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Race colors response to opioid crisis As drugs hit ’burbs, emphasis shifts to treatment programs By YAWU MILLER

It’s no secret that the rapid increase in opioid addiction, overdoses and deaths in Massachusetts is a largely white phenomenon. But shortly after WCVB channel 5 posted a listing of the top 30 towns hardest hit by overdose deaths, the comments began rolling in. Using data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the U.S. Census, the news broadcaster concluded that the Western Massachusetts town of Ware had the highest per-capita incidence of overdose fatalities. While many of the readers’ comments bemoaned the flow of opiates into the suburbs, some questioned why Lawrence, the state’s sole majority-Latino municipality, was not even on the list. “Really? No Lawrence? Something is definitely wrong with this information,” wrote a reader identifying himself as “Mack Dog.” In fact, the only municipality on the list where whites are not a majority was Brockton, where non-Hispanic whites constitute 42 percent of the population. But in many of the small towns

near the — including Winthrop, Ware, Whitman, West Bridgewater and Ipswich – whites constitute more than 90 percent of the population. As for cities making the top 30 list, such as Lowell, New Bedford, Fall River, Quincy and Worcester — whites are more than 60 percent of the population. More heavily-black and Latino cities and towns — including Boston, Springfield, Lawrence and Randolph — didn’t make the list at all. Historically, at least from the 1960s through the ’90s, heroin addiction was seen as a largely black problem. From Oakland to Harlem to Boston’s South End, the drug flooded into black communities in the early 1970s. “There was no treatment at all for heroin back then,” notes Bro. Robert Kinney, a former substance abuse counselor who began working with addicts in 1967 at FIRST Academy. “Nothing. There wasn’t any response at all.” During the ’70s and ’80s, presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan began and intensified the

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Baolian Kuang of the Chinese Progressive Association translates community demands for Corey Zehngebot of the Boston Redevelopment Authority at a public gathering in Chinatown.

Chinatown group jumps at chance to ‘Imagine Boston’ Locals push for affordability at center of city plans By ELIZA DEWEY

Chinatown residents and activists responded last week to Mayor Walsh’s new citywide planning initiative, “Imagine Boston 2030,” with their own event dubbed “Imagine…Chinatown 2030?” — a question meant to highlight the precarious situation that many residents say the neighborhood currently faces. “We’re asking will Chinatown still be here in 2030?” said Mark

Liu, Director of Programs and Operations for the Chinese Progressive Association. “We need protective zoning for the neighborhood so it can maintain being the gateway for working-class immigrants.” Local residents repeatedly cited affordable housing as one of their chief concerns. One resident who gave his name as Mr. Ma said he had been renting a three-bedroom apartment for $600 per month in a rent-subsidized building until the property’s subsidy

expired without the landlord providing the required advanced notice to tenants. Suddenly, he said, his rent jumped to $1300 per month. Residents also noted a range of ‘wish-list’ items related to housing such as the return of rent control (eliminated in Massachusetts in 1994 by state-wide referendum), the use of public land parcels for community benefits such as affordable housing or libraries, and more

See CHINATOWN, page A10

Deportation deferment on horizon City preps for Obama policy implementation By ELIZA DEWEY

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Governor Charlie Baker, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Mass. HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders hosted a roundtable discussion on the opioid addiction crisis at Boston Medical Center in April.

When President Obama signed an executive action last November that would halt deportations for an estimated 4 million undocumented immigrants, it was viewed by many as a game-changing move that might help pave the way for eventual immigration reform. Now, local immigration advocates and city officials are trying to drum up support in anticipation of the policy’s implementation. At a city hall press conference last

week, speakers underscored the significance of the policy change and tried to encourage those who might be eligible to begin preparing their documents to apply for the new federal programs. “Today is really about understanding the true history of this country,” said Felix Arroyo, Boston’s Chief of Health and Human Services. “We elect our leaders, and we’re a country where the vast majority of us come from somewhere else. When you put

See IMMIGRATION, page A8

AT A GLANCE Changes to federal policy as a result of President Obama’s executive action on immigration:

n Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) would protect immigrants who have children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who have resided in the United States for at least five years. n Expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program covering children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents, eliminating the previous cut-off age of 31 years old and allowing applications from residents who have arrived as recently as 2010.


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Lena Park back on track

CDC reopens in old spot, ushers in new era By ELIZA DEWEY

When the Lena Park Community Development Corporation shuttered the doors of its longtime home on American Legion highway in 2008, the change signaled a great loss for local community residents. Although it did not go out of business and continued to maintain its stock of affordable housing, the organization’s move to the Jackson Square area meant a loss of childcare and after-school services for the many residents of Franklin Hill and surrounding areas who used it. But the 2008 closing was not the end of the story. A few weeks ago, Lena Park CDC returned to its original home, which has been refurbished handsomely – an apt symbol of a new era for the organization. In a building tour and conversation with the Banner, executive director Kimberly Simmons tells the story of a social service organization once known as the Mens’ Hasidic Association Hecht House back when Dorchester had a sizeable Jewish population. When the neighborhood demographics changed and the Jewish community left the area, the building was sold to Lena Park. “[The building] was given with the understanding that it would always remain a part of the community,” Simmons said. “That’s been the mission and the vision from the very start.”

Simmons said the financial troubles that eventually led to the building’s demise began during the 2008 economic downturn. Tough economic times exacerbated the difficulty of adequately heating such a large facility, along with limited from childcare services, which are not known for being lucrative. As a result, the organization not only had to shift sites but also leadership when the board asked director Lorraine Baugh to step down. What followed was a long regrouping process, during which Lena Park hired a consultant to help the organization restructure and get back on its feet. Simmons said the process involved a lot of community input. “Residents got to raise their voice,” she said. “We were asking ourselves, ‘What would the Lena Park of the future look like?’” Simmons credits board president Rev. David Wright for seeing the organization through a difficult chapter. “He steered a sinking ship until he got it above water again,” she said. Throughout the turbulence, however, Simmons says the organization maintained its affordable housing stock across four different locations: Olmsted Green, Brown Kaplan Town Homes, LBB Apartments (co-owned with the Urban Edge community development corporation) and Granite Lena Park Apartments. Combined, she

said, the properties serve as home to approximately 2,300 people.

A new chapter

A large part of the organization’s solution to its financial woes came from a different use of the building space. They sold off part of it — about 12,000 square feet — to the Edward Brooke Charter

School and kept the remaining 10,000 square feet for themselves. The Brooke School on American Legion Highway opened in 2011 and currently serves 460 students in grades K through 8. With financing from the tax credits received from that sale, Lena Park was able to renovate and refurbish the space from top to bottom. The building now boasts two floors of brightly colored walls, a technology café with twenty computers, and plenty of space for meetings, community gatherings and movie nights.

The technology café will allow Lena Park to provide young people with computer literacy classes, as well as exposure to areas such as coding, app design and gaming that are proving to be big job creators. An IT program manager will be on staff to design innovative offerings. Lena Park CDC also will continue its family-oriented programming, such as childcare and workshops on topics ranging from financial literacy to conflict resolution. There’s also a series of recreational activities for young people and adults

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Lena Park CDC executive director Kimberly Simmons in the organization’s newly renovated site on American Legion Highway ­— the same building the CDC had to leave after tough economic times in 2008.

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Condos pose opportunities, risks for local home buyers By YAWU MILLER

Jill Edwards likes her three-bedroom apartment on Munroe Street well enough. But with real estate prices inching up in the Roxbury neighborhood she’s called home most of her life, she’s looking for something more permanent. “I want to get in the market before it gets crazy,” she says. Sunday, she was among dozens of prospective buyers perusing condominiums in Roxbury and Dorchester, looking for the right mix of affordability and space. At 17 Gaston Street, she and friend Stacey Lewis toured a 1,375 square foot, five-room unit split between the first floor and basement of a condo-converted triple decker. Priced at $293,500, the condo is one of several listed in Roxbury priced below $300,000. And with mortgage payments the real estate website Trulia estimates to be $1,400 a month, the Gaston Street property is well below the $2,403 average rent for an apartment in Boston last year, and lower even than the average rent of $1,654 for a two-bedroom in Roxbury. With many landlords requesting first month, last month and a security deposit, a down payment on a condo may seem like less of a hurdle. Broker Radhy Pena says many people priced out of the Jamaica Plain rental market are finding better deals in Roxbury and Dorchester. “They want to stay in the area, but the rents in Jamaica Plain are

crazy,” he said. In addition to their relative affordability, condominiums appeal to buyers because of the ease of ownership, Pena notes. “It’s easier to own a condo,” he said. “You don’t have to deal with maintenance. It’s like living in an apartment.” But, Pena notes, therein lies the down side. “You have less privacy and less space,” he said. “You have to know what you’re getting into and who your neighbors will be.” Jorge Casas, Homesafe Program Manager for the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, urges buyers to do their homework before buying a condominium. “It’s all about the condo association,” he said. “You want to look into the financial health of the association. When you buy into a condo, it’s like buying into a business with people you don’t know.” Casas, who runs workshops for condo owners and buyers, says he counsels prospective buyers to review the financial health of a condominium association before closing on a condo. “When you’re buying, make the offer contingent on reviewing the condominium documents, their budget,” he said. “It’s always good to work with an attorney who works with condos. Reading those documents can put you to sleep.” In general, larger condominium complexes cause less stress on residents than smaller ones. If one resident stops paying condo fees, there’s less strain on a 12-unit association than there would be on a three-unit association, Casas notes. And with more people

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Stacey Lewis and Jill Edwards took advantage of an open house to tour 17 Gaston Street, a condo-converted three-family with a two-bedroom unit listed for $293,500. paying condo fees, larger associations are better able to hire professionals to manage maintenance than smaller associations.

Sellers’ market

With relative deals to be had in Roxbury, competition can be tough for condo units. “It’s very competitive,” said Broker Amy Prosper, who was showing the Gaston Street condo. “It can be like an auction. People will show up and bid.” The seller of the Gaston Street condo certainly contributed to the competitive air, requesting that prospective buyers at the

Sunday open house submit bids by Tuesday. “Sellers are able to make that request and compel buyers to put in their offers,” Prosper said. With investors, tech sector workers and other well-resourced buyers in the market, indigenous Roxbury residents, whose incomes are below Boston’s median family income of $63,000, often are at a disadvantage. “Most condos I sell are going to younger couples coming from outside the community with substantial down payments gifted by their parents,” said broker Kobe Evans. At several Sunday open houses,

indigenous Roxbury home buyers stood shoulder-to-shoulder with graduate students, suburban-dwelling investors and others looking to gain a foothold in the Roxbury market. Standing on the back porch at 17 Gaston Street, Edwards and Lewis spoke about the merits of buying in Roxbury from an insider’s perspective. “I love the neighborhood — the convenience,” Edwards said. “I can walk down the street, hop on the bus and catch a train.” “Roxbury is a hidden gem,” Lewis cut in. “It has some of the most historic houses.”

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Job market still tight for black college graduates Few events are more fulfilling than college graduation. After years of academic effort the student’s achievement is officially recognized. The university confers on the student the diploma that attests to his or her qualifications for employment in the professions or business. Trends indicate that African American graduates are more likely now to become entrepreneurs than in earlier years. Nonetheless, immediate immersion in the world of work will be essential for most graduates. The unremitting process of repaying school loans will begin following a brief respite after graduation. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the average student loan debt was $29,400 for the class of 2012. More than likely the size of the school debt remains just as high for the class of 2015. Fortunately the economy has improved so the unemployment rate for young college graduates has declined, but unemployment is still too high for black graduates. According to the Economic Policy Institute, young black grads were hit especially hard in 2010 when the impact of the Great Recession was most robust. Unemployment for young black college grads then was 20 percent. The rate for whites was 8.6 in 2011 and dropped to 8.0 percent in 2014, while blacks still had the burden of a much higher rate, 13.1 percent. When the general unemployment rate reached 9.6 percent in 2010, the highest since the Great Depression, it created a national crisis. Since last year, young college educated blacks had to survive such crisis conditions and find a way to thrive with limited job opportunities. Inadequate income made it impossible to liquidate

college debt, but it also restricted the accumulation of capital to finance businesses. With the general unemployment rate in Massachusetts down to 4.9 percent, even lower than the 5.5 percent national rate, the economic environment for graduates undoubtedly will be more promising. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employees, an organization to help college graduates develop their careers, predicts that employment for 2015 grads will be up by 8.3 percent over last year. While the increase will be appreciated, it will hardly be enough to improve the financial status of young blacks. The growth of black businesses to a sufficient scale to be inspiring has induced many young blacks to consider becoming entrepreneurs. Once they have attended college to develop the necessary business skills, the lack of opportunity can be truly frustrating. Once the American dream of business success was so remote that blacks saw it only as part of the white world. Now Black Enterprise has changed that perception. Every June the magazine lists the top 100 black businesses in various categories. In 1973 those companies had combined annual revenues of only $492 million ($2.6 billion adjusted for inflation). In 2013 annual revenues had grown to $19.1 billion. Banner Biz was launched to help foster the culture of African American entrepreneurship. It is of great importance for corporate America to employ young black college graduates so that they can acquire a better understanding of how the economy works. There is no better way for them to appreciate the value of the private enterprise system.

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of our youth are arrested for minor offenses that should not be criminal matters. Walk into Roxbury District Court on any given afternoon and see how many young brothers are facing charges for trespassing. Until we deal with the excesses of a criminal justice system that is biased toward locking people up and against rehabilitation, we’re not going to make real progress on that front.

