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Brewing up business: Percival Beer Company makes craft beer bid Martin Desmarais

Percival Beer Company now has two beer brands: Kompadre The idea came to Felipe Ol- Lager and DOT Ale 1630. iveira several summers ago. The Kompadre Lager is described aspiring entrepreneur was at a as “a light-lager with a crisp and barbeque at his sister’s home in refreshing taste” and possessDedham when he noticed that ing “a delicate balance of various most beers didn’t really mix well main ingredients, which is appealwith Cape Verdean food. ing to all beer drinkers.” “Our meals tend to be on the The name uses the term “komheavy side with lots of seasoning,” padre,” which Oliveria says is a Oliveira says. “To couple that with popular word used throughout a heavy beer you can imagine most Cape Verde to describe a bond of us would fall asleep in the next built among family and friends. 10 minutes. That is when it struck DOT Ale is described as “an me — ‘Hey, maybe I should get amber colored, medium bodied into the craft pale ale with a beer market.’” distinct charO l i v e i r a ’s acter” and new business, possessing “a Percival Beer subtle toasty Company, is overtone folnamed after the lowed up with street he grew a unique hoppy up on. Oliveira after taste.” says his comDOT Ale pany can help draws its name showcase the from the local economic ponickname tential of local “DOT” for businesses Dorchester. and provide a Oliveira — Felipe Oliveira brand that ties says the name together the was chosen to ethnic diversity of his hometown represent the blue collar attitude — Dorchester. of Dorchester and to illustrate the His craft brewing business tar- town’s attitude. gets ethnic consumers including “In all honesty, it is my dedicaCape Verdean –— Oliveira’s back- tion to Dorchester,” Oliveira says. “I ground — Brazilian, Portuguese, am a Dorchester guy. I was born in Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, as Dorchester and raised in Dorcheswell as Central Americans. ter. I went to school in Dorchester.” “Our lager tends to be light but Oliveira’s parents are Cape not that light — it just doesn’t have Verdean and, though he was acthat over the top hop profile that tually born in Portugal, he came most craft beers have now,” he ex- to the United States when he was plains. “On a hot summer day, you about two years old. He grew up can quench that thirst and you can on Percival Street in Dorchester, also quench that thirst for some- attended Boston College High thing more on the premium level.” on an academic scholarship, spent

“We feel like this is something that will kick off innovation in Dorchester … We can develop products that are representative of this community.”

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Governor Patrick welcomes attendees to the 40th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, which was held on July 4. (Photo courtesy of the Governor’s Office)

Capuano increases fight for privacy rights with two bills Martin Desmarais Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA) cares about his constituents’ privacy rights and, in the wake of the shocking revelations about the NSA’s PRISM program, he knows that now more than ever is the time to be vigilant about anything that invades privacy. In the last month, Congressman Capuano has filed two bills that protect privacy – the “Black Box Privacy Protection Act” and the “We Are Watching You Act.” In his eighth term in Congress, Rep. Capuano points out that the influx of new technology into daily life brings up a myriad of issues.

“No one is keeping track of it,” said Rep. Capuano. “It is happening everywhere in our lives. I am not against anybody doing anything they want. I am against people invading my privacy without my knowledge or my choice.” However, he does emphasize he is not trying to stop any new technology that raises privacy questions – he is just trying to lay the groundwork for laws that monitor such things. “I want it to be consumer choice,” he said. “It is your information you should control who has it. I am trying to have a discussion about what is it we are going to give up in our private lives. By having this discussion we can

try to come up with a thoughtful way to maintain what privacy we have left and maybe get some of it back.” The “We Are Watching You Act” filed by Capuano and Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) on June 13 is in response to reports that national telecommunications companies are exploring technology for digital video recorders (DVRs) that would record the personal activities of consumers as they watch television from the privacy of their own homes. The bill points out that current law does not cover DVRs and that the proposed legislation would require both an opt-in for consumer and an on-screen warning whenPrivacy, continued to page 19

Yancey Book Fair gives out 20,000 new books Kassmin Williams

On June 23, the champion of the men’s 2013 Boston Marathon presented his medal to Mayor Thomas Menino and the City of Boston in honor of those affected by the bombings. (Photo courtesy of the Mayors Office )

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The 27th Annual Charles C. Yancey Book Fair distributed approximately 20,000 brand new books to nearly 2,000 Boston readers last week at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury. Titled “Reading is the Path to Success,” the event attracted old and new faces from the Greater Boston area, who conquered the sweltering heat to attend. Book fair organizers were able to collect 50,000 new books to

give out to children, according to Boston City Councilor Yancey who said leftover books would be donated. “The whole point of this book fair is to encourage a sense of independent learning on the part of all the people of Boston,” Yancey said. Yancey and his wife Marzetta launched the book fair in 1987 at the Codman Square Library. “We had 200 people in a room that fit about 150,” Yancey joked to attendees during the ceremony. Books, continued to page 18



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From COINTELPRO to Prism, spying on groups of color Seeta Pena Gangadharan Revelations of a massive cyber-surveillance program targeting American citizens holds particularly chilling consequences for immigrants and communities of color. Given the history of such programs, going back to the pre-digital age, these groups have reason to fear. Who is mined, who is profiled, and who suffers at the hands of an extensive regime of corporate and government surveillance raises issues of social and racial justice. PRISM, the National Security Agency’s clandestine electronic surveillance program, builds on a history of similar efforts whose impacts have affected racial and ethnic minorities in disproportionate ways. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counter Intelligence Program (COINTEL-

PRO), established in 1956, represents one of the forbearers of PRISM. Created at a time when political decision makers worked to promote the idea of national security in the public consciousness, the program first targeted Communist sympathizers and later domestic dissenters under a broad remit which allowed COINTELPRO to monitor and interrogate groups that threatened social order at the time. Though COINTELPRO targeted whites and nonwhites, journalists and researchers have shown that some of the program’s most controversial — and life-threatening — targeting focused on African Americans or what the FBI categorized as “Black Nationalist Groups.” The lion’s share of COINTELPRO targeting fell upon the Black Panther Party. The agency also targeted main-

stream civil rights groups, like the NAACP, Congress for Racial Equality and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as mainstream civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. Other minority groups, including those representing Arab Americans, Filipino Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, also found themselves under COINTELPRO’s watch. Though COINTELPRO was eventually dismantled and held up as an example of overbroad, abusive exercise of government surveillance, subsequent administrations have expanded government surveillance programs, including most recently with the aid and abetment of digital technologies. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, for example, amended guidelines to permit the FBI to purchase data profiles from com-

mercial data mining companies, such as Axciom, without cause for suspicion. Ashcroft’s guidelines also permitted the FBI to store such information for an indefinite amount of time. For communities of color, this expansive, digitally enabled form of surveillance has had particular dire consequences. For example, the availability of big data has facilitated government efforts to map and monitor Arab American populations. As reported in Wired Magazine, the FBI’s analysis was extensive: it included and tracked ordinary Arab Americans, suggesting that the FBI suspected and classified all Arab Americans as potential terrorists. Moreover, as the ACLU (which was responsible for surfacing FBI mapping and monitoring documents) has argued, the commercial data purchased by the FBI and other agencies is riddled with errors, which once stored indefinitely become truth. Using a set of indicators that correlate with terrorist activities, analysts compute the likelihood that a person represents a threat to national security. In this way, flawed data becomes part of routine analysis and reanalysis that

ties – the use of cash versus credit, purchase of a pre-paid cell phone or mobility (moving residence frequently) — may also be used as parameters to identify likely terrorist activity. Until there is greater transparency in the nature of data analysis, including the possibility to examine and assess the accuracy of the analysis of telecommunications records, e-mail communications, and other commercial data, ethnic and racial minorities will remain at risk of discriminatory data profiling. For now, there are three potential avenues for addressing the unique problems that government surveillance poses to communities of color. First, community members can speak up and express their concern about the overbroad nature of government surveillance and demand that decision makers scrutinize its particular effects. That means not only contacting members of Congress and urging them to reform laws like the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act and Patriot Act, but also asking them to lead a broader national conversation on surveillance, online privacy, and justice. Questions of surveillance go

For communities of color, this expansive, digitally enabled form of surveillance has had particular dire consequences.

Former state Representative Doris Bunte celebrated her 80th birthday at the Hyatt Hotel last week. Among the guests were Mel King, former state Representative Saundra Graham, and state Representative Byron Rushing. (Don West photo)

wrongly targets individuals. Despite the Obama administration’s attempts to define PRISM’s consequences narrowly, it is fair to speculate that the burden will fall unfairly on communities of color. Like domestic surveillance under Ashcroft, PRISM collects electronic communications and also stores information indefinitely, a process which again risks wrongly classifying and targeting communities of color. In fact, little is known about the parameters used to define algorithms that search PRISM data or a combination of PRISM and other commercial data. As privacy advocates have argued, characteristics that define everyday behavior of some ethnic and racial minori-

beyond national security – they connect to the ability of groups to define themselves as opposed to being defined by flawed algorithms to partake in everyday transactions and routines without recrimination and to express themselves without fear of being erroneously categorized and linked to terrorist activity. Aside from pressuring Congress, communities of color can also explore using technology to protect themselves against undue surveillance. This entails using search engine tools like DuckDuckGo, which keep online searches anonymous, or privacy protecting plug-ins like Ghostery that prevent corporate entities from collecting and storing data about an individual surfing the Web. Increasingly, these tools are becoming more user friendly, making it easier for the ordinary individual — as opposed to a person with a programming background — to avoid being tracked and targeted. Lastly, communities of color can connect with organizations that advocate on their behalf to begin thinking holistically about privacy and surveillance in a digital age. A holistic approach means thinking about when, how and why to share information about oneself and one’s community. With these small steps, we can begin to reclaim our own digital reputations rather than leaving them to corporate and government data analysts. Seeta Peña Gangadharan is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI). Her research focuses on the nature of digital inclusion, including inclusion in potentially harmful aspects of Internet adoption due to data mining, data profiling and other facets of online surveillance and privacy.

