Five-year partnership strengthens ties

first_imgAfter spending 13 years raising three boys, Stephanie Connolly wanted to get back into the workforce, but she was worried that her computer skills were obsolete.Not only was the long employment break a concern, but she had never used Microsoft’s Office programs. Her last employer had only used WordPerfect.A year later, Connolly is so well-versed in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that she is helping others, and just completed a stint as a teaching assistant in a computer class. She’s also on the job hunt, armed with a new résumé, freshly honed interview skills, and state-of-the-art knowledge of how to conduct Internet job searches, fill out Web-based applications, and upload resumes.“I can walk through the doors of the company and feel very confident,” said Connolly. “They [the course instructors] have given that to me.”Connolly, who lives in Brighton, credited her development to classes offered by the Harvard Allston Workforce Development Collaborative. The collaborative is part of a rich suite of programs, grants, and neighborhood improvements that stem from an agreement struck between Harvard University and the city of Boston five years ago.The Education Portal is an example of where Harvard has gone over and above the terms of the agreement. It takes the strengths of the University and brings them to the community, to kids, to parents, and to teachers.” — Linda Kowalcky, deputy director of the Boston Redevelopment AuthorityThe agreement grew out of discussions between the University and the city over the construction of Harvard’s Science Complex in Allston. Although the University paused construction in 2009, implementation of the non-construction-related aspects of the agreement has continued.What that has meant to the neighbors is the opening and expansion of the Harvard Allston Education Portal, a community-centered education facility that serves as Harvard’s front door to the neighborhood; access to certain University programs and facilities; more green space, in the form of the 1.74-acre Ray V. Mellone Park; and new resources, in the form of grants to community organizations and nonprofits that have totaled $500,000 in five years. (Information about the agreement’s benefits to the community, as well as about Harvard’s deep ties with Cambridge and Boston, are available on the new community-oriented Public Affairs website, which launched earlier this month.)“Harvard is an engaged community partner and is committed to projects, educational and outreach programs, and other initiatives that benefit Allston,” said Kevin Casey, associate vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications.  “The programs implemented over the past five years have created a solid foundation of meaningful community engagement to build upon as we enter into this next phase of community benefits associated with our new institutional master plan.”Gavin Healy (left) and Brendan Shea go over a play at an A.R.T. workshop at the Ed Portal. File photo by Katherine TaylorAn Ed Portal “over and above”The Harvard Allston Education Portal is perhaps the centerpiece of the University’s burgeoning relationship with the Allston-Brighton neighborhood. It opened in 2008 with mentoring and after-school enrichment programs aimed at local schoolchildren, including those at nearby Gardner Pilot Academy, the closest public school to Harvard’s Allston campus.Over the last five years, 80 Harvard undergraduates have provided mentoring for 300 neighborhood students, and programming has grown to include the Workforce Development Collaborative’s computer and job-readiness classes, a lecture series that brings the Harvard faculty’s cutting-edge research to a community audience, and an outdoor farmers market that runs from June through October.The free Ed Portal membership is open to any neighborhood resident. Membership has grown rapidly from 455 in 2009 to 1,700 this year. The facility has grown as well, with an annex opening last year that tripled its size.“What began as a thoughtful but modest program of mentoring has blossomed into a full array of programs for kids, adults, seniors, and residents who speak other languages,” said Linda Kowalcky, deputy director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.Kowalcky, who helped to negotiate the cooperation agreement for the city, said that while there are aspects of the agreement tied to the science center construction process that have yet to be implemented, Harvard has carried out its non-construction-related obligations, and in some cases exceeded them.“The Education Portal is an example of where Harvard has gone over and above” the terms of the agreement, Kowalcky said. “It takes the strengths of the University and brings them to the community, to kids, to parents, and to teachers.”The key to the Education Portal’s success has been the University’s commitment to treat the relationship with the community as a core priority, said portal faculty director Robert Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology.Lue said he views the facility as something of a “sandbox” where innovative ideas about how to strengthen the relationship between the University and the community — while enhancing the understanding of learning — can be suggested and tried out.