The following was submitted by the Healing Abuse Working for Change:
Annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast and Political Roast
This year, the cause is new. The Healing Abuse Working for Change is grateful to Rep. John Keenan for the generous idea to keep the Annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast going as a fundraiser for survivors. March 14. Doors open at 6:45am.
The event will have the traditional look and feel you've come to enjoy, featuring our local and regional elected officials, and of course, lots of laughs as usual.
Director of Development Position
The Director of Development is a critical senior-level position, reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the leadership team and board to plan and execute a comprehensive, integrated fund development program. S/he must ensure that the development office creatively and systematically engages prospects and donors; researches and pursues funding opportunities from foundations, government, corporations, and individuals; sets strategies for solicitation and follows through; plans high-quality events; and designs donor-centered communications that represent HAWC's mission and values. Apply today.
HAWC Winter Training
On February 6 volunteers and 3 staff completed HAWC's 45 hour anti-oppression domestic violence training which teaches about our multicultural, diverse and inclusive services. This training aims to educate participants on societal oppression and privileges that are happening around us everyday. Visit our Blog.
HAWC's mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression
The following was submitted by Castle:
When two people make the commitment to share their lives together it means sharing dreams, plans, homes, pets and maybe even a checking account. The decision to combine finances is a big step in any relationship – just ask Guy and Andrea Schiavone, a Wakefield couple who is part of a customer-focused video series for their local bank, Salem Five.
In the video, the couple discusses their decision to combine their finances, why they chose to bank with Salem Five, and the importance of starting an account for the newest member of their family, a boxer pup named Chooch. You can view the video, Andrea, Guy, and Chooch - A Love Story on the bank’s website.
The following was submitted by the Salem Democratic City Committee:
Democrats in Salem will be holding a caucus at Salem High School on March 1, 2014 at 10:00am (with registration starting at 9:30am) to elect 31 delegates and 21 alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across Massachusetts will vote to endorse candidates for statewide office. The convention will be held on Friday June 13 and Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
"This is going to be an exciting year as we build on our recent successes and prepare for the elections in 2014," commented Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Senator Tom McGee. "Caucuses are the next step in growing our community organizing strategy for victory. People who were part of candidate campaigns in 2012 and 2013 have the opportunity to become part of their local Democratic Party organizations."
"We have a lot of great candidates running for statewide office," Senator McGee added. "Anyone who is interested in getting involved in a campaign for Governor, Lieutenant Governor or any other statewide office, can attend their local caucus and learn how to get involved.”
The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Salem, and the Salem Democratic City Committee welcomes participants. To be eligible to run as a delegate, a voter must reside in Salem and have been registered to vote as a Democrat by January, 31, 2014. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women, and all ballots will be written and secret. Youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be "add-on" delegates. Salem High School is handicapped accessible. Details on the rules can be found at www.massdems.org.
The Salem Democratic City Committee normally meets on the third Monday of the month. For more information on the caucus or the Committee, please contact Marsha Finkelstein, Chair of the Salem Democratic City Committee at 978-219-9890 or firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/salemdemocrats and Twitter at www.twitter.com/salemdemcc. For general information on the Convention or the Democratic Party please contact 617-939-0800 or email@example.com.
The following was submitted by the Pioneer Charter School of Science:
Pioneer Charter School of Science (PCSS), a grade 7-12 public charter school, is now holding open enrollment for both PCSS I in Everett and PCSS 2 in Saugus.
Both PCSS campuses are accepting students in grades seven through nine. Chelsea, Everett, and Revere residents receive priority for the Everett campus and Danvers, Lynn, Peabody, Salem, and Saugus residents receive priority for the Saugus campus.
Families can enroll their students through an online application on PCSS’s website or submit a paper version. For information, parents can call the school at 617-389-7277.
If there are more students seeking to enroll then spots available, PCSS will hold a lottery to determine who will be enrolled. This year’s lottery is scheduled for March 13th, 2014 at the Everett campus. Students who do not receive spots will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as openings become available.
PCSS I and II are tuition-free, public schools open to all Massachusetts students based on spaces available. PCSS offers a rigorous academic curriculum that emphasizes math, science, and analytical thinking skills balanced by a strong foundation in the humanities. The schools offer extended days/hours and career-oriented college preparation. Students must pass five math and five science classes in order to graduate, more than state standards, and students must also complete 40 hours of community service. The schools have a 200-day school calendar, extended days (7:30 a.m. – 3.35 p.m.), tutoring until 4:30 p.m. and “voluntary” Saturday classes for students who need extra help.
On last year’s MCAS, PCSS I students outperformed students from neighboring districts as well as statewide averages, and the school earned Level 1 status from the state – the highest designation of academic achievement. Compared to districts across the state, PCSS students ranked first in 10th grade English and 10th grade Science, Technology and Engineering.
