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Harvard Professor Elizabeth Warren scores a stunning upset over U.S. Senator Scott Brown

Obama beats Romney in hotly contested presidential race Howard Manly

Howard Manly In a race that pitted a democratic newcomer against a GOP rock star, Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law School professor that was roundly attacked for her claims of Indian ancestry, earned a solid victory against incumbent U.S. Senator Scott Brown. With about 70 percent of the precincts counted, Warren, the mastermind of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, held a 53 to 47 lead over her GOP rival and reclaimed the seat once held by the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy. Gov. Deval L. Patrick, speaking in the ballroom of The Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel where Warren’s election night party was being held, said he was in awe of the record $65 million raised in the Senate contest, and offered his prediction for the night. “I don’t think it’s going to be a late night,” Patrick told reporters. The race between Warren and Brown was tight going into Election Day with neither candidate able to create much separation from the other. The difference, political experts explained, was Warren’s superior ground game. Warren’s campaign officials said they had 48 field offices, 74 paid field organizers and about 24,000 volunteers working for them on Tuesday. Warren, continued to page 19


In this Jan. 18, 2009 photo, President-elect Barack Obama speaks at the Lincoln Memorial during an inaugural concert in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

US Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren delivers her victory speech at the Fairmount Copley Hotel after beating incumbent Scott Brown 53 percent to 47 percent. (Yawu Miller photo)

In the most expensive presidential race in American history, President Barack Obama earned a narrow victory over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, according to several televised reports. At least 120 million American voters were expected to decide between the Democratic incumbent and Romney after a long, expensive and bitter presidential campaign centered around repairing the ailing U.S. economy. If the early election night trends held up, Obama looked poised to win a second four-year term. He will be faced with a difficult task of reducing a $16 trillion national debt, overhauling expensive social programs and dealing with a gridlocked U.S. Congress that looked likely to maintain the same partisan makeup. In the state-by-state battle to get to 270 electoral votes needed for the presidency, Obama and Romney piled up early victories in the states they were expected to win easily. Early vote-counting in the swing state of Florida showed them running neck-and-neck. Obama led in the critical battleground state of Ohio and Romney held the lead in a third swing state, Virginia. Romney needed all three of those states to earn the presidency, while Obama could afford to lose one or two of them and still win a second four-year Obama, continued to page 20

Maud Cuney-Hare: Lifting the race through the arts Anthony W. Neal While enduring more than her share of personal misfortunes, Maud Cuney-Hare showed a love of music and the theatrical arts, and an untiring dedication to uplifting her race. She was born in Galveston, Texas on Feb. 16, 1874, the daughter of Adelina Dowdie Cuney, a schoolteacher, and famed politician Norris Wright Cuney. As members of a rel-

atively well-to-do family, she and her brother, Lloyd Garrison, enjoyed privileged childhoods. Her father served as an alderman in Galveston and helped unionize black dockworkers. He later became chairman of the Texas Republican Party. In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison appointed him U.S. collector of customs for the port of Galveston.



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Voters queue up at the Cathedral Gymnasium, where several South End precincts cast their ballots. City and state officials predicted record turnout for Tuesday’s balloting. (Yawu Miller photo)





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Menino announces $16M early learning center Program will take a multigenerational, holistic approach to child development for low-income children and families

Pre-schoolers from the Bromley-Heath public housing development celebrate today’s announcement that a new $16 million early learning center will be built at B-H. The Center will focus on early childhood and family education and become a focal point for community programming. (Photos courtesy of Associated Early Care and Education) Banner Staff Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced last week the development of a $16 million early childhood and family learning center at the Bromley-Heath public housing development in Jamaica Plain. Developed and operated by Associated Early Care and Education, the center will create an innovative urban learning facility for low-income families unlike any other in Boston. “This project will serve as a model for other housing authorities and early educators across this country,” Mayor Menino said. Menino was joined by state Secretary of Education Paul Reville; Boston Housing Authority Administrator Bill McGonagle; Wayne Ysaguirre, president and CEO of Associated Early Care and Education; Michael K. Durkin, president of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, and a host of other officials and community leaders. “Through this innovative program at Bromley-Heath, children will receive a head start on their education and parents will benefit from the knowledge that their children are in a safe, high-quality learning environment,” Gov. Deval Patrick said in a statement. “Massachusetts remains a pioneer in education as we create learning opportunities for every child in the Commonwealth.” The center is the result of a partnership that includes the Boston

Housing Authority, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Associated, United Way and other community organizations and foundations. “The center’s goal is to engage the community — parents, civic partners, service providers, neighborhood leaders, public schools, health care institutions,” Ysaguirre said, “to take a shared interest in helping young children achieve school readiness to succeed in school and in life.” The first-of-its-kind program to serve families and their children in a public housing development will reach more than 1,000 low-income families and house a childhood education center that incorporates a variety of creative, evidence-based curriculum and teaching methods. The preschool and after-school programming will be available to 175 children up to age 8, their siblings and families; 50 percent of the children will be residents of the Bromley-Heath development. The curriculum will include Science Technology Engineering and Math programs (STEM), enrichment in physical fitness and the arts, adventure play and afterschool programs focusing on nature and outdoor exploration. The center will include a 12,000-square-foot outdoor play area with a natural playground and rooftop greenhouse. The build-

ing will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified to ensure energy efficiency and a healthier climate for children and staff. The 20,000-square-foot facility will also offer parents workforce development assistance such as mentoring, interviewing and workplace coaching as well as health screenings, parenting classes, nutrition coaching and GED classes. The project is part of Boston’s

Pre-schoolers from the Bromley-Heath public housing development point to what they hope will be their new classrooms after the official announcement that a new $16 million early learning center will be built at B-H. Wayne Ysaguirre, CEO of Associated Early Care and Education, which is developing the Center in conjunction with the Boston Housing Authority, looks on. commitment to universal school Family Foundation, $200,000 from readiness — the Thrive in 5 move- the Highland Street Foundation, as ment, which Mayor Menino and well as $500,000 in capital support the United Way launched to ensure from the United Way. that all kids have the support and reMassachusetts Housing Investsources they (and their families) need ment Corporation, Citizens Bank, to be ready for kindergarten. and Bank of America are provid“We have worked a long time ing new market tax credits and with the Bromley-Heath commu- financing. Other partners in the nity to see this vision for a high- qual- project are Action for Boston Comity early childhood education center munity Development, Children’s become a reality,” said Bill McGona- Hospital’s Martha Eliot Health gle, director of the Boston Housing Center and Family Services of Authority. “We greatly look forward Greater Boston. to the day when the learning center Construction is scheduled to is bustling with activity.” begin in late November, with an anThe center received a $5 million ticipated completion date of Janugrant from the U.S. Department of ary 2014. The center will replace an Housing and Urban Development. abandoned building that formerly Another $11 million is being raised housed the neighborhood’s health through private philanthropy and center and be leased to Associated financing. This includes almost $2 for $1 per year by the Boston Housmillion from the members of Associ- ing Authority. ated’s Board of Directors, $1 million Studio MLA Architects is designfrom the Barr Foundation, $250,000 ing the center and CWC Builders from the Richard and Susan Smith will construct the learning center.

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Toward a more informed citizenry People are accustomed to politicians stretching the truth. Voters understand that politicians exaggerate their achievements and minimize the accomplishments of their opponents. In the past, people have expected the press to pierce the fictional claims and force truth to surface. But the public also once expected candidates to have the character and integrity to stand boldly and firmly in support of their own core principles. Apparently Mitt Romney determined that the old standard would not work for him. With the emergence of the Tea Party as a force in the Republican Party, he accurately concluded that he would not win the nomination with a politically moderate approach. However, extreme positions on issues would cause him to lose the final election. Moderates and independents would not be inclined to support the Tea Party standard bearer. Romney often touts his talent as a successful businessman. Those skills helped him establish his approach to the presidency. The act of defining his positions as a candidate was merely an exercise in marketing. After research to determine the attitudes of relevant constituencies, Romney would then adopt positions most likely to be successful. The problem was how to pivot away from those positions after the primary. Romney’s aid, Eric Fehrnstrom, casually provided the answer. Like the children’s Etch A Sketch toy, you simply erase the past positions and create a new reality. While it is not unusual for a politician to change his position on an issue as circumstances might require, a massive Etch A Sketch change is novel. In a democratic government, the electorate has a responsibility to force candidates to declare their posture on issues. It would be unacceptable for a candidate to conceal his views and pivot at will. Even as the presidential election approached its final days, many voters were still uncertain where Romney stood on any major issue.

This is a disturbing precedent. However, future political aspirants would be unwise to rely on the Romney strategy because he had a rare advantage that will be unavailable to others in the future. Judging from the persistence of the birthers and their ilk, there was a substantial constituency willing to support anyone but Obama. Surprisingly, the anti-Obama hostility continued to be strong even after it was revealed that Romney had little respect for 47 percent of Americans. At a fundraiser for wealthy backers in Boca Raton, Romney claimed that 47 percent of American people are unwilling to take responsibility for their own lives. These people “… pay no income taxes” and “ are dependent upon government, … believe they are victims, … believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, [and] believe they are entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing …” He allowed that this group of 47 percent of Americans was not his concern. The career of most politicians would be over after such a declaration of antipathy for half the voters. What sustained the Romney campaign despite such a declaration? If racial prejudice toward President Obama was a significant factor, America has a larger racial problem than is generally believed. The role of the press has also been deficient in this campaign. There is a long list of achievements of the Obama administration during the past four years, but the press has not aggressively publicized them. The focus has too often been on conflicts. This made it easier for Romney to assert from time to time that there has been little achievement in Obama’s first term. As issues become more complex, the press will have to be sufficiently knowledgeable and journalistically competent to inform the people. Without adequate public information, democracy will suffer. And the press must be relied on to force candidates for high office to declare with clarity where they stand.

