The Coleman family of Westborough is asking for help finding their dog Rudy, who went missing on May 22 from his dog walker's yard in the Adams Street/Quick Farm Road area.
Rudy is a small, 3-year-old male Havanese. He is microchipped and was last seen wearing tags and dragging a red leash.
Anyone who sees a dog that looks like Rudy is asked not to chase him because he is shy; take a picture, note the date and time, and call 857-205-5732 with any information.
A substantial reward is being offered for his safe return.
For more information, go to www.findrudycoleman.com.
"Greater Somerville" producer and cohost Joe Lynch was at the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Worcester last weekend and from the six minutes here, it looks like he and Somerville Neighborhood News covered not only the convention floor, but the rafters, the lobby, and the backstage with their camera and microphone.
Watch for the complete "Greater Somerville Goes to the Convention" next week on www.greatersomerville.wordpress.com.
On this Election 2014 special episode of "Greater Somerville," watch United Independent party candidate for Governor of Evan Falchuk speak with host Joe Lynch about the new Massachusetts political party, its platform, and Falchuk’s campaign.
Go to greatersomerville.wordpress.com for all episodes of the show.
By Ginny Little, Guest Correspondent
NEWBURYPORT – While June 20th will mark the end of the school year for many students in the Newburyport area, it will also conclude forty years of dedicated classroom teaching by one of the Immaculate Conception School’s longest-serving teachers.
To put this in perspective, when Sister Mary Braley first arrived in Newburyport and began her classroom duties at the IC, President Richard Nixon had just resigned the presidency, the Vietnam War had not officially ended, the old YMCA was still standing on State Street, and Byron Mathews was the City’s mayor.
Though she will turn out the lights in her second grade classroom for the final time this June, Sister Mary plans to remain involved at the school as a classroom aide. But Sister Mary’s departure from the daily duties of classroom teaching also marks the end of a larger tradition that began in 1882, when the Immaculate Conception School was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the same religious order to which Sister Mary belongs. She is the last of her order to teach at the school founded over 130 years ago by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
The positive impact made on Newburyport by the Immaculate Conception and its founders is still felt today. Dedicated to promoting peace and social justice since its founding, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth began its educational ministry shortly after its founding in Nazareth, Kentucky, in 1812.
Just seventy years later, nine young sisters arrived in Newburyport at the request of the Reverend Arthur Teeling of the Immaculate Conception Parish. Newburyport was the first educational mission of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth to venture east of the Mississippi. Reminders of the Sisters’ influence at Immaculate Conception are still present, most notably in the school’s symbol of the female pelican feeding her starving young with her own blood, a reference to the Sisters’ selfless devotion to students and their commitment to helping future generations.
On September 4, 1882, the Sisters welcomed 520 students into a new school building near the site of the present school. This new “throng of students” at the new Immaculate Conception School, as one historian wrote, helped to relieve the burden on Newburyport’s public school system to the point where two of the city’s public schools could be closed. The number of students flocking to the Immaculate Conception School increased quickly, and there were 700 children enrolled at IC by the end of the second scholastic year.
Sister Mary began her educational ministry in Kentucky, teaching briefly in Ohio before settling in Newburyport. From teaching proper handwriting to ensuring that her second graders know the Church’s Act of Contrition and are ready to receive their First Holy Communion, Sister Mary has been a cornerstone of early education at the Immaculate Conception School.
Though she has taught the first and third grades as well, Sister Mary says she has constantly been drawn to the second grade. “It seems that everywhere I’ve taught, there was a second grade class who needed a teacher,” says Sister Mary. Believing it was part of God’s plan for her to teach the second grade course of study, preparing her students for their first holy sacraments “has certainly been a highlight of each year” for Sister Mary.
Generations of Immaculate Conception School graduates who have passed through Sister Mary’s classroom recall her attention to detail, her unyielding patience, and her dedication to ensuring her students receive the best education possible. In her forty years of education in Newburyport, she has taught hundreds of youngsters their math facts, spelling, science and reading.
Combining the traditional Zaner-Bloser method of penmanship with modern SMART board classroom technology, Sister Mary enriches her students with her years of experience. Having been taught by Sisters of Charity herself, Sister Mary remembers her teachers’ “sense of joy in their ministry,” and, she explains, “I wanted to be like that, too!”
