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The most dysfunctional Congress ever? Polls suggest yes, as partisanship limits legislative productivity Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil

has been defined by partisanship, obstructionism and an inability to With the 2012 elections safely get things done, leading many to behind him, President Barack wonder: Could this be the worst Obama now faces the formidable Congress in history? task of striking a deal with Congress Most Americans seem to think to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” so. According to Gallup, ConAfter the debt ceiling debacle gress’ approval rating hit an allof 2011, in which Congressional time low of 10 percent in August of Republicans threatened to let the this year, and hasn’t been above 20 United States default on its debts percent since June of 2011. Other if President Obama refused to cut polling outlets showed Congress spending and dipping to a lower taxes, the 9 percent appresident and The 112th Congress proval rating. Congress set has been defined To put this a deadline of in perspective, Dec. 31, 2012 by partisanship, even Richard to cut $1.2 tril- obstructionism and Nixon held lion from the onto a 24 perdeficit over the an inability to get cent approval next decade. things done, leading rating during Failing to the Watergate meet this goal many to wonder: scandal. Scholw o u l d t r i g - Could this be the ars Norman ger automatic, Ornstein and a c r o s s - t h e - worst Congress in Thomas Mann, board spendwho have each history? ing cuts and tax observed Conincreases that gress for more many experts have said could lead than four decades, agree with the to another recession. American people. Despite the gravity of the situIn their recent article, “Yes, ation, negotiations between Dem- Congress is that bad,” they write: ocrats and Republicans are at a “We have never seen them this standstill. But this is nothing new. dysfunctional.” From the debt ceiling fight, So far, the 112th Congress has which resulted in the first-ever only passed 196 new laws, putdowngrading of the U.S. credit ting it on track to be the least prorating, to House Republicans ductive legislative branch since voting on 33 separate occasions World War II — even worse than to repeal the Affordable Care the “Do-Nothing Congress” Act, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Truman once chastised. By Mitch McConnell’s vow to make comparison, the Civil Rights era President Obama a one-term witnessed the height of legislapresident, the 112th Congress tive productivity, with 1,028 bills

Senator-Elect Elizabeth Warren attended a prayer service in her honor hosted by the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 among a host of distinguished clergy, elected officials, members and friends. Bishop A. Livingston Foxworth officiated an annointing prayer. (Tony Irving photo)

Suspensions in Fall River under federal investigation Banner Staff The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently launched an investigation of out-of-school suspension practices in Fall River Public Schools (FRPS). The investigation is in response to a complaint alleging those practices disproportionately harm students of color and students with disabilities and violate federal Civil Rights laws. The complaint was filed in June by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project of UCLA.

In a letter sent earlier this month, OCR stated that it would investigate potential violations of both laws. The complaint cited OCR data from the 2009-2010 school year, which showed that FRPS suspended 25.9 percent of black students, 23.1 percent of Latino students and 13.4 percent of white students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade. The complaint highlights unusually high rates in FRPS for all students, suggesting that the district’s policies and practices around discipline are generally unsound, but harm some groups much more than others, according to a statement released by the ACLU.

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Among the most notable concerns is the exclusion of students with disabilities on disciplinary grounds. Specifically, FRPS suspended 23.8 percent of all students with disabilities. Suspension rates were even higher when race and disability overlapped. The district suspended over 42 percent of all black students with disabilities and 50 percent or more of black and Latino middle school students with disabilities. New data and research have corroborated the facts asserted in the June 2012 complaint. For example, the Massachusetts Department of Education’s “Indicators Report” for the 2011-2012 school Suspensions, continued to page 10

ArtROX! Holiday popup brings local cheer Fran Cronin

Berklee College of Music held a topping off ceremony last week for its new 16-story building at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, a mixed-use building that will include 370 beds of student housing. The estimated $100 million project, shown completed in the above rendering, is scheduled next fall. (Image courtesy of Berklee College of Music)

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The ArtROX! Pop-Up Holiday Shop in the heart of Dudley Square at 2201 Washington St. is a holiday mash-up: Full of good cheer, cool holiday tunes and quality handcrafted goods. It’s all local. And with the items for sale all well-priced, it’s all good. Inspired by an offer from Madison Park Development Corporation, Discover Roxbury’s Executive Director Derek Lumpkins, 38, has made the most of something that wasn’t.

For the past eight months this vacated Foot Locker store — 7800 square feet of retail space — has languished empty on a stretch of Washington Street. But on a recent Saturday, a crimson-suited Santa stood outside the pop-up like a beacon of holiday cheer. Extending his hand and a candy cane he said “I’m Ray, ray-of-sunshine Dias.” He had a little un-Santa-like beard, but no matter. True to his character, he was all smiles. It was his first time playing this important role. “I’m Pop-up, continued to page 16

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Black teachers alliance calls for diversity in BPS Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts The diversity of the city of Boston and of the students served by the Boston Public Schools is not reflected in the teachers serving in the schools. More than half the residents of Boston are people of color, and

students of color make up 87 percent of the student population in Boston Public Schools. In contrast, 38 percent of Boston Public Schools (BPS) teachers are teachers of color. Federal court desegregation orders mandate that Boston Public Schools maintain a minimum of 25 percent black teachers and 10 per-

cent “other minority” teachers. In the 2012-2013 school year, BPS has 22.1 percent black teachers and 16 percent “other minority” teachers. The percentage of black teachers actually declined since the 2011-2012 school year and in each of the previous four years. The low teacher diversity in BPS is due to problems in recruit-

ment, hiring, staffing, retention and monitoring. The school district has not invested in the staff and resources needed to generate an adequate pool of external candidates of color for vacant teacher positions or to build a robust internal pipeline of staff and students for teaching careers. BPS has not set clear, firm hiring goals for vacant teaching positions and has not held accountable or rewarded school and central administrators for meeting diversity goals. The district has too many schools with low or no diversity and some exam schools that do not meet the court-ordered mandate for 25 percent black teachers. BPS has not taken effective action to reduce the disproportionate attrition of black teachers, nor has it maintained the level of monitoring and reporting that ensured that the

licensed paraprofessionals and substitute teachers for teaching positions; revive the TeachBoston program to prepare students for teaching careers. 3. Set a clear, firm goal for the 2013-2014 school year of full compliance with the 25 percent minimum mandate for black teachers and for substantially improving the representation of Latino teachers; prepare action plans for achieving these goals. 4. Ensure the retention of new teachers of color by providing Letters of Reasonable Assurance to all provisional teachers of color with satisfactory performance. 5. Ensure the early hiring of new teachers of color by providing Letters of Commitment to high potential candidates. 6. Revise the hiring process to

The Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts believes that BPS has been in noncompliance with teacher desegregation orders for too long, and that it is urgent and imperative that the district improve teacher diversity as a strategy for reducing the persistent achievement gaps.

The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School in Hyde Park hosted its Annual Young Kings Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Young Kings are a group of male students from the Voices of Renaissance ages 8-11 practicing and performing vocal pieces and spoken word. Community and business leaders were on hand to share their road to success and talk about the group’s motto: Listen, Learn and Lead and the importance of speaking, dressing and behaving like a gentleman. (Photo courtesy of Boston Renaissance Charter Public School)

district achieved compliance with the federal desegregation orders in the past. The Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts (BEAM) believes that BPS has been in noncompliance with teacher desegregation orders for too long, and that it is urgent and imperative that the district improve teacher diversity as a strategy for reducing the persistent achievement gaps. BEAM recommends the following immediate steps: 1. Restore adequate staffing and budget to recruitment such that larger numbers of external candidates of color can be attracted to BPS. 2. Provide the sustained funding needed to develop a pipeline of

ensure that low or no diversity schools improve their diversity and that all three exam schools achieve their 25 percent mandate for black teachers. 7. Analyze the reasons for disproportionate attrition of black teachers and develop initiatives to reduce the attrition rate; implement an exit interview/ survey process for teachers. 8. Make diversity monitoring and reporting the shared responsibility of the Offices of Equity and of Human Resources; restore the proven effective oversight role to the Office of Equity that ensured compliance with court-ordered teacher staffing mandates for over two decades.

