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Black, Latino officials barnstorm for Obama Yawu Miller At University of New Hampshire, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson has been firing up crowds of students, registering them to vote and securing pledges that their ballots will be cast for President Obama come Nov. 6. At University of North Carolina Greensboro, State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry has been rallying students for the Obama campaign, securing votes for the president through that state’s same-day registration and early balloting process. Forry, who is Haitian-American, has also been interviewed on Haitian creole radio stations, black radio stations and in other news media to drum up support for Obama. The local politicians are part of an Obama campaign strategy to use officials in safe states like Massachusetts — states where his campaign is assured victory in November — to campaign in the so-called battleground states where neither his campaign nor the campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney has a secure majority of votes. “Folks need to realize that in 2000, if Gore had won New Hampshire, Florida wouldn’t have mattered,” Jackson says. “He lost New Hampshire by just 7,000 votes.” At-large City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo was deployed to Denver, Colo. to speak on behalf of the Obama campaign during the first presidential debate.
“I was speaking to what Romney’s record was as governor of Massachusetts and at the same time speaking about who would be a better president for Latinos and people of color,” Arroyo said. Arroyo’s bi-lingual credentials helped make him a valuable asset to the Obama campaign in Colorado, where much of the media market is Spanish-speaking. He conducted interviews with Denver affiliates of Univision, Telemundo, Mundo Fox and local Spanish print and radio outlets as well as with mainstream media. “Romney was a pretty bad governor and his record shows [that],” Arroyo says. “When he was governor of Massachusetts, the state was 47th out of 50 states in job creation. He really doesn’t have a record of creating jobs.” State Sen. Sonia Chang Diaz has taken to the airwaves as a representative of the Obama campaign. On Tuesday morning she appeared on New England Cable News, blasting Romney for his flip-flopping on issues. “I can imagine that it is difficult for an undecided voter to make a decision at this point because they’re hearing really inconsistent, wildly swinging different statements from Governor Romney about what he believes in and what his plans are for this country,” she said. The most prominent Massachusetts politician stumping for the president, of course, is Gov.
“Romney was a pretty bad governor and his record shows [that].”
— Felix G. Arroyo
Artist and activist Harry Belafonte (C) is joined by Larry Watson (3rd L) and musicians from Berklee College of Music after their musical tribute to Belafonte. He was honored with the Desmond Tutu Social Justice Award presented by South Africa Partners at a dinner held in Cambridge with 350 guests, including First Lady Diane Patrick and S. African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool. (Don West photo)
The Other Death Sentence: Aging and Dying in Prison James Ridgeway SHIRLEY — William “Lefty” Gilday was 82 and suffering from dementia and Parkinson’s when officials at Massachusetts’ Shirley Prison placed him in an isolation cell — a “medical bubble” — for throwing an empty milk carton at a guard. He spent the last months of his life alone, separated by a window from medical staff, who placed manila folders across the glass so they didn’t have to look at him — and also blocking his view. As we get older, it is easy enough to imagine old age as a prison — the body imprisoned by illness and loneliness. But in recent months, I have been corre-
sponding with older men in Massachusetts state prisons who are in for life — or in this case, death. I am 75, so we share a camaraderie of sorts as we compare notes on our aches and pains and our medication regimens. They know I understand what it’s like to be growing old and facing illness and death. But they also know I have no idea what it’s like to endure life behind bars, to face the difficult end of life with no chance of ever again breathing the free air. The men in prison want to tell me, and they want the outside world to know what their lives are like. They know full well the retribution that will likely follow for speaking with the press, but not
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one of my correspondents asked for anonymity.
Daily Indignities and Isolation What is clear from my correspondence is that days are filled with indignities, such as trying to heave an aging body into the top bunk, fighting off younger troublemakers, struggling to move fast enough to get a food tray filled or get a book at the library when you can barely walk. Most of all, there is isolation. Prisons discourage inmates from forging friendships, and prison officials are suspicious of anything that smacks of organizing. So they switch inmates back and forth between prisons and deny them the Prison, continued to page 17
The pride of Franklin Park Founded in 1912, Franklin Park Zoo is still inspiring curiosity Fran Cronin
Founded by John “Honey” Fitzgerald, the Franklin Park Zoo is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Christopher the lion, pictured here, continues to be a mane attraction. (Fran Cronin photo)
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Celebrating its 100th birthday this month has been no minor feat for the Franklin Park Zoo. Founded on turn-of-the century dreams of a wide boulevard flanked by exotic animal exhibits, the zoo has had to reset pubic expectations and survive on starryeyed wishes and hand-clasped prayers. Lack of sufficient fund-
ing has always plagued its tenuous existence. Since its inception in 1912 by Boston’s first American-born Irish mayor, John “Honey” Fitzgerald, “the zoo has played an extensive role not just in the neighborhood but for the people of Boston.” said Dr. Rory Brown, zoo historian and Zoo New England board member. Zoo, continued to page 18
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Members react with shock, sadness to gym closing
Brandy Cruthird, founder of Body by Brandy Fitness Center and Body by Brandy 4 Kidz in Roxbury. (photos courtesy of Brandy Cruthird) Lauren Magnuson Saddened, shocked, upset. These are words that community members have used to describe their reaction to the closing of Roxbury’s Body by Brandy Fitness Center and Body by Brandy 4 Kidz, both owned by Founder Brandy Cruthird. “It’s like a spouse leaving you,” said Harold Sealls, 54, a BBB member of eight years. “It’s an emotion I can’t describe. Brandy’s gym … is irreplaceable.” The news came as a surprise to many in a late September announcement from Cruthird, a Dorchester
native, who has operated the Body By Brandy Fitness Center since 1996 and non-profit Body By Brandy 4 Kidz since 2006 on Washington Street in Dudley Square. Both facilities are slated to close at the end of this month. Unlike larger, corporate-owned fitness centers, BBB was a community gym with low turnover and many longtime members. BBB 4 Kidz even had a partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital that allowed doctors to write prescriptions for fitness and wellness training for obese children. “When you visit other gyms,
you realize what you have at Brandy’s is not normal, it’s the exception,” Sealls said. “The gym is like a church for the body ... It’s a very nurturing environment. The connection with the people is so strong.” Aalana Feaster, a five-year member of BBB, said that the “sense of family and community” that Cruthird developed is what made it stand out from other gyms. Feaster said that she owes much of her recent success in fitness and nutrition to conversations with Cruthird and her staff on the gym floor. “She’s just very encouraging,” said Feaster, 34. “She would always sit and talk to her clients … she is always there, always available, always accessible.” Feaster said she had been looking forward to bringing her 2year-old son to BBB 4 Kidz when he got older. “She’s definitely going to ... be sorely missed, and it’s something that the community’s definitely going to feel,” Feaster said. Cruthird said her decision to close the two facilities stemmed from a combination of factors, including the building’s lease being up for renewal. Cruthird said she is raising funds for a new non-profit facility to be named BBB 360 Community Health and Wellness. “I wanted to create a better sustainability model, so it will not just be run by memberships, but run
by grants, corporate giving and private donors,” Cruthird said. BBB 360 would be a combination of a medical facility with a fitness center to provide “a whole mind, body and soul approach to wellness,” Cruthird said. Cruthird’s motivation for BBB 360, she said, is “wanting to continue the services but to offer them at a greater level that can really bring change to the community.” Cruthird said she has been surprised and overwhelmed by the BBB community’s emotional response over the news of the closing, adding that she sees herself just as an “everyday person.” “I’m just doing what I love ... I didn’t know that what I was doing was going to have such a great effect on people,” Cruthird said. “To know that you’ve impacted someone’s life like that is priceless.” Sealls, who, like many of BBB’s members, has grown close to Cruthird over the years, echoed her sentiments. “Brandy is so close to what she’s doing that she wasn’t able to see what was right there in front
of her,” said Sealls. “She’s so busy operating that she can’t enjoy the fruits of her labor.” Vanessa Wilson-Howard, a fitness instructor at BBB who has known Cruthird for 15 years, said the closing is bittersweet. “To have … one of the heartbeats of that neighborhood remove itself out of there does leave a void,” she said. “[But] I know that Brandy is a shining star, so she will shine bright no matter where she goes. This is part of her journey and there’s still many miles of her journey yet to travel.” Cruthird said that she will continue offering health and wellness outreach programs in the community in the interim, and that she has been filled with emotion by her clients’ reaction to the closing. “It means a lot to me because I’ve worked really hard,” Cruthird said. “I’m just moved personally that it’s had an impact like that … and that it’s touched the community. I don’t think you can ask for anything more.”
Gym members exercise at Body by Brandy Fitness Center, which is slated to close at the end of this month.
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Diversity challenged again The U.S. Supreme Court is now reconsidering an issue they decided nine years ago — whether colleges may include the race of the applicant in their admissions policy. In Grutter v. Bollinger, a case against the University of Michigan Law School, the court ruled 5-to-4 in favor of the defendant in 2003. The decision held “the Law School’s narrowly tailored use of race in admissions decisions to further a compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body is not prohibited by the Equal Protection Clause or Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.” In her majority opinion, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor advised that she expected the ruling to stand for only 25 years as attitudes in America changed. However, it is being challenged after only nine. In the present case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UTA), the questions posed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to the lawyer for UTA suggest the information the Court is seeking. According to reports, Roberts wants to know how much diversity is sufficient, and whether that level can be attained without racial preferences. Since the University of Texas accepts the top 10 percent of the state’s high school graduates, some believe that this policy might resolve the diversity issue. Since the 1978 Bakke case (Regents of the University of California v. Bakke) there have been a number of reverse discrimination cases. White college applicants have alleged that they were denied admission in favor of less qualified minorities. Older citizens wonder where were the protesters when minorities were the victims of discrimination? African Americans of vintage years remem-
ber when universities in the South did not admit black students at all. In fact, they would not play sports teams from outside the Confederacy that included black players. The Boston College football team had to leave behind their black star running back, Lou Montgomery, when they played Clemson in the Cotton Bowl in 1939 and Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl in 1940. These restrictions were not limited to the South. New York University (NYU) left behind their fullback, Leonard Bates, when they went to play the University of Missouri in 1940. A group of seven students that protested the action were suspended for three months in 1941. It took 60 years for the NYU administration to issue a formal apology to the protesting alumni. Those who have stood up against injustice have always paid a heavy price. The NYU students were punished for opposing the “gentleman’s agreement” that denied Bates the right to play football in Missouri. And thousands of protesters risked their lives in the Civil Rights Movement to end racial discrimination in education. Is it not reasonable to expect that some students might be inconvenienced as society struggles to provide a more diverse and racially compatible college environment? Most whites were silent during the nation’s history of racial oppression. They have come to life now in opposition to efforts designed to ameliorate the damage caused by generations of racial discrimination. Blacks would be well advised to understand that general empathy for inflictions caused by past discrimination is waning. Justice O’Connor predicted that the rule in Grutter would be good for 25 years. Here it is under attack after only nine. African American leaders should understand from this that the affirmative action window is closing.