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LETTERSto the Editor Remember the veterans As Veterans Day approaches I am thinking about what it all means. What does it really mean to be a veteran of the armed forces and remember the sacrifice military veterans have made in the defense of this great nation? No candidate for president or the U.S. Senate has said enough about our engagement in Afghanistan or the nation’s homeless veterans. One in seven of the adult homeless are veterans. Thirty-four percent of them are African American, a distinct overrepresentation. More than 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness. This information came from a March 2012 report from the Center for American Progress titled “Veteran Poverty by the Numbers.” A recent report by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs says that 67,000 veterans are homeless on a nightly basis. Again, no outcry. I do not recall seeing a single policymaker attend the August 2012 “Massachusetts Stand Down” in Dorchester, where over 800 homeless veterans were served and treated with respect in the two-day event. In the case of veteran unemployment, the facts are equally as disturbing. About 30 percent of all veterans age 18 to 24 are unemployed. For veterans of color, the rate is 48 percent. It is hardly a fitting reward for serving in the defense of America and the world.

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Who are the men and women who put their lives on the line to return, in far too many cases, to poverty and unemployment? Who really defends America? Is it the upper, middle, or lower class? If you examine the 1 percent, it is clear that, in far too many cases, the privileged do not serve and that poor people of all races, in disproportionate numbers, have always been there to defend America. My thoughts are with my own experience in the Vietnam War and the long readjustment and peer counseling period after war, and I compare that to the current experience of the troops we have placed in harm’s way and their outstanding performance in a war that is hardly mentioned on the campaign trail. I feel for our young men and women who, despite the lack of real focus on the war shown in recent weeks, continue to put in the real work on the battlefield, just as my generation did in Vietnam.

War is not good, but many positives were gained from the negatives of war. These positives have powered a unique class of military veterans from across this nation to the highest levels of the public safety, education, community services and business sectors. Many of my generation’s veterans worked hard to see to it that this generation of veterans’ homecomings would not mirror ours. But it takes a combined effort from every American to restore honor, respect and dignity to each and every one of America’s military veterans. The amount of money that has been spent on political advertising for this current election would solve most of the problems of all veterans of all wars. Ernest E. Washington, Jr. is president emeritus of the former Veterans Benefits Clearinghouse, Inc. Board of Directors, a decorated combat veteran of Vietnam and a local businessman.

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OPINION President Obama is our only choice Earl Ofari Hutchinson In 40-plus years of political observing, analysis, watching, and of course voting, I have never publicly endorsed a presidential candidate. I have zealously maintained the hard firewall that should exist between being an objective political analyst and an impassioned voter. This presidential election I am tearing down that firewall. I am publicly and unequivocally saying: President Obama is our only choice. I don’t say this out of political partisanship, sentimentality, or blind racial loyalty. I say it for these compelling reasons: Obama’s record and its promise, and Romney’s record and its danger. First, there’s Romney record. His administration will not be Bush II as some fear. It will be more akin to Reagan II. He will govern from the right center. But it’s the right part of it that’s lethal. There’s no guesswork about how lethal it will be. A senior Romney adviser ticked off what Romney will do as early as day one in the White House. He will further bloat military spending, potentially ignite a tariff and trade war with China, give even more of the company store away to the environmental damaging oil, coal and gas industries, radically expand school choice that guts spending on public education, hack away the feeble and haphazardly enforced bank and financial industry regulations, torpedo the Affordable Care Act, and shave taxes for corporations and the super-rich even more. The most damaging consequence of a Romney White House will be the chance he has to appoint one, possibly two, Supreme Court justices. They will not be of the Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas ilk. That would spark a storm of howls and outcry from many Senate Democrats, Civil Rights and women’s groups. He will nominate slicker, younger, more polished ultraconservatives in the mold of Samuel Alito and John Roberts. This makes his court nominees even more dangerous. They would likely be confirmed with little fuss, and insure a decade of wildly unrestrained expansion of corporate abuses and renewed efforts to roll back environmental protections and Civil Rights. Contrast this with President Obama’s record and the promise that it still holds for America. Senate Despite relentless Minority leader Mitch McConGOP congressional nell famously stated that his and the GOP’s goals were to make Obama a obstructionism, one-term president. He meant what Obama’s record he said. of initiatives and Yet despite relentless GOP conlegislation have gressional obstructionism, Obama’s record of initiatives and legislation been productive and have been productive and perfectly perfectly defensible. defensible. It kept the focus on these crucial make-or-break election issues: the economy, health care and his handling of foreign policy. Obama did not need to keep reminding Americans that he took over a mess from George W. Bush and had to fight to clean that up for three years. That was a given. Despite the towering problems, what was admirable is that there are clear signs of economic rebound. Unemployment is down, most economic indicators show slow but positive growth and the administration has proposed measures to reduce the deficit without putting at mortal risk Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Every credible health care study has confirmed that his Affordable Care Act has provided coverage for millions that wouldn’t have had a prayer of getting affordable or any kind of health care coverage. This alone would raise costs by tens of billions for the middle class who would have to foot the tax bill for jampacked emergency care rooms in public hospitals. Obama’s relations with Russia and the European allies, and, most importantly, his outreach to the Muslim world, have been amazingly fruitful. They have brought peace, stability and healthy relations with European allies and a cooperative relation with the Russians. He has kept the line of dialogue open between the Palestinians and Israelis, and he did this without weakening U.S. and Israeli relations. His much maligned outreach to the Muslim world is the best guarantee of America’s defense and security. The GOP’s effort to smear him for the Benghazi attack and the Cairo protests have not detracted from his long range balanced approach to relations with the Muslim world. He inherited two flawed and costly wars. He ended one and is in the process of winding the other one down. This is a record that is solid and not based on inflated promises his challenger makes that border on a snake-oil sell. We can take digs at Obama for the past three years about his alleged broken promises, not living up to his hope and change, and not being the full-throated progressive reformer that many hoped he would be. We can wish he had said and done more publicly during his first term about staggeringly high black unemployment, stronger Civil Rights and civil liberties protections, and immigration reform. But that ignores the barriers, constraints and ferocious competing interests that anyone who sits in the Oval Office must balance. He has accomplished that task with skill, dignity and grace. President Obama is our only choice. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.

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Obama, because he’s the most capable.

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INthe news Somava Stout The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced that Somava Stout, MD is one of 10 winners of its firstever RWJF Young Leader Award. The award recognizes leaders from across the U.S. who are ages 40 or under for their exceptional contributions to improving the health of the nation. As vice president of PatientCentered Medical Home Development at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Dr. Stout is a primary care physician who is committed to improving the health of underserved communities through patient-centered health system redesign. “Dr. Stout’s commitment to the underserved is unparalleled, ” said Patrick Wardell, CHA’s chief executive officer. “[She] plays an essential role in ensuring our patients and communities receive better care and better health at a lower cost.” Dr. Stout earned her medical degree at the University of Cali-

fornia, San Francisco. She also completed a master’s degree at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. She then attended Harvard Medical School and completed her dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at

Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital. She is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. The 10 recipients of RWJF Young Leader Award each receive $40,000.

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Professionals pay it forward in NAACP mentoring program Shanice Maxwell Inside the Boston Branch NAACP — behind red, white and blue flyers encouraging bystanders to vote — an eager group of mentors awaited students last Saturday. Organization members jumped excitedly each time the door’s buzzer sounded. Launching the new Trailblazer Mentor Program was the occasion and helping high school students prepare for college was the goal. “We identified that there are only about 17 percent of students

of color that have a higher education degree in Boston,” said Emmanuelle Renelique, 25, Boston Branch NAACP Youth Works Committee chair. “We identified that as a priority because Boston has so many top colleges. We wanted to know why so many weren’t going.” As part of the new program, mentors worked one-on-one to help build resumes, create and revise personal essays, offer career advice, aid in scholarship searches and more. Saturday would be the first time some students would get

An afternoon of college prep ends with students standing tall with their Boston NAACP mentors. (Top row from L to R) Karl Dugerre, Herb Lozano, Latisha Johnson, Casaundra Knight and Marcus Curry. (Bottom row from L to R) Emmanuelle Renelique, DeNina Lewis and Deneisha Ferreira. (Bryan Trench photos)

answers to their burning questions — both academic and social — about college. “There are a lot of kids not ready for this process yet, and I think that’s what this program is good for,” said Marcus Curry, 17, of Mattapan. “Kids at my school should know about this program too so they can get help. I’m going to try to spread the word, tell them about it and get them here.” All mentors, six in total, are local professionals and college graduates under 30. Despite these commonalities, the most important tie they share is a desire to give back and pay it forward. “Growing up, it was hard for me to pinpoint someone that could help me, and I just want to make it easy for the next person,” said Casaundra Knight, 26, Youth Works Committee vice chair. “I definitely think it’s important that we set a precedent for the people that come after us,” said Herb Lozano, 23, Pipeline to Leadership Program director. “All the knowledge I’m getting I feel I have a duty to pass on.” Stacks of applications, essay writing tips and guidelines to a successful college application welcomed students after they signed in, met with mentors and got comfortable before getting to work. Some paired up with mentors while a small group of Boston Branch NAACP members took