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A scene from the musical “Pippin.” (Michael J. Lutch photo) Jules Becker Patina Miller knows how to take charge. The talented, African American actress fired up the nuns’ choir as lead character Deloris Van Cartier in “Sister Act” on her way to a recent Tony nomination. Now, the 28-year-old South Carolinian has taken on the demanding role of Leading Player in the American Repertory Theater’s revival of the Stephen Schwartz musical “Pippin” (through Jan. 20). Miller says she was inspired for her role by Ben Vereen, the multitalented artist who won a Tony in the original role. But Miller also says that she is making the part all her own. As Miller tells the story, A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus advised her not to try to be Ben Vereen. Besides, she continued, “It’s a new interpretation with the 40th anniversary of ‘Pippin’ in 2013.” In the A.R.T. revival, she explained, Leading Player is “a really strong woman with masculine and feminine energy. She has a lot of charm.” At the same time,” Miller noted, “I’m the ringmaster of my circus.” That circus is rather differ-

ent from the real story of Pippin (767-811), the son of legendary French king Charlemagne who commuted Pippin’s death sentence for complicity in a failed assassination attempt on the king. Pippin spent the last 20 years of his life in a monastery. In the Roger O. Hirson book for the musical, Pippin actually kills Charlemagne and becomes king. Lacking direction, Pippin takes cues from Leading Player and her troupe of fellow actors playing out Pippin’s personal odyssey for fulfillment and an extraordinary life. “It’s my job to take Pippin on his journey but also to entertain the audience,” Miller says. “There’s a lot at stake for Leading Player. We’re all working together to get the actors to go on the journey Leading Player wants them to go on. Essentially, Leading Player is a kind of director within the show itself.” As part of her preparation for the entertainment component, Miller learned trapeze over the summer. “I started taking lessons with my trainer,” she said. “I’m doing a trapeze number near the begin-

ning of the show.” For Miller herself, the role of Leading Player and the musical revival have proved a new form of validation. “Luckily for me,” she noted, “I make sure that I’m confident vocally. There’s nothing too challenging. It’s been fun singing these songs and getting the lyrics out.” Patina, equally confident with the dancing, had high marks for choreographer Chet Walker, a member of the original cast of “Pippin.” Besides Miller, the large cast includes Matthew James Thomas as Pippin; Andrea Martin as Pippin’s grandmother, Berthe; Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine and Terrence Mann King Charles as Charlemagne. Miller also praised director Paulus, with whom she previously worked in the role of Dionne for the latter’s Central Park summer 2008 revival of “Hair,” which went on to win a Tony. “I’m really excited to be reunited,” Miller says.

When you look at his stats on paper, he isn’t even supposed to be here. Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz had already spent over a decade trying to make a name in hip hop. He saw one hit with his group Playaz Circle, “Duffle Bag Boy,” that was powered by a Lil Wayne guest shot. In an age that’s obsessed with age, he’s ancient by mainstream hip hop standards at 36. He should be out of here. But he’s not. He is a Grammy-nominated rapper and The Source magazine’s “Man Of The Year” with a No. 1 debut album “Based on a T.R.U. Story.” And this past Tuesday, he showed a soldout crowd at Boston’s House Of Blues that some resilience and a couple of hit records will win every time. With Cap 1 playing the hype man and his DJ E-Sudd, he deftly moved through his hour-long set that felt like every song was a No. 1 hit. No small feat considering the current makeup of Boston radio. With a couple of exceptions, most of his songs that felt like massive hits have not gotten major radio support in the area. Sure, the radio hits like set opener “Mercy” and his Drake collaboration “No Lie” did get the love appropriate for hit records. A few people lost every bit of their home training when “Birthday Song” rang off in the venue. When “No Lie” dropped, HOB turned into a bouncing sea of humanity. But

mixtape selections and album cuts like “Riot” and “I’m Different” received much the same reaction. In the run-up to his debut album, 2 Chainz became the go-to guy for a verse. A good section of his set was built from his numerous guest appearances with artists like Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Kanye West and A$AP Rocky. That might have been the only drawback. Just when you were falling into the groove of his verse on a song like Juicy J’s “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” it was over and on to the next. For a guy from Atlanta, 2 Chainz had the crowd so frenzied that you couldn’t help but think for a brief second that he could announce a run against Mayor Menino and win. It was the energy that carried this show. Not so much from the performer himself. He played the role of the host of the coolest party in town. Is 2 Chainz going to save the world with his lyrics? Probably not. Is Obama going to play his album at the next beer summit? Definitely not. And that’s OK. From fans of his underground work to the hipsters who love him ironically, 2 Chainz provides a visceral release with his swagfilled party music. Something some of his high-minded peers might want to look into if they want to connect with the people. The truth is his connection is real and was just short of sparking a full-blown mosh pit at the House Of Blues.

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A proven solution Civic-minded Bostonians are concerned about the racial disparity in public school academic achievement. Reports continually indicate that blacks and Latinos lag behind the levels attained by white students. While it is not politically correct to assert that blacks are intellectually inferior, that assumption often becomes a subtle subtext in discussions on the subject. Results from the annual state-run MCAS tests determine the academic standing of students. Those performing satisfactorily will be ranked in the “advanced” or “proficient” categories. While about 76 percent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) student body is black or Latino, their test results are on average inferior to those of the 13 percent who are white. Despite the discouraging BPS results, three charter schools have reversed the test standings. All three have a greater than 90 percent black and Latino student body and the overwhelming majority are

from low income families. The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at the Brooke Charter School in Roslindale scored 98, 98 and 93 percent either advanced or proficient on the 2012 MCAS mathematics exam, respectively. This was at least 36 percent higher in each grade than the statewide results. At Roxbury Preparatory School, 80 percent of eighth-graders scored advanced or proficient in math and 86 percent attained those scores in English. White students in the state scored only 60 percent in math and equaled the 86 percent in English. At the Match School, 10th-graders scored 100 percent in English and math and 98 percent in science at the advanced or proficient level. Students at three charter schools have closed the racial achievement gap. In fact, they have surged ahead. Clearly, any assumption about genetic racial intellectual inferiority is absurd. It is time to implement charter school strategies in public schools to elevate the academic level.

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Higher ed: The rational decision The college football season is over except for the bowl games. College seniors have had their opportunities to attract the notice of the National Football League scouts. For many athletes, the primary objective of college attendance was to demonstrate their athletic prowess. An NFL contract is attractive as an avenue to affluence for young men from families with modest income. Today’s multimillion dollar contracts inspire many athletically talented college students to dream of life in the NFL. However, the road to professional football stardom can quickly become more like a nightmare. According to reports, about 80,000 students play college football every year. Only about 1,500 athletes are considered to be of sufficient quality to be scouted. That is only about 2 percent of the total college football rosters. Prospects of being chosen in the draft are then reduced to about 300 players who are invited to participate in the annual NFL combine in February. There are also regional combines for players

who did not get invited to the NFL event. The purpose of these combines is to test the athletes for strength, speed, agility and positions skills. Then comes the draft, a seven-round player selection process in which each team, in accordance with a pre-designated order, chooses their players. This 250-player selection process leaves many undrafted athletes to establish impermanent arrangements with interested teams. However, all of the multimillion dollar contracts go to the drafted players. It is not easy to reflect on the downside when a great opportunity seems to beckon. For young men considering life as a professional football player, it is nonetheless important to consider the difficulty of being chosen and that life in the NFL is usually for a very short period of time. The attention of young men should remain focused on academic achievement or the development of technical skills. That might be all to sustain you in the long run.

