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Fairmont Line stops bring new housing, commercial growth Martin Desmarais
City Councilor John Connolly speaks during a rally at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. (left-right) Meg Connolly, John Borders, Thomas Cross (Yawu Miller photo)
Black pols endorse Walsh, Connolly gets clergy nod Yawu Miller Two weeks ago, when former mayoral candidates Felix G. Arroyo and John Barros endorsed state Rep. Marty Walsh over City Councilor John Connolly in the mayor’s race, the focus was on Walsh as observers mulled the duo’s ties to him. But as black and Latino elected officials past and present continued to walk into the Walsh camp, the focus among political observers shifted to Connolly and the question of why no black or Latino elected officials, past or present, are throwing their weight behind the councilor. Elected officials interviewed by the Banner cited past ties to the
candidates, the candidates’ temperaments and their stances on public policy issues as major factors in their decision to endorse Walsh. At this point it’s much easier to list the black and Latino elected officials who haven’t endorsed at all in the race than to list those who’ve endorsed Walsh: state Reps. Byron Rushing and Jeffrey Sanchez are on the sidelines as is City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who has publicly stated that she will not endorse either candidate. The lack of support from his colleagues of color prompted Connolly to joke in a Monday rally that President Barack Obama is scheduled to endorse Walsh this week (he is not).
Pressley’s reluctance to weigh in is particularly telling, given that she and Connolly campaigned together in the 2012 at-large race, sharing campaign schedules and making joint appearances. Pressley told the Boston Globe she knows both candidates well and that the city would be wellserved by either. The apparent unwillingness of any officials of color to side with Connolly raises questions of whether or not Connolly can work effectively with blacks and Latinos. One black elected official, speaking off the record, cited Connolly’s temper, an inability to work collaboratively with other officials and his proposed school Connolly, continued to page 10
The opening of new commuter rail stations along the Fairmont Line, which runs through Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and Hyde Park, is spurring a development boom along its route. Efforts by the state over the last several years have resulted in the addition of three stops on the Fairmont Line — Talbot Avenue Commuter Rail Station, Four Corners Commuter Rail Station and Newmarket Commuter Rail Station. A fourth new station — Blue Hill Avenue — is planned for the future. Accord i ng to MassDOT and MBTA officials, the station locations were chosen to support improved bus service by reducing overcrowding on existing buses, to relieve traffic congestion on main thoroughfares and to provide an alternative mode of transportation in creating “walk-to” stations for neighborhood residents along the corridor. However, many community development organizations also see the addition of the stops as an opportunity to revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods. The Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. has a number of projects connected to the new Fairmont Line stops near Codman Square and in Dorchester. The Codman Square NDC is
focusing on development within a half-mile radius of the Four Corners stop and the Talbot Ave. stop. Codman Square NDC has already finished an $11 million project on 157 Washington St., across the street from the Four Corners stop. The development, which began in 2011, contains 24 units of housing in what used to be a 28,000-square-foot industrial building. The three-anda-half story building contains both residential and commercial space. In addition to the housing it also houses the Dorchester Arts Collaborative and, according to Codman Square NDC Executive Director Gail Latimore, discussions are ongoing about bringing in a restaurant. Latimore said the 157 Wa s h i n g t o n St. project is indicative of what Codman Square NDC is trying to do around the new Fairmont Line stops. “The idea we developed was to try and create a sense of place at 157 Washington St.” Latimore said. “We are trying to achieve the goal of building and arts and culture kind of vibe. “That is just one of our flagship projects in the Four Corners area,” she added. Codman Square NDC also has 24 affordable housing rental units and one commercial space recently developed on what used
Many community development organizations also see the addition of the stops as an opportunity to revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods.
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Pressley keeps focus on families, schools Yawu Miller In 10 minutes on a sidewalk in Dudley Square, City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley engages in a series of conversations with constituents that outline the highlights of her work over the last two terms. Dressed in a finely-woven grey houndstooth suit, business owner Michael James Christian expresses more than a little skepticism about the efficacy and effectiveness of the council.
Pressley steers the conversation toward her priorities for k-12 education, how she has been advocating for more funding for wraparound services for children who come to school with what she calls “adult problems” — child abuse, parents with addiction issues, homelessness and traumas. “We’re not allowing teachers to be teachers because they’re too busy being social workers,” she says. “At the end of the day, if a child enters their school and isn’t Pressley, continued to page 12
At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley garnered more votes in the 2012 election than any other at-large city councilor. She is at the head of the pack of eight finalists vying for one of the four at-large seats on the Boston City Council. (Yawu Miller photo)
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Redskins name controversy latest battle in long war
Washington Redskins owner George Marshall, who chose the team name, in a publicity photo in 1954. (Photo courtesy of the Star Collection, D.C.) Cady Vishniac When President Barack Obama recently suggested that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder consider changing the name of his football team, the long-simmering debate over offensive symbols came to a full boil. Activists who have spent their careers fighting to change the use of team names and mascots considered racist or insensitive were overjoyed. Defenders of the offensive status quo were predictably embittered, attacking the president’s statement as an example of political correctness run amok. Toward the end of a press
briefing that had focused on the government shutdown and foreign policy, the president, almost as an aside, brought up Washington’s popular NFL team. “I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” said the president. Chief Joseph Brings Plenty of South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux tribe applauded the president’s statement, calling the current team name “destructive and racist.” “It’s good to know that we have a president here who understands how that makes a person feel,”
said the Lakota leader. “If that change was to be made, I would be happy with it.” The storied D.C. football franchise got its start as the Boston Braves in 1932 and was renamed the Redskins a year later. The team retained the name when it re-located to the nation’s capital in 1937. In spite of sold-out games and national titles, critics have slammed the team for nearly as long as it has existed for reducing a race to its skin color. Though the word “redskins” is considered derogatory among Native Americans, Snyder defended the name of his team in the wake of the commander-in-chief’s comments. “I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name,” he wrote in an open letter to Redskins fans. But, he added, he had no plans to change it. Citing the racial makeup of the inaugural Redskins team in 1933, on which four players were Native Americans, Snyder called the name “a badge of honor.” However, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was later quoted saying that Snyder was “way down the road” in considering a name change. “I’m confident he’s listening,” said Goodell. “I’m confident he feels strongly about the name but also wants to do the right thing.” Accusations of racial insensitivity against Redskins management recall the fight to integrate the
team in the majority-black city. It was only in 1962, 16 years after the rest of the NFL integrated, that owner George Preston Marshall finally agreed to allow African Americans to suit up. Marshall did so under duress; President John F. Kennedy declared that a segregated team would not be allowed to play in D.C.’s federally owned stadium, which today bears his slain brother’s name. Until then, Marshall had reveled in owning professional football’s last segregated team, famously announcing, “We’ll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites.” Marshall is also the man who named the Redskins. According to Thomas G. Smith, author of “Showdown: JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins,” Marshall forced the players and the coach, William “Lone Star” Dietz, who years before had falsely claimed Indian heritage to attend the Carlisle Indian School and play alongside Jim Thorpe, to wear war paint and do Native American dances on the field before each game. (Dietz’s fraud was unmasked in 2004 by the Indian Country Today Media Network, but Snyder still referred to him as a Native American in his letter to Redskins fans.) The naming contretemps in Washington remains a touchy subject at every level of athletics. Here in the Bay State, it echoes a recent battle in over the “Natick Redmen.” Chief Caring Hands of the Natick Praying Indians, a Wampanoag band descended from the tribe that greeted early Puritan settlers in the western frontiers of Boston, helped convince the Natick School Committee to drop the name during testimony in 2008 before a packed municipal hearing. Caring Hands compared the use of Redmen and Redskins to racial slurs against blacks. “It does equate to the n-word,” she says, adding that non-Indians have no right to tell Native Americans not to be offended by the use of demeaning names. “Nobody should be saying, ‘You shouldn’t feel this way.’ ” At the collegiate level, Dartmouth College, founded in 1797 to educate Native Americans, dropped its use of “Indians” in the 1970s. The move provoked an angry backlash from alumni and students accustomed to dressing in Native costumes and aping Indian rituals in alcohol-fuelled pre-game antics. Phil Odence, a 1979 Dartmouth graduate, said he resented the substitution of “Big Green” for “Indians” until conversations with classmates changed his mind. “I wore an Indian on my rugby jersey and played next to a part-Native American guy who didn’t give a damn,” said Odence,
a software executive now living in Cotuit, Mass. “Ultimately, I talked to enough Native Americans who were honestly offended by the whole thing that I came around to thinking Dartmouth made the right decision. I can understand those who want to preserve traditions. I was the same way. But those who defend the use of Redskins probably haven’t spoken to many.” Citing the impact on children, the American Psychological Association in 2005 passed a resolution calling for the immediate retirement of American Indian mascots, team names and symbols. The resolution cited several studies concluding that such symbols “have a negative impact on the self-esteem of American Indian children.” In contrast to the Redskins dust-up, the Florida State Seminoles’ use of the tribal name is officially sanctioned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. A mascot based on a stereotype — like the grinning cartoon brave in the Cleveland Indians logo — and one based on a specific tribal name and local identity — such as the Seminoles’ dignified horseman — evoke fundamentally different responses among First Nations. Another issue cited by critics is the virtual invisibility of Native Americans in the stands and in the management of sports teams using Indian names and symbols. The 19th-century Irish bristled at Thomas Nash cartoons depicting them as a drunken, brawling race. However, the use of a belligerent leprechaun as the mascot of the “Fighting Irish” of Notre Dame has been embraced on campus, where Hibernians abound among the board, the student body, and the faculty. The leprechaun, for many devoted fans of the South Bend school, is a feisty symbol of Irish pride rather than a lingering stereotype of poor self-control. To Chief Brings Plenty, there is nothing flattering about the “Fighting Sioux” of the University of North Dakota, which last year dropped the moniker after a long campaign. He recalled that on game days before the name change, opposing teams would display posters with drawings of the team’s Indian mascot being beaten or humiliated, triggering bitter memories of the battles for sovereignty and dignity against the guns of Manifest Destiny. On one occasion, North Dakota played a team whose mascot was a buffalo. “They had a buffalo mounted up on an Indian,” said the chief. “When the North Dakota name changed, I felt good.” Brian Wright O’Connor contributed to this report.
