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NEWTON’S VOICE

November 29 – December 12, 2016

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Warren's departure Newton North High announcement spawns School to compete in 2 substantial candidates high school quiz show By Alexander Culafi

The Voice Setti Warren is not running for mayor in Newton next year. This article is not about him. This piece is about the first two residents/ citizens to announce their candidacy for mayor, City Councilors Scott Lennon and Ruthanne Fuller. They announced their candidacy almost immediately after Warren announced he would not run again, and from my conversations with

both of them, they both seem ambitious. Very ambitious.

For these profiles, I was originally going to write these up using select quotes surrounded by context. Instead, I thought it would be better for them to make their own cases. I’m not running to be your mayor – they are. We’re going to let them make their case directly to you, and you, the ever-discriminating Newton voter, can decide for yourself whose early case you prefer – if either. Let's meet them.

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The Voice Newton North High School is going to be one of the teams competing on High School Quiz Show when it premieres on WGBH 2 on February 4 at 6 PM. The WGBH program is a game show hosted by Billy Costa that challenges 16 teams to compete in a single-elimination tournament with four quiz rounds every episode. Ultimately, the show aims to crown a state champion, who will then go on to challenge

the winner of Granite State Challenge, the New Hampshire version of this show. Newton’s team was selected from over 110 different local high schools earlier this month after being among the top scorers of a qualifying quiz at the show’s Super Sunday event. "The depth of knowledge that Massachusetts high school students bring to WGBH impresses me every season," High School Quiz Show host Billy Costa said in a statement.

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From the publisher THE NATION WON’T FALL

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am but one minor voice speaking out among a forest of voices about what is ahead for the USA and for Newton when president elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office in January. Will the republic flounder, fail and fall to pieces? No. Should Newton residents worry about leaving their homes because they might meet up with white supremacists? No. Should black Newton residents be concerned about racism here? No. There are so few black residents, racism against blacks is almost impossible to find here. Besides, we have a distinguished black mayor who represents the nearly entirely white population of our city very well – and with dignity.

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What do you do if you hear something that sounds like white supremacy, racism, misogyny and hatred?

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Do not be shocked. Be angry. Note whoever is saying such things, and be sure to make a point of never being around people like that. If you are feeling especially offended, confront the ignorance, and if necessary, be willing to fight to stand up for what is right. Bullies always back down when confronted.

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Whimpering, crying, shuddering, bemoaning the fate of the nation because Trump was elected does nothing but empower the other side – and the other side, in this instance, are the newly empowered Republicans. In other words, simply complaining about the election, following all the stories about haters and bemoaning the fate of the nation as though it is going to disappear, or has already disappeared, serves no one's interest. The new president’s tone is generally repulsive and antagonistic. This has no bearing on his right to serve, as he won the election and the voters of this nation have spoken as the ultimate judge and jury. Presdident Obama is dignified, very, very smart in an intellectual way, and carried himself well as the leader of our nation. Trump is not Obama. Obama is now a lame duck. Trump is on deck, and you had better prepare for something different than most Newton residents were wishing for. Trump is not the beginning of the end. He is the end of the beginning.

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While the national press, and even the local press, are busy pumping up the haters and reporting on the KKK, David Duke, Steve Bannon, Breitbart and all the rest who the media is portraying as now taking over because Trump has set a new racist standard miss the point. So many seem to forget that many months ago, there was a series of anti-Semitic and Muslim incidents in our fair city. This proves that these things happen – even in nearly perfect communities like ours, all the time. The more these vile nitwits drawing swastikas and scrawling anti-Muslim hate messages are given major publicity by the national press, the greater their numbers will become, and even their sense of self-importance will be enlarged and exploited with the American masses who tend to think that if you’re on television, you must be important. Back to Warren. The tale is being told in Massachusetts political circles that he is considering a run for governor. Warren is not former Governor Deval Patrick. Patrick was the master. Warren is not the master, but he is an attractive political figure, untouched by scandal or financial avarice. And he is ambitious. Like many younger politicians, he is staring down a new road that he is attempting to transit, and the road looks inviting. But getting inside for a statewide election, and then winning it, is easier said than done in a Massachusetts political landscape that is essentially locked up presently. Warren’s thinking, which he has not shared with us – but we know how he thinks – is that after two years of Trump, the local electorate and the Massachusetts electorate will be ready to dump Republican Governor Charlie Baker, and that a Warren candidacy will be a glorious ride into the sunrise of a new political day here in Massachusetts.

For Warren to think he can beat Baker is folly, but then, politics is folly and smoke and whistles, and many campaigns are all about announcing at the right time, running at the right time, and then chance and fate mixing to get you elected.

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Being the mayor of Newton, and running and winning here, has some of the elements of becoming the governor of Massachusetts.

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But as Governor Baker, whom we know well, would tell us, becoming the governor is a long term effort – very costly to one’s personal life and family life – and not quite everything you think it is when standing on the outside looking in.

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In fact, that a black American man is leading this almost entirely white, upper middle-class, largely Jewish and Catholic ruling class American city is a testament to the openness and virtual absence of racist thought and action of the vast majority of Newton voters and residents.

Baker is formidable, and like Warren, he is a bona fide good guy who people tend to like.

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Guys like him come along only once in a lifetime in places like Newton.

Warren might remain the mayor here for years to come, and perhaps this is what he should do, as he was certain to be re-elected.

he news that Mayor Warren will not be running for re-election has set off the typical speculation about who is going to replace him.