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LETTERSto the Editor Sen. Brown’s race-baiting unacceptable Sheriff Andrea Cabral is the first African American sheriff in Suffolk County history, and is emerging as a powerful figure within the City of Boston and increasingly throughout the Commonwealth. Her analysis in the Oct. 4 Bay State Banner Community Voices: “Really, Sen. Brown? Toma-hawk chops? War yells?” bears careful reading, as well as widespread circulation. As President Barack Obama frequently says, we cannot go back to the earlier economic policies of the previous administration. Likewise, we cannot go back to the race-baiting days when a person’s skin color, alleged racial characteristics or other irrelevant factors were used to deny outstanding political candidates their rightful opportunities for election success.
Bay State Banner, Oct. 11, 2012). The right to vote can be restored to felons, but it should be done carefully, on a case-by-case basis after a person has shown that he or she has really turned over a new leaf, not automatically on the day someone walks out of prison. Roger Clegg Via email
learning” atmosphere? Great policing is accomplished by police who are well-trained and led, restrained in their use of force, honest and courteous to every person. That’s the bottom line. Police Chief David Couper Via email
Bruce Bolling’s passing a loss to the city
Proper police training is a necessity Police training is less about the facility than what goes on inside. (“Penny wise, pound foolish and no one the safer for it,” Bay State Banner, Oct. 11, 2012) Are your new officers treated with dignity and respect in an “adult
Bruce Bolling, the former president of the Boston City Council, was a true champion for the community, the small business entrepreneur, women and people of color. A great voice has been silenced too soon. May God continue to bless his family and may Bruce Rest in Peace. Gail Jackson-Blount
Not so fast If you aren’t willing to follow the law yourself, then you can’t demand a role in making the law for everyone else, which is what you do when you vote (“Risk of disenfranchisement in states high for ex-felons,”
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OPINION Presidential Debates Ignore Other Big Ticket Items Earl Ofari Hutchinson When the dust finally settles on the presidential debate, President Obama and GOP presidential foe Mitt Romney will have spent nearly five hours battering each other on who can do the best or worst job on tax reform, job creation, deficit reduction and Middle East affairs. These are the same issues that the two have talked to near life support for months on end. The pundits, a big chunk of the media and millions of Americans can virtually recite by rote the punch lines of both candidates on these issues. They are that familiar and worked over. The same can’t be said of other big ticket items that affect tens of millions of Americans’ lives, pocketbooks and well-being. The most ignored of these issues is poverty. The figures from every recent study and survey on poverty and income inequality are increasingly wellknown and appalling. More Americans in recent years have sunk below the poverty line. Their income gap has widened to the greatest spread in decades. And more Americans have slid from what once was considered the middle class into the ranks of the poor. Romney has uttered the word “poverty” a couple of times on the campaign trail, and Obama has referenced that people are hurting economically. But that’s about it. Education is a close second of the ignored issues. Obama and Romney could do a whole debate on this one. They can tell what’s right or wrong about charter schools versus public schools, and what they’d do to make both either more widespread in the case of charters, or more effective in the case of public schools. The U.S. has long had the dubious distinction of incarcerating more of its citizens than many nations combined. The number jailed has topped two million for several years. State legislators have pulled their hair out trying to figure out some way — any way — to get a handle on the surging incarceration numbers. They’ve farmed When a handful of out inmates, wrestled with court orders to reduce the jail numbers, issues are cherryslashed budgets and come up with picked and encoded alternative-to-incarceration mea- as templates that the sures to end overcrowding. candidates endlessly The close kin to that ignored issue is the drug war. It has wreaked rehash, then the debates havoc and mayhem on families, become thoroughly swamped prisons and the courts, formulaic and and ballooned state and federal predictable. prison budgets. Romney has been mute on the issue. Obama has taken quiet action to end the disparities in crack cocaine sentencing, and has hinted that drug reform will be a possible priority during his second term. But that’s where the talk on the issue has ended. Then there’s the housing crisis. The No. 1 reason for the financial tumble that nearly collapsed the economy was the foreclosure debacle and the banks’ and finance industry’s well-documented abuses of it. Tens of thousands of homebuyers were victimized by the housing crisis and they are still underwater financially, facing foreclosure and the free-fall drop in their personal wealth from plummeting home equity. Romney and Obama have talked about the crisis, and Obama has tried mightily to put reforms in place to help thousands save their homes. But it’s been missing from the campaign debate. Civil Rights have been ignored in presidential debates for two decades. The issue is now even more compelling with the Supreme Court’s pending affirmative action decision. Yet the unwritten rule is the subject is out of bounds for debate. Race is simply too prickly, too charged, and too much of a minefield that candidates fear to tread through. This is a natural segue to the debates that ignore what kind of Supreme Court Obama and Romney want to see. The Court will have a profound impact on law and public policy for years to come. There is an ocean-wide gulf between Obama and Romney’s views of what kind of justices they like, and their view of the court’s role in deciding law and public policy issues. The jousts that Obama and Romney will engage in tell much about which candidate is the niftiest and nimblest on their feet with a pointed response or rebuttal to an attack. But most Americans also want and demand some substance to go along with style points. This means, above all, talking about all the issues that impact the lives of Americans. When a handful of issues are cherry-picked and encoded as templates that the candidates endlessly rehash, then the debates become thoroughly formulaic and predictable. This hasn’t changed during the past decade of presidential debates, and the Obama and Romney tiffs haven’t changed that either. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.
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What does the 2012 presidential election mean to you?
It gives us the ability to show the voices and votes of low- and middle-income people are important by re-electing President Obama, who I think does speak for us.
It will determine the direction of the country for next decade. A false step screws up the country, economy and who we are in the world.
It means the difference between a country where everyone is given the opportunity to succeed or one where we are more divided.
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I remember when Romney was governor and he didn’t do anything for our community.
Sink or swim.
It means we continue the progress of the current administration or return to the economic fiasco of the previous one.
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INthe news Thomas Menino The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest nonprofit conservation organization, honored Mayor Thomas Menino with its prestigious Charles Eliot Award at the organization’s recent Annual Meeting last month. The award, named for Trustees founder Charles Eliot, a protégé of esteemed landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, recognized Menino for his many years of environmental leadership and advocacy on behalf of the City of Boston. The award also honored him for his support of The Trustees and its permanent affiliate, Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), the City of Boston’s largest land trust and leading advocate for open space. “Just like Charles Eliot, the Mayor’s vision to make Boston a greener, healthier, and more livable city has created a lasting legacy for current and future generations,” said Barbara Erickson, president of the Trustees of Reservations.
During his five-term tenure, the Mayor has made countless contributions to the protection and enhancement of Boston’s green spaces, acting as a devoted preservationist and advocate for
community gardens, open space, urban parks, renewable energy, cultural landscapes and landmarks, and the public/private partnerships that are the hallmark of so many city initiatives.
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Ex-NFL star raises awareness of breast cancer in men Karen Miller and Howard Manly Ernie Green, 73, was a force to be reckoned with on the football field. He played seven seasons for the Cleveland Browns, and has two Pro Bowl appearances under his belt. But seven years ago he had to reckon with a force that had nothing to do with football — breast cancer. He now has a clean bill of health, but that was after surgery,
eight rounds of chemotherapy and several years of tamoxifen to decrease the risk of recurrence. He laughs as he describes his yearly follow-up mammograms. Most men in the waiting room are there to support their wives, while Green is there patiently waiting his turn. The technicians have to clear the way for him before he goes back to avoid exposure of women in various stages of undress. He admitted that he knew that
Edward W. Brooke (left), the first African American to be elected to the Senate since the Civil War, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. Brooke served two terms as the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. Sen. Brooke, shown with President George W. Bush, was a 2004 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (Source of image: http://www.whitehouse.gov)
men could get breast cancer. Richard Roundtree, the actor who played the detective Shaft in three movies, was very vocal about his experience with the disease. But Green saw breast cancer a little closer to home. Two of his sisters as well as two first cousins had breast cancer. Despite the apparent genetic link, he reasoned it could not happen to him. “I was an athlete and took care of myself,” he explained. “I was doing all the right things and I wasn’t going to worry about it.” So much for being macho. By far, breast cancer is considered a woman’s disease, but men are not exempt. Misperception is a big part of the problem. Men do not realize they have breasts. Actually, both males and females are born with breasts, but they grow and develop differently. At puberty, while female hormones spur the growth of the mammary gland, male hormones stem its growth. Yet, the basic anatomy remains similar. All breasts have ducts — the most common site of cancer in both men and women. According to the American Cancer Society, about 2,200 new cases of breast cancer in men are expected in 2012 and an estimated 410 deaths. Experts at one time thought breast cancer in men was more deadly than the disease in women. Recently, it was discovered that survival rates are similar. The issue is that men are not looking or checking for breast cancer and once
n behalf of the entire Bolling Family, I wish to thank the more than a thousand people who came to my father’s wake and funeral. I thank Bishop John Borders for his wonderful call to service in eulogizing my father, and for allowing us to celebrate my father in his beautiful church and to all in the Morning Star family who comforted us by making sure that this was a celebration to take great pride in. To Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino, Judge Joyce London Alexander Ford and Jesse Jeter to members of the current City Council and members of the Council that my father served, you brought us so much honor by your words and presence, And to our “brother from another mother”, former congressman Joseph “Bolling” Kennedy II, thank you for bringing us much needed light and laughter with your words when we needed it most. My father would have loved that celebration. Hundreds from all over the country sent us cards, poems and hundreds more took the time to fill out the I remember Bruce cards at the church. We found great joy and peace reading many of them, and I learned a lot about my father and how much the community and the city loved him on an upfront and personal level. And he loved this community and the city by all of the things large and small he did for people that made a difference in their lives. We especially appreciate how much love the Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan community showered upon us in countless ways to help us cope and are still checking in on us to make sure we are alright. Please know that we are comforted by my father’s legacy and by the honor you gave to him and the Bolling family legacy by the love you showed by your overwhelming support of our family in our time of need. We will never forget the many expressions of kindness and caring.
