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Should We Demand a Federal Budget from Washington in the Next 90 Days?
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Energy drinks continue to flood the market despite health concerns It’s All About Service
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Small Gifts Make a Big Impact
ast month in this column we spoke of doing the right thing or putting in the effort to make someone’s day a bit more pleasant. And while that might be a nice thought, the advice is useless unless people follow through with some action. A couple of SOCO magazine staffers put their money where their mouths are; they purchased some small but elegant thank-you cards, wrote a personal message in each, and then deposited varying amounts of money in each envelope. The pair handed out about a dozen cards to people they came in contact with who normally get some type of tip for small, but significantly helpful, services. They were absolutely amazed at the results. In one case, a man who parked a car for them came running back, after opening the gift, pulled off his glove to shake hands, and said, “Thank you so much, sir—that was very thoughtful of you.” This was only a $3 gratuity, but it was wildly appreciated by someone who might ordinarily get $5 per car. He was obviously thrilled that a person who is often not paid attention to was rewarded, but his real appreciation came from being recognized. Said our tipper: “It made me feel great, too.” Another person, from the same company, had the job of lifting and escorting some valuable equipment and luggage. Our staff members also gave him a card, figuring they wouldn’t see him again because the cart would be transferred to another person who would then take over the task of getting it to them later. About five minutes later, the man caught up to the one of the pair and said, “Ma’am, I have worked here for 25 years, and this is only the second time I have been given a card like yours.” As you can imagine, she almost cried from the pleasure she got from seeing how gratified this man was because he was recognized—it had nothing to do with the tip inside. The gift giving continued for a few days, and so did more reports of people smiling and shaking hands in order to show their appreciation that someone would go out of his way to recognize them and confirm that their effort meant more than just doing their job. Perhaps too often we take people for granted; they become invis8 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
ible and distant to us. Now, it should be noted that cards were provided only to those offering good to excellent service. The couple from the magazine did find a couple of people who did a very poor job of providing customary services; and they even reported to the management errors that caused them to be delayed for meetings. Wouldn’t you know, the person they had to report the problem to was someone who received a card! Without question, their complaint was sent directly to the proper department, and who knows, perhaps the lackluster service people were told, “All you had to do was get them a taxi and you would have probably gotten a card like all of us!” Do something nice for someone—it is a great feeling. On another note, this month’s cover is a far cry from our usual ones. So often we feature celebrities, VIPs, or images that reflect the feelings of the public, sometimes good and sometimes bad; we’ve learned that you can’t please everyone, every single month. But regardless, we attempt to show our readers what is taking place in their world, or in this case, provide our readers an opportunity to become the focus of attention by making them the stars. You see, the three women on this month’s SOCO cover are loyal readers of the magazine. As you’ll discover in the section about our Reader Profile, there happens to be a great number of people who enjoy our publication and its content so much that they will travel and visit many of the locations we cover. In this case it was a group of readers from Littleton, N.H., who couldn’t resist showing up at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week event in New York City, knowing it is the most difficult ticket in the universe to capture. When we noticed them, there wasn’t a question as to whether they deserved some recognition—that was a definite— but they also provided us with an opportunity to get some profile information to pass along to our readers and advertisers. For years we have attempted to share, with our readers and supporters, some insight into who reads SOCO and why; in this case we’re going to let them tell you who they are—and you might be very surprised. H
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reader feedback The following letter was sent in response to our Left Page/Right Page column in the February 2013 issue, where we asked the question: “Labor Unions—What Good Are They?”
Recently while waiting to punch in for work, I saw a poster for a scholarship essay contest. The contest was put on by the local union that represents workers at my place of employment. As a student of Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School of economics, I found the subject of the essay interesting: “Describe what you feel are the benefits of union membership.” The assumption that everybody believes unions are beneficial led me to think of all the ways union membership is not beneficial to members of unions or to nonunionized workers. The first un-beneficial effect of unions is that they artificially drive up wages that their workers earn. What does artificially mean? It means that the wages union workers make are above what their labor would be worth according to supply and demand. They are numbers pulled out of thin air and have nothing to do with the workers’ productivity and worth to the companies. You might be wondering how this hurts anyone. Well, people are rational beings so they attempt to find work at this wage. However, the supply of labor at this rate exceeds the demand, which leads to an unemployment rate higher than would be the case with a lower wage. Unionized companies are then made less competitive with nonunionized companies. Just look at what has happened to the clothing and automobile industries in America. Murray Rothbard, one of the foremost free-market economists, stated that unions can only achieve a higher wage rate for their workers at the expense of lower wages for all the other workers in the economy. Second, union wages are not able to change with the dictates of supply and demand like other commodities. This leads to unemployment. Union rules governing working conditions make workers less productive than they would be in a free market, which makes them less profitable to employ, while also lowering the standard of living for everyone else. Job banks in the automotive industry, where workers are paid nearly full wages while not working, come to mind. F.A Hayek, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, contended that high union wages can only be maintained by high inflation. This means that the central banks will continue their policy of printing money to maintain the level of employment. Government-controlled fiat money leads to the bubble-and-bust cycles that we are living in today, according to the Austrian School of economics theory of the business cycle. What are the effects on the individuals working in unions? First and foremost, you lose your freedom to choose. I didn’t want to join the union of my company, but because my state is not a right-to-work state, it is mandatory. Also, when a worker can’t negotiate for his own wage, he loses the incentive to work hard because he gets the same wage as workers who aren’t as productive. Unions also get special privileges from the government; union workers must make up a certain percentage of the workers on government projects. This hurts nonunion workers and taxpayers, who pay more in taxes for the more expensive labor. The way union dues are used is another problem. The union that I’m in has newsletters that update us on its fight against Wal-Mart and its support of Democrats running for office. How does this help me or other members who don’t support these policies? Last, I have a personal story. A coworker went to the union because he didn’t like the fact that I was getting hours he wanted. Because unions go by the policy of seniority, the hours were given to my coworker—this despite the fact that I was told the company would rather give me those hours. How does this benefit me, the company, or the customers? Multiply this experience by the thousands of times this happens around the country, and you get a picture of a very inefficient and unfair system. Union Member, Massachusetts Name withheld by request
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i nf o r m at i o n h a pp e n i n g s a nn o un c e m e n t s fyi : Southcoast Hospitals Announces US National Debt President’s Award Winners Southcoast Hospitals Group has announced recipients of the 2012 Southcoast President’s Award for Excellence. The President’s Award recognizes 12 individuals and one team for outstanding performance, integrity, and overall quality of services provided. Candidates are nominated by their coworkers. This year’s recipients were announced at the meetings of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group in December at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “I am honored to continue Southcoast’s long tradition of recognizing the dedicated individuals who exemplify the outstanding cultural elements of Southcoast Health System,” said Keith A. Hovan, president & CEO of Southcoast Health System and Southcoast Hospitals Group. “Southcoast is built upon the dedicated service and commitment of more than 7,000 employees. By receiving this award, these recipients are recognized for standing out among the best.” Winners included Grace Hebert of Acushnet,
senior technologist, Southcoast Center for Women’s Health; Tiajuana Carey, director of business operations & information, Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, and Linda Ladino, registered nurse, Southcoast Radiology Services, both of Dartmouth; Nichole Barriteau of Fairhaven, staff nurse, Southcoast Physicians Group; Ana Sousa of Fall River, food service worker, Southcoast Food & Nutrition; Kevin Solomon of Middleboro, IS coordinator, Southcoast Physicians Group; Susan Jesus, administrative secretary, Southcoast Wound Care Center, and Alda Vieira, rehab aide, Southcoast Rehabilitation Services & Southcoast Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, both of New Bedford; Lisa Holden of Rochester, resource nurse, Charlton Memorial Hospital; Susan Domingue of Somerset, clinical social worker, Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care; Christian DaSilva of Westport, computer technician, Southcoast Health System; and Stacey Medeiros of Bristol, R.I., lead dietician, Southcoast Food & Nutrition. H
Credit For Life Fair
reater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School hosted its first Credit for Life Fair. This highly interactive financial literacy experience placed the entire junior class in the positions of 25-year-old adults with financial responsibilities and budgets to manage. “We are constantly looking for ways to prepare our students for life after high school, whether that life is college, work, or the military,” said Linda Enos, superintendent at GNB Voc-Tech. “An important part of life after high school is financial security. This exercise illustrated for our students all of the ingredients that go into financial well-being. Where else can you get this lesson without risk? We are very grateful to our community partners in helping us make this a great learning experience for our students.” By asking the students to make the same kind of decisions they would be faced with as adults, the event allowed them to make a real-world connection in a safe, no-fail environment. “It gives the students an opportunity to test-drive some of what they’ll face once they enter the real world,” said Monica Curhan, SVP chief marketing officer at BayCoast Bank, which helped bring the event to New Bedford Voc Tech. “It’s a real eyeopener for many of them,” she said. During the event, students visited 14 booths in order to make decisions that affected their budget. Students were required to find an apartment, choose furniture, purchase a car, and budget for the various other items they needed or wanted. The booths included Housing, Health & Nutrition, Transportation, Insurance, Clothing, Credit & Lending, Savings & Retirement, Edu-
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GNB Voc Tech students Kayla Porto (left) and Sarah Rose select a car at the Transportation booth; Wayne Swenson,VP Consumer Loan Officer at BayCoast Bank, discusses credit cards and loan options with Kelci Raposo (left) and Marlene Cerritos, both members of the junior class at GNB Voc Tech.
cation, Job Search, Luxury, Credit Counseling, and the Reality Check booth, which challenged budgets with car repairs, a lost wallet and other unexpected expenses to remind students that life is full of surprises. “The importance of financial literacy continues to be realized as an essential life skill,” said BayCoast Bank President and CEO Nicholas Christ. “BayCoast is proud to support the Credit for Life Program and hopes it will enable these young adults to become educated, responsible consumers.” The event was made possible by, BayCoast Bank, St. Anne’s Credit Union, Bristol County Savings Bank, New Bedford Credit Union, Catholic Social Services, the United Way of Greater New Bedford, SMILES, Shaw’s Supermarkets, MassHousing, New Directions SouthCoast Inc., Partners Insurance Group LLC, Alferes Realty, Robert’s Formals, and Sovereign Bank. H
Hey Miss J!
J. Alexander, aka Miss J, was spotted back stage before one of the fashion shows during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. It has been rumoured that a new television show is on the horizon starring Miss J. I mean, why else did we all watch ANTM, but to see Miss J turn those young ladies into super models? Miss J could not confirm, but was all charm. Stay tuned.
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Warning Signs that your Loved One May Need Help at Home Because of time and distance, adult children often don’t see their independently living parents. It is important that when you do, you be vigilant in recognizing changes in your loved one. Here are some of the changes that may indicate your loved one needs some extra help: • Weight loss, lack of food in the home, or expired food.
If you notice changes, a physical and neurological exam should identify any medical issues. A Geriatric Care Manager can help assess what types of care options are available. Suggestions may include a home health aide, adult day care, etc. If your parents can no longer live their own, then where they will live has to be decided. A family member’s home, assisted living, senior housing, or nursing home are all possible choices.
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If nursing home care is needed, Medicaid planning should be done as soon as Unusually cluttered, dirty or messy home. practicable to preserve as much of the loved one’s assets as possible. An elder law attorney should Difficulty in mobility. Bumps or bruises from be consulted to ensure that all alternative decision falling. making documents such as a Health Care Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney and HIPAA release are in Unusual purchases. place and valid. If no alternative decisions makers Poorly managed finances: not paying bills, los- have been chosen, the court will chose one through ing money, paying bills twice or more, or hiding the guardianship process if needed. This process is money. complicated; time consuming, emotionally draining and expensive. Unopened mail, piling newspapers, unfilled prescriptions, forgetting to take medications or missing appointments. This article is for illustrative purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. There is no attorney/client Self-imposed isolation. relationship created with Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. Friends and relatives are expressing concerns by this article. Do Not make decisions based upon about changed behavior. information in this article. Every family is unique and legal advice can only be given after an individual Unusually loud or quiet, paranoid, agitated be- consultation with an elder law attorney. Any decisions havior. made without proper legal advice may cause significant legal and financial problems. Becoming confused when doing routine tasks. socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 13
to hell in a handbasket
by John Chase
We the People...Are Being Ignored and Patronized
must say that this storm was heaven-sent because I was extremely late getting my act together and penning this piece. I tried to look at what good came of all this snow and figured that at best, it bought me some time. While hibernating during the horrible weather that hit practically every part of New England, I was able to read some of the more recognized and acknowledged publications that, although still stuck in a liberal rut, do have more worldly views of current events. I noticed that a common thread throughout these publications was the issues people want their elected officials to address and the issues actually being discussed by our representatives. I kept reading over and over that the public’s first and most important priority is fixing the economy, followed by decreasing unemployment, reducing the federal deficit, defending the nation against terrorism, and fixing social security. And the issues of lowest priority to the public are amnesty for illegal immigrants, the creation of new gun laws versus the enforcement of existing ones, the improvement of our infrastructure, the legalization of same-sex marriage, and a solution to climate change. Given these issues deemed priories by the public—who, on a daily basis, are faced with uncertainty, frustration, and most recently more taxes and higher fuel costs—what issues do you believe will be addressed by the president in his next term? The bright bulbs who use their heads already know you can’t stick a square peg into a round hole, so armed (no pun intended) 14 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
with this information they’re well aware of Obama’s inability to address the main concerns of a working, middle-class public. If you don’t know how to fix something, you do as a magician does: throw out a smokescreen, along with a few distractions, and show folks what you want them to see. This tactic was clearly demonstrated by the coverup and negligence in the administration’s response to the Benghazi failure. It doesn’t take any talent to open up the borders and let a fresh crop of illegal aliens in the back door, and then give the millions of law breakers a new start with amnesty, jobs, driver’s licenses, housing, health care, and a bucket of benefits—all at the expense of, you know what I’m going to say, the middle-class American. And how hard is it to further restrict our rights to own and protect ourselves with firearms? Here is a cheerleader effort if I ever saw one. Months ago I nailed the reason we have public shootings—I might have been the first to pitch the idea since everyone was focused on guns and not the criminally insane. Suddenly, I began to hear commentary and reports about the real problem: This is a mental health issue and not a gun law problem. And in many cases, this idea began to be acknowledged by those in the health-care field, and even the hacks in office. Yes, SOCO readers knew (before most others could filter out the calamity and misinformation about mass killings) that restricting dangerous people’s access to guns is more effective than restricting law-abiding citizens’ access to guns, not to mentions that owning guns is our Constitutional right. But the public and media give Obama a
If you don’t know how to fix something, you do as a magician does: throw out a smokescreen, along with a few distractions, and show folks what you want them to see. This tactic was clearly demonstrated by the coverup and negligence in the administration’s response to the Benghazi failure. chance to take the easy way out. If people wish to believe that more restrictions on individual rights will eliminate mass shootings, then who is he to toss over the apple cart and tell the truth? I’m sure he and his advisers are all meeting in the Oval Office laughing about how they just have to sell their ideas to the people who are least informed, and in many cases, the least educated, who often believe a sound bite from Bill Maher is truth. As for the rest of the lowest priorities, they are window dressing. But can you blame people who have absolutely no working knowledge of economics? Who don’t have the capacity to understand the idea that giving people jobs results in a better outcome than supporting them from birth to grave? Obama, as I have explained over and over, either doesn’t like how this country Continued on page 24
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by Cl aire Pavlik Purgus
Q: Should We Demand a Federal Budget from Washington in the Next 90 Days?