Ambition is calling Warren to take the leap – and he appears set to take it, but he must understand that he is entering uncharted waters at a very turbulent time.

Warren cannot be replaced. He is what the British call a one-off.

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SCOTT F. LENNON Scott Lennon is a Nonantum native who has been on the council since 2002, winning the 2001 election. In addition to being Ward 1’s Councilor-at-Large, he works as an auditor at the Middlesex Sheriff ’s Office. More importantly, he’s been the council’s president for the past seven years. 1. WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYOR? I am running for Mayor because I want the responsibility to make the day-today decisions and set the direction that improves the quality of life for ALL Newton residents. I see myself as a hands-on Chief Executive who will be focused each day on how to make Newton an even better place to live, work and raise a family. I want to build upon the strong foundation of all the city services I've assisted in creating and improving with the Mayor and other Councilors in my 15 years on the Council, the last 7 as its elected President. 2. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE THE CITY OF NEWTON? As someone who will be laser-focused on the needs of both Newton residents and businesses, I will work each day to ensure that these constituencies have a voice about what is important to them and what needs to be improved or changed. It will be my job to ensure that we continue to move forward and improve in the areas of education, city services, housing, transportation, financial management, and our environment so that we remain a model for the state and the nation. 3. WHAT MAKES YOU ESPECIALLY QUALIFIED? Some of the strongest attributes I can bring to the office of Mayor are my in-depth financial expertise as a professional state auditor for 14 years, as well as my executive experience in managing projects, overseeing the development of policy, and negotiating

conflicting interests both in city and state government. Currently, I am employed as the Assistant Budget Director for Sheriff Peter Koutoujian at the Middlesex Sheriff's Office. Prior to that position, I worked for 14 years as an Audit Manager and Director for former State Auditor Joe DeNucci. This, combined financial experience, along with my government experience as a Councilor for the last 15 years and elected Council President for the last 7 years, I believe makes me the most qualified candidate for Mayor.

managing our finances and our operations so we can do more work in areas like our streets and our school buildings.

4. WHEN DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING TO START RATCHETING UP YOUR CAMPAIGN?

4. WHAT MAKES YOU ESPECIALLY QUALIFIED?

We are already in the first early stages of our campaign. Since Mayor Warren announced that he was not seeking reelection and I announced I would be a candidate for Mayor, the response, energy and passion from friends and supporters has been overwhelming. I look forward with great anticipation to listening to citizens’ concerns and involving everyone interested in working with me towards the goal of a fiscally and educationally stronger Newton with a more responsive city government. 5. HOW DO YOU PLAN ON BUILDING UPON OR CHANGING WHAT MAYOR WARREN HAS DONE DURING HIS TIME AS MAYOR? Although I believe Mayor Warren has worked hard and succeeded in improving the quality of life here in Newton, I would like the opportunity to bring city services up to a new level. The development of his housing and transportation strategies, bringing needed financial stability and improving all of our city services, has kept Newton consistently ranked as one of the best municipalities in which to live. It is now up to the next Executive to work with all citizens to utilize and improve upon these strong foundations to maintain our great city as one of the best in the country. 6. WHAT IS YOUR MANAGEMENT STYLE? In addition to being a very hands-on CEO, I firmly believe in careful listening, strong collaboration, working diligently, and getting results produced. I believe I also have a great congenial personality that certainly contributes to overall productivity. These attributes have worked for me professionally, for residents as their Councilor for 15 years and for my colleagues on the Council as their President for the past 7 years. I look forward to meeting many more wonderful Newton residents over the next year, hearing their concerns, and involving all who wish to be involved and supportive of my campaign! If interested, I can be reached at 617-584-5723 or sflennon@ comcast.net.

3. WHAT KIND OF CAMPAIGN ARE YOU GOING TO RUN? I’m going to run an open campaign, a positive campaign, and a grassroots campaign. I’m going to be knocking on doors and listening to people, and hearing what issues they have in Newton , and what they would like the future of this good city to be.

RUTHANNE FULLER Ruthanne Fuller has been a Ward 7 Councilor-at-Large since 2010. Though she was raised in Detroit, she now lives in Chestnut Hill – a Newton resident for 22 years. Currently, she serves as vice chairwoman of the Finance Committee. She also has experience as a professional strategic planner for various sectors. Just like Lennon, she’s very serious. 1. WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYOR? I am running for mayor because I know how to accelerate a city’s education, and a city’s progress, housing, and infrastructure. I’ve been deeply engaged with policy and finance for the past decade, and I’d like to build on our successes and bring new solutions as we tackle our challenges together. I’m running to get things done. There’s a lot of hard work to do to sustain the quality of our life here. We have a great city – it’s a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. I’d like to dig in and provide leadership on some of those challenges. 2. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT GETTING THINGS DONE. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET DONE, SPECIFICALLY? There are three areas in particular I’d like to highlight. First, my commitment will be to ensure our children have the best public education in the commonwealth – even in the face of some significant facilities issues and a growing student body. I am committed to providing leadership that engages our residents and our local leaders, and we’ve worked to sustain the uniqueness of each of our neighborhoods, while ensuring that Newton is a diverse, inclusive, age friendly, and livable city. I’m committed to making Newton more welcoming to young families and seniors, who need walk-able and affordable housing options. And third, I am committed to effectively

