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Open and available jobs today at Massachusetts Convention Center Authority

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MCCA is the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority operating Boston’s largest convention centers and conferencing arenas and overseeing their operations and expansion.

The firm is a quasi-government agency with excellent career options. Learn more about MCCA by visiting the web page links enclosed.

These positions are open. Apply now.
Recv 6/19/2014

Office Administrator
Provides office management support to the E&M department’s Director and Superintendents. Perform clerical and administrative work involving business details of a highly confidential nature.

To apply online please visit

HVAC Mechanic/ Refrigeration Techician
Perform preventative maintenance and repairs to the HVAC equipment. Perform regular and routine inspection, troubleshoot, and diagnose HVAC equipment and system related malfunctions in accordance with standard operation and maintenance procedures and policies.

To apply online please go to

Command Center Officer

The Public Safety Command Center (PSCC) Officer is responsible for routine operation of the Public Safety Command Center Handles routine and emergency calls for service; coordinates the response of appropriate MCCA Departments and various Public Safety service providers (police, fire, EMS, etc.) when required; records actions taken by him/herself as well as others in response to service calls; keeps various logs as assigned; effectively operates various computers, computer programs, CCTV programs; fire alarm monitoring, access control alarm monitoring, and radio equipment; Maintains harmonious work relations with large and diversified workforce. Maintains the confidentiality of the MCCA and the MCCA’s Public Safety Department operations.

To apply online please visit

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June 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Summer Reading Tip: 10 African Literature Blogs to read

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( @blackboston Tweets ) received a tip in the channel today and here’s that share.

Kenyan blogger James Murua lists 10 Africanliterature rich blogs:

So you want to keep abreast of what’s happening in the African literature space. Want to get news and reviews from the books written by and about African experience? Try these ones listed in alphabetical order;

1. Authors in Africa – linked to page

This blog focuses on bloggers in the African continent without a focus on mainly writers from all over Sub Saharan Africa. The site gives reviews of books as well as interviews with authors, a section dedicated to poets and essayists, as well as book synopsis and short stories. The site is regularly updated.

2. Bookshy: An Africa book lover – linked page

This blog is managed by a London based book lover. The book contains news from the African literature scene as well as reviewed by the blogger. With over seventy reviews of some of the best books from the continent this is an important space to keep up with our scene. I especially like the “meet” section where the blogger interviews some really cool writers. The blog is updated every week or so.

3. Books Live linked from page

This is probably the most well managed blog out there for Afro lit. With reviews coming regularly as well as the keeping track of what your favourite authors are up to or what is being written about them this might be THE site to keep visiting. Based in South Africa, the blog is rich in content from the writers from Africa’s most southern most country but it also keeps you abreast of many from other parts. There is new content on this site daily. #Win
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June 8, 2014 at 9:08 am

Things most Boston real estate brokers won’t tell you

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They won’t think to show you the AMI (area medium income)  designated properties unless you ask. There once was a a high school on a hill in Jamaica Plain. Its been converted to apartment condo homes  and they are nice, very  nice. A 2br is for sale for approximately $195,000 if you can get it.  Its on Elm Street.   There are 75 units there.    Ask your real estate broker ( note: most apartment rental agents will not tell you about this ) for a list of choices that meet AMI home-buyer guidelines and you could find yourself sitting in front of a deal that’s hard to refuse because its cheaper than renting and you can own. AMI labeled properties are cheaper to rent too.


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buy me


Here’s why.

1) These homes are every bit as good as non-AMI designated homes. An AMI-designated home means the developer and the financing providers got together under government tax reduction policy when the construction deal was going down. They went to market selling enough units at regular price to be able to offer a few of the units at “income-adjusted” prices and they decided that any owner of those units can NEVER sellout for more than 5% over what they paid for it and they have to hold on to it for at least five years, no flipping!!

2) These house are for families and first time home buyers including single people. They are not for people who want to profit when real estate pricing in the neighborhood increases.