This is such a sad story for banking and the Church (“OneUnited Bank receives U.S. Treasury service award,” Bay State Banner, Dec. 6, 2012). OneUnited was in a position to know [about church finances] before loaning nearly $5 million to Charles St. AME Church, but went ahead anyway and now they have to struggle to get their money back. Charles St. Church has compounded mistake after mistake and has given our community an empty site in Grove Hall that daily reminds those that walk or drive past how church, finance and politics can deprive our community of the spiritual development we so sorely need. Pay up and move on to wherever this takes you. Haywood Fennell, Sr. Via email

‘Race-specific’ drug debated in new book When Marvin Gilmore and I agreed in 1994 to lease space in our Roxbury biotech incubator to start up life sciences company

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NitroMed, Inc., we had no idea it would lead to a serious debate about “race-specific” prescription drugs a decade later. Our anchor tenant in this inner-city biotech facility, Boston University School of Medicine, had brought NitroMed, Inc. to us for approval. Once we said yes we proceeded to build out NitroMed’s laboratory and office space to their specifications. Fast forward to June 2005, when the FDA approved BiDil to treat congestive heart failure in African Americans. NitroMed developed BiDil, which became the first “race-specific” prescription drug to be approved by the FDA. That launched a raging debate in the medical, biomedical, legal, medical ethics and social science

communities over the merits of “race-specific” prescription drugs. Law professor Jonathan Kahn has been following this debate for several years. Kahn’s new book Race in a Bottle, Columbia University Press, provides a comprehensive look at the ramifications of BiDil reaching the marketplace as a “race-specific” prescription drug. As the debate continues, BiDil continues to save and prolong lives in a world where African Americans suffer from congestive heart failure at a higher rate than white Americans. Philip S. Hart, Ph.D. Via email

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OPINION Tea Party now a huge GOP liability Earl Ofari Hutchinson The resignation of South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint from the Senate — on the heels of Freedom Works head Dick Armey’s desertion from the Tea Party — took some by surprise. DeMint and Armey were the two biggest and most identifiable fish in the Tea Party-affiliated pond. DeMint could be relied on to broker his name recognition and prodigious fundraising prowess to every Tea Party-backed Senatorial candidate. Armey was a tireless advocate at big, stagey Tea Party rallies and confabs for the Tea Party’s anti-big government message. Now both are out. If that wasn’t bad news enough for the Tea Party, GOP conservative House leaders turned on it and ousted Representatives Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan — two of the loudest Tea Party position advocates — from the House Budget Committee. They were kicked to the curb almost certainly because GOP House leaders know they have to make a deal with President Obama on the budget or risk being further dragged through the public and media mud as being the cause for shoving the nation over the fiscal cliff. The Tea Party’s brand of loose-cannon obstructionism is too threatening to a GOP still reeling from the election flop. The ouster of the Tea Party hardliners and desertions by GOP bigwigs from the movement was hardly the first rumbling that the lights are dimming for the Tea Party. A year earlier, polls showed that far more Americans had an unfavorable view of the Tea Party than when it roared on the scene a couple of years earlier. The disaffection cut across all lines and that included many conservatives. The reason for the plunge in Tea Party backing in Red State districts wasn’t hard to find. When Tea Party-affiliated candidates scored big victories and even upsets of GOP incumbents in some races in 2010, they had It’s one thing to scream one mantra and that was to shrink about big government, government, and shrink it fast. Millions of Americans bloated federal spending cheered their war call, and voted and whopping federal for the candidates that yelped it debts, and it’s quite the loudest. But it’s one thing to another to actually scream about big government, hold Congress, and bloated federal spending and by extension, the whopping federal debts, and it’s quite another to actually hold nation hostage in an uncompromising, shrill Congress, and by extension, the nation hostage in an uncomprobattle to chop down mising, shrill battle to chop down government. government. The Tea Party, in effect, wildly overreached and many conservatives didn’t like it. Tea Party-backed congressional members stalled every piece of legislation that might have put people back to work, demanded draconian slashes in Medicare and Social Security, gummed up the works on debt reduction talks between Obama and GOP House leaders, and wasted congressional time and energy passing bills and amendments to kill health care reform as well as education, health, social service and law enforcement programs locally and nationally. The result was that Congress was at a virtual stall for two years and public approval of Congress dropped to lows that made used car salespersons look like public champions. The open backlash against the Tea Party wasn’t lost on GOP mainstream leaders, who even in the best of Tea Party days were anxious, if not downright terrified, that their shock battalions might get too unruly and go too far overboard, alienating the moderate and conservative independents that they got back in the GOP fold in 2010. They desperately needed them to have any chance of beating Obama in 2012. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Now with the 2014 midterm elections shaping up to be a titanic battle for the GOP to hold onto the House and not lose any more ground in the Senate, open advocacy of Tea Party positions becomes even more of a risk. The GOP with the Tea Party drag on it would have absolutely no chance to make any headway on immigration reform. That would kill the slender chance it had to soften opposition from Hispanic voters to the GOP. It would also turn off thousands more conservative voters who want to see government get back on track and get results. The Tea Party is far from dead. There are many Americans that still think the idea of smaller government, caps on spending and debt reduction are noble and necessary goals worth fighting for. Millions of them voted for failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney solely because they bought into his promise to shrink government. Though a majority of Americans now back Obamacare, a significant minority still don’t. And they will continue to make noise. That — and having the Tea Party label attached to the GOP — is a huge liability that GOP leaders can no longer afford. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.

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INthe news John Silvanus Wilson Jr. The Morehouse Board of Trustees recently announced its unanimous decision to appoint John Silvanus Wilson Jr. as the 11th president of the historic black college. A 1979 graduate of Morehouse, Wilson has more than 25 years of leadership in higher education and a strong record in institutional fund raising. Wilson also has extensive expertise in advancing the interests of black colleges through his work as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Wilson spent the first 16 years of his career at MIT, ultimately becoming the director of foundation relations and assistant provost. While working at MIT, he served as a teaching fellow in Harvard University’s Afro-American studies. For 10 years, Wilson served as the president of the Greater Boston Morehouse College

Alumni Association. He recently served as a consultant to the United Negro College Fund Institute for Capacity Building’s HBCU Institutional Advancement Program and on the Kresge Foundation’s Black College Advisory Board.

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EDUCATION a special advertorial section Partners HealthCare invests in Boston’s elementary school students Finding new ways to invest in and support programs that can help to prevent health problems now and down the road is an essential part of what Partners HealthCare and its founding hospitals — Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals — do. Prevention is core to the mission of the organization and our community health work. But to do it right, we must build strong, local partnerships and be informed by their expertise. At the Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown, Partners kicked off a new initiative that does all of these things. Through a collaboration with the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Public Schools, Partners is making a $1 million dollar commitment to more than 7,000 Boston students to help them better understand and manage their emotional health and develop positive, healthy relationships. Working with these community partners, an innovative curriculum called Open Circle will be implemented in more than one-third of the city’s elementary and K-8 schools this school year. “Our goal is to help young people better understand their emotions and be able to talk about

Jason Gallagher, Principal, Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown; Gary Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare; Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools; and Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission congratulate students after their demonstration of Open Circle at the Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown. them and learn to manage them,” said Gary Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. “By working with the Mayor and Boston Public Schools on this initiative, we want to support our young people in the classroom and in the community.” Open Circle is an interactive learning experience that includes lessons designed to teach children important relationshipbuilding as well as skills like listening, including one another,

cooperating, speaking up, calming down, expressing anger appropriately, recognizing dangerous and destructive behavior, and problem solving. “This program will give Boston’s students another tool in their tool kits to help them to make good choices,” Mayor Menino said. “This is a great example of how we can all come together and find ways to support our kids.” Open Circle was developed by the Wellesley Centers for Women

at Wellesley College and is celebrating its 25th year. The wholeschool approach of the curriculum helps to improve school climate and address a broad range of challenging behaviors in school, from classroom disruption to teasing, bullying and fighting. Extensive training for teachers and administrators will ensure a consistent approach, vocabulary and expectations for student behavior school-wide. An evaluation funded by the NoVo Foundation

will enable all of the partners in this collaboration to track the impact of this work and learn about changes in the school climate as well as students’ social-emotional development and behavior. Parents and caregivers will also have the opportunity to learn Open Circle approaches for use at home through workshops at the schools and at Boston Public Schools’ Parent University. Additionally, schools will build capacity for sustained, continuous improvement in social and emotional learning through the establishment of Open Circle peer coaches, parent group facilitators and multi-departmental social and emotional learning leadership teams. “Every day we look for innovative ideas and strategies that we can use to support our students,” said Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol R. Johnson. “Social and emotional learning is critically important to our students so they can learn strategies that will help them manage their feelings and cultivate healthy relationships. We want each student to be their very best, and we look forward to working with our partners on this initiative to ensure that our students achieve all of their goals.”


