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Tufts University Department of Music presents upcoming performance

March 21, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Tufts University Department of Music: 

The Tufts University Department of Music presents Michael Gordon’s “Rushes”: A Work for Seven Bassoons, as performed by The Rushes Ensemble in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.  This iconic work brings out tonal and timbral aspects of the bassoon that are meant to induce a quasi-meditative, almost ecstatic state in the listeners as well as the performers. Michael Gordon is one of the founders of Bang On A Can.

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

Clock Talk and Antiques Appraisal at the Medford Historical Society & Museum

March 21, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Medford Historical Society & Museum:

Two upcoming programs at the Medford Historical Society & Museum will focus on historic clocks and antiques that you might find around your home. Both events promise to be convenient opportunities to have your precious objects assessed by a professional and learn a little more about their story and value.

Bob Fishman, well-known founder of Bell-Time Clocks in Andover, Massachusetts, will speak and introduce the fascinating art and history of New England clocks and then spend some time appraising timepieces at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26. Attendees should e-mail Kyna Hamill, Co-President of MHSM, in advance, at kynahamill@yahoo.com, if they wish to have their clocks evaluated by Mr. Fishman. There is no charge for MHSM members; non-members will be charged $5.

In a long career, Mr. Fishman has sold more than 1,600 vintage clocks, as well as restored and repaired over 7,000 timepieces.  (He also purchases clocks.)  If you have a question about clocks, whatever the vintage, Bob Fishman is the savvy professional with the answers.

As for antiques, if you have ever wondered what your grandmother’s old silver in your attic is worth, you are invited to attend the “Antique Appraisal Afternoon,” hosted by Kaminski Auctions of Beverly from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.  As a fundraiser for the MHSM, appraisal costs will be $10 for each item or $25 for a maximum of three items.  (Check or cash only.  There is no charge for general admission.)  Kaminski will appraise all items except for jewelry, coins, stamps or books.  If you would like to have large furniture appraised, please bring along a photograph and, if possible, a drawer from the piece.

Both programs will take place at the Medford Historical Society & Museum at 10 Governors Avenue and refreshments will be provided.

Tufts University Granoff All Night music festival

March 20, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Tufts University Department of Music: 

The Tufts University Department of Music presents Granoff All Night, a music festival located in various spaces at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center beginning on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8 p.m. and continuing until the morning hours of March 29.

This festival will feature musical groups of all genres including Kiniwe, Tufts African Dance and Drumming Ensemble; Boston Village Gamelan and Rinengga Sih Tentrem, Tufts Gamelan Ensemble; Tufts Wind Ensemble; Hype! Mimez, Tufts Mime Troupe; a capella groups the Amalgamates, Enchanted, and Anchord; Tufts bands Critical Band, The Fearless Combo, Dirty Lou, Spooky Action at a Distance, The Drunken Noodles, Southern Rail, Slumberjacks, Lords ov Leisure, Shark Saddle, Inca Mummy Girl, Indian Twin, and The Rare Occasions; music from Liquid Mythology, Madeaux, Mitch Mosk, Miranda Wilson, John McDonald, Danna & Jane & Liz, Rachel Kelly & Chris Marinuzzi & Allison Reid, Maeve Bell-Thornton, The Gabe Terracciano Trio, and Hayes Peebles; performances by B.E.A.T.S, Cheap Sox, “Weird Jeff” Rawitsch, Elizabeth Reian Bennett; and more!

There will also be blues, folk, and B.E.A.T.s led jam sessions, food in the lobby, a raffle, activities, and myriad other fun all night long!

This festival is hosted by the Tufts Department of Music with generous co-sponsorship by the following local restaurants and businesses: Masala, Maria Ferry Salon, Rudy’s, Noor, SoundBites, Broadway Eatery, Sabur, True Grounds, Spoke, P.J. Ryan’s, Eat at Jumbos, West 7 Bistro, Guru, The Book Shop, KenkoDo, 968 The Shop, Boston TechCollective, Orange Leaf, Joshua Tree, Boston Burger Co., and Tamper.