Marcus Curry, a senior at Brockton High School and participant in the Trailblazer Mentor Program, poses with a cutout of President Barack Obama. notes and strategized ways to improve the program for the following week. “Kids only see what they’re surrounded by,” said Knight. “If they see more good things in the community then it’ll have a better impact [on the community].” With the recent election and education as a hot topic, mentors agreed programs like this are crucial to strengthening communities of color. “I think too often you have people that aren’t necessarily from the community coming into the community and dictating what it needs,” said Michael Gerard Williams Jr., 26, Young Adults Committee chair. “I just want [the students] to see people from their

community giving back.” The Trailblazer Mentor Program will meet every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. until May 1, 2013 and is open to new volunteers. “We believe in the power of mentorship, but it’s important to see people like you who made it,” Renelique said. “We just want to blaze the trail for the next civic leaders. We’re not just building college grads, we’re forming and preparing leaders in our community that are going to be civically engaged and involved.” Avoid jealousy; it can only harm you. Don’t burn in anger, lust, or greed. Conquer your mind and senses. Always protect your health. — Swami Muktananda

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Grateful for Obamacare after health scare Viji Sundaram LOS ANGELES—Natalie Jill Hamingson’s life-saving emergency surgery three months ago to remove her inflamed gall bladder could have set her back by at least $49,000 had she not taken advantage of a provision in the health care reform law — so-called Obamacare. She is one of millions of young adults, according to recent research, who otherwise would have lacked healthcare coverage or faced dauntingly expensive private health plans. Hamingson’s surgery was a culmination of more than two years of pain, most of the time “excruciating,” she said. There were four emergency room visits, some misdiagnoses by primary care physicians and specialists and a slew of blood workups and scans, all of which would have buried her family in debt. Except that under the 2009 Affordable Care Act (ACA), Hamingson was able to continue being on her father’s health insurance plan. “These months of pain and hospital visits have been an ordeal, but having health insurance made it easier for me,” Hamingson, 24, said. She added, “For [Mitt] Romney to say that the health care law is not important and that the ER is an option for those without insurance is a joke.” Hamingson shares her story with whoever wants to listen. She admits that before her illness she was somewhat ignorant of the health care act President Obama signed into law in March 2010, but now she is an ardent advocate for it.

Peace of mind for parents The provision in the ACA that allows people like Hamingson to join or stay on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26 has provided “care for millions of young adults, and financial security and peace of mind for the parents,” observed Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access. Previously, parents could only cover their children until they turned age 19, unless they were disabled, or up to their 24th birthday if they were enrolled in college full time. Under ACA, young adults up to age 26 can remain on their parents’ plan even if they are out of school, married or living on their own, if they cannot get health insurance through an employer. A survey by the Commonwealth Fund, a leading source of healthcare research, showed in June that 13.7 million young adults between 19 and 25 stayed on or joined their parents’ health plans in the 12 months ending November 2011. This included 6.6 million who likely would not have been able to do so prior to the passage of the ACA. In California alone, 350,000 young adults have benefited from the expanded care provision, Wright said. At the time Hamingson got on her father’s health insurance plan in January 2010, she had been “unknowingly uninsured” for nearly six months after she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, because of a miscommunication with the human resources department at her father’s company. Luckily, she was healthy for much of that period. But around Christmas 2009, Hamingson experienced a “sharp pain” on the upper right side of her abdomen. The pain, she said, went away within a few hours. Her primary care physician told her the pain was likely a side effect of the medications she had been taking for a sinus infection.

“I went several months without pain after that,” said Hamingson, who lives with her divorced mother in Sherman Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb. She resumed her job search, but almost always came up empty. The part-time jobs she snagged didn’t pay well, and none offered health insurance. Then in September 2011, after a severe attack of abdominal pain, the young woman saw a gastroenterologist in New York, where she had landed a part-time job as a restaurant hostess. A medical imaging and endos-

copy revealed that she had billiary dyskinesia (abnormal movements of the gall bladder). The gastroenterologist told her she should have her gall bladder removed. Because of the kind of insurance she had, “I would have had to pay out-ofnetwork charges” in the New York hospital, Hamingson said. That, plus the need to be closer to her family, brought her back to Los Angeles, where the gastroenterologist she consulted with told her the surgery might not work. Initially, Hamingson tried acupuncture, which was covered

by her health plan. “It seemed to work for a while,” she said. That led the gastroenterologist to urge her to stay on the acupuncture regimen even after the abdominal pain returned last May. “Looking back, it was completely faulty advice,” Hamingson said.

Rushed to the emergency room On July 27, Hamingson crumpled over with pain and was rushed to an emergency room from her job at an Italian restaurant. She ended up going to the ER three times over the next 24 hours. The first two times, the ER staff discharged her with pain medication. “ER folks are only trained to triage and get your pain under control, not to diagnose,” Hamingson said. It was only after the third attack of prolonged pain that a surgeon she went to decided to take her gall bladder out

with minimally-invasive laproscopic surgery. When it came out, the surgeon showed her how badly damaged and scarred it was. Now fully recovered and back on her feet, Hamingson has resumed her job search, but she worries about her mother. After her parents divorced six years ago, Hamingson’s mom was dropped from her father’s plan. Under ACA, her mom will become eligible for federally subsidized health insurance coverage starting in January 2014. Neither of the two part-time jobs Hamingson has provides health insurance, and she’s making a little too much to be eligible for Medicaid, the federalstate health care plan for low-income people called Medi-Cal in California. “It’s scary when people don’t have health insurance,” Hamingson said. “I hope I can find a job that provides health insurance before I turn 26 in December next year.”

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Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association (MBLA) President Rachael Rollins is joined by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley at the MBLA organized Community Clean-Up of the Bowdoin Street area in Dorchester, MA this past Saturday (pictured above). Volunteers including MBLA Board members, Suffolk Law Students and other volunteers all took part in the project. (photos courtesy of Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association)

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‘Skyfall’-ing for a Bond Girl Naomie Harris talks about her latest outing as a Bond girl opposite Daniel Craig as Secret Agent 007 in “Skyfall.”

Kam Williams Naomie Harris was born on Sept. 6, 1976 in London, where she was raised as an only child by Lisselle Kayla, a single mom and TV scriptwriter. The accomplished young actress, who is of Jamaican descent, has already made a name for herself in film, television and theatre. She recently completed production on “A Long Walk to Freedom,” a biopic about Nelson Mandela in which she portrayed his wife, Winnie. Harris also recently starred at the National Theater in London in Danny Boyle’s production of “Frankenstein,” and was last seen on the big screen playing a grammar schoolteacher who fights

for the right of an 84-year-old Kenyan to be educated in “The First Grader.” However, her breakthrough performance was in Boyle’s 2002 film “28 Days Later,” after which she received further acclaim for her role as Tia Dalma in “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End.” Harris graduated with honors from Cambridge University with a degree in social and political science prior to training at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

ginning, for sure. I was really nervous, because I was certain it was going to be bigger than anything I’d ever done before. But I was relieved when I actually discovered that there was a family atmosphere on the set, with a brothersister team, Barbara [Broccoli] and Michael [Wilson] running it all. They’re incredibly down-toearth and really warm, so it was like making a little independent movie most of the time. That was quite surprising to me, because I’d expected it to feel huge. But it didn’t at all. It felt quite intimate.

What’s it like to be a part of such a storied, classic franchise? Were you at all intimidated?

I loved you in the actionadventure film “Ninja Assassin.” Did that serve as preparation for “Skyfall”?

It was intimidating in the be-

Yeah, in some ways, except that

in that movie I was mostly screaming and running away from the bad guys, whereas in this one I’m generally jumping into the action and fighting with them. So, yeah, it was somewhat similar, but also very different.

Was the audition for this role physically demanding? No, it wasn’t, at all. [Director] Sam [Mendes] did say the role would involve a lot of action, and asked if I was okay with that. Of course I said, “Yes!” because you say “yes” to anything when you’re auditioning for a Bond film. But I didn’t realize just how much physicality was going to be required of me.

How demanding did it turn out to be?

I did more physical preparation for this than I’d ever done for any role. I trained for a couple months. I was out on the shooting range twice a week. I worked out with a personal trainer for two hours a day, five days a week. So, it was quite demanding!

What was it like working with Daniel Craig? I really enjoyed working with Daniel, because he’s a brilliant actor at the top of his game. That gave me an opportunity to learn from the best, which is what you’re always looking for as a performer in order to grow and get better at your craft. It was also great because he Naomie, continued to page 12

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was so nice and incredibly supportive, because it really was an intimidating experience for me. He sort of held my hand and said, “We’re in this together and we’ll get through it together.” And he did look after me.