n the Prairie of Prax (Dr. Seuss), it happened one day that the NorthGoing Zax and the South-Going Zax both “came to a place where they bumped. There they stood. Foot to foot. Face to face.” The North-Going Zax would not move an inch, and neither would the South-Going Zax. “Never budge” was their rule “if it makes you and me and the whole world stand still.” Sounds just like the Democrats and Republicans in recent years. Never budge. The US Senate is a great case in point. Since 2009, our senators have not been able to agree on a budget resolution. Let me try to explain. Each year by the first Monday in February, the president of the United States is supposed to submit a federal budget proposal for the next federal fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30. The House and Senate Budget Committees then review the president’s budget proposal and write their own budget resolution, which they submit to their respective House and Senate members in early April. This budget resolution, which may or may not resemble the president’s proposal, is a blueprint for later appropriations bills—12 of them—which outlines and authorizes spending. Both the House and the Senate are supposed to agree on and pass a budget resolution to pave the way for appropriations. All 12 new appropriations bills are supposed to be approved by Congress and the president by the time the new fiscal year begins in October. Historically, and recently—since April 2009—this budget process hasn’t played out so smoothly. “In the past 26 years, Congress and the president have agreed to a year-long budget only three times, in 1989, 1995 and 1997, according to a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service,” 16 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
says ABC News. When Congress can’t agree on a federal budget, continuing resolutions (CRs) and stopgap measures are taken periodically to temporarily renew spending and appropriations and manage other issues. That’s what we’ve been seeing over the years since President Obama took office, but it’s nothing new. CRs have been used to keep the federal government running well before now. Writing for the IBM Center for the Business of Government, senior research fellow John Kamensky says appropriations bills have been late and CRs used for 135 years. If there’s a difference, it may be that our two most powerful political parties are at loggerheads. Democrats want the budget one way and Republicans want it another way. There’s been a standoff and a standstill; that’s harmful to the US and global economies. When we don’t have a new federal budget each year and appropriation spending happens in fits and starts, agencies, organizations, and operations that depend on federal funding have trouble preparing their own budget plans and acting effectively to achieve their missions. Kamensky writes about a research report by University of Maryland budget expert Dr. Philip Joyce called “The Costs of Budget Uncertainty: Analyzing the Impact of Late Appropriations.” In it, Kamensky says, Joyce lists the ways agencies and others that receive federal funding respond to the uncertainties of CRs, including initiating hiring freezes and furloughs, forgoing maintenance, and delaying payments. Agencies waste time and money preparing for CRs and shutdowns, and short-term activities meant to be terminated aren’t. These are only a few of the troubles caused by not having a federal budget. Why can’t our Congress-people come to an agreement? Like the North-Going Zax and the
South-Going Zax, Democrats and Republicans haven’t budged much, if at all. The way I see it, Republicans believe the federal budget should be based on spending cuts for what they consider nonessential services. Cut social welfare programs, cut taxes, and logically, they say, the economy will rebound and the deficit will shrink. Democrats believe the federal budget should be based on a mixture of revenue increases and spending cuts. Boost revenues through increasing taxes (or by letting old tax vacations expire), spend on programs that support the health and prosperity of the workforce, cut spending by improving system efficiencies, and logically, they say, the economy will improve and the deficit will shrink. Are these really such stark differences in perspectives that no warm, fuzzy space exists where understanding and agreement can happen, if only for the good of the country? If only. House Republicans feel they are tackling the budget problem by the horns with a new bill called the Plan Act, which would force the Senate to write a federal budget and force the president to write one that is balanced within a decade, or at least show when it will achieve balance. In the Senate, a GOP-written bill that waives the debt limit until the middle of May but also forces both chambers of Congress to write a budget by April 15 or see their salaries withheld passed the Senate 6434, according to Politico writer Seung Min Kim, who also said that “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) predicted that the legislation would pass on a ‘strong, bipartisan’ vote.” Looks like the Democrats and Republicans can break the “no budge” budget rule if they want to. Maybe they can. Maybe they will. Let’s hope. H
by Gene Almy
have a personal budget because I was taught the most basic lessons of economics, and because I personally believe you don’t use someone else’s money to live better than you can afford to on your own. In another life, I worked for a company in Boston as the marketing manager who reported to the vice president of marketing. She was not very competent, a fact I first realized after two weeks under her supervision when she ran into my office with a look of fear on her face and said, “I only have a week to submit our department’s budget…. I’ve never done one before.” With a calming smile, I told her I would take care of the budget. I ended up working every night, including a weekend preparing a comprehensive analysis and financial plan for our upcoming year. The day of the meeting between my supervisor and the executive committee—one that I wasn’t invited to—she came by my office and grabbed the package off my desk. After not hearing anything all day, before I left I dropped by her office to find out the results. Much to my surprise, there was my boss, hands behind her head, looking smooth and relaxed, with a bright smile for me as I entered the room. “We did it; they approved the budget in full,” she said. I smiled and looked down only to notice the first page wasn’t the one I had given her. I guess it was a very important moment for the woman who had changed the cover page, which originally indicated I had completed the budget, replacing it with her name. I learned that budgets are complicated ,and not everyone understands how to build one. Oh, and as a sidebar, she ended up getting fired, and I stayed on a while longer. You can’t continue to lie your way through the corporate world; eventually you get found out.
I tell you this because I believe it illustrates the problem the president and Congress are having: the inability to put together a budget for the past four years. Don’t get me wrong—the president did submit a budget, but it was so poorly done that even members of his own party rejected it. And of course, so did the Republicans. What we have seen from him are wild spending sprees, trillion-dollar deficits, giveaway entitlement programs, excessive travel at the taxpayers’ expense, and a massive health-care program that is going to be funded by those he believes have more than enough money and can afford to kick in some extra. On top of this, he most recently hit the middle class with a tax increase (those who work, of course) while publicly claiming the complete opposite. What is so absurd about the president’s unwillingness to show his hand and make an authentic attempt to reach across the aisle and create a budget proposal that will get our fiscal house in order is that he honestly believes his way is the only way of solving our fiscal crisis. He would rather dig in his heels and force his European, socialist, debt-inducing, health insurance-for-all ideology—at the expense of small businesses and the middle class. While he preaches to his low-information followers, he is always striking out at those who wish to join him at the table and go through a budget proposal, line by line, to cut taxes by eliminating wasteful spending (which there is plenty of); putting dollars into a strong military, Medicare and Social Security funds; stimulating the economy using basic elements of a free market. Behind the president’s unilateral plan for spending your money is a selfish need to right a wrong he believes has been taking place since the founding of this country.
What the president doesn’t comprehend is that you can’t sell, buy, share, or create what it takes to start and run a business. In four short years, Obama has attempted to level what he likes to call the “playing field” for those he believes have been robbed, cheated, and pushed aside by groups and individuals he insists cheated and stole opportunities from those deemed underrepresented. It is as if he is trying to force his own private-sector affirmative action policies into the concept of entrepreneurship and free or private enterprise. These sectors are not normally controlled by government; instead they require personal motivation to determine who is capable of competing, creating, and thriving. They earn their success; it cannot be forced—either they have it or they don’t. What the president doesn’t comprehend is that you can’t sell, buy, share, or create what it takes to start and run a business. It isn’t like taking money from taxpayers and sitting around discussing how to spend it (and taking a little for yourself). If I’m not mistaken, those are called government programs. And even they too have to create budgets. It appears the Republican House must hold the president’s feet to the fire and stop further spending extensions. At the same time, both parties need to get to work and point us in the right direction. Yes, it will be exhausting, but from my vantage point they could all use some exercise running around the halls of Washington instead of being carted around in limos, living lives of royalty. H socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 17
the Good, the Bad & the Appalling
noise So, who are the criminals? A video is circulating on the Internet showing at least three Connecticut police officers swearing at, kicking, and beating the hell out of a helpless individual who had just been incapacitated as a result of being shot with a stun gun. It wasn’t good enough to capture their subject; these reckless protectors of freedom, who were caught in what could be described as a gangster-style attack, seemed to have all been administering punishment to the suspect, a kind of legal happy meal: police, judge, and jury unfolding over a 30-minute time frame. Hey, who needs courts when you have legal vigilantes? Naturally, there is going to be an investigation, but what makes no sense is that these bums in blue are going to be pulling desk duty while their fate is determined—how about just watching the tape? Just when you think all those video cameras are going to invade our freedom, they spin around on the tripod and catch some real bad guys who hide behind the shield. Free ride If you’re illegally residing in the state of Massachusetts, you must be loving life. You have a governor who can’t do enough for you. In-state tuition, Medicaid, EBT cards—for everything but the intended purpose—and the list goes on; but the rtop prize is getting closer. Everyone is looking to get the platinum reward: a valid driver’s license. If the commercials are correct, this illegal move will give non-US residents legal residence and privileges that will set them free to move about the country and live large without an ounce of responsibility or tax liability. Oh, we know they pay sales tax—but big #%*!*#*deal! Who is paying all the other taxes? Looking at history, people came to the United States for opportunity, not handouts 18 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
“I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.” - Frederick Douglass
and welfare. And so, Governor Patrick, why do you insist on doing the opposite of what American citizens want?
the airwaves with commercials—after 11 p.m., of course—to attract those who might be feeling frisky late in the evening. From what we’ve seen, these things could be used just about anywhere and at any time. So, if you see someone with her eyes closed and her back beginning to arch on a plane, bus, train, or in a movie or meeting, walk away.
Truth or dare? A recent report in the New York Post claims the posers who occupied Wall Street, and perhaps other locations around the country, aren’t who they portrayed themselves to be. A shout-out to… We The story took aim at want to thank Ruth the fact that as many as Brown from Carver, one-third of the protestMass., who sent our opers came from homes ed writer John Chase the where incomes are above following message: “A+, $100,000, and some 66 100% pure gold—the percent are employed article John wrote professionals. entitled Make Mine Research by ProfesSweet is an important Thanks! sor Ruth Milkman message and delivered in of CUNY’s Joseph A. Murphy Institute such an interesting manner.” Ms. Brown for Worker Education and Labor Studies also took the time to turn our January cover claimed the protesters were from a “pretty into a beautiful envelope to deliver her affluent demographic, and highly educated.” message. She went on to say “many were the children This is a keeper. And Madam, not only do of the elite, if you will.” you have good taste, you are highly creative Others claim that approximately 76 per- and thoughtful. cent of the occupiers were college educated, Keep them coming. male, and white. Ungrateful, but worse—untruthful Who says “Noise” isn’t fun? For In our November 2012 issue we did a story those who love the most intimate of personal on filmmaker Dennis Michael Lynch. We pleasures, the University of Minnesota is tossed him the most coveted placement of hosting an event this spring that will attempt any publication—we put him on the cover. to instruct women of all ages in the art of At the time, we questioned why he wasn’t achieving greater and more satisfying catching the attention of the Main Street orgasms. media. It seemed many were passing on The school is opening the course to both what looked like a good catch. male and female students, and wishes to We now understand why he is being make the time you spend alone more memo- shunned by the media and film festivals. rable and exciting. In a Google search of SOCO, we were On a similar note, Trojan, the maker of shocked to find out Lynch decided to throw just about everything to do with sex, is mak- us under the bus—without any cause or facing a major push to get its new Touch Per- tual information. sonal Pocket Vibrator to market by filling After examining his rant, it seems Lynch
may lack comprehension skills, or believes it is appropriate to rewrite an author’s story. Here are the details: A couple of Dennis, You months after the got it wrong; feature ran, Lynch it wasn’t our posted on his blog (without ever noerror, it was tifying us) that he was honored yours. to be on the cover of SOCO, but then immediately went on to accuse the author of mistakes and misquotes. Further insult came when he remarked that “responsible journalism is dead.” He erroneously wrote we couldn’t get our facts together, stating: “In the article, they mention I’m currently the founder and CEO of a computer company….I left the company 14 years ago.” Lynch went on to say it doesn’t really matter and it might not have any relevance to the story (he’s right about that), but it is untrue. You see, Lynch added the word “current” into the piece, not the writer. The struggling filmmaker then made this paranoid claim: “I’m willing to bet that most of what gets fed to us from the media has some level of inaccuracy.” Boring. The rant continues, “Quality is the price we pay for speed” and fact checking is too time consuming. Yet he doesn’t, and certainly can’t, pinpoint a single error in our story. Hey, Lynch, remember we e-mailed you the questions so you knew what was coming? Everything we printed was directly from his document, assuring journalistic integrity. Your capitalization of the word ACCURACY is the problem in your ridiculous blog. You got it wrong; it wasn’t our error, it was yours. In the end, we still believe the ingrate’s story has value, and the film seems to get some very important information across to its audience. As far as courting the media, you might want to play nice in the future. Good luck. H
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If you change your mind, I’m the first in line; Honey, I’m still free, take a chance on me.... -ABBA
ike the singer in the ABBA song, many unloved stocks are available, although not quite “free.” Some investors believe that a stock trading far below its 52-week high will return to the 52-week high. There is no empirical truth to this belief. There is no magic associated with a particular stock price. The price reflects what investors believe at a point in time. However, the contrarian idea of investing in out-of-favor stocks has some merit. Over long periods of time, value (cheaper) stocks tend to outperform growth stocks. Academics attribute this outcome to the higher risk of value stocks, not market inefficiency. Nevertheless, investors look for ways to exploit perceived inefficiencies. One popular strategy is the “Dogs of the Dow.” This strategy consists of buying the 10 highest dividend yield stocks of the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the start of the year and selling them at year end.(We are not aware of any trademarks associated with this stock selections strategy.) It has worked fairly well, but it does not beat the S&P 500 consistently. The market is difficult to beat. We used a contrarian concept to examine the performance of the 10 worst (in terms of total return) S&P 500 stocks over the past five years. Some stocks performed poorly, while others were strong. However, an equal weighted portfolio of the 10 worst stocks of 2008 had a total return of +83 percent in 2009; the S&P 500 was up +26 percent. The 10 worst of 2009 returned +48 percent in 2010; the S&P was up +15 percent. The S&P 2010 “Dogs” portfolio was down 8 percent in 2011; the S&P 500 returned +2.1 percent. In 2012, the 2011 “Dogs” were up +24 percent; the S&P 500 gained 17 percent. Although these results are interesting, investors should not believe the Holy Grail of stock picking has been discovered. This strategy is extremely risky. It is a concentrated bet on a very few stocks and stock sec20 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
tors. Also, no costs are included. The strategy happened to work well three out of four years. We also examined a negative year. The S&P 500 returned -37 percent in 2008; the 2007 “Dogs” returned -68 percent. The strategy failed badly in 2008. The 10 worst-performing S&P 500 stocks of 2012 are presented below. We do not recommend the purchase or sale of these stocks. We merely list them with brief descriptions and characteristics. Apollo Group, APOL, Price $20, P/E 6, yield 0 percent; 2012 return -61 percent. The stock reached a high of $94 in 2004. The company provides online and on-campus educational programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. The key subsidiary is the University of Phoenix. Advanced Micro Devices, AMD, Price $2.70, P/E (not meaningful, negative earnings), yield 0 percent; 2012 return -56 percent. The stock reached a high of $44 in 2000. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company designs, develops, and sells microprocessor products for servers, desktop personal computers (PCs), and mobile devices. It offers equipment for industrial controls, self-service kiosks, medical imaging, casino gaming machines, telecommunications, etc. Best Buy, BBY, Price $16, P/E (not meaningful, negative earnings), yield 4.3 percent; 2012 return -47 percent. In 2006 the stock peaked at $60 per share. It retails consumer electronics, computers, mobile phone products, entertainment products, appliances, and related services primarily in the United States, Europe, Canada, and China. J.C. Penney Company, Inc., JCP, Price $21, P/E (not meaningful, negative earnings), yield 0 percent; 2012 return -43 percent. The stock reached a high of $87 in February of 2007. Penney operates department stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. It sells apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, beauty products, home furnishings, and personal services.
