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What Is Juneteenth? A celebration of the day slaves in Texas were freed — more than two years after Emancipation Proclamation Henry Louis Gates Jr. When Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Orders, Number 3 and thus emancipating the slaves of Texas on June 19, 1865, he had no idea that he was also establishing the basis for a holiday, “Juneteenth” (“June” plus “Nineteenth”), today the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the United States. After all, by the time Granger assumed command of the Department of Texas, the Confederate capital in Richmond had fallen; President Lincoln was dead; and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was well on its way to ratification. But Granger wasn’t just a few months late. The Emancipation Proclamation itself, ending slavery in the Confederacy (at least on paper), had taken effect two and a half years before, and in the interim, close to 200,000 black men had enlisted in the fight. So, formalities aside, wasn’t it all over, literally, but the shouting? It would be easy to think so in our world of immediate communication, but as Granger and the 1,800 bluecoats under him soon found out, news traveled slowly in Texas. Whatever Gen. Robert E. Lee had surrendered in Virginia, the Army of the Trans-Mississippi had held out until late May, and even with its formal surrender on June 2, a number of ex-Rebels in the region took to bushwhacking and plunder.
That’s not all that plagued the extreme western edge of the former Confederate States. Since the capture of New Orleans in 1862, slave owners in Mississippi, Louisiana and other points east had been migrating to Texas to escape the Union Army’s reach. More than 150,000 slaves had made the trek west, according to historian Leon Litwack in his book Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery. As one former slave he quotes recalled, “ ‘It looked like everybody in the world was going to Texas.’” When Texas fell and Granger dispatched his now famous order No. 3, it wasn’t exactly instant magic for most of the Lone Star State’s 250,000 slaves. On plantations, masters had to decide when and how to announce the news — or wait for a government agent to arrive — and it was not uncommon for them to delay until after the harvest. Hardly the recipe for a celebration — which is what makes the story of “Juneteenth” all the more remarkable. Defying confusion and delay, terror and violence, the newly “freed” black men and women of Texas, with the aid of the Freedmen’s Bureau (itself delayed from arriving until September 1865), now had a date to rally around. In one of the most inspiring grassroots efforts of the post-Civil War period, they transformed June 19 from a day of unheeded military orders into their own annual rite,
Defying confusion and delay, terror and violence, the newly “freed” black men and women of Texas ... now had a date to rally around.
Juneteenth, continued to page 10
Friday, June 7, 2013 — Governor Patrick attends a ceremony with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago to re-name a portion of Patrick’s hometown street, Wabash Avenue, Honorary Deval Patrick Way. (Harvey S. Tillis photo)
Gomez, Markey debate issues in Roxbury forum Yawu Miller The Democratic and Republican Senate campaigns are in full swing as the race for the seat vacated by John Kerry enters its final week. On the heels President Obama’s visit to the Reggie Lewis Track, Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Ed Markey brought their battle-tested debate to Roxbury Community College during a forum hosted by Mass VOTE and a coalition of 10 community organizations. Both candidates opened by stressing their personal histories as the children of working-class, immigrant parents.
As Markey staked out liberal Democratic stands on issues ranging from the nation’s growing income gap to banning assault weapons, Gomez stressed his willingness to work across the ideological divide between Democrats and Republicans and hammered, vilified the political culture in Washington DC for its entrenched political partisanship. Gomez also hammered Markey for being a part of it. “Right now what we have is gridlock in DC,” Gomez said. “We need somebody down there who is going to take the best ideas from both sides.” The approach Gomez displayed in Sunday’s debate was to under-
score areas of agreement with Markey’s more liberal stances. On issues like tax reform, where Markey advocates increasing taxes on higher-income earners while cutting tax breaks and tax shelters for large corporations, Gomez said Republicans and Democrats should put everything on the table. “I think we should put everything in the bucket and consider everything,” he said. Markey responded to Gomez by underscoring what he said were Gomez’s partisan stands on key issues – including his opposition to banning assault weapons, his opposition to the national health care program commonly referred Debate, continued to page 20
MassDOT plans to spend up to $15 million on Neponset River trail Kenneth J. Cooper
Boston Renaissance Charter Public School held its Second Annual “First Ladies’ Cotillion” celebrating Renaissance’s future women leaders. The girls danced with their dads and mingled with local civic and business leaders. Boston Renaissance’s First Ladies program connects girls with female civic and business leaders in the Boston community to inspire them to reach for whatever heights they choose. (Photo courtesy of Boston Renaissance Charter School)
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The Patrick Administration has committed state funds to complete the Neponset River trail after unsuccessfully seeking federal stimulus grants for the recreation and commuter project. Unfinished sections of the walking, jogging and biking trail include a one mile extension in Mattapan between Blue Hill Avenue and Central Avenue. Health advocates say its completion could help reduce the 40 per-
cent rate of adult obesity in Mattapan, the highest in the city. Patrick’s office last week announced the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will provide almost $2 million to finalize the design of the last parts of the trail through Hyde Park, Milton, Mattapan and Dorchester. MassDOT will spend another $11 million to $15 million on construction. “Investing in healthy, alternative modes of transportation will Neponset, continued to page 9
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Gardner students’ artwork to be displayed at MFA School Kassmin Williams Gardner Pilot Academy students are taking over the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with their artwork. Artwork from the fourth, fifth and sixth grade Gardner Pilot Academy students will be displayed at the Museum School Thursday as part of Arts Resource Collaborative for Kids’ first student art exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase the students work at the 21-plus event which will feature, raffles, dancing and cocktails.
Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK) is a new non-profit organization in Boston focused on creating opportunities for art experiences in Boston Public Schools. “The point is really to provide high quality arts education with a deep learning,” ARCK founder Sara Mraish-Demeter said. A study completed by the Boston Public Schools Art Expansion Planning Team, co-chaired by soon-to-be retired superintendent Carol Johnson, showed 70 percent of Boston Public School students receiving some type of arts education in school.
A Gardner Pilot Academy student works to create an artwork that incorporates her name in Arabic calligraphy. (Ashley Wood photos)
ARCK is looking to partner with schools to provide equal access to art for all Boston students, according to Mraish-Demeter. Mraish-Demeter noticed the absence of art education in some schools after enrolling her son, Sebastian, into kindergarten at the Josiah Quincy School where there weren’t any art classes and art education was dependent on a parent-run art committee. An art enthusiast and mother of a kindergartener who loved to draw, Mraish-Demeter partnered with another Quincy school parent to plan an art festival for students. From there, Mraish-Demeter recruited a group of people to form a committee and 40 artists to volunteer and work with students. The group created the diversity through art program where kindergarten, first and second grade student’s created 840 pieces of art, which were displayed and auctioned at the school. “I was impressed with how professional the diversity through art exhibition looked at the Josiah Quincy School. The display was incredible,” said Josiah Quincy School parent Andrea Blake. “The kids were really proud of their work.” Mraish-Demeter knew she wanted to do something on her own for a while and volunteering at the Quincy school helped her realize advocating for art was it.
Gardner Pilot Academy students work on a “Personal Flag” project combining color theory and personal heritage during art class provided by ARCK. “It gave me that hope and inspiration that this should be done everywhere,” Mraish-Demeter said. “All the kids, I think, in the Boston Public School system need to have that experience.” The art festival at the Quincy School opened the door for Mraish-Demeter to work with Gardner Pilot Academy during the 2012-2013 school year. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at the school spent their Friday mornings working on art projects that taught lessons on culture including a project where students created mosaics and learned about Greek mythology and another where students were asked to create their own country and describe it. For Mraish-Demeter, it’s not just about creating art. It’s about giving critical thinking, communication, and expression, and providing students with a non-traditional way to learn material. For Gardner sixth grader Bergeline Hilaire, the opportunity to learn about art also taught her to be herself.
“To me, art means being yourself and being original. [It means] saying who you are and not changing on what other people think of you,” Hilaire said. The ARCK program also helped Hilaire improve grades in other classes, according to her mother, Jeovanne Brumaire. Brumaire said Hilaire seemed down after the family moved from Florida to Boston on Christmas in 2011. “For me, in that moment it seemed like she was going down, but art helped bring her back up,” Brumaire said. After one academic year at Gardner, Mraish-Demeter has seen transformation in students. A fourth grade girl who rarely spoke in class began to open up about her family, grandmother’s death and her wish for everyone to get along, Mraish-Demeter said. “Art brings the best out of kids and gives them an outlet to express themselves,” Mraish-Demeter said. For ticket information, visit arck boston.blogspot.com.
(Above) ARCK Founder and Executive Director, Sara Mraish Demeter, and Arabic calligraphy artist, Hajj Waffa, work with students on an Arabic calligraphy project. (Below) ARCK students created mosaics under the instruction of Boston based mosaic artists, Christos Hamawi.
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New radio station plays ‘everything under the sun’
Kenneth J. Cooper Music lovers have a new option for listening to mellow sounds. Since January, Sun Music has been streaming online 24-7 from Dorchester. The Internet radio station is the brainchild of Tessil Collins, who retired last year after 27 years as a teacher and administrator in Boston public schools. He brings to the enterprise experience on both the production and business sides of broadcast radio. “I’m going to play pretty much everything under the sun,” Collins said to explain his station’s name. “There is this wide swath of music — world, urban, R & B, jazz — that’s not played on traditional commercial radio.” Sun Music harks back to the time when serious music listeners took in whole albums and tracked the development of recording artists, instead of buying single tracks online. The Internet station has the mellowness of the sounds of
the seventies although the tunes played are mostly new. Collins selects them all after scouring music trade magazines and favors independently produced songs. The station’s technology is definitely new. “You can get it on your computer, tablet, phone, Android,” Collins said. “You can get it on everything but a 20th century radio.” Radio is an efficient way for black people to communicate with each other. But black radio in Boston has seldom reached its potential as a unifying and informative medium. WILD-AM signed off at sunset and now has Chinese programming under new management. The best years of black radio in the city were between 1999 and 2006, when WILD-FM broadcast around the clock. Since Radio One sold the station, its new owner has aired rock music. The city is served by several low-power stations, most notably WTCH 106.1. Its FM signal is so
limited that Mattapan residents complain they cannot pick up the station. Mattapan has the highest concentration of black residents of any neighborhood in the city. Other low power stations cater to Caribbean or specifically Haitian audiences. Some college radio stations also offer limited black music and public affairs programming. “Right now, there’s a need for the music to be heard in the marketplace because you can’t hear all these styles in one place in Boston,” Collins said. Collins became involved with radio in high school at Boston Latin, as a weekend deejay on WILD. In the 1970s, he was a deejay on WBZ-FM. He had other stints at WILD as production director and advertising sales executive. He also sold airtime for WBCN-FM. In the Boston schools, he taught communications arts, radio and television production, technology literacy and English. His professional experience made Collins initially inclined to seek an old-fashioned solution to the city’s black radio problem. “For the last four or five years, I’ve been looking to buy a radio station. I tried to buy WILD twice,” Collins said. “The deal could not be done. The financing wasn’t available.” Collins recently received a microloan of $10,000 from Accion
USA to increase the interactivity of Sun Music. Listeners can already request songs. He plans to add “music discovery” — reviews and interviews about the songs played. “Very soon it’s going to be more than music. It’s going to be news,” he said. That would be a major advance for black radio in Boston, one that has been a long time coming. WTCH 106.1 airs interviews on public affairs and has on occasion covered community news. In its last years as a black station, nearly all of WILD-AM’s programming was automated music in a prerecorded format. For now, Sun Music airs only music, at www.sun-music.net. The names of the programs reflect a mix of styles: That Jazz, HipUrbanHouse, The Inspiration (gospel), The Sound of the Sun and, of course, Sun Music.