Pioneer Charter School of Science does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language, or prior academic achievement.
The following was submitted by the Peabody Essex Museum:
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces the appointment of Sona Datta, Ph.D., as its new curator of Indian and South Asian Art. Datta comes to PEM from the British Museum, London, where during her eight-year tenure as art historian and curator, she specialized in the visual culture of South Asia. At PEM, Datta will play a pivotal role in shaping the museum’s program in South Asian art primarily through innovative exhibitions, interpretation and programming as well as strategic collection enhancement and research.
“Sona’s expertise in Indian art from the medieval to the modern, as well as her demonstrated ability to present living artistic traditions, are perfectly in tune with our ambitions for Indian art at PEM,” said Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Chief Curator.
Datta’s research in modern Indian art and especially the post-1947 art of Bengal are well-matched to the strengths of PEM’s South Asian collection, especially the 19th-century vernacular arts of Bengal and PEM’s world-class collection of Kalighat paintings. In recent years, Datta has turned her attention to modernism in Indian art and the wider South Asian region, particularly Pakistan and Bangladesh. Shortly after arriving at the British Museum in 2005, Datta co-curated the groundbreaking “Voices of Bengal” season. The exhibition made an installation out of a creative process, which set a new bar for exhibiting living traditions. The project attracted more people of South Asian extraction than any project in the British Museum’s history. Datta’s curatorial approach has been particularly successful in attracting new audiences and particularly engaging diaspora communities.
More recently, her acquisition of innovative modern art from Pakistan took the British Museum’s engagement with contemporary South Asia in a new direction. The history of Pakistan is the subject of a new television series she is currently developing with the BBC.
Datta earned her B.A. in the History of Art from Kings College, Cambridge University, where she received the GWH Rylands prize for Excellence in the History of Art. She then completed her M.A. in South Asian studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and her Ph.D. from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Datta is a member of the Society of South Asian Studies and the American Council for Southern Asian Art. Born in London, she has also lived in India, Indonesia and Switzerland. She speaks Bengali and has studied Tamil and Sanskrit.
PEM’s Indian Collection
PEM is home to the most important collection of modern-era Indian art, from colonial times to the present, outside India. In 2001, the acquisition of the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection of post-Independence art from India established PEM as the first museum outside of India to focus on the achievements of its modern artists. The Herwitz Collection of post-1947 Indian paintings -- some 1,600 works by approximately 70 artists -- remains unparalleled in any American or European museum. Painting dominates the overall collection, in large measure because of the Herwitz Collection, but also because of its deep holdings in the vernacular Kalighat painting tradition: PEM’s Kalighat paintings constitute one of the top three collections in the world.
PEM is preeminent internationally for representing the art of the modern era, from the period of British colonial rule to the present, in what is modern-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Additionally, the extensive Bhutanese textile collection is the most important in an American museum, and the museum has diverse works from various Southeast Asian cultures, principally from the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, as well as from Tibet and Nepal.
The following was submitted by the Peabody Essex Museum:
This March and April, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to present four new installations as well as open an innovative Maker Lounge in one of the oldest sections of the museum. Opening in the forthcoming weeks, PEM’s installations spotlight the museum’s collections of Native American art, Chinese art, Indian art as well as color photography by Robert Weingarten.
On Saturday, March 29, PEM opens a Maker Lounge to encourage technological experimentation and foster creativity. Juliette Fritsch, PEM’s chief of education and interpretation explains, “The area will be a safe environment for experimentation with forward thinking design and interdisciplinary programs that foster problem solving, including opportunities to develop games, electronic music, digital art and performance mash-ups.”
NEW! Maker Lounge
Opening March 29, 2014
In the Robinson Gallery, the oldest part of the museum, PEM is opening a Maker Lounge -- an exciting space dedicated to cutting-edge innovation and individual creativity. Tapping into a subculture of those interested in engineering, innovation and unique applications of technologies, PEM will feature workshops for 3-D printing enthusiasts, crafters and those who are part of the evolving maker movement.
With PEM’s roots in bringing handmade objects from the other side of the world, the Maker Lounge encourages new forms of creative expression through human ingenuity. Participants can expect to see separate activity areas, high top work tables, tools and materials in a modular and industrial setting like an architect’s atelier. The creative space will include ambient music, I-pads and universal phone chargers. Activities will range from pull down packets that contain design challenges like how to quickly make your own chair to workshops conducted by top innovators such as the MIT Media Lab.
