Arthur Moniz painting inspiration for June Dock-u-mentaries program

Arthur Moniz painting inspiration for June Dock-u-mentaries program

The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues on Friday, June 19 at 7:00 PM with In Search of the Ellen Marie, an illustrated talk by author Rachel Spaulding. Dock-U-Mentaries is a co-production of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, and the Working Waterfront Festival. Films about the working waterfront are screened on the third Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 PM in the theater of the Corson Maritime Learning Center, located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.

The film is the true story of a passionate pursuit to locate a fishing vessel. Author Rachel Rowley Spaulding will share the story of her journey to learn about the life and fate of the fishing vessel Ellen Marie, which was inspired by a painting she purchased from local artist Arthur Moniz, and, in turn, inspired her to write the book In Search of the Ellen Marie.

The Working Waterfront Festival is a project of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA, a non-profit organization. The free festival, a family friendly, educational celebration of New England’s commercial fishing industry, features live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen’s contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, author readings, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. It all takes place on working piers and waterfront parks in New Bedford, MA, America’s #1 fishing port, on the last full weekend in September.
www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM. The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com





Elder Abuse Prevention Conference will be held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

There will be nearly two dozen organizations and agencies on hand.

Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn today announced that his office will partner with Bristol Elder Services and Senior Whole Health to provide a half-day Elder Abuse Prevention Conference on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day next Monday, June 15th.

In an effort to reduce crime against senior citizens through education and information, speakers will take to the podium in the cafeteria at Bristol Community College in Fall River to both commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and also provide seniors and those who care for/work with seniors the knowledge they need to prevent crimes like financial exploitation, abuse and neglect.

“I am very proud that our office is sponsoring such an important educational event. Protecting Bristol County’s most vulnerable populations is one of the cornerstones of my administration. By partnering with agencies like Bristol Elder Services and Senior Whole Health, it is my hope that we can prevent the various crimes committed against the elderly population. This can be achieved through better educational initiatives, teamwork and aggressive targeted prosecutions of those who prey on seniors,” said District Attorney Tom Quinn. “I am grateful to our partners for helping to put together this elder abuse prevention conference. I look forward to partnering with these and many other agencies in the future to help further the goal of reducing crime against senior citizens.”

The conference will begin at 8:30 with a free breakfast. Speakers from the District Attorney’s Office, Senior Whole Health and Bristol Elder Services offer welcoming remarks and information at 9:30.

Then at 10 a.m., Diane Lopes Flaherty of Attorney General Maura Healy’s office will then offer an hour-long presentation on preventing financial fraud and abuse. Flaherty has been with Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office since 2001 as Consumer Mediator/Outreach Coordinator for the Southeastern Mass. Division. She received the Robert H. Quinn Award for Excellence for her efforts in that office.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, she was appointed by former Mayor Raymond Flynn to lead Boston’s Commission on Affairs of the Elderly. Reappointed by the late Mayor Thomas Menino, she served as Commissioner for a record 11 years, during which time she received wide recognition for her tireless advocacy.

The keynote speaker for the day’s conference will be John Sofis Scheft, who has been providing specialized legal training in the area of elder abuse prevention, investigation, and prosecution since 1993, when he was appointed the Director of Attorney General Scott Harshbarger’s Elderly Protection Project. The Project provided multi-disciplinary training to police officers and protective service workers on a variety of issues affecting the elderly.

Scheft left the Attorney General’s Office at the end of 1995 to start his own police training and consulting firm, Law Enforcement Dimensions.

Scheft has presented extensive training in financial exploitation investigation for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in Massachusetts from 2001 to 2009. The goal was to create a consistent and effective statewide approach to these cases at the reporting and investigative level.

In the area of elder issues, Scheft’s works include:

· Handbook for the Investigation of Elder Financial Exploitation, Editions in 2001, 2002 and 2007 (with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs)
· The Bank Reporting Project (with Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the Massachusetts Banker’s Association), 1994 (materials have been distributed nationally)
· Law Enforcement, Alzheimer’s Disease and the Lost Elder (with the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Association), 1994 (accompanied by a videotape, which won a national award; materials have been distributed nationally)
· Elder Issues for the Massachusetts Police Officer, 1993
· The Elder Volunteer and Policing (with AARP), 1994

“Bristol Elder Services is pleased to acknowledge World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by partnering in the presentation of this important program about financial exploitation,” said Nancy Munson, CEO of Bristol Elder Services, Inc. “We encourage elders and elder care professionals to attend and learn more about preventing financial abuse.”