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The Republican Party doesn’t have a lunatic fringe. It has a lunatic center: a core bloc of white voters and officeholders whose extreme conservatism leads them to repeatedly indulge in outlandish conspiracy theories and, more seriously, propose and enact legislation of disgraceful callousness. One striking example of this involves the American military’s three-month-long Jade Helm 15 combat-training exercises that will get underway in July and spread over various sparsely populated parts of the Southwest and West from Texas to California. The military periodically engages in such exercises, and officials said they’ve chosen these states because their terrain most closely matches the terrain where combat troops and Special Forces units have recently seen and are likely to see action. But to the conservative conspiracy bloc, Jade Helm 15 is, as one conspiracy-monger posted, part of President Obama’s plan to provoke civil unrest, enact martial law, suspend the Constitution, suspend next year’s national elections, and extend his term of office indefinitely. A poll released last week by Public Policy Polling found that 60 percent of those likely to vote in the Republican primaries believe that Jade Helm 15 could be a federal government attempt to take over Texas. Pentagon officials have tried to calm the fears. And Arizona Sen. John McCain, among a few other Republicans, derided the claims as “bizarre.” But Texas Republicans by and large have held a firm line on pandering to the extremists. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state national guard to “monitor” the military’s activities once the exercises start. And Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Louie Gohmert characterized the conspiracy concerns as understandable because, as Cruz said, the Obama administration “has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy.” New York Times columnist Gail Collins had the right take on this. Noting that while the state is a hotbed of anti-Washington sentiment, more than a quarter of the committee chairmen in the House of Representatives are Texas Republicans (and two of the last four presidents have been Texas Republicans), Collins wrote, “Texas is getting more diverse by the hour, so maybe that’s it.” That population diversity — the substantial growth over the last two decades of the nation’s Hispanic citizens (54 million) with a significant number in Texas as well as the sizable bloc of undocumented Hispanic immigrants (about 11 million) — is indeed what’s behind conservatives’ disparaging the clause of the post-Civil War 14th Amendment that automatically grants U.S. citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.” Of course, the “birthright citizenship” clause was specifically enacted to ensure that all black Americans had full citizenship rights. But by the end of the 19th century, the Courts had ruled that the “all” in its language did indeed also apply to all other peoples born or naturalized in the U.S. as well. Now, some conservatives want to narrow sharply that bedrock concept of the American nation (the principle is actually older than the 14th Amendment clause). In the Senate, Louisiana’s David Vitter has been introducing since 2011 a bill to narrow the clause; and in late April the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security (Republican-chaired, of course) held a hearing on birthright citizenship, at which two of the three witnesses argued the issue deserves a “national debate.” In fact, the extraordinary high bar for revising or excising a constitutional amendment ensures the safety of the birthright citizenship clause as is. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the true purpose of this gambit. Conservatives aren’t primarily concerned about the children of undocumented immigrants being born here now. Given the GOP’s hostility to immigration reform, they worried that when they reach voting age the children of today’s undocumented immigrants will be adding to the substantial majority of Hispanic-Americans, and other Americans of color, who have multiple reasons not to vote Republican. So, in that regard, conservatives’ current Jade Helm 15 lunacy and their attack on the principle of birthright citizenship offer further evidence of how driven the conservative movement is by a view of American society that demands they dominate other Americans—especially the ones who are “colored.”

Lee A. Daniels is a columnist for the National Newspaper Publishers Association. His essay, “Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Great Provocateur,” appears in Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent (2014), published by Zed Books. His new collection of columns, Race Forward: Facing America’s Racial Divide in 2014, is available at www.amazon.com

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at this important time at the Carney.” At DotHouse Health, Ramos was engaged with the local community and produced strong operating results while the community health center also achieved national standards for quality and safety in healthcare delivery. Ramos previously served in senior leadership roles at the Massachusetts Hospital Association and Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan before joining DotHouse Health in 2012. “I am so proud that Carney Hospital has attracted the kind of talent Walter Ramos possesses,” said J. Keith Motley, chair of the Carney Hospital board of directors and chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston. “He is a proven leader with strong connections to the communities of Dorchester and Boston, and he understands the health care needs in the neighborhoods and of their residents.” “I understand and appreciate the diverse communities that Carney Hospital serves,” explained Ramos. “I am excited to join Carney Hos-

pital and look forward to working with caregivers, patients, and community leaders to build on the hospital’s excellent track record in recent years.” Ramos holds a B.A. from Roger Williams University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He completed a fellowship in healthcare executive leadership with the Center for Creative Leadership. Originally from the Fall River/New Bedford area, he resides in Boston’s South End.

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WALTER J. RAMOS Last week Steward Health Care System LLC announced the appointment of Walter J. Ramos as the new president of Carney Hospital, an affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine, in Dorchester. An experienced healthcare executive, Ramos most recently served as the President & CEO of DotHouse Health, a Joint Commission-accredited health center in Dorchester. He will assume his new role at Carney Hospital in July 2015. “Walter Ramos understands Dorchester and the surrounding communities and will bring new energy and vision to this role at Carney Hospital,” said Mark Girard, M.D., president of Steward Hospital Group. “Carney Hospital is in the midst of an exciting resurgence. In recent years, Carney has consistently earned national awards for quality patient care, grown the number of primary care and specialist physicians and significantly expanded available services and improved the facilities. We believe Walter Ramos will provide the leadership needed


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For senior homeowners, repair costs loom large By SANDRA LARSON

Seventy-year-old Roxbury homeowner Joanne C. counts her blessings. Her husband George is homebound with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but she is thankful neither of them needs a lot of costly medications. Her grown son and George’s grown daughter can lend a hand on occasion, freeing Joanne to go to church or join with other seniors at AARP meetings and local recreation centers. She still drives. Most important, the mortgage on the house she purchased 31 years ago is paid in full. Yet Joanne (who prefers her full name not be used) worries every day. Her modest house, crowded with photos and mementos, was built in 1900 and is showing its age. It needs a slew of repairs that she can ill afford. “We don’t have any money,” she said. “Some people may think we have 401(k)s and money in the bank. We don’t.”

A home in distress

On a still-wintry April day, Joanne showed a reporter some of the problems: unstable porches with missing railings; a broken faucet; leaky windows; a baseboard heating system that has to be cranked to 85 degrees to keep her bedroom livable, while the temperature soars on the little-used third floor. A first-floor rental unit once provided extra income. Now the unit has been pulled into service as an accessible living area for George, who is 94 and increasingly immobile. Joanne moved a bed downstairs

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Roxbury homeowner Patricia Hecker struggled to stay warm in her drafty house before the United South End Settlements Senior Home Repair Program provided assistance, in partnership with the Department of Neighborhood Development’s Boston Home Center. for him after she had to summon an ambulance one day when he couldn’t make it up the stairs. “When we first moved here, my husband was younger, and healthy,” she said. “He did all the painting, built a little back porch. He could do things. Now he can’t help me do anything.”

Aging homes, aging population

Traditional wisdom says home ownership provides economic

security in old age, but as the senior population swells, repair costs rise and more people enter retirement saddled by debt, many elders find themselves “house-rich but cashpoor,” unable to keep up with repairs or adapt the home to be safe for frailer bodies. In older cities like Boston, aging housing stock is part of the problem, especially in lower-income neighborhoods not spruced up by gentrification. And the recent recession took a toll on home upkeep

nationally. According to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, the number of moderately or severely inadequate homes in the U.S. increased by 7 percent between 2007 and 2011, reversing a trend of improvement. The city’s Boston 2030 housing report issued last fall estimates that while many older Boston homeowners have adequate funds to cover costs, about 4,000 low-income older homeowners currently face significant financial challenges

in home upkeep, utilities and taxes. With the first of the large Baby Boom generation well into traditional retirement age, the U.S. older adult population is growing rapidly, with the U.S. Census projecting a 60 percent increase in those 65 and older between 2014 and 2030. In Boston, seniors are the fastest-growing population segment, with the city set to gain 22,500 senior households between 2010 and 2030. The older population nationally and locally also is becoming more diverse. A report by the UMass Gerontology Institute and the Boston Elderly Commission shows that from 2000 to 2010, the number of white people 60 and older dropped 3 percent in Boston, while numbers for all nonwhite groups increased. These trends are expected to continue. As this increasingly nonwhite population ages, the population of older adults with lower lifetime earnings and scant assets will grow, as minorities tend to fall on the lower side of racial gaps in income and wealth. In Boston, a majority of the new senior households will have incomes under $50,000, according to the Boston 2030 report. Joanne bucks the wealth gap trend in one sense, as an African American who owns her home free and clear. But she’s not alone in her need to pinch pennies and seek help.

Nonprofit and government programs for home repair

Home repair assistance is out there, if seniors know where to look. Sandra Henriquez, the former

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96th Anniversary Celebration of the William E. Carter American Legion Post #16, located in Mattapan, Massachusetts – The Oldest African American American Legion Post in America A special talk by Prof. Chad L. Williams as part of the U.S. Centennial of World War I

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continued from page A6 Boston Housing Authority administrator and HUD assistant secretary, now heads Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with local affiliates that mobilize contractors and volunteers to perform free repairs and accessibility modifications. The organization assists about 10,000 low-income homeowners annually. In an interview, Henriquez emphasized home repair assistance — by both government and nonprofit sectors — as a means of tackling a problem that can push seniors into nursing homes or even homelessness. “We know the need continues to grow,” she said. “A lot of people who have spent good years helping in their communities now need some help themselves. We take seriously that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.” In Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood, 67-year-old Curline Wilmoth’s family has been struggling to care for her after she suffered a debilitating stroke in 2010 and had to leave her job as a hospital housekeeper. Her wheelchair wouldn’t fit through the bathroom door, and family members had to carry the chair down and up the front steps each time Curline went to the doctor or to Uphams Corner Elderly Service Center programs. Her family applied to Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB). During the organization’s National Rebuilding Days in April, a crew of local contractors and volunteers converged on the Wilmoth house to construct a wheelchair ramp, widen the bathroom door and install a more accessible toilet. “God bless them, all of them,” said Curline’s daughter Yvonne, 39. “Life will be much easier.” The average homeowner Rebuilding Together serves nationally has lived in the home for 23 years, but most have spent less than $1,000 on repairs and improvements in the prior two years — far less than a typical homeowner. Clara Garcia is director of senior services at United South End Settlements (USES) in Boston, one of the provider agencies for the Department of Neighborhood Development’s Boston Home Center, which funds home repairs for elders. Garcia sees firsthand insufficient home maintenance that can lead to serious safety, health and accessibility problems. “We see homes that are very dilapidated,” she said. “The seniors as they’ve aged have not really kept up with the upkeep. They feel that owning the house is the important thing, and do not realize how it’s deteriorating.” Using federal Community Development Block Grant funds, the city has provided repair aid for 520 senior homeowners in the past year; of these, USES handled 53 in Roxbury and other neighborhoods. Provider agencies perform minor repairs such as fixing doorbells and installing grab bars. For larger jobs such as roof or heating system replacement, they help homeowners apply for the Home Center’s major repair funds. Low-income seniors who are current with their water and property tax bills may be able to receive a no-interest loan or a grant.

A paperwork and waiting game

At her small dining room table, Joanne C. motioned to a pile of documents assembled for repair assistance applications.

Proving her eligibility has not been difficult, she said. Two Social Security incomes and a small pension from her 30-plus years of work as a diet educator at Deaconess Hospital bring in about $30,000 annually. But her quarterly property tax bill went up by $100 this year, and after a harsh winter, she is still paying off $800 heat bills for each unit. The Gerontology Institute’s Elder Economic Security Index estimates that in Suffolk County, comprising primarily Boston, a home-owning couple without a mortgage typically needs $35,256 per year — far higher than the Federal Poverty Guideline benchmark — to meet basic living expenses. A single person with a mortgage, like Patricia Hecker, may need as much as $37,344, according to the Index. Recently, Joanne applied for

the second time to Rebuilding Together Boston. Her first application a couple of years ago was rejected. To her surprise, they didn’t deem her repair needs big enough to send a crew of volunteers. “If I’d known they wanted to be here all day, I would have showed them more!” she said ruefully. “I didn’t know! So I was turned down.” Now, as she awaited word from RTB, she was also looking forward to a scheduled appointment with Clara Garcia to see if USES Senior Services could help.

Relief in sight

One senior already helped by USES is Patricia Hecker, 74, who received assistance for roof repair, storm windows, and a new back door on her Roxbury home. Hecker bought the house 15

years ago, making the down payment with money she saved from selling crafts, she said. Her mortgage payment takes up much of her income, a pension from 22 years of work as a driver for the city’s Senior Shuttle service. She is happy with her home on a quiet street with a small garden — but admits it’s a struggle to make ends meet. “When you’re on a fixed income and you have no money to fix things, you just do what you have to do — I was putting bedspreads across the windows, shutting doors, wearing tons of sweaters, and putting blankets on my lap. It was awful, for a while,” she said, sitting down at USES before going to senior lunch and an art class. “Now it’s a lot warmer. It’s really helped.” By mid-May, Joanne, too,

sounded upbeat. Garcia had visited. USES will help with some of her small tasks and help her apply for major repair funds for her heating system. “I didn’t want to get a loan, but if in 10 years I can still be comfortable in my home, I’ ll be happy,” she said. “I’m just so vulnerable at this point, and so tired. I have to get that heat fixed before next winter.” She added, “It looks like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” Sandra Larson wrote this article through a Journalists in Aging Fellowship, a collaboration of New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America, with support from AARP. This story is part of a series on housing challenges for low-income seniors in Boston.


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and it is illegal for them to give legal advice,” she said. She said people ought to utilize reputable legal services and community organizations that specialize in immigration issues.

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these things together, that’s what makes us unique.” Arroyo added that Mayor Walsh, who was unable to attend, was in support of President Obama’s proposed changes. “The mayor knows that we need a real [immigration] fix and that [the executive action] is not a full solution. Nevertheless, it’s a tool we’re going to use,” he said. Alexandra Montero McNeil, the principal of the Mario Umana school in East Boston, said the policy change would have a significant impact on her school. “I have lived with students coming into my building and saying, ‘My dad was taken away,’” she said. “We’re ripping apart families [with deportation], when I believe this country was built on supporting families.”

Two changes

The policy shifts involve two different programs — although those programs have not yet been implemented. First, a new program called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) would block the deportation of undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who have lived in the United States for at least five years. Second, the Executive Action would expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program initiated by President Obama in June 2012. DACA covers children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents, popularly referred

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continued from page A1 so-called war on drugs, pouring resources into law enforcement and incarceration. “They criminalized drug addiction and used the judicial system to handle it,” Kinney said. “The national response to addiction was ‘Just say no.’”