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Residents, politicians concerned about plan for school assignment Kassmin Williams More than a dozen city residents gave testimonies at the Boston City Council’s committee on education public hearing last month opposing the new school assignment plan that would allow students in kindergarten through eighth grade to attend schools closer to their home. The hearing at St. Katherine Drexel Church in Roxbury attended by city councilor’s Felix Arroyo, Tito Jackson, Charles Yancey and several mayoral candidates was held to discuss the new plan’s impact on students living in areas with lower performing schools. Approved by the school committee in March, the new plan provides families with at least six school options based on quality, location and capacity starting in fall 2014. The proposal for a new school assignment plan came after Mayor Thomas Menino requested Superintendent Carol Johnson to form an external advisory committee to conduct research and provide feedback on school choice plans, and give a recommendation to the school committee. Arroyo, Jackson and Yancey expressed concern over the new plan giving black and Latino students living in areas like Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan — with a large number of low performing schools — a slimmer chance at a high quality education. For the councilors, the plan falls short of improving the quality of low performing schools. Arroyo referred to an analogy he was given during a discussion about the new plan where 40 apples were put on a table and 100 kids were asked to look at them and then told “40 of you get them and 60 of you don’t.” “In the end, to me, I think we all can struggle to figure out what is the fairest way to distribute those 40 apples, but I think we all know there should be 100 of them,” Arroyo said. “I think we all know there should be a good seat, a quality school for each child that goes to our Boston Public Schools.” Jackson said he felt the new plan placed transportation over quality education. “When we look at all of the plans, the baseline of the plan was around transportation, not the central issue of quality, so we want to make sure that we deal with that central issue and the issue of transportation would take care of itself if there was a quality school in every single neighborhood,” Jackson said.

Throughout the hearing, Boston residents echoed the concerns laid out by the city councilors. To Roxbury resident Nora Toney, the discussion on providing quality education to all students hasn’t changed since 1965 when the state enacted the Racial Imbalance Act requiring schools to desegregate. “Our community is tired of waiting for this school department and this school committee to provide our children with quality education,” said Toney, who is president of the Black Education Alliance of Massachusetts. Residents also had the chance to hear from members of the school department and mayoral candidates Charolotte Golar Richie and Bill Walczak who tried to assure residents that the new school assignment plan is a step forward. Golar Richie acknowledged the gap in quality schools but told attendees that she’d like to respect the community process used to create the new plan and asked that they give it a chance. “We will know sooner than later, whether or not, if the assignment plan is achieving what we want to achieve, but a lot of effort has gone into it,” Golar Richie said. Golar Richie also told attendees there is a chance to “bring in a dynamic results-oriented school superintendent” and she planned to address safety and the rate of high-school drop outs if elected as mayor. “We have a golden opportunity to bring in a leader who will help to transform our system, building on the successes of this past administration, but definitely taking us to the next level,” Golar Richie said. Walczak served on the external advisory committee and voted in favor of the plan. “We know the kind of things that create good schools in Boston and we know the kind of thing that creates bad schools,” Walczak said. “What we need to do is make sure there’s more good quality schools in Boston. Let’s hear a plan about how we’re going to create good schools.” Wa l c z a k , c o - f o u n d e r o f Codman Academy Charter School and Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, said part of improving education involves connecting health-care providers and schools to decrease the stress related to living in low-income communities. “We can work together between our health centers and schools, and doctors, teachers and principals to try to deal with those issues,” Walczak said.

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Time for a winning strategy The Fourth of July is not just beer and barbeque and fireworks displays. Independence Day is also a time for thoughtful citizens to reaffirm their commitment to the basic principles of the republic. The nuances between the people and the government are constantly subject to review. Everyone has been inspired at one time by Thomas Jefferson’s words in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” According to the New York Times, an earlier draft of that document directly condemned slavery, even though Jefferson was a slave owner. In a scathing denunciation, Jefferson wrote King George III “has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither.” Not surprisingly, this provision was rejected by representatives from southern states. After the revised language was approved by representatives from all 13 states, the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. But that was only the beginning. There had to be a constitution to establish the federal rules of governance. So founding fathers met in Philadelphia in 1787, and by September 17 they had developed a Constitution to be submitted to Congress for approval. For the next century, as whites were able to focus on their personal achievement and development of the nation, blacks were fettered

with the burden of unshackling themselves from the bonds of slavery. And even though that was achieved in 1863, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson that discrimination against blacks was constitutional as long as the circumstances were “separate but equal.” Racial discrimination imposed an inferior status on blacks and induced many blacks to think of themselves as inferior human beings. Such a negative attitude is an impediment to progress. Unfortunately, an unavoidable consequence of the constant and necessary battle for equal rights was to reinforce inadvertently the image of black inferiority. Despite the numerous barriers to progress, black achievement has been substantial. Unfortunately, many blacks are unaware of these achievements because the major media prefer to focus more on gang bangers and black poverty. Also, many African Americans are more interested in rap stars and black athletes and the glamorous lifestyles they can afford with their opulent incomes. Without a respect for their elders, a concern of African Americans for their own history will ultimately die. Without a profound knowledge of their achievements, blacks will continue to be impaired by a sense of inferiority. America is a land of progress and achievement. One of the greatest challenges facing African Americans is to battle the media characterization of being unproductive and inferior. Black leaders worthy of the title must eliminate the concept of “victim” from the African American psyche and, like the nation’s founders, develop a sound strategy to enable the group to prosper and succeed. That can happen only when the people have a positive attitude about themselves and are willing to seize opportunities.

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Lettersto the Editor Remember ‘The March on Washington’ August 28, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” and it is most important to remember that the median-age American is approximately 37 years old and the median-age African American is only about 31 years old. In so doing, we can remind celebrants as well as non-participating observers that the 1963 priority was “Jobs and Freedom” and not the reverse order.  Bayard Rustin, A. Philip Randolph, Whitney Young, Roy Wilkins, Dr. King, et al, who planned the march, knew that racial equality and civil rights laws would permit black folk to check into the then-segregated hotels, but it would be jobs and economic security that would enable them to check out of those hotels! Let us not forget the importance of jobs in 2013 and the $27,000 “anvil” of college loan debt tied around the neck of the average college graduate.  If the high school drop-outs and minimally skilled are unemployed

(or unemployable) in staggering numbers and those who persisted through college graduation are rendered dysfunctional in their attempts to live while paying off massive college loan debt, I ask: Where goes the country? Dr. King’s organizing of the “Poor Peoples’ Campaign” in 1968 and his involvement with the Memphis Sanitation Workers that same year demonstrated where his priorities would be today in this economy. Surely, there must be others who can lead the current struggle to lift the “anvil” of college loan debt from the necks of millions of college graduates. The “anvil” isn’t going to vanish into thin air because on July 1, 2013 the interest rates on

federally subsidized Stafford student loans doubled overnight, going from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent because of partisan Congressional bickering in Washington. Of course, I need not tell you that a disproportionate number of the bearers on the heavier side of that $27,000 dollar “anvil” are African American college graduates and the majority of them are women. Has a new form of debtors’ prison emerged?  If so, perhaps the “Freedom” emphasized at the 50th anniversary commemoration of “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” should be freedom from that latter-day prison. David Via e-mail

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Opinion America’s Shameful Treatment of Mandela

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson

During his trip to South Africa, President Barack Obama graciously and reverentially praised Nelson Mandela as a leader who inspired people around the world and that included himself. This was more than just praise for one of the planet’s most respected leaders, the man Obama called by his traditional tribal (and affectionate) name Madiba. He also accurately noted that Mandela was a driving force in the freedom struggle against apartheid and the post-apartheid struggle for democratic, non-racial rule in South Africa. Obama’s heartfelt remarks about Mandela have been part of the consistent U.S. government’s narrative about Mandela since the official dumping of apartheid in 1990 and black majority rule in 1993. But the embrace of Mandela and the reality of black majority rule in South Africa have come at a steep price. The price was the U.S. government’s decades old assault on Mandela’s character and leadership. The malign treatment by the United States of Mandela didn’t end with his release from prison in 1990, the official unbanning of his African National Congress or even his becoming the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1993. It didn’t end when he took the rare, tactful and universally praised step of stepping down from the presidency in 1999 after one term. It didn’t even end as then Democratic presidential candidate Obama in 2008 inched close to his election as America’s first African American president. The U.S. government still continued to brand Mandela a terrorist and the ANC a terrorist organization. This ridiculous tag on Mandela as a terrorist chilled U.S. relations with Mandela and the South African government even after the power takeover. The chill began with the Reagan administration’s well-documented fierce resistance to the demand that corporations and non-profits divest their financial investments in South Africa, and the administration’s refusal to support United Nations and international trade sanctions and an arms embargo against South Africa. The Reagan administration’s line was that the ANC was Cuban-backed and posed a communist threat to South Africa and by extension U.S. investments. Mandela by then was well into his second decade in prison on Robbins Island, posed no threat to the South African government and had no direct say in the political or military operations of the ANC. Yet he was still regarded by the Reagan administration as a dangerous subversive. Mandela’s release from prison, the recognition by the apartheid government of the ANC, and his subsequent presidential election changed little, except the terminology of how Mandela was tagged. This dovetailed with the United State’s shift to the global fight against terrorism. Mandela, instead of being a communist and a subversive, simply had the terrorist label slapped on him — though Regan had dumped him and the organization on the terrorist watch list in the 1980s and it stood unchallenged during those years. It took a concerted effort by civil rights activists and many congressional Democrats to end the political targeting of Mandela. But it was not a slam dunk. As late as 2007, ANC officials, and that included Mandela, who sought to travel to the United States. still had to get a State Department waiver or special certification in order to enter the country. Mandela had to get that even for his White House visit with George W. Bush in 2005. The issue finally came to a head that year when Barbara Masekela, the former South African ambassador to the United States, was denied a visa to visit a dying cousin in the United States. A chagrined Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called it “embarrassing.” In April 2008, she urged Congress to remove Mandela and the organization from the terrorist watch list. With a big prod from the Congressional Black Caucus, Congress finally voted to remove the now 90-year-old (and Nobel Prize winner in 1993) Mandela and ANC from the U.S. government’s official terrorist watch list. But even the language of the bill that removed him from the list was hardly a full-throated, ringing praise of the ANC and Mandela or a disavowal of the disgraceful history of his treatment. It did not acknowledge the towering role and stature of Mandela in the fight for justice. It simply said that it would add the ANC to a list of groups that should not be considered terrorist organizations. The closest Congress came to repudiating the official maltreatment of Mandela was then Massachusetts Senator John Kerry’s retort that it was “a great shame” that his name was on the watch list. Rice, for her part, followed this and called Mandela “a great leader.” Bush promptly signed the bill in July 2008 after Senate passage. This seemingly closed the book on not a 20 year but the 40-year branding of Mandela as a political pariah by the U.S. government. This vicious legacy left a deep scar of suspicion and doubt, and distance from South Africa’s government leaders, and colored relations between the governments that hasn’t ended even today as the United States and the world publicly celebrate Madiba’s colossal place in history.