Former Boston school teacher Tessil Collins launched Sun Music last January.
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Make your vote count on June 25 When Boston’s black community first learned that the majority of the city’s population belonged to a minority group, there was a sense of elation. It was as though something special had been achieved. Then reality began to set in as residents realized that nothing more than an opportunity had been created. People began to realize that population numbers of themselves are insignificant. They only matter if people vote regularly, regardless of whether the candidates or the campaigns are inspiring. The primary reason for going to the polls has always been to express the power of the community and to be counted as an individual. Political activists will respect an individual more when he or she is part of a community that is politically sophisticated and votes. The only two sources of secular power in America are wealth and political clout. There was a time when both eluded Boston’s black community. In 1940, Boston’s black population was 23,675. That was only 3.1 percent of the total. If every eligible voter went to the polls and cast a vote for the same candidate that would still not constitute a landslide. With such a small population, blacks
were politically powerless. Back then there were no substantial Hispanic or Asian citizens to increase the minority population. Even 20 years later when in 1960 the black population had grown to 63,165, it was still only 9.1 percent of the total. According to the 2010 census, Boston’s black population grew to 138,073 in 50 years. Add to that another 7,500 to account for an estimate of blacks of mixed race and the total is 145,573 for 24 percent of the city’s population, a significant number. In the November presidential election, blacks across the nation outpaced the voting rate for whites. Blacks were valiantly fighting back against attempts of whites in many states to disenfranchise them. Massachusetts voters have a different challenge on Tuesday, June 25. Barack Obama is not on the ballot to fire up the electorate. This is a vote from your head rather than your heart. Obama needs as many Democrats in the U.S. Senate as he can get to develop the power to support his program. Obama needs Ed Markey in the Senate. So you know what you have to do! Make it mean something that Boston has a majority population that belongs to minority groups.
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As an officer of the Trial Court, I had the pleasure of working with C. O. Thomas Flint during my tenure in the Norfolk County Court Complex (“Thomas Flint, former trial court officer, seeks justice,” Bay State Banner, May 23, 2013). I found Tom to be a dedicated officer concerned about the safety of all upon entering the courthouse. He was courteous, friendly and encouraging. As in any workplace, employees may have a difference of opinion but that should not be cause for termination without due process. Thomas Flint should be reinstated with back pay. Leon Dubose Via email
Leadership void at Madison Park High school at root of problems It is good to see there are members of the community that are aware and interested in what is happening at Madison Park (“Parents of Madison Park students focusing on school leadership,” Bay State Banner, May 9, 2013). I have been a teacher at this school
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for the last ten years, and it is apparent that the leadership void has had a tremendous impact on the day-to-day operations of Madison Park. Lacking true stability at Madison has provided rich fodder for those that would exploit this darkness for their own personal gain. Having no true or consistent authority, Madison continues to be battered by the three headed monster of nepotism, favoritism and racism, issues that were all supposed to be addressed in the not so distant past. Madison employees have been informed that the school is facing a very tight budget pinch, which begs the question, where is the money being spent? We have seen the excising of several key members of the school, including much needed guidance counselors, and a devastating hiring freeze on new teachers. In contrast, we have also seen administrative positions that
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Opinion Clarence Thomas: Affirmative Action’s biggest beneficiary and biggest hypocrite
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to hand down yet another landmark decision on an affirmative action case. The case is the lawsuit by white student Abigail Noel Fisher against the University of Texas at Austin in which she claims that race was a primary reason she was rejected for admission. The justices will rule in the coming days on the use of race in college admissions. Many legal experts and court watchers bet that the court will once and for all scrap the last vestiges of race as a factor in school admissions and by extension in employment. There is no bet, though, on how one judge will vote. That judge is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. His certain vote to uphold Fisher’s case and dump race into the dustbin of legal and social history is so sure it can almost be mailed in. Thomas loudly told the world what he thought of affirmative action six years ago in his memoir, My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir by Clarence Thomas. Here are his words: “Affirmative action (though it wasn’t yet called that) had become a fact of life at American college and universities, and before long I realized that those blacks who benefited from it were being judged by a double standard.” “The problem with my ‘adverse impact’ analysis, of course, was that it was of no help to those black students who had already finished law school and now found themselves unable to pass the bar exam.” “The problems faced by blacks in America would take quite some time to solve, and the responsibility for solving them would fall largely on black people themselves.” “Most of the middle-class blacks with who I discussed these policies argued that all blacks were equally disadvantaged by virtue of their race alone. I thought that was nonsense.” When Thomas casts his inevitable vote to expunge affirmative He has been a one action, the one question that will and should be eternally asked of him is man wrecking crew how and why someone who has been on the court to the biggest beneficiary of affirmative expunge race from action could be the biggest hypocrite law and public policy in opposing it. First, there’s the redecisions. minder of how much he’s benefited. Despite his mediocre political credentials and undistinguished academic record, Thomas rose from junior Senate aide to Supreme Court justice in less than a decade. Here’s the parade of plum positions that he got: assistant secretary of Education for Civil Rights, chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an appointment to the federal judiciary, and of course, Supreme Court judge. His quick rise up the political and legal ladder was all preceded by his race based admission to Yale Law School. In his memoir, Thomas protests that he never actively sought these spots and pretends that he didn’t want them because of his deep fear that he would be permanently tarred as an affirmative action hire. But no one twisted Thomas’s arm or put a knife to his throat and demanded that he accept any of these positions including admission to Yale Law School. He had a mouth and he could have opened it and said no every time he was offered a professional leg up. He didn’t. If Thomas had just taken the plums served up to him, and quietly melted into the woodwork with his titles, it would have been harmless enough. But he had a bigger agenda in mind, and that was to be an aggressive and relentless foe of the very affirmative action measures that he milked. The Supreme Court post gave him the ideal power position to advance his agenda and do real damage. The pounding he took during his High Court confirmation fight in 1991 from civil rights, civil liberties and women’s groups, and the narrow Senate vote to confirm him stung deeply. Thomas didn’t forget or forgive. In fact, when asked how long he’d stay on the court, he reportedly said that he’d stay there for the next 43 years of his life. He was 43 at the time. In a more revealing aside, he supposedly quipped to friends that it would take him that long to get even. Whether this was hyperbole or an apocryphal tale, it didn’t take him 43 years to wreak his revenge. He has been a one man wrecking crew on the court to expunge race from law and public policy decisions. However, this is not simply one man’s personal bitterness over his alleged mistreatment by liberals and civil rights leaders. In well-prepped and orchestrated talks to ultra conservative groups, Thomas has pretty much made it clear that he’s on a mission to make sure law and public policy in America mirror his take on race. The capper was his swipe at President Obama in of all things implying that he was an affirmative action President. This is heady stuff for the grandson of a sharecropper who has been the biggest beneficiary of affirmative action. And, then makes it his sworn life’s mission to be the biggest enemy of, or more accurately, its biggest hypocrite. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. The Banner welcomes your opinion. Email Op-Ed submissions to:
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A lot is at stake in this election. The budget cuts that are coming because of sequestration have to be stopped or they’re going to be devastating to our community.
There are a lot of issues in people’s lives that can only be solved at the federal level. The only way to change the situation in underrepresented communities is to make people’s voices heard.
This election is about our futures, our communities, jobs, the economy, immigration. You have to make your voice heard.
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Executive Director East Boston
Because there are many things at stake in the federal government. Voter turnout might decide what changes will take place.
It’s always important to vote. If you don’t, you’re letting other people decide for you.
Tenant Organizer Jamaica Plain
We need to make sure we get a representative in the Senate who can support issues of concern to our community.
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford Executive Director Roxbury
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Dr. Hardin Coleman Mayor Thomas M. Menino recently appointed Dr. Hardin Coleman, Dean of Boston University School of Education, to the Boston School Committee. Dean Coleman will complete the term of John Barros who stepped down from the Committee in April. The vacated term ends on January 6, 2014. “ Dean Coleman brings a unique blend of expertise and experience to the Boston School Committee,” Mayor Menino said. “I am honored to appoint an individual with such exceptional credentials, skills, and experience.” A licensed psychologist, Dean Coleman holds degrees in Counseling and Psychology from Stanford University, the University of Vermont, and Williams College. Before assuming his position at Boston University in 2008, Dean Coleman served as Associate Dean and Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin for several years.
Most recently, Dean Coleman served as the Co-Chair of the External Advisory Board for School Assignment to the Boston Public School. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Quality Schools
Working Group for the Boston Public Schools. T he Boston School Committee is a seven-member board, which governs and sets policy for the Boston Public Schools.