In addition to the speaking program, nearly two dozen organizations and agencies will be on hand at various resource tables to provide important information to seniors and free giveaways. Some of those organizations who will be staffing resource tables include 4C SouthCoast, Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter, Coastline Money Management Program, EldersFirst (Diocesan Health Facilities Office), Highland Adult Day Care, Taunton Silver Alert Program, and many more.

The media is invited and encouraged to attend.

“Senior Whole Health is proud to be part of this partnership with the Bristol County DA’s office and Bristol Elder Services,” said Senior Whole Health president, Keith Peifer. “ We want our elders safe in their communities, and we hope they will join us at this event and learn how to protect themselves from issues around fraud and abuse”





New Bedford Farmer’s Markets opening soon

Three days a week, the New Bedford Farmer’s Markets offer fresh local produce.

It’s almost time for the opening of the New Bedford Farmer’s Markets. A new location downtown has been added on Thursdays at Custom House Square, where customers will be able to purchase vegetables, meat, eggs, fish, and baked goods from a variety of vendors. New this year, customers will be able to use Mastercard, VISA, and SNAP benefits instead of just cash. Times and locations are listed below.

Brooklawn Park, Mondays 2-6pm opens June 15
Custom House Square, Thursdays 2-6pm opens June 18th
Clasky Common, Saturdays 9am-1pm opens July 11





World-Class Music in Your Own Backyard Nineteenth Annual Buzzards Bay Musicfest

Trumpeter, bandleader, educator, and composer Sean Jones.

Buzzards Bay Musicfest returns for its nineteenth year with concerts July 8 – 12th at the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Tabor Academy, 235 Front Street in Marion, MA. Nationally and internationally prominent musicians will perform orchestral and chamber music, with selections from Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Bach and Beethoven, among others. Orchestral performances will be held Wednesday, July 8th at 8 PM and Sunday, July 12th at 2 PM. Chamber music performances will be held Thursday, July 9th and Friday, July 10th at 8 PM. Jazz performance by Sean Jones Quartet will be held Saturday, July 11th at 8 PM. An Open Rehearsal for Children (with accompanying adult) will be held on Wednesday, July 8th at 2:30 PM. The rehearsal is a unique occasion for young or aspiring musicians to experience watching and listening as artists perform orchestral pieces in preparation for the acclaimed concert series. After the rehearsal, children have the opportunity to chat with Maestro Andrés Cárdenes, Artistic Director Charles Stegeman and the musicians. All performances are free and open to the public.

There are many reasons why people flock to Marion each summer; sandy beaches, fine sailing and a quaint village atmosphere have made it a seasonal haven for over a century.  For the last 18 years, though, Marion has attracted crowds each July for quite a different reason: its music.  Since 1997, Marion has been home to the Buzzards Bay Musicfest, a multi-day concert series featuring some of the world’s finest and most accomplished musicians. 

The Musicfest’s original concept was based on the remarkable success of the Sunflower Music Festival, as many of the nationally recognized artists involved in that Topeka, Kansas festival expressed interest in locating a similar event in the Cape Cod area. After identifying the outstanding location of Tabor Academy — with its excellent Performing Arts Center – as well as host families to house the artists, a steering committee from Marion and the surrounding area organized and incorporated the Buzzards Bay Musicfest, Inc. The articles of incorporation include three fundamental goals: to produce and present annual festivals of professional orchestra concerts & chamber music programs of the highest quality possible, to add to the cultural and educational life of the community and surrounding region through performances and educational activities, and to stimulate interest in and support for the arts and make outstanding presentations available for both residents and visitors to the Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod areas, as well as throughout the region.

Artistic Director Charles Stegeman.

By design, all concerts are free.  It was the mission of the Musicfest’s founding members to provide an extraordinary opportunity for cultural enrichment to the public — without cost.  Totally underwritten by its Founding Board members for the Musicfest’s initial seasons, the size and scope of the presentations have grown, and a number of generous supporters have enabled it to continue for the past decade. While the Buzzards Bay Musicfest Foundation provides a small percentage of the festival’s operating budget, the vast majority of funding comes from donations. In past years, a whopping 93% of the Musicfest’s funding came from individual donations and small grants.  Staged at Tabor Academy’s Fireman Center, the series opens and closes with orchestral concerts, with two chamber music concerts and a jazz performance held in-between.  A highlight of the festival is the Children’s Open Rehearsal, a unique opportunity for young and aspiring musicians. This event provides, for many children, their first classical music experience; it includes a post-rehearsal meet & greet session with the Musicfest’s Guest Maestro, Andrés Cárdenes, as well as its many distinguished performers and the Artistic Director, Charles Stegeman. These gifted musicians have presented almost 200 works in a variety of styles and ensembles, ranging from chamber music duos and trios to full orchestra.  Each year brings new works from a variety of composers. This year’s selections will include works by Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Bach, and Beethoven, among others.

