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South End resident opens kitchenware, cooking store on Shawmut Ave.

May 9, 2014 03:30 PM

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Catherine Pears

Abby Ruettgers lived and worked in the South End for years before opening Farm and Fable. A kitchenware store that also hosts cooking classes, private events, and tastings.

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.

Author and journalist misses friendly and eclectic South End of the past

May 5, 2014 04:19 PM

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Catherine Pears

Author Alison Barnet reads from her history of the South End, "South End Character: Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change," at a gathering sponsored by FENSfund, the Fenway Education Neighborhood Support group.

Longtime resident Alison Barnet is no longer a proud South Ender. Barnet has lived in the South End since 1964, studying English at BU, working as the founding editor of the South End News in 1980, and as a reporter for the Boston cable station, Neighborhood Network News in the mid ’80s.

She self-published book covering South End life over the years, "South End Character: Speaking Out on Neighborhood Change," this past November. The book chronicles everything from Tent City to a culture of stoop sitting and at times transitions into a commentary of the gentrification of the neighborhood, the high prices now accompanying renting or owning, and a personality that, Barnet says, the South End now lacks.

“I don’t like it now. I can’t stand it. I really just don’t know what to do,” Bartnet said. “When I was first there for many years it was a very mixed community, very interesting, very supportive. I knew everybody. Now, forget it — it’s just a rich, boring place.”

Barnet characterizes the “Old South End” as a friendly neighborhood with an eclectic community of people. She says the problem with a lack of a cultural diversity comes down to a lack economic diversity.

“I think rich people are boring. People’s values are different. One of the things that’s happening, the big thing, is the gap between the rich people, the white people, and the people who aren’t rich. It used to be a friendly place and we just don’t understand each other at all,” Barnet said. “We’ve gone so far in the opposite direction.”

The old ways of the South End were full of movement., she said. Artists, musicians, and writers from different economic and cultural backgrounds lived in the area and everyone mingled, from outside on the sidewalk to inside their homes. Those who lived in the South End were typically involved in some sort of change, and Barnet said that sense of a group taking collective and individual forms of greater action is no longer present.

“People in the South End are not progressive anymore. Back in the ’60s and the ’70s if I said I lived in the South End, people would say, ‘Wow, you must be involved in some sort of movement or something.’ It was great,” Barnet said. “There was a sense of excitement all the time. We used to sit on the stoop. Hardly anyone sits out on the stoop anymore. But we used to sit on the stoop every night and meet people. Here comes some guy we never saw before and two minutes later he’s sitting with us.”

The South End has managed to maintain a liberal, artsy reputation with its seemingly endless amount of coffee shops and art galleries speckled on Tremont Street, but Barnet said this idea isn’t well-founded. She says stoop sitting is now viewed as déclassé and a nuisance, and that mixing of race is even less common.

“I go to a meeting or party or something and everybody is white. That never used to be the case. I don’t like it,” said Barnet.

Barnet still writes a column for the South End News once in a while, although she says after submitting her column she will often find it missing from the issue. After contacting her editor, it will eventually make it in, over the objections from South End residents who aren’t happy with some of the things Barnet has to say.

A recent column of Barnet’s wasn’t published, but she hasn’t decided whether she’ll bother to ask why yet another one was excluded from print.

“Well, in the Globe, several weeks ago, there was an article that Boston was the fastest gentrifying city in the whole country,” said Barnet. “And I quoted that and I said all of these neighborhoods of Boston are gentrified — Roxbury, East Boston, you name it. But people do not talk anymore about the South End because we are over.”

That sense of “over-ness” is part of the reason why Barnet started to get involved in the FENSfund, the Fenway Education Neighborhood Support.

FENSfund board member Nikki Flionis agrees with Barnet’s sentiments regarding the South End and said that she now looks for people in the Fenway to do “good things.”

The FENSfund began as a way to accept grants to help push the cultural agenda of the Fenway News, which has been publishing for 40 years.

“The other part of our mission was to really be the grassroots part of cultural activities in Fenway,” said Flionis. “We just decided let’s give it a shot and get some writing events going this year and next year continue the writing events and add on a collaboration with music, dancing, choreography, painting, whatever we can find.”

The FENSfund brings in residents from various Boston neighborhoods. At a reading on Monday night, April 28, at Woody’s Grill and Tap at 58 Hemeway St, Bostonians from Jamaica Plain, the South End, Back Bay, and, of course, the Fenway, were present.

Barnet read two columns from her book South End Character, Speaking Out On Neighborhood Change, along with a reading of the novel The One Way Rain by Cathy Jacobowitz and poetry by Letta Neely.

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.