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A betrayal of the democratic process Americans were betrayed by the members of Congress and U.S. senators responsible for shutting down the government in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. While there were some citizens who approved of the tactics, polls indicate there has been considerable damage in the public’s support for the Republican Party, which was primarily responsible. Nonetheless, the betrayers undoubtedly believe they are patriots, even though the debacle has deprived workers of paychecks, caused a business loss of $24 billion, embarrassed the U.S. around the world by causing it to be seen as ungovernable and violated the values and principles of American democracy. Politically aware citizens have every reason now to be suspicious of the motives of their elected officials. The focus of the conservative attack was to deny funding to finance the Affordable Care Act. They seemed not to understand that Obamacare has survived the most strenuous test that the democratic system can impose. First it was subjected to debate in congressional committees. It was then approved in the House and the Senate. After it was signed into law by Obama its constitutionality was challenged in the courts. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 28, 2012, that Obamacare is constitutionally acceptable. Democratic vetting for Obamacare went even further. In November 2012, Barack Obama was re-elected president. Voters went to the polls to support him, in part because of his commitment to the Affordable Care Act. What is more, U.S. senators who supported Obamacare were also re-elected. Clearly the people rejected severe opposition to Obamacare. Despite being rebuked by the democratic process, conservatives were still willing to close down the government and also cause the U.S. to default on its debts by refusing to increase the debt limit.
Judging from news comments from conservative legislators, few seemed sophisticated enough to understand the financial impact of the U.S. failure to pay its debts on time. Anyone who has missed a required minimum credit card payment knows what happens. The interest rate goes up. With about $11 billion borrowed each week by the government even a small increase in the interest rate would be expensive for U.S. taxpayers. For Americans a default would be even more damaging. The U.S. dollar would lose its status as equivalent to the global gold standard of currency. There will be considerable rationalizations to justify the failed Tea Party kamikaze mission. Some will undoubtedly insist that the conservatives are true patriots, willing to do whatever is necessary to save the republic from a destructive health plan. But the real lesson is that voters have an even greater responsibility today, in this complex high-tech society, to stay well informed. It is not enough just to vote. Fortunately, it is human nature to desire democracy. Once enlivened, that spirit is hard to vanquish. But democracy has sometimes been vanquished by tyrants or by demagogues who were able to deceive the people with an appealing presentation. Many voters who did not want their representatives to shut down the government were disappointed when their congressmen joined with the Tea Partiers. The usual reaction to such political betrayal is to withdraw from participation in the democratic process. A better approach is to become more keenly aware of the real qualities of candidates. Whether the election is for a city, state or federal office, every citizen has a duty to become fully involved to select the best possible candidate. Only then will the democratic system work effectively for everyone.
We need someone who is real, willing to answer the tough questions honestly, even when they’re unpopular... If you really think that Connolly has the experience and skill set to deal with the unions, I think you’re sadly mistaken... One reason among a few that I support Marty is that he has the Hill and Union relationships that will allow him to be a better negotiater for funding as well as contracts. Go ahead and draw the line with the unions. When you get that line back, it’ll look like an ole school crazy straw. James W. Hills
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the impression that they can take black support for granted. Both of them know they need the black community to win. Our’s is an important swing vote. Making them both work for our vote ensures that they both will. Both candidates recognize that blacks want to see more people of color in City Hall and in the police department. Both have pledged to make this desire a reality. So far, so good. What the black community really needs to do is get firm guarantees from both candidates that they’ll meet our demands, then stay active through the machinations of the next mayor’s tran-
sition team, scrutinize his appointments and keep his feet to the fire. Getting the candidates to make firm commitments at this stage of the game makes it all the more likely that they’ll honor those commitments once in office. There are many in our community who think the mayor’s race was a lost opportunity. That a black person or a Latino should have been in the running for mayor. Maybe so. But we’re still shaping the agenda for this campaign, and that’s a win. Edward Johnson Dorchester
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Opinion IT’S STILL THE SAME OLD STORY Flash Wiley
CommonWealth Magazine is to be commended for its excellent focus on diversity in Greater Boston in its most recent issue — particularly on diversity in the city’s “corridors of power.” The report reveals the constant and ugly truth about the history of and prognosis for meaningful diversity in a city that has recently been demographically transformed into a political locale where the majority of citizens are black, Latino and Asian. And the most disappointing statistic in the entire story is that the further back in time a racial group’s continuing history of overt and insidious destructive treatment in America goes, the lower the group’s progress and prospects for positive change in today’s world. Asians and Latinos, for example, are faring better than the progeny of black slaves. Some white folks seem shocked — indeed even indignant — at the assertion that after five centuries of genocide, racism and discrimination in this country, the phenomena still exist. Indeed, when one suggests to these unbelievers that the conflict over issues of “states’ rights” (a convenient euphemism for “white power”) for which the Civil War was fought still rages today in the halls of Congress and beyond, they pooh-pooh the notion and say that it’s all about returning America to a time when things were more “civil and prosperous.” In reality, it is these naysayers who foster the din of turmoil and discord as they seek to do things their way, even at the cost of debasing and destroying the entire nation! They are quick to cite the successes of the Barack Obamas, Deval Patricks, Oprah Winfreys and Ken Chenaults, and they immediately denigrate any assertion that today’s prison statistics, as well as the Trayvon Martin case and the Florida legislation that spawned it, represent the results of present-day America’s repressive policies towards blacks and other minorities. To them, exposés like the CommonWealth report are a surprising and disappointing revelation. However, for those of us who have lived through wave upon wave of handwringing and heart-wrenching diversity denouements, the reaction is significantly different. In 1985, Joe Warren and other Dukakis insiders launched the Governor’s Commission on Minority Business Development to utilize the billion-dollar state budget to do business with and help grow minority businesses — and to facilitate thereby the utilization of minority businesses by the private sector. As a predicate to taking action, the GCMBD commissioned Wendell Knox and Abt Associates Inc. to conduct a disparity study and assessment of where state expenditures went. As a result, legislation was streamlined for the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance and some firms got contracts. A decade ago, when Blue Cross/Blue Shield CEO Bill Van Faasen became chairman of The Business Collaborative, a corporate initiative to expand the use of minority firms, he moved to re-energize the effort by conducting yet another disparity study utilizing the respected investigative and analytical skills of the Boston Consulting Group and Babson College. The findings and recommendations were all too predictable (at least for blacks, who live with the problem every day), and consistent with the GCMBD findings. As a result, Van Faasen and his consortium founded the Initiative for a New Economy — yet another mechanism to fix the problem, which was, like the GCMBD that preceded it, destined to fail. Why, one might naively ask, is this so? It’s because in order for minorities to get a piece of the pie, the pie has to be cut up differently. Despite what economists might tell you about the growth of a pie once you share it, the folks who currently have all of the pie (white folks) don’t see it that way, and they are competing to get all of the pie all of the time rather than being satisfied with 80 percent or 90 percent. Periodically, when there’s been a new, big pie on the table, Boston’s white establishment has warmed to the idea of using it to cut minorities in on a deal. For one thing, the circumstance allows them to escape the distasteful task of cutting up differently an existing pie. However, the new big pie projects in Boston like Copley Place, the Big Dig, the Convention Center and the Logan Airport expansion attracted a slew of “promise-them-anything-to-get-the-deal” developers who reneged on their promises to the minority community regarding employment, vendor relationships and nonprofit support. Indeed, the only project that kept its pledge was the hugely successful “Parcel 18” project, a linkage proposal combining the skyscraper at One Lincoln Plaza with development at Ruggles Place. It succeeded because it was created with minorities in the driver’s seat at the outset, in an assured “seat at the table.” Despite its success, the Parcel 18 deal was never replicated nor its mandatory equity tenets encouraged in other development deals (such as the casino). Indeed, the project’s very success doomed its replication. In truth, our nation was founded on the principles of constructive greed and exploitation, and inducing the “haves” to share with the “have-nots” — even to right past wrongs — is not any easy task. To be open to the idea, one has to be intelligent, enlightened, understanding, compassionate and visionary. Add to those traits the creativity, commitment, determination and persistence to fashion remedial measures and see them through, and the formula for success is set. Unless and until the people cutting up the pie have those traits, a succession of depressing exposés like the CommonWealth report will continue to be written over the years. Meanwhile, we must continue to note that the problem is not new, and the solutions are not new. It’s still the same old story!
In order for minorities to get a piece of the pie, the pie has to be cut up differently.
Fletcher H. Wiley is a lawyer, entrepreneur, activist, and political commentator.
What do you think can be done to prevent another government shutdown from happening?
Make John Boehner free up the money. If you want people to keep working, they have to have health care and money.
The shutdown affected people on disability. It affected veterans. And Congress was getting paid. They should have stopped paying them.
They should start taking money from the congressmen who aren’t voting. Their checks aren’t being withheld.
Honesty. Everybody in Congress is full of it. If they could get to the bottom-line issues, it wouldn’t have happened.
Both sides need to come to agreement. Congress is like middle school.
They need to talk more. Other countries are looking at us like we don’t know what the hell we’re doing.
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Ebony Reed, assistant chief of Bureau New England for the Associated Press, recently joined the New England Society of Newspaper Editors board and received an Image Award from the NAACP Boston branch. “I feel honored to have received an Image Award from the Boston NAACP and I’m excited about the work that the New England Society of Newspaper Editors does,” said Reed, who lives in Quincy. “I feel blessed that my parents were able to travel from Detroit for the Boston NAACP honor. That night meant a lot to them, too.” In June 2010, Reed, 35, joined the Associated Press in Boston. She focuses on business development for AP, the largest global news organization. She works with a variety of organizations that need content and see value in AP’s text, video, images and other services. Before joining AP, Reed spent 12 years as an editor and reporter at The Detroit News and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. She supervised staffs that produced a variety of award-winning
journalism projects. She oversaw and edited a Detroit News special project in 2007 examining the social and economic conditions experienced by Detroit residents 40 years after the 1967 riots. The project included a poll, community forums, videos, graphics and news stories. “The point of journalism is to help the community and I’m still really proud of that project we did in Detroit and the important work the Associated Press does every day,” Reed said. Reed also teaches online journalism
classes that focus on business development, business plan writing, digital journalism and leadership at various colleges, including Southern New Hampshire University and Wayne State University in Detroit. She has also taught at Emerson College in Boston. Reed has a master’s degree in media management and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a native of Lathrup Village, Mich., and has one sister.