The malign treatment by the United States of Mandela didn’t end with his release from prison in 1990.

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Al Jazeera America announced last week that it has hired Soledad O’Brien as a special correspondent for “America Tonight,” the channel’s daily prime-time current affairs magazine program. It is O’Brien’s second major contract in less than a month. Starfish Media Group, O’Brien’s production company, also will produce a series of hour-long documentary specials for the channel. Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director for international operations for Al Jazeera America, announced in April that the channel would enter the U.S. broadcast market by late summer. Al Jazeera America has its headquarters in New York, and it will operate bureaus in Chicago, New Orleans and Detroit. The Al Jazeera Network is based in Doha, Qatar. O’Brien also signed a deal, announced June 12, that she is joining HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

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America’s retirement crisis: growing older and poorer

Research shows 38 million have no retirement assets Charlene Crowell As more Baby Boomers continue to retire, a new research report has found that the nation is facing a trillion dollar retirement savings crisis. According to the National Institute on Retirement Secu-

rity (NIRS), 38 million Americans — 45 percent of working age households – have no retirement account assets at all. Among all working households, 92 percent do not meet conservative retirement savings targets for their age and income. As a result, the collective re-

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tirement savings gap among working households ages 25-64 ranges from $6.8 to $14 trillion, depending upon the financial measure used. NIRS analyzed the readiness of all working-age households using data from the U.S. Federal Reserve. “The heart of the issue consists of two problems: lack of access to retirement plans in and out of the workplace — particularly among low-income workers and families — and low retirement savings,” the report states. “These twin challenges amount to a severe retirement crisis that, if unaddressed, will result in grave consequences.” Financial experts recommend that retirement assets be the equivalent of 8-11 times annual income to preserve a standard of living. Many experts also recommend retirement fund contribution rates ranging from 10 percent to 15 percent to eventually reach adequate retirement funds. But what if there is no retirement plan or option for workers?  In 2011, according to the report, 44.5 million people worked for an employer that did not sponsor a retirement plan. Even among full-time employees, 35.2 million had no access to

a retirement plan. Low-wage industries, regardless of size, were found to be the least likely to offer a retirement plan. Today the average working household has virtually no retirement savings. The median retirement balance for all working-age households is $3,000 and only $12,000 for those nearing retirement. The shortage of available funds for retirement adds yet another complex dimension to the hope for a full financial recovery. In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, communities of color face financial challenges worsened by disproportionate unemployment, foreclosure-blighted neighborhoods and in many instances, lower incomes and markedly less wealth than the general population. While some might assume that America’s workers make poor financial decisions, research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has shown that the typical household has just $100 left each month after paying for basic expenses and debt payments. After controlling for inflation, the typical household had less annual income at the end of 2010 than it did at the beginning of the decade in 2000. Households headed by persons aged 55-65 saw the largest losses in wealth. People at or nearing retirement lost an average of $90,000 from 2007 to 2010. Additionally, CRL found that income declines in communities of color are higher in part due to declines in over-representation in two types of employment that historically provided stable

and secure jobs: manufacturing and construction. These two industries respectively suffered job losses of 10 percent and 20 percent. African Americans who formerly worked manufacturing and construction jobs lost more than twice the number of jobs between 2007 and 2011 than they previously gained in the pre-recession decade. The new NIRS report offered three specific actions to remedy the retirement crisis: • Strengthen Social Security, the primary source of retirement income for low- and middle-income Americans • Expand low- and middle-wage workers’ access to high-quality, low-cost retirement plans with professional investment management and risk pooling • Expand eligible income limits and credit rates for the federal Saver’s Credit that reduces income tax liability by 10 percent to 15 percent on the first $2,000 in contributions to a qualified retirement account Without long-term solutions to the retirement crisis, NIRS concludes, “An increasingly dependent elder population will likely place increased strain on families and social service organizations … American workers, employers, and policymakers need to look closely at what we need to do individually and collectively, so that everyone can build sufficient assets to have adequate and secure income after a lifetime of work.” Charlene Crowell is a communications manager with the Center for Responsible Lending.

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One-on-One with Boston Mayoral Candidates

The Greatest MINDS Mayor’s Race Community Forums Join Boston’s young Black professionals, educators, non-profit and community leaders and veteran community activists for an intimate one-on-one discussion with the twelve mayoral candidates. Join us in a community forum as we discuss the future of the City of Boston with a special focus on the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.

One-on-One Boston Mayoral Candidates Dates Monday, July 15th, 2013 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm with Charles Yancey, Michael Ross & John Connolly Monday, July 22nd, 2013 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm with Felix Arroyo, Rob Consalvo & Charles Clemons Monday July 29th, 2013 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm with John Barros, David James Wyatt and Dan Conley Monday, August 5th 2013 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm with Bill Walzack, Marty Walsh & Charlotte Golar Ritchie

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Press Pass TV celebrates fifth anniversary at NAGA

Berg Powers and co-director Joanna Marinova presented awards to five youth: Jahni Ferguson, Ronjay Beasley, Darius Watford, Beverly Moore and Diana Julien. ​Ferguson, 18, started the program when he was 13 years old. At the time, he was the group’s youngest member. But that didn’t stop him from landing an interview with then beleaguered City Councilor Chuck Turner who was later convicted on federal public corruption charges. While Ferguson has trouble recalling specific details about that day of the interview, there are certain lessons she learned from Press Pass that will stick with her. “Press

grow professionally. “It taught me at a young age how to survive in a professional environment as well as persevere and not give up on your dreams,” Pires said. Another alumnus, Reggie Williams is graduating from Morehouse in December and returning to Press Pass as communications manager. Williams has worked with the organization through college and called it a family. “It’s a interconnectedness that you can’t feel in any organization, and it helped me grow so much as a man,” Williams said.

“It taught me at a young age how to survive in a professional environment as well as persevere and not give up on your dreams.” — Avelyn Pires Press Pass TV’s co-directors and alumni celebrate the organizations fifth anniversary. (L-R) Co-director Cara Berg Powers, alumna Avelyn Pires, co-director Joanna Marinova, and alumnus Reggie Williams. (Photo courtesy of Press Pass TV) Kassmin Williams A full house of Press Pass TV alumni and community members turned out at NAGA in Cambridge to celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary. The event “Bearing Witness; Celebrating Media that Moves” highlighted the work the organization does with low-income youth to develop media that explores underrepresented social justice issues. “I feel like it’s been so much longer than five years, and so much

shorter than five years because Press Pass TV has become so much part of our lives,” co-director Cara Berg Powers said. “When I look back at the stories we were doing or at Jahni (press pass student) being 13, I can’t believe that it’s been five years.” Press Pass works with middle school, high school and college-aged students in all aspects of production, from developing questions to editing video, according to its Web site. “Our content is intended to promote civic awareness and action,” a statement on

the Web site read. “We create curriculum around our segments to increase awareness, action and accountability. We also hold meetings to continue the discussion of issues raised in our work and support local campaigns for civic action by producing stories on their initiatives.” Press Pass celebrated its five year birthday last month with performances by Touissaint Liberator, Letia Larok, The Foundation Movement and the Bettering Each other Actively Through Song Program (BEATS).

Pass is more than just cameras,” Ferguson said. “It’s perseverance.” Press Pass also presented Bearing Witness Awards to organizations for being inspirational. These included the Nellie Bly Investigative Media Award to the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Lew Hill Media Ally Award to MIT Center for Civic Media and the Ida B. Wells Media Justice Award to The Boston Phoenix, which published its last issue in March. Marinova and Berg Powers also recognized alumna Avelyn Pires who started working with Press Pass when she was 15 years old. Pires is now on the board of directors. For Pires, Press Pass helped her

To celebrate five years, Press Pass has changed its tagline from “Media that Moves” to “a network of possibilities” representing its growth and collaboration with BEATS and Gatorwood Upreach Arts Program, an organization operating in Holyoke, promoting the use of creative expression to enrich children and teenagers. For Marinova, the five years spent at Press Pass have definitely been productive. “ I t ’s b e e n a n i n c r e d i b l e amount of work with utmost integrity and keeping the well-being of our communities and the youth that we serve at the forefront,” Marinova said.

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Menino launches initiative to create a healthier city

Ultimate Bootcamp will be hosting workout classes throughout the summer as part of Mayor Thomas Menino’s Fitness in the City initiative, which was launched on June 28. (Photos courtesy of Ultimate Bootcamp) Kassmin Williams Throughout the summer months, residents will have the opportunity to participate in free exercise classes as part of the Mayor Thomas Menino’s health initiative, “Fitness in the City.” The mayor announced the launch of “Fitness in the City” in late June and partnered with Meta Fitness to kick off the sum-

mer-long event with an early morning boot-camp workout June 28. The program runs through August. “Fitness in the City” is a continuation of Mayor Menino’s initiative — Boston Moves for Health — launched last summer to improve health in Boston. At the time, the city worked with a number of exercise organizations to provide free classes on City Hall Plaza.

