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The big stories of 2012, Part 2

Wednesday Dec 26, 2012
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JUNE

Tito Puente Music Series Brings Concert to Blackstone Square

Titus Sparrow Park presented a rich array of musical styles during their annual summer concert series.

Community members unconvinced of safety measures in BU biolab

Although proponents of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories said the fa-cilities have the proper safeguards, Boston University students and locals called for officials to stop the study of Level-4 pathogens at a hearing.

Thousands celebrate Pride

4,000 attended Chandler Street block party.

South End Community Health Center opens a new Optical Shop

The South End Community Health Center will opened a new optical shop at its main site located at 1601 Washington Street.

Inquilinos Boricuas En Acción’s partnership with Bunker Hill Community College celebrates the achievements of students from the South End

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) proudly announced that IBA’s Pathway Technology Campus (PTC) celebrated the achievements of more than 60 Students from End/Lower Roxbury in a Student Achievement Celebration. PTC is a nationally replicable model of a community-based organization (IBA) working hand-in-hand with a local community college (Bunker Hill Community College) for the educational benefits of affordable housing residents.

Where Hash Rules

The story of Charlie’s. Since 1927, Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue has been serving hash, and culture, to clientele from far and wide. Author George Cuddy, known as one of the many friendly faces at Charlie’s, and later at Revolution Fitness, has written a book, Where Hash Rules, that captures both the magic of the people and food of the venerable restaurant. He’s a natural storyteller who captures not only the evolution of a business, but also the changes of a neighborhood, and America.

President Obama’s campaign swings through the South End

JULY

Hurley School gets a day of beauty

Parents, neighbors, and other volunteers from the South End recently joined forces to help beautify the the grounds of the Hurley School. The project, which took place primarily on June 8th, came about after a first grade teacher’s classroom undertook an outdoor project of their own.

Anita Kurl gives back

Salon celebrates 10 years with a day of service. Anita Kurl owner Amiee Parco’s life has been a whirlwind of change over the ten years since she opened the salon in 2002: she became engaged, married, had two children and got divorced, all while establishing a popular beauty destination in the South End. Now, as Parco marks the tenth anniversary of her business, she wants to show her appreciation to the community in a meaningful way: by providing free cut and color services to clients of two local service organizations, Project Place and the Home for Little Wanderers

Four legged heroes get star treatment

Animal Rescue League’s Happy Tails benefit a success. A boundlessly brave and loving pit bull who lost her leg while saving her owner from an oncoming train and a cat who, as a tiny kitten, survived last year’s tornadoes in central Massachusetts were A List celebrities at the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Happy Tails benefit and gathering on Sunday, July 15 at the ARL’s Chandler Street headquarters.

Murder victims identified

Police have released the identities of the two men killed early Sunday morning-Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, both of Dorchester.+63

No arrests have been announced in the case.

Dimock Community Health Center celebrates anniversary

Landmark complex reflects on 150 years of service. What began as a landmark in female-run health care in New England, has now become an im-portant advocate for the all-around needs of the Roxbury and South End communities, 150 years later.

Blackstone Franklin Square Neighborhood Association Book Scholarship winners honored

The Blackstone-Franklin Squares Neighborhood Association (BFSNA) gathered at the library of the Franklin apartments on Tuesday, July 10 to honor their 2012 Book Scholarship recipients, a group of four impressively accomplished, college-bound South Enders. The scholarships provide $1,000 to each students to be used for books and school supplies.

The girl next door - Meet Cathedral High’s 2012 Valedictorian

This year, a lifelong South Ender, Lexis Salters of Methunion Manor on Columbus Avenue, delivered the valedictory speech at Cathedral High School’s graduation. Ranked number 1 in her class with a 4.5 grade-point average in her senior year and a 4.2 overall average in high school, Lexis was president of her chapter of the National Honor Society.

The 39th annual Festival Betances

New England’s oldest Latino cultural festival. More than 5,000 people visited the Villa Victoria Community of Boston’s South End to taste, touch and feel the rhythms of Puerto Rico and Latin America.

