tracy Smith (October 30); and Geoff Dyer (November 12). All readings take place at 4:30pm on the dates indicated and are free and open to the public. Parking on campus is also free. For more information please visit www.newhouse center.org.
Survivor Theatre Project Are you a Survivor of Sexual Violence? The Survivor Theatre Project (STP) offers 4 free theatre workshops for survivors in a unique opportunity to create exceptional art that empowers + engages our communities in the movement to end sexual violence. Central Square, Cambridge. Tuesday evenings, Oct. 16, 30, Nov. 13. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register contact: Survivortheatrepro email@example.com; 978-408-9233; 917-981-1625; www.survivorth eatreproject.com.
Thursday October 18 Night John Film and Discussion Night John tells of the heavy price paid by slaves who dared to learn to read and write. Based on actual events, the film features an escaped slave who taught other slaves the power of knowledge, and how 12-year-old Sarny used that knowledge to defend them all. Professor Tony Menelik Van Der Meer will lead the discussion. Knowledge is Empowerment is a series of monthly presentations and discussions, led by faculty and guest lecturers from the Africana Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dudley Branch of Boston Public Library, 617-287-6790 or 617-442-6186. Free.
Upcoming English Country Dance The Shirley-Eustis House, a National Historic Landmark house museum and carriage house on 33 Shirley St., Roxbury, is pleased to announce their 2nd annual 18th-century English Country Dance with Live Fiddler and Caller on Saturday, October 20 from 2-4pm. Take part in easy group dances — circles, squares and lines — that young and old alike have enjoyed in England, France and America for over 200 years. Dancing master Tony Parkes and fiddler Vince O’Donnell, both veterans of the Boston traditional dance scene with nearly a century of combined experience, will guide you through the simple movements. Reserved Tickets for this event are available at $10 for nonmembers and $5 for members. All tickets at the door will be $10 per person. Please call The Shirley-Eustis House at 617-4422275 to reserve yours today! Or you may email governorshirley@ gmail.com to confirm your reservation. No experience is needed to attend the dance and you can come with or without a partner. Urban Wilds Foliage/ Landscape Ecology Walks Saturday, October 27, 9:3011:30am, Allandale Woods, West Roxbury. Meeting location: 7 VFW Parkway in front of Annunciation Church. And 2-4pm, Gladeside Urban Wild, Mattapan. Meeting location: end of Lorna Road culde-sac. The Boston Parks and
Recreation Department’s Park Science and Urban Wilds programs are teaming up to present a pair of foliage and landscape ecology walks in two of Boston’s hidden open space gems, Allandale Woods in West Roxbury and Gladeside Urban Wild in Mattapan. Join Urban Wilds director Paul Sutton for a look at fall colors and the natural features of these unique sites. For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-961-3029. Vento Chiaro The Boston-based woodwind quintet acclaimed nationally for its technical virtuosity, intrepid take on the classical repertoire, and educational mission will perform four free concerts around town this fall. Vento Chairo’s four Fall concerts are: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30pm, Bunker Hill Community College, Chelsea Campus, Community Room; Thursday, November 15, 6:30pm, Roxbury Community College; Saturday, November 17, 10:30am, Coolidge Corner Theater. Happy Halloween Party & Parade Celebrate Halloween at the Connolly Branch Library! Happy Halloween Party & Parade, Wednesday, October 31. 3:30pm Fun activities & treats for kids. Costumes welcome! 4:30pm Parade around Hyde Square to local businesses. Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-522-1960, www. bpl.org. Free. Toddler Drum Circle Toddler Drum Circle series with Cornell Coley will start on Saturday, November 3 and run every Saturday during the school year. 9:30-10:30am. Songs, stories, puppets, drumming and cultural info! Ages 1 - 4 yrs old! Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain. Contact: Cornell Coley www.afrola tin.net 617-298-1790 cc@afrolatin. net. Cost: $8, $5 for sibling. The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian. A one-hour demonstration about the art and craft of Oaxacan woodcarving featuring master carver Ventura Fabian and his son, Norberto from Oaxaca, Mexico. The program includes a brief talk and short video about their craft and life in the rugged hillsides of Oaxaca, Mexico. Saturday, November 10, Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Jamaica Plain (off of South St.). Contact: Nina Hasin 617-522-4008, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.the dancingchickens.com. FREE.