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IBA celebrates 45 years of building community Martin Desmarais Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion celebrated 45 years last week with a gala event on Oct. 18 at its Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in the South End. Organization leaders and several hundred others gathered to reflect on the history of an organization that was one of the first to organize a community in Boston for the purpose of preserving a neighborhood through real estate development and has continued to support the city’s Latino community for over four decades. “We look into our future to continue to provide the high-quality services we have been providing,” said IBA Chief Executive Officer Vanessa Calderón-Rosado. “We are very committed to continue to push for affordable housing in the city and we are looking into opportunities to do that, particularly in the South End, which is so hard because the real estate is so expensive.” Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a Boston-based nonprofit started in 1968 dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of the Latino community through education, technology, economic development and arts programming. IBA owns or has developed more than 750 units of affordable housing, including Villa Victoria and Residencia Betances in the South End, as well as elderly housing in Lower Roxbury at the Robert L. Fortes House and in Hyde Park at Neponset Field. IBA also serves over 12,000
people through arts and cultural programming and more than 800 people annually through programs that include a preschool, an after-school and summer academic program for children, a youth development and employment program, a community technology center, resident services, an education and workforce development partnership with Bunker Hill Community College and arts programming through New England’s largest Latino Cultural Center, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. The founders of IBA were a group of predominately Puerto Rican community activists who organized to gain control of development in their Boston neighborhood in the face of a City of Boston urban renewal push (the name Inuillinos Boricuas en Accion means “Puerto Rican tenants in action”). The first efforts of IBA led to the development of Villa Victoria, a 435unit affordable housing development in the Boston’s South End neighborhood. Historically, the building of Villa Victoria is considered a seminal moment in the history of affordable housing, civil rights and community organizing in the city. In the four decades since, IBA has been lauded for its ability to link affordable housing with supportive programming. The organization’s work to “develop and preserve safe and culturally diverse affordable housing communities whose residents will have opportunities to increase their social, ed-
ucational, economic and political power, in order to reach their full potential” has led to a number of successful efforts. IBA is also praised for its use of the arts as a community-building tool to strengthen cultural pride and create cross-cultural ties within neighborhoods. Calderón-Rosado, who has been with the organization for over a decade, said that when reflecting back on IBA’s past, those involved feel a lot of pride for all the “firsts” it has accomplished. The big watershed was the development of Villa Victoria, but other accomplishments of note include the launching of Massachusetts’ first bilingual pre-school program in the early 1970s and the launch of its Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in the mid-1980s. “IBA has a lot of firsts in its his-
tory,” Calderón-Rosado said. “Those three are just examples of the many, many things over the last 45 years IBA has created [that] made a lasting impression on the community.” IBA has an impressive list of financial backers, including Univision Boston, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Goya Foods, Maloney Properties Inc., Nellie Mae Education Foundation, State Street, Xfinity, Yearup and the United Way. The organization has four different program areas: education, economic development, technology and arts. Its education efforts focus on Escuelita Boriken, a multicultural and bilingual preschool; Cacique Children’s Learning Center, a licensed after-school and summer program that integrates literacy development with arts and technology activities that works with more than 45 children (ages 5-13) per year; and Cacique Youth Learning Center, a youth development program serving 200 youth ages 13-24 living in Villa Victoria, the South End and Lower Roxbury. On the economic development front, IBA has an education part-
nership with Bunker Hill Community College for the Pathway Technology Campus, which provides low-income residents of the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood with opportunities to complete their GEDs and take adult education classes, transition into and enroll in college-level classes and participate in job readiness and workforce development training. It also has a Community Empowerment Program that helps about 150 elderly residents of Villa Victoria in the areas of health, arts, recreation and social services. The organization also continues its efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing. IBA also supports the El Batey Technology Center, which is a member of the City of Boston’s Timothy Smith Network. The center offers technology instruction in the form of computer training classes at the youth and college levels, as well as professional development services. The organization’s art efforts are focused through the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, which reaches over 20,000 people a year and has a IBA, continued to page 8
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, a nonprofit organization started in 1968 that is dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of the Latino community through education, technology, economic development, and arts programming, has been putting on public bomba performances, such as the one pictured above, for many years. (Photo courtesy of Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion)
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mission to preserve, promote and celebrate Latino art and to create dynamic cross-cultural collaborations. The center has won numerous National Endowment for the Arts grants and presents art through music,
dance and visual art. While IBA has a long and accomplished past, the organization is focused on what it hopes will be an equally long and accomplished future. Calderón-Rosado said that IBA has recently reorganized and consolidated its organizational structure to improve the way the it
works, and also to focus more on developing affordable housing for Boston’s Latino communities. She said IBA is looking at property acquisition and more development in the near future. According to Calderón-Rosado, 300 people attended IBA’s 45th anniversary event last Friday. The event featured a live show from Grammy
Award Nominee and Puerto Rican salsa star Michael Stuart. Also part of the festivities was an awards ceremony honoring Boston’s top Latino leaders. Four individuals were honored with Jorge Hernández Leadership Awards in four categories. Elizabeth González-Suárez won in the Civic category, John Sharratt in the Founder category, Jorge Arce in the
Arts category and Betty Francisco in the Corporate category. “It was a real fun. The house was packed with people,” said Calderón-Rosado. “Friday night was a wonderful night. Three hundred individuals came together to celebrate [IBA’s] contributions to the Latino community and the Boston landscape.”
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Women in Congress were key to ending shutdown Swanee Hunt Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., once said her experience as a preschool teacher was excellent training for Congress. As many on Capitol Hill are mugging for the press pool, proud of their political brinkmanship, a small group of female senators (Republicans Susan Collins, Kelly Ayotte and Lisa Murkowski and Democrats Amy Klobuchar, Heidi Heitkamp and Jeanne Shaheen) stands to the side, immune to the “me, me, me”-fest. Led by Sen. Collins, R-Maine, their strategic collaboration with a handful of male senators led to a deal to reopen the federal government and save the U.S. from a first-ever default. Even though women make up only 20 percent of the Senate, Collins’ collaborators were 66 percent female. On the bipartisan committee that worked on the deal, nearly half were women. What are the odds that in a Congress 80 percent male, women would lead the way? Rather than commendation, these women sought resolution. Rather than settle scores, they sat down together. Rather than stick with their teams, they found common ground for common good. Fittingly, Sen. Murkowski declared, “Politics be damned.” If we had more women in power, the senators have said, we would have avoided this multi-billion-dollar shutdown and globally
destabilizing game of chicken over the debt ceiling. Without talking about one particular woman or man, social science research supports what we know intuitively: Women in leadership care more about the public good and are more inclusive and socially compassionate than men. In Congress, they move forward more legislation, co-sponsor more bills, and are more in touch with their local communities. But perhaps most importantly in this time of disastrous gridlock, women bring to political debate a different set of life experiences, a broader perspective and a modulated voice. For 20 years, Senate women have gathered for monthly dinners, where they discuss everything from Guantanamo to grandchildren. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., started the gatherings. “Coach Barb” also runs the Senate Power Workshop to guide newly elected women — Republicans and Democrats — on committee selection and teach them the ropes. Beyond its policy work, the “Senate sisterhood” extends to home life, with shared baby showers and summer vacations. As men on the golf course know, those matter. Despite the obvious advantages to our political system that female membership provides, at the current rate, it will take literally two centuries for women to reach 51 percent of Congress, mirroring society. So
how do we get to parity sooner? The new “Twin States” study by Political Parity, the program I chair, says U.S. women are significantly more likely to be elected senator or governor in states where a female has already won one of those seats. In New Hampshire, North Carolina and Washington, all three top statewide positions have been filled recently by women.
In addition, women are more likely to be elected in states with greater racial diversity. These studies provide a path to dramatically increase the number of women political leaders by revealing such trends. Beyond this analysis, we’ve listened to the women themselves. They’re asking for tutoring for advanced campaigns, plus mentorship — not from their peers, but from those who have made it to higher levels. Personally, I’m an ardent Democrat. I’m also a realist, and in that I’m not alone. According to our polling, nationwide, a whopping 71 percent of female Republicans insist that Congress would function better with more women. Sen. Collins says,
“Although we span the ideological spectrum, we’re used to working in a collaborative way.” And Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz, D-Fla., says women get to yes “without really clobbering the other side.” Will our shutdown be more than a wrongful time-out for others’ misbehavior? We can stop the crossaisle squabbling. Elect more women. We know how to do it. Article from GlobalPost. Author Swanee Hunt is the chair of Political Parity, a program of Hunt Alternatives Fund, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Editor’s note: Hunt is also an investor in GlobalPost.
Last Wednesday, Governor Patrick visited the Harrington Elementary School in Lynn to celebrate the school’s rapid gains in student achievement. (Photo courtesy of the Governers Office)
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Thomas Menino has put his weight behind Connolly as well, unleashing a small tide of black city workers into the Connolly camp. And after Walsh promised he would dismantle the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Connolly camp picked up black and Latino BRA officials as well. Menino’s alleged support reportedly has extended to his key fundraisers, opening up a flood of campaign cash for Connolly, who took in more than $600,000 in the first half of October. Connolly has also picked up endorsements from several prominent black business owners, including Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Clayton Turnbull, restaurateur and real estate developer Darryl Settles and food services
Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh’s endorsers include (l-r)state senators Linda Dorcena Forry and Sonia Chang Diaz, state representatives Gloria Fox, Carlos Henriquez and Russell Holmes and at-large City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo. (Yawu Miller photo)
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assignment plan — which would have essentially returned Boston to a neighborhood school system — as key reasons he got no support from black and Latino elected officials. While Connolly’s home neighborhood of West Roxbury has four elementary schools, most black and Latino neighborhoods have more students than seats in their schools. And some neighborhoods have no schools at all. The candidates’ stances on
issues like school assignment and school reform were important to black and Latino politicians, who met the previous weekend to discuss endorsements. The officials met with both candidates and decided Walsh better understood their issues, according to state Rep. Carlos Henriquez. “Marty as a district representative has worked on a lot of issues — substance abuse, schools, housing,” he said. “John represents our neighborhoods, but I don’t think he’s had the same focus on the issues in our neighborhoods.” For his part, Connolly seems to have garnered the majority of
endorsements from black ministers, picking up support from reverends John Borders, Miniard Culpepper, William Dickerson, Thomas Cross and Bruce Wall, among others. “John may not be at the top of the list when it comes to elected officials high-fiving him and promoting him, but he’s at the top of the list when it comes to grassroots support,” Borders said during Connolly’s Monday rally, which was held at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. “John is not a union man, but he is a good man,” Borders continued. “And we need a good man.” Political observers say Mayor
bernian Hall event said Walsh’s personal story of triumph over cancer and redemption from alcohol addiction doesn’t resonate. “This neighborhood is looking for a mayor who can lead this neighborhood from struggle to success,” Turnbull told the gathering. Connolly’s apparent lead among endorsements from black clergy is not rock solid. Many men of the cloth were apparently put off by his calls for former School Superintendent Carolyn Johnson to step down last year, after it was disclosed that she failed to discipline a headmaster after learning he faced criminal charges for assaulting his wife. Several pastors, including Jeffrey Brown and Gregory Groover are with Walsh. Others, includ-
“John may not be at the top of the list when it comes to elected officials high-fiving him and promoting him, but he’s at the top of the list when it comes to grassroots support.” — Reverend John Borders provider Glynn Lloyd. Much of the media focus over the weekend was on a campaign mailing from a political action committee called Working America that characterized Connolly as a “son of privilege” who attended elite prep schools and became a corporate lawyer before running for the City Council seat he now holds, while emphasizing Walsh’s working class upbringing. Both Connolly and Walsh denounced the mailer as negative campaigning. Connolly supporters at his Hi-
ing Ray Hammond, whose church hosted a rally of support for Johnson, are on the sidelines in this race. Monday, Walsh also picked up an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, whose 8th Congressional District includes Roxbury, parts of Dorchester and Mattapan. At Hibernian Hall on Monday, Connolly pledged to work with those who backed his rivals if elected mayor. “I’m going to work with everyone,” he told the gathering at Hibernian Hall. “I’ve worked with every elected official in this city.”