After getting an MBA at Harvard, I have worked over the years first in the private sector doing strategic planning for large companies, and then I moved to strategic planning for WGBH in the non-profit sector. And then, I spent a lot of time in the non-profit sector when I was home with kids and I was volunteering and got deeply involved with our neighborhood association. Finally, I’ve moved over to the government sector where I’ve had a decade of experience thinking about this good city. So I’ve got experience in a lot of different areas, and I think that’s honed my leadership skills and my abilities to plan and to implement. 5. HOW DO YOU PLAN ON BUILDING UPON OR CHANGING WHAT MAYOR WARREN HAS DONE DURING HIS TIME AS MAYOR? Mayor Warren has left us a good foundation. He’s made a lot of progress in how we do capital planning, and I’d like to build on that. He’s shown a lot of leadership in our schools. He’s always made school the first priority, and I, too, will make school the first priority. 6. WHAT IS YOUR MANAGEMENT STYLE? I am someone who listens, someone who studies hard, who does her homework, and who is a policy wonk. I am definitely someone who believes we should have a diversity of views when we are thinking through issues. We will have a better outcome when we listen and when we incorporate ideas. I never think I have the right answer right at the beginning. I’m also one who deeply believes that process matters as much as the ultimate decision. If you’re interested, she can be contacted at 617-738-5311 or rfuller@newtonma. gov. I’m curious – who makes the better first impression? Let me know at aculafi@voicestaff. net. I’d love to put some of your responses in future election coverage. More importantly – what qualities does a Newton mayor need to possess?


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CABOT'S For longer than a half century – but who's counting – Cabot’s has brought a special kind of pleasure to generations of Newton people from all walks of life by being great every time, all the time. What Cabot’s does, nearly everyone eating there over the generations will agree, is done right. Cabot’s stands as a shining example of how great management, attention to detail and love for a mission contributes to making this restaurant one of Newton’s best (and most reasonably priced) eating attractions of all time. If you haven’t been in a while, get down there and say hello to Joe Prestejohn, the gentlemanly fellow who owns the place. Tell him the Voice sent you. He’ll get a kick out of that. JR


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Winter overnight parking ban goes back into effect By Alexander Culafi

The Voice I hope you like parking regulations. Parking on the street for more than an hour between 2-6 a.m. is now forbidden in Newton through April 15. The ban has proved controversial for as long as it’s been hanging over our heads. It makes parking a real pain, but it has the benefit of helping snow-clearing efforts while, simultaneously, keeping college kids out of Newton neighborhoods after-hours.

While the ticket price used to be $5, city council raised the price to $25 in 2014. The results? Newton Police issued 1,200 fewer tickets, going from 4,600 in the 2014-2015 season to 3,400 last year, as reported by the Newton TAB. The prohibition is in effect between November 15 and April 15, which means that residents could be facing trouble well before the first real snowfall hits. Councilors are considering this possibility as they ponder ways to improve the ban, including shortening the duration.

Newton North High New affordable School to compete in housing opportunity high school quiz show "High School Quiz Show is so much fun to host and to watch. I know that viewers of all ages will get into the spirit of the competition as much as I do." 1. Acton-Boxborough School

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2. Advanced Math & Science Academy (Marlborough, MA)

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4. Bromfield School 5. Brookline High School

There’s a new affordable housing condo up for grabs on 16 Whittemore Road.

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14. Sacred Heart High School (Kingston,

15. Somerville High School

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16. Thayer Academy (Braintree, MA)

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The show will begin filming in January.

The three-bedroom property goes for $309,206, and those interested must complete and return their application to the City of Newton Housing and Community Development Division in person or by mail by December 12. As per usual, incomplete applications aren’t accepted, and late ones get put on a wait list in the order they were received. Obviously, it’s better to do it late than not at all, but considering how competitive affordable housing units can get, I’d be

sure to send it in ASAP if I was you. If more than one eligible application is identified, a lottery is held to determine the winner. To find out if you’re eligible: http:// www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/ documents/79066 To apply: http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/ filebank/documents/79067 And of course, the address of where to send your completed applications: Newton City Hall, Planning and Development, Room #B10 Attention: 16 Whittemore Road 1000 Commonwealth Avenue Newton, MA 02459 Good luck!

War By Other Means: Israel, BDS and the Campus A National Conference

Sunday December 4, 2016 Conference I Featured speakers Alan Dershowitz Professor of Law Emeritus, Harvard Law School Via video Miriam Elman Associate Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University

Scholars, students and campus experts explore the roots and impact of campaigns to stigmatize and isolate Israel - and strategies to counter the assault. Presented by

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9 AM to 4 PM I Conference With light breakfast and lunch. Dietary law observed. Harvard Law School Milstein Conference Center in Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Ave, Cambidge, MA General Admission $75 Early-bird registration, $100 After November 23rd Pre-Registration Required For more information and to register online www.CameraBOS.eventbrite.com


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Turn your Myra and Robert Kraft Passport to Israel account into a two-week adventure of a lifetime in Israel with more than 100 Jewish teens!

Jewish teens, who have Passport to Israel accounts and who are currently sophomores or juniors in high school and are not presently planning to use their Passport to Israel funds for a school, youth group or camp trip to Israel in 2017, are invited to use their funds to go to Israel with Lappin Foundation’s 2017 Youth to Israel Adventure (Y2I). The balance of the trip is fully subsidized! The trip will take place from July 2-16, 2017. Space is limited to 30 Passport to Israel teens.