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CFPB findings on overdraft fees: Complex and costly Overdraft programs associated with high fees Charlene Crowell A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that overdraft fees continue to pose high risks to consumers, despite recent regulatory changes. The report focuses on
the dreaded overdraft charge — the fees banks and credit unions collect for covering customer transactions that exceed checking account balances. Sounds simple; but many times the terms that accompany these fees are complex, and too often
the costs are out of proportion to the overdrawn amount. Variations in how transactions are posted to checking accounts and limits or the lack thereof on the number of fees allowed in a single day can be confusing and harmful to consumers. Even though prac-
President Barack Obama embraces Myrlie Evers-Williams during her visit in the Oval Office, June 4, 2013. The President met with the Evers family to commemorate the approaching 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ death. (Photo courtesy of the White House)
tices vary among institutions, one thing is particularly clear: consumers lose tens of billion to overdraft fees every year. For customers with only marginal bank balances, the costs incurred by overdraft fees can remove available funds for other household needs. “What is marketed as overdraft protection can, in some instances put consumers at greater risk of harm,” said CFPB’s Richard Cordray. “Consumers need to be able to control their costs and expenses, and they deserve clarity on those issues.” The CFPB found that overdraft fees on debit card and ATM transactions in particular are associated with higher rates of involuntary account closure. As a result, the affected consumers become less able to open a checking account at another institution. The new CFPB report follows a 2010 rule by the Federal Reserve that required financial institutions for the first time to secure customer approval before enrollment in overdraft coverage for debit and ATM transactions. Wide variations in the number of “opt-ins” by institutions indicate that some are more aggressive than others in obtaining consent forms from their customers. Following the announcement of the 2010 rule, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) noted that the rule did not address clear abuses that customers experience once they are enrolled, including the exorbitant cost of debit card overdraft coverage or re-ordering transactions to maximize fees. And because the size or frequency of the fees was not addressed, financial institutions
have the incentive to secure as many opt-in forms as possible. Previous research by CRL has found that: • Most debit card transactions that trigger overdrafts are far smaller than the size of the overdraft itself; • Most consumers surveyed would rather have their debit card transaction declined than have it covered in exchange for an overdraft fee; • In 2008, Americans aged 55 and over paid $6.2 billion in overdraft fees; and • Also in 2008, Americans aged 18-24 paid nearly $1.3 billion in overdraft fees. CRL along with others including Pew Charitable Trusts have also called for banning institutions from processing transactions from the largest to smallest. This change would diminish the number of overdraft fees charged and thereby free-up consumer monies for other items. In reaction to the CFPB report, CRL said, “We remain concerned about financial institutions that deliberately trigger overdraft fees by re-ordering daily transactions from the highest to lowest, often resulting in more fees from customers. This deceptive practice remains far too common despite fueling widespread litigation. . .” Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending. She can be reached at: Charlene.crowell@ responsiblelending.org.
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Former Herald site should be more than luxury condos
Mel King stands across the street from the former site of his childhood home that became the headquarters of the Boston Herald. A Newton-based developer wants to develop luxury condos on the site. (Yawu Miller photo) Mel King When I recently learned about plans for developing the “Ink Block” — so called because the area housed the Boston Herald
— I was reminded of when I received a copy of the late Boston Traveler newspaper while attending Claflin College in South Carolina. The early 1950’s headline said that I lived on “skid row,” in
a “slum.” I was amazed. After all, we called it “home.” Where I lived was one of the most multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic communities that one could find anywhere. In my mind, the richness of the community and its relationships made it one of the nicest places to live. My block was truly amazing and very consistent with the ideal of a community family that shares. Seeing that headline long ago, I was very upset as I tried to figure out what it meant. Later I learned it was a ploy: Declaring the area “blighted” was a prerequisite for access to urban renewal funds so the area could be taken over for businesses, including the Herald Traveler newspapers. After graduation, I worked part time at the Lincoln House Settlement in the South End while pursuing a graduate degree. Later, as a full-time staff member, I learned a formative lesson. In contrast with what had happened to my neighborhood, staff and residents organized to challenge the pending destruction of the Castle Square neighborhood where my cousins lived. They eventually convinced the BRA to build the replacement housing known today as Castle Square Development, guaranteeing the right-of-return to the displaced residents.
CommunityNotes Watching the community and Lincoln House staff mobilize taught me that organized resistance, with a plan based on fairness and justice, provided a model to emulate. It became an important part of our struggles to change the process in other parts of Boston’s South End, including the Tent City complex near Copley Place. Another lesson learned was the concept of self-definition — not allowing others to define and label you and your home. When you are motivated because your self-definition asserts you are somebody and you have “inalienable rights,” there is a strong basis for not letting discouragement stop you. A few years after the Herald moved in, I visited the owner in his office and said we were neighbors. He asked, “Do you live in Danvers?” “No,” I smiled as I replied, “You are sitting where I was born and raised.” To think I used to live there, yet they had the audacity to call it the Ink Block, memorializing the paper that benefitted from using negative descriptions as a weapon of mass displacement and demeaning what folks called home. I call it the Ink Blot, because it blotted a way of life that tried to bring out the best in people. And now, the BRA, fronting for the mayor, is once again promoting a class-cleansing approach to development. The land has been taken — this time at a very high price — for the development of housing which will not go to a representative cross-section of Boston residents because housing prices are at a level that severely limits access.
Here’s what should happen: • Housing built under city supervision should reflect the inclusive policy of onethird low income, one-third moderate income, and onethird market rate. The Tent City Development is a model for such inclusive housing. • The Boston resident jobs policy should be enforced, with goals of 51 percent Boston residents, 51 percent people of color, and 15 percent women. Further, Boston subcontractors should be recruited for 50 percent of construction jobs, training, and opportunities. • There should be a written and signed agreement that specifically includes a 10 percent hiring goal of Asian-Americans in construction work and a first-source hiring agreement with Chinatown organizations for permanent jobs with a living wage. Chinatown residents are being pushed out — ink-blotted out — not only from their community, but also from employment opportunities in the booming construction industry. It’s time to print a new page where we can read about the richness of a community where all are welcome and all the gifts are shared. Have no fear. Meditate without care and progress steadily. You will be uplifted and will not fall. The Lord of the universe will do all your work. — Swami Muktananda
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UMASS Building Authority elects Philip W. Johnston Robert Sheridan steps down after three terms as chairman Banner Staff University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret recently announced the election of Philip W. Johnston as Chairman of the UMass Building Authority Board of Directors.
Johnston, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Johnston Associates, a Boston-based public affairs firm he founded in 1996, was elected Chairman at UMBA’s recent annual meeting. He succeeds Robert Sheridan, who served three terms as Chair-
man and oversaw $3.4 billion in construction at UMass, including the General Academic Building at UMass Boston, the Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center at UMASS Lowell, the Albert Sherman Center at UMass Medical School in Worcester and
On June 11, 2013, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice held its 45th Anniversary celebration at the Boston College Club in which Brent Henry, Vice President and General Counsel of Partners Health Care, received the Inaugural Founders Award. (Above) Henry shares a moment with prominent Boston attorney Wayne Budd and Rahsaan Hall, Deputy Director, Lawyers Committee. (Tony Irving photo)
the Recreation Center at UMass Amherst. “It’s been an incredible opportunity and honor for me to serve on the UMBA Board as Chairman,” said Sheridan. “I wish Chairman Johnston nothing but success.” In announcing the selection of Johnston, a UMass graduate, President Caret said: “Given the many services that he was already providing to the University, I appreciate Phil Johnston’s willingness to take on this new leadership role at the UMass Building Authority, which is critical for the continued success across all five campuses. I know that Phil will discharge his new duties with diligence and skill, and with the special passion that a graduate brings to serving his or her alma mater.” Johnston, who served two terms as Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 to the Commission of White House Fellows, said: “I’m honored to continue this journey Bob Sheridan started a few years ago. The building and construction process in the Commonwealth has long been an interest of mine.’’ He added: “The University of Massachusetts currently is engaged in the most aggressive building program in its history on all five campuses. I look forward to working ... to ensure that these projects are completed within an open process which emphasizes both creativity in design and efficiency and transparency in the bidding process.” Johnston has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector. From 1984 to 1991, Johnston served as the Massachusetts Secretary of Human Services
under Governor Michael Dukakis, after serving five consecutive terms as State Representative. In 1992, President Bill Clinton appointed him as the New England Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a role he held until 1996 when he became a congressional candidate for Massachusetts’ 10th District. As a member of the UMass Board of Trustees, Johnston chaired the UMass Medical School Search Committee for Chancellorship. He most recently served as Search Committee Chair of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellorship. Johnston is also the Chair of the Board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. He also sits on the Boards of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, the Carroll Center for the Blind, and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. In 2012, Johnston was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also the Founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, one of the top juvenile justice and social services agencies in the country. Johnston, a resident of Marshfield, Mass., received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UMASS Amherst and a Master of Arts Degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Material from UMASS contributed to this report.
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benefit residents today, and leave a lasting impact on the Neponset River Greenway Corridor for generations to come,” Governor Deval Patrick said. His office reported that more than 10,000 people use the trail daily, a number that the state expects to double once it is completed. Patrick’s office gave no
within a half mile of 11 rail transit stops. Commissioner Edward Lambert said the Department of Conservation and Recreation “considers the completion of the Neponset River Corridor to be a signature project that will connect our Blue Hills Reservation to Boston Harbor, while providing more access to public spaces for residents in urban neighborhoods, connecting communities and improving the transportation
Completion has been slowed by approval of needed funding, opposition in some neighborhoods and acquisition of private property along the river. timetable for construction to conclude. “While we have enjoyed for years the completed sections of the greenway in Dorchester and Milton, we in Mattapan have always felt that the failure to complete the section between Mattapan Square and Central Avenue represented an injustice,” said Vivien Morris, chairperson of the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition. “Our coalition along with many others have long advocated for the righting of this wrong, and now the governor has stepped in. We couldn’t be happier!” The Department of Conservation and Recreation oversees the trail. MassDOT is involved because some bicyclists commute to work on the trail, which lies
network.” The Mattapan section cleared a major hurdle in 2011 when the department decided that the Blue Hill Avenue-Central Avenue section would be entirely on the Mattapan side of the Neponset River. Other proposed routes that would have shared the trail between Mattapan and Milton were scuttled by vocal residents of the Capen Street area who imagined an influx of criminals from predominately black Mattapan. MBTA police said crime reports associated with the Mattapan trolley line between Mattapan Square and Ashmont Station have not reflected such a pattern. The MBTA had presented another obstacle to completing the
Mattapan section of the trail by not allowing it to cross the trolley tracks at ground level near Mattapan Square. The Department of Conservation and Recreation resolved that problem by adding a long bridge over the tracks there, adding about $2 million to construction costs. The square will become the home of a visitors center and outdoor plaza at a former furniture store on Blue Hill Avenue at River Street. The state acquired the property for $400,000, using its eminent domain powers. At popular Ryan Park on River
Street, a canoe launch will be upgraded and an existing dirt trail there is likely to be paved, widened and beautified. The other section of trail to be completed runs north from Pope John Paul II Park near Neponset Circle in Dorchester, past Tenean Beach and parallel to Morrissey Boulevard. The state plans to use part of the right-of-way to the Southeast Expressway to take trail users safely past highway ramps and streets with a heavy flow of vehicle traffic. Planning for the Neponset trail began more than two decades
ago. Completion has been slowed by approval of needed funding, opposition in some neighborhoods and acquisition of private property along the river. The state applied twice for federal stimulus funding for transportation projects to complete the Mattapan and Dorchester sections, but did not win a grant in the national competitions. Why worry, O dear one? Why fear? The Lord of the universe is watching over you. God is with you, and will never leave you. — Swami Muktananda
Celtics Forward Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics Legend Walter McCarty, Sun Life Financial Senior Vice President of Operations David Healy, and Vice President and COO of Victory Programs Jim Pettinelli share a laugh at a recent event at ReVision Urban Farm. The Farm offers an agriculture program and operates a farm stand on Blue Hill Avenue offering fresh, low-cost produce to area residents. (Photo courtesy of Victory Programs)
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BlackHistory “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” — General Orders, Number 3; Headquarters District of Texas, Galveston, June 19, 1865 his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation Order in 1862 • Jan. 1: the day it took effect in 1863 • Jan. 31: the date the 13th Amendment passed Congress in 1865, officially abolishing the institution of slavery • Dec. 6: the day the 13th Amendment was ratified that year Abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass questioned the significance of the Fourth of July to the American slave.