A sickness or a crime?

The United States spent an estimated $51 billion fighting the drug trade nationally and internationally in 2014, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. Investments in treatment, however, have been scant. Going back decades, blacks have argued against the elevation of punishment over treatment. As far back as the 1940s, renowned jazz singer Billie Holliday

More to come?

Immigration advocates at the press conference urged those who might be eligible for the programs to prepare their documentation now. “We really want to protect our immigrants — especially our undocumented immigrants — from scams,” said Katsoulomitis. “Experience has shown when there is a change [in immigration laws], you have unscrupulous notaries that exploit people. People pay a lot of money and they end up getting deported.” She stressed that those seeking help with their papers should be confident that those offering assistance are qualified to do so. “A notary public is not a lawyer,

Multiple speakers said that while they hoped for a long-term, full overhaul of the federal immigration system, the Obama Administration’s changes were still welcome. “It’s a step in the right direction,” said Patricia Sobalvarro, the executive director of Agencia ALPHA, making it clear that ultimately she hoped for full immigration reform. Natalicia Tracy, the executive director of the Brazilian Workers Center, stressed what she said was the pressing need for a more sustainable solution to the issue of illegal immigration. “We have a lot of US-born children, but a lot of the parents are undocumented,” she said of the Brazilian population in Greater Boston. “They can’t just pick up and leave.” An eighteen-year old woman who did not want her name used said that she will qualify for DACA and her parents will qualify for the expanded DAPA. “I would say I’m just as American as any other American,” she said, adding that she had lived in the United States since she was four years old. “It’s kind of funny to me that a place known as a melting pot has such a broken immigration system.” She, like others, added a cautionary note to her optimism. “DAPA and DACA is a step forward, but it’s not enough — and we’re not even there yet.”

mistakenly think it’s just about police brutality,” he said. “It’s not. It’s about black people recognizing that we’re still treated as second-class citizens in this country. The services we receive reflect that.” Kinney notes that while millions in public funds have gone into treatment beds for opioid addiction, now so predominant in the white community, people addicted to crack cocaine are not able to receive treatment. “You can’t get into detox based on cocaine addiction,” he said. Part of the problem is that overdoses, and resulting fatalities, are more characteristic of opiates than cocaine and other drugs. There were more than 70 overdose-related deaths in each of the first three months of the year, according to state police data, which doesn’t include Boston, Worcester or Springfield. While deaths from cocaine and other drugs are more

rare, the addiction is just as difficult to overcome as with heroin, Kinney argues. “The psychological response to cocaine withdrawal is just as bad or worse than with heroin,” he said. “We have nowhere near the infrastructure we need to treat the level of addiction we have in urban areas.” State Rep. Gloria Fox, a longtime champion of human services in the State House, said communities of color and advocates for suburban communities are working together to increase services for everyone. “We shouldn’t be fighting each other for crumbs,” she said. “We have to be specific about what we want. We need more beds. More treatment programs. We need to make sure we’re meeting with the governor, the House speaker and the Senate president and to make sure our priorities are funded.”

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Georgia Katsoulomitis, executive director of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and a panel of immigration advocates hosted a city hall press conference last week on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to as “dreamers.” New eligibility requirements would eliminate the previous cut-off age of 31 years old and allow residents who have arrived as recently as 2010 to apply. No one would be covered automatically by the Executive Action. They would have to apply for deferred action and reapply every three years for as long as the policy is in place. The changes, which the President enacted in lieu of comprehensive immigration reform from Congress, also are not guaranteed to remain past the current Administration and do not change anyone’s actual immigration status.

Judicial brakes

While the president’s executive actions have not yet been rolled out, those at the press conference said they anticipated that the policies soon would be fully implemented. argued that heroin addiction was a sickness, not a crime. Famously targeted by Federal Bureau of Narcotics Director Harry Anslinger, Holiday begged a federal judge in 1947 to commit her to a treatment program, rather than prison. “I want the cure,” she begged the judge. Instead, she was sent to a West Virginia penitentiary. Yet famous white addicts were not targeted by federal authorities. Anslinger personally counseled singer/actress Judy Garland to seek treatment for her heroin addiction. As recently as 2000, similar calls for treatment over incarceration in Massachusetts failed to gain traction. That’s when Ballot Question 8, which would have given judges discretion to assign people convicted of narcotics possession to treatment programs instead of prison. Police officials

The reason for delay: a current court case, Texas vs. United States, which challenges the President’s executive action in 26 states. Until the court rules, the case has halted the implementation of the DAPA and extended DACA programs. “We have obviously not heard from the court,” said Georgie Katsoulomitis, the executive director of Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. “But we fully anticipate these programs will be implemented … The question is when, not if.” Katsoulomitis, who is the daughter of Greek immigrants, stressed the importance of the programs for those who are undocumented. “Today’s immigrants work hard, but unfortunately when you’re an undocumented immigrant, you’re subject to extreme exploitation and lower wages because [you’re] in the shadows. … This is why it’s and district attorneys campaigned vigorously against the measure, which was defeated with public sentiment running 48 percent against and 44 percent in favor, including strong support in the black community. Shortly after Question 8 was defeated, the tide of public opinion began to shift as low-cost, high-purity heroin from Central and South America began to flood the U.S. market, especially in the suburbs where prescription pain killers already were gaining traction. Finally in 2010, the Legislature approved a $2 million line item for secure treatment facilities for opioid addiction.

Do all lives matter?

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tenant protections such as better enforcement of sanitary codes. Residents and the CPA both pointed to the boom of luxury developments in the area as the main source of the affordability problem. The CPA is pushing for the adoption of a Chinatown master plan developed in 2010 as a community-informed way to address issues of concern to its working-class residents.

BRA outreach

The CPA gathering was organized to coincide with the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s visit to the neighborhood at the same time. The BRA currently is engaged in a citywide effort to solicit public feedback and convince Bostonians to give their blessings to a ten-year extension of 14 of the city’s 16 expiring urban renewal districts. The term ‘urban renewal’ strikes a nerve among many of those old enough to remember the razing of entire neighborhoods like the West End and large swaths of the South End, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain in decades past, to build what are now known, respectively, as Government Center and the Southwest Corridor Park. Now, however, the city is trying to convince residents that the urban renewal of 2015 will be a fundamentally different affair, characterized not by the top-down redesign of entire areas, but rather a more nuanced and community-informed city planning process. Corey Zehngebot, a senior urban planner with the BRA, was at the Chinatown gate last week on behalf of the city.

“These are tools in our tool box,” she said of urban renewal powers. “We do use eminent domain, but we don’t take peoples’ properties against their will.” She emphasized, as the BRA has repeatedly stressed during its public outreach process, that urban renewal was a technical term that included several different kinds of powers: not only the well-known eminent domain powers, but also things like title clearance, something the BRA says in important in an old city like Boston where some land records are not clearly delineated. Zehngebot stressed that this time around, however, the emphasis would be on community process. “We genuinely want to have that conversation,” she said of neighborhood feedback. She noted the plethora of neighborhood plans that already exist – including specific mention of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan – and said the city wanted to build on those previous efforts. “Maybe this is a good time to look at those,” she said of the previous plans. Lydia Lowe, co-director of the CPA, told the Banner on Friday that she appreciated the city’s “transparency” during its current public outreach process, but that she also thought there was a need for bigger reform. “The question of renewal of urban renewal brings up the question of, ‘Is this the system we want?’” she said. “The BRA is a quasi-public agency that is not held accountable to the city. It raises its money through the sale and leasing of land.” For that reason, Lowe said, she wanted the city to have its own,

separate economic development and planning department that would be more directly accountable to voters.

Exchange of ideas

Lowe and Zehngebot had a conversation about the community’s future as the two organizations converged at the Chinatown gate. Lowe said she was openminded, but that for her, it was a matter of priorities. “I’m not necessarily against the use of urban renewal,” she said. “The question is more — for what end? We’re trying to highlight that we want [Chinatown] for working class people.” “We want to have neighborhoods stabilized,” Zehngebot replied. She added, however, that it was a matter of balancing competing needs. “We’re thinking about stabilization and growth … [but] we’re trying to do things differently, as evidence by this [outreach process].”

What are the guarantees?

Zehngebot said that Bostonians who were wary of the BRA’s promises of a community-driven urban renewal process could take comfort in two factors that would serve as a check on any potential city government overreach: money and politics. “When urban renewal began, there was an unlimited trove of money,” she said, referring to the post-World War II boom that precipitated a wave of federal spending. Today, she said, those kinds of funds simply don’t exist for the BRA. Even if the agency wanted to do what it did in the past – which, she stressed, it didn’t — she said it would simply not be able to afford it.

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The Chinese Progressive Association hosted an outdoor community visioning exercise last week that emphasized housing issues. Residents pinned balloons on a large neighborhood map to symbolize places with high rent or public parcels they wanted dedicated to community needs. Secondly, she added, there was not the kind of political will to engage in the same kinds of urban planning of the past “You’d be hard-pressed to find a politician who would go out and [support] the wholesale sale of neighborhoods,” she said. In terms of legal checks on BRA authority, officials said there are not any written guarantees per se. In response to a Banner question about such checks on BRA discretionary power, spokesperson Nick Martin emphasized that the public would have to judge the agency by its current outreach efforts. “I don’t know that there are ‘legal guarantees’ that we can offer about the responsible use of urban renewal tools,” he told the Banner in an email. “Ultimately, engaged community members will be the judge of that, and I think we’ve been very open and honest about what we believe are the benefits to having urban renewal tools at our disposal. Unlike the approach to urban renewal decades ago, or even the last attempt to extend the powers in 2005, we, as an organization, have been extremely forthcoming in terms of sharing information and gathering feedback from residents about how we can use urban renewal more wisely. The current approach is much less top-down and much more informed by members of the general public.” His comments echoed a

sentiment expressed by Zehngebot at the Chinatown public meeting, where residents shared their list of hopes for the future through a translator. One of the community members read through the list, which included repeated calls for affordability to maintain the community they called home. “I have to say, this is amazing,” Zehngebot replied. “This is the sort of information we are hoping to get, so in many ways, you’ve done a lot of the initial thinking … This is exactly the sort of response we want.” While the extension of urban renewal powers is not directly related to housing affordability per se, the two issues do overlap. The BRA and the Department of Neighborhood Development currently are working together to update the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy, a policy first implemented under former Mayor Thomas Menino that mandates how many units of each new development should be officially designated as affordable.

Next steps

The next step in the public process on urban renewal will be a series of community workshops in June and July. The dates of those meetings have not yet been set. BRA officials have said that those conversations would continue to focus on urban renewal goals in an attempt to gain community feedback rather than any specific projects.

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A local restaurant-owning couple soon will expand their roster when the retail side of the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building finally opens its doors this summer. Roxbury residents Solmon and Rokeya Chowdhury hope to bring a new experience to the area with their aptly-named Dudley Café, which will sit on the Warren Street side of the building that has been the center of much of Dudley Square’s recent development activity. The couple says they are getting the final details in place to open, including hiring staff. “This is a project close to our hearts, because it’s something that we just wanted in our community for a long time,” said Rokeya Chowdhury in a conversation with the Banner. The Chowdhurys have lived near Dudley Square for eleven years. “We are excited we will be able to walk down to get a coffee,” she added. “We always talked about being able to walk down to the square to get something, so when the opportunity arose, we took it and realized we could do it ourselves.” The city first issued a Request for Proposals for the Bolling building in December 2013, and the Chowdhurys filed their paperwork soon after.

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Visit http://dudleycafe.com for more details. Chowdhury said the restaurant will have a relaxed coffeehouse vibe where people can sit and work or gather with friends, or grab something quick to eat on the run. The menu will include pastries, soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as pre-packaged food from two of the couples’ other restaurants: Indian ricebowls from Dorchester-based Shanti and pan-Asian cuisine from Moksa in Cambridge.

New life, nightlife

The Chowdhurys also are going for a wine and beer license. They are awaiting their hearing in front of the Boston Licensing Board on May 20. The Dudley Café will be open seven days per week from 7 AM to 7 PM, although the owners say things may change as the area becomes more of a local restaurant and entertainment hub. “Right now Dudley Square is kind of quiet in the evenings, but as things open up, we might expand,” Rokeya said. The couple mostly has financed their venture with their own seed money, but they have received help from the city’s

We always talked about being able to walk down to the square to get something, so when the opportunity arose, we took it and realized we could do it ourselves.” — Rokeya Chowdhury

Department of Neighborhood Development in reviewing options for lower-interest bank loans. Rokeya says the DND was helpful with their Shanti restaurant, which now has branches in Dorchester and Roslindale. Rokeya said the help is welcome in an industry that is notoriously difficult for business owners. “Especially for the restaurant industry, it’s super tough to get bank loans,” she said. “Even the ones who want to do it, they make the interest rates so high.”

Global, local roots

For a couple that now will own five venues — both Shanti locations, Moksa, Dudley Café and NAGA night club in Central Square, not to mention the nowclosed Om restaurant and lounge in Harvard Square – they started off in the business on a casual note. Rokeya says Solmon opened

the Shanti restaurant as a kind of “pet project.” “He opened it just to have a closer place to eat Indian food,” she laughed. The Chowdhurys are Bangladeshi but she said the two cultures shared similar foods. After Shanti did well, she said, they decided to invest in more eateries and become more involved in local commerce. Solmon is an active member of the Central Square Business Association and Rokeya is a board member of Roslindale Village Main Street. Now they are ready to hit the ground running. “Everything is ready on our end,” said Chowdhury, adding that they have furniture piling up in a nearby office space in anticipation of their opening. They are just waiting on the city to finish its renovations of the Bolling building so they can start setting up, with the hope of opening by the end of June.