For last year’s initiative, Menino had a specific goal that challenged residents to lose a collective 1 million pounds and travel 10 million miles through exercise. More than 2,400 participants attended the classes, according to the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). This year, the city hopes to attract more residents and expand

the variety of classes offered. BPHC has worked to provide more locations to offer classes, such as Faneuil Hall, the Greenway and Martini Memorial Shell Park in Hyde Park. “Our Fitness on the Plaza classes were more popular than we expected last summer, and we want to build on that success by offering even more options in more places this year,” Menino stated. “Getting people out and active adds to the vitality of our city, and it’s a great way to promote healthy habits. We know that a lot of the participants in last year’s classes found out about them just by walking by, so we want to keep encouraging folks to let the city be their gym.” Sponsors partnering with the city to provide classes include Beantown Bootcamp, Boston Sports Club, Ultimate Bootcamp, the Hyde Park YMCA, Z Spot Zumba and the East Boston YMCA. The Greater Boston YMCA has worked for the last two and a half years to further promote healthy living by lowering membership rates and providing financial assistance to people who can’t afford the membership, according to YMCA executive director Dave Lawton. Lawton said the YMCA has also recognized the need to physically go into the community, in particular Mattapan, where the obesity rate is higher than the city’s overall rate, according to the BPHC. “We want to [get] more involved in that community,” Lawton said. “We thought the place to start would be the mayor’s program and offer fitness classes right where the folks live.”

Ultimate Fitness Founder Peter Lavelle joined the “Fitness in the City” initiative because he believes that fitness experts have a responsibility to not only spread information about the benefits of exercise, but to provide opportunities for individuals to actually participate in fitness activities. “We can’t just tell everybody that exercise is important unless we give the opportunity to do something about it,” Lavelle said. Z Spot Zumba owner Lena Andrade, who participated in last year’s initiative, has continued this year because he believes access to healthy living through exercise shouldn’t be limited by circumstances. “Being healthy shouldn’t be something that’s determined by what you can afford,” Andrade said. “So that’s why we try to find ways [to] work with all kinds of people on all different levels.” To view a calendar for classes, times and locations, visit

Boston residents participated in an outdoor boot camp styled class with Ultimate Boot Camp during the city’s Boston Moves for Health initiative last year. Similar classes will be held this summer.

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The Affordable Care Act: The key to opening up ‘job lock’ Jeanne Hulit There are currently 23 million self-employed entrepreneurs in United States and that number continues to rise. In Massachusetts alone, more than 470,000 self-employed firms are contrib-

uting to our economy’s growth and success. These innovative entrepreneurs reflect a diverse array of professions and businesses that are helping to drive our economy--from consultants and IT specialists to painters and roofers. 

(L-R): Jamal Ellison, Nair Ferreira, Director of the Vine Street Community Center Council David Hinon and Asad Hardwick at the center’s first scholarship fund raiser, the ’Casino Night’ gala, which was held on June 27 at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. (Keitha L. Hassell photo)

As the number of self-employed individuals continues to grow thanks to technology that allows more geographic flexibility and baby boomers looking to open their own firms, one key concern for entrepreneurs looking to go into business for themselves has historically remained unaddressed: health care. But the Affordable Care Act is offering new options for health coverage for the self-employed. We know that increased access to quality, affordable health care will make it easier for potential entrepreneurs to go out on their own instead of staying at larger firms simply because of “job lock” or the lack of access to affordable insurance outside of work. In fact, one recent study by the Urban Institute estimated that by making health insurance more affordable and ending discrimination against pre-existing conditions, the law will enable an additional 1.5 million Americans to go into business for themselves. Under the Affordable Care Act, self-employed business owners now have more options than ever to find affordable health coverage, and it’s important to know the facts about the choices available as you start, or continue to operate, your own business.

First, beginning in January 2014, self-employed individuals and other consumers will be able to purchase their insurance through new Health Insurance Marketplaces (also referred to as Exchanges). All qualified health insurance plans offered in these new insurance Marketplaces will cover a core package of “essential health benefits” ranging from preventive and wellness services to maternity care and mental health services. The plans will vary according to the percentage of costs the health plan covers.   Additionally, issuers may offer catastrophic-only coverage, which includes free prevention and several primary care visits, primarily to young adults under 30 years of age.  Enrollment begins on October 1 and the Marketplaces open in January 2014. Self-employed individuals may also qualify to get lower costs on monthly premiums when they purchase private health coverage in the Marketplace. When you fill out a Marketplace application, you will learn if you qualify for these lower costs. Depending on income, consumers and the self-employed may also qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs, so they won’t have to pay as much for deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. For more information on individual tax credits and cost-sharing reductions offered through the Marketplaces and to stay connected with the latest information, visit what-if-im-self-employed.

It’s also important to know that, beginning in 2014, the Individual Shared Responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act call for each individual to have: basic health insurance coverage (known as minimum essential coverage) for each month; qualify for an exemption; or make an Individual Shared Responsibility payment when filing a federal income tax return starting in 2015. However, if coverage is unaffordable, if you spend less than three consecutive months without coverage, or if you qualify for an exemption for other reasons (including hardship and religious beliefs), you will not be required to make a payment.  For more information on these and other provisions impacting the self-employed, visit www.sba. gov/healthcare. For many self-employed entrepreneurs, health coverage is a key factor in deciding whether to venture out on their own and transform an idea into a business. For the first time ever, the Affordable Care Act is giving America’s innovators a way out of “job lock” by providing access to quality, affordable health insurance to help offer peace of mind to entrepreneurs while they turn their minds to helping the economy grow and thrive.  And in a country built on the spirit of entrepreneurship, this is good news for us all. To learn more, call your local Massachusetts SBA office in Boston at 617-565-5590. Jeanne Hulit is the Acting New England SBA Regional Administrator.

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Felipe Oliveira, founder of Percival Beer Company, hopes to provide a craft beer option for ethnic communities. His company, which is named after the street Oliveira grew up on in Dorchester, currently offers two beers: Kompadre Lager and DOT Ale 1630.


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four years in the Marine Corp. from 1994 to 1998 and then attended Northeastern University. He graduated from Northeastern with a degree in finance in 2006 and started working at State Street Bank in Boston. But he said that the entrepreneurial life called to him. “I wanted to be an entrepreneur,” he says. “That is what my desire was. I didn’t want to put myself in the position that I was stuck in a cubicle for the next 20 years.” He left State Street after about a year and did consulting work for a number of different companies. He also received a MBA from Boston University in 2009. While Percival Beer Company is now run out of Oliveira’s Milton home and is aiming to open a

Dorchester warehouse by the end of the summer, the company has a deal with Paper City Brewery in Holyoke to brew its beers. The first batch was done in May, a 20-barrel order that generated 254 cases of Kompadre lager. According to Oliveira, this first batch of beer was used for retailers, beer festivals and mostly for promotions. The company is down to only about 10 cases of that first batch. The first, 20-barrel batch of DOT Ale was just finished and will be hitting the streets shortly. With both beers out and available, the next stretch is going to be very important for the company. Both of its beers will be at the upcoming WGBH Craft Beer Festival on July 13 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the station’s headquarters in Boston. In addition, Percival Beer Company is putting up an ad on a large

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billboard at Columbia Road and Hancock St. on top of the Strand Theater in Dorchester. “It is an ideal spot for us to make a huge introduction and say, ‘Hi everybody we are here,’” said Oliveira. According to the Brewers Association, the craft brewer industry is a sector on the rise. In 2012, the industry had growth of 15 percent by volume of beer produced and 17 percent by dollars. These numbers are up from a 13 percent increase by volume of beer and a 15 percent increase by dollars in 2011. The craft retail dollar value in 2012 was an estimated $10.2 billion up from $8.7 billion in 2011. The Brewers Association also reported that 2,347 craft breweries operated in 2012, with 409 brewery openings last year alone. However, the association noted that 43 craft breweries closed down in 2012. In 2011, 275 craft breweries opened, while 37 closed down. Though business appears promising, the startup has had its share of struggles. The biggest challenge was getting Percival Beer Company off the ground. Right after he got the idea to start a craft beer business, Oliveira bought a home brewing kit. This was inexpensive as was the two years

of home brewing to figure out recipes that people enjoyed drinking. But once successful recipes were in hand the move beyond home brewing carried a daunting cost. “I think one of the things that scared me the most is it is a costly venture,” he explains. “It typically takes $15,000 to $20,000 per brand to into a retail store.” Another obstacle was securing a distribution deal, a key component in the beer industry. But when Oliveira approached distributors, there was little interest and mostly concern. According to Oliveira, distributors worried that craft beer for ethnic communities would not sell. Oliveira was not deterred. “They are totally wrong,” he says. “I said, ‘Fine, if you guys don’t want to take advantage of this opportunity, then I will get it done myself.’” As a result, Oliveira now picks up the beer from Paper City Brewery and brings it to stores. He also works to get store owners to agree to stock its beer. It is more work for Oliveira, but it also

means bigger profit margins. “I distribute my own products,” Oliveira says. “I do not depend on anybody.” As a one-man operation, Oliveira has been able to keep the cost down and now with the beer hitting the market he is very positive about his beer company’s potential. He is also joined by Justin Glynn as brand manager for DOT Ale. Kompadre Lager is available at several locations already: at CV Liquors on Columbia Road in Dorchester, at Cesaria Restaurant on Bowdoin St. in Dorchester and at Davey’s Supermarket on Dudley St. in Boston. According to Oliveira, the goal is to first get into every retail outlet for beer in Dorchester and then branch out to other parts of Boston. “We want to bring some sort of positive limelight to Dorchester,” Oliveira says. “That is the main goal. We feel like this is something that will kick off innovation in Dorchester … We can develop products that are representative of this community.”