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• Fun, friends and the adventure of a lifetime! • Unique addition to your resumé! • Exciting and informative pre and post trip meetings for teens and parents! • Israel advocacy leadership and training! • Social programs! Teens and parents are invited to an informational meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 p.m., at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre to learn more about 2017 Y2I and to meet teens who went to Israel on 2016 Y2I. For more information, contact Sharon Wyner at 978-565-4450 or swyner@lappinfoundation.org.

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The Nutcracker Boston Ballet’s magnificent two-act, two-hour production of Mikko Nissinen’s reimagined classic ballet, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, is performed through Dec. 31, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. Times vary. Tickets start at $35. bostonballet.org, 617-695-6955.

BOSTON ENTERTAINMENT AND BEYOND JOURNEY TO THE WEST

Central Square’s accomplished, versatile Artistic Director Lee Mikeska Gardner directs “Journey to the West,” a comical adaptation of a 16th century Chinese novel, now through Dec. 31, Central Square Theater, 450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. $16-$61. 617-576-9278, centralsquaretheater.org.

“MATCHLESS” AND “THE HAPPY PRINCE”

Underground Theater director Debra Wise presents adaptations of Gregory Maguire’s novel, “Matchless,” based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde’s beloved “The Happy Prince,” now through Dec. 31, Central Square Theater, 450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.$15-$55. 617=576=9278, centralsquaretheater.org.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Joppa Dance Company and the Firehouse Center for the Arts present a dance-theater production of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas ghost story, Dec. 2,8 p.m.;Dec. 3, 2 and 8 p.m., Dec. 4, 2 p.m. Market Square, Newburyport. Members, $13; students, seniors, $14; non-members, $15. Firehouse.org.

MARBLEHEAD HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Nothing’s so lovely than a day in Olde Marblehead, including: Holiday open house at the Hooper Mansion,

Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m, Christmas Walk Weekend at the Hooper, 8 Hooper St., Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 4, 12-5 p.m., with several activities; MAA Artisan Shop, featuring works by 8 artists, through January 2017, and more. marbleheadarts.org, 781-631-2608.

BACK BAY RINGERS

Boston’s premier handbell ensemble will perform its holiday concert “An English Christmas,” Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., United Church of Christ, Medfield; Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham; Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m., West Parish Church, Barnstable; also at 7:30 p.m., First Parish Church, Scituate; Dec. 11, 3 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport; December 16, 7:30 p.m., First Church Boston, in Boston. $20; seniors, students, $15. Backbayringers. org or at the door.

HANDEL’S “MESSIAH”

Music Worcester presents Handel’s immortal “Messiah” featuring the Worcester Chorus, soloists, festival singers and orchestra, Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Mechanics Hall, Worcester. $7.50-$49. Group rates, discounts available. MusicWorcester.org, 508-7543231.

FAITHLESS

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre presents Andrew Joseph Clarke’s new dramatic play, “Faithless,” Dec. 8-18: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday,Saturday, 8p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. The play focuses on two generations of an Irish-American family, gathered together at the hospital. As their matriarch is dying, the black sheep of the

family unexpectedly shows up. Starring are Boston’s favorites Maureen Keillor, Christine Power, East Boston’s native son, Greg Maraio, and Abby Knipp. 949 Comm. Ave., Boston. $30, BU faculty, staff, senior citizens $25; students with valid ID, $10.bostonplaywrights.org, 866-811-4111.

GRETCHEN PETERS

me & thee coffeehouse welcomes Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Peters Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., accompanied by her husband, pianist-co-producer Barry Walsh, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Advance tickets, $20, at the door, $23; students, $10. meandthee.org, 781-631-8987.

PARFUMERIE

Americana Theatre Company presents EP Dowdall’s adaption of this romantic holiday comedy, based on the Hungarian play, “Illatszertar,” by Miklos Laszlo, Dec. 11-15, 7 p.m.; Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North St., Plymouth. Pre-show receptions at 6:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 8-up. $25; group rates also. americanatheatre.org, 508-591-0282.

A MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS

Boston Camerata explores European early Christmas music in “Puer Natus Est:A Medieval Christmas,“ Dec. 2-11: Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass. Ave, Lexington; Dec. 3, 8 p.m.;First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High St, Newbury, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Gordon Chapel at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston, and in California venues, celebrating

the role of the Nativity. “In Dulci Jubilo: A German Christmas,” is performed Dec. 19, 8 p.m., First Church in Cambridge, 11Garden St., Cambridge. bostoncamerata.org, 617-262-2092.

SWEENEY TODD

Heart and Dagger Productions get gritty and gruesome, presenting Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” through Dec. 4, Boston Center for the Arts, Martin Hall, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston: Dec. 2, 8 p.m.; Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 4, 3 p.m.; Dec. 3, 3,8 p.m. BostonTheatreScene.com.

THE WILBURY GROUP

The theater will hold the New England premieres of Young Jean Lee’s “Straight White Men,” and Amelia Bullmore’s “Di and Viv and Rose,” running in rotating performances, now through Dec. 23, 393 Broad St., Providence, RI. $15-$25. thewilburygroup.org, or call 401-400-7100. Bedroom Farce Huntington Theatre Company presents Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, “Bedroom Farce,” through Dec.11, BU Theatre, Avenue of the Arts, Huntington Ave., Boston, Visit huntingtontheatre.org.

GLOWBERON

Oberon presents monthly shows, Glowberon and the Afterglow Festival, through March 9, 2017, featuring solo performances and cabaret.