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Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. has been pursuing development near commuter rail stops on the Fairmont Line in Dorchester, an $11 million development at 157 Washington St., featuring 24 units of housing and commercial space. (Photo courtesy of Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp.)
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to be just under 16,000 square feet of vacant land at 245 Talbot Ave., which is near the Talbot Ave. stop. Another planned project is mixed-used development near Talbot Station, which will be built on both sides of New England Ave. Codman Square NDC is also bidding for land owned by the city on Bowdoin St. and Washington St. “We have quite a bit of activity underway, finished or planned, at both the Four Corners Stop on the Fairmont Line and the Talbot Stop on the Fairmont Line,” Latimore said. “We are trying to acquire these sites and build for affordability.” Latimore said that Codman Square NDC is very aware of gentrification concerns and admits they are already seeing signs of it with the new Fairmont Line stops — but she says they are fighting it every chance they get. The key is to make sure that all new housing is affordable. “We are starting to see a lot of people interested in Codman Square as a place to live,” she said. “It is an opportunity and a challenge. “It is a good thing. We just are really continuing to look at things to figure out how to strategize to figure out how the long-time residents are going to benefit from this,” she added. In all its work, Codman Square NDC is also working closely with Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp., Mattapan Community Development Corp. and South West Boston Community Development Corp. The organizations have formed a special collaborative. In addition to its work with other community development corporations, including Codman Square NDC, on development along the Fairmont Line, South West Boston CDC is working on a development on Nott St. in Hyde Park, near the Fairmont stop, at an estimated cost of $10 million. According to Matt Thall, interim executive director of South West Boston CDC, all the work his organization does takes into close consideration what the com-
munity wants. “We are doing a lot of outreach to the community right now to get them educated about the project,” Thall said. “We see it as an important sparkplug for the whole revitalization of Logan Square.” Thall emphasized that it is crucial to get some projects off the ground to show that they can be successful in the area. “We believe, and have heard from developers, that if some development activities take place it can attract some of the transit-oriented development that can revitalize the area,” Thall said. “We see it as something that will send a signal to the whole development community that there are neighborhoods serving development opportunities in Logan Square.” The ultimate goal, according to Thall, is to stimulate the area, bringing more vitality, more jobs, more goods and more services. He believes it can stop a trend that has local residents leaving the area for goods and services because not enough of them are available where they live. “People go to suburbs for goods that they could get locally if there was more commercial vitality here,” he said.
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp. is also involved in the surge of development around the improvements on the Fairmont Line. The organization has already finished a new project, Dudley
Village, which has 50 units of affordable rental housing and about 6,200 square feet of commercial space on Dudley St. in Dorchester. Dudley Village is two blocks from the Upham’s Corner stop on the Fairmont Line, which is be-
tween the new Four Corners stop and the Newmarket stop. Dorchester Bay EDC is also working on a massive development — with over $56 million in loans and grants already designated — between the new Four Corners stop and the Upham’s Corner stop. The project, called Quincy Heights, will rehabilitate nine former public housing buildings and construct two new buildings to create new affordable housing units in two phases. The proposal is for 80 new affordable housing units in the first phase and about 50 new affordable housing units in the second phase. According to Andy Waxman, director of real estate at Dorchester Bay EDC, developers of Quincy Heights have worked with community members to consider their input. The $56 million budget of the project includes $3 million for increased social services in the surrounding community and $3 million for community developments around Quincy Heights. “There was recognition there that the housing was in very bad condition and needed to be upgraded,” Waxman said. Dorchester Bay EDC also has another project on Quincy St. — the $14 million Pearl Small Business Food Production Center, which will help startups and small food businesses get off the ground.
Governor Patrick riding an MBTA Commuter Rail train on the Housatonic Rail Line. (Photo courtesy of the Governor’s Office)
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ready to learn, it doesn’t matter how good the teacher is at teaching.” Then, as she often does, Pressley gives Christian a snippet of her own life story, how she came to school, the child of a single mother with a drug-addicted father, the victim of sexual abuse — and how, despite tests that showed above-average intelligence, she failed to thrive in school. When community activist Vivian Phillips asks her about what the council is doing to help people with criminal records find work, Pressley turns again to her experience with her father, whose addiction landed him in prison. “I know intimately how hard it was for my father to reintegrate into society,” she says. “We have
to create more CORI-friendly jobs. That’s why I trying to get more restaurants to open in Roxbury. Because culinary arts is one of the most stable jobs people with CORIs can get.” Since her first run for the Council in 2009, Pressley has used her personal story to drive her work, focusing heavily on issues of violence and sexual abuse. She has told parts of her personal story on the floor of the City Council chambers, where she first publicly disclosed that she was sexually abused as a child, and on the campaign trail, where in 2012 she placed first among at-large candidates, with more than 37,000 votes. In the Sept. 24 preliminary, Pressley cut though the campaign chaos generated by a field of 19 atlarge candidates and again topped the ticket with 42,875 votes.
Earlier this month, Mayor Thomas Menino helped the Higgison Lewis School in Roxbury celebrate its new playground with a ribbon cutting. (Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office)
Throughout the campaign, Pressley says she’s staying focused on her work as head of the Council’s Committee Women and Healthy Communities. To bring more resources into schools with students suffering from abuse and traumas, Pressley is meeting with representatives of schools and community health centers. She’s held hearings and fought to increase the school budget to fund more services. She has also fought for comprehensive, culturally competent and age-appropriate sex education for high school students. She brought together a coalition of groups to work on a plan that has been adopted by Boston Public Schools and will soon be implemented. Pressley says she was well aware that sex education presents more than a little political risk. “There were people who thought I was crazy,” she says. “People see this as a political third rail. It makes people uncomfortable. But I believe there’s a real need for this.” One of her boldest political moves — revealing her status as a survivor of sexual abuse — underscores what she says is a strong commitment to combatting all forms of violence. “I really challenged this community, this city, to have this conversation,” she says. “If you want to end violence, you have to understand that all violence is interconnected. If you talk to young people involved in gangs, most of them grew up in households where they witnessed their mothers being victims of violence.” Last year, Pressley sponsored a community meeting called “Raise Your Voice” for women who were victims of sexual violence.
“We connected people to services,” she says. “We had husbands come and say, ‘My wife is a survivor of sexual violence. How can I support her?’” While policy makers in Boston have focused heavily on law enforcement and gang intervention to combat gun violence, Pressley says she wants to inject a more holistic approach into the public discourse. “We have to end all forms of violence — sexual, domestic and street violence,” she comments. “We will never have peace in our streets until we end violence in our homes.” While Pressley presses for large-scale changes in public policy, she is also looking at smallscale changes. At Boston Medical Center, families of murder victims were routinely dismissed almost immediately after learning of their loss. Pressley worked with a coalition of anti-violence activists to persuade BMC staff to create a bereavement room where families can be connected to services. “You have to make sure people are getting psychological first aid,” she says. While Pressley’s focus on families and children is threaded through all her work on the council, it doesn’t seem to limit what she does. She currently is pushing liquor license reform, with a home rule petition that would remove the state’s cap on the number of liquor licenses municipalities can issue to restaurants. Pressley says expanding the number of liquor licenses would make it easier for restaurants in neighborhoods like Roxbury to succeed, since the profit margin on drinks is much greater than
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Wu on track to win seat in at-large City Council race
Attorney Michelle Wu finished fourth in the preliminary race for one of the four at-large City Council seats. She will be seated if she maintains even a fraction of her 13,000-vote lead over the 5th-place finisher. (Yawu Miller photo) Yawu Miller Voters in the Sept. 24 preliminary went into the voting booth with 12 mayoral candidates,19 at-large district councilors and as many as eight district council candidates to chose from. Remarkably, political neophyte Michelle Wu managed an impressive fourth-place finish
in the at-large field with 29,359 votes — more than 13,000 votes ahead of fifth-place finisher Martin Keough. It’s an impressive lead. If Wu can hold it until the Nov. 5 final election, the Chicago-born daughter of Taiwan-born parents may be the first Asian-American woman elected to citywide office in Boston history.