While greatly appreciated by parents, alumni, and her peers, Sister Mary’s classroom expertise and years of service to others has not gone unnoticed beyond the walls of the school. In 2012, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston honored her with the prestigious Cheverus Award, given by the Archdiocese to those who have shown exemplary service to the Church and God’s people. That year was also Sister Mary’s Golden Jubilee, marking the fiftieth anniversary of her entering into the community of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
Though she will remain very involved in the school, Sister Mary will miss greeting her new group of second graders each fall as she has done for so many years. “I will miss the new beginnings each year, when I get to welcome thirty students into my classroom and into my heart.” For Sister Mary, the “ministry of teaching . . . has been God’s work, and I am most grateful to have had the opportunity.”
Virginia “Ginny” Little is a sixth grade student at the Immaculate Conception School. She fondly recalls her second grade year with Sister Mary Braley.
The following was submitted by the MSPCA:
Three Lhasa Apso-mix dogs were surrendered to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen on May 7 with fur so matted and nails so ingrown that they could not walk, the organization announced.
The dogs were initially turned over to the Haverhill animal control officer after their previous owner refused to provide them with minimum standards of care, according to the MSPCA.
The MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Department is investigating and expects to bring charges against the animals’ previous owners, who have not yet been identified.
The dogs, which include mom “Cinderella,” age 7, and her two daughters “Anastasia” and “Drizella,” both 6, are recovering from their ordeal. Upon intake the dogs’ fur was shaved and their nails were trimmed. They have also required extensive dental work to repair their teeth, which deteriorated due to lack of care.
According to Nevins Farm director Mike Keiley, both Anastasia and Drizella also have eye issues which are serious but treatable. The veterinary team concluded that their mother, Cinderella, is blind.
“These dogs were in terrible overall condition and it was obvious at first sight that they have gone very long periods without necessary veterinary care,” he said. “Their lives have been marked by neglect and we’re going to do all we can to get them well and get them into the loving homes that they deserve.”
The dogs were professionally shaved by the skilled team at the Grooming Emporium, the Lowell-based team that often volunteers its services for homeless animals. Their grotesquely overgrown nails also were trimmed. And despite the suffering and neglect they endured for years, their behavior assessment revealed that all three are friendly and social, making them prime candidates for adoption.
Keiley is confident the dogs will have a very bright future. Drizella, in fact, has already been claimed by a new owner and left Monday for her forever home. Cinderella and Anastasia remain at Nevins Farm.
“Lhasa Apsos are wonderful dogs, small enough for those living in tight spaces and very loyal and loving to those close to them,” added Keiley. Keiley also said it is relatively rare for Lhasa Apso-type dogs to be surrendered to the shelter, making them highly desirable.
The MSPCA-Angell’s three statewide animal care and adoption centers take in, and place into new homes, thousands of homeless dogs, cats, and other animals every year. Anastasia, Cinderella, and Drizella represent just some of the many animals who arrive every day, and whose futures are brighter as a result of the care they receive.
Jamaica Plain playwright Peter Snoad knows few countries had more blood on their hands in the trans-Atlantic slave trade than his native England.
And he’s clear blood also stained the hands of wealthy New Englanders, who amassed fortunes on the backs of the enslaved Africans, especially in Rhode Island.
That is part of the narrative subtext of Snoad’s latest play, “Guided Tour,” which opens Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St. in Boston.
“It’s unfortunate that as a country, we have the desire to heal from the legacy of slavery, and yet refuse to acknowledge the enormity of it, historically speaking,” said the 64-year-old former child actor in a recent phone interview.
“That’s why it’s so important for me to write about race and contemporary manifestations of racism.”
“Guided Tour” is the story of a young law student’s efforts to exonerate a convicted black tour guide named Joe Bell, who spent 14 years behind bars for burning down a Gilded Age mansion in Rhode Island.
Set in a psychiatric unit, the play reveals some lessons about the irrational power of love.
The play is the second of four plays by Snoad dealing with race and class being produced by Hibernian Hall, where he is a playwright in residence.
“I've spent most of my working life writing and fund-raising for social justice organizations, so, to some degree, my plays are an extension of that commitment," he said.
Snoad’s journey from an affluent childhood in England to penning race-conscious plays in New England has been circuitous.
The younger of two sons, Snoad grew up in the tony Kensington section of London, walking distance from Kensington Palace where Queen Victoria was born, and Prince William and Catherine currently live.
The neighborhood is not far from Fleet Street, the historic hub of Britain's newspaper industry, where his father was once a publishing executive and his mother a secretary.
At age 5, Snoad auditioned at his grade school for a speaking role in the 1956 film “A Town Like Alice” starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch. He was cast as an orphan in an epic World War II love story between a British refugee and an Australian prisoner of war.