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any suburban town Boston

3) There are not a lot of AMI designated housing stock. To get one you must first participate in an official First Time Home Buyers Program and pass it. Your credit score must not suck. You need to make and show you made at least $38,000 last year. Your bills have to be low enough. Your income has to be ready enough. You should not make more than $38,000 if single and more if there are two W2 wage earners in the household. And in some cases, especially for brand new properties, you have to be a lucky winner among people like your financial situation is of the “pool” of potential buyers for the few reduced priced market rate units in that development.

And every development has different rules that ultimately can affect how much it cost to be there. There’s a list of all the Community Development Housing Corporations serving Boston on the web site and its got phone numbers you can call there too.

4) Here’s what’s no so great about these AMI designated units. Well, you have to do the math. When major facility damage occurs, you will be assessed a flat rate amount over and above mortgage, taxes and condo fees, that you have no control over and so will everybody else with a unit in the development. This is because in some cases, the cost of repairing major damage to a building such as replacing its roof or rebuilding a damaged unit will be spread among the haves and the have not in that development.

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shot from across the street


MORE INFO like this is on the Affordable Homes and Rentals web site page.

EVERY Boston First Time Home Buyer approved to purchase an AMI income priced home is likely to run into  Jeffrey Atkins, Program Manager of the  Homeowner / Homebuyer Services at the  Boston Home Center,  City of Boston.  (617) 635-4663


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May 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

About the Wake up the Earth Festival in JP 2014. It’s starting now.

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Lying dormant in the winter, this yellow bush will wake up in Spring year after year all by itself, as long as we treat the earth right.

There is always a diverse, large, lively and well mannered crowd attending the Wake up the Earth Festival held at the Stony Brook T stop area in Jamaica Plain on the

This 20 plus year tradition is a victim of its own success for all the right reasons. The action begins weeks before parade and festival day when organizers ask the communities of Jamaica Plain and Dudley Commons to start making creative to showcase. Donations help defray the cost of labor and material.

There is corporate and community support behind this, because some parts in this production, like the main concert stage, will cost a small fortune to have there.

The entire Pre-K to Adult diaspora pitches into this creative collective. Their artwork become part of the parade or will be installed at festival park.

The parade first populates the festival exhibition area with people who were in it,

Then from mid-afternoon to dusk, people from all around come streaming on festival ground by the thousands to buy food and goods, explore performing artists and enjoy the fun, family, entertainment and networking atmosphere.

Common Thread/Dudley Square Coalition in partnership with Spontaneous Celebrations and Egleston Square Parade


The Second Annual Dudley Square Parade to the Wake Up the Earth Festival at Stonybrook Park in JP!

(Rain date Sunday May 4, 2014)

10:30 AM Parade assembles at Edward O. Gourdin Veterans Park (Across from B2 Police Station)

Parade Starts at 11:20 AM Sharp!

Calling All Community Partners – Come and Bring the Noise!
Do you have any issues you want to bring to the streets?

March! Walk! Drum! Bike! Be Heard! Have Fun!

Sponsored by:
Spontaneous Celebrations
Common Thread/Dudley Square Coalition
City Feed and Supply
Mt. Washington Bank
Massachusetts Cultural Council


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Madison park Development Corp | 184 Dudley Street, Suite 102


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May 3, 2014 at 8:17 am

Teachers of Color: It is Hiring Season

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Boston public schools pay best!

Originally posted on The Professor:

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The book Colors of Excellence is the leading authority on this topic. I have read it a few times. It is one that is always discussed at the annual People of Color Conference held by the National Association of Independent Schools. Moreover, it serves as a great comfort to many teachers of color with its countless anecdotes from other faculty members of color regarding their own experiences in independent schools. Regardless of what some might say, only those of a particular minority group can fully understand the social construction in existence that might or might not promote a level of comfort. There are continual challenges regarding diversity here in the 21st century.