“People who have great ideas and great energy need a place to do it,” Lue said. “It’s not something built separately. Sharing and outreach truly must come from the heart, and be an extension of the core priorities of the University.”A longstanding community resource in Allston that predates the cooperation agreement is Harvard’s Ceramics Program, managed by the Office for the Arts. The program was founded in Cambridge in 1969 and has been located since 1987 at its studio at 219 Western Ave. In addition to events for all ages, presented in collaboration with the Ed Portal, the program provides adult ceramics classes, workshops, and seminars led by highly skilled artists and scholars from around the world, drawing about half of its student body from the University and half from the community. It also sponsors a semi-annual show and sale, which this month drew a record number of attendees. In the fall, the program will increase its visibility and commitment to the Allston community by moving to 224 Western Ave., where a large studio will feature enhanced amenities, including a dedicated exhibition space at street level.Allston resident Stephanie Henry looks over the finished pieces at the ceramics studio. Managed by the Office for the Arts, the Ceramics Program was founded in Cambridge in 1969 and has been located at its studio at 219 Western Ave. in Allston since 1987. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerFunding partnershipsThe cooperation agreement also provides for the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, through which the University has distributed $100,000 a year for the past five years. The funds have gone to 20 organizations, including the Friends of the Honan-Allston Library, the Oak Square YMCA, the Charles River Watershed Association, and the Fishing Academy, a nonprofit that runs summer camps for urban youth. Because of its success and popularity, the fund was extended this year for five more years as part of the planned relocations associated with the Barry’s Corner mixed-use development.Fishing Academy Executive Director John Hoffman said the funds have provided scholarships for youth from Allston-Brighton, most of whom had never cast a line, tied a knot, or baited a hook. The weeklong camp provides two days of freshwater fishing in nearby ponds and then three days of fishing on the Boston Harbor islands, cruising aboard a local charter fishing boat, and taking a turn on the academy’s own boat.  In 2012, the academy received more than $5,000, which provided scholarships for 45 youths.“Without support from the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, a lot of local kids wouldn’t be able to get into the outdoors and participate in such a fun and educational experience,” Hoffman said. “It really is a program that can actually change the course of some of the kids’ lives.”Carin O’Connor, librarian at the Boston Public Library’s Honan-Allston Branch, applied for partnership funds to enhance the library’s offerings for adult education. The funds were used to buy seven sewing machines and hire an instructor so the library could offer sewing and quilting classes. O’Connor said the partnership funds, which went to Friends of the Honan-Allston Library, are essential, since city budget cuts have meant the library had no funds for programming.“It absolutely would not have been possible,” O’Connor said. “Adults really like getting back into making things. Why should the kids have all the fun?”Camps and programs and scholarships, oh my!While the Education Portal provides a physical focus for the partnership between Harvard and the Allston-Brighton community and the Partnership Fund extends resources into the community, a variety of scholarships give community members access to programs at the University.Since 2008, 556 academic and recreational scholarships have been given to Allston-Brighton youth and adults. Each year, 50 scholarships allow adults to attend the Harvard Extension School, and each summer 50 more allow neighborhood youth to participate in summer camps for tennis, baseball, and swimming.Last year, Erica Herman, principal of the Gardner Pilot Academy, attended instructional rounds at the Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Center, with three other Gardner faculty members. Herman called the four days of professional-development classes “an eye-opening, challenging, wonderful opportunity,” one that should be experienced by other teachers at the school.Herman said the Ed Portal’s mentoring program provides Pilot Academy children, ranging from kindergarten through sixth grade, a chance to interact with Harvard students and to see that college is a possibility for them.Herman, who sits on the Education Portal’s advisory board, said that while Harvard has long had a partnership with the community, the two-way communication is better now. She looks forward to seeing the relationship continue to expand.“There is definitely a deeper presence of Harvard in our community, in our school,” Herman said. “It’s not that Harvard has never been a partner, but the partnership has deepened. There’s a much stronger presence and a two-way conversation.”last_img read more

