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Bassist Charnett Mofitt performs with the Will Calhoun Trio during the Beantown Jazz Festival last week. The three-day festival brought top jazz musicians to multiple stages on Columbus Ave. in Lower Roxbury, Scullers Jazz Club and the Berklee Performance Center. (Photo courtesy of Berklee College of Music)

BPS hits record levels for student MCAS improvement Martin Desmarais The most recent numbers for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test show record levels for African American and Latino Boston Public Schools students — and improvement all throughout the school system. The 2013 figures showed that Boston students outperformed most schools in the state in the English Language Arts portion of the MCAS. Specifically, students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 topped similar grades in most other school systems. BPS 10th-grade students continued their recent rise. Over the last six years, 10th-grade students have seen a 21-point jump in ELA

proficiency rates, meaning the percent of BPS 10th-graders to score proficient or advanced on the ELA MCAS has risen from 58 percent in 2008 to an all-time high of 79 percent today. According to school department officials, ELA proficiency rates for African American and Latino 10th-grade students are at their highest levels since the MCAS test was implemented in 1998. The newest data shows that BPS has decreased the more-than-30-point achievement gap that existed in 2007 by about two-thirds, to just over 10 points. On the mathematics portion of the testing Boston third-graders jumped eight points in the number reaching proficient or advanced levels on the MCAS.

The high school improvement was led by English High School in Jamaica Plain and the Burke High School in Dorchester. At English, student proficiency rates for the ELA test jumped to 60 percent from 39 percent in 2012. For African American students, the rate jumped to 81 percent this year, up from 38 percent one year ago. At the Burke, the ELA proficiency rate rose 20 points, to 71 percent from 51 percent last year. Growth for Latino students was very strong at the school, up from 63 percent in 2012 to 89 percent in 2013. Burke Principle Lindsa McIntyre said that while all at the school have been working very hard to improve the Burke’s performance, MCAS, continued to page 8

For political activists who were hoping to see a candidate of color make it to the final election, last week’s mayoral preliminary was a worst-case scenario. While the six candidates of color together garnered three-quarters of the vote in the black community, the top black vote getter — Charlotte Golar Richie — finished with 15,536 votes, more than 4,000 shy of what she needed to make it past the preliminary. That left two Irish American men the sole contenders for mayor’s office. State Rep. Marty Walsh topped the mayoral ticket with 20,838 votes, followed by City Councilor John Connolly, with 19,420. In the black c o m m u n i t y, t h e r e ’s b e e n little debate about what went wrong. The multitude of candidates split the vote among black, Latino and Asian voters, who in most elections constitute a formidable bloc. Progressive votes were split between former Dudley St. Neighborhood Initiative head John Barros and City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo. With City Councilor Charles Yancey and radio station owner Charles Clemmons in the mix, Richie garnered little more than a third of the vote in the city’s predominantly black and Latino precincts. In all, the six candidates of color netted a third of the votes cast in the preliminary election, accord-

ing to an analysis conducted by Neighborhood Network News Director Chris Lovett. Turnout in black and Latino precincts was low. While the citywide average turnout was 31 percent of registered voters, in the predominantly black Ward 14, which includes Dorchester and Mattapan, just 26 percent of those eligible to vote cast ballots. In contrast, 50 percent of eligible voters came out in the predominantly white Ward 20, which is in West Roxbury. Despite Boston’s status as a majority-minority city, the voting patterns reveal what political activist Ty DePass describes as a “powdered donut,” where predominantly white precincts in South Boston, D o r c h e s t e r, Hyde Park and West Roxb u r y e n c i rcle the city’s lower-voting urban core. “There’s a difference between being majority-minority city and having a majority of the voting population,” DePass said. In the days following the preliminary election, many in the black community expressed frustration. “I’m angry,” said political activist Sarah Ann Shaw. “This was an opportunity for the community to set some terms, to really look at the city’s structure and voice our concerns about jobs, schools and the structure of city government. It would have given us more say if a person of color had come in first or second.”

“There’s a difference between being majorityminority city and having a majority of the voting population.” — Ty DePass Political Activist

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BRA tax breaks face increased opposition Yawu Miller On the ninth floor of City Hall, Boston Redevelopment Authority board members were preparing to vote on a controversial plan to sell the air rights on Yawkey Way to the Boston Red Sox for $7.3 million, over the objections of the state’s inspector general.  Outside, on City Hall Plaza, a coalition of activist groups erected a cardboard rendering of the Millennium Partners skyscraper planned for the Filene’s department store

site in protest of the BRA’s approval of $7.8 million in tax breaks for the planned retail, hotel and luxury condo development. The city’s planning and development agency has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks with the immanent departure of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, sparking calls for more openness and transparency. The protesters on City Hall Plaza, organized by the Right to the City Coalition, said the BRA’s tax

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Lawyer forges successful career in state transportation Martin Desmarais Rachael Rollins, the new chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Port Authority, is used to being among the “firsts.” She has blazed a successful career in the higher levels of state government, an area that has not exactly been known for supporting much diversity in the past. And she has also risen very fast in the ranks of the legal community, a field continuing its growth in supporting women and lawyers of color. Prior to taking over as chief legal counsel at Massport, Rollins served as general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. She was not just the first woman of color, but the first woman to ever hold the position of general counsel at the MBTA. She was also the first person to ever serve jointly as general counsel for two of the state’s giant transportation departments. She became general counsel with MassDOT in October 2011 and in March 2012 took on the same job with the MBTA. But if you ask the 42-year-old Rollins about all the “firsts,” she is quick to push the notion aside. “It is great to be the first at some of these things but I know I won’t be the last,” Rollins said. “I am excited about the fact that there is going to be many more people like me coming after me and I hope we won’t be talking about ‘first’ in a few years.” Case in point, in late 2012 — about a year after Rollins started her job at MassDOT and MBTA — the state hired Beverly Scott as MBTA general manager and MassDOT rail and transit administrator. Just recently, when Rollins left her old post at MassDOT and MBTA, the state hired another woman of color, Paige Scott-Reed, to replace her. A native of Cambridge, Rollins graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and then received her law degree from

Northeastern University School of Law. She also went on to receive a master’s degree in law focusing on labor and employment from Georgetown University Law Center and work as a field attorney at the National Labor Relations Board In 2002, Rollins joined the firm Bingham McCutchen and Seyfarth Shaw. She left after about five years and joined another small firm. When she got the opportunity to join the U.S. Attorney’s office in 2007, she jumped at the chance. She remained with the U.S. Attorney until 2011, when she joined MassDOT. “My background is really diverse, not just in terms of my parents and my upbringing but my work in the private sector and with the district attorney and at MassDOT,” Rollins said. Rollins has had support throughout her career from experienced lawyers she has worked with — people who hired her and

ton’s past of racial tension, there is a belief that it might not be a good place to start a legal career for young lawyers of color. This causes many young black lawyers to come to law school at one of Boston’s schools then leave to work elsewhere. Rollins says she advises law students that Boston is a great place to live and work. “If we can have law students know that there is a vibrant community of color here in Boston in respect to the law community they will stay in Boston,” she said. “If they see that there are lawyers succeeding here, they are going to want to stay.” Massport CEO Thomas Glynn sees the hiring of Rollins as chief legal counsel as a big plus for his organization. Massport’s close ties with MassDOT and the MBTA meant that Rollins was a well-known individual and highly recommended to move over. “Massport is fortunate to