“I spent my sixth birthday on the movie set, ” he recalled with a laugh.
For six weeks, a limo picked Snoad up at 5 a.m., shuttling him to a soundstage at London’s Pinewood Studio where he and other child actors were tutored between scenes.
After the film, his parents insisted on life returning to normal, despite a casting offer for another movie.
Snoad entered a prep school, followed by boarding school in Dorset, three hours west of London, where he joined other children of privilege. It’s where, at age 16, he had his first contact with a black person, a Ugandan classmate of royalty.
After graduation, Snoad opted against college, spending seven years as a newspaper reporter.
He took a stab at writing a novel, a dream cut short by his parents’ deaths and the need to support himself.
Then, he went to work in the press office for a UK-based nonprofit doing rural development work. That led to a permanent gig in Washington, D.C., a town more than 70 percent African-American between 1970 and 1980. It also led to a green card.
But a restless Snoad wanted a change in scenery and a return to the stage. He eventually found it in Brattleboro, Vt., home to a thriving theater community.
Then a weekend trip to Boston changed everything.
At a party in Somerville, he met a sociologist and dancer named Mindy Fried.
They clicked, settled in Jamaica Plain and raised a daughter, Sasha.
He did voice acting and stage work around Boston. Then came a crisis of confidence: he found it increasingly hard to memorize lines, and even blanked in performance.
“Acting became more stress than joy. It just wasn’t much fun anymore. Then it dawned on me: maybe acting wasn't the only thing I could do in the theater. I could write plays. Or at least I could try."
Over the last 12 years, Snoad has written seven full-length plays, four of which are being produced at Hibernian Hall.
“I said to Dillon Bustin, the artistic director, ‘Are you sure you want an older white straight man as your visiting playwright?’ And he said, ‘Hibernian Hall is a multicultural arts space. You write a lot about race relations and identity issues and your plays are good.’”
Last fall, Hibernian Hall produced Snoad’s “Raising David Walker,” in which a young woman's quest to discover if a local black abolitionist was assassinated, triggers a racist backlash.
This fall, the theater will stage Snoad’s “Identity Crisis,” a slapstick comedy that revolves around a white groom's fear of turning black on the eve of his wedding.
And in January, the playhouse will help mark the 50 anniversary of the Vietnam War by premiering “The Draft,” a multi-media documentary by Snoad featuring the real-life stories of nine men and two women and their experience with the military draft.
“Race and class played a major role in who was put on the front lines,” said Snoad.
Tickets for “Guided Tour” can be purchased at www.hibernianhall.org or at the door. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, call 617-541-3900.
Clennon L. King can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By day Ann Moritz runs a consulting business. By evening she’s a honey beeswax chandler.
Ann Moritz’s first experience with candle making was at the age of nine, when she and her older brother almost burned down their mother’s kitchen. They didn’t know the first rule of candle making: never heat candle wax directly over heat because it’s likely to catch fire.
Thankfully, it was a small fire that caused no damage. Though the fire frightened the young Moritz, it didn’t stop her from wanting to learn more about candle making.
As Moritz got older, she found herself making candles — candlemakers are known as chandlers — less than when she was a teenager. But she didn’t lose interest in the hobby and always made the effort to make candles around the holidays for family and friends. When she became a mother, she involved her children in candle-making projects.
For decades, Moritz had been making candles with the traditional candle wax but it wasn’t until about six years ago, when she moved in to the North End, that she started using honey beeswax.
With her children are grown, Moritz found herself making candles on a regular basis. Before she knew it, dozens filled her home, more than knew what to do with. It was then that she discovered the website Etsy, an online marketplace that allows people around the world to sell and buy unique goods.
With a saturated candle market, Moritz said she quickly realized that she couldn’t possibly survive selling on Etsy unless she found a niche. That’s when she decided to switch to honeycomb beeswax.
“When I discovered Etsy, the predominant candles, which was ton at the time, no where near what it is now, were solid molded candles, same thing that I was making,” Moritz said.
What makes honeycomb beeswax different from traditional wax is the shapes and textures the chandler works with. Honeycomb beeswax is thin and comes in sheets similar to sheets of construction paper. It comes in a variety of colors, making it easier for the chandler to heat and roll into various candle designs.
Once the wax is heated, it takes Moritz no more than 30 seconds to roll a candle and no more than three to five minutes to make a package of six candles. From the time she pulls out a sheet of honeycomb beeswax, warms it up, rolls six candles, and then ties a knot around the box to complete a typical package, takes Moritz less than 10 minutes.