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. All festival performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

Tufts University announces commencement speaker

March 20, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Tufts University: 

Anne-Marie Slaughter will deliver Tufts University's commencement address Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 9 a.m. on The Green on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus.  She will also receive an honorary doctorate of laws.

Slaughter is the president and CEO of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute and idea incubator based in Washington and New York. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.From 2009–2011 she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Slaughter was the dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School.

In 2012, following her decision the previous year to leave the Department of State, Slaughter published "Why Women Still Can’t Have It All," in The Atlantic; it quickly became the most-read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

"As  a distinguished scholar, academic leader and advocate for innovation in public policy and national affairs, Anne-Marie Slaughter represents the multi-faceted excellence and civic engagement to which Tufts is committed.  She is also one of the most thoughtful and widely quoted commentators on the issues of personal and professional equality for women in contemporary America.  We are anticipating her commencement address with great interest," said Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco.

Slaughter has written or edited six books and more than 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States.

Upon leaving the state department in 2011, she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe.

Slaughter writes a monthly column for the online commentary site Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for mainstream and new media outlets and curates foreign policy news for more than 90,000 followers on Twitter (@SlaughterAM). Foreign Policy magazine has named her to its annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers multiple times. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations from Oxford, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton, N.J., with their two sons.

Other distinguished men and women also receiving honorary degrees at Tufts' commencement will be:

James Lawson, social activist, architect of the non-violence movement in pursuit of Civil Rights, educator and religious leader. Described by Martin Luther King Jr. as one of the "noble men" who had deeply influenced the struggle for equal rights, the Reverend Lawson has showed over five decades how the power of non-violence can effect profound social change.  Lawson will receive an honorary doctorate of public service.

Jill Lepore, historian, writer and Tufts alumna. Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard College Professor, chair of Harvard's History and Literature Program, a staff writer at The New Yorker and an award-winning author. Her books and essays focus on the histories of war and violence and of language and literacy.  Lepore will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Haruki Murakami, novelist.  Acclaimed not only in his native Japan but also internationally for fiction that is humorous and surreal, Murakami has earned numerous literary prizes and been praised as being "among the world's greatest living novelists" by The Guardian. Murakami will receive an honorary doctorate of letters.  

James Stern, financier, philanthropist, Tufts alumnus and chairman emeritus of the Tufts board of trustees. Chair of the Cypress Group LLC, Stern is the youngest person ever elected to the Tufts board of trustees, at age 32. He served 31 years on the board, including a decade as chairman, endowing multiple professorships and student scholarships and spearheading two successful capital fundraising campaigns. Stern will receive an honorary doctorate of business administration.

In addition, on Saturday, May 17, Dr. Rajiv Shah, administrator of USAID, will address Fletcher graduates during their Class Day ceremonies.

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office warns of IRS telephone scam

March 14, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Middlesex Sheriff's Office: 

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a telephone scam involving an individual--or individuals – fraudulently claiming to be a Middlesex Deputy Sheriff collecting money owed to the Internal Revenue Service. 
 
“We want citizens to be aware of this scam so they can properly protect themselves,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “The public should be assured these calls are not legitimate.” 
 
The Office has been notified of three incidents in the last week in which a caller has fraudulently claimed to be a Deputy with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office. In two of the incidents, the caller claimed  to be collecting money owed to the IRS and threatened arrest if the money was not paid immediately by credit card. 
 
Making these calls even more believable for those on the receiving end, the scammer allegedly provided two call back telephone numbers to the intended victims, including the legitimate numbers to  the administrative office of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (781-960 2800) and the IRS telephone assistance line (1-800-829-1040). 
 
Similar scams are occurring all over the country and all too often, victims lose hundreds, and in some  cases, thousands of dollars. Fortunately, none of the three people who reported the scam calls to the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office provided the callers with any credit card or bank information and none lost any money. 
 
“No one should ever be scammed out of their hard-earned money,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Middlesex Sheriff’s Deputies will never demand money over the phone and will never threaten arrest in such a manner.” 
 