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THE SEAGULL

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Salem State University Theatre Arts Department presents Tom Stoppard’s translated adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece, “The Seagull,” Dec. 1-3,8-10, 7:30 p.m.; Dec.4,11, 2 p.m., Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., Callan Studio theatre, Administration Bldg., 354 Lafayette St., Salem. $15; students, $10,seniors; SSU students with ID, free.salemstatetickets.com,978-542-6365.

Concerts are held Nov. 28-30, also Dec. 1, 5, 7, 12, 7,8,9 p.m., as part of the C1 Salon Series and Jazz in the Mix, Pierce/Brown Hall, Boston.

MURDER FOR TWO

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents comical musical mystery, “Murder for Two,” with book and music by Joe Kinosian and book and lyrics by Kellen Blair, through Dec. 24, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3,8 pm.; Sundays 3 p.m.; Wednesday matinees, 2 p.m., Nov. 30, Dec. 21. Tickets start at $25; senior, group, student rush discounts. lyricstage.com, 617-585-5678.

tion of Mikko Nissinen’s reimagined classic ballet, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, is performed through Dec. 31, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. Times vary. Tickets start at $35. bostonballet. org, 617-695-6955.

AMADEUS

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The Company Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ classic ghost tale through Dec. 18, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. companytheatre.com.

A PALPABLE HIT

Swordplay, slapstick, murder and freestyle ultimate fighting featuring Boston theatrical champs Omar Robinson, Angie Jepson, Gabriel Kuttner and Daniel Berger-Jones battle with other Shakespearean stalwarts in this rowdy showcase of Shakespeare’s best fights, through Dec. 11, Durrell Theater, Cambridge YMCA, 820 Mass. Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 4 p.m., APalpableHit.com.

THE NUTCRACKER

Boston Ballet’s magnificent two-act, two-hour produc-

Moonbox Productions and Grand Harmonie present Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning production, “Amadeus,” through Dec. 17, Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., South End, Boston.Showtimes: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday matinees, 2 p.m. $50, $45, patrons under 25, $25; student rush a half-hour before performance, $15. Musical talkbacks are Dec. 3, with Yoni Kahn, Dec. 10, Thomas Carroll, and Dec.11, Sylvia Berry. Visit bostontheatrescene.com or call 617-933-8600.

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NEW LIONEL HAMPTON BIG BAND

Scullers with headliners Jessy J, Dec. 7, John Pizzarelli, Dec. 9, and Kurt Elling, Dec. 16,17, Doubletree Suits by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. info@ scullersjazz.com, scullersjazz.com.

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PHIL VASSAR

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

The singer-songwriter-producer performs his magic music, performing songs from his newest release, “American Soul,” Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m., The Cabot, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. TheCabot.org, 866-811-4111.

The group, handpicked by Lionel Hampton for his band and Berklee College of Music graduates, featuring Jason Marsalis, Cleave Guyton Jr., Lance Bryant, Mark Gross and Christian Fabian, co-leaders, perform their new Lionel Hampton Big Band premiere, Nov. 30, at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston.

ILYA KALER

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International concert violnist Ilya Kaler performs with pianist faculty member Janice Weber, Dec.4, 8 p.m., in Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Boston, as part of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s String Masters Series. $15. bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events

YA-FEI CHUANG

Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty member-international pianist Ya-Fei Chuang performs works by Ravel, Dec.6,8 p.m., as part of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Piano Masters Series. Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Boston. $15. bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events

KEN SCHAPHORST

New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Director Ken Schaphorst celebrates his new CD, “How to Say Goodbye,” in a free concert that’s open to the public, Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.. Schaphorst performs with Donny McCaslin and the school’s jazz orchestra at Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. Necmusic. edu/event/16453.

COLIN CURRIE

The famous percussionist performs Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m., Pickman Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. Seating is limited. Celebrityseries.org./currie/index., info@celebrityseries.org.

EILEEN IVERS

BILL STAINES

Spectacle Management presents fiddler Ivers’ “A Joyful Christmas,” Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Larcom Performing Arts Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Downtown Beverly.

RED NOSES

Boston Conservatory Theater presents John Kuntz’s provocative satire, “Red Noses,” Dec.7-10, 8 p.m., Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. premium seats, $30; regular seats, $25; discounts available. bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events

HOW TO SAY GOODBYE

New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Director Ken Schaphorst celebrates his new CD in a free concert that’s open to the public, Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.. Schaphorst performs with Donny McCaslin and the school’s jazz orchestra at Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. Necmusic.edu/event/16453.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Bill Hanney’s North Shore Music Theatre presents its unforgettable, spectacular production of Dickens’ Christmas ghost story, starring the one-and-only David Coffee as Ebenezer Scrooge, in the inclusive theaterin-the-round Dec. 9-23, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. $59-$74. Kids 18-under save 50 percent on all evening performances. Nsmt.org, 978-232-7200.

AMERICAN BUFFALO

Gamm Theatre presents David Mamet’s “American Buffalo,” through Dec. 18, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI. Contains strong language. Check for special price performances. Gammtheatre.org.

SCULLERS JAZZCLUB

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Poor milkman Tevye wishes he had Trump’s fortune and fame, in New Repertory Theater’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” featuring a Boston all-star cast. The show has already expanded performances to January 1, 2017, before it opens December 2, because of popular demand. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. Associated events also. $35-$65;student, tickets, $20; senior, group discounts. Newrep.org.