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“Juneteenth,” beginning one year later in 1866. “The way it was explained to me, “one heir to the tradition was quoted in a published essay, “the 19th of June wasn’t the exact day the Negro was freed. But that’s the day they told them that they
was free ... And my daddy told me that they whooped and hollered and bored holes in trees with augers and stopped it up with [gun] powder and light and that would be their blast for the celebration.”
There were other available anniversaries for celebrating emancipation, to be sure, including the following: • Sept. 22: the day Lincoln issued
• April 3: the day Richmond, Va., fell • April 9: the day Lee surrendered to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox, Va. • April 16: the day slavery was abolished in the nation’s capital in 1862 • May 1: Decoration Day, which, as David Blight movingly recounts in Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, the former slaves of Charleston, S.C., founded by giving the Union war dead
a proper burial at the site of the fallen planter elite’s Race Course. • July 4: America’s first Independence Day, some “four score and seven years” before President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Each of these anniversaries has their celebrants today. Each has also had its share of conflicts and confusion. July 4 is compelling, of course, but it was also problematic for many African Americans. The country’s founders had given in on slavery and their descendants had expanded it through a series of failed “compromises,” at the nadir of which Frederick Douglass had made his own famous declaration to the people of Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” Douglass asked. “I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and
cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity.” The most logical candidate for commemoration of the slave’s freedom was Jan. 1. In fact, the minute Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect at the midpoint of the war, Northern black leaders like Douglass led massive celebrations in midnight jubilees; and on its 20th anniversary in 1883, they gathered again in Washington, D.C., to honor Douglass for all that he and his compatriots had achieved. Yet even the original Emancipation Day had its drawbacks — not only because it coincided with New Year’s Day and the initiation dates of numerous other laws, but also because the underlying Proclamation — while of enormous symbolic significance — didn’t free all the slaves, only those in the Juneteenth, continued to page 11
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Confederate states in areas liberated by Union troops, and not those in the border states in which slavery remained legal until the ratification of the 13th Amendment. Because of its partial effects, some scholars argue that perhaps the most significant aspect of the Emancipation Proclamation was the authorization of black men to fight in the war, both because their service proved to be crucial to the North’s war effort, and because it would be cited as irrefutable proof of the right of blacks to citizenship (which would be granted by the 14th Amendment).
While national black leaders continued to debate the importance of remembering other milestone anniversaries, the freed people of Texas went about the business of celebrating their local version of Emancipation Day. For them, Juneteenth was, from its earliest incarnations, a past that was “usable” as an occasion for gathering lost family members, measuring progress against freedom and inculcating rising generations with the values of self-improvement and racial uplift. This was accomplished through readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, religious sermons and spirituals, the preservation of slave food delicacies (always at the center: the almighty barbecue pit), as well as the incorporation of new games and traditions, from baseball to rodeos and, later, stock-car races and overhead flights. Like a boxer sparring with his rival, year after year, Juneteenth was strengthened by the battle its committee members had to wage against the Jim Crow faithful of Texas who, in the years following Reconstruction, rallied around their version of history in an effort to glorify (and whitewash) past cruelties and defeats. When whites forbade blacks from using their public spaces, black people gathered near rivers and lakes and eventually raised enough money to buy their own celebration sites, among them Emancipation Park in Houston and Booker T. Washington Park in Mexia. When white leaders like Judge Lewis Fisher of Galveston likened the black freedman (“Rastus,” he called him) to “a prairie colt
turned into a feed horse [to eat] ignorantly of everything,” Juneteenth celebrants dressed in their finest clothes, however poor, trumpeting the universal concerns of citizenship and liberty, with hero-speakers from the Reconstruction era and symbols like the Goddess of Liberty on floats.
In 1979 Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday. Leading the charge was Rep. Al Edwards of Houston, often referred to as “the father of the Juneteenth holiday,” who framed it as a “source of strength” for young people, according to Hayes Turner. (As a concession to Lost Cause devotees, Texas reaffirmed its commitment to observing Jan. 19 as Confederate Heroes Day.) Since then, 41 other states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday or holiday observance, including Rhode Island earlier this year. “This is similar to what God instructed Joshua to do as he led the Israelites into the Promised Land,” Al Edwards told Yahoo in 2007. “A national celebration of Juneteenth, state by state, serves a similar purpose for us. Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.” As further proof that Juneteenth is back on the rise, Washington, D.C., was abuzz on Wednesday during the unveiling of a Frederick Douglass statue in the famed U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, thanks to the work of D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Douglass joined three other African Americans in the Hall: Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Martin Luther King Jr. No doubt Douglass would be surprised to learn that such an honor had not been scheduled for Jan. 1 (the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation), but glad nevertheless that the country is still finding ways to remember “the causes, the incidents, and the results” of the Civil War. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. This article first appeared on the Root.
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862.
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Rochelle, My Belle Rochelle Aytes talks about starring in the new ABC nighttime soap opera Mistresses
Kam Williams Born in New York on May 17, 1976, Rochelle Aytes is quickly establishing herself as one of Hollywood’s brightest starlets with an impressive film and television career on the rise. Rochelle is now starring on Mistresses, ABC’s new, nighttime soap opera. Based on the British TV series of the same name, the show costars Alyssa Milano, Jess Macallan and Yunjin Kim. It is a provocative, thrilling, drama that finds four women with scandalous romantic lives caught in storms of excitement and self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal, and at the mercy of the complex relationships they’ve created. Rochelle plays the lead role of April, a young widow raising two daughters and running a highend linen shop. She was previously seen as a series regular on a short-lived but very funny sitcom for ABC entitled Work. And she starred opposite Christian Slater on ABC’s The Forgotten. She enjoyed a recurring role on the hit series Desperate Housewives and Detroit 187. In addition, she has shot guest leads on TV shows like White Collar, Dark
Blue, NCIS: Las Vegas, Daybreak, ER, CSI: NY, and on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, as Allen Payne’s love interest. Rochelle made her big screen debut in the summer of 2004 playing the love interest of Shawn Wayans in the romantic comedy White Chicks. More recently, she starred in a lead role opposite Blair Underwood, Tyler Perry and Boris Kodjoe in Madea’s Family Reunion.
How would you describe the show in 25 words or less?
Mistresses is about the lives of four women, each going through different versions of infidelity. Their longtime friendship is what gets them through extremely challenging times.
Did you watch episodes of the British version of the program in preparation for the role?
it is the ghost of her dead husband.
tunities that I’ve had.
What message, if any, do you want the audience to take away from the series?
What was your first big break?
I hope that the audience is thoroughly entertained. Each story line is very relatable to the average person’s life and hopefully they will find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Coffee and wine.
What was the last book you read?
DeVon Franklin and Tim Vandehey’s book Produced by Faith.
What is your favorite dish to cook?
A cheese omelette with spinach and peppers, and home fries!
What excites you?
I have actually never seen the British version.
Planning a vacation on a beach somewhere!
What makes your character, April Malloy, tick?
What was your best career decision?
April is the more down-toearth, motherly one of the girls. She gets so worked up over prank phone calls and starts to believe that
Working with my team. I have the best agent, manager, publicist, acting coach, and lawyer. Without them I wouldn’t have the oppor-
My first big break was White Chicks. I had only been acting for about two years and I certainly didn’t feel like I was ready for such an opportunity. It could only be the hand of God blessing me. I accept everything I’m given with great appreciation.
If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
To heal my mother. She has kidney failure and osteoporosis. It’s very sad.
If you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do? Would you do the bad stuff, you never got a chance to do, or would you do good stuff to make sure you make it into heaven?
I would do the good stuff. I want eternal life with my father.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
I remember being very young and going to AA meetings with my father in Brooklyn. I thought
it was fun because they served hot chocolate and cookies.
Is there something that you promised to do if you became famous, that you still haven’t done yet?
No, but I promised to buy my mother a house when I became rich.
What’s the difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person you pretend to be on the red carpet?
I feel like I am pretty much the same, minus the extra hair and makeup. I may turn the energy up a bit, but I’m a silly person naturally and I love to laugh and have fun, so I tend to carry that same energy onto the carpet.
If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be? Jesus.
With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?
Yes — Pretty Woman. I love Julia Roberts and that red dress. I actually had someone duplicate it for my high school prom. [LOL]
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10 things you didn’t know about Boston urban music Coming to: “Art Is Life Itself!” The Performance Series That Embraces Art, Culture & Spirituality EVERY Thursday 7-10pm
Thu June 20: Big Brotha Sadi Diazabakana Graces the AiLi Stage with profound thoughts and words for your EDU-Tainment Pleasure!