Hewlett-Packard, HPQ, Price $16, P/E (not meaningful, negative earnings), yield 3.1 percent; 2012 return -43 percent. The stock reached a high of $69 in 2000 and traded at $55 in 2010. It sells products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individuals, small- and medium-sized businesses, and large enterprises worldwide. Allegheny Technologies, ATI, Price $31, P/E 22, yield 2.4 percent; 2012 return -35 percent. The stock peaked at $120 per share in 2007. Allegheny produces specialty metals worldwide via three operating segments: high-performance metals, flat-rolled products, and engineered products. Cliffs Natural Resources, CLF, Price $36, P/E 5.7, yield 7 percent; 2012 return -35 percent. The stock reached a high of $122 in 2008. Cliffs is a mining company based in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a global producer of iron ore pellets, lump ore, and metallurgical coal. Pitney Bowes, PBI, Price $12, P/E 4.2, yield 12 percent; 2012 return -34 percent. The stock reached a high of $73 in 1999. The Stamford, Conn., company provides communication software, hardware, and services. Dell, DELL, Price $13, P/E 9, yield 2.4 percent; 2012 return -30 percent. The stock peaked at $60 per share in 2000. It designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports desktop and mobile products, including notebooks and desktop PCs. Electronic Arts, EA, Price $15, P/E 327, yield 0 percent; 2012 return -29 percent. The stock peaked at $71 per share in 2005. EA develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video games. Again, investing in these 10 stocks is highly risky. It will be interesting to see if they were worth “taking a chance on” in 2013. Coastline Trust does not promote trading of these securities but does have positions in a few of these stocks. H
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was founded and those who organized it, or has some deep-seated anger at what he believes to be an imbalance between those who wish to be independent and those who cling to government handouts, excessive laws, and the sweet taste of mother’s milk in the form of free services and money. Anyone with true desire and determination to turn this country around would immediately stop the erratic and unconscionable spending this president is so fixated on continuing. The recent tax increases need to immediately be halted and reversed. A freeze on all government spending needs to take place. The president must submit a budget to Congress cutting the enormous amounts of waste from programs that only employ people and do nothing to help those for which the services are intended. Programs that make people earn food stamps, fuel assistance, and everything else must be instituted and monitored. A work ethic must be instilled in all Americans, not just the 45 percent who seem to be pulling the cart loaded with the other half. As a country we are divided,
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and most of it looks like this: 10 percent are very wealthy, politically connected, or both in many cases; 45 percent are working to keep things going like mules who carry the other 45 percent, 10 percent of whom actually have real needs and require government support. These are the elderly and sick, and no one has ever suggested taking anything away from them. There is an entire group of people with an entitlement mentality, and regardless of the economy, they will not pull themselves out of the trough of handouts and freebies. Most Americans believe it will take 10 to 11 years to break out of this lack of prosperity, or, as some call it, the ongoing recession. And why might that be? Because as long as Obama continues his prestidigitation, also known as sleight of hand, with his house of cards, he will not make the necessary decisions to turn our economy around. Rather, he will continue this financial stagnation. Yes, the stock market is hitting new highs, but I’m not benefiting. My house is worth less than I owe, my taxes went up a month ago, and I can just about afford fuel.
As long as Obama continues his prestidigitation, also known as sleight of hand, with his house of cards, he will not make the necessary decisions to turn our economy around.
I’m screwed. Thank you, Mr. President, but with all due respect, you have it all wrong and unfortunately you refuse to listen to reason and logic. H
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SOCO READER PROFILE: LOYAL AND WELL TRAVELED We sometimes hear questions like: Who reads your magazine? Why do you put in the types of stories you do? Do you really believe people love fashion enough to publish it in every issue? Answers: (1) Everyone. (2) It’s what our readers want. (3) Everyone loves fashion, photography, or an attractive woman—why else would we spend so much money bringing fashion to our readers? Once again, SOCO photojournalists were in New York City for Fashion Week, and while scoping out the vast and oftentimes intimidating venue, they noticed a few people who stood out. What really got their attention was a rolled-up copy of the magazine under the arm of one of the attendees. What an opportunity to get to know some of our readers a little better! Our staffers introduced themselves to the trio and interviewed them about their interests and reading preferences. Here are the stories they brought back.
Reader #1 Verena Mei Profession: Professional race car driver Residence: Los Angeles, Calif., and Littleton, N.H.
We notice you have a SOCO magazine with you. Tell us a little more about that.
Alberini: I read it all the time. It’s the best magazine in New England. Mei: I love the fashion section. It’s the first place I go to in the magazine. It has such beautiful photography. White: I was introduced to it in my hometown and pick it up every month. Do you follow the stories and events that are published in the magazine?
Mei: The magazine is so high-end, something that New England never had before. Like, who is going to know about this event unless SOCO reports it? Alberini:I follow the food and fashion sections because they really catch my attention. I love the whole thing because they keep me informed of world and national events and opinion, and there really isn’t anything else like it. White:We’re all here because of SOCO. You can’t keep seeing all the excitement without wanting to be part of it. Are you enjoying yourselves?
Alberini: This is unbelievable—it is so much fun! Mei: I’m so happy I learned about Fashion Week. It is a strong female attraction; everyone is either a model or looks like one. It’s incredible. Reader #2 Emshika Alberini Profession: Entrepreneur and restaurateur Residence: Littleton, N.H.
Would you consider other events that SOCO supports and reports on ?
White:Of course they know what is going on and who their readers are. Like someone said, how in the world would you find out about this kind of thing? Mei: If it’s in SOCO, I’m there. Alberini: I love SOCO. Will you put us in your magazine? We’ll see.
Reader #3 Darrien White Profession: Adventurer Residence: Littleton, N.H.
This is obviously a very small sample of our readers, but it is a valuable one for us. Being able to do a miniature focus group allows us to dig deep into our demographic. Hopefully, we can do this again; it wasn’t just informative, it was also a lot of fun. A big thank-you to our friends Verena, Emshika, and Darrien. H socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 27
ashion designer Demi Choonmoo Park was born in Kimje, Korea, where her family owned a childrenâ€™s apparel company. A happy fixture in her fatherâ€™s factory and showroom, Park was fascinated by the transformative and reflective nature of clothing and hence, her love of fashion was born. After her family moved to Seoul, Park attended Hong-Ik University, where she majored in industrial design, followed by the Kookje Fashion School where she studied fashion design. Her industrial design roots are evident in her fashion designs and have defined her compelling aesthetic. Park has been at the forefront of Korean avant-garde design since 1988, when she launched her label DEMOO PARKCHOONMOO. Subsequently, she launched her eponymous line, PARKCHOONMOO. Responding to high demand, the designer opened her first retail store in 1988 in trendy Apgujungdong (Korea) and expanded quickly into other Asian markets. Since then, her designs have become iconic of a modern, architectural and yet fluid style. Underlying her edgy but
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t can be a thankless and neverending job, but someone has to do it. Removing tires, safely disposing of medical waste, and picking up pounds of trash are the yearly charges of local officials and volunteers, but somehow, roadsides never seem to be rid of the clutter. Each year, millions of tourists flock to New England, for scenic foliage drives in the fall and skiing excursions in the winter, from the White Mountains to oceanside Cape Cod summer getaways and year-round trips to historic monuments and museums; the highways spanning New Hampshire and Massachusetts serve as the gateway to perennial enjoyment. 36 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
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While many locals drive instinctively down these often-traveled roads without a glance to the left or right, visitors and more observant residents out to enjoy a ride easily notice the not-so-delicate pattern of litter, junk, and general rubbish alongside the roadways. Crews, both paid and volunteer, take to these areas throughout the year with bags and litter sticks; however, in many areas, particularly on southern Massachusetts highways, it seems not to make a dent. “It’s a never-ending job,” says John Birtwell, a spokesman for the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department in Massachusetts. The sheriff’s office is charged with sending out crews throughout the year, especially along routes 3, 44, 495, and other tourist-
heavy roads, says Birtwell. “We are the front door to the Cape and national attractions,” he says. “Crews are always busy with trash pickup.” As soon as the snow melts, they will be out picking up the winter surprises, says Birtwell, explaining that crews are made up of volunteers from local correctional facilities. Local courts also send out people working off misdemeanor charges. “We have inmates serving certain months or years; they go out as part of our pick-and -stick program,” says Birtwell. He adds that two crews of six to eight inmates plus deputies will head out in a van to canvass areas in need of sprucing. During the slower winter months, correctional crews are generally busy with indoor
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for MassDOT. Both the Sponsor a Highway and Adopt a Highway programs take care of the bulk of the Commonwealth’s cleanup duties by donating funds to MassDOT and sponsoring local cleanup crews to do the work. The Adopt a Highway program “is designed to allow civically and environmentally conscious organizations/companies/ groups to contribute to the beauty of the roadways of Massachusetts,” Lavoie said. Nearly 200 groups, including the Boy Scouts, local companies, and churches, adopt 2-mile stretches of “secondary” highways and volunteer their time to keep that area clean from April to November, weather permitting. They are not allowed to work on interstates, high-speed, or high-volume roads due to safety issues. “Sponsor a Highway is a program designed to allow companies and organizations to hire a professional cleaning company to pick litter on designated high-speed, high-volume roads,” says Lavoie. “These professional companies are contracted to pick litter once every two weeks throughout the year up to 24 times a year.” There are two private companies that do the cleanup work: Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation and Litter Removal Service of America. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation has similar adopt and sponsor highway programs, but unlike in the Bay State, correctional crews are used selectively for trash pickup, explains Bill Boynton, public information officer for the New Hampshire DOT. They can more likely be found trimming trees and brush and washing bridges, due to costs and logistics. “We recognized the need for clean streets,” says Boynton. “It’s a balancing act.” The New Hampshire Department of Transportation oversees 4,600 miles of state-maintained highway. That’s a lot of ground to cover, and Boynton credits DOT staff and local volunteers for the cleanup. As in Massachusetts, volunteers take to the streets to pick up trash along lesstraveled roads. For the larger, higher-speed highways, private companies sponsor areas. Many of the volunteers are long-time contributors, says Boynton. “It’s great for volunteer groups to do this service,” he says. The DOT provides bags and vests and trains volunteers on how to
handle hazardous materials before they head out. There are currently around 700 volunteer groups that regularly maintain 1,500 miles of New Hampshire highway; according to Boynton, they picked up around 130,000 bags of trash last year. “We are a tourism-based state,” says Boynton. “The DOT understands the importance of keeping highways clean.” He explains that, although trash pickup isn’t the most important part of the DOT’s core mission, and with budget constraints a constant obstacle, the DOT cleanup crews get out when they can. “We do hear complaints, especially in the spring,” he says, adding that DOT crews do sweeps when prompted, or in response to a motor vehicle accident. New Hampshire roads haven’t seen as much litter in recent years, Boynton credits his staff and volunteers, and the combination of public vanity and public education for the decrease in motorists actually throwing trash out their windows.
Moving forward, he says, only personal responsibility can end trashy highways. The state just doesn’t have the resources to keep them completely clean all the time. Both Massachusetts and New Hampshire have a littering law, enforceable by state and municipal police; the number of violations has dwindled over the years. According to Lavoie, a Massachusetts motorist can lose his license for up to seven days for littering or “knowingly permitting occupants of his vehicle to litter.” In 2009, there were 266 citations issued statewide, says Lavioe. In 2011 there were zero and in 2012 there was only one. She wasn’t able to give a reason for this extreme dip in citations, but one thing seems clear: There are more people who take pride in the appearance of their surroundings, whether they are contributing by throwing their trash in proper receptacles or volunteering their time to beautify the streets. People appreciate the crews that are out there,” says Birtwell. “In terms of my commute, it makes a difference.” H
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“We find this is the highlight term than the entire of our students’ experience— shared adversity but also semester on shore. shared adventure.” We’re learning the Some might say adversity is built into the whole academy equipment; they’re experience; the cadets rise showing us hands on at 5 a.m. for physical trainhow to do our job, ing (optional after freshman year) and wear uniforms. The which is really cool.” school is similar in many aspects to a military academy, and there are options to become officers in different branches of the military after graduation, though cadets can also choose the private sector. The curriculum is weighted heavily toward mathematics and the sciences. “At an age when the number one motivator is their peers, they shave their heads, wear polyester, and wake up at 5 a.m. to study algebra and physics and chemistry,” Gurnon said. Male cadets must shave their heads their freshman year. Female cadets, who make up about 12 percent of the student body, are not required to shave their heads, but must wear a neat hairstyle. Danielle Soar, of Templeton, Mass., chose the academy because of the prospect for adventure and to test her abilities. She said the courses and sea term are challenging, and sea term is uniquely suited to equip the cadets for future careers. “We learn more in sea term than the entire semester on shore. We’re learning the equipment; they’re showing us hands on how to do our job, which is really cool.” A marine engineering major, she traveled aboard the Kennedy last year; this year she is taking winter classes on shore and will be aboard a commercial vessel over the summer. All freshmen go out on sea term. Students majoring in marine engineering and marine transportation, two of seven majors the academy offers, go out to sea each year—three years on the Kennedy and one sailing with a commercial company for an internship just before or during junior year. Evan Balderelli, a senior from Brimfield, Mass., is majoring in marine transportation. On the Kennedy this year he spent a lot of time with the younger cadets. He said some of them had never picked up tools before and needed to learn how to use them properly and safely. Balderelli said the marine transportation majors also learn how to safely navigate on the open ocean and closer to port, using their eyes as well as sophisticated equipment. He said they learn to determine the direction other ships are headed because a ship may be going west but temporarily moving in another direction because of the current or some other factor. Cadets learn many different tasks including working in the engine room and making sure lifeboats are ready for use. Marine transportation majors take the helm and learn to act as the conning officer, the person who correlates information given by other cadets to make decisions about ship direction and speed. Cadets learn contemporary technology and some ancient skills, such as determining the ship’s position from the stars using a sextant. “Cadets pretty much run the ship,” he said. “The ship’s crew is teaching us.” Soar said the engineering majors learn all about the equipment in the boiler room, and the marine transportation majors, called “deckies,” deal with the charts and maps, although all cadets learn a wide variety of tasks.
Shared shipboard adversities include a certain amount of sleep deprivation and seasickness. Balderelli said a lot of the freshmen get seasick, but most recover quickly and are fine unless they hit rough seas. He said earlier this year, about one-third of those on board were sick when a storm kicked up. Soar said she is no stranger to the malady. They have a saying out on the water, she quipped: “There are the people who get seasick and there are the people who lie about it.” Even the sea salts among them have some rough days, as happened last year. “One day we hit huge waves, and everyone got seasick, even crew who have been out to sea for many, many years,” Soar said. Gurnon said there are two things a sea term is about: sea time and academic credit. A total of 300 days on board ship is required to apply for a license to pilot ships of different tonnages. Four sea terms of about 50 days equal those hours; due to the 12-hour workdays, each day counts as a day and a half.
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he honorees are called simply the one hundred. The June event acknowledges the honorees and is also the group’s largest fund-raiser of the year; it raised $1.1 million in 2012. Honorees receive two tickets to the event; other guests pay $500 each. The sixth annual event will be held June 5 at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel. The gala includes a cocktail hour, elegant dinner, and quite often, at least one celebrity. Marquedant said actor Matt Damon has spoken at the event for the past couple of years. The actor pledged his support because of a family connection. While Marquedant expects Damon to be part of the gathering again this year, it depends upon the actor’s work schedule. Each year several honorees share their stories of why they do what they do. Those honored may be doctors, radiologists, caregivers, teachers, philanthropists, or community organizers. They all have stories of why they decided to support cancer research or patient care in a particular way. Dan Santanello and his daughter Kristin were honored in 2012 as philanthropists. In 2011, at the age of 20, Kristin became the first Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center patient to join the Mass General Marathon Team, running in the Boston Marathon. She raised $21,000 for the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, where she still goes for long-term follow-up. At 5 years old, Kristin was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She was treated with chemotherapy for two years. The cancer has remained in remission since that time. During her treatment her father decided to run the Boston Marathon to raise awareness of his daughter’s illness. Santanello ran that race as part of the Mass General Marathon Team each year for more than a decade. “My dad ran 12 consecutive marathons in my honor so he could somehow feel what I was going through,” Kristin Santanello said. The elder Santanello raised $300,000 over the years to support cancer research. He said it was great to be part of the gala and meet other individuals who also feel strongly about helping patients and finding a cure. Santanello called the gala a remarkable evening, from hearing Damon speak to see-
Dozens of committee members help select the honorees—this year more than 700 people were nominated— and plan all the details for the 700 people who attend the event.