Worcester Square neighbors continue fight against marijuana dispensary

May 1, 2014 02:08 PM

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Catherine Pears

Members of the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association oppose the opening of a medical marijuana dispensary at 70 Southampton St., where the Skipton Pet Center was once located.

South End residents continue to oppose a marijuana dispensary at 70 Southampton St., saying their neighborhood already has more than its share of social service centers.

The Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association (WSANA) voted to oppose the dispensary in a meeting with representatives from the Green Heart Holistic Health and Pharmaceuticals Inc. on March 25.

The corporation was granted provision approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health earlier this year.

Green Heart Health and Pharmaceuticals could not be reached for comment.

The dispensary is planned to be placed at the former Skipton Pet Center, in close proximity to three methadone clinics, a pharmacy at the Boston Medical Center, and the Woods-Mullen Shelter.

“We have so much going on already that’s causing a confluence of activity streaming into the South End with a host of unintended consequences that are creating problems for us,” said Bob Minnocci, WSANA member and South End resident since 1994, “imperiling the community and jeopardizing our quality of life.”

In the vicinity of 70 Southampton St., the Boston Medical Center distributes prescription drugs that are often traded and sold on the streets immediately after.

“We’re saying that we don’t need one more thing in our neighborhood. They seem to be packing and stacking the services here,” said Minnocci. “And as one person said in our most recent meeting, to do so would be akin to striking a match to gasoline, just really making it worse.”

According to members of the WSANA, there were many discrepancies on the application from Green Heart Health.

“They said they had gotten community support, they didn’t. They said there was a T stop a block away. It was a mile away. It would be great to have an operator of the highest ethical standards in place, but even with that it would be a serious problem putting it in and around that area,” said Minnocci.

The community is more concerned about those already served by the shelter, methadone clinics, and prescribed drugs by the Boston Medical Center. South End resident Steve Smith worries that the introduction of the dispensary will cause more problems for those in the neighborhood.

“We value the fact that we have a homeless shelter to serve a vulnerable part of the population and we work with police to make sure that the population is both supported and governed,” Smith said. “The vulnerable population is what will be most dramatically impacted.”

Members of the committee say that there seems to be very little awareness in the community of the placement of the proposed dispensary.

“I live a block and a half away from where the community that will be most vulnerable is,” said Smith. “So I’ve been reaching out to neighbors within about a three block radius, and no one was aware that there was a proposal to position this there. And they don’t need to be educated farther to know there is a challenge already on that corner.”

To stop the dispensary from completing the remaining steps before final approval, which includes approval by the Boston Public Health Committee and the city’s zoning board, members of the committee plan to lobby the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Boston politicians.

“Unlike other neighborhoods in Boston, we have the ability to get organized. We have the wealth, we have the access to resources to communicate with our politicians. If we speak with a unified voice, I guarantee all of them will listen,” Smith said. “We will get a response. But what we’re actually seeing is a failure of politicians to address the new problem that’s been here.”

And for them, the problem doesn’t lie in marijuana dispensaries existing at all. The problem is the location in which the dispensary is being placed.

“For me it’s a very two sided issue. I voted for this. I want this. My wife had cancer last year. She chose not to use medical marijuana but I want her to have access to medical marijuana,” said Smith. “But the city is taking something that we need as a society and putting it at risk by doing it poorly. We cannot have a lack of transparency over an issue that affects everything from health and safety to our children.”

The Department of Public Health will not grant a final approval until the state agency conducts inspections of the site of the dispensary.

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.

South End’s Snap Top Market becomes a neighborhood fixture

April 9, 2014 05:53 PM

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Catherine Pears

Snap Top Market owner Steve Napoli opened his South End shop a year and a half ago. “I really appreciate the neighborhood. It has some great people, some interesting people,” Napoli said. “It’s so cool. The city has brought some fascinating people to me.”

Nestled among condominiums and office buildings, Snap Top Market at 330 Columbus Ave. has become a familiar feature of the South End and Back Bay since it opened in fall 2012.

Owner Steve Napoli said he started the shop because of a void in the neighborhood for fresh, tasty produce.

“The idea started with my buddy saying, ‘I can’t get fruit anywhere,’ ” Napoli said. “Good fruit. People were selling fruit but he couldn’t get anything he was excited to eat.”

Since its founding the store has transformed from a simple shop with stacks of produce lining the walls into a competitor to Foodie’s Urban Market at 1421 Washington St. and Whole Foods on Westland Avenue.

“In the beginning it was very different in here. It was just fruit in the middle. I had barely filled this place out because I was just a one-man show,” said Napoli. “I could barely keep my eyes open. It didn’t look like this. But we have a great following in the neighborhood and I was finally able to make some renovations that I’ve been dying to make. We just added a menu that includes about 90 percent raw vegetables and fruits.”