DARLENE LOVE

Because the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee singer Darlene Love’s tickets have sold out for her Dec. 10 “Rock the Holidays” performance at The Cabot, she will perform an added show, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. 286 Cabot St., Beverly. TheCabot.org, 866-811-4111.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse welcomes back iconic Bill Staines, performing with Chris Pahud, Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 326 Main St., Wakefield. $20, under 18 years old, $10. LindenTreeCoffeehous.org.

SAFAM

The legendary rock band, Safam, will perform Dec. 10, 8 p.m., with a special appearance by R’nana, the Temple Israel Joyful Sounds, directed by Alan Nelson, at Temple Israel of Natick. The event honors Cantor Ken Richmond. tiofnatick.org/safam2016.,

RHEA SIMON

Her Nov. 11 Cabaret gig at Club Café was canceled last-minute, but rescheduled for Dec. 30, 8-11 p.m., at the popular club’s Napolean room, Columbus Avenue, Boston. u/events

FAMILY FUN

KENNY G IN CONCERT

Citi Performing Arts Center presents the iconic instrumentalist Thursday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Shubert Theatre, Boston. $45-$79. Citicenter.org, 866-348-9738.

THE DOVER QUARTET

The talented quartet performs a concert of Mozart, Britten and Beethoven’s music, Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m., at Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. $29-$39. rockportmusic.org.

DELTA RAE

The six-piece rock band from Durham, NC performs a holiday concert, Saturday, Dec. 10, 8 p.m., Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. $29-$39.

THE NUTCRACKER

Boston Ballet’s magnificent two-act, two-hour production of Mikko Nissinen’s reimagined classic ballet, featuring music by Tchaikovsky, is performed Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. Times vary. Tickets start at $35. bostonballet. org, 617-695-6955.

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

Boston Children’s Theatre presents its beloved production of this traditional children’s favorite holiday play, Dec. 3-18, featuring an 11-member cast from local and regional cities and communities. Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the

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ELLEN ALLARD

Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation’s annual First Light annual Chanukah celebration features the multi-talented performer at its community-wide event, Sunday. Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond, Andover. The award-winning recording artist will perform a concert of Jewish songs geared to children and adults. There’s also a Latke Bar Bazaar, pre-performance. $15; seniors over 70 years old, $9; children 6-17, $5; children 5-under, free. Family plan for maximum of 2 adults and children under 17, $35. Mvjf.org, 978-688-0466.

ELF THE MUSICAL JR.

Marblehead Little Theatre presentss an all-youth cast in “Elf, the Musical, Jr,”’ Dec. 9-18, 12 School St., Marblehead. $25; student matinees, $15. mltlive.org.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SINGALONG

Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts presents its annual holiday singalong, featuring friends, family and Immaculate Conception Church’s youth choir, accompanied by pianist John Metrano, Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m., at Market Square.$5. firehouse.org, 978-462-7336.

A NUTCRACKER PANTO

Theater in the Open and Firehouse Center for the Arts present a combination holiday treat of ballet and panto, Dec. 9-11, 16-18, Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3,7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m., Market Square, Newburyport. $16; seniors, students, members, $14. firehouse.org, 978-462-7336.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

The ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University presents family musical, “James and the Giant Peach,” Dec. 17-31, at morning and afternoon shows. David Wood has adapted the musical from Roald Dahl’s book. Loeb Drama Center 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. @20. AmericanRepertoryTheater.org, 617-547-8300.

PJ LIBRARY FAMILY HANUKKAH CONCERT

The Lappin Foundation an Temple Ahavat Achim invite the community to a free, interactive family Hanukkah concert with Ellen Allard, Sunday, Dec. 18, 3-4 p.m.,

at the temple, 86 Middle St., Gloucester. A collection will be held for new pajamas, for area children in need, living in homeless shelters, infants to 8 years old, Reservations, posher@lappinfoundation.org, 978740-4404.

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LIMMUDBOSTON 2016

JUVENILE AID SCHOLAR ORGANIZATION HANUKKA MEETING

On Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. the Juvenile Aid will host a Hanukka Luncheon and Yankee Swap. Members are asked to also bring new children’s books which will be distributed to disadvantaged children and baby blankets to be given to the nursery at the North Shore Children’s Hospital. The goal of Juvenile Aid is to raise funds to provide scholarships for graduating high school seniors. For more info call Joan Rich 781-4053335 or Arleen Cordette 781-599-2028

BOSTON INTERNATIONAL KIDSFILM FESTIVAL

Key films at the 54-film festival at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington and Somerville Theatre are “Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket,” documentary “Life, Animated,” other sorts, documentaries, and international student-made films, open to the public. Workshops teach kids the basics of media and filmmaking. bikff.org.

WILLIE WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Neverland Theatre presents this delicious portion of a play, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m., Dec. 3, 3:30, 7 p.m.; and Dec. 4, 1 and 5 p.m., at Bolles Hall, The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem. $15. neverlandtheatre.com.

DISNEY’S ‘THE LION KING’

Neverland Theatre brings the circle of life to Bolles Hall, The Bridge at 211, 211 Bridge St., Salem, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.; Dec. 10,11, at 1 and 5 p.m. $15. neverlandtheatre.com.

WHITE CHRISTMAS

Stage 284 welcomes families to its production of Irving Berlin’s classic holiday musical, Dec. 10 and 17, 3,7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11 and 18, 2,6:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.,The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. is a benefit performance with hors d’oeuvres and dessert provided by several local restaurants. 978-468-4818, brownpapertickets.com/event/2666916.