“It is great to be the first at some of these things but I know I won’t be the last.” — Rachael Rollins Chief Legal Counsel for Massport mentored her. She has a long list of mentors she is grateful for, most of whom, she points out, are not women or people of color. The impact of such mentors has driven Rollins to return the favor as she has grown in experience and status in the legal industry. Last year, for example, Rollins served as president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. She said her work with the organization is all about supporting young law students of color and also keeping them in Boston. With the city having some of the best law schools in the region it is a great draw for aspiring lawyers. However, she says, with Bos-

have someone of Rachael’s background, intelligence and dedication in such a critical role,” Glynn said. “In addition to her career at MassDOT and the MBTA, Rachael worked for four years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney investigating and prosecuting both civil and criminal cases and defending the United States and its agencies in a wide array of civil suits.” Massport is a public authority but the organization is not funded by state tax dollars. It generates about $8 billion annually through leasing public land, fees and licensing and operates three airports: Boston Logan International Airport, Hanscom

Rachael Rollins, former general counsel for MassDOT and the MBTA, recently joined Massport as chief legal counsel. (Photo courtesy of Massport) Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport also oversees shipping and cruises at the port of Boston. With Massport, Rollins heads up all legal activities in areas such as real estate, construction, litigation, employment and ethics, maritime activities, aviation, security and public finance. According to Rollins, with MassDOT and the MBTA her work covered a broad range of legal topics as well, but she is particularly looking forward to getting experience in new legal sectors through Massport’s aviation and maritime work. “Twenty-some-odd days into my job I am really excited about the work we are doing,” she said. “There is the terror and excitement of learning an entirely different area of law.” In a post-Sept. 11 era, Massport also has to deal with some high-profile legal issues and work with agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But Rollins is used to the pressure cooker. MassDOT and particularly the MBTA have had plenty of high profile-legal battles both during her time and for

many years before she came to the agencies. Dealing with complaints from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination was part of Rollins job and she said that she, as well as those in charge of both MassDOT and MBTA took those complaints — and continue to take them — very seriously. Rollins pointed out that her being the first person to hold the position of general counsel to both MassDOT and MBTA was part of the attempt to better deal with complaints of discrimination. According to Rollins, the goal was to have the two legal departments work together with one head so that they could address issues more effectively and uniformly. This also helped streamline and support the reporting structure on all issues, including discrimination, throughout both organizations. She said this helped to ensure all the right people were looking at all issues and working together to find solutions. “The T had very significant litigation prior to my arrival and will continue to have significant litigation,” Rollins said. “I certainly didn’t leave because I thought the ship was going down. They are making sure they are making the changes that need to be done.”

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RCC women’s basketball scores on and off the court Kassmin Williams Roxbury Community College’s women’s basketball head coach Mark Leszczyk has been working since his hiring in 2007 to regain the momentum that surrounded the team in the ‘70s, when Boston legend Alfreda Harris lead the team. “There’s kind of been two generations of basketball teams,” Leszczyk said. “There were some starts and stops in trying to get the team running.”

For Harris, attending the games and supporting the team is a part of who she is. “I’ve always worked with young people so anything that I do with young people that becomes successful — I feel like that’s a part of the same method of my encouragement to young people and the faith that I have in young people,” Harris said. The second generation of the team formed in 2007, when Leszczyk was hired as head coach. “We kind of call it the rebirth of

“We’re the little engine that could here at Roxbury. We go out and play some big teams and big-time programs.” — Mark Leszczyk Head Coach RCC Women’s Basketball When Harris headed the team, during its founding years from 1975 to 1980, the team compiled a 130-20 record, according to the National Junior College Athletic Association. Harris, the city’s longest serving school committee member, was recently recognized by the NJCAA, which named her one of the “most successful and active coaches during the mid-‘70s.” “You can’t mention anything about basketball without mentioning the contribution of Alfreda Harris,” RCC Athletic Director Keith McDermott said. “She was the trailblazer. She set the standards for us. There’s just no way it would’ve been possible.” Although decades have passed since Harris led the team, she remains invested in the team’s success, attending games and offering pointers to Leszczyk.

the basketball program here in 2007,” Leszczyk said. The team has been ranked in the top five for the past four years and was ranked in the top 10 five years ago. The team also competed in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament for the past three seasons and made it to the championship game, where they lost, during the 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 school years. Despite the championship losses, Leszczyk is impressed with the team’s level of competitiveness and the strides the team has made in a short time. “We’re the little engine that could here at Roxbury. We go out and play some big teams and bigtime programs,” Leszczyk said. “We’re the team that should never win those games and somehow we end up doing it.”

Amanda Hoover, Lia Bass and Nicole Spaulding have plans to attend a four-year college after graduating from Roxbury Community College in 2014. (Photos courtesy of Roxbury Community College Athletics Department)

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Leszczyk and McDermott see winning the national championship as one goal, but they also say the overarching ambition is for his team members to graduate and use their experience at a four-year college. “I think the women’s basketball is just a vehicle to a path to success. RCC is basically here to try to create opportunities for [them] and they just happen to play basketball, but education is the key,” McDermott said. Leszczyk believes that students who end up in a junior college like RCC often have not planned two attend a two-year college, but have stumbled on a road block in their post-high school plan. “There’s always a reason why people come here, so my job is to try to find out what that reason is,” Leszczyk said. Lia Bass, 21, of Springfield came to RCC after taking a year off from school following high school graduation. The criminal justice major has played basketball since childhood and said the sport has always been “a big deal” to her. After not being able to play basketball directly after graduating high school, Lia said she appreciates having the opportunity to be a part of a team again. “If I wasn’t playing [basketball], I wouldn’t be doing anything,” Bass said. “It’s kind of getting me into the habit of trying to work toward something.” Team captain Amanda Hoover,

Nicole Spaulding takes a shot against Mohawk Valley in last year’s NJCAA Final Four in Rochester, Minn. 19, echoed Bass’ ideas about basketball producing good habits in other areas. “It’s been a learning experience. I’ve been taught to grow up and be more responsible,” Hoover said. Leszczyk describes his coaching as “old school,” and he often places high demands on his students on and off the court. Leszczyk’s coaching style has paid off for Nicole Spaulding, who came to RCC from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to improve her grades. For Spaulding, playing under

Leszczyk has created an environment that forces her to focus on academics. “You want to play basketball so bad, but you have to do your academics first before you get to the athlete part,” Spaulding said. The payoff for Leszczyk as head coach is reflected in the progress that students like Spaulding, Bass and Hoover have made as members of the basketball program. Almost every player has graduated from RCC with a basketball scholarship to a four-year college in the last four years, Leszczyk said.


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Toward creating political power The developments of political power and economic growth have long been African American objectives across the country. However, the modest black participation in the recent preliminary election for mayor indicates there is no sound strategy for developing political power in Boston. The first national goal was the attainment of civil rights, but that barrier was overcome with passage of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Indeed there is still much to be done to secure and maintain full civil rights for all, but enactment of those laws changed the culture of the nation. The Voting Rights Act increased the participation of African Americans in politics, especially in the South. However, there is not a common understanding of what is necessary to maximize black political power. The attention focuses on electing black candidates. While that is important, even more critical is the effort to increase black turnout at the polls in every election. The recent presidential election was a trifecta of political perfection. An outstanding ground game gave blacks the highest participation in the election of any ethnic or racial group. The black vote for Barack Obama was overwhelming (93 percent). And Obama won the election. While such results cannot be achieved in every election, the black participation last November certainly set a high standard. From the African American perspective, the results of last week’s preliminary election for mayor of Boston fell far short of that standard. None of the six minority candidates were able to garner enough votes to win one of the two seats to compete in the final election. And the minority turnout to the polls was disappointing. Blacks cannot always hope to field candidates who are competent, charismatic and energetic enough to appeal to the whole electorate. However, there must be a strategy to produce a substantial voting bloc in every election. In that way, whoever