In Appreciation and Gratitude,
Ernie Green played seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. (Photo courtesy of Cleveland Browns Alumni Department) discovered, it is at an advanced stage when survival is lower. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2007, however, determined that, similar to breast cancer rates in women, black men die at a rate higher than white men. Certain factors increase the risk of breast cancer in men. It is most common between the ages of 60 and 70. Men who have a close family member with breast cancer have a greater chance of developing the disease. Those exposed to radiation or those born with a genetic defect that limits the production of male hormones are targets. Estrogen, the female hormone, impacts men as well. Men with liver disease may have lower male hormones and increased female hormones. Edward W. Brooke, the first African American to be elected to the Senate since the Civil War, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. Brooke served two terms as the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. As in women, obesity plays a part. Fat cells in males convert a male hormone into estrogen, thereby exposing men to a greater risk of estrogen-fueled breast cancer. Green knew something was wrong in July 2005 when he noticed a lump in his right breast. “Initially, I didn’t think it was anything,” he said. “The last thing I thought about was breast cancer.” That’s when his wife, Della, stepped in. He immediately saw a doctor, who assumed it was a cyst. The doctor explained to Green that in his 37 years of practice, he had never had a male patient with
breast cancer. Green took it one step further. It’s a good thing he did. The next doctor was not so cavalier. “It could be a cyst,” he said, “but it should not be there.” He recommended surgery to take a better look at it. Green remembers the day well. When he woke up from surgery, the doctor was standing over him with a look on his face that spelled trouble. “I have good news and bad news,” his surgeon said. The good news was that they got “it” all; the bad news was that “it” was cancer. Green said he fell apart. “I was never afraid of dying from football,” he said. “But I knew that people died of breast cancer.” In fact, one of his sisters had already succumbed to the disease. The news wasn’t all that bad. His breast cancer was stage I, which meant that cancer cells had invaded surrounding breast tissue but had not reached the lymph nodes. Green said his eight sessions of chemotherapy were harsh and implied that getting beaten up on the football field was a walk in the park in comparison. He is not embarrassed to discuss his breast cancer; nor does he see it as a threat to his manhood. As a matter of fact, it’s the exact opposite. He’s on a mission. He made a vow that if he could get through his treatment he would “come out” and let men know about this problem. Green imparts words of Cancer, continued to page 7
Bruce C. Bolling, Jr
and the Bolling Family: Royal, Jr, Blair, Yom (Richard), Awra, Charlene, Carolyn, Deborah, Andrea, Lorraine Tanya Tucker, Leslie Tucker Gant, Robbie Gant and Joyce Ferriabough Bolling A Lecture Series by Professors in the Africana Studies Department at UMass Boston
October 18, 2012—The Struggle for Literacy Film screening and discussion of the heavy price paid when slaves dared learn to read and write. –Professor Tony Menelik Van Der Meer November 8, 2012 —The State of the Race Historical context of Pan-African political and arts movements, featuring Amiri Baraka in Eyes on the Prize –Professor Jemadari Kamara December 13, 2012—The African American Experience in Cyberspace Exploring valuable internet resources and websites to study African and African-American history and culture –Professor Yusuf Nuruddin
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wisdom to all men. “Do breast self-examinations,” he advised, and “demand that a doctor examine your breasts as well.”
Not necessarily a woman’s disease He emphasizes the importance of knowing your family tree and looking at both parents for a history of breast cancer. The genetic link can come from one’s mother or father. “And don’t look at just your parents,”
he advised. “Find out the history of aunts and uncles and first cousins.” Green says he will keep on preaching. He has to. An elderly woman approached him and confessed that her husband died of breast cancer because he refused to seek treatment. Green said he wants to make sure
these scenarios are not repeated. “There’s no need to get to stage III or IV if we are vigilant,” he said. An unexpected result of his cancer is increased empathy. “I’m more sensitive to women’s issues,” he explained. And that must make Della
very happy. Editors note: This story originally appeared in the Bay State Banner’s April 2012 “Be Healthy” section. It is reprinted this week in recognition of Gov. Deval Patrick’s initiative to increase awareness of male breast cancer this month.
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Deval Patrick, who has drawn fire from Republicans here for leaving the state during the fallout from the evidence-tampering scandal at the state drug lab and the distribution of fungal-meningitistainted pharmaceuticals from a Framingham drug firm. State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, who is chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Health, has had to navigate those same crises at home while traveling on behalf of the Obama campaign in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada,
programs Romney is promising. “This election will decide whether we are going to stop investing in our young people and take away our investment in our old people,” he says. “The Republicans have a policy of ‘I got mine.’ We have an economy that is continuing to grow. We need to continue that growth and allow Obama to continue what he started.” Forry, too, has been highlighting contradictions between the Romney on the campaign trail and the Romney who governed Massachusetts. While Romney signed Massachusetts’ health insurance reform law, on the campaign trail he has railed against the nearly identical national
mented Massachusetts residents. “He vetoed documented immigrants,” Arroyo says. “It was a stunning move. No one expected that. The Legislature overrode the veto.” Romney’s veto, along with his move to rescind pre-existing executive orders mandating affirmative action in state government, did not earn the ex-governor much sympathy from Latinos and blacks in Massachusetts. And when black and Latino officials form Massachusetts bring that message to black and Latino communities across the U.S., it won’t likely help Romney move past the 25 percent mark for support among Latinos
or the 0 percent support he’s polling at with blacks. Sanchez says much of the work the Obama campaign is engaged in is mobilizing black and Latino communities to vote. And in the eight states he’s visited, the Obama campaign seems to have an edge in voter mobilization. “In every state the Obama campaign has a straight-out ground operation,” he says. “When you ask what Romney has on the ground it’s nothing like what we have. He has a communication person, but no grassroots.” Sanchez and other Latino and black elected officials are also helping with the get-out-the-vote
effort in Massachusetts — canvassing, participating in rallies and making phone calls on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. In fact, it was during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Ed Show where Obama’s campaign staff first saw Arroyo commenting on Warren’s first debate with incumbent Sen. Scott Brown. “I got a phone call,” Arroyo says. “They said they saw me on the show and asked if I’d go to Denver. I was stunned. I’m a kid from Hyde Park who went to public school. To have the reelection campaign of the president of the United States call me was unreal.”
“This election will decide whether we are going to stop investing in our young people and take away our investment in our old people. The Republicans have a policy of ‘I got mine.’” — Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson Iowa, Colorado and Illinois. Sanchez says his district has a lot riding on the success of the Obama administration’s pledge to invest in programs that benefit local communities. “We’ve built hundreds of units of housing because of federal, state and local government investment,” he says. “On health care, we were at a point where 70 percent of black and Hispanic people had health insurance. Now, 95 percent of us are covered. With Romney, you don’t know what you will get.” Jackson argues that many of his constituents would be negatively impacted by the cuts to government
health care law pushed through by the Obama administration. “Governor Romney had an opportunity to lead on that issue,” Forry says. “When he ran in the primary, he ran away from it.” Sanchez, who served in the Legislature while Romney was governor, says he also challenges Romney’s assertion that he was a bipartisan governor. “He vetoed us 840 times,” Sanchez says. “We overrode more than 700 of his vetoes.” One of those vetoes was a provision in the state’s health care law that requires Mass Health to provide coverage for immigrants who are docu-
Tufts Health Plan CEO James Roosevelt, Jr. presents a $10,000 check to Family Van Program Director Lunecee Eligene; Family Van volunteer Michele Ovieda; Family Van Executive Director Jennifer Bennett; Family Van volunteers Patrick Duplan and Max Feinstein. (photo courtesy of Tufts Health Plan)
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BPS must ensure access to high-quality education John Sarvey I commend Professor Shelley Kimelberg and Mr. Chase M. Billingham for not only bringing the
topic of racial segregation in schools to light but also for their long-term research on the issue (“BPS must not ignore racial segregation,” Bay State Banner, Oct. 11, 2012).
Even if it isn’t stated as explicitly in discussions or reports, I believe that racial integration still is a priority for Boston Public School system and for Mayor
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer presided over a panel of circuit judges in reconsidering the landmark Cooper v. Aaron decision at a conference hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School. The decision was made four years after the historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and held that states were required to desegregate their public schools. Shown here, left to right: Back row - Judges Raymond Lohier, Jr., Allyson Duncan, James Graves, Jr., Barrington Parker, Jr. Second row - Professor Charles Ogletree, Judges Roger Gregory, Theodore McKee, Supreme Court Justice Breyer, Judge James Wynn, Jr. Front row - Judges Bernice Donald and Harry Edwards. (Lolita Parker Jr. photo)
Thomas Menino. However, perhaps it seems like less of a priority and does not get explicitly mentioned as often because the students of BPS are now 87 percent students of color. There is certainly a common perception, with some but not complete justification, that busing in BPS today is primarily a matter of moving lots of kids of color around the city to schools that are mostly kids of color. To the extent that such is the case, busing is not helping to desegregate schools in many or most cases. The priority that is more often explicitly stated is giving all students access to high-quality schools. However, if there is a shortage of high-quality schools, busing itself does not increase overall access to highquality schools. For every student who gets bused to a school that is higher quality than the school closest to
ing some that may contribute to higher quality schools. Parent and family involvement is certainly easier when students attend schools closer to home. Neighborhood/community unity is also enhanced when all the kids of a neighborhood attend the same schools. There is also the issue of the negative effects on children of enduring long commutes on buses every morning and afternoon. Financially, money saved by decreased busing becomes available for other priorities. One more advantage of increasing neighborhood assignment is making it much more transparent when a neighborhood’s schools lack sufficient quality. Critics of the potential change say there are currently areas of the city that do not have any quality schools. That issue is less transparent and more hidden because the kids of that area are attending
For every student who gets bused to a school that is higher quality than the school closest to his or her home, there is another student getting bused to a school that is not of high quality. his or her home, there is another student getting bused to a school that is not of high quality. To t h e e x t e n t t h a t a n y middle-class white student gets assigned to a school perceived as lower-quality, odds are high that the parents of that student will pull them out of BPS entirely. They either send them to a private school, charter school, or move out of Boston. That certainly does not contribute to racial integration. Decreasing the extent of busing in BPS strikes the justice nerves of many who remember the bloody struggles for desegregation. However, we need to think objectively (and research as Kimelberg and Billingham do) about whether decreased busing will lead to increased segregation or not. The part of Menino’s thinking that makes sense to me is that having a higher percentage of students attending the schools closest to their homes has a host of benefits, includ-
schools throughout their zone, rather than just in their immediate neighborhood. If they did all attend their neighborhood schools, the lack of quality would be much more of a neighborhood concern, priority, outrage, etc. I have not yet personally read the various options proposed for changing the student assignment method. But one suggestion would be to start by allowing every student who wants to attend the school closest to his or her home to attend that school. The current method of student assignment is way too complex. Even the most wellversed BPS officials cannot easily explain it. I can’t explain it. How do we expect most parents to understand it, much less navigate it? John Sarvey is the Executive Director of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
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Kevin Lowers the Boom! Stand-up comedian Kevin James talks about his latest role as a biology teacher who moonlights as a professional mixed martial arts fighter to raise money to save a colleague’s job.