Last year, a performance by jazz sensation Sean Jones was added to the concert series, a complement to the classical variety of the Musicfest’s traditional offerings. As trumpeter, bandleader, educator, and composer, the multi-talented Jones boasts an impressive resume. Having spent six years as lead trumpeter of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jones also ventured into education at Duquesne University, becoming Associate Professor of Jazz. In 2012, he also became Professor of Trumpet at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and served as Artistic Director of both the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras. In 2014, Jones left Pittsburgh to become Chair of the Brass Department at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Berklee President Roger H. Brown extolled, “Sean Jones brings an amazing portfolio to Berklee — performances at the highest level with the greatest musicians of his and prior generations, successful teaching experience, personal commitment and integrity as an artist, and a desire to help foster future great contemporary musicians.” Jones is sure to thrill audiences once again this summer, with his performance on Saturday, July 11th.

Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes.

This year, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes joins BBMF as Guest Maestro and, in addition to conducting, will perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor. Cárdenes is recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, and his participation in the 2015 Musicfest is testament to the event’s premier status. As a violinist, conductor, chamber musician, and pedagogue, the Grammy-nominated musician has parlayed his many talents into one of classical music’s most versatile and respected careers. The Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances. His concerto repertoire includes over 100 works, ranging from the Baroque era to the present. A three-time President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, Cárdenes joined the Jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2011. A Cultural Ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991, he is an avid spokesperson for the arts and has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings, and humanitarian efforts.

With each season, the Musicfest continues to grow and expand its range. This year, for the first time, it will offer a one-week piano and violin seminar for students ages 14 and up. The Buzzards Bay Musicfest International Performance Institute is an intensive (by-audition) seminar designed to foster the musical development of aspiring young instrumentalists, allowing them an unparalleled opportunity to train with world-renowned musicians and expert instructors. The violin seminar will include daily technique classes taught by Charles Stegeman, as well as master classes featuring internationally-renowned master clinicians Ole Bohn, Edith Markman, Monique Mead, Eric Tanner, and Simon James. Master classes for pianists will be taught by David Allen Wehr, an international soloist and collaborative pianist who is in residence at the Musicfest. Mr. Wehr has established a reputation as one of the most thoughtful and powerful musicians on today’s musical scene, and has been heard in over thirty countries in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East. He holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne University’s Mary Pappert School of Music.

The 2015 Buzzards Bay Musicfest begins with its Open Rehearsal for Children (with accompanying adult), to be held on Wednesday, July 8th at 2:30 PM. Orchestral performances will be held Wednesday, July 8th at 8 PM and Sunday, July 12th at 2 PM. Chamber music performances will be held Thursday, July 9th and Friday, July 10th at 8 PM. The jazz performance by the Sean Jones Quartet will be held Saturday, July 11th at 8 PM.


Fireman Performing Arts Center, Tabor Academy, 235 Front Street, Marion. Wheelchair accessible. Free. Charles Stegeman, Artistic Director. Andrés Cárdenes, Guest Conductor. July 8 – 12, 2015. Internationally prominent musicians perform orchestral and chamber music, with special jazz concert by Sean Jones.

Wednesday, 7/8, 8 PM, Orchestra: Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat Major, K.271 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart); Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op.11 (Johannes Brahms)

Thursday, 7/9, 8 PM, Chamber Music: Consolation No. 3 in D-flat Major, S. 17 (Franz Liszt); Navarra (Spanish Dance) for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 33 (Pablo de Sarasate); Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452 (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart); Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 17 (Sergei Rachmaninoff)

Friday, 7/10, 8 PM, Chamber Music: Piano Quintet No.1 in D major, Op. 22, W.B76 (Johann Christian Bach); Carnival of the Animals (Camille Saint-Saens); Piano Quintet in F minor (César Franck)

Saturday, 7/11, 8 PM: Sean Jones Quartet Jazz Concert

Sunday, 7/12, 2 PM, Orchestra: L’Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers) Overture (Gioachino Rossini); Violin Concerto No. 1, Op.26 (Max Bruch); Symphony No. 4 in B Flat Major, Op. 60 (Ludwig van Beethoven)

BUZZARDS BAY MUSICFEST OPEN REHEARSAL FOR CHILDREN

Fireman Performing Arts Center, Tabor Academy, 235 Front Street, Marion. Wheelchair accessible. Free. Charles Stegeman, Artistic Director. Andrés Cárdenes, Guest Conductor. Wednesday, July 8, 2:30 PM. Unique opportunity for young and aspiring musicians. Nationally and internationally prominent instrumentalists will perform orchestral pieces and Maestro Andrés Cárdenes, Charles Stegeman and the performers will chat with the children after rehearsal.