wins will realize that he or she must be responsive to the community’s constituents. The largest and most consistent voting community in Boston is West Roxbury, Ward 20. It is essentially a neighborhood of middle-class Irish homeowners. Half (50 percent) of the registered voters there went to the polls last week. That is substantially more than the citywide average (31 percent). John Connolly tallied 4,074 votes there compared with only 1,763 for Marty Walsh. The top black candidate, Charlotte Golar Richie, had only 591 votes. By comparison, the turnout in black wards was dismal. In Ward 14, Dorchester and Mattapan, only 26 percent of the registered voters bothered to vote. In Ward 12 in Roxbury the turnout was a little better at 31 percent. Still that is 19 percent less than the 50 percent turnout in West Roxbury. As a result, Richie was able to garner only 1,485 votes in Roxbury, a ward expected to be one of her strongholds. One reason for the low turnout is confusion. Voters like to believe that they understand the issues and their vote will help the candidate of their choice to be successful. With 12 politicians in the race, candidate nights were a cacophony of conflicting ideas. To moderate the confusion, The Banner suggested that Charles Yancey, Charles Clemons and David Wyatt drop out when it was clear that they would be unable to mount a citywide campaign. That would narrow the field and enable residents to focus on the candidates with a more realistic chance of winning. Last November, 65 percent of those eligible in Ward 12 voted in the presidential election. That is more than twice the turnout in the preliminary election for mayor. While presidential elections are more compelling, the results still indicate what is possible. The task confronting community leaders is to develop a strategy for producing a substantial vote in elections even without a dynamic local candidate.

After more than six months of 12 candidates sharing their various visions on how to move our city forward as mayor, it is time now to remain focused. Many of us supported a candidate who is no longer in the race for mayor but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be even more active than ever. This election is not about race, gender or personalities. This race is about how the next mayor can move the city forward as one. As state representative of the 5th Suffolk District neighborhoods of Dorchester and Roxbury, my primary concern is that the next mayor is willing and able to do what needs to be done to tackle the social ills that affect the residents I serve. The tale of two Bostons is very real and to make “One Boston” more than a catchy slogan some very real things need to be done by the next Mayor and his administration. For me this is not a question of who to support. This is a question of what to support. Through my life in the district, my work with families and orga-

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nizations, it is clear that the district I represent and the neighborhoods that surround it are clear on what our issues are and how to best address them. Many people felt that their candidate may have been the best chance at getting those issues addressed. Maybe they were right. However, now is the time to put personalities aside and present tangible actions and solutions to both candidates. This election isn’t over. It’s not about missed opportunities; it is about what civic engagement looks like. I am looking to work with community leaders to quickly create bench-

marks and specific goals before committing to support either finalist. I will make my decision based on their commitment to my community and their track record of service of my community previous to their mayoral candidacies. I ask my community to ask for their specific commitments before giving them yours. I will not endorse until I feel like my community is prioritized but I will be active in engaging both candidates around their commitment. Carlos Henriquez State Representative 5th Suffolk District Dorchester & Roxbury

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Opinion Shut it down: It’s a win for Obama and Cruz David Swerdlick

With each passing “crisis” in the zero-sum game of congressional politics, we’ve gotten used to sorting out the winners and losers of every battle. But as September’s round of Washington’s annual budget fight tightens up — and with a government shutdown on Tuesday — what we have, so far, is a win-win: The Tea Party’s Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has the attention he craves, and President Barack Obama stays “covered.” But what, exactly, do they get out of the deal? Last week Cruz faux-filibustered a House bill to defund “Obamacare” — a bill that he supported and then voted against anyway. The result was an enhanced reputation on both sides of the aisle for being an incredibly bright guy who’s an arrogant jerk. Even Republican colleagues, like Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), took to the Senate floor to accuse Sen. Cruz of pushing bad policy that boiled down to a me-first media campaign. But Cruz — who headlined “Fox News” Sunday last week and “Meet the Press” this Sunday — is playing the Tea Party lead-dog role for everything it’s worth. And all you need to know about why he’s doing what he’s doing can be found in Friday’s new poll from Public Policy Polling, showing that Cruz has boosted his standing among his political base to the point that he’s now GOP primary voters’ top choice to be their candidate for president in 2016. He’s relished the criticism, because as Mediaite’s Noah Rothman points out, as long as Congress is held in low esteem by the public, picking a fight with his colleagues is Cruz’s way of “making all the right enemies” on the way to a future run for the White House. Obama, on the other hand, needs a reboot. He’s never quite sold the idea that the Affordable Care Act will help millions of uninsured Americans secure coverage while simultaneously lowering premiums for Cruz has boosted those who’re already insured his standing among and shrinking the overall cost of his political base to health care as a share of GDP. E v e n t h o s e s u p p o r t i n g the point that he’s Obamacare aren’t quite sure that now GOP primary it will turn out as advertised. voters’ top choice to Now, though, Cruz’s crusade led to a government shutdown on be their candidate for the same day that Obamacare’s president in 2016. state health insurance exchanges are scheduled to launch — it gave the president a window to spotlight the issue again. And so far, he’s made the most of it. He told a Maryland crowd last Thursday that once Obamacare launches, they’ll want to “get covered.” And he tweaked opponents by predicting, wryly, that “once it’s working really well, I guarantee you they will not call it Obamacare.” Don’t expect one speech to turn the tables in the president’s favor, but that’s a lot better than his old 2009 mantra: “bending the cost curve.” So what happens next? If you’re like most people, you’ve got more pressing things to do than follow the play-by-play in Congress. But to recap: House Republicans passed a bill to fund the government — but not Obamacare. The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected it Friday, sending a bill back to the House without any provision touching Obamacare. Then, in the wee hours of Sunday morning, the House passed what they called a compromise bill, proposing only to delay Obamacare for a year, instead of defunding it. Which is like saying they won’t break Obama’s legs; they’ll just break one of his thumbs. Cruz and Obama might still wind up as culprits if budget gridlock turns into a prolonged shutdown or another debt ceiling crisis in October — especially if it turns out like 2011, when markets dipped after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the nation’s credit rating. But for the moment, Obama — who’s never liberal enough for Democrats and never gets the benefit of the doubt from Republicans — now has a foil who’s making it easier for him to stand up for his health-care initiative and outline his budget priorities. And Cruz gets to show that he’s first among equals when it comes to opposing anything linked to Obama. Meanwhile, federal employees will be furloughed, any salary that they forfeit won’t be spent in a still-fragile economy and Congress’s inability to make a deal will eventually threaten another loss of confidence in the markets. David Swerdlick is a contributing editor at The Root.

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What would it take for Boston to elect a black mayor?

In a nutshell: successful coalition building. People of color are more than 50 percent of the population, but we’re not monolithic. We need to come together and define a common agenda.

For people in Boston’s African American community, we have to claim the right our forefathers fought for — come out and vote.

Because Boston has so much history, we have to be able to come to the table and have a conversation. If we can’t work with other communities, it will be difficult.

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We need to work together. For this last campaign we had six people. If you added up all their votes, we would have won.

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Yawu Miller has returned to the Banner staff after a seven-year hiatus. He will serve as senior editor, shaping the editorial direction of the paper and assigning and editing news articles, features and photographs. Most recently, Miller worked as a community liaison in the office of State Auditor Suzanne Bump. Prior to working with the state, Miller served as deputy director of the Public Policy Institute, a nonprofit organization that trained nonprofits and community groups to run lobbying and electoral campaigns. Miller began his career in journalism with the Banner, serving as a staff reporter in 1993. He became managing editor in 1996. After leaving the Banner in 2006, he continued with the paper as a freelance writer and photographer. He has also written freelance articles for Commonwealth Magazine, the Baltimore Afro American and the Boston Irish Reporter.