Photos courtesy of Columbia Pictures Kam Williams Kevin James was born on April 26, 1965 in Mineola, N.Y., but raised in Stony Brook, Long Island, where he excelled at both wrestling and football. In college, he majored in sports management while playing fullback on the football team, but dropped out after three years to pursue a stand-up career. James got his big break when he landed a recurring role on his pal Ray Romano’s sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In 1998, he parlayed those appearances into his own hit sitcom, “The King of Queens,” which went on to enjoy a nine-year run. James has made just as a big a splash on the big screen, starting with a memorable feature film debut opposite Will Smith in the romantic comedy, “Hitch.” Since then, the versatile funnyman has starred in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” “Grown Ups,” “Zookeeper” and “Hotel Transylvania.” James and his wife, actress Steffiana De La Cruz, live in L.A. with their three children. Here, he talks about his new film, Here Comes the Boom.
I really enjoyed “Here Comes the Boom.” It’s a very entertaining family
film. What inspired you to write it? I’m glad you liked it! Basically, I’ve always been interested in the mixed martial arts, and I had some ideas about how to show the sport in a different light. But I also wanted to give some props to all the great teachers who had helped me and served as very positive role models when I was growing up, especially since they continue to influence me to this day, so many years later. I wanted to show how much of a difference a teacher can make in a child’s life by putting them on the right path.
Was there one teacher in particular you’d like to give a shout out to? Yes, Mr. Betcher. I named the principal in the film after him. He was a great teacher, but I had a bunch of them who were fantastic, I really did, who were cool with me, supportive and taught me to be a good man. That’s important. You don’t realize the effect it will have.
What do you want the audience to take away from “Here Comes the Boom?” Because it’s a comedy, I primarily want people to escape, have fun and really enjoy themselves for a couple hours. But, secondarily, it does have an inspirational
message about the amazing effect that one can have on others when you start becoming the better version of yourself. We all become complacent at some point in our lives, and sometimes it takes the inspiration of others to get going again. In the case of this movie, I not only help Henry Winkler’s character save his job, but my actions uplift the students and other people around me. It sort of pays it forward.
You wear many hats as an actor, comedian, writer and producer. Which do you enjoy the most, and which is the most challenging? They’re all challenging when you’re wearing them simultaneously. They’re all rewarding and can be kinda scary. And the responsibility becomes that much greater, obviously. But I surround myself with great people who keep me in check, which is important. For instance, they’ll always help me to get to that place where I need to be, if I’m not doing what I need to be doing in a certain scene, creatively. Then I have some other people in my life like my makeup lady who’s the worst, but then she has a tough job, too. [Laughs] James, continued to page 14
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One on One with Dorsey Levens… Former Green Bay Packer running back Dorsey Levens has transitioned from the football field to filmmaking. After retiring in 2006, Dorsey made the leap into film with a cameo role as the head coach in the film “We Are Marshall” with Matthew McConaughey and the romantic comedy “Three Can Play That Game” opposite Vivica A. Fox in 2007. He has set his sights on producing plays and most recently “Bell Rung: An Alarming Portrait of Professional Football,” a documentary about the high price athletes pay to play professional football. “Bell Rung” features interviews with current and former athletes and their families, as well as leading commentators. Levens worked with co-producer Nick Basta and director Zach Herrmann on the documentary, which includes Ellis Hobbs, Jamal Lewis, Lamar Campbell, Mike Cheever and others talking about the serious issue of concussions. I spoke with Levens about the documentary, how it came about and what he hopes it will accomplish.
as much as I just wanted to do a documentary. Any documentary. One of my high school teammates, Nick Basta, suggested we do a documentary about concussions in hockey. Since I don’t follow hockey, I suggested we do something about football because there had been some very compelling stories about suicides that may have been related to traumatic brain injury. So almost two years ago, we began to do research and found some very disturbing information. “Bell Rung”
is a culmination of all that we found out.
As a former player, was it easy or difficult to get other players on board with the project and also be on camera? It was difficult to get current players to speak candidly about concussions. As a former player I understand that there is a small window of opportunity to make as much of a career as possible and
What does “having your bell rung” mean? It’s a term used in football when you get hit on your head and your vision gets blurry. You see stars and may lose your balance.
When you played football, did you ever get your “bell rung” and if so, what were the effects that you had to deal with? All players, especially at the higher levels, get their bells rung several times each game. Maybe more if they play in the trenches. The effects I deal with are sleeplessness, irritability and some memory loss. Levens, continued to page 14
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Former Green Bay Packers running back Dorsey Levens. (Photo courtesy of Dorsey Levens)
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What other types of roles do you see yourself playing? It all depends on the story. It always has. It’s not like I say, “I have to do another comedy next,” or “I have to do a drama next.” Wherever the story takes me and whatever moves me in a fresh direction. I like to let it just happen.
Would you say this film used mixed martial arts as a metaphor for school reform? Absolutely! It’s a metaphor for any obstacle you might have in your life. This is not to say that taking up mixed martial arts will solve your problems. [Chuckles] It’s not that at all. Rather, it’s used to show how far my character, Scott Voss, would go for a friend. He’s willing to lay down his life. There’s no greater gift than that.
Did you do most of your own stunts? Yes, I did all my fight stunts in the movie. We wanted it to look real. I had a great stunt guy that worked with me, Jason Lambert. He helped me every step of the way, setting up all the fight sequences.
It looks like you really took a beating making this film. [Laughs] I did, actually. I took a real crazy beatdown, but I wanted it to look realistic, because I think people really appreciate the difference.
I guess that as a former
wrestler and football player you could handle the physical contact. Yeah, I’ve always been an athlete and enjoyed sports. I just got out of shape when I switched vocations to stand-up comedy. But I’ve always, always loved getting physical, whether in my movies or playing sports growing up. I just love physical humor, so I kind of tied it all together here.
When was the last time you had a good laugh? Oh, man, we laugh all the time. Honestly, we literally laughed on our way down here today. We were crying in the car. It’s important to surround yourself with friends that you can make fun of and have fun hanging out with. Life is a quick ride, and there’s nothing better than a good laugh.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Food, I guess, but I don’t even feel that guilty about it anymore. That’s the sad part.
What is your favorite dish to cook? I don’t cook that much, but when I do prepare something, I make it extremely spicy, whatever it is, even if it’s just Kraft macaroni and cheese out of the box, which I love. I have to add hot sauce to it.
What was the best business decision you ever made, and what was the worst? My best, I guess, was to believe in myself and to invest in myself, and to get into stand-up which was a scary move, because it involved
giving up the conventional route of going to college to pursue what I really wanted to do. I went down that road blindly on faith, and it worked out for me. I think it was God-inspired. And one of my worst decisions was ignoring a buddy who suggested I invest in Apple.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
his best to get better and better.
of my life as well.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
What was the last song you listened to?
My first meal, and I was still inside my mother’s tummy. [Laughs] I can’t remember anything from last week, so I don’t think I’m remembering anything in utero.
I had a little Neil Diamond going on, although I’m generally all over the joint, because I can go from that to the craziest music.
How did your first big heartbreak impact you?
It depends on what time of day it is. If it’s after lunch, I see a tremendous shadow. [Laughs] Seriously, I see someone who is doing
Musically, because music got me through it, and music has helped me with other every aspect
juries. And to get lifetime health care for everyone who ever played in the NFL.
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Did you approach the NFL to be involved in the documentary? Have you received any reactions from the NFL? I haven’t approached the NFL to be a part of the documentary and I haven’t had any reactions from them. I would love to hear their response though. [Currently, Levens is one of hundreds of former NFL veterans who have elected to sue the league over the way it has failed to handle concussions.]
What would you like to see happen as a result of the screenings of “Bell Rung” around the country? [I’d like to] raise awareness of what we now know about the effects of repeated head blows, especially in kids who are more susceptible to life-altering brain in-
The Boston premiere of “Bell Rung” takes place this Thursday, Oct. 18 at Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University. The screening begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A panel discussion will follow featuring Levens, Dan Liebowitz, executive director of Northeastern University’s Sport In Society program and Dr. Neal McGrath, a neuropsychologist from Sports Concussion New England. The moderator will be Ron Thomas, a nationally renowned sportswriter who’s been writing about race and sports since the 1970s. To attend the screening, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Up… This Saturday, Oct. 20 Nigerian singer/songwriter Nneka performs in The Red Room at Café 939 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 in Advance; $12 Day of Show.