While Wu’s Boston roots may not be deep — she moved here fewer than 10 years ago after graduating from Harvard University — she has made up for her newcomer status with a high-visibility campaign that has brought her to cookouts, festivals, parades and other happenings across the city, in addition to her meet-andgreets at MBTA stations, Dunkin’
Donuts, churches, barber shops, hair salons, nail salons and businesses. Maintaining a hectic campaign schedule is the only way to gain visibility in this year’s race, Wu says. “People are focused on who the next mayor will be,” she told the Banner. “I had expected that after the preliminary, people would be more focused on the City Council. That hasn’t been the case.” With news coverage of the council race relatively scant, Wu has taken to telling her story on the road, emphasizing personal contact with voters. “I talk a lot about family,” she says. “I talk about being the daughter of immigrants. How my parents came to this country without speaking English, without money. I talk about raising my two sisters for the last few years.” Wu, 28, began raising her younger sisters after her mother became mentally ill five years ago, an experience that she says helped her put herself in other people’s shoes. “I’ve lived through a lot,” she says. “I know what it’s like to be struggling. When my mother first got sick, we didn’t know what would happen from one day to the next. Now when I see a homeless person who is creating a ruckus and other people look away, I see my mom when she was in her worst moments. “I know how it is when you’re calling the city, looking for services. I want to be that person on the other end of the phone line.” Wu has already had a taste of providing city services. She previously worked in the administra-
tion of Mayor Thomas Menino, helping create the city’s food truck program and working to streamline the process for permitting the trucks and restaurants. To help speed up restaurant permitting, Wu switched the city’s process from paper to electronic submissions, making it far easier to apply for and receive permits. Wu says she would like to continue helping restaurants become more profitable by supporting a home rule petition to expand the number of liquor licenses available to them. “I want to make it easier for smaller restaurants in the neighborhoods to be successful,” she says. Wu says she is also concerned about the increasing cost of housing in Boston and how it’s affecting low-income communities. “There’s a lot of new development, but most of it is luxury,” she says. “We have to make sure that affordable housing is built as well as workforce housing.” Wu says she would work to streamline the permitting process for building new housing to make it less expensive for community development corporations to build affordable housing. One affordable housing initiative Wu will not likely support is rent control. “The research I’ve seen shows that rent control tends to suppress values in the region,” she says. Wu will face eight other atlarge candidates in the final race (listed in order of votes received in the September preliminary): Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Martin Keogh, Jeffrey Michael Ross, A. Essaibi George and Jack F. Kelly.
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RAW BOSTON CLOSES OUT SEASON WITH AWARDS EXTRAVAGANZA
(Left) Painting by Wendy Darling. (Right Bottom) Art by Jeffery Erler
Shanice Maxwell Sundays are good for lots of things — namely church, football, family dinner and catnaps. But if you’re looking to put a cherry on top, spend it with RAW Boston. RAW, a national arts organization for emerging artists in the first 10 years of their careers, has chapters in over 15 cities around the country, and in Quebec, Montreal, London and several cities in Australia. Comprised of “natural-born artists for artists, by artists,” RAW Boston is on a mission to equip artists with the necessary “tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity,” according to its website. On Sunday, Oct. 27, you can join this diverse community of international, imaginative individuals for a unique experience at Rumor Boston — RAW Boston will wrap up yet another successful
season of showcases with a mixture of arts, fashion and music, the November RAWards. Every fourth Sunday of the month, local artists in the fields of visual art, fashion, performing art, music, hair and makeup artistry, film and photography, as well as local models, are spotlighted. “On average each event draws around 400-500 people,” says RAW Boston director Faith Verrill. The turnout for Sunday should be no different. Breaking into the art industry is no easy task, and historically the Hub hasn’t been the most welcoming place to facilitate that transition. That’s why RAW Boston takes pride in having a springboard through which local talent can be shared with the masses. Since its 2011 inception in Boston, RAW has been a raucous ride for all involved. Because of RAW, 21-yearold visual artist Wendy Darling
of Brockton, by way of Haiti, has been able to actualize her gift and love for art as never before. “What’s great about RAW is that it’s leading the revolution in the sense that there’s something happening with creative people standing up and stepping out and doing exactly what they are called to do, ” Darling says. “It’s very amazing to actually be a part of a community that’s pushing me to be known as an artist. We have the opportunity to create a space within a space. I hope people can appreciate the work that we’ve all done.” Darling discovered her knack for art after spending endless amounts of time creating a vastly intricate science project in third grade, when most of her classmates created the solar system out of Styrofoam. Today RAW has helped her cultivate a unique learning experience and hone her skills.
RAW Boston production assistant and pop abstract painter Jamaal Eversley, 25, of Randolph, has been on the scene with RAW for the past year-and-a-half and shares Wendy’s eager and excited feelings for Sunday’s show. “It’s just a kaleidoscope of all types of art mixing into one. You’re seeing a fashion show. You’re seeing live music. You’re dancing to what the DJ spins. You’re seeing art. You’re seeing photography. You’re seeing it all, all in one room,” says Eversley. The walls will be covered in art and photography for viewers to peruse. The audience will have the chance to meet the artists and photographers who created the works and buy pieces. There will be a fashion show and a disc jockey spinning on the ones-and-twos as well as four live bands performing throughout the evening. Networking is also a big part of the event. And that’s not even half of all
RAW Boston has in store. Despite the season coming to a close, all artists are encouraged to attend this event and apply on the website, www.rawartists.org, so they can be a part of the next event in January, Eversely adds. If you’re into the arts and looking to become more involved, or just want a cool way to spend your Sunday evening before the work week begins, the RAW Boston season finale at Rumor Boston is the place to be. Says Verill, “RAW really encompasses all of the arts into one big showcase. It’s a little bit of everything for everyone.” Tickets cost $10 and can be bought online until Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11:59 p.m. for Sunday’s showcase. On Sunday, tickets will be available at the door for $15. For more information about RAW Boston and the November RAWards please visit www. rawartists.org.
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Lauren Keyandra Parker talks about TLC biopic Kam Williams Born in Harvey, Ill., on Aug. 26, 1993, Lauren Keyana “Keke” Parker has been wowing audiences since the tender age of 9. Parker first received great acclaim when she starred as the title character in the sleeper hit “Akeelah and the Bee” opposite actor Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett. She followed that powerful performance with lead roles in “The Longshots,” “Shrink” and “Joyful Noise.” Parker has also made memorable appearances in such films as “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” “Cleaner and Madea’s Family Reunion,” and done voiceover work
in animated features like “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” “Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom” and “Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare.” She will next be starring in the horror thriller “Animal,” directed by Brett Simmons, which is set to release in the spring of 2014. On TV, Parker played the title character on the hit Nickelodeon series “True Jackson VP,” and received four NAACP Awards for Best Actress in Children’s Television. Her other television credits include “90210,” “Cold Case,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “ER,” to name a few. In 2012, she produced and starred in her first made-for-TV
movie, “Rags,” which aired on Nickelodeon. Earlier this year, she handled another title role in the Lifetime made-for-TV movie, “The Carlina White Story.” Parker is currently starring in the DirectTV miniseries “Full Circle,” written by Neil LaBute. And she is in the studio recording her second album with the award-winning producer Bangladesh. When she isn’t acting or singing, Parker believes in giving back. She is very involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Saving Our Daughters, the YWCA and the Embrace Girls Foundation. She is also an ambassador for Robi Reid’s AIDS awareness and prevention organiza-
tion, the Reid for Hope Foundation. Here she talks about her latest outing as Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story,” a VH1 original movie.
What interested you in “Crazy Sexy Cool?” Were you a fan of TLC as a kid?
Being a fan is exactly what made me want to do this film. I wanted to be a part of telling the story of a favorite group of mine.
What was the last book you read? “Heaven is for Real.”
What was your best career decision?
To pick projects that affect me.
If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
For everyone in the world to love each other.
How did you prepare for If you only had 24 hours to the role? Is it harder to live, how would you spend play a real-life person the time? than a fictional character? With my family.
I just watched a lot of old footage. I also spent a lot of time with Chilli and just observed her.
Was Chilli present on the set making suggestions?
Yes! She definitely let me do my thing, but she was always there for questions.
How would you describe TLC’s legacy in one word?
I don’t think there’s a word to describe it, really. They really inspired a generation of women to be confident go-getters.
What message do you think people will take away from “Crazy Sexy Cool?”
You can do anything as long as you don’t stop believing. When it is meant to be, it will be. You just have to follow your heart.
Tell me a little about your new TV series, “Full Circle.”
It’s a mini-series written by Neil LaBute about a bunch of different people who connect in some way in the last episode.
What’s your character Chan’Dra like?
She’s a strong, young high school student who will stop at nothing to get what she feels is deserved for her brother.
You’ve been shooting a horror film set to be released next spring called “Animal.” The picture sounds great, but please don’t tell me you die first, like many a black character in scary movies?
If I told you that answer, wrong or right, it would spoil the movie! I will say that we break some stereotypes.
When was the last time you had a good laugh?
Every day since I’ve been filming my new movie, one of my cast members always has me in stitches.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Probably reality TV.
If you were an animal, what animal would you be? Cheetah.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
Running through the beads that used to hang from the doorway, separating the room.
What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home and the person we see on the red carpet?
I may be slightly more patient on the carpet.
If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose? Teleportation.
What key quality do you believe all successful people share? No real fear of limitations.
If you had to choose another profession, what would that be? Hairstyling.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be? Dr. Martin Luther King.
With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in? “The Wiz!”
What is your favorite charity? Embrace Girls.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Follow your heart’s truth with no need for personal gain other than the feeling produced when doing what you truly love. “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story” airs on Oct. 27 at 8 p.m., Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.