Moritz’s candles range from a simple one-color candle to more complex candle designs. One of the complex designs she is selling on Etsy is a candle called Lucky Bamboo that is shaped like bamboo tree and is green. Another candle for sale is a Twisted Tapers Beeswax candle made out of pure beeswax. It is shaped like braid.
In the six years that Moritz has been selling her candles on Etsy, she’s found people tend to buy the simpler candles.
“If I’m putting several layers together, or I’m really playing around with the wax, it could take me a little under an hour. Once I know what I’m doing, it takes me no more than 10 to 15 minutes,” said Moritz.
Design inspirations tend to come when she’s exercising. Sometimes she wakes up with an idea and goes straight to the kitchen counter, where she has her candle-making kit laid out. Sometimes she just combines different colors to see what the finished candle will look like.
“Rather than try to imitate a shape that already exists, I’m usually thinking about how different elements of wax will look if they’re put together, or I’m looking for something that might reflect some element of nature,” said Moritz.
She doesn’t like to be stuck having to fulfill an order last minute. Moritz typically has about two of each of the candles displayed on her Etsy site in stock so they can be immediately shipped at the time of order.
When she started selling on Etsy, her husband suggested that she put up a world map in her home office so that she track the locations around the world that she’s shipped her candles.
Maritz has sold candles to people in 47 states (no sales yet in Indiana, Delaware, or Montana) and she has also shipped candles to 12 countries: France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Switzerland, Brazil, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, Australia and England. The most popular countries from which she receives the most re-orders from are Canada, Australia, and England.
Aside from what she sells on Etsy, Moritz sometimes get requests from friends and families placing large orders for a sports teams, weddings, and other events.
One her favorite customer orders was for a wedding a few years ago. The groom was Canadian and the bride was an Argentinian. The groom’s mother who made the order asked for thick long pillar candles in the colors of the flags of those two countries.
Both the groom and the bride were American citizens. At the wedding ceremony, they used the candles as unity candles to light an American colored candle. The mother-in-law who placed the order sent Moritz photos of the ceremony.
“The custom part of it is so much fun. Anybody could make these. They’re not that difficult to do. The only edge I have is the way I treat people,” said Moritz.
This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.
On the corner of Shawmut Ave. and Milford St. sits a brightly lit, open-floor-plan shop. Vintage cookbooks line the walls and copper pans sit atop an old stove.
Farm and Fable opened in November of last year and has been selling kitchenware and hosting cooking classes, private events, and tastings in its downstairs “cooking classroom” ever since.
Owner Abby Ruettgers opened the shop after living in the South End for eight years and working in and out of the restaurant business, including at the famous Flour Bakery.
Ruettgers said she came up with the concept for her store based on the idea of having both retail and a kitchen.
“I’ve lived in the South End for years too so I knew the neighborhood really well,” Ruettgers said. “It’s such a food-focused neighborhood. We’ve got Coppa across the street. We’ve got Formaggio. So you’ve got a neighborhood population that’s already really focused on what we do here, so I think it’s really a natural fit.”
Farm and Fable is filled with goods from mostly New England sourced suppliers. In recent years there has been a trend towards American-made products, and Ruettgers said South Enders seem to understand why that is important.
“There are a lot of shops in the South End that are dedicated to that,” said Ruettgers. “But it’s good because I think people are starting to appreciate that the price point is a little higher for those goods but the quality is through the roof.”
Ruettgers not only knows sources locally for her products, she knows the people who made them by name. She points from one item to the next in the store, naming who made it and where it came from.
“Courtney and Bailey make our aprons,” Ruettgers said. “Adam makes our oyster knives. Jim makes our pans. I know the people. I get to visit their studios. I get to see where they work and that makes it really fun. And then people get to invest in really beautifully crafted kitchenware.”
Possibly more eye catching than the copper pots and baskets of potpourri is the wall of new and vintage cookbooks. Ruettgers finds the cookbooks, as well as other vintage kitchenware, at estate sales, auctions, and private sellers. She said she looks for highly collectible cookbooks as well as fun, “kitchy,” ones with titles such as The I Love Peanut Butter Cookbook, or Clementine in the Kitchen.
After living in the South End for years and knowing the area well says it is the perfect location for Farm and Fable. Ruettgers said the South End’s neighborhood vibe extends to small-business owners, allowing them to interact with each other and customers in a personal way.
“There is this collective effort that I like. Our customers notice it. They notice that we’re very cooperative,” Ruettgers said. “Our businesses complement each other because we’re all these independently owned small shops, and we all benefit when everyone does well.”
This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.