Revet Long Term Care offering insurance to business

first_imgRevet Long Term Care Agency, LLC has added to their individual offerings by adding a new product to help business owners protect their company. Using pretax dollars you can own a long term care policy that will protect you and your company against the cost of long term care. With the roll out of this new product line we are offering a free consultation and needs analysis for you and your business. Learn how you can save up to 40% off the price of your long term care insurance policy.Mark & Lisa Revet have over 20 years combined experience in the long term care industry. Lisa having grown up in Bennington, Vt and now living in nearby Hoosick Falls, NY is helping businesses protect themselves, their families, and their businesses from the threat of long term care.For a business owner’s guide or to speak with someone regarding your business options and long term care contact the Revet Long Term Care Agency, LLC 800-535-8311 or [email protected](link sends e-mail). The Revet Long Term Care Agency was voted the 12th largest health insurer in New York’s Capital District by the Albany Business Review and has made the book of lists again in 2005.last_img read more

Athletics could be better off without Bolt says Carl Lewis Former…

first_imgFormer American athletics star, Carl Lewis, says the sports of athletics may well be better off with the departure of triple world record holder Usain Bolt.Bolt retired after the recently concluded London World Championships where he only managed to earn a bronze medal in the 100 meters.But Lewis is adamant that participants of the sport must hurry and put the recent departure of Bolt, claiming there is a unique opportunity for things to be even better off.Track and field pundits have argued that will Bolt’ throwing in his spikes he will never be replaced he can never be replaced.  Over his ten-year professional career Bolt was the darling of the sport where he entertained and thrilled with scintillating runs and his inimitable antics.“The sport is not just about one person. Nobody is irreplaceable. Track and field survived many civilizations. Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson and now Usain Bolt. Men will all come and go but the sport will always remain,” Lewis told PTI.“We need to do more to build on the sport. We don’t need to follow that trend that we have been in the last eight years, which was just about following one person,” he added.“Our job is to fill the void. In the last 10 years, the sport has not grown as the focus was just on one man. The point is we need to build competition. We now have a unique chance to rebuild and grow our sport. Now we have a chance to make a difference, grow our sport and not just grow yourself.”last_img read more

Five teams vye for Kootenay Regional Men’s Curling crown

first_img“Usually we get two spots, but with this few entries (Kootenays) were only allocated one.”The Regional Playdowns open Friday at 5 p.m. with Nichol facing Ferguson and Nobert battling Firman.Buchy was awarded the bye and plays the Nobert/Firman winner at 9 p.m.The playdowns continue Saturday with draws at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.The first round of the Page Playoffs goes Saturday at 7 p.m.There’s a draw at 10 a.m. Sunday with the Final set for 2 p.m.The winner advances to the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship ­ at the Vernon Curling Club February 3-8, 2015. Myron Nichol of Castlegar, fresh from winning the Nelson Open Cashspiel, is the early favourite entering the Kootenay Men’s Regionals this weekend at the Nelson Curling Club.Nichol defeated Ken McHargue of Sparwood to claim the top prize at the cashspiel.However, all bets are off as four other teams join the Castlegar skip in the search for the lone Kootenay berth beginning Friday at the Curling Club.Joining the Nichol rink is last year’s BC Finalist Tom Buchy of Kimberley, Rob Ferguson of Trail, Josh Firman of Creston and Castlegar’s Rob Nobert.“The zone format was discontinued a few years back in favour of this inter-regional competition,” said playdown organizer Garry Beaudry.last_img read more