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EDUCATION a special advertorial section Family science days part of 2013 AAAS meeting in February at Copley Place Sessions include talks on modernist cuisine, human responses to robots and the accelerating universe Families with children, teachers, early-career scientists and all others with a curious mind are invited to come to events that are free and open to the public at the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting, Feb. 14 through 18 in the Hynes Convention Center at Copley Place. With cutting-edge, lay-friendly

lectures on topics such as the robotics movement, modernist cuisine, the mechanisms of aging and the accelerating universe as well as hands-on science activities for children, the AAAS Annual Meeting promises something for people of all ages and interests. A summary of free events is provided below.

Registration for these free events is required on-site at the Hynes Convention Center, either outside Exhibit Hall B (for Family Science Days), or in Pre-Function Hall C (for the plenary lectures). Save time by registering in advance for Family Science Days at www.aaas.org.

FAMILY SCIENCE DAYS AND “MEET THE SCIENTISTS” SERIES Saturday – Sunday, Feb. 16-17, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hynes Convention Centre, Exhibit Hall B (See www.aaas.org/ meetings/fsd) The meeting will engage the public with free Family Science Days, which will include Meet the Scientists events, hands-on activities and stage shows for families with children, teenagers and young adults. To attend, the public should plan to pick up a free badge at Exhibit Hall B using the Family Science Days entrance. Or, register in advance via the Web site above. At the 2013 Family Science Days, youngsters will be able to excavate and date archaeological artifacts, paint with glowing bacteria and build a solar cell using blackberries. Visitors will also be invited to explore the nanotechnology in everyday objects, conduct hands-on weather experiments, race hydrogen cars, drive underwater robots and meet both live animals and cool scientists and engineers! The 2013 stage shows will include a Science Magic! presentation by the Museum of Science as well as Meet the Scientists talks, including one on the human experience of space flight by NASA Astronaut Michael Barrett. In addition, Sheila Patek of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst will discuss the world’s fastest animals, and Jeremy DeSilva of Boston University will talk about fossils. Todd Coleman of the University of California at San Diego will describe electronic temporary tattoos that flex with your skin and wirelessly monitor your health.

PLENARY LECTURES Thursday – Monday, Feb. 14-18 Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom BC (See http://www.aaas. org/meetings) The 2013 Annual Meeting will offer free plenary lectures by world-renowned speakers who will discuss important progress on pressing science, technology and policy issues, and share insights on future directions.

The meeting will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, with the AAAS President’s Address by William H. Press, a noted researcher in computer science, genomics, statistical methods, astrophysics and international security. He is the Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Professor in Computer Science and Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. He also is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. His current research focus is bioinformatics and whole-genome genetics. At 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, plenary speaker Sherry Turkle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will discuss, “The Robotic Moment: What Do We Forget When We Talk to Machines?” Turkle, MIT’s Abby Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, focuses on the psychology of human relationships with technology, especially in the realm of how people relate to computational objects. She is an expert on mobile technology, social networking and sociable robotics and a commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology. “Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking” will be the focus of a plenary lecture at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, by Nathan Myhrvold. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Intellectual Ventures and retired chief strategist and chief technology officer for Microsoft Corporation. He has extensive experience linking research to product development and he holds hundreds of patents. As a postdoctoral fellow in applied mathematics and theoretical physics at Cambridge University, he worked with Stephen Hawking on research in cosmology, quantum field theory in curved space time, and quantum theories of gravitation. Robert Kirshner, the Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University will talk about “The Beauty of the Accelerating University” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. Kirshner is an astrophysicist studying the physics of supernovae and observational cosmology, and a member of the High-z Supernova Search Team that used observations of extragalactic supernovae to discover the accelerating universe, which implied the existence of dark energy. Dr. Kirshner’s graduate students Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter for the discovery of cosmic acceleration.

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Jason Gallagher, Principal, Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown; Gary Gottlieb, MD, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare; Carol R. Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools; and Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission participate in a demonstration of Open Circle at the HarvardKent Elementary School in Charlestown with fourth-grade students.


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year showed that FRPS suspended 18.4 percent of all students in first through 12th grades. That was the second highest suspension rate among all non-charter school districts in the state.

Meanwhile, new research confirms the complaint’s criticism of out-of-school suspension in general: It does not help students, but alternative disciplinary practices do. OCR’s decision to investigate does not mean FRPS has violated federal law. “We are grateful that the Office for Civil Rights is giving

our complaint careful attention,” said Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU of Massachusetts. “Fall River’s high rates of out-of-school suspension raise serious questions about whether the school district’s disciplinary practices benefit its students, particularly students of color and students with disabilities.”

The Center for Civil Rights Remedies is an initiative of the Civil Rights Project (CRP) at UCLA, which has been national in scope since its inception at Harvard Law School by Professors Christopher Edley Jr. and Gary Orfield. Dan Losen, Director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies,

said, “…Fall River’s frequent and disparate suspensions of students of color and students with disabilities is a problem that can and must be remedied.” Material from the ACLU of Massachusetts and the Center for Civil Rights Remedies contributed to this report.


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THE RISE OF RAMSEY! Kam Williams “Rise of the Guardians” is Peter Ramsey’s first feature film after directing the hit DreamWorks Animation Halloween special “Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space.” This project followed the feature film, “Monsters vs. Aliens” on which Ramsey served as Head of Story. While at DreamWorks Animation, Ramsey also served as a story artist on “Shrek the Third,” and as a storyboard artist on “Shark Tale.”

Before joining DreamWorks Animation in 2004, Ramsey’s talent as a storyboard artist was on display while working on a number of live action feature films, including “Adaptation,” “Minority Report,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Cast Away,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Fight Club,” “Men in Black,” “Independence Day” and “Batman Forever.” Ramsey’s directing skills were also honed early, as he served as Second Unit Director on live action feature films including

Peter Ramsey talks about being the first African American to direct a full-length, animated feature

“Godzilla,” “Tank Girl,” “Higher Learning” and “Poetic Justice.” A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Calif., Ramsey grew up in Crenshaw, and graduated from Palisades High School before attending UCLA.

Let me start by asking you what it meant to make history as the first African American hired by a big studio to direct a full-length, animated feature? I thought about it a little bit when I first got the job, but then rapidly got lost in the work. It

wasn’t until later, when my mom and dad read that fact about me in the newspaper, and I saw how it affected them, that it came back to me. Since I talk to a lot of groups at schools, one good thing is that kids can look at me and have direct knowledge of someone who’s doing something they might be dreaming of doing themselves.

How did you get the gig? Judging from your bio, it seems like you’ve been a storyboard artist most of your career until now.

Right. I got into film as a storyboard artist, but my dream was always to be a director. The way I was able to get into the industry was through drawing. As a storyboard artist, you basically previsualize the whole film through drawing. So, I spent a lot of my career doing that with many different directors. That was really film school for me, my training ground, because I got to work with so many great people. Ramsey continued to page 13


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Of course, I did learn a bunch of that stuff later on.

Is the film faithful to the book series it’s based upon? An interesting thing about the movie and the books is that they were both being developed at the same time. The books’ author, Bill Joyce, in his talks with the studio, said, “It would be really cool if I could do a series of books about the origins of these characters, how they came to be and their back stories while you guys were simultaneously developing a movie about the first time they all came together.” So, they’re all the same characters and they share the same mythology, but the movie and the books are pretty different.

with a made-up version of all these characters, as if there’s a secret world alongside our world, and we’ve never known the whole truth about it. What you see in the movie and the books is the real truth about what these guys are. And it’s pretty cool, more like a Lord of the Rings kind of epic, fantasy world they all operate in as opposed to the cute, fluffy image you get from greeting cards. That was the central idea of the books. We thought that was pretty interesting and a really fresh way to get people to take another look at these characters.

Are you ever afraid? Of course! Are you kidding? [Laughs] But you have to realize that fear is something that lives in

your mind, just like all the positive things that reside there. The key is to try to find a balance or a way for the positive to at least cancel out what the fear is telling you. Most of the time, fear is taking something that sounds very rational and blowing it out of proportion, and letting your mind run away with it.