When socially conscious business activists first organized the Sustainable Business Conference in 1990, environmental causes and business were widely seen as being at odds. Twenty-five years later, businesses increasingly are seeing sustainable practices as key to their survival. The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts held this year’s event May 15 in Cambridge. The event brings together likeminded businesses that have created what it means to be a sustainable business — namely making an effort to build a stronger local economy through a network of environmentally and socially conscious. Boston’s sustainable enterprise environment has always been on the forefront and provides a good example of how urban-based businesses can led the way in environmental and green awareness. People might expect such things in places like Vermont or California, but Laury Hammel, Sustainable Business Network founder and executive director says the best place to look is right here, throughout Boston’s urban centers. And Cambridge, where the Sustainable Business Network is headquartered, is at the heart of it. As the conference kicked off at Lesley University in Cambridge, City Councilor Leland Cheung was on hand to emphasize the impact the Sustainable Business Network and the ideas it supports has had on the city it calls home.

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Cheung referenced legislative efforts such as the long battle to ban the use of plastic bags in retail stores in Cambridge, but also the overall city efforts to turn a close eye on how the city’s local businesses can provide more of what the city needs without having to turn elsewhere. “Cambridge is a place that I think exemplifies the value of understanding that local businesses who think sustainably, who treat their workers with equity and with fairness, are the heart of our community and are the heart of what make us a sustainable city,” Cheung said. Cheung says it is extremely important for cities and political leaders to promote buying local. Steve Grossman, former Massachusetts Treasurer and current executive director of the Roxbury-based Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, which supports inner city entrepreneurs, delivered a keynote address about how his organizations believes in the

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Gov. Charlie Baker Delivers 107th Commencement Address at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Gov. Charlie Baker delivered the commencement address at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology’s (BFIT) 107th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the college, located at 41 Berkeley Street in South End. The Governor was recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his commitment to civic responsibility, access to quality education, and promotion of workforce development. “It’s a privilege to participate in today’s commencement ceremony at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and I applaud the graduates and their families as they celebrate their achievements. I’m confident this class will continue to enrich the workforce and additional universities in the technology field and beyond and look forward to hearing more about their successes,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. This was Gov. Baker’s first commencement address since being sworn in as Massachusetts’ 72nd governor on January 8, 2015. BFIT Chair of the Board Ryan Hutchins welcomed the crowd gathered to celebrate the awarding of 180 associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates. BFIT President Anthony Benoit echoed sentiments from Benjamin Franklin’s “Book of Virtue” and reminded students that, “our education gives you the chance each day to make the right choices in your lives so that together we can meet the challenges facing this city, this commonwealth, this nation, and our planet.” The college evolved directly from Franklin’s bequest of £1000 to “the Inhabitants of the Towne of Boston,” set forth in a codicil to his will dated 1789. Student speaker Damien Leach, a member of the first graduating class from the only Bachelor’s degree in Health IT in Massachusetts, said “BFIT is an innovative college—from our state-of-the-art Automotive Hybrid lab to our nationally recognized opticianry program to our new partnership with Plum Choice—we get hands-on experience that reinforces our academic work.”

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On May 9, 2015 The Boston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held the My Life Matters! Youth Summit on the campus of Wheelock College. The summit was done in collaboration with community partners, Blacks In Government (BIG), Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement, Mass Promise Fellowship, AmeriCorps and The Massachusetts Black Librarians Network. Chapter members gathered to serve middle and high school students a day of empowerment and inspiration. Youth gathered from all across the Boston Metropolitan area and came from as far as two hours outside of the locale to attend. Participants were given tips on how to select and apply to college, and guidance on how to select careers that match their skill set and areas of interest. Insight was shared on how to boost their social activism and engagement positively. Retired Associate Justice of the Suffolk Juvenile Court gave Judge Leslie E. Harris gave the keynote address. Greetings were shared by Soror Jackie Jenkins Scott, President of Wheelock College. A proclamation from the City of Boston was read by Tito Jackson, a member of the Boston City Council.


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importance of sustainable business in urban areas. In the 20 years the organization has been around, it has supported inner city business that have created about 80,000 jobs — an obvious boost to the local economy. In addition, the organization’s recent Inner City Capital Connections program has pumped more than $1 billion into growing inner city businesses, creating another 5,000 jobs. All these initiatives support a vision of growing inner city businesses in urban areas and boosting the economy around them. “We want people to live to work to play and to stay in our inner cities and it is the small businesses that make that happen,” Grossman said.

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of sustainable business ventures. “We have to really do something here to make what I call ‘transformative changes’ — really shifting the paradigm,” Lloyd said. “I actually think it is the people in this room that are actually going to have to do the change. It is the social entrepreneurs that are really going to push the envelope here. … And a lot of us are already doing it, but I want to push us and say, ‘How far are we pushing it?’”

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are not good business or cost companies too much money. “Companies can actually do things that are in line with their commitment to sustainability and actually improve their bottom line and improve their profitability. We don’t have to make choices between sustainability and leadership in bold, imaginative, innovative and pioneering ways, between doing the right thing and profitability because the fundamental concept of shared value is you can do both,” Grossman said. It is Grossman’s hope that piggybacking on the efforts of organizations like the Sustainable Business Network allows the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City to grow the sustainable business movement. “I hope, in a small way, what the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City does is part and parcel of a sustainable, nurturing,

collegial and collaborative effort to build up small businesses to build them up in a sustainable way to level the playing field so that women, people of color, immigrants, veterans and people with disabilities all believe that they can be part of a growing, sustainable, nurturing and healthy economy and healthy society,” he added. Glynn Lloyd, long-time Boston champion for sustainable initiatives that impact Boston’s inner city areas and founder of Roxbury-based City Fresh Foods and City Growers, also spoke about how he has seen his efforts thrive in the sustainable business movement. With City Fresh Foods, a $9 million provider of locally-sourced, healthy meals to Boston-area childcare organizations, schools and elder-care facilities, and City Growers becoming a self-sustaining urban farm, Lloyd is witness to the value and power

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Getting your family together around a delicious, home-cooked meal is easier when your kitchen is stocked with better-for-you ingredients. For home cooks looking to delight taste buds and satisfy appetites — start with the sauce. “Knowing how to prepare basic, simple sauces is an important culinary skill,” said registered dietitian Sarah-Jane Bedwell, author of “Schedule Me Skinny.” “While you probably can find store-bought versions, homemade sauces will taste better, cost less and be better for you, especially when made with high-quality ingredients like fresh herbs and canola oil.” Classic Pesto (below) is a healthy recipe that will become a staple in your kitchen repertoire. It’s perfect served alongside cooked whole wheat noodles, stuffed vegetables, soups, stews, salads or sandwiches. Canola oil provides a mild taste that lets the flavors of basil and garlic shine in this delicious uncooked sauce. Plus it stays free-flowing in the refrigerator due to the oil’s low saturated fat content. For these and other great recipes, visit canola info.org. — Family Features

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rittatas are our go-to recipes. They’re a snap to put together, they’re filled with ingredients we nearly always have on hand, and they’re delicious. This time of year, it’s easy to build on the usual ingredients — pasta, eggs and cheese — by adding whenever is fresh at the local farm stand — squash, red bell pepper, spinach and basil. On top of veggies go leftover pasta and whisked up eggs. Cook until nearly set, then sprinkle cheese on top and broil until perfectly golden. If you’re watching your cholesterol, use 2 egg whites and 4 whole eggs (744mg cholesterol) instead of 6 whole eggs (1116mg cholesterol) in this recipe.

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n 2 teaspoons butter n 2 cups diced summer squash n ½ cup diced red bell pepper n ¾ teaspoon salt, divided n 2 cups cooked linguine (4 ounces uncooked pasta)

n 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped

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spinach, thawed and drained well

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n 1 cup sweet basil leaves, washed and dried completely n 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated n ¹⁄3 cup pine nuts n 5 garlic cloves, peeled n ¾ cup canola oil n ½ teaspoon salt n ¼ teaspoon pepper In food processor combine basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and 2 tablespoons canola oil; blend. As blending continues, slowly add remaining oil so sauce emulsifies. Add salt and pepper to taste. Label with date and keep refrigerated. Use within 1-2 days. — Family Features

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1. Coat a large ovenproof skillet with cooking spray. Add butter and melt over medium-high heat. Add squash, red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until squash is lightly browned, about 6 minutes. 2. Add linguine, spinach and basil to squash mixture. Whisk eggs, milk, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Pour over noodle mixture. Jiggle pan to make sure egg mixture seeps down among noodles. Cover and cook until top is almost set, about 8 minutes. 3. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle cheese on top and broil until golden brown. — Recipe by Jean Kressy

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Actress in multiple films this season By KAM WILLIAMS

Born December 1, 1988, Zoë Isabella Kravitz is the daughter of five-time Grammy-winner Lenny Kravitz and Emmy-nominated actress Lisa Bonet (for The Cosby Show). The versatile entertainer has followed in the footsteps of both of her parents, between fronting the bands Elevator Fight and Lolawolf and an acting career that lately has enjoyed a meteoric rise. This spring alone, Zoë has a half-dozen films released in theaters, including the blockbusters Insurgent and Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as Good Kill, The Road Within, Dope and Treading Water. Here, she talks about life and about her latest movies.

Kam Williams: How do you explain your career taking off this year? You’re in a half dozen new movies this spring: Insurgent, Treading Water, The Road Within, Good Kill, Mad Max and Dope. Zoë Kravitz: I don’t know, man. I’ve basically been working really hard for the past couple years. And the nature of the film business is that movies come out when they come out, and these all just happen to be coming out at the same time. [Laughs]

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12345 SD: How was The Blind Boys of Alabama formed? JC: We were all attending a school for the blind in Talladega, Alabama. We met in choir and the rest is history. We originally named ourselves the Hackerland Jubilee Singers, then a DJ at a singer competition named us the Blind Boys of Alabama and it just stuck.

SD: As an original member and still singing 60 years later, what inspires you to perform? JC: I love singing! I love performing for the audience and the response that you get from them. I started singing in June of 1944 and have no desire to stop just yet.

SD: Back in March, you performed at the 50th anniversary of Selma, what was that like for you? JC: I went down there to be a part of American history. Growing up, we knew there were issues, but we never had any trouble. I was so thrilled to be part of this moment in history. I met a lot of folks that walked over the bridge so many years ago. It is a day I will never forget being a part of.

SD: What are your thoughts on modern day music? JC: I have no interest in today’s music. Maybe it is because I am from the old school, I believe music should help make changes. Music should instruct and change the heart. It is a powerful tool and should be used to inspire.

SD: What is your favorite gospel song to sing and why? JC: Amazing Grace. I’m a Christian and it is only because of God’s grace that I’m still here and doing what I love. When I perform Amazing Grace, I want to make the audience feel what I feel.


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“If you asked my mom she would tell you that I played [drums] in her womb,” says Leon Mobley of his lifelong love and passion for music in a recent phone interview with the Banner from his home in Oahu, Hawaii. Mobley, who has been a member of Ben Harper’s band, The Innocent Criminals since 1993, will be in Boston on Saturday performing with Harper and the other members at Boston Calling. The band reunited earlier this year after having disbanded in 2008. In March, they reunited for four concerts The Fillmore in San Francisco and recently performed in Australia this past April at the Byron Bay Bluesfest Festival. Mobley, who grew up in Roxbury’s Fort Hill area was always surrounded by music. He recounted how when his mother was pregnant with him, she and his father would go out to listen music at Lawson’s Jazz Club on Newbury Street. And, on their journey home, “I’d be going crazy in her stomach,” says Mobley. She would say, “He’s still going, he’s still going.” Displaying musical talent by the age of four, Mobley recalled that his mother had to buy him a drum set. “I played on everything. I banged on table tops, jars, everything. In school, tablets and

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Roxbury-bred drummer Leon Mobley credits the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts for helping to hone his musical talents. pencils, anything I could bang on. And, I still do to this day,” says the drummer and percussionist. Named after his uncle Leon Johnson, who now goes by the name of Olon Gobare, Johnson was a performer on Broadway who sang and danced with Liza Minnelli and made clothes for Aretha Franklin, according to

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Mobley recalls. His uncle was an alumna of The Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, where Mobley began studying at the age of six years old. His mother and Lewis were very good friends. So much so that Lewis was godmother to his brother and him. They practically lived at Lewis’ house, says Mobley. Considered a star pupil of Lewis’,

the young boy performed with Duke Ellington at six and seven. At the age of 10 he landed a role on the PBS children’s series Zoom. Under the Lewis’ tutelage, Mobley developed his professionalism, his passion and his work ethic. “The diligence — the commitment to the work— I definitely

learned from being at the Elma Lewis School for the Fine Arts,” says Mobley. While attending the Lewis School in 1967, he began playing African drums with Nigerian master drummer, recording artist, and social activist Babatunde Olatunji. Mobley studied with him for ten years before his pursuit and love of the drum led him to study West African drumming and dance with Senegalese master drummer Ibrahima Camara, Boston’s first African dance and drum teacher. Mobley’s passion only intensified and he studied and honed his craft while performing in Senegal, Gambia, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, and throughout the West Indies. In 1987 and in 1992, Mobley traveled to Japan where he taught and performed West African drumming and dancing. Since then, the drummer and teacher has performed and recorded with a Who’s Who of musicians including: Santana, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, the Blind

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Director Brett Haley discusses second film I’ll See You in My Dreams By COLETTE GREENSTEIN

Shot over 18 days, I’ll See You in My Dreams is a heartwarming, at times funny and bittersweet film starring Blythe Danner as a widow in her seventies who discovers that life can begin again at any age. Directed by Brett Haley and written by Haley and Marc Basch, Carol (Blythe Danner) finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure have become monotonous since the death of her beloved dog. With the support of her three long-time girlfriends, Carol decides to take a leap of faith and embark on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man Lloyd (Martin Starr), pursue a new love interest with the handsome and charming Bill (Sam Elliott), and reconnect with her daughter Katherine, played by Malin Akerman. Haley, a graduate from the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts in 2005, began his film career as an assistant to directors Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) and John Hillcoat (Lawless), and in 2010, directed and wrote his first feature film, The New Year. In Boston recently to promote the film, Haley spoke to the Banner about the inspiration for I’ll See You in My Dreams, its

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Blythe Danner, right, and Sam Elliott star in I’ll See You In My Dreams. universal themes and what he’s learned as a filmmaker.

