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What Makes Michelle Wu Different?

Boston city councilor Michelle Wu spoke Saturday about how her life has influenced her mayoral campaign and what makes her stand out.

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I'm a resident of East Boston. There's a memorial at the corner by of Bennington and Paris St for a woman who wasraped and Murdered in 1966 named Josephine Campagne. The city put up a memorial for her.
A young man lost his life last week in Dorchester riding a scooter. Jerson Guttierez of Revere. His friends think it's a good idea to overtake Jospehines memorial and vandalize it using candles, Jersons pictures and gifts they bring. They have been gathering every night with loud music, drinking and fireworks for a week and half. THE VANDALISM NEEDS TO STOP! This young man wasn't even from East Boston.

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BOSTON — Today, volunteers from ASEZ WAO (Save the Earth from A to Z – We Are One Family) delivered over 60 care packages to frontline healthcare workers at Mass General Hospital. The packages included handwritten cards, scarves, tea bags, snacks and pens. The group prepared packages as part of their Heart to Heart campaign to share positivity and gratitude to frontline workers.
“I just want to say thank you! I know that you are probably going through a lot in this pandemic and everyone has a very unique situation but it’s very thoughtful and selfless of you to think about the frontline staff. Thank you very much,” said Riley Orrell, administrative fellow at Mass General Hospital.
Volunteers arrived an hour earlier before delivery to set up care packages and a banner to welcome the workers. Studies have shown that during pandemics, frontline healthcare workers often suffer from anxiety, depression, burnout, insomnia and many other stress-related disorders. This effort is part of a worldwide movement called the Heart to Heart Campaign. Its purpose is to show appreciation to frontline healthcare workers and shine happiness during these uncertain times.
“ASEZ WAO always aims to bring positivity into the world,” says Ricky Rosario, an ASEZ WAO volunteer. “I’m really proud and honored to participate in this type of campaign, especially during these difficult times. It’s great to know that we can make an impact on essential workers, especially since they’ve worked so hard to save lives.”


ASEZ WAO (Save the Earth from A to Z – We Are One Family) is an international group of young adult volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God. The group consists of young working professionals and has members in over 175 countries where the Church of God is located. Through the Take Action Project (TAP), the volunteers work towards sustainable development, satisfying the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The agenda of ASEZ WAO also falls in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), created to address global challenges. For more information, visit wmscog.com/asez-wao and asezwao.org.

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CALL FOR ARTWORK We are now accepting submissions. Submissions is now open until November 22nd. Submit your small two and three-dimensional artwork for our online Holiday Showcase sales opportunity from Friday, November 27 to Sunday, December 6. Www.dartmouthculturalcenterinc.org

CALL FOR ARTWORK We are now accepting submissions. ...
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This is ridiculous. I have family in Salem and take the train on the weekends, I don’t have the luxury of owning a car. Also FYI: the lady stop on the E line is not Cleveland Circle,. Perhaps a typo?

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Legends of Roxbury

Roxbury Community College Foundation Virtual Fundraiser

Legends of Roxbury
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CALL FOR ARTWORK We are now accepting submissions. Submissions is now open until Tuesday, November 10. Submit your small two and three-dimensional artwork for our online Holiday Showcase sales opportunity from Friday, November 27 to Sunday, December 6.

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New Information Sessions Announced for Potential Foster and Adoptive Parents

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

The Home for Little Wanderers announced today that in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month in November, it will be offering information sessions for people interested in learning about becoming adoptive or foster parents. Currently in Massachusetts, there are over 8,600 children in state foster care and over 3,400 children with a goal of adoption. Over 1,200 of these children have no identified adoption resource such as a relative or foster parent.

“The child welfare system is no place for a child to grow up. Children need a warm home full of love and nurturing,” said Lesli Suggs, CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers. “Children need to know that they have a permanent adult in their life to take care of them and to help them grow into well-rounded adults. Children who grow up in the system without a permanent family suffer challenges throughout their lives well into adulthood. The love and support of a family can make all the difference.”

The Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care found that of kids who age out of the foster care system without a permanent home:

- 37% struggled with homelessness.
- Nearly 60 percent of young men had been convicted of a crime.
- 75 percent of women and 33 percent of men receive government benefits to meet basic needs.
- 50 percent of all youth who aged out were involved in substance use.
- 17 percent of the females became pregnant in the first few years after aging out.

The Home’s adoption and foster programs provide all the necessary training, licensing, matching, and supportive services for families to adopt or foster. The Home encourages adoptive and foster parents from all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, socio-economic backgrounds and religions. Adoptive or foster parents can be couples or single individuals. Children come from a variety of backgrounds and many have experienced multiple types of maltreatment such as neglect or abuse.

People interested in learning about becoming foster or adoptive parents can attend a free, virtual 90-minute information session on November 14, 2020 from 10AM-11:30AM eastern time. Participants will learn about Intensive Foster Care and the steps to becoming a foster or adoptive parent, including how to participate in the Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) Training certification, which is required for adoption, and how to become a licensed foster parent. MAPP trainings have also been scheduled throughout February. The full schedule is available at www.thehome.org/adoption.

To register for the virtual information session, contact Lucy Collins at the Home for Little Wanderers at lcollins@thehome.org.

To learn more about becoming an adoptive or foster parent, visit www.thehome.org/adoption or contact The Home at (617)-288-7450, adoptioninfo@thehome.org, or fostercareinfo@thehome.org.