Families Creating Together A free art class for children and parents. Come create art with your child every Tuesday morning from 10:30-12 at the Family Resource center at 1542 Columbus Ave, Jamaica Plain / Roxbury. Please call 617-5221018 if you have any questions. Wheelchair accessible. King’s Chapel announces the Tuesday Noon Hour Recital programs for October 2012 Historic King’s Chapel is located in downtown Boston at the corner of School and Tremont Streets. Hailed by residents and visitors alike as a treasure in the midst of a bustling city, this year-long series features a wide range of programming from classical to jazz and more! Admission to the Noon Hour Recitals is by suggested donation of $3 per person; the donations are given to the performing musicians. Programs begin at 12:15pm and last approximately 35 minutes; for more information, please call 617-227-2155. Handreach Beatbrigade Drum Circle First Tuesday every month. Handreach Beatbrigade Drum Circle starts up for the fall from 7-9pm. No Charge! Bring a drum! Director Cornell Coley facilitates improvisational drumming, drawing from African and Latin traditions as well as certified drum circle facilitation techniques and healing drum strategies. Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., JP. Contact: Cornell Coley www.afrolatin.net. 617-298-1790 email@example.com. Community Cafes A hot lunch and good company for mature adults over 60. Ethos invites mature adults aged 60 and older to come dine with friends, both old and new at any of our 14 locations. Meals are prepared fresh daily and contain one third of the required daily allowance (RDA) for adults. Along with hot, well-balanced meals, the Café sponsors its own program of social and educational activities. Ethos operates 14 Community Cafés in eight neighborhoods throughout Boston: Back Bay, Brighton, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the meal site you wish to attend one day in advance. To make a reservation and obtain more information on locations, call Ethos at 617-5226700. A donation of $2 per meal is suggested, but not required.
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there is a history of disenfranchising African Americans.” Only Maine and Vermont have no restrictions when it comes to felons and voting, as both states allow prisoners to vote through absentee ballot while still serving their time in prison. In Massachusetts, felons are allowed to vote only after they are released from prison. They are unable to vote while serving time. The constitutional disenfranchisement in Maryland had been in place since the Maryland Constitution was signed on June 4, 1851. Maryland restored voting rights to felons in 2007 for men and women who have served their time, paid all fines, and satisfied all parole and probation requirements. The laws vary from state to state. In Washington, D.C., people who have been released on parole or probation can vote. “As Americans, we all believe in second chances,” said Sarah Massey, spokeswoman for Project Vote, a national voting rights organization headquartered in downtown D.C. “You do your time and you come out and as Americans, you should participate in our democracy. It is your right.”
Felons in Florida saw their automatic right to vote restored in 2007, only to have Gov. Rick Scott reverse the decision in March of last year. Floridians now have a five-year waiting period before their right to vote is restored. The same five-year period is in effect in Delaware. Those who have served prison time in Kentucky fill out an application to have their rights restored. Only a governor can give an executive pardon and give that right back. Standly says that education alone could go a long way in making sure that ex-felons are aware of their rights when it comes to the ballot box. “I think a lot of it has to do with the lack of education when people are exiting the penal system. They are not informed that this right is automatically restored after they complete their sentence and get out,” Standly said. “We really do need them engaged in the democratic process. We truly are not a democracy if we exclude this segment of our population.” Public libraries, fire stations, schools, post offices and a wealth of other public offices are all places where anyone, including ex-felons, can register to vote. Lomax admits that while in prison, he didn’t think about the loss of his vote much, but he now ties this right to feeling like a pro-
ductive member of society. Without partaking in the social, political, and economic aspects of one’s community, Lomax said it is easy to lose touch with the outside world.
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Benjamin Healthcare Center has been home for many people of color since founder Edgar Benjamin, an African American attorney, opened it in 1927. Edgar founded Resthaven, which was renamed Benjamin Healthcare Center in 1995 after Myrna E. Wynn was appointed to head the facility. Edgar donated the health center to the community as a charitable corporation dedicated to “providing a home or shelter for and to otherwise assist all people without regard to race, creed or color.” Today, the center has 220 staff members, including two doctors and dozens of nurses and rehab professionals. More than 80 per-
cent of its staff are people of color, which reflects the culturally diverse populations it serves. Although Benjamin Healthcare Center prides itself on providing quality care to the community, it has 12 empty beds that have been difficult to fill. Part of the problem, Wynn explains, is that the center is at the bottom of the list when it comes to patient referrals from major hospitals in the city. “The case managers really hold your facility in the palm of their hand,” she said. “This industry has become a dog eat dog world.” All too often, Wynn said, some patients and their families look at newly renovated health care facilities and think that means they provide the best care. “They can’t see the care, but they can see the aesthetics,” Wynn said. Another factor that is hurting
A student from Roxbury Prep works with Benjamin Healthcare Center patients. (photo courtesy of Benjamin Healthcare Center)
Benjamin is Medicare, which Wynn says does not completely reimburse the facility for its care. She also said that there is a new trend in elderly care. More families are opting to take care of their family members at home, Wynn explained, which has caused a slight decrease in patient enrollment and has heightened financial struggles. “We just have our head above water, we’re barely making it,” said Wynn. Benjamin has five employees who have worked at the health care center for more than 35 years. Many of its employees refer their family members to work for or receive services at Benjamin. One such person is Certified Nursing Assistant Guerda Cadet. She has worked at Benjamin for 32 years after being referred by her mother. “I love the family atmosphere and how people try to support one another,” said Cadet. The Center offers programming such as its intergenerational program, which offers 8th-grade students from the Roxbury Preparatory School, which is housed above the healthcare center’s building, the chance to visit and do activities with the seniors. Benjamin also has a professional hair stylist come in every Monday to style residents’ hair. They provide laundry service, healthy dining options, and have a floor dedicated to Haitian natives, which is decorated with Caribbean-inspired paintings on the wall and staffed with Creole speakers on the floor.