Duo praised for bringing beach wheelchair to Rossnowlagh

first_imgThe accessibility of Rossnowlagh Beach has been greatly improved thanks to the efforts of two inspirational local women.Council staff members Diane Patton and Grainne Campbell teamed up recently to fundraise for a specialist wheelchair for public users at the South Donegal beach. And their hard work was highly praised on Thursday when the dream became a reality, just in time for summer. The new beach wheelchair was unveiled yesterday afternoon at Rossnowlagh beach by Cllr. Michael Naughton, Chair of Donegal Municipal District.Paul Diver, Sandhouse Hotel, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, Grainne Campbell, Cllr. Micheal Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD and Diane Patton on Thursday afternoon.The idea was first sparked by Diane Patton, a holiday home resident in Rossnowlagh, who witnessed first-hand the struggles experienced by her neighbour’s son accessing the beach in Rossnowlagh. Diane thought she needed to do something to help.“As a holiday home resident in Rossnowlagh I was very aware of the need for this type of a beach wheelchair,” said Diane who lives in Castlefin. “I have a neighbour in my holiday park who has a son with reduced mobility and for many Summers now he is at his happiest in Rossnowlagh and his dad has been able to get him around Rossnowlagh, close to the beach but never actually onto the beach due to the weight of his wheelchair. “And after witnessing last Summer another lady trying to take her teenage son onto the beach in his wheelchair and getting stuck and his discomfort at having strangers help, I just thought there must be a better way for people in wheelchairs to experience the beach.“I spoke to my colleague at work Grainne Campbell, who has previously held coffee mornings to raise funds for other charities and we decided to hold the annual coffee morning to help raise money for a specialist wheelchair for Rossnowlagh Beach. “We held the coffee morning at the County House in Lifford and we were overwhelmed by the kindness of not only Donegal County Council staff but also the businesses in both our local area and in Rossnowlagh who contributed very generous prizes to the raffle.“After a very successful coffee morning Donegal County Council’s Coastal Officer David Friel secured the rest of the €5,000 needed to purchase the specialist wheelchair. “The new Beach Wheelchair at Rossnowlagh which was unveiled on Thursday afternoon by Cllr. Micheal Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD.Diane continued: “This is now the fifth specialist beach wheelchair in Donegal, with others available at Rathmullan, Downings, Marble Hill and Carrickfinn. “We would like to especially thank businesses in Rossnowlagh including The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, The Gaslight-Inn, Smugglers Creek Inn, Maddies Sweet Treats and Tickety-Moo Ice Cream Parlour as well as Twin Town Oils Ballybofey, McGlynns Restaurant Castlefin, Red Pepper Restaurant Castlederg, Quirky Raven Coffee Company Spencer Road and Bishop Street Derry, McCauleys Restaurant Lifford, The Lifford Old Courthouse, Marleys Café Lifford, Eclipse Cinema Lifford, O’Neills Sportswear Strabane, Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Selkie Sailing Gweedore.”Speaking at the unveiling Cllr Michael Naughton, Chair of Donegal Municipal District thanked both Diane and Grainne for their wonderful efforts in securing this beach wheelchair for Rossnowlagh. He said: “It is truly uplifting to hear this story and it just highlights the importance of having this wheelchair available so that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy this beautiful beach.  The support that Diane and Grainne received both from Council staff and from businesses here in Rossnowlagh, as well as in other parts of Donegal and Derry shows just how important this is to everyone. “We can sometimes take for granted the joy of being on the beach but it is not something that everyone has the fortune to experience but I hope now that more people can enjoy this experience and that this beach wheelchair will allow for many special moments and memories to be made.” Diane Patton and Grainne Campbell who raised funds for the new beach wheelchair for Rossnowlagh pictured with the new beach wheelchair outside the Sandhouse Hotel on Thursday afternoon.David Friel Coastal Officer with Donegal County Council explained that “the Hippocampe wheelchair allows users to fully explore the beach. Its design means that it can travel over softer sand and in to the water areas where wheelchair users would have been reluctant to take their own chair.  This means that wheelchair users or those with mobility issues can now fully enjoy the beach and its environment”. He also acknowledged the important role played by everyone in securing these beach wheelchairs saying “I hope we can identify further partners at other beach locations to allow further roll-out of this very welcome and valuable service.  I’d especially like to thank the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa, for facilitating the beach wheelchair here at Rossnowlagh beach and hope it is used and enjoyed for years to come”.The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa is providing a home and safekeeping for the wheelchair which will be available for the public to book by calling the Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa at (071) 985 1777.Duo praised for bringing beach wheelchair to Rossnowlagh was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beach wheelchaircouncilRossnowlaghlast_img read more