What was the last book you read? “Clifford, the Big Red Dog.” It was a good one. He ends up finding his way home and eating some cupcakes. Boyz II Men return to The Wilbur for one show this Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. World Music/CRASHarts presents Acoustic Africa: Afropean Women on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. The show is an exhilarating musical journey celebrating the roots of traditional African music and contemporary pop and R&B with three of Africa’s most compelling female singers. Tickets: $28. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or visit www. WorldMusic.org. Friends of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert present the 35th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert featuring Terri Lyne Carrington on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Blackman Auditorium at Northeastern University. The concert will be hosted by Eric Jackson. If you would like me to cover or write about your event, email me at email@example.com.
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COMMUNITY Calendar 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 12year-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. The Mayors’ Neighborhood Response Team Women’s Self Defense Clinic Join the Mayor’s Neighborhood Response Team and Sensei Francois Exilhomme of New Vision Academy Jiu Jitsu for a Free women’s self-defense clinic from 5-6:30pm. The Grove Hall Community Center, 51 Geneva Ave., 617-593-7789. Free and Open to the Public.
Friday October 19 Brainstorming! Rory Raven, mentalist and mindbender, brings his one-man mindreading show to the Davis Square Theater as part of the latenight “Live from the Wrathskellar series.” Do you believe in ghosts? Extrasensory perception? Psychic abilities? Rory Raven doesn’t, and yet what other explanation could there be for all things he can do? Raven’s one-man show, Brainstorming!, is “a mind-reading, spoon-bending good time” (Newport Daily News). Minds are read, spoons are bent, and volunteers test their own “psychic powers.” The evening is made all the more intriguing by Raven’s skepticism of psychic claims. Brainstorming! plays one-night only at 10:30pm. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. Tickets: $10 800-838-3006. For more information, visit www.wrathskellar.com or www.roryraven.com.
Saturday October 20 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 18thcentury English Country Dance with Live Fiddler and Caller 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 non-members 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.
Tuesday October 23 Lunchtime Lecture The Trustman Art Gallery Lunchtime Lecture series continues at noon in the Gallery with Simmons College Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Eduardo Febles. The title of his talk is “The Art of the Living Dead; Baudelaire, Still Lifes and the Flowers of Evil.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 the Fenway in Boston. Celebrating the 1835 Women’s March of Courage The Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society was to have a meeting on October 21st, 1835. Most historians tell the story of that day as a time when an angry anti-abolition crowd almost lynched William Lloyd Garrison. Often left out is what the antislavery women did that day. The Mayor advised the women that he could not provide protection and urged them to cancel their meeting. Determined to continue their anti-slavery work, Mary Parker led them, black and white, arm-in-arm to walk through that angry crowd six blocks down Washington Street, to hold their meeting at the home of Maria Weston Chapman on West Street. WE WILL LIFT UP THE COURAGE OF THOSE REMARKABLE WOMEN! Dr. Loretta Williams, Educator/Activist, will speak of the day. Horace Seldon, Garrison scholar, will tell of the 1835 “Reign of Terror.” We will actually walk the walk, tracing the march of those amazing women! 5:30pm, Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St., Conference/Classroom. Tell friends; invite their participation. Please note, since the Suffolk University space is secure, please be prepared to show identification. VerBaLizAtiOn Boston’s longest-running open mic gathering that brings the community the finest in poetry, spoken word, rhyme, song and good vibes! 7pm start (doors & open mic signup at 6:30pm) All ages are welcome (parental discretion suggested for possible adult language) Hosted by VCR with featured artist: CASSIUS THE 5th. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury/Dudley Sq. Contact: VCR at 617-480-7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free 2 the public.
Thursday October 25 Salsa in the Library! Celebrate Hispanic Month with MetaMovements! Dance teachers
from MetaMovements will demonstrate and lead participants in four different Latin-style dances, starting with Salsa. 6pm, Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 500 Columbia Rd., Dorchester – 617-265-0139. www.bpl.org. Free.
The Diary of Anne Frank Through Anne’s eyes, the compelling story of eight Jewish people in hiding during the Nazi occupation unfolds. Confined to a small space for two years, it becomes evident that the piques, pleasures, hopes, and fears of eight different personalities are much harder to contain. As tensions build, they find themselves surviving each other just as trying as surviving the war. The IRNE Award-nominated Roxbury Repertory Theater production of The Diary of Anne Frank will be performed October 25 through November 3. Playwright Wendy Kesselman’s powerful adaptation and an ensemble of diverse actors keep the story alive and vibrant. Performed without intermission, each show will feature a story by a survivor of genocide, including the Holocaust, Rwanda, and Darfur. Kesselman will lead a talkback at the 8pm performance on Friday, November 2. For tickets and information, please contact Pamela Green at pgreen@rcc. mass.edu or 617-541-5380. Tickets are $10; $5 for students and seniors. Wheelchair accessible. Parsis, the Zoroastrians of India The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts presents Parsis, The Zoroastrians of India, an exhibition of photographs by artist, filmmaker, and Harvard alumna Sooni Taraporevala, on view at the Carpenter Center in the Sert Gallery from October 25–December 20. The result of a thirty-five year labor of love, the exhibition Parsis, The Zoroastrians of India is the first visual documentation of India’s Parsi community, followers of the prophet Zarathustra. Taraporevala offers a rare insider’s view of how the Parsis, a people whose ancestors sailed from Iran to India citing religious persecution, survive today as a religious and ethnic minority of India. Taraporevala’s photographs are a vivid window into Parsi life in all its vibrancy and diversity, taking us from public celebrations to private rituals, from firetemples to living rooms, from the streets of Bombay to the villages of Gujarat. The exhibition will open with Sooni Taraporevala in conversation with Harvard professors Homi Bhabha and Sugata Bose on Thursday, October 25, at 6pm, followed by a reception and book signing with the artist in the Sert Gallery. A free screening of LITTLE ZIZOU, directed and written by Taraporevala, will take place on Saturday, October 27, at 2pm, at the Harvard Film Archive. A Q&A with the director will follow the film. Screening, exhibition and programming are free. PARSIS, The Zoroastrians of India is made possible by the generous support of the Tata Group. Additional funding and support was given by the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University.
Audrey Schulman “Three Weeks in December” Cambridge author Audrey Schulman will be speaking at the Cambridge Main library about her book, Three Weeks in December. 7pm. There will be no advance tickets and doors will open at 6:30. For more information contact Carole Feeney Withrow cwithrow@cam bridgema.gov, 617-349-4035. 449 Broadway, Cambridge. All library events are free and open to the public. Cambridge READS: The Citywide Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.
Upcoming 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. Harvest Festival Grace Church of All Nations presents the 1st Harvest Festival, October 27, 10am – 4pm at 451 Washington St. Games, free food, free books, free toys, moonbounces, apple bobbing, pie eating contests, face painting. Bring your family and friends. 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: 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. 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. 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.
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More training needed to combat domestic abuse Paul Mendis October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, yet despite increased education and awareness, domestic violence persists in our culture. Tw e n t y - f i v e p e r c e n t o f women and 8 percent of men have experienced abuse from an intimate partner, and a shocking three women a day are murdered by husbands or boyfriends in the United States. People who are older or disabled are also at risk for abuse — 10 percent of elderly adults have suffered abuse or neglect and more than 90 percent of individuals with developmental disabilities will be physically or sexually abused during their lifetime. The symptoms of domestic violence extend beyond visible, physical injuries. Victims suffer from psychological and emotional problems including anxiety, depression and post-trau-
matic stress disorder and often display long-term health problems as a result of the violence, such as chronic pain, migraines, STDs and heart trouble. These statistics and the troubling effects of domestic violence demonstrate that we have
healthcare setting to address domestic violence. Doctors and nurses should be the first line of defense against domestic violence. Providers need to be aware of the signs of domestic abuse and have the proper training and resources to address and
Doctors and nurses should be the first line of defense against domestic violence. Providers need to be aware of the signs of domestic abuse and have the proper training and resources to address and refer to appropriate services in-house or in the community. to do even more to improve our methods for inquiring about, documenting and addressing domestic violence. As we see higher rates of abuse, the need for a more coordinated effort is clear. Evidence increasingly points to the importance of the
refer to appropriate services inhouse or in the community. In 2006, Neighborhood Health Plan founded the NHP Domestic Violence Initiative after observing a growing need for a healthcare-based, systemwide response to domestic vio-
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right to communicate with anyone else who is incarcerated. Yet the group of lifers I’ve corresponded with have tried to make something of their lives, serving as jailhouse lawyers, organizing against abusive conditions, helping other inmates survive. Sometimes these pursuits get them in trouble, but their prison records are free of any violent offenses. Even if technically eligible for parole, as a few of them are, most have been convicted of crimes that were both horrific and high-profile, ensuring that they will never get out. Joe Labriola, 66, is a former Marine war hero who served two tours in Vietnam, receiving a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V for valor. After returning home, Labriola was convicted of killing a drug dealer, who was an FBI informant. He got life without parole. So far he has served 38 years, 18 of them in solitary confinement. Agent Orange exposure left Joe struggling to breathe. He can’t walk more than 10 steps without help from an oxygen tank. He’s in a wheelchair most of the time and lives in a ward called Assisted Daily Living, which he describes as a clutch of hospital beds in a corridor. “The only assistance we get,” he tells me, “is what other prisoners assigned to clean the floor and bathrooms render us when we ask.” From his window, Labriola has a view of the prison hospital. “I see men coming up for medication and insulin at least three to four times per day. They come in chairs, geriatric walkers, and all have medications. In one week we had three deaths.” Seniors in the outside world complain about health care. But the inpatient facilities at the prison’s hospital consist of a series of
five small wards with five beds in each. Men in various stages of bad health or terminal illness lie in bed all day with nothing to do but watch soap operas and the rare housefly that meanders in. “What they need is mental, spiritual and human stimulation in the form of one-on-one care provided by trained prisoners,” Labriola writes. “There are many men
putting together cases for other inmates. He settled disputes and became something of an elder statesman. “We loved the old man,” Labriola wrote. When dementia set in, Gilday was already suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease and a host of other ailments. Inmates at Shirley Prison formed an ad hoc
“What they need is mental, spiritual and human stimulation in the form of one-on-one care provided by trained prisoners. There are many men willing to volunteer their time and energy to make this a reality.” — Joe Labriola willing to volunteer their time and energy to make this a reality.”