Percival Beer Company’s Felipe Oliveira at Paper City Brewery in Holyoke, where his company’s beer is made. (Photos courtesy of Percival Beer Company)

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General Thierry Umutoni.

Born in on May 13, 1971, veteran South African actor Fana Mokoena garnered worldwide acclaim for his powerful portrayal of General Augustin Bizimungu opposite Oscar-nominees Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo in Hotel Rwanda. He previously worked with World War Z director Marc Forster on Machine Gun Preacher when he played John Garang, leader of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. ​F ana’s other film credits include supporting roles in Safe House, Inside Story, State of Violence and Man on Ground, for which he received an Africa Movie Academy Award. Here, he talks about his latest outing opposite Brad Pitt in World War Z where he reunites with Forster as U.N. Deputy Secretary

What interested you in World War Z?

That it was a brave stab at the zombie genre. We haven’t seen one at this scale, and I immediately saw how it was going to work.

How was it working with director Marc Forster?

He trusted me with the work, and I found that refreshing. It helps you grow.

What was it like acting opposite an icon like Brad Pitt?

Awesome! Awe-inspiring! Awe-striking! It was incredible to watch him work.

How would you describe your character, Thierry Umutoni?

As a measured character. Harddriven, but kind and compassionate. No drama.

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How did you prepare for the role?

Belated happy birthday! What was the last song you listened to?

I first had to read the book to cover my basics. Then I had to understand the world of the zombie, and familiarize myself with what the end of the world means to my character personally.

What message do you think people will take away from the film?

I hope they take away the overarching message that the end of the world is all our responsibility.

What was the last book you read?

I’m still reading my birthday gift, Speeches That Changed the World. It’s

I’ve been going retro on Ephraim Lewis and the last song I listened to was “Captured.”

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? A sign: “Work in Progress.”

If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for? Happiness and longevity.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

The chicken and the doves we used to have at home.

What key quality do you believe all successful people share? Tenacity and integrity.

If you had to choose another profession, what would that be? Art and graphics.

With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?

Citizen Kane, the second greatest movie ever made.

How do you want to be remembered?

Just as a guy who worked hard.

To see a trailer for World War Z, visit: watch?v=Md6Dvxdr0AQ

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Precision, musicianship anchor Bruno Mars show

Bruno Mars performed last month at the TD Banknorth Garden as part of his Moonshine Jungle Tour. His show featured a variety of musical styles and all his big hits, including songs from his new album, “Unorthodox Jukebox.” G. Valentino Ball In the minds of cynical critics, pop artists can get a bad rap as

the manufactured puppets of the music business. But at the TD Banknorth Garden last month Bruno Mars showed during the

Coming to the Coffeehouse!

Every Thursday 6-10pm Thursday, July 11 6p-7p Video Tribute to Jazz Artists 7p-10p A Night Of Jazz Celebrating Mae Arnette, “Boston’s First Lady of Song”, featuring Fulani Haynes and The JAZZ Collaborative along with other Special Guest Artists. Come meet the living Jazz Legend herself!

Thursday, July 18

6p-7:30p Art Opening and Reception featuring the works of Victor Jean-Claude 8p-10p Mix and Mingle … Music, Food, Beer, Wine and Friends

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third date on his Moonshine Jungle Tour that even in a world of catchy loves songs, a virtuoso can exist. In fact he might be the

greatest puppet master of all. ​A s a young child in Hawaii, Mars was the featured performer in his family’s variety act on the island’s resorts — even for a time at age 4 being an Elvis impersonator. During those shows he was exposed to the hits of every genre and diverse crowds from around the world. It was as if he were groomed from birth to reach his current status. And during his 75-minute set he displayed a lifetime of pop music knowledge. Mars’ albums hopscotch genres all under the name of pop music and his shows are much the same. The flashing lights of electronic dance music, the matching suits of Motown era, the choreography of big bands like Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool & The Gang and the pyro of arena rock were all pulled out by Mars. ​U nlike the beautiful chaos that can sometimes be a rock or hip hop show, Mars’ performance was a display in artistic precision. With a nod to his resort singing past and the variety shows of the ‘70s, Mars played the cool host as he pulled hit after hit from his two albums: 2010’s “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” and his latest effort “Unorthodox Jukebox.” Not one moment on the multi-leveled mirrored stage, that mimicked the ‘80s inspired set of his music video “Treasure,” seemed accidental as Mars fell into choreographed lockstep with his eight-piece band and deftly moving from song to song. While at some points the pyro and light show tipped the scale towards excessive – at one point

Bruno Mars wowed audiences during his recent Boston performance. the Garden felt like the inside of a disco ball – it was all a part of the greater good of entertainment. ​T he dexterity with which Mars performs is almost unnervingly good. And it would be easy to hate him if he wasn’t actually talented. His tenor was flawless and when he let loose with a guitar solo he displayed true musicianship. Seeing Mars live is an experience to remember.

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intheMix with Colette Greenstein

East Meets West … One of the latest and much anticipated restaurants to open this year is Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon restaurant located right in Fort Point Channel. On the night we went, the place was buzzing with locals throughout the 80-seat restaurant and bar. Described as an “Asian gastro pub,” one of the best things about the place is the tapas-style menu filled with food that you can share or happily eat all by yourself. The small plates reflect Tsai’s renowned “EastWest twist” on American pub food. Dinner included one of the specials of the night, a fantastic lobster spring roll, which was served to us by Tsai himself. What a treat! It was followed by the shrimp shumai which was superb. It was so good we actually ordered a second serving. Next up was the Bison mini burgers with teriyaki caramelized onions and shiitake mushrooms followed up with sweet and sour pork ribs. There wasn’t a morsel left on the plate. Believe it or not there was still room left for dessert and since there’s only one on the menu, we had to try the Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie which was served warm and topped with ice cream and soy cara-

mel sauce. As the French would say, “magnifique!” And, lest we forget, Blue Dragon has a pretty extensive list of craft beers, wines, premium sakes and signature cocktails. So, if you’re looking to try a little of the Far East you don’t have to go far. It’s right in the neighborhood of South Boston. With still a yen for Pan-Asian fare, on another night we visited Moksa Restaurant in Central Square. Again, shrimp shumai began the dinner experience, this time consisting of Tobiko (flying fish roe), ginger soy and chili oil drizzle. The food just kept coming after that. The restaurant opened in March of last year and is a really cool place to go to if you’re on a date, having lunch with friends on the patio or if you’re in the mood for simply meeting up for drinks. It’s the perfect neighborhood spot if you live in Cambridge or if not, it’s definitely worth a trip over the Mass. Ave Bridge.

Summertime Fun … One of the best movies now in theatres is the really sweet and funny coming-of-age story The Way Way Back written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Their names may not ring a bell but the two are

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Tonya Lewis Lee speaking to one of the attendees from the afternoon program at the Museum of Fine Arts “A conversation with Tonya Lewis Lee.” The program was part of the Roxbury International Film Festival (RIFF). (L-R): Attendee and Tonya Lewis Lee. (Jess Fondry photos) known in Hollywood as Oscar winners for writing the film The Descendants, which starred George Clooney. The duo make their directing debut with The Way Way Back. Shot last summer in Marshfield and at the water park Water Wizz in East Wareham, the film tells the story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James)

summer vacation with his mom, “Pam” starring the wonderful Toni Collette, her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell) and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). The story follows the introverted and awkward Duncan whose having a rough time fitting in and meets an unlikely friend in the wildly colorful “Owen” played by Sam Rockwell, who just so happens to be the manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his friendship with

Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world. This film is a must-see!

Coming Up … For all you General Hospital fans out there, the Wilbur presents Steve Burton (a.k.a. “Jason Morgan”) and Friends this Saturday, July 13 at 3 p.m. To purchase tickets go to www.

“A Conversation with Tonya Lewis Lee” on June 30 at the Museum of Fine Arts. (L-R): Micheal Flaherty, president, Walden Media; Tonya Lewis Lee; Lisa Simmons, director, RIFF; and Randy Testa from Walden Media.

Tonya Lewis Lee answering questions at RIFF’s “A Conversation with Tonya Lewis Lee,” which was moderated by Lisa Simmons. (L-R): Tonya Lewis Lee and Lisa Simmons.

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Community Calendar Thursday July 11

Roslindale Concert Series The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS p ro g r a m i s p l e a s e d t o h o s t the Roslindale Thursday Evening Series at Adams Park. Five Thursday night concerts and a movie are scheduled, all free of charge and presented in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events and Roslindale Village Main Streets. The 6pm concert series kicks off with Boston rock veterans the Marshalls on July 11, the Carla Ryder Band on July 18, all-female “new world soul” collective Zili Misik on J u l y 2 5 , Jack Colombo + Friends on August 1, and acoustic duo Chris Mathison and Nick Leydon on August 8. The series closes August 15 with an 8 p.m. outdoor movie featuring “Madagascar 3.” Adams Park is located at 4225 Washington St. in Roslindale. All ParkARTS neighborhood performances are free and made possible through leadership support from Bank of America. For more information or a full schedule of events, please call please call 617-635-4505 or visit the Parks Department online at www.cityofboston/parks or w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / b o s t o n parksdepartment.