“I always knew I wanted to use music to help people.” Lorrie Kubicek (below) “Peter was not afraid of dying— he was afraid of them not knowing him,” Tricia Claudy said of her children, Henry and India (right) and their work done in memory of their father, Peter.
ing the photos and videos portraying many of the honorees’ stories projected on a huge screen in the ballroom. “Kristin was one of their lead stories,” he said proudly. Dozens of committee members help select the honorees—this year more than 700 people were nominated—and plan all the details for the 700 people who attend the event. Some of the funds raised through the gala
help fund the hospital’s HOPES program, which supports patients and their families by providing access to chaplains, art and music therapy, Tai Chi, acupuncture, and massage. One of the recent honorees, Lorrie Kubicek, works as part of the HOPES program. A music therapist, she works with children from infants to young adults, tailoring her approach to each individual. An experience Kubicek had as a teenager Continued on page 86 socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 47
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Duxbury’s Hidden Gem:
The Art Complex Museum Clockwise: Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation, Wind-in-thePines Tea Hut, Shofuan, designed by Kyoto artist Sano Gofu in 1969 and reassembled on the museum grounds in 1975; Rembrandt van Rijn, Netherlands, 1606-1669,Descent from the Cross by Torchlight, 1654, etching; Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848-1933, Magnolia and Wisteria, circa 1900, stained glass; Shaker Armed Rocker, Canterbury, New Hampshire 50 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
by Karena Garrity
f life happens in moments, then the moment Carl Weyerhaeuser rejected his Harvard graduation present and all the luxury and excitement the brand new 1923 Packard promised, he sealed his fate as an art collector and outlined his museum’s legacy. As the story goes, instead of the expensive car, Weyerhaeuser requested Rembrandt’s “The Descent from the Cross by Torchlight.” He got the piece, a Dodge, and the rest—well it’s history. Weyerhaeuser’s family fortune came from wood; his grandfather, Frederick Weyerhaeuser, was the founder of the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. Carl took a different path in life, majoring in English and graduating cum laude; he eventually manifested a fantastical ode to timber. However, his
ode was not written on a sheet of paper, but constructed with flowing curves and walls of wood and glass on 13 acres in the seaside town of Duxbury, Mass. A true “celebration of trees,” the Art Complex Museum (ACM), with its 8,000-piece collection, was destined from the start to be a place to house, display, and collect extraordinary art. The building, constructed on the suggestion of Carl’s wife, Edith Weyerhaeuser, is as interesting as its contents. The ceilings and floors are made of West Coast Douglas fir, and the building features 3,000 square feet of glass overlooking the tree-lined property. Natural light illuminates the space through 84 windows, many of which are works of art in their own right, with unique slopes and curves. However, it is the beautiful Tif-
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fany window, transplanted from the Weyerhaeuser home in Minnesota and gracing the entrance to the Phoenix Gallery, that is the most famous window there. The abundance of windows combined with the rippling roof line and curvature of the building suggests to some a leaf and to others the ocean. Whatever you see, it is obvious the museum not only houses art, but was created and designed by an artist. Ture Bengtz, ACM’s first director, was that creative mind. It was his vision coupled with the skill of architect Richard Owen Abbot that gave birth to the contemporary wood and glass structure. The museum opened in 1971 with a mission to bring art and culture to the public. Today the museum, always free to visit, is home to prints, American paintings, Asian art, Shaker furniture, and an abundant reference library. The museum is still a family endeavor. In 1973, Carl and Edith Weyerhaeuser’s son, Charles Weyerhaeuser, driven by a passion to share his family’s love of art and carry on his parents’ interests, became the museum’s director. He initiated a busy year-round schedule of exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, concerts, classes, educational programs, demonstrations, and tea ceremonies. An annual highlight is the Duxbury Art Association’s Annual Winter Juried Show, on display now through April 28. In its 39th year, this event began as an effort to support and highlight local talent. A group of working artists selects approximately 100 pieces spanning all media of artwork for the exhibition. The artists are predominantly from Massachusetts and other New England states. Explaining how the winter show first took shape, Weyerhaeuser states, “In the early 70s, the DAA [Duxbury Art Association] already had a summer show and wanted to hold one in the winter. When they approached us, we thought it would be great to collaborate with such an important local organization. It has worked out very well because the winter period had been a quiet one for us. It has also led to other alliances, such as with members of The Community Garden Club of Duxbury who interpret paintings in the DAA show for their Blooms at the Complex, which is scheduled for March 23 and 24, this year.” Another popular, annual event at the museum is the spring Student Outdoor
The museum is home to prints, American paintings, Asian art, Shaker furniture, and an abundant reference library. Raku Sonyu, Japan, 1664-1716, Tea Bowl names Eboshi, 1713, black raku-ware
Sculpture exhibit. In past years this exhibit has primarily focused on students from area high schools, but this year will be all about the community’s middle-school students. The museum recently recieved a grant from the Duxbury Cultural Council to create a wall mural of student work for the lobby. According to Laura Doherty, museum communication coordinator, this collaborative project will incorporate images and language created by the students in response to selected objects from the museum’s permanent collection. Students will visit the museum to view the works and then complete their response in the museum’s studio. “We have always enjoyed working with the schools and finding ways to enrich their curriculum. Our education coordinator, Sally Dean Mello, was inspired by a similar program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where students interpret objects from their collection,” says Weyerhaeuser. Pieces of the museum’s permanent collection, on display in the Rotations gallery, will be part of this collaborative project. This collection is rotated often, keeping visitors interested and surprised. A constant presence in the Rotations gallery is a sampling of the Weyerhaeuser family’s Shaker furniture collection, paying homage to American history, representing over a century of Shaker chair production. The museum is currently home to over 600 pieces, and the collection continues to grow. The chairs were all hand-constructed between the first quarter of the 19th century and the 1930s. With an eye to his family’s past, Weyerhaeuser recounts, “My grandmother, Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Sanborn, lived near Hancock Shaker Village and became interested in the Shakers and their works. She was a friend of its founder. My father had been interested in Danish Modern and recognized its similarity to the classic simple
lines of Shaker furniture.” Works from the ACM’s permanent Asian collection, spanning the years 3,000 B.C. to the present, are also on display in Rotations. Traditional tea ceremonies, a very important part of Japanese history are held in the tea hut. In an effort to bring a piece of that rich history to its patrons, the museum re-creates this ancient Asian tradition, steeped with honor and tranquility, with the help of experts who have studied and conducted tea ceremonies for years. The museum’s ceremonies are elaborate spiritual experiences and are scheduled three or four times throughout the year. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum hosts many new exhibits each year. This year, the ACM welcomes The New England Society of Botanical Artists’ From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England. An ambitious show, it features works on paper, including exquisite depictions of seaweed, fungi, wild garden flowers, trees, and shrubs all in the traditional, colorful, botanical style. This exhibit will include artist demonstrations as well as gallery talks about the preservation and promotion of plant diversity. The Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod’s Painting New England in Pastel will also be on exhibit this year showing everything from lobster pots and lighthouses to rough coastlines, changing seasons, and prep schools. It is an artistic portrayal of the people, places, food, flora, and fauna of this distinctive region. Just 33 miles south of Boston and one short mile from the seashore, the ACM has more to offer than art; it is an eye opening experience, and a trip to ancient Japan and historic America, with a little bit of everything in between. For more information about the museum, exhibitions, and tea ceremony dates, go to artcomplex.org. H socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 51
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There’s a lot of hard work behind the band’s success. The band practices every day for an hour and a half, in conditions ranging from 40 degrees to hurricanelike gusts. It’s a strenuous task for many of the band members.
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all it the revenge of the nerds. Students who play in high school and c ol le ge m a rc h i ng bands have long been labeled “band geeks.” But that stereotype is slowly but surely disappearing, as more people realize that marching bands consist not of geeks, but of talented musicians putting on shows of spectacle and sound at the football game or the big parade. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst Minuteman Marching Band (UMMB), aptly nicknamed “the power and class of New England,” has emerged as the largest and arguably most entertaining college marching band in the region. The band is famous for putting on spirited performances of pop tunes in the stands and at halftime of home games for the UMass Minutemen football team. “I enjoy the sense of pride we have in our organization and our traditions,” said Andy Lyczmanenko, a member of the UMMB’s trombone section and equipment staff. “Every time we perform a halftime show, we realize we’re there because of the people who came before us. And they tried to make the band the best possible organization that they could.” In addition to playing at football games, the band performs in other ensembles like the Hoop Band (pep band for the men’s basketball team), Color in the Cage (an indoor color guard group), and a spring concert band for non-music-major performers. It has also become a fixture at parades in the Amherst area and elsewhere. Three decades ago, the UMass band didn’t even have 200 members. These days, it’s nearly 400 strong, making it the largest collegiate marching band in New England. One reason for the band’s healthy membership is that, unlike many other collegiate marching bands, the UMMB accepts woodwind instruments in addition to the traditional brass (like tuba or saxophone). Also, tryouts are not required. The only musicians who must audition to gain entry are percussionists, since there’s a limited number of spots for those players. This aspect sealed the deal for sophomore flute player Claudia Carbone, who chose to attend UMass despite the fact that the school was the most expensive on her list. “The major factor behind this decision was in fact the marching band,” said Carbone. “After watching a few videos of the band and learning that they took woodsocomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 53
winds like myself, I decided that UMass was the school for me.” For nearly as long as UMass has been around (it was founded in 1863), the university has had some kind of marching band. The current version was organized in 1935 by Charles Farnum as a ROTC military band and was called the “Mass Aggie Band” in the early days. The band quickly gained recognition in the region for its innovative use of coed drum majors and the drafting of a band constitution. From 1943 to 1945, the band took a hiatus, as many of its members left the university to serve in World War II. A milestone in the band’s history took place in 1963, when Dr. John Jenkins became band director during tumultuous times. Taking the wealth of knowledge he gained at the University of Michigan, Jenkins pushed the band to greater heights. Many times, Jenkins and the band used their musical platform to present political and ideological messages at the height of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. When Jenkins stepped down in 1977, the university hired George Parks to direct the band. In three decades at Amherst, Parks would become arguably the program’s most influential leader.
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One of Parks’s first moves was to bring in Thom Hannum—a member of the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame and a longtime friend—to lead the percussion section. Thanks to Hannum’s influence, the band boasts one of the more respected drumlines in the nation. Under Parks, the band performed at the 1981, 1985, and 2001 presidential inaugurations. It also played at five Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis. The program’s crowning moment came in 1998, when the UMass Marching Band took home the prestigious Sudler Trophy, the equivalent of winning the national championship at the time. After the success of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Parks worked for years spearheading efforts to build a new on-campus facility for the marching band. His efforts were rewarded when the university broke ground on the current building—named for him—in 2009. Unfortunately, Parks did not live to see the ribbon-cutting ceremony two years later. He died suddenly of a heart attack at age 57 in September 2010 while traveling with the band to Ann Arbor to perform at halftime of the highly anticipated Minutemen
and Michigan Wolverines football game. Stunned by the devastating loss, the band soldiered on to Ann Arbor, where they honored Parks’s memory with an inspired performance in front of throngs of appreciative Wolverines fans. Parks’s unexpected passing was a damaging blow for the program and the university, which named Dr. Timothy Anderson from Fresno State as Parks’s successor in 2011. Today, with the help of Hannum, Michael Klesch, and Frederick Omega Pye, Anderson is moving the band forward while simultaneously honoring its rich past. “It’s a delicate balance,” said Anderson. “Professor Parks touched countless numbers of lives, and his impact is felt in every aspect of our program. As we move forward, the band gradually has less and less members who had Professor Parks as their director. It’s incumbent upon us to ensure that his legacy is not just the name on the building, but that what he established in this band continues.” There’s a lot of hard work behind the band’s success. The band practices every day for an hour and a half, in conditions ranging from 40 degrees to hurricane-like gusts. It’s a strenuous task for many of the band members.
“Balancing my academics with all of my responsibilities is absolutely the biggest challenge,” said Lyczmanenko. “Learning to balance my time has been very important.” Performing can also be stressful, especially during high-profile football games. With thousands of people— including prospective students and high school band members deciding where to play in college—watching in the stands, it’s enough pressure to melt a tuba. “The directors know how hard we work and how stressful it is for us,” said Carbone. “So they do their best to compliment us and raise our self-esteem and relieve some of the tension as we perform.” The band didn’t succumb to the pressure during the recent 2012 UMass football season. Despite the fact that the football team moved up to the top division of competition and played its home games at Gillette Stadium, the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots, the band put on entertaining halftime shows throughout the fall. They got fans dancing in the stands to memorable 1980s tunes, like Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long.” “Apart from the size, what sets us apart is the way we make an audience feel when we perform,” said Alexis Sabol, one of the band’s student managers. “The nature of our performances is to entertain people. By the time we finish our last song, we want our audiences to be standing up in the stands and having just as much fun, if not more, than we are.” As successful as 2012 was, 2013 is expected to be even bigger for the UMass Marching Band. The university is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and the band will be in on many of the festivities. And they’ll be marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time. “That’s something we’re all looking very forward to,” said Anderson. “To see our band in action is to see joy on the field. As long as that continues, our band will be going in the right direction.” So the next time you want to poke fun at those marching bands and call the players geeks, think twice. Then again, for many of these musicians, being labeled a band geek is an honor, not an insult. “It was fun being called a band geek, because I was,” said Carbone. “I lived and breathed band. It was all I did; most of my friends were in it. All of my best friends were in it. It was something fun to do, and there has never been a dull moment. I’m proud to be a band geek. And, hey, who doesn’t love free entry to football games?” H
John P. Axelrod in his study with some items from his collection of Lower East Side artists from the 1980s.
John P. Axelrod
To Be Honored at Sixth Annual AD20/21
ach year organizers of the Art and Design of the 20th and 21st Centuries show present a Lifetime Achievement Award to someone whose career in the world of art and design has spanned the 20th and 21st centuries. Past recipients have included designer Vladimir Kagan, Massimo and Lella Vignelli, interior designer Vicente Wolf, and furniture designer Dakota Jackson. This year the award will go to collector and philanthropist John P. Axelrod of Boston. One of Boston’s most prominent collectors, Axelrod has donated several of his collections over the decades to museums. His collection of American prints from 1900 to 1950 was donated to the Yale University Art Gallery. His massive collection of European and American Art Deco was donated to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where selections from it are on display in the John P. Axelrod Gallery in the new Art of the Americas wing. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston also recently received his donation of an outstanding and important collection of African-A merican artists of the Harlem Renaissance. Axelrod has now fixed his sights on building a major collection of Lower East Side and Graffiti Writer artists of New York in the early 1980s, such as Keith Haring and Crash. The AD20/21 show will be held March 21-24 at The Cyclorama at The Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street, in the South End. Some 50 exhibitors will offer affordable works to museum-quality masterpieces.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented March 21 at the Preview Gala, a benefit for the Boston Architectural College. On Friday, guests will be able to learn how interior designers integrate outstanding pieces into comfortable and functional spaces. Join the panel of design experts for tip and insights. On Saturday, author Judith B. Gura will explain the important movements, forms, and furnishings from the 1950s to the present. A book signing will follow. On Sunday, meet special guest Alfred Pommer of New York City Cultural Walking Tours. Pommer is the author of two books: Exploring the Original West Village and New York’s SoHo. Also, throughout the weekend dealers will hold talks on their respective specialties. support the BAC Gifts made to the Boston Architectural College provide students with scholarships, enhance student learning spaces, and support student services and learning programs. Annual Fund for Vital Projects Provides the college with the resources necessary to fund its highest priorities: financial aid, faculty support, technology upgrades, and facilities. Scholarships Create a new or donate to an existing scholarship. This helps close the gap between what our students can afford and what it costs to educate them. The Legacy Society Legacy gifts are a way to make a personal contribution that provides the BAC with the financial strength necessary to maintain and enhance the college’s success and growth. For more information visit the-bac.edu/ institutional-advancement/ways-to-give. H socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 55
book review What if? It’s hard to believe two small words have the power to dictate life and death. Riding the waves of fate’s unprejudiced, indiscriminate fury, the phrase “what if” encapsulates that single instance, as short as one second, where man’s survival in Mother Nature’s bosom is allowed or disallowed.