“We Loved the Old Man” Labriola’s “best pal” was Lefty Gilday. A minor league ballplayer turned ’60s revolutionary, a convicted cop killer and target of one of the most famous manhunts in Massachusetts history, Gilday had been in and out of prison several times on robbery offenses when he fell in with a group of young Brandeis students who thought they could spur on a black revolution by stealing guns and money. When the Boston police answered an alarm during a bank robbery with guns drawn, Patrolman Walter Schroeder was shot dead. Lefty maintained it was a ricochet of a warning shot, but he was tried and convicted of firstdegree murder. Initially sentenced to death, Gilday became a lifer when the U.S. Supreme Court briefly banned capital punishment in 1972. The students got sentences of no more than seven years. In prison, Gilday became renowned as a jailhouse lawyer,
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hospice team in their crowded ward. They brought special food from the prison commissary, heated it in an ancient microwave, and fed it to their dying friend. They helped him to the toilet and cleaned him up. Labriola tried to see that Gilday got a little sunshine every day, wheeling his chair out into the yard and sitting with his arm around Lefty to keep him from falling out. After Lefty was placed in the medical bubble, his friends were denied contact with him. When Joe snuck in one day he found unopened food containers stacked up. Lefty said he couldn’t open the tabs to get at the food. The stench of piss and feces was overpowering. In September 2011, Gilday died in a Boston hospital. His friends sought permission to conduct a service in the prison chapel.
Their request was denied. A chaplain helped put together a service in a classroom, which culminated in some 80 men sailing paper planes into the air in a symbolic representation to Lefty’s spirit.
Younger Prisoners Not Told of Dementia Other inmates with dementia are not as fortunate in their cellmates. John Feroli, in for murder, wrote to me about several lifers at Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater. They are housed in double cells with much younger prisoners who are never told about the old timers’ ailments. In one case the guy with dementia believed his cellmate was stealing his clothes and started a fight. His cellmate broke his jaw. Another thought his cellmate was urinating in his socks, so he smashed his cellmate’s guitar and hit him over the head with it. He got knocked out in return. Feroli also wrote about another guy in his 70s, who was in solitary confinement because he failed to stand for the afternoon count. “He was on the third floor of the housing unit, he was partially paralyzed from a stroke and the batteries in his hearing aid were dead and he never heard the announcement for ‘Count time’.” At 73, Frank Soffen, convicted of armed robbery and seconddegree murder, has spent more than half his life in prison. He has suffered four heart attacks, has kidney and liver disease, and can move about only in a wheelchair. Because of his failing health and a record that includes once rescuing a guard threatened by other prisoners, Soffen has been identified as a candidate for release on medical and compassionate grounds. He has a supportive family and a place
to live with his son. The Massachusetts Board of Parole voted to deny his release in 2006, and again this past January. He will not be eligible for review for another five years. Today, he is warehoused in a medical observation bubble at Norfolk State Prison, bed-ridden, unable to wash himself, clad in adult diapers, and unable to hold a pen. In May, I went to visit Gordon Haas at Norfolk, some 35 miles south of Boston. Haas has been in prison since his 1975 conviction for murdering his wife and children. That conviction was overturned and a retrial ended in a hung jury. He was reconvicted in a third trial in 1982. Since he has been behind bars, Haas has earned a master’s degree from Boston University. Now at age 68, he is active in the prison’s lifers’ group, which he now leads, and is pushing compassionate care legislation in the state legislature. Haas has been urging the state Department of Corrections (DOC) to adopt a hospice program for the last 15 years. “Our contention is that since lifers will probably be in need of such care we [prisoners] are a resource for others now,” he tells me. “But the DOC does not sanction prisoners helping other prisoners. There is one outlet and that is prisoners can volunteer to take those who can go outside for programs and fresh air, even those in wheelchairs. That is good, but that is all there is.” James Ridgeway wrote a longer version of this article for Mother Jones in cooperation with New America Media through a MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, a collaboration of NAM and the Gerontological Society of America.
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The Franklin Park Zoo has undergone many transformations over its 100 years, but few have been as dramatic as the open grassland where these giraffes and zebras roam. (Fran Cronin photo)
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John Linehan, president and CEO, has been a part of the 72acre zoo’s “coming of age” since 1980, when he started working as a temporary laborer in the bird department. He quickly bounded up the zoo ladder, moving from the aviary to curator of large mammals and then zookeeper before being appointed to his current post in 2002. During the intervening three decades, Franklin Park Zoo morphed from a poorly-funded,
state-run agency to a non-profit established by Gov. William Weld in 1992. Though Weld gets the credit, it was then Gov. Michael Dukakis who initiated the zoo’s placement in non-profit hands in 1988. The resulting public-private partnership, Zoo New England, also includes the nearby Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Both zoos are now officially accredited; Franklin Park Zoo has expanded from a staff of 30 to a year-round staff of 108, and Stone Zoo has been overhauled. The annual operating budget is $12 million. Last year’s attendance hit an all-time high with a half-million visitors. During the zoo’s 100-year his-
tory, much has changed, including its mission. “We have evolved from being an animal consumer to being an animal producer,” said Linehan, his head covered by a Zoo New England baseball cap. Originally envisioned as a gateway to the country by seminal park designer Frank Olmsted and reinterpreted as a municipal zoo by Fitzgerald’s landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff, Franklin Park Zoo has in the past decade moved to align itself with the likes of stateof-the-art Bronx Zoo in New York City, and participates in collaborative breeding and conservation programs with other zoos around
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The Zoo’s entranceway captures the natural spirit of Frederick Law Olmstead’s design of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. (Photo courtesy of the Franklin Park Zoo) the country and world. Strolling along the paths that cut through its landscaped habitats, one can see that Franklin Park Zoo, like many other modern zoos, is not just about show. Behind the scenes is a vast local and international effort to support the genetic lines of endangered species or to preserve habitats that support animals in the wild. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Zoo New England has become a major player in the move to breed and preserve endangered animal species globally. Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2006, leads a consortium of partners to expand the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project. Zoo New England also supports Blanding’s turtle research and oversees efforts to protect this decreasing species in the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord. But to understand the value and challenge of species conservation takes not just money but education, says Linehan. An avid steward of this mission, Linehan understands education begins at home. A new playground and other play spots that dot the zoo’s grounds emphasize this goal, as does its popular petting zoo. One obstacle to neighborhood access, however, is finan-
cial. The entry fee for adults is now $17. To get around this barrier, Linehan and Zoo New England have instituted incentives to family memberships that encourage active use of the zoo. Free and reduced entry-fee days are generously sprinkled throughout the year. The zoo sponsors an after-school program that draws heavily from its neighborhood and all public and private Massachusetts school groups are free. The cost to attend the zoo’s annual summer camp program is kept low to attract neighborhood participation. Hundreds of youth that graduate from zoo camp have gone on to be Junior Zoo Teens and then Zoo Teens. Last year, 55 teens between the ages of 15 and 17 participated in the Zoo Teen afterschool program and learned not just about the zoo’s animals, but management and work ethos. Guest speakers talked to the youth about life skills, college and financial responsibility. Linehan said it’s not unusual for him to review resumes or college applications. From this group, a fortunate lot of 55 college students are selected to join the zoo’s Teen Ambassador program. Last year, 25 students participated in this 400-hour international internship program. “The zoo is the pride of this neighborhood,” says Linehan, “and needs to become its backyard.”
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This undated photograph of the Franklin Park Zoo demonstrates the difference between the natural spaces of today and the metal bars and concrete of yesterday. (Photo courtesy of the Franklin Park Zoo)
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Boston seeks $15M to cope with release of inmates Banner Staff Mayor Thomas M. Menino sought this week $15 million from the Patrick administration to help manage the potential re-
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“We must provide the necessary resources to address potential wrongful convictions and protect public safety while looking for opportunities to support reentry programs we know have a proven track record of preventing recidivism.” —Alex Zaroulis lease of hundred of inmates as a result of an estimated 34,000 mishandled drug cases by state lab chemist Annie Dookhan. Dookhan is accused of falsifying thousands of results at the now-closed testing facility in Jamaica Plain, which had been overseen by the state Public Health Department. Prosecutors say Dookhan altered drug samples to obtain positive results and listed some samples as positive without even testing them. An estimated 600 prisoners in Suffolk County, many with extensive criminal histories, could have their convictions tossed
specialized drug and gang units. They are also assembling “crisis re-entry” teams of police, probation officers and outreach workers to help freed inmates return to society. The city will provide freed inmates
emergency housing, education and job training programs, and mental health and substance abuse counseling. The teams began meeting Friday with inmates slated for release. A Patrick administration spokesman said it would review the request. “We must provide the necessary resources to address potential wrongful convictions and protect public safety while looking for opportunities to support reentry programs we know have a proven track record of preventing recidivism,” spokesman Alex Zaroulis stated in published reports. According to Mayor Menino, the crisis re-entry team will conduct mandatory pre-release orientations for those individuals that are being released. The team will include mem-
bers of the Boston Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, Department of Probation and street workers from the Boston Centers for Youth and Families. These meetings will be led by a representative from the Department of Corrections, and will address 5-10 inmates at one time. Individuals will also be provided written information on Boston-based service providers that can assist with jobs, housing, health care and education. “It is unfortunate that one person can cause such harm to the legal process and in turn such potential for harm to Boston’s neighborhoods,” Mayor Menino said in a statement last week. “We are concerned about
the large number of individuals who will be released from state prison with no plan for transition back into society, and just as concerned about those who may return to a lifestyle that can cause turmoil on our streets.” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is working closely with Menino. “[We] recognize the gravity of this situation,” Conley said in a statement. Material from Mayor Menino’s office and published reports contributed to this story. Do tomorrow’s tasks today, and today’s immediately. The time that passes never returns. O brother, why do you squander your time? – Swami Muktananda
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Menino thanks Obama for development funds Grants will enhance access to healthy food options The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services (OCS) has recently awarded two Boston nonprofit agencies over $1.5 million in Community Economic Development Grants. “I want to thank the Obama Administration for their com-
mitment and leadership,” said Mayor Thomas Menino. “The redevelopment of these vacant parcels represents increased opportunities for Boston’s growing food entrepreneurs, jobs for our residents, improved access to healthy affordable food and a more robust and resilient food
system infrastructure.” The Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation is working in partnership with CropCircle Kitchen, Inc. to turn the Pearl Meat Factory in Dorchester into a 35,000-squarefoot, multi-tenant food production facility known as the Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Small Business Center.