Friday July 12

ImprovBoston 10:30pm — Friday Night Fantasy-Space: Asteroid Mission! The international crew of the TELLUS-2 is on a mission to save earth from a certain asteroid strike.This is their last chance. These unlikely heroes will need to step up to save the planet. But how will they handle the pressures of the final frontier? Find out in this completely improvised space comedy. Tickets: $10. 11:30pm — NIGHTCAP. Before you call it a night on a Fridays and Saturdays, make plans to stop by ImprovBoston, grab a drink at the bar and catch a FREE set of Boston’s BEST stand-up comics and improv comedy acts. We guarantee you Laugh Out Loud! (And if not, it’s 100% FREE, so you have nothing to lose.) Nightcap shows last until Midnight-ish. Come for the 10pm show and save your seat for Nightcap. Tickets: Free. All shows take place at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. More information on ImprovBoston is available at

Monday July 15

Knights in the Parks The Boston Parks and Recreation Department invites city residents to exercise their minds with “Knights in the Parks,” chess games with tips offered by Michael Howell, a ranked player

with the United States Chess Federation. This free summer program will be held from 6-7pm at Alvah Kittredge Park, 10 Linwood St., Roxbury on Monday, July 15. An additional session will be held at Gertrude Howes Playground, 68 Moreland St., Roxbury, on Tuesday, July 16, from 6-7pm. For further information on “Knights in the Parks,” and other programs, please call 617-635-4505 or visit the Parks D e p a r t m e n t o n l i n e a t w w w. cityofboston/parks or www. department. Hidden History of Black Boston Presentation The ReIdren Business Group invites you to Discover the African presence in colonial Boston. Discuss & Learn about the Black men and women of Boston and where & how they lived. Find out about the historic communities of ‘New Guinea’ & ‘Negro Town’ and what we can learn from our community today. This FREE illustrated tour/discussion will be presented at the Dudley Branch Library, in Dudley Square Roxbury, 65 Warren St. 5:30-7:30pm. Historical information handouts & humor included.

Tuesday July 16

Franklin Park - FREE morning concerts Every Tuesday morning, July 16, 23, and 30 at 11am. NEW LOCATION this year: Shattuck Picnic Grove - Forest Hills Drive & Jewish War Vets Memorial Hwy. Bring your summer camp, your family, or youth program to the Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park. Hip hop and line dancing that everyone can join in. FREE. Bring a picnic lunch and stay to play all day. For schedule and directions, visit www.franklinparkcoalition. org or call 617-442-4141. Franklin Park - Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park Tuesday evenings, July 16, 23, and 30 from 6-8:30pm. NEW LOCATION this year: Shattuck Picnic Grove - Forest Hills Drive & Jewish War Vets Memorial Hwy. Great old school dance music that everyone will love. Tell all your neighbors and friends. Bring a lawn chair and picnic supper and cool off in the park! FREE. For schedule and directions, visit or call 617-442-4141. Rosalita’s Puppets Mayor Thomas M. Menino invites families for free arts and crafts and a performance by Rosalita’s Puppets 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.

Wednesday July 17

ParkARTS Citywide Neighborhood Concert Series The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce the ParkARTS Citywide Neighborhood Concert Series. Swingin’ in the Fens at Ramler Park, located at 130 Peterborough St. in the Fenway, on Wednesday, July 17, at 6pm. Thursday, July 18, at 7pm “Boston’s party band” BearFight at Garvey Playground, 340 Neponset Ave., Dorchester; at 7pm on Monday, July 22 at Carter Playground, 709 Columbus Ave., Roxbury, featuring a multi-band lineup sponsored in part by Northeastern University; at 7pm on Tuesday, July 23, at Rogers Park, 30 Rogers Park Ave., Brighton, with Good Will & Them Apples Band sponsored in part by Brighton Main Streets; and at 5pm on Sunday August 4 at Marcella Park, 260 Highland St., Roxbury, with Jazz at the Fort featuring Diane Richardson and Friends sponsored in part by Berklee College of Music and family activities presented by Boston Children’s Museum The Big Cake Tour. All ParkARTS neighborhood performances are free of charge. For more information or a full schedule of events, please call please call 617-6354505 or visit the Parks Department online at www.cityofboston/ parks or bostonparksdepartment.

Upcoming Mayor Menino’s Wednesday Night Concerts The series kicks off July 24 with the Stylistics featuring original members Herbert Murrell and Airrion Love performing such Philly soul classics as “You’re a Big Girl Now,” “Stop, Look, Listen to your Heart,” “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” and “You Are Everything.” Created from two Philadelphia groups, the Percussions and the Monarchs, the Stylistics shot to the top of the charts and had 12 consecutive U.S. R&B top ten hits during the early 1970s. Mayor Menino’s Wednesday Night Concerts continue with Disco Night featuring the band Stardust on July 31, Strictly Sinatra featuring Michael Dutra on August 7, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters on August 21, and the series finale featuring Roberta Flack on August 28. All shows begin at 7pm at City Hall Plaza. For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505, visit parksdepartment, or go to www. Jazz Fest, with a Taste of the Caribbean The Boston Foundation is partnering with the Berklee College of Music Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement to help revitalize arts and ethnic culture

in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner. Among the activities produced by Berklee will be a concert of jazz and Caribbean music on Friday, July 26, at 7:30pm at the historic Strand Theater, 543 Columbia Rd. The concert is free. Jazz Fest, with a Taste of the Caribbean showcases three Berklee groups featuring students from all over the world, including Brazil, Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Ron Savage, Ensemble Department Chair, and a renowned jazz drummer, is the concert’s producer. 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). Friday August 2, 8pm, Bromley Heath Housing Development, basketball court venue TBA, Boston, HS ONLY. 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.

Ongoing 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 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 until July 12, www.multicultur FREE and open to the public. Regular Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30am - 6pm. CHÉVERE! Exploring Afro-Cuban Culture Multicultural Arts Center, in collaboration with Latin Art Space, presents Chévere! — a new exhibition featuring four New Yorkbased Cuban visual artists: Clara Morera, Cepp Selgas, Bernardo Navarro, and Jorge Valdés. Heavily influenced by their Cuban heritage and upbringing, the featured artists explore African icons, folklore and religious syncretization. On view until July 15. Multicultural Arts Center, Upper Gallery, 41 2nd St., Cambridge. FREE and open to the public. Regular Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30am-6pm.

Tuesday Noon Hour Recital King’s Chapel announces the Tuesday Noon Hour Recital programs for 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.

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Yancey said the fair started as a way for him to show appreciation for the city and was meant to be a one-time event. Since 1987, Yancey’s book fair has distributed more than 500,000 books to more than 200,000 children and families, according to a press release from Yancey’s office. “We’re hoping that the young people are building a library at home,” Marzetta Yancey said. After outgrowing three venues, the Reggie Lewis Center became the fair’s new home three years ago. “The fact that we’re at the Reggie Lewis Center tells me that the people in this community care about education,” Yancey said and called it inspiring to see children and parents take a natural interest in the book fair. More than 500 people pre-registered for this year’s event.

Parents and families were grateful for the opportunity to receive free books. While a ceremony took place in the center with performances by Unified Voices of New England, Four Stars Dance Group and RFKTA Quintet, children were able to participate in arts and

The family attended the book fair for the first time and appreciated the opportunity for Jackson to receive more books to read. Dorothy Sneed said the opportunity for children to attend a book fair and receive free books is important for their development. “I think it’s good for the kids so

“The fastest way to learn to read is to have a book in your hand.” — Carol Johnson crafts and face painting on one side of the track. Cianna Jackson’s mother Arthenis Sneed and grandmother Dorothy Sneed described the 12-yearold as an avid reader who spends a lot of time at Barnes and Noble.

they can understand what going on in the world,” she said. Lysa Wigfall who attended the event with her 4-year-old great niece Makilah Holland said it’s never too early to start getting children interested in reading.

Wigfall called the event a gateway for parents to learn about the importance of literacy. Among those who attended the event were students from the Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center (GPARC). GPARC has participated in the book fair for the past decade. GPARC founder Deborah Pressley said attending the event has helped bring awareness to autism issues in the Greater Boston area and brings a sense of inclusiveness to the students, who often feel isolated. More than 100 volunteers assisted in the yearlong planning process for the book fair, according to Yancey. Shirley Shillingford has been volunteering for the book fair since the first one and said the Yanceys’ dedication to the event keeps her involved each year. “I just want to continue helping in whatever way I can,” Shillingford said. Outgoing Boston Public

School Superintendent Carol Johnson thanked both Yanceys and the team of book fair volunteers for working to improve literacy in Boston. “It’s just such an inspiration to see so many parents, grandparents, cousins, sisters and brothers coming to get a book,” Johnson said. “The fastest way to learn to read is to have a book in your hand.” Yancey noted that successful citizens often attribute love of reading as a contributing factor to their accomplishments. “We have a responsibility as adults to inspire our children to read, to learn and to contribute positively to this society and this world,” he said.

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TiVo was an early giant in DVR technology, but now other companies are pushing for new technology that can observe viewers in their homes. (Photo courtesy of TiVo)