For information, visit www.buzzardsbaymusicfest.com or email info@buzzardsbaymusicfest.com.





Outdoor Classical Music this Thursday Night in Downtown New Bedford

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra members to play free concert in William Street courtyard of main public library.

In conjunction with AHA! Night scheduled for this Thursday, June 11, 2015, members of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will perform from 4:00-6:00 P.M. in the William Street Courtyard of the New Bedford Public Library directly across from City Hall (133 William Street).

The performance is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the New Bedford Free Public Library. Additional summer concerts are being planned, with more dates announced in coming weeks. For more information please contact the New Bedford Free Public Library at 508-991-6275.





New Bedford beach parking passes now available

The City of New Bedford continues preparations for the opening of its public beaches, with the sale of beach parking passes beginning today Monday, June 8, 2015.

The beach parking program, which covers East Beach, West Beach and Fort Taber, requires residents and non-residents to acquire a seasonal parking pass or pay a daily rate for parking.

Seasonal parking passes will be available at the Parks Recreation & Beaches Office at 181 Hillman St., Building 3, at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall at 133 William St, and at the Traffic Office at the Elm Street Garage downtown.

Seasonal parking passes are $5 for city residents. Residents must bring their vehicle registration to obtain a resident seasonal parking pass.

The City offers seasonal parking passes to non-residents from surrounding communities for $20. Residents from Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Westport, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Acushnet, Freetown, Lakeville and Taunton are eligible. Non-residents from communities other than these are able to purchase seasonal parking passes for $50.

Day passes can be obtained beginning June 27, 2015 at the East Beach parking lot and at Fort Taber. Residents with a New Bedford address on their driver’s license pay $1 for a one-day parking pass for parking at East and West Beaches, and $5 for a one-day parking pass for parking at Fort Taber. Non-residents pay $10 for a one-day parking pass.

The City of New Bedford encourages everyone to come and enjoy the sparkling waters and the clean, safe, family-friendly beaches of New Bedford. East Beach this summer will feature new improved beach volleyball courts as well as a newly-formed Adult Recreation Beach Volleyball League. West Beach is a swimmers haven with an accessible pavilion providing shade, cool breezes, beautiful sunsets, and a fully accessible bath house. Fort Taber boasts sweeping views of New Bedford Harbor and Buzzards Bay in historic, Fort Taber Park.

Beaches are guarded by a professional waterfront team from June 27, 2015 through Sept. 7, 2015.




New Bedford man charged with armed robbery of Dunkin Donuts

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This morning at approximately 5:30am Officers Abraham Nazario and Johnny Galarza responded to a hold up alarm at the Dunkin Donuts at 231 Union St.

new-bedford-dunkin-donuts-robberyUpon arrival they spoke with the clerk who was not harmed. She stated that a male came into the business with his hand in his sweatshirt pocket indicating he had a weapon. He demanded the money from the register and then fled the area on foot. He was able to get an undisclosed amount of money.

Officers were able to identify the suspect through his description and searched the area and apartment to no avail. At approximately 9:15am Officers Dominique Sherburne and Kevin Barbosa returned to his home. It was at this time that he opened the door and was taken into custody without incident.

Scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in New Bedford District court on Armed Robbery charges;

David Brown age 35 of New Bedford.




City on a Hill GiftsToGive Service, Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at New Location

City on a Hill is holding three events in the New Bedford community over the next two weeks.

Today, June 8, 2015, staff from City on a Hill’s network office will be participating in community service with GiftsToGive, a non-profit organization with the ambitious mission to build a community to tackle child poverty. City on a Hill staff will be supporting the work at the organization’s warehouse today in Acushnet servicing children all over the South Coast.

Charter Public School New Bedford will hold a public Open House on Thursday, June 11th at 6:00 p.m. Prospective students and families are welcome to join us in our newly renovated building at 384 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02740 for building tours, student performances, and a chance to speak with school leaders, staff, and current students. We warmly welcome prospective students looking to enroll in the 9th grade in August 2015 and their families, as well as future students interested in learning more about our close-knit community and rigorous college prep curriculum.  City on a Hill New Bedford is now accepting student lottery entry forms (which can be found at www.cityonahill.org) for students interested in enrolling in grade 9 for fall 2015.