The development is expected to support over 50 food production businesses and create more than 80 new jobs within the first three years of operation. CropCircle Kitchen now operates a shared commercial kitchen out of the JP Brewery that is home to the 39 small food businesses and more than 200 jobs. It has incubated and graduated more than 20 food enterprises such as Nella Pasta and Batch Ice Cream and has more than 36 would-be entrepreneurs waiting for space. The development is expected to be completed in 2013 and will feature a fully-equipped commissary kitchen able to accommodate five to six food production companies; a shared commercial kitchen with large shared dry and cold storage areas for food, communal specialty equipment, including a blast freezer,
steam table, steam oven, smokers and large production kettle. It will also have a separate food truck commissary and a USDAcertified shared meat processing and co-packing area. The Madison Park Development Corporation is partnering with Tropical Foods International to create a proposed $32-million three-building, multi-use development on the 2.1-acre parcel, known as Parcel 10. The development will include a 40,000-square-foot two-story grocery store that will be home to the Tropical Foods grocery store, and a five-story building with retail, office space and offstreet parking. A third building, the current home of Tropical Foods, would be redeveloped into first floor retail space and 66 units of housing.
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU12D2068DR
Department of Children and Families may be accomplished by regular first class mail at least Seven (7) days prior to the hearing. 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.
Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Date: October 10, 2012 Nadege Maisonneuve
Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
To the Defendant:
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: Nadege Maisonneuve, 707 Metropolitan Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136, 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 13, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU12P0269EA
Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Rosanna Mirielle Camillo Date of Death: 11/21/2011 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Richard Nunez of Stoneham, 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 Richard Nunez of Stoneham, 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. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 26, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU12P1945GD
In the interests of Javan M. Stokes-Johnson of Dorchester, 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 10/09/2012 by Heather N. Johnson of Roxbury, MA will be held 12/03/2012 09:00 AM Motion Located at 24 New Chardon Street, 3rd floor, 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. ORDER TO PETITIONER(S)
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. 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. 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. If required, service on the United States Veteran Administration and the
Questions regarding this RFQ shall be directed to Luciana Burdi, Deputy Director, Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, at 617-568-3501- or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY David S. Mackey Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department
The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. The Complaint is on file at the Court.
received no later than 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909.
Docket No. SU12P1827EA
Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Maurice Steven Young Date of Death: 05/03/2012 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Lisa Parks 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 Lisa Parks of Boston, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve With Corporate Surety on the bond.
Notice of Participation The Rockland Housing Authority has recently decided to join the Massachusetts Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Centralized Waiting List, a group of 88 participating local housing authorities. The Rockland Housing Authority (RHA) will accept applications beginning on November 1, 2012. New applicants will be added to the existing list. A list of all other participating housing authorities is available online at www.section8listmass.org. The authorities have not been awarded any additional Section 8 vouchers; vouchers will be issued based on turnover. If you have applied to one of the other participating housing authorities since the Centralized Waiting List opened on January 6, 2003, there is no need to apply again. You may qualify for the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Massachusetts if your Gross Family Income is less than: Total Family Size: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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.
Income Limits* $36,400 $41,600 $46,800 $52,000 $56,200 $60,350 $64,500 $68,650
*Maximum income limits based on Eastern Worcester county income limits. (highest in state.)
WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 26, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate
Applications may be requested in person or by mail, or online at www. section8listmass.org. If you have a disability and require an accommodation, please call any participating housing authority. Applications must be completed fully, signed and dated. Completed applications may be delivered in person or mailed to any participating housing authority or completed online. Copies, facsimiles or emails of completed applications will not be accepted. No documentation is needed at time of application. Applications will be accepted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, familial status or disability.
NOTICE TO TRADE CONTRACTORS REQUEST FOR TRADE CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS
Reminder: Only one application per family will be accepted. There is no need to go to more than one participating agency to submit an application. Duplicate applications will be rejected.
The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from TRADE CONTRACTORS interested in performing work for MPA CONTRACT NO. L1129-C3-1, RENOVATIONS & IMPROVEMENTS TO TERMINAL B EARLY PACKAGE, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS. The Authority is seeking Qualification Statements from Trade Contractors who have a demonstrated experience in the construction and implementation of similar work in terms of scale and complexity. The project includes a new secure concourse between Terminal B, Pier A and Pier B, and consists of 8 new holdrooms, 24 ticket counter positions, a renovated security checkpoint with additional passenger queuing and 4 additional lanes, concessions space, toilet rooms, in-line checked baggage inspection systems, sortation and outbound bag makeup devices, bag claim devices, enhanced inbound baggage systems airline operations space and vertical circulation. Prior to the commencement of this construction project, the south end of Terminal B, Pier A will be demolished on the interior, and made safe as a clean landside construction site under a separate procurement that is not included in this scope of work. In accordance with Massachusetts Construction Manager at-Risk requirements and MGL Chapter 149 Section 44F, Qualification Statements are being requested from trade contractors capable of performing the following classes of work: (a) masonry; (b) roofing and flashing; (c) plumbing.
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INVITATION TO BID The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is seeking bids for the following: BID NO. *WRA-3546
DESCRIPTION Purchase of Ten (10) Electric Burden Vehicles
TIME 11:00 a.m.
Purchase of ¾” Crushed and Stone (M2.01.4) Gravel Burrow (State Mix)
Trash Removal Services Deer Island TreatmentPlant
Sealed bids will be received at the offices of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Charlestown Navy Yard, Document Distribution Office, 100 First Avenue, First Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02129, up to the time and date listed above at which time they will be publicly opened and read. *(indicates) Bid Documents available on the Comm-PASS Website (www. comm-pass.com).
The estimated cost of the Contract is $3,480,760 and the estimated construction duration is six (6) months. The estimated value of work to be performed by trade contractors is as follows: • Masonry- $1,100,260 • Roofing & Flashing - $2,290,500 • Plumbing - $90,000 The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149A, Sections 1 thru 13. This selection of trade contractors conforms to MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, subsections (b) to (k) inclusive. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequalify trade contractors capable and experienced in the renovation and construction of airline passenger terminals. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification of trade contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders that will only be issued to the prequalified trade contractors. A Prequalification Committee consisting of four representatives, one each from the Designer and the CM at Risk and two Massport staff. This Prequalification Committee will be conducting a qualifications-based evaluation of submittals received from interested trade contractors in order to identify prequalified trade contractors who will be invited to respond to a written Invitation to Bidders. Please note that the Authority is not utilizing this process to prequalify subcontractors who are not trade contractors which shall be done separately in accordance with MGL C149A, Section 8, subsection (j). Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria; (1) Management Experience; (2) Project References including a Public Project Record and (3) Capacity to Complete including a demonstration that the contractor has the financial stability and long-term viability to successfully implement the Project. A Supplemental Information Package that discusses these Evaluation Criteria and the Prequalification Process in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning Wednesday, October 24, 2012, by contacting Cindy Monahan at 617-568-5978 or via email at email@example.com A Project Briefing will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at 11:00 AM in the Capital Programs Department, Logan Office Center, 2nd floor, 1 Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA. Attendance at the briefing is not mandatory, however, it is strongly encouraged in order to best familiarize your firm with the project details and the prequalification process. The qualification statement document, as detailed in the supplemental information package shall be addressed to Mr. Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, and
The Concord Housing Authority is accepting applications for the State Elderly Public Housing program which includes the following developments: Everett Gardens 32 one -bedroom garden style apartments.
Everett Gardens Expansion 20 units of garden style apartments (one handicapped unit)
Peter Bulkeley Building (opening February 2013)-converted school building and community spaces. (four handicapped units) All units include heat and hot water, on-site laundry facilities, activity program and parking for one vehicle. All developments are Smoke Free. Income limits-Everett Gardens and Everett Gardens Expansion 1 person – $45,500 2 people – $52,000 Income limits Peter Bulkeley Building 1 person – $34,250 2 people – $39,150
Please call CHA ofﬁce at 978-369-8435 or visit our website at www.concordha.org for more information or to obtain application. Minorities encouraged to apply.
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DUXBURY AFFORDABLE HOUSING
ALTERNATIVE HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
PURCHASE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Want a Place to Call Home? Why not a Whole Community?
Grant money available to purchase existing housing in Duxbury! The Affordable Housing Purchase Assistance Program utilizes ﬁnancial assistance to reduce sales prices of speciﬁc Duxbury homes currently available on the open market to affordable levels. This ﬁnancial assistance has been made available courtesy of the Duxbury Affordable Housing Trust (DAHT) through this lottery.
ST. JOSEPH’S COMMUNITY, INC., located just minutes from Dudley Square in historic Roxbury, offers a great opportunity for homeownership seekers to be part of the oldest, limited equity, Mortgage—free housing cooperative in New England. Boasting spacious one to ﬁve bedroom homes, St. Joseph’s Community is an outstanding, economical ownership alternative.
Applications for the program and lottery must be completed with all required income, asset, tax and pre-approval documentation and submitted by 2 pm on December 11th, 2012.
AMENITIES INCLUDE Fully Applianced, Eat-In Kitchens Varied Floor Plan Heat & Hot Water Included Hard Wood Flooring Individual Access Control System Off Street Parking Air Conditioner Ready Private, Rear Yards Laundry hook-ups in 3-5 bedroom Units Beautifully Landscaped Grounds Exterior Monitoring System Pet Friendly Convenient Location
Maximum Grant Amount Based on Size of Home Purchased 1 BR – $60,000 2 BR – $75,000 3 BR – $90,000 4 BR – $100,000 5 BR – $100,000
How it works… Qualiﬁed applicants purchases a share representing membership in the cooperative. A share is the amount that an applicant pays to become a member of the cooperative. St. Joseph’s shares are affordably priced from $12,485 to $28,220, subject to change.
WOLLASTON MANOR 91 Clay Street Quincy, MA 02170
Senior Living At It’s Best
A senior/disabled/ handicapped community 0 BR units = $1,027/mo 1 BR units = $1,101/mo All utilities included.
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St. Joseph’s Community, Inc. is Professionally Managed By Trinity Management LLC.