A Storm Too Soon Author Michael J Tougias | Reviewed by Terry Thoelke
Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and an Incredible Rescue is a magnificent culmination of many what-ifs. Regardless of one’s religion or philosophy in A Storm Too Soon, author Michael J. Tougias’ lays out a stunning series of what-ifs with such detail as to inspire renewed reverence for the human spirit and its mysterious relationship with fate. The Massachusetts author has written several books in the “true
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survival thriller” genre. What sets him apart from other writers of the same genre is his character-focused narrative written in the present tense. His use of the present tense is ingenious, an armchair riptide in this reading experience—you won’t notice the emotional pull of the story until it’s too late and it has captured you with the energydriven restlessness characteristic of nail-biting tales. File your nails down for this one, even if you aren’t a nail-biter. J.P. is the 57-year-old captain of Sean Seamour II, returning to France where his beloved but uneasy wife awaits him. Accompanying him are Rudy, 62, retired and eager for adventures, and expert “blue water” sailor 31-year-old Ben. A Storm Too Soon is not speculation-based entertainment like The Perfect Storm. Instead, it is the factual recounting of three sailors who survived the unrelenting 80-foot-high waves of Subtropical Storm Andrea in a sailboat and on a damaged raft after the boat sank. It’s the eyewitness account of what happens to people trapped in a hurricane. Tougias tracks the survivors’ voyage to Hell and back in “real time” and describes what our Coast Guard personnel face during rescues. For perspective, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website notes that 1991 Hurricane Grace, the featured maelstrom of the movie A Perfect Storm, averaged waves 37 to 50 feet high with rogue waves hitting 100 feet. Storm Andrea in 2007 had waves that averaged 70 feet high with rogue waves much larger. Tougias furnishes specifics moviemakers can only imagine: In the midst of 80-foot monsters, “Rudy knows he is witnessing something only a handful of people on earth have seen,” and hears the “roar of the wind near the wave tops” chased by the “hissing, snarling noise of the foam passing beneath the raft when they enter a trough.” Because J.P. is an inventor and problem solver, we witness how meticulous, creative, and preventive his preparations are for the Atlantic crossing: “Every screw, rivet, line, seam, porthole, and the rest of what makes up a sailboat has to hold under the assault of the seas.” This scrupulous preparation is of small comfort, however, when “the waves are probing and jabbing for weakness,” the developing storm akin to “a giant shaking and punching the boat to get inside.”
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This nonfiction hallmarks endurance beyond what most of us will ever experience. We learn of the curious incident where Rudy accidentally hits J.P.’s thumb with a hammer and J.P. barely reacts because he can compartmentalize pain due to shocking abuse suffered at the hands of his father when he was 10. When J.P.’s adored stepmother left the family to avoid abuse, his father took advantage of her deep love for young J.P. Hoping a hospitalized boy would bring her back, he poured a kettle of boiling water on the boy’s head. J.P. suffered second- and third-degree burns and was hospitalized for a year. J.P.’s inner strength comes from being physically and emotionally tested beyond measure. The experience explains how J.P. could execute feats of seemingly impossible strength, such as freeing a trapped raft from the side of the sinking boat in the storm’s violent midst while suffering 10 broken ribs. What if 10-year-old J.P. had not suffered as he did? Would he have possessed the stamina to loosen the raft for the sailors years later? A Storm Too Soon is also a striking hom-
a formidable strength age to our Coast Guard. J.P. executes feats of and determination The men participating in seemingly impossible born of rare physithe unbelievable rescue cal and emotional overcame much personal strength, such as challenges. Both surrejection during their early freeing a trapped vivors and rescuers careers. On par with SEALs raft from the side of have a bond of awed and Rangers, these fighthumility as they witers possessed single-track the sinking boat in ness nature’s fury and minds, driven to keep going the storm’s violent admire their fellow until they succeeded in the humans’ courage to Coast Guard. midst while suffering overcome unimagiPilot Nevada describes 10 broken ribs. nable obstacles. his first sighting of an onWhat if someone coming wave and the small else stood in for one black object (raft) halfway up: “Imagine the wave an eight-by-ten sheet of the Coast Guard rescuers that day, or if of paper. Now imagine the raft is the size of one of the rescuers quit in his early struggles a small button, no more than a ¼” across.” instead of forging ahead? What if J.P. hired Even these strongest of men gasp in shock to men other than Ben and Rudy? In the end, see live beings clinging to the tiny raft, sea- the confluence of events and personalities sick themselves from the swirling, gigantic underscores the difference between “coinciwaves and hurricane winds that relentlessly dences” and “small miracles,” and we believe things happen for a reason. Deep within we beat the helicopter. The parallel between the sailors and the know the outcome could have been fatal persevering rescuers is obvious. They share had one what-if changed. H
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mind body & spirit Your resource guide for health, beauty, fitness, and living well
by Rob Saint Laurent, M.Ed. photograph by Otmar Winterlietner
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Beyond the Pill—Low Testosterone
e’ve all seen the commercials. A man is enjoying life on the golf course, lounging by a pool, or strolling with a beautiful woman; in the background, a smooth-talking voiceover pitches the latest male-enhancement product. It’s a revealing fact that more than 13 million men in America suffer from low testosterone; 70 percent report erectile dysfunction and 63 percent report a low sex drive. What’s most interesting is these statistics don’t come from Pfizer or any other male enhancement producer. They come from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). According to the ADA, low testosterone is a typical complication for a man with diabetes. In fact, he is twice as likely to suffer low 58 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
testosterone as his nondiabetic counterpart. Further, according to the Mayo Clinic, with obesity rates at all-time highs, low testosterone is affecting younger men more than ever before. The issue goes beyond performance in the bedroom. In one 18-year study described in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, men with low testosterone showed a 40 percent greater chance of dying from conditions such as heart disease and metabolic disorder. Teaching to the Test Testosterone is the principal male hormone and is produced mainly in the testes. It sustains a man’s reproductive tissues and keys sperm production, maintaining sexual
health. It also promotes musculoskeletal health. As scientists are now discovering, testosterone affects virtually every major health system in the body. Like many underlying causes of disease, low testosterone often goes unnoticed and untreated. There are two types of testosterone: “free,” which is the actual amount of testosterone in the blood that’s not bound to a secondary chemical regulator called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and thus available to work on the body’s tissues, and “total,” which is the entire pool of available testosterone, though not all of it is readily available for use. By conservative medical tests, a healthy level of total testosterone is considered to be anywhere from 260-1,080 ng/dl of blood.
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Keep in mind that many alternative medicine proponents believe a healthy minimum should be 400-500 ng/dl, citing anecdotal evidence of symptoms below the 500 threshold. Also, bear in mind there are many factors that naturally influence testosterone levels. Lifestyle, for instance, can shift levels significantly from week to week and even day to day, on top of normal daily fluctuations. Testosterone production is controlled by a hormonal switch in the pituitary, known as luteinizing hormone (LH). As men age, their testosterone level decreases, while SHBG rises, as LH production is altered. LH is also affected by weight gain and other factors. Thus, the idea that low testosterone comes with old age is true to some extent. Male testosterone normally peaks around age 40, after which a condition aptly called “male menopause” or “andropause” commonly occurs. The culprits? Research points to systemic inflammation, possibly from poor dietary habits, cellular damage within the testes, increasing estrogen levels as men age and typically gain weight (a recurring theme), and greater levels of environmental toxins that mimic the effects of estrogen (BPA), or can damage the brain or nervous system and the hormones they control (MSG and aspartame). Questions by ADAM You can better determine whether you may be exhibiting signs and symptoms of low testosterone with a quick series of questions. This probe, known as Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male (ADAM), is the brainchild of Dr. John Morley, director of geriatric medicine at St. Louis University in Missouri. 1. Do you have a decrease in your libido (sex drive)? 2. Do you have a lack of energy? 3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/ or endurance? 4. Have you lost height? 5. Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life”? 6. Are you sad and/or grumpy? 7. Are your erections less strong? 8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports? 9. Are you falling asleep after dinner? 10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?
If your answer to question 1 or 7 is yes, or if your answer to any three questions is yes, you may be at risk and should discuss the results with your doctor, who may order a simple blood test. Treatment: Conventional vs. Alternative Once a blood test has validated ADAM’s viewpoint and provided a benchmark, there are essentially two approaches to treatment. Conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be an option in the form of a gel, patch, or topical solutions that allow for testosterone absorption and are applied daily, or by direct injection, typically in the upper buttock, usually given every one to two weeks, or a tablet that can be applied to the gum of the mouth, allowing for oral absorption over a 12-hour period, or a pellet that can be implanted in the hip region. Though all are FDA approved, there are pros and cons. HRT can be very effective at raising testosterone levels. After 12 months, patients often observe significant weight loss and a 25 to 30 percent decrease in total cholesterol. Although such results are tantalizing, long-term side effects are still unknown. If you choose to pursue this route, it’s recommended that the prostate, lower urinary tract, and hematocrit be regularly monitored, in addition to testosterone levels. Another option is to support the body’s own testosterone production. I can personally vouch for the increase in strength, muscle, and stamina gained with the use of one natural product in particular. During the Cold War days of the 1970s, Soviet Bloc scientists created a special concentrate of the plant Tribulus terrestris as a secret weapon for their Olympic weightlifters. What came to be known as Tribestan continues to be sold in its original form by a company called Sopharma. Tribestan works, in part, by naturally and safely increasing levels of LH and thereby getting to the root of low testosterone. As with HRT, it’s not a bad idea to monitor blood levels if you supplement with Tribestan. Author Lee Myer of peaktestosterone. com, a recognized authority on the subject of safe testosterone enhancement, offers other evidence-based ideas for increasing free testosterone levels. A low-fat diet, predominantly filled with whole, instead of processed, foods, is the basis of good health regardless of which approach to supplemental testosterone you take. Foods should have minimal artificial additives and pesticides, and should include
Male testosterone normally peaks around age 40, after which a condition aptly called “male menopause” or “andropause” commonly occurs. some natural sterols (egg yolk). They should also include sources of healthy omega-3 and -9 fatty acids (salmon, walnuts, avocado, and olives). Other testosterone-boosting foods include quinoa, cabbage, garlic, and mushrooms. Saturated fat also supports healthy testosterone levels; enjoy a serving of liver and onions (which contain allicin, another testosterone booster). Just remember that no more than 5 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fat. A quality multiple vitamin/mineral is important because magnesium and boron help maintain healthy testosterone levels, while zinc can help regulate DHT and estrogen byproduct. Special antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid, EGCG in green tea, and CoQ10 are also important for protecting against cell damage within the testes. Saw palmetto and pumpkin seed oils can offer added benefit, especially for the prostate and lower urinary tract. However, Myer emphasizes lifestyle above all else. Enough sleep, healthy male competition, and sex, he says, are the foremost natural drivers of testosterone. (I’d like to interject “marital” before sex and keep this discussion clean.) In the end, Band-Aid solutions such as Viagra are generally ineffective because they don’t address the root problem of erectile dysfunction. The penis is loaded with testosterone receptors that depend on adequate amounts of the hormone. Without it, atrophy and weakness occur, not unlike in a man’s biceps. H Rob Saint Laurent, M.Ed., is the author of FitWorks!, a certified master trainer, and founder of leansnack.com.
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eanwhile, vaccine makers were expected to supply the US market with 135 million doses. Influenced by mass promotion and even mandatory directives on vaccination in states like Indiana, 112 million Americans were vaccinated by late 2012, but people are still getting sick. The CDC says the H3N2 virus has been particularly aggressive and is believed to be the cause of many, if not most, of the illnesses. However, according to The New York Times, the US is in the middle of not just one, but three emerging flu or flu-like epidemics: “…an early start to the annual flu season with an unusually aggres-
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provoked by a stressful daily environment; providing the right kind of touch helps to bring one’s attention front and center. Voicing sexual instructions is an act of taking responsibility for one’s experience. In doing so, a partner practices clear boundaries, which helps to foster the best kind of sexual experience, an emotionally safe one. Doing so communicates that “my experience is important enough that it must be understood and respected.” Vocalizing needs and wants in and outside the sexual arena is a way to be a powerful partner. Being able to ask for what you want is the practice of “showing up.” While it is uncomfortable for many, it is a stepping stone on the path to overcoming discomfort, embarrassment, and body shame. Partners who achieve success in this area know themselves and their bodies well. Some guidance and instructions are vital, especially when an activity produces discomfort. Shared delicately and responded to swiftly, such a moment is an opportunity to show care. Giving good instructions may eliminate the necessity of having difficult, potentially damaging conversations. Throughout a sex life, if the lover is directly praised when successful at pleasing, instructions will be less needed. Communication between lovers during sex happens verbally and nonverbally. When partners generously vocalize their pleasure with sounds, less verbal communication is needed. But some partners, by being quiet, restrict the flow of important information that leaves the other in the dark about mutual satisfaction. Not all lovers are created equal, and some are less sensitive to touch, speed, pressure, and motion than others. When sex play is not going well, both momentarily and chronically, negative emotions build. Couples challenged with sexual dysfunction are particularly susceptible. Giving instructions contains the danger of conveying built-up negative emotions in the form of criticism, anger, frustration, and blame. Tone and voice inflection may subtly express these. So when instructions are shared, the risk of causing hurt is high. It is so high that many couples abandon sharing instructions altogether to avoid the danger. So offer instructions with great care, as they may be interpreted as, “You don’t know what you are doing” or “You are not a good lover.” Insecure lovers have difficulty distinguishing well-intentioned instructions from criticism of sexual skills. It is normal and helpful for lovers to guide each other. To keep the possibility of a damaged sexual encounter low, follow these suggestions: Check in with each other by making an agreement about including or excluding the giving of instructions, so you are both on the same page. All instructions are best if expressed in a positive way. Instead of “Not like that!” say, “Can you please do that differently?” Asking permission to give instructions can lower the risk of hurt: “May I describe what I’d like?” Avoid commanding tones. Talk about what you like instead of what the partner is failing to do. Using a past example may be helpful, as, “When you did this it felt really nice....” The less unintended hurt during sex the better. The goal is to be a synchronized team for maximizing your mutual pleasure. H Andrew Aaron, LICSW is a sex and relationship therapist who practices in the New Bedford Seaport.