On Monday, June 15th at 8:00am, City on a Hill will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting at our new location at 384 Acushnet Avenue. Interested community members and partners will hear from Principal Kimberly Wall as well as New Bedford City Councillor James Oliveira. Please RSVP to Kristie Loftus at kloftus@cityonahill.org.


About City on a Hill
The newest school in a network of three college prep high schools, City on a Hill New Bedford opened in August of 2014 with a 9th grade and will grow to a full (grades 9-12) high school by 2017. Founded on the belief that all students can achieve, CoaH sets high standards for all students and empowers teachers in the decision-making process to implement those standards. City on a Hill is tuition-free and open to all students. There is no entrance exam; students are admitted by a random lottery with new students admitted in the ninth grade only. Small by design, the school allows for a maximum enrollment of 280 students in grades 9-12. Regardless of their prior educational attainment 100% of City on a Hill’s graduates are prepared to succeed in college.





National Park offers activities, walking tour on AHA! night

Come take the Underground Railroad walking tour on Thursday ,June 11th at 6pm,

How did people find their way around before GPS? Find out on Thursday, June 11, during AHA! night (Art, History, Architecture) at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. That evening, there will be an Underground Railroad of New Bedford walking tour with a National Park Service ranger. Explore the stories of fugitive slaves who made their way to this city to find freedom and opportunities. The tour steps off at 6pm from the National Park
visitor center, and ends at the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, which will be open to the public. In addition, the public may join Ruth and Abby, the 1850s ladies, to create a Hawaiian star compass as taught to them by Keanu (a whaleman from Maui). From 5-6 PM, Ruth and Abby will offer Compass Creation. This will be followed by a discussion and activities from 6-7pm.

For those wanting a self-guided tour, families may pick up a Jr. Ranger Booklet to follow their own discovery tour of the historic district. These events takes place at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s visitor center, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford. As always, the event is open to all, and admission is free. For more information about AHA! night, go to http://www.ahanewbedford.org/

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33 William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-4 PM.

The visitor center is wheelchair-accessible, and is free of charge. For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe or visit the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBWNHP. Everyone finds their park in a different way. Discover yours at FindYourPark.com





New Bedford Teachers Win Statewide Award

Ms. Oliveira and Mr. Rodrigues were honored on June 2.

New Bedford High School teachers Pamela Oliveira and Nelson Rodrigues were among 33 Massachusetts teachers and two principals receiving a Teacher in Excellence Award for their work in significantly improving Advanced Placement test scores of New Bedford High School students.

Ms. Oliveira and Mr. Rodrigues were honored on June 2 at the annual Partners in Excellence award celebration at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. The Partners in Excellence program is sponsored by corporations, institutions, philanthropic foundations, and individuals committed to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The program is part of an initiative by Mass Insight Education to expand AP participation and encourage more students to attend college and complete college.

“Our goal is to continue to expand AP opportunities throughout the Commonwealth, and with the great teachers like the ones we honored at our celebration, we’re well on our way,” said William Guenther, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Mass Insight.

“We as a school district are proud of the hundreds of dedicated educators we have, and Mr. Rodrigues and Ms. Oliveira are two shining examples of that dedication,” said New Bedford Superintendent Pia Durkin. “As New Bedford High continues its return to excellence, it will be to thanks to the hard work of Mr. Rodrigues, Ms. Oliveira, and the dedicated staff at the high school.”

Ms. Oliveira, who teaches AP language and composition, said “Teaching is my second career but has always been my avocation. I enjoy teaching in my hometown because it creates a bond with my students that is unbreakable. AP students are like sponges waiting to soak up whatever wisdom we can impart. MMSI has given me many useful tools with which to arm my students in pursuit of higher education. For that, I am eternally grateful.”

Mr. Rodrigues, who teaches AP calculus, said “Mass Insight Education has proven to play a significant role in our AP Program. Our students look forward to meeting new students from Saturday Sessions. Treating our students with a sense of urgency and dedication cultivates motivation to succeed.”

About Mass Insight:

Since 2008, Mass Insight has provided the largest high school academic STEM program in Massachusetts, designed to increase participation and performance in Advanced Placement STEM and English courses. As a result of the dedication of these exemplary award winners, students are enrolling and persisting in college at higher rates than state averages, especially among low-income and under-represented groups.


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