Will your next film be liveaction or animated? I don’t know. So much depends on how this one is received and how well it does. I’d love to make another animated film, because I feel like I’m really just beginning to learn how to use all these tools. It’s a real experience working in a big studio system. It’s like learning how to command a battleship.

What message do you want children to take away from your movie?

“Rise of the Guardians” is Peter Ramsey’s first feature film.

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So, what was your academic background? Did you study art? I’m pretty much self-taught. I took a couple of art classes in high school, and I entered college

with the intention of majoring in art. But I was a little too young when I started at UCLA at 17, and I wasn’t ready for the concept of art that was being taught there. I was intimidated by Art History, and didn’t get it. All I was interested in was drawing. I wish I had been able to hang tough, but I dropped out after a couple years.

The main message of the film is that you have the power to create magic through your imagination and to bring it into the world, whether that’s in the form of the Guardian characters who represent a lot of things we need, or whether it’s just anybody creating something. That is the best way to fight fear. That’s probably the central idea of the movie.

Why did you tweak these familiar characters, like giving Santa a Russian accent and making him look a little different from what we’ve come to expect? The basic idea behind the books was to suggest that you grew up

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goodness by giving it back its life, language and moral clarity. “When [goodness] appears,” she said, “it is always with a note of apology in its hand. For every To Kill A Mockingbird, there is Wise Blood or A Good Man Is Hard To Find, striking goodness down with a well-honed literary axe.”

“Determined to erase his selfloathing,” said Morrison, “he chooses to give or pretend to give blue eyes to a little girl in need of them.” The third area of goodness Morrison focused on is what she called “unquestioning compassion” or having mercy on some-

“Evil has a blockbuster audience. Goodness lurks backstage. Evil has vivid speech, and goodness bites its tongue.” — Toni Morrison

Legendary novelist Toni Morrison spoke about goodness during a public lecture in Cambridge last week. The Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison gave a 40-minute public lecture in Cambridge last week. It was a chance for many to hear her speak openly about goodness and

its function in her writing. According to Morrison, illustrations of goodness in books and short stories today are given few words. “Evil has a blockbuster audience,”

she said. “Goodness lurks backstage. Evil has vivid speech, and goodness bites its tongue.” Morrison talked about how her own work is helping to resuscitate

Her lecture examined three different areas of scholarship on goodness. The first revealed that some scholars viewed goodness as a habit of mind, something learned, like the white priest in A Mercy, her ninth novel, who taught female slaves how to read despite the penalties for committing such a bold act of goodness. Her second area of research looked at goodness as narcissism or doing good to make one’s self look better, which she explained is mirrored in Soaphead Church, a character who appears in her first novel, The Bluest Eye.

one who is the least deserving of it. Morrison recalled the trio of female characters that she created in A Mercy, and explained how they nursed and cared for the male character Vaark, who had great contempt for each of them. “These women,” said Morrison, “did so out of a responsibility to God. They did not want to meet their maker, and have nothing to say when he asked, ‘What have you done?’” Morrison’s appearance in Cambridge was made possible by The Ingersoll Fund, which presents a free public lecture on the immorality of man each year at Harvard University.


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December 13 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 of, or perhaps, from which we have escaped, or crave to return. Artists Milo Fay, Eliza Gagnon and Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz meditate on our physical and psychic dwellings in their divergent approaches to the idea of “home.” At the Trustman Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 the Fenway in Boston. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Dedham Savings Celebrates 29th Annual Holiday Program It is that time of the year once again. For the 29th year, Dedham Savings will continue our holiday tradition of inviting the community into our Main Office Lobby, 55 Elm St. in Dedham during the week through December 15 for live holiday music (local choirs, schools, soloists, etc), hot apple cider and light refreshments. Most of our branches will also be celebrating by providing hot or cold drinks and refreshments during this special week. We hope you will consider joining us again for this wonderful holiday tradition.

jam! 7pm, Tickets: $5. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge, improvboston.com.

The People’s Show Standup comedy by the people, for the people! Booked and hosted by Dana Jay Bein. 9pm, Tickets: $10. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge, improvboston.com.

Monday December 17 Look Good Feel Better Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will host Look Good Feel Better, a program provided by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation; and the Professional Beauty Association. The program is planned for 10am – 12pm, in the Shapiro Building, 10th Floor, 10 Binney St., Boston. Look Good Feel Better is a free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy and/ or radiation treatments. Wig care, scarf and hat use, skin care, and nail care will all be discussed, and all participants will receive a free makeup kit. Registration is required, please contact Ana Marin at 617-667-3429 or Ana. Marin@cancer.org.

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JP CONCERTS Saturday, December 22, starting at 4pm, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave., Jamaica Plain, JP CONCERTS presents SING MESSIAH!, with featured soloists Von Bringhurst, soprano; Yakov Zamir, alto; Elijah Hopkin, tenor; James Dargan, bass; and Sarah Hager, organ. The audience is invited to sing the choruses along with the soloists. There will be an intermission with food and drink after Part One; after which the audience is invited to continue to sing Parts Two and Three. This is the only uncut performance of Messiah in Boston scheduled for this season. It is also the only performance with male soprano and alto as well as tenor and bass. Costumes are optional but warmly recommended. Scores provided thanks to Masterworks Chorale. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information and d i re c t i o n s p l e a s e s e e w w w. jpconcerts.org.

The Jam T h e J a m c o m b i n e s t h re e acts. The first two acts change weekly, and feature comedy from Boston and beyond, encore performances of our showcase shows, and Boston’s elite comedy talent experimenting with new improv formats, characters and standup. For the 3rd act, audience members, guests and ImprovBoston cast come together for an open comedy

Annual Kwanzaa Celebration and Open House Come learn about and celebrate the first day of Kwanzaa at the Dudley Branch Library. Refreshments will be served. Open to all ages and families. December 26, 12-2pm, 65 Warren St, Roxbury, 617-442-6186, www. facebook.com/pages/DudleyBranch-of-the-Boston-PublicLibrary/221759924526225. FREE.

Saturday December 15 Free First Night Workshops Hawthorne Community Center invites youth, parents, families, and seniors to create a SEA CREATURE for the 2013 First Night Parade. Light refreshments for registered participants. 9 Fulda St., Roxbury, hyccrox bury@hotmail.com or 617-4270613. Free. Holiday Celebration Kroc Corps Community Center, Boston, from 3-5pm. It is open to children from 15 months to 12 years old who are accompanied by an adult, and is sponsored by the MA GOP Region 4 District State Committee Members.

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King’s Chapel Announces The Tuesday Noon Hour Recital Programs December 2012. Historic King’s Chapel is located in downtown Boston at the corner of School and Tremont Streets. Hailed by residents and visitors alike as a treasure in the midst of a bustling city, this year-long series features a wide range of programming from classical to jazz and more! Admission to the Noon Hour Recitals is by suggested donation of $3 per person; the donations are given to the performing musicians. Programs begin at 12:15pm and last approximately 35 minutes; for more information, please call 617-227-2155. 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. 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 Januar y 13, 2013. The National Center of Afro-American Artists, 300 Walnut Ave., Boston.

