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Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw featured on free Aug 3rd Roxbury Jazz at the Fort concert

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Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program present the Jaleel Shaw Quartet at the annual, free Jazz at the Fort concert, Sunday, August 3, 5:00 p.m., at Roxbury’s Highland Park.

Alumnus saxophonist Shaw is appearing in the midst of a busy summer of performances at jazz festivals throughout Europe and the United States with Tom Harrell’s Colors Of A Dream, and New York City nightclubs with the Roy Haynes Quartet.

Jazz at the Fort is part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series, made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, with musical performances by Berklee musicians in neighborhoods throughout Boston.

Entry ways to Highland Park are on Fort Avenue or Beach Glen Street in Roxbury. The park is wheelchair-accessible. Parking is available at Columbus Avenue and Cedar Street in the Roxbury Community College lot. The park is also a short walk from the MBTA Roxbury Crossing Station.

In the event of RAIN,the concert will move to Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center, 1234 Columbus Avenue.

For more information call 617 747-6057.

Shaw’s reputation as a composer and improviser got a boost when a concert he performed in the Checkout – Live at Berklee series was streamed global by NPR. His three CDs, Perspective, Optimism, and The Soundtrack Of Things To Come, earned praise by jazz critics at the New York Times.

Shaw is the recipient of an ASCAP Young Composer Award, and was named alto saxophonist of the year in a JazzTimes magazine’s Readers Poll.

Shaw received a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, and graduated with a dual degree in music education and performance. He also earned a masters in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

Since 1997, the multi-faceted ParkARTS program has offered a wide variety of cultural offerings in Boston’s parks including performing, participatory, and visual arts.

By presenting programs in each of these three areas, ParkARTS ensures a broad variety of programming which appeals to many constituencies reaching all of Boston’s neighborhoods.

Berklee’s Office of Community Affairs and Campus Engagement (CACE) cultivates and manages institutional relationships, partnerships, and programs that advance the college, mobilize musicians as leaders, and contribute to the cultural, educational, and artistic development of the Boston area and our Jazz at the Fort is part of Berklee’s Summer in the City series, made possible by presenting sponsor Natixis Global Asset Management, with musical performances by Berklee musicians in neighborhoods throughout Boston.



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August 2, 2014 at 12:52 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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Madison Park Development Corp adds new Hibernian Hall talent to bring in the bucks.

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Hibernian Hall Development Officer

Brooke Woodson, VP of Programs

ROXBURY, MA.  Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), a community-based, non-profit organization focused on developing affordable housing for low and moderate income residents, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Brooke Woodson as Vice President of Programs.

In his role at MPDC, Woodson will oversee operations at Hibernian Hall, government & media relations, and organizational administration.
Prior to joining Madison Park Development Corporation, Woodson served as Director of the City of Boston’s Small & Local Business Enterprise Office for 20 years.  In this role Mr. Woodson managed the City’s contract compliance program as it relates to business and construction employment opportunities. He was responsible for the second largest certification agency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a database of over 1000 businesses. He also oversaw compliance requirements related to over $2 Billion in private construction activity and $1.8 Billion in the City’s five year capital construction budget and served as Director of the Boston Employment Commission which oversees the Boston Residents Jobs Policy.  Prior to being SLBE Director, Brooke served as Chief of Staff to the late City Council President Bruce C. Bolling.

Madison Park Development Corporation’s CEO Jeanne Pinado said, “Brooke’s background and expertise will allow us to expand our community economic development work in Roxbury.”

“I am excited to be joining MPDC which is an exemplary organization doing outstanding work in so many fields,” said Woodson.  “As someone whose family comes from Roxbury, I truly appreciate MPDC’s work in rebuilding the community and I look forward to helping it move to even greater heights.”

Brooke is a graduate of Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.  Brooke currently resides in Boston with his wife and son.

For additional comments, Brooke Woodson can be reached at 617-849-6240 or

Jeanne Pinado can be reached at 617-849-6220 or

About Madison Park Development Corporation

Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC) was founded in 1966 when a group of community activists said no to the threatened destruction of their neighborhood. Over the past 46 years, MPDC has become a champion in revitalizing Lower Roxbury and saying yes to resident-led development and community empowerment. MPDC’s mission is to create quality, mixed-income housing, and to promote the renaissance of Dudley Square as a thriving neighborhood business district, recognized as a center of commerce and culture.


Written by BostonMurrell

January 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

The Friends of Roxbury Community College want deficient employees to go.

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April 1, 2013
The Time Is Now To Take Immediate Action!!!!!

Well, the suspense is now over. The investigative process involving serious problems at Roxbury Community College has been completed. The investigation which was led by Attorney Wayne Budd and his colleagues from the law firm of Goodwin Procter has revealed some very damaging information that strongly suggests that some immediate changes need to be made in order to serve the best interests of the college. In releasing the results of the investigation, there were names mentioned and clear cases of incompetency and possible borderline criminal activity.