How did the idea for the story come about? BH: It came about through some questions that I had about life, some big kind of universal questions I think about; mostly about death, mostly about loss

and how to deal with those things. And how to put those things in perspective and understand that life is a journey that you can’t get through unscathed, but that it’s also a really beautiful journey and a gift, and it’s really great. It’s about finding that balance. That’s where it came from. It came from some questions that

I had and then she came to me. Carol came to me and said, “Hey, I’m the person who should be answering these questions that you have. I can help you the most get through that.” And, I knew. I was like, “Oh, that’s the vessel for this film and these questions.” I’m a curious filmmaker. I’ve never been a filmmaker who likes to

make movies about themselves. I’m curious about other people and other types that are very different from me.

Did you have Blythe Danner in mind as you were writing the script? BH: Not as I was writing it. We

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KW: How did you enjoy making Mad Max: Fury Road?

Boys of Alabama, Macy Gray, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Peter Wolf, Madonna, The Fugees, and many others. Mobley, a college grad who majored in music and minored in education, has conducted workshops at the Berklee College of Music. He’s also served as

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ZK: It was good. It was really intense. It was a very long process. It was a six- month shoot in Africa. And it was crazy. I mean, the stunts were kind of crazy, and they were all shot at real speed. The costumes were insane and the conditions were really harsh. So, it was a very intense film to make, but well worth it.

KW: Is it fair to assume that making Mad Max was more like shooting Insurgent than your other new films? ZK: In some ways, yes, but I don’t even know if I can compare it to Insurgent. Mad Max is kind of like a beast of its own.

KW: What interested you in Good Kill, which is an excellent film? There, you play drone co-pilot Suarez, who is a pretty complicated character with an intriguing arc. ZK: Thank you so much. When I read the script, it read like a science fiction film. And Andrew [writer/director Andrew Niccol] is known for sci-fi. But when I spoke to him, he said this picture was 100 percent factual, which blew my mind. I realized then how little I knew about the drone program. And I felt that, if I knew so little about it, there must be others who should be educated about what’s going on. So, first, I wanted to be a part of the project because I thought it was an important story to tell. On top of that, it’s rare to find roles for strong, young, feisty women, especially in a military film. And I love that Suarez ends up being the moral compass of the story, and that she’s also brave enough to stand up to all these men.

KW: I also thought you were great in Treading Water. What made you decide to play the love interest in that offbeat romantic dramedy? ZK: I just found that story so bizarre. [Laughs] It’s a very sweet love story wrapped around an outlandish premise.

KW: They say it takes 90 days to get in the groove of a new job. Do you feel like you’ve been getting enough time to prepare for each new project? ZK: This might surprise you, but I do feel like I have, because the shooting of all these films was spread out, for the most part. They just happen to be coming out at the same time.

KW: How do you prepare for each new role? ZK: It kind of varies. I don’t have a method yet. It depends on the script and the character I think I need. I’ve worked with acting coaches, researched roles, and channeled different parts of myself. It’s on a case-by-case for me, right now.

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musical director at Paige Academy, a private school in Roxbury, where he taught music there as well as third and fourth grade math for many years. “It was a great fit for me at Paige Academy. There’s a great amount of dance, theater, music that the students do as well as educational programming. It’s a great institution,” Mobley says. In addition to being a member of the Innocent Criminals,

Mobley also tours with Damian Marley as a percussionist/drummer and performs with his own band, Leon Mobley and Da Lion. He also is a Signature Series artist with the company Remo, who has manufactured and marketed a Mobley custom-designed djembe since 1983. Considered a master drummer by his peers in the music industry and around the world, the power of the drum continues

to call him. “The power of the drum is the language,” he says. “No matter what culture you go to you will find a drum, but you won’t find other instruments like a lute or flutes. You don’t find those in every culture but a drum you find everywhere. The communication, the language of the drum, the power of the drum speaks to everyone, no matter where you come from.”

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very amazing place. I think as a human being I was thinking a lot about that kind of stuff, just philosophically and spiritually thinking, “Why this?” Those big questions I think that we all ask ourselves. And that’s really where it came from.

make decisions and you better work with your actors. I put the actors first and I always do. When I was young I was always about the camera, and all about the fun, you know the toys. You realize, I think at some point that none of that matters and all that really matters is the performance. I think being decisive and putting the performance first has been my big lessons as a director.

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continued from page B4 wrote it so fast I didn’t even think about it. I was just like writing it. Once we were done, I was like “Who can play this?” And, then I knew that Blythe was only really my first and only choice.

The universal themes of the film are life, love, loss. For someone so young, what prompted you to think about these things? BH: As you get a little bit older, well, I am young. I think you hit 30 and you’re suddenly like “I can’t drink all night” or “People around me are getting sick or dying.” Animals die. I think up until your twenties

May 29 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. For show times go to www.coolidge.org. you can kind of pretend like nothing ever goes wrong. Some people can really get through unscathed for a long period of time. I think I was one of those people and then I lost a few friends and I lost some family members. We’re so aware of what’s going on in the world too, right now. We’re so plugged in. Ten years ago we were not as plugged in as we are now. Every little tragedy that happens, if we choose to read about it, we can. This world is a very weird and dark place but also it’s a

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BH: I think I’ve become more decisive. I understand what I’m up against. I understand the world in which I’m operating. I’m not at a David Fincher-level of operating. I’m always in a small world where time is money and we don’t have much time or money. So you better go quick and you better

What do you hope that audiences take away from the film? BH: I really hope that they take a sense of hope from it. Again, it can be a rough ride but it’s a good one. I hope they laugh and cry. I love laughing and crying in a good movie.

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FRIDAY THROUGH BARBED WIRE PRESENTS 4TH FRIDAY READING OF PRISONERS’ WRITINGS 7-8:30pm, monthly prose/poetry participatory event focused on prisoners’ writings as mentoring & literacy tools to impact youth in the community towards making positive decisions. Audience participation encouraged, light refreshments, bring friends. MBTA Fields Corner #17 bus to Quincy-Bowdoin or Ruggles #15 to Kane Sq. Created/directed by Arnie King. May 22, First Parish Dorchester, 10 Parish St., Dorchester on Meetinghouse Hill. www.arnoldking.org or through barbedwire@yahoo.com; tel: 857-4924858. Free/Donation.

SATURDAY WALKING TOUR: HISTORY AND LANDSCAPE OF THE FENS From foul muddy flats to the parkland of today, the Fens has undergone many transformations in the last 125+ years. Join Emerald Necklace docents as they talk and walk this historic landscape. Includes stops at the Kelleher Rose Garden with its 1,500 roses and recently restored fountain and statuary, and a stroll along the paths of the oldest continuously operating WWII Victory Gardens in the country. Saturday, May 23, 11am - 12:30pm and Sunday, May 31, 1-2:30pm. For more information: www. emeraldnecklace.org/calendar/events/ may-is-historic-pres ervation-month/.

WEDNESDAY JOAN GATTURNA AS RACHEL REVERE Hear a remarkable story of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride, and the siege of Boston from the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. While her husband fanned the flames of rebellion, Rachel Revere kept the home fires burning. Ideal for elementary school aged children through adults. This program is part of the Boston Public Library’s We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence initiative. The character of Rachel Revere was developed with the assistance of the staff of the Paul Revere House in Boston. Wednesday, May 27, 4pm. www. bpl.org, Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library 500 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, 617-265-0139.

UPCOMING BLUE HILLS RESERVATION Easy walk, 2 miles. Loop around Houghton’s Pond and old Rte. 128. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside St. in Milton. Sunday, May 31, pm. The Southeastern Massachusetts Adult Walking Club meets each weekend on either a Saturday or Sunday at 1:00 for recreational walks. This club is open to people of 16 years of age and older, and there is no fee to join. Walks average 2 to 5 miles. New walkers are encouraged to participate. The terrain can vary: EASY (mostly level terrain), MODERATE (hilly terrain), DIFFICULT (strenuous & steep). Walks

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BOSTON BOOK FESTIVAL The Boston Book Festival, celebrating the power of words, announces the full programming for its inaugural free kids’ festival HUBBUB: CREATIVE COMMOTION FOR KIDS, to be held Saturday, June 20, in Boston’s Copley Square. Including activities for kids and families of all ages, Hubbub offers a full day of fun-filled creativity, inventiveness, and exploration such as an author presentation by Mo Willems, workshops with Mitali Perkins, Esh Circus Arts, Urbanity Dance, and much more. Most events are free. There are a handful of presentations that require complimentary online registration. For more information visit www. bostonbookfest.org.

PARKARTS WATERCOLOR PAINTING WORKSHOPS The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has announced that its popular summer series of ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops will return during the month of June at five Boston locations. Local art instructors welcome artists of all skill levels to join them and capture Boston’s historic parks in bloom. The free workshops include instruction and materials provided. All classes are held from 12-2pm weather permitting. This summer’s featured instructor is Brigid Watson, a Boston-based artist, writer, and educator represented by Hallspace Gallery in Boston and four eleven studio in Provincetown. Watson holds a master’s degree from New York University and undergraduate degrees from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She has taught art at numerous local institutions including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the Eliot School. Dates and locations for the workshops are as follows: Boston Public Garden — Saturdays, June 6 & 13; Thomas M. Menino Park, 98 16th St., Charlestown — Sundays, June 7 & 14; Copley Square, Back Bay — Saturday, June 20; Kelleher Rose Garden, 70 Park Dr., Fenway — Sundays, June 21 & 28; Muddy River Round House, Riverway (opposite Short Street) — Saturday, June 27. For further information on the workshops and other ParkARTS programs, please call 617-635-4505 or visit the Parks Department online at www. cityofboston/parks or www.facebook. com/bostonparksdepartment.

ONGOING PAINTING EXHIBITION Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery presents Verdant, an exhibit of paintings by Elizabeth Awalt, Ken Beck and Aaron Fink, and prints by Catherine Kernan through May 29. The artists get lush with nature themes at the Trustman Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor, of the Main College Building, 300 The

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As the nation commemorates Jewish Heritage Month, The West End Museum is celebrating notable West Enders of Jewish background. On Thursday, May 28, the Museum will host its Jewish Honoree Night from 6:30-8:30pm. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public. The honorees are Bill Margolin, Jack Burnes and Frank Lavine. Margolin and Burnes played vital roles in the history of the West End House, about which the Museum is hosting an exhibit through August 22. Burnes and Lavine are being honored posthumously. The West End Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End neighborhood. The Museum’s permanent exhibit, “The Last Tenement,” highlights the immigrant history of the neighborhood through its decimation under Urban Renewal in 1959; two additional galleries feature rotating exhibits. The Museum is located near North Station at 150 Staniford St., Suite 7. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm; Saturday 11am - 4pm. Admission is free.

Fenway in Boston. Free and open to the public. Verdant is a salute to uncontrolled nature, fecund, beautiful, rank and alive. It also honors art collector Sinclair Hitchings and his long commitment to Boston artists, who are all part of Hitchings’ Art in Boston project. Although the show is visually rooted in the natural world, it is also a metaphorical statement about the luxuriant art scene in Boston. The Gallery is closed for the Simmons College Commencement, May 15, and Memorial Day, May 25. Trustman Gallery hours are 10am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. The gallery is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact Marcia Lomedico at 617-521-2268, or visit the Trustman Art Gallery website at www.simmons.edu/ trustman.

STILL RUNNING: AFRO-CUBAN ART Through May 29, The Multicultural Arts Center will be hosting a multi-artist exhibition curated by Latin Art Space entitled Still Running. The artists showing work in this exciting exhibition have work ranging from paintings to metal etching all touching on the close relationship between Cuba, Africa, and the Caribbean. The exhibition is a homage to a forgotten visual arts and cultural movement that thrived briefly between 1978 and 1983, Grupo Antillano. This group articulated a Cuban culture that promoted the importance of Africa and Afro-Caribbean influences in the formation of the Cuban nation. They viewed Africa and the surrounding Caribbean not as a dead cultural heritage, but as a vibrant, ongoing and vital influence that continued to define what it means to be Cuban. Still Running offers an additional collection of works by some of the artists that formed part of Grupo Antillano (Leonel Morales, Herminio Escalona, Julia Valdés, Clara Morrera), and younger Cuban artists who have continued in the tradition of Afro-Cuban art. Gallery website: www. multiculturalartscenter.org/galleries/. FREE and open to the public. Multicultural Arts Center, 41 2nd St., Cambridge. Regular Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30am - 6pm.

SUMMER SATURDAYS AT PAUL REVERE HOUSE Special events on Saturday afternoons (1:00-3:00) in May will feature craft demonstrations, historical talks, live music, and more in the Paul Revere House courtyard, weather permitting. Included with admission to the museum: adults $3.50, seniors and college students

$3, children ages 5–17 $1. Members and North End residents admitted free at all times. The Revere House is open daily 9:30am - 5:15pm. 19 North Square, Boston.

SPRING TOURS AT FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

natown Neighborhood Center Quincy), 275 Hancock St., Suite 200, Quincy (Across from North Quincy High School — next to McDonalds in North Quincy). RSVP: E-mail Catalina Tang at catalina.tang@bcnc.net or call 617-770-0091.

IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE: THE WEST END HOUSE

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Olmsted NHS), located at 99 Warren Street in Brookline is offering regular tours of the historic Olmsted design office and Olmsted-designed grounds on Fridays and Saturdays at 10:00, 11:00, 1;00, 2:00, and 3:00 through June 21. The tours take roughly 45 minutes, and admission is free. In addition, visitors are welcome to view self-guided exhibits on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12-4:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30am - 4:00pm. For further information on Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, on-site tours, and other programs, please visit www.nps.gov/frla or call 617-566-1689 Monday through Saturday. The site is a 15-minute walk from the Brookline Hills Green Line MBTA station and also walkable from the MBTA’s #60 bus that runs between Kenmore Station and Chestnut Hill. Limited parking is available on-site for those coming by car. Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site was the Brookline, Massachusetts home and office of America’s premier parkmaker and the designer of the Emerald Necklace park system. Now administered by the National Park Service as one of its 407 sites around the United States, Olmsted NHS was for nearly a century the headquarters of the first full-scale professional landscape architecture office in the United States. The site maintains the Olmsted Archives, a collection of the Olmsted firm’s plans, drawings, photographs, and other work product for thousands of landscapes around the continent.