And how was Sam Mendes as director? He won an Oscar for “American Beauty,” but he’s never made a movie like this before. Yes, it was a [real] departure for him, and it was fantastic working with him precisely because of that. What interests him are characters and relationships, and he was a genius at giving you the freedom to create the type of character you wanted. For him, characters and relationships are really the heartbeat of the film, and then the action is the backdrop. By developing the characters, he makes you care that much more about the action and going on a journey with the characters. People are already describing it as the best Bond flick ever, and I really think it will be.

Did you ever feel in danger doing any of the stunts? I definitely felt frightened, but never in danger, because they were always so careful about everything. Some of the driving, particularly on that road around the sheer-drop cliff, was actually done by stunt driver Ben Collin, who

is otherwise known as The Stig from the TV show “Top Gear.” He’s a brilliant driver; nonetheless, it was terrifying to be careening along when a wrong turn would mean a thousand-foot drop and you’re not in control and you want to slow the car down.

a job as I possibly could.

Growing up in London, did you ever think you would be a secret agent in a Bond film?

I have a lot of them. I really like Roland Moret, Alexander McQueen and Marios Schwab, a young British designer.

I never ever thought that I would be in a Bond film, ever, which is weird because I grew up loving these amazing movies. But I never thought of it as a possibility, because there aren’t very many black Bond women. So, it never occurred to me. But I’m absolutely loving being part of it. Not only am I a Bond girl, but I get to be an agent as well.

What is your favorite dish to cook?

How do you expect being a Bond girl to affect your career?

What was the last book you read? “How to Leave Twitter” by Grace Dent.

Who is your favorite fashion designer?

Shepherd’s pie, which is a classic British dish. But my version reflects my Jamaican roots, because I add jerk to it as well.

cause I would love to know some of his answers as to why we’re here.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps? I would say only be an actress if you genuinely feel the calling, because it’s a tough profession. Only do it if you don’t want to do anything else. And know that it’s a tough journey with a lot of rejection along the way. You have to have a lot of self-belief.

When do you feel the most content?

When I have finished a job, done all the promotion, and it’s been received well. Then I can allow myself the luxury of a break, and chilling out with my family and friends, and taking a nice break knowing I’ve done a good job.

Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would? I’m afraid that what most people don’t know about me is that I’m very close to my brother and sister, who are 16 and 13, and I think I’m a pretty good big sister to them.

If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? World peace! Yeah… it would be nice if everyone could get on with each other a bit more.

What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

I definitely think it will affect it positively, because it means that now I’m much more visible to a wider audience. Directors and studios in particular are a lot more interested.

Determination, and they won’t take “no” for any answer.

How did you enjoy shooting on exotic locations?

What is your favorite charity?

That’s one of the fantastic perks of the job. It was also great shooting in London at Pinewood Studios because of all its history. So many of the 007 movies were filmed there, as well as classics by everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Jack Nicholson to Martin Scorcese. It’s like working on hallowed ground. So, I felt a responsibility to make sure I did as good

A charity in Sierra Leone called Hands for Africa. They provide prosthetic arms and legs for amputees who’ve lost limbs in the civil war due to the trade in conflict diamonds.

If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be? It would definitely be Jesus, be-

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Copley Cares fashion show raises funds for Red Cross Last Thursday, the American Red Cross took over the Copley Place Center court for Copley Cares, its second annual fashion show and fundraiser. The evening consisted of a fashion showcase, silent auction and VIP reception. The events were aimed at supporting the work of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, which serves over 80,000 families through teaching and youth programs, financial assistance and local disaster relief throughout 181 cities. The showcase featured fashions from designers including Elie Tahari — who donated 10 percent of sales that evening to the cause — Lucky Brand Jeans, Banana Republic, Porsche Design and Wolford. The clothing was modeled by the talent of Dynasty Model Talent, Inc. (Tiffany Probasco photos)

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COMMUNITY Calendar Thursday November 8 Nature Vive and Nature Morte Simmons College presents Nature Vive and Nature Morte at the Trustman Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 the Fenway in Boston. Inspiration from the natural world manifests itself very differently in the works of Mary Dondero, Constanze Kirmse, Mary O’Malley and Brenda Star. The art by turns is sensually tactile, colorful and intricate, prompting rumination on the cycle of life. The artists generate a frisson, a realization that life is fleeting, allowing us to pause within the moment. Trustman Gallery hours are 10am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. The gallery is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Marcia Lomedico at 617521-2268, or visit the Trustmam Art Gallery website at www.sim Parker Hill Writers and Readers Series Author, James Redfearn, native of Mission Hill and former Massachusetts State Police trooper, will read from The Rising at Roxbury Crossing. Join us for a compelling discussion on the 1919 Boston Police Strike, America’s Red Scare, and the Irish Rebellion. 6pm. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St., Boston, 617-427-3820, Parker MBTA #66 bus to Mission Church, Orange Line to Roxbury Crossing. The Rising at Roxbury Crossing Parker Hill Writers and Readers Series presents The Rising at Roxbury Crossing. Author, James Redfearn, native of Mission Hill and former Massachusetts State Police trooper, will read from The Rising at Roxbury Crossing. Join us for a compelling discussion on the 1919 Boston Police Strike, America’s Red Scare, and the Irish Rebellion. Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont St. (Mission Hill), Boston, 617-427-3820. Free and open to the public. New Media in West Africa Despite many infrastructural and economic hurdles, entertainment media industries are burgeoning in West Africa. Today, the Nigerian cinema market — “Nollywood” — is the second largest in the world in terms of the annual volume of films distributed behind only the Indian film industry. And an era of digital distribution has empowered content created in Lagos, or Accra, to spread across geographic and cultural boundaries. New commercial models for distribution as well as international diasporic networks have driven the circulation of this material. But so has rampant piracy and the unofficial online circulation of this content. What innovations are emerging from West Africa? How has Nigerian cinema in particular influenced local television and film

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November 10 The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian. A one-hour demonstration about the art and craft of Oaxacan woodcarving featuring master carver Ventura Fabian and his son, Norberto from Oaxaca, Mexico. The program includes a brief talk and short video about their craft and life in the rugged hillsides of Oaxaca, Mexico. Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., Jamaica Plain (off of South St.). Contact: Nina Hasin 617-522-4008, nina. h a s i n @ g m a i l . c o m , w w w. t h e FREE.

Monday November 12 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 Geoff Dyer. The reading takes place at 4:30pm and is free and open to the public. Parking on campus is also free. For more information please visit www.newhouse

Tuesday November 13 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. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register contact: Survivortheatrepro; 978-408-9233; 917-981-1625; www.survivorth Where We Live Simmons College presents Where We Live, a three-person show, of photographs, video and paintings by Milo Fay, Eliza Gagnon and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz. Where do we live? We dwell in space, time and in memory. We picture ourselves in places that we yearningly dream

Thursday 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: Thursday, November 15, 6:30pm, Roxbury Community College; Saturday, November 17, 10:30am, Coolidge Corner Theater.

Upcoming Copley Square Tree Lighting Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square will welcome revelers to the annual Copley Square Holiday Tree Lighting on Tuesday, November 27, from 5-6pm. The free event will feature lights provided by Boston Properties and appearances by Mayor Menino, Back Bay resident and WHDH-TV anchor Janet Wu, Santa Claus, Rudolph, and 105.7 WROR personalities along with live entertainment including the Trinity Church Choristers, Boston Children’s Chorus, United States Air Force Brass Quintet, and a holiday singalong. The Old South Church bell will toll when the tree is illuminated. Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses and the Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for attendees. A Talk with Rabbi Capers Funnye Join the Northeastern University Jewish Studies Program for a talk by Rabbi Capers Funnye titled, “Exploring Diversity in American and Global Jewish Communities: An African-American Rabbi’s Personal Journey to Judaism.” Funnye, a cousin of Michelle Obama, is rabbi and spiritual leader of Chicago’s Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation. November 27, 7:30pm , Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University. 120 Forsyth St., Boston. Contact Jenny Sartori at or 617-373-7045. Free and open to the public. Story Hour and Candy Cane Tea The Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair will host a Story Hour and Candy Cane Tea at the Copley Square Library’s Court-

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Cape Verdean melodies: The Cruzamente Quintet Maria Neves Leite, “Lutchinha,” leads the Cruzamente Quintet — an offshoot of the popular all-women Cape Verdean band. Lutchinha is from Sao Vincente, Cape Verde, and famous both in her homeland and abroad. The band’s members hail from many countries. ‘Cruzamente’ reflects the ‘crossroads’ of musical styles of the Quintet: from the traditional morna and coladeira, to the Portuguese fado, to the Brazilian modinha. Thursday, November 29, 6pm, Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, 500 Columbia Rd., 617-265-0139, Free.