Council gritters to be deployed as freezing temperatures hit

first_imgDonegal County Council gritters are to be deployed on all major road routes in Donegal from 8pm this Friday night.Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing tonight as forecasters warn of frost during the cold and dry conditions. Lows of -1C are forecast, and there is a risk of mist and frost developing in areas of the north west.Donegal County Council has advised motorists that the following routes will be gritted from 8pm: 06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1LT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1Check Donegal County Council’s interactive map for gritting routesMotorists are reminded to assume that no road is ice free.Council gritters to be deployed as freezing temperatures hit was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Top takeaways from 49ers’ final practice in Youngstown

first_imgYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Andy Dalton’s career-high 418 yards in the Bengals’ season-opening loss at Seattle has the 49ers defense on alert for Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.Dalton’s five sacks can’t be ignored, either. Or the fact his left tackle, Cordy Glenn, has been ruled out with a concussion.The 49ers pass rush keyed a 31-17 win at Tampa Bay last Sunday, sacking Jameis Winston three times and pressuring him on interception returns for touchdowns by Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon.What …last_img read more

Adrien Broner arrested, released ahead of Manny Pacquiao fight

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 18: Adrien Broner gets taped up prior to his workout for the media at the 5th Street Gym on December 18, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Broner is scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao on January 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPAdrien Broner was arrested in Broward County, Florida days before Christmas and was then released, as per TMZ Sports.Broner had an outstanding warrant after failing to appear in court earlier this month and face a driving-related case in which he was arrested for speeding, not having a driver’s license and no registration.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES View comments The 29-year-old Broner is scheduled to challenge Manny Pacquiao, the reigning WBA welterweight champion, next month in Las Vegas.Pacquiao is already in Los Angeles to continue his training camp. He is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia five months ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ONE: Eduard Folayang shows off Igorot roots through locally-made formal wear SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

a month agoKlopp admits Liverpool unlikely to break Man City record

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp admits Liverpool unlikely to break Man City recordby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp thinks it is unlikely Liverpool will break Manchester City’s record for most consecutive Premier League wins.The Reds made 16 with the win over Sheffield United on Saturday, two shy of City’s record of 18.Asked about the possibility of winning 18 straight games, he said: “(There are) interesting games coming up. It doesn’t sound too likely. But we will try and first and foremost Salzburg and then Leicester.”Then it is the international break and hopefully everybody comes back healthy. That is most important.Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will play against each other in Singapore, very interesting game obviously, it’s not qualification for anything. So hopefully everyone comes back healthy and then we try to prepare for Man United.”He added: “I try to understand how other people think about things but from the way I think about things I’m not interested in the number to be honest. It’s just a number.”So, you only can create a streak like this if you’re always in the next job. The next job is Salzburg which is a different competition and then Leicester City and that will be difficult.” last_img read more

Quebec family sues provincial police over probe they say ruined their lives

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec man and his family who say their lives were ruined by the provincial police’s attempts to link him to the high-profile disappearance of a nine-year-old girl is suing the force and the province for $10.5 million.Jonathan Bettez, his parents, and Emballages Bettez Inc. are seeking damages for the destruction of the family business and living through what was described as a terrible ordeal in a lawsuit filed today.In a statement, the law firm representing the Bettez family says police opened a probe targeting Bettez for juvenile pornography without evidence and with an altogether different motive: to jump-start the investigation into the 2007 disappearance of Cedrika Provencher in Trois-Rivieres, Que.The suit claims that provincial police investigators adopted “tunnel vision” and carried out searches and seizures that were illegal, abusive or granted on the basis of a false or misleading information.Last October, a Quebec court judge acquitted Bettez on the child pornography charges and invalidated the warrants used to gather evidence in the case.Provincial police would not comment on the lawsuit, which alleges they exploited the media and the justice system with a singular goal of linking the Bettez name to the girl’s disappearance and murder.To date, there have been no arrests in the disappearance and slaying of Cedrika, whose remains were found in 2015.Bettez family members are not speaking to media but say their goal in seeking $9,454,500 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages is to ensure police are held accountable.The Canadian Presslast_img read more