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e e l i n g ove r work e d ? Overstressed? Are you tired ? A n x ious ? You aren’t alone. Recent reports indicate that Americans work 499 more hours p e r ye a r t h a n t he i r French counterparts, and stress levels felt by Americans are unheard of in European countries. These days, the demands of life are greater than ever before. Adults are working longer hours, going on fewer vacations, and feeling the weight of providing for families in a lessthan-amicable economic climate. Teenagers are feeling it, too. America’s youth are under constant pressure to perform at levels above and beyond what was expected of their parents and grandparents. It seems not to matter what the age: Americans are faced with the need to produce and perform in today’s fast-paced society and, as a result, are reaching beyond cups of coffee and cola to get them through the day. Energy drinks have rapidly become the go-to method of jumpstarting early mornings, charging afternoon pick-me-ups, and fueling all-nighters. Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar, and 5-Hour Energy are just some of the more popular brand names being marketed today and bringing in millions in profits each year. Although energy drinks have been around for decades, it wasn’t until 2001 that the market really started to take off, bringing in nearly $8 million in retail sales. Over the next four years, the industry grew exponentially, totaling some $3 billion in 2005, according to a report released in 2006. In the United States, Red Bull was the first mainstream energy drink on the market and is still among the most popular today. It was first launched in Europe in 1987 and came to the United States in 1997. Last year alone, around 5 billion cans and bottles of Red Bull were consumed across the world. About 30 billion cans have been consumed since Red Bull was created 25 years ago, according to Patrice Radden of the Red Bull Media House. Monster first came on the market in 2002 and is credited as the first drink to come in a 16-ounce can, twice the size of the original Red Bull. Over the years, many other brands have come on the market, such as Full Throttle, Burn, AMP Tall Boy, Nos, Crunk, Lost Perfect, Red Jak, Savage, Rooster Booster, and
Sobe No Fear. Cocaine Energy Drink was introduced in 2006, but was pulled from shelves in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because it was marketed as both a street drug alternative and a dietary supplement. The energy-drink trend has continued to grow, with high school and college students using the drinks to stay awake longer to study and adults using them to make it through morning meetings and long days at the office. The drinks have also become popular mixers for various liquors. As the industry expands, Americans are becoming more and more hyper-caffeinated; and despite reports of the supplements’ dangerous caffeine levels, the demand is nowhere close to declining. The FDA’s CFSA N Adverse Event Reporting System gathered data on 5-Hour Energy, Monster Energy, and Rockstar from January 1, 2004, through October 23, 2012, and recorded dozes of cases related to the
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which tracks drugrelated ER visits, has found that energy drink-related visits are also on the rise. The administration recorded 10,068 ER visits in 2007 and 20,783 in 2011. According to the study, about 60 percent of the patients were seeking help with adverse reactions to the energy drink alone, while 27 percent had also taken prescription drugs. About 13 percent of patients had downed energy drinks and alcohol, and 10 percent had combined energy drinks and illegal drugs. Teenagers and young adults were most likely to end up in the ER. Mark S. Link, MD, a cardiologist at Tufts Medical Center, said the problem is there is very little research into the potential risks of energy drinks. Most of the data available are not specific to energy drinks, but caffeine in general, said Dr. Link, who is the codirector of the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, director of the Center for the Evaluation
Energy drinks contain large amounts of caffeine, some even exceeding 500 milligrams, which is equivalent to 14 cans of common caffeinated soft drinks. According to the report, a lethal dose of caffeine is considered to be 200-400 milligrams. consumption of the beverages, from nonserious illness to disability, hospitalization, and death. During that time frame, 18 deaths were recorded, and although the FDA cannot confirm that energy drinks were directly responsible, the agency is continuing to investigate all reports of illness, injury, or death of people who took products marketed as “energy drinks” or “energy shots.” The agency said the report represents a small fraction of the adverse events, since many go unreported, and also noted that it is investigating potential health risks associated with the caffeine content of these beverages. Meanwhile, the FDA advises consumers to talk with their health-care providers before using any product marketed as an “energy shot” or “energy drink.”
of Heart Disease in Athletes, director of the Adult Heart Station, and codirector of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) Center. Energy drinks on the market today contain carbonated water, some vitamins, sugars, and a number of nonnutritive stimulants, such as caffeine, guarana, ginseng, taurine, and glucuronolactone, an organic metabolite that occurs naturally in the body and is said to boost energy. Guarana is a plant extract that contains caffeine; one gram of guarana is equal to approximately 40 milligrams of caffeine. Taurine is an amino acid that supports neurological development and helps regulate the level of water and mineral salts in the blood. A 16-ounce can of Monster contains 1,000 milligrams of taurine, 200 milligrams of ginseng, and 2,500 milligrams of an socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 69
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natural supplement also known as ma huang, which was found in diet and performanceenhancing drinks marketed largely to college athletes, after the February 2003 death of Baltimore Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler was linked to ephedra. Dr. Link said because of the lack of research and testing, it’s unclear whether other amino acids or vitamins found in common energy drinks are bad for consumers or not. Since the products are not a medicine, but a supplement, the manufacturers can claim anything, he said, and the ingredients in the products are also not tested for effectiveness or safety.
He said he has seen cases at Tufts Medical Center involving energy drinks, one in particular of a 20-year-old male who drank three energy drinks before pulling an all-nighter for test taking, and who subsequently developed a life-threatening arrhythmia and needed ablation surgery. “We’ve all seen cases like this,” said Dr. Link, explaining that the culprit is predominately the high levels of caffeine in the drinks. “I have doubts the other ingredients do anything.” By and large, caffeine risks come down to individual sustainability, said Dr. Link.
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“Some people have one cup of coffee and get jittery,” he said, adding that eventually everyone will feel the effects. Dr. Link said he recommends energy drinks in moderation. “We don’t say, ‘Don’t drink coffee.’ We say, ‘Don’t drink a pot,’” he said, explaining that consumers should note how much caffeine is in an energy drink and use that as a guide. As far as taking the drinks off the market, Dr. Link said that he feels the manufacturers should prove their claims on the products’ safety, particularly since these drinks are being consumed by children and mixed with alcohol. “Mixing [energy drinks] with alcohol so you can stay awake longer while drinking…that’s a real problem,” said Dr. Link. In today’s energy-driven society, these drinks are readily available and are being marketed to the younger generations. Dr. Marcie Schneider of Greenwich Adolescent Medicine in Connecticut and one of the lead authors of the recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, said the drinks are marketed to kids, from the crazy fonts to the loud music on websites and commercials and the invitations to join the “clubs” — it just seems cool, she said, and what is further cause for concern is how difficult it is to find out what is actually in the drinks. “Athletes see ‘energy’ and think, ‘It will be good for me.’ No,” said Dr. Schneider, “you need electrolytes replaced, not caffeine.” Furthermore, caffeine is addictive and accelerates bodily functions, both of which are detrimental for developing children. “How you respond to caffeine is weight dependent,” she said, adding that at least with coffee, you know what you are getting. With energy drinks, you have no idea, she said. The purpose of the report, which was published in AAP’s journal, Pediatrics, was twofold, said Dr. Schneider. First, they wanted to clear up the confusion between sports drinks and energy drinks, and second they wanted to explain their position as to why energy drinks should not be consumed by children and educate parents and kids on the dangers. According to Radden of the Red Bull Media House, “Red Bull consumption is driven by situations, not socio-demographics. Red Bull Energy Drink can be enjoyed by all kinds of people—truck drivers, businessmen, athletes, and college students.” Furthermore, she said, Red Bull “can appropriately be consumed at the same age as coffee. People have different sensitivity to caffeine, and the daily consumption of [Red Bull] should be generally similar to that of coffee. We do not recommend [Red Bull] to children or any other caffeine-sensitive individuals.” Radden said energy drinks help improve concentration and reaction time: In a sense, they give you energy and enable the body to function at higher levels even in situations of mental and physical strain. “Numerous scientific studies in the fields of sports medicine, internal medicine, and psychology confirm the claims made for Red Bull,” she said. “All scientific studies are peer-reviewed, published, and can be found in public databases. These studies indicate that Red Bull produces a significant increase in both physical performance and cognitive functions.” In response to reports of the dangers of energy drinks, Radden said that Red Bull is available in 164 countries “because health authorities across the world have concluded that it is safe to consume.” As with all products on the market today, it comes down to individual responsibility and being a smart consumer. The key is edification, said Dr. Schneider. “Be educated with what you are putting in your body.” H
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ver the last five or six months, I’ve received relatively few comments that challenge my take on the restaurants I’ve reviewed in secret; and while I certainly don’t mind differing opinions, I find it strange that all the criticisms of my reviews have a similar thread running through them: that servers should be cut slack—even when they don’t do their jobs properly. You can’t imagine the excuses people have come up with in defense of the poor servers I have written about. As a result, rather than report on a particular restaurant this month, I thought it might be advantageous to take a step back and make an effort to better understand why some people appreciate the words of wisdom found here, and others ignore simple facts of food service. I should begin with my experience. Over my lifetime I have been successful at each and every job I have ever performed in the restaurant business. I have been a dishwasher, buser, prep and line cook, waiter, host, bartender, manager,
consultant, and last a food critic. There are in as any other diner would, hoping to be few jobs in the business I haven’t had. treated well, to enjoy food that someone Because of this vast experience, I have a has taken pride in preparing, and to leave unique understanding of how the “front” with the feeling that the entire experience of the restaurant differs from the “back.” was a good value. I have also met some of the finest chefs in However, I’m often disappointed, not by the US and dined on the kitchen staff or their fare, and the the meal, but by an People should expect rubber hits the road uninterested or poorthe person they will when chef and server ly trained server. are on the same page I don’t look to tip at the end of the with the same goals evaluate or discrimimeal to be pleasant, in mind: to get the nate against those order correct, get who have not had informative, and the meal cooked the opportunities I knowledgeable. and plated, and get have enjoyed, but I it to the diner with a do pay close attention pleasant and profesto whether or not my sional attitude. servers have the most basic skills required to Over my career I’ve spent hundreds of be successful. Those skills include handling thousands of dollars on food, from cookies food properly, demonstrating cleanliness from a child’s roadside business to multi- and hygiene, and displaying the necessary course wine dinners running hours long social skills and etiquette to effectively repwith a tab to match. resent someone else’s livelihood and accept When I evaluate a restaurant, I don’t the fact that I owe them nothing in the form begin with any preconceived notions. I go of a tip until they have earned it. socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 73
Think about it for a moment. Does anyone want to see a piece of bread hit the floor and then be returned to the bread basket? Or, watch the basket at the table next to you be refilled throughout the evening, using the same napkin, with fresh bread piled on top of a collection of crumbs belonging to dozens of strangers? As customers, should we expect our flatware to be handled by the part that will eventually enter our mouths? Is it any wonder that the most recent flu epidemic has been so serious and widespread? And I can’t think of anything worse than servers with long hair who style it all night with their hands, or servers who use the lavatory and don’t visit the sink before going back to work. Perhaps the owners don’t train their staff properly, or the restrooms lack hot water (which is often a problem and should be reported to the local board of health). People should expect the person they will tip at the end of the meal to be pleasant, informative, and knowledgeable. He or she should say “hello,” “thank you,” “you’re welcome,” rather than “hi,” “not a problem,” “it’s cool.” Slang is OK when you’re tailgating with your friends, but servers need to rise to the occasion and, as
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hard as it might seem, impress the customer. Finally, those who take on the job of meeting the owner’s customers should realize the importance of that role. Those people often determine whether the customer returns or not. They are the gateway to the chef and kitchen. They must have knowledge of the business and every item on the menu. They need to take responsibility and understand they are paid, by way of a tip, based on performance. Many in the younger generations believe they are winners because their teachers and parents told them they are, but things are changing, and if they don’t keep their guests happy, there is a good chance they will be tipped at the low end. Smart restaurant owners are now experimenting and investing in computer software that evaluates servers against the size of the check and the amount of their tips. This new and exciting capability allows restaurant owners to give their top performers the best sections and hours, leaving the rest to those who don’t make the grade. This new program is being introduced to chains, and will hopefully soon become available to single-location operators. I’m not sure of the cause of the apathy,
lack of interest, or neglect some demonstrate. But I am sure that because business is so tough, smart restaurant owners are canning underperformers and making better offers to those with experience who take pride in their work. Since I began this column I have had some very good and very bad servers, and a few of you object when I point out the bad apples who are scaring customers away. For those of you who dislike your job waiting tables, I suggest you find another career before I show up at your shift. If you put effort into your work, you’re not only going to have fun with me, you’ll make very good money—that’s a promise, as many have found out. As for those who just want their money, I pity you because I am one person who doesn’t feel guilty handing my server a note explaining why he or she got stiffed or received only a 10 percent tip (excessive in some cases). It’s time for people to take responsibility, and I can’t think of a better place to start than at work, especially in a restaurant where reward goes hand in hand with effort. I’ll be watching you. H
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details, all ingredients are natural (and often organic), and hours are spent prepping and creating flavorful and visually appealing appetizers, entrees, and specials. Chang Thai Café boasts some of the finest Thai food around. 77 Main St., Littleton, N.H. 603.444.8810 Dublin’s Bar & Grille An Irish pub meets sports bar. The atmosphere is comfortable and the food is good. Offering small plates, salads, pizzas, burgers, and more. The restaurant is open until 11 p.m. and the bar is open until 2 a.m. 1686 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, Mass. 774.202.0226 Fall River Grill It’s relaxed, delicious, and affordable— three good reasons to make your way to Second Street in Fall River. Old-World Portuguese cuisine prepared with a light hand means these dishes are not as heavy as the old school version might be. Be sure to try the goat cheese—it’s the best around—and the flan is perfection. 363 Second St., Fall River, Mass. 508.673.9151 Gyspy Cafe This unique eatery serves up some of the most creative dishes in the White Mountains. From Ethiopian pork to lobster cakes to the mezza plate, chef Dan Duris is a true artist with his original and daring creations. Specials are offered every day. Be sure to try the homemade desserts and pie. If you are looking for something more traditional, no worries, they have that too. 117 Main St., Lincoln, N.H. 603.745.4395 Knuckleheads The food is fresh, the portions are large, and the price is always right. If you plan on having a late lunch at Knuckleheads, you wouldn’t need to plan for
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dinner. And if you love sports and entertainment, then Knuckleheads is the place to be. Be sure to check out their terrific Portuguese littlenecks in broth. 85 MacArthur Dr., New Bedford, Mass. 508.984.8149 Little Red Smokehouse Countless cooks and restaurants claim to cook up some smokin’ good meats and poultry, but there aren’t many who walk the talk. Properly smoking food is a long and arduous process, and for this reason, all barbecue is not created equal. The Little Red Smokehouse is the place to go if you are craving delicious smoked or barbecued meats. Look for their daily specials. 145 S. Main St., Carver, Mass. 508.465.0018 Mezza Luna This authentic Italian family restaurant, founded in 1937, features traditional dishes such as calamari, chicken saltimbocca, lasagna, manicotti, eggplant parm, and, of course, spaghetti and meatballs. Mezza Luna also offers daily specials, holiday menus, and separate rooms for private functions. 253 Main St., Buzzards Bay, Mass. 508.759.4667 Pasta House This local favorite has been around for years but always feels new. The chef creates some of the most distinctive specials in the area. Try the gourmet pizzas with just about any topping, the apple salmon, or any of the pasta dishes. The bar and dining room are inviting and comfortable. This is a great place for the whole family, a date night, or a business dinner. 100 Alden Road Fairhaven, Mass. 508.993.9913 Sail Loft Offering a creative new menu by award-winning executive