Ongoing Christian Boltanski The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University presents Christian Boltanski: 6 Septembres, a three-channel video installation by celebrated artist Christian Boltanski, on view in the Main Gallery through December 20, 2012. Starting with the notion of “I remember” (Je me souviens) and using headlines that had an impact on his life as a point of departure, Boltanski compiled archival newscast footage of events that occurred on each of his birthdays, every September 6th from 1944 through 2004, creating a flow of images that retraces moments in history including the end of World War II and the death of Princess Diana. The viewer can pause images at random, participating in this meditation on memory, death, and the passing of time. Boltanski comes to Harvard to give a Carpenter Center lecture about his work, including the installation on view, on Thursday, November 15, at 6pm, followed by a reception with the artist. This exhibition is supported in part by the Consulate General of France in Boston. A special thanks to Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte for their continuous support of contemporary art. Main Gallery: Monday–Saturday 10am - 11pm; Sunday 111pm. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. Free. Jamaican Artists: Celebrating 50 years of Independence Under the theme “Jamaican Artists: Celebrating 50 years of Independence,” the exhibition offers a rich and diverse introduction to the visual arts heritage

of Jamaica. Featuring fifteen artists and more than 40 works, it honors the confidence, excellence and imagination of painters, sculptors and printmakers for Jamaica on the world stage where they have excelled. The exhibition presents Internationally-recognized contemporary artists Kofi Kayiga, Bryan McFarlane and Peter Wayne Lewis. It also includes Ralph Campbell, Colin Garland, Vernal Reuben, Barrington Watson and Gerry Dunlap. Among Jamaican artists working abroad are Albert Chong and Winsom. Godfrey Makonzi, originally from Uganda but now Jamaican, has several large ceramic sculptures of great distinction on display. Sponsored by the Boston area Jamaica 50th Anniversary Committee and NCAAA, the exhibition extends to January 13, 2013. The National Center of Afro-American Artists, 300 Walnut Ave., Boston.

Toddler Drum Circle Toddler Drum Circle series with Cornell Coley will run every Saturday during the school year. 9:30-10:30am. Songs, stories, puppets, drumming and cultural info! Ages 1 – 4 yrs old! Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain. Contact: Cornell Coley www.afrola 617-298-1790 cc@afrola Cost: $8, $5 for sibling. Families Creating Together A free art class for children and parents. Come create art with your child every Tuesday morning from 10:30-12 at the Family Resource center at 1542 Columbus Ave, Jamaica Plain / Roxbury. Please call 617-522-1018 if you have any questions. Wheelchair accessible. Handreach Beatbrigade Drum Circle First Tuesday every month. Handreach Beatbrigade Drum Circle starts up for the fall from 7-9pm. No Charge! Bring a drum! Director Cornell Coley facilitates improvisational drumming, drawing from African and Latin traditions as well as certified drum circle facilitation techniques and healing drum strategies. Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., JP. Contact: Cornell Coley 617-298-1790 West African Drum class Master Senegalese drummer Mamadou Lynx Ndjaye teaches all level of Djembe drumming. Thursdays from 7:30-9pm. English High School, 144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain. Contact: 617-359-1552 for further information. $10.


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Rap rookie Kendrick Lamar scores with cinematic debut Dart Adams Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated major label debut album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” has already been regarded as a modern classic. This concept album effortlessly weaves together coming-of-age tales, stories of loss and portraits of life in Compton, Calif. Much like multiple stories merge in Steven Soderbergh’s film “Traffic,” multiple characters collide in Lamar’s project, showing significant growth from his last album, “Section.80.” The project establishes a pronounced sound and aesthetic that envelops the listener and reveals the world as seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Kendrick Lamar. Typically, albums have standout songs that are obvious singles. But on this album, the focus is on the combined power of the overall narrative. From the opening track, “Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter,” the listener is instantly transported to Lamar’s world, giving further credence to the subtitle written on the album’s original cover art: “A short film by Kendrick Lamar.” On the next few tracks, the album tackles the subject of everyday life in Compton for a young black male: “Backstreet Freestyle,” “The Art Of Peer Pressure,” “Money Trees,” “Good Kid” & “M.A.A.D City” touch on peer pressure, gang violence and the death of close friends and family. By placing “Poetic Justice” — featuring R&B/rap star and former tourmate Drake — in that stretch of songs and bookending

them with the album’s lead single “Swimming Pools (Drank),” the end result comes off like a string of events that occurred in a wellmade film. The crowning achievement of “good kid, m.A.A.d city” might be the ambitious and expertly-executed 12-minute opus “Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst.” In that song, Lamar speaks from the perspective of multiple characters, including a comrade of his who was killed and a woman whose tale he told on “Section.80.” The album continues with “Real,” an affirmation that echoes his parents’ words about life, responsibility, loss and maintaining identity in the face of adversity. “Compton” is the album’s grand finale, featuring Compton’s favorite son and West Coast rap icon Dr. Dre over a Just Blazeproduced beat. It serves as the representation of triumph, signifying that Kendrick Lamar has finally made it. Over the 12-track span of “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” Lamar also trades bars with fellow Black Hippy crew member Jay Rock and Compton legend MC Eiht. In addition to the indispensable contributions made by vocalists Anna Wise and JMSN, the end result is one of the best hip hop albums of 2012.

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Nas and Lauryn Hill: A tale of two hip hop legends Rap icons reconnect for co-headlining tour

Dart Adams Rap icons Nas and Lauryn Hill will co-headline a sold-out show at House of Blues this Sunday, but it’s hardly the first time their paths have crossed. In fact, Nas owes some of his present fame to a Lauryn Hill guest appearance back in 1996. As two hip hop legends and worldwide superstars

prepare to share the stage this weekend on their Life Is Good/Black Rage tour, the Banner takes a look back at their parallel paths to success. Before they were superstars, Nas and Lauryn Hill were labelmates on Columbia Records: Hill was a member of The Fugees — a trio comprised of her, Wyclef Jean and

Pras Michel — while Nas was a solo act. The Fugees’ debut, “Blunted On Reality,” was released in February of 1994, and though it showed flashes of brilliance on tracks like “Nappy Heads” and “Vocab,” it ultimately proved an uneven effort. Two months later, Nas released the landmark “Illmatic,” which was widely considered a masterpiece and produced several classic singles but lacked commercial appeal and failed to go gold. What happened next indelibly impacted both artists’ careers. Shortly after their debut dropped, the Fugees returned to the lab to craft what would become their hugely successful sophomore album “The Score.” Powered by the breakout hit “Fu Gee La,” which featured Hill paying homage to Teena Marie’s “Ooh La La La” on the song’s hook, “The Score” flew off store shelves and the album’s sound buzzed from street corners to college campuses. Meanwhile, label exec Steve Stoute and production duo Trackmasters set up a lead single for Nas’ forthcoming sophomore album “It Was Written” that sampled the 1985 Kurtis Blow hit “If I Ruled The World” and featured Hill on the hook. The conventional thinking was that it would also become a

breakout hit like “Fu Gee La.” And the theory proved valid. Nas’ “If I Ruled The World” (Imagine That)” was released the same week as The Fugees’ second single “Killing Me Softly.” Both songs crossed over into the pop realm, garnering the elusive mix of mainstream praise and critical acclaim. For Nas, “If I Ruled the World” powered “It Was Written” to 2x platinum and garnered a Grammy nomination in 1997. The Fugees’ “The Score” went 6x platinum by the end of 1997 and took home Grammys for Best Rap Album and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for “Killing Me Softly.” Through

these releases, Hill and Nas introduced hip hop to new audiences and broadened the culture’s appeal on commercial and artistic levels. Following the success of “The Score,” Hill began working on her first solo album “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill,” which would eventually establish Hill’s aesthetic as equal parts songstress and MC. The smash lead single “Doo Wop (That Thing),” released in July of 1998, would account for two of Hill’s five Grammy wins in 1999 and propelled “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” into the stratosphere. To date, the album has sold Legends, continued to page 17









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just under 20 million units worldwide and is responsible for helping to legitimize hip hop as art in the eyes of millions worldwide. Almost 15 years later, it remains the platinum standard in regards to hip hop/R&B albums, claims fans of all ages and ethnic backgrounds and is widely recognized as one of the best albums of the past 20 years. While Hill seemingly reached her artistic peak in 1999, Nas hit a creative low. He released two subpar albums — “I Am” and “Nastradamus.” Both were commercially successful but considered by many hip hop purists the worst efforts of his career. In July of 2001, Hill resurfaced after a period of reclusiveness to record an acoustic album for MTV Unplugged that quietly went platinum. That same year, Nas emerged a new man thanks to an ongoing and fiery rap battle with hip hop mogul Jay-Z. In December 2001he released his fourth album, “Stillmatic.” The singles “Got Urself A…” and “One Mic,” in addition to “Ether” — a potent diss against Jay-Z, his thenrap enemy — resurrected Nas’ credibility in hip hop circles and his status as a hitmaker in the music industry. Four years later, Nas and Hill collaborated once again on the 2005 track “It Wasn’t You,” a song originally intended for Nas’ “NASDAQ Dow Jones” project; when the album was scrapped, the song quickly became a mixtape staple after it was leaked to the Internet. That same year, The Fugees flirted with a reunion tour and released the song “Take It Easy” in 2005 after a live performance at “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.”