That new takeout menu consists of collard green wraps, kale salad, and what Napoli calls raw pasta — freshly cut strips of cucumber, zucchini, sweet potato, and green papaya. They serve the “pasta” with seven dressings that customers can choose from, such as apricot ginger, that are made in-house.

The store, originally a conference room before Napoli transformed it, is lined with shelves made of apple crates he built himself. There are familiar products like Siracha and bags of Tate’s cookies, but what attracts the eye most are the vibrant colors — green baskets filled with raspberries, blocks of cheese stacked beneath glass jars of olives and containers of nuts. It feels more like a country store that has been family-owned for years than a newly-opened metropolitan grocer.

Napoli, who grew up on a farm in Acton, knows produce and likes talking about the colors, the taste, and texture of fruits and vegetables. But he seems more interested in the people he meets and gets to know along the way.

“I really appreciate the neighborhood. It has some great people, some interesting people,” Napoli said. “It’s so cool. And that was the part I didn’t expect. That was the surprise — the amount of people I met that are just interesting and it was really cool to talk to them. The city has brought some fascinating people to me.”

Snap Top’s location, bridging the South End and Back Bay, brings the store a cross-section of people, something that he’s come to appreciate over the past year and a half.

“Yes, it’s good for business, but I like that I can bond with people and I can know their story,” Napoli said. “We’ve met so many babies. I like how it’s got two worlds, and that’s very unique in the city.”

But when it comes down to business, Napoli is focused on providing fresh produce to his customers and devoted to knowing where, exactly, everything that he puts on the shelves or in baskets is coming from.

“That’s always my satisfaction, when someone says ‘Where the hell did you get this?’ That’s the cool part for me is to kind of control where I source, which I think a lot of people don’t do in this day and age,” Napoli said. “It’s a reckless buying situation in a lot of cases. And I think it’s cool to make my mark on my own terms.”

Napoli will be making an even greater mark soon with plans to expand his takeout menu and open a second location in Boston.

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.

Photos: I-93 light project gets in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit

March 10, 2014 02:29 PM

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The light installation beneath the I-93 overpass between South Boston and the South End recently changed its design to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Led by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the project is part of a larger effort by the DOT to enliven, clean up, and monetize the space underneath the busy roadway.

To read more about the project, click here.


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Neighbors, MassDOT move to add permanent improvements to space underneath I-93

February 25, 2014 11:22 AM

Efforts to revamp the dark concrete space underneath Interstate 93 between South Boston and the South End are progressing, Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials told residents Monday night.

Since late 2013, MassDOT has been constructing parking lots underneath the hulking structure that carries traffic into and out of Boston. Eventually, 432 public parking spaces, lighting, and security will be added to the approximately 8-acre area in three separate lots.

Phase 1 of the parking project features the construction of two lots for 235 parking spaces accessible from Albany Street. Improved pedestrian connections and added lighting along West 4th Street, which connects to the South End’s East Berkeley Street, are included in the plan. An operator for the two lots will be selected by the summer.

Phase 2 of the project is the construction of 192 parking spaces accessible from Traveler Street by December.

Some of the parking will be reserved for electrical vehicle charging and ZipCar parking.

As part of the project, a number of improvements will be made to the area, including the possible addition of public art, event space, lighting, and walking paths.

Money generated by the parking lots will eventually pay for their construction, said MassDOT.

On Monday, residents and area advocates began discussions about more permanent public realm improvements to the area. In addition to MassDOT’s funds, the project has $250,000 to spend specifically on the improvements. The money was donated by the developers of 275 Albany St., according to the Boston Herald.

Temporary artistic lighting has already been added to the lots along East Berkeley Street, with permanent improvements expected in the near future.

Planners also discussed the future of Lot 5, the area north of Traveler Street where the additional 192 parking spaces will be added.

“The parking allows us to do a bunch of secondary improvements, such as improve pedestrian and bike conditions,” Robin Blatt, a project manager for MassDOT, explained to residents.

The space has long been a haven for unwanted activities, including drug usage and homelessness. In early 2013, a man was found murdered underneath the structure.

“We had a situation out here where MassDOT was using the space with the concentration on the highway above,” said Blatt. “They were using it for a single use and we know there were some unintended consequences.”

Designers with Landing Studios, MassDOT’s consultant for the project, gave a number of examples of possible additions to the space that they believe could make a huge impact to the area.