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Mass fair housing groups receive $1.6 million from HUD Sandra Larson The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1.6 million in grants to four Massachusetts groups working to reduce housing discrimination. The grants are part of $38.3 million awarded nationwide through HUD’s Fair

Housing Initiatives Program. “No one should be denied the opportunity to live where they want because of how they look, their faith, whether they have children or because they have a disability,” HUD’s New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields said in a statement. “These grants will help us continue our efforts to educate the public and

housing industry about their housing rights and responsibilities.” In New England, HUD takes more than 1,000 housing discrimination complaints each year, according to Susan Forward, director of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the HUD New England Region. The most common complaints are in the areas of disability and fa-

On Sept. 29, community-building organization Circle the City held “Circle The City: Open Streets, Open World,” on a 1.1 mile car-free corridor of Blue Hill Ave. between Warren and Dudley streets. The event featured zumba and dance classes, a family fun zone and a historic photo exhibit. (Joel Wool photo)

milial status, she said, including landlords who illegally discourage or refuse to rent to families with young children because of lead paint issues. Landlords are required to test pre-1978 dwellings for lead and to have a unit deleaded when children under six reside in it. But instead, many try to avoid deleading by making the unit unavailable to families. The HUD grants will help fair housing centers, nonprofit organizations and university groups to conduct educational programs for landlords and tenants on fair housing laws and create fair housing internships for students. Funds will also support active investigative work such as scanning apartment listings for discriminatory wording and conducting “matched-pair testing” in which trained testers make inquiries about apartment rentals and loan pre-approvals to detect unequal treatment based on race, national origin, religion, disability, familial status and other protected classes. “Housing discrimination is still a sad reality in 2013,” said Meris Bergquist, executive director of the Holyoke-based Housing Discrimination Project Inc., also known as the Massachusetts Fair Housing Center. The organization serves a large swath of Western Massachusetts, including the Springfield area, currently ranked No. 1 among metro areas nationally for white/Latino segregation and 22nd in white/African American segregation. “Quite often it happens that someone with a Latino surname or an accent will call about an apartment and never be called back. We’ve conducted testing that shows that,” Bergquist said. “Or someone black or Latino will

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be told a property is taken, but yet the property is still on the market for weeks afterward.” The Housing Discrimination Project received a $325,000 HUD grant. Part of the money will go toward recruitment of testers to uncover discriminatory practices. Where problems are found, the organization will try to negotiate settlements that provide for broad compensatory action such as training, affirmative advertising, and active monitoring. When appropriate, complaints will be filed with HUD, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination or in court. The grant will also help create a new housing mobility program, in partnership with the Holyoke Housing Authority, to assist Section 8 tenants in moving from low-opportunity to high-opportunity areas, Bergquist said. The three other Massachusetts grant recipients are the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, the Suffolk University Law School Housing Discrimination Testing Program and Community Legal Aid Inc. of Worcester. The Fair Housing Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, 1968, prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, religion

“No one should be denied the opportunity to live where they want.” — Barbara Fields HUD New England Regional Administrator or national origin. With additions over the years, the federal law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, disability and familial status, meaning that it is illegal to discriminate against families with children under age 18. Massachusetts law provides additional protections, barring discrimination for marital status, age, gender identity and expression, military or veteran status, ancestry, public assistance recipiency and genetic information. Last April, the Violence Against Women Act added protection at the federal and state levels for victims of domestic violence or stalking. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD New England Regional Office at (800) 827-5005.

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the strong MCAS numbers are really a reflection of the students’ efforts. “They are very focused on being the best they can be academically,” McIntyre said. “We celebrate their successes.” In addition to the rise in proficiency rates from last year, the Burke has seen a 41 percent jump in ELA proficiency rates since 2008. McIntyre emphasized that getting the teachers and the students on the same page and working together to improve academic performance has been a crucial factor to her school’s success so far. She said teachers and administrators have taken a hard look at how they work with students and made detailed effort to address students’ needs better, including choosing teachers that work well with the students they are teaching. “Here at the Burke one of our biggest challenges was building a culture and a climate that really embraced the students that we served,” McIntyre said. “We wanted a better understanding of who our students are and what kind of support they needed.” At Burke High School, which has a 75 percent African American and 20 percent Latino population, this support even incorporated the cultural environment in the classroom. “We do have an extremely large population of African Americans and Latino students,” McIntyre said. “We think in terms of what is culturally relevant and what is culturally meaningful and what curriculum will engage them in ways that will allow them to grab on.” McIntyre and her staff sought out students’ opinions through

meetings and group sessions that let them share ways they feel could help them do better in school. “The idea was to make the work part of them and part of who they are in the classroom,” said McIntyre. Burke staff also spread the word far and wide — using data to back up their arguments — that coming to school is priority number one if students want to improve. The school made T-shirts that read “If You Miss School You Miss Out.” And McIntyre said many students wear the shirts. She pointed out that the school’s average daily attendance is a strong 92 percent. “It is not accidental. Children understand that they need to be here,” she added. “I think it is very important … to encourage children to be here and feel like this is the place for them to grow and learn in order to reach their potential.” Like other schools throughout the BPS system, Burke High School practices a “tiered intervention” approach to improving student support. What this means is that the school will try and determine which students can use additional help and work that help into a normal school day to help these students keep up with their peers. As McIntyre explains it, an example of tiered intervention would be the school doing an assessment of a math class and finding students who are behind, then creating an additional 30-minute class for them to get more math instruction while still keeping them in their regularly scheduled math class with other students. This approach also relies on partners from outside the school, many of which can help provide additional teachers. The Burke High School works with organizations, including City Year and Boston

Teacher Residency. “We are very careful and thoughtful about what we do and how we do it,” said McIntyre. “That is the level of commitment that teachers here bring to the work. They are more than willing to give up themselves beyond compliance and into compassion. … You are not looking at the job description; you are looking at what this child’s life needs in terms of learning.” At the elementary school level, Boston schools including the E. Greenwood Leadership Academy in Hyde Park, the Trotter Elementary School in Dorchester and the Higginson-Lewis K-8 School in Roxbury led the way for improvement. Higginson-Lewis School Principal Joy Salesman-Oliver said her school focused on mathematics and studied past data about what has been successful in teaching to establish improved instruction strategies. Her school also worked with outside partners such as City Year and the Roxbury Multi-Service Center to work with students outside of class. Salesman-Oliver said her school is thrilled about the improved MCAS numbers. “We’re really proud because everyone worked so hard on identifying and targeting the problem,” she said. “We found ways to extend learning time for students to do project-based learning.” Other schools singled out by the Boston School Department for their improvement are Boston Green Academy in South Boston, the Clap Innovation School in Dorchester, the New Mission High School in Hyde Park and the Eliot K-8 Innovation School in the North End. Sixth-grade students at Eliot School placed first in Massachusetts on the mathematics MCAS. Six years ago, the school’s scores were among the lowest in the state. “Boston is a community that embraces academic innovation,” interim Superintendent John McDonough said in a statement. “We are committed to providing a quality education to all students, in all schools. Our mission is to offer great teaching and learning in every classroom, for every child.”

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breaks to developers are robbing the city of much-needed revenue. “We’re always hearing that there’s no money for arts in schools, no money for libraries,” said Chinese Progressive Association Executive Director Lydia Lowe. “We should be putting that money back into education.” As the city’s planning agency, the BRA has the power to sell public land and air rights and to grant lucrative tax breaks to developers. Lowe argues that the proceeds from tax breaks and the sale of public land should provide maximum benefit to the city’s residents. “What we want to know is what’s been happening with our tax dollars,” she said. “What’s been happening with our public resources.” While developers who build on public land are routinely required to set aside 15 percent of their units for affordable housing or pay into the city’s affordable housing trust fund, the proceeds from the sale of public land and air rights go directly to the BRA’s coffers, where they are not subject to public scrutiny.