But the reunion was short-lived and Hill again retreated from the spotlight, while Nas continued to churn out albums, including “Hip Hop Is Dead,” the politically-charged “Untitled” and the 2010 collaboration with Damian Marley, “Distant Relatives.” Their fan bases and iconic status now cemented, Nas and Hill’s paths crossed again, this time on the festival circuit. After taking part in the 2010 edition of Rock The Bells, they shared the stage at the hip hop festival again in 2011, performing their classic debut albums

in their entirety. This past summer they brought their chemistry to New York hip hop station Hot 97’s signature concert Summer Jam, taking the place of headliner Nicki Minaj after she left the concert in protest of her treatment by station jock Peter Rosenberg. Earlier this year, Nas released his 11th studio album, “Life Is Good,” to critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive fan response. Following a bitter divorce from singer Kelis, Nas sounded rejuvenated and inspired: His rhymes were focused and his production transported the

boom bap aesthetic of “Illmatic” into 2012 with the guidance of production heavy-hitters No I.D. and Salaam Remi. Hill, meanwhile, has regularly performed live over the past calendar year, even in the wake of tax evasion charges levied against her in June. Though her performances have been uneven and at times bizarre, Hill seems to be rediscovering herself as an artist and has hinted at recording new music. In today’s climate of fickle fans, fly-by-night stars and disposable music, it’s rare for artists to have careers that span years, let

alone decades. But nearly 20 years after rising to fame, both Nas and Lauryn Hill still rank among the rap elite and their catalogues are filled with undeniable classics. It’s no surprise the Boston show sold out in a matter of days — seeing two of the genre’s greatest ambassadors share the stage is virtually mandatory for any self-respecting hip hop head. Nas and Lauryn Hill perform at the House of Blues in Boston this Sunday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

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Policy, not race, drives endorsements for Obama EDITOR’S NOTE: New America Media surveyed some of the nation’s leading ethnic media outlets and editors to see who, if anyone, they are endorsing in the 2012 presidential election. What NAM discovered is continued strong support for the incumbent. Much more interesting, however, are the reasons the media gave for their endorsement: While ethnic media editors cited Obama’s policy positions and accomplishments during his first term, issues of race or identity politics were scarcely mentioned. Following are excerpts of endorsements taken from a variety of Latino, Black and Asian media.

The Washington Afro American: “His healthcare reform was the signature accomplishment of his administration.”

President Barack Obama is running for a second term on the strength of his health care reform, his foreign policy initiatives, job creation, the auto industry bailout, banking industry reform and passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Among many African Americans, his healthcare reform was the signature accomplishment of his administration — providing care at a lower cost; allowing children to remain covered on their parents’ insurance plans up to the age of 26; and covering people with preexisting conditions. We are not surprised that Obama hasn’t fulfilled a number of his 2008 promises. The mountain of uncooperative, disrespectful [and] at times insulting tactics … he has been subjected to … exceeds anything any other President in recent memory has had to endure. We recognize that once reelected, this environment will not

likely change — at least not immediately. However, we believe that a second term itself will be a mandate that it is his vision and actions the American people support as opposed to those championed by the intractable conservative Republican blockade currently in Congress.

Vida en el Valle: “Obama deserves four more years.” The President has shown real political backbone when it came to dealing with this nation’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression; hunting down and killing Osama bin Laden; ending the war in Iraq and starting bring back our troops from Afghanistan; and passing healthcare reform, among other achievements. That he accomplished all of these despite the Republican obstructionists is a big credit to his role as a leader. Job creation is on the increase, the mortgage mess is stabilizing, and the

stock market has rebounded to pre2008 meltdown levels. Gov. Mitt Romney’s … stances on various issues have been all over the map, in his quest to paint himself as a “moderate.” It is too risky to wait until he is in the White House to know what the Republican presidential candidate would do with immigration reform, relations in the Middle East or economic stability.

New Pittsburgh Courier: “Obama is fighting for the middle-class, where the vast majority of Black people are.” There’s a clear difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Obama is fighting for the middleclass and low-income citizens, where the vast majority of Black people are, whereas Romney believes in the topdown theory. Boosting the economy for the middle-class, which will lead to more jobs, is Obama’s top priority. As proven in the Clinton administration, when the middle-class grows, so do the minority communities. There were more blacks and other minorities and women moving into the middle-class than in any other time

in history. Obama is working on getting more innovative and creative new manufacturing jobs instead of the Romney method of buying up companies for profits then outsourcing the jobs. Romney will increase military spending, which will take funds from the social programs Blacks so desperately need, and you don’t spend more on something unless you plan to use it. One of those cuts most likely will be education, which would be devastating to the black community. Obama understands the importance of education to the growth of this country and how every child should have access to it … regardless of income, whereas Romney lives in a different world. He says students should borrow from their parents. That’s great if your parents are rich, but most middle-class parents simply don’t have the money.

Cleveland’s Call & Post: “We believe [Obama] is cut from an entirely different cloth.” In the wake of a severe storm that paralyzed many of our eastern states in the blink of an eye, President Barack Obama is on the case with all the federal resources that he can muster and at the same … time, he’s working hand-in-hand with governors of the affected states. While we can’t help but to recall the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the ineptness that President George W. Bush displayed — costing lives and affecting the displacement of a myriad of Gulf Coast residents (many of whom are still disenfranchised) — on the other hand, we believe this president is cut from an entirely different cloth. Time and again, President Obama has faced down circumstances both critical in national magnitude and world-changing in tone and timbre. Need we add that President Obama has been able to redirect our nation from the brink of collapse despite a GOP-led U.S. Senate of obstructionists? Too late, we already did. But, we must also say shame on a political party who has collectively decided to go against whatever the president is for, even if some of the things he’s for are things they too had been for — and all of this for a one-term agenda to defeat an Obama re-election. In a world of swindlers it’s what they call among grifters, a “long con.”

La Voz del Pueblo: “Being Republican is synonymous with being anti-Hispanic.” Romney simply can’t connect with the average voter, and even less with the Hispanic voter. Eight years ago, George W. Bush conquered 44 percent of the Latino vote and Republicans spoke of a new national majority, but their optimism was a myth. Hard to believe, but a few years later the GOP and its stubbornness has led to a profound disappointment in our community. Now being Republican is synonymous with being anti-Hispanic. Everything points to a comfortable victory for President Obama in the Hispanic community; almost 70 percent of Latino voters support him. Let it be clear that no one here is talking about idolizing Obama; the failure of many of his promises has caused a lot of disappointment. But Romney, followed by [Arizona Republican Gov. Jan] Brewer, [Arizona immigration law SB 1070 author Kris] Kobach and [Maricopa County Sheriff Joe] Arpaio, represents an unthinkable nightmare. There is one guilty party, and his name is Mitt Romney, who, in seeking to win at all costs has reached extremes that have caused a sharp rejection by Latino voters.

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That amounted to an average of about 10 in each of the state’s 2,174 precincts to get her supporters to the polls. In the days before the election, those campaign workers knocked on an estimated one million doors and made two million phone calls. On Saturday alone, according to published reports, they made more than 370,000 phone calls and knocked on more than 123,000 doors. “The ground game is the only thing that matters in the end,” John Walsh, chairman of the state Democratic Party, told the New York Times. Warren’s election gives the Democratic Party a solid win in their bid to control the U.S. Senate. Brown had caste himself as a socalled moderate swing vote, but on issues such as abortion rights, women’s equal pay and the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomoyer, Brown went with the GOP Party and opposed President Barack Obama. Before the election, the Democrats controlled the Senate by a narrow 53-47 margin. Warren left little to chance. Unlike Brown’s first challenger, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, Warren appeared to enjoy the retail side of political campaigning, appearing in Roxbury on several occasions and spreading her message of protecting the middle class to all who would listen. That strategy paid off as a record number of black and Latino voters turned out at polling places across the state. When Brown ran to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Ted Kennedy, black and Latino voters had a turnout of about 30 percent. That number was expected to at least double in this campaign. The phenomenal ground game was coupled with an impressive ad campaign. In her closing television ads, Warren touted her claim as a fighter for the middle class. “Know this,” she said. “My fight is for you. Always has been. And I won’t back down, no matter how long the odds or how powerful the opposition.” That opposition was powerful.

Scott Brown, a then little know state senator from Wrentham, was catapulted into the national spotlight after his surprising win over Coakley in 2010. He did so on the strength of his everyman campaign where he drove in a pickup truck across the state and attracted mostly white, independent and conservative suburbanites. But in the last days of the campaign, Brown tried to convey a message of bipartisanship, stressing his ability to work with democrats and even using a photograph of himself with President Obama. He was deemed the secondmost bipartisan member of the Senate by Congressional Quarterly, a fact Brown never hesitated to tout on the campaign trail. That strategy didn’t work. In black and Latino neighborhoods, Brown’s message was too little and too late. The electoral math was just too daunting. In this overwhelmingly blue state, Brown would have needed about 60 percent of independent voters and 20 percent of registered Democrats to win. Doug Rubin, senior political strategist for the Warren campaign, said that Democrats should be proud of Warren’s campaign. Rubin served in the same capacity for both of Patrick’s successful gubernatorial campaigns and told reporters gathered at the Fairmont-Copley Hotel that that Warren succeeded in building enough excitement around her campaign to turn out huge numbers of volunteers and voters for today’s election. “To have 20,000 people volunteering for the campaign on election day is phenomenal,” Rubin told reporters. “Elizabeth engaged the grassroots aspect of this from the beginning and focused on the issues important to the people of Massachusetts. We’ve built a grassroots campaign larger than we did for Gov. Patrick, which we thought wasn’t possible. It’s the person-to-person campaigning that really excited me. In the age of Super PACs, being able to engage so many people at the ground level says a lot about her. No matter what happens tonight, she has already succeeded in so many ways.” Material from published reports contributed to this story.