Hans Tutschku: Unreal Memories The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University presents Hans Tutschku: Unreal Memories, a sound installation conceived for the rooftop of the building, occurring from through May 29, 2013. Specially conceived for the rooftop of the Carpenter Center of the Visual Arts in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the building, Unreal Memories is composed of transformed voices from many different cultures. Original recordings serve as models for computer transformations that create an imaginary intercultural journey, where voices from elsewhere come together. They call us, they celebrate, they open a short sonic window into our busy everyday lives. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 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. Con-

tact: Cornell Coley www.afrola tin.net 617-298-1790 cc@afrola tin.net. 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 617-5221018 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 www.afrolatin.net. 617-298-1790 cc@afrolatin.net. 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. Community Cafes A hot lunch and good company for mature adults over 60. Ethos invites mature adults aged 60 and older to come dine with friends, both old and new at any of our 14 locations. Meals are prepared fresh daily and contain one third of the required daily allowance (RDA) for adults. Along with hot, well-balanced meals, the Café sponsors its own program of social and educational activities. Ethos operates 14 Community Cafés in eight neighborhoods throughout Boston: Back Bay, Brighton, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and West Roxbury. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the meal site you wish to attend one day in advance. To make a reservation and obtain more information on locations, call Ethos at 617-5226700. A donation of $2 per meal is suggested, but not required

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having fun,” he winked. Inside, the deep retail space was clean, organized and inviting. Color abounded on table tops displaying the handcrafted goods. Six weeks before opening for the first time on Nov. 30th, Lumpkins negotiated with Madison Park, insurance agencies and local businesses to hash out details and drum up in-kind donations from local businesses. Equal Exchange and Union Park Press came through, as did Arthur J. Hurley Co., whose do-

nated cable spindles made serviceable table rounds and stools cloaked in red felt. During the weeks leading up to the grand opening, Lumpkins and local residents created a space that would be a showcase for a rotating installation of craft vendors. Each vendor gets an 8-by-10 foot space; doors are open Friday through Monday and close Tuesday through Thursday for vendor switch-outs. The week leading up to Christmas, the pop-up will peak with 25 artists on hand selling their crafts. The store will close Christmas Eve at 2 p.m. Last year, Lynda Hester was laid off from her job at a software

technology company. Rather than pouting, she went home, ordered fabric and “made lemonade,” she said. She now is full-time at her part-time hobby designing and manufacturing 100 percent cotton aprons and wristlets. When asked how business is, she said smiling, “It’s all good.” More information can be found at the Discover Roxbury website: www. discoverroxbury.org/holiday-gift-show.

ArtROX! Holiday Pop-Up Shop (far left photos) at 2201 Washington St., Roxbury features local artists with ready-made or to-order craft items. Artists rotate from week-to week selling felt hats, cotton aprons, glass works, and functional pottery. Check listings for days and hours of operation. Stores will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24. In top right photo, Derek Lumpkins (L) executive director of Discover Roxbury and inspiration behind the ArtROX! Holiday Pop-Up Shop, with “Ray of Sunshine” Dias, a first time Santa. (Below top) Ivan Samuels, 42, has been making his “all functional” stoneware pots for the past eight years. (Fran Cronin photos)

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Eldercare will challenge baby boomer generation Rita Watson SAN DIEGO — Nursing homes are often associated with the last chapter in people’s lives. But at least these days, involved families will consider making changes when they identify deficiencies in a nursing home’s care, are dissatis-

fied with placements made during hasty hospital-discharge planning or see patient abuse. Although change is difficult, given what we know about longevity today, caregivers can lobby for high-quality care and cognitive-enrichment programs or find a more suitable home.

At the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) 65th annual scientific meeting last month, presentations from experts on caregivers, longevity, long-term care and optimal aging were particularly poignant for baby boomers. As the next generation of nursing home or assisted-living residents,

the boomers will demand change for the better.

Reducing the trauma of change One concern about making a nursing home change is the perception of “transfer trauma.” Robert L. Kane, M.D., who chairs the Long-term Care and Aging Department of the University of Minnesota, said there has been a belief that nursing home transfers, such as to a hospital and back or from a home care situation, are beleaguered with setbacks. “What we know about care in general is that change introduces an opportunity for bad things to happen,” he explained. “You counter this by preparation and engaging the resident in the decision as much as possible.” Kane advised, “Caregivers should recognize the importance of arranging for the information transfer of medical history, med-

for those in later stages of dementia.” She explained, “Music and other arts may offer an enjoyable way to cut through the cognitive fog of dementia and re-open a bridge of human-to-human communication so often lost when people can no longer converse.” Maier is also a musician and singer. Whether to determine an initial placement in a care facility or identify a new home for a loved one, caregivers have found making comparisons to be challenging because of how information is presented on state and national websites.

Online tool to inspect nursing homes However, recently a tool was devised that appears on the website of ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative journalism organization. Called Nursing Home Inspect, [http://projects.propublica.

As the next generation of nursing home or assisted-living residents, the boomers will demand change for the better.

At ABCD Parker Hill-Fenway Head Start in Mission Hill, children, teachers and directors gather to celebrate the season and highlight the ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign and Toy Drive. At center is ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew with Mirta Rodriguez, director, Citywide Boston Hispanic Center (left) and Sharon Scott-Chandler, ABCD executive vice president (right). Back row, from left, are teachers Theresa Ledouk and Wai Chan Leung, ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway NSC Operations Manager Jessica Rosario, ABCD Parker Hill/Fenway Head Start Director Angel Simmons and teacher Rebeca Thomas. (Don West photo)

ication and behavioral records. The caregiver is the only person who really knows what is going on, and the more you can compile, the better the chances for success at a new home.” While family caregivers may fret with worry, Kane, author of The Good Caregiver (Penguin, 2011) added: “We do know that humans are incredibly adaptable. However, if a person is happy in a situation that is not good, how do you weigh the benefits against the disruption? And keep in mind that you as ‘the weigher’ are already biased.”

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Meanwhile, at last month’s GSA conference, Iris C. Freeman, associate director of the Center for Elder Justice and Policy at William Mitchell College of Law, in Minnesota, noted real difficulties families may encounter in dealing with elder abuse. She pointed out the difficulties that state and county agencies have in making some abuse findings hold up against appeals. “We have seen cases where adult protective services or the health department document emotional abuses by a caregiver, but the findings are reversed on appeal owing to the subjectivity of documenting harm. These cases are very disheartening,” she said. But there is much positive news, even for people with dementia. The documentary “Alive Inside” shows social worker Dan Cohen bringing iPods to nursing homes. Those who did not usually speak sang. Those with walkers danced. After a screening of the film at the GSA conference, Jan Maier, a research analyst in aging, disability and long-term care, said: “Although it’s limited, research seems to indicate that people with dementia may retain their ability to participate in the arts. In particular with music, it seems the ability to sing, play an instrument or listen to music is preserved, even

org/nursing-homes] the tool lets users easily examine trends at the facilities. Charles Ornstein, a reporter who helped spearhead the project, said, “This tool makes available more than 58,000 nursing home inspection reports from the past three years, encompassing over 262,500 deficiencies.” Getting a handle on the nursing home situation is critical for boomers. A member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society, S. Jay Olshansky said, “As this generation of those ages 55 to 64 move into retirement within the next 10 to 15 years, they are going to experience levels of morbidity, disability and frailty that are higher than the generations that preceded them into retirement” because they will live longer. He is also a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. However, even as boomers try to achieve the goal of “successful aging,” many in the huge boomer generation will experience more events likely to send them to nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. The facilities we see today will be there unchanged tomorrow unless boomers demand new models. Boomers will expect care facilities with cognitive-enrichment programs that involve serious music, exercise and other activities that focus on aging gracefully, aging with dignity. Rita Watson, MPH, wrote this article for the Providence Journal through the MetLife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellows program, a collaboration of New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America.

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Fruits and veggies: More needed on American plates Karen Miller and Howard Manly Say this about Muller Mirville. He doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty. Farming is not a typical pastime for an 18-year-old city kid who grew up in Mattapan and Dorchester. But then again, Mirville is not your typical kid. He plants, weeds, nurtures and harvests his own vegetables. “I grow the ones I like,” he said, as he reeled off a long list — beets, broccoli, string beans, peppers and even eggplant. And unlike a significant number of his peers, he actually likes and consumes fruits and vegetables. According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 22 percent of students interviewed said that they had eaten fruit or drunk 100 percent fruit juices three or more times per day the week preceding the survey. A mere 15 percent of

citrus fruits. In more recent times, the Harvard-based Nurses’ Health Study found that the higher the average daily intake of fruits and vegetables, the lower the chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Of the 110,000 people studied, those who averaged eight or more servings a day were 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. In addition to vitamins, minerals and fiber, fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, substances that may help reduce the risk of cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). Antioxidants neutralize “free radicals,” molecules that can damage DNA, often resulting in a mutation and eventually cancer. An increasing body of research by the AICR suggests that eating a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of many types of cancer. Fruits and vegetables can multi-task. For example, broccoli fuels the body with not only folate, a B vitamin that helps pro-