Learn, laugh, meet, greet, sing and share at the 7th annual LimmudBoston festival of Jewish culture and lifelong learning on Sunday, December 4 from 9-5:30 at the campus comprising both Temple Reyim and Mayyim Hayyim Mikveh on Washington Street. This celebration of everything Jewish offers over 80 presentations, panels and performances, wrapping up with a Grand Finale Concert. Do your Chanukah shopping with exhibitors and at the silent auction. Register in advance for the Camp Limmud family program for those with children ages 3-13. Advance registration $45; Walk-in Registration $54. Schedule details at www. LimmudBoston.org

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE IMAX

Experience, “Voyage of Time,” rated G. Visit jordans.com.

Ongoing films at the museum’s mega-screen are “Dolphins,” “Extreme Weather,” and “National Parks Adventure,” Science Park, Boston.

HOLIDAY POPS

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM IMAX

Explore Galapagos and visit its natural inhabitants in “Galapagos: 3-D: Nature’s Wonderland,” see “Great White Sharks” and their underwater world, and follow whales and see how they communicate with each other in “Humpback Whales:3-D,” all ongoing, at New England Aquarium’s IMAX Theater, Boston.

DOCTOR STRANGE

The celebrated Boston Pops continues its traditional holiday favorite performances, Nov. 30-Dec. 31 at Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston, playing holiday favorites, a sing-along, visit from Santa Claus, children’s matinees, special treats, post-Christmas concerts featuring movie “Back to the Future,” with orchestral accompaniment and a New Year’s Eve celebration with the Pops’ Swing Orchestra, conducted by Bo Winiker. BSO.org, SymphonyCharge, 888-266-1200.

ENCHANTED VILLAGE

Besides checking out the latest in furniture, food and fun at Jordan’s Furniture, you can purchase tickets for Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” film, at the Reading store, 508-844-5171, or Natick, 508-844-5170. “Inferno”. Current films are “Jack Reacher2,” rated PG-13, and IMAX

Jordan’s Furniture Store has opened its Enchanted Village, featuring a 20-minute Polar Express 4D ride ($6), Enchanted Ice, an indoor ice skating rink, a holiday laser light show, picture taking with Santa Claus, and sumptuous blueberry muffins. Jordans.com.

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How does education help young people develop positions on world affairs? First Prize: $300 gift certificate for The Mall at Chestnut Hill Second Prize: $200 gift certificate for The Mall at Chestnut Hill Third Prize: $100 gift certificate for The Mall at Chestnut Hill A new administration comes to Washington in January. Based upon what you are studying in Newton North, we invite students to submit an essay suggesting how the United States can help bring about Israeli-Palestinian peace. There are two parts to the contest:

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First, make sure to provide a list of all teaching materials made available to you at school concerning the Palestinian-Israeli issue. (List all lesson plans, outlines, chapters in specific textbooks,  handouts, homework or other work related to this issue assigned to you during the class. Please note that we are not asking for the actual  items indicated here. We are simply asking you list them as an attachment to your essay.)

Contest Rules: 1) Eligibility: Entrants must be current Newton North High School Students. They must provide their name, age, grade in school, email and/or phone number. Entrants must have obtained consent from a parent or guardian prior to entering. 2) Deadline: Submissions due by December 9, 2016 by 5 p.m.  The editors of The Newton Voice shall select the winners. The Newton Voice shall not be responsible for lost, incomplete, or late entries regardless of the reason. 3) Contacting Winners: The winners will be contacted individually by email or phone and also identified in The Newton Voice newspaper on or about December 15, 2016. 4)  ACCEPTANCE OF CONDITIONS BY PARTICIPANTS: (i) Use of Entrants’ Names: By entering the contest, each entrant grants permission, without further compensation, to allow The Newton Voice to use and publish the entrant’s name, and other material submitted, in The Newton Voice and other publications at The Newton Voice’s discretion. Release of Liability: By entering, entrants agree to release The Newton Voice and any other corporate or individual sponsor of the contest, from any claim, loss, liability, damage or injury of any kind arising from their participation in the contest or their receipt or use of the prize. 5) Copies of these rules and a list of winners and of prizes may be obtained by writing to The Chelsea Press LLC at 1309 Beacon Street, Suite 300, in Brookline, MA.

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Brookline or Newton? Guess whether the person below is from Brookline or Newton. Can you get all 10?

7. Isaac Asimov, prolific science fiction writer

4. Terry Francona, former manager of the Boston Red Sox

1. King Gillette, who popularized the safety razor (yes, that one)

8. Conan O'Brien, famous comedian

5. John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

2. Joe Rogan, actor and comedian

9. Matt Damon, actor

6. Suzyn Waldman, color commentator for the New York Yankees 3. Mikey Welsh, former Weezer bassist

Answer key:

10. Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlett Letter

1) Brookline 2) Newton 3) Brookline 4) Brookline 5) Brookline 6) Newton 7) Newton 8) Brookline 9) Newton 10) Newton


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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addresses the United Nations General Assembly in September 2009. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Castro.