The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is advising anyone who receives similar calls that they should not give any personal information to the caller and should immediately report the call to their local police department. We also ask that you contact the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit at 978-932-3220 and file an online complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov

NECC Partners with Tufts University on research project

March 12, 2014 10:00 AM
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Northern Essex Community College’s Lab Science Program is partnering with a protein research lab at Tufts University to give students real-world experience in the classroom. NECC Professor Kevin Mitchell, third from left, works with left to right NECC lab science students Darrin Perrault of Haverhill, Angie Abreu of Methuen,and Gabriela Santana of Lawrence.

The following was submitted by Northern Essex Community College:

Northern Essex Community College’s Lab Science Program is partnering with a protein research lab at Tufts University to give students real-world experience in the classroom.
Professor Stephen Fuchs of Tufts University and two of his students visited Northern Essex’s Haverhill Campus recently to meet with students and share information on the lab, which is researching how repetitive sequences in a protein affects both its structure and its function.

Fuchs will supply Northern Essex students, under the supervision of Professors Kevin Mitchell and Kim Waligora, with yeast strains that carry a mutation to a repetitive sequence in a critical protein.  A mutation is a change in the DNA of an organism that may change observable characteristics of that organism. 

Working in Northern Essex labs, NECC students will culture these yeast strains under selective conditions to identify yeast cells that have undergone a new mutation to overcome the effects of the initial mutation.  The students will then identify the types of mutations that occurred and determine how frequently each mutation occurred.  In the process they hope to identify proteins that are responsible for repairing mutations in the DNA. 

Northern Essex students will post their findings on a blog set up by Fuchs. Tufts researchers will be able to view and comment on the Northern Essex data in real-time and vice versa.

“This is a great opportunity for our students,” said Professor Mitchell. “Their work will be part of a bigger project. They’ll learn from their own research and also through close contact with the lab at Tufts.”

Professors Fuchs and Mitchell knew each other from the University of Wisconsin, where they both received their Ph.D’s. When Fuchs was hired by Tufts, he contacted Mitchell to discuss how the university could partner with the community college. Mitchell invited Fuchs to join the Lab Science Program Advisory Board and since then, two NECC interns have spent the summer working in the Fuchs lab.

Fuchs has a strong interest in building his partnership with Northern Essex. “Northern Essex interns are ridiculously hard-working,” he says. “And the college’s lab science program fills a need for well-trained lab technicians.”

He is seeking National Science Foundation funding for his lab and Northern Essex is a part of the grant.

The two classes involved in the project are Integrated Science II and Research Experience. Professor Waligora, who teaches Integrated Science II, a first -year course, will use this project during a four-week period this semester to teach lab skills that are part of her course curriculum. Professor Mitchell will work with a group of students from the Research Experience course to conduct research as part of a semester-long project.

Northern Essex’s lab science program is a two-year program that leads to a job as an entry-level laboratory technician and/or transfer to a four-year university. The program has three concentrations to choose from – Biotechnology, Analytical Chemistry, and Environmental Science.

For more information on NECC’s Lab Science Program, visit the website  or contact the college at 978 556-3700 or admissions@necc.mass.edu.

English At Large awarded grant by the Lenny Zakim Fund

March 11, 2014 10:00 AM

The following was submitted by English at Large:

On Monday, February 10th, English At Large, based in Medford, MA, was awarded a grant by The Lenny Zakim Fund and was honored together with other grantees at an Awards Ceremony held at the Revere Hotel in Boston. 

Announcing the 2014 Lenny Zakim Fund Grant to English At Large

English At Large was one of 60 grassroots, community-based organizations that received 2014 grants from The Lenny Zakim Fund at the Awards Ceremony. Grantees include many youth serving organizations and organizations working for social justice in diverse ways.

The mission of English At Large, a non-profit, is to provide individual and small group instruction to adult immigrants and other newcomers who want to acquire English language skills as they adapt to life in the United States. The organization’s service area includes 21 Boston area communities. 