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he German word “gemütlichkeit” is difficult to translate, but we all know the feeling. It’s that aura of warmth that envelops us when we’re surrounded by friends in a cozy place. And it’s the feeling that interior designer and reality TV show star Nina Freudenberger attempts to evoke in all her projects. “My Bavarian heritage inspires a lot of my work,” says Freudenberger. “The concept of gemütlichkeit permeates Northern European cultures, and I try to re-create that coziness in my designs.” Now living on Manhattan’s upper East Side, Freudenberger was born in Munich. She still has family in Germany and visits at least once a year. When she isn’t vacationing in Bavaria, Freudenberger is busy running her two design firms—one in New York City and one in Los Angeles—called Haus Interior. She started the company in 2007 after working for the prestigious Kondylis Design firm. Hired as an architect, Freudenberger realized how much she enjoyed working directly with clients to customize their interior spac82 | socomagazine.com | New England | March 2013
es to suit their tastes, lifestyles, and budgets. She said opening her own firm (“haus” is German for house) was the next logical step. Freudenberger started her business with a different philosophy from that of many design companies. Rather than pricing her products and services for only the super-rich, she adopted the belief that high-quality design ought to be accessible to everyone. And this novel concept has greatly contributed to her success. No project is too big or too small for Haus Interior. When the shop first opened, everything was under $100, and by maintaining this mission of accessible design, Freudenberger enjoyed enough success to be able to open a second location in Los Angeles in 2011. “It’s certainly a challenge to manage two firms on opposite sides of the country,” says Freudenberger. “All the travel and time-zone changes can be taxing, but thankfully, I have an excellent staff that keeps things running smoothly. It’s all been very rewarding.” Freudenberger moved to the United States as a child and grew up on Long Island. She studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a bachelor’s degree. “I loved going to school in Providence,”
says Freudenberger. “I had the time of my life there and learned things at RISD that I use every day.” When she wasn’t studying, Freudenberger would escape to some of her favorite getaways, including the restaurants along the Providence waterfront, the beaches of Little Compton, and the island of Nantucket. Along with her German heritage, her love of New England influences her work. “New England holds a very special place in my heart,” says Freudenberger. “I try to get back there as often as I can.” Freudenberger says that her favorite part of design is working directly with clients and getting to know what they like. These conversations inspire and challenge her to develop more creative designs. Some aspects of interior design, however, aren’t quite as enjoyable. And this lesser-known side of the industry is precisely what Freudenberger will show the world on HGTV’s new reality show “Real Designing Women,” which begins airing in Canada this month. The show will feature three American interior designers, exposing all aspects of their work—from the elegant to the exhausting. “People think it’s all just magical, but there’s so much that goes on in the back
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“I constantly find myself updating my own living space in order not to get stuck in a particular style.” end of design,” says Freudenberger. “From unpacking boxes to dragging carpets, being able to show the reality of what I do on that end will be very rewarding.” Freudenberger’s segments of the show are built around her own projects and clients. Whether it’s walking into a consultation or painting a new room, the show attempts to capture all sides of what Freudenberger and her peers experience on a day-to-day basis. Occasionally, however, having the cameras rolling made for some awkward moments. “I remember one time I had to run to a meeting, but didn’t have time to do my hair,” she recalled. “That’s just life, but being on film creates a little more pressure.” Given the success of many other reality TV shows based on interior design—in-
cluding “While You Were Out,” “Trading Spaces,” and “Mix It Up”—Freudenberger is optimistic that the show will be a hit in Canada and will eventually be aired in the US. All in all, she says it was a rewarding experience that she’d love to do again. Furthermore, she believes that educating people on all aspects of the interior design industry is important and exciting. Freudenberger’s 1,100-square-foot apartment in Manhattan serves as a prototype for new designs and inspirations. She says that part of the reason she keeps her apartment in flux is to avoid becoming stagnant in her own style—thereby allowing her clients to always receive the most cutting-edge and interesting design concepts. “I constantly find myself updating my
own living space in order not to get stuck in a particular style,” she said. Freudenberger has worked in places large and small, catering to tastes that range from extravagant to minimalist. Some of her most memorable experiences, she said, are when her firm enters an exhibition, such as the showcase for Traditional Home Magazine or a recent one that featured Haus Interior in Elle Decor. “We become the client, and we’re by far our biggest critic!” says Freudenberger. “This is both challenging and exciting, because our creativity really runs wild.” All that creativity can come at a price during the showcases. Sometimes Freudenberger and her staff discover that a concept they’ve envisioned simply doesn’t work dursocomagazine.com | New England | March 2013 | 83
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by Nicholas Carrigg
For centuries, dogs have fallen into two categories: purebreds and mutts. But in recent years, so-called designer dogs have caught the attention of breeders and owners alike. These specialized hybrids—like cockapoos and puggles—boast all the strengths and none of the weaknesses of their purebred parents. Furthermore, their traceable pedigrees make their characteristics more predictable than those of random mutts. Is a designer breed the dog for you? According to Chris Laughlin, general manager of Laughlin Kennel in Oxford, Mass., it’s purely a matter of personal preference. “There are benefits and drawbacks to any dog you buy,” says Laughlin. “Whether it’s a designer breed or purebred, it all comes down to taste.” People in the market for a pet have different needs, budgets, and preferences. Families often like dogs that are kid friendly, low maintenance, and lovable. Someone looking for a guard dog wants an animal with presence, intelligence, and loyalty. Allergies are another concern, as the fur of most—but not all—dogs can induce allergy symptoms. Until recently, people had to choose an established breed or take a risk and buy a mutt from the guy down the street. But with designer breeds, families can enjoy the happy-go-lucky personality of a Cavalier King Charles spaniel with the hypoallergenic coat of a poodle. According to Laughlin, the science isn’t exact, but designer dogs often boast healthier constitutions, along with the best of both their parents’ breeds. “If going with a purebred, you know what to expect,” says Laughlin. “With a mixed breed, however, you’ve got to do double the
research, and although the health benefits are generally true, it’s never 100 percent.” In order to understand why these dogs stand out, it’s helpful to understand a little of the science behind hybridization. Most purebred dogs are derived from breeds that were once confined to a certain part of the world, and many of them were bred for a specific purpose. Border collies, for example, were bred in the British Isles for herding sheep and cattle. Shepherds carefully selected (and continue to select) dogs with the best skills for the job, like an innate herding instinct, unmatched maneuverability, and uncanny stare that drives even the most ornery livestock back where they belong. Modern breeders continue this task of perfecting the breed with intensified vigor. But in order to standardize the look and temperament of the animals, a lot of inbreeding must occur. A good breeder will try to make sure there’s enough separation between family members to keep undesirable recessive genes (like six toes) from surfacing. Occasionally, though, this process does bring out the bad traits, and these are what we associate with the drawbacks of each breed. When breeders cross two purebred dogs, their puppies typically thrive due to a phenomenon biologists call “hybrid vigor.” Since the recessive genes in these dogs usually aren’t expressed, the dogs don’t suffer from the negative traits associated with their parents’ breeds. Furthermore, this crossing often creates dogs with a mixture of other traits such as coat, size, and color that some pet lovers covet. So why not just breed the hybrid cavapoos
with other cavapoos and start a new breed? Unfortunately, that’s not how genetics works. The first generation of dogs after the cross are called F1 hybrids. These represent almost all designer dogs (aside from a few poodle variations). The trouble is, the next generation of pups—F2 hybrids—are highly unpredictable. “You might get some dogs that have the best of both worlds, while others will be the worst of both worlds,” says Laughlin. “It’s impossible to know” in advance.
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Essentially, these F2, F3, etc., hybrids are not much different from a mutt. Conventional wisdom claims that these dogs have fewer health problems than purebreds and a mild temperament, but the randomization of genes creates too much unpredictability for anyone looking to buy a premium family pet. So unless a breeder is planning on undertaking a 30-year process to normalize a new dog through specialized breeding, most breeders just stick to the F1 hybrids people love. “We decided to get a Malshi [a mix between a Maltese and a Shih Tzu] because we liked aspects of both breeds, but not the negatives associated with full breeds, like the pushed-in face and associated breathing problems of a Shih Tzu,” said Katie Lacasse, a Laughlin Kennel customer. “We are more than happy with our decision. Lola is definitely the best thing that ever happened to our family!” What do breeders of purebred dogs think about this trend? Debbie Moniz, a breeder of AKC-registered,- teacup Pomeranians in Westport, Mass., says she can’t imagine there’s much money in it for the breeders. “There are so many costs associated with breeding,” says Moniz. “From C-sections to immunizations to food costs, I just can’t imagine how some breeders manage to stay afloat when the dogs they’re selling aren’t purebred status.” She says most do it because they love the breed. But Laughlin claims that breeding designer dogs can work financially. People are willing to pay premium prices for these specially bred dogs, he says, precisely because they have everything owners want and none of the traits they don’t. “The process is similar; designer dogs all have a traceable pedigree, and people do prefer the breeder experience,” says Laughlin. “Because of that, breeders are able to sell mixed breeds for a price similar to purebreds.” Organizations like the AKC have been reluctant to allow designer dogs to enter championship shows, Laughlin says. He claims that these animals seem to go against what the AKC is trying to do—namely, reward breeders for perfecting purebred lines. But he points out that some newly accepted breeds may have been the product of crossbreeding. The Boston terrier, for example, has long been acknowledged as its own breed. Nonetheless, these spunky little dogs began their lineage in the 19th century as a mix between French bulldogs and English terriers. They were formally recognized by the AKC in 1893. “Trends are always changing,” says Laughlin. “A few years ago, puggles were all the rage. Now it’s cavapoos and cockapoos.” Poodle hybrids tend to remain popular due to their hypoallergenic coats. Regardless of what type of purebred or mix you choose, Laughlin recommends using an established breeder or reputable kennel. A good breeder will have the pedigrees of all his or her dogs and will be able to explain everything about the breeds he or she has mixed. Since it takes some practice to get just the right combination of traits, it’s best to get your dog from someone who breeds dogs professionally. “You want to make sure you know what you’re getting,” says Laughlin. “And the best way to do that is to go to a reputable source.” H
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31 days SOCIAL CALENDAR
march 2 FRIENDS OF THE BRISTOL ANIMAL SHELTER’S 6TH ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BALL 6:30 p.m. Linden Place Ballroom, 500 Hope St., Bristol, R.I. friendsofthebristolanimalshelter.org. march 9 1ST ANNUAL FROST BITER’S BASH 6:30-11 p.m. The Herreshoff Marine Museum/Hall of Boats, 1 Burnside St., Bristol, R.I. 401-253-5000; herreshoff. org. Tour the museum, eat, drink and dance. Fund-raising event to help raise money and welcome a new audience to the museum. march 21 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS NEW ENGLAND ANNUAL GALA 6-9 p.m. $150. RSVP by March 11. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Back Bay, Boston. 617261-3995; asidne.org. Cocktails, buffet, and awards presentation. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Over My Shoulder Foundation. through march 24TH ANNUAL BOSTON WINE FESTIVAL 2013 Tickets range from $75-$225. Meritage, Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston Waterfront. 617330-9355; bostonwinefestival.net. april 5 SOUTH SHORE ANNUAL GALA: JAZZY NIGHT AT THE TOWERS 6-10 p.m. $95 p.p./$175 couple. The Towers, 35 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, R.I. 401-364-7705x3301; ssmhc.org. Black tie optional. The South Shore Center provides behavioral services to children, adults, and families. Proceeds will benefit families in need. april 12 PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS: A NIGHT TO SHINE 6-11 p.m. $150 p.p. Providence Public Library, Providence. 401-455-8090; provlib. org. Tour, tasting, dinner, dancing, and dessert. Honoring the library’s major supporters. april 18 2013 CRAFTBOSTON SPRING PREVIEW PARTY $50-$1,000. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-266-1810; societyofcrafts.org. Enjoy jazz, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres as you shop. Proceeds benefit the Society of Arts and Crafts’ programs and services.
march 2-17 SPRING BULB SHOW Daily 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Fri. evenings 6-8 p.m. Lyman Plant House, The Botanic Garden of Smith College, 16 College Lane, Northampton, Mass. 413-585-2740; smith.edu/gardens. march 10 BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE 1-3 p.m. Wonder Bowl, 66 Hathaway Rd., New Bedford, Mass. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. Gather a group of four, or bowl on an assigned team. For details and to register contact 508-990-0894; childfamilyservices.org. march 16 57TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Steps off 11 a.m., City Hall, 43 Broadway, to Carroll Ave. and ends at St. Augustine’s Church, Newport, R.I. 401846-5081; newportirish.com. Rain or shine. march 18 A SPOONFUL OF GINGER 6:30-9:30 p.m. $TBA. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 617-309-2531; joslin.org. Annual foodtasting event to promote awareness and raise funds for the diabetes care, education, community outreach, and research
programs of the Asian American Diabetes Initiative at Joslin Diabetes Center. april 12 DEVIN LAUBI FOUNDATION ~ SPRING FLING $50 p.p. White’s of Westport, 66 State Rd. (Rte. 6), Westport, Mass. 508-636-7369; mydevin.org. Providing financial assistance to families of children with cancer. may 18-19 AVON WALK FOR BREAST CANCER 617-722-4140; avonwalk.org. Registration open.
7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. 2nd Story Theatre, 28 Market St., Warren, R.I. 401-247-4200; 2ndstorytheatre.com. Free preview seats available to military personnel, spouses, and children, as well as US veterans, based on availability. march 14-24 THE WHALES OF AUGUST $15, March 14-16, & 17-23, 8 p.m., March 17 & 24, 2:30 p.m.Your Theatre, Inc., 136 Rivet St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-9930772; yourtheatre.org. Written by David Berry. Directed by Robin Richard.
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april 5 STARGAZING IN THE QUARRY MEADOW 8-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Ballard Park, Hazard Rd., Newport, R.I. 401-619-3377. Rain date: April 6. Guide will point out spring constellations. Bring a chair, blankets, warm clothes, and warm drinks. april 7 IRINA MURESANU, VIOLIN 4 p.m. The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass. 781-934-6634; irinamuresanu.com; artcomplex.org. Limited seating. april 8 THE MUIR STRING QUARTET 7:30 p.m. Nazarian Center, Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave., Providence. 401-456-8144; ric.edu/pfa april 13 & 14 SINE NOMINE CHORAL ENSEMBLE Sat. 7:30 p.m., The Congregational Church, 17 Middle St., Dartmouth, Mass.; Sun. 3 p.m., Trinity Church, One Queen Anne Square, Newport, R.I. sinenominechoir.org. Sacred music from the Venetian School, 15501610. april 19-21 CRAFTBOSTON SPRING SHOW $15 general, $13 seniors. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. societyofcrafts.org. may 10-12 FOURTH ANNUAL WAYSIDE INN ANTIQUES SHOW AND SALE Benefit Preview Party and Reception Fri. 6-9 p.m., $125, Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $10. Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Rd., Sudbury, Mass. 978-443-1776; thewaysideinnantiquesshow.org. Mother’s Day Weekend. august 2-4 NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 401-3244072; newportjazzfest.net or tennisfame. com. Tickets on sale now. october 6-11 MEET THE MEDICI MASTERS OF FLORENCE $4,900 all-inclusive except airfare. 12-24 persons maximum. South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Rd., Cohasset, Mass. 781-383-2787; ssac.org. Visit website for detailed program.
THEATER march 1-6 THEATRE MAIN SEASON SERIES III: “THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER” 7:30 p.m. every day except Sun. 2 p.m., $10, $5 students & seniors. Roger Williams University, Performing Arts Center/The Barn, One Old Ferry Rd., Bristol, R.I. 401-254-3626; rwu.edu/events. march 7, 8. 9, & 10 STEEL MAGNOLIAS Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m. & Sun. 2 p.m., $20, seniors & students $15. Margaret L. Jackson Performing Arts Center, Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St., Fall River, Mass. 508-675-1852; littletheatre.net. march 8-april 7 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST $25/preview shows $20. Thurs.