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Hub resident creates retail outlet for designers
Rufus Dixon’s designs featured in the Emerging Trends Fashion show during Boston Fashion Week. Kassmin Williams Boston resident Taneshia Camillo-Sheffey aims to uncover the fashion world’s best-kept secrets with her online retail store, The Haute House Design Studio. The Haute House Design Studio features high fashion clothing created by underground designers from across the globe. Camillo-Sheffey came up with the idea for the business after spending about a decade in the industry as a visual merchandiser and retail manager for several well-known stores including Neiman Marcus, Thomas Pink and Arden B. While working in the industry, Camillo-Sheffey realized how difficult it was for talented up-andcoming designers to land jobs and have their designs featured in highend stores and boutiques. “In my journey, I’ve had a lot of
friends who were fashion designers and stylists who had such a hard time finding jobs,” Camillo-Sheffey said. “My designer friends were amazing. They made amazing, quality high fashion clothing. They could never get jobs anywhere.” Camillo-Sheffey had been about to move from her sales and personal shopper position at Neiman Marcus to a visual merchandising job, but the revelation pushed her to cancel her immediate career plans and launch thehautehouse.com. Camillo-Sheffey launched The Haute House Design Studio in March 2012 during Providence Fashion Week and has since worked to mentor and solidify relationships with up-and-coming high fashion designers who share her standards. “It’s really hard to find high-quality, high fashion designers,” Camillo-Sheffey said. “You have to have a certain standard of ethics when you work with me. If I contact you or if someone places an order, you have to get right back to me.” The fashion guru approves all items before they are featured on the site and admits that working with lesser-known designers is riskier proposition than working with popular and recognized designers, as other retailers do. “A lot of boutiques and a lot of stores won’t really reach out and won’t sign onto a designer who’s not known because they’re not sure of the collection,” Camillo-Sheffey said. “Boutiques usually go with the designers that are known. It’s just safer for them.” Camillo-Sheffey did a lot of footwork in the beginning to find designers and attended several fashion shows and events, contacting fashion bloggers and friends for suggestions. Today, her site features about 15 designers, including Lasell College graduates Rufus Dixon and Meghan Dolliver. Both students began working with The Haute House Design Studio after Camillo-Sheffey judged their senior fashion show. Dixon’s initial thought about working with the site was that it would be a good way to sell clothing. However, working with the
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online retailer provided more than an outlet to sell clothing. The Haute House Design Studio has allowed Dixon to be featured in several fashion shows over the last year, including the Emerging Trends fashion show during Boston Fashion Show. Dolliver, whose designs were also featured in the show, said she was afraid no one would be interested in her designs after graduating and called herself “lucky” to have met Camillo-Sheffey. “It’s really nice to see someone who cares about the younger designers who are trying to make a living and get their names out there,” Dolliver said. As The Haute House Design Studio continues to create a name in the fashion world, Camillo-Sheffey plans on hosting pop-up shops in the city at the end of the year where The Haute House will take over a space and transform it into a live store with a DJ where people can shop, order custom-made clothing and meet the designers. The high fashion lover also hopes to start dressing celebrities for red carpet events and television interviews toward the end of the year. “Our goal is to be one of the biggest high fashion online retailers,” Camillo-Sheffey said.
Designs by Meghan Dolliver also featured during Boston Fashion Week. (Matt Wright photos)
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Comedian Anjelah Johnson took to The Wilbur stage this past weekend bringing her character Bon Qui Qui (a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter) to life to the packed downtown theater. The former MADtv star confidently strutted the stage as she talked about nail salons (one of her famous bits, which the audience ate up), dating and her favorite taco places in South Central LA.
The hair & health expo “Curls Gone Wild” was held at Hibernian Hall earlier this month. (L-R): Tiffany Lynette Anderson and Marisa Luse came out to support friends at the expo. (Colette Greenstein photo)
Curls Gone Wild…
Beautiful black women of all shades swarmed to Hibernian Hall in support of the natural health and hair expo “Curls Gone Wild.” It was a day of natural beauty that included live hair demonstrations (with one brave young woman having her hair shorn and going natural for the first time) and workshops. Also on site were various local
artists, clothing vendors and jewelry designers selling their wares at the day-long event. Two artists that stood out were Black Collage Artist Monicka Hasan, who presented the eye-catching series she calls “Women of Color in Paper Collage,” and Keyse Angelo, who showcased her colorful Flauxy jewelry line of necklaces made from vintage and modern beads. Check out these fabulous de-
Boston is having an influx of Mexican restaurants, from Temazcal Cantina to El Centro. If you’re craving Mexican then Rosa Mexicano in the Seaport District is one to try. Dinner begins with freshly made guacamole with avocado, jalapeño, tomato, onion and cilantro, along with a huge serving of tortilla chips. The restaurant also serves a melted “chihuahua cheese fondue” (Who doesn’t love melted cheese?) and crispy fish tacos made in a flour tortilla with house slaw and a little bit of jalapeño tartar sauce for extra kick. Of course, no dinner is complete without dessert. The hot Mexican donuts are served with three dipping sauces: chocolate,
caramel and raspberry guajillo (chilies). The blackberry threemilk cake, a sour cream pound cake soaked in three milks, is topped with a blackberry-hibiscus glaze and toasted meringue. Really, does it get any better? A bit on the pricy side for Mexican but worth the trip!
G r a m m y Aw a r d - w i n n e r s Drake and Miguel bring their “Would You Like A Tour?” to the TD Garden on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.75, $69.75 and $99.75. Buy them at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss the energy and excitement of the show “Step Afrika!” playing at the ArtsEmerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre the weekend of Nov. 7-9. For showtimes and tickets, go to www. artsemerson.org. At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, it’s the “Yeezus Tour” with Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, also at the TD Garden. Tickets are $39.50-199.50, also available at www.ticketmaster.com. Comedian and actress Margaret Cho headlines The Wilbur on Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35-49 at www.ticketmaster.com. If you would like Colette Greenstein to cover or write about your event, email inthemixwithcolette@ gmail.com.
Comedian and former MADtv star Anjelah Johnson performs stand-up at The Wilbur. (Natasha Boos photo)
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Community Calendar Friday
October 25 Franklin Park Halloween Night Hike, No flashlights allowed! Be led through the spooky forest, explore the old stone ruins, and hike over hill & dale under the moonlight. Costumes and strollers not recommended. Wear sneakers. Meet at Valley Gates Parking Lot, midway along the main park road — look for the Jack O’Lantern. For more information: www.franklinparkcoalition. org / 617-442-4141. 7pm. Free.
Saturday October 26
Harry Potter and the Horcrux Hunt The Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley St., a National Historic Landmark house, museum and carriage house in Roxbury, Massachusetts will be bustling with magic and mayhem as Harry Potter and the Horcrux Hunt comes to Boston! The Emerson College and Boston University Quidditch teams will broom-off at 1pm with team matches on the front lawn. Muggles will be encouraged to try their hand at Quidditch after the teams finish their games. At 3pm, Minister for Magic, Bouquet Violay, will commence the start of Hogwarts classes with potion making, wand dueling, butter beer brewing, moving portraits, and a special fantastic beasts exhibit with Hedwig, Harry’s owl. “The most important aspect of this event will be finding a lost horcrux created by Tom Riddle when he visited Royal Governor William Shirley,” said Minister for Magic, Bouquet Violay. When you arrive, you will be sorted into your houses and the first 50 attendees will receive a free wand! (Remember, the wand chooses the wizard…) Wand etiquette will be taught during our wand dueling club. There will be so many other exciting and magical activities to guide you along your way. Professors and prefects will be on hand to help you with your horcrux hunt clues. Admission for this magical event is $10 for adults; $7 for students ages 8-18, $5 for members and $5 for students with college I.D. This event is not appropriate for children under the age of 8. Students under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Costumes are optional but encouraged. For more information, you can apparate to our offices and speak to our Minister for Magic, call our muggle line at 617-442-2275 or send an email owl to email@example.com. Small Business Accounting 101 seminar Accounting Presentation — What you need to know today to successfully start and run your small business. Overview of income statements; balance sheets; cash flow statements; legal entities;
bank accounts; credit cards; home business; taxes; employees or contractors; insurance and more! With Alan Lury, licensed CPA in MA/ RI. Parker Hill Library, 1497 Tremont St., Roxbury, 11:30am. Please RSVP. Contact: otoney@comcast. net or 617-427-6293. Free.
Halloween Activity Festival Children of all ages are invited to Hawthorne Community Center’s Halloween Activity Festival from 3-5pm at Roxbury’s Marcella Park (corner of Highland and Marcella in Roxbury). Event features face painting, pumpkin decorating, bulb planting, crafts, contests, games, treats, and other surprises. 50 cent hand stamp for all activities. For rainy/ windy day location contact us at 617-427-0613 or hyccroxbury@ hotmail.com.
October 27 Fall Pumpkin Festival Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced the free and fun Fall Pumpkin Festival coming to the Boston Common Frog Pond from 4:30-6:30pm. Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water and ParkSCIENCE activities will be offered. Attendees are asked to bring 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkins that will be lit and then floated on the Frog Pond for a thrilling early evening display. Children are also invited to decorate luminaries which will line the edge of the Frog Pond. This event is presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Skating Club of Boston and sponsors Building Restoration Services Corporation and BRS Cares with additional support provided by Mass Farmers Markets, Next Step Living, and Boston Cares. The free family-friendly event will include a Halloween Parade led by Frog Pond Freddie, a ghoulish Halloween puppet show by Rosalita’s Puppets, a dazzling magic show by Kayla Drescher Magic, and a giant bubble show by “Bubble Man” Jim Dichter. Spooky science activities presented by the Parks Department’s ParkSCIENCE program will include the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Plantmobile, Boston’s Best Bee Company, and the ART+BIO Collaborative. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, participate in the parade around the Frog Pond. For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, visit www.facebook.com/boston parksdepartment or www.cityof boston.gov/parks. Dancing Chickens The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian. Come join master woodcarver Ventura Fabian and his son from Oaxaca, Mexico for a
presentation about their traditional craft. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch these Mexican folk artists work, view a short film about their life, see their authentic Oaxacan woodcarvings. 10:30am – noon, Eliot School of Crafts & Fine Arts, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-3313. FREE!
Tuesday October 29
Trio Choro Brasil Starting at 8pm, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, the weekly “Tuesday Nights” concert series presents Trio Choro Brasil, performing choros, maxixes, sambas, and other Brazilian musical styles. Performers include Catherine Bent (cello), Adam Bahrami (7-string guitar), Fernando Brandão (flute), and special guest Evan Harlan (accordion). Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information about “Tuesday Nights” concert series and directions to the venue please visit www.saintpeterscambridge.org/ news-events/announcements/ tuesdaynightconcertseries.
Thursday October 31
Boo Bash Every Halloween, the Strand is turned into a haunted house as local children are encouraged to come to the theater to dress up and ‘trick or treat.’ This event features freaky flicks, pumpkins, candy, prizes and much more. This event is FREE to the general public. 1-4pm, 543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester.