BIKE BOSTON! “Ride Crazy: The Single Man March” screening of documentary that began as a way to explore the use of bicycles as a means of therapy for various conditions and social problems. + open mic
Fri June 21 Summer Solstice #RoxTweet 5:30-7:30pm Our Summer Solstice #RoxTweet celebrates the power and contributions of women to arts and culture in our community. At this networking event, guests will be encouraged to use social media during the event to broaden the conversation to the wider community. Haley House will provide appetizers, and beverages will be available for purchase.
One of the first boy bands, Boston New Edition originally included Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ralph Tresvant. Hits like Candy Girl and Mr. Telephone Man made the group an international sensation. Dart Adams
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musicians union in the United States. The Boston’s Musician Association (Local 535) was located in the South End where Jazz musicians enjoyed a concentration of several historic Jazz venues. They often left Harlem by train and got off at Back Bay Station in Boston to perform. The first locations of the Boston’s Musicians Local 535 were above Charlie’s Sandwich Shop at 429 Columbus Ave and across the street from Mother’s Lunch on 380 Columbus Ave. Both restaurants were hangouts for Jazz musicians who stayed with South End residents or at Ella’s House on nearby West Canton Street. Later, Local 535 moved to 409 Mass Ave across the street from Wally’s Jazz Club’s original location (as Wally’s Paradise). During this time everyone from Count Basie to Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway were members of Local 535. Local 535 (which
Boston’s Donna Summer became the Queen of Disco.
served mostly the Black musicians) and Local 9 (an all White union) merged in 1970, resulting in Local 9-535 as it’s known today. Donna Summer was born LaDonna Gaines in Boston and she was raised in Dorchester. She dominated the local talent circuit but spent time in New York doing theater and in Germany before becoming the Queen of Disco and redefining the importance of solo women in both R&B/Soul and Pop. Donna Summer inspired and influenced legions of women that followed in her footsteps. Boston Funk is the name given to the sound pioneered by Arthur Baker, John Robie, Michael Jonzun, Maurice Starr, Gordon Worthy and other Boston area musicians that compromised the groups Jonzun Crew, Planet Patrol and Glory between the years of 1979
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and 1982. By the time these musicians began producing, playing and recording seminal Hip-Hop hits in New York from 1983 on the music was categorized as Electro and it gained popularity on the West Coast and overseas. Boston product Arthur Baker produced several seminal Hip-Hop & Electro classics. Those songs include Joe Bataan’s Rap-O Clap-O, Afrika Bambaataa and The Jazzy 5’s Jazzy Sensation, Planet Patrol’s Play At Your Own Risk and the song that made Hip-Hop/Rap music a global force, Afrika Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force’s Planet Rock. Boston’s Jonzun Crew produced several classics for Sylvia Robinson’s Sugar Hill label including The Sugar Hill Gang and The Furious 5’s Showdown, Sequence’s Funky Sound (Tear The Roof Off), Brother To Brother’s Monster Jam and about a dozen other records. They used the money they made from producing for Sugar Hill to build Boston International Studios where they recorded several Jonzun Crew classics and New Edition’s Candy Girl album. The first full length album released on Tom Silverman’s Tommy Boy Records was Jonzun Crew’s Lost In Space in 1983. MC Spice was the first rapper ever to be signed by Atlantic Records in
1987 and the first rapper from Boston signed to a major label. His single Don’t Treat Your Girly Like A Dog, Dog, Dog predated MC Lyte’s debut single I Cram To Understand U (Sam). MC Spice was later regarded as the “Hood A&R” and a writer/producer for Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch when they became Interscope Records’ first successful Rap act in 1991. He is now an active member of the Universal Zulu Nation. A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and The Jungle Brothers (the three groups that comprised the core of The Native Tongues) all first met not in one of the five boroughs in New York but right in the South End of Boston near the campus of Northeastern University. The rest was history. In 1988, New Jack Swing began to dominate the urban music charts and Black radio before crossing over to the Pop/Billboard charts. Bobby Brown’s Don’t Be Cruel, New Edition’s Heart Break, Al B. Sure!’s In Effect Mode and New Kids On The Block’s Hanging Tough all became the biggest acts in all of urban and Pop music due to sales, accolades and tour monies. All of these artists and groups were born in Boston (Al B. Sure! was raised in Mt. Vernon, NY but he was born here in Boston). Roxbury product Che Guevara was a former protégé of Teddy Riley (who had a studio in Boston at one point in time) and a former member of Wyclef
Jean and Jerry “Wonder” Duplesis’ Refugee Camp All Stars production team. He produced Destiny Child’s breakout hit No, No, No (Part 2) in addition to one of the crew’s biggest hits Ghetto Supastar featuring Pras, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mya. He lent production work to Wyclef ’s The Carnival and Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, two of the biggest Rap albums of all times. Che Guevara AKA Che Pope is now known as Che Vicious, head A&R of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.
Reunited after a 14-year hiatus, the New Kids on the Block have returned to the pop music scene. In his new book “Before the Legend: The Rise of the New Kids on the Block and a Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years (An Unauthorized Biography),” author Tony Rose looked at the group’s beginnings, including their Roxbury connections. (Photo courtesy of Interscopre Records)
Bobby Brown was one of the original members of New Kids on the Block before he left to start his own solo career. Brown never reached his full potential, but he still continued with his music. Here, he is shown at Berkelee College of Music in 2007 rehearsing with several students. (Phil Farnsworth photo)
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Community Calendar Saturday June 22
Outdoor Watercolor Painting Workshop Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites families to a free outdoor watercolor painting workshop at Geneva Cliffs Urban Wild, at the intersection of Geneva and Bowdoin Streets in Dorchester. All supplies will be provided and a professional artist will be available to provide instructions. The events begin at 12pm and end at 2pm. Watercolor workshops are sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Bank of America and are part of the City’s ParkARTS programs. Free Arts and Crafts and a ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops The Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be holding its popular summer series of ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops during the month of June at four Boston locations. The series of eight workshops for budding artists ages nine and up is just one of the many offerings of the 17th annual ParkARTS program sponsored by Bank of America. These hands-on watercolor painting workshops enable participants to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces. Local art instructors welcome artists of all skill levels to join them and capture Boston’s historic parks in bloom. The free workshops include instruction and materials provided by Blick Art Materials. All classes are held from 12-2pm weather permitting. Dates and locations are as follows: Geneva Cliffs Urban Wild, 275 Geneva Ave., Dorchester — Saturday 22; Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Ave., North End — Sunday, June 23. For further information on the workshops and other ParkARTS programs, please call 617-6354505 or visit the Parks Department online at www.cityofbos ton.gov/parks or www.facebook. com/bostonparksdepartment.
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Look Good Feel Better Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will host Look Good Feel Better, a program provided by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association / National Cosmetology Association. The program is planned 10am – 12pm, in Conference Room 3B, 133 Brookline Ave., Boston. Look Good Feel Better is a free program that teaches cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects from chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. Wig care, scarf and hat use, skin care, and nail care will all be discussed, and all participants will receive a free makeup kit. Regis-
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Mattapan to Ruggles in 12 Come to an informational meeting at 6pm and find out how Solar Personal Rapid Transit (SPeRT) can make it possible to travel Faster, Safer, Greener! Hear about newer ideas, newer technology and newer ways of thinking about moving large numbers of people are possible and here! Mattapan Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan. Contact: www.southshore mobility.com or the Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc. at 617-427-6293. Free. The Cuban Experience: Art, Literature and Dance The Multicultural Arts Center cordially invites you to experience Cuba’s vibrant artistic culture through Art, Literature and Dance from 6:30-10pm. Enjoy the current visual art exhibition in the Upper Gallery showcasing four Cuban artists, listen to author Raul Villarreal talk about memories of Hemingway’s life in Cuba, follow the dancers to the Theater to experience several popular Cuban and Latin dances! Free and open to the public. www.mul ticulturalartscenter.org/events/. We are located at 41 Second St, East Cambridge, MA, one block from Green Line Lechmere station and walking distance from Red Line Kendall/MIT station.
Upcoming A Critical Discussion On: Quality Public Schools VS. Quality Juvenile Facilities in Boston Saturday June 29, 12-3pm. Roxbury YMCA. Panelists: Representative: Gloria Fox, Rev. Laura Ahart, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, ACLU/Massachusetts, Department of Youth Services, Boston Parent Organizing Network, Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts, SETC-PPEP. Our goal for this forum is to look specifically at juvenile justice and the School-to-Prison pipeline in Massachusetts. We intend to discuss the relationship between the implications of the high rate of poorly resourced schools, high rate of school suspension/expulsion especially in urban schools, and
the rate of juvenile detention in the juvenile detention facilities. Other topics associated with Juvenile Justice and the School-to-Prison pipeline that will be highlighted include: zero tolerance and the criminalization of school discipline. The Center for Church and Prison is a resource and resource center working towards community revitalization through prison reform and strategic solution development and intervention in the high rate of incarceration and recidivism in the United States prison system. Visit us at: www. churchandprison.org.
Southeast Massachusetts Adult Walking Club Saturday, June 29, 1pm, moderate walk, some hilly terrain, 3 miles. Walk from the Donovan School to Ponkapoag Trail and return via Madden Road. Meet at the Donovan School at 123 Reed St. in Randolph. The Southeast Massachusetts Adult Walking Club meets each weekend on either a Saturday or Sunday at 1pm for recreational walks. This club is open to people of 16 years of age and older and there is no fee to join. Walks average 2 to 5 miles. New walkers are encouraged to participate. The terrain can vary: EASY (mostly level terrain), MODERATE (hilly terrain), DIFFICULT (strenuous & steep). Walks will be led by a park ranger or a Walking Club volunteer leader. Occasionally, the Walking Club meets at other DCR sites or car pools to sites within the Blue Hills Reservation. The rangers recommend wearing hiking boots and bringing drinking water on all hikes. If weather conditions are questionable, please call 508866-2580 ext. 165. Department of Conservation and Recreation, Blue Hills Reservation, 695 Hillside St. Milton. www.mass.gov/dcr. Rosalita’s Puppets Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites families for free arts and crafts and a performance by Rosalita’s Puppets on Tuesday, July 16, at McConnell Tot Lot, 30 Denny St., in Dorchester. Arts and crafts activities will be offered in the playground from 9am - 12pm and the puppet show will be held at 11am. This event is sponsored by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Bank of America and is part of the City’s ParkARTS programs. Children’s Science Festival Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites the public to free science education events in the parks. On Tuesday, August 20, from 10am - 2pm a children’s science festival will be held at Franklin Park with exhibits and experiments offered by several groups, including, The Boston Children’s Museum, Mass Horticulture, Science From Scientists, and the Franklin Park Zoo. ParkSCIENCE events are made possible in part with funding from a Green Parks — Green Kids Grant resulting from a partnership between the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Recreation Foundation.