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ever the device is recording information about consumers. Rep. Capuano characterized these potential DVRs “an incredible invasion of privacy.” He also believes that considering the access the government has to the phone numbers people call, the e-mails people send and the Web sites people visit, it is important that consumers decide for themselves if they want this type of DVR technology that essentially watches them as they watch television. He also said that filing the “We Are Watching You Act” is important because it brings this type of technology to light and can help educate both consumers and lawmakers. “If you don’t want it, first of all, you have to know about it and, second of all, you need to have the choice to turn it off,” said Rep. Capuano. According to the bill, the DVR technology in question would utilize infrared cameras and microphones embedded in DVRs and cable boxes. A patent appli-

cation filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Verizon notes the technology could detect a range of viewer activities. According to the patent application, the set-top device will be able to distinguish “ambient action … of eating, exercising, laughing, reading, sleeping, talking, humming, cleaning” and other similar actions. The application further notes that ambient action also “comprises an interaction between the user and another user” which are described as “at least one of cuddling, fighting, participating in a game or sporting event, and talking.” The application says that this information would then be used to deliver targeted ads to the consumers. While the patent application referred by the “We Are Watching You Act” is from Verizon, other companies such as Intel Corp. and Comcast have reportedly explored similar technology. Though this type of technology is only in its conceptual stages it is worth noting that the Verizon patent was not approved – but not due to any issues with privacy. In fact, as Rep. Capuano emphasized, the patent was denied because the technology was found

to be too simple to copyright – in other words, just about anyone can create it. Rep. Capuano wants to make sure that Congress establishes clear boundaries on this type of technology before it becomes a reality and is in widespread use. His biggest concern is that there is currently nothing preventing companies from utilizing such technology, no obligation to notify the consumer before it is used and no obligation to give consumers the chance to opt out. The “We Are Watching You Act” does not prohibit companies from developing this technology, but it does require prior consent from the consumer before this type of DVR can be installed in a home. The bill says the operator of the technology must provide specific details on how collected information will be used, and who will have access to the data. When the recording device is in use, the words “We are watching you” would appear, large enough to be readable from a distance, for as long as the device is recording the viewing area. If consumers opt out of the new technology, companies are required to offer a video service that does not collect this information, but is otherwise identical in all respects. Filed on June 18, Capuano’s second bill, “Black Box Privacy Protection Act” was co-authored with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) to give vehicle owners more control over the information collected through their car or motorcycle’s “black box” event data recorder (EDR). This is a privacy issue Rep. Capuano has fought before,

having filed a similar bill in 2004. The new legislation requires manufacturers to notify consumers if an event data recorder is installed in their vehicle, to disclose the data collection capabilities of such a device, and provide information on how data collected may be used. According to Capuano, the bill places ownership of the data in the hands of the vehicle owner and requires owner permission before the information can be accessed. The legislation also requires manufacturers to give consumers the option of controlling the recording function in future automobiles or motorcycles that are equipped with EDRs. The EDRs are installed in vehicles to collect information leading up to an accident. They record factors such as speed and brake application. According to the bill, many consumers are not aware that this data has the potential of being used against them in civil or criminal proceedings, or by their insurer to increase rates. In addition the bill points out that no federal law exists to clarify the rights of a vehicle owner with respect to this recorded data. Under the “Black Box Privacy Protection Act” all data collected by an EDR becomes the property of the vehicle owner. The bill would make it illegal for anyone other than the vehicle owner to download or retrieve information without owner consent or a court order. The legislation also requires that all new cars equipped with EDRs allow the owner the option to control the recording function that cannot be restarted without the owner’s consent. Like the issue of new DVR technology, Capuano says the issue of

how EDRs in cars are used is another “basic issue of privacy.” “If there is going to be something in my car that tracks anything I do, that is my information,” Capuano said “ And I should be able to turn it off.” The use of EDRs is backed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has proposed that EDRs should be required in all cars manufactured after Sept. 1, 2014, and that the existence of the EDR must be included in the owner’s manual. Capuano said the “Black Box Privacy Protection Act” would make the disclosure more prominent and give consumers even greater choice and privacy protections. “This is not a conspiracy theory,” Capuano said. “This is real technology that exists and could be deployed tomorrow.”

Rep. Mike Cauano (D-MA) has recently filed two bills that protect privacy rights. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Mike Capuano)

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CommunityVoices Congress must restore the legislative heart of the Voting Rights Act Charles J. Ogletree Jr. The decision in Shelby County v. Holder has my father, a native of Alabama, turning in his grave because The Voting Rights Act of 1965 made this critical right accessible to all citizens and now, with its deeply misguided decision to invalidate the formula used to identify states and jurisdictions requiring preclearance approval, five justices have chosen to rip out what Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has called the “heart and soul” of the Voting Rights Act. The result is a patient gasping for breath. In her dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg summed up the illogic of this decision brilliantly: “Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discrimina-

As a rapidly growing number of states impose new restrictions on voting, we can see that voter suppression is alive and well. Consider, for example, the photo identification requirements that have passed in 20 state legislatures since 2003. Ostensibly designed to prevent in-person “voter fraud” (which research has shown is practically nonexistent), these laws make it harder for members of minority groups — youth, the poor, women, the elderly or anyone who does not possess a government-issued photo identification — to vote. Who are they kidding? All but one of these laws were passed by Republican legislatures and signed by Republican governors. A few legislators privately admitted the obvious: these laws are de-

As a rapidly growing number of states impose new restrictions on voting, we can see that voter suppression is alive and well. tory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” This decision moves us backward at a time when voting rights are being threatened at a level we haven’t witnessed in decades — indeed, since before the Voting Rights Act was passed. Granted, those seeking to disenfranchise “undesirable” voters no longer use literacy tests. Their strategies are more sophisticated now, but their intent is all too familiar.

signed to keep certain voters away from the ballot box. To limit the long-term damage of this decision, Congress must move swiftly to update the legislation’s formula so that the heart of the Voting Rights Act can be restored.   Charles J. Ogletree Jr. is a Harvard Law School professor and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.

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LEGALS MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Sealed General Bids for MPA Contract No. L829-C1 SANITARY SYSTEM UPGRADE, 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 31, 2013 immediately after which, in a designated room, the bids will be opened and read publicly. NOTE:


The work includes PERFORMING SEWER LINE RESTORATION OF APPROXIMATELY 1275 LINEAR FEET OF 8-, 10- AND 12-INCH DIAMETER PIPE BY MEANS OF CURED-IN-PLACE LINING INSTALLATIONS AND FURNISHING AND INSTALLING APPROXIMATELY 240 LINEAR FEET OF 12-INCH PVC SEWER PIPE. Bid documents will be made available beginning WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 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. The estimated contract cost is Three Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($350,000).

LEGALS 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 subbids are required, each must be accompanied by a deposit equal to five (5) percent of the subbid amount, in the form of a bid bond, or cash, or a certified check, or a treasurer’s or a cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company, payable to the Massachusetts Port Authority in the name of which the Contract for the work is to be executed. The bid deposit shall be (a) in a form satisfactory to the Authority, (b) with a surety company qualified to do business in the Commonwealth and satisfactory to the Authority, and (c) conditioned upon the faithful performance by the principal of the agreements contained in the bid. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish a performance bond and a labor and materials payment bond, each in an amount equal to 100% of the Contract price. The surety shall be a surety company or securities satisfactory to the Authority. Attention is called to the minimum rate of wages to be paid on the work as determined under the provisions of Chapter 149, Massachusetts General Laws, Section 26 to 27G, inclusive, as amended. The Contractor will be required to pay minimum wages in accordance with the schedules listed in Division II, Special Provisions of the Specifications, which wage rates have been predetermined by the U. S. Secretary of Labor and / or the Commissioner of Labor and Industries of Massachusetts, whichever is greater. The successful Bidder will be required to purchase and maintain Bodily Injury Liability Insurance and Property Damage Liability Insurance for a combined single limit of $10,000,000. Said policy shall be on an occurrence basis and the Authority shall be included as an Additional Insured. See the insurance sections of Division I, General Requirements and Division II, Special Provisions for complete details.

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rating to perform the work and an Update Statement. In order to be eligible to bid, a general bidder must be certified in the following category of work:



Sealed proposals submitted on a form furnished by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) and clearly identified as a bid, endorsed with the name and address of the bidder, the project and contract number, will be received at the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance, One Ashburton Place, 16th Floor, Room 1610, Boston, MA 02108, no later than the date and time specified and will forthwith be publicly opened and read aloud. *Every Filed Sub-Bidder must submit a valid Sub-Bidder Certificate of Eligibility with its bid and must be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance in the category of sub-bid work for which they bid.

Contract documents will only be available on Compact Disc (CD). Bidders may obtain one CD free of charge. CDs may be picked up on or after July 10, 2013 at the above address or bidders may provide an overnight mail service account number for shipping.

E.C.C: $1,444,546


This project is scheduled for 77 calendar days to substantial completion and in general includes:

La Agencia Estadounidense para la Proteccion del Medioambiente (EPA, segun sus siglas en ingles) estará auspiciando conjuntamente con la gencia consultora CDW Consultants, Inc. una reunion publica a las 6:30 p.m. el dia 15 de Julio en el edificio de viviendas Roxse Homes, localizado en la1050 Tremont street, Roxbury, MA 02120 en el en el salón comunitario de eventos ubicado en la parte de atras del edificio. La reunion será una oportunidad para actualizar a la comunidad respecto a obras de limpieza (decontaminacion) y remediacion que estan proximas a comenzar sobre la propiedad de United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury, 90 Windsor Street, Roxbury. Financiamiento para el trabajo de limpieza ha sido obtenido mediante el programa “Brownfields Cleanup and Remediation” de la USEPA. Un Analisis de Alternativas para la Limpieza de “Brownfields” (sitios contaminados) ha sido creado para la evaluacion, por parte del publico, que documenta las condiciones del sitio, las varias alternativas para su limpieza y el razonamiento detras del metodo seleccionado. Copias del documento estarán disponibles en la Biblioteca Publica de Boston, Dudley localizada en la 65 Warren St Roxbury, MA 02119. Para preguntas sobre la reunion, favor comunicarse con Jim Byrne, U.S. EPA, al 617-918-1389, o Clary Coutu, 508-875-2657 x. 20,

Every General Bidder must be certified by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance for the category of work and for no less than the bid price plus all add alternates of this project. The Category of Work is:


Mass. State Project No.