Many minority faculty members and school administrators discuss the hiring of minority candidates in two terms: comfort and fit; however, both terms can mean different things to schools and minority faculty members. As I write this, I am…

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April 18, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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First Church Roxbury offers the public a unique experience on Marathon Monday Patriot’s Day

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Date: April 21, 2014 Marathon Monday
FROM 8:00 AM TO 1:00 PM

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(From Joyce Stanley, 617 541-4644 )

The Roxbury Collaborative, a coalition of historic and veterans groups, will be celebrating the 239th Anniversary of the start of the War of Independence and the 67th re-enactment of the Historic Ride of William Dawes.

Mr. Dawes was the Roxbury rider who rode from the First Church Roxbury through Norfolk and Middlesex Countries (like Paul Revere) to warn the countryside the British were on the move from Boston Harbor.

The event begins with a community breakfast at the First Church Roxbury Parish House hosted by the First Unitarian Society of West Newton. During the breakfast, The Collaborative presents the Ralph F. Browne, Jr. Unsung Heroes Awards to community residents.

This year’s awards will go to M . Daniel Richardson, a 50 year community activist, Samantha Sadd, Director of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, and youth awardees Kaylee McKinnon and Shani Boykin of Pretty Princesses in Brown/ Diamond Girls.

The National Lacers will re-enact the ride to Lexington and Concord after a send-off in poetry and prayer by the community. Before the ride, this year’s Warren I Brown Scholarship awardees will read their essays and receive a check from the Brown-Greene Family, members of the David L. Ramsey/Patrick E Toy Post #8772.

A historic talk will be presented in the First Church by Joyce Stamps on Genealogy. The Roxbury Historical Society and Historic Boston are sponsoring two historic trolley tours around Roxbury led by Roxbury Historical Society member, Rep. Byron Rushing and Thomas Plant. The Dillaway Thomas House, the First Church, and the Shirley Eustis House on Shirley Street will be open for touring. All events are free and open to the public.

The Roxbury Collaborative is a coalition of volunteers, mostly from military or historic groups.

Members include: Ruth Brown and Cheryl Brown-Greene, Ladies Auxiliary of The David l. Ramsey/Patrick E Toy Post; Joyce Stanley, Dudley Square Main Streets; Thomas Plant, Roxbury Highlands Historic Society, Rep. Byron Rushing, Roxbury Historic Society, Marcia Butman Roxbury Historic Society, Lloyd King, Roxbury Action Program; Linda Evans and Rev. Roger Peltier, Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry at the First Church Roxbury, Antonio Menefee and Lisa Cook, DCR/, Dillaway Thomas House, The National Lancers; The 272 Veterans Association; Jumaada Abdal Khallaq Henry Smith, A Nubian Notion, inc.; Rep. Gloria Fox; Janet Fillion, Boston Latin Academy, Benny White, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Company A Re-enactors; Deborah Thomas, Colored Ladies Christian Relief , Association, Unitarian Universalist Society of West Newton; Ralph Walton, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the First Church; Ret Lt. Paul Hughes and the Madison Park High School JROTC; Paul Keogh, Deputy Commissioner of City of Boston Veterans Services: Kathy Kottaridis, Historic Boston, Anne Bancroft, UUUM, Bill Kuttner, Shirley Eustis House; Cynthia Santos Fletcher, Daughters of the American Revolution, and other friends and supporters.

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April 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

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Boston duo reach Apollo Theater song competition finals, to compete live in Harlem 4/30

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April 9, 2014 – Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater announced that a pair of Boston musicians – Berklee College of Music student Clifton Williams and Mattapan resident Daryl Brown – have been named the two finalists of their Amateur Night Song Competition.

The contest challenged musicians across the country to compose a new theme song for Amateur Night, the Apollo’s signature program. More than 10,000 votes were cast. And last week, Williams and Brown were flown to Harlem to record their compositions.

The final round of online voting is open from now until 7pm on April 30, when Williams and Brown will perform their songs live at a special edition of Amateur Night and the audience will cast their votes via cheers and boos.

The winner, to be determined by the results of the both voting platforms (each weighted at 50 percent), will receive $5,000 and their song named the official theme song of Amateur Night at the Apollo.

hear the songs by Williams and Brown

Interviews available.
Nick Balkin
Berklee | Media Relations
o 617 747-2247

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April 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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