“The BRA green-lights a lot of projects that don’t have the community’s interest at heart,” said Hakim Cunningham, director of labor and human rights organizing for the Greater Boston Workers Alliance. “A lot of development projects that the BRA approves have no community input, no community involvement.” To illustrate the potential community benefits that could accrue from tax breaks awarded to developers, activists wrote down suggestions for public programs they would like to see funded on slips of paper, then pasted the paper onto the cardboard skyscraper. The action was designed to inject the issue of BRA reform into the public discourse as mayoral candidates City Councilor John Connolly and Mass. Rep. Marty Walsh enter the final six weeks of their campaigns. “Both candidates are on record saying that the BRA needs to be reformed, they do need to be more transparent and accountable,” said Lisette Le, field coordinator for Right to the City. “We need to have deeper conversations with them about community control and how money that comes into the city is used in our community.” Kalila Barnett, executive director of Alternatives for Community and Environment, says the Right to the City coalition members would like for the BRA to include community input into negotiating public land sales and tax breaks. “We need community benefits agreements,” she said. “We have to radically rethink how we do planning and how we do development in our cities.” Nowhere in the city are residents seeing the results of Boston’s luxury condo building boom more than in Chinatown, where low-income residents are being squeezed out by condo conversions and large new luxury highrises. The $7.8 million tax break for the Millennium Partners building was announced a week before last week’s BRA meeting with no public process or comment. At last week’s meeting, the BRA board voted to approve the $7.3 million sale of Yawkey Way with the support of all but one of the board members — Timothy Burke, who is the sole member appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick. Outside on City Hall plaza, the protesters said they would continue to fight for change. “We don’t care who will be the next mayor; the BRA must change,” said Chinatown activist Jian Hua Tang, speaking through an interpreter. “This is our Boston. This is our community. And we have the right to remain, rebuild and reclaim our community.”


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Undocumented parents wary of receiving ‘Obamacare’ Anthony Advincula R. Ng and his wife, both from the Philippines, have overstayed their visas since 2003. They have a 9-year-old son who is a U.S.born citizen. As the nation prepares for the new health-care system under the Affordable Care Act, the Ngs have found themselves in an immigration and health-care bind: how do they enroll their child in a health-care exchange without disclosing their immigration status? “That would not be an easy thing to do,” said Ng, who is ethnic Chinese. “That’s scary, actually.” It’s a dilemma faced by thousands of mixed-immigration-status families like the Ngs around the country. Afraid of coming into contact with a government agency, many immigrant families are wary that mandatory ACA enrollment for documented members of the household may put those who are here illegally in harm’s way. “It’s a no-brainer, because we’re going to enroll our child but not ourselves,” Ng added.

“We’re going to enroll our child but not ourselves. It’s almost an admission to the government that our child has undocumented parents.” — R. Ng Undocumented Immigrant “It’s almost an admission to the government that our child has undocumented parents.” The ACA does not extend to undocumented immigrants. Under the law, individual states will offer health-care exchanges that serve as an online marketplace for individuals — including those who have never had insurance, as is the case with many immigrants — to purchase an affordable health plan. Those individuals who are currently uninsured are required to apply for coverage through the exchanges or face a penalty. Still, many undocumented parents of U.S.-born children remain reluctant to seek health care and public assistance. U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants are in fact twice as likely as children born to citizens to lack insurance, according to a 2012 study by the Hastings Center.

Another study by the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends project noted there are now about 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and, after the number bottomed out due to the Great Recession, that figure may be rising again. Health-reform advocates are concerned that fear and mistrust of government among undocumented parents may deter families like the Ngs from enrolling their U.S.-born children in a qualified health plan. Open enrollment in health exchanges starts Oct. 1. “This is the biggest challenge that we see in the enrollment process,” Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, health policy director with the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, said at a press briefing earlier this month with ethnic media in Manhattan. “There have definitely been some fears going around.”

numbers for their children, not themselves.” While an applicant’s information is sent to a federal agency for verification purposes, she continued, that information is not used for immigration purposes. “It goes through a series of verifications. When the confirmation for each application gets back to us, it only says ‘residence con-

firmed’ or ‘residence unknown,’” she said. According to Rothstein, when undocumented parents apply for the exchange, every member of the family, regardless of immigration status, is assessed. For example, she said, a family with two undocumented parents and one U.S. citizen child would be considered as a family of three and not one, which could make coverage for the child more affordable or qualify them for financial assistance. And while undocumented parents are prohibited from purchasing health coverage through ACA exchanges and receiving tax credits, they are still quali-

fied for services from safety-net providers such as community health clinics and public hospitals. Treatment in an emergency room also remains available for their care. All these programs, notably, have been in place even prior to the passage of the ACA. “We will separately consider each person in a household and provide the most benefits for the whole family” based on the person’s eligibility and set criteria, including household income and number of members in the household, Rothstein said. “We will figure out how each member of the family gets covered.” New American Media

Emergency room visit

Ng, who works in a retail store in Queens, says he feels fortunate that his family has remained relatively healthy, though the thought that one of them might fall ill frightens him. “I pray every day that won’t happen,” he says. When one of them does get sick, Ng says the family typically self-medicates. But in 2009, during the H1N1 scare, Ng’s son developed a high fever, prompting a trip to the emergency room. “It [the fever] was very high,” Ng recalled, “and I didn’t want to wait until it was too late.” Since 2009, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has enforced executive ordinances — EO 34 and 41 — that ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, have access to city services, including health clinics and city hospitals. These ordinances also require city workers to protect the confidentiality of a person’s immigration status. Still, Ng admits he is uncomfortable going to the emergency room because “our information gets recorded” and it may be detrimental when they eventually apply to legalize their immigration status. But experts say such fears are misplaced.

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Sara Rothstein is assistant director of policy and training for the New York Health Benefit Exchange. “When enrolling in the exchanges for their U.S.-born children,” she explained, “parents who are undocumented only need information such as proof of citizenship and Social Security

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“Sculpture in the Park” is an outdoor public art exhibit at Franklin Square Park sponsored by United South End Settlements. The exhibit kicks off with a reception at 3 p.m. on Oct. 19. Eight local artists and a group of students from USES’ Children’s Art Centre will install sculptures from trees, from fences and along the lawn. The exhibit runs through Nov. 3. “Cheshire Grin” by Lyn MacDonald pictured above.


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d o G Kam Williams Artist and filmmaker Steven Rodney McQueen was born in London on Oct. 9, 1969. His critically acclaimed directorial debut, “Hunger,” won the Camera d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. He followed that up with the incendiary offering “Shame,” a well-received, thought-provoking drama about addiction and secrecy in the modern world. In 1996, McQueen was the recipient of an ICA Futures Award. A couple of years later, he won a DAAD artist’s scholarship to Berlin. Besides exhibiting at the

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ICA and at the Kunsthalle in Zürich, he also won the coveted Turner Prize. He has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Documenta, and at the 53rd Venice Biennale as a representative of Great Britain.   His artwork can be found in museum collections around the world, such as the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou. In 2003, he was appointed Official War Artist for the Iraq War by the Imperial War Museum and he subsequently produced the poignant and controversial project “Queen

and Country,” commemorating the deaths of British soldiers who perished in the conflict by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. Steve and his wife, cultural critic Bianca Stigter, live and work in Amsterdam, which is where they are raising their son, Dexter, and daughter, Alex. Here, he talks about his latest film, “12 Years a Slave,” which recently won the People’s Choice Awards for Best Film and Best Director at the Toronto Film Festival.

All three of your feature films — this new one, and

“Hunger” and “Shame” as well — are so different from each other and yet quite remarkable and memorable, each in their own way. 