Tuesday Noon Hour Recital King’s Chapel announces the Tuesday Noon Hour Recital programs for June & July 2013. Historic King’s Chapel is located in downtown Boston at the corner of School and Tremont Streets. Hailed by residents and visitors alike as a treasure in the midst of a bustling city, this year-long series features a wide range of programming from classical to jazz and more! Admission to the Noon Hour Recitals is by suggested donation of $3 per person; the donations are given to the performing musicians. Programs begin at 12:15pm and last approximately 35 minutes; for more information, please call 617-227-2155. Concerts in the Courtyard One of Boston’s most beautiful spaces will be filled with music in a free, lunchtime concert series on Fridays in June, July, and August. The courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square will feature music that ranges from jazz to classical and from blues to Broadway. All concerts begin at 12:30pm. The complete schedule is available at www.bpl.org/concerts. Paul Revere House This summer at the Paul Revere House 19 North Square in Boston, you will meet Revolutionary characters in June, hear colonial tunes in July, and learn 18th c. crafts in August. Most events are free with museum admission: adults $3.50, seniors and college students $3.00, children 5-17 $1. Members and North End residents admitted free at all times. In summer, the Revere House is open daily, 9:30-5:15. Variety Fridays Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave. Dorchester. Ongoing — Every Friday, 5-8:30pm. All ages are welcomed. Free. Variety Fridays is a weekly family fun night. Activities include movie night, karaoke night, carnival night and much more. Free Fitness Classes Each free class is 30 minutes and meets in the gym; anyone over the age of 16 welcome. Every Wednesday, 12:30-1pm or 1-1:30pm. Dorchester House Gym, 1353 Dorchester Ave. Families Creating Together Families creating Together is an ongoing free class for children ages 5 and up. Come create art with your children every Tuesday from 3-4pm at the Family Resource Center at 1542 Columbus Ave., Jamaica Plain/Roxbury. Please call 617-522-1018 if you have any questions. Wheelchair accessible.
Hoop Suite Anna Myer and Dancers, North American Family Institute/ Youth Link and the Somerville Arts Council presents a new iteration of Hoop Suite. Free Summer Performances: Performing a new rendition of Hoop Suite (HS) with performances of Hindsight Now (HN). Thursday, June 20, 8:30pm, rain date: June 27, Conway Park basketball court, Somerville, intersection of Central Street and Somerville Ave. HS and HN. Friday August 2, 8pm, Bromley Heath Housing Development, basketball court venue TBA, Boston, HS ONLY.
Summer Scene at Roxbury’s Marcella Park July 1-August 30. Hawthorne Community Center invites 5-21 year olds and adults to Roxbury’s Marcella Park for free evening programs. The lineup includes: Mondays: Tennis (6-12 year olds from 5-6 pm; 13-18 year olds from 6-7pm; adults from 7-8pm). Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:306:30-Jazzy Dance for 6-18 year olds; 6:30-8:00-Soccer/Rox for 5-18 year olds; Wednesdays: 5:306:30-Double Dutch for 5-18 year olds; 6:45-7:45-Junior Basketball Fridays: 5:30-6:30-Double Dutch; 6:45-7:45 Teen Basketball for 13-16 year olds. And Hawthorne hosts the ReadBoston Storymobile from 1:15-2pm on Wednesdays (July 10-August 14), a special activity for 3-10 year olds and their caregivers. Roxbury’s Marcella Park (corner of Highland and Marcella Street in Roxbury). Contact: Samantha: hyccroxbury@hotmail. com; 617-427-0613. Beijing Journal: A photo Essay on Life in Contemporary Beijing and the Vanishing of the Hutong Neighborhoods The Multicultural Arts Center presents Beijing Journal: A photo Essay on Life in Contemporary Beijing and the Vanishing of the Hutong Neighborhoods — a new exhibition in the Lower Gallery by photographer Joseph Levendusky that explores the cultural paradigm of the old and the new Beijing capturing the traditional streetscapes of ancient Beijing and its inhabitants as time gradually runs out on their way of life. On view now until July 12, the exhibition consists of 49 black and white photographs (traditional selenium toned silver gelatin prints) and is accompanied by a Journal written by the photographer. Gallery website: www.multiculturalartscenter.org/ galleries/. FREE and open to the public. Regular Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30am - 6pm.
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Children of undocumented suffer health problems Anna Challet For Alicia Torres, a mother of four in Bellevue, Wash., one of the most difficult aspects of her husband’s undocumented status has been its effect on the health of their 13-year-old son. Torres’ husband, who is a Mexican national, was detained in 2009 for over a month. He is currently awaiting a deportation hearing, which has been rescheduled several times. Their son, who was born in the United States, has received special education services since he was very young due to ADHD and anxiety. But since his father was detained, he has started to struggle more in school — a result, Torres says, of his constant worry that he might lose his father. “When police detained my husband, my son’s anxiety issues started increasing,” she says. Her son started having more behavioral problems at school. He had trouble focusing, following instructions and turning in his homework.
Earlier this month, Human Impact Partners (HIP), a nonprofit public health research organization based in Oakland, Calif., released a study showing that in families with one or more undocumented parents, the threat of detention and deportation is harming the mental and physical health of their children, approximately 4.5 million of whom are U.S. citizens. Many children of undocumented immigrants live with the constant fear that they could be separated from their parents, which the study says can cause severe stress that has long-term developmental consequences. The study also found that some undocumented parents are afraid to access health care for themselves or their children, for fear of revealing their immigration status and risking deportation. U.S.born children of undocumented parents are twice as likely as children of citizens to lack insurance or be otherwise unable to access medical care.
“We’re shining a light on health consequences that are rarely discussed in our immigration policy debate,” Lili Farhang, HIP’s co-director, said in a telebriefing last week. In the past 15 years, more than 600,000 children who are U.S. citizens have experienced the deportation of a parent. HIP estimates that in the past year alone, more than 150,000 U.S.-citizen kids have been affected by deportation. Dr. Karen Hacker, senior medical director of Public and Community Health at Cambridge Health Alliance, and the executive director of the Institute for Community Health, works with teens who have mixed-status families in the Boston area. She said that the “toxic stress” associated with the deportation of a family member, or the fear of the deportation of a family member, can “disrupt [a child’s] developmental processes,” including brain and organ development, and can cause symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to HIP’s report, almost three-fourths of undocumented parents with children under the age of 18 reported that their children experienced symptoms of PTSD, including repetitive thoughts about stressful experiences, avoidance of certain activities, and hyper-alert behavior. Nearly 30 percent of undocumented parents reported that their children were afraid all or most of the time. HIP also screened the children themselves. Eighty-five percent of the children of undocumented immigrants reported that they had experienced symptoms consistent with PTSD, compared to 57 percent of children whose parents are citizens. The current Senate immigration reform bill includes some provisions that prioritize family unity and modify current law to make sure that immigration judges are given discretion to consider hardship to citizen or permanent resident children when deciding whether or not to deport a parent. But many advocates believe that the current bill does not do enough to keep parents and children together. HIP’s report includes recommendations for promoting family-focused reform to a greater extent within the bill, including the elimination of mandatory detention.
Wendy Cervantes, vice president of Immigration and Child Rights Policy at First Focus, a child advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., points out that though the current bill “offers real promise,” it does not include the elimination of mandatory detention laws, which can result in the arbitrary detention of undocumented parents. HIP also recommends that the Department of Homeland Security end the 287(g) program and modify the Secure Communities program, both programs that create partnerships between state and local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Initiatives like 287(g) can result in the targeting of individuals “who are not the focus of those kinds of laws,” according to Farhang, rather than those who pose a risk to public safety. Farhang anticipates a “tough battle” ahead in protecting family unity and the health of children of undocumented immigrants, particularly in the House of Representatives, which is anticipated to take a harder line than the Senate in crafting legislation for comprehensive immigration reform. “This debate can’t just be about getting reform done,” said Cervantes. “It also has to be about getting reform right for children.” New America Media
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Court orders end to Cambridge jail overcrowding Prisoners’ Legal Services and ACLU of Massachusetts successfully challenge unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Cambridge — A Massachusetts judge has ordered the Sheriff of Middlesex County to end unconstitutional overcrowding in the Middlesex County Jail within 30 days, ordering that no more than 230 pretrial detainees be held in a jail that in recent years has frequently housed more than 400. The jail houses people who are awaiting trial and thus have not been convicted of a crime. The court order was issued in response to lawsuits filed by Prisoners’ Legal Services, the ACLU of Massachusetts and private attorneys Doug Salvesen, of Yurko, Salvesen and Remz, P.C., and Kenneth Demoura of Demoura/ Smith. They challenged conditions at both the Jail and the Billerica House of Correction. Although a 1990 court order previously capped the number of detainees in the jail at 200, the actual number of detainees has frequently swelled to over 400 people in a facility that was built for only 160. The resulting overcrowding forced people awaiting trial to sleep on the floor in plastic “boats” and deprived them of adequate toilet and shower facilities, according to findings issued by Judge Bruce R. Henry. “Conditions in the Cambridge jail were both inhumane and unsafe,” said Matthew R. Segal, Legal Director at the ACLU of Massachusetts. “This order will
go a long way toward remedying that injustice.” The Cambridge jail occupies the top three floors of a building that previously also housed the Middlesex Superior Court and the Cambridge District Court. The courts and related government offices moved out of the building in 2008 and 2009 after the state decided the cost of removing asbestos from the building was too great. “This is an important victory for everyone who cares about the Constitution and the rule of law,” said Leslie Walker, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services. “Conditions at the jail were deplorable. Judge Henry’s decision will put an end to overcrowding that failed to meet minimum standards.” Under the order, many of the people previously held in the jail will be moved to the Billerica House of Correction, which houses both pretrial detainees and inmates serving out their sentences after conviction.