Upcoming Staged reading: Two Trains Running November 4, 7pm, Boston Playwrights, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. At the end of the 1960s, an urban area that was once haven and refuge, is dying, reflected in the pending sale of a neighborhood diner and the high number of burials in the funeral parlor across the street. Free. Storytime: A Read Aloud Workshop Boston Partners in Education, Dudley Branch Library & Lower Roxbury Coalition Present Storytime: A Read Aloud Workshop Parents and family members are invited to learn tips and strategies that help make story time more engaging and fun! At the Dudley Branch Library, Room B, Monday, November 4, 5:30 7:30pm. All parents are invited. A light dinner will be provided. RSVP: 617-989-2447. Freedom Song: Battle Hymn of the Republic with Dr. John Stauffer Tuesday, November 12 at 6pm [Postponed from October 24 due to scheduling conflict], MAAH
Boston Campus, 46 Joy St., Beacon Hill. Q&A, Book signing, and Reception follow. Admission fees apply ($5). Dr. John Stauffer will review his latest book, The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On, coauthored by Benjamin Soskis, and show how this Civil War tune has become an anthem for cause after radically different cause. Their sweeping study of the Battle Hymn, traces the song’s evolution from a n t e b e l l u m re v i v a l i s m , w i t h the melody of the camp-meeting favorite, Say Brothers, Will You Meet Us. Union soldiers in the Civil War then turned it into John Brown’s Body. Then Julia Ward Howe, uncomfortable with Brown’s violence and militancy, wrote the words we know today. Dr. Stauffer is a leading authority on antislavey, social protest movements, and interracial friendship, and is a Harvard University professor of English and American literature and African American Studies, and Chair of the History of American Civilization program. He is author of several books and more than 45 articles, including this critically acclaimed work on The Battle Hymn. Space is limited, rsvp@ maah.org, 617-725-0022 x222. Accessible for all.
Ongoing Sidewalk City: Mapping the Unmapped Through November 15, 2013. Sidewalk City presents immersive, digital narrative maps that uncover a wider public of ordinary people and their negotiation of public space. Sidewalks are perhaps the city’s most important and most overlooked public space. Ubiquitous, narrow, and networked, sidewalks have the potential to bring people together and contribute to a humane and civic society. Based on 15 years of fieldwork and research in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Sidewalk City presents the latest experimental maps developed by the research group, SLAB, directed by MIT Associate Professor Annette M. Kim. Wolk Gallery, MIT School of Architecture + Planning. The Elliot K. Wolk Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm. The gallery is located in MIT Building 7, Room 338, at 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
Tuesday Recitals at King’s Chapel All recitals begin at 12:15pm and last about 35 minutes. King’s Chapel, 58 Tremont St., Boston. MBTA Park, State or Gov’t Center. Suggested donation $3. Wheelchair accessible. 617-227-2155; http://www.kings-chapel.org.
Paul Revere House Fall brings an eclectic mix of presenters to the Revere House to share aspects of life in “Paul Revere’s Boston.” These Saturday afternoon events are free with admission to the museum: adults $3.50 seniors and college students $3.00, children ages 5-17 $1. Members and North End residents are admitted free at all times. Through October 31 the Revere House is open daily 9:30-5:15. Beginning on November 1, the museum is open daily 9:30-4:15. The Emancipated Century: Readings of August Wilson’s 10-Play Cycle The Performing Arts Department and the Trotter Institute at UMass Boston present The Emancipated Century: Readings of August Wilson’s 10-Play Cycle. Through December 16. All performances begin at 7pm. For more information, please visit our Facebook page: Emancipated Century: August Wilson Readings. South Shore Chess Club 100% free and open to everyone, the SSCC meets Mondays 7-10pm at the Hough’s Neck Community Center, 1193 Sea St. Quincy. Play chess, learn chess, and make new friends. www. southshorechess. com, 857-888-1531, or southshore firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Toddler Drum Circle Toddler Drum Circle series with Cornell Coley will run every Saturday during the s c h o o l y e a r. 9 : 3 0 - 1 0 : 3 0 a m . Songs, stories, puppets, drumming and cultural info! Ages 1 – 4 yrs old! Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St., Jamaica Plain. Contact: Cornell Coley www.afrola tin.net 617-298-1790 cc@afrola tin.net. Cost: $8, $5 for sibling. West African Drum class Master Senegalese drummer Mamadou Lynx Ndjaye teaches all level of Djembe drumming. T h u r s d a y s from 7:30-9pm. English High School, 144 McBride St., Jamaica Plain. Contact: 617-359-1552 for further information. $10.
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RCC celebrates 19th century abolitionist David Walker
Playwright Peter Snoad and actor Ricardo Engerman at the South Boston cemetery where David Walker was buried. Banner Staff Orator, organizer, entrepreneur, unsung hero — early 19th-century Boston resident David Walker was a militant voice of the black freedom struggle, and in 1830, he was the most hated and feared man in America. Wanted dead or alive in two states, Walker was both con-
demned and renowned for his oratorical gifts and dedication to educational, spiritual and political renewal. The David Walker Memorial Project will host a symposium on his life and impact on Oct. 29 at Roxbury Community College. A self-avowed “restless disturber of the peace,” his “Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World” is now recognized as one
of the most important liberation documents of the early republic. Yet he died under mysterious circumstances in 1830 and was buried in an unmarked grave in South Boston. Born a freeman in North Carolina, Walker was a leader of Boston’s black community and the abolitionist movement in the 1820s. Walker called for the immediate abolition of slavery and for those in bondage to rebel. His writing was secretly circulated through the South via underground networks. It is credited with inspiring and influencing generations of black leaders, including Frederick Douglas, Maria Stewart, W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. The David Walker Memorial Project visits RCC this October energized by two goals. The first is to make more people aware of Walker’s life and works, especially his seminal contribution to ending slavery in the United States. Second, the organization seeks to build a public memorial in his honor. Accordingly, the panel discussion at RCC will review the life and achievements of this uncompromising abolitionist. The event will be a collegial and informal gathering to discuss the David Walker Memorial Project and its relevance for both the hidden history of Massachu-
setts and contemporary events in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, in an age of “inconvenient truths.” A variety of panelists will share their insights into Walker’s struggles, along with comments on why his “Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World” speaks to us in this time of “The New Jim Crow,” governmental gridlock and climate change.
The panel discussion at RCC will review the life and achievements of this uncompromising abolitionist. Panelists include: historian Peter Hinks, author of a biography of Walker; L’Merchie Frazier, director of education at the Museum of African American History; and Horace Sheldon, historian and founder of Community Change Inc. The panel will be moderated by Barbara Lewis, UMass Boston English professor and director of the university’s William Monroe Trotter Institute. Topics for discussion will be: a glimpse of the vibrant small black community on the North Slope of Beacon Hill in 18251830, Walker’s unique and ingenious networking capabilities,
the aspects of the “Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World” that made him such a controversial and provocative figure, how playwrights have depicted his saga, a review of details concerning his death, curriculum approaches to the teaching of the Walker saga in secondary and college classrooms, the legacy and contemporary relevance of Walker’s work in “post-racial” 2013 America and comments on the genesis, objectives, ongoing events and scope of the David Walker Memorial Project. “David Walker is a key figure in the movement toward self-liberation,” said UMass Boston’s Lewis. “He looks at slavery from the position of someone who has known difference — a big difference. He sees himself as a human being. He writes from the viewpoint that freedom is his right and the right of all of the people who have been denied freedom.” According to organizers, the panel is designed to inform, stimulate and educate and invites input from a variety of disciplines, including black studies, literature, criminal justice, political science, history, economics, sociology and theater. The panel discussion will have a question-and-answer period. It is free and open to the public. The Walker symposium at RCC is being held in conjunction with a number of other the David Walker Memorial Project events. These include a “Remembrance March” across the Boston Common to the Museum of African American History on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. and a stage play, “Raising David Walker,” at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury on Oct. 24, 25, 26 and 27.
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Study raises questions about elderly, prescription drugs Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber Elderly Americans are prescribed medications in inexplicably different ways depending on where they live, according to a new report from Dartmouth researchers. The most depressed older patients — or at least the ones being medicated — live in parts of Louisiana and Florida. There’s a cluster with dementia around Miami. And the seniors who have the most trouble sleeping? They live, perhaps unsurprisingly, in Manhattan. The study by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice examined geographic variations in the drugs elderly Medicare patients received in 2010. Researchers mapped where patients got medications they clearly needed and where they got drugs deemed risky for the elderly. They also looked at differences in the use of so-called discretionary drugs, which they say are widely prescribed but of uncertain benefits. The report’s findings underscore those of a ProPublica investigation in May, which found that some doctors who treat Medicare patients often prescribe drugs that
are dangerous or inappropriate for certain patients. ProPublica also found that the federal officials who run Medicare have done little to scrutinize prescribing patterns in their drug program, known as Part D, or question doctors whose practices differ from their peers. Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could not be reached to answer questions about the study. They have previously said that the primary responsibility for overseeing prescribing belongs to the private insurers that administer the program. Still, they have acknowledged that Medicare should and will do more to track prescribing in Part D and follow up on unusual patterns. The Dartmouth researchers did not look at the habits of individual doctors, as ProPublica did, but instead looked at the percent of patients in each region who received certain types of medications. Regional boundaries were based on where patients would be referred for hospital care. For example, 17 percent of elderly patients in Miami received a prescription for a dementia drug in 2010, while less than 4 percent of patients in Rochester, Minn., and Grand Junction, Colo., got one. Nationally, the average was 7
percent, according to the report, titled the Dartmouth Atlas of Medicare Prescription Drug Use. There were similar differences by location for antidepressants. In Miami, almost one-third of elderly Medicare enrollees received at least one prescription for such drugs and about one-quarter of those in a swath of Louisiana did. In Honolulu, just 7 percent got one. The report does not address whether the patients had diagnoses that would warrant the use of these medications. It also does not include disabled patients under 65 who are also covered by Part D. Researchers examined whether patients in different regions had been given widely accepted drug treatments following health emergencies, for instance a beta blocker after a heart attack or an osteoporosis drug after certain fractures. And they calculated the percentage of seniors who were given drugs labeled risky by the American Geriatrics Society because they are known to affect their cognition and balance. “We see that some clinicians are not achieving a level of effective medication use” compared to their peers, said Dr. Nancy Morden, a lead author of the report. “Conversely, some clinicians are putting
their patients at much higher risk by using hazardous medications at a much higher rate than their peers.” The report does not tackle two of the most fraught issues in prescribing today: the use of narcotic painkillers and anti-psychotics, especially to treat dementia in the elderly. Morden said she was surprised to find that, in some regions, large percentages of patients were getting discretionary drugs that were moderately beneficial, like those for acid reflux — and not getting
said. Doctors also may be unaware of how different their practices are from the peers in other parts of the country. Overall, researchers found that the elderly in Miami fill more prescriptions than anywhere else. On average Miami area patients got nearly 63 per person, including refills, in 2010, compared to a national average of 49. Seniors in Miami also had the highest average spending on prescriptions that year $4,738 compared to $2,670 nationally.