Thank you. Well, I do my best. I’m just happy that people are responding to the films as positively as they are. To be honest with you, it’s one of those things where we’re just happy to get them made. When you get to make something, you always hope people will go and see it. And we’re very, very pleased by the response to “12 Years a Slave.” It’s kind of humbling and remarkable.

 Your work reminds me of Ang Lee’s in terms of its quality and versatility, in the way that his movies are each phenomenal yet so very different from each other.

Wow! That’s a huge compliment. What can I say? He’s a master. Ang Lee is a person I really admire and look up to. I love so many of his films, especially “Ride with the Devil,” “Sense and Sensibility,” and “The Ice Storm.” McQueen, continued to page 11


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What does it mean to you to be in charge of adapting Solomon Northup’s memoir? How do you explain that his autobiography was buried for around 100 years, as opposed to those of some of his contemporaries, such as Frederick Douglass?

I feel tremendously honored but I also feel a tremendous responsibility because, through this film, we can bring Solomon Northrup’s memory to the surface. His story was buried for so long. When the book first came out in 1853, it was a phenomenal best-seller for its time and sold 27,000 copies in 18 months. But what happened was “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published the following year, and that was it for “12 Years a Slave.” It fell into obscurity. Academics knew about the memoir but it otherwise became lost. To me, it was always like the American equivalent of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” That’s why it became my passion to get this film made. 

In a film described as a historical drama, how do you establish a healthy balance between history and drama?

omon was a person who maintained his humanity whatever his circumstances, and I needed someone of that same caliber, because he would be tested to the breaking point. I needed an actor who could hold up during those moments of extreme stress.  

Why did you use the great Michael Fassbender in each of your films?

I think Michael is the most influential actor of his generation. He’s like a Mickey Rourke or a Gary Oldman. People want to be him. Actors want to act with him. Students choose to pursue acting because of him. I was very fortunate to land him for “Hunger.” We’ve been close friends ever since. He’s an amazing actor I will always want to work with. 

How did you assemble such a top-flight cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt, Quvenzhane Wallis, Paaul Dano and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o.

I had huge help from the casting director, Francine Maisler. She did an incredible job. We auditioned over a thousand girls for the role of Patsey. And we ended up with Lupita, who hadn’t even graduated from acting school yet. But she auditioned for us, and that was it. A star was born!

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

Chiwetel Ejrofor (3rd from right) as Solomon Northrup in “12 Years as a Slave.” (Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures) I see all the lines in my face from tiredness.

What was your best career decision? Meeting my wife.

How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person? I learned that life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you’ll fall by the wayside. 

By relying on the book. As a filmmaker I was interested in illustrating the history of what slavery was about, which was slave labor. In the background of one frame, for example, you see sugar cane. In the second plantation, you see logging. And on the third location, we see corn. So, at the same time you’re following Solomon’s adventure of trying to get home, in the background you simultaneously see the horrors and pains of what slavery was about. 

How did you settle on Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup?

Chiwetel was always the one I wanted to make the movie with because there’s a certain humanity and gentility about him that I needed for the lead role. Sol-

How do you want to be remembered? As a person who tried.

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I think that film was very helpful, of course, in making people aware by getting the subject matter on film. So, I couldn’t say it didn’t help.

The story’s not just an African American story. It’s a universal story. It’s a world story. My parents are from the West Indies. My father’s from Grenada, which is where Malcolm X’s mother was born. My mother was born in Trinidad, which is where Stokely Carmichael, the man who coined the phrase “Black Power!”, was born. Sidney Poitier was born in the Bahamas. I’m part of that diaspora of people displaced by the slave trades. I’m part of that family. It’s our story. It’s a global story.

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Taking a more optimistic view, Horace Small, executive director

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candidates,” Small said. “There was an incredible amount of passion for their candidates’ vision. We have to channel that passion and push a political vision we can agree [on]. Our communities already have a high level of political organization.” While candidates of color did not fare well in the mayor’s race, City Councilor Ayanna Pressley topped the ticket in the 19-way race for the four at-large seats with 42,875 votes. Former at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty trailed Pressley with 39,871 votes, followed

by incumbent Councilor Steve Murphy, who garnered 31,701 votes. Rounding out the top of the ticket is political newcomer Michelle Wu, who netted 29,359 votes. If Wu is able to hold her position into the final, she has a shot at becoming the first Asian American woman elected to the City Council. Another candidate with a shot at becoming the first Asian American woman on the council is Suzanne Lee, who is running for the District 2 seat currently held by incumbent Bill Linehan. In 2011, Lee came within 97 votes

of unseating Linehan. In the Hyde Park/Mattapan district being vacated by former mayoral candidate Rob Consalvo, Timothy McCarthy topped the ticket in an eight-way race with 3,727 votes. Community activist Jean-Claude Sanon came in second with 3,049 votes. Finally, in the District 4 Dorchester/Mattapan seat, incumbent Charles Yancey, who opted to run for both mayor and District 4, won handily with 6,139 votes. His nearest rival for the seat, Terrance Williams, netted only 1,545 votes.

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Thursday, October October 3, 3, 2013 2013 •• BAY BAY STATE STATE BANNER BANNER •• 13 13 Thursday,

BOSTON scenes

(Left) Mayor Thomas M. Menino kicks off the “Play Me I’m Yours” street piano project on Boston City Hall Plaza on Sept. 27. (Right) Two Boston Arts Academy students play a duet on the piano installed on City Hall Plaza. (Photos courtesy of the Mayor’s Office)

LEGAL NOTICE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM PROJECT-BASED WAITING LIST OPENING Beginning Thursday, October 3, 2013, the Watertown Housing Authority (WHA) will accept applications to establish a waiting list for its Housing Choice Voucher Program Project-Based Waiting List for two (2) ONEBEDROOM units at St. Joseph’s Hall, 2 Rosary Drive, Watertown, MA. These 2 units are specifically designated for elderly persons with disabilities who are eligible for services under the Massachusetts Facilities Consolidation Fund (MFCF). This waiting list will be maintained in order by date and time applications are received and will remain open until further notice. The WHA HAS NOT BEEN AWARDED ANY ADDITIONAL PROJECT-BASED VOUCHERS. Vouchers will be issued based on future turnover at the 2 MFCF-designated project-based units at St. Joseph’s Hall, 2 Rosary Drive, Watertown, MA. Applicants will be determined eligible and qualified in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the WHA’s Administrative Plan. The WHA will be distributing applications at the WHA office, located at 55 Waverley Avenue, Watertown, MA, beginning on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Applications may also be requested via phone by calling the WHA office at 617-923-3950 or via mail. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the WHA office for further assistance. For an application to be considered, it must be delivered in person or mailed to the WHA office. The WHA is not responsible for non-delivery of mail. APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IN PERSON OR BY MAIL. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Applicants must only submit one (1) application per household. If duplicate applications are received, the household will become ineligible and will not be placed on the waiting list. All applications must be complete and legible. The application submitted must be the original application; photocopies will not be accepted. To qualify for this program, applicants must be 62 years of age or older with disabilities who are eligible for services under the MFCF. Therefore, all applications must include an original letter from the Department of Mental Health (DMH) certifying the applicant is eligible for services under the MFCF in order to be considered for placement on the waiting list. In addition, gross family income must be less than: Household Size

Income Limit

1 person

$33,050

2 persons

$37,800

Applications will be accepted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability or marital status. This is an Equal Opportunity Housing Program. PUBLIC NOTICE MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY GREEN LINE EXTENSION CMGC PROJECT DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) GOAL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has established a proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Goal of 14% for the Green Line Extension CM/GC Project. This goal is in accordance with the regulations of U.S. DOT 49 CFR Part 26. A description of the goal and the process for establishing the goal are available for inspection during regular business hours, for 30 days following the date of this notice at the MassDOT Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR), 10 Park Plaza, Room 3800, Boston, MA 02116. MassDOT and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will accept comments on the goal for 45 days from the date of this notice. Comments for MassDOT should be sent to MassDOT’s Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR). Comments to be submitted to the USDOT should be sent to the Civil Rights Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, 55 Broadway, Suite 920, Cambridge, MA 02142-1093. NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO TRAINEES The Operating Engineers, Local 4 Training Fund admits apprentices of either sex, and of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to apprentices at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions’ policies and other school-administered programs. Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU13D1971DR

Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing John Sol To the Defendant:

vs.