The One Fund Boston surpasses $50 million in donations 212 claim forms already received The One Fund Boston, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit established by Mayor Menino and Governor Patrick, announced last week it has received $51 million in donations. More than 200 claim forms have been received, with additional claims expected before the June 15 deadline. All donations received before June 27 will be distributed to survivors and families of victims who have submitted eligible claims. Administrator Kenneth Feinberg and his
team continue to review all submitted claims on an ongoing basis and payments will be distributed at the end of the month. The fund will support survivors and families following distribution of initial payments. No deadline has been set for donations. Claim forms were mailed to potential claimants who registered through The One Fund Boston website. Volunteers contacted hundreds of registrants to offer assistance with compensation claims. For more information, visit onefundboston.org/.
Boston City Council passes resolution supporting federal Immigration Reform Boston — As the U.S. Congress continues to work on federal immigration reform, Boston last week became the fifth city in the Commonwealth to pass a local resolution in support of the federal legislation. Introduced by Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, the resolution passed unanimously. “We are at a critical point in the national debate, so every voice raised in support is important,” said Rocio Saenz, SEIU Local 615 President. Adding, “The Boston City Council recognizes a basic truth about immigration reform – it is good for all of us.” The Commonwealth’s local resolutions urge the 113th Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform that addresses: earned legalization with a path to
citizenship; updated future immigration of families and workers; and improved immigration enforcement and border security. The federal legislation has the potential to transform the lives of 11 million aspiring Americans in this country. Approximately 20 percent of Massachusetts residents are immigrants, working and contributing an estimated $1 billion a year in state income taxes yet those who are undocumented cannot fully participate in society and are unable to vote. The Cambridge and Somerville City Councils passed their resolutions in April, and earlier this month, Lawrence and Springfield passed theirs. Councilor LaMattina of District One, is a son of East Boston, a gateway community for many immigrant groups. Once approved, the local resolutions are sent to Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner, President of the U.S. Senate Vice President Joe Biden, Governor Deval Patrick, President of the MA Senate Therese Murray, Speaker of the MA State House Robert DeLeo and to the MA General Assembly. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote before July 4 on the federal legislation.
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to as “Obamacare,” and his unwillingness to support a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which allows corporations and other large entities to spend money on political campaigns without limit and without public disclosure. “This election is historic,” Markey said. “That is why President Obama came here to Roxbury Community College. It’s about our futures, our communi-
ties, jobs, economic investment.” Markey may enjoy a significant home court advantage in Roxbury, where typically more than 90 percent of residents vote Democrat. The challenge for his campaign is to get those voters out to the polls on the June 25 election day. Gomez also faces a challenge, mobilizing a more conservative Republican and independent voting base, while reaching out to Latinos and blacks. Accompanying Gomez at Sunday’s debate was supporter Regla Gonzalez, Vice President of the League of Latin American Citizens. But Markey campaign staff
and supporters, Latino, black and white, outnumbered Gonzalez’s supporters by a noticeable margin at Sunday’s event. In the most recent Boston Globe poll, Markey is leading Gomez 54 to 41 points with 4 percent of voters undecided. Excluding Sunday’s forum and the President’s appearance last week, the Gomez campaign has had a low profile in the black community, noted Sarah Ann Shaw, one of the panelists at the forum. “I don’t think Gomez is making any headway,” she said. “I haven’t seen any flyers, signs or anything.”
President Obama told an overflowing crowd last week at RCC that he needed U.S. Rep. Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate. (Above right) Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins welcomed Obama to RCC’s Reggie Lewis Center. (Right) Markey makes a point during debate with GOP challenger Gabriel Gomez also at RCC. (Photos by KC Bailey and Yawu Miller)
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In the matter of: Joseph Farrow Respondent (Person to be Protected/Minor) Of: Mattapan, MA CITATION GIVING NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OR OTHER PROTECTIVE ORDER PURSUANT TO G.L c. 190B, §5-304 & §5-405 To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by Roscommon Extended Care Center of Mattapan, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Joseph Farrow is in need of a Conservator or other protective order and requesting that David Farrow of Boston, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Conservator to serve Without Surety on the bond. The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is disabled, that a protective order or appointment of a Conservator is necessary, and that the proposed conservator is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court. You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 06/27/2013. 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. IMPORTANT NOTICE The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense. Witness, Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: May 22, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
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INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE
Beginning Monday, June 24, 2013, the Watertown Housing Authority (WHA) will accept applications to establish a waiting list for its Housing Choice Voucher Program Project-Based Waiting List for 18 elderly units at St. Joseph’s Hall, 2 Rosary Drive, Watertown, MA. A lottery system will be used; there is no advantage to being first to apply. The waiting list opening period will end at 4:30pm on Friday, July 12, 2013, at which time the waiting list will close until further notice.
To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Marsha Costello of Yarmouth Port, MA and Petitioner Rosalind Costello of Yarmouth Port, MA a will has been admitted to informal probate. Marsha Costello of Yarmouth Port, MA and Rosalind Costello of Yarmouth Port, MA have been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU13P0325EA
Citation on Petition for Formal Adjudication Estate of Michael Lemont Smith Date of Death: 10/05/2011 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Ralph Smith of Aliquippa, PA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order of testacy and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. And also requesting that Ralph Smith of Aliquippa, PA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on 07/18/2013. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. The estate is being administered under formal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but recipients are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration.
NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES Hearing Date/Time: A hearing on a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor filed on 02/22/2013 by Kristie M. Guerrero of Dorchester, MA will be held 06/27/2013 09:00 AM Guardianship of Minor Hearing Located at 24 New Chardon Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02114 - Family Service Office.
WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 11, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
Response to Petition: You may respond by filing a written response to the Petition or by appearing in person at the hearing. If you choose to file a written response, you need to:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department
File the original with the Court; and Mail a copy to all interested parties at least five (5) business days before the hearing.
Counsel for the Minor: The minor (or an adult on behalf of the minor) has the right to request that counsel be appointed for the minor.
INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE
Presence of the Minor at Hearing: A minor over age 14 has the right to be present at any hearing, unless the Court finds that it is not in the minor’s best interests.
To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Barbara Thomas of Dorchester, MA a will has been admitted to informal probate.
THIS IS A LEGAL NOTICE: An important court proceeding that may affect your rights has been scheduled. If you do not understand this notice or other court papers, please contact an attorney for legal advice. Date: April 4, 2013
Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate
Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division
Docket No. SU13P1271EA Estate of Elsa Marilyn Oberle
Docket No. SU13P1229EA Estate of Corrine Rayner Date of Death October 24, 2011
Barbara Thomas of Dorchester, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Representative under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner.
The WHA has not been awarded any additional project-based vouchers, nor are there any vacancies anticipated in the near future. Vouchers will be issued based on future turnover at the 18 project-based units at St. Joseph’s Hall, 2 Rosary Drive, Watertown, MA. Applicants will be determined eligible and qualified in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the WHA’s Administrative Plan. The WHA will be distributing applications at the WHA office, located at 55 Waverley Avenue, Watertown, MA, during the waiting list opening period. Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Applications may also be requested by phone (617-923-3950) or by mail during the waiting list opening period. For an application to be considered, it must be delivered in person no later than Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:30pm at the WHA office or be postmarked no later than July 12, 2013. All mailed applications must also be received by mail no later than July 19, 2013. The WHA is not responsible for non-delivery of mail. Applications will only be accepted in person or by mail. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Applicants must only submit one (1) application per household. If duplicate applications are received, the household will become ineligible and will not be placed on the waiting list. All applications must be complete and legible. The application submitted must be the original application; photocopies will not be accepted. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please contact the WHA office at 617-923-3950. To qualify for this program, applicants must be 62 years of age or older and gross family income must be less than: Household Size Income Limit
1 person $33,050
2 persons $37,800
The WHA has adopted the following selection preference for this waiting list: Applicants who live and/or work in Watertown, MA. Applications equal in preference will be maintained in order by lottery selection number. The lottery will be conducted no later than September 30, 2013 to determine placement order on the waiting list for all eligible applicants. This lottery will be conducted by computer and in accordance with HUD regulations and the WHA’s Administrative Plan. Applications will be accepted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability or marital status. This is an Equal Opportunity Housing Program. MassDOT Public Notice U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) regulations appearing at 49 Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”), part 26, require each recipient of DOT financial assistance to establish an annual goal for participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in its DOT assisted contracting activities. Pursuant to the notice requirements of 49 CFR 26.45 (g)(2), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) hereby publishes notice that a goal of 2.3% has been established for DBE participation for each year for Federal fiscal years 2013 through 2015 for its Federal Transit Administration assisted grants. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program goal, and a description of the methodology used in establishing the goals are available for inspection during normal business hours for 30 days following the date of this notice at MassDOT, Office of Diversity and Civil Rights, 10 Park Plaza, Room 3800, Boston, MA 02116. The MassDOT and the U.S. Department of Transportation will accept comments on the goals for 45 days from the date of this notice. Comments to the MassDOT should be sent to the MassDOT, Office of Office of Diversity and Civil Rights, Room 3800, Boston, MA 02116. Comments to U. S. Department of Transportation should be sent to: U. S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Region 1, Volpe Center, 55 Broadway, Suite 920, Cambridge, MA 02142. Lexington Housing Authority is accepting proposals for architectural services for a multi bathroom renovation project. The total construction budget is $80,000.00. The contract will include architectural services, contract administration and construction oversight. Please contact Steve Keane, Executive Director, for more information, 781 861 0900. Please submit proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Lexington Housing Authority, One Countryside Village, Lexington, MA 02420 no later than June 27, 2013 @ 9:00 A.M.
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LEGALS Massachusetts Department of Transportation Highway Division Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal Public Notice The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act (“SAFETEA”) reauthorized by the President in August, 2005 and implemented by the U.S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) regulations appearing at 49 Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”), part 26, requires each recipient of USDOT financial assistance to establish an overall goal for participation of disadvantaged business enterprises in its USDOT-assisted contracting activities. Pursuant to the notice requirements of 49 CFR 26.45 (g)(2), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation - Highway Division (MassDOT-Highway Division) hereby publishes notice of its proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program goal for DBE participation on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) assisted contracts for federal fiscal years 2014 – 2016. The overall proposed goal for this period is 13.2%. The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program goal and a description of the methodology used in establishing the goal are available for inspection during normal business hours for 30 days following the date of this notice at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Office of Diversity & Civil Rights, 10 Park Plaza, Room 3190, Boston, MA 02116. MassDOT and FHWA will accept comments on the goal for 45 days from the date of this notice. Comments to MassDOT should be sent to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Office of Diversity & Civil Rights, Room 3190, Boston, MA 02116. Comments to USDOT should be sent to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, 400 7th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. LP1402-C1, REFRIGERATION SYSTEM MAINTENANCE AT CENTRAL HEATING PLANT 36 MONTH TERM CONTRACT, LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, will be received by the Massachusetts Port Authority at the Capital Programs Department Office, Suite 209S, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128-2909, until 11:00 A.M. local time on WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE: PRE‑BID CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT FACILITIES I (CENTRAL HEATING PLANT), LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT 10:00 AM LOCAL TIME ON TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013.
BIDDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE TO DEVELOP A FULL APPRECIATION FOR THE NATURE OF THE WORK AND THE EQUIPMENT TO BE MAINTAINED.
The work includes PREVENTIVE AND EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE OF REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS AND MISCELLANEOUS EQUIPMENT IN THE CENTRAL HEATING PLANT AT LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, EAST BOSTON, MA. THE DURATION OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE FOR A THIRTY-SIX (36) MONTH PERIOD BEGINNING AT THE NOTICE TO PROCEED. Bid documents will be made available beginning THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013. Bid Documents in electronic format may be obtained free of charge at the Authority’s Capital Programs Department Office, together with any addenda or amendments, which the Authority may issue and a printed copy of the Proposal form. In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract General Bidders must submit with their bid a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management and an Update Statement. The General Bidder must be certified in the category of HVAC. The estimated contract cost is ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,500,000).
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LEGALS Bidding procedures and award of the contract and sub‑contracts shall be in accordance with the provisions of Sections 44A through 44J inclusive, Chapter 149 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A proposal guaranty shall be submitted with each General Bid consisting of a bid deposit for five (5) percent of the value of the bid; when sub‑bids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the sub‑bid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer’s or a cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and / or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of ONE MILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000). Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details. No filed sub‑bids will be required for this contract. This Contract is also subject to Affirmative Action requirements of the Massachusetts Port Authority contained in the Non‑Discrimination and Affirmative Action article of Division I, General Requirements and Covenants, and to the Secretary of Labor’s Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Opportunity and the Standard Federal Equal Opportunity Construction Contract Specifications (Executive Order 11246). The General Contractor is required to submit a Certification of Non‑Segregated Facilities prior to award of the Contract, and to notify prospective subcontractors of the requirement for such certification where the subcontract exceeds $10,000. Complete information and authorization to view the site may be obtained from the Capital Programs Department Office at the Massachusetts Port Authority. The right is reserved to waive any informality in or reject any or all proposals. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY is soliciting Statements of Qualifications for MPA CONTRACT NO. M465-C1, VDS for Massport Maritime Facilities located at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal and Conley Container Terminal, South Boston, Massachusetts. The Authority is seeking Qualification Statements from contractors to install, test, tune, and maintain a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS), Real-Time, Radar-Based Maritime Vessel Detection and Tracking System (VDS) for Massport Maritime Facilities. Massport has designed a solution that uses multiple radar thermal camera sensors that integrate into an IP network infrastructure using an Avigilon Video Management System for video recording.
LEGALS In order to be eligible and responsible to bid on this contract, Contractors must submit with their Qualification Package a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance and an Update Statement. The Contractor must be certified in the category of ELECTRICAL. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to pre-qualify and shortlist Contractors/Integrators capable and experienced in the installation, integration, testing and commissioning of radar surveillance systems. The short listed contractors will be invited to develop a proposal to provide services for the installation and integration of the waterside surveillance system. The contractor shall also have the ability to provide 24/7/365 maintenance on the VDS. The estimated construction cost is $600,000. It is envisioned that construction will start on or about October 1, 2013 and be complete on or about December 15, 2013. Due to the fact that the plans and specifications for this project contain sensitive security information, hereinafter referred to as SSI, the Authority is planning to implement this project in accordance with the Massport’s approved SSI procedures. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be utilized to prequalify and shortlist contractors capable and experienced in the previously described scope of work. The Authority shall utilize a two-step process including the prequalification and shortlisting of contractors based on an evaluation of the Statement of Qualifications received in response to this solicitation, followed by an Invitation to Bidders which will only be issued to the shortlisted contractors. In order to be shortlisted, a contractor must have a demonstrated expertise in the scope of work herein described, and a demonstrated ability to manage and protect SSI. The Authority expects to shortlist a minimum of three (3) contractors but may choose to shortlist a different number if it is deemed in the best interests of the project. Qualification Statements shall be evaluated in accordance with the following criteria; (1) qualifications, credentials and recent relevant experience on similar projects; (2) experience, geographic location and availability of the proposed key staff; (3) corporate ownership, history, financial stability and long-term viability of the Contractor and its subcontractors, if any; (4) quality of references on similar work performed in the past three years; (5) commitment and capacity to provide appropriate staff to execute and complete the Work the work over the full term of the contract; (6) depth and breadth of relevant experience and understanding of the challenges in working in an operational port; (7) past performance on Massport projects; if applicable, and (8) demonstrated ability to manage a sensitive security project and protect SSI. A Supplemental Information Package that discusses the Evaluation Criteria and the requirements for the Qualification Statements in more detail will be available to interested parties beginning Friday, June 21, 2013, by contacting Susan Brace at email@example.com. Ten (10) copies of a bound document each limited to 20 sheets (40 pages), exclusive of covers and dividers and resumes which shall be limited to one page, shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 ½” x 11”) and shall be addressed to Mr. Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., C.C.M, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs, and received no later than 12 Noon on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA 02128-2909. Any submittal that exceeds the page limit set here or that is not received in the Capital Programs Department by the above deadline shall be rejected as non-responsive. Questions may be sent via email to CPBidQuestions@massport.com subject to the deadline for receipt stated in the timetable above. In the subject lines of your email, please reference the MPA Project Name and Number. Questions and their responses will be posted on Capital Bid Opportunities webpage of Massport http://www.massport.com/doing-business/layouts/ CapitalPrograms/default.aspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice and on Comm-PASS (www.comm-pass.com) in the listings for this project. MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY THOMAS P. GLYNN CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Authority is seeking a competent contractor with proven experience in installing a radar surveillance system. Massport has selected DMT, LLC located in Sterling Virginia as the provider of the radar product. The contractor shall have a proven record of installing similar systems.
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3BR Single Family Homes for $192,900 Your Total Monthly Housing Costs* are only $1,409 (approx.)!!! *Total Monthly Housing Costs are the estimated sum of a your mortgage payment (30 year, fixed rate), your monthly real-estate taxes, insurance and monthly Home Owners Association Fees This is a lottery for the 5 affordable Single Family Homes being built at Elm Street Estates. These 5 units will be sold at affordable prices to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income. All five affordable homes should be ready in the fall and winter of this year. All affordable homes are 3BR Colonials between 1,568 and 1,768 sqft with one and a half Bathrooms, Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen and Dining Areas, Large Living Rooms, Maple Cabinets in Kitchen, Bathrooms with ceramic tile and granite countertops and surface parking for 2 cars.
The Maximum Income Limits for Households are as follows: 1 Person - $45,100 4 Person - $64,400 2 Person - $51,550 5 Person - $69,600 3 Person - $58,000 6 Person - $74,750 Households cannot have more than $75,000 in assets. For more information on the Development, the Units or the Lottery and Application Process, please visit: www.s-e-b.com/lottery or call 617.782.6900. Applications and Required Income Documentation must be delivered, not postmarked, by 2 pm on July 22nd A Public Info Session will be on June 25th at 6 pm in the Academy Building on 66 Central Square. The lottery will be on July 30th in the same location. Applications and Info Packets also available in the Bridgewater Public Library (15 South St.) Hours: M-W 9-8, Th 10-5, F-Sa 10-2
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A cooperative apartment is a building controlled by the members. All major operating decisions are voted on by the members. Coop apartments help to keep quality housing affordable. We Have: • Our own separate apartment • A non-profit organization; any profits are put back into coop services to benefit its members • Open voluntary membership without social, political, racial or religious discrimination • A building democratically controlled by the residents. Each building has their own activities run by a committee of residents such as entertainment, bingo, gift case We have: A library, game room, community room, lounges on each floor, our own laundry room
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will be sold by lottery as single family houses. Affordably priced at $175,000. There will be a viewing followed by an Information Session on July 31 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Contact Lottery Administrator, John, at South Shore Housing at (781) 422-4258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Maximum Income Limits are:
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An asset limit of $75,000 applies as well. Priority will be given to households requiring 3 bedrooms.
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21 Warren St.*
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4 NEW, AFFORDABLE 2 & 3 BEDROOM CONDOS Hammond Pond Place at 321 Hammond Pond Parkway a 27-unit condominium development in Chestnut Hill, Brookline (walking distance to MBTA Green Line; parking space included)
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Households may request an application be sent by email or mail from July 8th – July 21st through the following methods: Visit: www.WarrenGreenLottery.com Email: First Name, Last Name, and Address to: WarrenGreen@MaloneyProperties.com Call: 617-209-5405
Two 2-Bedroom Units: $195,500 or One 3-Bedroom Unit: $214,800 No. of Persons in Family
Applications will also be available in person on the following dates and times:
One 3-Bedroom Unit: $300,100 No. of Persons in Family
PRELIMINARY APPLICATION AND LENDER PRE-APPROVAL LETTER due as soon as possible, but no later than noon on July 12, 2013 for inclusion in lottery.
Time 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Saturday, July 13th
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Tuesday, July 16th
3:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: 21 Warren St, Charlestown, MA 02129 Deadline for completed applications by mail only: Postmarked no later than July 29th, 2013 Maloney Properties, Inc. Attention: Warren Green 27 Mica Lane, Wellesley MA 02481
Application & Instructions available:
www.brooklinema.gov/housing/currentopportunities/ (sign up here for email notification of future affordable housing opportunities in Brookline) Call (617) 730-2091 or visit Planning Dept. Brookline Town Hall, Room 309, 333 Washington Street, and all Brookline public libraries
Date Monday, July 8th
Selection by lottery. Asset, use & resale restrictions apply. Preference for the handicap accessible unit – 80% AMI unit. Preference for Boston Residents. preference for households with at least one person per bedroom. Preference for First-Time Homebuyers.
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