English At Large is honored to receive a grant from The Lenny Zakim Fund for the purpose of improving and expanding its literacy programs.


About Lenny Zakim and The Lenny Zakim Fund

Lenny Zakim believed that one person can change the world. As the executive director of the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League, he fought tirelessly to put an end to prejudice, civil rights violations, anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry of all kinds. After Lenny was diagnosed in 1995 with multiple myeloma, he created, with the help of friends and supporters, a philanthropic organization that would transform his vision of social justice into an enduring legacy: The Lenny Zakim Fund. 

         

 The mission of The Lenny Zakim Fund is to identify, listen to, support and connect grassroots community organizations and programs operating "below the radar screen" of many large charitable groups and government grants. The Lenny Zakim Fund provides assistance to those who demonstrate the will and potential to make a difference but lack the necessary resources. 

Medford Youth Girls Softball offering online registration

March 7, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Medford Youth Girls Softball:

Spring Softball registration deadline is March 16th. (U7 Division has rolling registration)

This year MYGS is pleased to offer online registration for your convenience.

Age Divisions: 

U14 - Players that were 12, 13 or 14 years old on Jan 1, 2014. Teams will play 2 Games a week. Games start at 6:30 or 7 Monday - Saturday.  Each team will have 1 Practice a week 
TBA.

U11 - Players that were 10 & 11 years old on Jan 1, 2014. Teams will play 2 Games a week. Games start at 5:45 Monday - Friday. Each team will play at least 1 Saturday night game under the lights. Each team will have 1 Practice a week TBA.

U9 - Players that were 8 & 9 years old on Jan 1, 2014.  Each team will play 2 Games a week. Games start at 5:45 Monday - Friday.  Each team will have 1 Practice a week TBA.

U7 - Players that were 5, 6 or 7 years old on Jan 1 2014.  Each team will play 1 Game on Sunday. Each team will have 1 Practice a week TBA.

Coaches Needed:  If you would like to Coach, please let us know at MedfordYouthGirlsSoftball@gmail.com.

We look forward to a great season!

Annual Kids' Day at Tufts offers fun for children in grades K-3

March 7, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Tufts University: 

Medford and Somerville children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to attend this year's Kids' Day at Tufts University on Saturday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the Medford/Somerville campus.

More than 300 kids typically attend this free, fun-filled day of activities, including kiddy carnival rides, entertainment by Tufts student organizations, game booths, and lunch. Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) and Public Safety staff will be on hand to help ensure the safety of participants.

This year's theme, "Jumbo to the rescue!", will feature games, a salute to local heroes, a chemistry presentation and other fun activities.

Kids' Day is presented by the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), Tufts' largest undergraduate, student-run organization. Founded in 1958, LCS oversees approximately 40 community service groups at Tufts, focusing on issues concerning children, the environment, hunger and homelessness, and health. For almost five decades, Kids' Day has been the largest community service event run by undergrad students at Tufts.

Online registration is available at https://sites.tufts.edu/tuftslcs/programs/kids-day. The registration deadline is Friday, April 7.

To read more about the event online, please visit https://sites.tufts.edu/tuftslcs/programs/kids-day . For additional information, please e mail lcs.kidsday@gmail.com or call 617-627-3780, the Tufts Office of Community Relations, a supporter of Kids' Day.

Tufts Symphony Orchestra set for Sunday performance

March 4, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Tufts University Department of Music: 

The Tufts University Department of Music presents a performance by the Tufts Symphony Orchestra in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at part of the Sunday at Tufts Community Concert Series. 

The Tufts Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of popular symphonic works under the direction of John Page, including Beethoven's "Coriolan Overture", Bernstein's "Candide Overture", and the second part of their yearlong journey with the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor. The program also features Concerto Competition winner Marcus Mok, cello, performing the third and fourth movements of the Elgar "Cello Concerto" with the orchestra.

The Granoff Music Center is located at 20 Talbot Avenue on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit as.tufts.edu/music/musiccenter or call the Granoff Music Center Box Office at 617.627.3679.

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