AUGUST

South Enders take top honors - Two win Mayor Menino’s Garden Contest

The South End represented again this year in the Mayor’s garden contest with two first place finishers. Timothy Haynes, owner of Blade Barbershop at 603 Tremont Street, took first place honors for best business storefront. Pedestrians are Blade Barbershop and Berkeley Community Garden wowed by his front garden, but his back alley is also a winner, along with the backyard, which includes deck planting and a large koi pond. John Marino, of Berkeley

Community Garden, took first place honors for best community garden.

Suspect shot by police may have ties to Roslindale shooting

Burrell Ramsey, according to police, fled from a motor vehicle after plain clothes officers stopped his car near Yarmouth Place in the South End at about 5:47 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Tuesday that Ramsey pulled a gun on the officers, ignored repeated commands to drop his weapon. One officer fired one shot, striking Ramsey in the chest. Ramsey was taken to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department policy. The investigation is ongoing.

USES welcomes Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox to Camp Hale

On Monday, August 27, United South End Settlements will host Eliza Dushku at it’s Camp Hale location on Squam Lake in New Hampshire. Dushku will make an appearance during the 112-year-old camp’s inaugural girl’s session. A long time supporter of girl’s activities, Dushku will come to Camp Hale to help show her support alongside the community for the first girl’s week Camp Hale has offered since it’s opening in 1900. "Camp Hale has had a profound impact on the lives of the thousands of boys it has served over the years," says USES’ President and CEO Kevin Hepner. "We are excited to start a new tradition of offering this program to girls."

Free GED Readiness Program, College Courses, Certificate Programs and Job Readiness Program at Pathway Technology Campus

Pathway Technology Campus is a nationally replicable model of a community-based organization (IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas en Ac- ción) working hand-in-hand with a local community college (Bunker Hill Community College) for the educational benefits of affordable housing residents of the South End and Lower Roxbury. As Bunker Hill Community College’s South End Satellite Campus, Pathway Technol-ogy Campus provides low-income residents of the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood with the highest concentration of subsidized housing in MA with the opportunity to: complete their GED and take adult education classes; transition into college; enroll in college-level classes.

Redistricting map passes despite objections from Communities of Color Coalition and councilors of color

The Boston City Council passed a redistricting map, Docket #0985, by a narrow vote of 7-6. All councilors of color voted against this redistricting map. The Mayor now has to decide whether to sign or veto the map. Upon passage of this map, the Communities of Color Coalition on Redistricting awaits the decision of the mayor while it prepares for a lawsuit against the city, on the grounds that the packing of District 4 is in direct violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which prohibits voting practices or procedures that dilute minority voting strength.

SEPTEMBER

The Theater Offensive brings Expatriate to the South End

"Expatriate is about African- American queer women artists looking for-not just a safe space to land-but a space from which to soar," said Lenelle Moïse, playwright, composer, and performer of Expatriate. This October, The Theater Offensive (TTO) is proud to present Expatriate, the off-Broadway hit two-woman show featuring jazz-inspired music that complements the exploration of desire, addiction, sexual freedom, and survival.

Boston legend and history maker, Bruce Bolling, Sr.

Bruce Bolling, Sr. of Roxbury, the patriarch of one of Boston’s most prominent political families died peacefully in his home with his wife Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling and his son Bruce Bolling, Jr. at his bedside. An ardent advocate for civil rights and equality in the city of Boston, Bolling leaves a legacy of bridging ethnic and racial communities. He was 67.

Ellis Memorial celebrates newly renovated building at 58 Berkeley Street

Building will house after-school programs and additional youth programs.

Kenneth Maxwell a Summer Star

Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, Boston’s Chief of Hu- man Services/BCYF Executive Director Daphne Griffin and former Red Sox pitcher Jim Lon- borg in recognizing the Mayor’s Summer Stars at the Parkman House recently. The Summer Stars went above and beyond this summer, contributing positively to their communities and serving as role models for their peers South End’s Kenneth Maxwell nominated by the BCYF Blackstone Community Center.