People in some regions of the country are healthier than in others. But that does not explain the wide variations her group found in so many different categories of drugs. the ones that could save their lives, like the beta blockers or cholesterol-lowering drugs. “What are we doing?” she said. “It’s surprising to me that we can use so much of our energy to pursue medications that give us far less in terms of health. I worry that it’s coming at the cost of getting the effective medications.” People in some regions of the country are healthier than in others. But Morden said that does not explain the wide variations her group found in so many different categories of drugs. That may be a signal that patients are not being adequately informed about the risks, benefits and costs of the drugs, she
In the report, Morden and her co-authors encourage policymakers to seek ways of reducing geographic variation in the way medications are prescribed. They also urge patients to ask their doctors about whether a drug is truly needed for them. The Dartmouth group has previously examined how costs and use of services in the Medicare program differ markedly across the country. They note that some of the highest-spending regions in terms of drug costs were also among the highest users of other types of medical services. Article originally published by ProPublica
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NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS CLASSIFIED LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT 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 Bids at 2:00 PM:
NOVEMBER 7, 2013
This project bid in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 30 Section 39M. Mass. State Project No.
HRD1401 Contract No. HC2
HRD - McCormack Carpet Replacement - One Ashburton Place - 2nd Floor, Boston, MA. E.C.C: $38,000.00 This project is scheduled for 30 calendar days to substantial completion and in general includes: Removal and disposal of existing carpet tile and install new carpet tile. System furniture not to be dismantled - successful bidder will lift all existing
system furniture as well as move loose furniture and files as needed to perform the work. All work is to be performed during off hours (nights - after 5:00 PM & weekends - beginning at 7:00 AM). Site visit will be October 30, 2013, at 10:00 AM, at the site. Minimum rates of wages to be paid on the project have been determined by the Director of the Department of Labor Standards under the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149, Sections 26 to 27H. Wage rates are listed in the contract form portion of specification book.
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. Designer:
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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.
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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. Copies may be obtained by depositing a company check, treasurer’s check, cashier’s check, bank check or money order in the sum of $20.00 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 NOVEMBER 22, 2013 (ten business days after the opening of General Bids) otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Commonwealth.
The Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Development Accounting Services for the to-be-built, 32-unit affordable housing project in Brookline. MA, to be known as 86 Dummer Street. The BHA is the sponsor/developer of this project. This is a LIHTC project and respondents to the RFP will have experience with affordable housing tax credit projects and will provide accounting services, including cost certifications, 8609 and other services as required by equity investors and partners. The RFP contains a wide range of information and is available by contacting the Director of Real Estate, Janet Haines at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals are due no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 7, 2013. It is the policy of the Brookline Housing Authority to give preference for the award of contracts to Section 3 and/or MBE/WBE eligible firms and individuals. BHA is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer; minorities, handicapped individuals and others are encouraged to apply.
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Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
To the Defendant:
Docket No. SU13P0260GD
The Plaintiff has filed a Complaint for Divorce requesting that the Court grant a divorce for irretrievable breakdown of the marriage under G.L. c. 208, Section 1 B. The Complaint is on file at the Court.
Citation Giving Notice of Petition for Appointment of Guardian for Incapacitated Person Pursuant to G.L. c. 190B, §5-304
An Automatic Restraining Order has been entered in this matter preventing you from taking any action which would negatively impact the current financial status of either party. SEE Supplemental Probate Court Rule 411.
In the matter of Jose D Portillo Of Roxbury, MA RESPONDENT Alleged Incapacitated Person To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Nelly Escobar of Roxbury, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Jose D Portillo is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Nelly Escobar of Roxbury, 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 are hereby summoned and required to serve upon: Lola Jones, 36 Bishop Apt 202, Dorchester, MA 02121 your answer, if any, on or before 12/26/2013. If you fail to do so, the court will proceed to the hearing and adjudication of this action. You are also required to file a copy of your answer, if any, in the office of the Register of this Court. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 9, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department Suffolk Probate and Family Court 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 (617) 788-8300
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 10/31/2013. 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.
WITNESS, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 24, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU13D2179DR
Divorce Summons by Publication and Mailing Lola Jones
Citation on Petition for Order of Complete Settlement of Estate Estate of Arthur J Hamilton Date of Death: 04/19/1987 To all interested persons:
In the matter of Gregory Joseph Frederick of Mattapan, MA NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME To all persons interested in a petition described: A petition has been presented by Gregory J Frederick requesting that Gregory Joseph Frederick be allowed to change his name as follows: Gregory Joseph Frederique Nicolas 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 10/31/2013. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 30, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU13C0385CA
NOTICE OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
A petition has been filed by Samuel Johnson of Roxbury, MA requesting that an Order of Complete Settlement of the estate issue including to approve an accounting and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. For the First and Final Account. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on 11/07/2013. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: October 08, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
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A petition has been presented by Margarita Martinez requesting that Joshua Junior Perea, Joel Junior Perea be allowed to change their name as follows: Joshua Junior Martinez Joel Junior Martinez 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 10/31/2013. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 25, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
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The Marshfield Housing Partnership is accepting additional applications from qualified applicants for grants to assist them in purchasing an existing market rate home or condominium in Marshfield. A deed restriction will be recorded on each unit purchased with a grant to secure affordability in perpetuity. 1 Bedroom
To all persons interested in a petition described:
BOSTON BAY APARTMENTS
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Effective, November 9, 2013, Boston Bay Apartments will not accept applications for 1BR, 2BR and 3BR Apartments due to the extremely lengthy list of applicants on the wait list; it will take a long time before we can assist applicants already on the waiting list. The waiting list is closed. For additional information, contact 617-541-5510.
MAXIMUM HOUSE/CONDOMINIUM AMOUNTS BEDROOMS
NET PRICE AFTER GRANT
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2 BR Condo
2 BR House
3 BR Condo
3 BR House
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5 BR House
MAXIMUM ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME 1 Person
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Subject to periodic change by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Net family assets may not exceed $75,000. Households interested in applying should attend one of the two informational sessions being provided. Informational sessions will be held at the following locations: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00 PM: Hearing Room # 2, Marshfield Town Hall, 870 Moraine Street, Marshfield Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:00 AM: Hearing Room # 2, Marshfield Town Hall, 870 Moraine Street, Marshfield A lottery will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Marshfield Town Hall, Hearing Room # 2, to select grant recipients. Successful grant recipients are required to have at least one family member attend and complete a Homebuyer Education Workshop For additional information or to receive an application please contact either the Marshfield Housing Authority (781-834-4333) or the Marshfield Housing Coordinator: (781-834-1051). Applications are also available at the Marshfield Town Hall. All applications must be received and date stamped by the Marshfield Housing Authority no later than 12:00 PM (Noon) on Friday, December 6, 2013. Marshfield Housing Authority, 12 Tea Rock Gardens, Marshfield, MA 02050 MHOPP Funding was made possible by the Town’s adoption of the Community Preservation Act
Docket No. SU13C0106CA
In the matter of Joshua Junior Perea and Joel Junior Perea, Both of Roxbury Crossing, MA
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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.
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Council Tower Council Tower is an elderly, section 8/202 property and we are now accepting applications for Low Income Housing. Age, Income and other eligibility requirements apply.
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Forest Hills Housing Cooperative, Inc. Is accepting applications for 1, 2, & 3-bedroom waitlist. The Cooperative is located in Jamaica Plain, MA within minutes of the Forest Hills T Station. Income qualified applicants have to purchase shares to become shareholders of the Cooperative. Current Share 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom
Value** $6,923 $7,790 $8,980
Down payment $1,385 $1,558 $1,796
Rents/Carrying Charges are based on 30% of your annual income. Applications are available at the Management Office located at: 199 Forest Hills Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For further information, please call 617-524-8254. Managed By: Trinity Management, LLC
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Clinical Social Worker for two service-enriched elderly housing sites in Dorchester. Primary responsibilities include work with DMH CBFS clients, assessment, interdisciplinary care plan development, crisis intervention, case management, and student supervision. MSW with LCSW, LICSW or LMHC licensure in MA. Experience with DMH Community Based Flexible Supports documentation and interventions helpful. Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and respond to frequently shifting needs & assignments with flexibility. Strong organizational and planning skills. Ability to work well in an interdisciplinary team essential. Previous work experience with elderly preferred. Minorities and bilingual Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.
HOUSING PLANNER The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for Metro Boston, seeks a Housing Planner as part of the Land Use Department team. The planner will assist with drafting housing production plans, reviewing and drafting zoning to address housing affordability, and assisting with state housing policy activities. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment to build a more sustainable and equitable future for metropolitan Boston. For further details on MAPC and MetroFuture see www.mapc.org. Duties include: Designing new policies and programs to preserve and create affordable and mixed-income housing in Metro Boston; researching and advocating for greater equity throughout Metro Boston in regard to housing; helping cities and towns to develop new plans, zoning, permitting, programs, and other implementation strategies to achieve affordable housing, fair housing, and sustainable development goals. Qualifications include: MA in planning, policy, or related field, or at least 3 years professional experience in housing or land use; Full time, one year position with excellent state employee benefits package. Salary contingent upon qualifications; range is $47,000-$55,000. All candidates must have a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region and legal authorization (citizenship or visa) to work in the USA. Position open until filled. SEE COMPLETE JOB AD AT MAPC WEB SITE (www.mapc.org). Apply at link there and please attach cover letter and resume. MAPC is an EOE/ AA employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Posted 10/17/13. Thomas E. Hauenstein, Manager of Human Resources.
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Project Hope’s Children’s Center, located on Magnolia St. in Dorchester, seeks an experienced Director to ensure the delivery of high quality care to children in our community. The Center hosts appr. 26 children in its two classrooms (pre-school and infant/toddler). Duties include development and oversight of center budget, administrative management, regulatory and safety compliance, curriculum development, accreditation preparation, parent communication, marketing, assessment, record keeping and reporting, and staff management. Qualifications: • B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education or Human Services + EEC Director I or II qualification (or ability to obtain within 2 months); • 5+ years’ experience working with family child care systems and state child care regulatory and contracting agencies with diverse, low income populations in urban areas; • Familiarity with Teaching Strategies Gold on-line assessment tool, and Ages and Stages screening tool; • Strong computer skills; • Strong organizational, supervision and teamwork skills; • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.
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