DPH1203 Contract No. FC1

The project includes, but is not limited to: Remove and dispose of existing roofing-related material and asbestos-containing felt-based sheet and tar adhered to concrete roof deck on main building high-rise roof and penthouse areas, and replace with new. Provide selective repairs of masonry and steel lintel. Provide roof access doors in penthouse. Repair damaged concrete deck. Refinish rooftop mechanical equipment, reinstall roof hatch, and snake drain leader pipes. Minimum rates of wages to be paid on the project have been determined by the Director of the Department of Labor Standards under the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 149, Sections 26 to 27H, and are included in the bid package. Each general bid and sub-bid proposal must be secured by an accompanying deposit of 5% of the total bid amount, including all alternates, in the form of a bid bond, in cash, a certified, treasurer’s, or cashier’s check issued by a responsible bank or trust company made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The bidding documents may be examined at the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance Bid Room, One Ashburton Place, 16th Floor, Room 1610, Boston, MA 02108 Tel (617) 727-4003. Copies may be obtained by depositing a company check, treasurer’s check, cashier’s check, bank check or money order in the sum of $100.00 payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. No personal checks or cash will be accepted as deposits. Refunds will be made to those returning the documents in satisfactory condition on or before AUGUST 13, 2013 (ten business days after the opening of General Bids) otherwise the deposit shall be the property of the Commonwealth. WE DO NOT MAIL PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS. Messenger and other type of pick-up and delivery services are the agents of the bidder and the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance assumes no responsibility for delivery or receipt of the documents. Bidders are encouraged to take advantage of a rotating credit plans and specifications deposit program initiated by the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance to encourage the easy accessibility of documents to contractors. Designer: Studio G Architects, Inc. 179 Boylston Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Carole Cornelison COMMISSIONER Legal Notice ​ ​ ROCKTON AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY B ​ DBE GOAL

​ Notice is hereby given that the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Participation Goal in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation Regulations at 49 CFR Part 26. ​ AT’s goal for DBE participation for Federal Fiscal Years 2012-2014 shall B be 5.8 percent of funds expended in U.S. Department of Transportation assisted contracts. ​ he goal, description of the methodology used to determine the goal, and T BAT’s DBE Program Plan are available for inspection between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the BAT office at 155 Court St., Brockton, MA 02302. The goal and Plan will be available for thirty (30) days following the date of this notice. Comments on the goal and Plan will be accepted for forty-five (45) days from the date of publication of this notice. Comments may be sent to BAT at the above address or the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Volpe Center at 55 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142.​ Reinald G. Ledoux, Jr. Administrator July 11, 2013 MASSACHUSETTS WATER RESOURCES AUTHORITY ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (“Authority”) will receive sealed general bids for Elevator Maintenance Service at Various Authority Facilities, MWRA Contract No, OP-218, at the offices of the Authority at Charlestown Navy Yard, 100 First Avenue, Boston, MA 02129, Second Floor, Procurement Department, until 2:30 p.m., Thursday, August 1, 2013, immediately after which the bids will be opened and read publicly. A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at 2 Griffin Way, Chelsea, MA. No site visit will be conducted. The work includes: scheduled monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual preventive maintenance service of elevators at Authority facilities located in the Metropolitan Boston, Metro West, and Central Massachusetts areas, non- emergency and emergency elevator repair service, and the furnishing of replacement parts for 730 calendar days. The estimated project cost is: $149,468.00 Each general bid must be accompanied by a current Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management showing that the bidder has the classification and capacity


Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department


Roof Replacement, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

JULY 30, 2013

Questions may be sent via email to 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 CapitalPrograms/default.aspx as an attachment to the original Legal Notice and on Comm-PASS ( in the listings for this project.

Michele Gillen Deputy Director of Administration and Finance Date: July 6,2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a public meeting along with CDW Consultants, Inc. at 6:30 p.m. on July 15, 2013 at the Roxse Homes Community Room, 1050 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120 in the community room in the back of the building. The meeting will be an opportunity to update the community on cleanup and remediation work that is about to begin at the United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury property located at 90 Windsor Street, Roxbury. Funding for the cleanup has been obtained through USEPA’s Brownfields Cleanup and Remediation Program. An Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives has been created for the public’s review that documents the site’s conditions, the various alternatives for cleanup and the reasoning behind the remedy selected. Copies of the document will be available at the meeting and at the Boston Public Library, Dudley Branch at 65 Warren St Roxbury, MA 02119. For questions about the meeting contact Jim Byrnes, U.S. EPA, 617-918-1389, or Clary Coutu, 508-875-2657 x. 20,

General Bids before 2:00 PM:


SUFFOLK Division

In the interests of Alahni Sitarrah Skeens of Dorchester, MA Minor NOTICE AND ORDER: Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor 1.

NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES Hearing Date/Time: A hearing on a Petition for Appointment of Guardian of a Minor filed on 04/02/2013 by Adrienne V. Holiday of Dorchester, MA will be held 08/06/2013 09:00 AM Guardianship of Minor Hearing Located at 24 New Chardon Street, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02114 – Family Service Office.


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:

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.


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.

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: June 13, 2013

LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION The MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY (Authority) is soliciting a Request for Information (RFI) for MPA CONTRACT NO. AP1404-S1, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY LMS. The Authority is seeking information from vendors that provide systems with proven technology designed to provide enterprise-wide learning management systems (LMS) and associated support services. The Authority has prepared a RFI that describes the Authority’s intention for the evaluation and procurement of a LMS to support Authority operations and discusses Evaluation Criteria and other requirements for the RFI. The full RFI will be available to interested parties beginning Wednesday, July 10, 2013 via email by contacting Susan Brace at Submissions in response to the RFI will be evaluated on the basis of: (1) the satisfactory extent to which the requirements and questions presented in the Authority’s RFI are thoroughly and clearly answered (2) total cost for software procurement and licensing and support services (3) demonstrated stability, reliability, and scalability of the system to support a multi-faceted organization spanning several locations (4) intuitive user interface that follows standard convention (5) comprehensiveness of feature set (6) integration with HRMS including single sign on compatibility The selection shall involve the short-listing of one or more vendors based on an evaluation of the information received in response to this solicitation. The Authority reserves its right to conduct interviews, issue a Request for Proposal or seek product demonstrations if it is deemed necessary or, based on the quality and responsiveness of the submittals, select a vendor or vendors for implementation of the LMS. By responding to this solicitation, vendors agree to accept the terms and conditions of the Authority’s standard work order agreement. A copy of the Authority’s standard agreement can be found on the Authority’s web page at The Vendor shall specify in its cover letter that it has the ability to obtain requisite insurance coverage. Standard insurance requirements can be found on the Authority’s web page at www.massport. com/doing-business/Pages/CapitalProgramsResourceCenter.aspx. The Vendor shall also provide an original and nine copies of litigation and legal proceedings information, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, in a separate sealed envelope entitled “Litigation and Legal Proceedings”. See CapitalProgramsResourceCenter.aspx for more details on litigation and legal proceedings history submittal requirements. Submissions shall be printed on both sides of the sheet (8 1/2” x 11”). One (1) original and nine (9) copies of a bound document each limited to no more than 20 sheets (40 pages) of relevant material including a cover letter but not including covers and dividers shall be addressed to Houssam H. Sleiman, P.E., CCM, Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs and received no later than 12:00 Noon on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at the Massachusetts Port Authority, Logan Office Center, Capital Programs Department, One Harborside Drive, Suite 209S, East Boston, MA 02128. Any submission which is not received by the Capital Programs Department in a timely manner shall be rejected by the Authority as non-responsive. The litigation and legal proceedings history shall be submitted in a separate sealed envelope, as required. Any information provided to the Authority in any Proposal or other written or oral communication between the Proposer and the Authority will not be, or deemed to have been, proprietary or confidential, although the Authority will use reasonable efforts not to disclose such information to persons who are not employees or consultants retained by the Authority except as may be required by M.G.L. c.66. The procurement process for these services will proceed according to the following anticipated schedule: EVENT DATE/TIME Solicitation: Release Date

July 10, 2013

Deadline for submission of written questions

July 25, 2013 5:00 PM

Official answers published (Estimated)

August 1, 2013 12:00 Noon

Solicitation: Close Date / Submission Deadline

August 15, 2013 12:00 Noon

Times are Eastern Standard Time (US).

Docket No. SU13P0710GD

Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate

Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department 24 New Chardon Street Boston, MA 02114 (617) 788-8300 Docket No. SU10P0845EA

SUFFOLK Division

Citation on Petition for Order of Complete Settlement of Estate Estate of George Pinckney Date of Death: 07/29/2009 To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by Roosevelt Wilder of Roxbury, MA requesting that an Order of Complete Settlement of the estate issue including to approve an accounting and other such relief as may be requested in the Petition. For the First and Final Account. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on 07/25/2013. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, HON. Joan P. Armstrong, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 19, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Department SUFFOLK Division

Docket No. SU13P1367PM

In the matter of: Marion Washington Respondent (Person to be Protected/Minor) Of: Boston, 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 Velma J. Brinson of Mattapan, MA in the above captioned matter alleging that Marion Washington is in need of a Conservator or other protective order and requesting that Velma J. Brinson of Mattapan, MA (or some other suitable person) be appointed as Conservator to serve With Personal 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 07/18/2013. 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: June 14, 2013 Patricia M. Campatelli Register of Probate

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LOAN T. NGUYEN, Plaintiff,​ v. HEIN V. TRAN, Defendant.

NOTICE: The nature of this action is to dissolve the marriage between the parties pursuant to the Domestic Relations Law, Section 170(2).

SUMMONS - ACTION FOR DIVORCE To the above named Defendant:

The RELIEF sought is JUDGMENT OF ABSOLUTE DIVORCE in favor of the Plaintiff dissolving the marriage between the parties in this action. The nature of any ancillary relief demanded is EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF THE MARITAL ASSETS pursuant to Sec. 236 of the Domestic Relations Law and for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and necessary.

YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiffs’ Attorney(s) within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York.) In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Basis of venue designated: Plaintiff’s resident address is in Oneida County, New York DAVID G. GOLDBAS, ESQ. Attorney for Plaintiff 185 Genesee St., Ste. 905


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On Tuesday, July 16, 2013 between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:00 pm Grant Manor Apartments located at 1812 Washington Street, Boston, will re-open the waitlist for the 1 bedroom only (including applications for all bedroom sizes 1 to 4 handicap accessible units only.) Assistance in completing the application will be provided upon request. Position on the waitlist will be determined by recorded date and time application is received and will be used to establish a waitlist. Grant Manor is a Low Income Housing Tax Credit development subsidized under the federal Section 8 Program and subject to IRS code Section 42 in addition to other eligibility criteria, in order to become eligible; your total family income must be below the following income limits. 1 Person

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