6:30 a.m., Robert Weingarten
On view March 29, 2014 to May 31, 2015
In January 2003, at 6:30 a.m., Robert Weingarten launched his photographic odyssey. Over the course of the year, he made daily exposures at precisely 6:30 a.m., maintaining an identical combination of camera, 350-millimeter lens, slow-speed film and viewpoint overlooking Santa Monica Bay. Five of his large-scale, luminous photographs of Malibu capture what the artist calls "the fleeting nature of a particular confluence of light, and conditions that render a moment dramatic and singular."
Weingarten's photographs engage a long tradition of photographing in sequence, chronicling the way a scene changes from moment to moment, and day to day. The bold, immersive colors also call to mind works of American Expressionist artists, especially Mark Rothko, whose color field paintings have influenced generations of artists. Weingarten reminds us that it is not always necessary to travel to make great photographs, and that sometimes the best art is made close to home.
Raven’s Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast
On view April 5, 2014 to May 31, 2015
Explore the dynamic relationships among living humans, animals, ancestors and supernatural beings through works of Native art from the Pacific Northwest Coast created during the past 200 years. Ceremonial regalia, trade goods and art sold in galleries today reveal creative expressions of family, heritage, politics and commerce in a changing world. Raven's Many Gifts presents artworks that convey broadly shared aesthetic and cultural traditions while emphasizing the distinctiveness of various indigenous communities and their artists. The themes - Living Stories, Family Connections and Market Innovations - feature objects from PEM's renowned collection of Native American art from the Northwest Coast. The Raven in the installation's title is the Northwest Coast culture hero who brought light to the world.
Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art
On view April 5, 2014 to May 31, 2015
Come and experience the liveliness of a drinking party, the opulence of a royal wedding and poetic evocation of spring on a delicate dish. With more than 30 highlights from the museum's wide-ranging Chinese collection spanning 3,000 years, this exhibition celebrates China's artistic achievements crystallized in seasonal festivals, religious ceremonies and celebrations. Discover plants and animals, myths and symbols and decipher the Chinese character for "Double Happiness."
Figuring the Abstract in Indian Art
On view April 5, 2014 to May 31, 2015
This installation of 20th-century paintings and 15th- to 19th-century sculptures explores the concept of abstraction as a vehicle for embodying form and meaning. Moving beyond culture and across time, these works consider style, structure and color, as well as the figurative, metaphorical and idealized as key facets of the abstract.
The works on view are drawn from PEM's Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, the most important holding of 20th-century contemporary art from India in this country, the Dr. Leo Figiel Collection of bronze sculpture and The Tina and Anil Ambani Collection, one of India's leading private collections.
“You can’t stop the beat” at the newly renovated Ames Memorial Hall, Salem YMCA, where the Y Theatre Company will present Hairspray February 14-16.
The YTC has tapped into the talent from the surrounding cities of the North Shore to present this award-winning musical. The YTC’s mission is “to encourage children to embrace diversity, grow in individuality and cultivate relationships throughout the North Shore.” The young actors of the YTC exemplify that mission, sharing their love for theater and learning much more than choreography, music, and line memorization during rehearsals.
“I have learned how wonderful YTC is and how much fun it is to experience the great atmosphere of the cast,” cast member Amy Snyder of Amesbury explained during a recent rehearsal.
Fellow cast member Sam Bigus of Beverly said he learned, “To always be accepting of everyone; the world is filled with friends.”
Beverly resident Megan Marsh added that she enjoys, “meeting new people and appreciating everybody’s talents.”
Jake Diozzi, of Salem, sums up his experience with a motivational phrase recited at many of YTC’s show openings: “Whether the weather is cold, whether the weather is hot, whatever the weather, we’re in this together, whether we like it or not. Good show.”
Be a part of the first production and experience history in the making by coming out to see Hairspray at the Salem YMCA this Friday, February 14 at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m., and Sunday February 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are available at https://northshoreymca.ejoinme.org/?tabid=519137
Adults $12, Seniors $10, and Children $8.
For more information, contact: Nicole Leotsakos, Performing Arts Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-922-0990 (ext 1117)
The following was submitted by Alli Welton:
Rallying despite the cold, around 400 MA residents gathered in Salem on Saturday February 8th against a contentious proposal from New Jersey-based Footprint Power Corporation to replace the city’s closing coal plant with a new natural gas plant.
Activists say that building a new gas plant will make it impossible for Massachusetts to meet the mid-century emissions reduction targets set by the Global Warming Solutions Act, a law that Governor Patrick’s administration is legally bound to follow.
“The best footprint is no footprint—it’s time for Governor Patrick to commit Massachusetts to a full clean energy future,” said Craig Altemose, Executive Director at Better Future Project, which organized the protest with its volunteer-led network 350 Massachusetts and Salem-based Grassroots Against Another Salem Power Plant (GASPP). ”We must not allow companies like Footprint Energy to worsen the climate crisis with short-sighted investments in new fossil fuel infrastructure.”