Dorchester murder victim South End role model

Jorge Fuentes member of of St. Stephen’s, long history of charity work. On Monday, September 10 at about 6:30 p.m., 19 year-old Jorge Fuentes, a member of the congregation and volunteer at the programs at St. Stephen’s Epis- copal Church, was shot outside his home near Codman Square in Dorchester. He died almost immediately. According to police reports, Fuentes was sitting on the porch with a friend when he was ap- proached by an unknown person. Shots were fired. Friends say Fu- entes pushed his friend to safety before being struck by the bullet that would take his life. Jorge was a part of St. Ste- phen’s Youth Programs. Thirteen years ago he was one of the 20 elementary schoolers in the first St. Stephen’s Summer Enrichment Program where he participate through middle school. As a teen, he served as a staff role model, working with his peers. Jorge participated in several mission trips to rebuild the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and to New York City to address hunger and housing issues there. He worked as a site assistant with B-SAFE at St. Mary’s during sum- mer of 2011 and as a lead counselor there this past summer. He is the voice of the program in a B-SAFE videos. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=XDbzrXK-7ys He had just graduated from Madison Park High School and hoped to join the Marines.

No arrests have been made.

South End physician Jennifer Brody works at the intersection of social justice and medicine

Every day South End resident Jennifer Brody, MD, MPH, witnesses how much peoples’ life circumstances-their housing, income, education, employment- determine their health. A physician with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), Dr. Brody has spent her professional career caring for those whose low status in society often condemns them to a lifelong struggle with poor health.

OCTOBER

Liquor license proposals attract crowd to WSANA meeting

The September 25 meeting of the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) was packed and contentious, as the main topics of discussion were proposals for two new liquor licenses in the area. About 60 people met in a conference room at 88 East Newton Street, expressing fears and frustrations about litter, loitering and other problems, as well as their fondness for this unique neighborhood. The two applicants who presented at the meeting are the Convenience Plus store at the corner of Worcester Square and Harrison Avenue; and Jack and John McIntyre of Morrissey Boulevard Wines and Liquors, who plan to open South End Wines and Liquors at 1750 Washington Street, the former site of Cru.

Frieda Garcia Park dedication

On October 31st will be the dedication of the Frieda Garcia Park on the corner of Stanhope and Clarendon Streets. The park includes two large mosaic murals which will become part of Boston’s public art collection. One mural is 22’ long and was designed by Lisa Houck and includes birds that were designed by children from two south end organizations: United South End Settlements and Ellis Memorial. The park is being donated to the city by John Hancock.

Frieda Garcia is a community activist a natural born leader and a strong advocate for her Latino community. She was executive Director of the United South End Settlement for 20 years and was one of the founding members of the Alianza Hispana.

Eastern Bank honors South Ender Rebecca Haag and AIDS Action Committee with the 2012 Wainwright Social Justice Award

Eastern Bank honored Rebecca Haag and AIDS Action Committee with the 24th annual Wainwright Social Justice Award last Thursday. Eastern also honored 30 Massachusetts community health care organizations before more than 500 people in an evening reception in downtown Boston. Haag is the President and CEO of AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, New England’s largest AIDS service organization. The Social Justice Award recognizes nonprofits and affiliated individuals who have achieved outstanding success in addressing social justice issues.

Fountains in historic squares ready for make-overs

The water is off in the fountains of Blackstone and Franklin Squares, but that dormant look is deceiving, as renovation and repair work is set to commence on both fountains around November 1, according to a recent announcement by the City of Boston, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Blackstone and Franklin Squares. The project is the culmination of years of planning and negotiation among the three parties. The work will involve removing the fountains, excavating the concrete, replacing the existing water-circulation system, some needed bodywork on the fountains, and reinstallation. The combined cost of renovating the two fountains is $610,000, which will be financed completely from the Mayor’s capital budget.