Through August 22, The West End Museum will host a new exhibit in its Main Exhibit Hall. In Pursuit of Excellence: The West End House features artifacts, photographs, oral history video and memorabilia representing over 100 years. Among the club’s most distinguished alumni are Leonard Nimoy and crooner Buddy Clark. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The West End Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End neighborhood. The Museum’s permanent exhibit, “The Last Tenement,” highlights the immigrant history of the neighborhood through its decimation under Urban Renewal in 1959; two additional galleries feature rotating exhibits. The Museum is located near North Station at 150 Staniford St., Suite 7. Hours: Tuesday - Friday 12-5pm; Saturday 11am - 4pm. Admission is free.

BCNC QUINCY SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS

1-3 YEAR OLD PLAYGROUPS

LEAP (Leadership, Enrichment, Arts Program) is a six-week program for rising 9th grade youth. Youth will have fun and meet new friends. The program is FREE at no cost and will provide enrichment activities, fieldtrips, project-based and educational workshops on leadership and transition to high school. Youlead Summer is a six-week program for high school youth (9th-12th grade). This program is FREE at no cost and youth can gain community service hours, learn about leadership, public speaking, meet new friends, and work on community projects. July 6 - August 14, 12-5pm, BCNC Quincy (Boston Chi-

STAR GAZING AT THE OBSERVATORY The Public Open Night at the Observatory is a chance for people to observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well. Wednesday nights from 8:309:30pm, weather permitting, Coit Observatory at Boston University, located at 725 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, right above the Astronomy Department. The stairwell to the Observatory is on the fifth floor right next to room 520. More Info: Call (617) 353-2630 for any questions.

With free play, circle time, and parent discussion, Playgroups are a wonderful place for you and your toddler to connect with each other and with other families. Your child will develop social and emotional skills, early literacy, gross and fine motor skills, and experience art and sensory materials. This group is for parents and their children ages 1-3 years. Thursdays 9:30-11:30am, Georgetowne Homes Community Room, 400A Georgetowne Dr., Hyde Park. More Info: Visit http:// familynurturing.org/dropins/1-3-yearold-playgroup-1; For more times and locations, visit http://familynurturing.org/ programs/parent-child-playgroups.

The Community Calendar has been established to list community events at no cost. The admission cost of events must not exceed $10. Church services and recruitment requests will not be published. THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF PUBLICATION. To guarantee publication with a paid advertisement please call advertising at (617) 261-4600 ext. 7799 or email ads@bannerpub.com. NO LISTINGS ARE ACCEPTED BY TELEPHONE, FAX OR MAIL. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Deadline for all listings is Friday at noon for publication the following week. E-MAIL your information to: calendar@bannerpub.com. To list your event online please go to www.baystatebanner.com/ events and list your event directly. Events listed in print are not added to the online events page by Banner staff members. There are no ticket cost restrictions for the online postings.


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Healthy and tasty homemade sauces Getting your family together around a delicious, home-cooked meal is easier when your kitchen is stocked with better-for-you ingredients. For home cooks looking to delight taste buds and satisfy appetites — start with the sauce. “Knowing how to prepare basic, simple sauces is an important culinary skill,” said registered dietitian Sarah-Jane Bedwell, author of “Schedule Me Skinny.” “While you probably can find store-bought versions, homemade sauces will taste better, cost less and be better for you, especially when made with high-quality ingredients like fresh herbs and canola oil.” Classic Pesto (below) is a healthy recipe that will become a staple in your kitchen repertoire. It’s perfect served alongside cooked whole wheat noodles, stuffed vegetables, soups, stews, salads or sandwiches. Canola oil provides a mild taste that lets the flavors of basil and garlic shine in this delicious uncooked sauce. Plus it stays free-flowing in the refrigerator due to the oil’s low saturated fat content. For these and other great recipes, visit canola info.org. — Family Features

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rittatas are our go-to recipes. They’re a snap to put together, they’re filled with ingredients we nearly always have on hand, and they’re delicious. This time of year, it’s easy to build on the usual ingredients — pasta, eggs and cheese — by adding whenever is fresh at the local farm stand — squash, red bell pepper, spinach and basil. On top of veggies go leftover pasta and whisked up eggs. Cook until nearly set, then sprinkle cheese on top and broil until perfectly golden. If you’re watching your cholesterol, use 2 egg whites and 4 whole eggs (744mg cholesterol) instead of 6 whole eggs (1116mg cholesterol) in this recipe.

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Frittata with Summer Squash, Spinach and Linguine Serves 6

n 2 teaspoons butter n 2 cups diced summer squash n ½ cup diced red bell pepper n ¾ teaspoon salt, divided n 2 cups cooked linguine (4 ounces uncooked pasta)

n 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well

n ¹⁄3 cup chopped fresh basil n 6 eggs n ¹⁄3 cup 2 percent reduced-fat milk n ¹⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper n ½ cup (2 ounces) shredded sharp

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Classic Pesto n 1 cup sweet basil leaves, washed and dried completely n 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated n ¹⁄3 cup pine nuts n 5 garlic cloves, peeled n ¾ cup canola oil n ½ teaspoon salt n ¼ teaspoon pepper In food processor combine basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and 2 tablespoons canola oil; blend. As blending continues, slowly add remaining oil so sauce emulsifies. Add salt and pepper to taste. Label with date and keep refrigerated. Use within 1-2 days. — Family Features

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Pesto originated in which Italian city? A. Genoa; B. Rome; C. Venice; D. Sicily Answer at bottom of rail.

Thu 5/21 - Deconstructing the Prison Industrial Complex with CFROP (Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners) + Open Mic

WORD TO THE WISE Watercress: Watercress is a peppery, delicate, dark green leafy vegetable that has been growing wild in cool streams of running water since Hippocrates prescribed it to his patients. The Romans fed it to their emperors and took it to cure baldness. The Egyptian Pharaohs fed it to their slaves. Victorians bundled its stems into little bouquets and walked around munching it in the streets like ice cream cones. — Cookthink

QUIZ ANSWER A. Pesto hails from Genoa. — More Content Now

1. Coat a large ovenproof skillet with cooking spray. Add butter and melt over medium-high heat. Add squash, red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until squash is lightly browned, about 6 minutes. 2. Add linguine, spinach and basil to squash mixture. Whisk eggs, milk, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Pour over noodle mixture. Jiggle pan to make sure egg mixture seeps down among noodles. Cover and cook until top is almost set, about 8 minutes. 3. Preheat broiler. Sprinkle cheese on top and broil until golden brown. — Recipe by Jean Kressy

Thu 5/28 - Relationships & You with Michelle Cook + Open Mic

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interested in golf, tennis, soccer, martial arts and yoga. Although the organization has just moved into its new home and still is staffing up, some activities, like workshops and parent groups, have already started. Others are set to begin soon, including an expected June start date for the IT programming. The center’s new “FabLab,” sponsored by MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms and its off-shoot organization, the Fab Foundation, is perhaps the flashiest development. When

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finished, the FabLab will have equipment for a variety of 2D and 3D production, including vinyl work, glass etching, and fashion design. The FabLab will provide opportunities for young people to gain hands-on technological skills, practice entrepreneurialism, and perhaps even raise money. The FabLab is set to open in September. “We’re trying to introduce [young people] into careers they are not usually geared towards,” said Simmons. “We want them to have the same opportunities as any other kids.” And the organization is not done growing. The organization currently has a staff of seven, with plans to expand to seventeen. Simmons came

on board in 2014 after being involved for almost a decade as a parent. Lena Park also is in the process of recruiting a few new board members, with an emphasis on local residents. To that end, Simmons started a community council about a year ago that meets monthly to discuss the nonprofit and its needs. Lena Park operates by membership. Membership applications are accepted year-round and are low cost. The organization is currently gearing up for the launch of its six-week summer program, which will start July 5 and run Monday through Friday. Those who are interested should contact Alice Gomes at 617-533-8133.

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BANNER CLASSIFIEDS LEGAL MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. AP1521-C1 FY2016-2019 TERM CONTRACT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EMERGENCY SERVICES AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES, ALL MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY FACILITIES, BOSTON, BEDFORD, AND WORCESTER, 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, JUNE 10, 2015 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 11:00 A.M. LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015 AND WILL BE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY SITE VISITS TO VARIOUS LOGAN FACILITIES. A MAXIMUM OF TWO (2) INDIVIDUALS PER FIRM MAY ATTEND. ALL INTERESTED CONTRACTORS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BY 3:00 PM TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015 TO RJOYCE@MASSPORT.COM. ANY REQUESTS AFTER THIS TIME SHALL NOT BE HONORED. NO OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR SITE VISITS SHALL BE OFFERED. INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR SITE VISIT: NAME; SEX; DATE OF BIRTH; COMPANY; ID NUMBER, AND PLACE OF ISSUE AND TYPE OF ID. ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID SHALL BE A STATE ISSUED DRIVER’S LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD OR A VALID UNITED STATES PASSPORT. The work includes THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE STORM DRAINAGE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND THE FIRE TRAINING FACILITY AT LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES ON AN AS NEEDED BASIS AS WELL AS SCHEDULED BASIS WILL BE CONDUCTED AT ALL MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY FACILITIES. THE CONTRACT REQUIRES THE FULL-TIME STAFFING OF TWO PROJECTDEDICATED FIELD TECHNICIANS EACH WITH ACTIVE MASSACHUSETTS GRADE II MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATOR AND MASSACHUSETTS GRADE II INDUSTRIAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPERATOR CERTIFICATIONS. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority’s Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. The estimated contract cost is TWO MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,500,000.00). A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, 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 DOLLARS ($10,000,000). 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. 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 THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. M417-C1, COMMONWEALTH PIER, FISH PIER, & HOOSAC PIER STRUCTURAL REHABILITATION, BOSTON,

LEGAL 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, JUNE 10, 2015 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE:

PRE BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT MASSPORT’S OFFICES AT FISH PIER (212 NORTHERN AVENUE, SOUTH BOSTON, MA 02127) AT 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015.

The work includes, but is not limited to, REHABILITATION OF CONCRETE AND STEEL COMPONENTS OF COMMONWEALTH PIER APRON AND FISH PIER IN SOUTH BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS AND HOOSAC PIER IN CHARLESTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS. Bid documents will be made available beginning FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority’s Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. The estimated contract costs are as follows: Base Bid ($1,800,000.), Add Alternate No. 1 ($1,000,000.), Add Alternate No. 2 ($80,000.), Add Alternate No. 3 ($100,000.), Add Alternate No. 4 ($325,000.), Add Alternate No. 5 ($325,000.), Add Alternate No. 6 ($230,000.), and Add Alternate No. 7 ($300,000.). A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, 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 $1,000,000. 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. 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 THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. L1240-C3, TERMINAL C CRAWL SPACE CHILLED WATER PIPE REPLACEMENT, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, 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, JUNE 17, 2015 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 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015. The work includes INSTALLATION OF NEW CHILLED WATER PIPING AND ASSOCIATED INSULATION, HANGERS, SUPPORTS, ANCHORS, GUIDES, ETC. IN THE CRAWL SPACE OF TERMINAL C. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority’s Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General

LEGAL Bidders must submit with their bid a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of MECHANICAL SYSTEMS. The estimated contract cost is ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,500,000). Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44J inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, 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 $10,000,000. 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 THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PUBLIC NOTIFICATION FOR WRITTEN QUOTES The Medford Housing Authority (the Awarding Authority) invites written quotes from contractors for the Demolition of 17 and 25 Foster Court in accordance with the documents prepared by the Medford Housing Authority. The Project consists of: removing and disposing of two single family homes in a state acceptable manner, utilizing recycling when possible and practical, including the foundations, backfilling and compacting backfill, with over-layment of fertilizer, topsoil and hydro-seeded grass as noted in the specifications. The Construction Estimate cost is $40,000.00. Quotes are subject to M.G.L. c.149 §44A(2)(B) and to prevailing wage rates as required by M.G.L. c.l49 §§26 to 27H inclusive. Plans will be available on 5/20/2015, at 121 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA, or can be downloaded from our website, www.medfordhousing.org under “CONTRACTORS”. All Addenda will be posted on this site, and must be acknowledged by bidders. Written quotes will be received no later than 10:00 a.m., Wed., 06/10/15. Quotes may be hand delivered, or mailed to 121 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA, 02155. A 5% Bid Bond will be required. The project site will be available for inspection between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Wed. 06/03/15 or by appointment by calling Bernie Kirstein, 781-396-7200 x140, bkirstein@medfordhousing.org. Bidders must meet the requirements of the Section 3 Program in hiring qualified MHA tenants for work positions that become available as the result of this RFP.

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accepted alternates. See Contract Documents – Article 3 of the Instruction to Bidders.

The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from TRADE CONTRACTORS interested in performing work for MPA PROJECT NO. L1255-C3, TERMINAL C CONNECTORS, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS. The Authority is seeking Qualification Statements from Trade Contractors who have a demonstrated experience in the construction and implementation of similar work in terms of scale and complexity as required for the TERMINAL C to E CONNECTOR project in East Boston. In accordance with Massachusetts construction manager at-risk requirements, MGL Chapter 149A, Section 8, Qualification Statements are being requested from trade contractors capable of performing the following classes of work for the project: (a) Terrazzo.

A Pre-bid Conference will be held at 11:00 am at the Development on Thursday, May 28, 2015 only at which time bidders will be invited to visit the project site.