Eyvonne R Sol

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

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department NORFOLK Division

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: John Sol 44 John Eliot Sq Apt 623, Roxbury, MA your answer, if any, on or before 11/21/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 17, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU13P1548EA

Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication

Docket No. NO13D1073DR

Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Sandra A Jean Baptiste

vs.

The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage pursuant to G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. The Complaint is on file at the Court. 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: Michael E Balletto, Esq. Dane Shulman Associates, LLC 1629 Blue Hill Avenue Mattapan, MA 02126, your answer, if any, on or before 12/12/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. John D Casey, First Justice of this Court Date: September 18, 2013

Estate of Odin Leonardo J Lloyd Date of Death: 06/17/2013 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Ursula V. Ward of Dorchester MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Ursula V. Ward of Dorchester MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on 10/10/2013. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: August 02, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate

SUFFOLK Division

Roselvi M Valdez Gonzalez

vs.

Nelson A Severino Duran

To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage pursuant to G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. The Complaint is on file at the Court. An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411.

Docket No. SU13D1907DR

Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Bonnie M White-Washington

vs.

Anthony T Washington

To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage pursuant to G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. The Complaint is on file at the Court. 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: Bonnie M WhiteWashington 9 Hansborough St Dochester, MA 02124 your answer, if any, on or before 11/21/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 6, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department

Docket No. SU13D0948DR

Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing

Patrick W McDermott Register of Probate

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Kenol Jean Baptiste

To the Defendant:

SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU13D0277DR

Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Fernando Viruet

vs.

Estrellita Viruet

To the Defendant: The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage pursuant to G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. The Complaint is on file at the Court. 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: Roselvi M Valdez Gonzalez 855 American Legion HWY Apt 7L Roslindale, MA 02131, your answer, if any, on or before 11/21/2013. 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.

You are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Fernando Viruet 198 Blue Hill Ave Roxbury, MA 02119, your answer, if any, on or before 11/21/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court.

Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 17, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate

Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 4, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate


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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU13P2188EA

Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Anna E Duncan Date of Death: 01/14/2013 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Johnnie Council of Roxbury, MA requesting that

the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Johnnie Council of Roxbury, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on 10/17/2013. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you.

Bradley Properties Boston, MA

On Tuesday, October 15, 2013 beginning at 9:30 AM, Bradley Properties located at 342 Shawmut Avenue, Boston MA 02118 will re-open their waitlist for the 2, 3, 4 bedrooms only. The waitlist will close on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 4:00 P.M. Applications can be picked up at the Management office located at 342 Shawmut Avenue, Boston MA 02118 or a request can be made to have one mailed to you by calling 617-927-7468. Office hours are M-F 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Completed applications must be submitted to Bradley Properties by the close of the waitlist. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. Chinese and Spanish translation is available (Chinese translation only available Tuesday and Thursday mornings). Position on the waitlist will be determined by lottery. If you have any questions please feel free to reach us by phone at 617-927-7468. Bradley Properties is an affordable housing development. Income limits, use and occupancy restrictions apply.

HUD Income Limits

91 Clay Street Quincy, MA 02170

Senior Living At It’s Best

A senior/disabled/ handicapped community 0 BR units = $1,027/mo 1 BR units = $1,101/mo All utilities included.

Call Sandy Miller, Property Manager

1 Person

2 Person

3 person

4 Person

5 Person

6 Person

7 Person

8 Person

$33,050

$37,800

$42,500

$47,200

$51,000

$54,800

$58,550

$62,350

Apartments at Bradley Properties are available upon vacancies to qualified households. All applications will be used to establish a waitlist. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Bradley Properties and Trinity Management do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, familial status or physical or mental disability in the access or admission to its programs or employment, or in its programs, activities, functions or services. Managed by: Trinity Management, LLC. 75 Federal St Fourth Floor, Boston, MA 02110

Wollaston Manor

#888-691-4301

Program Restrictions Apply.

The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 11, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate

Eagle Brook Village in Wrentham Affordable Housing Lottery www.s-e-b.com 3BR Single Family Homes for $202,500 Your Total Monthly Housing Costs* are only $1,473 (approx.)!!! *Total Monthly Housing Costs are the estimated sum of a your mortgage payment (30 year, fixed rate), your monthly real-estate taxes, and insurance. All affordable homes are between 1,716 to 1,912 sqft (not including an unfinished basement) and have 3 bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, master bedroom with walk-in closet, two zone heating and central air conditioning, Harvey double-hung Low-E Insulated Glass windows, laundry room (washers and dryers not included), and garage parking for one car. This is a lottery for the 16 affordable Single Family Homes being built at Eaglebrook Village. These 16 homes will be sold at affordable prices to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. The first affordable homes will be ready in early 2014. The Maximum Income Limits for Households are as follows:

Parker Hill Apartments The Style, Comfort and Convenience you Deserve! Heat and Hot Water Always Included Modern Laundry Facilities Private Balconies / Some with City Views Plush wall to wall carpet Adjacent to New England Baptist Hospital Secured Entry, Elevator Convenience Private Parking Near Public Transportation and much more ...

2 bed - $1264-$1900; 1 bed $1058-$1500 Call Today for more details and to schedule a visit...

888-842-7945

1 person

$47,150

2 people

$53,900

3 people

$60,650

4 people

$67,350

5 people

$72,750

6 people

$78,150

Households cannot have more than $75,000 in assets. For more information on the Development, the Units or the Lottery and Application Process or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please visit: www.s-e-b.com/ lottery or call 617.782.6900x7. Applications and Required Income Documentation must be delivered, not postmarked, by 2 pm on December 10th, 2013 A Public Info Session will be on Nov 6th at 6 pm in the Sweatt Meeting Room in Fiske Public Library (110 Randall Road, Wrentham). The lottery will be on December 19th in the same location. Applications and Info Packets also available in the Fiske Public Library (110 Randall Road, Wrentham) Hours: Tu-Th 10-8, F 10-5, Sa 10-4

3 NEW, AFFORDABLE 1 & 2 BEDROOM RENTAL APTS. 20 Englewood Avenue, Brookline, MA

a 20-unit rental development near Cleveland Circle (walking distance to MBTA “C” Green Line; parking space included)

number of persons in household 1

1 bedroom unit (one unit available)

number of persons in household

maximum income

1

$47,150

2

$53,900

1 unit (<80% median income) contract rent

estimated monthly utility costs

$1,220

$127

2 bedroom units (2 units available) 1 accessible unit (<80% median income) maximum income

contract rent

estimated monthly utility costs

$47,150

2

$53,900

3

$60,650

4

$67,350

1 unit (<100% median income) maximum income

contract rent

estimated monthly utility costs

$1,963

$161

$66,100 $1,355

$161

$75,600 $85,000 $94,400

Additional Program Requirements, Applications & Instructions are available here: • www.brooklinema.gov/housing/currentopportunities/ (sign up here for email notification of future affordable housing opportunities in Brookline) • call (617) 730-2091 or visit Planning Dept. Brookline Town Hall, Room 309, 333 Washington Street, and all Brookline public libraries.

PRELIMINARY APPLICATION due no later than noon on December 2, 2013 for inclusion in lottery. It is unlawful to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, familial status, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran’s or military status, national origin, ancestry, marital status, source of income or genetic information. Reasonable accommodations will be made for those who require them.