“After decades in the toxic shadow of a coal plant, we have the chance to build a brighter and healthier future for Salem,” said Sue Kirby, a former General Electric worker and volunteer with 350MA on the North Shore. “We should replace the plant with sustainable development such as marine-related industry or research, or a hub for off-shore renewable energy generation.”
After gathering on the Salem Common and hearing from speakers, protestors marched to the gates of the Salem Harbor coal plant where they dwarfed a small group of pro-gas plant plant counter-protestors (roughly 50 people, according toThe Salem News). The activists then marched to Derby Wharf and acted out a theatrical skit on the pier in which a mock gas industry executive attempted to climb out on the “bridge” of gas that no one else could see and, discovering that the bridge was in fact a cliff, plunged into the freezing ocean.
Footprint’s plant proposal is the subject of a lawsuit filed by Conservation Law Foundation which the MA Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear in March. State Representative John Keenan recently sparked controversy in the legislature by attaching a rider to an unrelated bill that would have fast-tracked plant approval and bypassed the permitting process.
The following was submitted by The Abbot Public Library:
Did you know that sediments deposited on the sea floor can create a historical record of environmental conditions in the surrounding community? Professor Brad Hubeny is an environmental geoscientist who uses sediment records that have accumulated at the bottom of lakes and estuaries to reconstruct past human influences, including pollution. In this presentation, he will share the story of Salem Sound as revealed by sediments near the sewage outfall off Great Haste Island.
Dr. Hubeny, a specialist in coastal oceanographic research, received a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. He is widely published and manages the Salem State University Environmental Sedimentology Laboratory and the Viking Environmental Stable Isotope Laboratory. He has been collaborating with Salem Sound Coastwatch since 2010, collecting data on water quality, sampling sediments and is currently conducting a three-year study of turbidity in Salem Harbor with Salem Sound Coastwatch.
"History Revealed by the Sea Floor" is the second program in the 2014 “Underwater in Salem Sound,” Lecture Series, a continuation of the lecture series held in 2013, jointly sponsored by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the Abbot Public Library (235 Pleasant Street) in Marblehead, MA. The 2014 Series consists of four lectures, all presented at the Abbot Library on the last Wednesday of the month. The two remaining lectures will be on March 26th and April 30th, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. All the lectures are free and open to the public.
This Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET). MET is funded through the sale of environmental license plates. Every Massachusetts driver who purchases one of the “Preserve the Trust” license plates is contributing to the Trust and to the state’s environmental well-being.
The Lecture Series is part of a MET grant awarded to Salem Sound Coastwatch, a local nonprofit watershed protection organization, to study the issue of turbidity in Salem Harbor. Turbidity, which is cloudiness in the water column, affects the ability of the water to sustain marine life. Dr. Brad Hubeny of Salem State University’s Geological Science Department is the principal investigator along with Barbara Warren, Salem Sound Coastwatch Executive Director.
The Abbot Public Library is located at 235 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA 01945. For additional information, please call 781-631-1481 or visit www.abbotlibrary.org.
The following was submitted by Allison Welton:
Hundreds of MA residents will gather to protest the proposed new natural gas plant in Salem, rallying to protect community health and a stable climate. Protestors will call on Governor Patrick to fulfill his “Climate Legacy” by committing Massachusetts to meet all new energy demand through clean energy and energy efficiency alone rather than extending our dependence upon fossil fuels.
WHO: Over one hundred Salem-area and other Massachusetts residents, organized by the statewide grassroots climate activism network 350 Massachusetts, Better Future Project, and Salem-based Grassroots Against Another Salem Power Plant (GAASPP).
WHEN: Saturday February 8th, 2-4:30PM
WHERE: Salem Common at 2PM. Protestors will march past the Salem Harbor coal plant and onto Derby Wharf for a street theater action before ending at Hawthorne Hotel for a reception from 3-4:30PM (18 Washington Square W).
VISUALS: Over 100 people with colorful banners, signs, and large wind turbine props, marching and arranged along Derby Wharf.
WHY: The proposed Salem gas plant is the target of a recent lawsuit filed by the Conservation Law Foundation, which argues that the decades of pollution locked in by construction of the plant will make it impossible for Massachusetts to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act.
A grassroots campaign (www.climatelegacy.net) for a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure has sprung up across the state, aiming to leverage Governor Patrick’s authority under the GWSA to enact emissions-reducing regulations. Organizers at 350 Massachusetts and Better Future Project have highlighted the proposed Salem gas plant as an example of a short-sighted energy investment that ignores the clarion call from climate scientists for a rapid expansion of renewable energy.