The Phase 2 work of this project shall include the work to connect the second floor level of Terminal C to second floor level of Terminal E and associated gate hold area modifications; roof structure renovation; gate relocations; building additions; hold room renovations; construction of concession areas; installation of egress stairs, freight elevator, and escalators; and modifications to utilities and way finding. The estimated cost of the trade contractors’ portion of this currently bid phase of the Project is approximately $2,550,000.00 and the construction duration for this phase is approximately eleven (11) months. The estimated value of work to be performed by trade contractors is as follows: Terrazzo

$ $2,550,000.00

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). A Supplemental Information Package that discusses 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, May 20, 2015, by contacting Susan Brace at 617-5685961 or via email at sbrace@massport.com. A Project Briefing will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 10:00 AM in the Capital Programs Department, Logan Office Center, 2nd Floor, One 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. Seven (7) copies of a bound document each limited to 20 sheets (40 pages), exclusive of covers and dividers and resumes which shall be limited to one page, shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 ½” x 11”) and 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 Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submittal that exceeds the page limit set here or that is not received in the Capital Programs Department by the above deadline shall be rejected as non-responsive. Questions may be sent via email to CPBidQuestions@massport.com subject to the deadline for receipt stated in the timetable above. In the subject lines of your email, please reference the MPA Project Name and Number. Questions and their responses will be posted on Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport http://www.massport.com/doing-business/_layouts/ CapitalPrograms/default.aspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice and on CommBuys (www.commbuys.com) in the listings for this project. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ADVERTISEMENT The Brookline Housing Authority, the Awarding Authority, invites sealed bids from General Contractors for the Repair of exterior walkways for the Brookline Housing Authority in Brookline Massachusetts, in accordance with the documents prepared by Richard Alvord Architects. The Project consists of: Selective removal of portland cement and asphalt sidewalk surfaces and installation of new; removal of curb and sidewalk in two locations and installation of new handicap sidewalk access; miscellaneous walkway repairs. The work is estimated to cost

$ 42, 762.00

Bids are subject to M.G.L. c.30 § 39M & to minimum wage rates as required by M.G.L. c.l49 §§26 to 27H inclusive. THIS PROJECT IS BEING ELECTRONICALLY BID AND HARD COPY BIDS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please review the instructions in the bid documents on how to register as an electronic bidder. The bids are to be prepared and submitted at www.biddocsonline.com. Tutorials and instructions on how to complete the electronic bid documents are available online (click on the “Tutorial” tab at the bottom footer). General Bids will be received until 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2015 and publicly opened online, forthwith. All Bids shall be submitted electronically online at www.biddocsonline.com no later than the date and time specified above. General bids shall be accompanied by a bid deposit that is not less than five (5%) of the greatest possible bid amount (considering all alternates), and made payable to the BROOKLINE Housing Authority. Bid Forms and Contract Documents will be available for pick-up at www. biddocsonline.com (may be viewed electronically and hardcopy requested) or at Nashoba Blue, Inc. at 433 Main Street, Hudson, Massachusetts 01749 (978-568-1167). There is a plan deposit of $ 50 per set (maximum of 2 sets) payable to the Awarding Authority. Deposits must be a certified or cashier’s check. This deposit will be refunded for up to two sets for general bidders upon return of the sets in good condition within thirty days of receipt of general bids. Otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Awarding Authority.

Project Dog Reed Construction Data Document Processing Center 18 Graf Road Suite #8 Newburyport, MA 01950 30 Technology Parkway South, Suite 500 (978) 499-9014 Norcross, GA 30092-4578 (203) 426-0450

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE DIVISION OF CAPITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT & MAINTENANCE (DCAMM) Sealed proposals submitted on a form furnished by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) and clearly identified as a bid, endorsed with the name and address of the bidder, the project and contract number, will be received at the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance, One Ashburton Place, 1st Floor, Room 107, Boston, MA 02108, no later than the date and time specified and will forthwith be publicly opened and read aloud.

General Bidders must agree to contract with minority and women business enterproses as certified by the Supplier Deversity Office (SDO), formally known as SOMBWA. The combined participation goal reserved for such enterprises shall not be less than 10.4% of the final contract price including

June 11, 2015

Every General Bidder must be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance for the category of work and for no less than the bid price plus all add alternates of this project, if applicable. This project bid in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 30 Section 39M. Mass. State Project No.

Celestine Debnam

WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: May 5, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS CLASSIFIED LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT

DCP1426 Contract No. FC1

McCormack State Office Building/Bowdoin Street Site Repairs Boston, MA And the following Filed Sub-Bids: None.

Docket No. SU15P1055GD

Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of Clarens M. Bernard Of Mattapan, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Margarette Bernard of Mattapan, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Clarens M. Bernard is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Margarette Bernard of Mattapan, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondant is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 06/11/2015. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE

E.C.C: $490,477 This project is scheduled for 90 calendar days to substantial completion and in general includes: The project consists of reconstruction of approximately 250’ x 60’ section of Bowdoin Street in Boston, MA through roadway reconstruction, installation of new pavement markings, erection of signs, replacement of damaged concrete driveways, damaged concrete at electrical vault roof, and re-setting granite planter stones and improvements to damaged brick sidewalks. The pre-bid informational meeting will be held at the site on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @10:00 AM. Meet in the lobby of the McCormack Building. Contact either Jeff Novak, x31379, or Robert Gray, x31481, at 617-727-4030. Minimum rates of wages to be paid on the project have been determined by the Commissioner of the Division of Occupational Safety under the provisions of Sections 26 and 27, Chapter 149 of the General Laws. Wage rates are listed in the contract form portion of specification book. Each general bid and sub-bid proposal must be secured by an accompanying deposit of 5% of the total bid amount, including all alternates, in the form of a bid bond, in cash, a certified, treasurer’s, or cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The bidding documents may be examined at the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Bid Room, One Ashburton Place, 1st Floor, Room 107, Boston, MA 02108 Tel (617) 727-4003, bidroom.dcamm@state. ma.us. Copies may be obtained by depositing a company check, treasurer’s check, cashier’s check, bank check or money order in the sum of $50.00 payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. No personal checks or cash will be accepted as deposits. Refunds will be made to those returning the documents in satisfactory condition on or before MAY 29, 2015 (ten business days after the opening of General Bids) otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Commonwealth. WE DO NOT MAIL PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS. Messenger and other types of pick-up and delivery services are the agents of the bidder and the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance assumes no responsibility for delivery or receipt of the documents. Bidders are encouraged to take advantage of a rotating credit plans and specifications deposit program initiated by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance to encourage the easy accessibility of documents to contractors. Carol W. Gladstone COMMISSIONER

The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: May 05, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU15P0881GD

Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of Jean Jeannot Seignon Of Mattapan, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Elsie Osias of Mattapan, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Jean J. Seignon is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Elsie Osias of Mattapan, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondant is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 05/28/2015. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE

INVITATION TO BID The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is seeking bids for the following: BID NO.

DESCRIPTION

A600

RFQ/P Drug and Alcohol Testing 06/12/15 Services

DATE

TIME 11:00 a.m.

To obtain Contract Documents send request to the MWRA’s Document Distribution Office at MWRADocumentDistribution@mwra.com.

The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 23, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Medford Housing Authority will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at 121 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA to discuss the Medford Housing Authority’s (5) Year and Fiscal Year Beginning 2015 Public Housing Agency Plan. The Plan will be available for public inspection and comment period beginning Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Reception Area of the Administrative Offices of the Medford Housing Authority, 121 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA during regular business hours. The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. If communication assistance is needed or any other reasonable accommodation to ensure equal participation, please contact Berlande Edouard at 781-396-7200 X 139. Individuals that need accommodations for the July 8, 2015 meeting shall make those requests no later than three (3) business days prior to the meeting.

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

Docket No. SU15C0170CA In the matter of Bernard Lee Murphy of Roxbury Crossing, MA

NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME To all persons interested in a petition described: A petition has been presented by Bernard L. Murphy requesting that Bernard Lee Murphy be allowed to change his name as follows: Bernard Gregory King

Additional sets may be purchased for $ 50.00. Bidders requesting Contract Documents to be mailed to them shall include a separate check for $ 40.00 per set for UPS Ground (or $65.00 per set for UPS Overnight), payable to the Biddocs Online Inc., to cover mail handling costs.

MHC/Joseph Merrit & Co 17 Everberg Road – Unit C 01749 Woburn, MA 01960 (781) 430-2008

General Bids at 2:00 PM:

A petition has been presented by Lesteen Davis requesting that Lesteen Davis be allowed to change her name as follows:

IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT BOSTON ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON 06/04/2015.

The Contract Documents may be seen, but not removed at: Nashoba Blue 433 Main Street Hudson, Massachusetts 978-568-1167

To all persons interested in a petition described:

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

Docket No. SU15C0184CA In the matter of Lesteen Davis of Dorchester, MA

NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME

IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT BOSTON ON OR BEFORE TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON 05/28/2015. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 28, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate


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Docket No. SU15P1082GD

Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 In the matter of Catherine L. Manley Of Roxbury, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Judith Coakley of South Dennis, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Catherine L. Manley is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Judith Coakley of South Dennis, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondant is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 06/11/2015. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: May 08, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU15P1020EA

Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Fred Holmes, Jr. Date of Death: 10/24/2014 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Zilpha Holmes of Mattapan, 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 Zilpha Holmes of Mattapan, 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 06/04/2015. 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: May 05, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU15P0972EA

Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Marie G. Casimir Date of Death: 03/03/2015 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Marie Lespinasse of Mattapan, 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 Marie Lespinasse of Mattapan, 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 06/04/2015. 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: April 30, 2015 Felix D. Arroyo Register of Probate

REAL LEGAL ESTATE LEGALS Commonwealth of Massachusetts INVITATION TO BID The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority is seeking bids for the following: SUFFOLK Division BID NO. DESCRIPTION

Docket No. SU13P2486EA DATE TIME

Citation on Petition for Allowance of Account Furnish Two (2) Chesterton 3/14/05 11:00 a.m. Mechanical Split Seals or In the matter of Clara A. Abercrombie Equal with Two (2) Enviro Date of Death: 08/20/2013 Spiral Trac Seals for North Main Pump Station, Deer To all interested persons: Island Treatment Plant

WRA-2432

ASealed petition has filed by Dorian Abercrombie Jamaica Plain, MA bids willbeen be received at the offices of the ofMassachusetts Water requesting of the First account(s) asDocument Personal Representative and Resources allowance Authority, Charlestown Navy Yard, Distribution Office, any relief as First requested the Petition. 100other First Avenue, Floor, in Boston, Massachusetts 02129, up to the time and date listed above at which time they will be publicly opened and read. 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 SECTION 00020 attorney must file a written appearance andBID objection at this Court before INVITATION TO 10:00 a.m. on 05/28/2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which must written appearance and objection you object to this Sealedyou Bids for file the aconstruction of the Elm Street Sewerif Improvements for proceeding. If you fail toMassachusetts, file a timely written appearance and folthe Town of Blackstone, will be received by theobjection Department lowed by an Affidavit Objections thirty (30) days Works, of the return of Public Works at theofoffice of the within Department of Public 15 St.date, Paul action be taken without further notice to you.a.m. prevailing time, on Street,may Blackstone, Massachusetts until 10:30 March 29, 2005 and at which time and place said bids will be publicly opened and readJoan aloud. WITNESS, HON. P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: April 23, 2015 The scope of work includes furnishing and installing approximately linFelix 3,065 D. Arroyo ear feet of 8-inch gravity sanitary sewer main with all appurtenances; furRegister of Probate nishing and installing approximately 8,135 linear feet of 10-inch gravity sanitary sewer main with all appurtenances; furnishing and installing approximately 4,100 linear feet of 6-inch PVC gravity sanitary sewer service conCommonwealth of Massachusetts nections and all appurtenances, furnishing and installing approximately 315 The Trial Court linear feet of 4-inch and 3,475 linear feet 6-inch sanitary sewer force Probate and Family Court of Department main with all appurtenances, furnishing and installing fully functional sanitary sewer pump stations located at the Corrosion Control Facility (CCF), SUFFOLK Division Docket No. SU15P1015GD Quickstream crossing, Fire Station, and Mill River crossing with all appurtenances, standby generator housed within a prefabricated building at the Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Quickstream and Mill River pump stations; furnishing and installing bitumiIncapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304 nous concrete trench pavement (permanent); water system reconstruction (Add Alternate 1); miscellaneous drainage improvements (Add Alternate 3); In the matter ofmanholes, Jesus Rodriquez furnishing and installing associated paving, project wide mainteRoxbury Crossing, MA to complete the Work as nance of traffic and otherOfappurtenances required RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated specified in the Contract Documents. Work must be Person substantially complete within 1153 days of the Notice to Proceed. The estimated cost of the projTo named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has ectthe is $4,500,000.00.

Bid Security in the form of a BID BOND, CASHIER’S, TREASURER’S, OR CERTIFIED CHECK issued by a responsible bank or trust company is required in the amount of five percent of the bid price payable to the Town of Blackstone.

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BSC Group, 33 Waldo Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608 F.W. Dodge Division, McGraw-Hill Information Services Co., Boston, Massachusetts Town of Blackstone, Department of Brand Public Works, St. Paul Street New15Renovated Blackstone, Massachusetts Apartment Homes

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Contract Documents may be obtained at the office of the BSC Group locatStainless Steel Appliances Space Massachusetts, ed at1st 33Class Waldo Office Street, Worcester, 01608, from 9 a.m. to 12 NewofKitchen Cabinets noon and 1 to p.m., upon payment of a deposit $100.00 in the form of Corner of4Gallivan Blvd a check payable to the Town of Blackstone. Any unsuccessful bidder or nonHardwood Floors and Washington St bidder, upon returning such set within the time specified in the Instructions Updated BathroomContract ample to Bidders and inparking. good condition, will be refunded his payment. Documents will be mailed via USPS to prospective Custombidders Accentupon Wall request Paintingand receipt of a separate non-refundable check payable to BSC Group, Inc. in the Free Parking amount of $25.00 to cover handling and mailing fees.