Lot 5, which has yet to be built or fully designed, will house a number of empty areas that can’t be used for parking. The idea for those empty spaces is to create something that will draw people and add an amenity to the neighborhood. The Lot 5 construction and design phase will also include the installation of permanent public realm improvements near the other two lots.

“The strategy is to take the areas we can’t use for parking and create something positive,” Blatt said. “Instead of saying ‘keep out,’ we want to introduce as many activities as we can.”

Although a permanent design has yet to be generated, a number of creative uses were suggested for the Lot 5 space, which offers views of the Fort Point Channel.

“I’m going to propose we have some sort of dog use there,” said Bill Gleason, a South Boston resident and member of the Community Advisory Committee for the project. “If there will be one thing that will get people out there 16 hours a day, it’s a dog park.”

For the large sidewalks that connect East Berkeley Street to West 4th Street, Dan Adams, an architect with Landing, suggested a series of large, flexible lights that could illuminate the sidewalk for pedestrians and highlight public art and signs.

The space has also been imagined as an area that could support food trucks/carts, art galleries, and performance/event space. MassDOT is expected to add bike cages, crosswalks, and ramps to the area to support pedestrian and bicycle connections.

Residents at the meeting offered feedback on the proposed uses.

“It’s very loud under there,” said Michael Moss, a Fort Point resident. “Realistically, you probably couldn’t have live music.”

“For the safety of people crossing between these two locations, I’d like to see a bit of a barrier added between the road and pedestrians,” said Lindsey Chitichiello, who manages restaurants in the South End and South Boston.

Some had concerns about how the project would benefit cyclists.

“I haven’t seen anything that is going to keep me and my fellow bike riders safe,” said Jon Ramos, a South Boston resident. “If a little piece of the sidewalk could be dedicated to bikes that would help.”

Although the scope of the project does not include roadway work, designers said the project will support a connection to the South Bay Harbor trail near East Berkeley Street. A path could potentially be added from the Broadway Bridge to the Lot 5 area to help riders bypass the busy intersection near the bridge.

The Lot 5 space was pitched as an area that could include landscaping and drainage that would support the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Watersheet Activation Plan, an initiative that aims to bring more life to a cleaner Fort Point Channel.

“It may not be everything everybody wants, but it’s going to be a lot of good things for a lot of people,” explained John Romano, a community liaison for MassDOT. “We’re looking at this as a fun project…and I think we’ve already made some dramatic changes underneath the expressway.”

Over the coming months, MassDOT will meet with the Community Advisory Committee to begin the process of determine a more concrete design for Lot 5 and the sidewalks at East Berkeley and West 4th streets. A public meeting is expected to be held once the 25 percent design phase has been reached.

For more information about the project, visit the DOT’s project page.

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Photos: I-93 light project gets in the Valentine’s Day spirit

February 14, 2014 02:42 PM

The light installation underneath the I-93 overpass, between South Boston and the South End, recently changed its design to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Led by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the project is part of a larger effort by the DOT to enliven, clean up, and monetize the space underneath the busy roadway.

To read more about the project, click here.

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Whittier Street Health Center receives grant to support heart health

February 12, 2014 03:37 PM

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From left to right: Representative Gloria Fox; Frederica Williams, president and CEO of the Whittier Street Health Center; Timothy Gardner, AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Trustee; Evelyn Brooks, program participant and Linda Hardemon-Fulks, program participant


A recent grant will help the Whittier Street Health Center in its effort to increase heart health in the Roxbury, Mission Hill, and the South End.

On Tuesday, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular Health program presented the Tremont Street-based center with a $150,768 grant, to support its Connections for Cardiovascular Care initiative.

This is the third year the center has received the grant.

“Whittier strives to provide optimal care to members of the community, especially underserved and minority communities who are at risk or suffer from cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other related chronic diseases,” Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO of the Whittier Street Health Center, said in a statement. “The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation grant allows us to provide our patients with comprehensive cardiovascular screening and access to care, while also reaching those who may have otherwise gone untreated due to healthcare cost and accessibility.”

The center's initiative seeks to increase access to cardiovascular education, screenings, and care through community-based programs that specifically target Boston’s African-American and Latino residents.

Nearly 267 participants were enrolled in the program in 2013, which included direct case management services, social services, patient navigation and/or a six-week cardiovascular education course, according to the center.

The program also served more than 850 residents through screening outreaches, case management, and care coordination.

“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, and organizations like Whittier Street Health Center are creating innovative programs to help prevent and decrease the associated risks with this devastating disease,” Dr. James W. Blasetto, chairman of the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, said in a statement. “We are grateful to Whittier Street Health Center for its commitment to improving heart health in their community.”

Located at 1290 Tremont St., the Whittier Street Health Center, a private, non-profit, independently licensed community health center, serves more than 25,000 patients annually, according to the organization.