U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, is surrounded by supporters at a pre-election day rally at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury. (Don West photo)

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term in office. The Republican’s chances were dimmed by Obama victories in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, as well as New Hampshire. Romney last week visited Wisconsin, home state of his vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, and had stopped in Pennsylvania earlier on Tuesday in hopes of pulling off a surprise win there. He has a vacation home in New Hampshire and his last campaign rally was there on Monday night. In a victory that also limited Romney’s path to a victory, Obama won Michigan, the Republican’s state of birth but where he ran afoul of voters by opposing an auto industry bailout pushed by Obama.

Television networks projected Romney the winner, as expected, in Republican states Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana. He was declared the winner in Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Obama was projected the winner in the Democratic strongholds of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts and his home state of Illinois, as well as Washington, D.C. Election Day was unexpectedly busy for both campaigns. While Obama kept a low profile in Chicago, the campaign dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to Ohio where he visited a Cleveland restaurant and later posed for pictures with volunteers before joining up with the president.

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The visits rounded out a grueling battle for the White House. For Obama, the election is the last time he says his name will appear on a ballot. For Romney, the vote marks the close of a nearly six-year run for the presidency. Both candidates were expressing confidence as millions of voters flocked to the polls. Obama visited a Chicago campaign field office Tuesday morning, before playing his traditional Election Day game of pick-up basketball. “The great thing about these campaigns is, after all the TV ads and all the fundraising and all the debates and all the electioneering, it comes down to this,” Obama said. In this election, the voting came down to the economy. President Obama scored better on the economy than Romney probably would have liked, according to preliminary results from a national exit poll of voters released on Monday. The preliminary results show that more voters said the economy is getting better rather than getting worse by a rate of 38 to 32 percent. And four years after Obama was elected, more voters — 51 percent — still blame George W. Bush for the weak economy rather than Obama. The exit polls found that 40 percent of voters blamed Obama for the state of the economy. But the national exit poll indicated that Obama ended the campaign on a higher note on several counts. For instance, Obama beat Romney 52 to 44 percent on the question of who is more in touch with the public.

Voters at the Higginson-Lewis school in Roxbury received instructions from poll workers on Election day. Voter turnouts in Boston as well as across the country were expected to exceed expectations. (Tony Irving photo)

But Romney won on a key question in the exit poll: Who can better handle the economy? He scored 50 percent to Obama’s 47 percent there. More than half of voters said Romney’s policies would benefit the rich, while 43 percent said Obama’s policies favor the middle class. Voting kicked off overnight in two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire. Obama and Romney each won five votes in the small town of Dixville Notch, which was the first to announce its results after polls opened and closed within 43

seconds. Obama closed out his campaign with a late-night rally in Iowa on Monday. The event was held in the same state where his 2008 caucus victory jump-started his path to the White House. The president was photographed with tears running down his face as he spoke before a crowd of 20,000 supporters, telling them “this is where our movement for change began.” Material from published reports contributed to this story.

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Although one of eight children born to a bondswoman of mixed race and one of the largest slaveholders in Texas, Norris Wright Cuney identified with black people’s plight. He instilled in his daughter a strong sense of racial pride and a loathing for all forms of racism. Maud Cuney was raised in a musical household. Her mother, a former slave, possessed a “beautiful, dramatic soprano voice” and played piano. Her father played violin. Both parents stressed to their children the value of reading and education. After graduating from Central High School in Galveston in 1890, Maud Cuney moved to Boston at the age of 16 to study music, German and English literature at the New England Conservatory of Music. After she and Florida L. Des Verney, another woman of mixed race, enrolled as boarding students on Sept. 11, 1890, they created a considerable stir. Although some white students established friendly relations with the two young ladies, other students — Southern segregationists — complained of their presence and demanded their expulsion. That both women had been excellent students did not matter to their racist foes. On the boarding controversy, the New England Conservatory offered the women no support. Richard A. Dana, vice president of the conservatory, announced that its executive committee had come “to the conclusion that while it was their duty to keep open all the educational facilities of the institution to all classes, they could not enforce social regulations.” “In this dilemma, without closing the door of the institution, the committee thought it best to lay the case before the parents of the colored young ladies,” Dana said, “suggesting that it would be more conducive to their happiness if they should board outside.” He expressed “deep regret on the part of the committee that they had failed in their undertaking in making the home socially agreeable to all.” The Colored National League (CNL) responded on the night of Nov. 4, 1890 by holding a packed meeting of concerned citizens in the vestry of the Charles Street A.M.E. Church. They vented indignation at the way the conservatory had treated the two women. CNL President Edwin Garrison Walker presiding, the league adopted a resolution calling attention to the fact that objection to the students based on their race was prohibited by Massachusetts law, and further calling upon the school’s management “to see that justice was done to all, irrespective of color.” It appointed a committee comprised of attorney Edward Everett Brown, John J. Smith and others to deliver the resolution to

the school. The CNL was not alone in supporting Cuney. Then-Harvard student W.E.B. Du Bois, to whom she was at one time engaged, decades later wrote, “When the New England Conservatory . of Music tried to ‘jim crow’ her in the dormitory, we students rushed to her defense and we won.” Cuney defended herself, contending, “I cannot help it if I am colored. I have violated no rule. My conduct has never been met with reproof. My studies have been satisfactory; with few exceptions I believe the majority of students are with us, and I get along exceedingly well. I have done nothing that the few can take exceptions to.” She concluded, “As for my color, I am satisfied with it. I expect a letter shortly from my father, and I know that he will tell me to stay, and stay I shall.” In the wake of the school’s subsequent silence on the matter, she stayed, graduating in 1895 to become a masterful concert pianist and music instructor. She was subjected to many petty indignities while there, but insisted upon proper treatment. As a student, she volunteered to help charitable organizations. In aid of St. Monica’s Home for Sick Colored Women and Children on Joy Street, she and other young ladies of color gave “a strawberry high tea” on June 22, 1892. The Sisters of St. Margaret established St. Monica’s Home in 1888 to accept patients with incurable cases who could not be admitted to the general hospitals and to feed those in need of proper nourishment. Cuney would later become an active participant in the League of Women for Community Service at 558 Massachusetts Ave., founded by Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin in 1918. Along with music, Cuney also loved literary and theatrical arts. After completing her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, she enrolled in the Lowell Institute at Harvard University, where she continued to study English literature. She then returned to Texas and, in 1897, served as director of music at the Texas Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Institute for Colored Youths, outside Austin. In 1899, she taught piano at the settlement program of a black church in Chicago. From 1898 to 1902, she married and divorced J. Frank McKinley, a biracial doctor 20 years her senior. They met and married in Austin, and he convinced her to move to Chicago, where he insisted that they disavow their African heritage and “pass” as “Spanish Americans.” Since her father had taught her to be proud of her black heritage, Cuney found her marriage wanting. The couple had one child, Vera, before parting in 1902.

After two years as a music instructor at Prairie View State College in Texas, she returned to Boston. She did not stay single long; on August 10, 1904, married William Parker Hare, a black Bostonian. They settled down at 43 Sheridan St. in Jamaica Plain. Cuney-Hare resumed teaching piano at her home. She met Boston’s black intellectuals and social elite and served on the executive committee of the St. Mark Musical & Literary Union. As a longtime friend and confidant of W.E.B. Du Bois, she

Songs. As a music historian and folklorist, she travelled extensively, visiting Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, collecting folk songs and dances, and documenting their African origins. In 1927, she founded the Allied Arts Centre at 295 Huntington Avenue, a nonprofit communitybased organization created to discover and encourage musical, literary and dramatic talent and arouse interest in the artistic capabilities of African American youth. Under her direction, the center held lectures,

As a participant in the Harlem Renaissance, she helped to document the development of black America’s musical and theatrical arts movement. often wrote him letters, affectionately referring to him as “My Dear Du,” and in 1907, she became one of the first women to join the Niagara Movement — a civil rights organization that he co-founded. For more than 20 years, CuneyHare accompanied the renowned baritone William Howard Richardson on concert tours. They gave a free concert at Ford Hall on Beacon Hill on Nov. 19, 1916, performing musical compositions by baritone Henry “Harry” Thacker Burleigh, a distinguished African American music scholar and composer, and George Frideric Handel. She also performed a piano selection by Arturo Buzzi-Peccia titled “Gloria.” Cuney-Hare endeavored to lift the race through cultural enrichment. Assisted by Richardson, she delivered a lecture in Boston in 1916 on “The Contribution of the Afro-American to the Art of Music.” About her work a Boston Transcript critic wrote, “Her charming personality, her simple manner of speaking, combined with her artistic performance in both solo work and as an accompanist won the admiration of the audience.” At Boston’s Old South Meetinghouse, she and Richardson teamed up with African American tenor soloist Roland W. Hayes. They offered a musical program on Jan. 14, 1917 that included piano selections by her, baritone solos by Richardson and tenor solos by Hayes, who would later become widely acclaimed. On the evening of Feb. 19, 1920, Cuney-Hare and Richardson presented a “music-talk” and recital of African American and Creole folk music at Steinert Hall in Boston. She brought further public attention to Creole music by publishing a book in 1921 titled Six Creole Folk