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REAL LEGAL ESTATE LEGALS been filed by Benjamin Healthcare Center of Roxbury Crossing, MA in Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Waste andneed Water the above captioned matter alleging that JesusService, Rodriquez is in of Grants and Loan attention Healthcare should be paid withofrespect to a Guardian and program. requestingSpecial that Benjamin Center Roxbury the (U.S.D.A.) requirements for Bids. Crossing, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve on the bond. All bids for this project are subject to applicable bidding laws of Massachusetts, including General Laws Chapter 30, Respondant Section 39MisasincapaciamendThe petition asks the court to determine that the ed. Attention of appointment bidders is particularly calledistonecessary, the requirements to contated, that the of a Guardian that theas proposed ditions of is employment to The be observed minimum wage rates be paid Guardian appropriate. petition isand on file with this court andtomay conunder the contract as specific determined by the Department of Labor and tain a request for certain authority. Workforce Development under the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 149, to Section inclusive, asIfamended. You have the right object26-27D, to this proceeding. you wish to do so, you or

your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 The Bidder agrees that this bid shall be good and may not be withdrawn for A.M. on the return date of 06/11/2015. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a period of thirty (30) working days, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays a deadline date by which you have to file the written appearance if you object excluded after the opening of bids. to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition The Owner reserves the right to waive any informality in bids or to reject any to all filing written appearance, you orofyour attorney must file a written or bidsthe if deemed in the best interest the Town of Blackstone. affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date. TOWN OF BLACKSTONE, MASSACHUSETTS

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BSC Group, Inc. The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the Boston, Massachusetts above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a BOSTON AND SEWER COMMISSION lawyer. Anyone may makeWATER this request on behalf of the above-named person. INVITATION FOR BIDS If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission by its Executive Director invites sealed bids for CONTRACT # 04-308-001, WATER MAIN RELAY AND WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. SEWER/DRAIN REHABILITATION IN ALLSTON/BRIGHTON, CITY PROPER, Date: May 05, 2015 HYDE PARK AND JAMAICA PLAIN. Bids must be accompanied by a bid D. Arroyo deposit, certified check, treasurer’s or cashier’s check, or inFelix the form of a Registerthe of Probate bid bond in the amount of 5% OF BID payable to and to become property of the Commission if the bid, after acceptance, is not carried out. The bid deposit is to be returned only when all stated conditions of the Contract document are carried out. In addition, a performance bond and also a labor and materials payment bond, each of a surety company qualified to do business under the laws of the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Executive Director, and each in the sum of 100 % OF THE CONTRACT PRICE, must be submitted within the time specified in the Contract document. Bids must be (617) on 261-4600 x 7799 ads@bannerpub.com submitted the forms obtained from• the Purchasing Manager, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, 980 Harrison Avenue, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02119, and must be submitted in sealed envelopes to the Purchasing Find rate information at www.baystatebanner.com/advertise Manager clearly marked BIDS FOR CONTRACT # 04-308-001, WATER MAIN RELAY AND SEWER/DRAIN REHABILITATION IN ALLSTON/BRIGHTON, CITY PROPER, HYDE PARK AND JAMAICA PLAIN. Bids will be publicly opened and read at the office of the Purchasing Manager on THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2005 AT 10:00 A.M. There will be a non-refundable charge of $25.00 for each set of contract documents taken out. If the bidder neglects to bid on each and every item, it may lead to the rejection of the bid. The rate of wages paid to mechanics, teamsters, chauffeurs, and laborers in the work to be performed under the contract shall not be less than the rate of wages in the schedule determined by the Commission of Labor and Industries of the Commonwealth, a copy of which schedule is annexed to the form of contract referred to herein. Copies of said schedule may be obtained, without cost, 91 Claytherefore Street at the office of the Executive Director. Before upon application commencing performance on this contract, the contractor shall provide by Quincy, MA 02170 insurance for the payment of compensation and the furnishing of all other benefits under Chapter 152 of the General Laws (The Workmen’s Compensation Law, so called) to all persons to be employed under this contract and shall continue such insurance in full force and effect during the term of this contract. Attention is called to Chapter 370 of the Acts of 1963, which must be strictly complied with. No bid for the award of this project will be considered acceptable unless the Contractor agrees to comply fully with the requirement of the Minority Employee Utilization Requirement as set forth in Article VIII of the Contract and the Utilization of Minority and Women Owned Business as set forth in Article X of the Contract. Included 0 BR unitsEnterprises = $1,027/mo with the Contract documents are copies of the Bidder’s Certification 1 BR units = $1,101/mo Statement and Weekly Utilization Report. Each Contractor must complete, signAll and utilities file with his bid the Bidder’s Certification call Statement. Failure to do included. so will result in rejection of the bid. The Weekly Utilization Reports shall be submitted in accordance with section 8.2 (ii) and (iii) of the Contract. Failure to comply with the Minority Employee Utilization Requirement may result in imposition of the sanctions set forth in section 8.2 (f) and (g) of the Contract.

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Senior Living At It’s Best

A senior/disabled/ handicapped community

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Attractive and Affordable This beautiful privately owned apartment complex with subsidized units for elderly and disabled individuals is just minutes from downtown Melrose. Close to Public Transportation • Elevator Access to All Floors • On Site Laundry Facilities Heat Included • 24 Hour Closed Circuit Television • On Site Parking Excellent Closet and Storage Space • 24 Hour Maintenance Availability On site Management Office • Monthly Newsletter • Weekly Videos on Big Screen T.V. Resident Computer Room • Bus Trips • Resident Garden Plots

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 • BAY STATE BANNER • B11

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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

617-283-2081 Would You Like to Own a Home in Belmont? The Town of Belmont is offering grants to assist three First-Time Home Buyers in the acquisition of a home in Belmont. Any home is eligible, but it must meet certain housing quality standards and have a maximum price of $289,300 for a 1-BR unit or $341,000 for a 2-BR, or $362,600 for a 3-BR unit. Applicants must be at or below the following income limits:

Affordable Housing Opportunity 3BR Single Family Homes for $198,600

Your Total Monthly Housing Costs* are only $1,400 (approx.)!!! *Total Monthly Housing Costs are the estimated sum of your mortgage payment (30 year, fixed rate), your HOA fees. monthly real-estate taxes, and insurance.

All affordable homes will be at least 1,544 (and may be up to 1,932 sqft, not including an unfinished basement) and have 3 bedrooms, 1.5 to 2 bathrooms, central A/C, Energy Star windows, and garage parking for at least one car. The first affordable homes were made available in April 2015. This is an opportunity for the 7 remaining affordable Single Family Homes being built at The Pines in Dighton, MA. These 7 homes will be sold at affordable prices to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income.

Households cannot have more than $75,000 in assets.

General Info. Sessions: Thursday April 30th at 7:00 pm and Saturday June 6th at 10 am both at the Belmont Public Library. Call for details. Applications are DUE June 15, 2015. A Lottery will be held on June 23, 2015. For an application and additional information, contact Jennifer at Metro West CD 617-923-3505 x 4 or visit this website: http://metrowestcd.org/ housing-services/information-for-home-buyers-owners/

ADMIRAL’S TOWER CO-OP

SENIOR LIVING AT ITS BEST! 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. 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

For more information on the Development, the Homes or the Lottery and Application Process or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please visit: www.s-e-b.com/lottery or call 617.782.6900x2.

Affordable Housing Lottery

The Merc at Moody & Main Corner of Moody and Main Street, Waltham, MA Studios @ $1,122*, 1BRs @ $1,275*, 2BRs @ $1,415*, 3BRs @ $1,553* *Utilities not included. Tenants will pay own Gas Heat, Gas Hot Water, and Electricity (including cooking) The Merc at Moody & Main is a 269 unit rental apartment community located in the heart of downtown Waltham on the corner of Moody and Main Street across from the Waltham Common. 27 of these apartments will be made available through this application process and rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. MAXIMUM Household Income Limits: $48,800 (1 person), $55,800 (2 people), $62,750 (3 people), $69,700 (4 people), $75,300 (5 people) and $80,900 (6 people) A Public Info Session will be held on May 27th, 2015 at 6:00 pm at 119 School Street in the first floor of the Waltham Government Building Auditorium

Social activities include: Bingo, Luncheons, Holiday Parties & More!! Rent is based on 30% of income (income limits apply) to qualified seniors 62 and older and for persons 18 and over who are mobility impaired requiring the special design features of accessible units. PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS.

Call 1-800-225-3151 • www.csi.coop

Completed Applications and Required Income Documentation must be received, not postmarked, by 2 pm on July 7th, 2015 The Lottery for eligible households will be held on July 27th at 6 pm

Applications also available at Waltham Public Library on 735 Main St (M-Th 9-9, Fri-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5) and Waltham City Hall Clerk’s Office or Building Department on 610 Main Street (8:30 - 4:30, M-Fri)

Five 1BRs @ $1,279*, Four 2BRs @ $1,420* Utilities not included

For details on the development and the units, please see www.LiveAtTheMerc.com

2 Washington Street, Melrose, MA

Unit finishes include stainless steel appliances, vinyl plank flooring, granite countertops, carpet in the living and bedroom areas, washers and dryers in all units. Amenities include a clubroom with gas fireplace and cyber-café, a fitness center with personal televisions on cardio equipment, an outdoor lounge area with built-in grilling stations and a fire pit, and a roof deck. Household Size

80% AMI (Area Median Income)

1

$48,800

2

$55,800

3

62,750

4

$69,700

A Public Information Session will be held at 6 pm on June 3rd 2015 in the Aldermanic Chamber of Melrose City Hall, 562 Main Street, Melrose, MA. Completed Applications and Required Income Documentation must be received, not postmarked, by 2:00 PM on July 9th, 2015. The Lottery will be held on July 22nd 2015 at 6 PM in same location as the info session above. For Details on Applications, the Lottery, and the Apartments or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, call 617.782.6900x1 or go to: www.s-e-b.com/lottery. Applications and Information also available at the Melrose Public Library on 69 West Emerson Street (Hours: M-Th 10-9, F-Sa 10-5, Su 2-5).

CRUZ

CONSTRUCTION SUPERINTENDENT /PROJECT MANAGER Boston based General Contractor Developer seeks experienced construction superintendent professional to manage construction of single-family subdivision of 30 homes in Boston including construction of new city street. Estimated build-out cost is $11,000,000. Estimated build-out time is three years. REQUIREMENTS • City of Boston or State Superintendent License. • Minimum of 5-Plus Years’ Experience We offer an excellent compensation/benefits package. Please email all resumes to: SUCCESS@CRUZCOMPANIES.COM Absolutely no calls please!

Maintenance Technician Cruz Management Company, Inc. is seeking experienced candidates to fill open positions in our maintenance department. The ideal candidate must have 5+ years of experience in property maintenance which includes but is not limited to: Painting Electrical Carpentry

Plumbing HVAC Snow Removal

Prospective candidates must be a team player and have the ability to complete work orders timely on their own. Candidates must be able to work overtime which includes overnight on-call duties and snow removal when necessary. A valid driver’s license is required as well as your own vehicle to travel to properties. All maintenance technicians are required to have their own tools. Cruz Management Co., Inc. offers our employees a competitive salary and excellent benefits package which includes paid vacations & sick days, paid health & dental, holidays and a 401K plan.

Please email all résumés to: SUCCESS @ CRUZCOMPANIES.COM Absolutely no calls please!

For Lottery Information and Applications, or for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, go to www.s-e-b.com/lottery or call (617) 782-6900x1 (then x5) and leave a message.

Affordable Housing Lottery 2 Washington

2 Washington is a 94 unit rental apartment community located at 2 Washington Street in Melrose. 9 affordable apartments being built will be made available through this application process and rented to households with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.

HELP WANTED

The Pines, Dighton, MA

The Maximum Income Limits for Households are as follows: $44,950 (1 person), $51,350 (2 people), $57,750 (3 people), $64,150 (4 people), $69,300 (5 people) and $74,450 (6 people)

Income Limits: 1-person: $48,800 2-persons: $55,800 3-persons: $62,750 4-persons: $69,700 5-persons: $75,300 6-persons: $80,900

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Call today to schedule an Information Session: 617-542-1800

Chief of Police The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Chief of Police. Responsibilities include: overseeing the personnel, operations and equipment of the MBTA Transit Police Department, providing public safety and law enforcement services for the protection of the customers and employees of the MBTA, the general public and the assets of the Authority. The selected candidate will plan and direct the activities of the Department to preserve peace, protect riders, employees and property, and enforce the law. The qualified candidate must have: A Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Business, or a related field from an accredited institution; ten (10) years of law enforcement experience in a large, multi-jurisdictional setting; five (5) years of command experience; knowledge and training relative to the Incident Command System; sound knowledge of Massachusetts and federal laws and regulations; familiarity with Police Accreditation operations and standards (The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies - CALEA); knowledge of budget development and/or administration; the ability to pass a formal firearms test; the ability to obtain a valid License to Carry a Firearm in Massachusetts; a valid driver’s license; a certification demonstrating the successful completion of Basic Police Recruit Academy; and the ability to supervise and work effectively with a diverse workforce. Preferences Include: Work experience in the law enforcement field in an urban environment; and/or work experience in the law enforcement field in a transit setting. Application deadline: 6/9/15. To view the complete job description or to apply online, please visit the MBTA’s Career Opportunities page at www.mbta.com. The MBTA is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer.


Do you believe it’s time to Unify Boston?

Unify Boston is a movement of Boston parents and community members who believe every child deserves to go to an excellent school. We, the parents and community members of Boston, pledge to work with our leaders to Unify Boston by developing a plan to:

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school in their neighborhood – whether it’s a district or a charter school.

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Boston - especially those who speak English as a second language and children with special needs.

3. Ensure that our teachers reflect the diverse

communities they serve.

We will be in your neighborhood in the upcoming weeks, asking you to join our campaign. To join us now, visit: www.unifyboston.org and add your name!

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