Turkey’s Erdogan: the insult and the fury

The NFL's ratings continue to drop By David Stanford The National Football League’s television ratings are declining. It raises a lot of questions, among them: Should we care? This isn’t to say it’s a boring or insignificant topic. Just the opposite. Sorting through the reasons why viewership is dipping raises interesting thoughts and questions about the game and how we watch it, follow it, and enjoy it. The issue is churning inside America’s massive machine of punditry and analysis. People are talking. Opinions are flowing. A casual Google search quickly netted several quality articles from a variety of legit sources, including a really good piece in The Atlantic. Now, TV ratings are released regularly and they need context, so we won’t throw out any numbers here. Also, ratings should improve in the lead up to, and during, the playoffs and Super Bowl. But there’s no mistaking that the figures over the first half of the season were attention grabbing. Enough so that Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the issue at the NFL’s fall meeting. Generally, the autopsies are divided into three findings — the first focusing on the football end of things (too many penalties, too few megastars), the second dealing with the techie stuff (turns out that TV sets are so last century; they call it “cordcutting” and it has nothing to do with childbirth), and the third centering on the PR ball of wax (horror stories about concussions, mishandling of domestic abuse, players sitting during the national anthem). The Donald-Hillary dust-up is a culprit as well, although the ratings dip in September/ October of 2016 was reportedly much sharper than past election years. It should also be mentioned that the Cubs captured America’s attention in October, reminding us that other sports can in fact knock the NFL off its pedestal. Regardless of how much weight is assigned to each explanation, their collective impact is a matter of physics. What has gone up, up, up is now going down. We all know the NFL is more popular than Nutella, but there’s only so many eyeballs that can be glued to the same programming at the same time, week after week, year after year. There are aspects to this that are

By Ben Cohen/JNS.org Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was at his repellent best when he was interviewed by Israeli television journalist Ilana Dayan this week. Although the interview was pegged to the restoration of Turkish-Israeli bilateral ties this past summer, Erdoğan used the occasion to spit his usual invective against Israel and Jews. As tempting as it is to conclude that while political rhetoric is one thing, political action is another—an impression increasingly conveyed in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election—in Erdoğan’s case, such a distinction isn’t really possible. That’s because Erdoğan really is a dictator, writes JNS.org columnist Ben Cohen.

permanent. The growing prevalence of streaming services, the changing views of conventional TV, and shortened attention spans aren’t momentary blips or fads. Others are cyclical, such as the view that too many football games are boring; we could just as easily be sitting here next year gushing over all the thrilling games and scintillating players. Others are fluid, such as officiating, which can be tweaked either through rule changes or league directives. Harder to gauge is who exactly this impacts beyond the obvious. Sure, anything less that tip-top ratings are troubling for the billionaires who own franchises on Planet NFL and the network executives who engineer gazillion-dollar broadcast deals. As for you and I, we have our remotes, our smart phones, our tablets, our cable subscriptions, our satellite dishes, and the Internet We have choices. We’re in control. Sure, this results in a fractured audience. But it’s still an audience. Do you get the sense that the drop in ratings corresponds with a commensurate drop in the NFL’s popularity? Maybe a smidge, but it’s not a crisis situation. As for myself, I have the Patriots, the only NFL team I care about and want to watch for full games at a time. Other constituencies are just as easily satisfied. If highlights are your thing, there’s NFL Red Zone, a commercial-free product that offers “whiparound” coverage of NFL games from 1 to 8 p.m. EST. Fantasy freaks can track stats, to the second, on the mobile device of their choice. Social fans can hit a sports bar and enjoy a day of football over cold beers and in the company of friends and/or likeminded people. We can DVR games and watch them later, blissfully fast-forwarding through the commercials for light beer and prescription meds. If network executives need to get their heads around the real and irreversible possibility that fewer people will devote three-plus hours to watching single football games on Sunday afternoons (and Sunday nights, and Monday nights, and Thursday nights), so be it. There’s no shortage of brilliant, creative minds working in the industry. They’ll figure it out. Money will flow, even if gets carried through different pipelines. Then there’s this reality: NFL football isn’t a stupid comedy or a preposterous medical drama; it’s never getting canceled.

Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds. Credit: Courtesy of Chris Edmonds.

‘Ticks’ in the margins: how a Baptist pastor unearthed his father’s Holocaust heroism By Jeffrey Barken/JNS.org Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds never spoke about his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II. Captured during the Battle of the Bulge, Roddie survived an arduous march through frozen terrain and was interned for nearly 100 days at Stalag IXA, a POW camp near Ziegenhain, Germany. “Son, there are some things I’d rather not talk about,” Roddie would tell his boys, Kim and Chris Edmonds, when they were young. When Roddie died in 1985, Chris, now a Baptist pastor, inherited his father’s war diaries. Now that his father’s wartime stories are known, Chris said his life has been “turned upside down.” The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, an organization that identifies non-Jewish rescuers of Holocaust survivors and pays tribute to their courage, will honor Roddie’s memory Nov. 28 with the Yehi Ohr Award during the foundation’s annual dinner at the New York City Public Library.

On Nov. 25, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the scene where a wildfire broke out in Beit Meir, outside of Jerusalem. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Netanyahu calls fires resulting from arsonists ‘terror in every way’ JNS.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any brushfires resulting from arsonists will be considered terrorism. “Every fire that was the result of arson or incitement to arson is terror in every way and we’ll treat it as such. Anyone who tries to burn parts of the state of Israel will be severely punished,” Netanyahu said. About 1,500 fires have broken out in Israel since Tuesday, and it is now believed that at least half of them were the work of arsonists, Israel Hayom reported.


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