There has been an aura of silence as the community has constantly been told that “no statements can be made until the results of the investigation have been revealed.” Well, that time has arrived and actions to remedy the situation need to be taken. There is no more speculation as we now have documented evidence to identify the individuals who have contributed to what we the “Friends Of Roxbury Community College” have described as a “culture of negativity” that has contributed to the many problems that exist at Roxbury Community College.

A national search is underway to identify a new college president with the hopes that the new individual will come in with a new vision and spirit to turn the institution around in order to become the gem of academic and social excellence that we know it has the potential to be.

However, it would be an injustice and a dis-service to the college for a new incoming permanent president to inherit and depend upon some of the individuals who have been identified in the investigation and could be a detriment to the viability and growth of our college.

Dr. Linda Edmonds-Turner has been serving in the capacity of interim president and has attempted to make some positive changes at the college. However, her role is more in line with being a caretaker until the permanent president is chosen. But, in that role, Dr. Turner, with the support of the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees, currently under the leadership of Mrs. Kathy Taylor, can make the bold move of taking immediate action by activating proceedings to terminate those individuals in the investigation who have been identified as contributing to the “negative culture”. This will give the new incoming permanent president a fresh start.

This would not be setting a precedent as one individual named in the investigation was the president of Pine Minor College. That person was put on administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation. The Board of Trustees of Roxbury Community College should adopt the same policy.

The results of the investigation should dictate immediate action that would hopefully contribute to lifting the “dark cloud hovering over the college.” The community is watching this situation very closely and looking for the commitment needed to take the steps required to bring a new day and a renewed spirit to our college and its students.

We know that it has been noted, that there are problems on the campus ranging from the RCC Student Center to the Reggie Lewis Track And Field Center. However, this institution is of such vital importance to our community and to the “Friends Of Roxbury Community College” that we are prepared to play whatever role required to contribute to turning the situation around.


However, it starts with the leadership at the college and we strongly suggest that the Board of Trustees convene an emergency meeting in April of 2013 to report to the community what steps have been or will be taken to remedy the situation identified in the investigative report.

This is our college and the new president will be unfairly confronted with numerous problems that must be addressed and eliminated. It would seem logical and fiscally prudent to take whatever actions needed to assess, identify and remove as many obstacles as possible in order to clear the administrative path of deficiencies for the new president. We remain confident that our college has a bright future and will play a key role in contributing to the future stability of our community.

In education,

Sadiki Kambon, Convener
The “Friends Of Roxbury Community College”

Written by BostonMurrell

April 1, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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2010: The Black Engineer’s situation is 4G LTE good!

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So where  are the Black Engineers these days?
ans: Right here in the neighborhood.

Have you seen  the call-outs from corporate diversity recruiters for them at job fairs, career expos and newspaper want ad columns?  Then,  there is the magazine publication titled “Diversity Careers in Engineering & Information Technology”

Its latest publication arrived leading with an article titled “Women of Color find success in IT.”    Locally,  members of Boston’s Black Data Processing — don’t let the words “data processing” foolya,  because members work in marketing, financing, banking, law, accounting and other professional positions throughout the world:  Greater Boston’s Metro BDPA chapter  holds networking events around town often.

Want some FOSS? John William Templeton’s Digital Tipping Point  segment is about free open source software from  an  African American software developer’s perspective – now playing  on our online video playback system named

We’ve spoken to scores of African American, African and international engineers lately who are comfortable making things happen in the Greater Boston area.

Some are building stuff for the future,  like this.

4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile access technology graphic diagram

ex-Microsoft developer Don Dodge's new software dream

The community of  Roxbury is making history again. Its been a cluster test zone for LTE 4G wireless technology.

An invisible LTE 4G wireless cloud now hovers over Roxbury and Dorchester.

Imagine the possibilities!!

What’s weird?
SOME people in Dudley Square, Orchard Park, the Harrison Avenue area and near Roxbury Crossing don’t trust what test  vans are doing in their neighborhoods because they said so.

No all, but some – enough to require police detail to watch over crews testing day and night.   But this not unusual because Verizon and NSTAR hires police details for their field work crews too.

Engineers can build some products  in labs before they are  boxed, packaged and sold in shrink wrap but this is not the case for 4G/LTE wireless cell clusters because each system has to be custom fitted to the terrain where it is designed to work –  the Roxbury and Dorchester community is one laboratory chosen by Verizon, in this case.

People who  question what testers do in the vehicles may be paranoid  because  the Boston Police Department has had its problems with community relations over time. They have called testers  “the po po,” short for “police.” They think personnel  are spying  or taking down license plate numbers. They want the vans to leave.

a virtual smartphone on wheels - a new invention

not the po po

Take a look at this picture.

Personnel  in the vehicles test  the invisible RF frequency.

They do not pull up your personal identifiers and the cell phone signals they see are on entirely different frequencies than yours.

Obviously, people who have something to hide are not the target.

This blog also features a story from Nigeria’s Black Bill Gates about what the last computer will look like and ……

Written by BostonMurrell

February 5, 2010 at 11:56 am

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