Going and Coming: Villa Victoria Arts guiding light Alex Alvear plots his next move

This year has brought milestone changes to the life of Alex Alvear, Performance and Production Manager at IBA’s (Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción/Puerto Rican Tenants in Action) Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, as he marked his 50th birthday and decided to move back to his native Ecuador after more than twenty years in the US. Alvear’s contributions to Boston’s Latin music scene are as big as his heart and his indefatigable store of energy. He has presented a diverse array of performing artists and groups to Villa Victoria audiences; he helped found IBA’s Latino Performance Series, which presented free music and dance concerts to children; he is an active performer and recording artist with his bands, Mango Blue and Los Three; and this past summer, he took IBA’s Tito Puente Music Series to grand, new heights when he collaborated with composer Gonzalo Grau and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on a concert in Blackstone Square that featured the premiere of a suite by

Grau celebrating various genres of Latin music.

South End designer transforms conservatory at The Junior League of Boston Show House

After a six-year hiatus, The Junior League of Boston Show House has returned. Running now through November 18, this is a must-see event. The house is located on the grounds of the Jackson- Walnut Park Schools in Newton. The "Potter Estate" is historically and architecturally significant, as most of its defining features have been retained. The house has been entirely restored by 35 of Greater Boston’s best interior and landscape designers into the most spectacular show house. One of the most dramatic spaces is the Conservatory that has been completely transformed by South End resident, Gerald Pomeroy of Gerald Pomeroy Design Group, from a bleak, cold sun room into a breath-taking space complete with warm colors, inviting furnishings, fine artwork and a Steinway baby grand.

NOVEMBER

Community mourns Jeanette Boone Smith

South End activist Jeannette Boone Smith died of cancer on October 23 in her home on Shawmut Avenue. She was 77. Boone Smith is well known as an advocate for affordable housing and as a constituent service provider for US Senator John Kerry. After moving to Boston, she quickly became the chairperson of the Ward 9 Democratic Committee,

She was one of the founders of Four Corners Development, which built mixed income housing, including Langham Court.

Voting disaster

Linehan calls for hearings. Hundreds of voters waited an average of two and half hours at the Ben Franklin Institute polling station while just one election official was on hand to check voters in. City Councilor Bill Linehan has filed an order for a hearing on "Fair and Equal Access to Boston Polling Stations" to investigate the long waiting times at a number of precinct locations throughout Boston as voters lined up to cast their votes in the November 6, 2012 Presidential election.

The Twister comes to the South End

Trojan to do product giveaway Monday. The folks at Trojan have been trying to find the spot in Puritanical Boston where they can park their Pleasure Cart to promote a new product, The Trojan Twister (from their new line of personal massagers). Mayor Menino said "no" to a cart at Government Center (right near City Hall) but our very own Boston Center for arts said "yes." Other cities have had the Pleasure Cart outdoors, but we’re Boston. The giveaway moves inside to the Cyclorama. You’ll need proof that you’re 18+ for entrance but once you’re cleared you can receive a free vibrator and other goodies.

DECEMBER

Cathedral High wins division championship

Cathedral High Superbowl Champ won the Div. 4A super bowl last Saturday at Gillette Stadium. The Panthers defeated Madison Park 22-20 in double overtime in the hard fought game and end the season at 11 wins and 2 losses.

Wang YMCA teens give back

Provide Thanksgiving dinner to a South End family in need. As part of a Wang YMCA Teen Club called, "The Leaders" which promotes leadership and civic engagement, the group recently came together to raise funds, shop, and give a full turkey dinner to a formerly homeless family in need. Through a series of fundraisers at the Wang YMCA of Chinatown throughout the year, club officers, Dajuan Frasier, Steven Tung and Lizzy Wong, were able to purchase a 15-pound turkey with all of the fixings and side dishes for a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner; including stuffing, vegetables, dessert mixes, gravy, and the basic cookware needed.

South Ender declares for City Council

Michelle Wu to file for At-Large seat. Community advocate Michelle Wu filed with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance yesterday as a candidate for one of Boston’s four At-Large City Council seats. Michelle, 27, is an attorney and former law student of U.S. Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren. Michelle most recently worked full-time on the Warren campaign, where she directed statewide outreach to communities of color. In this role, she served as liaison to the many diverse communities in Boston as well as in the Gateway Cities of the

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