For Rent $1600/month Dorchester Spacious de-leaded, newly renovated, 4bdrm apartment 3rdﬂ, eat-in kitchen and large living room. On/off street parking in quiet neighborhood. Near: Laundromat, MBTA, hospital. No pets/smoking. 617-212-8171
For one-bedroom, rents start at $777 and up. Two bedroom apartments start at $934 and up. Includes heat, hot water, and cooking gas. Income restrictions apply.
The Maximum Income Limits for Households are as follows: 1 Person – $45,500 5 Person – $70,200 2 Person – $52,000 6 Person – $75,400 3 Person – $58,500 7 Person – $80,600 4 Person – $65,000 8 Person – $85,800
Applications and Information also available at the Duxbury Public Library at 77 Alden Street (hours M 2-8, Tu-Th 10-8, Fri-Sat 10-5) and the Town Planning Department in Town Hall. An Info Session will be held on Nov 7th, 2012 at 7 pm at Duxbury Town Hall (878 Tremont St). The Lottery for eligible households will be held on Dec 19th at 7 pm.
Phone: 617-427-3326 Fax: 617-541-0057 Website: http://www.stjosephscommunityinc.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Program and Application Process, please visit: www.s-e-b.com/lottery or call 617.782.6900x7.
St. Joseph’s Community, Inc. 86 Crispus Attucks Place Roxbury, MA. 02119
Waiting list for one and two bedroom subsidized apartments open at
You can ﬁnd examples of the types of homes in Duxbury that are eligible for this program here: www.s-e-b.com/lottery/documents/TheInventory.pdf
Households cannot have more than $75,000 in assets
We welcome the occasion to further explore this opportunity with you. Please contact our management ofﬁce located on site for a personalized tour and presentation.
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AFFORDABLE HOUSING RENTAL OPPORTUNITY
Legacy Park Wakefield Apartments 101 Hopkins Street (off Summit Drive) Wakeﬁeld, Massachusetts 01880 Fifteen (15) One-Bedroom (1 BR) Garden Style Apartments (Rent = $1,218 Per Month) Thirteen (13) Two-Bedroom (2 BR) Garden Style Apartments (Rent = $1,462 Per Month Four (4) Three Bedroom (3 BR) Townhouse Units (Rent = $1,690 Per Month) Utilities (Electricity, Heat, and Water/Sewer) are Included in the Monthly Rent
Trinity Village 283 Grove Street Brockton, MA 02302
Will be closing all waiting lists on November 15, 2012 At 3:30pm All applications must be completed and submitted on or before November 15, 2012, at 3:30pm Professionally managed by:
New Construction • On-Site Management and Maintenance Staff Access to Route 95 and to MBTA Commuter Rail In-Unit Laundry • Fitness Center • Library • Decks & Patios Residents who Qualify will be Selected by Lottery for the Opportunity to Rent Units In Order to Qualify, Total Household Income cannot Exceed the Maximum Annual Income Limits for the Household Sizes Shown Below One Person Household: $45,500 Two Person Household: $52,000 Three Person Household: $58,500
To Receive an Informational Packet and an Application: Contact Housing Resource Group, LLC at (781) 820-8797, or Visit the Lucius Bebee Library (345 Main Street Wakeﬁeld), or Visit the Wakeﬁeld Town Hall (1 Lafayette Street Wakeﬁeld)
Completed Applications must be Returned to: Housing Resource Group, LLC Four Raymond Street, Lexington, MA 02421 All Applications must be Postmarked by December 29, 2012
Four Person Household: $65,000 Five Person Household: $70,200 Six Person Household: $75,400
Informational Meetings Regarding this Project /Opportunity will be held at the Americal Civic Center 467 Main Street, Wakeﬁeld MA Saturday October 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM, and Tuesday December 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM An Open House/Site Tour will be Held at the Property on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
A Joint Venture Development of: The Richmond Company, Inc. and The Federated Companies LLC MARKET RATE RENTAL UNITS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE PROJECT ON A FIRST COME BASIS INTEREST IN MARKET RATE UNITS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO: 978-988-3900 – Ext. #12
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Part-time Accounting Assistant
Assistant Housing Manager
Medford Housing Authority seeks a part-time Accounting Assistant to work 25 hours per week. Applicant must be familiar with Excel, Word, and Windows. Accounting or bookkeeping experience a must. Please send resume on or before November 1, 2012, to: Medford Housing Authority 121 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155 Attn: M. Pacious (PTAA) Or email to: email@example.com An Equal Opportunity Employer
Medford Housing Authority is seeking qualiﬁed candidates for the position of Assistant Housing Manager; this full-time position is within the Public Housing Department. Familiarity with HUD regulations and Department of Housing & Community Development regulations, rent calculations and tenant selection process, helpful. Must be computer literate. Please send resume no later than November 1, 2012, to:
First Come First Serve Information Session Saturday October 27 10:00AM 355 East Central Street, Municipal Building, Franklin MA Meadowbrook Heights, An Adult 55+ Community Located on Grey Wolf Drive (off of Longhill Road) in Franklin, MA
Two Bedroom Town Homes Priced @ $165,000 Household Income Limits: 1 Person - $ 45,500 2 Person - $ 52,000 3 Person - $ 58,500 At least one household member must be 55 years of age or older at time of submission. Approx 1,850 s.f. units. Includes air conditioning and one-car garage. 1st Floor: Kitchen, Dining Room, Family Room, Master Bedroom with Full Bath, Laundry Room and 2nd Floor: Bedroom, Bathroom & Loft. 4 Units available. Applications and Information available at the Municipal Building, 355 East Central St., Franklin, MA 02038, and at www.franklin.ma.us Departments, Administration, Affordable Housing. Contact Maxine (508) 520-4949 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Equal Housing Opportunity
Part-Time Inspectional Clerk Medford Housing Authority is looking to ﬁll the newly created position of Part-Time Inspectional Clerk. The part-time Inspectional Clerk will support the Full Time Inspector. This position is budgeted for 25 hours per week and is within the Section 8 Department, some basic knowledge of HUD Inspectional procedures is required. Must be computer literate. Please send resume no later than November 1, 2012 to: Medford Housing Authority 121 Riverside Avenue Medford, MA 02155 Attn: M. Pacious, (PTI) Or email to: email@example.com An Equal Opportunity Employer
Medford Housing Authority, 121 Riverside Avenue Medford, MA 02155, Attn: M. Pacious (AHM) Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org The Medford Housing Authority will give preference to qualiﬁed Section 3 Residents as follows: A section 3 resident is: 1) a public housing resident; or 2) a low- or very low-income person residing in the metropolitan area (City of Medford) or non-metropolitan county where the Section 3 covered assistance is expended. For further information regarding Section 3 please email bﬂeming@medfordhousing.org or call 781-396-7200 x 108.
Dorchester Phoenix House Family Therapist — Assess clients and their families by participating in intake meetings, treatment plans, revision of plans, discharge and aftercare planning. Provide training and clinical consultation to staff regarding family systems, group and individual treatment issues and other expertise.
Recovery Specialist — works in collaboration with
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BSC Group, Inc. is a 100-person interdisciplinary consulting ﬁrm providing planning, engineering, regulatory permitting, ecological science, landscape architecture and land surveying services to clients in both the public and private sectors. We are seeking to ﬁll the following position in our Boston ofﬁce:
This project engineering position requires a BS in Civil Engineering and 4-6 years of experience in land development and site design, particularly utility, grading and drainage design, with proﬁciency in AutoCAD and Civil 3-D. Candidates should have an EIT and be on track to prepare for the Professional Engineer (PE) registration exam. The responsibilities of this position include the independent preparation of site plans that meet the needs of our clients and obtaining approvals from local and state regulatory agencies. The successful candidate will develop expertise in public agency or municipal design standards and will interact with clients. BSC Group offers an excellent beneﬁts package and competitive salary. Qualiﬁed candidates should send resume with cover letter to: Human Resources Department BSC Group, Inc. 15 Elkins Street, Boston, MA 02127 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Fax: (617) 896-4301 No telephone calls, no recruiters, please. BSC is an EEO employer.
HULL HOUSING AUTHORITY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR MANAGEMENT AGENT The Hull Housing Authority is seeking qualified applicants and organizations who would provide management and operating functions for the Authority to begin January, 2013. The Executive Director or Management Agency will be responsible for the administration of 68 units of state aided Public Housing. Minimum Qualifications: Four years of experience in housing management, public administration, community development or a closely related field. Must have a working knowledge of fiscal management, maintenance systems, personnel and administrative management in public/private housing. Written & verbal skills necessary in order to effectively communicate. Substantial background in the implementation of management controls and systems. Considerable knowledge of local, state and federal governmental procedure and regulations as they relate to Public Housing, Experience working with people of various socio-economic backgrounds. Must be bondable. A bachelor’s degree may substitute for up to 2 yrs. experience. Salary or fee commensurate with experience and Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development guideline. Minimum work week of 22 hours.
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Please submit a copy of resume or a statement of qualifications, and a letter of interest to Chairman, Patrice Kenney, Hull Housing Authority, 6 Atlantic House Court, Hull, MA 02045 on or before 11/15/2012.
Executive Director/Management Agent 20 hours per week
The Groveland (MA) Housing Authority seeks an executive director/housing manager to direct a small PHA with 58 federally-assisted elderly/disabled units and 3 state-aided family units. Current staff includes a full-time maintenance technician and a secretary (part-time). Two year’s experience in housing, community development, public administration or a closely related ﬁeld. Knowledge of the principles and practices of housing management, ﬁnances and maintenance systems in public or private housing. Written and verbal communications skills required. Willingness to work with people of various socio-economic backgrounds. Must be bondable. Professional certiﬁcation as a Public Housing Manager from a HUD approved organization desired and may be substituted by certiﬁcation as a property manager or similar classiﬁcation by a nationally recognized housing or real estate organization, or by a certiﬁcation as a MPHA of a DHCD-approved Massachusetts Public Housing Administrator Certiﬁcation Program. Federal housing program experience is desired. Two-year full time post-secondary education in a related ﬁeld may substitute for up to one year of experience. Compensation is in accordance with state Executive Director salary schedule. Submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Search Committee, Groveland Housing Authority, 10 River Pines Road, Groveland, MA 01834
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