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concerts and classes in music, dance, voice and drama, and embraced a children’s “little theatre” in Boston’s black community. While the center raised no great sum of money, it maintained a workshop, enabling the unknown writer to learn his technique. Cuney-Hare contributed articles to periodicals such as Musical America, Musical Observer, Musical Quarterly and the Christian Science Monitor and for years served as music editor of The Crisis — the journal of the NAACP. In 1913, she published a biography of her father, Norris Wright Cuney: A Tribune of the Black People, and edited a collection of poetry titled The Message of the Trees: An Anthology of Leaves and Branches (1918). A gifted playwright, she also wrote Antar of

Araby, a play about a black Arabian slave poet-warrior, and on May 15, 1928, staged it in Boston under her direction with the Allied Arts Players. In 1908, Cuney-Hare’s daughter died at the age of 8. If that personal tragedy was not enough to crush her spirit, tuberculosis claimed both her parents and left her brother, Lloyd, incapacitated. Learning in December 1930 of advanced tuberculosis in her brother’s lungs, she wrote, “I have girded on my armor now and I am prepared to make the fight with him, hopeless as it may seem.” Her live-in mother-in-law and her second husband, William, also suffered ill health, requiring CuneyHare to become a “nurse, maid and housekeeper in one.” Vowing to stick by her husband, she informed Du Bois in a letter on July 17, 1932, “I want to stay in Boston or nearby if possible, as I cannot leave Will, an invalid. He has no one but me.” Indeed, she showed great concern for others, though by then she herself had been diagnosed with cancer. As a participant in the Harlem Renaissance, she helped to document the development of black America’s musical and theatrical arts movement. But Cuney-Hare is best known for her groundbreaking book, Negro Musicians and Their Music. Published in 1936, the 439page volume traces the development of African American music from its African roots to the birth of jazz. Shortly before the publication of that work, Maud Cuney-Hare died of cancer in Boston on Feb. 13, 1936. That this multi-talented charitable woman was able to accomplish what she did while caring for ill family members and fighting her own battle with cancer is astonishing. Du Bois called her “the bravest woman” he had ever known.

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Docket No. SU12P1963EA Estate of Deborah Elaine Cousins


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.

The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage under G.L. c. 208, Section 1B.

3. For costs and such other relief as this Court may deem just and proper. 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 12/20/2012. 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 Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is seeking bids for the following:

WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 25, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate

Citation on General Probate Petition

1. Enter an Order, pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 204, Section 24, nunc pro tunc, confirming and ratifying the act of Darnley Phillips as Trustee of the Trotman Trust in executing the deed from Darnley Phillips to Darnley R. Phillips and Ughandi Powell dated August 14, 2001 recorded with the Registry at Book 26886, Page 199 and that said Deed effectively conveyed and transferred a fee simple interest in the Property free of any defects by reason of failure to recite his fiduciary capacity or by reason of want of authority or title.


NOTICE Keith Construction acting as General Contractor for the Washington Park, Boston, MA project seeks subcontractor bids for all phases of work. Washington Park is an existing residential apartment community undergoing renovation and new construction. Work includes sitework, demo, landscape, paving, concrete, masonry, misc. metals, carpentry, insulation, rubber roofing, doors & hardware, windows, GWB, flooring, painting, tub surrounds, appliances, accessories, kitchens, bathrooms, window treatments, signage, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing and electrical. Minority and women’s business enterprises and local Boston enterprises are encouraged to participate. All subcontractors will be expected to make an affirmative effort to hire Boston residents. Interested bidders should contact Keith Construction, Inc. at 781-828-8474. Estimating bid documents are available on-line at our dropbox website by request. Keith Construction is also accepting resumes from local residents of Boston for all construction trades. Persons interested in employment on the Washington Park project should visit the Washington Park Apartments Community Center located at 200 Columbia Road on Wednesday, December 5th and Thursday, December 6th between 9AM and 3PM for further information. NOTE WELL: 1.

Applicants must be 18yrs. of age and have a reliable means of transportation.

To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Wanda D. Hunter of Mattapan, MA.


Please specify construction work experience and list any applicable construction licenses and/or certifications you may have.

Wanda D. Hunter of Mattapan, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond.


Filling out an application does not guarantee employment. Keith Construction will provide all applications to our subcontractors performing the work on this project.


Applicants must be willing to submit to a background check.


Local resident are encouraged to apply.


Final job application review and selection will be by our individual subcontractors and not Keith Construction.


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

Thank you for your interest!


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Households may request an application be sent by mail or e-mail by calling 781-943-0200 or email belgradeplace@ from Monday, November 26th – Sunday, December 2nd.

Applications will also be available in person on the following dates and times: Date


Tuesday, November 27th

12:00PM – 4:00PM

Wednesday, November 28th

3:00PM – 7:00PM

Saturday, December 1st

12:00PM – 4:00PM

Location: Main Lobby at Belgrade Place 446 Belgrade Avenue, West Roxbury, Boston, MA 02132 Deadline for completed applications by mail only: Postmarked no later than December 10th, 2012 Maloney Properties, Inc. Attention: Brokerage Division 27 Mica Lane, Wellesley MA 02481 Selection by lottery. Asset, Use & Occupancy Restrictions apply. Preference for Boston Residents. Preference for Households with at least one person per bedroom. For more information or reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, call Maloney Properties, Inc. 617-209-5212 Equal Housing Opportunity

0 BR units = $1,027/mo 1 BR units = $1,101/mo All utilities included.

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Affordable Homeownership Opportunity in Newton

2 Bedroom - $150,832 Applications accepted from 11/01/12-11/30/12 Must be First Time Homebuyer Info Session: Nov. 13, 2012, 7-8 PM, Newton City Hall (Cafeteria), 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA

Open House: Nov. 12, 2012, 2-4 PM, 73 Walnut Street, #3, Newton, MA

Facilities Manager – South End Community Health Center Responsibilities: 3 health center facilities; maintenance and equipment; operating and capital budgets. Establish: schedule for equipment maintenance; work order system. Manage: vendor contracts; security and safety functions; cleaning and mail distribution functions; work/staff schedules and 2 person facilities staff. Requirements: Knowledge of physical plant operations; technical knowledge of HVAC/mechanical systems; experience in developing cost estimates and budgets; Flexibility and ability to multi-task; Strong general management/ organization skills.

Lottery: Dec. 11, 2012, 7:30 PM, Newton City Hall, (Cafeteria), 1000 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA

Email resume to: or fax to 617-425-2081.

Income limits are 80% area median income 1 person household - $45,500; 2 person household - $52,000; 3 person household - $58,500; 4 person household - $65,000;

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For application contact Beth Rust, at 978-639-3388, email or go on line to or

Project Hope, in partnership with Partners HealthCare and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, is currently accepting applications for FREE entry level health care employment training programs. Program eligibility includes: • Have a high school diploma or equivalent • Have a verifiable reference of 1 year from a former employer • Pass assessments in reading, language, and computer skills • Attend an Open House to begin the eligibility & application process • Be legally authorized to work in the United States In addition, Project Hope, in partnership with Project Place is currently accepting applications for Project 90 a FREE job readiness training to homeless individuals. Please attend an open house to learn more. For more information and to register for the next Open House please visit our website at

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Child Care Positions!

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Large Child Care center open 7:45 – 5:45 Monday – Friday Lots of In-service Trainings Competitive Pay Rate Strong, age-based academic curriculum Computers in every preschool classroom New Natural Playground/Exercise Track Paid Vacation and Holidays New Renovated, air conditioned classrooms Health and Dental Insurance Send or fax resume and cover letter to: Crispus Attucks Children’s Center 105 Crawford Street, Dorchester, MA 02121 Fax (617)445-9939 Attn: Ms. Gladys Smith EEO/AA Employer

Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation is a Massachusetts Non-profit housing corporation formed in 1983. The organization has been granted tax exempt 501(c)(3) status by the IRS and the state of Massachusetts. Quincy Geneva Housing Corporation promotes self-sufficiency by creating affordable housing opportunities and providing additional programs that raise the economic, educational, and social levels of residents in its service area. A primary goal is assisting low and moderate income families and senior citizens to obtain affordable rental housing. QGHC pursues this goal through direct property development and ownership, property management, arranging and providing financing for affordable housing, workforce Development and comprehensive resident services. QGHC is seeking an Administrative Assistant to be responsible for providing support to staff and assuming record keeping, reservation and reception functions. We are seeking an individual who is a strong self starter, capable of working independently, meeting deadlines and possesses strong team skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office software and access data base system, experience in reporting. QGHC is seeking a Director of Residential Services to create, and operate a residential support services agenda that responds to resident supportive services needs, creating the necessary linkages with external agencies and programs directly offering resident needed services; involving residents and providers in reviewing management and operations of the properties and activities in the surrounding community. We are seeking an individual who is a strong self starter, capable of working independently, meeting deadlines and possesses strong planning and team building skills.

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Please submit resumes to Dr Christopher Thompson by November 23, 2012 Chief Operating Officer, QGHC 230 B Blue Hill Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02121

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