Studies have shown that fruits and vegetables contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that can reduce the risk of several chronic illnesses, including heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and stroke. the students said they ate vegetables three or more times a day. ChooseMyPlate.gov, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recommends that teens consume at least five cups of fruits and veggies every day. It’s not just teens who are lacking in fruit and vegetable intake. The 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for adults pointed out that nationwide, only 23 percent of those interviewed reported that they ate at least five servings a day, as recommended. The percentage ranged from a low of 15 percent in Oklahoma to a high of 32 percent in Washington D.C. In Massachusetts, consumption varied by gender, race, educational status and income. Females, whites, college graduates and those who make at least $50,000 a year were more apt to consume the minimum recommended amounts. Studies have shown that fruits and vegetables contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that can reduce the risk of several chronic illnesses, including heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and stroke. The link to food and good health is not new. Back in 1932, it was found that a diet deficient in vitamin C was the culprit behind scurvy, the bane of sailors. Scurvy was characterized by extreme weakness, anemia and bleeding gums. Vitamin C is plentiful in

duce and maintain cells, but also potassium, an essential element for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves and digestive system. It’s also a good source of magnesium, which helps prevent the formation of “bad” cholesterol. Some veggies are considered more healthful than others. The cruciferous family — broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy — is one such example. These particular veggies are very high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber that are important to your health. The AICR claims that diets high in cruciferous foods are strongly linked to a lower incidence of colorectal cancer, but may also reduce the risk of cancers of the esophagus and pharynx. Mirville said he recognizes the health benefits of produce and tries to meet the requirements for his age. He cut back on his consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages when he learned that the life-span of his generation may be less than that of his parents. Sugary drinks have been linked to diabetes and obesity in youth, two risk factors that can decrease life expectancy. He now prefers smoothies that count toward his daily quota of fruits. Mirville caught the bug for working in the soil when he joined the Food Project, a nonprofit community program that helps youth and adults from diverse back-

grounds build sustainable food systems. He has worked with the Food Project for three years and his responsibilities have grown. In addition to farming, he now leads workshops in the community to help others grow their own

food. Between June and October, he can be found on most Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Project’s farmers’ market in Dudley Town Common selling produce grown by the organization. Mirville boasts that freshgrown produce trumps that found in grocery stores. “There’s a big difference,” he said. “When you pick fresh grown, it’s perfect.” He is looking forward to a new chapter in his life. He will attend Tuskegee University in the fall to study mathematics. He realizes he has a long haul ahead of him, but

that should not be a problem. After all, he is not afraid to get his hands dirty. This story first appeared in the Bay State Banner’s Be Healthy supplement. The Lord is the embodiment of bliss; there is no joy in anything else. The ocean of bliss is within you. Why not pursue it? Turn from outer beauty, and cast your gaze within. As long as you continue to look outside, happiness will elude you. — Swami Muktananda

Muller Mirville (left) hands healthy treats to his cousins, Yvekerly (middle) and Francesca Louis. Mirville works at the Dudley Town Common farmers’ market run by the Food Project. (Photo by Greig Cranna, courtesy of the Food Project)


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passed into law between 1955 and 1957, and 936, 800 and 885 new laws produced in the three subsequent terms of Congress. While these years of hyperproductivity accompanied Democratic super-majorities, other divided Congresses have not been nearly as impotent as the one today. During Ronald Reagan’s first term, for example, Republicans held the Senate while Democrats held the House, and together were able to come up with 473 new laws. This failure to pass legislation is not an accident, says Charles Stewart, a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rallying behind Mitch McConnell’s call to make President Obama a oneterm president, “The main thing Republicans in Congress did was grind policymaking to a halt, and tried to structure as many embarrassing votes as possible to make Democrats look like leftists,” Stewart explains. To do this, they abused the filibuster, says Bruce Schulman, director of the Institute for American Political History at Boston University. “Until about 10 years ago, if you wanted to have a filibuster, you actually had to have one person hold the floor around the clock ... [so] filibusters were rarely invoked,” he explains. “Now they don’t even have to do that. If you don’t have the 60 votes and a filibuster is threatened, you won’t even bring something up for debate. Both sides have acquiesced.” Another aspect of Congres-

sional dysfunction is growing partisanship. Stewart says the most vocal leadership in Congress is now “stridently ideological,” in contrast to the American public, which he says is “very practicallyoriented.” According to several measures, polarization is on the rise, and thus ideological overlap between the two parties is practically non-existent. The National Journal, for instance, compiles annual data on Congressional voting records, and finds that in 2010 and 2011, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have moved so far away from each other that no Democrat had a voting record to the right of any Republicans, and no Republican had a voting record to the left of any Democrat. In the House, only six Republicans compiled a voting record to the left of the most conservative Democrat. Partisan division hasn’t always been so stark: In 1982, when National Journal first started collecting this data, the voting record of 58 senators — the majority — fell somewhere in between the most liberal Republican and the most conservative Democrat. This “ideological sorting of the parties,” as Stewart calls it, dates all the way back to 1965, when African Americans were brought into the electorate. As he explains, the Democratic Party was once comprised of Northern liberals and Southern conservatives, while the Republican Party was made up of various conservative groups. But when Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, the South flipped to Republican control, liberals from the North migrated to the Democratic Party, and the Re-

publican Party became the home of the conservative movement. Later, Ronald Reagan, who Stewart calls a “polarizing figure,” stepped up this trend to separate the parties based on ideology. The Tea Party is the most recent manifestation of this growing division, Stewart says, and is “pulling the Republican Party to the right, further to the right than the American electorate.” Meanwhile, he says, there’s “no radical left goading the Democratic Party on.” However dysfunctional Congress may be right now, Schulman points out that the legislative branch has always been unpopular. “There have only been a few times when Congress has had a

higher approval rating than the president,” he says. “Even when the president’s approval rating was low, Congress’ was even lower.” As for the historically abysmal approval numbers, Schulman says this is part of a larger trend towards the distrust of institutions. “Confidence in Congress, churches, doctors and universities have all gone steadily down since the mid-1960s, with the exception of the military,” he says. “What you’re seeing is a long-term historical trend of lack of trust not only in government, but in all kinds of institutions of public life.” So what’s the solution? Stewart says that Americans must remember that gridlock is a “feature”

of the country’s political system. “Our Constitution was designed to slow down and thwart quick action,” he says. “And I think that’s what we’ve gotten.” Beyond that, he says, unlike this year’s elections — when, despite historically-low approval ratings for Congress, Americans chose to send the overwhelming majority of incumbents back to Capitol Hill — voters must be willing to give their Congressman the boot. “If you don’t like gridlock, and you’re a Republican, you have to be willing to vote for Democrats,” he says. “I don’t think that’s going to happen, but that’s the only mechanism we have.”

More than 100 members of the Greater Boston community turned out for the African Presidential Center’s 10th annual South African Wine Tasting on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Pictured (L to R) are Marvin Gilmore, Ambassador Charles Stith, Doris Yaffe and Colette Philips. (Randy Goodman photo)

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In the matter of Cindy Marilu Acuna of Roxbury, MA December 14, 2012 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME

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.

To all persons interested in a petition described: A petition has been presented by Cindy M Acuna requesting that Cindy Marilu Acuna be allowed to change her name as follows:

The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Sondra D Dyke, 17 Whiting St, #2, Boston, MA, 02119-0720 your answer, if any, on or before 01/17/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court.

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Docket No. SU12P2266EA Devon Newman Estate of Virginia T. Hennessey Date of Death March 23, 2012

INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner David J Hennessey of Bedford, MA a will has been admitted to informal probate. David J Hennessey of Bedford, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner.

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To the Defendant: 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. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411. You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Devon Newman, 735 Adams St, Dorchester, MA 02122 your answer, if any, on or before 01/31/2012. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: November 19, 2012 Sandra Giovannucci Register of Probate

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To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Robert H. Prince Jr. of Boston, MA a will has been admitted to informal probate.

INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE

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.