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A F F O R DA B L E H O M E O W N E R S H I P O P P O R T U N I T Y

“THE VILLAGE AT FOX RUN PHASE TWO” 53 BALDWIN ROAD, BILLERICA, MA 21-unit homeownership development of which 3 units will be affordable

CHELSEA APARTMENT

4+ bdrms Newly renovated, 2000+ sq ft apt in 3 fam, no smkng/pets, hrdwd flrs, eat-in kit, pantry, lg master bedroom, din and lv rm, laundry rm, enclosed frnt/bck prchs, off street prkng, T access, min to Bost. Sec 8 OK

Each unit is 2 bedroom, 2/1/2 Bath Units will be sold to eligible households who qualify

617-283-2081

Maximum Affordable Price is $170,500.00

ADMIRAL’S TOWER CO-OP

SENIOR LIVING AT ITS BEST!

Income Qualifications Number of Occupants

Maximum Annual Income

1

45,100

2

51,550

3

58,000

4

64,400

Features such as: • Scenic view of the Boston skyline • Plenty of space for outdoor relaxation • Transportation to Stop & Shop • New beauty parlor, shops & a flea market close-by • Well-maintained library • Emergency response person always available

Informational Meeting is scheduled for October 15, 2013 At:

Billerica Town Hall Auditorium 365 Boston Road Billerica, MA 01821

At:

7:00 P.M.

Applications will be made available starting September 20, 2013. Applications are available by calling or by writing to The Law Office of John J. McKenna, 36 Webb Brook Road, Suite 2, Billerica, MA 01821. Tel. (978) 663-2170, Fax. (978) 663-2596. Applications will also be available at the following locations: Billerica Public Library, Boston Road, Billerica Town Hall, Boston Road, Billerica Access Television, Inc., Boston Road.

Part-Time Admin Assistant position available. Please view our job posting and application instructions at www.govsacademy.org EOE.

We Help People Get and Succeed at Good Jobs Free job-search and career development help: • Most people who complete our 60hour job-search workshop qualify for free, individual job-search help. • We refer people to jobs that pay $20,000 — $30,000 and offer benefits. • We mentor people who accept jobs through our referrals for two years. If you are a low-income adult who is: • Looking for a full-time permanent job; • Willing to participate in our two-year mentoring program; • Age 22 to 55; • Legal to work in the U.S.; • Able to succeed in an English-speaking workplace, then… Orientation Every Thursday, 1:00 PM. Call us to see if you qualify at (617) 424-6616. • You will need to bring your résumé • If you do not have a résumé, bring a list of: 4 Jobs and military service since high school; 4 Education and training. 4 Be sure to include month and year; be sure that all dates are correct. We look forward to working with you!

MPDC seeks a Project Manager to manage new construction and renovation projects in various stages of development. Current or planned projects involve new construction of affordable housing with Low Income Housing Tax credits, refinancing and preservation transactions including substantial renovations, and planning for new construction of housing on sites now owned by Madison Park. Requirements: • 4+ years of housing development or related experience; • Facility in preparing and analyzing financial proformas for assisted housing; • Proficiency in preparing capital and operating budgets for subsidized housing; • Ability to prepare “One-Stop” applications and other funding proposals; • Ability to review and assist in negotiation of legal contracts and documents; • Knowledge of the commercial construction process; • Proficiency in a second language (Spanish, creole, Portuguese) a plus. Interested candidates should send cover letters and resumes to: jgrogan@madison-park.org

Rent is based on 30% of income (income limits apply to qualified seniors 62 and older. PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS.

Call 1-800-225-3151 • www.csi.coop

People from all communities, including minorities, and families with children are encouraged to apply.

Administrative Assistant

Project Manager:

Social activities include: Bingo, Luncheons, Holiday Parties & More!!

The purchasers of these units shall be chosen pursuant to a lottery.

The Governor’s Academy

Affordable senior apartments located on the beautiful grounds of Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea, this active senior housing co-op is within walking distance to shopping, banks, churches, and is on the MBTA bus line.

Madison Park Development Corporation

As of September 13, 2013 the accessible apartment waitlist will open for seniors who are 62 and older and for persons 18 and over who are mobility impaired requiring the special design features of accessible units.

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Maintenance: Full time Experienced in two or more phases of building maintenance repairs including boilers, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, plastering, locks; must be dependable and self-motivated with excellent customer service skills. Will be required to provide scheduled nights and weekends coverage. Bilingual is a plus – transportation is a must. Forward resumes to: Human Resources Department, United Housing Management LLC, 530 Warren Street, Dorchester, Ma 02121- Fax: 617-442-7231 no later than October 11, 2013 United Housing Management LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Maintenance Technician (Boston) Maintenance Technician needed for busy Boston area apartment complex. Candidate must be experienced in all aspects of building maintenance, including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and minor carpentry work. Duties include repairs to occupied apartments and common areas, apartment turnovers, light janitorial and snow removal as required. Shared emergency on-call duties with other maintenance staff. Send resume with salary requirements to: clopez@cornerstonecorporation.net Equal Opportunity Employer.

HOISTING and PORTABLE ENGINEERS Local 4 Apprenticeship Fund ENGINEERS TRAINING CENTER John J Gaffny, Jr, Coordinator

NOTICE FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION TO: FROM: DATE: SUBJECT:

INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN APPRENTICESHIP AS AN OPERATION ENGINEER THE ENGINEERS TRAINING CENTER OCTOBER 2013 2013-2014 APPLICATION PERIOD

Each year at this time we notify appropriate agencies and interested parties regarding our application period. November is the only month that interested parties must apply in person. In order to be eligible as an applicant these basic qualifications must be met at the time the application is assigned: • Be 18 years of age or older • Capable of performing the work of the trade; • Have a high school diploma or equivalent; • Reside within the jurisdiction of Local 4; • Be a citizen or otherwise meet the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; • Have a valid motor vehicle driver’s license in your possession; • Have a Social Security card in your possession; Please note the application will be on our forms. Individuals applying will sign for the application. Applications will only be given to the person applying for the Program that shows a valid driver’s license and social security card. Be prepared to stay and complete the entire application. You will not be allowed to leave the Engineers Training Center with the application. Before you arrive, you must: 1. Have a valid driver’s license with a current address showing that you reside in our jurisdiction. 2. Bring a social security card. 3. Be prepared to submit on the application names of 3 individuals that have committed to write you a letter of reference and their full address and telephone numbers. Signed letters of reference will be required at a later date. 4. Be prepared to list on the application your current employer, and two previous employers (if applicable). Note: Your current employer will not be notified if it would jeopardize your current employment situation. 5. Be prepared to have your own pen to complete the application on the day you choose to apply to Local 4’s Apprenticeship Program. THE ONLY DAYS AND HOURS THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ISSUED: NOTE: If not on time, doors are locked and you would need to wait until the next time slot. Monday through Friday 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2013 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:00 am and 11:00 am Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm Friday, November 29, 2013 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm THE BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED THE FOLLOWING DATES – NO APPLICATIONS ISSUED Monday, November 11, 2013 Veterans Day Thursday, November 28, 2013 Thanksgiving Applications will NOT BE MAILED. The applicant MUST apply in person with the proper identification or they will be sent home. Allow enough time to stay for a presentation prior to the applications being given to you. Applications will not leave the building – no exceptions. Also if you have any questions or concerns, call prior to your arrival. The Engineers Training Center is an Equal Opportunity Training Recruiting Program ONE ENGINEERS WAY, CANTON, MA 02021-3709 • TELEPHONE 781-821-0306 • FAX 781-821-6178 SIXTEEN TROTTER DRIVE, MEDWAY, MA 02053-2299 • TELEPHONE 508-533-3021


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