Docket No. SU12P1303GD In the interests of Imag'e Joi French of Roxbury, MA Minor
NOTICE AND ORDER: Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor
NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES Hearing Date/Time: A hearing on a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor filed on 07/10/2012 by Debra L. French-Green of Dorchester, MA will be held 11/05/2012 09:00 AM Review Hearing Located at 24 New Chardon Street, Boston, MA 02114. Response to Petition: You may respond by filing a written response to the Petition or by appearing in person at the hearing. If you choose to file a written response, you need to: File the original with the Court; and Mail a copy to all interested parties at least five (5) business days before the hearing.
Counsel for the Minor: The minor (or an adult on behalf of the minor) has the right to request that counsel be appointed for the minor.
Presence of the Minor at Hearing: A minor over age 14 has the right to be present at any hearing, unless the Court finds that it is not in the minor’s best interests.
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A petition has been filed by Toneisha Leary of Hyde Park, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Toneisha Leary of Hyde Park, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve With Personal Surety on the bond.
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 10/25/2012. 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. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 19, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
To the Defendant:
If the identity or whereabouts of an interested party is not known, IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that copies of this Notice and the Petition for Appointment of a Guardian of a Minor be served on all interested persons at least fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing date by publishing a copy of the Order and Notice once in Bay State Banner, Boston publication to be at least Seven (7) days prior to the hearing date.
The Complaint is on file at the Court.
Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 01, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
Dellecha J McLaren
Errol G Lee
Docket No. SU12P1884EA
Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Vivian Otis Wooden Date of Death: 10/16/2005
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 1B.
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: Soraya Sadeghi Esq., Law Office of Soraya Sadeghi, 101 Tremont Street, Suite 404, Boston, MA 02108, your answer, if any, on or before 11/29/2012. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 19, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department
Docket No. SU12P1777EA SUFFOLK Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department
Docket No. SU12D2148DR
Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department
To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Phyllis L. Payne of Boston, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Phyllis L. Payne of Boston, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve With Personal Surety on the bond. 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 11/01/2012. 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. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration.
Docket No. SU12P1841EA
Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Frances Overton Also known as: Eleanora Francis Overton Date of Death: 11/28/2011
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 11/01/2012. 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.
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If Service in hand cannot be accomplished on any interested party, IT IS ORDERED that copies of this Notice and the Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor be served on the interested party by leaving at and mailing by regular first class mail to last and usual place of residence of the interested party at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date of the hearing listed above.
THIS IS A LEGAL NOTICE: An important court proceeding that may affect your rights has been scheduled. If you do not understand this notice or other court papers, please contact an attorney for legal advice.
A petition has been filed by Robin Furtick of Everett, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Robin Furtick of Everett, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond.
—Family of Ralph F. Browne, Jr.
To all interested persons:
IT IS ORDERED THAT copies of this Notice and the Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor be served in hand on the minor; (if 14 or more years of age and not the petitioner), the guardian, the parents of the minor, and any other person if ordered by the Court, at least fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing date listed above.
Date: August 10, 2012
It will be remembered always.
To all interested persons:
ORDER TO PETITIONER(S)
If required, service on the United States Veteran Administration and the Department of Children and Families may be accomplished by regular first class mail at least Seven (7) days prior to the hearing.
“We’re going to stay open and remain a viable entity in this community, and hopefully we can fill our beds and do some renovations,” said Wynn.
Thank you for your thoughtful expression of sympathy.
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Wynn said that it may cost over $12 million to renovate the facility and she doesn’t know how they will pay for the upgrades without support from the community.
Estate of Darrel Leary Date of Death: 10/24/2011
WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 2, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
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Docket No. SU12P1663EA Boston, Massachusetts City of Boston Board of Appeal
Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Grace E Gilbert Also known as: Grace Gilbert Date of Death: 07/16/2012 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Tom McCallum of Jamaica Plain, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Alan C. Kimenker, Esq. of Newton, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve With Corporate Surety on the bond. 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 11/01/2012. 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. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 28, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
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Notice is hearby given that at 9:30 am Tuesday October 23, 2012, a public hearing will be held by the Board of Appeal of the City of Boston in Room 801, Boston City Hall, upon the appeal of
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Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Beatrice Santos-Dias Also known as Beatrice S. Dias Date of Death: 06/04/2012 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Tamara Espinola of Mattapan, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of intestacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Tamara Espinola of Mattapan, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve With Personal Surety on the bond. 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 11/23/2012. 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. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 18, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
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