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march 9 & 10 MASTERSINGERS BY THE SEA ~ BEGONE WINTER! Sat. 7:30 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St., Wareham, Mass.; Sun. 3 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 91 Main St., Falmouth., Mass. 508-540-4732; mastersingersbythesea.org. Accompanied by musicians from the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. Tickets: $25, $20/advance. march 10 THE GREY BEARDS 3 p.m. $15. The Meeting House, 3850 Main Rd., Tiverton, R.I. tivertonfourcorners.com. NEWPORT NAVY CHORISTERS CONCERT: MUSIC FOR A SUNDAY AFTERNOON 4 p.m. St. Barnabas Church, East Main Rd., Portsmouth, R.I. newportnavychoristers. org. To benefit Navy/Marine CorpsSociety and Choristers. PAUL CIENNIWA 3 p.m. Freewill donation to help restore the historic 1912 Casavant Freres organ. St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1359 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford, Mass. 508-993-1691; saintanthonynewbedford.com. Organ recital. Complimentary tea following. march 17 TRI-COUNTY SYMPHONIC BAND CONCERT~IRELAND: OF LEGEND AND LORE 3 p.m. $10, students $5, under age 12 free. Fireman Performing Arts Center, Tabor Academy, 235 Front St., Marion, Mass. tricountysymphonicband.org. With Airman First Class Benjamin Paille, special guest/trumpeter with the US Air Force Band of Liberty. Tickets available at the door, The Bookstall in Marion, The Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth, and online. march 18 PAQUITO D’RIVERA JOINS BRASIL GUITAR DUO 7:30 p.m. $20/$10 students & seniors. Recital Hall at Salem State University, 71 Loring Ave., Salem, Mass. 978-542-7555; salemstatetickets. universitytickets.com. Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera and the 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Brasil Guitar Duo (Joao Luiz and Douglas Lora) take listeners on a musical tour of Brazil, Cuba, and other Latin countries. march 23 CLASSICAL CONCERT: JEREMIAH AND THE GREAT (SYMPHONY) 8-10 p.m. $30-$70. The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence. 401-248-7000; riphilharmonic.org. march 23 THE FRENCH COLLECTION 8 p.m. $20-$50. Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth, Mass. 508-746-8008; plymouthphil.org. Bay Youth Symphony, Jonathan Lam, director, and Steven Karidoyanes, conducting. Largest orchestral event of the season. march 24 CONCERTS AT THE POINT: BOSTON UNIVERSITY OPERA INSTITUTE 3 p.m. $20. Westport Point United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Rd., Westport Point, Mass. concertsatthepoint. org.
opening mid-march CAPE COD MARITIME MUSEUM Closed Mondays. 135 South St., Hyannis, Mass. capecodmaritimemuseum.org. through march ORCHIDS AND BROMELIADS Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 617-566-1401; gardnermuseum.org. On display in the courtyard. through april 28 DUXBURY ART ASSOCIATION ANNUAL WINTER JURIED SHOW The Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury, Mass. 781-934-6634; artcomplex.org. through july 13 ART OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300; mfa.org.View the works of early landscapists, the later masters, and the 20th-century modernists who captured the pristine beauty of northern New Hampshire. ongoing MUSEUM OF ART−RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is free Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and third Thursday evenings each month 5-9 p.m. 224 Benefit St., Providence. 401454-6500; risdmuseum.org. TOAD HALL CLASSIC SPORTS CAR MUSEUM 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission fee. 288 Scudder Ave., Hyannis Port, Mass. 508-778-4934; toadhallcars. com. Over 50 restored classic sports cars, all red.
march 2 CAJUN DANCE WITH MAGNOLIA CAJUN BAND 7 p.m. $22 cash bar. German Club, 78 Carter Ave., Pawtucket, R.I. 401-965-0849; magnoliacajunband@ aol.com; salsrbclub.com. Plus Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic. march 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, & 30 SANDYWOODS MUSIC March 2, 7 p.m. $10, $8 advance, The Smile Makers; March 8, 8 p.m. $TBA, The Moon and You, also, Kim Lamothe & Christopher Moon; March 9, 7 p.m., $18, $15 advance, Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli with Michelle Lewis; March 15, 8 p.m. $TBA, Eric McDonald & Katie McNally; March 16, 7:30 p.m., $12, $10 advance, Becky Chace & Brian Minisce; March 22, time and $TBA, Rebecca Correia; March 23, time and $TBA, The Hi-Tone Ramblers; March 30, time and $TBA, Rhode Island Songwriters Association Showcase. Muse Way, Tiverton, R.I. Off Bulgarmarsh Rd. (Rte. 177), near Crandall Rd. (Rte. 81) intersection. 401241-7349; sandywoodsmusic.com. Tuesday Night Open Mic hosted each week, 7-10 p.m., admission is free, donations are appreciated. march 2, 9 & 23 COMMON FENCE MUSIC March 2, Bruce Molsky; March 9, The Roots Caboose; March 23; Jesus Andujar & Grupo Sazon. Doors open 7 p.m., performance 8 p.m. $20-$22. 933 Anthony Rd., Portsmouth, R.I. 401-683-5085; commonfencemusic.org. march 7 THE CHECKOUT—LIVE AT BERKLEE 8 p.m. $10. Red Room @ Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston. cafe939.com. Alumni Walter Smith III, 2002 tenor saxophonist. march 8, 9 & 10 FESTIVAL BALLET PRESENTS: AGON AND ORCHIS Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., Sun. 7:30 p.m. $20-$65. The Vets, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, R.I. 401-421-2787; ppacri.org.
march 9 BALLROOM DANCE PARTY 8 p.m. (dance lesson 7:30). Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 145 Brownell Ave., New Bedford, Mass. $20/person advance, $25/ person at the door. Music by Meadow Larks 5-Piece Band. Light refreshments included in price. Additional refreshments for sale/cash bar. For tickets call: 508-9973171. For directions: tinewbedford.org or call office. march 19 JOFFREY BALLET: THE RITE OF SPRING 7:30 p.m. $20-$85, PPAC, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787; ppacri.org. march 23 CHRIS & MEREDITH THOMPSON 7:30 p.m., doors open 6:45 p.m. $15. Limited seating. First Congregational Church, 300 High St., Bristol, R.I. 401253-4813; stonehousecoffeehouse.weebly. com; cmthompson.com. Folk singers/ songwriters.
march 1-april 7 TOWN AND COUNTRY Reception: March 3, 2-4 p.m. The Portsmouth Arts Guild, St. Paul’s Church Parish Hall, 2679 East Main Rd., Portsmouth, R.I. 401-2935ART; portsmouthartsguild.org. A juried show. through march 5 FIGURES AND FACES Open daily 24/7. Thomas E. Hanley Art Gallery, Faxon Center of Falmouth Hospital, 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth, Mass. 508-4950870. Artwork by select members of the Printmakers of Cape Cod. Sponsored by the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary. through march 10 EDWARD SMITH: AVIAN DREAMS Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, off Rt. 6A, Dennis, Mass. 508-385-4477; ccmoa.org. EXHIBITION: BREAKS AND BREAKS PAAM, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown, Mass. 508-487-1750; paam. org. march 21 WINGS: SPRING IS IN THE AIR Thurs.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m. $3. Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park St., Attleboro, Mass. 508-222-2644; attleboroartsmuseum.org. Flower show. through april 13 CONTEMPORARY FOLK Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. SAC Exhibition Gallery, 175 Newbury St., Boston. 617-266-1810x13; societyofcrafts.org. through april 28 DARK GARDEN: AN INSTALLATION BY LINDA HUEY Fuller Craft Museum, 45 Oak St., Brockton, Mass. 508-588-6000; fullercraft. org. ongoing THE HINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY GALLERIES Dolphin Gallery: North River Arts Society, Whimsey Show, March 2-May 2; Clemens Gallery: Photography of Jeanne McKenna & Hannah Taimmerman, March 1-28. 66 Leavitt St., Hingham, Mass. 781-741-1405; hinghamlibrary.org.
march 2 FERLINGHETTI−THE REBIRTH OF COOL 7:30 p.m. Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet, Mass. 508349-1800; wellfleetpreservationhall.org; firstrunfeatures.com. An independently produced documentary film by Christopher Felver, director. march 3-april 12 DINA KANTOR Opening reception: 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Garner Center, New England School of Photography, 537 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-676-3767; nesop.com. through march 31 NATURAL HISTORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS BY BARBARA BOSWORTH Hilborn Gallery, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem, Mass. 866-745-1876; pem.org.
march 5 WOMEN IN KING PHILIP’S WAR 2 p.m. Brewster Ladies’ Library, 1822 Main St., Brewster, Mass. 508-896-3913; brewsterladieslibrary.org. Edward Lodi talks about women who played major roles in King Philip’s War. march 7, april 4, april 18 & may 2 23RD ANNUAL SAILORS’ SERIES Lectures 7 p.m. Reception 6 p.m. $20. March 7, An Evening with Dyer Jones; April 4, Ray Hunt and His Designs with John Deknatel and Winn Willard; April 18, The Charles W. Morgan and Our Yankee Whaleboat Project with Quentin Snediker and Bill Womack; May 2,Volvo Ocean Race with Ken Read. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. 508-997-0046x153; whalingmuseum.org. march 16 GALLERY CONVERSATIONS 1 p.m., PAAM, 460 Commercial St., Provincetown, Mass. 508-487-1750; paam.org. Artists Betty Carol Fuller and Didier Corallo with curator Bob Bailey in conjunction with their dual exhibition on display March 1-April 21. march 19 LUNCH WITH THE ARTIST noon. $8. Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. newportartmuseum. org. John La Farge in Paradise: The Painter and his Muse, a discussion hosted by Richard Tyre. Bring a lunch.
march 6 CAMELLIA BLOOMING SEASON 9:30-4 p.m. Free. Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St., Waltham, Mass. 781-891-1985; historicnewengland. org. march 9 DISCOVER YOUR HIDDEN TREASURES: APPRAISAL DAY 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Discounted admission $5 plus a $5 per-item fee. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton, Mass. 508-588-6000; fullercraft.org. Experts from Grogan & Company Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers will offer suggestions on care, maintenance, preservation, and repair of your object. march 13-17 BOSTON FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston 781-273-5533; bostonflowershow.com. march 21-24 AD20/21~ ART & DESIGN OF THE 20TH & 21ST CENTURIES The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-299-6096; AD2021.com. Gala Preview benefits Boston Architectural College. Furniture, fine art, jewelry, photography, fine prints, and more.
march 1 & 2 HARPOON BREWERY ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL Fri. 5:30-11 p.m., Sat. 2:30-9:30 p.m. $20 cover charge/live bands.306 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-574-9551; harpoonbrewery. com.
march 2 & 3 WILDERNESS FIRST AID CLASS 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $150. Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center St., Dighton, Mass. 508-636-3016; westportwatershed.org. Certification in Wilderness First Aid to those who complete the course. march 5 HOME LANDSCAPE RENOVATION Three-session workshop on Tuesdays 9-11 a.m. $125 nonmembers. Heritage Museum & Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich, Mass. 508-888-3300x154; heritagemuseumsandgardens.org. With Les Lutz, director of horticulture. march 17, 25, & april 20 SPRING 2013 GROWING WORKSHOPS: March 17, 1-2:30 p.m., Greenhouse & Seed Starting, City Farm, Corner of Dudley St., & West Clifford St., South Providence; March 25, 1-2:30 p.m. (rain date: March 27), Why and How to Grow Organically, A Bed Prep, Planting, and Organic Overview, Hillandale Farm, 6a, Haversham Rd, Westerly, R.I.; April 20, 2-3:30 p.m. (rain date April 21), Aquaponic Systems & Mushroom Cultivation, New Urban Farm, Galego Court, 483 Weeden St., Pawtucket, R.I. 401-523-2653; nofari. org.
fridays through april 26 WINTER FARMERS MARKET 3-7 p.m. Cordage Park, 10 Cordage Park Circle, North Plymouth, Mass. 508-6315150; plymouthwinterfarmersmarket.org. thursdays through may 16 SANDYWOODS WINTER FARMERS MARKET 4-7 p.m. Sandywoods Center for the Arts, Muse Way, Tiverton, R.I. Off Bulgarmarsh Rd. (Rte. 177), near Crandall Rd. (Rte. 81) intersection. sandywoodsfarm.org. saturdays through may 18 MOUNT HOPE FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, R.I. 401-254-1745; mounthopefarm.org.
march 6, 12, 20 & 27 MARCH SESSION: MOMMY & ME YOGA 1 p.m. $48 plus zoo admission/ members $32. Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St., New Bedford, Mass. bpzoo. org. Register and prepay by calling 508991-4556x10. Led by certified children’s yoga instructor Lynda Jacobvitz. march 10 THE FAMILY CONCERT 3 p.m. $8-$20. Instrument demonstration 2 p.m. Memorial Hall, 83 Court St., Plymouth, Mass. 508-746-8008; plymouthphil.org. The Plymouth Children’s Chorus and the winner of the South Shore Conservatory’s Youth Concerto Competition. march 16 KLEE STYLE DRAWING 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. $30. Bring a snack. WAG, 1740 Main Rd., Westport, Mass. 401-595-5928; westportartgroup.com. Listen to music while you learn about the style of German Expressionist painter Paul Klee (18791940). Grades 1-6. Instructor Paula Becker. ongoing FRANKLIN PARK ZOO Open year round. Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 617-541-5466; zoonewengland.org. ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO 100 Elmwood Ave., Providence, R.I. 401-9414498x316; rwpzoo.org. MYSTIC AQUARIUM 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, Conn. 860-562-5955; mysticaquarium.org.
NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5206; neaq.org. OCEAN EXPLORIUM 174 Union St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-994-5400; oceanexplorium.org. RICHARD C. WHEELER BAY LEARNING CENTER Free. 114 Front St., New Bedford, Mass. 508-999-6363; savebuzzardsbay.org. FORT TABER/FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM Daily 1-4 p.m. Fort Taber Park at Clarks Point, New Bedford, Mass. Free. 508-994-3938; forttaber.org. Local history and artifacts on display.
march 2 & 3 DOG DAYS FOR MEMBERS Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd., Sturbridge, Mass. 800-733-1830; osv.org. Coincides with Maple Days.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
through march 3 ICE SKATING, BANK OF AMERICA CITY CENTER Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Adults $6, ages 12 and under 3, age 65+ $3, skate rental $4. Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Providence. 401-331-5544; kennedyplaza. org. march 9 SNOW AND SHOPPING DAYS Admission free. Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham, Mass. 508877-7630; newfs.org. Open for walking and snowshoeing. Hot chocolate and apple cider available at the Garden Shop.Visitors should check in upon arrival. ongoing THE PASKAMANSETT BIRD CLUB Meets 7:30 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, meetings take place at the Community Hall of Friends Meeting, 739 Horseneck Rd., Dartmouth, Mass.Visit website for meeting dates, details on walks, special programs, and membership fees. massbird. org/pbc. CUTTYHUNK FERRY COMPANY Seal Watch Cruises/reservations required. 66B State Pier/South Bulkhead, New Bedford, Mass. 508-992-0200; cuttyhunkferry.com. Beat cabin fever with a trip across Buzzards Bay. CLIFF WALK 3.5 mile walk, open daylight hours only. Memorial Blvd. start of walk. Park along Narragansett Ave., Newport, R.I.View the Atlantic and Newport Mansions.
march 15 through march 23 PROVIDENCE FRIARS friars.com. Individual ticket sales. Hockey quarterfinals, semifinals and championship game. through april 21 PROVIDENCE BRUINS Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence. dunkindonutscenter.com; providencebruins.com. Individual ticket sales.
march 2 AN EVENING WITH BILL COSBY 8 p.m. $37.50-$75. Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield, Mass. symphonyhall.com. march 24 LEWIS BLACK: THE RANT IS DUE $29.50-$65. PPAC, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787; ppacri. org. Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian. ongoing COMEDY CONNECTION 39 Warren Ave., East Providence. 401-438-8383; ricomedycnnection.com.
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Over the years we have taken in frame projects that had been done by other
shops, but required a new mat or glass
WE’VE FOUND RUSTED NAILS—
due to fading or damage from moving. It is horrible what we ﬁnd inside,
behind the dust-cover, the paper
covering the back of the frame—from
WE USE ONLY STAINLESS STEEL OR NON-
cardboard from boxes that frames are shipped in to scrap wood that has
CORROSIVE BRADS AND STAPLES— SO
leached acid into the art and mat within the frame.
When you choose your custom
framing—whether it be Art Smart
or someone else—be sure to ask the right questions, and if you’re not
getting straight answers, then move on to another choice.
THAT 20 YEARS LATER THE JOB LOOKS
JUST AS NEW AS WHEN YOU PICKED IT UP.
Taking Shortcuts IS FOR YOU TO DECIDE NOT YOUR FRAMER
We support local framers who hold their work to the highest of standards. Your local framer is the best framer.
Art Smart Do It Right the First Time
Dartmouth, Mass. 331 State Road 508-992-8111 Lincoln, N.H. 264 Main Street 603-728-6150
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WHEN IT COMES TO CUSTOM FRAMING. WHEN YOU LEAVE A PIECE WITH A FRAMER YOU EXPECT TO BE
OFFERED PLENTY OF OPTIONS
FOR YOUR TREASURED PROJECT. Often, reputable shops will give you a few options. It might be a complete conservation-quality job, including UV glass with all acid-free material—
even the material you don’t see—so that your art is completely protected and lasts for decades.
On the other hand, some projects warrant only a
basic framing package. The necessity of this option should always be explained so that if the piece
fades or yellows from acid content, you will have been aware that its life could be short.
Of course there is a great range between these
two choices, so be sure to ask questions. A good framer enjoys helping you make the correct decision that ﬁts your budget.
Also, determine if your art is safe. Does the
shop have insurance to cover your piece? Will it be
shipped to the Midwest to be completed? And does the person who is helping you design your project have the years of design experience to do the job correctly?
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