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MBTA to bring countdown clock system to bus stations

February 6, 2014 11:19 AM

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The MBTA plans to soon install countdown clocks at a number of bus stations throughout its system to notify riders when the next bus on each route will leave that station, the agency announced today.

The bus way at Forest Hills Station in Jamaica Plain will be the first bus location to get the electronic message boards, according to T spokeswoman Kelly Smith.

Signs are also planned in bus ways at Dudley Square and Ruggles stations, she said. Eight other stations have been "tentatively" chosen to receive the signs: Harvard Square; Haymarket, Ashmont; Kenmore; Maverick, Wonderland, Jackson Square, and Central Square.

The signs should be operational by summer, Smith said.

The signs, using real-time bus tracking data, will provide information about when each route serving that station is next expected to depart. The signs will feature both visual and audio messages.

The project is funded through federal stimulus money, and each sign costs about $50,000, a price tag that includes the display, hardware, software, installation, maintenance and a push-button activated sound system so that people with visual impairments can access the information on the sign, she said.

Most stations will have one sign each. Dudley, because of its size, will have two, she said.

"I've often said our buses are the work horses of our system, serving more than 375,000 people on a typical weekday," T general manager Beverly Scott said in a statement. "The countdown signs at our busiest bus stops will provide customers with information that will make their public transit experience easier and more convenient."

Last week, the T completed an 18-month-long project to activate a total of 314 countdown clocks at all 53 subway stations on the Red, Orange and Blue lines, which officials said made the T one of the first transit agencies in the country to equip all heavy rail stations with train-arrival information.

Officials said the signs have been popular and well-received by riders, and since they were introduced in the summer of 2012 the agency said it has made regular improvements based on rider feedback, including making the signs more accurate and easier to see.

The T said it expects to introduce the countdown clock system to the Green Line by the end of this year. The light rail line is undergoing work to upgrade its less-sophisticated train tracking system with GPS and sensor technology to allow for countdown clock capability.

The agency has also said technology upgrades on the Green Line will allow smartphone-carrying riders to be able to track in real-time the whereabouts and expected arrival of the line's trains by 2015.

Trains on the Red, Orange and Blue have been tracked by mobile applications since the fall of 2010, when the agency made real-time train location data on those lines available to private software developers, who have created numerous smartphone applications. The T made real-time data on bus locations available to software developers in fall of 2009.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com.
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BPS teachers achieve National Board certification

February 3, 2014 11:45 AM

Twenty-two Boston Public Schools teachers recently achieved National Board certification, the highest credential in the profession.

“This is a great accomplishment that reflects a lot of hard work that represents both personal achievement and a focus on bringing the best teaching methods to the classroom for the benefit of our students,” John McDonough, interim superintendent for BPS, said in a statement. “As a district, we always strive for this goal. It brings reality to our commitment to have great teachers in every classroom every day."

The 22 educators, the largest group in the 10-year history of the BPS-BTU National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Candidate Support Program, will join the approximately 80 other BPS teachers that have already been certified.

“We congratulate our National Board Certified Teachers on this tremendous accomplishment and honor,” Ross Wilson, assistant superintendent of the Office of Educator Effectiveness, said in a statement. “We know that teachers are the most important factor in a student's education. The National Board process is rigorous and represents the highest level of achievement. These teachers serve as an example of the great educators in the Boston Public Schools.”

The certification process includes a performance-based assessment that takes between one to three years to complete. As part of the process the educators also build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.

Boston Public Schools National Board Certified Teachers Class of 2013:

Scott Balicki - Boston Latin School
Elvira DeLuca - Boston Latin Academy
Mary Dibinga – Boston Latin Academy
Jennifer Dines – Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School
Frances Farrell – Fenway High School, Boston Academy
Sheila Hanson-Fazzolari – James Otis School
Donna Flaherty – Boston Latin Academy
Arielle Freeman – Boston Community Leadership Academy
Alison Galanter – Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
Jeffrey Isen – Boston Latin Academy
Seneca King – Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
Kristen Toher Leathers – Brighton High School
Miranda Lutyens – Boston Latin Academy
Robin Mankel – Brighton High School
Kathleen Markiewicz – Boston Latin School
Lillie Marshall – Boston Latin Academy
Julian McNeil – Boston Latin Academy
Elizabeth Rooney – Fenway High School
Amy Shapiro – Boston Community Leadership Academy
Allyson Via – Boston Latin Academy
Debra Watson – Mildred Ave. K-8 School
Clara Webb – Boston Latin School

Recertification

Karene-Sean Hines – Timilty Middle School

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