About The Home for Little Wanderers
For more than 200 years, The Home for Little Wanderers has earned a reputation for doing whatever it takes to strengthen vulnerable families and keep children safe in their communities, even when they don’t have family support. Serving children and youth from birth to 22, The Home makes a positive impact on over 15,000 lives across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York each year through a network of behavioral health services, therapeutic residential treatment centers, special education, adoption, and foster care. We never give up on children. And we don’t let children give up on themselves. For more information, visit www.thehome.org or follow The Home on Twitter @thehomeorg.

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Anyone know of any inexpensive off street parking available fr the remainder of semester?

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National Braille Press’s Virtual “A Million Laughs for Literacy” Gala Raises $285K for Braille Literacy

National Braille Press (NBP) raised more than $285,000 at its virtual gala “A Million Laughs for Literacy” held on October 15, 2020, and featured a live performance by award-winning actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan. The annual gala also launched the Right to Read for Everyone campaign to ensure that blind children and adults have access to materials in braille.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of our virtual gala as we surpassed our goal and raised more than $285,000 to support braille literacy,” said Brian Mac Donald, President of National Braille Press. “Although we were not together in person, our guests had a great time and truly understand the importance of their donations that provide books and materials in braille to the blind and visually impaired.”

For more than 15 years, the A Million Laughs for Literacy gala has raised millions of dollars to support National Braille Press' Braille Literacy Programs which exist to ensure blind and visually impaired children are given an equal chance to read. Braille typically costs three times more to produce than the same materials in print, but NBP strives to make sure blind individuals do not have to pay more for the same information. Learning braille is the key to independence and employment opportunities for blind individuals.
The Co-Chairs for the NBP “A Million Laughs for Literacy” Gala include Ted Truscott, CEO of Columbia Threadneedle Investments, and his wife Kathy; and Tom Sullivan, Founder/Owner of Lumber Liquidators, Proton, Cabinets to Go, Chateau GABY, Gracious Home and Trashology.

Truscott said, “the event was simply first-rate. We all had a terrific time and portions of the event were truly moving.” Sullivan said that he was very happy that the virtual event went so well and that there was a great response to the auction item he donated, a vacation at his vineyard Chateau Gaby in France, which sold twice!

The virtual gala, including the live auction, was MCd by Lisamaria Martinez, NBP trustee and Braille reader, a personal life coach and a graduate of UC Berkeley, and resides in Union City in the San Francisco, CA Bay area.

The event had many interactive elements including several breakout rooms that guests could chose to join during the cocktail hour including a jazz music session courtesy of Wayne Pearcy and Matt Savage, interactive cocktail making with virtual bartender Andrew Pelissier, and Laughing Yoga with Sandy Boris-Berkowitz.

In addition, guests got to hear from those who benefited from NBP's release of free books during the beginning of the COVID-19 crises. From the UK to KY, Damien Garwood, Byron Sykes, Rita Reese-Whiting, and Mary Kozy expressed just how vital some of these skills were, especially during this time of social isolation.

Throughout the event, guests heard from some of our own local youth “comedians”: Hannah and Daniel Gevers of Arlington, MA, Matthew DeBrigard of Gloucester, MA, Will Hutcherson of Houston, TX, Matheus & Benjamin Silva of Middleborough, MA), and Annie Cohane of Norwell, MA who read from NBP's Totally Silly Jokes book.

The virtual gala also featured musical performances by seven blind musicians:

Megan Downing, freshman at Berklee College of Music, performed “Today I cry, tomorrow I smile” by Anthony Ramos, and Rocco Fiorentino, graduate of Belmont University, performed “Never Alone” by Lady A. The song “You Can’t Read a Book Without Braille on the Cover” was performed by Precious Perez, student at Berklee College of Music, vocals; Shane Lowe, drums; Oveante Magsby, keyboard; Noé Socha, guitar and harmonica; and John Dowling, guitar and vocalist.

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NEADS World Class Service Dogs launched its virtual NEADS Market on October 16. The NEADS Market is a one-stop shop that features a curated mix of creative and unique products from local makers, artists, and designers including:

- Handmade gifts and designer wares,
- Candles, soaps, throws, pillows, and other home goods
- Bracelets, necklaces, and other jewelry,
- Dog treats, toys, leashes, collars, and other accessories
- Men's and women’s clothes and accessories

Thanks to the generosity of participating vendors, 15% of all purchases go to support NEADS World Class Service Dogs.

“Since 2015, NEADS has hosted Get Dressed. Give Back, a cocktail reception fundraiser that included pop up shops offering a unique and varied selection of clothing, jewelry, and items for the home from local designers and boutiques. Although it looks a little different this year, we’ve brought the same concept to our online market - a unique, curated mix of products from local businesses and other specialty vendors,” says Cathy Zemaitis, NEADS Director of Development. “By moving the market online, we can expand our reach to people across the country, showcase local businesses and specialty vendors, and support our mission of changing lives, one World Class Service Dog at a time.”

Visit the NEADS Market at market.neads.org.

About NEADS Inc.
NEADS Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Princeton, Massachusetts. Established in 1976, NEADS offers the widest array of Service Dog programs in the industry, including Service Dogs for adults and children with a physical disability, Service Dogs for veterans, Service Dogs for Hearing, and Service Dogs for children with autism or other developmental disabilities. NEADS dogs are also partnered with professionals in classroom, therapy, hospital, ministry, and courthouse settings. For more information, please visit neads.org.

NEADS World Class Service Dogs launched its virtual NEADS...