Applicants must have a.) a Bachelor's Degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, History, Art History or a closely related field and at least two years full-time experience in an area relevant to the project; or b.) a Master's Degree in Historic Preservation, Architectural History, History, Art History or a closely related field. Experience with buildings of this era and stature is preferred. Consultant’s fee is fixed at $50,000. A site visit will be held on December 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM. Bids will be due on January 4, 2013 by 5:00 PM. The Nichols House Museum is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Please contact Flavia Cigliano, Executive Director at fcigliano@nicholshousemuseum.org for a copy of the RFP, or call 617.227.6993. The Nichols House Museum reserves the right to reject any and all proposals.

LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT NOTICE TO TRADE CONTRACTORS COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DIVISION OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT & MAINTENANCE (DCAMM) Request for Qualifications For Trade Contractor Packages Masonry; Miscellaneous & Ornamental Iron; Waterproofing, Dampproofing & Caulking; Roofing & Flashing; Metal Windows; Glass & Glazing; Lathing & Plastering; Tile; Acoustical Tile; Resilient Floors; Painting; Fire Protection Sprinkler System at MassArt Center for Design & Media, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, Massachusetts Project No. MCA0602 DC1 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) requests that qualified and experienced Trade Contractors submit Trade Contractor Statement of Qualifications Forms to the DCAMM Bid Room no later than 12:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, January 10, 2013. SCOPE: Modification to existing gym building and transformation of space to classroom and entrance space. This RFQ is for the PRIMARY SCOPE OF WORK and not the early package woodshop. This Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) is the first phase of a two-phase procurement process as set forth in MGL Chapter 149A. DCAMM, through its Trade Contractor Prequalification Committee, is prequalifying firms interested in providing public Trade Contractor services on this Public Construction Manager at Risk (“CM at Risk”) Project for the construction of a new MassArt Center for Design & Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, through this RFQ process.

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Robert H. Prince Jr. of Boston, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond.

The Nichols House Museum, located at 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA, seeks proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a Historic Structures Report. The museum (built in 1804 and attributed to architect Charles Bulfinch) is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a contributing resource in the Beacon Hill National Historic Landmark District.

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Trade Contractor Statement of Qualifications Forms from interested Trade Contractors are sought for the following categories of work: Masonry (ECC $70,000), Miscellaneous & Ornamental Iron (ECC $490,000), Waterproofing, Dampproofing and Caulking (ECC $200,000), Roofing & Flashing (ECC $540,000), Metal Windows (ECC $20,000), Glass & Glazing (ECC $240,000), Lathing & Plastering (ECC $90,000), Tile (ECC $30,000), Acoustical Tile (ECC $40,000), Resilient Floors (ECC $30,000), Painting (ECC $160,000), and Fire Protection Sprinkler System (ECC $480,000). Only prequalified firms will be permitted to submit bids for the category of work in which they were prequalified. The Construction Manager is Walsh Brothers and the Project Designer is Ennead Architects. The Request for Qualifications may be downloaded from http://www.commpass.com or copies may be obtained by contacting the DCAMM Bid Room, Room 1610, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617-727-4003, on or after Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Carole Cornelison, Commissioner


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Miscellaneous & ornamental iron- $640,500 Waterproofing, damproofing & caulking- $348,400 Glass and glazing- $300,000 Tile- $750,000 Acoustical ceilings- $150,000 Terrazzo- $3,000,000 Resilient flooring- $335,000 Painting- $420,000 Elevators- $964,000 Plumbing- $1,619,000 HVAC- $15,000,000 Electrical- $10,150,000

The Authority is implementing this project in accordance with MGL Chapter 149A, Sections 1 thru 13. This selection of trade contractors conforms to MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, subsections (b) to (k) inclusive. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequalify trade contractors capable and experienced in the renovation and construction of airline passenger terminals. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification of trade contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders that will only be issued to the prequalified trade contractors. A Prequalification Committee consisting of four representatives, one each from the Designer and the CM at Risk and two Massport staff. This Prequalification Committee will be conducting a qualifications-based evaluation of submittals received from interested trade contractors in order to identify prequalified trade contractors who will be invited to respond to a written Invitation to Bidders. Please note that the Authority is not utilizing this process to prequalify subcontractors who are not trade contractors which shall be done separately in accordance with MGL C149A, Section 8, subsection (j). Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria: (1) Management Experience: (2) Project References including a Public Project Record and (3) Capacity to Complete including a demonstration that the contractor has the financial stability and long-term viability to successfully implement the Project. A Supplemental Information Package that discusses these Evaluation Criteria and the Prequalification Process in more detail as well as any other requirements for the Qualification Statements will be available to interested parties beginning Wednesday, December 19, 2012, by contacting Cindy Monahan at 617-568-5978 or via email at cmonahan@massport.com A Project Briefing will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at 11:00 AM in the Capital Programs Department, Logan Office Center, 2nd floor, 1 Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA. Attendance at the briefing is not mandatory, however, it is strongly encouraged in order to best familiarize your firm with the project details and the prequalification process. The qualification statement document, as detailed in the supplemental information package shall be addressed to Mr. Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909.

LEGALS or a treasurer's or a cashier's check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and /or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of TEN MILLION ($10,000,000.00). Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. No filed sub bids will be required for this contract. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor's Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective subcontractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals.

MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. A203-C2 AUTHORITY WIDE WATER METER UPGRADE AND REPLACEMENT ALL MASSPORT FACILITIES, BOSTON AND BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE CAPITAL PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT (ABOVE ADDRESS) AT 1:00 PM LOCAL TIME ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012. The work includes WATER METER UPGRADE AND REPLACEMENT INCLUDING VALVES AND BACKFLOW PREVENTERS AT ALL MASSPORT FACILITIES IN BOSTON AND BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012.

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QUINCY HOUSING AUTHORITY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Quincy Housing Authority, Quincy, Massachusetts is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director leads a staff of 64, administers 945 Section 8 vouchers, and a small number of vouchers for the Commonwealth of Massachusettsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Department of Housing and Economic Development (â&#x20AC;&#x153;DHCDâ&#x20AC;?). QHA owns and manages 651 units which are subsidized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (â&#x20AC;&#x153;HUDâ&#x20AC;?) and 909 units which are subsidized by DHCD. QHA leases a total of four facilities to the Commonwealth of Massachusettsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Department of Mental Health and/or the Department of Mental Retardation as group homes for disabled clients. A Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree is required and major coursework in public administration, business administration, or management is preferred. A minimum of eight years of management experience in public housing, non-proďŹ t affordable housing, or for-proďŹ t property management or closely related ďŹ eld is required. A Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree may be substituted for up to two years of experience. One yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisory experience of a staff of ten or more is also required. Candidates must be bondable. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills, and abilities in key areas that include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) strategic leadership; (2) management efďŹ ciency and effectiveness; (3) business and ďŹ nance acumen; (4) human resources management; (5) internal/external stakeholder relationships; (6) program integrity, knowledge, and compliance; (7) decision-making; (8) entrepreneurism; (9) written and verbal communication; (10) asset management; and (11) maintenance planning. The agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website also is being updated to include additional information on recruitment, the position description, agency strategic goals, and the agency proďŹ le (www.quincyha.com). The salary will be in accordance with Massachusetts Housing and Community Development guidelines. CertiďŹ cation as a Public Housing Manager from a HUD approved organization is required, but may be substituted by certiďŹ cation as a property manager or similar classiďŹ cation by a nationally recognized housing or real estate organization, or by certiďŹ cation as a MPHA of a DHCD-approved Massachusetts Public Housing Administrator CertiďŹ cation Program. Candidates must also have achieved either the NAHRO CertiďŹ ed Management Executive designation or the PHADA Executive Director Education Program within two years. The successful candidate must have also achieved or commit to successfully achieving the designation of Massachusetts CertiďŹ ed Public Purchasing OfďŹ cial as offered through the Massachusetts OfďŹ ce of the Inspector General. The application must include a one-page cover letter, a maximum of a two-page resume (including salary history), a one-page summary of leadership/management style, and a one-page listing of three professional references from sources such as board members, peers, or stakeholders. An email or hard copy version of the application must be received by January 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time at this address: Mr. Stan Quy, NCC, President/Principal, The Organizational Leadership Edge 147 Ginger Cove Road, Valley, NE 68064 SQuy@cox.net QHA is an Equal Opportunity/AfďŹ rmative Action Employer



Bay State Banner 12/13/2012